The Crisp | Sixpoint Brewery

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429 Reviews
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 lostinfla
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First Sixpoint taste!

Pint can poured into Sam Adams glass

Almost crystal clear, bright yellow color with excellent carbonation and a snow white, short lived head. Good lacing in a ring around the edge that says with the beer quite a while.
Smell is just what I like best - Grapefruit notes with that nice german malt/hop smell. This is what beer is supposed to smell like!
Taste is great too - smooth with just the right bite and mildly lingering after bite. This one goes down great here in the Florida heat and humidity!

Ill be back for more!

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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 n2185
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yellow with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Some pilsner malts up front followed by a light biscuity aroma. Grapefruit and pine hop notes bring up the finish.

T: Again, some biscuit and pilsner malt flavors at first, but they're soon kicked to the side by the nice hop profile. Slight grapefruit followed by pine flavors and a light bitterness that doesn't linger. Tasty.

M: Light body with medium-high carbonation, this beer is pretty crisp with the carbonation giving a nice bite to accompany the hop profile.

O: A good pilsner. Not the prettiest, but it's nicely hopped to make it both flavorful and refreshing.

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

A: Poured from a pounder can into a Guinness imperial pint glass. Creamy, light-straw colored with a great, sticky, 2-finger head. Ample lacing.

S: Smooth and crisp smells of hallertau hops, cut grass, bread, some yeast, and fresh cracked grains.

T: Light and refreshing on the front, with a smooth middle, and a bright, clean, crisp finish. This beer has a clean ride that initially feels less-than-satisfying, but totally delivers when the bite kicks in on the swallow. Flavors of straw, peaches, sediment, bright dry hops, with a flavor akin to the aftertaste of walnuts lingering.

M: Bright and crisp, yet smooth and creamy. This beer runs the gamut from beginning to end. It is well balanced in that no feels are disproportionate to the flavors.

O: A very drinkable, delicious beer with just enough complexity to keep you interested. Mostly, though, it's all about the aftertaste.

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

A straight-ahead German Pils that does the trick very well on a hot summer day. Pours nearly clear light gold, just a touch of chill haze, with a big and fluffy white head that settles slowly and leaves lovely lacing on the glass. A great looking brew. Aroma is surprisingly bitter; lots of noble hops in the nose; flowers and grass; bready Pils malt.

Taste follows the aroma closely; lightly toasted bread with an assertive grass and floral hoppiness; lesser herbal notes; moderate malt sweetness but quite dry in the finish; nicely lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

Medium to slightly light bodied; crisply carbonated; just a super refreshing, clean drinker. Very tasty indeed.

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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 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 eclipse54
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 16 ounce can from FluffyMcTingle; thanks! Best by October 28, 2011 is indicated on the bottom of the can, so about a month out from now. Poured into a Deschutes pint glass because it was already sitting on the counter having dried and I was too lazy to go get anything else.

Pours a clear yellow and orange color and grows a massive, three-finger head that is pillowy, eggshell white, and fluffy. It hangs around for quite some time, and leaves generous patches of bubbles on the glass. It smells of orange, lemon, watermelon rind, some wheat, straw and grasses, and a touch of yeast. Some bread and hop notes find their way into it as well. Tastes of citrus (orange and lemon), bread, yeast, floral hops, some grass/straw notes, and finally a bit of malt in the very rear. Mouthfeel is light, crisp on the tongue, smooth going down, and clean on the finish. Very refreshing. Overall, a very good pilsener that is going to get me back into the style.

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Photo of McStagger
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Slim can. BB10MAY2017. Poured into a stein because it's Christmas.

A: Aggressive pour gives me a finger and a half of foam. Head is slightly off white. Moderate dissipation. Good lacing. Beer itself is several shades darker than macro yellow. Some orange and red. Moderate carbonation in the glass, with many tiny tiny bubbles lazily rising to the surface.

S: Smells like a hoppy pils. Lemongrass, lemon, crackery/bready maltiness. Citrus comes out more with a few swirls. Definitely more assertively hoppy in the nose than many German pilsners.

T: Big hit of bitterness up front. The usual noble bitterness (herbal, lemon oil, etc) but with a distinct citrus punch on the back. Mid palate brings about a slight respite of green grape and malty sweetness before the lupulin oils devour this one on the finish. Finish is both dry and resinous, with more new world hoppiness coming through.

M: Well, crisp. Medium bodied for a pils. Carbonation isn't overwhelming, but definitely scrubs the palate between sips. Dry on the finish. Crushable.

T: 8/10 would crush a six pack while mowing the lawn. Pricey at 11.49 a six, but still worth it.

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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 WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can. Pours into a conical pils style glass quite nicely. A slightly hazed golden color going on with a bright white head. Aroma has a nice cereal grain complexity lightly toasted malts with an herbaceous grassy kick to it. Nice rounded sweetness, mild grassy herbaceous bitterness. A rolling malt profile is like fresh baked bread lightly toasted with a nice crisp fruitiness a touch of sulfur and lingering bittering hops with herbal/citric flavors arising. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a sturdy level of carbonation going on, overall a pretty nice beer. I could definitely get comforable sipping on this on a warm fall or hot summer day, refreshing quality makes it go down way too easily.

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Photo of mnrider
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. Tallboy. Freshness date on bottom.

A: Pours a hazed golden yellow. Nice carbonation with a creamy
white head. Good retention and very nice lacing.

S: Crisp. lemon, light spicing, yeast. Has an overall fresh aroma.
Also a hint of bready malt.

T/M: The name does not lie. Crisp! Normal bitterness for the style.
Herbal hops, grains, lemon, yeast, bitter and light malts. Good feel
with a semi-dry aftertaste.

Overall: A well above average Lager from Sixpoint. It's refreshing,
and not just the beer but also the fact that this is a nice craft brew
lager. Something that to me has been put in the back burner over
the years.


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Photo of Kendo
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a mug. Body is light-golden with a 2-finger foamy white head. Good foamy splotchy lace left behind.

S: Cereal grains - mild cereal grains with some grassiness - but clean.

T: First impression: cereal grains up front with minerally hops at the finish. As I drink it, I'm reminded of beers I used to drink when I was younger. Wondering if the profile is similar to Old German (a cheap beer we used to get from PA in college) or some other college-days beer (Michelob Dry?). Anyhow, that's the subconscious thought. Focusing on the beer in the here and now I get some underlying bready malt and then a lingering grassy, slightly lemony, bitterness. Thinking this was a straight "lager" (as per the can's label) and not a hybrid pilsner, I was a bit confused (I was expecting a Vienna Lager-type beer). But knowing the style afterwards, it makes better sense.

M: Light body with good, crisp carbonation.

O: A refreshing, clean, crisp pilsner. Good for hot summer days.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Semi clouded yellow, this is a pale colored beer. The head is very nice and fluffy with good retention and modest lacing.

Very fruity and inviting. Citrusy hops give a sweetened lemon-lime aroma to this beer. There is a very light crackery malt base. There is also an herbal, grassy aroma that gives some deep, dank, herbal qualities.

Very nice and quenching. The lemon-lime does wonders when matched up with a stiff herbal grassiness. There is even a very slight mint/eucalyptus thing going on from time to time. The malts keep things nice and grounded.

Light and crisp indeed. This finishes dry, but not too dry.

A really great pils. I was very surprised by this one, I'd be drinking a lot more of this stuff if it were around.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 3/18/15. Golden pour with a very slight haze. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of citrus hops (tangerine, orange) over biscuit with hints of lemon and a very subtle spicy herbal note.

Light body with a bit of smoothness in the texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice prickly finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, not very complex and well balanced. It begins with a blended hop flavor (herbal, lemon) that slowly separates into orange towards the middle. A crisp bitterness emerges in the middle over a balancing biscuit. The finish is slow bitter fade with a bit of a pucker and is semidry.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into "Perfect Pint"
BB 12/1/16
L- clear gold, with fluffy white head slowly dissipating
S- sweet malty aroma, with floral notes
T- clean crisp sweet bread-y malt, the breadi-ness continues with the yeast on the linger with a beautifully well done lemon-y citrus finish
F- clean crisp medium bodied, smooth drinking
O- this was one heck of a German-Style Pils, really well rounded and balanced, would drink again.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

A-nice golden color with a tall white head and decent lacing

S-bready malt, floral, little citrus, pine

T-bready malt, floral, little yeast, light pepper/spice, citrus, light pine, moderate bitter finish

F-light body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-excellent pilsener, easy drinking and great for a hot summer day to quench the thirst

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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 WhiteHillsStore
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%

This beer truly lives up to it's name. The pour is a light golden yellow color with a thin head that dissipates quickly. The smell is light but has distinct floral hop notes and some light malt sweetness. The taste was a quick bite from the hops and malt that mellowed and had a bright finish with little aftertaste making it a very refreshing beer. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy and golden with a fair head and no lace. Powerful yeasty and grainy aroma. Big bodied for a pilsener. Slight amount of spicy hops in both aroma and flavor, but this might be an age issue (beer I had was a few months old), as I recall more in previous encounters. Holds it's ground with the better German pilseners. Nice acidity and lively carbonation mouthfeel.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ShogoKawada for the grip of cans! Poured from a 16oz tall-boy into my Radeberger pokal.

Citrine body, nearly clear and topped by a soft white head. Poor retention, average lacing.

Toasty, bready, deep malt aromatics with plenty of grassy noble hop notes as well.

Bitter, herbaceous palate entry with a touch of lemon zest and white pepper showing up next. Pear skins and dry crisp hoppiness in the finish along with a bread-crust-like astringency in the aftertaste.

Light bodied, sufficiently carbonated, and very crisp (thus the name).

A good domestic rendition of the style, quite dry and fresh.

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Photo of rodney45
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Very light yellow, with a mediteranian sea foam colored head.

S: The aroma at first is of honey and lime, with a small touch of sawdust.

T: Has a crisp summer citrus flavor up front with a light touch of pine forest floral. Has a lavender and wheat side note. The beer finishes dry with more citrus, malt and banana bread flavors.

M: The carbonation level is mild to moderate and it suits this beer well. This beer goes down on a warm summer night like the best of them.

O: This is what you imagined beer tasting like, when you were a young lad, and you saw the big imposing American macro advertisement in your favorite team's ball park. Until the day you realized that the american macro is for frat parties, and beer pong, and to be disrespected. This is what a pilsner should have been my first time around.

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Photo of EMH73
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color with a well retained one and a half inch head that left some lacing. Smell is sweet malts with a definite piney hops presence, yeast and floral notes. Taste absolutely follows the nose along with a mild spice presence. Mouthfeel is light bodied, well carbonated, clean, smooth and crisp. Very drinkable, not a classic Pilsner in my opinion, but a very good beer.

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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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The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 1,731 ratings.
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