Tesla Lager | Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The brew is an energetically hopped lager with a notable wheat component. It taps into a current of hop-forward Sixpoint beers, while remaining a distinct Mad Scientists formulation. In the glass, a light amber glow shimmers with a 7.1% ABV and a formidable 49 IBU of bittering power – Sixpoint TESLA is uniquely an “Electrified Wheat Lager.”

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Reviews: 82 | Ratings: 274
Photo of RichJamz
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

A - Amber as all get out. Beautiful lacing and the head was more pillowy than I expected it to be.

S - The nose was so extreme that my friends and I noticed it as the bartender handed it to me. Strong hoppiness, a bit of citrus, but not too much.

T - The nose translated very well to the palate with this one. Strong and smooth citrus, with some great pine notes.

M - Effervescent, but exactly the right amount. I normally don't go for a lager, but this one truly was quenching, both for my thirst and my palate. The finish was clean with little oppressive bitterness.

O - Absolutely impressed by this one from Sixpoint. Honestly, this is better than Resin IMO. If there is a bar near you getting a keg, definitely hop over there and grab a pint, you will not regret it.

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Photo of DUIDontCare
4.59/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't realize this was a Lager until seeing the other reviews. I'm drinking it right now. Got it in a can at a local Florida liquor store. Looked interesting but thought it was an IPA. But hey, this holds up to any IPA I've had. Very similar to the Toppling Goliath brews. I'm surprised there aren't more reviews when it says the brewery has been around since 2004!

I try to get the top beers on this site but this one goes to show there are other good ones out there. And it affects how I buy beer unfortunately. Will I buy this again when I can get the top rated Toppling Goliath beer? But maybe I will. I tried a beer by Bell's (from the same store). I went back to that beer and thought it was superior to maaannyy others. Interesting. I guess I know how to pick em anyways lol!

Good job.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a 9 on the SRM chart. Sticky globs of creamy head.. Smells like pine, lemon, soft hot pretzel,Taste is unusual for a typical lager. Zesty,piney, nice caramel malt, lemon finish. This is a lager with a personality complex. It wants to be an ale but was raised as a lager. Feels crisp refreshing,nice caramel and lemon taste. A semi dry finish like a typical lager. I read some of the other reviews and I don't get some of them. I think this is a unique solid example.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy and bready aroma with a scent of citrus and biscuit. Citrus hop scent of grapefruit, orange, lemon, and pineapple. Earthy hop hints of grass and pine. Malt scent of wheat, biscuit, grains, caramel, and cracker with lager yeast. A very solid balanced aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and bready taste with notes of citrus and biscuit. Citrus hop notes of orange, grapefruit, and lemon along with pineapple. Earthy hop notes of pine resin and grass. Good malt notes of wheat, biscuit, caramel, grains, and cracker along with some lager yeast. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, crisp, and smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good hopped up lager. Big juicy hop presence with a good bready wheat malt balance.

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Photo of Chris585
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden color. Huge lace and creamy white head. Semi sweet malt and bright hoppy goodness on the nose. Taste is great. I read a few reviews that said this beer is all over the place. I didn’t get that here. I really enjoyed this. I couldn’t stop drinking it. But I had to. 7%???? You can’t taste it. Extremely hoppy but the malt/wheat balances this extremely well. My favorite beer so far from six point. I wanted a refreshing beer tonight and I got it with this. It’s a lot more hoppy than I expected but in a good way! I almost gave up on this brewery but this one is top notch. I may have over hyped the numbers with my review but this really is difficult beer to get right, and this one is great.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really nice wheat grain bill malt with a perfectly balanced hop aroma and bitterness balance. Sweet notes balance with bittering hops. Really well done. I think they pulled this mash up of a crafted beer very well. Truely fair to call this one "artisinal" without being fake or snobby. Its legit.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours gold with a medium head. The aroma offers up huge citrus, orange, lemon, and grapefruit, with manog and bell pepper. The flavor has burnt orange, mango, pineapple, lemon zest, and mandarin orange flesh. The mouthfeel is crisp and light, with some sweetness on the finish. Overall this is a full flavored but crisp beer. Very nice!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can

Pours slightly foggy gold with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like blueberry, grapes, sweet pear, apple, some caramelized malt, butterscotch, orange citrus, grapefruit, with spicy floral earthy grass and dank herbal pine. Tastes like blueberry, grape, pear, apple, dank bitter herbal pine, some caramelized bready malt, butterscotch, orange citrus, grapefruit, with spicy floral earthy grass. Feels light bodied, crisp and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice hoppy lager.

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Photo of teromous
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottom of the can: "BB18FEB2017 1044"

Appearance: It has a light bronze body with good clarity. The head is very thick and it has a nice soft rocky appearance. Perfect head retention and lacing.

Aroma: It smells like fresh hops. there is this distinct hop resin aroma that has a bit of a rye smell to it. It smells like the outside of a hop bine.

Taste: It tastes very similar to how it smells. There is this orange pith bitterness and a bit of an onion and garlic hop flavor to it. There is a very light minty aftertaste. After drinking it for a while I did start to pick up a bit of a butter flavor.

Mouthfeel: It has a light mouthfeel. It has enough bitterness that you notice it but it isn't strong, leaving it right in the middle. It is a very drinkable beer. While it is good it didn't feel that crisp.

Overall: I liked the beer and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys hoppy beers. It is a more hop focused beer in the sense that it really didn't have any malt flavor at all. It did start to get a bit buttery the more I drank it but it was so far in the background that the hops masked most of it. The drinking experience was good and I would drink it again if I can get it as fresh as I did (5 months and 2 weeks before the "BB" date).

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Photo of CNoj012
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a two finger, frothy white head. retention is solid and there are thick chunks of sticky lacing.

Smell is dank pine, grapefruit, citrus pith, bready malt and lager yeast.

Taste is the same with no alcohol presence. Starts off citrusy then transitions to the lager flavor and finishes piney and bitter.

Feel is light and crisp, resinous on the finish.

Overall a great IPL. Up there with the best examples of the style I've had. Maybe slightly behind a couple of Jack's Abby beers.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a can to a pilsner glass. Had a golden amber color and a clear consistency. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, citrus, malt, and a grainy / bready quality.

T: Tasted of a lot of hops (especially in the finish), a citrus presence (lemon, grapefruit), light pine notes, a little caramel, lots of malt, and the aforementioned bready quality (not as prevalent as I would have thought). A surprisingly big flavor, considering the style, that's light and complex.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: Tesla is one of the better examples of an American Pale Lager, or any lager for that matter. Drinkable.

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Photo of BB1313
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best by 2/18/17. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity; small white head that falls leaving nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas are nice. There's a nice hop presence. Lots of orange and citrus. Malts are there. The flavors are great. Nice sharp bitterness. Lots of orange, lemon, lime and grapefruit. Citrus notes shine. I feel there's some citra hops in the mix. Hints of pine. Malts are there, but almost take a backseat. I'm personally not picking up much wheat, but maybe that's just me. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with sharp active carbonation. It's also pretty fluffy. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is an awesome IPL/hoppy lager. The hops shine and seem to outweigh the lager characteristics, for what it's worth. It's very crisp, clean, sharp and refreshing. Well crafted and highly enjoyable. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of dar482
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a deep gold to pale amber, crystal clear.

The aroma is quite juicy with peach candy, ripe grapefruit, a touch of dank pine, candy sugar sweetness, bready malts, a bit of cat pee.

The flavor follows with that juicy quality upfront, more peach ring and candy sweetness, mango, pineapple, grapefruit bitterness as a baseline bitterness, onto some spicy hops, and a piney bitterness lingering on the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium with a combination of light caramel sweetness along with chewy bread.

A fully aromatic IPL that has a clean mix of hops and malt along with crisp lager finish to achieve an ultimately well executed "IPA."

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Photo of schoolboy
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one amazing American Pale Lager. It doesn't seem "true" to the style, but that's a good thing, isn't it.

It has an amazing head that keeps on pushing medium sized bubbles which carry the hoppy scent. The taste is bitter and hoppy, like an AIPA or APA only not. The aftertaste is bitter and dry.

So this may be a departure from the ordinary, but it is a good one, yielding a great taste blast in a beer. Highly recommended for the usual Sixpoint quality, something you can always count on from these folks.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours light amber, nearly gold with a thick head. one of the best looking pale lagers i've ever seen

smell is mild, sweet malt and slight hops.

taste is clean and crisp, fruity floral hops to this as well. hoppy for a lager but clearly not an IPA. interesting take on a lager, i like it but don't love it. pale lagers just don't have enough flavor for me.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can dated "BB 19FEB 2017" into pint glass. Pours a clear gold-straw color with a coarse off-white head. Initial impression is a very tasty blend of slightly bitter citrus and tropical fruits, nicely balanced by bready malts. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Crisp, refreshing, somewhat bitter finish. A unique take on lager and one that I applaud.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the can into a pilsner a clear rich golden with a large fluffy white head that leaves broken rings of lace as it settles slowly.Fresh cut grass and floral aromas,with a light nutty malt component underneath.Flavors start citric and grassy then a hefty mildly sweet pizza dough note comes into play making for a nice complete flover profile.I like the 'bigger' lagers and imperial pilsner's because of the big doughy malt base and this has that to go along with the brash hops.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12 oz tulip glass, best by February 2017. Pours a very nice bright orange with a two plus finger sticky white head that leaves tracks all over the place.

Smell is herbal biscuity hops, pine, apricot, fresh cut grass, and grapefruit rind.

Taste follows the spicy earthy biscuity herbal flavor starts the party, with apricot ,cut grass, pine, and grapefruit in a fairly bitter and unique finish.

Mouthfeel is above medium, spry life, a little dry for sure, and excellent drinkability.

Overall this is really good, reminds of something from the master of the IPL Jack's Abbey. Another great one from Sixpoint, 2016 you guys really upted your game.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L (4) - Light amber/dark straw colored beer. Crystal clear, though. Decent coarse head on top
S (4.5) - Smells GREAT! More of a floral or piney aroma than citrus. Intriguing for sure.
T (4) - Tastes very good. Light on the malt, and packs a hop punch. A little bitterness that kinda hangs around on the end.
F (4) - Smooth, easy drinking beer. Seems plenty carbonated, but about what you'd expect here.
O (4) - I really liked this one. Not too familiar with this style, but I feel that Sixpoint did it justice.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz slim can with best before dating on the bottom.

Pours near clear, typical amber under a tall lite tan cap, that is staying nicely. Leaves nice fine sheets of fine lacing.

Herbal hop nose with some tea, pine, and lime

Tasty brew with more of the same notes as above, tea and lime coming to mind most strongly.

Worthy and boldly flavored and hopped lager. Well done

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Photo of stephens101
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, burnt orange with a massive white head. A furious bubble activity evidences a well-carbonated brew. Aroma of herbal hops, grain and orange. Tastes sweet and bready up front with a basket of light fruits followed by floral notes and hints of herb, caramel and wheat. Almost creamy and then dry in the finish.

A buzz-worthy lager.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear orange body, moderate white head, fading quick to a thin cast, with sticky strings of lacing.

S - Pine, resin, grapefruit, pith, and zest. Clean, lovely.

T - Following on the nose, opening pine, moving to pith with a malty backbone, fading to fruit flesh, then a close of mild bitterness that lingers.

M - Brisk, clean, with some mild drying in the close.

O - A big hop lager that delivers both clean bright fruit and a punchy bitter close without getting blown out. All while delivering an ABV north of 7% with no sign of warmth. I'd get it again.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I judge an IPL by its (non)resemblance to IPAs. It seems that a lot of IPLs are hopped to high heaven, so much so that they just taste like IPAs, without letting any of the lager characteristics come through. With Tesla, it's definitely hoppy, but if you gave it to me blind I would still classify it as a lager. Very nice!

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours out a pale straw color, but looks light amber in the glass. Slightly hazy, but translucent, with a finger of bubbly white head that dies down into a thin sticky ring that leaves plentiful lacing.

S: Sweet citrus and lightly sweet malt. Juicy pink grapefruit, pithy orange, hints of mango and guava, toasty and somewhat caramelly sweet malt, then earthy with some pine.

T: Grapefruit and orange pith, hints of lemon, well-balanced with lightly toasted biscuit malt flavor. The malt is less sweet than the nose would indicate, which I like. Finishes a decent amount of bitterness, strong grapefruit pith, green tea, light pine.

M: Medium, medium carbonation, smooth and slick, oily, quite creamy.

O: Another solid offering from the folks at Sixpoint. A nice of punch of hops, with excellent drinkability.

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Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers of ivory head. Good head retention & better lacing

S: Bready, pear, grapefruit

T: Bready, grapefruitty, a little piney dryness & a little crackeryness up front. Dryness, grapefruit, pear, lemon & grassiness as this warms, astringency/soapiness creeping in. Finishes bready, crisp, dry & grainy

MF: Medium body, lively carbonation

Drinks fairly easy for the style, one of the better takes on the style for sure

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Tesla Lager from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 274 ratings