SummerBright Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

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SummerBright AleSummerBright Ale

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 Mebuzzard
1.63/5  rDev -48.7%
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.

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Photo of benito
1.85/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The first thing, and sadly the best thing, that I can say about this brew is that the artwork on the bottle is stunning. I really enjoy the graphic design from Breckenridge, and more than once it's seduced me into picking up one of their brews. But, I doubt that that will happen again with SummerBright.

Supposedly a pale wheat ale, this pours a clear golden that looks more of a pilsener or American macro lager. There's little head and lots of carbonation. The bouquet is virtually absent, and the flavors are a mix of occasional fruitiness with a harsh, unexpected bitterness.

I'm not a huge fan of pale wheat beers, but they can be great summer drinking; they are usually refreshing and easy to drink all afternoon. Or at least they should be (IMO). Breck's interpretation falls short of all of these...a disappointment for a brewery that has put out some good seasonals (especially, the Vanilla Porter).

Take a pass on this one.

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Photo of txmilligan
1.9/5  rDev -40.3%
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 yesyouam
1.94/5  rDev -39%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Breckenridge SummerBright Ale is a sparkling, slightly hazy, bright yellow ale. There isn't really any head. It has an aroma of grain, lemon and alcohol. It's light bodied and watery. It leaves the mouth a little chalky. It tastes a little sour with a little citrus peel bitterness. The flavor of alcohol is quite dominant. I really don't have any purpose for this beer.

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Photo of SamN
2.06/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Pale, faded yellow color, average white head made of fine soapy bubbles. Limited carbonation visible. Brilliant clarity, poor color.

S- Bleh, corn husks and rice. Old, musty aroma. Very poor, almost gross smelling.

T- Strong grain tastes, mostly simple and one dimensional. Rather adjunct taste, poor wheat qualities. Extremely limited citrus dryness, instead cheap malts featuring low-quality adjunct tastes of husks, some metallic sourness and a generally poor overall flavor. Not impressed, indeed.

M- Fairly smooth, low carbonation levels of fine bubbles, pulls nicely from the glass and sits well on the palette.

D- Low, who the hell tested this and okayed it for production? Back to the drawing board with this. Better yet, take the whole brewery back to square one. These guys can't seem to make a hit. Not disappointing, because I never expect much from Breckenridge; just another poor stab at "good" beer.

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Photo of hero27
2.13/5  rDev -33%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle.

Gotta love the breweries that go to the effort of putting a "freshness" date on their bottles but never have it marked.
Musty grain aroma...quite faint.
Taste is a macro-ish array of corn..mixed with a bit of orange peel & lemon. Slightly sweet and leaves a somewhat metallic aftertaste.
You can definitely pick up the wheat texture but the mouthfeel is light.
meh..even for a pale wheat, this is weak & forgettable.

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Photo of Snamnoum
2.15/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

Appearance - is thin a straw-like pale yellow. Very unremarkable side by side with a macro in a pint glass I probably couldn't point it out. Very small head with negligible lacing which fades instantly.

Smell - some light malt and maybe some citrus/hops. Pretty hard this beer doesn't give you much to work with.

Taste - could pass for a flat Coors light on a bad day or an old Sam Adams light on a good day. If I close my eyes I would swear this is a lager. Tiny bit of tartness at the back keeps my from pouring this down the sink.

Mouthfeel - is awful. This beer taste flat and thin, bottom line.

Drinkability - the only redeeming factor of this beer is that it is extremely drinkable it tastes, feels, smells, and even looks like a light beer and further a light lager, not the summer ale it claims to be.

Overall - $10.99 for a six pack is just stupid. If this beer sold for $6.99 a six I would buy it again and drink it cold, VERY COLD. But at $11 its just too much for a below average brew.

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Photo of mytireisfat
2.28/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

P: Tall 12oz brown bottle. No best by date.

A: One and a half finger head that dissipates quickly. Yellow color.

S: Sour, hops, lemon.

T: Same as smell. just not a lot going for it. just sour really.

M: Light body, medium carbonation.

D: To sour. not easy to drink. im not going to buy this one again.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Place for date code on the lable not notched.

Clear dark yellow with a billowy white head that drops quickly and leaves minimal lace.

Aromas of bananas and earth with some sourness.

Flavor is a touch tart, with some dry wheat.

Drinkable yes, but with so many other choices why would you.

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Photo of Wingman65
2.3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is BEER? Let alone, ALE??? I desparately tried to find something in terms of flavor, even just taste, but to no avail. I really could have been fooled into thinking I was drinking water. The color is very light and has a thiness to it. It didn't smell bad, just not like anything special. It's very drinkable because it is so non-assertive, but it is inoffensive so I could probably down a few of these after yardwork. Again, there is nothing "bad" about this beer other than its overwhelming nothingness. And what is more overwhelming is the taste of water from start to very, very bland finish. If it is offered to you, take it. If you have to spend money on it, just keep on moving down the beer aisle!

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.35/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I found this beer to be rather boring and rather unredeeming. I was expecting something like Leinie's Sunset Wheat, and I got a beer that was quite dull and indistinct.

Appearance was a pale yellow with a minimal amount of Sprite-like head. Aroma was corny and very faintly sweet. Flavor was very lightly fruity, but there wasn't much to it. Mouthfeel was slightly sticky. Not much to recommend it, and coming from Breckenridge I expected something better.

A 12oz bottle I picked up at Three Cellars in S. Milwaukee.

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Photo of Momar42
2.35/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into standard pint glass

A - weak, thin, clear, pale yellow. NO head. Typical "wtf" appearance.

S - very mild wheat aroma. nothing much else announces itself or shows any signs whatsoever. breadsticks come to mind...just saying.

T - ok here it goes....bread sticks dipped in sugar water. Wow, I understand this is a summer wheat ale, but really lacking in anything of note. Makes me want to look towards BMC and THAT is hard to do.

M - weak, like the rest of its profile. thankfully it doesnt linger, and thats the best I can say.

O - Perhaps I am too harsh of this style, but I honestly cannot recommend this offering. I knew I shouldnt get one but I relented to a suggestion. Never again! Light bodied - check. Light flavored - check. Drink again - NOPE.

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Photo of maxpower
2.37/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden color with a small white head that quickly fades, there is absolutely no lacing, looks almost flat. Has a light grainy stale bread aroma, mild citrus flavor. Light bodied with a slick mouthfeel, some lemon flavor in its strange aftertaste, not much going on here.

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Photo of Slynger
2.4/5  rDev -24.5%
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 hosehead83
2.4/5  rDev -24.5%
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 bristei
2.45/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass

A: Translucent, straw, little to no head

S: Grassy, lemon hints, almost sour

T: Not much there... sour with maybe a bit of zest and ginger? Really hard to find a pronounced enough falvor to put my finger on it.

M: Thin, no real finish, very little attack if any

O: Really light; probably too light in my opinion. I get that it's a summer beer, but with a name like summerbright I would expect more of a "wake up and enjoy the sun" kick or flavor. I most likely won't have one of these again.

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Photo of terrabyte
2.49/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A very yellow and clear beer with a decent sized head.

Smell was strong, it was either yeasty or grainy. Not very appetizing.

It tasted a bit flat and weak. Whenever I drink a yellow beer like this I try to tell myself: At least it's better than Miller Light. But that isn't really a tough goal, is it.

I'd have to say it wasn't very remarkable at all.

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Photo of bashiba
2.51/5  rDev -21.1%
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 hopsleeroy
2.53/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A-Straw golden color, head dissipated quickly
S-Grainy smell, little bit of hops(maybe just hoping there was)
T-Light grain, slightly bready, a little sour, some hops at the end. Where is the wheat?
M-Not bad in the mouth, decently carbonated
D-Just not a very good beer. I barely finished this one.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
2.53/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light amber with a thin white head that left minimal lacing.

Smells of wheat in the malt bill with not really any hop presence.
Taste is very subtle with some crispness to it. Light in body with higher carbonation. Not a whole lot going on. A slightly disappointing beer as Breckenridge makes some good stuff in their 471 line of beers.

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Photo of coldmeat23
2.53/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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Photo of deadliest
2.55/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Part of the Breckenridge sampler 12pk.

A: Slightly cloudy yellow, weak white head.
S: Faint wheat, grass.
T: Mild spices, not a lot else.
F: Light, watery, slightly slick.

D: Just kinda "meh." Not bad at all, but there's just way too much available to think about purchasing on it's own. Thankfully everything else in their sampler 12pk has been very good like I've come to expect from Breckenridge.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
2.55/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

comes out an opaque yellow hue (the kind thats got a tiny amount of green in it). small head with minimal retention and no real lacing at all. hmm... giant aroma of wheat on this which is not surprising but it seems to be overshadowing everything else. grass is present. honey and clove are faint in the background and thats about all i can make out. now on to the taste mmm watered down tasting wheat ale. guess i can't say im too surprised. lemon zest wheat and a bit of a hop bite are there but its just all so distant and watery. lots of carbonation felt on this one. overall this thing is just not good enough. time to go back to the drawing board.

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Photo of ToddT
2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Slightly cloudy pale golden color with a small off white head. Head fades quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S- Light smell of yeast, wheat and some adjuncts.

T- Slightly tart apple taste up front then some sweetness of the adjuncts, corn maybe, followed by a crisp but mild hop bite.

M- Thin in the mouth even for an American pale wheat style, not much carbonation either.

D- Easy drinking at 4.5% ABV and it could be a session beer but it's just a little too bland for my taste.

More that a macro but not much.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
2.59/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Is ready for a bottled-on date on the label side, but nothing is marked!

Beer pours slightly cloudy yellow. A head soon dwindles down to almost nothing. For smell, I'm picking up mostly a bit of malts, citrus zest, and alcohol solution. Taste is acidic and a bit garbage-y on the back end. I guess there's malt present, but not enough to cut through the spice. Feel is odd and bubbly, and finishes sticky and sour. Not a fan.

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