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The Crisp - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

354 Reviews
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Reviews: 354
Hads: 1,377
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 98
Gots: 228 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 ern19
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Labeled Best By May 18 2015

A: Very pale yellow, almost totally transparent.

S: It lets you know that it has an all-American hop bill, and that it's not a traditional German pilsner by any stretch of the imagination. More subtle than a pale ale, but the aroma is hop forward.

T: My first thought when tasting it is that it has a super "clean" taste to it. I'm not really sure how to describe it. It's not a sipper, it begs you to chug the whole glass. You get a little orange rind in the middle, followed by some crackery malt, with a lingering slightly bitter finish.

M: Super light, like I said it begs to be chugged.

I've never had anything like it, the hops are up front (and familiar, for someone who drinks more hoppy beers than anything else), but the combination of the hops and super light lager mouthfeel and appearance make this one pretty unique. I gave this to my dad and a friend who drinks more Steel Reserve than craft, and they both really enjoyed it. I think this is a great "gateway" beer for those who are used to AALs and the like. Light, while having no shortage of flavor. (1,104 characters)

Photo of BB1313
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by May 9, 2015. 12oz can poured into a pint glass. This was a gusher, but didn't affect the experience. Pours a pale yellow with a small white head that leaves nice retention and solid lacing. The aromas are full of sweet pilsener malts. Lots of citrus notes. I will say there is a nice hop presence in the aromas and flavors. Some pear in the mix as well. The flavors are great. There's definitely a hop bite to this one, but still remains true to the style. Maybe some black pepper in the mix as well, but it's really not spicy. It's extremely clean and refreshing. The mouthfeel is very nice. It's light with a solid body to it. The carbonation is active and it's very smooth. This is an extremely drinkable brew. It's perfect for the warm weather, but will hit the spot during any season.

I'm pretty much blown away. This is definitely my favorite beer I've had from Sixpoint. I'm disappointed that it took me so long to try this. Awesome stuff. Highly recommended. (975 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%

16 oz can served in a nonic glass.

Pours light amber in color with a good head that has decent retention and some lacing. Little in the way of rising carbonation bubbles for style. Poor clarity.

Aroma: mixed grains, soft fruits and herbal hops.

Flavor: Fruity for style.

Feel: light body and medium-low, too low, carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

O: a decent pilsner, but compares poorly to the SN/Firestone Walker Beer Camp Torpedo Pilsner that preceded it. (463 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale amber colour, with slight bubbling. Head is white, a bit thin but decent. Lace is OK. Nice enough.

Smells weird. Honey and boot polish. Sweet, oaty bread. Bit funky. Odd.

Taste is quite bready, yeasty. Dry, with some rubber notes and more honey, and a touch of oat. Some crisp apple, but not much else crisp or really fresh. OK though.

A bit of texture. Bit of body. Still a bit stodgy for a lager.

Nice enough, but could be crisper for something called 'the crisp'. (486 characters)

Photo of DeFaz
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A touch darker than your adjunct pilsner, it's crowned by a fairly fluffy head. Good head retention.

Smell: Hops, some biscuit malt, and a little bit of skunkiness that you're going to expect from a German-style pilsner.

Taste: Fresh, ultra-dry hops and a touch of malt. This isn't my favorite style by any means, but this beer tastes refreshing with its floral flavors.

Mouthfeel: Near perfect, the beer truly is crisp without being overcarbonated. It's sessionable despite being flavorful.

Overall: Absolutely the best pilsner I've had and likely to please the IPA fans who are normally wary of malty lagers or pilsners. (640 characters)

Photo of Premo88
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into pilsener
(best before May 3, 2015)

L: yellow and very cloudy for a pilsener, meaning about 75% clear; incredible 1-inch head of ultra-white foam that is super sticky and is now lacing something fierce off a massive collar; brew clears up a bit over time, and as it does, you can see plenty of the lager-like/pilsener-esque bubbles ... the clarity issue is the only minus here, otherwise perfect

S: now THAT is dry-hopped ... unmistakable green/grass/flower smell sits on top of this thing nicely; very sweet considering the hops are showcased so well; some grain and malt are in there, but they're very subdued ... grain might be corn or sour rice -- malt is cracker-like

T: bitter ... 44 IBUs here taste like 88 ale IBUs ... the lager is delicate enough to let the hop taste show itself all the way in a bitter floral note that has some grass in it but tastes mostly like a pile of lilac or rose petals mashed to a pulp; some malt sweetness showing here and there, but this is virtually all hops; tastes much more bitter than the sweeter nose

F: light but well-carbonated for a nice fullness

O: immediately reminds me of Prima Pils, and it's almost so American-ized that one could argue we need a new style: the American pilsener. very bitter, very floral and almost no malt presence to balance it ... i hear dry-hopping is mainly for the smell, but it sure bitters up the taste in most dry-hopped beers I drink. that is definitely the case here.

but if I'm missing the good bread malt balancing notes and if I'm going to dock points for a lack of clarity, I also have to give The Crisp full points for being fantastic at what it wants to be -- a super-hoppy pilsener with American hop flavors. I get why people love this brew, and it's one I'll likely revisit. (1,792 characters)

Photo of hopflyer
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 5/8/15

Pours light straw colored yellow. Minimal head. Somewhat hazy

lemongrass and spice in the nose. A hint of lime. Somewhat farmhouse smell.

taste is grassy with the hint of lime picked up in the nose. A touch of bitterness and rounded out with a bit of a sweet green tea taste. A bit of American citrusy hops become somewhat apparent halfway thru.

Light bodied as expected with moderate to high carbonation. Crisp, dry, and really clean finish.

Kind of new to this style but I really like this one. Works great in these hot humid summer days. a lot of flavor packed in to this beer but maintains a light refreshing body. Well done once again by the boys from Sixpoint. Seek this one out! (705 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can with a best before date of May 2015 (drinking in July 2014).

Beer has a typical pilsner head. Beer has a wonderful aroma of hops. Strange because they actually smell more like American IPA hops vs. the usual European Noble variety. The taste is excellent for a pilsner. Very hop forward with maltiness balance. A little over hopped perhaps but a tad more balanced than say, Prima. Overall I thought this was one of the better pilsners out there and a high quality brew from SixPoint. (488 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.78/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a large, fading, white head.
Nose shows hay, spicy hops, grassy notes and light grainy malt.
Flavours are very hop-focused. Big spicy, floral, citrus-y and grassy notes. Little else. Some light malt. Assertive bitterness.
Nice high carbonation. (263 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with a creamy, thick white head that recedes very slowly.

S: Aromas of biscuit, crackers, grain, straw, grass, herbs, lemon, lime, and honey are present on the nose.

T: Notes of minerals, lemon, lime, biscuits, crackers, fresh herbs, straw, grass, honey, and grain wash across the palate. The finish is short and crisp with lemon, lime, grass, mineral, and cracker flavors lingering.

M: Light-to-medium in body and quite dry. Carbonation is crisp and firm. This lager is superbly easy to drink and incredibly refreshing.

O: A nice lager that is more or less in the German style. The body is a little too slight and not quite dry enough for me to fully accept this beer as an authentic German-style pils, yet it is still very good. (764 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with best by date of May 08, 2015 printed on the bottom of the can. Apparently this beer is good for a year. Another new beer to me from Sixpoint, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a lightly cloudy straw yellow colored body with three fluffy bubbly fingers of white head. Head has excellent staying power. It looks very nice.

S - Smell is comprised of grass, grains / wheat, lemon pith, lightly peppery, & some crisp earthy yeast presence. The German hops and malts are more than apparent.

T - The taste is very nice - bready, grainy, wheaty, grassy, herbal, & mildly resinous.

M - Likewise, the feel is extremely crisp, clean, bready, bitter, and dry. Some piney herbal hop content lingering long and hard on the palate. The palate begs for another sip to wash away the dryness.

Overall, a very nice example of the style, possibly one of the best and most delicious examples of a pilsner that I've had. Mabe not exactly the most traditioal, but certainly delicious.

Sixpoint The Crisp ---4/5. (1,078 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a golden, shimmering yellow, with a 1.5 inch head, and lots of foamy lacing down the glass.

Smells quite floral, with some citrus, and sweet grain.

The taste is similar. Not sure this tastes super "traditional" as it is quite "juicy" but it's still very delicious. Floral and citrus hop aromas, some grassy herbal bitterness, and bready toasted bread flavors, with some sweet grain.

Insanely drinkable and delicious, this goes down really easily. Light to medium bodied, Crisp, mostly dry mouthfeel.

This is another quite delicious beer from Sixpoint. It's close but not quite to a traditional German pilsner. (675 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.64/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

appearance; color is a very clear, pale gold. pours a finger of white head that quickly settles into spotted lacing. a slow, steady stream of bubbles constantly rise to the surface of the beer.

smell; very clean. smooth yeast, kick of floral hops.

taste; clean, yeast flavor, bread, hint of malt sweetness, nice punch of citrus and earthy hop notes.]

mouthfeel; very crisp, light body,medium carbonation. very slight amount of dryness before leaving quite a juicy feel in the mouth.

overall; the perfect american pilsner. (525 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours a very pale yellow with nice carbonation and a fluffy single finger head.

Very clean and refreshing quaffs of sweet and floral malts with a slight hop finish.

Very light, very refreshing, clean lager malts are slightly sweet, but met halfway with a nice hop character.

Mouthfeel is bright and cleansing that goes down like water.

Overall a darn good lager, just very well done. (387 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a standard pint glass. Crystal clear light gold color, with fine streaming bubbles flowing from the bottom. Large initial head, though it fades somewhat quickly. The nose features plenty of hop aroma--very nice, though more American than German, with grassy piney notes. Oh, this is a fine hoppy pils, with lots of bitterness and grassy hop flavors. Malt is light but holds up reasonably well. Light, clean finish. Nice spritzy carbonation level. One of the best pils I've had in a while. (500 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 16 oz. can that is stamped Best Before 28 April 2014. I am sampling this a few weeks later on May 16, 2014.

High marks for its slightly hazy pale yellow pour and tremendous long lasting head that leaves lots of lacing. Why?: Because pilseners are supposed to look that way so it is right on as far as style goes.

The aroma is of barley grain and malts, a lemongrass thing, sugar sweetness, and a clean crisp hop note. Note that i said "crisp" because that is the name mind you.

Light body

The taste echoes the aroma with the same sweet, grainy, malty characteristics that leave a dry but clean hop bite at the end. Often I rate a beer on whether I would remember it a year from now if someone asked me about it. I think I could give a future customer a pretty good description of what to expect. (809 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a strong, foamy, snow-white head in a tall Pilsner glass. Brew is slightly cloudy, incredibly active - tons of bubbles - and a sickly, pale yellow; a shade greener than straw. Retention is very good, and lacing is thick and impressive.

Surprising hop aroma, reminiscent of Citra: citrus notes, a dank sweetness, and stale biscuit pale malts. A bit of wildflower honey, and some slightly earthy bitterness.

Everything in the aroma is well-represented on the tongue: sweet and powdery, earthy pale malts up forward and again on the back-end; very dry, earthy hops, as well as a definite dank note, accented by citrus peel and the barest hint of tropical juice; a tiny hint coming on late of banana-note yeast; quite bitter for the style, but not so much that it is off-putting.

Very lively in the mouth, with a strong sting, but not so much that it prevents savoring or chewing. Long aftertaste, with wet hop oils and dry malt residue. An odd combination, leading to slight puckering.

This is a very hard brew to judge; I find myself very much on the fence. Sixpoint isn't afraid to call this a Pils, but I am; any classic Pilsner malt doesn't really shine through in my opinion, while the hop load and malt profile keep my palate wondering if this is really an IPL, or a hoppy pale lager, or a hoppy Pils (as advertised).

One thing this beer is certainly not is bad; it's very, very refreshing and drinkable. The dry-hopping gives it an undeniable modern American craft brew lean, but the smooth clean presentation makes it far more drinkable. That may not be a perfect marriage, but I think it works pretty well overall.

Served in a tall Spiegelau Pilsner/Kölsch crystal. (1,684 characters)

Photo of Mises85
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: orange hazy with 1 finger head.

Smell: Belgian ale esque, hoppy, lemon, seltzer.

Taste: Thick, lemony, cracker like, grassy hops, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: quite effervescent and very silky.

It was a good pilsner and definitely one of the better ones I have had. Would definitely drink this again. (312 characters)

Photo of jonb5
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml can, poured into snifter.

A: Slightly darker than normal pils, Large head, good retention, lots
of lacing, the haziest filtered (I think) lager I’ve ever seen.

S: German style noble hops, could have been Warsteiner.

T: Doughy, bitter, something really reminded me of Duvel.

M: Lacked the bite of an authentic German Pils, thick
body, smooth, not much carbonation.

O: A Pils with a US craft slant, wouldn’t turn it down if
offered one but can’t help thinking the Germans
make better versions of domestic styles. (532 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a glass, it has a murkey orange color body with a small fizzy head. The armoma had a citrus, lemon aroma to it. The taste has a crisp pilsner flavor, hop and citrus, malt. The hops also gives it a earthy, grassy flavor also. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp and overall a good pilsner. (310 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (1,544 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

355ml Can from Crystal Palace (Wetherspoons), Glasgow (£2.49):
Clear, light golden colour with a lot of visible carbonation showing through plenty of bubbles rising to the surface. Has a half cm, foamy white head that hold pretty well with some lacing too.

Light pilsener malts & some grassy hops with a crisp & clean aroma that has some bittersweet notes coming through & faint citrus with a few earthy notes as well. It was a fairly light smelling beer & pretty much as I was expecting for the style.

Light & clean pilsener taste with some earthy bitterness coming through & a few malts as well. There was a light citrus & lemon taste with some grassy hops on top of that.

Smooth & clean on the palate with a naturally crisp finish as the name hinted at. The beer was a good thirst quencher with carbonation levels about medium with a medium body & a slightly bittersweet finish.

A decent pilsener & not a bad offering from Sixpoint, although it wasn't in the same league as their Bengali Tiger. Nice & crisp, living up to the name at least but there are better pilseners out there. (1,089 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall pint glass: color is opaque gold/copper, head is bright white, presenting 1/2 inch thick then dissipating to a nice top; definitely more dense/murky than other pilsners.

Smell is light pils malts, then grassy hops, solid bitterness, light citrus and earthy notes.

Taste is crisp, definitely full of hops, though the subtle grassy flavors are prominent, some stronger citrus type flavors are noted with a strong drying, bitter finish; malt is pils and bread, subtle backbone type flavor. Earthy flavors are prominent as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonated and biting on the tongue, very drying, more so than other similar style pilsners.

Overall, this is seems to be close to a kellerbier in presentation with a heavy bitter pils take. As it warms up the flavors come through pleasantly, but the nose seems off and mouthfeel a bit overdone. (863 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Clear golden colour. Great brightness. Nice foamy white head with good head retention.

Lightly hoppy aroma which complements the rich malt character. Very simple but no evident flaws.

Rich malt character but this falls apart with a harsh bitterness and some acetaldehyde. The green apple character is particularly offputting.

Moderate body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A disappointing beer. The aroma and appearance are great but the presence of acetaldehyde in large quantities seriously lowers the palatability of this beer. (534 characters)

Photo of Act25
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can w best before date on bottom. Pours a beauty.

A: Clear golden body with appropriate energetic carbonation, and white head w sturdy lacing.

S: Fresh cut hay, grass, hop spice, bread, clean, yeast. Very refreshing and great with food.

T: Crisp, lemony, solidly bitter, grassy, herbal, w lemon rind, and base of grainy, bready, malt. A very dry finish. ie CRISP! As crisp as any German or EU pilsner, and it helps to start on this side of ocean and with our Adirondack water (in Brooklyn).

F: Perfect? Close to perfect, light without being thin. Excellent finish that pairs so well with any food, in this case pizza & salad, and makes you want another.

Up there with the best. Love this brewer. (708 characters)

The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.