The Crisp - Sixpoint Brewery

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88
very good

1,328 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,328
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 82
Gots: 206 | 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 celticfutblclub
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at redbones 5/27/2011

A - a nice hazy yellow body on this with a small head and mediocre lacing. head wasn't at all impressive but definitely had a great body on it.

S - nice smell of wheat citrus and a bit of spice in there. its straightforward but well conceived.

T - absolutely delicious. again wheat citrus and spice hit. a bit of bread malts as well.

M - light bodied with lots of carbonation. not too much of a hop bite and no feel of alcohol. solid

O - this is one damn tasty brew that drinks so well. this beer definitely has it going on and would definitely recommend trying this one.

Photo of hagbergl
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a can of Sixpoint's The Crisp at the Salty Pig last weekend (August 25). Poured the 16 oz. tallboy into a Boulevard tulip glass the bar kindly supplied. Review is from notes.

Appearance (4/5): The Crisp pours a clean and clear yellow and is topped with a frothy head of two and a half fingers. Active carbonation is evident when holding the beer up to the light. I don't drink pilsners that often, but I've seen enough to know this is a good looking one.

Smell (4/5): Earthy, herbal/grassy, and lemon notes from the Noble hops rise from the glass. Crisp notes of grain. It definitely exudes the aromatic characteristics of a classic pilsner, but the intensity is kicked up a notch. Very nice.

Taste (4.5/5): The Crisp lives up to its name: it's lightly hoppy, a little fruity (lemon, grapefruit), earthy, has that distinctive "cool" lager taste, and is–you guessed it–quite crisp, indeed. I am impressed not only by the balance of grainy, bready flavors and the mild, herbal hop flavors, but also by how flavorful the Crisp is for its alcohol content. Finish is brief but dry and leaves you wanting more.

Mouthfeel (4/5): The Crisp is perhaps a little less carbonated than I had expected it to be, but that's nitpicking. The mouthfeel is actually quite good. It is light-bodied, cool, smooth, and drying in the finish. Nice and easy, and extremely drinkable. I like.

Overall (4/5): The Crisp might not move the needle that much amongst craft beer enthusiasts, but it's a pretty special, respectable beer–one that gives craft lagers a good name. Eminently drinkable and refreshing, and conveniently packaged in 16 ounce tallboy cans, I would go to this if ever I want a change of pace from the hop monsters and bold Belgian ales I normally drink.

Photo of jmerloni
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - golden yellow with nice big head that laces evenly around the glass, mostly translucent.

S - Wheat, yeast, light lemon rind, a dash of spice maybe.

T - Beery, lemon, apricot perhaps, sage and a lot of hops. Excellent flavor.

M - Medium bodied, pretty fully carbonated.

D - Pretty drinkable. I can't see sessioning with this one though, because of the numbing hop/sage combo. Or whatever that is that's numbing my tongue so hard. Might just be super hopped without the sage. Solid beer, nevertheless.

Photo of Amalak
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Deep gold and clear. Sporadic bubbles that leave a thin bubbly head with some lacing.

S. Malty and lemon.

T. It has an interesting lemony taste. There's a spiciness to it. There's a nice malty taste that is sweet.

M. Tingly and carbonated.

O. This is an interesting beer that has a nice refreshing sweet lemony taste, but it's got an American craft beer feel to it. Kind of like a Brooklyn Bitburger or something.

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a tulip pint

Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a huge, fluffy off-white cap. Solid retention and some spider web lacing.

Aroma is of lightly toasted biscuits, grassy hops, and a good dose of citrus. Bright and clean. A very simple aroma, but inviting.

The flavor profile is similar to the nose, but a little grainier and earthier with a touch of grapes/pears. The finish is crisp, dry, lightly bitter and a touch fruity.

Light to medium body with a crisp finish. A clean profile, good carbonation.

Overall, this is a quality pilsner that is welcome in my fridge anytime. Definitely lives up to the name.

Photo of allengarvin
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - golden, a little darker than straw colored with a nice inch of fluffy white head on top. This is clean and clear and looks mighty tasty.

Aroma - wooah! Talk about a sulfuric, earthy aroma kicking out of this can. This is the real deal. There are some grassy/citrusy hoppy notes and light maltiness as well but more than anything this one smells like a very fresh, well-brewed lager beer.

Taste - from the first sip of this beer you'll know you've entered the lager zone. Void of the sweetness associated with many ales this is indeed a beer that has nothing to hide behind. This bounces off the tongue with nice floral/grassy hop flavors, a bit of a mineral bitterness and just a touch of malt. Each sip seems to satisfy just a little bit more. This has a very defining dry, earthy sweet finish and nice bite. I am a fan.

Overall - very enjoyable pilsner. This is indeed "crisp" and very refreshing. If you're a pilsner person this will certainly make you happy as there aren't too many top notch American versions of this style, especially ones that are canned.

Would I buy more of it? - definitely. Great beer. Loved all 16 oz. of it and will certainly be buying more cubes!

Photo of zrbeer1579
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

Appearance: Poured a nice gold with a slight straw. Good clarity. Two and a half finger white fluffy head.

Aroma: Pils malts. Light bread. Herbal/earthy hops with a very slight floral.

Taste: Similar to smell. Herbal/earthy hops upfront along with a slight floral as well. Light breadiness; it leans more cracker-like. There is a slight lemon/honey thing going on, but it is not much. Just barely there.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Feels full. Goes down smooth.. Finish has light herbal bitterness.

Overall: Crisp as properly named. A nice canned pilsner that seem to have everything a pils should and tastes good. Definitely would have again.

Photo of wingman14
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker yellow with a small frothy head that fades fast. Smell is not very potent, bready with a slight hop presence as well as yeast. The taste is sweeter than expected, with the bready flavor coming through followed by a slight bitter but nice hop flavor. The beer finishes with a more classic lager feel, light mouthfeel, and the hops coming on a bit stronger in the aftertaste. Overall a nice beer, the flavors are great and not overpower, a nice beer for the summer.

Photo of BMoldy
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like BA's gonna have to add "nanokeg" to the "Serving Type" list...

Pours a very pale gold with very fine carbonation and a fizzy white one-finger head that takes some time to go down. Decent stickiness on the glass, but no really defined lines. Some biscuity malt in the nose, but citrusy hops predominate. The barley initially covers the palate in a soft, smooth blanket, before the hops quietly and slowly take over, giving the beer a great bittering on the finish. Medium to light mouthfeel combines with the hops to add to the beer's much-hyped "crispness", which I believe is well-earned.

Overall, this beer tastes very fresh, very crisp, and goes down very smoothly. Each ingredient really stands its own, yet the whole package just goes so well together! Though a relatively simple lager, there is nothing cheap about it. Really a fantastic session beer.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking can poured into a standard pint glass....

Hazy orangey golden color with some brown mixed in. Cream colored head which stuck around for almost the entire beer. Some lacing. Smell was sweet and grainy. Flavor was malty at first but finished up with some dry hops. Sticky mouth feel at times but smooth overall. Sweet, bitter, flavorful, and fresh. CRISP is a perfect name. Really enjoyed this beer and I plan on seeking this one out again. Happy to see Sixpoint on the shelves.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light pour, golden straw in color with a tight fizzy head of white foam that quickly gained ground and rose up through the glass. Nice an light aroma, clean, light spice and yeast notes, hints of light citrus, wheat, light cloves, really well done. As I take the first sips, clean, crisp flavor, tight citrus, rich light grains, spakrling carbonation. Really it just worked. Light bready finish left a light touch of flavor on the palate but mostly clean after the last sip.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: straw golden yellow/finger white head,
splendid lacing encased pint glass

S: light grain, hint of earthy malt, herbs

T: sweet grain, malt, light bitter, semi-dry smooth finish

M: light/med body, hint of tongue prick,
dry/crisp mouth

O: POW! What a fine session brew.
Run out and buy this for your BMC friends.
This will open their mind to a nice, local,
pilsner. I will be getting this again, bet on it!

SENSATIONAL, MUST TRY!

Photo of joeseppy
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A deep golden yellow beer.

Has a bright aroma with hints of citrus.

Mildly sweet with citrus. Has some earthy zest to it. Very drinkable.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a clean bitterness. Dry finish. Decent balance with the hop and malt. I find it to be a nice change of pace between stouts this winter. A well done pilsener.

Photo of Act25
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

Photo of pburland23
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into my Victory Pilsener glass.

Beer pours a light, clear gold with a finger of snow white head and tight carbonation.

Smell: A touch bread with some floral hop notes. Has a very distinct German pils aroma to it.

Taste starts off with some prickly carbonation. It's crisp, clean and dry. Some biscuity cracker malt and a delicate hop presence. Really great tasting pils.

The mouthfeel is light bodied and very refreshing. The drinkability is through the roof on this one.

Overall, a great pils. Clean, crisp and full flavored. You're not going to get much more flavor in a 5.4% beer. Delicious.

Photo of lovindahops
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finishing off the night with some the crisp while watching the season premiere of tru blood season 4.... I love german pilsners

A- the crisp pours a golden yellow with progressive carbonation and a slight head of foam that is a complete spider web of lacing on the side. Looks like a shot gun brew

S- strong floral hops dominate with a slight grassiness and spicy note dominate. It is a make your mouth water kind of german pilsner. I love it

T- perfect! Tasty floral hops are mingled with a slight pale wheat taste involved with grassiness. There is a mild bitterness that finishes and keeps the brew great. Especially the "crispness" of the brew

M- great carbonation, great feel. This is a good mouth feel

D- the crisp is a great german pilsner. Put it next to prima as the ultimate lawn mowing brew. I want more

Photo of ngeunit1
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-yellow color with a finger of white head. The head fades fairly quick down leaving behind some lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet malt and some light lemon. There is also some hops and a touch of breadiness mixed in as well.

T - Starts off with some nice lemon flavor and sweet grain and malt. Through the middle some light hops and a bit more citrus flavor comes through.The finish is a mix of some sweet malt and bready flavor and a bit of citrus flavor that lingers.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Feels lively and refreshing on the tongue. The finish is a nice mix of sweetness and stays fairly clean.

D - Very drinkable. Nice mix and balance of flavors that mix together well and avoid from feeling empty. It also stays super light and crisp without feeling empty.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can best before August something...

a - popped the can and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. beer was a clear straw with a thin bubbly head. visible carbonation throughout.

s - as expected malty with a pilsner tang to it.

t - crisp is a great name for this beer. that pretty much sums up the flavor. tastes crisp...brisk...pilsnery.

m - mouth is nice and thin but thicker than most pilsners. feels like there is a bit more body which works well with the style.

o - overall wanted to try this, but not a huge pilsner fan, this beer however shone through as fairly solid in my opinion. it really hit the spot.

Photo of Brad007
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of Jmamay22
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hay colored yellow with a white fluffy head. Has a nice saaz hop scent with a faint grassy mellowness.

Well balanced with an initial doughy sweetness followed by a crisp clean hoppy finish. Light and zippy mouthfeel with effervescent carbonation. All around great beer. Probably the best American made German pils I've ever had.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear yellow with a short-lived white head.

S - good German pilsner smell, Euro hops are blended with some sweet malty aromas.

T - very nicely balanced and if I tasted this blindfolded I'd swear it came from Germany.

F - medium bodied with a "crisp" feel.

O - a fine example of the style.

Photo of AmitC
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter.

Nice golden-amber color. Clear with very fine suspensions. A few bubbles seen rising up. About two fingers thick off white head with decent retention. Excellent lacing on the sides.

Aroma is of noble hops and pils malt. Excellent flowery and herbal hop notes. A very good mix of hop and malt aroma overall. Strength is good.

Taste is very much the same as the aroma suggests. A nice crisp malt body supported really well by the hops. A very moderate bitterness. Nice bread like flavor.

Mouth feel is light to slightly medium. High carbonation. Effervescent.

One more good brew from Sixpoint.

The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,328 ratings.