SummerBright Ale
Breckenridge Brewery

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American Pale Wheat Ale
Ranked #603
Ranked #46,922
3.25 | pDev: 14.77%
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
SummerBright AleSummerBright Ale
Notes: 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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Photo of GarrettB
2.79/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

July 6th, 2015 - Here at peak July, anything lighter and more digestible sounds appealing. That's what brings the Summerbright Ale to my lips. A brighter colder color, it looks appealing, and the scent intensifies the inviting appeal. Light wheat, corn bread, toast and savory cheese notes invite a sip, which offers a disappointingly bland flavor. The palate is busy with a heavy carbonation, and the lemon reveals a halfhearted lemon note, but the beer comes across more like a weak shandy with a mismatched mouthfeel than a cleansing, crisp summer beer.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Overall: a straight forward wheat ale. Good, but not awesome.

Looks murky yellow in color. Cloudy. Thin head that dissipated.
Smells of wheat funk and little else.
Tastes good, but one dimensional. Classic wheat funk with a malty finish that doesn't last long.
Feel is light to medium, carbonation is lower than expected. Feel thins out at the finish

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a nice clean/clear yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some wheat/grass. The taste is malty, kinda yeasty, wheat/grass. Medium body. Overall, a nice tasty brew.

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Photo of LAp
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a clear yellow (with a faint orange tint) with a one-finger white head. Substantial carbonation gives the beer a sparkling approach, with trails of bubbles rising off of imperfections in the glass. The nose is very malt-dominated - distinctly lager- and wheat-beer-like. The flavor profile (after a long day of climbing) leans more towards the crisp lemon peel. Sampled late-afternoon with more discernment for the more granular points of the palate, the malt body dominates, and leaves the orange-peel and lemon-peel behind. Solid medium malt-based body. It's certainly an inoffensive beer, and one that does well after a day of activity outdoors. A great beer-and-pizza brew, but not one that holds its own in the tasting glass.

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Photo of txmilligan
1.9/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Great pour, bright color, yellow that shades toward pale. Good clarity, fine head. Faint aroma, followed by nothing. No discernable flavor, no lingering aftertaste, nothing. A truly bland experience.

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Photo of Try-em-all
4.52/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wish I would have had this one while by the pool instead of looking out at the snow, but it set me back to Summer, that's for sure. Great color, good fragrance and a smooth feel when going down the pipes. Not too heavy and one I will get when May 1st hits. Nice!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight "4 out of 5's" for me on this one. Sampling right now on 12/11/15. Comes in a 12 ounce bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "BUD LIGHT- OMAHA" pint glass.

Brew pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow in color with close to a 1-finger foamy white head. Spotty lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma if of 'wet hay', yeast with a hint of citrus zest. Pretty much gonna go with that for the taste also. Nice balance of flavors and goes down easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Lighter-bodied with perfect carbonation. Overall a great tasting refreshing brew.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Disappointing selection for my 100th beer reviewed. Watered down, flat, mostly tasteless. Going to the town of Breckenridge in a couple months. I won't be seeking this one out.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a slightly hazy but transparent yellow color. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a white bubbly to foamy head. Stringy lacing falls into the beer.
The smell had some damp sweet hay with a little bit of bready yeast. Light citrus falls into place nicely.
The taste was sweet through some bright sweet hops. The hay comes back to roll into the aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel was light on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation is mild.
Overall, I don't mind it, but don't see it as a Summer standard. There's other options for Summer I'd rather have.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On the back deck, enjoying a cool damp summer's night, watching fireworks from the neighbors. Let's see if this experience s enhanced by this beer.

Appearance : Slightly hazy but mostly transparent, lemon drop color, with a sticky head that clings to the walls of the pint glass and remains steady at about 1/2 finger. My standard 4 point score here for a "respectable and mildly impressive" appearance.

Aroma : Some musty damp aromas; soaked hay, what smells like clean linen (hey, like a...summer'!), some faint bread with yeast and then a crumb of lemon poppyseed muffin. The nose overall is pleasant, medium strength, and easy to detect. 4 points.

Flavor : There's a pretty stellar synergy of bright hop and wheat presence that is rocking my taste buds. It swirls around and you taste all of the flavors but none of them clash, only morph. The lemon and hop hit first, followed by a polite stab of sharpness, a pinch of Gose-like sourness, and then this glorious yeastiness takes over finishing strong with light bread crusts. The whole taste experience is solid and I'm very pleased here.

Feel : Unbelievably creamy. It borders on a Witbier style for creaminess. (And I love my Wits.) It ends refreshing - not exhausting the palate as some creamier beers do - and has a nip of pasty dryness that aids in the suspension of the wheat.

Overall : Now? A summer favorite of mine for sure. I will be picking more of this up to enjoy during the rest of the arid Great Plains summers, sitting on the back deck writing songs with my guitar. Hell I may even write a love song about this beer. Brb.

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Photo of JPowell712
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not a bad offering, but a little too weak and mild on the flavor for me. Off of the pour, I got a nice vibrant orange color, but the carbonation seemed low. The smell was subtle citrus and pepper. The taste was nice, I got a mild and crisp hop taste. This was not bitter at all. I also picked up hints of orange and/or lemon peel and pepper. Overall not a bad offering, I just found it a little dull and mild for my taste buds. I would say this is a very average middle of the road beer.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nice looking beer with a great aroma. Sweet citrus and orange juice on display with a bit of spice. The taste is totally disappointing though. It's not bad, just boring. Very mild and clean, so maybe good for the beach or a picnic.

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Photo of Matty412
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Setting aside the "Summer" factor, this is definitely a solid ale. Not too crisp, still refreshing with a slightly tart /bitter aftertaste. Good drinking for sure! Cheers!

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Photo of ufellc
3.59/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Summer beer. Smells like lemon and malts, has a slightly citrus taste with a clean drink. Had a lingering mouthfeel giving it a decent body for a summer beer. Some floral notes

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 8/3/2014. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, citrus peel, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness and balance of pale malt, citrus peel, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very solid pale wheat ale style. All around good balance and robustness of pale malt, citrus peel, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of seedyone
3.25/5  rDev 0%

09/02/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. When the glass went under my nose I had a flash of a soapy smell. A clean fresh but soapy smell. Thank goodness that did not translate on the tongue or palate.

Everything here seems to be in the middle. Very slight dryness, but not the 'brightness' the name implies. Light tastes with a medium plus body.

Not sure where this is going or even wants to be.

(Example: Your driving down the stop for a hitchhiker...a hitchhiking couple...they get drive on...converse..all very pleasant...& they get out. Nice but WTF will you remember except you gave some people a ride.)

Back to the Breckenridge effort...I drank a beer.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a good mellow summer beer, as you would expect. More lemon than orange, if you care which fruit flavor dominates. Very easy to sip and before you know it you've probably had a few out on the patio. A little bit fruity overall but not a typical summer wheat beer. Solid.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light pale straw color with nice white head and great lacing. Nose of lemon, sweet caramel malts, and light bready goodness. Taste is sweet bready malts to the back and sides, light lemon zest and a hint of orange on the aftertaste. very nice. Where's my lawn mower???

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Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Act25
3.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Tasted vs Smuttynose Summer Weizen (perhaps the best summer ale tasted thus far).
So far not a big fan of Breckenridge.

A: Flat, fast fade head, no lace, clear thin flat gold body. Can dated today, so near end of its life, perhaps why it's in the WFM craft pack.
**TRIED A FRESHER - And the lace and appearance were better (upgraded to 3.5)

S: Not much. Malts, lemon zest. Kind of mass market meh. ** Still mass market meh.
T: Follows the meh smell - the S_MEH_L. Sorry. But it's a pretty solid lemony summer ale. ** Better, upgraded to 3.5
MF: Too thin and flat. *** With fresher bottle, it's fine.

Many others are better. Breckenridge has been lack luster.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.57/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

SummerBright Ale from Breckenridge Brewery, another first. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's got no head, just a very finely bubbled skimpy layer. Lacing is pretty decent in the lighter golden straw body.

The smell here is kind of "blah" . I can barely notice the wheat, let alone any other characteristics. Its too bad they didn't give this brew a fuller scent.

I taste mellow wheat and even mellower malts. Virtually no hop bitterness. Its still balanced, though. Certainly not leaning solely on the sweet side. Above all: this is smooth and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is clean and easy-drinking. Very good job at quenching!

Overall a very solid 3.75 for SummerBright Ale from Breckenridge Brewery. If the aroma would've been slightly more potent, I think it would've earned a 4. It sure does the job of cooling you down& wetting your whistle. I may pick this brew up again.

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Photo of JamesInLiquor
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This is a nice summer beer (pretty sure it is not year-round). Not too high on the ABV, low on the hops, light body. The lemon and orange citrus is not overt. Has a nice wheatyness. Overall an enjoyable ale. Would be an ideal hot summer afternoon quencher. Highly sessionable.

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Photo of Tone
3.51/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a mug
A: Pours a light orange color with a 1/2-finger head
S: Wheat and citrus
T: Matches the nose. Refreshing but not complex
M: Light-bodied, crisp
O: This won't take the place of any of my usual summer session beers but it's tasty and refreshing though simple

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Photo of CTHomer
3.07/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: hazy; golden - darker than most summers and wheats; a one finger pillowy white head that receded quickly; no lacing;

S: lemon; wheat;

T: wheat with a little hops; lemon is less pronounced that in the nose; a touch of lemon rind bitterness in the finish;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation; crisp;

O: refreshing; I'm not usually a fan of summer or wheat beers; this is one of the ones I like; I think it's the touch of bitterness in the finish;

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SummerBright Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 637 ratings