The Crisp | Sixpoint Brewery

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The CrispThe Crisp

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States | website

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 iliotib
4.69/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is beautiful bright yellow hued brew with a pure white head which poured into a Ravenhead stein. The head was an impressive one finger in height with small bubbles.

A delicious faint odor of fresh lemons and grass.

Terrific. Lives up to its name. Almost zero hop bitterness. Perhaps I'm focusing on the malts which remind me of bread or biscuits. I know the hops are there but I appreciate the crispness.

Great Feel. Slick, fresh, refreshing. A great choice for a change from IPA overdose.

I tried this beer because I am getting really dried out since the heat came on this winter and I need a refreshing change to IPAs. I don't sense the hops that others are pointing out. They seem subdued in the presence of the malts.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

a: a mostly-clear golden amber color with some straw yellow notes. 1 finger solid, yet bubbly white head

s: crisp grains, dry crackers, lemongrass, slightly sweet malts. nice balancing earthy hop aroma as well. i'm also picking up some slighty juicy hops as well.

t: there is a refreshing grainy, grassy flavor upfront. behind that is a light malt backbone that brings some mild sweetness. behind that is a slight earthy/herbal bitterness that is very faint, but just the right level to cut the malts. there is a small tropical note from the hops as well - very slight. there is a dry crackery note towards the end as well

m: medium mouthfeel. carbonation seems a bit light for a pilsener, but there is some body to this beer. more than usual

o: its refreshing and straightforward. nothing over the top. as advertised, it is definitely a crisp beer. solid example of the style, however it could use a bit lighter mouthfeel and tone down a bit on the hops that are providing a juicy-like presence (i don't like my pilseners going down an ipa route)

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am facing a theological challenge in reviewing The Crisp. It is practically a dark night of the soul.

Where are the hops? The bold flavors? The haziness? The radical colors, practically neon, of my favorite IPAs? I see a crystal clear beverage, light copper in tone. I taste faint blueberries, some lemon. I smell more of the same.

I walked through the cloister, and stopped to smell the Bougainville; I looked up at the sky and saw the Milky Way, gossamer in the distance. I heaved a sigh and went back to my ledger. A long night awaited.

I dipped my quill into my inkpot, bit my lip, and laid point to paper. I scratched several words, and crossed them out.

I took a long draught from my tankard of The Crisp and smiled. I have rediscovered myself in its simplicity.

The Crisp is a masterpiece of a beer, and an advocate for the simplicity of the self, a tonic for the soul. This is clear flavor, refreshing mouthfeel, sessionable ABV; soothing yet thought-provoking, complex yet quaffable.

I had forgotten that to be a great beer can mean many different things. There is no objective lens through which to consider the beverage. Each beer must be evaluated on its own merit, considered in the context of its own style.

This is a great beer. I dribble some wax onto my parchment and affix my seal. The morning awaits.

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Photo of Mdog
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Clear yellow, good head.

Smell: Grassy, "crisp".

Taste: Some grain, then the grassy hops come in. Finishes very dry. I mean crazy dry.

Overall: I liked this beer but the dryness of the finish meant drinking another beer or some water afterwards. I've only had that with some super pithy DIPAs before. It might be one to try on my non-craft beer friends.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale straw with a large creamy head. The aroma leads with classic crackery pilsener malts, as well as some shy floral undertones, like violet, and whatever they use to scent bar soap (but it is not soapy). The flavor starts with that clean floral flavor, widening out into the malts, and finishing with a slight citrus hint. The mouthfeel is thin, dry, and very fizzy. Overall this is a veyr nice pilsener, not as flavorful as my favorites in the catagory, but a great example of delicacy.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L (4.25) - Nice clear light yellow/gold colored beer. Little bit of thin white foam.
S (4) - Very subtle aromas here. Light light light malt with slight amount of hop. About what it should be.
T (4.25) - A nice, clean tasting beer. Proper to the style. Very well balanced.
F (4.25) - It is a very "crisp" drinking beer. Smooth with light carbonation.
O (4) - I really like Sixpoint beers and this one is good for what it is supposed to be. It's a Pilsener, and a respectable one at that.

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Photo of Awolter
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First time ever trying, and was pleasantly surprised in every way. Nice spicy and "crisp" noble hop flavors, a good malt backbone, and overall a very sessional and enjoyable lager. I'm a huge fan of the can profile, I wish more breweries used these can dimensions.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Slightly hazy gold with 1-2 fingers white head that retains well and leaves some nice lacing.
Smell: citrus, grassy, cereal
Taste: light dryish malt flavors with fairly strong citrusy grassy hops flavors coming through. moderate bitterness. pretty clean and crisp finish.
Feel: A highlight. lots of fine carbonation lends a creamy mouthfeel. light body.

Overall: Even though I prefer a solid traditional pils to the newer american varieties with different hops, I have to say this one is very well done. It has most of what I like about pilsners (dry, light yet aromatic) with a citrusy grassy kick and a creamy mouthfeel. Love the skinny 12 oz cans too - very compact.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a finger of white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A crisp and bready malt forward aroma with a scent of cracker, biscuit, and subtle fruit. Pale malt with hints of grains, cracker, biscuit, caramel, and lager yeast. Some Floral and grassy hop hints. Citrus hints of lemon and orange. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints at, a crisp and bready malt forward taste with notes of cracker, biscuit, and earthy hops. Pale malt with bready notes of cracker, grains, biscuit, caramel, and lager yeast. Solid presence of floral and earthy noble hops. Also some subtle citrus notes of lemon and orange. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, pretty smooth, and drying on the finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Pilsner. Nice bready malt notes with a solid hop presence.

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Photo of gatornation
3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden yellow color with a brilliant white head looks nice , smell has notes of malts lemon grass and cracker meal, taste was awful for the style very little noble hops had an off setting soapy taste some sweet malts led to a tasteless finish , mouth feel was not crisp more sweet malt with dissapearing hops , this pils is nowhere near the style of a noble Czech style just awful IMO, will never buy this again a poor rendition of the style

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant straw gold under a 1” white foam collar that is moderately persistent.

S: Floral aromas with some light grains.

T: a trace of fruit, light malts, a bright, assertive bitterness, grainy Pilsner malt background, light tartness on the finish. The malts are medium light, the hop flavors and bitterness are medium. Nice balance of flavors.

F: Creamy yet crisp, light to medium light body, medium high carbonation.

O: Very refreshing and easy to drink.

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

Tasted in a Spiegelau pilsner glass from a 12 oz can on November 26, 2015. Look is bright gold with a creamy white head and lingering lacing. Smell is floral hops and bread malts. Taste is herbal and a hint honey. Feel is light, crisp and and a little dry.

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Photo of OlaB
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Golden, high carbonation, thin head when i pour in the glass
S:Hops, lemon,flowers grass
T: very tasty and clean , the hops dominante the taste, gives a rounded bitterness in the taste
F:Light bodied high carbonation, very easy to drink
O: A good Pilsener type , was very drinkable , i had my doubts when i bought this beer, but it suprised me.I would definetely try more from this brewery

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Photo of CraigP83
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden lots of carbonation. Smell is sweet bready malts, noble hops. Clean drinking pilsner, they did not over-do it with the hops. Nice bubbly mouthfeel from the carb. I like it a lot could be a summertime go to

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a golden yellow color with a nice transparency about it. Carbonation ran up at a moderate pace to fill a slim finger's worth of white foamy head that ended up dissipating at a good rate. Light stringy lacing.
The smell had a "crisp" sweet corn, light grassy and floral hops and a light sweet grain to it.
The taste was moderately sweet with a nice crisp refreshing floral bitterness in the initial flavor and in the aftertaste. It gets wet and sweet in the finish.
The mouthfeel was light bodied with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation does hit nicely on my tongue with a nice bitter harshness.
Overall, nice German pilsener well worthy of having again and preferably in the Summer, this time of year, eh, not so much but still a nice one.

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Photo of davesfolly
2.56/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was really wanting to try this and drove all the way across the lake to Total Wine. I searched for a long time before I found Sixpoint.
The can is cool
The beer looks really good going into a pint glass.
It smells like something I encountered before but have trouble placing.
It tastes like there are some heavy duty solvents in it that are slowly corroding the inside of the can.
I thought maybe Total Wine is too cheap to rotate stock. But the BB date is Oct 2016.
It was not in the cooler, but on the not refrigerated shelf. It says right on the can to keep refrigerated, but it wasn't. Also some of the cans have significant denting. Not to the point of leaking but still...
I never encountered a beer that was this shelf intolerant. Something went wrong. I will give it another try, but not from Total Wine.

Update: Sixpoint was supposed to send me a sixer of this in exchange for a decent review, but never did...

Oh well. I am too broke to buy more.. On PBR and Yuengling diet now...

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Photo of Beerlover
2.54/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Ive REALLY been diggin good pilsners lately, so im pretty stoaked about this one. I had never heard of the brewery until our store was told we were goin to get it in last week, here goes...

L: has a nice clear golden color with a thin white head, carbonation looks medium light which excites me, not a fan of heavey/bloating carbonation.

S: It does smell "crisp" but also a little hoppy which is fine by me as long as its done right, the pilsner yeast is faint but definatley there

T: ahhh come on!! Whatever hops they used in this have avery strong florally taste, i HATE floral hop flavors!! Ick!! It over takes it completely. Lame sauce.

F: carbonation is medium/high to high, but normal for a pils, has a nice smooth after taste, almost slick.

OA: could be a much better pilsner if it wasnt for the floral hops!

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale yellow, tint of neon green, lots of neat streams of bubbles, course white head. Smells like slightly spicy wheat and straw. Flavor is light grain, floral elements, pleasant zesty lemon spritz, with a long grain finish. Nice light body with restrained carbonation.
The pilsner malt adds that kind of dirty quality it tends to have, but otherwise this was a crisp brew. The hops were subtle but added that crisp/floral/citrus note that made this beer shine. I like more oomph in my brews, but for the style this was a great one.

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Photo of morimech
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pale straw color with just over a finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Nice lacing is left down the glass. Aroma has a bit of lemon with a musty finish. Does not have the cleanest lager aroma. Flavor is also not very clean with a dirty fermentation thing going on. The brewer overly hopped this beer to cover up the fermentation flaws. Also cannot get a good grasp of the malt because the hops cover everything else up. Bit of an astringent finish. Light body with nice carbonation. Right on point. Compared to pils we are use to here in the middle of the USA, this is a pretty poor effort but I guess it would be acceptable on the East Coast. And priced at $12 a six pack, this beer will get bypassed easily enough.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.00] The beer is a mild straw color. It forms about 1/2 finger of bubbly white head. The head is a mix of small, medium and large bubbles. The head is gone pronto. The can lists a born on date of (08/09/15). It also lists the ABV (5.4%) and the IBU (44).

S: [4.00] Peppery, lemon zest, some grass.

T: [3.75] Lemon rind, some spicy pepper flavors, a bit of Ginger Ale type flavors.

M: [3.75] Smooth and easy to drink. Fair body with nice carbonation.

O: [3.75] I had this a month ago but didn't review it - I really disliked it then. I was pleasantly surprised when I sat down to review this. It is a solid Pilsener. Light crisp flavors lead by lemon zest and spicy pepper. Very refreshing and easy to drink. I have to provide a Pilsener for Thanksgiving and this will be the go to for the family.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours clear and straw yellow in color with a white, finger width head. Fair retention, then dissipates to a thin, broken layer of suds and a

Smell - Sweet breadiness, slightly skunky and a bit of grassy character.

Taste - Clean, bready malt and prominent hop flavors that hit on leaf, grass and minty character. Simple, clean, and very tasty.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with bitey carbonation. Crisp, clean and smooth with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - One of the better pisners I've had, and really just about everything you'd want from one. Crisp, clean and prominently flavored. Don't pass this one over.

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Photo of Real_Thirsty_Guy
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

golden pilsner, darker sided
there's such a nice smell to it, very refreshing big sniff, and i'm getting mostly a grassy smell on a stronger hop background
on the taste there is more overshadowed grass, comes through with a spiciness to it, definitely something different that lingers a little too much...hoppy and crisp bitterness on the top, transitions to some solid uniqueness that gives way to souring at the end, overall good taste
Crisp and smooth going down. pilsner goodness.
I did really enjoy the beer but its not the best I've had in the style, maybe second but probably third best...and when I can get the best at nearly half the price I will do that all the time on a style I'd buy in bulk...

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

out of a can, date on the bottom

yellow in color, white head. definitely hoppier than your normal German pilsner. earthy and floral hop flavors are prominent in the flavor as well. thinner bodied.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pilsner glass for review. Color is straw yellow with nice foamy head that seems to stick around quite awhile. Good carbonation. Clear looking other than some chill haze. Smells of flowery noble hops, some hop spice. A bit of graham cracker malt in the nose. Smells cleanly fermented. Has an upfront bitter taste, not overpowering. Predominant noble hop flavor with some lemon & citrus. Fells light and crisp (per the beer name). Overall, a very well crafted, easy drinking lager beer with an abundant hop character.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 6/2/16, so this one is super fresh! Poured into a...tall, thin glass, so basically a pilsner glass!

Looks clear, fizzy yellow with a fluffy egg shell white head that quickly dies down into a thin ring that leaves splotchy lacing.

Smells is your typically very nice pilsner nose. Crisp and bright and bittersweet. Biscuits, crackers, and honey balanced with flowers, grass, lemon, and pepper.

The taste follows the nose. Clean sweet malts of crackers and honey upfront, with a crisp light bitterness of clover, grass, and lemon on the finish.

The mouthfeel is quite light with zippy carbonation. Drinks extremely easily. Crushable.

Another tasty pilsner I can always find around here, from the folks at Sixpoint, who never fail to let me down. Good job!

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The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
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