The Crisp - Sixpoint Brewery

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Ratings: 1,330
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 84
Gots: 206 | FT: 2
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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 stxSS07
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade with cosmicevan. Thanks man!

16oz can into a Killian's pint. Best by Sept. 29th 2011

A- Pours a translucent golden yellow with a 2 finger white head. Leaves nice lacing. Carbonation pouring off the bottom of the glass.

S- Nice traditional Pilsner scent. Grainy and malty sweetness with a bit a floral hops.

T- Follows the nose with grainy sweetness, but the hops are much more pronounced than in the nose. Really tasty.

M- Light and lively. Very refreshing.

O- Really impressed with my first SixPoint brew. Especially since it's a style that isn't really up my alley.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.91/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Standard looking pilsner, could have been something from Miller for all I know, just a little bit darker with better head. Smell was amazingly like Budweiser. Didn't see how this differed as a 'german pilsner' from the American adjuncts here, same smell. Industrial corn. The dry hopping claim seemed facetious after smelling this.

Upon drinking it, I kept wondering the same thing. Was disappointed, after having Righteous and Bengali 2 weeks earlier, how tame this was. Didn't pick up anything crisp at all from it, if anything it was more like dead weight, some heft to a pilsner I wasn't used to, and a an aftertaste mouthfeel that came dangerously close to being below average.

Too bitter for style if anything. Overhopped, maybe, would just appreciate being able to distinguish the hops in here.

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 drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my life long, slow roll goal to review all the beers on the beeradvocate best of style lists (as of today, a total of 4217 beers) I picked up a can of this at a local beer store, poured from a 16 ounce can into a Gordon Biersch pint glass. At the time of this review, this is the #4 Top German Pilsener.

Beer is yellow with a slight haze to it, a huge white head, but not obnoxious, lacing and nice carbonation. Looks like beer.

Aroma is sweet, nice malt, good yeast character, a mild tea like bitterness in the nose, some hops. Smells soft if that makes sense.

Beer is medium in body and sweet on the front, sweet on the back, with a hint of bitterness overall. It is quite enjoyable as a pilsner goes, very drinkable, nice creamy mouthfeel, good finish. I like it. I'd have more it.

Photo of augustgarage
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can, best by Sept 29,2011. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a fairly dense 2 finger white head with great retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. Some decent lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of honey, bread, lemon, grass, citrus, and a bit of spiciness. Very nice and inviting aromas. Taste of big breadiness, with lemon, grass, and citrus. Finishes with a grassy and spicy hop bitterness that is decently strong and lingers for a bit with lemon and citrus sweetness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body. Nice crisp and refreshing finish, as expected. Extremely drinkable and delicious stuff with no alcohol in the taste or finish. Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Outstanding stuff, and a perfect summer beverage I would drink on a hot day.

Photo of magnj
2.91/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


A - Clear Golden body is a shade or 2 darker than your standard pils, produced a nice frothy head but it dropped fairly quickly from my glass leaving some lacing and a thin protective film.

S - Malty nose is vaguely reminiscent of a malt liquor for some reason up front. Closer inspection reveals a nice floral hop note.

T - Again there's a little something to the taste up front that's turning me off. But it leads to a nice hoppy midsection and ends with some bitterness but also slight butter.

M/D - Medium body, no residual sugar, maybe a tad undercarbed. Ok to drink, hoping my palate is off or something because I love the 16oz cans.

Photo of oberon
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner a lighter lemony color with a nice fluffy white crown that left multiple broken rings of lace behind as it settles.Wow what alot going on in the nose,herbal and floral hops overtop of sweetish bread dough,the doughy aspect of the beer really stands up well to the hefty dose of hops.Herbal almost minty-like hop flavors really stand out at the onset,light caramel and crisp pizza dough malt flavors are fantastic!I have never even come close to rating a pilsner a "5",I really liked Sudwerk pils,but this is the best pils I have had,its delicate and "crisp" but assertive,I will search this out and buy again,just fantastic.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can courtesy of johnqvegas-- thanks dustin.
Straw pale golden yellow body beneath a fluffy 2 finger head. Very nice lacing and retention.

I'm gonna come at you straight here-- this is a fantastic take on the style. The appearance is nearly perfect, and the flavor and nose are both excellent.
Some lightly sweet and grainy malts with a spicy lemony hop bite.
Dry crisp finish with a mild and pleasant bitterness.

This is a very nice beer. I'll be happy to sip some more of these. I'll be taking some of these cans out on the waverunner for sure!

Photo of philbe311
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A fingers worth of tightly packed crisp (no pun intended) pillow-like off-white colored head with a slightly rocky top... Modest retention gives way to a full lacing of identical character... Filled throughout with medium sized sluggish carbonation... The color is a lemony gold with a slight amber hue and an ever so faint haziness... A slight sheet of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Slightly understated... A mix of malts... Some toasted malts... Some sweet and bready... Some cereal like... Perhaps even some corn notes... Fresh cut grass... Some very faint citrusy hop notes...

T - A bit of graininess.. Some notes of lemon zest... Some pale malts... A very subtle but effective hop presence lies beneath the surface... Some nice depth and complexity, but very clean and unpretentious at the same time...

M - On the full side of medium bodied... Thick and chewy, especially by style guidlines... Some lush creaminess... Ridiculously smooth... Clean... Crisp... Very nicely done...

D - Uber refreshing with a ridiculously good mouthfeel... An outstanding German Pilsner... I would gladly welcome one of these in my glass any day, but especially on a hot summer day... Now that Sixpoint cans are readily available, I have yet to be disappointed...

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of LaCoursiere
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 ounce can into a glass-handled mug at Bill's Bar & Burger in NYC.

A: Clean, clear, golden yellow with a thin cap of fizzy, bubbly foam which fades quickly. Lots of carbonation and great clarity in this brew.

S: Sweet, cooked grains, zesty hops, a lemon-like tartness and milled cereal malts.

T: Crisp, refreshing, clean bready malts up front with hints of toasted corn and slightly juicy citrus. Hops rush in to dry out the palate and usher in a clean, crisp, refreshing finish with bits of residual toasted ad grainy malts.

M: Very clean, crisp, sharp, light-bodied and refreshing. Cuts through a loaded burger as well as it refreshes the palate while not pulling food from it.

O: A nice German pilsner with lots of authentic taste and a very crisp, clean flavor and finish. The 5.4% ABV is nice and sessionable, and although this brew is a good summer option, I couldn't see having it on a regular basis. Still good for what it is though.

Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at royal tavern in philly

Pours a clear golden yellow with a smaller topping of white head. Dissolves while leaving some filmy lacing with little retention.

Slight bite of hops with lemon peel and grassy hints. Faint earthiness and lighter biscuit malts, soft bitterness. Fragrant and inviting.

Lemon grass and citrus, faint notes of floral hoppiness. Slightly bitter, crisp (haha) and refreshing right off the bat. Decent malt backbone with biscuit and bread, very little sweetness. Finishes a little hoppy and dry.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, drinks incredibly smooth and quick. A nice pilsner from Sixpoint that I could drink regularly, although the $10 per 4 pack price point makes it a bit on the higher end.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tap to pint glass on 7/24/11 at The Half Pint in NYC, kicking back with the wifey on our 1st wedding Anniversary.

A: Pale brilliant golden. One finger loose head fades fairly quick.

S: Like a just out of the oven vanilla cupcake. It's spectacular and one of a kind.

T: Vanilla bean, untoasted malt and a bit of simple grain. No frills here, utterly delicious.

M: Crisp and refreshing. It could use a bit more texture, but it's purpose as a session beer would be lost. Therefore it's spot-on as-is.

O: Simply put, Sixpoint's Crisp is the best American interpretation of a Pilsner I've ever had, and is easily a top two or three session beer in my book. I don't care that it's not "imperial" or "wood aged", it's a damn fine beer that you need to seek out ASAP.

Photo of tko741
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16oz can purchased as part of a 4-pack at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" off-white head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Head recedes gradually, with sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet, with a Saaz bite.

Taste follows the nose, starts sweet, lemony fresh in the middle, closes with a hops bite. Everything comes together nicely. Mouthfeel is way smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Talk about a thirst quencher.

Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz Can

Appearance – Slightly hazy amber colour with an above average size fizzy and frothy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, malts, hops, lemons

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with a decent amount of hops and some notes of lemon and corn. There are also some malts and a hint of ginger. The beer finishes with a grainy slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – A very tasty beer that would definitely work very well as a summer refresher. It actually kind of reminded me of a ginger-ale soda. It's worth seeking out and I'm happy I have another 7 cans in the fridge. Looking forward to trying the other Sixpoint beers i bought as well.

Photo of beerdrinker4life
4.95/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank several of these with friends in the backyard of Roberta's. Had a blast!

My first beer was right out of the can. The next one I poured into a glass. What a massive pillow of a head! Great pure white foam like snow on top of a golden molten liquid. Beautiful!

I drank this so fast it was so delicious. The aroma smelled like fresh grass. It was so good. The taste followed up with a sweet undertone and a big bold hop presence underneath. It was so unique almost like an IPA but very clean too!

Mouthfeel was nice. Real light almost subtle snap to it.

Overall an excellent beer. I hope I can find these for sale in CT. It was delicious!

Photo of Yagman3000
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 16 ounce can into a Duvel goblet.

Appears an apricoty orange yellow. I can see through the beer though... Usually not the best sign from a beer.

Smells slightly sweet, of honey, with some wheat and malty undertones.

Tastes bready and clean. No real trace of hops. Malt comes through in a crisp fashion.

Mouthfeel is short and crisp, like it's name, without a wide range of
stuff going on.

Overall decent, and slightly tasty for a Pilsener, but I wish that there was a bit more going on here.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass

A- pours a hazy yellow with a one finger, foamy white head that fades pretty quickly and laces excellently. Looks like a solid pils

S- smells of grassy hops...pretty standard for a pils

T- grassy and crisp, and the finish is actually pretty sweet...odd, but good

M- the feel is actually a little thin, and maybe a little creamy. Has a buttery texture, almost like a cream ale

O- excellent beer. Very easy drinking

Photo of Manoftyr
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance-Pours a Pilsener straight straw-yellow golden color with a fluffy head, lacing is sticky and abundant with dabs and dollops all around the glass as the head recedes to a thick white film. Lively carbonation prickles upwards from the bottom of the pilsener glass. Perfect.

Aroma-Big noble hop aromas of flowers and fresh cut grass followed swiftly by bready/doughy malt 'harmony' comes to mind, it's all superbly balanced.

Taste-Taste follows the nose with 'crisp' noble hop flavors leading along with prickly carbonation, plenty of herbal/grassy flavors abound with a touch of floral character. The bready malt character comes forward just in time to stop things from getting too one dimensional with complimentary notes of biscuits and dough and a light touch of sweetness to contrast the crisp bitterness/dryness.

Mouthfeel-'Crisp' is the perfecy word to describe this mouthfeel with ample carbonation and a light body that ends with a snap at the conclusion of each drink. Ultimately quenching and exactly what I expect from the best Pilseners.

Drinkability/Overall-Astounding, best Pilsener I've ever had; this is what all pilseners should aspire towards, amazing.

Notes-Ive had so many Pilseners ranging from Prima and Stoudts to authentic German imports but, to me at least; they all pale in comparison to this AMAZING offering from Sixpoint, easily the best thing they make and I intend to never be without it.


Photo of MadCat
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

CANquest part 8.

Appearance: A very clear yellowish color, pouring with a good white head, that seems to want to stick around, leaving good lacing

Smell: Very clean, light malts and citrusy, floral hops

Taste: Again, very clean on the palate, light malts, citrusy and floral hops, very refreshing. A very good beer for a nice hot day. Mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body, crisp carbonation

Overall: Another excellent brew by Sixpoint. The name is pretty descriptive, and helpful.

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 n2185
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yellow with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Some pilsner malts up front followed by a light biscuity aroma. Grapefruit and pine hop notes bring up the finish.

T: Again, some biscuit and pilsner malt flavors at first, but they're soon kicked to the side by the nice hop profile. Slight grapefruit followed by pine flavors and a light bitterness that doesn't linger. Tasty.

M: Light body with medium-high carbonation, this beer is pretty crisp with the carbonation giving a nice bite to accompany the hop profile.

O: A good pilsner. Not the prettiest, but it's nicely hopped to make it both flavorful and refreshing.

The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,330 ratings.