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SummerBright Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

SummerBright AleSummerBright Ale

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400 Ratings

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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 15.09%

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-30-2002)
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Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

2.59/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 20, 2014.

It looks the way it is supposed to with a pale yellow color and full white fizzy head but the head fades quickly. Good clarity.

I am not picking up much wheat in the aroma. I am picking up more roasted grainy malts with a mild sweetness but nothing that jumps out at me. It tends to be grassy too.

The body is light and refreshing but it is also smooth and creamy.

The taste has a grainy malt character up front but next to no wheat character. Biscuity and yeasty though. Crisp clean hop finale. Nothing special but generally easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 20:35:56 | More by puboflyons
Photo of jeranbrews


3.01/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - bright lemony slightly hazy. Little to no head and just as much lacing. Although what lacing I found clung to the sides with a kung fu grip.

S - faint little to no scent. Not sure why.

T - sweet like watery lemonade stirred with a biscotti for bread flavor. Slight hop aftertaste.

M - solid but a touch loose

D - fine. Will come back to this one I feel like its missing something.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 00:33:44 | More by jeranbrews
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

2.93/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Big white to slightly off white head just sort of sits there above a cloudy well carbonated washed out straw golden colored beer.

Light lemon citrus aroma without much else going on.

Light lemon and orange citrus taste, seems slightly washed out.

Light almost lemon sourish and slightly dry aftertaste on this light bodied beer.

Pretty light tasting beer, might be a nice beer to have in the evening on a super hot summer night.

Serving type: can

09-26-2013 19:26:22 | More by LXIXME
Photo of LambicPentameter


3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed directly out of the can this time. No discernible date on the can to indicate bottling or best by date.

Appearance - I can't really comment here, having drunk it out of the can, but it did seem to have a light yellow hue to it. I scored appearance in line with my overall score.

Smell - Some grain and mild wheatiness, but mostly faint lemon. That's right, the "dominant" flavor is even pretty damn faint.

Taste - If I didn't know better, I'd say this was a shandy, based on how the predominant characteristic remains the lemon, and it has a sort of sweet lemon drink flavor to it, rather than the genuine, natural lemon notes you'll get from a good hefeweizen or wheat beer. It's not even good for the style really, because you just don't get much of the wheat out of the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and low carbonation. Easy to drink, but methinks they should have just gone for a full-on shandy and then at least people wouldn't be confused by the very present lemonade characteristics.

Overall, a beer I'm not likely to have again. Too much lemonade and not enough hops or wheat. Sure it's refreshing as a drink, but ultimately fails to live up to the title of "beer".

Serving type: can

08-19-2013 06:13:21 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of JohnnyJam


3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I was in CO, I was given a 6-pack of cans. Thank you very much. Now it's time to review. I had this on tap at the Breckenridge Brewery but didn't review it at the time.

Poured from a can with no date code into a pint glass and got 1 1/2 fingers of head.

A: Pours a yellow straw color with 1 1/2 fingers of head that dissipates rather quickly to just cover the top of the glass but that stays until the end.

S: There is really nothing too much. Maybe a smell of yeast and some wheat.

T: Again, there is really nothing there. Some wheat is about all. I was expecting at least a little orange and lemon. It's kind of bland. That's what I thought of it on tap, too.

M: It is medium boded and finishes a little dry. The carbonation leaves quickly so I becomes bland fast and it is especially bland at the end. It is drinkable, though.

O: This is not my favorite beer but it is not a drain pour either. I guess that I'm more disappointed than anything in that I didn't notice any orange or lemon or anything citrusy. I am glad that I tried it, though. I don't think I will go to it again.

Serving type: can

08-18-2013 04:12:14 | More by JohnnyJam
Photo of ckollias


3.19/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed this 12 oz beer out of a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden hue with a small white wispy lace that for a for awhile.

S: Fruity orange and wheat aroma.

T: Crisp and slightly tart flavor up front followed by a fruity middle and finished on the dry side of fruity.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent beer – nothing would I grab again.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 00:02:16 | More by ckollias
Photo of TWHartman


3.11/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- sterling straw color, head recedes quickly, little lace, good level of bigger sized bubbles coming from bottom of glass.

S- cereal graininess and sweetness with lemon zest and orange pith.

T- slightly sweet attack with a crisp citrusy finish, little hop bitterness. Finish lingers for a bit with a lemony citrus complemented with a cereal grain taste

M- Moderately full, remains crisp.

O- a fine summertime slammer, the lemon/orange citrus notes are pleasantly restrained.

Serving type: can

07-22-2013 01:29:54 | More by TWHartman
Photo of Snebbu


3.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into glass.

Appearance: Clear, pale golden with light head.

Aroma: Citrus (mostly orange)

Taste: Light flavor of a pale ale followed by citrus (definite taste of orange) with a tartness which I’m assuming comes from the lemon. Ending with a sweet taste similar to that of a wheat beer. Nice malty flavor without losing the hop-flavor and crispness of a pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Crisp yet smooth. Has a dry start, but does not linger.

Overall: Great summer brew. Light and refreshing, but still has a bit of a kick to it coming from the hops. Nice citrus flavor that is not overbearing and is fulfilling. Pleasant aftertaste (of a wheat beer with hints of hops) and does not linger too long. Just enough to remind you to take another swig.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 02:56:55 | More by Snebbu
Photo of thecheapies


3.64/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gold in color with a super-tight cap of white. Tiny, tiny bubbles that can't be distinguished from one another. Laces really nicely, too. Great looking beer.

Light grassy aromas with a lemony citrus tail. Golden malts and lightly herbal hops offer a nice touch. Decent.

A little "blah". Beery malts with an ale yeast bent, but hardly fruity. Some grassy, near-pilsner, maltiness. Hops are very small and sprite. Push a little lemon/orange to the surface. Mild bitterness. Finishes with that, and more crispness. Lightly English-tasting. Like a weak English Pale Ale. Nice creaminess that almost translates to the flavor. Soft and super-smooth with a backend burpy spritz, as if the dissolved gas starts to separate late in the mouthfeel.

Okay. Passable summer ale with a little character to boot. Again, it's okay.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2013 16:13:35 | More by thecheapies
Photo of smakawhat


2.66/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass.

A sudsy and thin bleach white head, grows to about two fingers on the pour, sits on top of a clear slightly pale and brass yellow body. Lots of cola carbonation and rising bubbles, most of it rising quite quickly. Head settles to a filmy soapy thin puck.

Rank nose. Hints of bile and sticky yeast no matching sense of fruit mentioned from the label. Not even a sense of malt on this either.

Palate matches the nose which makes for not a real fun experience. First sip is very much like first smell, rank and dirty a bit. Wet palate barely manages to hold the flavor. Now sense of chewy wheat backbone to this at all. Afterfinsh surprisingly produces most of the flavor and enjoyment giving this beer nearly an okay grade but not quite. Afterfinish brings a bit of a doughy wheat texture, but there is no fruit taste this though.

Overall this is pretty disappointing for what it claims. No sense of orange. lemon, or barely and malt with a rank bouquet. I'll pass.

Serving type: can

06-07-2013 21:36:40 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.34/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Breckinridge : SummerBright

LOOK: Clear deep straw colored beer with a short lived white topping that recedes to a ring. Leaves behind some lace on the pint. Appears like a lighter summer option which is all the rage in these times.
SMELL: Juicy citrus with orange, lemon and lime.
TASTE: Malt and wheat up front, giving way to squeezed lemon and orange peel. Hops are also citrusy with a faint note of pine.
FEEL: Light to medium bodied, and well carbonated. Finishes nice and balanced, with a small dry hop.
OVERALL: A refreshing summer option. Has a good body, full on citrus and complimentary hoppy bitterness. I could see myself having a few of these at a BBQ.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 23:29:19 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Huffs

New York

2.83/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams glass with a nice full head developing which laced and lasted a short time. Appearance was golden, straw with a slight cloudy look. Aroma was very mild with hints of fruit and citrus. Tast was of mild citrus, fruit and some grain. Light mouthfeel and aftertaste.

Serving type: can

06-01-2013 23:14:00 | More by Huffs
Photo of Segelstrom


3.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

appearance - very light like a lager w/ virtually no head

smell - mild w/ slight mixed fruit

taste - very weak. No taste of grains whatsoever

mouthfeel - soft carbonation. a beer you could drink all night if the flavor was right.

overall - not one to find it's way back to my frig.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 00:10:39 | More by Segelstrom
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i think I probably like this one a little more than the masses here. fresh on tap its a really nice sessionable brew, and even though it snowed 6 inches last night, it brought me to summertime right away. it pours just slightly hazy, pale yellow in color, with an inch of short lived white head. the nose is fresh lemons and white wheat malt, a good combo for summer. there is also a brighter ale yeast that gives an interesting touch of spice, and a ton of carbonation, which contributes to a refreshing beer for summer. the lemon peel is strong in the flavor, not acidic, but tart for sure. it cuts some of the heavier wheat flavors, and leaves the brew with a zesty and clean finish. this isn't a particularly adventurous brew, but compared to some other breck seasonals, this one is a little more inspired, and one I may find myself enjoying quite a bit of as the warmer weather comes in. the body is light but the beers isn't watery. it also tastes a lot more fresh than breck beers usually do to me, not adjunct or preservative heavy, this is a more than adequate addition to the summer beer shelf.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2013 18:45:11 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of woodychandler


3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I am pretty sure that this was part of a box that my local in-person trader, tone77, dropped off for me, but since he has not reviewed it, I am now unsure.

From the CAN: "Honest and Solid in Construction"; "Complete and Satisfying in Drinking"; "Malt Beverage brewed with orange and lemon peels".

The Crack and inverted Glug produced a finger of rocky, bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was a hazy sunshine yellow. Nose had a citrusy smell like furniture polish, but not in a bad way. That is just what came to mind when I leaned into it. As the head fell, some nice lacing began to form. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the tangy citrus flavor was evident on the tongue, but it seemed kind of muted. Finish was semi-dry and citrusy, but I somehow felt like it lacked any real Ooomph. Oh well.

Serving type: can

04-08-2013 21:58:16 | More by woodychandler
Photo of TMoney2591


3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Shit, with this pathetically mild Winter, Summer doesn't seem so far away... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises lemon peel, orange zest, light cracked wheat, and a touch of grass. The taste generally brings in more of the same, but now the lemon takes command (and in quite the funky style), and some mild cardboard buts its way in as well. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, though I can see people actually enjoying such a lemonade-y beer in the Summer months, this stuff just ain't my schtick. The lemon is too forward and slightly artificial-tasting and the cardboard element doesn't do anybody any favors.

Serving type: can

01-03-2013 20:03:52 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of plaid75

New York

3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear deep straw hue with a minimal wispy white cap. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured cereal grains and caramel.

The taste consisted a drab round malts with a slight herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was full with a lazy carbonation.

Overall uneventful.

Serving type: can

12-30-2012 03:27:28 | More by plaid75
Photo of mattsdenney


3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mix-n-match 6 pack purchase in DeLand, FL.

This beer pours nicely with a thick, bubbly white head. It's pale yellow in color and is slightly cloudy. It has the look of a solid wheat beer. Smells of sweet husky corn, wheat bread, strawberries, and bubblegum. First taste reveals mild wheat flavors with some lemony rinds and a little bit of grassy hops. Flavoring is light but that's what you'd expect from a summer ale like this. The beer goes down smoothly and is light and bubbly on the tongue, crisp. All in all a nice refreshing wheat beer that is light both in taste and body. For what it's trying to be it does the trick.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 04:54:42 | More by mattsdenney
Photo of pmcadamis


3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly cloudy marigold brew with a crisp white head and good lace.

S - Lemon-bread. Sassafras. Chamomile tea.

T - More lemon baked goods. Lemon girl scout cookies. Grassy and herbal.

M - Light bodied and drinkable. Light, refreshing and spot on for summer drinking...too bad it's Halloween and 50 degrees out right now.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 20:15:12 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of yesyouam

New York

1.93/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Breckenridge SummerBright Ale is a sparkling, slightly hazy, bright yellow ale. There isn't really any head. It has an aroma of grain, lemon and alcohol. It's light bodied and watery. It leaves the mouth a little chalky. It tastes a little sour with a little citrus peel bitterness. The flavor of alcohol is quite dominant. I really don't have any purpose for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 15:15:03 | More by yesyouam
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a can at Northern Soul in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow in color with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall bright white head that slowly reduced to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall, the smell of this beer is very mild with light wheat notes detected.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is also quite mild. There are notes of wheat and lemon peel with just a touch of sweetness.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Nothing special but a very easy to drink and very sessionable brew. Probably would be best to drink outside on a really hot day - could use a little more intensity in the flavor for my palate.

Serving type: can

08-16-2012 16:26:21 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Momar42


2.38/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into standard pint glass

A - weak, thin, clear, pale yellow. NO head. Typical "wtf" appearance.

S - very mild wheat aroma. nothing much else announces itself or shows any signs whatsoever. breadsticks come to mind...just saying.

T - ok here it goes....bread sticks dipped in sugar water. Wow, I understand this is a summer wheat ale, but really lacking in anything of note. Makes me want to look towards BMC and THAT is hard to do.

M - weak, like the rest of its profile. thankfully it doesnt linger, and thats the best I can say.

O - Perhaps I am too harsh of this style, but I honestly cannot recommend this offering. I knew I shouldnt get one but I relented to a suggestion. Never again! Light bodied - check. Light flavored - check. Drink again - NOPE.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 03:43:57 | More by Momar42
Photo of JackieTH


3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw gold with small head and no lace. Smells of lemon, fresh cut hay and light malt. Taste is perfecty metered doses of lemon zest and orange in a light biscuity malt. Moderately crisp, refreshing, wet. Not sweet. Finish is clean and light on the palate. Very good summer thirst quencher, the lemon and orange notes imparted are not overdone.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 21:50:05 | More by JackieTH
Photo of Jason


3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with no freshness date.

LOOK: Clear straw, lacing holds, some bubbles

SMELL: Lemon zest, orange pith, bready, clean, faint hops, grapenuts

TASTE: Crisp, moderate body, wheat, bready, slightly toasty, nutty, citrus peel smack, dry, clean, mild bitterness, quick to finish

Somewhat of a no frills summer brew, typical but it works. The lemon / orange twist does well here and is not overwhelming.

Serving type: can

07-02-2012 04:03:47 | More by Jason
Photo of argock


3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Pale yellow with mild haze and a short white head that fades quickly and leaves only a few scraps of lace.

S: Very light slightly herbal and citrus hops aroma with mostly lemon zest and some floral notes. Pale maltiness is pretty soft and seems thin as well.

T: The flavor pretty much echoes the aroma with only a touch more power in the taste intensity with more citrus and floral hoppiness coming through, but still pretty nondescript.

M: Light and thin with too much carbonation.

O: Definitely one to skip this season -- there are many, many better summer ales out there. 4 average ratings says it all.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2012 01:24:22 | More by argock
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SummerBright Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.