The Crisp | Sixpoint Brewery

very good
432 Reviews
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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Reviews: 432 | Ratings: 1,739
Photo of D1noB
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bitter up front that sharply runs off, a citrus note takes over. It is crisp, they do not lie,

Taste Rating in Words: It's a bronco ride, takes balance, there is up and down movement, with excitement, and if you're riding with my brother yelling.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank a lot of The Crisp while on spring break with the family this year. I was looking for a hoppy pilsner and this really fit the bill.

First off, I’m not a huge fan of the skinny cans, as they don’t really fit in my cozie when I’m beach or poolside. Poured into a glass, the beer is a hazy medium yellow with decent off-white head. It leaves spots of lacing.

The beer has an aroma of mild grains and spicy hops.

This is an amped up pilsner at 44 IBUs. The taste leads with some upfront bitterness that manages to be both sharply spicy and slightly citrusy. There is a cereal like taste from the malts that add some balance.

The mouth is medium with sharp (or is it crisp?) carbonation. It’s a touch astringent and cuts the grease in BBQ or a burger.

I like this beer and wish I had access to it on a regular basis.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I admire what this brewery has done with this Pilsner. Hazy. Light, golden amber with a foamy head & streak lacing. Aroma is floral and fruit, with hints of citrus, grass, and biscuit malt. The flavor is herbal and floral, with grass and berries as well. An excellent beer overall, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of TerryMills
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5


Light yellow color , minimal quick fading white head, bunch of fine floaters in it..

Has the typical cheap lager/pilsner smell, little tiny bit of hops smell but mostly just that wet corn chip smell .

Taste follows the nose but there is a bit of bitter bite from the hops on the finish, more than I would have thought from the smell.

Feel is like bubbly water .

Overall I just grabbed a single to see what it was about.. Wouldn't buy it again, wiseacre tiny bomb was 100% better hoppy pils imo .

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Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Beertemple, Amsterdam. Clear golden pour with a white head. Notes of citrus and floral hops, light grains. Bitter-sweet leaning towards sweet.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a "go to" for me in NYC bars, especially in the summer. Most Sixpoint brews are pretty strong but this one really hits the style exactly. Huge bubbled white head and sparkling golden body. Nose is fresh floral and herbal hops alongside citrus, biscuit, and honey notes. Really strong.

Bitter initially, but not blisteringly so. This is followed by solid balance throughout. Could stand a touch more stiffness in the sip but it's a fairly small complaint. This is every bit as good or better than all but a handful of the best imported German and Czech pilsners.

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Photo of McStagger
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Slim can. BB10MAY2017. Poured into a stein because it's Christmas.

A: Aggressive pour gives me a finger and a half of foam. Head is slightly off white. Moderate dissipation. Good lacing. Beer itself is several shades darker than macro yellow. Some orange and red. Moderate carbonation in the glass, with many tiny tiny bubbles lazily rising to the surface.

S: Smells like a hoppy pils. Lemongrass, lemon, crackery/bready maltiness. Citrus comes out more with a few swirls. Definitely more assertively hoppy in the nose than many German pilsners.

T: Big hit of bitterness up front. The usual noble bitterness (herbal, lemon oil, etc) but with a distinct citrus punch on the back. Mid palate brings about a slight respite of green grape and malty sweetness before the lupulin oils devour this one on the finish. Finish is both dry and resinous, with more new world hoppiness coming through.

M: Well, crisp. Medium bodied for a pils. Carbonation isn't overwhelming, but definitely scrubs the palate between sips. Dry on the finish. Crushable.

T: 8/10 would crush a six pack while mowing the lawn. Pricey at 11.49 a six, but still worth it.

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Photo of YoungMtn52
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid gold color with a fair amount of foam. Kind of has a grassy smell and a tinge of an after-bite. Overall it is dry and crisp.

Interesting taste, not sure I would drink a lot of these.

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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 MFMB
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 Harrison8
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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