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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 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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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass
L: Light, pale yellow color with a finger of head made up of mostly large bubbles. Looks like a Pilsner.
S: Smells like pilsner malt with some hop character in the background.
T: Upfront I get mild hop character with a little bitterness, this is followed by that typical pilsner malt flavor.
F: Smooth, crisp, and easy drinking.
Overall this is relatively hoppy for the style but it is very nice and easy drinking. If this was a little lower ABV I could see drinking this all day at picnics and BBQs.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a light yellow gold – bordering on straw – with some lacing.

Smell: Spicy, vegetal hop notes with a touch of bready malt. Not much going on here.

Taste: Very clean on the palate with flavors of grassy and spicy Noble hops, biscuit, grain, very light bready malt. A decent amount of hop bitterness dominates the finish but the flavor is balanced and very drinkable on the whole.

Feel: Light-medium bodied with a high dose of crisp, prickly carbonation. Everything about the feel is very appropriate for the style.

Overall: This is a very refreshing, clean, sessionable brew but as a fan of both Pilsners and Sixpoint I was expecting a bit more.

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Photo of jwc215
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden with a white foamy head that leaves spotted lacing.

The smell is of fresh grain with lemon and floral/grassy notes.

The taste of sweet grain is balanced by a generous, but not over-powering amount of bitter, lemon/grass/floral hops in the dry, crisp, finish.

"The Crisp" is appropriately named. Very smooth. Very crisp and refreshing.

A very nice, easy-drinking pils.

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Photo of bark
3.22/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

The colour is yellow (5 EBC), the liquid is clear. The white airy head sinks down to a lid leaving no lacing.

The smell is light. Some clean bitterness, hints of lime and French loaf. Cabbage and corn in the background.

The taste starts off clean and bitter. Notes of lemon-lime, some fresh bread and floral hops. Medium body. The aftertaste got some alcohol, orange juice and a touch of canned corn. The finish is bitter and balanced.

The carbonation is strong, the many large bubbles long-lived and smooth. The liquid is light.

Not a bad modern lager, but I can’t really see the point in importing this one from the US.

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

Golden and clear with a couple of fingers of white head in a pilsener glass... Aromas and flavors of cracker grains and biscuit, with citric and floral hoppage... Light and clean-tasting, ample carbonation... A real nice lager, tight and lean, and... crisp...

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Photo of Jdotmilligan
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jumping right into it....

The smell had a nice amount of lemon, lemon grass smell. Not overly done, but a nice hint of it.

Appearance had a nice clear crisp look. Good amount of head that lasts and some nice carbonation.

The taste had a nice lemon note with a back end of hops. The two mixed well with each other. Slight bitterness with an earthy note. Backend had a nice kick that doesn't linger. Very smooth a crisp, what you should expect from a Pilsner.

The aftertaste had a nice earthy note with a noticeable amount of hops. Nice bread crust taste.

Overall, everything you expect in a Pilsner. Good, crisp, light with a small kick towards the backend. Very easy with no complex flavor added. Nice cool night with a hamburger and this beer is for you.

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

The smell is faint and bready with a good hit of hops at first. Hops are on the earthy side. The taste is bright and full and clean. Great balance and really refreshing. I'm not a pilsner guy but this is a really good beer. yb

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - True to the style. A nice golden yellow color. Good amount of carbonation.
Smell - Lemon, lemongrass, bready, biscuit, earthy
Taste - Follows the nose. Lemon, lemon peel, lemongrass, bready malts, a touch of bitterness on the back end that makes the taste pop

Overall - My favorite pilsner. Crisp, light and crushable.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear, yellow beer with a one finger highe offwhite head.

Nose: Peach, hay, grass, citrus and white brad.
Taste: This is good! Grass, hay, hops, malt, orange and grapefruit.
Body: Medium to light body with a crisp carbonation. Dry ending.

This is a great Pilsner!

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Photo of badgustav
4.56/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look- spot on. Clear deep gold with a good head
Aroma - malty and clean
Flavor- slightly more bite than expected from a Pilsner, crisp (sic), malt balances. Well lagered
Feel - light-medium body, finishes clean and slightly sweet.

An excellent Pilsner, very drinkable

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a slim can into a tulip glass:

Appearance: Bright yellow and filled with visible carbonation. Topped by a frothy, thick head that has lots of staying power. Plenty of clingy lacing in addition to the lovely head.

Aroma: Lemony and fresh-smelling, with a little bit of breadiness. Lots to like here, as most pils don't come close to the pungent freshness evident in this brew,

Taste: Plenty of light malt to support what is evidently an abundance of noble hops. Mildly bitter, with a dry and refreshing citrus finish. Some toasty notes to back up a well-balanced hop bill.

Feel: As the name states, it is crisp and light-bodied, with plenty of carbonation.

Overall: Pretty much the perfect summer brew. Most pils don't pack much in the way of smell or flavor, but Sixpoint definitely did this one right. Refreshing, well-crafted, and full of complexity and flavor.

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

12 ounce slim can bought in Virginia, on to the beer:

An inch and a half of soapy suds sit on top this sun yellow brew. Some haze floats in the body, but bubbles are visible and spotty lacing clings around the glass. The aroma is crisp, bringing pleasing aromas of hay, lemon peel, lemongrass. An exciting aroma, however the flavor arrives more simple. It's clean tasting with some hay and vague citrus. A light, modest crispness helps The Crisp attain its namesake, and a clean aftertaste makes this beer an easy choice for a hot day.

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Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm not much of a pilsner drinker but the grassy flavor of this is different, and better, than most to my taste. Nice hop bite, and just thick enough on the tongue.

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

Poured into a Pilsner glass from a 12oz can dated best by July 14th, 2016

A: Crystal clear, light in color with a hint of orange. Lots of carbonation, two fingers of foamy head.
S: Upfront hop bitterness, earthy aromas. Digging in a bit more there's a bit of bready sweetness in the background as well as some faint orange/grapefruit, grapefruit peel type aromas.
T: First couple sips hit with a crisp bitterness upfront followed by a clean finish with a hint of malty sweetness. As I drank more the grapefruit and orange flavors that were faint at first became more pronounced.
M: Quick and clean, nice and light in the mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation that scrubbed the palate between each sip. Medium dry finish.
O: Very tasty pils, much more pronounced orange/grapefruit flavors than I'm used to in the style, but I like it.

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Photo of sholland119
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very clear yellow gold. A thin white head has good retention.

S-Clean pils malt with some noble hop aroma at a low medium level.

T-Medium grainy malt flavors with a supporting light piles malt sweetness. Balanced toward the hops with a medium hop flavor and a medium bitterness. Finish is medium dry.

T-Medium light body, medium carbonation.

O-A pleasant, clean pils. Good balance toward the hops, light bodied, easy drinking. I would like this better a bit drier but quite tasty.


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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 bound4er
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Medium straw appearance with a 2 finger white head that recedes pretty quickly. Laces moderately. Smells like cracker and grassy hops. Nothing complex but to be expected given the style. Tastes like the name - clean and crisp. Bready malt takes center stage followed by noble hops (Saaz, Tettnager?). Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with adequate carbonation. This beer isn't going to wow you but it is damn refreshing to drink and is very well made. Wish I would have tried this earlier in the summer because it really shines on a hot day.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz slim can poured into a Sam Adam’s Perfect Pint glass.

Straw yellow with 1 finger of creamy white head. Crystal clear with moderate carbonation.

Bready yeast, cracker, lemongrass, orange citrus, and a touch of stone fruit.

Juicy notes of orange citrus, lemon, and lesser notes of grapefruit. Primarily bready malts with touches of cracker and honey. A suggestion of bubblegum. Finishes with light notes of lemongrass, florals, grass, and hay.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, semi-dry, and refreshing with a mild bitterness.

This is an exceptional Pilsner! Goes down incredibly easy and is very satisfying. I’ve just found my go-to Pilsner.

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The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 1,684 ratings.
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