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SummerBright Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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526 Ratings

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Ratings: 526
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 5
Gots: 38 | 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 rmalinowski4
2.65/5  rDev -17.4%

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%

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%

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 02, 2011
Photo of pzrhsau
3.15/5  rDev -1.9%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
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.

matjack85, Sep 06, 2010
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.

AlCaponeJunior, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of Nerudamann
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.

Nerudamann, Aug 04, 2010
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...

ridglens, Aug 04, 2010
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.

ABOWMan, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of mytireisfat
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.

mytireisfat, Jul 07, 2010
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.

mjurney, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of Snamnoum
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.

Snamnoum, Jun 22, 2010
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.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of sixerofelixir
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.

sixerofelixir, May 25, 2010
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.

SamN, May 08, 2010
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.

Cyberkedi, Oct 14, 2009
SummerBright Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.