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The Crisp - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

391 Reviews
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Reviews: 391
Hads: 1,521
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 23.48%
Wants: 103
Gots: 278 | FT: 3
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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States | website

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 crossovert
1.77/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

473 ml can. Best before NOV 2011.

Pours into my giant pilsener/stange glass a pale gold, perhaps a shade paler than a pils should be with a gorgeous head that leaves actually rather industrial-looking lacing.

Judging by the smell they totally misused the German hops. IT smells like oranges which is a common mistake American lager brewers make, which is hilaroius why they boast how "unmasked" this is. Yeah, it is unmasked, and you don't know how to brew a proper pils. It leans more towards a Czech pils in the aroma though.

The flavor is nothing like a pilsener, it is more like a pale ale. It is orangey with a piercing orange blossom extract flavor. The finish is slightly bitter with some grassiness. Surprisingly there is not much diacetyl. But this is waaaay to sweet for a pilsener.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and watery, the palate is sweet and muttled, pilseners are supposed to be, ironically, and i mean really ironically like the name of this beer, crisp.

Either they just aren't accomplished brewers or were smokin some serious crack when making this recipe.

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Photo of vande
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 14 K gold w/ a nice, quickly disappearing head...that leaves a soft looking lace that kisses the glass

S: Light pilsner malts..lemon-lime like house hold cleaners...the good kind one likes to smell...

T: For a pils = crisp and refreshing. The light lemony flavor continues....a prairie grass kind of thing going on?

M: Crisp, clean, esay!

O: I'm not typically a pils kinda guy, but this was a pretty darn good beer. Something different than the usual spread I enjoy and it was a nice change of pace!!

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

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

Aroma
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.

Taste
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.

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

Overall
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 soju6
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden color, quite clear with a decent head and some lacing.

S: Mild aroma, Herbal with some fresh grain.

T: Has an initial crispness with a subtle bitterness thoughout and a touch of malt sweetness. Has a dry finish.

F: Fairly moderate body, crisp, clean and refreshing. Did I mention Crisp? Excellent balance. Maintains that crisp feel though to the end.

O: Excellent beer, an easy drinker. Hell of a lot more than I ever expected from a can of beer. I guess I'll check to see what else Sixpoint has to offer.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden straw color. Head quickly builds about and inch of sticky almost snow white crown before settling down to leave a nice cap on the beer.

Aroma shows of lots of floral and grassy character which is backed up by a bread and grain character with some mild sweetness. A bit of mint character adds just a bit more to a surprisingly complex and unique aroma.

Wonderful balance of biscuity malts with ever so slight lemony zest and grassy hop character. Not as hop-forward as some Pilsners but isn't afraid to show of some Old World hop action either. Nice bitter action to cut some of the sweet notes and finishes with a lingering floral/minty taste.

Mouthfeel is hits the nail on the head with a name like the Crisp. Light body feel that is a bit dry but oh so crisp and refreshing. Overall, I've been impressed by each of the Sixpoint beers I've had so far and the Crisp is no different. It's amazing a delicious beer like this is the same style the gave the world BMC. Long live the traditional Lagers!

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Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Semi-cloudy golden pour. Nice fluffy white head. Bit of lacing.

S: A bit of grass along with a really nice flowery aroma. As it warms there is a nice lemony kick too.

T: They weren't kidding with the "crisp" part. Grassy with a bit of lemon mainly. Very clean and sharp like a proper pilsener.

M: Pretty high carbonation keeps this one nice and light. Smooth.

O: Pretty much defines a great american pilsener. Might be tied with Victory Prima Pils for that title.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Centennial for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy light yellow with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small spots of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is very floral and herby with some bready malt aromas. Very nice. Taste is of very tasty floral and herb hops up front with a malt backbone. I am also getting some citrus flavors on the aftertaste. Like the name implies, this beer is very crisp and clean in the mouth. Overall, this is an awesome beer with delicious aromas and tastes. Probably the best beer of the style I have ever had.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/31/11 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light caramelized malts, lager yeast, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then a strong caramel and citrus sweetness comes in followed by a good hops bitterness creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice flavorful beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz. can served in a Spiegelau pilsener. Pours the color of straw with a semi-hazy clarity and a three inch, dense, bright white head. Head eventually settles into a solid quarter inch cap. Thick bands of textured lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose is grassy with a trace of citrus zest and a ripe, earthy/floral character most likely attributable to the hops. Taste consistent with nose; however, there is also a light, bready quality that comes out behind the citrus. There's also faint spiciness in the flavor profile that adds a little additional interest. Mouthfeel is light-medium, but closer to light, with an even, refreshing carbonation. I was actually expecting more of a semi-dry finish to this. Overall, I found this beer to be immensely drinkable and refreshing. I feel like there's a little more happening here than you would generally find with the style, but I'm okay with it. A really easy drinking offering and a nice bridge beer for BMC drinkers in my opinion.

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Photo of Drone53
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is how a a german pilsener should be. Its crisp, and without flaws. It is crisp, refreshing, and very balanced. Stacks up with any of the great German pilseners out there. For those of you who appreciate pilsners, this is a great micro option from a great brewery in Brooklyn. It goes great with grilled sausages, and any other type of great German food.

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Photo of nitro0292
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I must preface this review with 3 facts: (i) I am not a lover of this style; (ii) after I poured this can I discovered that this beer is "best by" August 18, 2011; (iii) a bought this @ Key food, so I'm not shocked at #2, or the fact that this wasn't refrigerated. We are a touch past the best by date.

Appearance- poured a slightly hazy yellow, with one finger of head that fell away pretty quickly. Good lacing. Odd haziness, I'm used to pils being almost transparent. Not cloudy like the fantastic Prima Pils.

Smell is typical pils, with noble hops and light malts. No skunk. I want to dive in for some refreshment as nothing is turning me off like pils usually do.

Taste - Like the name, crisp and clean. Adequate bitterness, with some lingering sweetness at the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel - slightly more than light bodied. Typical to style. Carbonation is low for a pils.

Overall, this is 2nd best American pilsener I've had. Prima Pils has a MUCH stronger hop presence and is bit more "crisp." This is an incredibly solid brew in a style I don't really care for. I certainly would seek this out again for the summer months and for friends who are used to macro. To me, this is a good beer. To others, I'm sure it is a very good beer. I wish I had it fresh.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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 HBeezley
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not the best I've had from 6pt. But good nonetheless.

A - Straw yellow with cotton white head.

S - Not too much here. Simple light pilsner smell.

T - Big taste that comes out of nowhere. Bitter, but well-balanced with malt. Not sweet from alcohol, but you can tell that the abv is there.

M - Not as "crisp" as I thought it would be, or how I would have liked it to be. It's only partially refreshing. Honestly I've had Imperial IPA's more refreshing than this. So...could we vote for a name-change? Maybe just "Rock solid pilsner"?

O - Oh, I'll be getting it again. Very enjoyable, just can be deceiving from the name. It comes off as a light, refreshing lager; and its just not. Still no let down here from 6pt. So far, their stuff is spot on great!

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Photo of nezelrac
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this a while ago; from notes

A - bright yellow-gold with a fine white head; good retention and lacing

S - all grassy and floral hops up front; a little pale malt lurking around in the background; hints of citrus and a honeyed graininess

T - follows the nose quite closely; sweet and grassy/floral notes riding a firm pils malt base; notes of lemon curd and honeyed grain; good clean bitterness from front to back

M - bright and crisp with a lightly creamy mid-palate; good CO2

O - excellent; very drinkable and maintains interest; summer session that rewards reflection

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Photo of Centennial
2.27/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving- 16oz can poured into pint glass

Appearance- straw yellow, looks adjunct infused.

Smell- all good old corn and otherwise bland nothingness.

Taste- Was hoping for something like the name...pulled it out for refreshment and all it did was leave a skunky adjunct flavor in my mouth.

Mouthfeel- highly carbonated and thin body otherwise, reminds me of Genesee Cream ale, and that is not a good thing.

Overall- huge disappointment, this does not live up to the name "The Crisp"

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

16 ounce can. Pours into a conical pils style glass quite nicely. A slightly hazed golden color going on with a bright white head. Aroma has a nice cereal grain complexity lightly toasted malts with an herbaceous grassy kick to it. Nice rounded sweetness, mild grassy herbaceous bitterness. A rolling malt profile is like fresh baked bread lightly toasted with a nice crisp fruitiness a touch of sulfur and lingering bittering hops with herbal/citric flavors arising. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a sturdy level of carbonation going on, overall a pretty nice beer. I could definitely get comforable sipping on this on a warm fall or hot summer day, refreshing quality makes it go down way too easily.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish golden color with a finger of fluffy white head. Solid retention with some nice lacing.

Smell: Mildly sweet from the malt. Some herbal notes along with a hint of citrus.

Taste: A lot more bitter than the smell indicates, but not in an unpleasant way. Has the distinct pilsner taste. Not a lot of sweetness at all. Bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation. Mildly dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. A very nice bitterness, quite refreshing. As the can said, there isn't much for this beer to hide behind, and they did a good job with it.

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Photo of Akahoshi
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cracked open the can, poured it into a standard pint glass. Very yellow looking with good levels of carbonation. The head was bright white and frothy/foamy looking. Overall I'd say it looked pretty good for a pils.

S: To me at first, this smelled like your typical pils. After really digging though it's apparent that it's of higher caliber. There's a hop presence mixed with slight sweetness.

T: Good hoppiness as well as bready malts. Tasted much better than your standard adjunct lager of course. Somewhat grassy and fresh tasting. You could really taste the hops in this one in my opinion.

M: Light to medium bodied, and pretty crisp/refreshing.

Overall I'd say it was a good solid pilsner. I should point out that I am not a fan of the style, but I would have this beer again if it were available. It's perfect for a warm summer night when you don't want to be assaulted by hops or drink some viscous stout.

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Photo of DannyS
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the can says "lager" but here it's a pilsener. Will keep an open mind

A - Pours a dark yellow almost hazy with a slight ring of lace that doesn't seem to sticky. Head does stay around for a bit.

S - A very sweet beer indeed. I do get some notes of citrus hops and lager yeast. Hope it tastes alright.

T - Dare I say this is one bad-ass pills. You get sweet malts then grassy hops that quickly turn to citrus and lemon twang hops and it finishes bready with no yeast of lager tones. Tasty.

M - Light to medium its a very good brew.

Overall so far I am impressed with the brewery so far, wasn't the biggest fan of the cream but every other offering seems to be very drinkable and full of flavor. It's amazing how this beer makes me question where Miller goes wrong with the typical pills. Even the price is close to a 24oz Miller lite and I would prefer this one hands down to anyone. Recommended.

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Photo of Claudius424
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was a bit skeptical picking this beer up. Boy was I wrong! The can captures all the flavors of the hops and malt bringing together a really well put together beer. Pours a yellow color with a fair sized head and plenty of carbonation. Will definitely give it buy again.

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Photo of doppelme
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of Litterbean
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review in a long while, it's good to be back.

Bought a four-pack of tallboys. It pours light and golden out of the can into my imperial pint glass. Thin, whispy head soon gives away to scattered patches of white.

The smell is evident upon popping the can open, and more so as it is poured. The hops are most striking, a blend of spicy and floral. There's something slightly sweet hidden in there as well.

Tastes crisp. Good carbonation helps the bready malts splash on the tongue. Again, hops are very prominent. Mild and flavorful, hints of grass and spice. Delicious.

I've had hundreds of new beers since my last review on this site, but this one has inspired me to come back and share my thoughts. A really enjoyable pilsner, and brewed locally (I'm in Brooklyn now), so I'm filled with pride. A wonderful beer.

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

all out i must say reminds me more of a good czech then a german. must be the bohemian in the wort. looks the part with a clear golden yellow body... not yellow almost green gold but yellow almost orange. nose is a bit off... older can. a hint of banana a bit too much for my liking. but nice nose of sweetness only a czech can have. floral pollen and hay. palate is crisp indeed. dry end but not as aggressive. formally proper. hint of stale banana but otherwise holds nicely. will have again as my next itch for a pilsner.

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The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.