The Crisp - Sixpoint Brewery

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Reviews: 344
Hads: 1,350
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 88
Gots: 214 | FT: 3
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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 LaCoursiere
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (830 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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. (964 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (740 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (769 characters)

Photo of tko741
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (841 characters)

Photo of beerdrinker4life
4.95/5  rDev +25.6%
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! (646 characters)

Photo of Yagman3000
3.82/5  rDev -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. (516 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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 (454 characters)

Photo of Manoftyr
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

WOW! (1,439 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of n2185
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (985 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (1,195 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can best before August something...

a - popped the can and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. beer was a clear straw with a thin bubbly head. visible carbonation throughout.

s - as expected malty with a pilsner tang to it.

t - crisp is a great name for this beer. that pretty much sums up the flavor. tastes crisp...brisk...pilsnery.

m - mouth is nice and thin but thicker than most pilsners. feels like there is a bit more body which works well with the style.

o - overall wanted to try this, but not a huge pilsner fan, this beer however shone through as fairly solid in my opinion. it really hit the spot. (616 characters)

Photo of suspect
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Purchased a 4-pack for $9.49.

A: Crystal clear golden color. Timid pour led to a 1 finger head that disappeared within moments to a solid ring. Lacing sticks around for quite a long time. Lots of tiny bubbles rising from the center of the bottom of the glass.

S: Light Grains and malt lead the way with some hop backend. Mostly, though - it smells like a very typical German Pilsener - from Germany - except it's from Brooklyn.

T: Mildly sweet up front, very bitter in the backend. Very nice flavor of grains, hops (of the citrus variety), and some bready flavor as well.

M: Light bodied, very nicely carbonated, sticky-bitter aftertaste lead me reaching again and again until the glass was finished.

O: A supremely drinkable beer and yet another solid offering from the brewery which is rapidly becoming one of my favorites. (894 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can, best before Sept 25 2011, traded to me by JoeBeerBelly. Thanks Joe!

42 IBUs...this should be good, or not.

This pours a straw gold, slightly hazy, has a 1 finger head of foam with very few bubbles rising to the surface. Gorgeous lacing to boot...for some reason, this pour strikes me as a well poured draught beer.

It smells very Pilsener with a fairly meaty amount of malt and a well above average nose of hops...lots of citrus in that there smell. Very nice.

And the taste backs up the smell and then takes it up a notch. Solid malty backbone with a superb citrusy, somewhat piney flavour of hops that comes from the dry hopping. Some bits of grass as well. Good lord, this is one tasty son of a gun and I can't help but lift my glass way to often. Very crisp overall and dry, and superbly drinkable, and marvelous.

Okay, this one is hitting the spot like crazy. This has to be in the top 3 German Pilseners I've tried. Kudos to Sixpoint and kudos to Joe, but where's the reference to the "Sehr"(very, in German)?? ;^) (1,037 characters)

Photo of james35
3.14/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

While sixpoint does many wonderful things with this beer, I think it is important to point a few things out. Lager beer is not traditionally dry-hopped. Dry hopping is traditional in english ale brewing. I find that the aroma in the crisp is too ale like. While the mouthfeel and taste are purely pilsener like, the aroma is misleading. Also, Lager beer should be drank cold. The 16 ounce can gets too warm before you get down to the end, releasing that DMS flavor, they so cleverly tried to mask by dry hopping. Great can. great story. But the crisp is too malty sweet. The bitterness is an after note. There are some great Lager moments in this beer though. (659 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a light golden color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice all malt lager scent along with an array of German hops. It's crisp with actual malt character. The taste is great! It has a smooth, pilsner malt flavor along with a damn fine German hop bitterness. It's flavorful with a solid malt base; easy drinking with just enough sweetness to balance the hops. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a lager I can get behind. It's "crisp" with sacrificing the flavor. (574 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent head with some lasting power. The liquid is dark straw with a touch of haze. Leaves some chunky, spotty lace on the glass.

Very nice start of a semi-grainy and fully malted pilsner barley. But the hop is like smelling fresh hop cones. Delicious.

This is a highly hopped pils. Good starting pale malt flavor (no grain as in the smell). Peppery bitterness that lasts long after the swallow. Very rich for a pilsner. A very special beer to drink if you prefer your pils bitter. (483 characters)

Photo of slammo
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in Shoprite Metro Liquors, thanks to Don Juan for getting it.

I really like German Pilsener and was hoping not to be disappointed. Even though my current favorite is undoubtedly IPA, I always like to return to GP especially in these months.

The appearance was bright and clear. Perfect golden straw color I look for in this style. Head is white and solid.

Smells of floral notes with a meadow cut grass bouquet. The mouthfeel indeed is crisp and oh so refreshing.

Excellent entry for a novice to appreciate real beer and complex enough for the advanced aficionado. Thanks Sixpoint for creating this beer. (619 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light pour, golden straw in color with a tight fizzy head of white foam that quickly gained ground and rose up through the glass. Nice an light aroma, clean, light spice and yeast notes, hints of light citrus, wheat, light cloves, really well done. As I take the first sips, clean, crisp flavor, tight citrus, rich light grains, spakrling carbonation. Really it just worked. Light bready finish left a light touch of flavor on the palate but mostly clean after the last sip. (479 characters)

Photo of Mypintishalffull
4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Weekend pilsner kick. Picked up some of these cans at Bellport. Nice price too. Poured with huge white big head. Sat right on top. Pure white. Color was deep yellow almost copper but not quite. Strong meadow aroma almost floral and maybe even a bit spicy. Great flavor. So balanced between sweet and bitter. Ultra clean. A real great super drinkable beer. Almost dangerous. The hops are the only thing holding you back. But at the same time they beg you forward. I will definitely be buying lots of this.


The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
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