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.

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Photo of Jason
3.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with no freshness date.

LOOK: Clear straw, lacing holds, some bubbles

SMELL: Lemon zest, orange pith, bready, clean, faint hops, grapenuts

TASTE: Crisp, moderate body, wheat, bready, slightly toasty, nutty, citrus peel smack, dry, clean, mild bitterness, quick to finish

Somewhat of a no frills summer brew, typical but it works. The lemon / orange twist does well here and is not overwhelming.

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Photo of argock
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Pale yellow with mild haze and a short white head that fades quickly and leaves only a few scraps of lace.

S: Very light slightly herbal and citrus hops aroma with mostly lemon zest and some floral notes. Pale maltiness is pretty soft and seems thin as well.

T: The flavor pretty much echoes the aroma with only a touch more power in the taste intensity with more citrus and floral hoppiness coming through, but still pretty nondescript.

M: Light and thin with too much carbonation.

O: Definitely one to skip this season -- there are many, many better summer ales out there. 4 average ratings says it all.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.98/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-bubbly gold with a nice white head

S-creamy and grassy grains. There's a decent crispness to it. Good strength

T-comes in with a very grainy taste, once again slightly grassy and creamy, but mostly all grains. It's a very smooth and clean taste. Crisp with a good matching after-taste and just a hint of bitterness.

M-medium creamy carbonation, somewhat watery, with a dry finish

O-this is a good summer beer. Very crisp and clean. It has a good lightness to it but lacks any hint to adjunct ingredients that I often find with summer beers. It's simple. I like it.

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Photo of imasloth
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear golden ale with temporary white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S- Pale malt only. Not unpleasant, but plain.

T- Pale malt, little else. Maybe a little orange?

M- Light-bodied and smooth.

O- This beer isn't good. It's plain and seems completely lacking in inspiration. That said, I didn't mind slowly finishing off the six pack, using these beers at the end of a long day to ease me into relaxation ... So they're good for that.

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Photo of kojevergas
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 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 Darkmagus82
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a lightly hazed orange yellow color with a big billowy white head. The head fades quite fast to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell – Aromas of wheat and yeast are the most heavy. There are aromas of some lighter citrus mixed within. Lemon and a very light grapefruit.

Taste – A very light wheat flavor greets the tongue. This is mixed with a little bit of lemon citrus. As the flavor advances some lighter flavors of yeast and spice come to the tongue. These take to the taste to the end leaving a semi-sweet citrus wheat flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The brew is light in body and higher in carbonation. Very fitting for the style. The bubbles excite while the body makes it very easy to drink.

Overall – A nice light god session beer for the summer months. It is perfect for sitting outside and enjoying in the presence of friends over a long evening. If looking for something intensely flavorful however this is a beer to avoid.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.59/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a hazy, faded golden color. A light frothy white head sits on top and dissipates to a few random patches of bubbles. Lacing is light and minimal. The beer smells fresh and of lemongrass and faint citrus. Very malty. The taste is bright and clean. The sharp, citrus notes are up front but do not dominate. Subdued malt presence with lemon and orange notes. Very clean. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a crisp finish.

Overall, this is a very fresh summer beer. Great for grilling, or sitting on the deck all night. Low ABV. I love it as my Summer go-to.

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

Sampled from a bottle at Wolfbrau House of Beer in St Peters, MO

A: White 1/2" head w/ good retention. Crystal clear deep golden.

S: Lemon zest, orange peel, crackery grain background.

T: Sweet, crisp, medium bodied. Lemon and orange do not come through as much in the flavor. Crackery malt, maybe a little diacetyl, but not enough to be certain. Very nice, simple blonde ale.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

OI: A good blonde ale with some interesting aromatic notes. Great representation of a style you'll typically find on tap at your local brewpub.

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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 SLeffler27
2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy dark straw with fine particles in suspension. A scant white head momentarily flashes above just long enough to leave a ring of lace on a tulip glass.

Some clove and coriander are equal to wet cardboard. The date code on the bottle is indecipherable and, from memory, my first bottle was similarly disappointing.

Tastes like a wheat ale, just uninspired. There is sweet grain here with yeast adding a slight musty fruit. All rather muddled and followed by a lingering acrid flavor.

Medium body with fizzy carbonation, no alcohol and a dry finish.

While suitable for consumption, more likely to be intended to be consumed en masse by the masses. This one lacks the qualities I seek in a beer.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.47/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this as part of a mix & match 6-pack for $9.99 at Everett's in South Beloit, IL in Summer 2011.

Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a slight head that disappears quickly. Scent is mostly of wheat/straw and lemon zest. There is a decent taste of wheat, citrus that is crisp and refreshing, but has a very weak volume and texture. The texture feels like one of those beers that is lighter than water. This is basically a slightly stronger version on Bud Light Golden Wheat. Good on a hot day buy could really use some work.

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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 jwc215
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted two months ago - reviewed from notes:

Pours hazy/cloudy light golden with a thin white head. Dotes of lacing stick.

The smell is of light orange and lemon peel with a bready undertone.

The taste is of light, sweet-ish, orange and lemon peel. The mild sweetness is balanced by a sourdough breadiness. It has a soft sweet-tart finish.

It is light-bodied- not too fizzy. It has a slight slickness.

Refreshing on a hot summer day - nothing offensive. Not much more than a typical American Pale Wheat summer-type of ale but it has a nice touch of an orange and lemon peel character.

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Photo of tigg924
3.11/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy, golden-yellow in color, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: sugar, wheat, and lemon

Taste: sugar, wheat, lemon, and underlying citrus hops

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, nice combo of sweet and bitter

Overall: An average summer beer in every sense of the word. Not a bad beer, but not one I will go out of my way for either.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm not sure where I got this at Bridgewater's in Philadelphia, PA. It came in a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a straw color. The head is a bright white color, 1 finger tall, small medium sized bubbles, ok retention, not much lacing.
Smell: The aromas are yeasty, peppery, and nothing else.
Taste: The flavors are nobel hops, clean, and nonoffensive.
Mouthfeel: The body of this beer is thin, with a clean finish.
Drinkability: This beer is a drinkable beer.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last day of Labor Day weekend and I am trying a Breckenridge Summer Bright Ale. The appearance is a pale cloudy yellow with thin white head that appears to be lacing. The aroma is mostly lemon with a backdrop of malt and hop. The taste has the bitterness of lemon and the subtle spice of orange peel that make quite a refreshing beer. The mouthfeel is good, the low alcohol content make the beer very easy to drink on summer days. I would definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some citrus notes. Taste is refreshing, mild, some citrus and wheat is present. Feels light in the mouth and overall this is an easy drinking summer beer.

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

A - straw yellow slightly cloudy

S - light yeast

T - light lemon citrus, hint of green apple with slight sweet and hint of bitter on back of tongue only slightly present

M - slight light fizz carbonation keeps it refreshing

D - light tasty refreshing would have another

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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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Photo of SickGnar
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Robust, yet pale, golden. Quite hazy with a small bright white head. Okay retention and a few stringy bits of lace.

S: Faint citrus, grainy & husky wheat, a touch of grassy & noble hops. A bit of sweetness. A bit restrained, but nice enough.

T: Citrus is quite a bit more forward than in the nose. More lemon too, but the orange is there as well. Noticeably grainy and husky wheat, but with some soft sweetness and a touch of biscuit at the end. Background bitterness of a mostly grassy nature with an edge of softly spicy & sweet noble character. At the end an earthy not come in with just a hint of pepper – not sure if it is hops or yeast derived. There is a building lemony and vaguely tart edge. A nice summer ale, if perhaps a tad full and sweet, with an ever so barely there pseudo Belgian bent (understated Wit & Saison type hints).

M: Medium body with fairly firm yet soft carbonation. Short of crisp, but reasonably quenching. Opens with a bit of sweetness, then goes softly tart and ends mildly drying.

D: A nice summer beer. Good balance of citrus peel impact & base wheat beer. Not too many dimensions, but what is there has great roundness & okay depth. Nicely pleasant & drinkable with a very adroit touch of character.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw color with a fizzy, white head.

Aroma is pretty light, nothing too overpowering. Some grass and lemon along with some of that sour wheat smell that comes from many of these American Pale Wheat Ales.

A big swig of this brings some light citrus flavors, a bit of tartness and a faint sweet background. Very light and crisp on the tongue, no major off flavors and no real dominating features.

Solid summer brew in a can.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.92/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours with a 1+ finger creamy eggshell head. Great lacing. Beer is a hazy straw color with no particulates.

Nose is fruity, with notes of strawberry, citrus, and vanilla. Very clean, with little hop presence.

Taste is grainy, sweet, slightly metallic, with notes of citrus, pineapple, and is a bit sour. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with moderate carbonation.

Overall, I'm glad I bought this beer while in the area. Not terribly unique, but a great summer libation that is plenty drinkable while still retaining my interest. Would buy again in the right season.

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Photo of Veillantif
2.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle, maybe 8 degrees C, poured into a chilled stange glass.

A: pretty bottle, but it's uh-oh on the pour: uninspiring pale gold color of some unloveable lagers and (within a few seconds) no head to speak of. Are they trying to make it look like the nitrogenous waste of quadruped mammals?

S: not hold-your-nose bad, but it can't arouse much enthusiasm: malted wheat, but sour, acrid even.

T: momentarily there is a bright perk of citrus that wasn't so apparent on the nose, but enjoy it while it lasts; what follows is tart, yet bland. Aftertaste is a touch metallic.

M: mundane. Goes down fast but leaves a sour aftertaste; there's much more beer lingering on my palate than there is in the glass.

D: Every summer I feel as though there are a million more of these damn beers, and I'm not going to say this is the worst. Hell, I'll drink it again if I'm offered. I'll just be sure there are some sausages or something nearby to blot out that aftertaste. Also: this is one beer that does not reward a pour into a glass, so keep it in the bottle.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
2.55/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

comes out an opaque yellow hue (the kind thats got a tiny amount of green in it). small head with minimal retention and no real lacing at all. hmm... giant aroma of wheat on this which is not surprising but it seems to be overshadowing everything else. grass is present. honey and clove are faint in the background and thats about all i can make out. now on to the taste mmm watered down tasting wheat ale. guess i can't say im too surprised. lemon zest wheat and a bit of a hop bite are there but its just all so distant and watery. lots of carbonation felt on this one. overall this thing is just not good enough. time to go back to the drawing board.

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SummerBright Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
3.18 out of 5 based on 630 ratings.
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