The Crisp | Sixpoint Brewery

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,765 Ratings
The CrispThe Crisp
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
sixpoint.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,765
Reviews:
440
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.62%
 
 
Wants:
114
Gots:
386
For Trade:
3
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Photo of Dave1999
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Beertemple, Amsterdam. Clear golden pour with a white head. Notes of citrus and floral hops, light grains. Bitter-sweet leaning towards sweet.

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Photo of HopliteMpls612
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of baklo
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of daliandragon
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a "go to" for me in NYC bars, especially in the summer. Most Sixpoint brews are pretty strong but this one really hits the style exactly. Huge bubbled white head and sparkling golden body. Nose is fresh floral and herbal hops alongside citrus, biscuit, and honey notes. Really strong.

Bitter initially, but not blisteringly so. This is followed by solid balance throughout. Could stand a touch more stiffness in the sip but it's a fairly small complaint. This is every bit as good or better than all but a handful of the best imported German and Czech pilsners.

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Photo of Genx
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 YoungMtn52
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid gold color with a fair amount of foam. Kind of has a grassy smell and a tinge of an after-bite. Overall it is dry and crisp.

Interesting taste, not sure I would drink a lot of these.

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

Photo of sweemzander
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eddiehop
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mojohawk21
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bongobeer
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjohns73
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Yancey82
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of festizio
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brief impressions from a can purchased as part of a six pack in Brooklyn:

APPEARANCE: Darker than most pilsners, with a copper tinge instead of the usual clean pale yellow. Nevertheless, it appears clean and filtered, with no visible yeast sediment and no haziness. Not vibrant, but oh well. Head is white, with a fluffy soft consistency and a nice complexion. ~4-5 minute head retention.

AROMA: Heavy on the hops for a pilsner, in this case pleasant bright floral hops in addition to the usual grassy hop character. Noble/Saaz hops do not dominate, making this pilsner seem decidedly nontraditional judging by the aroma. Pilsner malts are there, though, and seem fresh enough. Not too sweet, but definitely overhopped by strict traditional conventions. Still, I find it pleasant and inviting if it is obviously Americanized.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Slightly juicy, but primarily floral. What it isn't is very grassy; Noble hops are not well showcased at all. Instead, it has an obviously American hop profile, departing with tradition from the outset. Fresh pilsner malts keep it clean, crisp, and refreshing without imparting too much sweetness, but it's fuller-bodied and less refreshing than most traditional pilsners given the additional malts needed to try to balance out the overhopping.

OVERALL: Like many an American attempt at an expression of the pilsner style, this is a pilsner with IPL envy, and its designation as a pilsner seems to have more to do with marketing than with actual stylistic intention. Nevertheless enjoyable, with a surprisingly decent balance considering its obvious overhopping and a pleasant crowd-pleasing taste. Sixpoint's The Crisp will make for a great stepping stone beer for easing newcomer casual drinkers into the rabbit hole of craft beer, but it won't impress discerning drinkers itching for a pilsner rooted in tradition. With Threes' vastly superior Vliet being brewed just up the road, it seems Sixpoint's primary advantage over other New York pilsners is its wider distribution footprint. This is certainly worth trying and is priced about right by pricey NYC standards, and I wouldn't mind picking up another sixer from time to time given its ubiquity, but I'll be sticking to tried and true Czech offerings or better executed local expressions (e.g. the aforementioned Threes Vliet) going forward.

B- (3.40) / WORTHY

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Photo of MFMB
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well let's start by saying this beer is crisp. Nose is of biscuits and fresh breads with a slight floral kick. Taste of fresh dough, malted grains, tiny bit of sweet corn and a very and I stress very light floral hop profile. It's fresh it is CRISP and it pours a light golden yellow with a excellent fizzy carbonation to it that tickles the nose hairs upon every sip. Note to self: trim nose hairs.

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Photo of Duffman79
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OregonGrown7
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Looks like a typical Pilsner. Moderately pale yellow with lacing. Smell is of grains and faint hops. Taste is the same, with faint fruit teasing the palate at the end. Mouthfeel is great- quaffable, crisp, and perfectly balanced. Could easily drink this all day. Well done, Sixpoint.

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

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

The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 1,765 ratings.
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