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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 dogfishandi
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can at fridge temp, best before 08AUG2012.

pours a pretty clear bright gold color. about one fingers worth of pure white head off the pour, settles to some patchy foam and a light foamy ring, no real lace.

the aroma is light. lots of minerals and maybe even a touch of sulfer, a touch of sweet grains and grass, hay.

mineral water, a bit of sweet grain. a decent hop bite for a pilsner, mostly in the way of bitterness at the finish, but some grassy, lemon citrus, slightly floral flavors are noticed from the hops.

the mouthfeel is nice. definatly crisp and quite drinkable, great on a hot day, refreshing and thirst quenching. carbonation is a touch bitey. overall mouthfeel is pretty light.

a pretty good pilsner. this really isnt one of my favorite styles, but it is one of my favorite breweries so i would drink this again. be that as it may, i feel this is a bit overpriced considering what it is, id almost be just as happy with a sixpack of PBR or urquell.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz. "tallboy" can into a standard pint glass.
Bright, clear gold in color, with a short one-inch bone-white head of foam.
Aroma-Pilsner malt, faint grass
Taste-Faintly grassy, pilsner malt, subtle citrus. Nice bite from generous amounts of German hops, indeed leading to a very "crisp" finish. Tasty and sessionable. A fine match for a plate of "loaded" nachos.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into a plastic pint at the Madison Square Shake Shack.

A: Clear pale amber body with a thin head of fine off-white bubbles. Ok retention, light lace. Pretty average.

S: Very fresh, light, and balanced aroma featuring both hearty bready malt and aromatic herbal hops. Simple and great.

T: Starts out sweet and malty, with almost a butterscotch note leading in to a crisp, herbal, hoppy finish. A bit of citrus flavor on the tail end, too. Light bitterness on the aftertaste. Refreshing and tasty. Wonderful Pils.

M: Light and well-carbonated: very fine, lively effervescence. Good.

O: This lager managed to be both refreshingly crisp (as one would hope, given its name) and extremely flavorful. The fact that it comes in a pint can is just a bonus. I can't wait to go disc golfing with a few of these bad boys later on this summer once Sixpoint comes to CT. Depending on the price, I could see this one getting into regular rotation alongside Narragansett Summer and NEBCO Elm City Pilsner as one of my go-to refreshers.


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

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Poured out a lightly hazed pale straw color with a fizzled collar for a head and only minimal lacing. Aroma is very florally hopped over the top of a biscuity / cracker malt and at times the flavor reminded me of chamomile tea with a side of honeyed buns for breakfast. Yet the hops retain a spicy character through and through. Body is light and just as crisp as the the name promised. Overall this is an excellent pils in a can.

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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 younger35
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My last of the 4-pack generously sent to me by one Mr. BeerTruth. I’m not a huge Lager fan of any kind but if you add enough hops, me likey. This has enough hops. Drank from my Surlyfest mug while watching the 2012 Players.

Appearance – Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with a nice frothy half finger bright white head. The head fizzles away fairly quickly leaving a pretty solid collar and a spotty bit of lacing.
Smell- Very earthy and Noble with that unmistakable German lager nose. Slightly sweet smelling with a touch of bready malt underneath. Fresh cut grass and hints of lemon zest sneak in as well. The nose is exactly what you’d expect – solid.
Taste- So earthy and lightly bitter it borders on Imperial Pilsner territory when it comes to the hop bite. Somewhat herbal and medicinal as well with a spicy bite midway through. Despite the hoppiness that makes up the majority of the beer there is a light bready base that adds a dollop of sweetness. I’d even dare to say maybe a touch of toast. The finish is brightly hoppy with more of that lingering grassy earthiness.
Mouthfeel- Full bodied beer with a nice aggressive bite of carbonation.
Drinkability- Easy drinking, nicely hopped Lager. It’s got enough of a hop bite to keep me interested yet still remains crisp and clean. I really enjoyed all 4 cans and will get more of this when I can. Thanks Adam!

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Photo of Amalak
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Deep gold and clear. Sporadic bubbles that leave a thin bubbly head with some lacing.

S. Malty and lemon.

T. It has an interesting lemony taste. There's a spiciness to it. There's a nice malty taste that is sweet.

M. Tingly and carbonated.

O. This is an interesting beer that has a nice refreshing sweet lemony taste, but it's got an American craft beer feel to it. Kind of like a Brooklyn Bitburger or something.

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Photo of jkrich
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can: bright, clear and deep golden with a quickly fading white-head. The hue reminds me a lot of golden color of Pilsner Urquell.

The aroma was rather faint but clean with hints of noble hops. Overall, the weakest link of this otherwise thin pilsner.

The flavor begins with a very nice, smooth malty palate with mild, tangy hop bitters lingering on the tongue. This is certainly one unique pilsner. The rounded cookie-like malt profile reminds me of a Czech pilsner rather than a German.

The body was heavier than typical of the style with a round, supple and bittersweet mouthfeel. The carbonation is quite restrained with a faint bitterness lingering on the palate.

This "pilsner" is not for the purist, but it quite enjoyable and refreshing just the same. I would not describe it as crisp as there is a somewhat heavy sweetness present.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 Oz can poured into a pilsner glass

A- Crystal clear golden yellow with a modest one finger head. Good visible carbonation.

S- Sweet matiness and very grainy as well. A nice clean hoppy bitterness. A simple, yet fantastic smelling pilsner.

T- A smooth grainy taste comes in followed by a light bitterness. A great yeast flavor and a wheatiness. Not great as describing tastes from pilsners but this is superb.

M- Smooth, light and full of flavor. Clean and refreshing, the perfect pilsner.

O- This is the best pilsner I have ever had, hands down.

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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 damndirtyape
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 07 Aug 2012 can poured into a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear gold beer, but darker shade of gold. Plenty of bubbles coming up through the beer. Very thin white head across the top with some occasional strands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: Mild - clean and crisp malt with the barest hint of earthy hops. A tiny bit of sweetness in with the malt, but a mild (well, maybe weak is a better term) smell overall.

Taste: What the beer lacks in aroma it makes up for in taste. Crisp start, very smooth transition into pilsner type malts - nice balance of malt against the crisp start and then the bitter German hop finish which is part crisp and part lingering spicy/earthy finish. Quite nice pilsner full of flavor, but smoothly and nicely done.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, nice thickness but smooth after the carbonation leaves the tongue. Definitely not too much carbonation. A little bit of stickiness on the teeth though.

Overall / Drinkability: A very good and flavorful pilsner. Quite drinkable and well done overall - things nicely in balance and yet forward in flavor rather than going too smooth and mild. I think my only disappointment is the aroma, which is quite mild and only gets a tad better as the beer warms up. Otherwise definitely worth the 4-pack I purchased so I enjoy it a few more times.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another treat from Dino! Thanks man! A style I wouldn't normally turn to but that's ok! Poured to Pilsner glass the beer is crystal clear straw with a nice 1.5 finger white head, good retention, and some lacing. The nose is as the name suggests, crisp, clean, a hint of earthy hops accompany the pilsner malts, makes for a very inviting beer. The flavor is very much the same, very approachable. Lighter bodied and very refreshing with a clean, sharp flavor, not too much, it's really good. Overall, this was a treat!

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass. The color is golden yellow with a nice white head. There is some stickyness.

The aroma at first is full of sweet malt, but eventually all I smell are spicy, zesty hops.

The taste is mild in the start. The finish is mildly bitter with a touch of spicy hops.

This is a little full bodied for the style; this can still be refreshing though.

Not bad. I may get this again in the future given the right circumstances.

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Photo of wspscott
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can in pint glass
best by Aug 2012

A: Dark gold color, crystal clear, a very thin white head.
S: Sweet malts, a little bit of bread, the hops are very much in the background, somewhat surprising since the can mentions it was dry-hopped.
T: A definite shot of hops followed immediately by a wave of malty sweetness. The hops are the herbal and spicy category, very style appropriate. The hops are not overwhelming, but might be a little too much for someone who likes more malt driven styles (i.e. my wife).
M: A slightly creamier mouthfeel than I expect for a german pils, seems more like a czech pils. The carbonation leaves a nice tingle on the back of the tongue. The hops seems to leave a little bit of a mouth coating, the bitterness lingers.
O: I really like this beer, if I can't get Prima Pils in KY (and I can't) then I will happily "settle" for The Crisp. This is going to be a summer staple for the pool and yard. Excellent beer, worth seeking out if you like a good pils.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to djrn for sending this beer in a box full of goodies from Sixpoint.

The beer pours a clear golden color with a white head. The aroma is full of grass and bready pilsner malt, as expected. The flavor is very clean and crisp. I get a lot of malt, with some grass and a lot amount of bitterness. Easy to drink and quite refreshing. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brilliant gold and great clarity, bright white fluffy head. Earthy and herbal hops. Some phenolic scents as well. Sweet grainy malt bill comes through as well.

Not as carbonated as I feel a Pilsener should be. Sweet grain malt bill, some tart flavor. Herbal and earthy hops finish. Some lemon peel. On the heavier side of medium body. Clean finish. Some lingering grainy sweetness on the front of the tongue. Clean sweet and smooth. I really think something called the crisp should be a lot crisper though.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to d0b for tossing me a can of this recently. Served in a pilsener glass.

A - Finger-plus of white foam quickly dissolves to a thin cap and a few spots of lace. Transparent golden body, with plenty of fast-moving tiny bubbles. The last pour is yeasty, as this is can-conditioned.

S - Crisp clean lager aroma, with some fruity notes and light herbal hops. Buttered biscuit malt with perhaps a touch of banana bread.

T - Taste is a pleasant mixture of lightly sweet biscuit and grain malt bill with mild herbal and orange peel hop bitterness that grows in intensity over time and becomes a tad fatiguing.

M - Pleasant active carbonation, bready and chewy medium body, and some mild lingering stickiness and oily hops in the finish.

D - Pretty easy to drink - I had no problem finishing the entire 16oz can while watching a TV show. I enjoyed this significantly more than Resin, but I prefer Metropolitan Flywheel which is available to me locally.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer made me wonder if they named it after tasting. It is an appropriate name. The beer is clean and sharp - crisp! There are just a bit of nice finishing hops to give it an appropriate pilsener aroma and taste. There are no funky tastes.

The appearance is approriate for the style. As it warms, this gets bettetr, as you would expect for the style. I have tried 5 Sixpoint beers and they all have been outstanding beers that I intend to buy again.

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

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Light golden yellow, fizzy, with a 1/2 thin white head. Minimal lacing. Looks exactly like what i expected.

Smell - Yeast, malts, lemon, banana, spices, orange, bread, grainy.

Taste - Light yeast, malts, and hint of floral hops. Lemon and german pilsner yeast really work well. Floral fruits and spices along with a little orange and pine sweetness add more balance and flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light, smooth and very flavorful. Tounge gets the malts, yeast and floral hops. Palette gets remaining hops and yeast, mouth is left with a thin coating of lemon and orange zest. Aftertaste is sweet, yeasty and spicey.

Overall - Very smooth, easy to drink, balanced very flavorful. About as good as you can get for the simple style. Balance is what makes this beer so great. Recommended for sure.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Glowing yellow pour, really impressed by the color this has. Hazy, with a nice white head and thin lacing all over the glass. You can almost see the bottom of the glass looking down from the top. It's really a nice looking beer.

S: Sort of has a funky aroma, with a big pilsner as the base. Sweet with a ton of lemon, it smells a bit strange overall.

T: The Crisp is a great name for this beer. It goes down tasting like a clean pilsner with side notes of lemon, funk, and some hops. It seems to be a bit watery at times, the beer still tastes pretty good.

MF: Crisp, clean, light body with a lower than average carbonation. Nothing left lingering on the palate.

O: I can't believe how big the smell is, and how small the taste is. I could literally drink this until I couldn't move any longer. Just so smooth, tasty, and smells great. Absolutely recommend you try this.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a semi-translucent dark amber with an inch of head. Tons of lacing. Aromas of citrus, grass, malts and a bit sour. Taste is a nice sweet maltiness with some citrus hops. Flavors of grains and cereal. Almost a cookie aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel. This sure does taste like a hopped up Pils. Overall, a Pilsener worth trying.

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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 Fcip78
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice golden yellow with a nice off-white head. Some nice grainy malty notes and slightly sweet. Goes down smooth but some nice grassy hops throughout each sip. The mouth feel is light bodied and crisp with the persistent carbonation and it ends on a slightly sweet note. I was surprised that Beer Advocate classified this as a German Pilsner, it reminds me more of a Helles - maybe because of its soft sweet roundness. My palate loves the North German pils (Prima Pils and Jever). Overall, it is a good lager though.

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

A - clear light golden yellow, very clean looking beer. small amount of head

S - orange peels, sweet malts, hints of hops

T - sweet, malty, light floral and bittering hops. very light tasting beer.

M - very refreshing. lives up to its crisp name. sweet with a dry finish

O - this is a perfect anytime beer. had it last summer and it was great in the can. poured this one in a glass and it's march - still perfect!

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Photo of drtth
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is nice clear golden yellow color with a fluffy ¼” white head that soon recedes living a small ring around the glass. The head leaves some lacing that is gone relatively soon and sipping leaves only tiny specks of lacing that either slide back down into the glass or disappear leaving the sides of the glass clean.

Smell: The aroma is a bit light but is filled with grain and bread that that have some herbal, grassy hops mingled in.

Taste: As expected from the nose the flavor is grainy/bready with some herbal, grassy hops and a wee touch of earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light bodied and crisp with the persistent carbonation. The finish is medium length that begins with the bready malt and herbal hop flavors, shows of a bit of earthy bitterness and ends on a lightly sweet note.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I thought this a quite drinkable Pils and one I’ll be happy to have again. That said when given a choice I’d opt for either Prima Pils from Victory as a North German style Pils or the Stoudts’ Pils as a more South German style. Both are a bit more crisp than this. My overall impression of the beer is that this is a good one and while not my favorite Sixpoint beer one that is well made and enjoyable. It would be especially nice to have at a dinner that features good food and good conversation with friends.

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The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 1,699 ratings.
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