The Crisp - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

344 Reviews
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Reviews: 344
Hads: 1,346
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 88
Gots: 215 | 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:
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 Cavanaghty
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Straw yellow with a think white head and lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops and wheat/grassy notes

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of bitter hops and pine notes.

Overall: Ok brew. I would have again if I was offered. (279 characters)

Photo of woemad
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can provided as part of a “sample” (read: sixpack) by @sixpoint. An expiration date of “23 Sep 15” is stamped upon the bottom of the can.

Poured a somewhat chill-hazed golden amber color, with a big, long-lasting, sudsy white head. Lots of lace.

Soft, herbalish “Euro” hop scents are what floats up to the nose initially. As it warmed up a little there was a modest piney hop scent more reminiscent of those grown in the New World. The two hop worlds seem to meld together well.

Herbal and slightly peppery hop flavor hit the taste buds first. It’s restrained in the way a good pilsener tends to be. Likewise, a bready maltiness is present in the same way. Things end on a crisp, slightly dry note.

Fairly light bodied, with a crisp, clean mouthfeel.

Whether it’s the brewery or the BA, Sixpoint rocks! Unlike many American pilsener-style beers, this retains the classic feel and drinkability of an Old World example, but has some American hop character as well. Eminently drinkable, I could consume this all day. When the summer weather is here, I know I’ll miss having this on hand. (1,113 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a shocking bright golden color with slight orange hue. Tons of carbonAtion. Bright white fuzzy white head.
S- smells of malt, slight hop, busicuit, very refreshing smell.
T- hoppy pilsner in which bitter bite sticks. A lot of taste for a pilsner.
F - Not its best point. Not as refreshing as most pilsners.
O- Great taste for a pilsner, but mouthfeel not what expected in a pilsner. (396 characters)

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with very little head and a hazy, very medium pale complexion.

The nose is crisp piney hops up front and a bit of malt. Its smells great!

The taste is a very crisp hop snap up front, nothing too extreme, but very crispy lightly piney hops initially, this quickly fades to a mildly hoppy flavor. Overrall, flavor is lightly hoppy, very crisp malt, and low bitterness on the aftertaste.

One of the better pilsners out there that you can buy nationally. (461 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%

Too much pine, not enough pilz. Drinks more like a clean, hoppy wheat beer or IPL. Hops seem to be pretty "new world," not "noble" as noted in the description. The hops actually have a bit of that lemony, herbal Sierra Nevada quality. And of course, pine. Lots of it.

There may be a decent pilsner hiding somewhere beneath the piney hop haze, but it's impossible to tell. Any mention of "pilz" or "pilsner" on this beer's labeling is misleading. Not a bad beer, just not a great one. (485 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev +1.8%

This is my first time trying a beer from Sixpoint.
Came flying out as soon as I cracked open the can. But I caught it all in my goblet. Of course this resulted in a beautiful 1" foamy head. Typical aroma that you would expect from a German pilsener. Flavor wise there is nothing surprising here, it's just a very clean, refreshing pilsener. Very drinkable, went down very easy. Looking forward to my next beer from Sixpoint. (424 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
4/5  rDev +1.8%

SERVICE: Bottle
Best before: Sept. 23, 2015

Pours a clear straw color with a big white head that descends to a scummy coating. OK retention a touch of lacing. The smell and the flavor are both flatly bready/bitter. Really clean fresh aroma with some herbal/citric hop smells. The flavor is bracing with green herbal hop characteristics (almost like mint or basil), there is some definitely clean malt and yeast character to it. Super drinkable with a light body and a medium finish (in kind of hangs around but is pretty clean). Excellent pilsener. Stays true to being fairly inoffensive and drinkable while still cramming in some flavor from the European-tasting hops. Would have again; excellent 'good' beer for pale lager lovers. (741 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%

This beer truly lives up to it's name. The pour is a light golden yellow color with a thin head that dissipates quickly. The smell is light but has distinct floral hop notes and some light malt sweetness. The taste was a quick bite from the hops and malt that mellowed and had a bright finish with little aftertaste making it a very refreshing beer. Would highly recommend. (373 characters)

Photo of rorjets
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Bought a sixer of this a couple days ago, and have really enjoyed it! The name gets it right - it is very crisp, with a citrusy grapefruit aroma on the pour. The head is full, but dissipates quickly. On the first sip the grapefruit taste comes thru, with some mild bitterness that ends in a clean finish. All in all, deeelicious! (330 characters)

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a straw yellow with white head that lasts a while. Almost no lacing on the glass. From the smell you can tell this is a lager but it has a nice amount of hoppiness. Very citrusy. Taste is like a cross between a pilsner and a pale ale. You get that smooth bready malt up front with a nice hop bite in the finish. Grapefruit, maybe some pine and fruity sweetness. Mouthfeel is awesome. Really light and not overly carbonated. Goes down easy and really drinkable. Overall a very solid beer. Sixpoint can do no wrong in my eyes. These guys just put out awesome stuff. (569 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.61/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look- Straw yellow. Mostly clear but with a slight haze unlike other pilsners.
Smell- Perhaps my favorite thing about this beer. Citric aroma, reminds me of grapefruit, also elements of hops.
Taste- As with the aroma, a citrus, grapefruit like taste with a very pleasant bitterness coming from the hops. It seems to have a higher hop presence than other pilsners.
Feel- Medium carbonation. As the name suggests, crisp, clean and refreshing.
Overall- What a delightful pilsner! Simply one of the best American pilsners on the market from one of my favorite breweries. (567 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pilsner glass pour: Golden yellow with a slim white head, decent lacing. Looks refreshing. Smells more of some fruity hops. Cherry/ white grape, floral, bread in the background. Not what I expected. Fantastic. Unique nose for a pilsner.
Tastes like a refreshing pilsner with nicely bitter fruity hops, hint of orange: honey sweetness, peppery. Complex.
An exceptional German style pilsner that lives well up to its name. (422 characters)

Photo of seedyone
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

04/27/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

Surprised to see I've not noted this before. Glad I'm now adding it to the chronicle as on the first sip I remember why.

This brew has a lot of flavor & body but a misnomer for a name. Crisp is nowhere in sight. This may be someones cup of tea, but that someone ain't me. (313 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

Appearance: deep orangish yellow color. A full 3 finger foamy head that fades fairly quickly and leaves just a small lacing behind. Strong, almost perfect clarity. 3.75/5

Smell: earthy pilsner malts. Hops mostly spicy but with a slight hint of citrus. 4/5

Taste: a nice light pilsner malt sweetness, some earthy and grassy hints. Lots of strong and bold hop flavors. Starts off with a fairly subtle citrus and quickly becomes a bold and strong spicy noble hops. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: light to medium light body. Good crispness. Slight dryness, slight lingering bitterness. It's a certainly refreshing. Pretty good clean feel. 4/5

Overall: a solid pilsner offering. Great to see a nice refreshing well done lager so easily found. Great for a barbeque or post run in the summer. (777 characters)

Photo of FMSmith
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Definitely some hop and citrus. Not an over abundance of each but you can taste 'em. Good golden color, nice head but maybe just a tad too much carbonation for me.
I guess actual hardest part for me to LOVE this beer is the worst, i am still a can hater. I know the pros and cons but hell I don't drink any beer out of a can! somebody help me get over this! (359 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

A-nice golden color with a tall white head and decent lacing

S-bready malt, floral, little citrus, pine

T-bready malt, floral, little yeast, light pepper/spice, citrus, light pine, moderate bitter finish

F-light body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-excellent pilsener, easy drinking and great for a hot summer day to quench the thirst (350 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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 clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy and light gold color with lots of head that dies quick with lace patches around glass. Beer is light, smooth, the minor citric hoppy crispness is dominant but there is a little big of sweetness coming off as well thanks to a good balance. Finishes dry and crisp and is a simple and enjoyable beer. (312 characters)

Photo of ern19
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Labeled Best By May 18 2015

A: Very pale yellow, almost totally transparent.

S: It lets you know that it has an all-American hop bill, and that it's not a traditional German pilsner by any stretch of the imagination. More subtle than a pale ale, but the aroma is hop forward.

T: My first thought when tasting it is that it has a super "clean" taste to it. I'm not really sure how to describe it. It's not a sipper, it begs you to chug the whole glass. You get a little orange rind in the middle, followed by some crackery malt, with a lingering slightly bitter finish.

M: Super light, like I said it begs to be chugged.

I've never had anything like it, the hops are up front (and familiar, for someone who drinks more hoppy beers than anything else), but the combination of the hops and super light lager mouthfeel and appearance make this one pretty unique. I gave this to my dad and a friend who drinks more Steel Reserve than craft, and they both really enjoyed it. I think this is a great "gateway" beer for those who are used to AALs and the like. Light, while having no shortage of flavor. (1,104 characters)

Photo of BB1313
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by May 9, 2015. 12oz can poured into a pint glass. This was a gusher, but didn't affect the experience. Pours a pale yellow with a small white head that leaves nice retention and solid lacing. The aromas are full of sweet pilsener malts. Lots of citrus notes. I will say there is a nice hop presence in the aromas and flavors. Some pear in the mix as well. The flavors are great. There's definitely a hop bite to this one, but still remains true to the style. Maybe some black pepper in the mix as well, but it's really not spicy. It's extremely clean and refreshing. The mouthfeel is very nice. It's light with a solid body to it. The carbonation is active and it's very smooth. This is an extremely drinkable brew. It's perfect for the warm weather, but will hit the spot during any season.

I'm pretty much blown away. This is definitely my favorite beer I've had from Sixpoint. I'm disappointed that it took me so long to try this. Awesome stuff. Highly recommended. (975 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%

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)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale amber colour, with slight bubbling. Head is white, a bit thin but decent. Lace is OK. Nice enough.

Smells weird. Honey and boot polish. Sweet, oaty bread. Bit funky. Odd.

Taste is quite bready, yeasty. Dry, with some rubber notes and more honey, and a touch of oat. Some crisp apple, but not much else crisp or really fresh. OK though.

A bit of texture. Bit of body. Still a bit stodgy for a lager.

Nice enough, but could be crisper for something called 'the crisp'. (486 characters)

Photo of DeFaz
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A touch darker than your adjunct pilsner, it's crowned by a fairly fluffy head. Good head retention.

Smell: Hops, some biscuit malt, and a little bit of skunkiness that you're going to expect from a German-style pilsner.

Taste: Fresh, ultra-dry hops and a touch of malt. This isn't my favorite style by any means, but this beer tastes refreshing with its floral flavors.

Mouthfeel: Near perfect, the beer truly is crisp without being overcarbonated. It's sessionable despite being flavorful.

Overall: Absolutely the best pilsner I've had and likely to please the IPA fans who are normally wary of malty lagers or pilsners. (640 characters)

Photo of Premo88
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into pilsener
(best before May 3, 2015)

L: yellow and very cloudy for a pilsener, meaning about 75% clear; incredible 1-inch head of ultra-white foam that is super sticky and is now lacing something fierce off a massive collar; brew clears up a bit over time, and as it does, you can see plenty of the lager-like/pilsener-esque bubbles ... the clarity issue is the only minus here, otherwise perfect

S: now THAT is dry-hopped ... unmistakable green/grass/flower smell sits on top of this thing nicely; very sweet considering the hops are showcased so well; some grain and malt are in there, but they're very subdued ... grain might be corn or sour rice -- malt is cracker-like

T: bitter ... 44 IBUs here taste like 88 ale IBUs ... the lager is delicate enough to let the hop taste show itself all the way in a bitter floral note that has some grass in it but tastes mostly like a pile of lilac or rose petals mashed to a pulp; some malt sweetness showing here and there, but this is virtually all hops; tastes much more bitter than the sweeter nose

F: light but well-carbonated for a nice fullness

O: immediately reminds me of Prima Pils, and it's almost so American-ized that one could argue we need a new style: the American pilsener. very bitter, very floral and almost no malt presence to balance it ... i hear dry-hopping is mainly for the smell, but it sure bitters up the taste in most dry-hopped beers I drink. that is definitely the case here.

but if I'm missing the good bread malt balancing notes and if I'm going to dock points for a lack of clarity, I also have to give The Crisp full points for being fantastic at what it wants to be -- a super-hoppy pilsener with American hop flavors. I get why people love this brew, and it's one I'll likely revisit. (1,792 characters)

Photo of hopflyer
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 5/8/15

Pours light straw colored yellow. Minimal head. Somewhat hazy

lemongrass and spice in the nose. A hint of lime. Somewhat farmhouse smell.

taste is grassy with the hint of lime picked up in the nose. A touch of bitterness and rounded out with a bit of a sweet green tea taste. A bit of American citrusy hops become somewhat apparent halfway thru.

Light bodied as expected with moderate to high carbonation. Crisp, dry, and really clean finish.

Kind of new to this style but I really like this one. Works great in these hot humid summer days. a lot of flavor packed in to this beer but maintains a light refreshing body. Well done once again by the boys from Sixpoint. Seek this one out! (705 characters)

The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.