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The Crisp - Sixpoint Brewery

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very good

352 Reviews
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Reviews: 352
Hads: 1,374
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 96
Gots: 223 | 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:
Beer added by: confer on 10-30-2010

Old world craftsmanship with new, clean flavors. Bright pilsner malts meet Noble hop character. The Crisp, American Pilsner innovation.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (895 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +1%
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 (378 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (2,134 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish golden color with a finger of fluffy white head. Solid retention with some nice lacing.

Smell: Mildly sweet from the malt. Some herbal notes along with a hint of citrus.

Taste: A lot more bitter than the smell indicates, but not in an unpleasant way. Has the distinct pilsner taste. Not a lot of sweetness at all. Bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation. Mildly dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. A very nice bitterness, quite refreshing. As the can said, there isn't much for this beer to hide behind, and they did a good job with it. (666 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (1,001 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
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. (1,203 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (1,443 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden brew with a lovely head in the Einbecker Pils glass. Foam sticks to the glass as you sip. Fragrant with perfumey hops. Light bodied with a sharp mouthfeel.

The very light malt is crackery and only faintly sweet. The aftertaste is very hoppy. The first one of these I tried seemed more bitter than I like. Trying another can tonight it doesn't seem overly bitter, even following a very malty Oktoberfest beer. But it's the sort of Pilsener an IPA fan would like. Clean and well-made brew with lacing to the bottom of the glass. Poured out of the 12 oz tall can from the brewery. (592 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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) (434 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent head with some lasting power. The liquid is dark straw with a touch of haze. Leaves some chunky, spotty lace on the glass.

Very nice start of a semi-grainy and fully malted pilsner barley. But the hop is like smelling fresh hop cones. Delicious.

This is a highly hopped pils. Good starting pale malt flavor (no grain as in the smell). Peppery bitterness that lasts long after the swallow. Very rich for a pilsner. A very special beer to drink if you prefer your pils bitter. (483 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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. (956 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a pint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent bright orange golden color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing and little head retention.

s - Smells of light fruity malts, bready malts, grain, and light hops. Very nice and refreshing.

t - Tastes of bready malts, grains, fruity malts, light floral hops. Again, very nice.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Super smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a really good pilsener from Sixpoint. Very refreshing and some nice fruit and hops with the usual grains and bread. Could definitely have a few of these and would want to. Would have it again. (682 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can, best by Sept 29,2011. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a fairly dense 2 finger white head with great retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. Some decent lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of honey, bread, lemon, grass, citrus, and a bit of spiciness. Very nice and inviting aromas. Taste of big breadiness, with lemon, grass, and citrus. Finishes with a grassy and spicy hop bitterness that is decently strong and lingers for a bit with lemon and citrus sweetness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body. Nice crisp and refreshing finish, as expected. Extremely drinkable and delicious stuff with no alcohol in the taste or finish. Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Outstanding stuff, and a perfect summer beverage I would drink on a hot day. (795 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%

16 oz can served in a nonic glass.

Pours light amber in color with a good head that has decent retention and some lacing. Little in the way of rising carbonation bubbles for style. Poor clarity.

Aroma: mixed grains, soft fruits and herbal hops.

Flavor: Fruity for style.

Feel: light body and medium-low, too low, carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

O: a decent pilsner, but compares poorly to the SN/Firestone Walker Beer Camp Torpedo Pilsner that preceded it. (463 characters)

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The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.