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The Crisp - Sixpoint Brewery

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363 Reviews

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Reviews: 363
Hads: 1,402
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 23.54%
Wants: 100
Gots: 235 | 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 MisSigsFan
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.61/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.62/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of seedyone
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

08/05/15 From a can, at home. There's been a lot of beer over the old taste buds since my last look at this offering from Sixpoint. I can double down on my assessment of the robustness of the well balanced flavors. To me the aroma took a while to take hold, even after a few minutes at room temperature but that did not deter my enjoyment. This is a very quaff-able beer. Every swallow invites you back for another. The solid texture reminds me more of an ale than what I think of as a pilsner. Not less than, just different.

The rich taste & texture leave a very pleasant afterglow, which still leaves me wondering about the name, but a great beer, by any other name tastes as good, so I'll do less label reading & live it up.

Thank you Sixpoint.

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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

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Photo of FMSmith
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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!

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Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

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

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of ern19
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.28/5  rDev -17%
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'.

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Photo of DeFaz
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Premo88
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

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Photo of bubseymour
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can with a best before date of May 2015 (drinking in July 2014).

Beer has a typical pilsner head. Beer has a wonderful aroma of hops. Strange because they actually smell more like American IPA hops vs. the usual European Noble variety. The taste is excellent for a pilsner. Very hop forward with maltiness balance. A little over hopped perhaps but a tad more balanced than say, Prima. Overall I thought this was one of the better pilsners out there and a high quality brew from SixPoint.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.78/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a large, fading, white head.
Nose shows hay, spicy hops, grassy notes and light grainy malt.
Flavours are very hop-focused. Big spicy, floral, citrus-y and grassy notes. Little else. Some light malt. Assertive bitterness.
Nice high carbonation.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with a creamy, thick white head that recedes very slowly.

S: Aromas of biscuit, crackers, grain, straw, grass, herbs, lemon, lime, and honey are present on the nose.

T: Notes of minerals, lemon, lime, biscuits, crackers, fresh herbs, straw, grass, honey, and grain wash across the palate. The finish is short and crisp with lemon, lime, grass, mineral, and cracker flavors lingering.

M: Light-to-medium in body and quite dry. Carbonation is crisp and firm. This lager is superbly easy to drink and incredibly refreshing.

O: A nice lager that is more or less in the German style. The body is a little too slight and not quite dry enough for me to fully accept this beer as an authentic German-style pils, yet it is still very good.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with best by date of May 08, 2015 printed on the bottom of the can. Apparently this beer is good for a year. Another new beer to me from Sixpoint, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a lightly cloudy straw yellow colored body with three fluffy bubbly fingers of white head. Head has excellent staying power. It looks very nice.

S - Smell is comprised of grass, grains / wheat, lemon pith, lightly peppery, & some crisp earthy yeast presence. The German hops and malts are more than apparent.

T - The taste is very nice - bready, grainy, wheaty, grassy, herbal, & mildly resinous.

M - Likewise, the feel is extremely crisp, clean, bready, bitter, and dry. Some piney herbal hop content lingering long and hard on the palate. The palate begs for another sip to wash away the dryness.

Overall, a very nice example of the style, possibly one of the best and most delicious examples of a pilsner that I've had. Mabe not exactly the most traditioal, but certainly delicious.

Sixpoint The Crisp ---4/5.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a golden, shimmering yellow, with a 1.5 inch head, and lots of foamy lacing down the glass.

Smells quite floral, with some citrus, and sweet grain.

The taste is similar. Not sure this tastes super "traditional" as it is quite "juicy" but it's still very delicious. Floral and citrus hop aromas, some grassy herbal bitterness, and bready toasted bread flavors, with some sweet grain.

Insanely drinkable and delicious, this goes down really easily. Light to medium bodied, Crisp, mostly dry mouthfeel.

This is another quite delicious beer from Sixpoint. It's close but not quite to a traditional German pilsner.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

appearance; color is a very clear, pale gold. pours a finger of white head that quickly settles into spotted lacing. a slow, steady stream of bubbles constantly rise to the surface of the beer.

smell; very clean. smooth yeast, kick of floral hops.

taste; clean, yeast flavor, bread, hint of malt sweetness, nice punch of citrus and earthy hop notes.]

mouthfeel; very crisp, light body,medium carbonation. very slight amount of dryness before leaving quite a juicy feel in the mouth.

overall; the perfect american pilsner.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Pours a very pale yellow with nice carbonation and a fluffy single finger head.

Very clean and refreshing quaffs of sweet and floral malts with a slight hop finish.

Very light, very refreshing, clean lager malts are slightly sweet, but met halfway with a nice hop character.

Mouthfeel is bright and cleansing that goes down like water.

Overall a darn good lager, just very well done.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a standard pint glass. Crystal clear light gold color, with fine streaming bubbles flowing from the bottom. Large initial head, though it fades somewhat quickly. The nose features plenty of hop aroma--very nice, though more American than German, with grassy piney notes. Oh, this is a fine hoppy pils, with lots of bitterness and grassy hop flavors. Malt is light but holds up reasonably well. Light, clean finish. Nice spritzy carbonation level. One of the best pils I've had in a while.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 16 oz. can that is stamped Best Before 28 April 2014. I am sampling this a few weeks later on May 16, 2014.

High marks for its slightly hazy pale yellow pour and tremendous long lasting head that leaves lots of lacing. Why?: Because pilseners are supposed to look that way so it is right on as far as style goes.

The aroma is of barley grain and malts, a lemongrass thing, sugar sweetness, and a clean crisp hop note. Note that i said "crisp" because that is the name mind you.

Light body

The taste echoes the aroma with the same sweet, grainy, malty characteristics that leave a dry but clean hop bite at the end. Often I rate a beer on whether I would remember it a year from now if someone asked me about it. I think I could give a future customer a pretty good description of what to expect.

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The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.