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The Crisp - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

937 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 937
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 50
Gots: 65 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A blend of German and Bohemian Pils love. German hops all the way. Sehr mean "very" in German. AKA - "The Crisp"

(Beer added by: confer on 10-30-2010)
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-27-2013 14:52:09 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: can

09-04-2011 05:12:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

03-01-2013 00:09:32 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: can

08-12-2011 03:12:16 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: can

06-03-2011 01:11:46 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 01:55:48 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: can

07-04-2011 03:07:28 | More by mikesgroove
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-10-2013 21:31:05 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: can

03-13-2012 19:04:12 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

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.

Serving type: can

07-01-2011 23:41:36 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9%

08-18-2012 23:03:57 | More by kjkinsey
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oberon

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Serving type: can

07-31-2011 21:15:10 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: can

01-19-2012 17:12:14 | More by Knapp85
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zeff80

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

07-01-2013 18:44:46 | More by zeff80
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emerge077

Illinois

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.

Serving type: can

04-28-2012 20:41:25 | More by emerge077
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: can

06-23-2011 20:29:42 | More by NeroFiddled
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nickfl

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

09-07-2013 04:38:57 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 23:56:25 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: can

02-09-2012 01:55:20 | More by Jason
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to d0b for tossing me a can of this recently. Served in a pilsener glass.

A - Finger-plus of white foam quickly dissolves to a thin cap and a few spots of lace. Transparent golden body, with plenty of fast-moving tiny bubbles. The last pour is yeasty, as this is can-conditioned.

S - Crisp clean lager aroma, with some fruity notes and light herbal hops. Buttered biscuit malt with perhaps a touch of banana bread.

T - Taste is a pleasant mixture of lightly sweet biscuit and grain malt bill with mild herbal and orange peel hop bitterness that grows in intensity over time and becomes a tad fatiguing.

M - Pleasant active carbonation, bready and chewy medium body, and some mild lingering stickiness and oily hops in the finish.

D - Pretty easy to drink - I had no problem finishing the entire 16oz can while watching a TV show. I enjoyed this significantly more than Resin, but I prefer Metropolitan Flywheel which is available to me locally.

Serving type: can

04-07-2012 02:30:49 | More by MasterSki
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD 7 Aug 2012

Pours apricot with 1 finger of cream colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Grassy & soapy

T: Follows the nose, crackery notes as well up front & some dryness. More grassyness as this warms, more soapyness too. Finishes dry & crisp & slight bready sweetness

MF: Medium boded, firm carbonation nice balance

Pretty darn drinkable, nice pils. Would take this over many German Pils I tried over there (01-04)

Serving type: can

06-05-2012 01:33:49 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: can

12-07-2011 15:29:37 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my life long, slow roll goal to review all the beers on the beeradvocate best of style lists (as of today, a total of 4217 beers) I picked up a can of this at a local beer store, poured from a 16 ounce can into a Gordon Biersch pint glass. At the time of this review, this is the #4 Top German Pilsener.

Beer is yellow with a slight haze to it, a huge white head, but not obnoxious, lacing and nice carbonation. Looks like beer.

Aroma is sweet, nice malt, good yeast character, a mild tea like bitterness in the nose, some hops. Smells soft if that makes sense.

Beer is medium in body and sweet on the front, sweet on the back, with a hint of bitterness overall. It is quite enjoyable as a pilsner goes, very drinkable, nice creamy mouthfeel, good finish. I like it. I'd have more it.

Serving type: can

08-03-2011 04:38:20 | More by drabmuh
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: can

08-28-2011 13:42:04 | More by WVbeergeek
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: can

06-20-2011 01:45:17 | More by jlindros
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The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 937 ratings.