The Crisp | Sixpoint Brewery

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The CrispThe Crisp

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States | website

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 MyThoughtsExactly
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass
L: Light, pale yellow color with a finger of head made up of mostly large bubbles. Looks like a Pilsner.
S: Smells like pilsner malt with some hop character in the background.
T: Upfront I get mild hop character with a little bitterness, this is followed by that typical pilsner malt flavor.
F: Smooth, crisp, and easy drinking.
Overall this is relatively hoppy for the style but it is very nice and easy drinking. If this was a little lower ABV I could see drinking this all day at picnics and BBQs.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a light yellow gold – bordering on straw – with some lacing.

Smell: Spicy, vegetal hop notes with a touch of bready malt. Not much going on here.

Taste: Very clean on the palate with flavors of grassy and spicy Noble hops, biscuit, grain, very light bready malt. A decent amount of hop bitterness dominates the finish but the flavor is balanced and very drinkable on the whole.

Feel: Light-medium bodied with a high dose of crisp, prickly carbonation. Everything about the feel is very appropriate for the style.

Overall: This is a very refreshing, clean, sessionable brew but as a fan of both Pilsners and Sixpoint I was expecting a bit more.

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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 bark
3.22/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

The colour is yellow (5 EBC), the liquid is clear. The white airy head sinks down to a lid leaving no lacing.

The smell is light. Some clean bitterness, hints of lime and French loaf. Cabbage and corn in the background.

The taste starts off clean and bitter. Notes of lemon-lime, some fresh bread and floral hops. Medium body. The aftertaste got some alcohol, orange juice and a touch of canned corn. The finish is bitter and balanced.

The carbonation is strong, the many large bubbles long-lived and smooth. The liquid is light.

Not a bad modern lager, but I can’t really see the point in importing this one from the US.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and clear with a couple of fingers of white head in a pilsener glass... Aromas and flavors of cracker grains and biscuit, with citric and floral hoppage... Light and clean-tasting, ample carbonation... A real nice lager, tight and lean, and... crisp...

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Photo of Jdotmilligan
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jumping right into it....

The smell had a nice amount of lemon, lemon grass smell. Not overly done, but a nice hint of it.

Appearance had a nice clear crisp look. Good amount of head that lasts and some nice carbonation.

The taste had a nice lemon note with a back end of hops. The two mixed well with each other. Slight bitterness with an earthy note. Backend had a nice kick that doesn't linger. Very smooth a crisp, what you should expect from a Pilsner.

The aftertaste had a nice earthy note with a noticeable amount of hops. Nice bread crust taste.

Overall, everything you expect in a Pilsner. Good, crisp, light with a small kick towards the backend. Very easy with no complex flavor added. Nice cool night with a hamburger and this beer is for you.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The smell is faint and bready with a good hit of hops at first. Hops are on the earthy side. The taste is bright and full and clean. Great balance and really refreshing. I'm not a pilsner guy but this is a really good beer. yb

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - True to the style. A nice golden yellow color. Good amount of carbonation.
Smell - Lemon, lemongrass, bready, biscuit, earthy
Taste - Follows the nose. Lemon, lemon peel, lemongrass, bready malts, a touch of bitterness on the back end that makes the taste pop

Overall - My favorite pilsner. Crisp, light and crushable.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear, yellow beer with a one finger highe offwhite head.

Nose: Peach, hay, grass, citrus and white brad.
Taste: This is good! Grass, hay, hops, malt, orange and grapefruit.
Body: Medium to light body with a crisp carbonation. Dry ending.

This is a great Pilsner!

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Photo of badgustav
4.56/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look- spot on. Clear deep gold with a good head
Aroma - malty and clean
Flavor- slightly more bite than expected from a Pilsner, crisp (sic), malt balances. Well lagered
Feel - light-medium body, finishes clean and slightly sweet.

An excellent Pilsner, very drinkable

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a slim can into a tulip glass:

Appearance: Bright yellow and filled with visible carbonation. Topped by a frothy, thick head that has lots of staying power. Plenty of clingy lacing in addition to the lovely head.

Aroma: Lemony and fresh-smelling, with a little bit of breadiness. Lots to like here, as most pils don't come close to the pungent freshness evident in this brew,

Taste: Plenty of light malt to support what is evidently an abundance of noble hops. Mildly bitter, with a dry and refreshing citrus finish. Some toasty notes to back up a well-balanced hop bill.

Feel: As the name states, it is crisp and light-bodied, with plenty of carbonation.

Overall: Pretty much the perfect summer brew. Most pils don't pack much in the way of smell or flavor, but Sixpoint definitely did this one right. Refreshing, well-crafted, and full of complexity and flavor.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce slim can bought in Virginia, on to the beer:

An inch and a half of soapy suds sit on top this sun yellow brew. Some haze floats in the body, but bubbles are visible and spotty lacing clings around the glass. The aroma is crisp, bringing pleasing aromas of hay, lemon peel, lemongrass. An exciting aroma, however the flavor arrives more simple. It's clean tasting with some hay and vague citrus. A light, modest crispness helps The Crisp attain its namesake, and a clean aftertaste makes this beer an easy choice for a hot day.

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Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm not much of a pilsner drinker but the grassy flavor of this is different, and better, than most to my taste. Nice hop bite, and just thick enough on the tongue.

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

Poured into a Pilsner glass from a 12oz can dated best by July 14th, 2016

A: Crystal clear, light in color with a hint of orange. Lots of carbonation, two fingers of foamy head.
S: Upfront hop bitterness, earthy aromas. Digging in a bit more there's a bit of bready sweetness in the background as well as some faint orange/grapefruit, grapefruit peel type aromas.
T: First couple sips hit with a crisp bitterness upfront followed by a clean finish with a hint of malty sweetness. As I drank more the grapefruit and orange flavors that were faint at first became more pronounced.
M: Quick and clean, nice and light in the mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation that scrubbed the palate between each sip. Medium dry finish.
O: Very tasty pils, much more pronounced orange/grapefruit flavors than I'm used to in the style, but I like it.

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Photo of sholland119
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very clear yellow gold. A thin white head has good retention.

S-Clean pils malt with some noble hop aroma at a low medium level.

T-Medium grainy malt flavors with a supporting light piles malt sweetness. Balanced toward the hops with a medium hop flavor and a medium bitterness. Finish is medium dry.

T-Medium light body, medium carbonation.

O-A pleasant, clean pils. Good balance toward the hops, light bodied, easy drinking. I would like this better a bit drier but quite tasty.


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Photo of mactrail
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden brew with a lovely head in the Einbecker Pils glass. Foam sticks to the glass as you sip. Fragrant with perfumey hops. Light bodied with a sharp mouthfeel.

The very light malt is crackery and only faintly sweet. The aftertaste is very hoppy. The first one of these I tried seemed more bitter than I like. Trying another can tonight it doesn't seem overly bitter, even following a very malty Oktoberfest beer. But it's the sort of Pilsener an IPA fan would like. Clean and well-made brew with lacing to the bottom of the glass. Poured out of the 12 oz tall can from the brewery.

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Photo of bound4er
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Medium straw appearance with a 2 finger white head that recedes pretty quickly. Laces moderately. Smells like cracker and grassy hops. Nothing complex but to be expected given the style. Tastes like the name - clean and crisp. Bready malt takes center stage followed by noble hops (Saaz, Tettnager?). Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with adequate carbonation. This beer isn't going to wow you but it is damn refreshing to drink and is very well made. Wish I would have tried this earlier in the summer because it really shines on a hot day.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz slim can poured into a Sam Adam’s Perfect Pint glass.

Straw yellow with 1 finger of creamy white head. Crystal clear with moderate carbonation.

Bready yeast, cracker, lemongrass, orange citrus, and a touch of stone fruit.

Juicy notes of orange citrus, lemon, and lesser notes of grapefruit. Primarily bready malts with touches of cracker and honey. A suggestion of bubblegum. Finishes with light notes of lemongrass, florals, grass, and hay.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, semi-dry, and refreshing with a mild bitterness.

This is an exceptional Pilsner! Goes down incredibly easy and is very satisfying. I’ve just found my go-to Pilsner.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.74/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

nice yellow coloring, smells of grass and hops in that order, taste is like a great pilsner w character and punch , feel has great texture and is a mouthful, always have some of these in the beer fridge

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.89/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not really a fan of can beers, but this one changed my stance. Pours a bright yellow with a one inch head. Overall very flavorful and just like the can states, it has a crisp taste and clean finish. Highly recommended.

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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 Kadonny
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

A: A light yellowish cloudy color with a two finger white head. Not much glass lacing.

S: Grainy, grassy, cracker sweetness, noble hops. Not getting much fruit.

T: I get the bready cracker malt flavor first that seems to allow the noble hops to blend in. Some slight lemon and mint maybe, grassy hops, grainy, more bready malt with a finish that is bone dry and slightly bitter but remains fairly soft and elegant. I think this is more Czech like, still a good pils.

M: Medium mouthfeel, dry, slightly prickly, no alcohol and very drinkable.

O: A very good pilsner that is super drinkable but not as bold as other Germans I've had. Still, a solid beer that is very enjoyable and very drinkable. A classic from Sixpoint that will not disappoint.

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Photo of Naked_Batman
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: light straw with a thin head

S-definitely some toasty malts and minerality upfront followed by some musty/ funky fruity notes

T-It definitely is crisp. Straw-like maltiness and toast notes upfront leads into a gentle sweetness that lingers on the palete after swallowing

M-light and bubbly just like a pilsner should be. Definitely has a high drinkability.

O-A solid pilsner from sixpoint. Reminds me of something you would drink from a german farmhands cellar. It has a certain pleasurable hay/straw note that takes you to the country. Would definitely reccomend.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can purchased from Whole Foods and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass. Interesting spin on German Pilsener -- sort of German Pilsener meets pale ale. Enjoyable and would drink again, but would go with a Victory Prma Pils if that were available.

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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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The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
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