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The Crisp - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,127 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,127
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 66
Gots: 114 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Old world craftsmanship with new, clean flavors. Bright pilsner malts meet Noble hop character. The Crisp, American Pilsner innovation.

(Beer added by: confer on 10-30-2010)
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

t0rin0, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Centennial for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy light yellow with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small spots of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is very floral and herby with some bready malt aromas. Very nice. Taste is of very tasty floral and herb hops up front with a malt backbone. I am also getting some citrus flavors on the aftertaste. Like the name implies, this beer is very crisp and clean in the mouth. Overall, this is an awesome beer with delicious aromas and tastes. Probably the best beer of the style I have ever had.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

djrn2, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +2.6%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

acurtis, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy can into a Mikasa pilsener glass. Picked the can up at Connecticut Avenue Liquors in DC.

Pours a very clear moderate golden color with a huge white head and tons of sticky lacing as it goes down. Thin cap throughout. The nose brings some lightly-sweet grain and bread notes plus some floral and herbal hops. The flavor is a bit hoppy with mild sweetness. Good balance between grain and hops. Light body and fairly crisp, though a bit too sweet in the finish. Pretty good, though not quite as good as Sixpoint's other brews.

Thorpe429, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly dissipated and left a bit of lacing on the surface..
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grassy hops in the nose along with some hints of grainy malts.
T: The overall taste is well balanced between flavors of bready malts and a light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable.

metter98, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +9%

kjkinsey, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a clear golden color and a fluffy head that leaves a few clumps of lace

Smell: Smells of grain and grass

Taste: A touch biscuity, up front, with the grains and grass from the aroma dominating the flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Very refreshing, with a clean, crisp character; a very well made pils

brentk56, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For the lighter side of craft beer enjoyment, Sixpoint borrows the tried and true brewing techniques of Germany in the development of this full flavored and sturdy malted lager that straddles the fence of crisp and hoppy German Lagers and richer Czech Pilsners.

As with most well crafted Lagers, The Crisp releases a spirited carbonation that infiltrates the bright clarity of golden rod hues. The carbonation builds a creamy, almost fluffy head character of cottony foam and with classy lacing as the beer fades.

The beer approches the nose with a supple bready scent that carries a blend of pilsner malt and raw barley for a pleasant grainy-malty balance. Herbal and nearly floral in hop character, the earthy scent is in perfect contrast to the bready-sweet grain scent. Very clean and simplified, this promises to be a relaxed and easy drinking session.

The Crisp flavors are designed for ease of consumption as the first drink nearly takes down a third of the volume. The crisp dance of grain and malt continue in its flavor profile with a cracker-like shortbread-sweet malt taste upfront and a slightly cereal grain taste in the back end. The semi-floral character in aroma turns to light honey for a delicate honey suckle flavor that develops into an earthy bitter taste to balance the malts in finish. Very elegant and approachable throughout.

Medium bodied for the Lager styles, the hearty malt taste seems to push slightly toward the Vienna Lager character with a body that's moderately creamy and almost buttery. But the rise of a noble hop profile, along with the fleeting malt and carbonation allows for a decisively clean and refreshing finish of very mild alcohol warmth and an almost minty-cool sensation.

Although The Crisp shows a lot of finesse, many of the minor nuances may go largely unnoticed to novice drinkers of those of us who are not in analysis mode, I would prefer to see a more assertive balance toward hops while keeping the stern malt profile constant. Perhaps I just prefer drier and hoppier German Lagers, but this is no slouch as it reels closer to Dortmunder Exports at least in malt profile.

BEERchitect, Mar 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

ygtbsm94, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light pour, golden straw in color with a tight fizzy head of white foam that quickly gained ground and rose up through the glass. Nice an light aroma, clean, light spice and yeast notes, hints of light citrus, wheat, light cloves, really well done. As I take the first sips, clean, crisp flavor, tight citrus, rich light grains, spakrling carbonation. Really it just worked. Light bready finish left a light touch of flavor on the palate but mostly clean after the last sip.

mikesgroove, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can shared by Bobby.

A: The beer pours a slightly hazed golden orange color with a large white head and some light lacing.

S: This one smells of bread for the most part. A nice maltiness to it with a bit of toast, yeast, and some floral hops. There's a fair amount of grass to the nose as well as just a hint of citrus peel.

T: Candied orange peel on the front end with lots of bready malts. Toast and lager yeast and lots of biscuit. Minimal hop bitterness and just a little bit of floral hop character.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: A pretty decent pilsner, especially for an American made one. Pretty refreshing.

womencantsail, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a nice golden color. The head was creamy and white in color. The head settles and just leaves a thin retention on top of the beer. The smell of the beer is a loaded with some noble hops. It's got the pilsner\lager aromas as well. The taste of the beer is pretty solid, good amount of bitter hops in there along with a malt bill that leaves your taste buds tingling. The mouthfeel of the beer was light and soft, it leaves a sharp tingle on the tongue that I liked a lot. Overall it's a pretty damn good brew honestly. I was impressed.

Knapp85, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner a lighter lemony color with a nice fluffy white crown that left multiple broken rings of lace behind as it settles.Wow what alot going on in the nose,herbal and floral hops overtop of sweetish bread dough,the doughy aspect of the beer really stands up well to the hefty dose of hops.Herbal almost minty-like hop flavors really stand out at the onset,light caramel and crisp pizza dough malt flavors are fantastic!I have never even come close to rating a pilsner a "5",I really liked Sudwerk pils,but this is the best pils I have had,its delicate and "crisp" but assertive,I will search this out and buy again,just fantastic.

oberon, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by "03DEC2012" on bottom of the can, so it's fresh.

Soft honey goldenrod color with fine clarity. Frothy head of white foam that billows up to the rim of the glass and stops short of spilling over. The head fades after a couple minutes, leaving behind flecks of spotty lace. Eventually the foam ebbs away completely.

Aroma is soft and bready with a pleasant lemony dry-hop addition.
Flavor is similar with grassy hop bitterness and light crackery pils malt, and a bitter crispness that certainly lives up to it's name. Light and easy drinking with plenty of hop character, unique and flavorful in the vein of Prima Pils, maybe slightly more balanced and less bitter. Definitely traditional though, and plenty drinkable.

emerge077, Apr 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

zeff80, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a good hoppy American lager, I don't get much german from this at all, maybe a little dusty yellow grain base, but this beer is one heck of a hoppy lager, more so than any from Europe I have seen. nice snow white head, good clarity, and a powerful hoppy aroma of some bigger American hops, maybe simcoe or something similar, centennial or the like. I wouldn't quite call it an india pale lager, but its getting there stylistically with all the hops, for me at least it is. big hop flavors pick up about mid palate where the hefty pilsener malt base leaves off. its never too biter, but has a resinous dank hoppy dominance to it. a little filling, fuller bodied for the style, and I didn't find it to be as crisp per se as advertised, but I like this beer quite a bit. an easier drinking summer hoppy brew than and ipa, but this will likely not please those in search of an authentic german pils.

StonedTrippin, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I stopped in at the Whole Foods in Union Square to pick up some Sixpoint for a BBQ I was going to and was pleasantly surprised to find one I'd never tried before - "The Crisp"! (I'll assume that's "Sehr Crisp" with a more mainstream tag). Whoah! At $2.99 a can, however, I had to tone it down a bit and kept the Sixpoint just for myself!!!

It poured a deep golden colored body beneath a two-finger thick head of creamy white froth. The head retention was very good and the lacing was about average.

The nose delivered floral and grassy hops over a sweetish, grainy malt base; and although the can didn't mention it, I knew it had to be a Pilsner.

In the mouth it was medium bodied and, not surprisingly, crisp with a bit of carbonic bite on the tongue.

The flavor delivered all that the nose promised, backed by a solid bitterness. The hops and malt worked together; and it was well-balanced leading into a very dry, bitter finish.

Overall, quite an impressive German-style pilsner. Worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of Jason
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz tall boy w/ a best before date on the bottom. Poured half into the glass for look and smell.

LOOK: Mildly hazed golden glow when put up to the light, thin but very sturdy lacing.

SMELL: Fresh cut hay, lemongrass, hop spice, bready, clean, yeast, hop oil

TASTE: Deep crispness, semi-puckering, bitter, grassy, herbal, faint lemon rind, grainy, bready, dry finish

In the fast paced craft beer movement lagers have been trying to catch up, Crisp is proof that things are turning around and gives a better view of what a modern lager can be ... taking from old while brewing from new minds.

Jason, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can. Pours into a conical pils style glass quite nicely. A slightly hazed golden color going on with a bright white head. Aroma has a nice cereal grain complexity lightly toasted malts with an herbaceous grassy kick to it. Nice rounded sweetness, mild grassy herbaceous bitterness. A rolling malt profile is like fresh baked bread lightly toasted with a nice crisp fruitiness a touch of sulfur and lingering bittering hops with herbal/citric flavors arising. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a sturdy level of carbonation going on, overall a pretty nice beer. I could definitely get comforable sipping on this on a warm fall or hot summer day, refreshing quality makes it go down way too easily.

WVbeergeek, Aug 28, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/31/11 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light caramelized malts, lager yeast, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then a strong caramel and citrus sweetness comes in followed by a good hops bitterness creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice flavorful beer to drink for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

nickfl, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with a couple fingers of bright-white foamy head. This simmers down to a frothy ½ finger, which soaps the sides of the glass with a sticky latticework of lace. The aroma is floral and spicy, with an earthy citrus presence and them some tarter lemon notes that emerge as this warms. Sweet toasted grains mix in to add a bit of a twang across the back. There is maybe a faint metallic twinge here to the nose but it’s nothing too intrusive feeling.

This carries over to the taste, with an earthy citric bitterness that melds with the grainy sweetness of the Pils malts to impart a green twang to this that trails a little toastiness as well. Like the nose, some zesty lemon flavor emerges as this warms up and there is a general spiciness to this throughout the profile, which really comes out strong in that dry and earthy finish here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a light prickliness on the tongue and then more of a crisp creaminess that rounds out the edges of the feel.

This was an OK quaff but seemed to play a little too loosey goosey in the flavor and feel department for a Pilsener. This could be tightened up a good bit in spots.

Kegatron, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wooo, more tall boy cans, cause everyone likes it in the can. Tasty crack cans.

A nice decent fluffy and fizzy head of about 1 finger that fades at a medium pace, with lots of sticky lacing, over brilliantly clear golden banana wheat colored.

Nose adds a beautiful crisp lager aroma, light sweet and toasty pilsner malts, hints of lager yeast fruits, a slight touch of lemongrass, and a nice grassy mild hop. A beautifully done pilsner nose.

Taste starts with a nice crisp lager, never would have guessed. Nice toasty pilsner malts, and hints of sweet light malts, some light fruit from the lager yeast again. then again it comes with some hops, adding a light bitterness that goes with the beer very smoothly and balances well, bringing some light grassy and hints of a slight fruity hop. As it finishes it starts to get a bit more bitter, and just slightly more bitter than I would have wanted with how well the beer was going at first, but not bad, just a bit more than I hoped. It brings a slight spicy hop character and hint of mint on the finish, with a more crisp lager flavor and hints of toasty malts.

mouth is a bit lighter bodied, with decent carbonation.

Overall a great beer, pretty much the definition of sessionable, great crisp lager flavors, a nice malt flavor and aroma, and just the right about of fresh grassy mild hops of which get just a bit too spicy and bitter on the finish, but I'm just nitpicking at that point.

jlindros, Jun 20, 2011
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The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,127 ratings.