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SummerBright Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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538 Ratings

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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 5
Gots: 41 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-30-2002)
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Photo of bristei
2.4/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass

A: Translucent, straw, little to no head

S: Grassy, lemon hints, almost sour

T: Not much there... sour with maybe a bit of zest and ginger? Really hard to find a pronounced enough falvor to put my finger on it.

M: Thin, no real finish, very little attack if any

O: Really light; probably too light in my opinion. I get that it's a summer beer, but with a name like summerbright I would expect more of a "wake up and enjoy the sun" kick or flavor. I most likely won't have one of these again.

bristei, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of BeerAmbassador
2.8/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

BeerAmbassador, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of smcolw
2.93/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much of a head. What is there dies to a single layer of minute bubbles. Does leave some ring lace. Cloudy and light gold color.

Very earthy smell, slightly sour. Not a smell that I like.

Thin bodied with a reasonable level of carbonation. Light pale ale malt flavors. Nearly no hop. A light wheat beer without the wheat. Sour finish, but it's short lived.

smcolw, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy yellow body is topped by a thing white head that disappears quickly without leaving and lacing behind.

Lots of malted wheat in the aroma, with scents of grain and cracker. A good punch of citrus also, backing up the label's claim that this one was brewed with citrus peels.

Maybe I'm just a sucker for a wheat beer after a day outside when the temperature is in the 90s, but I like this one. Lots of grain and cracker, mostly grain until the finish with the cracker comes through. The citrus isn't powerful, but throughout the lemon and orange peel make their presence known. A little bit of coriander pops up toward the finish. Fairly simple, the grainy wheat is nice and there is just enough citrus to keep things interesting. A little bit of hop bite lingers in there also.

Medium body with high carbonation for the style.

Good choice for a day in the sun. I don't think I would want a whole case of the stuff but a couple would be just fine with me.

Hojaminbag, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.2/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow with a large size frothy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell – Grains, lemons..

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it feels slightly creamy on the palette. I can taste wheat and lemons and also a little bit of a metallic flavour. There really inst much going on taste wise with this beer.. although the taste that it does have is pleasant.

Overall – A very easy drinking beer that I could definitely drink a whole bunch of. That being said it really inst anything exciting and I wouldn't seek it out again.

spinrsx, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
2.73/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Can into tulip pint glass.

A light, barely hazy, fizzy yellow with a white head. The head settled pretty quickly into a wispy. Decent retention and lacing.

Smells of generically sweet malts... Some wheat. No real hops come across on the nose, and they mainly only present as bittering hops in terms of flavors. An odd chalkiness comes across on this one that hurts this beer a little.
The body is fine. It doesn't really stand out as being great, but nothing about this beer really does that.
The beer is rather bland... It is a step above a BMC lager, but not one I'll be buying for myself.

AleWatcher, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of Dodo2step
3.2/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A- a pale light yellow color that is lighter than wheat. Foamy carbonated head. NIce stick to the mug as well.

S- grainy malts and hints of wheat and lemon grass.

T- grassy and grainy malt taste. mild citrus flavor but nothing overpowering or flavorful.

M- light bodied, smooth but malty.

O- Not a bad beer but the taste isnt what i expected. This would be a nice beer to give a whirl but wouldnt purchase a sixer of it.

Dodo2step, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of Lauthaha
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Beer is clear, light golden bordering on dark straw color. Head is nearly angel-white with a meringue-like quality. It bubbles down to almost nothing, just a gentle wisp of head on the surface of the beer.

Smell: Very mellow...the only discernible scent is grassy hops. There may or may not be some citrus feel hidden in there, but light grassy hops are all that jump out immediately.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very much like a wheat beer. Crisp, with a light-to-medium carbonation. Biscuit-like malt in the background, grassy-hops (almost like hay) in the foreground. Finishes moderately dry with a barn flavor.

Overall: Slightly above average. Definitely nothing impressive here. Overpriced, not worth a try. Drink a Hoegaarden, you'll get a better Wheat Ale for about the same price.

Lauthaha, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of Gavage
2.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy pale yellow color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: lemon and orange are most dominant.

Taste: light grainy malt with loads of lemon zest and orange. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Very crisp throughout. Mildly refreshing.

Overall: this beer leans a bit more fruit juice with a bit of carbonation. Tough to finish one bottle of this.

Gavage, May 27, 2011
Photo of PhageLab
3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Slightly hazy golden colour. Produced a one finger head, which steadily dissipated to a thin layer. No visible lacing.

S - Tangy aroma which waters the mouth. Mostly apricots in the nose.

T - Citrusy body, again apricots come to mind, as well as lemon peel. Slightly sour, but not in an off way.

M - Light body, mild carbonation and a mostly dry finish.

D - Not bad at all, but nothing really special either. Good Spring brew to enjoy outside. I would certainly do another anytime.

PhageLab, May 27, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: cloudy tan/yellow body, trace head,

S: mild wheat, trace lemon, coriander

T: wheat, coriander, lemon

M: light body, mild oily

O: Not really impressed. Easy going session brew, but there are many more options for lighter brews.


BeerLover99, May 20, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a golden yellow body with a large white head that maintains decent lacing and retention. Carbonation is also very good. I can smell some bread, orange peel and lemon. The taste has a wheat taste throughout that follows with some orange and finishes off with some lemon. This beer is a rather light bodied beer that feels very watery when drinking it and overall it is a decent tasting beer when in the mood for a summer ale, but should not be your first choice as there are some better American Pale Wheat Ale's out there.

DannyDan, May 18, 2011
Photo of rmalinowski4
2.65/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear light straw color with one finger of white head. Head recedes slowly to a crown and leaves some lacing.

Smell is of light malts. No hop smell. Very little smell at all.

Taste is light malts with some citrus orange. Very light and drinkable, very light flavor. There is no hop prescence detectable.

The mouthfeel is light In body with good carbonation.

Overall, this beer is not that impressive. It's too light in both the body and the flavor. It drinks more like a light beer. It would be a descent beer to have on a hot day if it was available, but I wouldn't seek it out.

rmalinowski4, May 13, 2011
Photo of bigaltemple
3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a couple of these hoping the warm weather was here to stay.

It poured a very light gold, ugly yellow. Almost no head to speak of. What little there was quickly disappeared.

Smelled the malt almost exclusively. It has a very light hint of wheat and/or grass. Almost no scent of the orange/lemon peels.

Taste, again, almost all malt. It does have some very mild hops working in there. A pretty nice, dry finish where you do get a subtle taste of the citrus.

Overall, just a simple, middle of the road beer. I wasn't expecting to be blown away, but still come away a little disappointed.

bigaltemple, May 05, 2011
Photo of b3shine
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. I gave the appearance a 3.5 without getting a clear look at it. Bouquet was average. The taste wasn't much better, with limited amounts of the lemon peel present. Mouthfeel was average too. Really a poor man's Oberon (although I don't know if it's actually less expensive).

b3shine, May 03, 2011
Photo of pzrhsau
3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Light gold color/almost clear with some nice head to accentuate it.
S: Smells of wheat and bread with some nice notes of orange peel and citrus.
T: Tangy hop flavor with some notes of wheat malt and some slight flavors of citrus and orange peel.
D/O: Very crisp and drinkable with some good flavors that go well with summer. It could have some more flavor to go with the tartness.

pzrhsau, May 01, 2011
Photo of rawfish
3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather ugly color, piss yellow, slightly golden over a quickly fading one finger white head. Leaves plenty of spotty sticky lace over the glass.

Smells rather full for a summer ale, bready malts some sweetness, quite robust with some grassy notes coupled with wheat. I can't pick up the orange and lemon peel yet.

Once again rather full flavor, bready malts carried the whole way through assisted by a wheat twang, much more grassiness. Ends slightly dry with a little lemon zip on the finish.

Rather full body on this one for a wheat beer, modest carbonation and very smooth. That drying finish and tart kiss at the end could be more pronounced to balance out the body.

Not sure what I was expecting but this has got to be the heaviest wheat beer I've ever had, drinks more like an amber including the biscuit malty taste and has a surprising amount of body unlike some other Breckenridge offerings. Not exactly a light summer fare but I enjoyed it

rawfish, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of thatlongname
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale gold with light carbonation. Little head and quick dissipating.

Smell: I can smell faint hops, spice and grass. Probably a little citrus and some wheat as well.

Taste: Mild hops, faint wheat. I was more impressed with this than what I was expecting from the smell. There's a balance to the taste. Kind of like a herbal tea in a way.

Mouthfeel: Very light, a little too light really. It's kind of watery in a way.

Overall: Overall a decent beer. Probably good for a summer day. You could definitely kick back a few of these because of the good balance.

thatlongname, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of deadliest
2.55/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Part of the Breckenridge sampler 12pk.

A: Slightly cloudy yellow, weak white head.
S: Faint wheat, grass.
T: Mild spices, not a lot else.
F: Light, watery, slightly slick.

D: Just kinda "meh." Not bad at all, but there's just way too much available to think about purchasing on it's own. Thankfully everything else in their sampler 12pk has been very good like I've come to expect from Breckenridge.

deadliest, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of TrentWoody
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

TrentWoody, Jan 21, 2011
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.

secondtooth, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of zdk9
3.63/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazed orange with greenish tints. Half a finger of head that dissipates quickly.

S- Lemon-lime, raspberry, honey, peach. Reminds me a lot of an apricot wheat beer.

T- The taste has grainier taste that works with the fruit. Also some hop flavors coming out as my tongue probes around. Hard pinewood, woody rosemary. More complex than I expected or I got in the first gulp.

M- Kinda syrupy, maybe needs more carbonation.

O- Good, nice and complex- just needs a little less syrupy sweetness.

zdk9, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Holly BMC! It's like pee (yellow)! Little to no head like old Miller Light.

S - Mostly pilsner malt and wheat with very mild if any hops.

T - Wow I was actually impressed. Expecting it to taste crappy or bitter with a C rating it was actually a pleasantry solid ale. Granted a weak light ale but pretty good for summer.

M - Very light and crisp. Very little if any carbonation.

D - Will have to have this next year. It was still pretty good for a summer ale in the fall. OK beer!

DrDemento456, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of JMad
3.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle to a pint glass...
This beer pours a piss yellow color, has a thin white head and ok lacing.
Smells kind of lemony, and grassy.
The taste is lemony as well with hints of wheat.
It's crisp refreshing, and over carbonated.
It was ok, pretty typical summer beer.

JMad, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of beer2day
2.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very pale yellow pour with 1/2 finger light cream head. No retention and thin, sparse lace.

Nose is pretty unremarkable. Weak, weak malt and the faintest hint of lemon.

Malt and lemon are all I get in the flavor, too. Not bad, and refreshing. Just not terribly inspiring.

Feel is too thin and watery.

Just missed the Target for me.

beer2day, Sep 18, 2010
SummerBright Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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