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SummerBright Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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SummerBright AleSummerBright Ale

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213 Reviews

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Reviews: 213
Hads: 604
Avg: 3.17
pDev: 25.87%
Wants: 4
Gots: 79 | 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:
Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-30-2002

Enjoy Poolside or Sprinklerside. Breck Brew's SummerBright is the result. The craftsman's touch combines white wheat, two row pale and munich malt with the pacific northwest's most intriguing hops to create a bright, clean ale ideal for picnicking, evenings on the screen porch and enjoying the whims of the summer breeze.
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Reviews: 213 | Hads: 604
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.33/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer with Summer written all over it, granted its in the name, this is a lager like experience. It's attributes are straight wheat bread, cracker and dough with a dry refreshing feel. This style is never overly diverse but this ale is strong in flavor and aroma. Very good hot weather quencher.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.66/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gold in color with a super-tight cap of white. Tiny, tiny bubbles that can't be distinguished from one another. Laces really nicely, too. Great looking beer.

Light grassy aromas with a lemony citrus tail. Golden malts and lightly herbal hops offer a nice touch. Decent.

A little "blah". Beery malts with an ale yeast bent, but hardly fruity. Some grassy, near-pilsner, maltiness. Hops are very small and sprite. Push a little lemon/orange to the surface. Mild bitterness. Finishes with that, and more crispness. Lightly English-tasting. Like a weak English Pale Ale. Nice creaminess that almost translates to the flavor. Soft and super-smooth with a backend burpy spritz, as if the dissolved gas starts to separate late in the mouthfeel.

Okay. Passable summer ale with a little character to boot. Again, it's okay.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.33/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of rawfish
3.65/5  rDev +15.1%
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

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.42/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy yellow body is topped by a thing white head that disappears quickly without leaving and lacing behind.

Lots of malted wheat in the aroma, with scents of grain and cracker. A good punch of citrus also, backing up the label's claim that this one was brewed with citrus peels.

Maybe I'm just a sucker for a wheat beer after a day outside when the temperature is in the 90s, but I like this one. Lots of grain and cracker, mostly grain until the finish with the cracker comes through. The citrus isn't powerful, but throughout the lemon and orange peel make their presence known. A little bit of coriander pops up toward the finish. Fairly simple, the grainy wheat is nice and there is just enough citrus to keep things interesting. A little bit of hop bite lingers in there also.

Medium body with high carbonation for the style.

Good choice for a day in the sun. I don't think I would want a whole case of the stuff but a couple would be just fine with me.

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Photo of matjack85
2.67/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Light citrus and grassy hops with pale and toasted malts in the rear.

Taste: Slight citrus and malts to balance it up. Nice golden/pale ale. Perfect for summer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light, crisp, refreshing, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice light hop flavor and malts to balance it. Perfect for the summer.

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Photo of ADR
2.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear-as-a-bell light gold appearance with a frothy head that's down to a skim in half a minute. Laces in mostly small dots. Honeyish aroma, hints of hay and wild yeast. Light mouthfeel, carbonation is relatively subdued. Standard malt offering, a bit of brown sugar sweetness and a vague citrus tang that's mostly a memory at a pretty thin close. Some tea-like qualities late in the profile, low hop impression and esters are small and masked by sweetness. Somewhat metallic all the way around, but I guess it should be a little better drinker in the hot weather.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: cloudy tan/yellow body, trace head,

S: mild wheat, trace lemon, coriander

T: wheat, coriander, lemon

M: light body, mild oily

O: Not really impressed. Easy going session brew, but there are many more options for lighter brews.


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Photo of BretSikkink
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear golden-orange brew, thin head with large soapy bubbles.

Light, fruity aroma with a dry character. A little dextrin sweet.

Flavor comes from spicing, semi-dry finish, full spicy-wheat mouthfeel. Floral hop, very light grain profile. Not a whole lot going on. Kind of has the same spicing going on as Sam Adams Summer ale, without the other flavors to balance.

Easy to drink, definitely a summer drinker.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of an indescript and average beer. Slightly hazed gold color, nice head. Light grass in the nose, not very assertive or strong. Taste is sharp and clean, but not very strong in the classic wheat ale sense. Pretty good drinkability, but not very spot on for the style. Good mouthfeel, also.

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Photo of rye726
2.73/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.62/5  rDev +14.2%
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

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Photo of hosehead83
2.4/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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!

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Rayek
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of bashiba
2.51/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had a nice golden orange color with a light thin white head that was gone in a flash, no lacing to speak off. Good carbonation running through from start to finish.

Had a thin sweet malt and wheat smell.

The taste was pretty boring, just a touch of wheat and sweet corn with a light bit of grassy hops. Just a notch more flavor than a typical Macro.

The mouthfeel was very very watery and thin.

It was drinkable in a boring macro sort of way. Would not search out or buy again.

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Photo of 57md
3.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale straw color with a half finger of head that dissipated quickly. The nose was yeasty. The body was light. The flavor profile was fairly bland with a semi-interesting mild dryness on the finish.

I was looking for something relatively light today and this fit the bill more or less – nothing to write home about or repeat.

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Photo of ckollias
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed this 12 oz beer out of a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden hue with a small white wispy lace that for a for awhile.

S: Fruity orange and wheat aroma.

T: Crisp and slightly tart flavor up front followed by a fruity middle and finished on the dry side of fruity.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent beer – nothing would I grab again.

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Photo of mentor
3.01/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of budgood1
3.07/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a slightly hazy, but otherwise filtered and fined bright golden colour. minimal head and the most minimal of lace. mostly grainy and lemony aroma. seemingly a sweet honey and lemon taste profile, with out any of the good wheat and yeast characterisics i like. but this summer thirst quencher doesn't claim to be a hefe, and for what it is, this ale is fairly quaffable. tea like; it has a somewhat light and lagerish body with a touch of ale creaminess in the mouthfeel. extremely smooth and drinkable finish. cool label too.
a summer afternoon heat of the day slammer. very light and refreshing, yet with some sweet summer flavor to satisfy. a definite summer only brew for me, otherwise it's forgettable. worth a try in july.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.76/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Can into tulip pint glass.

A light, barely hazy, fizzy yellow with a white head. The head settled pretty quickly into a wispy. Decent retention and lacing.

Smells of generically sweet malts... Some wheat. No real hops come across on the nose, and they mainly only present as bittering hops in terms of flavors. An odd chalkiness comes across on this one that hurts this beer a little.
The body is fine. It doesn't really stand out as being great, but nothing about this beer really does that.
The beer is rather bland... It is a step above a BMC lager, but not one I'll be buying for myself.

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SummerBright Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.