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 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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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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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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Photo of BEERchitect
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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Photo of brentk56
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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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 emerge077
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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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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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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Photo of oberon
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pilsner a lighter lemony color with a nice fluffy white crown that left multiple broken rings of lace behind as it settles.Wow what alot going on in the nose,herbal and floral hops overtop of sweetish bread dough,the doughy aspect of the beer really stands up well to the hefty dose of hops.Herbal almost minty-like hop flavors really stand out at the onset,light caramel and crisp pizza dough malt flavors are fantastic!I have never even come close to rating a pilsner a "5",I really liked Sudwerk pils,but this is the best pils I have had,its delicate and "crisp" but assertive,I will search this out and buy again,just fantastic.

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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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Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wooo, more tall boy cans, cause everyone likes it in the can. Tasty crack cans.

A nice decent fluffy and fizzy head of about 1 finger that fades at a medium pace, with lots of sticky lacing, over brilliantly clear golden banana wheat colored.

Nose adds a beautiful crisp lager aroma, light sweet and toasty pilsner malts, hints of lager yeast fruits, a slight touch of lemongrass, and a nice grassy mild hop. A beautifully done pilsner nose.

Taste starts with a nice crisp lager, never would have guessed. Nice toasty pilsner malts, and hints of sweet light malts, some light fruit from the lager yeast again. then again it comes with some hops, adding a light bitterness that goes with the beer very smoothly and balances well, bringing some light grassy and hints of a slight fruity hop. As it finishes it starts to get a bit more bitter, and just slightly more bitter than I would have wanted with how well the beer was going at first, but not bad, just a bit more than I hoped. It brings a slight spicy hop character and hint of mint on the finish, with a more crisp lager flavor and hints of toasty malts.

mouth is a bit lighter bodied, with decent carbonation.

Overall a great beer, pretty much the definition of sessionable, great crisp lager flavors, a nice malt flavor and aroma, and just the right about of fresh grassy mild hops of which get just a bit too spicy and bitter on the finish, but I'm just nitpicking at that point.

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

I stopped in at the Whole Foods in Union Square to pick up some Sixpoint for a BBQ I was going to and was pleasantly surprised to find one I'd never tried before - "The Crisp"! (I'll assume that's "Sehr Crisp" with a more mainstream tag). Whoah! At $2.99 a can, however, I had to tone it down a bit and kept the Sixpoint just for myself!!!

It poured a deep golden colored body beneath a two-finger thick head of creamy white froth. The head retention was very good and the lacing was about average.

The nose delivered floral and grassy hops over a sweetish, grainy malt base; and although the can didn't mention it, I knew it had to be a Pilsner.

In the mouth it was medium bodied and, not surprisingly, crisp with a bit of carbonic bite on the tongue.

The flavor delivered all that the nose promised, backed by a solid bitterness. The hops and malt worked together; and it was well-balanced leading into a very dry, bitter finish.

Overall, quite an impressive German-style pilsner. Worth trying.

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Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can served in a nonic glass. Revisited with a 12 oz can in November 2016.

Pours light amber in color with a good head that has decent retention and some lacing. Little in the way of rising carbonation bubbles for style. Poor clarity.

Aroma: mixed grains, soft fruits and herbal hops.

Flavor: Fruity for style.

Feel: light body and medium-low, too low, carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

O: a decent pilsner, but compares poorly to the SN/Firestone Walker Beer Camp Torpedo Pilsner that preceded it.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with a couple fingers of bright-white foamy head. This simmers down to a frothy ½ finger, which soaps the sides of the glass with a sticky latticework of lace. The aroma is floral and spicy, with an earthy citrus presence and them some tarter lemon notes that emerge as this warms. Sweet toasted grains mix in to add a bit of a twang across the back. There is maybe a faint metallic twinge here to the nose but it’s nothing too intrusive feeling.

This carries over to the taste, with an earthy citric bitterness that melds with the grainy sweetness of the Pils malts to impart a green twang to this that trails a little toastiness as well. Like the nose, some zesty lemon flavor emerges as this warms up and there is a general spiciness to this throughout the profile, which really comes out strong in that dry and earthy finish here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a light prickliness on the tongue and then more of a crisp creaminess that rounds out the edges of the feel.

This was an OK quaff but seemed to play a little too loosey goosey in the flavor and feel department for a Pilsener. This could be tightened up a good bit in spots.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/31/11 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light caramelized malts, lager yeast, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then a strong caramel and citrus sweetness comes in followed by a good hops bitterness creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice flavorful beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of mactrail
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden brew with a lovely head in the Einbecker Pils glass. Foam sticks to the glass as you sip. Fragrant with perfumey hops. Light bodied with a sharp mouthfeel.

The very light malt is crackery and only faintly sweet. The aftertaste is very hoppy. The first one of these I tried seemed more bitter than I like. Trying another can tonight it doesn't seem overly bitter, even following a very malty Oktoberfest beer. But it's the sort of Pilsener an IPA fan would like. Clean and well-made brew with lacing to the bottom of the glass. Poured out of the 12 oz tall can from the brewery.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a moderate aroma of grainy malts and grassy hops.

T: A very balanced flavor of bready malts and grassy hops. Some very light amounts of bitterness are present and this is a very refreshing flavored beer.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very crisp with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a really enjoyable, easy to drink, and refreshing beer. This is definitely sessionable and a very well balanced beer with respect to flavor. I have had this one many times and will likely have many in the future as well.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one finger white head that reduces quickly. Thin lacing forms around the entire glass.

S: Floral and grassy right away, with a little bit of citrus/peel, rather fresh smelling. A little bit of bready malt as well.

T: Bready upfront with some lager yeast, the floral/citrus flavors come through second, opposite of the aroma.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking.

O: Pretty good pilsner, easy drinking and refreshing.

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Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD 7 Aug 2012

Pours apricot with 1 finger of cream colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Grassy & soapy

T: Follows the nose, crackery notes as well up front & some dryness. More grassyness as this warms, more soapyness too. Finishes dry & crisp & slight bready sweetness

MF: Medium boded, firm carbonation nice balance

Pretty darn drinkable, nice pils. Would take this over many German Pils I tried over there (01-04)

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

Nice light pour, golden straw in color with a tight fizzy head of white foam that quickly gained ground and rose up through the glass. Nice an light aroma, clean, light spice and yeast notes, hints of light citrus, wheat, light cloves, really well done. As I take the first sips, clean, crisp flavor, tight citrus, rich light grains, spakrling carbonation. Really it just worked. Light bready finish left a light touch of flavor on the palate but mostly clean after the last sip.

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Photo of smcolw
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent head with some lasting power. The liquid is dark straw with a touch of haze. Leaves some chunky, spotty lace on the glass.

Very nice start of a semi-grainy and fully malted pilsner barley. But the hop is like smelling fresh hop cones. Delicious.

This is a highly hopped pils. Good starting pale malt flavor (no grain as in the smell). Peppery bitterness that lasts long after the swallow. Very rich for a pilsner. A very special beer to drink if you prefer your pils bitter.

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Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz tall boy w/ a best before date on the bottom. Poured half into the glass for look and smell.

LOOK: Mildly hazed golden glow when put up to the light, thin but very sturdy lacing.

SMELL: Fresh cut hay, lemongrass, hop spice, bready, clean, yeast, hop oil

TASTE: Deep crispness, semi-puckering, bitter, grassy, herbal, faint lemon rind, grainy, bready, dry finish

In the fast paced craft beer movement lagers have been trying to catch up, Crisp is proof that things are turning around and gives a better view of what a modern lager can be ... taking from old while brewing from new minds.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can shared by Bobby.

A: The beer pours a slightly hazed golden orange color with a large white head and some light lacing.

S: This one smells of bread for the most part. A nice maltiness to it with a bit of toast, yeast, and some floral hops. There's a fair amount of grass to the nose as well as just a hint of citrus peel.

T: Candied orange peel on the front end with lots of bready malts. Toast and lager yeast and lots of biscuit. Minimal hop bitterness and just a little bit of floral hop character.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: A pretty decent pilsner, especially for an American made one. Pretty refreshing.

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