Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
Lager - Helles
Ranked #4
Ranked #4,816
4.15 | pDev: 8.43%
May 31, 2021
Nov 22, 2017
Notes: Some beers are easy to make and difficult to drink… but Alpenflo is the opposite on both counts. It took years to acquire the materials and formula for Alpenflo—we’re talking all-malt, 100% 2-row barley, and we source all of the Tettnanger hops directly from family farms in Bavaria to give it that gentle spice. This lager is then cold-stored in horizontal lagering tanks to round out the flavor profile. Once opened, that frothy beverage is gone in a flash.
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Photo of REVZEB
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by REVZEB from Illinois

Murky bright golden body with a huge eggshell white head, spotted lacing. A hoppier nose for the style, doughy malts with biscuit, floral and grassy accents. Taste has a thinner complexion than expected, malty all the way with doughy and butter accents, light bread and floral hops. Feel is highly carbonated, crisp but also watery. Stunned how highly it is rated as a helles, lacks depth of the style

May 31, 2021
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4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Tartasky from Maryland

This is one of the best beers I have ever tasted/drank. The terrible downside: It’s impossible to find. Found a sole can at a Total Wine in Florida. Once. Over a year ago. Not to be seen again, and I always look. We’re missing out Six Point!

Apr 30, 2021
4.4 by markallmon from Tennessee on Feb 27, 2021
4.04 by needMIbeer from Virginia on Feb 14, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25
by laquebrada from California

Served from can dated 01/21/20 on 12/20/20, purchased 12/10/20 from Total Wine.
Foam literally shot out of the can when opened. Thick rocky white head, has some staying power.
Appearance is cloudy amber, quite dark for Helles.
Noble hop aroma, crackers.
Viscous, malt forward flavor, a hint of bitterness up front, then more in the aftertaste.
Overall I like the beer, but Helles? No Way, too dark, viscous and cloudy. Then again, not a fresh sample, even though it was purchased 10 days ago. Sixpoint/Total Wine, clean up your distribution act.

Dec 21, 2020
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5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by tinajane76 from New York

I lived in Europe for 12 years, part of that time in Bavaria, and I am wild about clean German-style lagers. Problem is, they’re extremely difficult to replicate i a bottle or can, even in Germany, because purity, high-quality ingredients, and freshness are key. This beer is the closest thing I’ve had to a Bavarian Biergarten lager and is one of the only beers I’ll drink at home. Hats off to Six Points for knocking it out of the park while many other brewers mask sub-par production by producing high alcohol content IPAs that are mostly rubbish.

Nov 23, 2020
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by davetharave from California

12 oz. can Dated 1/5/20 and consumed on 2/21/20 - very fresh. Poured into a chilled (NOT frosted) pint glass
Color - golden. Smell - this beer sources their hops from German farms. Since the beer was so fresh the hops were way up front. Taste - no exaggeration - exactly like you would expect lager to taste. Feel - crisp and soft.
Quite simply, this is the best lager I have ever tasted on this side (California) of the Atlantic. No doubt the freshness had a lot to do with that. Balance between malt and hops was perfect. I was at Oktoberfest in Munich last year (2019) and this beer would have been at home with anything I had there.

Mar 15, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Greywulfken from New York

Clear and golden body under a fat finger or two of white foam... Herbal and grassy and grainy on the nose, with a sweetly chewy malt backbone that carries a bit of spice, like cardamon, nutmeg, and clove... Mildly bitter with a light suggestions of pine and pith... Light-bodied and clean-edged, with a bit of husk and drying on the finish... 1/5/20 canning, with a best by of 1/5/21...

Feb 23, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by VoxRationis from New York

Decanted from a 12 oz (35 oz) can into a Sam Adams taster pint; canned 9/18/19.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden color with a one finger, white head, but low retention and little or no lacing.
S: Grassy, grainy, and peppery aromas.
T: Semidry. Flavor follows the nose although distinctively more citrus. Bitterness light with bread/cracker finish.
M: Light to medium bodied with light carbonation.
O: Well constructed, very enjoyable Helles. Substantial.

Feb 04, 2020
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4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense white head that took a very long time to settled down and left some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral hops are present in the nose along with notes of fruity yeast and hints of herbal hops.
T: The taste follows the smell and has additional hints of bready and grainy malts. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely drinkable and goes down very easily.

Serving type: can

Nov 13, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

12oz can into a pint glass. Canned March 2018, so 18 months old.

Bright golden yellow body with fast streams of carbonation. Small white head persists throughout leaving nice lacing.

A little wheat and hay on the nose.

Sweet taste, and as you would expect at this age, any hop note is gone. A little grainy in the background, but this is a pretty clean tasting beer.

Mouth around medium, finish a little sweet and grainy.

Overall, given the age, it's still a serviceable drink, and quite enjoyable.

Oct 07, 2019
4.19 by tpeters from Michigan on Aug 27, 2019
4.21 by Budlum from Maryland on Aug 19, 2019
4.12 by Skabiski from Maryland on Jun 29, 2019
4.13 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Jun 27, 2019
Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by orcrist_cleaver from New York

Golden, sun-tanned leather...absolutely stunning to look at. Crackery, pils-lite aroma; herbal-spice hop accents. Clean, if simple malt profile, gentle enough that subtle--puffed cereal, vitamin water, and almond--sweetness is detected. Marjoram bitterness lingers. This is my out-of-the-can experience.
Otherwise, it drinks hard and cold, fast and flavorless like my local Stewart's shoppe brand.

Jun 25, 2019
4.02 by KeyWestGator from Florida on Jun 23, 2019
4.03 by TheItalianStallion from New York on Jun 14, 2019
4.19 by Gerasimos from Tennessee on Jun 08, 2019
4 by ChipChaight from New York on Jun 08, 2019
3.5 by bdiiorio from Connecticut on May 01, 2019
Photo of Franziskaner
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Straw yellow in color with vibrant carbonation bubbles erupting from within. There’s a fingernail of dishwater white around the rim and covering nearly all of the top. The aroma is of pale malt and a whiff of grassy German hops. I’m tasting pale malt which is well blended with the grassy hops. The mouthfeel is very small and delicate, yet not at all watery. There’s just enough flavor to beckon you to take more sips. This is really well done.

Apr 28, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Chad_Rider from Rhode Island

Best American made Helles I have had! The balance of malt and hops and carbonation is just right. Wow!

Apr 26, 2019
3.75 by UCLABrewN84 from California on Apr 20, 2019
4 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia on Mar 24, 2019
Photo of stoumi
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by stoumi from California

Alpenflo pours a beautiful clear golden color with a soapy and white 1-finger head that dissipates quickly. The smell is clean and simple, cereal, cracker and strong bready malt that does present a light sweetness. Crisp and clean on the palette with a moderate bready characteristic with toasted grains and cereal. There is a light lager yeast flavor, finishing with with some grassy notes and a light bitterness. Balanced, light nice flavor and crushable.

Mar 16, 2019
Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by smcolw from Massachusetts

Clear and golden. Moderate head but it dies quickly leaving small spots and one steak of lace.

Mild, nearly neutral smell.

Grainy flavor upfront but in a good way. I like the complicated malt base with a feathery pale malt touch. The hop is muted but balancing well overall. For a Helles, it's full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Mar 09, 2019
3.75 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Mar 05, 2019
Photo of DVMin98
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Had this on tap at the Charlotte Yancey Brewery. This was very malty, crisp and delicious. Probably the best Helles I have ever had. Rating is based on the style, not vs all other beers.

Feb 01, 2019
Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by HattedClassic from Virginia

The beer pours a very nice looking fluffy head that dissipates quickly but leaves a very nice looking white and foamy surface. The beer itself is an absolutely beautiful gold color that is very clear and fairly metallic.

The smell is good and simple. It's a fairly strong bready malt note with a light sugar sweetness to it. There is an earthy and spicy and slightly floral hop note.

The taste has the same notes but the hop note is more prominent and the spice comes out more while the malt has more of a honey sweetness to it.

The beer has a light body with a tingling carbonation to it. It has a refreshing finish.

Overall, this is an extremely impressive helles lager and definitely worth picking a whole six-pack of if you can find one.

Jan 31, 2019
Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

Very clear orange gold color . Around a medium body,maybe just a hair below with around medium carbonation.
Aroma is malt, yeast, cereal, cracker, grassy earthy hops. Fairly strong aroma and easy to distinguish all the different scents .
Taste is a nice malt first that blends well with all the other flavors . Cereal and hops are a perfect blend and back up the malt nicely. Very flavorful, mildly sweet with a slight hop bite .
This was an excellent beer that is easy to have a few in a row.

Jan 22, 2019
4.25 by AGust82 from Connecticut on Jan 19, 2019
3.77 by osheamatth from New York on Jan 12, 2019
4.23 by at_least from New Jersey on Jan 05, 2019
4 by MephistosCafe from North Carolina on Dec 27, 2018
3.5 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota on Dec 23, 2018
3.9 by Eychung from New York on Dec 18, 2018
4 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania on Dec 03, 2018
Photo of Zraly
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
by Zraly from Virginia

Brilliantly clear, pale gold with a two finger white head. Soft nose of grassy hops and bread. Crisp, clean, and delicious brew that has a mild sweetness and finishes with a spicy, earthy hop note. Medium-light bodied with a dry departure. Super crushable.

Nov 30, 2018
4.16 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Nov 29, 2018
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