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.

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Photo of ambiguator
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am sold! And I'm disappointed that this exceptional pilsner doesn't have a higher ranking compared to the other sub-par offerings on this list.

Unlike some of its regional cousins (who shall remain nameless), this pilsner could actually pass for a German import. Its light, crisp flavor stand in stark contrast to the proliferation of over-hopped or sickly-sweet pilsners that other regional craft breweries have produced. All too often these days, craft breweries throw "imperial" or "double" on the end of a beer style, in order to cover their defects with alcohol. But not this beer.

Six Point has crafted a relatively modest (in alcohol content) session pilsner that's exceptionally quaffable and deserves a higher ranking among the "big" craft breweries and their mediocre lager offerings.

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Photo of ordybill
4.99/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear, pale gold with a small white head. The aroma is a nice blend of hops and yeast. The taste is an awesome experience. The yeast and malt mixes perfectly with the hops and citrus.

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Photo of horshack7
4.97/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear but very golden with a bright and lightly frothy white head. Upon thining out some good lacing is left behind.

Aroma: Biscuity, light grain, pear, the citrus notes are spot on. Light bready malts with a twinge of dryness in the nose.

Taste: Very crisp mouthfeel that has a great citrus bite and even a dam good dry finish. Notes of pear, biscuit, grapefruit, piney, wisps of bready grain. In the back there is a little bit of a buttery texture that tops it off.

Notes: Dam this German Pilsner is tasty in other words it's freaking remarkable. The dry finish is incredibly spot on. Oh yeah and one other thing I wanted to mention it's a Lager oh hell yeah. Cheers.

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Photo of Hayward
4.97/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another excellent try from Sixpoint.

Pours ultra smoothly from the 16 oz. can to perfectly fill a pint-size glass. Light, golden and slightly pale colors with some nice bubbles. Lacing remains on the surface after pour.

Smell is quite exceptional. Grassy & slightly fruity hops with a sweet toasted banana bread malt.

Taste is the snappy, crisp hops in a pilsener style, detected some saaz type hops there, a hint of hop oils and or resin (not too much), with a nice sweetly balanced malt body. A very light & pleasant bitterness/sharpness left behind.

Very sharp and clean, excellent carbonization, clean and refreshing.

A delicious, highly drinkable beer in the Pilsener style. One of the few American Pilseners that adds it own unique character to the style but keeps it right in the pocket its known for.

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Photo of renegadeburger
4.95/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i grabbed a 4-pack of this stuff from the buy-rite right by the holland tunnel coming back from manhattan, i was surprised to see this beer in a canned format i had never heard of it before but the clerk had recommended it to me

i poured it into my glass and the head came bursting over the top but then all of sudden stopped right there frozen in mid-air, crazy

the aroma had a nice floral nose but also there was a crazy fresh cut grass aroma and a little bit of egg as well, haha don't know if that was supposed to be there but i liked it

the taste was just great! the beer does not look like it would taste the way it does it really has a lot of bite and character there, is this was a real pilsner is supposed to be like? because if it is then i need to drink more pilsner they must have been ripping us off the whole time

the only minor blemish is i thought the mouthfeel was just a little bit flat or weak but i am really nit picking at this point, it really was super fresh and refreshing hey you might even say it was "crisp"

i look forward to trying the other ones

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Photo of beerdrinker4life
4.95/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank several of these with friends in the backyard of Roberta's. Had a blast!

My first beer was right out of the can. The next one I poured into a glass. What a massive pillow of a head! Great pure white foam like snow on top of a golden molten liquid. Beautiful!

I drank this so fast it was so delicious. The aroma smelled like fresh grass. It was so good. The taste followed up with a sweet undertone and a big bold hop presence underneath. It was so unique almost like an IPA but very clean too!

Mouthfeel was nice. Real light almost subtle snap to it.

Overall an excellent beer. I hope I can find these for sale in CT. It was delicious!

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.89/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not really a fan of can beers, but this one changed my stance. Pours a bright yellow with a one inch head. Overall very flavorful and just like the can states, it has a crisp taste and clean finish. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Mypintishalffull
4.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Weekend pilsner kick. Picked up some of these cans at Bellport. Nice price too. Poured with huge white big head. Sat right on top. Pure white. Color was deep yellow almost copper but not quite. Strong meadow aroma almost floral and maybe even a bit spicy. Great flavor. So balanced between sweet and bitter. Ultra clean. A real great super drinkable beer. Almost dangerous. The hops are the only thing holding you back. But at the same time they beg you forward. I will definitely be buying lots of this.


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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 iliotib
4.69/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is beautiful bright yellow hued brew with a pure white head which poured into a Ravenhead stein. The head was an impressive one finger in height with small bubbles.

A delicious faint odor of fresh lemons and grass.

Terrific. Lives up to its name. Almost zero hop bitterness. Perhaps I'm focusing on the malts which remind me of bread or biscuits. I know the hops are there but I appreciate the crispness.

Great Feel. Slick, fresh, refreshing. A great choice for a change from IPA overdose.

I tried this beer because I am getting really dried out since the heat came on this winter and I need a refreshing change to IPAs. I don't sense the hops that others are pointing out. They seem subdued in the presence of the malts.

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Photo of biegaman
4.69/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

'The Crisp' could more aptly be called 'The Hazy' or 'The Luminous' if going strictly by appearance. This daisy yellow beer has a great deal of protein haze but also a glowing complexion that turns the hand gold when holding it. Its head is gleaming white, almost confectionery, and indeed leaves the glass coated in a powdered sugar-like lacing.

I don't own a Sixpoint shirt, but I could be wearing one right now. This zesty, lemony bouquet has me cheering. The hops have a ton of citrus and almost saffron-like spice. For a medium-strength beer this should hardly be considered fresh yet it's still so full of bright lemony flavour that I'm seeing yellow. That's the beauty of dry-hopping.

Imperial stouts and bourbon barrel-aged offerings offer a wealth of complex flavours, but I maintain that there may be no more flavourful style than a bona fide pilsner. Clean honeyed malt is showered in leafy, flowery hops. Hints of heather and lavender and lemon and orange zest are by-product of all the earthy, floral hoppiness.

I'm not sure exactly what Sixpoint did, but this recipe makes other pilsners looks dimwitted. Its malt tastes literally like fresh wildflower honey smeared over toasted white bread and its hops embody a saffron-like spice, lemon acidity but also a satiating, almost sedative character. I bought a four pack and will finish it in one sitting.

The Crisp is the poet laureate of the beer world: it has a sweet, clean, honeyed maltiness, a heathery, lemony hoppiness that is like a soft voice whispering in your ear and a gratifying finish that is not cut but patiently untied. It pays homage to the old world but still toes the official line that American craft beer must be bolder and juicier.

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Photo of Manoftyr
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance-Pours a Pilsener straight straw-yellow golden color with a fluffy head, lacing is sticky and abundant with dabs and dollops all around the glass as the head recedes to a thick white film. Lively carbonation prickles upwards from the bottom of the pilsener glass. Perfect.

Aroma-Big noble hop aromas of flowers and fresh cut grass followed swiftly by bready/doughy malt 'harmony' comes to mind, it's all superbly balanced.

Taste-Taste follows the nose with 'crisp' noble hop flavors leading along with prickly carbonation, plenty of herbal/grassy flavors abound with a touch of floral character. The bready malt character comes forward just in time to stop things from getting too one dimensional with complimentary notes of biscuits and dough and a light touch of sweetness to contrast the crisp bitterness/dryness.

Mouthfeel-'Crisp' is the perfecy word to describe this mouthfeel with ample carbonation and a light body that ends with a snap at the conclusion of each drink. Ultimately quenching and exactly what I expect from the best Pilseners.

Drinkability/Overall-Astounding, best Pilsener I've ever had; this is what all pilseners should aspire towards, amazing.

Notes-Ive had so many Pilseners ranging from Prima and Stoudts to authentic German imports but, to me at least; they all pale in comparison to this AMAZING offering from Sixpoint, easily the best thing they make and I intend to never be without it.


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Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.67/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a very hazy golden body with a clumpy 1 finger off-white head
S: smell a great deal of strong grain, lemon...very spicy
T: absolutely perfect taste for the style, it stays true to the style in that it quenches and has drinkability but it has way more flavor than the average pilsner. high carbonation, taste a lot of grain and hops with lemony citrus on the back end
M: great carbonation which i expect from a pilsener..stays true to the style and is very crisp
O: best pilsener ever...sixpoint crushes everything they touch and this beer is no different...definitely give it a shot if ur skeptical about american takes on german pilseners, u will be pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of TeeJay
4.67/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Darker color than I anticipated but golden, a bit of head that quickly dissipates

Nose: Oh wow you know you are in for a treat with the complex aromas coming from this one! Fresh cut grass, Citrus, hops, pepper and lots more

Mouth feel: Round nice balance med to full bodied

Taste: Precision flavors crisp a great name for this one as it is right to the point with bold flavors and a nice lingering finish which I can certainly appreciate out of a lager.

Would recommend straight from the 16oz can So Satisfying

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Photo of SteveB24
4.64/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

appearance; color is a very clear, pale gold. pours a finger of white head that quickly settles into spotted lacing. a slow, steady stream of bubbles constantly rise to the surface of the beer.

smell; very clean. smooth yeast, kick of floral hops.

taste; clean, yeast flavor, bread, hint of malt sweetness, nice punch of citrus and earthy hop notes.]

mouthfeel; very crisp, light body,medium carbonation. very slight amount of dryness before leaving quite a juicy feel in the mouth.

overall; the perfect american pilsner.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sixpoint - The Crisp

On my journey of having every Sixpoint brew, this one was next.

Look - Pours golden with a slight haze. Medium, fizzy head that fades fast. Moderate lacing.

Smell - Hoppy and grainy, typical lager but with an added punch. Citrus (lemon) abound.

Taste - Crisp is right! Citrus (lemon) hops that are subtle with a grain malt sweetness to it. Like a tart lemonade of beers.

Mouthfeel - this brew made me think it was Summer in Winter (Spring technically but there's snow on the ground, so Winter). Highly drinkable!

Overall - My first craft lager, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Very complex for its type yet at the same time it stays true to the formula and the goal, to quench and refresh.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pilsner glass pour: Golden yellow with a slim white head, decent lacing. Looks refreshing. Smells more of some fruity hops. Cherry/ white grape, floral, bread in the background. Not what I expected. Fantastic. Unique nose for a pilsner.
Tastes like a refreshing pilsner with nicely bitter fruity hops, hint of orange: honey sweetness, peppery. Complex.
An exceptional German style pilsner that lives well up to its name.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can, best before Sept 25 2011, traded to me by JoeBeerBelly. Thanks Joe!

42 IBUs...this should be good, or not.

This pours a straw gold, slightly hazy, has a 1 finger head of foam with very few bubbles rising to the surface. Gorgeous lacing to boot...for some reason, this pour strikes me as a well poured draught beer.

It smells very Pilsener with a fairly meaty amount of malt and a well above average nose of hops...lots of citrus in that there smell. Very nice.

And the taste backs up the smell and then takes it up a notch. Solid malty backbone with a superb citrusy, somewhat piney flavour of hops that comes from the dry hopping. Some bits of grass as well. Good lord, this is one tasty son of a gun and I can't help but lift my glass way to often. Very crisp overall and dry, and superbly drinkable, and marvelous.

Okay, this one is hitting the spot like crazy. This has to be in the top 3 German Pilseners I've tried. Kudos to Sixpoint and kudos to Joe, but where's the reference to the "Sehr"(very, in German)?? ;^)

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Photo of Gajo74
4.61/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look- Straw yellow. Mostly clear but with a slight haze unlike other pilsners.
Smell- Perhaps my favorite thing about this beer. Citric aroma, reminds me of grapefruit, also elements of hops.
Taste- As with the aroma, a citrus, grapefruit like taste with a very pleasant bitterness coming from the hops. It seems to have a higher hop presence than other pilsners.
Feel- Medium carbonation. As the name suggests, crisp, clean and refreshing.
Overall- What a delightful pilsner! Simply one of the best American pilsners on the market from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of scootny
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Perfectly clear with an equally flawless coloring. Two fingers of firm frothy head and good lacing. Delicate clean aromas show the art in this one. Light bready malt underpins a melange of hop notes with lemon and grass giving a delightful fruitiness with a spicy a faintly peppered edge. Taste has me teetering on the fence of perfect. Balance is superb with a light sweet malt base that pushes into lemon and grass. Firm bitterness is quite smooth followed by a gentle buttery biscuit that lingers after the swallow. A bit of drying mintiness a herbal hops as well in the finish and swallow. Feel is crisp with a softness on the tongue from the mild but active carbonation. Deeply thirst quenching and satisfying. Medium light weight is spot on. Drinkability is off the charts as is the overall character to this beer. A Darn near perfect pilsner imo.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz slim can poured into a Sam Adam’s Perfect Pint glass.

Straw yellow with 1 finger of creamy white head. Crystal clear with moderate carbonation.

Bready yeast, cracker, lemongrass, orange citrus, and a touch of stone fruit.

Juicy notes of orange citrus, lemon, and lesser notes of grapefruit. Primarily bready malts with touches of cracker and honey. A suggestion of bubblegum. Finishes with light notes of lemongrass, florals, grass, and hay.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, semi-dry, and refreshing with a mild bitterness.

This is an exceptional Pilsner! Goes down incredibly easy and is very satisfying. I’ve just found my go-to Pilsner.

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Photo of Litterbean
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review in a long while, it's good to be back.

Bought a four-pack of tallboys. It pours light and golden out of the can into my imperial pint glass. Thin, whispy head soon gives away to scattered patches of white.

The smell is evident upon popping the can open, and more so as it is poured. The hops are most striking, a blend of spicy and floral. There's something slightly sweet hidden in there as well.

Tastes crisp. Good carbonation helps the bready malts splash on the tongue. Again, hops are very prominent. Mild and flavorful, hints of grass and spice. Delicious.

I've had hundreds of new beers since my last review on this site, but this one has inspired me to come back and share my thoughts. A really enjoyable pilsner, and brewed locally (I'm in Brooklyn now), so I'm filled with pride. A wonderful beer.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice yellow coloring, smells of grass and hops in that order, taste is like a great pilsner w character and punch , feel has great texture and is a mouthful, always have some of these in the beer fridge

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Photo of wcintula
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love you, Sixpoint. CANnot wait for additions to the Sixpoint can family. Poured into a pilsner trumpet, the beer has a pristine golden clear body with a nice two inch 'just off' white head. The smell is sweet grains, bready, very dry hops, lager yeast. A "Crisp" smell, with lots of noble hop aroma. The Crisp has a light sweetness and a refreshing bitterness that's all too refreshing and will last all summer long. Not just in the summer though. I'm happy this is a year round offering. Excellent pilsner.

Obligatory edit:
Best Before 18AUG2011 1029OK+

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Photo of badgustav
4.56/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look- spot on. Clear deep gold with a good head
Aroma - malty and clean
Flavor- slightly more bite than expected from a Pilsner, crisp (sic), malt balances. Well lagered
Feel - light-medium body, finishes clean and slightly sweet.

An excellent Pilsner, very drinkable

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