The Crisp | Sixpoint Brewery

very good
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 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 TrojanRB
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale straw color with loose thin white head.

Crisp, floral nose. A bit of fresh cut grass

Clean taste. Spice and yeast notes. Hops are present, but not overwhelming.

Light carbonation makes it very drinkable.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

DATE: May 4, 2016... OCCASION: a record-breaking Cavs three-point night worthy of a good beer... GLASSWARE: Jever pokal... APPEARANCE: healthy three-finger white head that bubbles actively, fed by a vociferous golden body... the head has staying power... lacing is light and wispy as clouds that cascade down the glass... AROMA: bold, arresting Saaz hops bring about an airy, flowery quality with light dough... aromatic, with a hint of citrus PALATE: light to medium-bodied, with a slight buttery, mostly smooth from start to finish... mostly a return at the end, with an abrupt CRISP finish... TASTE: some lemon grass and spice provide an earthiness, while the lightly toasted malts make for a grainy aftertaste... tangerine, orange and pine contribute to a refreshing, sessionable beer with enough flavor to hold the attention... OVERALL: another worthwhile experience from the Sixpoint folks,--a straight-forward attempt at a straight-forward style... nothing disappointing here....

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Photo of Buck89
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear straw color with a nice thick white head. Good retention. Solid noble hop aroma with white bread. Clean taste with a spicy hop presence and great light malt flavor. Clean finish.

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Photo of Yeah_IPA
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really well balanced beer. Not too light and not too heavy.
As the name says, it's crisp. I also like the cans six point uses; they're really
nice to drink out of.

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Photo of zizouandyuki
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Just poured from a can into a Pilsner glass. Can has a BB date of 08NOV2016.

L: Beautiful, mostly clear, golden color. Both the head retention and lacing are good for a lager.

S: Reminds me of honeysuckle and warm bread. Very aromatic as it pours. Dissipates after pouring, but still retains a lovely aroma.

T: Exceptional balance of malty goodness with a near perfect amount of hop bitterness and aroma to keep the beer refreshing. This may sound crazy, but I get a slight hint of rose or rose water from the flavor and aroma.

F: Crisp. There's really no better word. Between the near-perfect carbonation and its light-medium body, the feel of this beer is one of the most alluring and refreshing qualities.

O: I've just now realized that I take this beer for granted. It presents itself in such a simple, easy-to-please package, that the beauty of Crisp is easily overlooked. I'm glad I took the time to review this beer, as it forced me to reflect on the intricacies of what makes this beer great. Crisp has been and will remain a staple in my home. Prost!

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Photo of A20sp
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from an irish-pint glass, poured from a 12oz can. 41F at 5.4%ABV

L:- (Be careful opening a can. Let it settle and remain stationary when popping the top as it can fizz over.) Pours a thick, frothy foam leaving a pretty lacing. A translucent golden in color. Hazy appearance yet clean.
S:- An interesting sweet and floral hops aroma with a comfortable bread backing. Has a pleasing farm-feel exhale.
T:- Very complex and diverse. A great combo of herbs, yeasty breads, and a kick of earthyness ,with a balancing dose of fruity bitterness and a touch of honey-like sweetness,
F:- It is indeed crisp. Excellent mouth-feel, smooth and pleasantly carbonated with a dry finish.

:- A very awesome pick. Would buy and drink again. Just a great balance of appeal.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Classic golden color, clear and bright. Light head
S: Interesting. Malts smell very toast for a pils, likewise hops have an almost west-coast IPA style piney aroma to them. Honestly this smells more like a California pale ale than a pilsner.
T: Certainly very clean and quite refreshing. As the name suggests it is quite crisp. Hops present a citrusy note, which adds to the refreshing qualities of the beer. Hops are peppery and floral, and the malts, sweet. However this tastes totally different from what I'd expect for a pilsner, some good some bad.
F: Very crisp and refreshing, light.
O: Certainly not a bad beer, actually pretty good, just confusing. I'm not sure I'd consider this a classic pilsner, which it is labeled as. What's its lacking in it certainly makes up for in flavor, however its lacking balance in some regard.

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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 Franziskaner
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold to straw yellow in color with excellent clarity. There's an inch of frothy dishwater white on top. Aroma is of crisp, clean pilsner malt. I taste plenty of pale pilsner malt and gentle well water flavored German lager yeast. The mouth is fairly smooth, crisp, and quaffable.

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Photo of 57md
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light straw color with about a half finger of head. The body is light as is the flavor profile but there is a nice hop presence on the finish.

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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 Beertsipper
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my second review of this Pilsner. The initial six pack I purchased may have been stored incorrectly. Yellow with a nice 1" white head, poured into a Pilsner glass. I was lucky enough to try a fresh six pack, very recently brewed. Aroma is fresh cut grass, hay, orange and lemon peel. I get malts and faint hops, again with the hay and grass. Mouthfeel is extremely crisp and well carbonated. Very refreshing. I would love to try this in the heat of the summer. Finishes dry and begs for another can. The last six pack was sorta funky. No funk or skunk in this new one. I would love to try Sixpoint's beers on tap. This is not my favorite style, but if you dig German Pilsners.... seek this one out.

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Photo of ordybill
4.99/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear, pale gold with a small white head. The aroma is a nice blend of hops and yeast. The taste is an awesome experience. The yeast and malt mixes perfectly with the hops and citrus.

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Photo of stephens101
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Foamy on top and a crystal clear pale yellow on the bottom. Grass, lemon and melon to the nose. Clean all the way through with some light fruits and a touch of spice. Well made and flavorful. I can see quite a few of these in my future.

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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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tall soapy head of 3 fingers, an 80% transparent blonde/straw colored body. Some sediment floating around nicely.

Pineapple and pine hop aromas, a touch of orange peel, followed by an overpowering whiff of stale barley.

Quite a bit of fruitiness on the taste, with tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, citrus; pine stabs as well, and then a finish stale blonde grain.

Quite a bit of creaminess as well as crispness on the eel. I like it, quite a bit.

Overall, this is again a very WEST coast style beer. Reminds me of my time in Seattle and Portland. Lots of hop profile, lots of bitterness. Still an exciting beer, though.

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Photo of iliotib
4.69/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is beautiful bright yellow hued brew with a pure white head which poured into a Ravenhead stein. The head was an impressive one finger in height with small bubbles.

A delicious faint odor of fresh lemons and grass.

Terrific. Lives up to its name. Almost zero hop bitterness. Perhaps I'm focusing on the malts which remind me of bread or biscuits. I know the hops are there but I appreciate the crispness.

Great Feel. Slick, fresh, refreshing. A great choice for a change from IPA overdose.

I tried this beer because I am getting really dried out since the heat came on this winter and I need a refreshing change to IPAs. I don't sense the hops that others are pointing out. They seem subdued in the presence of the malts.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

a: a mostly-clear golden amber color with some straw yellow notes. 1 finger solid, yet bubbly white head

s: crisp grains, dry crackers, lemongrass, slightly sweet malts. nice balancing earthy hop aroma as well. i'm also picking up some slighty juicy hops as well.

t: there is a refreshing grainy, grassy flavor upfront. behind that is a light malt backbone that brings some mild sweetness. behind that is a slight earthy/herbal bitterness that is very faint, but just the right level to cut the malts. there is a small tropical note from the hops as well - very slight. there is a dry crackery note towards the end as well

m: medium mouthfeel. carbonation seems a bit light for a pilsener, but there is some body to this beer. more than usual

o: its refreshing and straightforward. nothing over the top. as advertised, it is definitely a crisp beer. solid example of the style, however it could use a bit lighter mouthfeel and tone down a bit on the hops that are providing a juicy-like presence (i don't like my pilseners going down an ipa route)

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am facing a theological challenge in reviewing The Crisp. It is practically a dark night of the soul.

Where are the hops? The bold flavors? The haziness? The radical colors, practically neon, of my favorite IPAs? I see a crystal clear beverage, light copper in tone. I taste faint blueberries, some lemon. I smell more of the same.

I walked through the cloister, and stopped to smell the Bougainville; I looked up at the sky and saw the Milky Way, gossamer in the distance. I heaved a sigh and went back to my ledger. A long night awaited.

I dipped my quill into my inkpot, bit my lip, and laid point to paper. I scratched several words, and crossed them out.

I took a long draught from my tankard of The Crisp and smiled. I have rediscovered myself in its simplicity.

The Crisp is a masterpiece of a beer, and an advocate for the simplicity of the self, a tonic for the soul. This is clear flavor, refreshing mouthfeel, sessionable ABV; soothing yet thought-provoking, complex yet quaffable.

I had forgotten that to be a great beer can mean many different things. There is no objective lens through which to consider the beverage. Each beer must be evaluated on its own merit, considered in the context of its own style.

This is a great beer. I dribble some wax onto my parchment and affix my seal. The morning awaits.

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Photo of Mdog
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Clear yellow, good head.

Smell: Grassy, "crisp".

Taste: Some grain, then the grassy hops come in. Finishes very dry. I mean crazy dry.

Overall: I liked this beer but the dryness of the finish meant drinking another beer or some water afterwards. I've only had that with some super pithy DIPAs before. It might be one to try on my non-craft beer friends.

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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 NickTheGreat
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L (4.25) - Nice clear light yellow/gold colored beer. Little bit of thin white foam.
S (4) - Very subtle aromas here. Light light light malt with slight amount of hop. About what it should be.
T (4.25) - A nice, clean tasting beer. Proper to the style. Very well balanced.
F (4.25) - It is a very "crisp" drinking beer. Smooth with light carbonation.
O (4) - I really like Sixpoint beers and this one is good for what it is supposed to be. It's a Pilsener, and a respectable one at that.

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Photo of Awolter
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First time ever trying, and was pleasantly surprised in every way. Nice spicy and "crisp" noble hop flavors, a good malt backbone, and overall a very sessional and enjoyable lager. I'm a huge fan of the can profile, I wish more breweries used these can dimensions.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Slightly hazy gold with 1-2 fingers white head that retains well and leaves some nice lacing.
Smell: citrus, grassy, cereal
Taste: light dryish malt flavors with fairly strong citrusy grassy hops flavors coming through. moderate bitterness. pretty clean and crisp finish.
Feel: A highlight. lots of fine carbonation lends a creamy mouthfeel. light body.

Overall: Even though I prefer a solid traditional pils to the newer american varieties with different hops, I have to say this one is very well done. It has most of what I like about pilsners (dry, light yet aromatic) with a citrusy grassy kick and a creamy mouthfeel. Love the skinny 12 oz cans too - very compact.

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