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SummerBright Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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SummerBright AleSummerBright Ale

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553 Ratings

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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 5
Gots: 50 | 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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Photo of tigg924
3.11/5  rDev -3.4%
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 treehugger02010
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm not sure where I got this at Bridgewater's in Philadelphia, PA. It came in a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a straw color. The head is a bright white color, 1 finger tall, small medium sized bubbles, ok retention, not much lacing.
Smell: The aromas are yeasty, peppery, and nothing else.
Taste: The flavors are nobel hops, clean, and nonoffensive.
Mouthfeel: The body of this beer is thin, with a clean finish.
Drinkability: This beer is a drinkable beer.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
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 tone77
3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some citrus notes. Taste is refreshing, mild, some citrus and wheat is present. Feels light in the mouth and overall this is an easy drinking summer beer.

Photo of Kiwano
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - straw yellow slightly cloudy

S - light yeast

T - light lemon citrus, hint of green apple with slight sweet and hint of bitter on back of tongue only slightly present

M - slight light fizz carbonation keeps it refreshing

D - light tasty refreshing would have another

Photo of mactrail
2.97/5  rDev -7.8%
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 SickGnar
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Robust, yet pale, golden. Quite hazy with a small bright white head. Okay retention and a few stringy bits of lace.

S: Faint citrus, grainy & husky wheat, a touch of grassy & noble hops. A bit of sweetness. A bit restrained, but nice enough.

T: Citrus is quite a bit more forward than in the nose. More lemon too, but the orange is there as well. Noticeably grainy and husky wheat, but with some soft sweetness and a touch of biscuit at the end. Background bitterness of a mostly grassy nature with an edge of softly spicy & sweet noble character. At the end an earthy not come in with just a hint of pepper – not sure if it is hops or yeast derived. There is a building lemony and vaguely tart edge. A nice summer ale, if perhaps a tad full and sweet, with an ever so barely there pseudo Belgian bent (understated Wit & Saison type hints).

M: Medium body with fairly firm yet soft carbonation. Short of crisp, but reasonably quenching. Opens with a bit of sweetness, then goes softly tart and ends mildly drying.

D: A nice summer beer. Good balance of citrus peel impact & base wheat beer. Not too many dimensions, but what is there has great roundness & okay depth. Nicely pleasant & drinkable with a very adroit touch of character.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw color with a fizzy, white head.

Aroma is pretty light, nothing too overpowering. Some grass and lemon along with some of that sour wheat smell that comes from many of these American Pale Wheat Ales.

A big swig of this brings some light citrus flavors, a bit of tartness and a faint sweet background. Very light and crisp on the tongue, no major off flavors and no real dominating features.

Solid summer brew in a can.

Photo of syrupjoe
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours with a 1+ finger creamy eggshell head. Great lacing. Beer is a hazy straw color with no particulates.

Nose is fruity, with notes of strawberry, citrus, and vanilla. Very clean, with little hop presence.

Taste is grainy, sweet, slightly metallic, with notes of citrus, pineapple, and is a bit sour. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with moderate carbonation.

Overall, I'm glad I bought this beer while in the area. Not terribly unique, but a great summer libation that is plenty drinkable while still retaining my interest. Would buy again in the right season.

Photo of Veillantif
2.89/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle, maybe 8 degrees C, poured into a chilled stange glass.

A: pretty bottle, but it's uh-oh on the pour: uninspiring pale gold color of some unloveable lagers and (within a few seconds) no head to speak of. Are they trying to make it look like the nitrogenous waste of quadruped mammals?

S: not hold-your-nose bad, but it can't arouse much enthusiasm: malted wheat, but sour, acrid even.

T: momentarily there is a bright perk of citrus that wasn't so apparent on the nose, but enjoy it while it lasts; what follows is tart, yet bland. Aftertaste is a touch metallic.

M: mundane. Goes down fast but leaves a sour aftertaste; there's much more beer lingering on my palate than there is in the glass.

D: Every summer I feel as though there are a million more of these damn beers, and I'm not going to say this is the worst. Hell, I'll drink it again if I'm offered. I'll just be sure there are some sausages or something nearby to blot out that aftertaste. Also: this is one beer that does not reward a pour into a glass, so keep it in the bottle.

Photo of celticfutblclub
2.55/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

comes out an opaque yellow hue (the kind thats got a tiny amount of green in it). small head with minimal retention and no real lacing at all. hmm... giant aroma of wheat on this which is not surprising but it seems to be overshadowing everything else. grass is present. honey and clove are faint in the background and thats about all i can make out. now on to the taste mmm watered down tasting wheat ale. guess i can't say im too surprised. lemon zest wheat and a bit of a hop bite are there but its just all so distant and watery. lots of carbonation felt on this one. overall this thing is just not good enough. time to go back to the drawing board.

Photo of keeganfrank
3.89/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one arrived from the bartender with no head and a dark gold body. Grassy, wheat aroma with creamy, lemony odors and a hint of vanilla. Tastes of grass and grain accompanied by fresh lemon. Aftertaste is cream and grain. Great, unique flavor. Good one for a hot day.

Photo of riversider76
3.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy straw color with a thin white head. Not much retention and just a bit of lacing. Aroma has very faint hints of Lemon, Orange and Wheat. Body is light and somewhat carbonated. Taste is of sweet tarts, and lemon. Bit of a tangy finish. Nothing exceptional, but ok for the Summer.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up last week in Jers - oh hell, it's summer and I wanted a beer that I could drink and not have to overanalyze to death. This fit the bill even though there's still something missing from this...

Blonde pour with no head or lacing to be seen. Heck, my glass looked like it has been washed after I got about 3/4 of the way down it. As for the taste, there's not much here. Sourness that wishes it was as subtle as a Belgian beer, straw that probably came from a vacant lot in in the inner city and wheat that couldn't be used as an ethanol substitute. They're all here and if you toss in some grass and ferment it, you'd probably get something close to this. No hops, no clove or banana, and no kidding. I only wish I did the landscaping at my house so I could mow the lawn with one of these in my hands.

I drank this quick - does that make this a good beer? I tend to drink water or Gatorade when I'm thirsty but that doesn't make them a gin and tonic in my eyes. Want a six-pack to chug that will make you look smarter than the average BMC drinker? Look no further. This goes for all of you who want to move on from Blue Moon and want to impress your friends. If I had more here, I'd probably crack 'em open and think about what could have been. Instead, I'm going to head outside and at least be grateful that I have beers like this to sample in the summer. I couldn't imagine when else I'd have one of these.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Slight hazy lemon coloring produces a frothy linen white head that was average at best retention wise. No visible window dressing with a soft instance of vastly isolated carbonation bubbles rise at a moderate pace.

S: Lightly tart citrus/oranges with wheat, Muted and light overall. Not a lot going on spice wise.

T: The flavor is lightly tart citrus/oranges with wheat much like the nose, but seems pretty mundane from start to finish holding little surprise. Some fizziness but ends on a sour watery tart note that leaves much to be desired. Flaked wheat in terms of base grain, grated lemon peels in terms of hopping, pretty basic, no thrills.

M: Lazy mouthful, light bodied, a bit watery when swooshed around turning a bit bitter of lemon citrus. Could of stood to use a bit more snap and pop carbonation wise to make sharper, as is a lazy lay.

O: Average best sums up this offering from start to finish. Won't turn you off but sure wont give you reason to repurchase, rather mundane, not for the discriminatory drinker.

Photo of bristei
2.45/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Photo of BeerAmbassador
2.82/5  rDev -12.4%
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 smcolw
2.91/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.42/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.21/5  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.

Photo of AleWatcher
2.76/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.21/5  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.

Photo of Lauthaha
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of Gavage
2.98/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of PhageLab
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

SummerBright Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.