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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 JTomczak
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

JTomczak, Jun 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

bigbluebeerguy, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Thedrizzle
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Thedrizzle, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Eric908
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Eric908, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of AdamBear
3.98/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-bubbly gold with a nice white head

S-creamy and grassy grains. There's a decent crispness to it. Good strength

T-comes in with a very grainy taste, once again slightly grassy and creamy, but mostly all grains. It's a very smooth and clean taste. Crisp with a good matching after-taste and just a hint of bitterness.

M-medium creamy carbonation, somewhat watery, with a dry finish

O-this is a good summer beer. Very crisp and clean. It has a good lightness to it but lacks any hint to adjunct ingredients that I often find with summer beers. It's simple. I like it.

AdamBear, Jun 26, 2012
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
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

kew, Jun 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9%

SFC21, May 10, 2012
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 SLeffler27
2.7/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy dark straw with fine particles in suspension. A scant white head momentarily flashes above just long enough to leave a ring of lace on a tulip glass.

Some clove and coriander are equal to wet cardboard. The date code on the bottle is indecipherable and, from memory, my first bottle was similarly disappointing.

Tastes like a wheat ale, just uninspired. There is sweet grain here with yeast adding a slight musty fruit. All rather muddled and followed by a lingering acrid flavor.

Medium body with fizzy carbonation, no alcohol and a dry finish.

While suitable for consumption, more likely to be intended to be consumed en masse by the masses. This one lacks the qualities I seek in a beer.

SLeffler27, Apr 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

hiphopj5, Jun 19, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

TheBigBoy, Sep 06, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

Belittle, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of bzach
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

bzach, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.5/5  rDev +9%
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

jasonjlewis, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of indiapaleale
3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

indiapaleale, Aug 16, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

lucasj82, May 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

JamieDuncan, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

JerzDevl2000, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of kbrown
4/5  rDev +24.6%

kbrown, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of kimcgolf
2.65/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

kimcgolf, Sep 30, 2009
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2.53/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx 45 degrees

Golden yellow with a hint of amber. Thick white head that leaves a slight foam on the surface. Good retention and lacing.

Lime, orange, grass. Hops and a little bit of yeast.

Tangy citrus flavors, mostly lemon/lime attack first. Followed by a bland sweetness and some light wheat notes.

It's got an okay body, but the citrusy flavor somehow seems to cut into what might have been a decent thing.

Unimpressive. Don't think I'll try this one again for a couple seasons.

coldmeat23, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of Domingo
3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Domingo, May 16, 2008
Photo of putnam
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tangy raw grain aromas. Blond color. Balanced flavors are subtle. Lemon cookie flavors finish dry and watery. Pleasant buttered, toasted white bread flavors join in. Overall this is a juicy, easy beer suitable for thirst quenching. The thin texture seems out of proportion to the fruit and crust flavors. Nothing complicated. Nothing epic.

putnam, Jul 27, 2005
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

erialbill, Jun 29, 2014
SummerBright Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.