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The Crisp - Sixpoint Brewery

The CrispThe Crisp

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very good

792 Ratings

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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.85%

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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Photo of womencantsail


3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can shared by Bobby.

A: The beer pours a slightly hazed golden orange color with a large white head and some light lacing.

S: This one smells of bread for the most part. A nice maltiness to it with a bit of toast, yeast, and some floral hops. There's a fair amount of grass to the nose as well as just a hint of citrus peel.

T: Candied orange peel on the front end with lots of bready malts. Toast and lager yeast and lots of biscuit. Minimal hop bitterness and just a little bit of floral hop character.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: A pretty decent pilsner, especially for an American made one. Pretty refreshing.

Serving type: can

07-01-2011 23:41:36 | More by womencantsail
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint can purchased from Whole Foods in Tribeca, NY. A reputedly crisp pilsener seemed like a suitable beer for a 93 degree day in NYC.

Pours a clear and bright, light golden colour, with a fizzly head of white, large bubbles. Minimal lacing, and minimal head retention, which is a little disappointing. Rather heavy looking body, again surprising, although not unpleasant. Shame about the head.

Nose is bright and clean, with some crisp hop characters giving a pleasant blend of leafy european greenness, with a touch of citric American varieties. A hint of earthed pilsener grain as well, means this is a pretty crisp Pils, and pretty spot-on stylistically.

Taste is clean and bitter, but with a lingering honey sweetness that doesn't do it any favours. Grain comes through as well, with an earthy bite that lingers too long on the palate, interfering with the cleansing hop finish. Hops are dominant, however, with a clean sharp vector through to the finish, and a bold spike of bitterness. Feel is clear and, indeed, crisp.

Not bad, but not great. A decent pils that doesn't really hit the high notes, but puts together a solid package nonetheless. Still below my favourites of the style.

Serving type: can

07-12-2011 20:49:16 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can

A hazed-out golden color, petite and active white foam cap.

A buttery, caramel malt effect, sweet hop, fruity and tangy and sour-fruity yeast. nice

A slick malty kick at first, big sweetness in the malt and hops with honey and red fruits. A sharp and crispy bite in the middle, the hops are ripe fruits, bold and dry finish. Buttery, toffee and sour yeast seems to go in different directions but is pulled together a little with a nice hop complexity. Not enough earthy-sour yeast for me and a bit too sweet overall. It is rather unique for the style and will grown on you after you get used to it's differences. The yeast reminds me very much of the infamous"wormwood" yeast that has a distinct English flavor.

I really warmed up to this one after a few servings. A nice beer to bring hiking and make a fine treat on the summit.

Serving type: can

11-20-2011 20:05:34 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of aasher


3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer just arrived in Indiana last week. It pours a light bodied honey gold in color with a one finger head. The nose is essentially smooth and mellow pale malts with a touch of honey. The flavors are mild and dry. You get plenty of pale malts with a touch of honey and it finishes dry with moderate bitterness. The level of bitterness is surprising, and more than I anticipated. The more I sip it the more floral components I get, yet not in a hoppy manner. The hop presence is minimal. This beer drinks light in body with a dry finish. The dryness and bitterness keep me from really endorsing it but it’s a decent pils in a can.

Serving type: can

02-03-2012 11:33:22 | More by aasher
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, hazed, orange-copper color with a filmy, sparse, white coating on the surface. Aromas of roasted grains and buttery sweetness. Light and subtle. Flavors are buttery, as well, but with a crisper feel at the end with some heavy roasted qualities. Slightly tangy with some floral highlights throughout, also. Buttery and tangy aftertaste leading to a slick, crisp, clean finish. Heavier than most Pils brews, but tasty.

Serving type: can

08-30-2012 23:14:16 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of doppelme


3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden body with a fluffy white head that leaves behind plenty of lacing. It smells very malty, bready. It smeels a little grassy as well. The taste is very clean and well balanced. It has a malty sweetness at first followed by a lingering hop bite that is pretty crisp like the name would suggest. A medium bodied beer with plenty of flavor makes this pilsner a great choice for a session beer anytime of the year.

Serving type: can

08-19-2011 14:19:22 | More by doppelme
Photo of corby112


3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: can

01-19-2012 03:14:12 | More by corby112
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3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sixpoint’s pilsner. Shared by XicanoBeerRun. Best by 27 May 2012, enjoyed a week after.

This pours a golden straw color with a musty pilsner aroma. It’s not a heavy grassy Saaz hop assault but they are definitely there. Some hoppiness on the flavor as this beer certainly lives up to its name. Was it good? Yes. Did I enjoy it? Definitely? But I wasn’t as enthusiastic about it as some other craft pilsners I’ve had recently from the central Texas area. Still glad to see this and I’d definitely drink it again if given half a chance.

Serving type: can

06-07-2012 00:37:20 | More by elNopalero
Photo of JamesMN


3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best before 9/15/13.

Appearance: Neon yellow with a touch of honey. Surprisingly hazy, maybe some sediment in the can. One finger cap of slightly off-white foam.

Aroma: A lot of lemon and lime juice with a dab of wheat.

Taste: Refreshing upon the first sip. Starts with a nice bittersweet lemon hop character that really wakes up the palate. The hop flavor continues throughout and really covers any malt flavor besides a slight peppery taste near the finish. The description on the can mentions that there is no where for flaws to hide in this beer and I can't find any off-flavors, which bodes well for this craft connoisseur. Hops don't linger for long and the aftertaste is practically non-existent.

Mouthfeel: Hovering around medium in body with pretty smooth carbonation for the style and easy drinkability. A tad filling but sessionable.

Final Thoughts: My first ever Sixpoint beer and definitely lived up to my expectation. Nice and flavorful. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Serving type: can

06-22-2013 22:22:43 | More by JamesMN
Photo of akorsak


3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A can. From Finger Lakes.

A: The pils is an apple juice yellow, unfiltered with a pronounced haze. A white head, over two fingers on first pour, have left thin islands at the rim of the glass.

S: Plenty hoppy, earthy and bitter. Biscuity breads follow but the crisp hoppiness works best.

T: The hops certainly are crisp, earthy with herbal flavors. The light biscuit base of the pils has just enough sweetness to cut through the hops. The result is a sweet body that ably supports the hops. The sweetness stands out in the finish, finally pushing past the hops. Floral bitterness comes back in waves after a sip is swallowed.

M: A good beer, sweet malts and enough hops to leave a mark.

Serving type: can

11-21-2011 00:52:43 | More by akorsak
Photo of bobhits


3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: can

01-18-2012 22:41:54 | More by bobhits
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sixpoint's Crisp Pilsner pours a completely clear, dull-golden color. The head is spritzy and bone white as it settles into a collar. Fairly good retention and serviceable lacing left behind.

A good bit of pale sweetness and toasted biscuit flavors with a kick of noble hops.

Up front this beer is dry with earthy hop bitterness and a touch of lemon. The malt takes over after that, with a touch of pale sweetness, but mostly loads of dry, toasted, biscuit flavored light malts. A touch more hops come to light in the finish.

The mouthfeel on this one is very good. Even crisp, one might say.

I would like a little more hop bite to my pilsner, but I don't think that is what Sixpoint was going for with this one. It certainly is crisp and quaffable, which means it was a success.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2011 01:52:09 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of tempest


3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Spritzinger in Brooklyn for $6/pint. Poured clear golden yellow with a short white head. Clearly an American take on the style, the hops dominated the character. They were the more floral, less spicy, type of Nobel hops, pretty similar to Sam Adams' Noble Pils. I'd guess Tettnanger. Overall it was a tasty, hoppy pils, but I wanted a little more depth from the malt (of which there wasn't much flavor) and variation in the hops.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2011 16:31:16 | More by tempest
Photo of BARFLYB


3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 16oz Tallboy CAN into a 16 oz glass. I really like the name for this beer.

The Crisp pours into the glass a subtle yellow color with faded golden highlights. A inch of burnt sugar tinted foam on top that vanishes and leaves little stick. Scents include pale malt, a heaping of German hop variety, pilsner malt, Etc. Taste comes on pretty strong which is a good thing although a bit too big for a pils. If I were mashing styles i would put this at German IPA. A lot of grassy earthy hops with a nice bready bite. Biscuit flavor is very large, pilsner malt as well. It's amazing how much taste this has with such a low ABV. Feel is bitter and in between light and medium. It's carbed up well in the 1st 1/2 but the second flattens it out. I enjoyed the first half but struggled through the 2nd. It's just too much of a good thing, that being the German influence/ingredients. This screams USA interpretation of a style. If I opened a second CAN right after this I would not be able to get through it.

Serving type: can

08-28-2011 13:41:37 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of DannyS

New York

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sixpoint in cans!? Sign me the hell up!

Poured from a 16oz. can to a Duvel tulip.

A - hazy yet vibrantly bright orange amber with a scant 1/4 inch head on top that leaves loose yet sticky patches of lacing.

S - Crisp, citrusy, piney hops upfront with little else.

T - The first sip is HEAVY. I mean, wow...It felt like a belgain IPA when I took the first swig, with a sweet, hoppy blast that really threw me for a loop. Fortunately, after that shock to my system, subsequent sips after giving the beer a chance to breathe yield an appropriately crisp, hoppy bite with a titch of heaviness you don't normally get in a pilsener. A bit jarring and very much a challenging taste for pils fans, but good nonetheless.

M - A fair bit of medium weight on the tongue, but the heft is alleviated by the carbonation.

O - Heavier than the average pilsner, especially on the first sip. Get past that first hump and your diligence will be rewarded by a solid drinker. Not exactly the light, refreshing 'lawnmover' beer you expect from a pils, but worth trying.

Serving type: can

08-26-2011 02:57:01 | More by DannyS
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3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can in pint glass
best by Aug 2012

A: Dark gold color, crystal clear, a very thin white head.
S: Sweet malts, a little bit of bread, the hops are very much in the background, somewhat surprising since the can mentions it was dry-hopped.
T: A definite shot of hops followed immediately by a wave of malty sweetness. The hops are the herbal and spicy category, very style appropriate. The hops are not overwhelming, but might be a little too much for someone who likes more malt driven styles (i.e. my wife).
M: A slightly creamier mouthfeel than I expect for a german pils, seems more like a czech pils. The carbonation leaves a nice tingle on the back of the tongue. The hops seems to leave a little bit of a mouth coating, the bitterness lingers.
O: I really like this beer, if I can't get Prima Pils in KY (and I can't) then I will happily "settle" for The Crisp. This is going to be a summer staple for the pool and yard. Excellent beer, worth seeking out if you like a good pils.

Serving type: can

04-15-2012 18:50:38 | More by wspscott
Photo of jkrich


3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can: bright, clear and deep golden with a quickly fading white-head. The hue reminds me a lot of golden color of Pilsner Urquell.

The aroma was rather faint but clean with hints of noble hops. Overall, the weakest link of this otherwise thin pilsner.

The flavor begins with a very nice, smooth malty palate with mild, tangy hop bitters lingering on the tongue. This is certainly one unique pilsner. The rounded cookie-like malt profile reminds me of a Czech pilsner rather than a German.

The body was heavier than typical of the style with a round, supple and bittersweet mouthfeel. The carbonation is quite restrained with a faint bitterness lingering on the palate.

This "pilsner" is not for the purist, but it quite enjoyable and refreshing just the same. I would not describe it as crisp as there is a somewhat heavy sweetness present.

Serving type: can

05-05-2012 23:10:49 | More by jkrich
Photo of KYGunner


3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy golden, it keeps from being that cheap yellow Pilsner color. The head was frothy and stiff and looked good as it crowned the color.

The aroma was a little weak with grain and cereal malt. Slight fruit aroma mixed with a bit of wheat.

Light crisp Pilsner taste and feel with a bend towards lemon zest or lemongrass. Malty cereal grains hold the backbone but the light lemon fruit keeps the taste and feel properly refreshing. Nice summer quencher that accompanies smoked pork or beef very well.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2013 01:26:50 | More by KYGunner
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3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours an unusually cloudy golden color. The white-colored head is a finger high and very rough in texture. Retention is lacking. Lacing, though, is fairly nice - a semi-solid ring is left on the glass.

S: Lemony like whoa. There are other citrusy notes like lime and orange, too. The malt backbone is seemingly minimal - and that's a good thing. Some faint buttery hints are also present. I like my pilsners to have a big, hoppy bite; this certainly looks like it will fit that equation. On the other hand, the nose is a bit weak for me.

T: Oh yeah, that's nice and bitter. The primary hop flavor is a ton of lemon; other notes of apricot, lime, grass, and orange hide subtly behind it. Its bitter bite hits the palate immediately, yet it slightly subsides near the semi-sweet finish. As it warms up a bit, the crackery malts come out to play a bit, helping to balance this in all the right ways.

M: Due to its haze, it's not a clean beer, at all. On the other hand, it's very much crisp-finishing and easy to drink - refreshing, too. It's not entirely bone dry, but I wouldn't trade the pre-swallow creaminess for anything else. Carbonation is surprisingly soft.

O: The more I sample from Sixpoint, the more I start to 'get' them. Maybe it's the way they hold up a middle finger to style conventions (this is some weird hybrid between a German pils, a kellerbier, and a good ol' fashioned hoppy 'Murican lager; even better, it actually works), I don't know. All I know is I would definitely buy this again.

Serving type: can

04-15-2014 18:44:10 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light tan and clear, fizzy white head that didn't last too long and left sparse lacing.

Aroma was grainy, bready, with some light hops notes. Not bad at all.

Flavor is again quite grainy, a little sweet, plenty of bready malt, lightly hoppy.

Light and easy drinking, slightly slick on the way down.

It's a pretty good German Pilsner, would make a good fishin' beer. I like that it's in cans.

Serving type: can

03-08-2013 21:36:49 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass a slightly opaque gold with two fingers of thick creamy head that laces pretty nicely.

Nose is mostly grain/bread, subtly sweet butter.

A sip is rich and smooth, light but present carbonation - sweet bready malt and a touch of balancing earthy citrus from the hops - clean finish.

This is good, definitely - but to me this beer is much heavier for the style than what I've had recently. Still quite quaffable and straightforward; I prefer a touch less body and more carbonation in my pilsners.

Serving type: can

07-29-2011 00:15:24 | More by OldIronLungs
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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am happy Sixpont has started canning their beers but this one is nothing special even though it has the style profile that I am wanting to try. See Oskar blues yellow pils to hit this style in the can correctly. The canning is a completely different factor that I am maybe not considering but I love canned beer. I know Sixpoint has not been at it as long as some of these others so it may improve over time.

It does pour a nice gold color with a good amount of head -soapy and foamy. Aromaa is clearly the German/Czech type hops and it is delivered in the taste too. I guess its the drinkability where this beer suffers as I just dont want more than 1. I am confident that these will only get better as Sixpoint is a brewery I think quite highly of. It almost seems that these are better than the same beer off the same 4-pack were a cpl weeks ago

Serving type: can

09-24-2011 22:47:32 | More by rousee
Photo of bum732


3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: can

01-02-2012 04:24:28 | More by bum732
Photo of barnzy78


3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, pours a darker golden color with a fizzy white head that holds decent retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. Aromas are fresh with pilsner malt, grass, yup - crisp. Tastes are, well, crisp. Pilsner malt, grassy, sharp hop bite on the finish. Mouth-feel is thin-to-medium, but sharp, crisp, and clean on the slightly drying finish. I had this one last week, but didn't give it a full review; then picked up another one yesterday when I thought I missed something when I saw the high scores it has received. I still think it's good, not great.

Serving type: can

06-11-2012 03:41:33 | More by barnzy78
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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 16oz can from Fishpaws, best by 27 May 2012, which makes this about a month over the hill.

Mostly clear golden orange with an off-white head that recedes surprisingly rapidly, leaving no lacing. The nose is surprisingly bright and snappy. The hop character is strong, with a blend of dusty, earthy notes along with a moderate lemony and grassy character. The malt profile is mild with a blend of doughy and honey malt character. Pretty clean IMO.

The palate opens with a moderate bitterness with flavors of lemon peel, really green grass and dusty earth. Very snappy IMO. The malt profile is a blend of pils, honey and a little bit of caramel-like malts. The pilsner malt does taste a little raw, lending a mild doughy flavor. However, the sweetness is a little bit on the high side (and the solution isn't to amp up the hops, which are already a little too high for the style), but still does work. With flavors of mild honey and a lingering bitterness (lemon peel, earth) on the finish, this light bodied beer is pretty clean (I can't pick out any sulfur) and enjoyable. The mid-palate is faintly watery, but it isn't too much of a distraction. Light in body, moderately resiny and with a medium-high level of carbonation, this feels good on the palate. In some ways, it seems like the higher hopping level was chosen to add a snappy, resiny feel to offset the relatively soft water, and it does strike me as a bold and distinguishing step. Nicely done, this is possibly the most enjoyable Sixpoint beer I've had.

Serving type: can

06-27-2012 04:12:31 | More by DefenCorps
The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
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