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The Crisp - Sixpoint Brewery

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The CrispThe Crisp

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,032 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,032
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 60
Gots: 93 | 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:
Old world craftsmanship with new, clean flavors. Bright pilsner malts meet Noble hop character. The Crisp, American Pilsner innovation.

(Beer added by: confer on 10-30-2010)
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Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a nice golden color. The head was creamy and white in color. The head settles and just leaves a thin retention on top of the beer. The smell of the beer is a loaded with some noble hops. It's got the pilsner\lager aromas as well. The taste of the beer is pretty solid, good amount of bitter hops in there along with a malt bill that leaves your taste buds tingling. The mouthfeel of the beer was light and soft, it leaves a sharp tingle on the tongue that I liked a lot. Overall it's a pretty damn good brew honestly. I was impressed.

Knapp85, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden orange color with yellowish edges and a one finger frothy white head that very slowly fades into a thick lasting ring. Streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with hints of grass and straw along with a crisp(duh), spicy hop presence. Floral with subtle pine and light fruit notes. Faint buttery character but not enough to kill the nose.

Medium bodied but fuller than expected with a good balance of earthy notes, pale malts and crisp, earthy hops. Slight dry bitterness up front with a spicy, pine hop presence that is nicely balanced by pale, biscuity pilsner malt, grass, straw and light fruit. Well balanced and sessionable but kind of standard for the style.

corby112, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of bobhits
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange body, extremely lively carbonation forming a nice thick white head. This one leaves lacing everywhere. A touch darker than many pilners I’ve had, looks rather refreshing.

The nose is earthy grass and hints of citrus. About what I’d expect from a Pilsner.

The flavor is much the same. A bit of bready malt, a good bite from the hops, and a lot of earthy and citrus notes.

The finish on this one is crisp and clean as hell. The name is truly earned here.

I really wish this were available around here for a hot summer day. I’m not a big Pilsner guy, but this one would hit the spot in June vs this cold January afternoon.

bobhits, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of RodSmith
5/5  rDev +28.2%

RodSmith, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of splendidsplinter
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

splendidsplinter, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of sweisel80
2/5  rDev -48.7%

sweisel80, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of timbre
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

timbre, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of RyanCMcGovern
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

RyanCMcGovern, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

2dogbrew, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Brad007
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild yellow gold color with a nice frothy head into my glass. It came from a can too!

As the name implies, it is certainly crisp in the nose. Buttery bread and a light hop kick conspire to inspire desire.

Taste is pretty much what I expected with buttery bread as the dominating characteristic. It's similar to Prima Pils but without the strong hop bite. That is until it hits the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is a different story with a nice touch of creaminess to accentuate the buttered bread and hops. It's a better finish than that of either Prima Pils and Noble Pils. Just the right amount of hops linger.

A marvelous crisp lager in a can! I think I'll spring for a 4 pack next time instead of singles.

Brad007, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into tulip.
Pours a slightly hazy golden...it looks as if the haze is made up of tiny bubbles. Really thick foamy head and sticky lacing.
Bready malty aroma, with a bit of hops and bitter citrus and earthy grass/hay. Almost a saison type aroma.
Taste is really nice and unique. "Crisp" malty hops with a nice earthy "barnyard" overtone. Finish is slightly bitter, but it almost has a creamy feel.
Im not sure if I would consider this to be a German Pilsner, but its deff a great brew; unique and full of flavor.

DrinkSlurm, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of pvsob
2.53/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Slightly hazy, dark golden color with a soapy three finger head that fades slowly and leaves nice lacing.

S- Honey, golden delicious apples, green melon, white grapes, butter, and just the tiniest hint of grainy Pils malt.

T- Unlike the aroma, I am picking up more malt in the flavor, but it's only there for a few moments before it gets kicked in the nuts by all those funky/buttery sweet flavors that were present in the aroma.

M- Medium to full feel with very little carbonation. It has a syrupy texture.

O- This beer really threw me for a loop. I have not idea whether this beer was designed to come out like this, or maybe I just got a bad can. I'll more than likely get another single of this just to make sure I didn't get a bad can. If it turns out different/better, I'll definitely re-review. Cheers.

pvsob, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one finger white head that reduces quickly. Thin lacing forms around the entire glass.

S: Floral and grassy right away, with a little bit of citrus/peel, rather fresh smelling. A little bit of bready malt as well.

T: Bready upfront with some lager yeast, the floral/citrus flavors come through second, opposite of the aroma.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking.

O: Pretty good pilsner, easy drinking and refreshing.

mdaschaf, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of astrobomb
3/5  rDev -23.1%

astrobomb, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of engagechad
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen VA - pint

Pours a hazy yellow with a nice head, decent lacing

Smells pungent and hoppy, like a really really fresh pilsener

Taste is riteous, I am not by any means a pilsener man, this is up there with Avery's Joe's pils for me, very very good and stanky in a good way.

Feels great, best cold. prickley and aggressive - makes me want a bratwurst.

Overall this (again) is a sixpoint brew that I would love to try again.

engagechad, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of maximum12
1.9/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to andrewnations for a sampling of Sixpoint brews that arrived in the mail just in time for Christmas. Merry Christmas to me!

Nicely designed 16 oz. can is swallowed whole by my big tulip. Very pilsy to look at, dark yellow, unfiltered apple juice. Smells of lemon, citrus, & a dark-souled unidentifiable raunch. Huh.

Sehr Crisp certainly lives up to the name. Large-format breadiness heads up the line, but it's a hard-baked bread with melted sugar on top. That strange, anonymous funkiness that showed in the nose reappears less pleasantly behind the main ingredients; definitely off, a close cousin to buttery diacetyl. Mouthfeel is thick & close for a pils. I'm not a stickler for style, hell, I don't really care what a brewer calls it, but this is way off. And judging from the off-flavor, seems like this one missed entirely. Too thick, & the butter makes it tough to drink.

Disappointed. After the amazing experience of the Righteous Rye, this is just lousy, enough so that I have no interest in finishing the last twelves ounces. Sadness is a wasted beer.

maximum12, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of jlenik
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

jlenik, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Gregwa
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Gregwa, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -23.1%

AWS2111, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of anwo56
4/5  rDev +2.6%

anwo56, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of bum732
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Spicy, herbal noble hops, slight bready pils malt.

L: Crystal clear golden yellow, white head that dissipates. Good lacing.

T: Mix of spicy and herbal hops with a light bready backbone. Medium spicy bitterness leading to a light bready malt with some herbal hoppiness.

M: Medium light bodied, medium carbonation.

Not bad, doesn't have that malt presence that is in great German Pils or even something like Prima Pils.

bum732, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cosmicevan for this bad boy.

A: 1" offwhite head that left a nice lacing over copper coloured liquid.

S: Floral hops and honey.

T: Floral, citrus and pine hops over a tasty malt reminiscent of honey. Beautiful.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: The most hop presence I have ever had in a pilsner. Very drinkable and bitter, it was almost like a pale ale. I wish they all were like this.

DaftCaskBC, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
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."

Smell:
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.

Taste:
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!

Mouthfeel:
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.

Overall:
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.

ThePorterSorter, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of jsanford
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

jsanford, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of kkipple
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

kkipple, Dec 20, 2011
The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,032 ratings.