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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.

Added by confer on 10-30-2010

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Photo of biegaman
4.69/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

'The Crisp' could more aptly be called 'The Hazy' or 'The Luminous' if going strictly by appearance. This daisy yellow beer has a great deal of protein haze but also a glowing complexion that turns the hand gold when holding it. Its head is gleaming white, almost confectionery, and indeed leaves the glass coated in a powdered sugar-like lacing.

I don't own a Sixpoint shirt, but I could be wearing one right now. This zesty, lemony bouquet has me cheering. The hops have a ton of citrus and almost saffron-like spice. For a medium-strength beer this should hardly be considered fresh yet it's still so full of bright lemony flavour that I'm seeing yellow. That's the beauty of dry-hopping.

Imperial stouts and bourbon barrel-aged offerings offer a wealth of complex flavours, but I maintain that there may be no more flavourful style than a bona fide pilsner. Clean honeyed malt is showered in leafy, flowery hops. Hints of heather and lavender and lemon and orange zest are by-product of all the earthy, floral hoppiness.

I'm not sure exactly what Sixpoint did, but this recipe makes other pilsners looks dimwitted. Its malt tastes literally like fresh wildflower honey smeared over toasted white bread and its hops embody a saffron-like spice, lemon acidity but also a satiating, almost sedative character. I bought a four pack and will finish it in one sitting.

The Crisp is the poet laureate of the beer world: it has a sweet, clean, honeyed maltiness, a heathery, lemony hoppiness that is like a soft voice whispering in your ear and a gratifying finish that is not cut but patiently untied. It pays homage to the old world but still toes the official line that American craft beer must be bolder and juicier.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours out a hazy dark straw color with a 'crisp' white head which dissipates quickly but doesn't totally go away - ending up as a kind of soapy looking top. Kinda wish it was a bit more clear.

S: Smells like a bakery in the morning when they are making all the bread fresh. I get that doughy kind of freshness from it. Hops come across as citrus and floral.

T: First thing I notice is the strong hop character, mostly in the flavor. Bitterness is there, but not overpowering at all. The bread from the aroma comes though, but I really have to search for it through the generous floral/herbal notes. A tad of fruit, very clean and distinct flavors.

M: Moderately high carbonation and a light body, though, I would say it's a bit 'rough around the edges'.

D: Drinks nicely, I'd call this a staple. Along with Joe's American Pilsner, it's one of the best ones that I've had. It's just what dinner called for.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with a couple fingers of bright-white foamy head. This simmers down to a frothy ½ finger, which soaps the sides of the glass with a sticky latticework of lace. The aroma is floral and spicy, with an earthy citrus presence and them some tarter lemon notes that emerge as this warms. Sweet toasted grains mix in to add a bit of a twang across the back. There is maybe a faint metallic twinge here to the nose but it’s nothing too intrusive feeling.

This carries over to the taste, with an earthy citric bitterness that melds with the grainy sweetness of the Pils malts to impart a green twang to this that trails a little toastiness as well. Like the nose, some zesty lemon flavor emerges as this warms up and there is a general spiciness to this throughout the profile, which really comes out strong in that dry and earthy finish here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a light prickliness on the tongue and then more of a crisp creaminess that rounds out the edges of the feel.

This was an OK quaff but seemed to play a little too loosey goosey in the flavor and feel department for a Pilsener. This could be tightened up a good bit in spots.

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Photo of argock
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by Nov 2011 on bottom of can. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.60.

A: Pale golden with 1-finger of nearly white tightly bubbled head with good retention and a crusty layer of lacing. Quite a few floaties hurt the appearance somewhat.

S: Sweet honeylike cereal graininess with pungent orange and honeysuckle hoppiness. The maltiness also contributes some crackery breadiness, almost like a pretzel. A nice American twist on the German pilsener style.

T: The flavor is very floral and hoppy with definite orange and lemongrass types of flavors. Not too strong but enhancing the total package. The maltiness is a bit too sweet but robust with a lot of sweet honey biscuit and crackery-bready types of flavors.

M: THe feel lives up to the name with very clean and refreshing feel with active carbonation and moderately dry aftertaste.

O: A unique American-flavored German pils with a lot of maltiness but a bit too much sweetness for me. Still a very nice brew.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.17/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a hazy golden straw with a thin cap of white head. It settles almost right away leaving nothing behind.

Grassy hops on the aroma with some toasty malts. A bit of a lemon aroma in the background. A sweet lemon though, like a lemon meringue or something to that nature. The flavor is a lot like the aroma. It has some nice grassy hops start to finish with a doughy flavor. Same lemon meringue sweetness in the background.

Light body with good carbonation. Overall this one isn't anything special, but I don't hate it. I could see myself getting this again on the right occasion. It's sure easy to drink.

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Photo of cwguy5
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into Mother Earth kolsch glass.

A - golden color with slightest haze; 3/4 inch white head that settled to a nice cap; lots of dense lacing
S - light and fresh; lemon peel, grass, grain
T - as name suggests it is crisp; slight lemon and malt up front with slight floral notes; slightly drying towards end but avoids bitterness or bite
M - low super fine carbonation; light bodied; "soft" mouthfeel but still manages to be "crisp" overall
D - very likable beer with delicate pilsner flavors; not too malty, not too floral, no bitter bite at end but just hoppy and tangy enough to maintain balance; similar to a Belgian golden pale without the Belgian yeast and ripe fruit flavors; very drinkable

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent american pilsner...

A - slight hazy yellow...typical pilsner color, minimal head, slight retention at the surface.

S - Subtle herbal/grassy notes, fruit, lemon peel, and grains

T - Much more pronounced herbal/floral/grassiness, definite lemon peel bitterness, and bready-biscuit grains. Very nice.

M - Typical of the style

O - A great repesentation of the style. Exactly what I would expect from the name...CRISP. As usual sixpoint does not dissapoint at adding their own unique twist and prefecting the style. Very good...I will revisit this brew next summer.


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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 lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice beer.
Hazy orange color with a small white head that left just a bit of lace.

Sweet malt aroma. Grassy, herbal hops.

Biscuit taste. Tasty piney/herbal hops.

Nice crisp, refreshing beer. Enjoyed it a lot, and I still have another 4 pack to drink.

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Photo of akorsak
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A can. From Finger Lakes.

A: The pils is an apple juice yellow, unfiltered with a pronounced haze. A white head, over two fingers on first pour, have left thin islands at the rim of the glass.

S: Plenty hoppy, earthy and bitter. Biscuity breads follow but the crisp hoppiness works best.

T: The hops certainly are crisp, earthy with herbal flavors. The light biscuit base of the pils has just enough sweetness to cut through the hops. The result is a sweet body that ably supports the hops. The sweetness stands out in the finish, finally pushing past the hops. Floral bitterness comes back in waves after a sip is swallowed.

M: A good beer, sweet malts and enough hops to leave a mark.

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

16 oz. can

A hazed-out golden color, petite and active white foam cap.

A buttery, caramel malt effect, sweet hop, fruity and tangy and sour-fruity yeast. nice

A slick malty kick at first, big sweetness in the malt and hops with honey and red fruits. A sharp and crispy bite in the middle, the hops are ripe fruits, bold and dry finish. Buttery, toffee and sour yeast seems to go in different directions but is pulled together a little with a nice hop complexity. Not enough earthy-sour yeast for me and a bit too sweet overall. It is rather unique for the style and will grown on you after you get used to it's differences. The yeast reminds me very much of the infamous"wormwood" yeast that has a distinct English flavor.

I really warmed up to this one after a few servings. A nice beer to bring hiking and make a fine treat on the summit.

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Photo of kevanb
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml can, best before July, 2016, poured into a Sixpoint Resin snifter.

The beer pours a nice golden color, copper and orange hues, light haze but nice clarity with a small amount bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. A nice white head appears, about a finger high with moderate retention and no lace. The aroma is nice, pale grains, noble hops, lightly earthy and a touch citrusy, inviting mineral water profile lingers well. The flavors are in line with the nose, noble hops, mild bitterness, citrus peel and grassy and piney, nice balance, mineral water lingers with crusty pilsner malt. The mouthfeel is good, coating, medium body with vibrant, fizzy carbonation, nice texture and a dry finish.

Verdict: A very tasty "Pilz" from Sixpoint. I had tried this one a few years back and didn't care for it, but finally revisiting it after all this time is a treat. Balanced, refreshing and, as advertised, very crip. Kudos Sixpoint!

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Photo of Mar02x
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer from my beer buddy Thijs, thanks man for sharing.

A - A golden yellow pint, with a white head and some carbonation bubbles racing to the top. Just like a good pilsener should do.

S - Pine and citrus they are a beautiful combination.

T - A good pilsener, nicely hopped, fresh tasting, a little sweet and bitter in the finish.

M - Medium carbonated and a nice bitter finish.

O - A nice pilsener, perfect amount of hops used = worth buying.

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Photo of CHickman
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange-ish gold color with a huge 2 finger cloudy white head that faded very slowly and left excellent lacing coating the sides of the glass; a real impressive looking beer out of a can.

Smells very sweet and funky, and almost skunky; aroma consists of sweet malt, caramel, candied sugar, yeast or a metallic funk, light citrus hops and wet bread with honey or apricot jam. The nose is strange, so I focused on the flavor.

Tastes of very sweet malt, sugar, candy like a sweet tart, bubblegum, yeast, grass, hay, citrus hops, orange peel, honey, light spices like coriander and a funky finish that borders on tart. Kind of a strange taste, but the beer goes down very easy.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth as it slides over the tongue, with high fizzy carbonation, a medium chewy body and a tart sweet finish that is on the dry side.

Overall it was good and enjoyable, but I'll need to try this again as there seemed to be something just a tad different (don’t want to say “off”) about the taste so I need to give it another chance.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to woodychandler for another CAN!

Pours a hazy, slightly darker sunny color. Very beautiful fluffy cloud-like finger and a head of stark white head. Lace? You know it.

Aroma is sweet citrus, with a bit of breadiness.

Subtle bitterness on the tongue, sweet citrusy hops, and a slight bready malt sweetness. Slight banana/yeasty note.

Crisp, but creamy, and overall light bodied.

Sixpoint marches to the beat of their own drum, and this offering is no different. Not quite to style, but a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of steveh
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another east-coaster in trade.

Not sure why BA calls this Sehr Crisp Pilsner (mixing languages) when the can just reads "The Crisp."

A -- Hazy, golden color with a very firm & dense off-white head that leaves great lacing in a tall Willi Becker glass. I'll give on the haziness for being dry-hopped.

S -- Spicy and perfumy hops -- even some light pine -- with the lightest graininess eeking through.

T -- Good balance of bready malts and spicy hops up front; then the hops win out, but the malt makes a comeback in the finish. There's a mild fruity ester character in the aftertaste of this beer that reminds me more of an American Pale Ale than a true Pilsner. Not quite clean and malty enough for a good Pils.

M -- Soft and smooth mouthfeel with a light to light medium body with a dry finish.

O -- The complexity balanced with light body make this a very interesting and tasty beer. The balance of flavors and fruit esters aren't terribly clean for a Pilsner, so that loses points, but this is well worth recommending to anyone looking for a lighter-bodied, yet far from bland beer.

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Photo of mattyb
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very blonde with a thin white head.

S - Grassy and grainy, slight smell of malts.

T - Initial taste malts and bread, which leads into the grassy and dry.

M - A pretty light body with decent carbonation, crisp finish.

O - Nothing special for me, can't quite put my finger on it, but it didn't do it for me.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: straw golden yellow/finger white head,
splendid lacing encased pint glass

S: light grain, hint of earthy malt, herbs

T: sweet grain, malt, light bitter, semi-dry smooth finish

M: light/med body, hint of tongue prick,
dry/crisp mouth

O: POW! What a fine session brew.
Run out and buy this for your BMC friends.
This will open their mind to a nice, local,
pilsner. I will be getting this again, bet on it!


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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 Ryan011235
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 10/15/11

Best before 11 Nov 2011

Thank to MbpBugeye

Juicy-looking golden orange color with some haziness throughout. One finger head thins to a smaller layer, but leaves the beginnings of lace right away. Close groupings of smaller specks of lace; gets thicker half way through the glass.

The aroma is a convergence of clean, tight, hoppy and grainy. Orange peel and lemon zest hops notes are matched perfectly with pilsner malt; toasty and vaguely suggesting dough. Overtones of pine as it warms.

Juicy citric flavors wash over the palate and last throughout; mostly the aforementioned orange and lemon. This is definitely a hopped up pilsner. Grainy flavors round out the middle; a bit toasty and offering notes of crackers. Piney bitterness moves in on the latter half and carries the finish. Grassy tones emerge as it warms.

Medium-light body; perhaps closer to medium for the style. The feel is focus and snappy. Carbonation is driving and expressive; never, though, does it seem to be too much. Clean finish and pleasantly dry.

Too hopped? Maybe. Doesn't much matter to me; The Crisp is really good one way or another. I would drink it regularly if I could.

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Photo of biggred1
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy blonde with a thin white head of different sized bubbles. The aroma is grainy with a touch of lemony citrus. Untoasted grain and plenty of funky herbal hops, this beer is unlike any German Pils I've encountered but I like it. Lightly creamy and effervescent with a hop oily finish. Good stuff albeit a little weird tasting in a good way. Recommended.

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Photo of matttttYCE
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into a regular old pint glass, this one shows up with a nice foamy roughly 2 finger high white head. Color is a nice bright clear golden yellow. Lace is plentiful. Looks actually very appealing.

Smell - Aroma is actually quite nice and better than I was expecting. Smells like a nice, light, sweet, malty, and bready pils with nice light floral and grassy hop notes behind it and some lemon/citrus in there as well. Also a bit of spice and yeast smell to this. I like the aroma.

Taste - Taste follows the aroma pretty closely. There's plenty of the sweetness, light malt qualities, bready notes, grainyness, and floral, grassy, and lemon/citrus hops that are on the lighter side but still pretty apparent, and a little bitterness (a bit more so on the finish). I may be enjoying this pils a little more than I expected. I really like the combo of a good pilsner with a bit more hop qualities to it.

Mouthfeel - Feel is smooth, not quite "Crisp" as the can might suggest. Either way, enjoyable and refreshing Consistency is smooth, carbonation is light-medium, body is light-medium as well, and the finish is a little bit longer than average with just a bit of lingering dryness and bitterness.

Overall - Overall, a damn good pilsner in my opinion. Such a wonderful change of pace from what I have been drinking (things like big stouts, imperial porters, DIPAs, and stuff like that). Would I session a number of these cans? Probably not, but this is a darn good pils, especially for what the weather is here right now (hot as hell, with some humidity to boot). I'd say this one is certainly worth a try. Thanks trxxpaxxs! Also as a side note, I just have to say I love that these come in 16oz cans! That's probably my favorite container type out there currently!

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Photo of bierdabbler
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has recently become my go-to after work beer.

A- Pours with decent white head and hazy yellow/orange color.

S- Faint smell of hops, not a lot going on here.

T- True to the name: great, crisp edge with smooth release of flavor making you thirsty for more.

M- Low and well-balanced carbonation allows for easy drinking without taking away from the taste.

Great beer, best served outdoors in the sun.

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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 TangTKE402
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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The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 1,699 ratings.
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