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The Crisp | Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

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.

Added by confer on 10-30-2010

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Photo of mnrider
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. Tallboy. Freshness date on bottom.

A: Pours a hazed golden yellow. Nice carbonation with a creamy
white head. Good retention and very nice lacing.

S: Crisp. lemon, light spicing, yeast. Has an overall fresh aroma.
Also a hint of bready malt.

T/M: The name does not lie. Crisp! Normal bitterness for the style.
Herbal hops, grains, lemon, yeast, bitter and light malts. Good feel
with a semi-dry aftertaste.

Overall: A well above average Lager from Sixpoint. It's refreshing,
and not just the beer but also the fact that this is a nice craft brew
lager. Something that to me has been put in the back burner over
the years.


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Photo of Kendo
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a mug. Body is light-golden with a 2-finger foamy white head. Good foamy splotchy lace left behind.

S: Cereal grains - mild cereal grains with some grassiness - but clean.

T: First impression: cereal grains up front with minerally hops at the finish. As I drink it, I'm reminded of beers I used to drink when I was younger. Wondering if the profile is similar to Old German (a cheap beer we used to get from PA in college) or some other college-days beer (Michelob Dry?). Anyhow, that's the subconscious thought. Focusing on the beer in the here and now I get some underlying bready malt and then a lingering grassy, slightly lemony, bitterness. Thinking this was a straight "lager" (as per the can's label) and not a hybrid pilsner, I was a bit confused (I was expecting a Vienna Lager-type beer). But knowing the style afterwards, it makes better sense.

M: Light body with good, crisp carbonation.

O: A refreshing, clean, crisp pilsner. Good for hot summer days.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Semi clouded yellow, this is a pale colored beer. The head is very nice and fluffy with good retention and modest lacing.

Very fruity and inviting. Citrusy hops give a sweetened lemon-lime aroma to this beer. There is a very light crackery malt base. There is also an herbal, grassy aroma that gives some deep, dank, herbal qualities.

Very nice and quenching. The lemon-lime does wonders when matched up with a stiff herbal grassiness. There is even a very slight mint/eucalyptus thing going on from time to time. The malts keep things nice and grounded.

Light and crisp indeed. This finishes dry, but not too dry.

A really great pils. I was very surprised by this one, I'd be drinking a lot more of this stuff if it were around.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 3/18/15. Golden pour with a very slight haze. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of citrus hops (tangerine, orange) over biscuit with hints of lemon and a very subtle spicy herbal note.

Light body with a bit of smoothness in the texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice prickly finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, not very complex and well balanced. It begins with a blended hop flavor (herbal, lemon) that slowly separates into orange towards the middle. A crisp bitterness emerges in the middle over a balancing biscuit. The finish is slow bitter fade with a bit of a pucker and is semidry.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

A-nice golden color with a tall white head and decent lacing

S-bready malt, floral, little citrus, pine

T-bready malt, floral, little yeast, light pepper/spice, citrus, light pine, moderate bitter finish

F-light body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-excellent pilsener, easy drinking and great for a hot summer day to quench the thirst

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale straw with a large creamy head. The aroma leads with classic crackery pilsener malts, as well as some shy floral undertones, like violet, and whatever they use to scent bar soap (but it is not soapy). The flavor starts with that clean floral flavor, widening out into the malts, and finishing with a slight citrus hint. The mouthfeel is thin, dry, and very fizzy. Overall this is a veyr nice pilsener, not as flavorful as my favorites in the catagory, but a great example of delicacy.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%

This beer truly lives up to it's name. The pour is a light golden yellow color with a thin head that dissipates quickly. The smell is light but has distinct floral hop notes and some light malt sweetness. The taste was a quick bite from the hops and malt that mellowed and had a bright finish with little aftertaste making it a very refreshing beer. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy and golden with a fair head and no lace. Powerful yeasty and grainy aroma. Big bodied for a pilsener. Slight amount of spicy hops in both aroma and flavor, but this might be an age issue (beer I had was a few months old), as I recall more in previous encounters. Holds it's ground with the better German pilseners. Nice acidity and lively carbonation mouthfeel.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ShogoKawada for the grip of cans! Poured from a 16oz tall-boy into my Radeberger pokal.

Citrine body, nearly clear and topped by a soft white head. Poor retention, average lacing.

Toasty, bready, deep malt aromatics with plenty of grassy noble hop notes as well.

Bitter, herbaceous palate entry with a touch of lemon zest and white pepper showing up next. Pear skins and dry crisp hoppiness in the finish along with a bread-crust-like astringency in the aftertaste.

Light bodied, sufficiently carbonated, and very crisp (thus the name).

A good domestic rendition of the style, quite dry and fresh.

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Photo of rodney45
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Very light yellow, with a mediteranian sea foam colored head.

S: The aroma at first is of honey and lime, with a small touch of sawdust.

T: Has a crisp summer citrus flavor up front with a light touch of pine forest floral. Has a lavender and wheat side note. The beer finishes dry with more citrus, malt and banana bread flavors.

M: The carbonation level is mild to moderate and it suits this beer well. This beer goes down on a warm summer night like the best of them.

O: This is what you imagined beer tasting like, when you were a young lad, and you saw the big imposing American macro advertisement in your favorite team's ball park. Until the day you realized that the american macro is for frat parties, and beer pong, and to be disrespected. This is what a pilsner should have been my first time around.

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Photo of EMH73
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color with a well retained one and a half inch head that left some lacing. Smell is sweet malts with a definite piney hops presence, yeast and floral notes. Taste absolutely follows the nose along with a mild spice presence. Mouthfeel is light bodied, well carbonated, clean, smooth and crisp. Very drinkable, not a classic Pilsner in my opinion, but a very good beer.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer made me wonder if they named it after tasting. It is an appropriate name. The beer is clean and sharp - crisp! There are just a bit of nice finishing hops to give it an appropriate pilsener aroma and taste. There are no funky tastes.

The appearance is approriate for the style. As it warms, this gets bettetr, as you would expect for the style. I have tried 5 Sixpoint beers and they all have been outstanding beers that I intend to buy again.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with very little head and a hazy, very medium pale complexion.

The nose is crisp piney hops up front and a bit of malt. Its smells great!

The taste is a very crisp hop snap up front, nothing too extreme, but very crispy lightly piney hops initially, this quickly fades to a mildly hoppy flavor. Overrall, flavor is lightly hoppy, very crisp malt, and low bitterness on the aftertaste.

One of the better pilsners out there that you can buy nationally.

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Photo of Awolter
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First time ever trying, and was pleasantly surprised in every way. Nice spicy and "crisp" noble hop flavors, a good malt backbone, and overall a very sessional and enjoyable lager. I'm a huge fan of the can profile, I wish more breweries used these can dimensions.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another treat from Dino! Thanks man! A style I wouldn't normally turn to but that's ok! Poured to Pilsner glass the beer is crystal clear straw with a nice 1.5 finger white head, good retention, and some lacing. The nose is as the name suggests, crisp, clean, a hint of earthy hops accompany the pilsner malts, makes for a very inviting beer. The flavor is very much the same, very approachable. Lighter bodied and very refreshing with a clean, sharp flavor, not too much, it's really good. Overall, this was a treat!

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. slim can into a mug.

A: Pours a lively gold color with a 1 finger head of white foam. The head quickly fades to a thin film on top of the beer. Lots of carbonation bubbles and a good amount of lacing.

S: Aromas of herbal hops and biscuity malts.

T: Flavors of herbal hops with a solid backbone of biscuity malts. Good balance with moderate bitterness.

M: Crisp mouthfeel with a light body and high carbonation. The body is light but doesn't feel thin on the palate.

O: Overall I thought this was a good lager with crisp flavors of herbal hops and a solid malt backbone. It is perfect on a hot summer day and very refreshing. Another great beer from Sixpoint, I will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +4.3%
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 +4.3%
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 NickTheGreat
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L (4.25) - Nice clear light yellow/gold colored beer. Little bit of thin white foam.
S (4) - Very subtle aromas here. Light light light malt with slight amount of hop. About what it should be.
T (4.25) - A nice, clean tasting beer. Proper to the style. Very well balanced.
F (4.25) - It is a very "crisp" drinking beer. Smooth with light carbonation.
O (4) - I really like Sixpoint beers and this one is good for what it is supposed to be. It's a Pilsener, and a respectable one at that.

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Photo of Beertsipper
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my second review of this Pilsner. The initial six pack I purchased may have been stored incorrectly. Yellow with a nice 1" white head, poured into a Pilsner glass. I was lucky enough to try a fresh six pack, very recently brewed. Aroma is fresh cut grass, hay, orange and lemon peel. I get malts and faint hops, again with the hay and grass. Mouthfeel is extremely crisp and well carbonated. Very refreshing. I would love to try this in the heat of the summer. Finishes dry and begs for another can. The last six pack was sorta funky. No funk or skunk in this new one. I would love to try Sixpoint's beers on tap. This is not my favorite style, but if you dig German Pilsners.... seek this one out.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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 +4.8%
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 +4.8%

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 +4.8%
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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The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.