The Crisp

German Pilsener Sixpoint Brewery


The Crisp, a German-style Pilsener by Sixpoint Brewery

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The Crisp is a German-style Pilsener brewed by Sixpoint Brewery, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the lager was served in a pilsener glass from a can.


The Pils pours a crystal-clear pale gold and is topped by a thick stack of rocky white foam. The head persists briefly and leaves behind a generous amount of sticky lace along the sides of the glass. Fine bubbles continuously stream upward.


The aroma is faint but it does have a pleasant scent of peppery hops.


The palate begins with a simple cracker malt base that leads to a nice bite of peppery hops with a touch of lemon citrus. The bitterness is balanced by a nice malty backbone of white bread that’s been slightly sweetened with honey.


Its feel has a smooth draw that turns slightly grainy on the backend. Its light body and medium-high carbonation are perfect for the style.


Sure, its head retention could be better and its aroma is missing its malt character, but otherwise, The Crisp is a lovely Pilsener. The feel is spot on and its palate is absolutely delightful. Its ABV runs a little high for the style but this is still a light, easy drinking brew that could be sessionable.

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About the German Pilsener

The German Pilsener is an adaptation of the Czech Pilsener that was first brewed in the 1870s. Its color ranges from straw to pale gold and should exhibit very good clarity. The aroma and palate should have a light grainy-sweet malt scent of cracker and honey. Should have pronounced noble hop notes that can be floral, spicy, and herbal. The palate should have moderate to high bitterness that lingers into the finish. Its feel should be medium-light with moderate to high carbonation. Its alcohol strength straddles sessionable and moderate. Comparatively, the German Pils is lighter in body and color, drier, crisper with higher attenuation and carbonation than the Czech style. It’s hoppier with more malt flavor higher bitterness than International Pale Lagers. The Pils has more hop flavor and bitterness than the Munich Helles.