The Crisp | Sixpoint Brewery

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,770 Ratings
The CrispThe Crisp
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
sixpoint.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,770
Reviews:
442
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.62%
 
 
Wants:
115
Gots:
389
For Trade:
3
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Centennial for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy light yellow with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small spots of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is very floral and herby with some bready malt aromas. Very nice. Taste is of very tasty floral and herb hops up front with a malt backbone. I am also getting some citrus flavors on the aftertaste. Like the name implies, this beer is very crisp and clean in the mouth. Overall, this is an awesome beer with delicious aromas and tastes. Probably the best beer of the style I have ever had.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a good hoppy American lager, I don't get much german from this at all, maybe a little dusty yellow grain base, but this beer is one heck of a hoppy lager, more so than any from Europe I have seen. nice snow white head, good clarity, and a powerful hoppy aroma of some bigger American hops, maybe simcoe or something similar, centennial or the like. I wouldn't quite call it an india pale lager, but its getting there stylistically with all the hops, for me at least it is. big hop flavors pick up about mid palate where the hefty pilsener malt base leaves off. its never too biter, but has a resinous dank hoppy dominance to it. a little filling, fuller bodied for the style, and I didn't find it to be as crisp per se as advertised, but I like this beer quite a bit. an easier drinking summer hoppy brew than and ipa, but this will likely not please those in search of an authentic german pils.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a nice golden color. The head was creamy and white in color. The head settles and just leaves a thin retention on top of the beer. The smell of the beer is a loaded with some noble hops. It's got the pilsner\lager aromas as well. The taste of the beer is pretty solid, good amount of bitter hops in there along with a malt bill that leaves your taste buds tingling. The mouthfeel of the beer was light and soft, it leaves a sharp tingle on the tongue that I liked a lot. Overall it's a pretty damn good brew honestly. I was impressed.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly dissipated and left a bit of lacing on the surface..
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grassy hops in the nose along with some hints of grainy malts.
T: The overall taste is well balanced between flavors of bready malts and a light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable.

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

For the lighter side of craft beer enjoyment, Sixpoint borrows the tried and true brewing techniques of Germany in the development of this full flavored and sturdy malted lager that straddles the fence of crisp and hoppy German Lagers and richer Czech Pilsners.

Common with well-crafted Lagers, The Crisp releases a spirited carbonation that infiltrates the bright clarity of golden rod hues and a creamy, fluffy head of cottony foam and with the classic lacing. approaching the nose, a supple bready scent carries a blend of fresh-baking bread and freshly kilned grain for a pleasant pilsner-lead balance. Floral and slightly herbal, it's hop character, precludes and effortless taste.

Its flavors are designed for ease of consumption as the first drink is deep and inviting. Its true dance of grain and malt continue a dance in flavor with a cracker-like taste upfront and a dry pilsner taste in the finish. What started flora has turned to light honey for a delicate and supple flavor that develops into an spicy bitter taste to balance the malts in finish. Very elegant and approachable throughout.

Medium bodied for the Lager styles, the hearty malt taste seems to push slightly toward the toasty lager character with a body that's moderately creamy and absolutely crisp. But the rise of a noble hop profile, along with the fleeting malt and carbonation allows for a decisively clean and refreshing finish of very mild alcohol warmth and an almost minty-cool sensation.

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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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07.21.17

C / AVERAGE

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish golden color with a finger of fluffy white head. Solid retention with some nice lacing.

Smell: Mildly sweet from the malt. Some herbal notes along with a hint of citrus.

Taste: A lot more bitter than the smell indicates, but not in an unpleasant way. Has the distinct pilsner taste. Not a lot of sweetness at all. Bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation. Mildly dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. A very nice bitterness, quite refreshing. As the can said, there isn't much for this beer to hide behind, and they did a good job with it.

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

Appearance: Arrives with a clear golden color and a fluffy head that leaves a few clumps of lace

Smell: Smells of grain and grass

Taste: A touch biscuity, up front, with the grains and grass from the aroma dominating the flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Very refreshing, with a clean, crisp character; a very well made pils

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4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by "03DEC2012" on bottom of the can, so it's fresh.

Soft honey goldenrod color with fine clarity. Frothy head of white foam that billows up to the rim of the glass and stops short of spilling over. The head fades after a couple minutes, leaving behind flecks of spotty lace. Eventually the foam ebbs away completely.

Aroma is soft and bready with a pleasant lemony dry-hop addition.
Flavor is similar with grassy hop bitterness and light crackery pils malt, and a bitter crispness that certainly lives up to it's name. Light and easy drinking with plenty of hop character, unique and flavorful in the vein of Prima Pils, maybe slightly more balanced and less bitter. Definitely traditional though, and plenty drinkable.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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

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4/5  rDev +1%

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

16 ounce can, best by Sept 29,2011. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a fairly dense 2 finger white head with great retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. Some decent lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of honey, bread, lemon, grass, citrus, and a bit of spiciness. Very nice and inviting aromas. Taste of big breadiness, with lemon, grass, and citrus. Finishes with a grassy and spicy hop bitterness that is decently strong and lingers for a bit with lemon and citrus sweetness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body. Nice crisp and refreshing finish, as expected. Extremely drinkable and delicious stuff with no alcohol in the taste or finish. Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Outstanding stuff, and a perfect summer beverage I would drink on a hot day.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy can into a Mikasa pilsener glass. Picked the can up at Connecticut Avenue Liquors in DC.

Pours a very clear moderate golden color with a huge white head and tons of sticky lacing as it goes down. Thin cap throughout. The nose brings some lightly-sweet grain and bread notes plus some floral and herbal hops. The flavor is a bit hoppy with mild sweetness. Good balance between grain and hops. Light body and fairly crisp, though a bit too sweet in the finish. Pretty good, though not quite as good as Sixpoint's other brews.

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