SummerBright Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

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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.

Added by beernut7 on 08-30-2002

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Photo of ohiobeer29
1.1/5  rDev -66%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Another basic summer ale good for sumer time

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Photo of sendbeer
1.5/5  rDev -53.7%

Photo of Mebuzzard
1.63/5  rDev -49.7%
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 dogfish7
1.75/5  rDev -46%

Photo of benito
1.85/5  rDev -42.9%
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 -41.4%
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 SBoeckman72
1.92/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of yesyouam
1.94/5  rDev -40.1%
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 tclipse
2/5  rDev -38.3%

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2/5  rDev -38.3%

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2/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of KingMe
2/5  rDev -38.3%

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2/5  rDev -38.3%

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2/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of tykechandler
2/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of TTripp725
2.01/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of SamN
2.06/5  rDev -36.4%
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 -34.3%
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 -33.6%
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 John_Squires
2.16/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Don't care for wheat beers and this was a skunkish wheat.

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Photo of crobinso
2.25/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of mytireisfat
2.28/5  rDev -29.6%
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 -29%
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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SummerBright Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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