The Crisp - Sixpoint Brewery

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Reviews: 344
Hads: 1,350
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 88
Gots: 214 | FT: 3
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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 SteveB24
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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. (387 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (809 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a strong, foamy, snow-white head in a tall Pilsner glass. Brew is slightly cloudy, incredibly active - tons of bubbles - and a sickly, pale yellow; a shade greener than straw. Retention is very good, and lacing is thick and impressive.

Surprising hop aroma, reminiscent of Citra: citrus notes, a dank sweetness, and stale biscuit pale malts. A bit of wildflower honey, and some slightly earthy bitterness.

Everything in the aroma is well-represented on the tongue: sweet and powdery, earthy pale malts up forward and again on the back-end; very dry, earthy hops, as well as a definite dank note, accented by citrus peel and the barest hint of tropical juice; a tiny hint coming on late of banana-note yeast; quite bitter for the style, but not so much that it is off-putting.

Very lively in the mouth, with a strong sting, but not so much that it prevents savoring or chewing. Long aftertaste, with wet hop oils and dry malt residue. An odd combination, leading to slight puckering.

This is a very hard brew to judge; I find myself very much on the fence. Sixpoint isn't afraid to call this a Pils, but I am; any classic Pilsner malt doesn't really shine through in my opinion, while the hop load and malt profile keep my palate wondering if this is really an IPL, or a hoppy pale lager, or a hoppy Pils (as advertised).

One thing this beer is certainly not is bad; it's very, very refreshing and drinkable. The dry-hopping gives it an undeniable modern American craft brew lean, but the smooth clean presentation makes it far more drinkable. That may not be a perfect marriage, but I think it works pretty well overall.

Served in a tall Spiegelau Pilsner/Kölsch crystal. (1,684 characters)

Photo of Mises85
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: orange hazy with 1 finger head.

Smell: Belgian ale esque, hoppy, lemon, seltzer.

Taste: Thick, lemony, cracker like, grassy hops, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: quite effervescent and very silky.

It was a good pilsner and definitely one of the better ones I have had. Would definitely drink this again. (312 characters)

Photo of jonb5
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml can, poured into snifter.

A: Slightly darker than normal pils, Large head, good retention, lots
of lacing, the haziest filtered (I think) lager I’ve ever seen.

S: German style noble hops, could have been Warsteiner.

T: Doughy, bitter, something really reminded me of Duvel.

M: Lacked the bite of an authentic German Pils, thick
body, smooth, not much carbonation.

O: A Pils with a US craft slant, wouldn’t turn it down if
offered one but can’t help thinking the Germans
make better versions of domestic styles. (532 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a glass, it has a murkey orange color body with a small fizzy head. The armoma had a citrus, lemon aroma to it. The taste has a crisp pilsner flavor, hop and citrus, malt. The hops also gives it a earthy, grassy flavor also. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp and overall a good pilsner. (310 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours an unusually cloudy golden color. The white-colored head is a finger high and very rough in texture. Retention is lacking. Lacing, though, is fairly nice - a semi-solid ring is left on the glass.

S: Lemony like whoa. There are other citrusy notes like lime and orange, too. The malt backbone is seemingly minimal - and that's a good thing. Some faint buttery hints are also present. I like my pilsners to have a big, hoppy bite; this certainly looks like it will fit that equation. On the other hand, the nose is a bit weak for me.

T: Oh yeah, that's nice and bitter. The primary hop flavor is a ton of lemon; other notes of apricot, lime, grass, and orange hide subtly behind it. Its bitter bite hits the palate immediately, yet it slightly subsides near the semi-sweet finish. As it warms up a bit, the crackery malts come out to play a bit, helping to balance this in all the right ways.

M: Due to its haze, it's not a clean beer, at all. On the other hand, it's very much crisp-finishing and easy to drink - refreshing, too. It's not entirely bone dry, but I wouldn't trade the pre-swallow creaminess for anything else. Carbonation is surprisingly soft.

O: The more I sample from Sixpoint, the more I start to 'get' them. Maybe it's the way they hold up a middle finger to style conventions (this is some weird hybrid between a German pils, a kellerbier, and a good ol' fashioned hoppy 'Murican lager; even better, it actually works), I don't know. All I know is I would definitely buy this again. (1,544 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

355ml Can from Crystal Palace (Wetherspoons), Glasgow (£2.49):
Clear, light golden colour with a lot of visible carbonation showing through plenty of bubbles rising to the surface. Has a half cm, foamy white head that hold pretty well with some lacing too.

Light pilsener malts & some grassy hops with a crisp & clean aroma that has some bittersweet notes coming through & faint citrus with a few earthy notes as well. It was a fairly light smelling beer & pretty much as I was expecting for the style.

Light & clean pilsener taste with some earthy bitterness coming through & a few malts as well. There was a light citrus & lemon taste with some grassy hops on top of that.

Smooth & clean on the palate with a naturally crisp finish as the name hinted at. The beer was a good thirst quencher with carbonation levels about medium with a medium body & a slightly bittersweet finish.

A decent pilsener & not a bad offering from Sixpoint, although it wasn't in the same league as their Bengali Tiger. Nice & crisp, living up to the name at least but there are better pilseners out there. (1,089 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall pint glass: color is opaque gold/copper, head is bright white, presenting 1/2 inch thick then dissipating to a nice top; definitely more dense/murky than other pilsners.

Smell is light pils malts, then grassy hops, solid bitterness, light citrus and earthy notes.

Taste is crisp, definitely full of hops, though the subtle grassy flavors are prominent, some stronger citrus type flavors are noted with a strong drying, bitter finish; malt is pils and bread, subtle backbone type flavor. Earthy flavors are prominent as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonated and biting on the tongue, very drying, more so than other similar style pilsners.

Overall, this is seems to be close to a kellerbier in presentation with a heavy bitter pils take. As it warms up the flavors come through pleasantly, but the nose seems off and mouthfeel a bit overdone. (863 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Clear golden colour. Great brightness. Nice foamy white head with good head retention.

Lightly hoppy aroma which complements the rich malt character. Very simple but no evident flaws.

Rich malt character but this falls apart with a harsh bitterness and some acetaldehyde. The green apple character is particularly offputting.

Moderate body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A disappointing beer. The aroma and appearance are great but the presence of acetaldehyde in large quantities seriously lowers the palatability of this beer. (534 characters)

Photo of Act25
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can w best before date on bottom. Pours a beauty.

A: Clear golden body with appropriate energetic carbonation, and white head w sturdy lacing.

S: Fresh cut hay, grass, hop spice, bread, clean, yeast. Very refreshing and great with food.

T: Crisp, lemony, solidly bitter, grassy, herbal, w lemon rind, and base of grainy, bready, malt. A very dry finish. ie CRISP! As crisp as any German or EU pilsner, and it helps to start on this side of ocean and with our Adirondack water (in Brooklyn).

F: Perfect? Close to perfect, light without being thin. Excellent finish that pairs so well with any food, in this case pizza & salad, and makes you want another.

Up there with the best. Love this brewer. (708 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can @ Duckfat: This one pours a hazy, darker golden color. There was a somewhat frothy off-white head on it. It didn’t linger long or leave much lacing. The nose is OK, but a bit bland. Faint earthy hops and some malts. The taste is much better than the nose. Bit of bitterness, some malts. Very smooth. (305 characters)

Photo of soccerman7
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Harpoon Leviathan flute glass. Thanks Jeremy.

A - Wonderful fluffy head that is lingering. Surprisingly cloudy for the style. Nice carbonation.

S - Earthy hops and toasted bread. Very nice aroma.

T - Very clean bread character. The hops are pleasantly earthy. Wonderfully crisp and clean.

M - Perfectly clean and to style. Lingers. Very pleasant.

O - This is excellent. Happy to have something this good domestic. Worth seeking out. (453 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear orange, not much carbonation, two finger head that leaves some lacing.

S-Wheat, straw, lemon, orange and slight grass.

T-Malty, straw, wheat, some lemon and grass, very slight bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation, with a crisp finish (I'd hope so).

O-An above average pils, good for a hot day. (318 characters)

Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a very hazy golden body with a clumpy 1 finger off-white head
S: smell a great deal of strong grain, lemon...very spicy
T: absolutely perfect taste for the style, it stays true to the style in that it quenches and has drinkability but it has way more flavor than the average pilsner. high carbonation, taste a lot of grain and hops with lemony citrus on the back end
M: great carbonation which i expect from a pilsener..stays true to the style and is very crisp
O: best pilsener ever...sixpoint crushes everything they touch and this beer is no different...definitely give it a shot if ur skeptical about american takes on german pilseners, u will be pleasantly surprised. (681 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a hazy golden color.

The aroma is a bit light with some gentle cracker malt and German hops of spice and herbs.

The flavor follows with a gentle light grainy backbone. The finish hits with tons of spice and a bit of lemon, almost as if there were rye in there. Lots of spicy notes along with herbal hops, instead of grass that pilsners usually have.

It's a light medium body with tons and tons of carbonation that compliments the spicy hops.

A competent attempt at a pilsner by Sixpoint. (509 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

a: Slight chill have, golden body, small white head.

s: Mineral water, biscuits, herbal hops. Fairly mild overall.

t: Aptly named. Small malt presence, honey and biscuity malts. Mineral-y aspirin finish that lingers beautifuly. Crisp indeed.

m: Crisp, with moderate carbonation.

o: Great fuckin' pils, been way too long since I had one. (340 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear, deep golden in co;or , with a large, coarse off-white head, which retains quite well. The lacing is chunky and scattered, the carbonation is profuse.

Aroma: Opens with substantial, pungent noble hops, which dominate the aroma. Cracker malt is present as well, but the hops dominate the aroma.

Taste: Opens with substantial noble hop flavor. AS the taste progresses, solid bread and cracker malt notes assert themselves, but never eclipse the noble hops. AS the taste draws to a close, the hops dominate, without overpowering.

Mouth feel: Soft and full with soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-crafted and drinkable, the hops seemed a trifle overdone.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard sixteen ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. (796 characters)

Photo of BradMacMullin
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Five Horses in Davis Square. Humid day and it seemed perfect for a crisp pilsner. Very clean taste right away - classic German notes. Very surprising. Very lemongrass and wheat smell with little head. Not overly carbonated but the beer kept its crispness throughout. Very refreshing beer - nice change from overly hopped regulars always served. Very good beer (373 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought as part of a 4 pack of 500ml cans from Beers of the World on 7/27/13.

Poured into a large Pilsener glass served cold.

appearance: light gold with a towering white head. nice lacing.

aroma: classic noble hops with a lemon zestiness. a step above any other pils.

mouthfeel: full with a slight spritziness.

taste: tart apples are an expected addition to this nicely hopped but perfectly balanced lager. finish is very dry and tart.

notes: perhaps the best German styled Pilsner I have ever had. refreshing, tasty, delightful. (535 characters)

Photo of lostinfla
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First Sixpoint taste!

Pint can poured into Sam Adams glass

Almost crystal clear, bright yellow color with excellent carbonation and a snow white, short lived head. Good lacing in a ring around the edge that says with the beer quite a while.
Smell is just what I like best - Grapefruit notes with that nice german malt/hop smell. This is what beer is supposed to smell like!
Taste is great too - smooth with just the right bite and mildly lingering after bite. This one goes down great here in the Florida heat and humidity!

Ill be back for more! (549 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer has a hint of hazy to the body with a slow microcarbonation trailing up to a bubble white head.

S- The clean aroma has a touch of pungent hops but not much else even as it opens.

T- The dry sulfur flavor fades to a little green note of hops that lingers a bit in the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizz in the finish that scrubs the delicate flavor.

O- There is not much hop flavor in this beer and there is no malt flavor to be found at all. It is very clean and crisp just a bit boring. (548 characters)

Photo of youngs11
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden yellow. Pours a white, one finger head that quickly peters out to a ring of white around the glass and a cluster of froth in the middle. Nothing unexpected here for a pils. A little more depth in color than others of the style.

Not a lot going on in the smell department. A little hoppy, grassy, metallic. Opens up a little bit as it warms.

This beer tastes like I WANT the typical domestic pilsner-style macros to taste. It is just hoppy enough to put a little bitter on the tongue, but is also sweet like apple and fresh like lettuce and grass after initial contact.

I really like the MF. There is a good amount of carbonation as expected. I especially like the velvety texture it leaves on the tongue after a good gulp. I feel like its finishing texture is similar to styles with much less carbonation like stout. Creamy, buttery, a pleasantly surprising feel when compared to its crisp, refreshing taste.

I am really pleased with this beer. This is not really my go-to style, I think mainly because it often reminds me of beers I drank before discovering the diverse offerings of the craft world. Sixpoint has taken the style that is typically a staple of college frat parties and day-drinking cookouts and turned it into exactly what we all want it to be. Drinkable, refreshing, and simple, but also flavorful and thoroughly enjoyable. (1,365 characters)

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