SummerBright Ale
Breckenridge Brewery

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American Pale Wheat Ale
Ranked #603
Ranked #46,827
3.25 | pDev: 14.77%
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
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Notes: 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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Reviews: 220 | Ratings: 637
Photo of rrwiltse
2.78/5  rDev -14.5%
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 0%
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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Photo of putnam
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tangy raw grain aromas. Blond color. Balanced flavors are subtle. Lemon cookie flavors finish dry and watery. Pleasant buttered, toasted white bread flavors join in. Overall this is a juicy, easy beer suitable for thirst quenching. The thin texture seems out of proportion to the fruit and crust flavors. Nothing complicated. Nothing epic.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled in the third week of March (as per notches on the side of the label), poured into a pint. One of the beers in the mixed 12 pack.

Clear gold, nothing worth mentioning in terms of head, retention, lacing. Looks and acts like a macro.

The nose is weak, but I did pick up some caramel and a suggestion of generic wheat. Upon further sniffing I get some grain.

The taste has a bit more wheat to it, as well as the caramel from the nose, but there's also just enough hop to quench my thirst. Still boring overall.

Light, even for a summer brew, mouthfeel. Drinkable, but sooo boring.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of an indescript and average beer. Slightly hazed gold color, nice head. Light grass in the nose, not very assertive or strong. Taste is sharp and clean, but not very strong in the classic wheat ale sense. Pretty good drinkability, but not very spot on for the style. Good mouthfeel, also.

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Photo of Beervis
4.3/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, very light straw colour with a thin white head that quickly fades.

Smell is of light malt, lemony citrus, and faintly floral esters. Taste is sour and citric, a tad spicy, and slightly tart. Fairly thin body and mouthfeel gives way to a slightly bitter and dry finish.

This is a great hot weather quencher. It's 90+ here today, and this was just what the doctor ordered! More please.

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Photo of palliko
2.91/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear bright gold color, little foam or lacing, difficult to detect aroma, some wheat and malt in initial taste – sweet lemon peel flavor that refreshes but is not a good wheat beer, or a good beer period, for that matter. This is a BORING beer – try Widmer Bros. Hefe – it is twice as good.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is simple with a very light sour wheat malt quality. Good enough.
Poured with virtually no head. Urine yellow, clear and rather bright.
Taste is like the aroma and extremely light/soft/tough to find. A little malt, a little sour, a little bitter. Medium long dry finish.
I like the feel. It's smooth, a little thin but with a high thirst quenching quotient.
This if nothing I'd strongly recommend, but it'd do well enough (a better than a macro) for a summer mid-afternoon drink.

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Photo of ZAP
3.59/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This harkens back to the old "There is a time and place" for everything phrase..

American Wheats to me are almost on a par with Macro Lagers...Ok.. but not much that holds true for this beer....but when thirsty after sweating in the sun a beer like this hits the spot better than water...

I had this with some pizza over the weekend and found it very unremarkable..Now I am drinking it as my first beer of the day after a day in the sun and I am impressed with subtle qualities of this beer...

The nose is big on the wheat malt (for this style) and has a litle lemon peal to it..perhaps a faint hint of vanilla...flavor is a nice sweet wheatiness that is accented by a little lemony citrus note....body is fuller than I expected but still would rate as light...finishes clean and dry..

Yesterday I was trying to figure out how I was going to drink this whole I have grown kind of fond of it...much better than most in this style but that isn't saying much....blows Pyramid Hefe (which is actually an American wheat) out of the water...

just noticed it says "an ale for the summer season" on the bottle...hence the "Summerbright" name I guess....for once their marketing line matches the way it tastes...would be a good crossover beer for someone

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Photo of WesWes
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a translucent gold color with a 1/4" white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a very dry pale wheat and pale malt scent. It has a musty odor with hints of lemon zest. The taste is average as well. It has a bland and musty flavor that goes down slow and resonates. It has a dry finish and a slight wheat aftertaste. This may be the worst summer seasonal I've had. The mouthfeel is awful. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a forgettable beer. It needs less body, more carbonation, and some lemon zest. This is a terrible wheat beer.

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Photo of rowew
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Old Chicago as part of Spring mini tour. Pours a clear golden color. Aroma is mostly wheat, with some light spice as well. Taste is wheaty, with a bit of lemon flavor, and a fairly bitter aftertaste. Not a bad beer for the summer season, but certainly not the best one available either.

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Photo of ADR
2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear-as-a-bell light gold appearance with a frothy head that's down to a skim in half a minute. Laces in mostly small dots. Honeyish aroma, hints of hay and wild yeast. Light mouthfeel, carbonation is relatively subdued. Standard malt offering, a bit of brown sugar sweetness and a vague citrus tang that's mostly a memory at a pretty thin close. Some tea-like qualities late in the profile, low hop impression and esters are small and masked by sweetness. Somewhat metallic all the way around, but I guess it should be a little better drinker in the hot weather.

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Photo of mschofield
3.51/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale to medium gold, topped with a one finger foamy white head, perfectly clear, leaves thin partial webs of lacing.
Wheaty, husky grain aroma.
Citrus peel, husky grain, and a small amout of spiciness in the taste, citrus peel bitterness. Light toast.
Light and crisp, a nice hot weather beer, went down well after a long walk on an unseasonably warm early September day.

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Photo of maxpower
2.37/5  rDev -27.1%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.07/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Minimally cloudy straw yellow. The head is bone white and small, even after an aggressive pour, and drops alarmingly quickly to a thin film, leaving almost no lace.

The nose is unimpressive: some hops, some grain, not much else and not very interesting. Flavor is a letdown as well. There's an indistinct bitterness, unaccompanied by any real hop flavor, a rough grain-huskiness and a lingering, faintly lemony sweetness. The mouthfeel is light, though it doesn't make it all the way to watery.

Breckenridge Summer Bright Ale is just okay... but then that's how most American pale wheats strike me. There's bound to be something better on the shelves, no matter how small the selection.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.37/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: crysatl clear yellow color, with a solid, but slight ring of white foam.
Aroma: citric and somewhat sour, with a big hoppiness that I like.
Taste: big texture, buzzing on the tastebuds, but quick to mellow. Light bodied, crisp and refreshing, with a simple, but tasty finish.
Flavor is well maintained, and this ale basically does what it sets out to do: slakes the thirst, no fuss, no muss. Lemony taste persists, and character is well represented in the name: summery and bright.
Note, though I post near Halloween, this review comes from notes of a sampling done in mid-August.
Thanks to Bruiser81 for the chance to try it out.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.57/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a pale gold color, slightly hazy, with a tiny white head that took off in a hurry. The scent is a grainy, slightly fruity smell. The taste has some grainy, lemony notes going on. Hops are barely detectable. Feel is slightly acidic on the tounge. This isnt a bad beer, and i think it is what it is: a light beer to be enjoyed in the heat of the summer. Ive had worse.

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Photo of Wingman65
2.3/5  rDev -29.2%
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 budgood1
3.07/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a slightly hazy, but otherwise filtered and fined bright golden colour. minimal head and the most minimal of lace. mostly grainy and lemony aroma. seemingly a sweet honey and lemon taste profile, with out any of the good wheat and yeast characterisics i like. but this summer thirst quencher doesn't claim to be a hefe, and for what it is, this ale is fairly quaffable. tea like; it has a somewhat light and lagerish body with a touch of ale creaminess in the mouthfeel. extremely smooth and drinkable finish. cool label too.
a summer afternoon heat of the day slammer. very light and refreshing, yet with some sweet summer flavor to satisfy. a definite summer only brew for me, otherwise it's forgettable. worth a try in july.

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Photo of beernut7
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This wheat ale pours a bit hazy with a light golden color and a gentle lace. The aroma is malty with a prominent bisuity characteristic. Sweet malt is immediately apparent in the flavor as is a very tiny hint of yeast. The lighter bitterness is lingering, but overall it is too little too late. Disappointing brew from the bottle.

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