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The Crisp - Sixpoint Brewery

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The CrispThe Crisp

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very good

985 Ratings

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Ratings: 985
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 57
Gots: 77 | 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:
A blend of German and Bohemian Pils love. German hops all the way. Sehr mean "very" in German. AKA - "The Crisp"

(Beer added by: confer on 10-30-2010)
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

The beer is a light golden amber with a slight haze and fluffy white head. Even though the head fell flat shortly after, it's still refreshing to see a white blanketing on something during this holiday season... Either way it looks like the title describes it, "crisp."

The beer smells very fruity with notes of ripe grape and citrus. There even seems to be a slight note of honey sweetness!
This is absolutely the scent of a refreshing pilsner with strong yeast and hops, but neither one at an extreme end of the spectrum.

I hate to be cliche, but it's a very crisp, fruity beer. There is a strong fruitiness that carries a bitter, hoppy aftertaste.
It's pretty much you session pilsner done right!

There is generous amounts of carbonation with a light, hoppy pilsner body. Although I've had pilsners with a heavier body, this one is solidly medium and definitely reminiscent of its claimed "German" origin in both body and flavor.

I must say, I underestimated this beer the first few times I had it...but it's actually quite tasty! For the price (which I've seen as low as $4.99 a 4-pack) this is a phenomenal pilsner!
For you pilsner fans out there this beer is killer and I definitely recommend it.

12-23-2011 01:37:51 | More by ThePorterSorter
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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

Tallboy can poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a cloudy pale gold with a soapy white head that fades to some patchy haze.
S - Crisp aromas of sweet toasted grains, golden apple, white grape, and floral hops.
T - More sweet, bready malt, ripe apple, and grassy hops. Nicely balanced, and quite refreshing.
M - Smooth and...crisp, with a medium-thin mouthfeel and good carbonation.
O - A really nice Pilsner, stacks up well with Oskar Blues' Mama's Little Yella Pils as one of my favorite American-made Pilsners. Glad I gave this a second chance!

12-22-2011 04:53:01 | More by jsanford
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South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

So the girl is is Colorado and keeps talking about the great beers she is having, blah blah... it's enough to drive me to drink! Pulled this out of my fridge, a trade extra thanks to one of my friends - but whom!?

A. Unfiltered, particulate rich yellow. Fine, fulsome white head that leaves gobs of lace. The 16oz can is "best by" September 2011 - doh! Anyway, it still looks fine in my Trumer Pils glass.

S. Unusual. White grape, dry. Noble hops, semi-sweet. Pure. Wet. Low bitterness. Pilsner-esque, but with more esters than usual. Seems refreshing.

T. I am going to only say this once, but yes Torgo, this surely is Crisp. That's not all it is there, there is a great deal of flavor, variations on Noble hops, gentle grapefruit, mild pilsner malt sweetness and the aforementioned white wine grape. It's not too c***p, and actually drinks quite easily.

M / O. Soft in spots, easygoing bitter-lite and only slightly sugar-grapefruit finish. I think it's quite good, really. Dances in and around several styles, and works well. I could easily have another.

Nice job, Sixpoint! "The Crisp" would make a sublime urban poolside summer beer.

12-20-2011 23:40:04 | More by kkipple
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -23.1%

12-19-2011 21:44:10 | More by CliffBrake
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New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-19-2011 19:00:16 | More by Ralphs66
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

12-15-2011 18:17:14 | More by IrishColonial
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

Transparent orange in body with petite white head that leaves a mist on to the brim of my pint glass. Aroma of citrus notes, light grass, lemon zest, and floral notes. Flavors of herbal hops, pine, light citrus, floral notes, booze note as the drink warms, and a slight hop spiciness as well. Light in body with light carbonation. A spicy, herbal pilsener that can be enjoyed straight from the can. Redneck-style for the reserved craft beer yankee.

12-15-2011 00:34:34 | More by JRed
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Ontario (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +20%

'The Crisp' could more aptly be called 'The Hazy' or 'The Luminous' if going strictly by appearance. This daisy yellow beer has a great deal of protein haze but also a glowing complexion that turns the hand gold when holding it. Its head is gleaming white, almost confectionery, and indeed leaves the glass coated in a powdered sugar-like lacing.

I don't own a Sixpoint shirt, but I could be wearing one right now. This zesty, lemony bouquet has me cheering. The hops have a ton of citrus and almost saffron-like spice. For a medium-strength beer this should hardly be considered fresh yet it's still so full of bright lemony flavour that I'm seeing yellow. That's the beauty of dry-hopping.

Imperial stouts and bourbon barrel-aged offerings offer a wealth of complex flavours, but I maintain that there may be no more flavourful style than a bona fide pilsner. Clean honeyed malt is showered in leafy, flowery hops. Hints of heather and lavender and lemon and orange zest are by-product of all the earthy, floral hoppiness.

I'm not sure exactly what Sixpoint did, but this recipe makes other pilsners looks dimwitted. Its malt tastes literally like fresh wildflower honey smeared over toasted white bread and its hops embody a saffron-like spice, lemon acidity but also a satiating, almost sedative character. I bought a four pack and will finish it in one sitting.

The Crisp is the poet laureate of the beer world: it has a sweet, clean, honeyed maltiness, a heathery, lemony hoppiness that is like a soft voice whispering in your ear and a gratifying finish that is not cut but patiently untied. It pays homage to the old world but still toes the official line that American craft beer must be bolder and juicier.

12-11-2011 17:14:24 | More by biegaman
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New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-10-2011 22:11:05 | More by kuhndog
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4.3/5  rDev +10.3%

A: Pours out a hazy dark straw color with a 'crisp' white head which dissipates quickly but doesn't totally go away - ending up as a kind of soapy looking top. Kinda wish it was a bit more clear.

S: Smells like a bakery in the morning when they are making all the bread fresh. I get that doughy kind of freshness from it. Hops come across as citrus and floral.

T: First thing I notice is the strong hop character, mostly in the flavor. Bitterness is there, but not overpowering at all. The bread from the aroma comes though, but I really have to search for it through the generous floral/herbal notes. A tad of fruit, very clean and distinct flavors.

M: Moderately high carbonation and a light body, though, I would say it's a bit 'rough around the edges'.

D: Drinks nicely, I'd call this a staple. Along with Joe's American Pilsner, it's one of the best ones that I've had. It's just what dinner called for.

12-07-2011 23:31:31 | More by tlazaroff
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3.2/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

12-07-2011 15:29:37 | More by Kegatron
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-07-2011 02:36:59 | More by rab53
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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from 16oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by Nov 2011 on bottom of can. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.60.

A: Pale golden with 1-finger of nearly white tightly bubbled head with good retention and a crusty layer of lacing. Quite a few floaties hurt the appearance somewhat.

S: Sweet honeylike cereal graininess with pungent orange and honeysuckle hoppiness. The maltiness also contributes some crackery breadiness, almost like a pretzel. A nice American twist on the German pilsener style.

T: The flavor is very floral and hoppy with definite orange and lemongrass types of flavors. Not too strong but enhancing the total package. The maltiness is a bit too sweet but robust with a lot of sweet honey biscuit and crackery-bready types of flavors.

M: THe feel lives up to the name with very clean and refreshing feel with active carbonation and moderately dry aftertaste.

O: A unique American-flavored German pils with a lot of maltiness but a bit too much sweetness for me. Still a very nice brew.

12-06-2011 04:29:51 | More by argock
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3.18/5  rDev -18.5%

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a hazy golden straw with a thin cap of white head. It settles almost right away leaving nothing behind.

Grassy hops on the aroma with some toasty malts. A bit of a lemon aroma in the background. A sweet lemon though, like a lemon meringue or something to that nature. The flavor is a lot like the aroma. It has some nice grassy hops start to finish with a doughy flavor. Same lemon meringue sweetness in the background.

Light body with good carbonation. Overall this one isn't anything special, but I don't hate it. I could see myself getting this again on the right occasion. It's sure easy to drink.

12-06-2011 03:18:36 | More by Bendurgin
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-05-2011 17:07:08 | More by asparkoflife
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured from can into Mother Earth kolsch glass.

A - golden color with slightest haze; 3/4 inch white head that settled to a nice cap; lots of dense lacing
S - light and fresh; lemon peel, grass, grain
T - as name suggests it is crisp; slight lemon and malt up front with slight floral notes; slightly drying towards end but avoids bitterness or bite
M - low super fine carbonation; light bodied; "soft" mouthfeel but still manages to be "crisp" overall
D - very likable beer with delicate pilsner flavors; not too malty, not too floral, no bitter bite at end but just hoppy and tangy enough to maintain balance; similar to a Belgian golden pale without the Belgian yeast and ripe fruit flavors; very drinkable

12-04-2011 16:36:34 | More by cwguy5
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

12-03-2011 22:26:20 | More by calmstock
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

12-03-2011 17:22:48 | More by deapokid
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-01-2011 01:33:39 | More by THECPJ
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New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-30-2011 21:23:48 | More by bluntedboywonder
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3.15/5  rDev -19.2%

A-Pours a just slightly hazy straw gold with a frothy white head and a nice sheet of lacing.

S-Grassy hops, biscuity malt.

T-The taste is weird on this one for me. The first couple of sips are indeed crisp, refreshing, classic German pils. But the more I drink, the less satisfying the flavor is. The crispness lags and the grassiness takes over. I have no explanation for why this is, but I have experienced this beer the same way before.

M-Medium bodied but long in the finish for a pils, I think.

O-Just ok for me, really. A strange beer to my palate.


11-30-2011 00:54:49 | More by sholland119
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New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-29-2011 22:02:21 | More by jk3
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

Excellent american pilsner...

A - slight hazy yellow...typical pilsner color, minimal head, slight retention at the surface.

S - Subtle herbal/grassy notes, fruit, lemon peel, and grains

T - Much more pronounced herbal/floral/grassiness, definite lemon peel bitterness, and bready-biscuit grains. Very nice.

M - Typical of the style

O - A great repesentation of the style. Exactly what I would expect from the name...CRISP. As usual sixpoint does not dissapoint at adding their own unique twist and prefecting the style. Very good...I will revisit this brew next summer.


11-29-2011 02:57:12 | More by HopHeadRyan
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-28-2011 03:47:50 | More by setonhallbluehen
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New York

5/5  rDev +28.2%

11-25-2011 13:26:42 | More by nh2032
The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
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