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SummerBright Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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213 Reviews

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Reviews: 213
Hads: 604
Avg: 3.17
pDev: 25.87%
Wants: 4
Gots: 79 | 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

Enjoy Poolside or Sprinklerside. Breck Brew's SummerBright is the result. The craftsman's touch combines white wheat, two row pale and munich malt with the pacific northwest's most intriguing hops to create a bright, clean ale ideal for picnicking, evenings on the screen porch and enjoying the whims of the summer breeze.
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Photo of boblog
3.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy golden with a very tin head which leaves little lacing.

Smell: Is light having hints of wheat and lemon.

Taste: Wheat a bit of lemon and sweet malts. Nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly

Over all and okay beer. I had this last week definitely not an October beer.I have had a few decent beers from the Breckenridge brewery, my favorite being the Avalanche ale but this one let me down a bit. Still I will probably buy it again in the summer.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Summer Bright Ale was a hazy pale golden color with a white head. The head was small and quickly dissipated to a thin layer, leaving very little lace behind. The aroma was light malt and some citrus (lemons). The taste was crisp with lemon again. It was light bodied with plenty of carbonation. It's a refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of terrabyte
2.49/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A very yellow and clear beer with a decent sized head.

Smell was strong, it was either yeasty or grainy. Not very appetizing.

It tasted a bit flat and weak. Whenever I drink a yellow beer like this I try to tell myself: At least it's better than Miller Light. But that isn't really a tough goal, is it.

I'd have to say it wasn't very remarkable at all.

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Photo of sloejams
3.62/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of xav33
2.6/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4.5

Breckenridge Summerbright Ale
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, livered 09/06
Medium pour in a pint glass

Poured a slightly hazy gold with a 1/4 inch fully diminishing rocky white head.

Smelt of flowers, oranges and light grain, and a hint of spice, maybe coriander.

Taste was upfront light sweet orange blossoms, followed by a bitter spice kick and light acidic oranges and sweet flowers, all in an overly short finish. Mouthfeel was light, off-dry, fizzy and slightly metallic.

Overall, a beer that reaches its quaffing goal, nothing more.

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Photo of hanco005
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A—golden and clear with a fizzy egg shell white ¾ inch head that fades away to a couple of thin islands in a matter of minutes, laces in spots

S—lemon and wheat are strongest as suspected, some mild malty notes are in there, too

T—lemon and other citrus fruits are very mild, some grainy taste as well

M—a little flat, light bodied, very mild carbonation

D—not a bad summer brew. I’ll enjoy the six pack that I have, but probably won’t buy it again

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Photo of Bighuge
3.74/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, hazy piss yellow color. Thin off white head. Bubbly lace. Nice aroma. Tangy wheat. Zesty lemon. And grainy, sweet malts. Refreshing citrus bite. Slightly dry finish. A bit of a hoppiness. Lemony and crisp. Brightly carbonated. Decent enough summer quaffer.

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Photo of xzqrut
2.7/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle, this summer ale had a clear golden appearance with a small, light head, that did not retain that well. There was decent carbonation. The smell was somewhat malty, with some mild floral scents. The beer went down smooth, but taste was not too distinct, again seemed dominated by malt.

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Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev +12%
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

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Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderately cloudy golden bronze color with a smallish fizzy white head that dwindles. Lacing is weaker but there. Aroma is of dry grains with a bit of toastiness and an earthy component. Taste is dominant on the malty side but not really too sweet. It's more robust in mouthfeel but still decently smooth. Not a whole lot really going on however. Light citrus flavors seem to want to come out but never truly show themselves. There's just lots of nondescript toasty malty flavors with a dry edge to them. It's a decent choice for the summertime but with Oberon, Zoomer, Whitsun, Celis, etc., I don't think I would choose this again.

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Photo of nortmand
2.98/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass, pours a pale golden yellow, not too much head, less lacing. Aroma is has a little honey sweetness, but also a sour funk, like sweaty socks. And its not because its an out of date beer. A medium body with springy carbonation, with lemon and melon tones in there, but finishes a little dry but kind of pasty too. Overall, decent, but not faving another any time soon.

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Photo of benito
1.85/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The first thing, and sadly the best thing, that I can say about this brew is that the artwork on the bottle is stunning. I really enjoy the graphic design from Breckenridge, and more than once it's seduced me into picking up one of their brews. But, I doubt that that will happen again with SummerBright.

Supposedly a pale wheat ale, this pours a clear golden that looks more of a pilsener or American macro lager. There's little head and lots of carbonation. The bouquet is virtually absent, and the flavors are a mix of occasional fruitiness with a harsh, unexpected bitterness.

I'm not a huge fan of pale wheat beers, but they can be great summer drinking; they are usually refreshing and easy to drink all afternoon. Or at least they should be (IMO). Breck's interpretation falls short of all of these...a disappointment for a brewery that has put out some good seasonals (especially, the Vanilla Porter).

Take a pass on this one.

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Photo of alexgash
2.67/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Standard gold-yellow, clear, sparkly. Vigorous pour yields a smallish, short-lived, off-white head. Honeyish, soft, grainy malt. Lemon zest. Light coriander/pepper. Muted, pita bread malt with some wheat twang. Slightly tart to lemony bite lead to modest bitterness. Finish is grainy, citrusy and slightly astringent. Light-medium bodied with a minor proteiny feel. Meh, not my idea of a good summer beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance- one to half finger head that dissipated very quickly. A more golden champaign look with a lot of carbonation present whilst viewing the beer.I wouldn't call this particular carbonation brussels' lace No head at this point.

Smell- I hardly smell anything except for some yeasty bread smells and a eensy weensy bit of hops.

Taste- Pretty watery than what was expected. Some earthy hay jumps in at the middle with a sugary hop aftertaste. But nothing really special at all.

Mouthfeel- Very light, this is somethign that could take the heat away from some spicy Mexican food. But doesn't bring anything special to the table.

Drinkability- Very good, I could have copius amounts of this, doesn't have the lack luster flavor and wateryness of the big name American Macro lagers, but uneventful enough to receive praise.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold color with a thin white head.
Aromas of wheat malt and citrus.
Same aromas come through in the flavor. Not overly complex, this one is a simple wheat base with a little bit of citrus in there to sort of mix things up. The light mouthfeel and crispness make combine to make this more of a "lawnmower" brew. Not offensive, just uncomplex. You could still have several of these while the Broncos beat up on the Colts preseason.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This summer bright ale is a lovely golden colour with crystal clarity. Fat bubbles that seem a hair lazy bound to the surface. I managed to rouse a fairly large white head that looked sticky and much like my spit on a hot dry day. A day that this beer would be perfect for. I have some lace hanging around enhancing the view, but not a large amount.

The nose holds a sort of peppery, musky, gaseous odor. Hard to peg. I guess one could call this grainy or wheaty as that is most likely the source. It is really not too appetizing, but seems common in beers along these lines.

The taste is somewhat similar to corn syrup. There is a bitterness in the finish and a slight sourness as well. The sour seems to hold this beer back from being described as crisp and refreshing. It leaves a lingering heaviness on my tongue.

The mouthfeel seems a bit heavier than I would have expected from a summer brew. It has a syrupy feel at certain times. It really doesn't fit that well.

Drinkability is right on par with the other qualities. Nothing stellar here. It is close to good, but not quite there.

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Photo of rrwiltse
2.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, but what a boring beer! It joins the ranks of the refreshing summer brews that are simply nothing special.
The aroma was simply non-existant, I couldn't smell a thing! Nothing remarkable with mouthfeel or appearance. Wheat, a bit of maltiness, a bit of citrus (orange?), but all in all not a whole lot going on. A good hot day, drink-a-lot beer, I don't know that I'd buy it again...well, maybe only one more time....

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Photo of ryantupy
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this one up at a Famous Daves due to there lack of a decent selection at that specific store. It poured a slightly cloudy golden color with a small white head. It tasted acidic and hints of wheat, hops and lemon were present. While I found this beer enjoyable it was average all around.

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Photo of putnam
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tangy raw grain aromas. Blond color. Balanced flavors are subtle. Lemon cookie flavors finish dry and watery. Pleasant buttered, toasted white bread flavors join in. Overall this is a juicy, easy beer suitable for thirst quenching. The thin texture seems out of proportion to the fruit and crust flavors. Nothing complicated. Nothing epic.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.04/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled in the third week of March (as per notches on the side of the label), poured into a pint. One of the beers in the mixed 12 pack.

Clear gold, nothing worth mentioning in terms of head, retention, lacing. Looks and acts like a macro.

The nose is weak, but I did pick up some caramel and a suggestion of generic wheat. Upon further sniffing I get some grain.

The taste has a bit more wheat to it, as well as the caramel from the nose, but there's also just enough hop to quench my thirst. Still boring overall.

Light, even for a summer brew, mouthfeel. Drinkable, but sooo boring.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of an indescript and average beer. Slightly hazed gold color, nice head. Light grass in the nose, not very assertive or strong. Taste is sharp and clean, but not very strong in the classic wheat ale sense. Pretty good drinkability, but not very spot on for the style. Good mouthfeel, also.

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Photo of Beervis
4.3/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, very light straw colour with a thin white head that quickly fades.

Smell is of light malt, lemony citrus, and faintly floral esters. Taste is sour and citric, a tad spicy, and slightly tart. Fairly thin body and mouthfeel gives way to a slightly bitter and dry finish.

This is a great hot weather quencher. It's 90+ here today, and this was just what the doctor ordered! More please.

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Photo of palliko
2.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear bright gold color, little foam or lacing, difficult to detect aroma, some wheat and malt in initial taste – sweet lemon peel flavor that refreshes but is not a good wheat beer, or a good beer period, for that matter. This is a BORING beer – try Widmer Bros. Hefe – it is twice as good.

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SummerBright Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.