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SummerBright Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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SummerBright AleSummerBright Ale

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554 Ratings

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Ratings: 554
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 5
Gots: 49 | 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: 554 | Reviews: 210
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of metter98
3.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The appearance resembles a witbier and is hazy light yellow in color. It has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation and poured with a thin bright white head that quickly died down but never completely faded away and also left a collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are very light aromas of wheat in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has some hints of lemon peel.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down very easily but could use stronger flavors to make it more exciting.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pulled from the variety pack. As expected with most Summer beers, this one is built for hot weather, easy consuption, and mass-markets. On a hot summer night at a neighbor's birthday party, it fits the bill pretty well. Starts with a pilsner-like, straw color with a mild haze. Spritzy carbonation forms a dainty head that shows modest staying power with some lacing. Aromas are bready, spicy, yeasty, grassy, and with an evident wheat aroma. Pretty well balanced, but does show some raw grain characteristics. Flavors intensify with the raw grain taste, especially the wheat, while giving a spicy, bready, lemony taste. White pepper, clove, and citrus notes round out the spiciness. Texture is a little thin for wheat-based beers, but lighten considerable for ease of consumption, albeit dumbing down in the process. Finishes with a bready / yeasty, lemon note. It's an ok beer for an ok style, but the Agave Wheat is a much better base beer with better character.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.07/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Minimally cloudy straw yellow. The head is bone white and small, even after an aggressive pour, and drops alarmingly quickly to a thin film, leaving almost no lace.

The nose is unimpressive: some hops, some grain, not much else and not very interesting. Flavor is a letdown as well. There's an indistinct bitterness, unaccompanied by any real hop flavor, a rough grain-huskiness and a lingering, faintly lemony sweetness. The mouthfeel is light, though it doesn't make it all the way to watery.

Breckenridge Summer Bright Ale is just okay... but then that's how most American pale wheats strike me. There's bound to be something better on the shelves, no matter how small the selection.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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

Apperance: Pours a clear, pale yellow body with a small, white head.

Smell: Mildy malty, wheat aroma with some subtle hints of floral and spice.

Taste: Sweetish, slightly grainy maltiness. Crackery wheat taste. Some floral and spice. Relatively light bittneress. Finishes light and crisp with a faint taste of sourdough.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Ideal for light drinking, it aspires to little more. Leaves me yearning for an Oberon, though!

Photo of emerge077
2.76/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a single 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. It has bright clarity, with a steady stream of ascending carbonation. Lasting white foam, dripping webs of lace decorate the interior of the glass. Body is light orange yellow. Unbroken skim, good retention.

Bready, butter crackers and honey, some ale yeast was noticeable when swirled, but little in the way of (advertised) orange and lemon peel.

Flavor is a bit flaccid, oxidized pilsner malt, crackers. A little bit of candy wafer sweetness... orange flavored, sure. Weak body, flabby and watery palate. Completely insipid. One and done, likely won't revisit. Seems this summer seasonal was on the tail end of it's life, much like the season itself is fleeting today.

Photo of zeff80
3.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a pale, yellow/gold color with a small, short-lived, white head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of of wheat and yeast.

T - It tasted of wheat, yeast and some clove.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This was an okay beer. There was nothing particularly significant about the flavor.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

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 XmnwildX12
2/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of Slatetank
2.93/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured cool from a brown 12oz into a wheat glass.
A - A honeyish golden hue w/ a 2 finger white cap that collapses into a small band.

S - Crisp wheat odors w/ a light citrus scent.

M - Light crisp, moderate carbonation, slightly sweet in the finish.

T - Gentle nutty malt with a tickle of citrus, ever so faint spice and a generally pleasant sweet taste w/ a powdery non-descript taste that lingers.

D - An average summer beer, easty to drink, but not much to it. I could take it or leave it, just a basic lawnmower ale.

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 mactrail
2.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Harsh, dull lager. Golden color in the pint glass. Thin, medicinal. A promising hint of malty sweetness but leaves a long, bitter aftertaste. Salty on the lips. Head dissipates and not much carbonation in the mouth.

Breckenridge has long been one of my least favorite Denver breweries. Now it's part of the Wynkoop group, so we'll see whether they can come up with some more interesting beers.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: crysatl clear yellow color, with a solid, but slight ring of white foam.
Aroma: citric and somewhat sour, with a big hoppiness that I like.
Taste: big texture, buzzing on the tastebuds, but quick to mellow. Light bodied, crisp and refreshing, with a simple, but tasty finish.
Flavor is well maintained, and this ale basically does what it sets out to do: slakes the thirst, no fuss, no muss. Lemony taste persists, and character is well represented in the name: summery and bright.
Note, though I post near Halloween, this review comes from notes of a sampling done in mid-August.
Thanks to Bruiser81 for the chance to try it out.

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SummerBright Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.