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SummerBright Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
74
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562 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 4
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-30-2002

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Ratings: 562 | Reviews: 211
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
3.57/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of hopsleeroy
2.53/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A-Straw golden color, head dissipated quickly
S-Grainy smell, little bit of hops(maybe just hoping there was)
T-Light grain, slightly bready, a little sour, some hops at the end. Where is the wheat?
M-Not bad in the mouth, decently carbonated
D-Just not a very good beer. I barely finished this one.

Photo of Duster72
2.73/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with little to no head and no lacing. Aroma is bready/yeasty. Taste is very bready malts with little to no wheat and no distinguishable citrus. Taste is similar to Budweiser. Mouthfeel is fine for the style and it's relatively drinkable as a lawnmower beer. Unremarkable.

Photo of tigg924
3.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy, golden-yellow in color, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: sugar, wheat, and lemon

Taste: sugar, wheat, lemon, and underlying citrus hops

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, nice combo of sweet and bitter

Overall: An average summer beer in every sense of the word. Not a bad beer, but not one I will go out of my way for either.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no date. Pours a clear pale gold. One finger white head is creamy, but doesn't stick around for long. Some spotty big-bubbled lacing hangs on.

The aroma is yeasty, accented by some floral hoppy notes and dry, slightly spiced malt, with a little bit of cardboard thrown in. The flavor is very grainy with citrusy hops and a bit of a metallic aftertaste. Not all that much going on.

It's extremly light bodied. It demonstrates very little complexity, but it is bright and vibrant and shows some action on the tongue, with a subtle berry finish. Very drinkable, just not all that intersting. But, it is a summer beer, and works well as that, on a hot day or with spicy food.

Photo of ADR
2.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear-as-a-bell light gold appearance with a frothy head that's down to a skim in half a minute. Laces in mostly small dots. Honeyish aroma, hints of hay and wild yeast. Light mouthfeel, carbonation is relatively subdued. Standard malt offering, a bit of brown sugar sweetness and a vague citrus tang that's mostly a memory at a pretty thin close. Some tea-like qualities late in the profile, low hop impression and esters are small and masked by sweetness. Somewhat metallic all the way around, but I guess it should be a little better drinker in the hot weather.

Photo of LXIXME
2.94/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one's a golden yellow, paler than I thought it would be. There's a decent head that retains itself fairly well and a ring of lacing is left in the glass.
There's a little sweetness with something earthy in there. Hops presence is very light but discernible. This is almost like a macro.
There's a wheat backing with a mild hops presence, and the earthiness is in the flavor as well. There's also something a little astringent and I find myself wondering if I'm tasting adjuncts in here.
The body is light to moderate and the mouthfeel is a moderate balance of crisp and smooth, but neither is at an impressive level.
I was a little surprised by this one and somewhat disappointed.

Photo of sloejams
3.62/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

part of the sampler at the Breckinridge BBQ & Brew Pub, Denver

We started lightest to darkest. Maybe not the best way, especially with a DIPA in the middle - but it worked out. This was a citrus wheat, quite light in color and taste. It was easy-drinking and quite refreshing. I'm sure this sells well with the recent boom in popularity of the hefes and such. I enjoyed it enough, but I kept looking forward to the bigger ales.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.54/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of TrentWoody
3.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I wasn't a big fan of this beer but it was ok. I purchased a single at a liquor store here... so it may have been old, but the date was not notched on the label. The color and clarity is what I expected with a slight haze. Not much head and very little lacing. A little bit of citrus flavor, but not the wheat flavor that I expected.

Photo of secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This nice-looking cloudy golden ale pours with moderate lacing and a clean floral citrus scent. Crisp and malty-sweet flavor with a snappy hops backdrop, SummerBright is heavier than some, but fits the bill well for a tasty warm-weather treat. Not especially unique or memorable brew, but a worthy and tasty beer nonetheless.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale white gold color. It has a wheat fragrance and faint citrus aromas and faint fruit and wheat flavors. It also has a crisp citrus bite that has a small offness, and a slightly watery mouthfeel. However, it does finish surprisingly clean. Its a good beer, but there are certainly better wheat beers out there.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last day of Labor Day weekend and I am trying a Breckenridge Summer Bright Ale. The appearance is a pale cloudy yellow with thin white head that appears to be lacing. The aroma is mostly lemon with a backdrop of malt and hop. The taste has the bitterness of lemon and the subtle spice of orange peel that make quite a refreshing beer. The mouthfeel is good, the low alcohol content make the beer very easy to drink on summer days. I would definitely recommend this one.

Photo of BeerAmbassador
2.82/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow with a thin head that goes away quickly. Actually looks a bit like a macro lager. Not much on the aroma or palate. Bit of lemon and grain, a bit sour on the back end. I actually like the mouthfeel more than I thought I would given the quickly dissipating head, relatively creamy. Not my favorite summer seasonal, not even close, but given that it's 7:30pm and still 105 degrees here, this will do just fine.

Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this fresh, & I believe with this brewery if you don't you're missing some of the taste on their main stable of beers, doesn't make them great, just think some are better than the collective ratings in some cases

Pours a solid golden with a 2 fingersdeep white head. Some lacing & minimal head retention

S: Slight malt & mustyness up front. Matyness & floral hops as it warms

T: Tastes a little of style but, has a Fruitty& crisp bready taste up front. Followed by a slight foral hoppyness. finshes crisp & fruitty

MF: Juicy with good carbonation& sprtittzyness

Drinks really easy, if off style. One of the better Breckenridge seasonals

Photo of Kegatron
3.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear paler gold, with several rich foamy fingers of bright-white head. This readily shrinks down but swirling does get this back up to a frothy ½ finger, which leaves back thick heavy swathes of sticky lace behind. The aroma smells floral and citric, with notes of lemon and lime that mix in the sweet and slightly tart breadiness of the wheat. The freshness of the nose here pretty much carries this.

The taste is similar, with mostly a smack of fresh lemon and lime character, a touch of dry citrus rind bitterness, and then the crisp sweetness of the wheat both complimenting and balancing out the citrus. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a gentle prickliness on the tongue and then more of a smooth creaminess on the edges. Pretty easy feel here overall.

This was pretty straightforward with its flavors and while fairly breezy and inoffensive on the palate, this wasn’t overly memorable either. I’d probably be hard pressed to remember anything about other than its easy drinkability if I hadn’t taken notes.

Photo of benmiliron
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Straw yellow color, perfectly crystal transparent, slight bit of foam on the surface of the brew. Little noticeable smell, some fruitiness. Taste is heavy on some acidic character - real lemon? From the website: A refreshing wheat ale with a hint of citrus flavor. Beer Style: American Wheat Ale with Fruit. That explains the lemon. Mouthfeel is winey and very heavy sharp bubble.

That said, this is very easy to drink, provided you enjoy the lemony character.

Photo of nortmand
2.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear straw yellow with some fluffy white head. Not labelled Kristallweizen, so would expect some delicious yeast. Oh well.

Some mild fruity banana esters in the nose. A bit of grassiness as well.

Astringent flavors dominate the flavor from beginning to end. A bit of sweetness in there, but overall gives me the distinct impression of malt liquor. A bit of hoppiness at the end.

Very light and moderately drinkable if only because it isn't offensive. I've enjoyed several of Breckenridge's offerings since they were introduced to Michigan awhile back, but this is nothing that hasn't been done better by someone else.

Photo of bashiba
2.51/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had a nice golden orange color with a light thin white head that was gone in a flash, no lacing to speak off. Good carbonation running through from start to finish.

Had a thin sweet malt and wheat smell.

The taste was pretty boring, just a touch of wheat and sweet corn with a light bit of grassy hops. Just a notch more flavor than a typical Macro.

The mouthfeel was very very watery and thin.

It was drinkable in a boring macro sort of way. Would not search out or buy again.

Photo of ohiobeer29
1.1/5  rDev -65.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Another basic summer ale good for sumer time

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.68/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright and light yellow in color with a tiny yet noticeable white head. A large and citrus like aroma that keeps to form. Sweet and grainy malts through and through; tender wheat malts characteristics combined with some lemony citrus offerings. Mildly, yet perfectly carbonated. Come-and-go flavorings, very refreshing and mild. Simple to drink, nothing wrong here.

Photo of imasloth
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear golden ale with temporary white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S- Pale malt only. Not unpleasant, but plain.

T- Pale malt, little else. Maybe a little orange?

M- Light-bodied and smooth.

O- This beer isn't good. It's plain and seems completely lacking in inspiration. That said, I didn't mind slowly finishing off the six pack, using these beers at the end of a long day to ease me into relaxation ... So they're good for that.

Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer with Summer written all over it, granted its in the name, this is a lager like experience. It's attributes are straight wheat bread, cracker and dough with a dry refreshing feel. This style is never overly diverse but this ale is strong in flavor and aroma. Very good hot weather quencher.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light pale straw color with nice white head and great lacing. Nose of lemon, sweet caramel malts, and light bready goodness. Taste is sweet bready malts to the back and sides, light lemon zest and a hint of orange on the aftertaste. very nice. Where's my lawn mower???

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SummerBright Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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