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.

Added by beernut7 on 08-30-2002

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Photo of allengarvin
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pour, with a lot of fine bubbles streaming up in a rather hazy straw colored beer, to produce a moderate head. Grain wheat aroma, with some citrusy fruitiness. Sweet lemony flavor that is rather one-dimensional.

Blandish summer beer, though I guess it'd probably be refreshing in some circumstances.

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Photo of Gusler
3.84/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Upon the pour the color is a translucent gold, the head bright white and creamy, about three fingers in size, it depletes quickly leaving a velum like seal on the glass. Nose is sweet and fresh, bread dough, with a hint of orange peel, pleasant an appetizing. Start has a decent grain presence, with a touch of bitterness at the back, top is light to medium in feel. Finish has a diminutive acidity, the hops noticeable, very dry aftertaste, and a nice beer for the Arizona summers.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.93/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured cool from a brown 12oz into a wheat glass.
A - A honeyish golden hue w/ a 2 finger white cap that collapses into a small band.

S - Crisp wheat odors w/ a light citrus scent.

M - Light crisp, moderate carbonation, slightly sweet in the finish.

T - Gentle nutty malt with a tickle of citrus, ever so faint spice and a generally pleasant sweet taste w/ a powdery non-descript taste that lingers.

D - An average summer beer, easty to drink, but not much to it. I could take it or leave it, just a basic lawnmower ale.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale white gold color. It has a wheat fragrance and faint citrus aromas and faint fruit and wheat flavors. It also has a crisp citrus bite that has a small offness, and a slightly watery mouthfeel. However, it does finish surprisingly clean. Its a good beer, but there are certainly better wheat beers out there.

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Photo of karengarys
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours very clear, light amber. Kinda like... Not all that special, just...

Smell is light, kind of like... nothing special, just...

Taste is, well, slightly malty, slightly hoppy, slightly sour, slightly watery... kind of like plain ol..

Mouthfeel is fizzy as expected, nothing unusual, just

Finish is clean and sour, kind of like... simply...

I can drink this all day, just like... ...not sure I want to, it is a bit bland for my tastes, kind of like It would be good for anybody who is afraid to step into a beer with flavor, but want to experiment with something that is not mass produced.

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Photo of genog
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color from the bottle and starts off with small amount of white head, and leaves hardly any remaining lacing. Smell is of some wheat and a tiny bit of hops. Not a great amount of aroma, but its ok. Taste is not much to it either a little hops and malt with a good balance but it still could have used more. High carbonation on this beer making it a good crisp summer beer, but not amazing.

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Photo of Bobikel
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a golden ale with amber highlights. A small clunky head is quick to disperse and leaves a bit of lace. Brilliant clarity.

Smell - Smell is oaty/yeasty/bready with very little hop presence. What hops are there come across as earthy, and spicy.

Taste - Much like the smell suggests. A little more oaty, and a little less malty. Hops are again understated. A very slight citrus tone.

Mouthfeel - A little watery, but that is to be expected in a summer quencher. Nice even fizzy carbonation that is gentile across the tongue.

Drinkability - Excelent quaff for the summer. A little light on taste, but nicely refreshing on a hot day. A little more hopping would have helped this ale immeasurably.

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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 mentor
3.01/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Half finger off white head over a partly cloudy light yellow liquid. Almost a greenish glean to it in the evening sun. head settles quickly to a partial thin layer that is fed by streamers. Smells grainy primarily. Isn't strong in the nose. Wheat? iron dryness.

Tastes wet sweet with strong carbonation. Wheat gluten comes across pastey due to the low intensity of other malt flavors. carbonation cleans the palette without any acrid sting. The beer could be sticky if not for the carb. Mild oranges could be from the hops, but they have an estery quality about them. More hop flavored (md) than bitter (low). Thicker mouthfeel seems to come from protein and dextrins. Hops are light floral and honey-like. The thickness sticks and just doesn't fit in a summer quencher, IMO.

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

Pours a pleasant enough clear, light golden color. Topped by a thin layer of fine, white head that quickly falls away into a collar with only slight cling. Nose consists of ho-hum dry grains, light hops, and a hint of ripe fruit. The taste has the same components and is no more interesting than the smell, with grains being the dominant component. Mouthfeel is light with a lasting dry crispness. In sum, OK.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First Breckenridge beer and not off to a good start. When I first opened the bottle I was thoroghly impressed, it had a great smell I thought, smelled hoppy. After pouring to pint glass smell was a little different, not as hoppy and a bit sour. Straw yellow color and very little head. Taste was a let down, I dont know how to say it other than what everyone else said, there just wasnt much to it. Some citrus accents and some bitterness but not much else, not a great aftertaste either. Carbonation was good, and it is drinkable but thats due to the light mouthfeel and lack of taste. Thirst quencher but not a beer to be sought after.

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Photo of beermanbrian
2.69/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow color. Head drops to nothing before you can blink. Thin fizzy white cap and no lace. Dosn't look too exciting. Smell is grainy with maybe a faint lemon. Taste is also lightly grainy but that is even a bit of a stretch, there just isn't much to this one. Watery mouthfeel. I guess it's drinkable in the sense that it's light and not filling at all but boy is it boring. I won't be back for this one and don't really have any urge to try breckenridge's other offering.

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Photo of GrillMeister
4.23/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had Breckenridge beer before. I loved their Christmas Ale and wanted to try their summer beer.

It's a rather nice looking beer, not much head though.
Smell is pleasant with a faint aroma.
Taste is very good, possibly a bit of lemon.
Not much aftertaste. A nice beer for hot days.

Mouthfeel is good. A good bit of carbonation and goes down very smooth.

This is a very drinkable summer beer. Although I like the Christmas beer better, I could easily drain a six pack on a hot summer day.

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Photo of jokelahoma
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a shaker at Old Chicago.

Pours a nice, crystal clear golden color. Fair head from an aggressive pour, but relatively short lived.

Aroma is very faint, with a hint of malt and something that resembles lemon peel. Not much else here, but that's fine in a summer brew.

Taste is very subdued. This is a lawnmower brew, without a doubt. A mild American wheat, with a brightness added from the citrus fruits. It isn't much, but it's good for what it is. Very few people want serious complexity in a lawnmower beer. This one is simple, yet tasty.

Mouthfeel is very, very light. Again, that would suck in a winter warmer, but fits the bill nicely for a summer beer.

Overall, this one packs little punch in the flavor area. But then, that may be just what is desired in this type of beer. Not top notch, "gotta have it" stuff, but nice nonetheless. I'll have more before the leaves change.

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Photo of joshleo
3.56/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear bubbly brew. It reminded me of some Belgian clear wheat beers. It was flavorful and easy to drink. Even though there was a fair amount of carbonation, it wasn't overpowering. This is most definitely a filtered wheat, not my normal summer wheat but still refreshing.

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Photo of Phatz
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to gottajiboo2 for hookin me up with this beer. It was worth the opportunity to try it. It is a no frills American Pale Wheat.

Appearance: It pours clear yellow with a fizzy quick fade head; no lace.

Smell: Some over ripe fruit a touch of stale wheat and barley a hint of yeast and muddled bitterness.

Taste: grain wheat and lemon grass. It has a bizarre set of citrus and yeast flavors that don't match with what I typically expect. It is not bad just quite different. The aftertaste doesn't sit right with me. It syrupy sweet and bitter too but not with flavorful hops. It seems a bit distracting.

Mouthfeel: Under carbonated for the style but it is slick and pleasantly dry.

Drinkability: By the time I got used to the uniqueness (distracting aftertaste) the beer was gone. It went quick. It is an easy drinker.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
2.85/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear medium straw color. Barely any head is poured (glass may be slightly dirty), with just a small covering of white bubbles. Aroma is full of the light hay like malts, very wheaty with no typical banana or clove. It has a slight hop note, very saaz like, almost pilsener in aroma. On the palate, it is very biscuity, with the wheat dominating. There's a bit of a vegetal DMS like flavor, not very pleasant, but it is otherwise unoffending. That is, of course, not a glaring statement about the beer; it is drinkable, but til the end of the bottle.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.7/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow with a quickly fading 1 finger head, but decent lace. Mellow aromas of wheat malt with a slight hop floralness. Nice wheat malt flavors, more than expected as the color is so pale. Lite yet full of flavor. A great summertime beer.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow-amber pour, almost non-existent head, with faded completely away. No lacing.

Smell is light crackers and biscuits, a tiny hint of floral hops. Not much aroma at all.

Taste is crisp light malt with a note of metallic and floral hops.

Mouthfeel is decently round, with nice carbonation.

Very easy drinking, but then, who would want to. This is just not interesting enough to want much of it.

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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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Photo of theWrkncacnter
3.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, no date. Color is straw yellow and clear. Decent head that lingers around the edges to provide some lacing but otherwise fades. Smell is slightly of white grape, very similar to a white wine. Did not expect that. Taste is of the same, very suprising. Wasn't sure about it at first, but after drinking most of the bottle I'm pretty sure that this tastes very much of a white wine. Not a bad thing, just different, but I like it. Mouthfeel isn't the greatest because of the slight tinge that comes with the white wine taste. Pretty decent drinkability though. Would consider buying again, for sure.

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Photo of jspruit
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split a six-pack of 12oz bottles from Martha's Vineyard while visiting family. The dates on the side of the bottle weren't indicated. Pours into a pint glass with a smooth pale color-a little darker than clear. A small one finger head appeared right away, but didnt stick around fod long.

Little bit of hops, yeast, and floral in the aroma-but nothing too strong. Tastes light and smooth with just a hint of berry and hops, but again northing to strong or special. Tasted a bit better for me as it warmed up a bit to room temperature.

I did my fair share to finish off the six-pack and it is an easy beer to drink with some taste, but overall I was a bit disappointed as I was expecting a bit more from this brewery. I would recommend this beer to someone interested in vearing from the mainstream as a starter, but I think that I will personally try another one of their offerings first before coming back to this one.

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Photo of benmiliron
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Straw yellow color, perfectly crystal transparent, slight bit of foam on the surface of the brew. Little noticeable smell, some fruitiness. Taste is heavy on some acidic character - real lemon? From the website: A refreshing wheat ale with a hint of citrus flavor. Beer Style: American Wheat Ale with Fruit. That explains the lemon. Mouthfeel is winey and very heavy sharp bubble.

That said, this is very easy to drink, provided you enjoy the lemony character.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no date. Pours a clear pale gold. One finger white head is creamy, but doesn't stick around for long. Some spotty big-bubbled lacing hangs on.

The aroma is yeasty, accented by some floral hoppy notes and dry, slightly spiced malt, with a little bit of cardboard thrown in. The flavor is very grainy with citrusy hops and a bit of a metallic aftertaste. Not all that much going on.

It's extremly light bodied. It demonstrates very little complexity, but it is bright and vibrant and shows some action on the tongue, with a subtle berry finish. Very drinkable, just not all that intersting. But, it is a summer beer, and works well as that, on a hot day or with spicy food.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear golden-orange brew, thin head with large soapy bubbles.

Light, fruity aroma with a dry character. A little dextrin sweet.

Flavor comes from spicing, semi-dry finish, full spicy-wheat mouthfeel. Floral hop, very light grain profile. Not a whole lot going on. Kind of has the same spicing going on as Sam Adams Summer ale, without the other flavors to balance.

Easy to drink, definitely a summer drinker.

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SummerBright Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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