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The Crisp | Sixpoint Brewery

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The CrispThe Crisp

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Old world craftsmanship with new, clean flavors. Bright pilsner malts meet Noble hop character. The Crisp, American Pilsner innovation.

Added by confer on 10-30-2010

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brief impressions from a can purchased as part of a six pack in Brooklyn:

APPEARANCE: Darker than most pilsners, with a copper tinge instead of the usual clean pale yellow. Nevertheless, it appears clean and filtered, with no visible yeast sediment and no haziness. Not vibrant, but oh well. Head is white, with a fluffy soft consistency and a nice complexion. ~4-5 minute head retention.

AROMA: Heavy on the hops for a pilsner, in this case pleasant bright floral hops in addition to the usual grassy hop character. Noble/Saaz hops do not dominate, making this pilsner seem decidedly nontraditional judging by the aroma. Pilsner malts are there, though, and seem fresh enough. Not too sweet, but definitely overhopped by strict traditional conventions. Still, I find it pleasant and inviting if it is obviously Americanized.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Slightly juicy, but primarily floral. What it isn't is very grassy; Noble hops are not well showcased at all. Instead, it has an obviously American hop profile, departing with tradition from the outset. Fresh pilsner malts keep it clean, crisp, and refreshing without imparting too much sweetness, but it's fuller-bodied and less refreshing than most traditional pilsners given the additional malts needed to try to balance out the overhopping.

OVERALL: Like many an American attempt at an expression of the pilsner style, this is a pilsner with IPL envy, and its designation as a pilsner seems to have more to do with marketing than with actual stylistic intention. Nevertheless enjoyable, with a surprisingly decent balance considering its obvious overhopping and a pleasant crowd-pleasing taste. Sixpoint's The Crisp will make for a great stepping stone beer for easing newcomer casual drinkers into the rabbit hole of craft beer, but it won't impress discerning drinkers itching for a pilsner rooted in tradition. With Threes' vastly superior Vliet being brewed just up the road, it seems Sixpoint's primary advantage over other New York pilsners is its wider distribution footprint. This is certainly worth trying and is priced about right by pricey NYC standards, and I wouldn't mind picking up another sixer from time to time given its ubiquity, but I'll be sticking to tried and true Czech offerings or better executed local expressions (e.g. the aforementioned Threes Vliet) going forward.

B- (3.40) / WORTHY

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Photo of dikebrewery
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well let's start by saying this beer is crisp. Nose is of biscuits and fresh breads with a slight floral kick. Taste of fresh dough, malted grains, tiny bit of sweet corn and a very and I stress very light floral hop profile. It's fresh it is CRISP and it pours a light golden yellow with a excellent fizzy carbonation to it that tickles the nose hairs upon every sip. Note to self: trim nose hairs.

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

Looks like a typical Pilsner. Moderately pale yellow with lacing. Smell is of grains and faint hops. Taste is the same, with faint fruit teasing the palate at the end. Mouthfeel is great- quaffable, crisp, and perfectly balanced. Could easily drink this all day. Well done, Sixpoint.

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Photo of wedge
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear yellow color with a small, creamy white covering. Quality webbed lacing patterns on the glass. Smells of crackers, white bread, and floral, grassy hops. BIscuity pale malt sweetness and noble hop flavor. Moderately spicy and floral hops, toasty cereal, and a bit of lager yeast. Light, fairly crisp, moderate carbonation. Solid pils.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear gold with a large foamy off-white head.

Smell is butter, corn, wheat, and a slight barnyard funk with grass and caramel.

Taste is grass, plastic, and caramel corn.

Dry, but tingly and bittersweet.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1+ finger moussy white head that receded to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: grainy for a moment, then floral and spicy;

T: flavor is much more in line with a German pilsner; well balanced; doughy malt mixed with earthy hops; finish is moderately bitter;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish; crisp;

O: refreshing; very enjoyable;

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Simple but flavourful. Crisp, floral, fruity, grainy. A perfect American style pilsner. The hops are a real delight but not overwhelming and don't make it too bitter. Went well with fried potatoes and steak

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Photo of cowace2
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The fact that this isn't one of the top rated beers in the world is a testimony to BA's inability to properly rate anything that isn't a SUPER DOUBLE IBU++ IPA or a imperial that has the consistency of motor oil. Absolutely one of the best beers being made in America today.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Crisp pours a golden color with a small but long lasting lacing head. Nice crisp malty aroma, with hints of lemon. Taste is very crisp and very full. Goody body and feel. Overall its a strong pils.

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Photo of GatorBA
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good pilsener with lots of character. Very drinkable and refreshing, but there are enjoyable layers of flavor. There is a nice grassy note that curls the tongue nicely on the back end of each sip. Even hardcore IPA drinkers could find something to enjoy on this one.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good light beer for sure. Nothing to write home about though. There is plenty of hop presence, it is smooth and easy drinking. Pilsners are still light beers, and not my style.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draught in a bar. It pours a clear golden-yellow color with a relatively thin, snow-white head and lacing. It smells of sweet malt, grapefruit, straw, yeast, and spice. "Crisp" is an apt name for this pilsener; it is light, crisp, and refreshing with taste of biscuit, yeast, lemon peel, orange, and spice, with a nice hoppy finish. At 5.4% ABV it is easy to drink and enjoyable on a hot, humid day. Overall, it is a fun beer to drink.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into "Perfect Pint"
BB 12/1/16
L- clear gold, with fluffy white head slowly dissipating
S- sweet malty aroma, with floral notes
T- clean crisp sweet bread-y malt, the breadi-ness continues with the yeast on the linger with a beautifully well done lemon-y citrus finish
F- clean crisp medium bodied, smooth drinking
O- this was one heck of a German-Style Pils, really well rounded and balanced, would drink again.

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

Pours a bright yellow with a hint of haze. The head is white, thin, fizzy, and disappears quickly. Lacing slips back into the beer almost immediately after a sip. Belgian yeast, fruity hops, and lively sweet malts form a simple, easy-going aroma. Very pleasant. Belgian and champagne yeast notes, with fruity, spice hop notes. Malts are prevalent, with notes including sweet, biscuit, and bread. Mouth feel is crisp, and drinks easy. It has a medium-thin consistency. Overall, it's a fun brew. The notes are clean, distinct, and well-balanced, and are all delivered with a clean, crisp mouth feel.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can

Pours yellow gold with a frothy white foam head. Smells slightly skunky and herbal, perfumy and floral with orange citrus, tobacco spice, some cereal biscuity honey malt, with minty pine and earthy grass. Tastes like orange citrus, floral earthy grass, mild tobacco spice, minty pine, with biscuity crackery honey cereal malt. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice pilsner.

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

This was a good solid medium lager. Pours a nice golden color with a 1/4' head. Smells slightly of grapefruit, orange and plum. It has a deeper, hoppier taste than most lagers. It is crisp and smooth with a small, bitter aftertaste that I wished was not there. Clean light feel that leaves a slight film in your mouth. Overall it was a good solid lager with some interesting notes. i definitely will try more from Sixpoint. Cost=$1.99/Cn @Wholefoods, Portland, ME.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.63/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden pour with great visual head. Aroma features lots of straw & some spicier herbs. Taste is maybe a tad too bitter for me, it's more of a soft anise bitterness, but goes against the refreshing approach of the beer. A little medicinal. Body is great though.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. slim can poured into a pint glass.

A very solid german style pilsner from Sixpoint. Very refreshing with notes of biscuits, white bread, grass and lemon. This is becoming a staple in my fridge this summer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a can to a pilsner glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was a two inch, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A solid aroma of malt, light hops, citrus, and a bready quality.

T: Tasted pretty much like it smelled: Light citrus notes (lemon), the bready quality, some malt, floral notes, and just enough hops. A light, clean flavor that won't win any awards for complexity, but that isn't a problem. A likable taste.

F: A highly carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: The Crisp takes a beer style (German Pilsener) and makes something tasty out of it.

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Photo of EMH73
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color with a well retained one and a half inch head that left some lacing. Smell is sweet malts with a definite piney hops presence, yeast and floral notes. Taste absolutely follows the nose along with a mild spice presence. Mouthfeel is light bodied, well carbonated, clean, smooth and crisp. Very drinkable, not a classic Pilsner in my opinion, but a very good beer.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale straw color with loose thin white head.

Crisp, floral nose. A bit of fresh cut grass

Clean taste. Spice and yeast notes. Hops are present, but not overwhelming.

Light carbonation makes it very drinkable.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

DATE: May 4, 2016... OCCASION: a record-breaking Cavs three-point night worthy of a good beer... GLASSWARE: Jever pokal... APPEARANCE: healthy three-finger white head that bubbles actively, fed by a vociferous golden body... the head has staying power... lacing is light and wispy as clouds that cascade down the glass... AROMA: bold, arresting Saaz hops bring about an airy, flowery quality with light dough... aromatic, with a hint of citrus PALATE: light to medium-bodied, with a slight buttery, mostly smooth from start to finish... mostly a return at the end, with an abrupt CRISP finish... TASTE: some lemon grass and spice provide an earthiness, while the lightly toasted malts make for a grainy aftertaste... tangerine, orange and pine contribute to a refreshing, sessionable beer with enough flavor to hold the attention... OVERALL: another worthwhile experience from the Sixpoint folks,--a straight-forward attempt at a straight-forward style... nothing disappointing here....

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Photo of Buck89
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear straw color with a nice thick white head. Good retention. Solid noble hop aroma with white bread. Clean taste with a spicy hop presence and great light malt flavor. Clean finish.

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Photo of Yeah_IPA
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really well balanced beer. Not too light and not too heavy.
As the name says, it's crisp. I also like the cans six point uses; they're really
nice to drink out of.

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Photo of zizouandyuki
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Just poured from a can into a Pilsner glass. Can has a BB date of 08NOV2016.

L: Beautiful, mostly clear, golden color. Both the head retention and lacing are good for a lager.

S: Reminds me of honeysuckle and warm bread. Very aromatic as it pours. Dissipates after pouring, but still retains a lovely aroma.

T: Exceptional balance of malty goodness with a near perfect amount of hop bitterness and aroma to keep the beer refreshing. This may sound crazy, but I get a slight hint of rose or rose water from the flavor and aroma.

F: Crisp. There's really no better word. Between the near-perfect carbonation and its light-medium body, the feel of this beer is one of the most alluring and refreshing qualities.

O: I've just now realized that I take this beer for granted. It presents itself in such a simple, easy-to-please package, that the beauty of Crisp is easily overlooked. I'm glad I took the time to review this beer, as it forced me to reflect on the intricacies of what makes this beer great. Crisp has been and will remain a staple in my home. Prost!

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The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
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