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 ADR
2.9/5  rDev -10.5%
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 +8.3%
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 -26.9%
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 -5.2%
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 +4%
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 +10.2%
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%
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 -5.2%
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 -6.5%
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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SummerBright Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.24 out of 5 with 634 ratings