SummerBright Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

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74
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SummerBright AleSummerBright Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
breckbrew.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
633
Reviews:
219
Avg:
3.18
pDev:
15.41%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
90
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.09/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i think I probably like this one a little more than the masses here. fresh on tap its a really nice sessionable brew, and even though it snowed 6 inches last night, it brought me to summertime right away. it pours just slightly hazy, pale yellow in color, with an inch of short lived white head. the nose is fresh lemons and white wheat malt, a good combo for summer. there is also a brighter ale yeast that gives an interesting touch of spice, and a ton of carbonation, which contributes to a refreshing beer for summer. the lemon peel is strong in the flavor, not acidic, but tart for sure. it cuts some of the heavier wheat flavors, and leaves the brew with a zesty and clean finish. this isn't a particularly adventurous brew, but compared to some other breck seasonals, this one is a little more inspired, and one I may find myself enjoying quite a bit of as the warmer weather comes in. the body is light but the beers isn't watery. it also tastes a lot more fresh than breck beers usually do to me, not adjunct or preservative heavy, this is a more than adequate addition to the summer beer shelf.

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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of metter98
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The appearance resembles a witbier and is hazy light yellow in color. It has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation and poured with a thin bright white head that quickly died down but never completely faded away and also left a collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are very light aromas of wheat in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has some hints of lemon peel.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down very easily but could use stronger flavors to make it more exciting.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pulled from the variety pack. As expected with most Summer beers, this one is built for hot weather, easy consuption, and mass-markets. On a hot summer night at a neighbor's birthday party, it fits the bill pretty well. Starts with a pilsner-like, straw color with a mild haze. Spritzy carbonation forms a dainty head that shows modest staying power with some lacing. Aromas are bready, spicy, yeasty, grassy, and with an evident wheat aroma. Pretty well balanced, but does show some raw grain characteristics. Flavors intensify with the raw grain taste, especially the wheat, while giving a spicy, bready, lemony taste. White pepper, clove, and citrus notes round out the spiciness. Texture is a little thin for wheat-based beers, but lighten considerable for ease of consumption, albeit dumbing down in the process. Finishes with a bready / yeasty, lemon note. It's an ok beer for an ok style, but the Agave Wheat is a much better base beer with better character.

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2.82/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Davidson's Liquors in high altitude Lone Tree, Colorado, and served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of no real cream, okay thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a clear bright yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Lemon zest, some cream, bright wheat as the foundation, light vague citrus hops, and clean bland barley. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Clean bright wheat, vague light citrusy hops, clean barley, and some mild cream. A rather simple brew. Refreshing if simple. Nice clean malts. Some lemon hints. Not very complex or subtle, but generally enjoyable and pleasant. No real layering.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some hints of cream. Light on the palate, and suitably thin. Adequate carbonation.

Dr: Drinkable and pleasant, but also boring and bland. I wouldn't have it again unless it was at a great price or there were no better options.

Low C

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Photo of emerge077
2.76/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a single 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. It has bright clarity, with a steady stream of ascending carbonation. Lasting white foam, dripping webs of lace decorate the interior of the glass. Body is light orange yellow. Unbroken skim, good retention.

Bready, butter crackers and honey, some ale yeast was noticeable when swirled, but little in the way of (advertised) orange and lemon peel.

Flavor is a bit flaccid, oxidized pilsner malt, crackers. A little bit of candy wafer sweetness... orange flavored, sure. Weak body, flabby and watery palate. Completely insipid. One and done, likely won't revisit. Seems this summer seasonal was on the tail end of it's life, much like the season itself is fleeting today.

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Photo of zeff80
3.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a pale, yellow/gold color with a small, short-lived, white head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of of wheat and yeast.

T - It tasted of wheat, yeast and some clove.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This was an okay beer. There was nothing particularly significant about the flavor.

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of LXIXME
2.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Big white to slightly off white head just sort of sits there above a cloudy well carbonated washed out straw golden colored beer.

Light lemon citrus aroma without much else going on.

Light lemon and orange citrus taste, seems slightly washed out.

Light almost lemon sourish and slightly dry aftertaste on this light bodied beer.

Pretty light tasting beer, might be a nice beer to have in the evening on a super hot summer night.

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a can at Northern Soul in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow in color with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall bright white head that slowly reduced to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall, the smell of this beer is very mild with light wheat notes detected.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is also quite mild. There are notes of wheat and lemon peel with just a touch of sweetness.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Nothing special but a very easy to drink and very sessionable brew. Probably would be best to drink outside on a really hot day - could use a little more intensity in the flavor for my palate.

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Kegatron
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear paler gold, with several rich foamy fingers of bright-white head. This readily shrinks down but swirling does get this back up to a frothy ½ finger, which leaves back thick heavy swathes of sticky lace behind. The aroma smells floral and citric, with notes of lemon and lime that mix in the sweet and slightly tart breadiness of the wheat. The freshness of the nose here pretty much carries this.

The taste is similar, with mostly a smack of fresh lemon and lime character, a touch of dry citrus rind bitterness, and then the crisp sweetness of the wheat both complimenting and balancing out the citrus. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a gentle prickliness on the tongue and then more of a smooth creaminess on the edges. Pretty easy feel here overall.

This was pretty straightforward with its flavors and while fairly breezy and inoffensive on the palate, this wasn’t overly memorable either. I’d probably be hard pressed to remember anything about other than its easy drinkability if I hadn’t taken notes.

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Photo of mactrail
2.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Harsh, dull lager. Golden color in the pint glass. Thin, medicinal. A promising hint of malty sweetness but leaves a long, bitter aftertaste. Salty on the lips. Head dissipates and not much carbonation in the mouth.

Breckenridge has long been one of my least favorite Denver breweries. Now it's part of the Wynkoop group, so we'll see whether they can come up with some more interesting beers.

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3.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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SummerBright Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
3.18 out of 5 based on 633 ratings.
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