Tesla Lager | Sixpoint Brewery

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Brewed by:
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.”

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 82 | Ratings: 274
Photo of dsa7783
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Hat Tavern in Summit. Pours a lucid, golden hue with mild carbonation. Mellow aroma of slight caramel and lemon spritz. Semisweet flavor with hints of grapefruit. Refreshing.

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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 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 papposilenus
3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 12oz can, 'best by' 18 Feb 17, served in a cervoise.

Pours a very slightly hazed copper-gold with a fluffy two-finger head of white foam. Retention is very good and leaves big sheets of lacing.

Smells of bread dough, dish soap and balsam.

The taste leads with spicy, grassy hops then transitions into bitter orange and grapefruit pith with a little ashtray and dish soap.

Feel is medium bodied, heavily carbonated and drying.

Overall, I guess 'electrified wheat lagers' isn't my thing. Still, props to Sixpoint for getting it right more often than not.

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Photo of McStagger
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Darker than a macro. Towards the copper/orange. Finger of white head. Moderate retention. Good lacing. Carbonation appears minimal for the style, with a fair amount of small bubbles rising lazily to the surface.

S: Orange..pie? Orangish notes coming off the nose, but with breadiness mixed in from the malts. Little bit deeper is tropical hoppy notes and more straight citrus. Not overwhelming in the aroma department.

T: Orange in the taste as well. Clean shot of citrus hops run the front of the mouth. Aformentioned orange, some tropical notes run mid palate. Finishes very clean, with a focused but not sharp shot of citrus running the gamut. Like a lager does, this one finishes fairly dry and refreshing.

M: Medium bodied for a lager. Bubbles snap enough to wash down the body and the finish is dry and crisp.

O: Not bad. Kinda pricey at ~12.00 a sixer. Might purchase again.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from ABV.

A clear light copper with a dense, white head, this looks solid. The nose is really muted. Mildly hoppy, mildly doughy with a malt character that brings to mind a decocted and mildly caramelized pils malt, a mild wheat like grain. Solid. The palate opens mildly bitter with a nice resin bite, a super clean what and mild caramel malt base and a little fruitiness. Honey, pine and orange marmalade are present. Drying and quite bitter on the finish with a touch of alcohol and some pine resin, this beer is medium in body and moderately carbonated. Solid stuff.

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Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can it pours a golden to light amber color with a foam cap that recedes into a collar with some nice lacing atop it.
Sweet honey malt and graham cracker in the nose. As the drink progresses, a nice aroma of pine hops and a bit of citrus rounds it out.
At first, the brew seems sweet and honey and cracker like malt forward. However, mid palate, the hops make their presence felt; leafy, herbal and piny. The palate becomes drier and the bittering level is higher.
Medium to light and smooth. Super easy to drink. The carbonation is crisp and packs a refreshing kick.
A solid lager overall. Good work from Sixpoint.

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: deep gold color, with a white, lacing head
S: earthy hops
T: good maltiness, with a late snack of earthy hop bitterness
F: medium body, the maltiness sticks to the front of the tongue
O: I'm biased, SixPoint could can used bath water and I'd love it!!!!

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Photo of atr2605
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a transparent golden color with a white foamy head with nice lacing
S-sweet malt, slight floral hops with a hint of pine
T-crisp malt backbone, with strong but balanced resiny pine bitterness.
M-medium bodied, crisp and clean
O-nice hoppy lager that still maintains a nice clean flavor

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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 TheSixthRing
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best before date of Feb 18, 2017

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and golden yellow in color with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention before dissipating to a thin, broken layer of suds. Decent lacing, with broken webbing and some spotting.

Smell - Aroma is hoppy, with slightly lemony, slightly grassy character. Wheaty malt undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose. Hops are prominent, with a grassy and citrus punch. Malts deliver a mildly bready sweetness upfront, then some wheaty notes near the finish. Aftertaste lingers with grassy and lemon pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp, dry finish.

Overall - Well made brew, but it doesn't suit my tastes. Too grassy and wheaty for me.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber bold body and a few fingers of head that left lace down the glass. foam cap persisted until the end. Diggin' this. Hoppy and wheaty fer sure. Smooth and citric, with the bite of bitter hops coursing throughout. Medium-light feel, ample carbonation; going down quick cuz I can't stop sipping. Teensy bit of pine rounds the edges ever-so-slightly.

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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 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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Photo of woodchipper
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold, decent head that fades slowly but does fade. Carbonation is mesmerizing.
Aroma is back and forth between sweet hops and sweet malt (I am sitting in 20mph wind doing this).
Mild pepper front, mild malt back. Carbonation is maybe a little too high.
Okay beer but not a show stopper.

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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 Dragginballs76
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - Clear golden color with decent white head and decent lacing.

Smell - Sweet malts, little bit of orange and some grapefruit. Very light sweet bready smell.

Taste - Very nice citrus flavor, grapefruit and orange the wheat is noticeable.

Feel - Light body, very well carbonated.

Overall - This is a very good beer, the wheat balanced with the citrus works great.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a shame lagers are out of vogue right now (and for all the wrong reasons). I honestly think that while they are one of the easier styles of beer to brew; they are one of the hardest styles of beer to perfect.

Tesla, an older recipe of Sixpoint's previously only available on tap, is living proof that the style isn't as bland and pedestrian as people would have you believe.

Look: Pours a crystal clear orange yellow color with a two finger eggshell white head.

Aroma: Generic but pleasant. Small notes of caramel, grapefruit, orange and pine.

Taste: Wheat. Honey. Beeswax. Grass. Toffee. Orange candy. Grapefruit oil. Pineneedles. Refreshingly smooth, but paradoxically hoppy, resinous and juicy. Bittersweet finish.

Feel: Thirst quenching, which is the most important quality I look for in a beer like this. Medium body with low carbonation. Highly drinkable. 7.1% abv is exceptionally well hidden.

Overall: Probably the best lager on the craft beer scene atm. Highly drinkable, tons of hoppy flavor, excellent body, a generous amount of alcohol...other breweries should take notes.

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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 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 zshaft
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

pours clear golden with sudsy head. clings to the side of the glass as the drink dissipates. nose is malt, wheat, some bread. meh. maybe some grass in there and floral boquet floating around. taste is rather malty up front with some bready qualities. body seems medium and nice coat as the beer finishes. mid palate gives me some floral hops and finishes with some sweetness and nice quick hoppy punch. overall I was expecting a lot more from this beer. something reminiscent of jacks abby. nope. this beer congress across more malt forward to me and the hoppy perfection that makes jacks abby so good is nowhere in this beer. sixpoint is hit or miss for me and this is more of a miss. nothing to seek out.

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