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 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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Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, golden in color, clear, medium-high carbonation

Smell: grass, pear, and oddly licorice

Taste: sweet caramel, grass, and tobacco

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, light bodied, sweet start, big bitter middle spike, less bitter end

Overall: Truth in advertising. This is a nice and crisp lager. I could have several of these especially in the summer. Nothing mid blowing like some other Sixpoint brews, but solid.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tallboy can purchased in gct.

Yellowish straw color with white foam. Relatively clear. Smell is a grassy straw color, fairly faint.

Taste is a crisp delicious lager, nice firm backing hop, blends in perfectly. Light lemon flavor. Crisp finish.

Excellently made lager. Fantastic lager.

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

A- a yellow straw color with a nice bone white head and a lot of lace, very typical of the style.

S- nice grainy aroma with a hop bite and some light spice, grass, and lemon.

t- a lot of grassy and floral hop, juicy grapefruit, cereal grain, nice malt background that provides a doughy quality, and it lives up to its name with a clean, crisp finish.

o- really nice to see a craft lager with a punch of hops, I always love when I run into one of those.

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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 VaTechHopHead
3.27/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can says best before October 28, 2011

Slightly hazy dark straw yellow in color with aggressive bubbles of carbonation but the head doesn't seem to last.

Aromas of lemon, fermented oranges, light hay. Hardly any floral or spicy aroma from the hops used, especially given the style.

Taste is similar to the aroma...fermented oranges, old lemons, a little hay/wheat flavor. Very light flavoring and again no real hop presence.

Medium to light body with good carbonation but the aftertaste is somewhat undesirable and not very inviting for another sip.

I'm assuming because this is out of date it's no good but I don't think fresh my scores would improve much.

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Photo of dpasotti
2.26/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Mostly clear yellow-gold color with a small white cap that fades fast, leaving just enough lace to tell me this was brewed well. Weird nose of sweet malt, corn, and honey/vanilla. Just a bit of grape and noble hops come through a bit later, and allow me to confirm that this is at least a lager, and not some Blond Ale/Belgian Pale hybrid.

Taste is not redeeming. It's sweet with no hop character; just that out-of-place honey flavor. Hops finally come through, but not enough to even make a dent in the sweetness.

Medium body and carbonation would be great in a pale ale or any number of other styles; but not in a German Pils. It's too creamy and, frankly, not crisp enough. In fact it's nowhere near its namesake. I was disappointed by this, especially after hearing many good things about Sixpoint. I will gladly give them another shot though.

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

Can Purchased at DeCicco's Brewster ($2.79)

A: golden body with hints of amber, very clear (can see hand on other side), some head, recedes, not much lacing

S: grassy with hints of citrus, a good start for a pilsner, hints of breadiness, good for the style

T: follows the taste, hops are in front, rounded out nicely by the biscuity malt

M: good carbonation, but this body is really light, I feel like I'm drinking water.

O: a good pilsner, I quite like this beer and will be tempted by it on tap, but its not worth the price for 4 pack. It is not, however, among my favorite American pilsners (Prima, Sly Fox, Stoudts, Holy City).

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Photo of pburland23
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into my Victory Pilsener glass.

Beer pours a light, clear gold with a finger of snow white head and tight carbonation.

Smell: A touch bread with some floral hop notes. Has a very distinct German pils aroma to it.

Taste starts off with some prickly carbonation. It's crisp, clean and dry. Some biscuity cracker malt and a delicate hop presence. Really great tasting pils.

The mouthfeel is light bodied and very refreshing. The drinkability is through the roof on this one.

Overall, a great pils. Clean, crisp and full flavored. You're not going to get much more flavor in a 5.4% beer. Delicious.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can into short stemmed scrimshaw pilsner glass.

A: carbonation is ripping through this body. there looks like there is a slight haze. might just be a little chilly still... bright white head plumes on top. retention is good and leaves sticky lacing.

S: earthy and herbal. green tea. lemon. subtle hops work well with the grain. lightly toasted whole grain.

T: the lemon is certainly present on the palate. a little bit grassy. bitterness is there but similar to the nose, they work well together and are very balanced.

M: crisp bubble carbonation on this light bodied brew.

D: these are very, very crushable. well balanced flavors make that possible. tasty brew.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to for the can in a recent BIF!

Pours a cloudy dark straw with a massive creamy white sticky head.

Smells of some bready grainy malt with some noble hops thrown in for good measure. Also a hint of wheat.

Starts off with a sweet bready maltiness rounding into a semi-dry finish and some spicy hops. Bitterness is low.

Expectedly light mouthfeel although not paper thin which is perfect for a pilsner. Medium carbonation levels.

Technically classified as German pilsener on here even though it's a mix. I get more of the Bohemian side out of it as it's got more bready character is less clean with less hops. Gut, but sehr gut would lean more toward the German pils side.

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The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 1,726 ratings.
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