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 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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Photo of Duster72
2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with little to no head and no lacing. Aroma is bready/yeasty. Taste is very bready malts with little to no wheat and no distinguishable citrus. Taste is similar to Budweiser. Mouthfeel is fine for the style and it's relatively drinkable as a lawnmower beer. Unremarkable.

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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 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 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 boblog
3.17/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy golden with a very tin head which leaves little lacing.

Smell: Is light having hints of wheat and lemon.

Taste: Wheat a bit of lemon and sweet malts. Nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly

Over all and okay beer. I had this last week definitely not an October beer.I have had a few decent beers from the Breckenridge brewery, my favorite being the Avalanche ale but this one let me down a bit. Still I will probably buy it again in the summer.

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

12oz brown bottle

Summer Bright Ale was a hazy pale golden color with a white head. The head was small and quickly dissipated to a thin layer, leaving very little lace behind. The aroma was light malt and some citrus (lemons). The taste was crisp with lemon again. It was light bodied with plenty of carbonation. It's a refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright and light yellow in color with a tiny yet noticeable white head. A large and citrus like aroma that keeps to form. Sweet and grainy malts through and through; tender wheat malts characteristics combined with some lemony citrus offerings. Mildly, yet perfectly carbonated. Come-and-go flavorings, very refreshing and mild. Simple to drink, nothing wrong here.

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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 sloejams
3.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

part of the sampler at the Breckinridge BBQ & Brew Pub, Denver

We started lightest to darkest. Maybe not the best way, especially with a DIPA in the middle - but it worked out. This was a citrus wheat, quite light in color and taste. It was easy-drinking and quite refreshing. I'm sure this sells well with the recent boom in popularity of the hefes and such. I enjoyed it enough, but I kept looking forward to the bigger ales.

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Photo of xav33
2.6/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4.5

Breckenridge Summerbright Ale
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, livered 09/06
Medium pour in a pint glass

Poured a slightly hazy gold with a 1/4 inch fully diminishing rocky white head.

Smelt of flowers, oranges and light grain, and a hint of spice, maybe coriander.

Taste was upfront light sweet orange blossoms, followed by a bitter spice kick and light acidic oranges and sweet flowers, all in an overly short finish. Mouthfeel was light, off-dry, fizzy and slightly metallic.

Overall, a beer that reaches its quaffing goal, nothing more.

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Photo of hanco005
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A—golden and clear with a fizzy egg shell white ¾ inch head that fades away to a couple of thin islands in a matter of minutes, laces in spots

S—lemon and wheat are strongest as suspected, some mild malty notes are in there, too

T—lemon and other citrus fruits are very mild, some grainy taste as well

M—a little flat, light bodied, very mild carbonation

D—not a bad summer brew. I’ll enjoy the six pack that I have, but probably won’t buy it again

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Photo of Bighuge
3.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, hazy piss yellow color. Thin off white head. Bubbly lace. Nice aroma. Tangy wheat. Zesty lemon. And grainy, sweet malts. Refreshing citrus bite. Slightly dry finish. A bit of a hoppiness. Lemony and crisp. Brightly carbonated. Decent enough summer quaffer.

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Photo of xzqrut
2.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle, this summer ale had a clear golden appearance with a small, light head, that did not retain that well. There was decent carbonation. The smell was somewhat malty, with some mild floral scents. The beer went down smooth, but taste was not too distinct, again seemed dominated by malt.

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Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this fresh, & I believe with this brewery if you don't you're missing some of the taste on their main stable of beers, doesn't make them great, just think some are better than the collective ratings in some cases

Pours a solid golden with a 2 fingersdeep white head. Some lacing & minimal head retention

S: Slight malt & mustyness up front. Matyness & floral hops as it warms

T: Tastes a little of style but, has a Fruitty& crisp bready taste up front. Followed by a slight foral hoppyness. finshes crisp & fruitty

MF: Juicy with good carbonation& sprtittzyness

Drinks really easy, if off style. One of the better Breckenridge seasonals

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Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderately cloudy golden bronze color with a smallish fizzy white head that dwindles. Lacing is weaker but there. Aroma is of dry grains with a bit of toastiness and an earthy component. Taste is dominant on the malty side but not really too sweet. It's more robust in mouthfeel but still decently smooth. Not a whole lot really going on however. Light citrus flavors seem to want to come out but never truly show themselves. There's just lots of nondescript toasty malty flavors with a dry edge to them. It's a decent choice for the summertime but with Oberon, Zoomer, Whitsun, Celis, etc., I don't think I would choose this again.

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Photo of nortmand
2.98/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear straw yellow with some fluffy white head. Not labelled Kristallweizen, so would expect some delicious yeast. Oh well.

Some mild fruity banana esters in the nose. A bit of grassiness as well.

Astringent flavors dominate the flavor from beginning to end. A bit of sweetness in there, but overall gives me the distinct impression of malt liquor. A bit of hoppiness at the end.

Very light and moderately drinkable if only because it isn't offensive. I've enjoyed several of Breckenridge's offerings since they were introduced to Michigan awhile back, but this is nothing that hasn't been done better by someone else.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
2.88/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass, pours a pale golden yellow, not too much head, less lacing. Aroma is has a little honey sweetness, but also a sour funk, like sweaty socks. And its not because its an out of date beer. A medium body with springy carbonation, with lemon and melon tones in there, but finishes a little dry but kind of pasty too. Overall, decent, but not faving another any time soon.

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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 alexgash
2.67/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Standard gold-yellow, clear, sparkly. Vigorous pour yields a smallish, short-lived, off-white head. Honeyish, soft, grainy malt. Lemon zest. Light coriander/pepper. Muted, pita bread malt with some wheat twang. Slightly tart to lemony bite lead to modest bitterness. Finish is grainy, citrusy and slightly astringent. Light-medium bodied with a minor proteiny feel. Meh, not my idea of a good summer beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance- one to half finger head that dissipated very quickly. A more golden champaign look with a lot of carbonation present whilst viewing the beer.I wouldn't call this particular carbonation brussels' lace No head at this point.

Smell- I hardly smell anything except for some yeasty bread smells and a eensy weensy bit of hops.

Taste- Pretty watery than what was expected. Some earthy hay jumps in at the middle with a sugary hop aftertaste. But nothing really special at all.

Mouthfeel- Very light, this is somethign that could take the heat away from some spicy Mexican food. But doesn't bring anything special to the table.

Drinkability- Very good, I could have copius amounts of this, doesn't have the lack luster flavor and wateryness of the big name American Macro lagers, but uneventful enough to receive praise.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold color with a thin white head.
Aromas of wheat malt and citrus.
Same aromas come through in the flavor. Not overly complex, this one is a simple wheat base with a little bit of citrus in there to sort of mix things up. The light mouthfeel and crispness make combine to make this more of a "lawnmower" brew. Not offensive, just uncomplex. You could still have several of these while the Broncos beat up on the Colts preseason.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.41/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This summer bright ale is a lovely golden colour with crystal clarity. Fat bubbles that seem a hair lazy bound to the surface. I managed to rouse a fairly large white head that looked sticky and much like my spit on a hot dry day. A day that this beer would be perfect for. I have some lace hanging around enhancing the view, but not a large amount.

The nose holds a sort of peppery, musky, gaseous odor. Hard to peg. I guess one could call this grainy or wheaty as that is most likely the source. It is really not too appetizing, but seems common in beers along these lines.

The taste is somewhat similar to corn syrup. There is a bitterness in the finish and a slight sourness as well. The sour seems to hold this beer back from being described as crisp and refreshing. It leaves a lingering heaviness on my tongue.

The mouthfeel seems a bit heavier than I would have expected from a summer brew. It has a syrupy feel at certain times. It really doesn't fit that well.

Drinkability is right on par with the other qualities. Nothing stellar here. It is close to good, but not quite there.

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Photo of rrwiltse
2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, but what a boring beer! It joins the ranks of the refreshing summer brews that are simply nothing special.
The aroma was simply non-existant, I couldn't smell a thing! Nothing remarkable with mouthfeel or appearance. Wheat, a bit of maltiness, a bit of citrus (orange?), but all in all not a whole lot going on. A good hot day, drink-a-lot beer, I don't know that I'd buy it again...well, maybe only one more time....

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

I picked this one up at a Famous Daves due to there lack of a decent selection at that specific store. It poured a slightly cloudy golden color with a small white head. It tasted acidic and hints of wheat, hops and lemon were present. While I found this beer enjoyable it was average all around.

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SummerBright Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
3.18 out of 5 based on 631 ratings.
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