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SummerBright Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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SummerBright AleSummerBright Ale

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514 Ratings

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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 4
Gots: 31 | 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 beer2day

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

09-18-2010 02:31:08 | More by beer2day
Photo of matjack85


2.7/5  rDev -15.9%

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Glen Ellyn,IL for $1.49. The side of the label has month and week numbers on it but nothing is notched out, so there's no telling when this beer was made. Their website says it's available April thru August, so I hope this is from this year's batch.

This is not a good looking beer. Cloudy yellow color with just a thin white rim for a head, no retention, and no lacing whatsoever.

The smell is pretty weak. All I pick up is some faint fruit and even fainter wheat.

Whatever you do, do not drink this beer ice cold - it's terrible that way. Although the flavor improves as it warms, it's not even that good in that condition. Some malty sweetness shows up as it warms, along with a touch of citrus, but that's about it. At just 15 IBU's, the hops are almost invisible. It's a pretty bland brew.

Light body with fairly high carbonation makes for a decent mouthfeel for a summer brew.

The 4.5% alcohol makes it easy to have a few, but I don't know who would want to. There's just not enough flavor to make it an enjoyable thirst quencher.

09-06-2010 14:50:09 | More by matjack85
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.5/5  rDev +9%

Almost clear, one finger head, good lacing, slightly hazy golden yellow color. 3.5

A grainy, earthy, hay like to wooden type smell. Very interesting smell for a beer. 3.5

Tastes grainy with a light citrusy background. Mildly hoppy with light malts and an overall pleasant, summery type taste. 3.5

Feels light and slick going down. Easy drinking and decently on-line with the style and summery billing. 4

Drinks easy. Sessionable or suitable for a summer barbeque or day of working in your garage. 3.5

The third of four of the sampler 12 pack didn't disappoint. None of these beers have been world class but all have been pretty good so far.

08-17-2010 15:11:42 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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2.65/5  rDev -17.4%

Look - Light straw color. Half a finger's worth of foam. Seems to have low carbonation.

Smell - It has a very bitter smell. Quite hopy.

Taste - a little bland in taste, more like a cheap light beer. APC not listed. There's a spiciness (not hot) that makes up for the bland taste.

Mouthfeel - Watery, like a lighter beer.

Drinkability - This would be an easy beer to keep coming back to in terms of a cheaper party beer, but not really worth bragging about.

08-04-2010 05:20:08 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of ridglens


2.95/5  rDev -8.1%

First a big thanks to Hayesez for...um, well for leaving it my fridge!

Poured into a Portsmouth snifter, pours a huge head to the top of the glass. This dies very quickly, but leaves a pretty solid lacing around the rim of the glass. Color is very light orange, and a little cloudy looking. Smell is not all that great, a little citrus and some fresh hops, but not a whole lot else. Tastes a little bit better than the smell lends on, a little fresh crisp citrus hops and even a bit of a yeasty, malt backbone. still not a TON there, but i guess a solid, VERY simple beer. Mouthfeel is pretty light, but the aftertaste if decent which lends itself to good drinkability. Kind of a not-vey-exciting brew...

08-04-2010 02:26:41 | More by ridglens
Photo of ABOWMan


3.88/5  rDev +20.9%

A: Poured a nice straw yellow with some slight haze. Full finger of bright white course bubbled head that was relatively short lived. No lacing was apparent during my drinking session.

S: Notes of citrus and straw are apparent.

T: Lemon, bitter hop and cereal are the predominant flavors. Nice blend of refreshing lemon and hops with a wheat backbone help to make this ale a very refreshing drink.

M: Light on the palate, but not atypical for a summer wheat ale.

D: Very drinkable, especially on a hot summer day.

07-27-2010 19:09:55 | More by ABOWMan
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2.25/5  rDev -29.9%

P: Tall 12oz brown bottle. No best by date.

A: One and a half finger head that dissipates quickly. Yellow color.

S: Sour, hops, lemon.

T: Same as smell. just not a lot going for it. just sour really.

M: Light body, medium carbonation.

D: To sour. not easy to drink. im not going to buy this one again.

07-07-2010 19:36:15 | More by mytireisfat
Photo of mjurney


3.05/5  rDev -5%

[Appearance]: Honey-straw color, a little hazy. Very few bubbles. Really thin soapy head, a little lacing.
[Smell]: Clean aroma. Wheat, hint of lemons, yeast. Typical for most American Wheat, but a little more weaker.
[Taste]: Grainy wheat up front, a little lemon, some yeast. Clean finish at the end. Not too complex.
[Mouthfeel]: Very clean and crisp. Body is light, carbonation is low. Finish is very clean with slight dry aftertaste.
[Drinkability]: It's drinkable, but not much character.

06-27-2010 03:07:20 | More by mjurney
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District of Columbia

2.17/5  rDev -32.4%

Appearance - is thin a straw-like pale yellow. Very unremarkable side by side with a macro in a pint glass I probably couldn't point it out. Very small head with negligible lacing which fades instantly.

Smell - some light malt and maybe some citrus/hops. Pretty hard this beer doesn't give you much to work with.

Taste - could pass for a flat Coors light on a bad day or an old Sam Adams light on a good day. If I close my eyes I would swear this is a lager. Tiny bit of tartness at the back keeps my from pouring this down the sink.

Mouthfeel - is awful. This beer taste flat and thin, bottom line.

Drinkability - the only redeeming factor of this beer is that it is extremely drinkable it tastes, feels, smells, and even looks like a light beer and further a light lager, not the summer ale it claims to be.

Overall - $10.99 for a six pack is just stupid. If this beer sold for $6.99 a six I would buy it again and drink it cold, VERY COLD. But at $11 its just too much for a below average brew.

06-22-2010 03:15:47 | More by Snamnoum
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.28/5  rDev +2.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a Delirium tulip. No date or info.

A - Clear golden yellow and rather inactive, Summer Bright doesn't form much of a head. Almost no foam, lace, or anything for that matter.

S - The aroma is more reminiscent of a lager with the light pils malts and a very low hop smell with a tiny touch of spice that could just be from the yeast. Low and faint, it's hard to smell.

T - A touch of sweet honey brings out some light malts and that's really about it. This beer doesn't really have much going on. Some honey and a tiny hint of spice.

M - Light-bodied and crisp with a smooth texture and lightly spritzy finish. Nice and refreshing.

D - A refreshing summer beer that's crisp and easy drinking but doesn't offer much to the drinker as far as taste goes. Still, it'll get the job done on a hot summer day.

06-21-2010 02:51:27 | More by BeerFMAndy
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2.58/5  rDev -19.6%

12 oz bottle. Is ready for a bottled-on date on the label side, but nothing is marked!

Beer pours slightly cloudy yellow. A head soon dwindles down to almost nothing. For smell, I'm picking up mostly a bit of malts, citrus zest, and alcohol solution. Taste is acidic and a bit garbage-y on the back end. I guess there's malt present, but not enough to cut through the spice. Feel is odd and bubbly, and finishes sticky and sour. Not a fan.

05-25-2010 05:24:51 | More by sixerofelixir
Photo of SamN


2.08/5  rDev -35.2%

A- Pale, faded yellow color, average white head made of fine soapy bubbles. Limited carbonation visible. Brilliant clarity, poor color.

S- Bleh, corn husks and rice. Old, musty aroma. Very poor, almost gross smelling.

T- Strong grain tastes, mostly simple and one dimensional. Rather adjunct taste, poor wheat qualities. Extremely limited citrus dryness, instead cheap malts featuring low-quality adjunct tastes of husks, some metallic sourness and a generally poor overall flavor. Not impressed, indeed.

M- Fairly smooth, low carbonation levels of fine bubbles, pulls nicely from the glass and sits well on the palette.

D- Low, who the hell tested this and okayed it for production? Back to the drawing board with this. Better yet, take the whole brewery back to square one. These guys can't seem to make a hit. Not disappointing, because I never expect much from Breckenridge; just another poor stab at "good" beer.

05-08-2010 18:30:02 | More by SamN
Photo of Cyberkedi


3/5  rDev -6.5%

Pours a rather typical clear straw yellow with a thick but not persistent white head. Aroma is fairly strong, crisp and malty with a yeasty undertone. Flavor is about average, malty and slightly fruity but nothing special. Texture is smooth, a little tingly and a tiny bit on the watery side. Still, it was a nice bit of sunshine on a nasty rainy day.

10-14-2009 20:31:59 | More by Cyberkedi
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New Mexico

2.9/5  rDev -9.7%

Breckenridge beers work for me - while they are not all fantastic, they are generally good and if offered one, I'd be happy to accept it. The Breckenridge Summerbright Ale is a pretty standard summer beer - light, little fruity, little spicy, malty and refreshing. I was disappointed with the smell of the beer, which was lackluster...a lightly fruity aroma, but that's about it. The taste was really good for taking care of you on a hot day. However, the flavor wasn't really there as much I would care for and would not be a beer I'd regularly go for.

Appearance - 3.0/5.0 - light yellow golden color, head dissipates quickly
Smell - 2.5/5.0 - light fruity aroma, otherwise pretty boring.
Taste - 3.0/5.0 - light "summer" type beer, prob good if really hot, some malt crispness
Feel - 4.0/5.0 - smooth, light, refreshing
Drinkability - 2.5/5.0 - Would have again, if it was hot, but not enough flavor make this a go-to beer

10-12-2009 22:51:22 | More by taxguyjase
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2.65/5  rDev -17.4%

Really found nothing to like about this one. Nothing in the nose, mouthfeel was watery and the taste and finish were both slightly skunked and watery. Haven't been overwhelmed by any beers from this brewery (though the Pale Ale was decent, especially when enjoyed sitting outside the brewpub). However, this is even a low point for their standards.

09-30-2009 02:23:31 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of Rayek


3.03/5  rDev -5.6%

A: Hazy straw with active carbonation from mid-size bubbles. A soapy white cap has OK retention and leaves bits of lace.

S: Not a lot going on here. A little lemon, a little honey and bit of dry wheat are about it.

T: Starts with a mild malt sweetness that's joined by the faintest bit of white bread. Bitterness is low and provides a touch of lemon to the beer's flavor. Drys out at the end before finishing very clean.

M: The light body is grainy and fizzy.

D: I keep trying to get into this style, but have yet to meet a APWA that has any wow factor. This one doesn't have it either. On the plus side, the light body and low ABV make it easy to session.

09-16-2009 18:46:56 | More by Rayek
Photo of Brenden


3.13/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

09-02-2009 01:28:09 | More by Brenden
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3.23/5  rDev +0.6%

A: Slightly hazy gold color. Poured a 1 finger white head that fell quickly to a broken skim that clung on the edges. Inconsistent, broken lacing.

S: Citrus, hay and grass. Lightly sweet in the foundation.

T: Green apple prominent in up front. Sweet breadiness from wheat (or adjuncts?) follow. Finishes with a mild hop bitterness.

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Refreshing and fairly clean.

D: Very light and easy-drinking. Not to be critical, but could have been a bit bigger and bitterer - more carbonation might be added to the balance.

08-09-2009 01:40:47 | More by Haybeerman
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3.03/5  rDev -5.6%

A: Pours a light, pale wheat color with a minimal amount of frothy white head. Carbonation bubbles rise from the base and lacing forms around the glass as you drink.

S: Smells of wheat, yeast, cereal grains and malts, honey and the slightest hint of lemon. Not much else is discernible (it is not a very complex or powerful aroma, but rather on the dull side).

T: A very wheat dominant flavor, much like the smell; cereal grains and malts, yeast, honey and lemon citrus. Finishes dry with a lingering wheat, yeast and citrus taste. A simple beer, but not unpleasant.

M: This very light bodied beer, unsurprisingly comes off as watery. There isn't much substance to it, but it does make for a very smooth drink. Carbonation levels are ample but not overpowering and it feels nice on the tongue.

D: The light characteristics of this beer coupled with the smooth mouthfeel make it very drinkable. A good session beer at a bar I would say. Not my favorite wheat beer by far, but not something I would shy away from either.

08-02-2009 23:15:40 | More by kflorence
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2.6/5  rDev -19%

A - Pale golden color. Hazy. No head to speak of, but a little white cap that was gone after the first two sips.

S - Sweet, earthy and a little like grain or flour.

T/M - Medium-Light bodied and fairly smooth. Just enough carbonation for some fizziness. Sweet and grainy with some earthy esters and an astringent finish. Not terrible but not all that appetizing either. Just so-so.

D - Not what I would crave on a hot summer day, but not something I would pour down the sink. My other choice was a Sam Adam's Blackberry Wit and I think I would rather have another of these, but just barely.

07-23-2009 00:10:44 | More by SuperSpy
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New York

3.05/5  rDev -5%

A. Poured a cloudy straw, with a small white head that disapeared quickly, No lacing on the glass.

S. Wheat, citrus, grass, lime

T. Slightly sour, citrus, lightly bitter from the hops

M. Light bodied, light on the carbonation.

D. OK. I thought this was a pretty easy drinker, have it with some hot wings it will wash away the burn.

06-26-2009 22:11:18 | More by smibroncos
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3.48/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a hazy dull gold color with a thin cream colored head that fades fairly quickly and leaves a smattering of lacing on the glass. For a name like SummerBright, I was expecting a brilliantly clear sparkling golden hue.

Wheat tang is most evident upon the nose with a little bit of prickly pear cactus flesh and mandarin oranges.

Taste is a rather dull, earthy wheat flavor with some hay-like hop bitterness. Does not finish as crisp and snappy as many American wheats I have had. It does have a different twist on the style as I am tasting more orange and tropical fruit flavors rather than the usual lemon peel and freshly mowed grass. It's ok, and a pretty good thirst quencher, but not one that I crave more than one or two of.

06-20-2009 19:00:26 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.63/5  rDev +13.1%

Pours pale golden with white head that doesn't last long. Nose has light citrus, especially lemon, and some cereal grain malt. Palate is lemon-herbal in the hop side of things, with light malt, light bodied, and rather refreshing - good drinkability.

06-14-2009 05:19:57 | More by yemenmocha
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2.58/5  rDev -19.6%

A- Slightly cloudy pale golden color with a small off white head. Head fades quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S- Light smell of yeast, wheat and some adjuncts.

T- Slightly tart apple taste up front then some sweetness of the adjuncts, corn maybe, followed by a crisp but mild hop bite.

M- Thin in the mouth even for an American pale wheat style, not much carbonation either.

D- Easy drinking at 4.5% ABV and it could be a session beer but it's just a little too bland for my taste.

More that a macro but not much.

06-12-2009 23:59:58 | More by ToddT
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2.38/5  rDev -25.9%

Poured into pint glass
Very pale gold in color with a very thin head
Aroma-Not much here, wheat, slight grass
Taste-Not much here either, a suggestion of malt,faint wheat, almost a tasteless macro-style finish-I was hoping for more
Overall-Fizzy, yellow beer. (See Below)

Re-review 5-14-11: Scored a fresh bottle and flavor was much better. Taste-Wheat,lemon zest, orange peel. Light and refreshing. Nice warm weather brew. Could drink all day in hot weather. Certainly better than my previous review if fresh. (B-) Cheers!

06-09-2009 19:49:04 | More by hosehead83
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