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SummerBright Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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473 Ratings

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Ratings: 473
Reviews: 198
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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New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 20:05:14 | More by Gavage
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2.83/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Davidson's Liquors in high altitude Lone Tree, Colorado, and served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of no real cream, okay thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a clear bright yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Lemon zest, some cream, bright wheat as the foundation, light vague citrus hops, and clean bland barley. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Clean bright wheat, vague light citrusy hops, clean barley, and some mild cream. A rather simple brew. Refreshing if simple. Nice clean malts. Some lemon hints. Not very complex or subtle, but generally enjoyable and pleasant. No real layering.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some hints of cream. Light on the palate, and suitably thin. Adequate carbonation.

Dr: Drinkable and pleasant, but also boring and bland. I wouldn't have it again unless it was at a great price or there were no better options.

Low C

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 02:45:39 | More by kojevergas
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2/5  rDev -37.5%

07-20-2014 23:06:17 | More by XmnwildX12
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

01-09-2012 02:47:07 | More by imperialking
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

07-08-2013 23:23:09 | More by oriolesfan4
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3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I am pretty sure that this was part of a box that my local in-person trader, tone77, dropped off for me, but since he has not reviewed it, I am now unsure.

From the CAN: "Honest and Solid in Construction"; "Complete and Satisfying in Drinking"; "Malt Beverage brewed with orange and lemon peels".

The Crack and inverted Glug produced a finger of rocky, bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was a hazy sunshine yellow. Nose had a citrusy smell like furniture polish, but not in a bad way. That is just what came to mind when I leaned into it. As the head fell, some nice lacing began to form. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the tangy citrus flavor was evident on the tongue, but it seemed kind of muted. Finish was semi-dry and citrusy, but I somehow felt like it lacked any real Ooomph. Oh well.

Serving type: can

04-08-2013 21:58:16 | More by woodychandler
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

05-29-2013 16:50:37 | More by InspectorBob
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North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a can at Northern Soul in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow in color with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall bright white head that slowly reduced to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall, the smell of this beer is very mild with light wheat notes detected.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is also quite mild. There are notes of wheat and lemon peel with just a touch of sweetness.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Nothing special but a very easy to drink and very sessionable brew. Probably would be best to drink outside on a really hot day - could use a little more intensity in the flavor for my palate.

Serving type: can

08-16-2012 16:26:21 | More by dbrauneis
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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

12-29-2012 13:13:39 | More by ejimhof
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3.34/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Breckinridge : SummerBright

LOOK: Clear deep straw colored beer with a short lived white topping that recedes to a ring. Leaves behind some lace on the pint. Appears like a lighter summer option which is all the rage in these times.
SMELL: Juicy citrus with orange, lemon and lime.
TASTE: Malt and wheat up front, giving way to squeezed lemon and orange peel. Hops are also citrusy with a faint note of pine.
FEEL: Light to medium bodied, and well carbonated. Finishes nice and balanced, with a small dry hop.
OVERALL: A refreshing summer option. Has a good body, full on citrus and complimentary hoppy bitterness. I could see myself having a few of these at a BBQ.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 23:29:19 | More by Stinkypuss
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New York

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

Poured a clear deep straw hue with a minimal wispy white cap. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured cereal grains and caramel.

The taste consisted a drab round malts with a slight herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was full with a lazy carbonation.

Overall uneventful.

Serving type: can

12-30-2012 03:27:28 | More by plaid75
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New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 22:52:38 | More by beerthulhu
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1.6/5  rDev -50%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Given as a sample from Brett at Col. Liq. Mart.
Pours a clear pale golden, not much for wheat. No head, not even when swirled.
Smells of wet wheat and malt. Not much there.
Terrible taste. After the firsrt swig I thought about a drainpour. But gave it a run anyway. Taste is heavy on malt, but not very sweet. Butterscocth undertones get in the way of anything good. Bad aftertaste.
Couldn't finish. Drainpour. I hope I just got a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 02:13:56 | More by Mebuzzard
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2.66/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass.

A sudsy and thin bleach white head, grows to about two fingers on the pour, sits on top of a clear slightly pale and brass yellow body. Lots of cola carbonation and rising bubbles, most of it rising quite quickly. Head settles to a filmy soapy thin puck.

Rank nose. Hints of bile and sticky yeast no matching sense of fruit mentioned from the label. Not even a sense of malt on this either.

Palate matches the nose which makes for not a real fun experience. First sip is very much like first smell, rank and dirty a bit. Wet palate barely manages to hold the flavor. Now sense of chewy wheat backbone to this at all. Afterfinsh surprisingly produces most of the flavor and enjoyment giving this beer nearly an okay grade but not quite. Afterfinish brings a bit of a doughy wheat texture, but there is no fruit taste this though.

Overall this is pretty disappointing for what it claims. No sense of orange. lemon, or barely and malt with a rank bouquet. I'll pass.

Serving type: can

06-07-2013 21:36:40 | More by smakawhat
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3.73/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, hazy piss yellow color. Thin off white head. Bubbly lace. Nice aroma. Tangy wheat. Zesty lemon. And grainy, sweet malts. Refreshing citrus bite. Slightly dry finish. A bit of a hoppiness. Lemony and crisp. Brightly carbonated. Decent enough summer quaffer.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 22:57:37 | More by Bighuge
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New Mexico

2.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Big white to slightly off white head just sort of sits there above a cloudy well carbonated washed out straw golden colored beer.

Light lemon citrus aroma without much else going on.

Light lemon and orange citrus taste, seems slightly washed out.

Light almost lemon sourish and slightly dry aftertaste on this light bodied beer.

Pretty light tasting beer, might be a nice beer to have in the evening on a super hot summer night.

Serving type: can

09-26-2013 19:26:22 | More by LXIXME
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1.5/5  rDev -53.1%

10-23-2012 21:08:09 | More by sendbeer
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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

10-20-2007 18:33:25 | More by Gusler
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3.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of wheat, pale malt, hint of sweet malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, and a hint of yeast. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, and blend. The body strength is lacking.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2014 17:10:47 | More by Tone
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

03-20-2013 19:57:28 | More by harpus
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3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance- one to half finger head that dissipated very quickly. A more golden champaign look with a lot of carbonation present whilst viewing the beer.I wouldn't call this particular carbonation brussels' lace No head at this point.

Smell- I hardly smell anything except for some yeasty bread smells and a eensy weensy bit of hops.

Taste- Pretty watery than what was expected. Some earthy hay jumps in at the middle with a sugary hop aftertaste. But nothing really special at all.

Mouthfeel- Very light, this is somethign that could take the heat away from some spicy Mexican food. But doesn't bring anything special to the table.

Drinkability- Very good, I could have copius amounts of this, doesn't have the lack luster flavor and wateryness of the big name American Macro lagers, but uneventful enough to receive praise.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 23:46:04 | More by scruffwhor
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3.28/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 02:51:27 | More by BeerFMAndy
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2.9/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean yellow-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, saaz hops, very pils like. In the taste, small saaz hops, again very pils like. A small bite and a light mouthfeel, with a semi dry pils like aftertaste. Very pils like for a pale wheat.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 15:03:12 | More by OWSLEY069
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3.78/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 03:40:28 | More by DrDemento456
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3.48/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

06-20-2009 19:00:26 | More by twiggamortis420
SummerBright Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.