The Crisp | Sixpoint Brewery

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The CrispThe Crisp

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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.

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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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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 corby112
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden orange color with yellowish edges and a one finger frothy white head that very slowly fades into a thick lasting ring. Streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with hints of grass and straw along with a crisp(duh), spicy hop presence. Floral with subtle pine and light fruit notes. Faint buttery character but not enough to kill the nose.

Medium bodied but fuller than expected with a good balance of earthy notes, pale malts and crisp, earthy hops. Slight dry bitterness up front with a spicy, pine hop presence that is nicely balanced by pale, biscuity pilsner malt, grass, straw and light fruit. Well balanced and sessionable but kind of standard for the style.

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Photo of bobhits
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange body, extremely lively carbonation forming a nice thick white head. This one leaves lacing everywhere. A touch darker than many pilners I’ve had, looks rather refreshing.

The nose is earthy grass and hints of citrus. About what I’d expect from a Pilsner.

The flavor is much the same. A bit of bready malt, a good bite from the hops, and a lot of earthy and citrus notes.

The finish on this one is crisp and clean as hell. The name is truly earned here.

I really wish this were available around here for a hot summer day. I’m not a big Pilsner guy, but this one would hit the spot in June vs this cold January afternoon.

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Photo of Brad007
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild yellow gold color with a nice frothy head into my glass. It came from a can too!

As the name implies, it is certainly crisp in the nose. Buttery bread and a light hop kick conspire to inspire desire.

Taste is pretty much what I expected with buttery bread as the dominating characteristic. It's similar to Prima Pils but without the strong hop bite. That is until it hits the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is a different story with a nice touch of creaminess to accentuate the buttered bread and hops. It's a better finish than that of either Prima Pils and Noble Pils. Just the right amount of hops linger.

A marvelous crisp lager in a can! I think I'll spring for a 4 pack next time instead of singles.

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

Poured from can into tulip.
Pours a slightly hazy looks as if the haze is made up of tiny bubbles. Really thick foamy head and sticky lacing.
Bready malty aroma, with a bit of hops and bitter citrus and earthy grass/hay. Almost a saison type aroma.
Taste is really nice and unique. "Crisp" malty hops with a nice earthy "barnyard" overtone. Finish is slightly bitter, but it almost has a creamy feel.
Im not sure if I would consider this to be a German Pilsner, but its deff a great brew; unique and full of flavor.

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Photo of pvsob
2.54/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Slightly hazy, dark golden color with a soapy three finger head that fades slowly and leaves nice lacing.

S- Honey, golden delicious apples, green melon, white grapes, butter, and just the tiniest hint of grainy Pils malt.

T- Unlike the aroma, I am picking up more malt in the flavor, but it's only there for a few moments before it gets kicked in the nuts by all those funky/buttery sweet flavors that were present in the aroma.

M- Medium to full feel with very little carbonation. It has a syrupy texture.

O- This beer really threw me for a loop. I have not idea whether this beer was designed to come out like this, or maybe I just got a bad can. I'll more than likely get another single of this just to make sure I didn't get a bad can. If it turns out different/better, I'll definitely re-review. Cheers.

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

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen VA - pint

Pours a hazy yellow with a nice head, decent lacing

Smells pungent and hoppy, like a really really fresh pilsener

Taste is riteous, I am not by any means a pilsener man, this is up there with Avery's Joe's pils for me, very very good and stanky in a good way.

Feels great, best cold. prickley and aggressive - makes me want a bratwurst.

Overall this (again) is a sixpoint brew that I would love to try again.

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Photo of maximum12
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SIXPOINT for this can & a rare re-review of a beer that violated my palate in years past. Same color & same smell, without the raunch.

The taste, thankfully, has left the Parkay behind & is much more reminiscent of a typical pils - my wife pronounced it "clean" which is an apt description. Bready, lemon zest, almost peppery, light nip of hoppiness at the end, easy drinking with a light, refreshing body.

I would now be willing to slap a "safe" label on this beer, removing the "toxic" label from the first cans I tasted. This beer would be comfortable on the Rhine or touring the Marksburg Castle. Good, solid pils.

Thanks to andrewnations for a sampling of Sixpoint brews that arrived in the mail just in time for Christmas. Merry Christmas to me!

Nicely designed 16 oz. can is swallowed whole by my big tulip. Very pilsy to look at, dark yellow, unfiltered apple juice. Smells of lemon, citrus, & a dark-souled unidentifiable raunch. Huh.

Sehr Crisp certainly lives up to the name. Large-format breadiness heads up the line, but it's a hard-baked bread with melted sugar on top. That strange, anonymous funkiness that showed in the nose reappears less pleasantly behind the main ingredients; definitely off, a close cousin to buttery diacetyl. Mouthfeel is thick & close for a pils. I'm not a stickler for style, hell, I don't really care what a brewer calls it, but this is way off. And judging from the off-flavor, seems like this one missed entirely. Too thick, & the butter makes it tough to drink.

Disappointed. After the amazing experience of the Righteous Rye, this is just lousy, enough so that I have no interest in finishing the last twelves ounces. Sadness is a wasted beer.

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Photo of bum732
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Spicy, herbal noble hops, slight bready pils malt.

L: Crystal clear golden yellow, white head that dissipates. Good lacing.

T: Mix of spicy and herbal hops with a light bready backbone. Medium spicy bitterness leading to a light bready malt with some herbal hoppiness.

M: Medium light bodied, medium carbonation.

Not bad, doesn't have that malt presence that is in great German Pils or even something like Prima Pils.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.56/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cosmicevan for this bad boy.

A: 1" offwhite head that left a nice lacing over copper coloured liquid.

S: Floral hops and honey.

T: Floral, citrus and pine hops over a tasty malt reminiscent of honey. Beautiful.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: The most hop presence I have ever had in a pilsner. Very drinkable and bitter, it was almost like a pale ale. I wish they all were like this.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a light golden amber with a slight haze and fluffy white head. Even though the head fell flat shortly after, it's still refreshing to see a white blanketing on something during this holiday season... Either way it looks like the title describes it, "crisp."

The beer smells very fruity with notes of ripe grape and citrus. There even seems to be a slight note of honey sweetness!
This is absolutely the scent of a refreshing pilsner with strong yeast and hops, but neither one at an extreme end of the spectrum.

I hate to be cliche, but it's a very crisp, fruity beer. There is a strong fruitiness that carries a bitter, hoppy aftertaste.
It's pretty much you session pilsner done right!

There is generous amounts of carbonation with a light, hoppy pilsner body. Although I've had pilsners with a heavier body, this one is solidly medium and definitely reminiscent of its claimed "German" origin in both body and flavor.

I must say, I underestimated this beer the first few times I had it...but it's actually quite tasty! For the price (which I've seen as low as $4.99 a 4-pack) this is a phenomenal pilsner!
For you pilsner fans out there this beer is killer and I definitely recommend it.

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Photo of jsanford
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tallboy can poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a cloudy pale gold with a soapy white head that fades to some patchy haze.
S - Crisp aromas of sweet toasted grains, golden apple, white grape, and floral hops.
T - More sweet, bready malt, ripe apple, and grassy hops. Nicely balanced, and quite refreshing.
M - Smooth and...crisp, with a medium-thin mouthfeel and good carbonation.
O - A really nice Pilsner, stacks up well with Oskar Blues' Mama's Little Yella Pils as one of my favorite American-made Pilsners. Glad I gave this a second chance!

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

So the girl is is Colorado and keeps talking about the great beers she is having, blah blah... it's enough to drive me to drink! Pulled this out of my fridge, a trade extra thanks to one of my friends - but whom!?

A. Unfiltered, particulate rich yellow. Fine, fulsome white head that leaves gobs of lace. The 16oz can is "best by" September 2011 - doh! Anyway, it still looks fine in my Trumer Pils glass.

S. Unusual. White grape, dry. Noble hops, semi-sweet. Pure. Wet. Low bitterness. Pilsner-esque, but with more esters than usual. Seems refreshing.

T. I am going to only say this once, but yes Torgo, this surely is Crisp. That's not all it is there, there is a great deal of flavor, variations on Noble hops, gentle grapefruit, mild pilsner malt sweetness and the aforementioned white wine grape. It's not too c***p, and actually drinks quite easily.

M / O. Soft in spots, easygoing bitter-lite and only slightly sugar-grapefruit finish. I think it's quite good, really. Dances in and around several styles, and works well. I could easily have another.

Nice job, Sixpoint! "The Crisp" would make a sublime urban poolside summer beer.

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

Transparent orange in body with petite white head that leaves a mist on to the brim of my pint glass. Aroma of citrus notes, light grass, lemon zest, and floral notes. Flavors of herbal hops, pine, light citrus, floral notes, booze note as the drink warms, and a slight hop spiciness as well. Light in body with light carbonation. A spicy, herbal pilsener that can be enjoyed straight from the can. Redneck-style for the reserved craft beer yankee.

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The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
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