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The Crisp - Sixpoint Brewery

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The CrispThe Crisp

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375 Reviews

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Reviews: 375
Hads: 1,454
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 23.54%
Wants: 100
Gots: 250 | 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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Reviews: 375 | Hads: 1,454
Photo of chrisjws
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Pilsner glass from a 12oz can dated best by July 14th, 2016

A: Crystal clear, light in color with a hint of orange. Lots of carbonation, two fingers of foamy head.
S: Upfront hop bitterness, earthy aromas. Digging in a bit more there's a bit of bready sweetness in the background as well as some faint orange/grapefruit, grapefruit peel type aromas.
T: First couple sips hit with a crisp bitterness upfront followed by a clean finish with a hint of malty sweetness. As I drank more the grapefruit and orange flavors that were faint at first became more pronounced.
M: Quick and clean, nice and light in the mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation that scrubbed the palate between each sip. Medium dry finish.
O: Very tasty pils, much more pronounced orange/grapefruit flavors than I'm used to in the style, but I like it.

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Photo of sholland119
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very clear yellow gold. A thin white head has good retention.

S-Clean pils malt with some noble hop aroma at a low medium level.

T-Medium grainy malt flavors with a supporting light piles malt sweetness. Balanced toward the hops with a medium hop flavor and a medium bitterness. Finish is medium dry.

T-Medium light body, medium carbonation.

O-A pleasant, clean pils. Good balance toward the hops, light bodied, easy drinking. I would like this better a bit drier but quite tasty.


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Photo of mactrail
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of bound4er
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Medium straw appearance with a 2 finger white head that recedes pretty quickly. Laces moderately. Smells like cracker and grassy hops. Nothing complex but to be expected given the style. Tastes like the name - clean and crisp. Bready malt takes center stage followed by noble hops (Saaz, Tettnager?). Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with adequate carbonation. This beer isn't going to wow you but it is damn refreshing to drink and is very well made. Wish I would have tried this earlier in the summer because it really shines on a hot day.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz slim can poured into a Sam Adam’s Perfect Pint glass.

Straw yellow with 1 finger of creamy white head. Crystal clear with moderate carbonation.

Bready yeast, cracker, lemongrass, orange citrus, and a touch of stone fruit.

Juicy notes of orange citrus, lemon, and lesser notes of grapefruit. Primarily bready malts with touches of cracker and honey. A suggestion of bubblegum. Finishes with light notes of lemongrass, florals, grass, and hay.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, semi-dry, and refreshing with a mild bitterness.

This is an exceptional Pilsner! Goes down incredibly easy and is very satisfying. I’ve just found my go-to Pilsner.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.74/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

nice yellow coloring, smells of grass and hops in that order, taste is like a great pilsner w character and punch , feel has great texture and is a mouthful, always have some of these in the beer fridge

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.89/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not really a fan of can beers, but this one changed my stance. Pours a bright yellow with a one inch head. Overall very flavorful and just like the can states, it has a crisp taste and clean finish. Highly recommended.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 3/18/15. Golden pour with a very slight haze. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of citrus hops (tangerine, orange) over biscuit with hints of lemon and a very subtle spicy herbal note.

Light body with a bit of smoothness in the texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice prickly finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, not very complex and well balanced. It begins with a blended hop flavor (herbal, lemon) that slowly separates into orange towards the middle. A crisp bitterness emerges in the middle over a balancing biscuit. The finish is slow bitter fade with a bit of a pucker and is semidry.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

A: A light yellowish cloudy color with a two finger white head. Not much glass lacing.

S: Grainy, grassy, cracker sweetness, noble hops. Not getting much fruit.

T: I get the bready cracker malt flavor first that seems to allow the noble hops to blend in. Some slight lemon and mint maybe, grassy hops, grainy, more bready malt with a finish that is bone dry and slightly bitter but remains fairly soft and elegant. I think this is more Czech like, still a good pils.

M: Medium mouthfeel, dry, slightly prickly, no alcohol and very drinkable.

O: A very good pilsner that is super drinkable but not as bold as other Germans I've had. Still, a solid beer that is very enjoyable and very drinkable. A classic from Sixpoint that will not disappoint.

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Photo of Naked_Batman
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: light straw with a thin head

S-definitely some toasty malts and minerality upfront followed by some musty/ funky fruity notes

T-It definitely is crisp. Straw-like maltiness and toast notes upfront leads into a gentle sweetness that lingers on the palete after swallowing

M-light and bubbly just like a pilsner should be. Definitely has a high drinkability.

O-A solid pilsner from sixpoint. Reminds me of something you would drink from a german farmhands cellar. It has a certain pleasurable hay/straw note that takes you to the country. Would definitely reccomend.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can purchased from Whole Foods and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass. Interesting spin on German Pilsener -- sort of German Pilsener meets pale ale. Enjoyable and would drink again, but would go with a Victory Prma Pils if that were available.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Revisited 09-29-2015 :

This beer is much improved. look is less hazy - nearly clear with a yellow orange. The coriander is balanced. There is a bit of banana light on the front. For a pilsner, this beer is a good beer.

Orig. Review from 2013:

l = hazy, low carbonation

s = coriander why did it have to be coriander.

t = it is a pils - not a big pils fan - coriander taste

f = alcohol is not hidden.

o = not my favorite style.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is my third beer from sixpoint. Last week I had Resin and was a little let down. This one reminds me of Ol' Factory Pils from Two Roads but isn't as tasty. A bit of grain bill coming through and a hint of hops at the end. Crisp and dry finish, but I feel like it just doesn't live up to the other heavy hitters. I will try Bengali next. This one's good but not remarkable.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

look - clear straw color with white head

Smell - grains, grass, cracker

Taste - lightly sweet upfront, grains, biscuit/cracker, wheat, grass, grain

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly sweet upfront, hoppy on the back end

Overall - decent interpretation of a German pilsener

Price Point - $6.99/6 pack 12 oz cans

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. slim can into a mug.

A: Pours a lively gold color with a 1 finger head of white foam. The head quickly fades to a thin film on top of the beer. Lots of carbonation bubbles and a good amount of lacing.

S: Aromas of herbal hops and biscuity malts.

T: Flavors of herbal hops with a solid backbone of biscuity malts. Good balance with moderate bitterness.

M: Crisp mouthfeel with a light body and high carbonation. The body is light but doesn't feel thin on the palate.

O: Overall I thought this was a good lager with crisp flavors of herbal hops and a solid malt backbone. It is perfect on a hot summer day and very refreshing. Another great beer from Sixpoint, I will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of Davidstan
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ok so I got a sixer at a bottle shop and saw the BB date was Sep 15 and also got a fresh sixer from a friend with a BB APR 2016. The fresher beer was fantastic in fact one of the best Pils I have had. The older beer was ok but you could tell not fresh had kinda earthy taste. Good job Sixpoint!

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Thanks again, Cliff.

A: An almost clear light yellow with a white one-finger head that dissipates quickly. Medium lacing.

S: Wheat, honey, apples, some light malts and very light hoppiness.

T: Almost too light and crisp. Biscuity malts meets a field of wheat. Great for post-outdoor work.

M: Light to medium with light to medium carbonation. More carbonation would make this one more stand-outish.

O: Just OK. I'd prefer more punch, but it is what it is.

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Photo of PatrickKellyCT
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I just never seem to love Sixpoint's beers as much as I should based on their ratings on here. Drinkable on hot summer days but there are definitely other pilsners I prefer - Sierra Nevada Nooner for instance.

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Photo of thebeers
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale straw color with thick white head. Fruity aroma with apple cider, pear and honey and a touch of hops and doughiness. Bready flavor, with stale hop bitterness in the aftertaste. A little too stale and not quite crisp enough to my taste, but overall still very good. (Best by date's still over 5 months away.)

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Photo of crenegar
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Certainly not a traditional pilsner by any means. A little too much alpha/citrus in the hop for the style. IMO it hurts drinkability, after 2 or so I'm moving on. Not a bad beer at all but don't buy it expecting a clean, "crisp" traditional pilsner.

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Photo of kculrich
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can't say much about how it looks because I drink this one right from the can. It comes in a box of six which works out well as I've never wanted to drink fewer than six at a time. This is a beer for sitting outdoors in the sun and cultivating skin cancer.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1-17-15; best by 7-23-15; pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy gold with ample carbonation and a 2-3 finger foamy off-white head. Very nice retention. Decent lacing.

Aroma: Very crisp pilsner malt. Slightly citrusy, fruity hoppy aroma - very clean - lemon. Floral. Perfect lager aroma. Clean.

Taste: Dry citrusy arrival, dry mid-palate, very bitter, floral finish.

Mouthfeel: Heavier than expected. Lots of carbonation, but a soft, slightly slick feel.

Overall: Comparing this to the German pilsner (Bitburger) and Hofbrau Original I had [on tap] last night, this is missing something in terms of body, and is over-hopped. Really a great beer, but not one I'd buy regularly. Like Prima Pils - goes for "craft" points by pushing the envelope at the expense of drinkability.

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Photo of lic217
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: yellow, clear, little foam that lasts and leaves lacing
Smell: citrus, flower hops
Taste bread, citrus hops, sweet then bitter
Feel: soft and easy drinking
Overall: nice warm weather beer

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Photo of Beric
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 16oz can
Served: 14 March 2015

Appearance: Nice and bright golden color with a soft head. Looks like your standard pils, but nice depth to the color.

Smell: Grassy hops with a touch of citrusy lemongrass. Standard lager breadiness.

Taste: Holy crap, one of the best US made German Pilseners hand down. Really nice bready, biscuity lager notes which are complimented by an assertive herbal/citrus hoppiness. A bit hoppier than continental versions, but very well done. Finishes semi-dry. Extremely impressed.

Mouthfeel: Light with high carbonation makes this one easy to put back. Does not feel thin, even as it warms and looses some carbonation.

Overall: One of the best US-produced German pilseners available. If you're a lager head, you've got to try this one.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$ 1.99/12 oz can at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Can at 45 degrees into shaker
Aroma of light piney hops
Head large (6 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, slooowly diminishing
Lacing none
Body straw, clear
Flavor starts slightly sweet with some pine, ends bitter; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 4

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The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.