The Crisp | Sixpoint Brewery

very good
1,739 Ratings
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 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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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall pint glass: color is opaque gold/copper, head is bright white, presenting 1/2 inch thick then dissipating to a nice top; definitely more dense/murky than other pilsners.

Smell is light pils malts, then grassy hops, solid bitterness, light citrus and earthy notes.

Taste is crisp, definitely full of hops, though the subtle grassy flavors are prominent, some stronger citrus type flavors are noted with a strong drying, bitter finish; malt is pils and bread, subtle backbone type flavor. Earthy flavors are prominent as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonated and biting on the tongue, very drying, more so than other similar style pilsners.

Overall, this is seems to be close to a kellerbier in presentation with a heavy bitter pils take. As it warms up the flavors come through pleasantly, but the nose seems off and mouthfeel a bit overdone.

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

Clear gold with a soapy cap of white foam. The frothy head fell quickly, leaving a thin skim of bubbles on top of the beer and quite a bit of clumpy lacing on the glass. Floral and grassy hop aroma, a little spicy, with some dry malt and fruity undertones. Hoppy and malty up front, fruity, then dry bitterness kicks in towards the end. More floral and spicy notes, light citrus. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel rather than crisp, moderate carbonation. Overall, pretty solid and a tasty beer.

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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 gonzo000
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Revisited 09-29-2015 :

This beer is much improved. look is less hazy - nearly clear with a yellow orange. The coriander is balanced. There is a bit of banana light on the front. For a pilsner, this beer is a good beer.

Orig. Review from 2013:

l = hazy, low carbonation

s = coriander why did it have to be coriander.

t = it is a pils - not a big pils fan - coriander taste

f = alcohol is not hidden.

o = not my favorite style.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pilsner glass. Pours a orangish straw color with a white head that all but disappears. Smells of slight citrus but not much else. Tastes of citrus and hops, great taste. Beer goes down smooth for its light body and is perfectly carbonated. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. BestBefore10Apr2013. THIS LAGER WAS DRY-HOPPED WITH FRESH HOPS. 5.4% ALC. BY VOL. 42 IBU. 5.9 SRM. LAGER.

Appearance: Pours an extremely carbonated yellow body with a nice white head. The carbonation makes this beer look beautiful, let's hope it doesn't ruin the mouthfeel.

Smell: Metallic hops with a mild malt sweetness. Almost an IPA level of hop aroma.

Taste: I'm not digging the flavor so much. Sweet like champagne. Musty herbal hop flavor. This beer tastes unorganized and unbalanced. Unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: A little slick, but light and refreshing. The intense carbonation has not overwhelmed the mouthfeel, which is good.

Overall: I appreciate a more American take on an Old World style, but this attempt fails in my opinion. The dry-hopping sounded like a good idea, but the flavors and balance are all off. If I am going for an Americanized pale lager in 16 oz tallboy, I'll take a New Belgium Shift any day.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Bottom of can says Best Before 01SEPT2013.

A- Pours a medium golden color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before shrinking to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a light sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind on the glass.

S- Signature pilsner aroma with some decent floral hoppiness and bready malt. Clean and, yes, crisp.

T- Flavor is similar to the smell with some light cracker-like malt leading the way and a bit of mild hop bitterness. Refined and smooth as a lager should be though there's that weak aftertaste I get from a lot of the paler ones that I just don't enjoy. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

M- Semi-watery with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- Though I admittedly don't prefer lagers, this one leaves no lasting impression on me compared to other more flavorful pilsners I've had. Still, it's easy to drink and there's not anything necessarily wrong with it.

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Photo of PatrickKellyCT
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I just never seem to love Sixpoint's beers as much as I should based on their ratings on here. Drinkable on hot summer days but there are definitely other pilsners I prefer - Sierra Nevada Nooner for instance.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is my third beer from sixpoint. Last week I had Resin and was a little let down. This one reminds me of Ol' Factory Pils from Two Roads but isn't as tasty. A bit of grain bill coming through and a hint of hops at the end. Crisp and dry finish, but I feel like it just doesn't live up to the other heavy hitters. I will try Bengali next. This one's good but not remarkable.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best before 9/15/13.

Appearance: Neon yellow with a touch of honey. Surprisingly hazy, maybe some sediment in the can. One finger cap of slightly off-white foam.

Aroma: A lot of lemon and lime juice with a dab of wheat.

Taste: Refreshing upon the first sip. Starts with a nice bittersweet lemon hop character that really wakes up the palate. The hop flavor continues throughout and really covers any malt flavor besides a slight peppery taste near the finish. The description on the can mentions that there is no where for flaws to hide in this beer and I can't find any off-flavors, which bodes well for this craft connoisseur. Hops don't linger for long and the aftertaste is practically non-existent.

Mouthfeel: Hovering around medium in body with pretty smooth carbonation for the style and easy drinkability. A tad filling but sessionable.

Final Thoughts: My first ever Sixpoint beer and definitely lived up to my expectation. Nice and flavorful. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can shared by Bobby.

A: The beer pours a slightly hazed golden orange color with a large white head and some light lacing.

S: This one smells of bread for the most part. A nice maltiness to it with a bit of toast, yeast, and some floral hops. There's a fair amount of grass to the nose as well as just a hint of citrus peel.

T: Candied orange peel on the front end with lots of bready malts. Toast and lager yeast and lots of biscuit. Minimal hop bitterness and just a little bit of floral hop character.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: A pretty decent pilsner, especially for an American made one. Pretty refreshing.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good light beer for sure. Nothing to write home about though. There is plenty of hop presence, it is smooth and easy drinking. Pilsners are still light beers, and not my style.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, hazed, orange-copper color with a filmy, sparse, white coating on the surface. Aromas of roasted grains and buttery sweetness. Light and subtle. Flavors are buttery, as well, but with a crisper feel at the end with some heavy roasted qualities. Slightly tangy with some floral highlights throughout, also. Buttery and tangy aftertaste leading to a slick, crisp, clean finish. Heavier than most Pils brews, but tasty.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint can purchased from Whole Foods in Tribeca, NY. A reputedly crisp pilsener seemed like a suitable beer for a 93 degree day in NYC.

Pours a clear and bright, light golden colour, with a fizzly head of white, large bubbles. Minimal lacing, and minimal head retention, which is a little disappointing. Rather heavy looking body, again surprising, although not unpleasant. Shame about the head.

Nose is bright and clean, with some crisp hop characters giving a pleasant blend of leafy european greenness, with a touch of citric American varieties. A hint of earthed pilsener grain as well, means this is a pretty crisp Pils, and pretty spot-on stylistically.

Taste is clean and bitter, but with a lingering honey sweetness that doesn't do it any favours. Grain comes through as well, with an earthy bite that lingers too long on the palate, interfering with the cleansing hop finish. Hops are dominant, however, with a clean sharp vector through to the finish, and a bold spike of bitterness. Feel is clear and, indeed, crisp.

Not bad, but not great. A decent pils that doesn't really hit the high notes, but puts together a solid package nonetheless. Still below my favourites of the style.

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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 elNopalero
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sixpoint’s pilsner. Shared by XicanoBeerRun. Best by 27 May 2012, enjoyed a week after.

This pours a golden straw color with a musty pilsner aroma. It’s not a heavy grassy Saaz hop assault but they are definitely there. Some hoppiness on the flavor as this beer certainly lives up to its name. Was it good? Yes. Did I enjoy it? Definitely? But I wasn’t as enthusiastic about it as some other craft pilsners I’ve had recently from the central Texas area. Still glad to see this and I’d definitely drink it again if given half a chance.

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Photo of doppelme
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden body with a fluffy white head that leaves behind plenty of lacing. It smells very malty, bready. It smeels a little grassy as well. The taste is very clean and well balanced. It has a malty sweetness at first followed by a lingering hop bite that is pretty crisp like the name would suggest. A medium bodied beer with plenty of flavor makes this pilsner a great choice for a session beer anytime of the year.

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Photo of crenegar
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Certainly not a traditional pilsner by any means. A little too much alpha/citrus in the hop for the style. IMO it hurts drinkability, after 2 or so I'm moving on. Not a bad beer at all but don't buy it expecting a clean, "crisp" traditional pilsner.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Thanks again, Cliff.

A: An almost clear light yellow with a white one-finger head that dissipates quickly. Medium lacing.

S: Wheat, honey, apples, some light malts and very light hoppiness.

T: Almost too light and crisp. Biscuity malts meets a field of wheat. Great for post-outdoor work.

M: Light to medium with light to medium carbonation. More carbonation would make this one more stand-outish.

O: Just OK. I'd prefer more punch, but it is what it is.

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Photo of CraftySir22
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Date: 04-01-2016
Storage vessel: Can
Drinking vessel: Tulip

The Crisp poured a opaque but not cloudy hue. For me, the coloring was evocative the perfect pils pour. The 1/2 inch eggshell-white head slowly dissapates soon after pouring - a few minutes maybe.

The Crisp has a strong yeast characteristic on the nose. The yeast is definitely not funky-farmhouse -- or even reminicent of traditional german pilsner. However, the strong yeast smell is pleasant and clean. Hops seem to take a quiet back seat to this yeast-forward pils.

The level of carbonation seems very high but back-of-the-tongue bitting over-carbonation adds the appeal of its description and moniker. The "crisp" of The Crisp is presented to your pallatte on a heavier than I'm used to in a pils body, but this also adds the "bold" characterization Six Point seems to be going for.

This pilsner is not very bitter, (at 44 IBU) however, there is a distinct hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste, which comes across as a bit of an afterthought. With that slight negative aside, The Crisp displays a simple yet well-executed bouquet of flavors including, lemon-y citrus, earthy tones of fresh grass and lightly-roasted malt. The sweetness of this pils is it's strong suit and the fruitiness is prominent intially and throughout the swallow but is not cloying and actually becomes muted deeper into session and as the beer warms.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer significantly and would definitely buy this again and would love to try it on tap.

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Photo of jkrich
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can: bright, clear and deep golden with a quickly fading white-head. The hue reminds me a lot of golden color of Pilsner Urquell.

The aroma was rather faint but clean with hints of noble hops. Overall, the weakest link of this otherwise thin pilsner.

The flavor begins with a very nice, smooth malty palate with mild, tangy hop bitters lingering on the tongue. This is certainly one unique pilsner. The rounded cookie-like malt profile reminds me of a Czech pilsner rather than a German.

The body was heavier than typical of the style with a round, supple and bittersweet mouthfeel. The carbonation is quite restrained with a faint bitterness lingering on the palate.

This "pilsner" is not for the purist, but it quite enjoyable and refreshing just the same. I would not describe it as crisp as there is a somewhat heavy sweetness present.

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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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The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 1,739 ratings.
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