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The Crisp - Sixpoint Brewery

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377 Reviews

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Reviews: 377
Hads: 1,459
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 99
Gots: 253 | FT: 3
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 FickleBeast
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz pounder poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear yellow color with two huge fingers of foam. Bubbles rush to the top of the glass vigorously and violently. Aroma is full of noble hops.

First sip is clean, pleasant, with a big hop flavor in the finish. Nice earthy hop tones, minimal sweetness. This is a pilsener on hop steroids... quite refreshing on a hot July day.

Another success from Sixpoint - the hops turn this from another bland lager into a flavorful, refreshing treat. Would get again.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A: Pours a golden color with a fingers worth of bubbly head that settles down to about a half inch and stays at that level for a while

S: Lager yeast, some graininess, light spicy hops, and some grassy/earthiness as well

T: Slightly bitter, with the hops lending a nice herbal tone. The yeast is definitely in the back seat, behind both hops and the overall graininess. Finishes dry and lightly bitter

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Again, dry

O: I love the fact that the lager yeast takes a back seat in the flavor department, allowing the real flavors of the beer to come through. Crisp, enjoyable, and easy to drink. Definitely worth a try

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Photo of tko741
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In the glass, it's a lively brew, with lots of clingy lace and a one-finger rice colored head that dissolves into a thin wisp. Deep gold in the middle with straw around the outsides.

Smells of fresh grain, faint lemon zest, and hops.

Put simply, it's a terrific take on a German classic. The hops and malts are balanced perfectly, but also there in very large amounts; it's a bold one, but very drinkable and refreshing. There's also a pleasant note of caramel apples that linger in the background, and more dry apples in the finish.

Very tasty and a worthy dedication to its German brethren.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tallboy can purchased in gct.

Yellowish straw color with white foam. Relatively clear. Smell is a grassy straw color, fairly faint.

Taste is a crisp delicious lager, nice firm backing hop, blends in perfectly. Light lemon flavor. Crisp finish.

Excellently made lager. Fantastic lager.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a tall pilsner glass. Good till March 2013.

Real great looking beer. Booming brass deep gold color, very clear. Great mix of slow and fast rising carbonation coming up. Most of the carbonated bubbles are pinhead size. Head is very soapy bone white and shampoo like, but actually clumps and has lots of retention surprisingly. Some good clumpy lacing to boot as well.

Great sticky/sweet malts and dry grassy hop action. A real nice spicy and sweet undertone to this. powdered sugar and cinnamon toast. Real nice nose, truly smells like a German import.

Palate is very clean, dry and hop forward. Grass like hop and true to its name, very crisp. A little bit of stickiness lingers on the teeth from some malt coating. Prickly carbonation and feel but not gaseous. Malts take a backseat a bit, but the hop angle seems to be much more aggressive.

Overall a real solid lager/pils. It's more hop than I think malt, and I usually like more balance and I want everything and the kitchen sink, but this is a worthy drink.

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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 FLima
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden color, a bit hazy, with a good thick head with good retention.
Delightful hoppy aroma, floral and fruity.
Delicious refreshing feeling with a crispy taste, grassy and fruity hops combined, perfect balance with a mild malt sweetness. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with a good carbonation with small bubbles that keep climbing the glass.
Excellent drinkability, could be a session beer or for a slow enjoyment. Slightly different from a traditional pilsner, given the fruity and citrusy tweak. A pilsner with an American twist, in my opinion enhanced. Didn`t get any off-flavor and has less than 2 months to expiration date.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours clear and straw yellow in color with a white, finger width head. Fair retention, then dissipates to a thin, broken layer of suds and a

Smell - Sweet breadiness, slightly skunky and a bit of grassy character.

Taste - Clean, bready malt and prominent hop flavors that hit on leaf, grass and minty character. Simple, clean, and very tasty.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with bitey carbonation. Crisp, clean and smooth with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - One of the better pisners I've had, and really just about everything you'd want from one. Crisp, clean and prominently flavored. Don't pass this one over.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a shocking bright golden color with slight orange hue. Tons of carbonAtion. Bright white fuzzy white head.
S- smells of malt, slight hop, busicuit, very refreshing smell.
T- hoppy pilsner in which bitter bite sticks. A lot of taste for a pilsner.
F - Not its best point. Not as refreshing as most pilsners.
O- Great taste for a pilsner, but mouthfeel not what expected in a pilsner.

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Photo of younger35
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My last of the 4-pack generously sent to me by one Mr. BeerTruth. I’m not a huge Lager fan of any kind but if you add enough hops, me likey. This has enough hops. Drank from my Surlyfest mug while watching the 2012 Players.

Appearance – Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with a nice frothy half finger bright white head. The head fizzles away fairly quickly leaving a pretty solid collar and a spotty bit of lacing.
Smell- Very earthy and Noble with that unmistakable German lager nose. Slightly sweet smelling with a touch of bready malt underneath. Fresh cut grass and hints of lemon zest sneak in as well. The nose is exactly what you’d expect – solid.
Taste- So earthy and lightly bitter it borders on Imperial Pilsner territory when it comes to the hop bite. Somewhat herbal and medicinal as well with a spicy bite midway through. Despite the hoppiness that makes up the majority of the beer there is a light bready base that adds a dollop of sweetness. I’d even dare to say maybe a touch of toast. The finish is brightly hoppy with more of that lingering grassy earthiness.
Mouthfeel- Full bodied beer with a nice aggressive bite of carbonation.
Drinkability- Easy drinking, nicely hopped Lager. It’s got enough of a hop bite to keep me interested yet still remains crisp and clean. I really enjoyed all 4 cans and will get more of this when I can. Thanks Adam!

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Photo of adjunctjonez
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on tap in a standard pint glass. Pours a rich golden hue, appears clear with some white head that fades, some limited lacing but not much. Smell and taste are very much of clean light malts, a bit more pilsner than lager on the taste. The hops balances out the malts nicely. This one is very easy drinking and could be consumed in quanity or enjoyed as a single.

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Photo of LaCoursiere
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to trxxpaxxs for this one.

16oz can poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with orange hues. It formed a half-finger head after a gentle pour then dissipated quickly. Hardly any lacing.

S - Smells of clean grains and fresh citrus hops. There are notes of fresh cut grass and lemon zest.

T - Biscuity malt up front with peppery lemon spiciness in the middle followed by a polite hop bitterness in the finish. Slightly sweet malt flavors linger in the aftertaste.

M - Nice and smooth at the start with a nice bloom of light carbonation in this medium-bodied brew. Alcohol presence is mute.

O/D - What a refreshing and drinkable brew. It is a nice hop forward pilsner that has big flavor yet does not dominate the palate. This was my first Sixpoint beer and it has got me amped to try more.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 10/15/11

Best before 11 Nov 2011

Thank to MbpBugeye

Juicy-looking golden orange color with some haziness throughout. One finger head thins to a smaller layer, but leaves the beginnings of lace right away. Close groupings of smaller specks of lace; gets thicker half way through the glass.

The aroma is a convergence of clean, tight, hoppy and grainy. Orange peel and lemon zest hops notes are matched perfectly with pilsner malt; toasty and vaguely suggesting dough. Overtones of pine as it warms.

Juicy citric flavors wash over the palate and last throughout; mostly the aforementioned orange and lemon. This is definitely a hopped up pilsner. Grainy flavors round out the middle; a bit toasty and offering notes of crackers. Piney bitterness moves in on the latter half and carries the finish. Grassy tones emerge as it warms.

Medium-light body; perhaps closer to medium for the style. The feel is focus and snappy. Carbonation is driving and expressive; never, though, does it seem to be too much. Clean finish and pleasantly dry.

Too hopped? Maybe. Doesn't much matter to me; The Crisp is really good one way or another. I would drink it regularly if I could.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a nice clear golden straw color. It has a 2-finger sudsy white head on it. The head has good retention, and leaves some scattered lace on the glass.

S - It smells of floral hops and some bread like qualities. There are some nice notes of citrus and yeast. I am also getting some spiciness and a very earthy wet grass aroma. The smell is very appetizing.

T - the flavor starts off with a big bready malt flavor and some earthy fresh cut grass. There is also a nice hop presence, as well as some citrus. The finish has some dryness to it, and it leaves a lingering earthy flavor on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and nice carbonation. It goes down easy and has an extremely smooth and creamy feel to it. There is a nice earthiness and hop spiciness. This is really crisp and refreshing. This just has a great feel to it.

O - This has great drinkability. I could put down a 4-pack of this stuff easily on a hot summer day. This is a perfect beer to sit back and enjoy on a hot day in the sun. I definitely recommend trying this one.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright gold. Head is vibrant white. Faint touches of lacing on the glass. Lively carbonation. Slight haze.

Smell: Slightly floral, bready and biscuity. Hops are delicate and floral, backed up by a slightly sweet malt base.

Taste: Faintly sweet and loaded with fresh floral hop flavors. It's all well-balanced and delicate. A touch biscuity with something that reminds me of menthol/mint.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation. Crisp, super clean, and dry. Body is on the light side.

Overall: Definitely a great take on the style. Easily one of the best offerings from Sixpoint at this point. A very solid beer overall, and almost crazy drinkable.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Previous review (bad) is below but it appears Sixpoint has revamped some recipes and this is one of them. The most recent batch that I had is exactly what I expected the first time around. it is very bright and clean with a solid (not watery) malt backbone. executed very well with a great drinkability. would most definitely buy again.

Pours a great golden color. smells like lemon, grass, wheat. Initial taste is one of very little as far as complex flavors but I guess just what it claims to be...'crisp'. Mouthfeel watery, smooth and slightly bitter. Not one of my favorites and likely not added to my must have in fridge list.

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Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm not much of a pilsner drinker but the grassy flavor of this is different, and better, than most to my taste. Nice hop bite, and just thick enough on the tongue.

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Photo of lic217
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: yellow, clear, little foam that lasts and leaves lacing
Smell: citrus, flower hops
Taste bread, citrus hops, sweet then bitter
Feel: soft and easy drinking
Overall: nice warm weather beer

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of jmerloni
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Amalak
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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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 ColForbinBC
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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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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The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.