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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.

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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 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I'm assuming because this is out of date it's no good but I don't think fresh my scores would improve much.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 laituegonflable
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale amber colour, with slight bubbling. Head is white, a bit thin but decent. Lace is OK. Nice enough.

Smells weird. Honey and boot polish. Sweet, oaty bread. Bit funky. Odd.

Taste is quite bready, yeasty. Dry, with some rubber notes and more honey, and a touch of oat. Some crisp apple, but not much else crisp or really fresh. OK though.

A bit of texture. Bit of body. Still a bit stodgy for a lager.

Nice enough, but could be crisper for something called 'the crisp'.

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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 tone77
3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Many thanks to woodychandler for yet another canned beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a deep golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is sweet, malts and hops are in there. Taste is a bit hoppy for this style, some malts are present, finishes bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall while not a bad beer, I feel it is a little bit over hopped for this style.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1-17-15; best by 7-23-15; pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy gold with ample carbonation and a 2-3 finger foamy off-white head. Very nice retention. Decent lacing.

Aroma: Very crisp pilsner malt. Slightly citrusy, fruity hoppy aroma - very clean - lemon. Floral. Perfect lager aroma. Clean.

Taste: Dry citrusy arrival, dry mid-palate, very bitter, floral finish.

Mouthfeel: Heavier than expected. Lots of carbonation, but a soft, slightly slick feel.

Overall: Comparing this to the German pilsner (Bitburger) and Hofbrau Original I had [on tap] last night, this is missing something in terms of body, and is over-hopped. Really a great beer, but not one I'd buy regularly. Like Prima Pils - goes for "craft" points by pushing the envelope at the expense of drinkability.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

355ml Can from Crystal Palace (Wetherspoons), Glasgow (£2.49):
Clear, light golden colour with a lot of visible carbonation showing through plenty of bubbles rising to the surface. Has a half cm, foamy white head that hold pretty well with some lacing too.

Light pilsener malts & some grassy hops with a crisp & clean aroma that has some bittersweet notes coming through & faint citrus with a few earthy notes as well. It was a fairly light smelling beer & pretty much as I was expecting for the style.

Light & clean pilsener taste with some earthy bitterness coming through & a few malts as well. There was a light citrus & lemon taste with some grassy hops on top of that.

Smooth & clean on the palate with a naturally crisp finish as the name hinted at. The beer was a good thirst quencher with carbonation levels about medium with a medium body & a slightly bittersweet finish.

A decent pilsener & not a bad offering from Sixpoint, although it wasn't in the same league as their Bengali Tiger. Nice & crisp, living up to the name at least but there are better pilseners out there.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks like a pilsner, slightly darker, 3/4" head. Aroma was bland, mild pilsner toasted malts. Still was coming up with corn though. Couldn't pull hops out of it.

Didn't feel like a crisp mouthfeel. Feels like the hops weren't there, but excessive malt for style was. The bitterness was there, but the hop flavors and aroma was not. Not a huge Sixpoint fan.

EDIT: Got to try some fresher cans of this, was superior to my previous (2.93) score. Actually brought the hops that popped. Would bang again.

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Photo of cbutova
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light golden body with a creamy white head. Size and retention are pretty decent. Coat of light lace on the glass.

S- Reminds me of some cheaper lagers I have had in my day. Sweet light malt comes out to me. Large hops (grassy, floral) and lager yeast as well.

T- Sharp hops are the best part of the flavor lending a very earthy, floral, spicy, herbal and crisp grassy bitter flavor. Some sweet malts and bread as well.

MF- Light body with high carbonation. Sharp bitterness in the finish.

At first I get reminded of macros I have had but with a few sips and some time it really gets better.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%

Too much pine, not enough pilz. Drinks more like a clean, hoppy wheat beer or IPL. Hops seem to be pretty "new world," not "noble" as noted in the description. The hops actually have a bit of that lemony, herbal Sierra Nevada quality. And of course, pine. Lots of it.

There may be a decent pilsner hiding somewhere beneath the piney hop haze, but it's impossible to tell. Any mention of "pilz" or "pilsner" on this beer's labeling is misleading. Not a bad beer, just not a great one.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brief impressions from a can purchased as part of a six pack in Brooklyn:

APPEARANCE: Darker than most pilsners, with a copper tinge instead of the usual clean pale yellow. Nevertheless, it appears clean and filtered, with no visible yeast sediment and no haziness. Not vibrant, but oh well. Head is white, with a fluffy soft consistency and a nice complexion. ~4-5 minute head retention.

AROMA: Heavy on the hops for a pilsner, in this case pleasant bright floral hops in addition to the usual grassy hop character. Noble/Saaz hops do not dominate, making this pilsner seem decidedly nontraditional judging by the aroma. Pilsner malts are there, though, and seem fresh enough. Not too sweet, but definitely overhopped by strict traditional conventions. Still, I find it pleasant and inviting if it is obviously Americanized.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Slightly juicy, but primarily floral. What it isn't is very grassy; Noble hops are not well showcased at all. Instead, it has an obviously American hop profile, departing with tradition from the outset. Fresh pilsner malts keep it clean, crisp, and refreshing without imparting too much sweetness, but it's fuller-bodied and less refreshing than most traditional pilsners given the additional malts needed to try to balance out the overhopping.

OVERALL: Like many an American attempt at an expression of the pilsner style, this is a pilsner with IPL envy, and its designation as a pilsner seems to have more to do with marketing than with actual stylistic intention. Nevertheless enjoyable, with a surprisingly decent balance considering its obvious overhopping and a pleasant crowd-pleasing taste. Sixpoint's The Crisp will make for a great stepping stone beer for easing newcomer casual drinkers into the rabbit hole of craft beer, but it won't impress discerning drinkers itching for a pilsner rooted in tradition. With Threes' vastly superior Vliet being brewed just up the road, it seems Sixpoint's primary advantage over other New York pilsners is its wider distribution footprint. This is certainly worth trying and is priced about right by pricey NYC standards, and I wouldn't mind picking up another sixer from time to time given its ubiquity, but I'll be sticking to tried and true Czech offerings or better executed local expressions (e.g. the aforementioned Threes Vliet) going forward.

B- (3.40) / WORTHY

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Crisp is crisp....not very smooth. The appearance is clear yellow with thin creamy white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The smell is mostly wet grain. The taste is sharp with Saaz hops and tinges of alcohol...plus a lingering aftertaste. After several swigs the beer smooths. The mouthfeel is medium to light in body with good carbonation. Overall it is ok.

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Photo of Cresant
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served this 16 oz. can in a tulip pint well before the best by date. The body was a deep golden hue. Clear of sediment. The white head faded quickly but a gentle swirl brought back a cap of foam.

The smell was lemony with a slight vegetal character. Lightly grainy.

The taste was also lemony and somewhat vegetal. There was a distinct hops spiciness. Crackery malts and citrus peel. Solid construction, well balanced components. There was a grassy, bitter aftertaste which lasts a long time. Very drinkable.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. This is a good go to pilsner.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow with a large amount of fluffy white inch high head. Lemon grassy aroma with a hint of soured malt. The flavor has a lemon citrus bite. A sweet and light malt body with a grassy and sour lemon finish. Crisp and biting at the end but not dry.

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Photo of Boto
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can @ Duckfat: This one pours a hazy, darker golden color. There was a somewhat frothy off-white head on it. It didn’t linger long or leave much lacing. The nose is OK, but a bit bland. Faint earthy hops and some malts. The taste is much better than the nose. Bit of bitterness, some malts. Very smooth.

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Photo of silentjay
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a pale straw color with a nice dense white head that quickly forms to a few fingers, then just as quickly settles to a thin film and leaves decent lacing.

floral noble hops and biscuity malts don't do much to excite my nose.

floral hops out front with a biscuit malt background. yah, its crisp, but simple. tea with butter crackers. tasty, but not as refreshing as I predicted either.

light/medium bodied with very prickly carbonation that might be a bit too much and a touch of an oily feel with an herbal aftertaste.

overall, its a decent hoppy lager that doesn't quite excite me like Noble Pils or a fresh Prima Pils, but one that I wouldn't mind drinking again or recommending to a crossover drinker.

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Photo of Claudius424
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was a bit skeptical picking this beer up. Boy was I wrong! The can captures all the flavors of the hops and malt bringing together a really well put together beer. Pours a yellow color with a fair sized head and plenty of carbonation. Will definitely give it buy again.

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Photo of mattbk
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Case indicates best before 27Apr2013. Here we go:

A: Clear, fairly light in color, maybe a slightly amber hue, nice frothy head with retention, appears fairly carbonated.
S: Noble hops, maybe a bit cidery and a slight hint of DMS, not much malt or bready aroma.
T: Spicy noble hops, tettnang maybe. More malt in the taste, a smooth malt backbone. Some bitterness is evident. Aftertaste of - celery? The taste is ok, but I don't feel the malt, bitterness and hops flow real well together, even though they are all independently discernable.
M: Light, drinkable, the carbonation is a bit lower than I would have expected.
O: A decent beer, but there are much better examples within this style. I don't think I would recommend this.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was waiting to taste THE CRSIP. Sort of getting ready for my warmer climate beers. AfTter tasting this one, I was happy with the clean bright taste.

It was rather on the light side, I probably would have enjoyed this one more if I did it in the spring...

There was nothing fundamentally wrong with THE CRISP, , it could stand on its own merits anytime and come out on top.

Sorry, this one was just not for me

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Photo of Duff27
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best Before 28OCT11

A- Half inch fizzy white head on a cloudy pale yeloow body. Very small sediment in suspension. Average head retention and lacing.

S- Very floral aroma, perhaps some light citrus.

T- Starts off sweet then evolves into bitterness. Basically a German pils with a hint of orange in the hops. The citrus note on the tail end comes across a little strange tasting to me for whatever reason.

M- Medium mouthfeel, I thought the carbonation could be a little stronger given the style.

D/O- First Sixpoint beer. I thought it was good for what it was. The weird citrus thing going on at the end of each sip...wonder if it could be remedied by a fresher can, I shall find out someday. If so, I'd like to put down quite a few of these. Thanks mcb4538!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer has a hint of hazy to the body with a slow microcarbonation trailing up to a bubble white head.

S- The clean aroma has a touch of pungent hops but not much else even as it opens.

T- The dry sulfur flavor fades to a little green note of hops that lingers a bit in the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizz in the finish that scrubs the delicate flavor.

O- There is not much hop flavor in this beer and there is no malt flavor to be found at all. It is very clean and crisp just a bit boring.

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Photo of korguy123
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into tumbler.
Best before date of 11FEB2013

A- Crystal clear golden pour with a half finger off white head. Quickly drops to thin cap. Lacing is minimal.

S- Sweet biscuits, slight grass and floral hops.

T- Grassy and floral up front. Not as sweet as the nose leads on. Lingering bitter finish.

M- Light and refreshing, carbonation seemed a little low to me.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a glass, it has a murkey orange color body with a small fizzy head. The armoma had a citrus, lemon aroma to it. The taste has a crisp pilsner flavor, hop and citrus, malt. The hops also gives it a earthy, grassy flavor also. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp and overall a good pilsner.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled back on 1/7/16. Comes in a 12 ounce (355ml) can. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a flute glass.

Brew pours a straw-yellow in color with about a good close to a 1-finger foamy/creamy white head. Some spotty lacing was seen when sipped. Aroma is like a pale ale actually with floral hops, pine and citrus zest. Going to go with that description for the taste as well. More like a Pale or even a IPA style brew. Medium hoppy bitterness and semi-dry for the finish. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, it was OK.

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

Can packaged.

A: The crisp is a Bengal tiger orange with a slight obscurity visual wise, but enough so to witness a micro-fine mist of excited effervesce quickly rising within. The head is impressive, a foamy pillar of 2 fingers plus in height, eggshell white coloring, and lengthy lasting on the hold. Window dressing is also very good, spongy multiple bands that occupy a good coverage rate. Ideally I like to see my lagers pale, as well a german style pilsner, the overuse of speciality grains and lack of craftsmanship to brew a pale beer is getting more and more cumbersome while tradition is being lost. Never the less a good example with good head retention that lasted throughout the course of the drink, but rating per style a bit off the color mark.

S: Wet grass and oranges, cereal grains manage to sneak out garnishing some attention from the otherwise deeply colored presence of the speciality grains. Hops seems a bit off, not as noble smelling nor sharp as either an german or American style respectively.

T: Grainy flavor, surprisingly im picking up some good signs of pale and pilsner grains despite the orange coloring. Pale oranges, light wet grass hopping is quite evident on the swallow. A bit bittering, tasting more like a pale lager perhaps? Some sweet toasted grains, white toast bread and flowery hops conclude things.

M: Dry flowery oranges grace the tongue on the mouthful. Despite a strong visual sense of carbonation, things are fairly quite on the hold. The crisp doesn’t appear that crisp despite its name that just begs to be used otherwise in review form, sorry. Bubbly around the edges turning creamy.

O: Overall bittering, but the grain base and hop palate seems to fall south of expectations of german standard pilsners. Drinks better as a pale lager in my opinion. Not ideally what I envision when grabbing for a german style pilsner. A bit outside the box, but maintains a decent enough flavor to warrant purchase as long as you are not as concerned about the style as the flavor or enjoyment. Drinks a bit big style, not your typical light summer time affair.

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The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 1,700 ratings.
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