SummerBright Ale
Breckenridge Brewery

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American Pale Wheat Ale
Ranked #603
Ranked #46,930
3.25 | pDev: 14.77%
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
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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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Reviews by indiapaleale:
Photo of indiapaleale
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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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 Hojaminbag
3.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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 JohnnyJam
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I was in CO, I was given a 6-pack of cans. Thank you very much. Now it's time to review. I had this on tap at the Breckenridge Brewery but didn't review it at the time.

Poured from a can with no date code into a pint glass and got 1 1/2 fingers of head.

A: Pours a yellow straw color with 1 1/2 fingers of head that dissipates rather quickly to just cover the top of the glass but that stays until the end.

S: There is really nothing too much. Maybe a smell of yeast and some wheat.

T: Again, there is really nothing there. Some wheat is about all. I was expecting at least a little orange and lemon. It's kind of bland. That's what I thought of it on tap, too.

M: It is medium boded and finishes a little dry. The carbonation leaves quickly so I becomes bland fast and it is especially bland at the end. It is drinkable, though.

O: This is not my favorite beer but it is not a drain pour either. I guess that I'm more disappointed than anything in that I didn't notice any orange or lemon or anything citrusy. I am glad that I tried it, though. I don't think I will go to it again.

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Photo of Slynger
2.4/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

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Photo of Kerrie
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of LambicPentameter
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed directly out of the can this time. No discernible date on the can to indicate bottling or best by date.

Appearance - I can't really comment here, having drunk it out of the can, but it did seem to have a light yellow hue to it. I scored appearance in line with my overall score.

Smell - Some grain and mild wheatiness, but mostly faint lemon. That's right, the "dominant" flavor is even pretty damn faint.

Taste - If I didn't know better, I'd say this was a shandy, based on how the predominant characteristic remains the lemon, and it has a sort of sweet lemon drink flavor to it, rather than the genuine, natural lemon notes you'll get from a good hefeweizen or wheat beer. It's not even good for the style really, because you just don't get much of the wheat out of the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and low carbonation. Easy to drink, but methinks they should have just gone for a full-on shandy and then at least people wouldn't be confused by the very present lemonade characteristics.

Overall, a beer I'm not likely to have again. Too much lemonade and not enough hops or wheat. Sure it's refreshing as a drink, but ultimately fails to live up to the title of "beer".

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Photo of nmann08
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of beerthulhu
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of Lelampp
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Rayek
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
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 Chucker17
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of Thedrizzle
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of jsprain1
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of CoCambria
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of beer2day
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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 SLeffler27
2.73/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of nathanialeigh
5/5  rDev +53.8%

Photo of Brenden
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one's a golden yellow, paler than I thought it would be. There's a decent head that retains itself fairly well and a ring of lacing is left in the glass.
There's a little sweetness with something earthy in there. Hops presence is very light but discernible. This is almost like a macro.
There's a wheat backing with a mild hops presence, and the earthiness is in the flavor as well. There's also something a little astringent and I find myself wondering if I'm tasting adjuncts in here.
The body is light to moderate and the mouthfeel is a moderate balance of crisp and smooth, but neither is at an impressive level.
I was a little surprised by this one and somewhat disappointed.

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Photo of tallfellapgh
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of Smakawhat
2.64/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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