Sixpoint Brewery

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Lager - Helles
Ranked #5
Ranked #3,759
4.15 | pDev: 8.43%
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
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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Tartasky from Maryland

4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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
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laquebrada from California

4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

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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tinajane76 from New York

5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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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davetharave from California

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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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Greywulfken from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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VoxRationis from New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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metter98 from New York

4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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stoumi from California

3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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Zraly from Virginia

4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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
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BillRoth from Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared at a tasting with friends . Side by side with a lot of IPAs. Not best opportunity to really experience the beer. Overall seemed a decent Helles, but will want to try again at proper temp and in proper glassware to really size it up better

Nov 24, 2018
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BayAreaJoe from California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Probably my favorite non-pilsner lager. Perfect in it's balance of toasty, bready malts, mild earthy & grassy hop notes, and subtle sweetness. Crisp, clean & dry. My regular meal beer.

Nov 23, 2018
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint bright yellow colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense fizzy sudsy foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready + toasted + cereal grain malts with a light amount of grainy sweetness. Just shy of moderate aromas of herbal + grassy + earthy hops. Light aromas of lager yeast.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of bready + toasted + cereal grain malts with a light amount of grainy sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of lager yeast. Finally there is a light to moderate flavor of herbal + grassy + earthy hops which impart a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and a wonderfully crisp clean mouthfeel. Enjoyable with really spot-on flavors and aromas for the style. I could easily have quite a few of these and will likely pick this one up again the next time I see it.

Nov 08, 2018
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EMH73 from New York

4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a one inch white head that dissipated slowly and left both rings and blotches of lacing. Smells of bread, spice, herbal notes and grass. Tastes of bready malts, herbal hops, grass, spices and a mild bitterness to the finish. Light bodied, well carbonated, clean and crisp easy drinker.

Oct 08, 2018
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bright clear golden colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1” fluffy snow white head that slowly recedes to a thin irregular island of foam on the liquid while leaving some rings and good bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a couple of arches and lots of small patches and legs of lacing that mostly remain on the sides of the glass.

The light, subtle aromas include lots of bready malt backed up by a hint of grassiness along with some slightly spicy and herbal character from the hops.

As expected from the nose the flavors are mostly about the rich bready malt with the spicy and herbal hops in the background. The malt sweetness does not cloy and is balanced nicely by a bit of light clean bitterness from the hops.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied, slightly prickly and crisp with the finely bubbled persistent carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the sweetness and malt flavors begin to fade to allow the more slowly receding spicy and herbal bitterness to close out the dry ending.

This is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer that is clean and crisp with lots of flavor and balance between the malt and the hops. It touches most all the bases for the style. Since this is now part of the Sixpoint year round core lineup I’m looking forward to revising this beer regularly. While it may be just a bit more hop forward than some folks prefer, I definitely recommend giving this one a try.

Sep 09, 2018
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - 1-finger milky white head atop a transparent yellow body.

S - citrus, bread.

T - bread and citrus with some spicy and herbal accents. Low bitterness. Low sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium body with substantial carb.

O - so easy to drink. Goes down way too quick!

Sep 09, 2018
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden color with 2+ fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Spicy hops, bready malt, and grains all stand out. Some lighter herbal notes in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the graininess and bready malt and then goes into the spicy and herbal hoppiness. Very light and clean bitterness to balance the sweetness. Finishes with lingering grain and spicy hops

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A super drinkable helles that has plenty of flavor and balance. Highly recommended if you're into lagers

Aug 10, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I normally do not purchase 12 packs, however, given my curiosity over this highly acclaimed and hyped beer, I gave it a shot. No regrets! I’ve been lapping it up all summer and will finally review.
Pours a clear golden color. An aggressive pour yields a large dense white head. The head soon dissipates, but a layer of film retains throughout.
In the aroma, there is a fleeting hint of DMS that is acceptable for the style. It quickly passes as a pleasantly grainy and sweet pilsner malt aroma takes over. The hops hint at floral, grassy and lightly citrusy tones.
The taste is truly like heaven in the palate. A silky and smooth bready sweetness, from the pilsner malts, prominently featured throughout. It is balanced by a sublime noble hops flavor and an ultra clean bitterness. The hops flavors provide a pleasantly subdued spice and bright lemony tones. The finish is dry.
Light to medium bodied and with a nice moderate tingle to the carbonation. Crisp and smooth at the same time. Perfectly balanced.
Truly one of the best craft lagers out there. Awesome representation of the style, albeit slightly hoppier. I will be sad to see this 12 pack go. A masterpiece by Sixpoint!

Jul 30, 2018
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a tall, creamy, bright white foam with excellent retention. Pilsner malt and crusty bread aromas. Medium light bodied with medium high carbonation and smooth creamy feel. Bready malt flavors with medium earthy, herbal hop flavors. Medium light hop bitterness. Finished semi-dryly with lingering bready malt and light herbal hop flavors. A hoppier and breadier take on the helles style. Light, malty, tasty, and easy drinking. Lacks the crisp clean finish that you would expect, but still very good.

Jul 28, 2018
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