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SummerBright Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
74
okay

482 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 15%
Wants: 3
Gots: 24 | 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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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewing on my phone
pours a straw like color with one finger head. retention is decent and the head sticks around for a decent while
lemon lime citrusy notes with grassy undertones
typical american wheat with citrusy light pale wheat malts and citrusy hops
nice crisp refreshing beer perfect for the summertime

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 00:57:43 | More by jasonjlewis
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Kemmerlin

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep golden clear yellow color with a thin foamy white head crowning the top.

S: Smells outstanding with summer time hops coming right out the glass and citrus vanilla notes almost like a vienna lager but with a wheat style smell in the back of the nose.

T: Quite tepid and lacks the amount of hops in the taste as what is in the smell. Also you can't really tell it resembles anything like a wheat beer maybe an old pale ale but not wheat. It lacks an aftertaste and didn't have much character.

M/D: Has a long lasting slimy feel and an instant watery feel. The drinkability is ok if you are interested in drinking a beer without character but please realize that this is only my opinion and you should definitely try it for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 02:08:02 | More by Kemmerlin
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Gehrig

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium golden body topped with a finger of bone white froth, with no duration or lacing evident. Sour aroma, heavy on the malt. Sour taste mixes with decent malt flavor--some caramel, some citrus, a grassy taste--yet nothing is especially impressive, about the taste or this beer as a whole. Smooth if somewhat flat mouthfeel mitigates things somewhat, as does the fact that the pint glass was empty in about ten minutes. Yet this isn't a great beer, fairly pedestrian like most of the wares I've had from Breckenridge, and among summer beers generally. In fact, after this bottled mediocrity, I have to say that the summer style, be it kolsch or the American Pale Wheat Ale that Breckenridge terms this, is easily one of my least favorite beer styles. Too light, not enough body, lacking complexity--what's to like?

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 17:04:45 | More by Gehrig
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HardTarget

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breckenridge Summerbright Ale

Bottle Inspection: Cool sun, but no useful information. The label is marked for notches to show month and week, but they are not notched and there is no year on the bottle. This is new to Texas, but no guarantee that this is a fresh bottle, guess I'll never know.

Aroma: Earthy; damp grain with a white bread yeast, bit of leafy hop with a citric twist.

Appearance: Bright gold with excellent clarity, but not much carbonation and the thinnest of white heads, more of a film with a collar.

Flavor: Grain is pretty firm, a real wheat driven taste but it's at a good level, not overly sweet with the earthy hop going a little toward tea flavored which has me thinking English hops (checked the website that lists Fuggles, Cascade, Willamette) I normally hate Fuggles, but are doing ok here but not great.

Mouthfeel: Body is surprisingly full, a heavy medium, with low carbonation keeping it from being fizzy and giving a more thirst quenching aspect. The texture is a bit gritty.

Overall Impression: A tasty summer beer. Great to sit and cool down with after some 100 degree golf. Can't see buying a lot of it, but I certainly wouldn't turn one down.
Worth a shot

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

06-29-2008 22:16:33 | More by HardTarget
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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

2.53/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light amber with a thin white head that left minimal lacing.

Smells of wheat in the malt bill with not really any hop presence.
Taste is very subtle with some crispness to it. Light in body with higher carbonation. Not a whole lot going on. A slightly disappointing beer as Breckenridge makes some good stuff in their 471 line of beers.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

06-16-2008 16:32:33 | More by rtratzlaff
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Slynger

Illinois

2.42/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lightly hazy light yellow color with a slim head of loose, fizzy white foam.

The nose is not impressive. Lightly sweet lemon, little bit of tangy, almost wheat, graininess, and musky earth.

Pretty much the same crap in the flavor with a touch of bitterness to it. Light and watery with a moderate, loose, fizzy carbonation.

Summer Bright is not very good. Will not try again.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

06-12-2008 03:52:09 | More by Slynger
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hopsleeroy

North Carolina

2.53/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A-Straw golden color, head dissipated quickly
S-Grainy smell, little bit of hops(maybe just hoping there was)
T-Light grain, slightly bready, a little sour, some hops at the end. Where is the wheat?
M-Not bad in the mouth, decently carbonated
D-Just not a very good beer. I barely finished this one.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

06-06-2008 21:15:55 | More by hopsleeroy
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casadebia

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is not a bad beer but does not exactly pull off the category it is going for. While the appearance is a filtered pale golden color, the light 1 finger head does not last long and there is only light to moderate lacing. The smell is not really on par with a wheat, containing no smells of citrus or banana/clove. Instead there is a smell of rubbery sourdough and hop undertones. The taste is unique but does not fit this category either, starting with a high bitter start with hints of sweet malt, wheat, and a crisp hop finish. The sourdough taste overpowers most of the characteristics of a wheat beer but they do fade as it warms and surprisingly show a little more wheat flavor. I did however enjoy the hop finish after the wheat taste. Light mouthfeek with relatively moderate-high carbonation. Overall this is a drinkable beer that quenches thirst and has low % but does not fit the right style.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

05-31-2008 23:13:24 | More by casadebia
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a light, clear sraw color with a light bubbly white head.

Aroma of light malts, grains, and orange peel with a bit of light skunkiness.

Tastes of cracker, light citrus, and sourdough bread. Finish has some slight bitterness.

Light mouthfeel with an equally light carbonation.

A bit with not much personality to it. Though, it might make a good beer for the long hot summer months.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

05-31-2008 20:10:19 | More by Monkeyknife
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Domingo

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a standard pale yellow color. Not quite golden, but more along the lines of straw. It's clearly been filtered, so it looks along the lines of a Sunshine.
Smells very husky and grainy but with a tiny citrus zing. If someone hand't told me it was a wheat ale, I wouldn't have known.
It tastes a lot like an all malt summer lager moreso than a pale wheat. It does have a wheat-like bitterness, but I still had this pegged as a lager with my first try. The finish is dry with the hops, but there's a hint of citrus there, too. Reminds me of a Kristalweizen, which can also seem lager-like.
Mouthfeel is pretty thin and carbonation is kept to a pretty ideal level.
This is a good summer beer for a warm climate.
I'd say it's almost like an American Kristalweiss.
It's not going to amaze anyone, but it's good for what it's supposed to be.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

05-16-2008 14:12:12 | More by Domingo
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dry maltiness and a little tart hop action.

Pale-medium straw, mostly clear, little creamy head.

Tart edge on the soft, dull malt. Light fruit flavors. Smooth creamy body. Finishes with some more of that tartness.

Light refreshing beer. It's best quality is its mouthfeel, which is very good.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

05-12-2008 23:15:55 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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1fastz28

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a pale, slightly cloudy yellowish color with a big white foamy head. smell is decent, has a nice mild hop note, with a nice spicy aroma as well. the taste is good, easy drinking, flavorful with hints of orange, coriander, and slight hops. mouthfeel is decent, drinkability is high, good tasting, smooth beer.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

05-12-2008 00:27:27 | More by 1fastz28
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apperance: Pours a clear, pale yellow body with a small, white head.

Smell: Mildy malty, wheat aroma with some subtle hints of floral and spice.

Taste: Sweetish, slightly grainy maltiness. Crackery wheat taste. Some floral and spice. Relatively light bittneress. Finishes light and crisp with a faint taste of sourdough.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Ideal for light drinking, it aspires to little more. Leaves me yearning for an Oberon, though!

Serving type: on-tap
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

05-08-2008 01:57:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
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rye726

Colorado

2.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A macroish yellow color with a white head that is gone in a few minutes. Lots of bubbles. Smell is a mixture of wheat and grainy mat. Possibly some musky hops. The flavor is no better. Where is the wheat? Not the ingredient structure I like to see in these beers. A decent medium body with heavy carbonation. Fairly drinkable. Not very good, but nothing bitter or off.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

05-07-2008 05:08:51 | More by rye726
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turbine2475

Texas

3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A - pours a pale yellow with a good 2 finger white head that disipated slowly into nothingness
S - light malts and grains with some very light citrus accents
T - Lots of grain and sweetened citrus with light hints of hop bitterness and wheat
M - Light with a decent carbonation, but a little watered down in my opinion
D - Good for a summer day, but not a favorite.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

05-02-2008 00:21:13 | More by turbine2475
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allengarvin

Texas

3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pour, with a lot of fine bubbles streaming up in a rather hazy straw colored beer, to produce a moderate head. Grain wheat aroma, with some citrusy fruitiness. Sweet lemony flavor that is rather one-dimensional.

Blandish summer beer, though I guess it'd probably be refreshing in some circumstances.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

04-19-2008 02:05:20 | More by allengarvin
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Gusler

Arizona

3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Upon the pour the color is a translucent gold, the head bright white and creamy, about three fingers in size, it depletes quickly leaving a velum like seal on the glass. Nose is sweet and fresh, bread dough, with a hint of orange peel, pleasant an appetizing. Start has a decent grain presence, with a touch of bitterness at the back, top is light to medium in feel. Finish has a diminutive acidity, the hops noticeable, very dry aftertaste, and a nice beer for the Arizona summers.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

10-20-2007 18:33:25 | More by Gusler
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured cool from a brown 12oz into a wheat glass.
A - A honeyish golden hue w/ a 2 finger white cap that collapses into a small band.

S - Crisp wheat odors w/ a light citrus scent.

M - Light crisp, moderate carbonation, slightly sweet in the finish.

T - Gentle nutty malt with a tickle of citrus, ever so faint spice and a generally pleasant sweet taste w/ a powdery non-descript taste that lingers.

D - An average summer beer, easty to drink, but not much to it. I could take it or leave it, just a basic lawnmower ale.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

10-16-2007 13:01:38 | More by Slatetank
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Rootdog316

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale white gold color. It has a wheat fragrance and faint citrus aromas and faint fruit and wheat flavors. It also has a crisp citrus bite that has a small offness, and a slightly watery mouthfeel. However, it does finish surprisingly clean. Its a good beer, but there are certainly better wheat beers out there.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

09-18-2007 04:36:12 | More by Rootdog316
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karengarys

Indiana

3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours very clear, light amber. Kinda like... ...beer... Not all that special, just... ...beer...

Smell is light, kind of like... ...beer.... nothing special, just... ...beer...

Taste is, well, slightly malty, slightly hoppy, slightly sour, slightly watery... kind of like plain ol.. ...beer...

Mouthfeel is fizzy as expected, nothing unusual, just ....um... ...beer....

Finish is clean and sour, kind of like... simply... ....beer...

I can drink this all day, just like... ...beer... ...not sure I want to, it is a bit bland for my tastes, kind of like ....beer... It would be good for anybody who is afraid to step into a beer with flavor, but want to experiment with something that is not mass produced.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

09-16-2007 01:40:37 | More by karengarys
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genog

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color from the bottle and starts off with small amount of white head, and leaves hardly any remaining lacing. Smell is of some wheat and a tiny bit of hops. Not a great amount of aroma, but its ok. Taste is not much to it either a little hops and malt with a good balance but it still could have used more. High carbonation on this beer making it a good crisp summer beer, but not amazing.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

08-19-2007 04:08:12 | More by genog
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Bobikel

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a golden ale with amber highlights. A small clunky head is quick to disperse and leaves a bit of lace. Brilliant clarity.

Smell - Smell is oaty/yeasty/bready with very little hop presence. What hops are there come across as earthy, and spicy.

Taste - Much like the smell suggests. A little more oaty, and a little less malty. Hops are again understated. A very slight citrus tone.

Mouthfeel - A little watery, but that is to be expected in a summer quencher. Nice even fizzy carbonation that is gentile across the tongue.

Drinkability - Excelent quaff for the summer. A little light on taste, but nicely refreshing on a hot day. A little more hopping would have helped this ale immeasurably.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

08-19-2007 03:20:35 | More by Bobikel
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hero27

Minnesota

2.17/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle.

Gotta love the breweries that go to the effort of putting a "freshness" date on their bottles but never have it marked.
Musty grain aroma...quite faint.
Taste is a macro-ish array of corn..mixed with a bit of orange peel & lemon. Slightly sweet and leaves a somewhat metallic aftertaste.
You can definitely pick up the wheat texture but the mouthfeel is light.
meh..even for a pale wheat, this is weak & forgettable.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

08-18-2007 18:47:13 | More by hero27
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mentor

Colorado

3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Half finger off white head over a partly cloudy light yellow liquid. Almost a greenish glean to it in the evening sun. head settles quickly to a partial thin layer that is fed by streamers. Smells grainy primarily. Isn't strong in the nose. Wheat? iron dryness.

Tastes wet sweet with strong carbonation. Wheat gluten comes across pastey due to the low intensity of other malt flavors. carbonation cleans the palette without any acrid sting. The beer could be sticky if not for the carb. Mild oranges could be from the hops, but they have an estery quality about them. More hop flavored (md) than bitter (low). Thicker mouthfeel seems to come from protein and dextrins. Hops are light floral and honey-like. The thickness sticks and just doesn't fit in a summer quencher, IMO.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

07-26-2007 01:07:29 | More by mentor
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BitteBier

Indiana

3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pleasant enough clear, light golden color. Topped by a thin layer of fine, white head that quickly falls away into a collar with only slight cling. Nose consists of ho-hum dry grains, light hops, and a hint of ripe fruit. The taste has the same components and is no more interesting than the smell, with grains being the dominant component. Mouthfeel is light with a lasting dry crispness. In sum, OK.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

07-25-2007 01:37:13 | More by BitteBier
SummerBright Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.