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 rtratzlaff
2.53/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light amber with a thin white head that left minimal lacing.

Smells of wheat in the malt bill with not really any hop presence.
Taste is very subtle with some crispness to it. Light in body with higher carbonation. Not a whole lot going on. A slightly disappointing beer as Breckenridge makes some good stuff in their 471 line of beers.

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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 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 ToddT
2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Slightly cloudy pale golden color with a small off white head. Head fades quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S- Light smell of yeast, wheat and some adjuncts.

T- Slightly tart apple taste up front then some sweetness of the adjuncts, corn maybe, followed by a crisp but mild hop bite.

M- Thin in the mouth even for an American pale wheat style, not much carbonation either.

D- Easy drinking at 4.5% ABV and it could be a session beer but it's just a little too bland for my taste.

More that a macro but not much.

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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 palliko
2.91/5  rDev -8.5%
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 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 Weisenbeer
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Disappointing selection for my 100th beer reviewed. Watered down, flat, mostly tasteless. Going to the town of Breckenridge in a couple months. I won't be seeking this one out.

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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 SuperSpy
2.6/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pale golden color. Hazy. No head to speak of, but a little white cap that was gone after the first two sips.

S - Sweet, earthy and a little like grain or flour.

T/M - Medium-Light bodied and fairly smooth. Just enough carbonation for some fizziness. Sweet and grainy with some earthy esters and an astringent finish. Not terrible but not all that appetizing either. Just so-so.

D - Not what I would crave on a hot summer day, but not something I would pour down the sink. My other choice was a Sam Adam's Blackberry Wit and I think I would rather have another of these, but just barely.

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Photo of kflorence
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light, pale wheat color with a minimal amount of frothy white head. Carbonation bubbles rise from the base and lacing forms around the glass as you drink.

S: Smells of wheat, yeast, cereal grains and malts, honey and the slightest hint of lemon. Not much else is discernible (it is not a very complex or powerful aroma, but rather on the dull side).

T: A very wheat dominant flavor, much like the smell; cereal grains and malts, yeast, honey and lemon citrus. Finishes dry with a lingering wheat, yeast and citrus taste. A simple beer, but not unpleasant.

M: This very light bodied beer, unsurprisingly comes off as watery. There isn't much substance to it, but it does make for a very smooth drink. Carbonation levels are ample but not overpowering and it feels nice on the tongue.

D: The light characteristics of this beer coupled with the smooth mouthfeel make it very drinkable. A good session beer at a bar I would say. Not my favorite wheat beer by far, but not something I would shy away from either.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Light gold color/almost clear with some nice head to accentuate it.
S: Smells of wheat and bread with some nice notes of orange peel and citrus.
T: Tangy hop flavor with some notes of wheat malt and some slight flavors of citrus and orange peel.
D/O: Very crisp and drinkable with some good flavors that go well with summer. It could have some more flavor to go with the tartness.

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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 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 Lauthaha
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Beer is clear, light golden bordering on dark straw color. Head is nearly angel-white with a meringue-like quality. It bubbles down to almost nothing, just a gentle wisp of head on the surface of the beer.

Smell: Very mellow...the only discernible scent is grassy hops. There may or may not be some citrus feel hidden in there, but light grassy hops are all that jump out immediately.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very much like a wheat beer. Crisp, with a light-to-medium carbonation. Biscuit-like malt in the background, grassy-hops (almost like hay) in the foreground. Finishes moderately dry with a barn flavor.

Overall: Slightly above average. Definitely nothing impressive here. Overpriced, not worth a try. Drink a Hoegaarden, you'll get a better Wheat Ale for about the same price.

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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 smibroncos
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured a cloudy straw, with a small white head that disapeared quickly, No lacing on the glass.

S. Wheat, citrus, grass, lime

T. Slightly sour, citrus, lightly bitter from the hops

M. Light bodied, light on the carbonation.

D. OK. I thought this was a pretty easy drinker, have it with some hot wings it will wash away the burn.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
2.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep golden clear yellow color with a thin foamy white head crowning the top.

S: Smells outstanding with summer time hops coming right out the glass and citrus vanilla notes almost like a vienna lager but with a wheat style smell in the back of the nose.

T: Quite tepid and lacks the amount of hops in the taste as what is in the smell. Also you can't really tell it resembles anything like a wheat beer maybe an old pale ale but not wheat. It lacks an aftertaste and didn't have much character.

M/D: Has a long lasting slimy feel and an instant watery feel. The drinkability is ok if you are interested in drinking a beer without character but please realize that this is only my opinion and you should definitely try it for yourself.

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

Mix-n-match 6 pack purchase in DeLand, FL.

This beer pours nicely with a thick, bubbly white head. It's pale yellow in color and is slightly cloudy. It has the look of a solid wheat beer. Smells of sweet husky corn, wheat bread, strawberries, and bubblegum. First taste reveals mild wheat flavors with some lemony rinds and a little bit of grassy hops. Flavoring is light but that's what you'd expect from a summer ale like this. The beer goes down smoothly and is light and bubbly on the tongue, crisp. All in all a nice refreshing wheat beer that is light both in taste and body. For what it's trying to be it does the trick.

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

I picked up a couple of these hoping the warm weather was here to stay.

It poured a very light gold, ugly yellow. Almost no head to speak of. What little there was quickly disappeared.

Smelled the malt almost exclusively. It has a very light hint of wheat and/or grass. Almost no scent of the orange/lemon peels.

Taste, again, almost all malt. It does have some very mild hops working in there. A pretty nice, dry finish where you do get a subtle taste of the citrus.

Overall, just a simple, middle of the road beer. I wasn't expecting to be blown away, but still come away a little disappointed.

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Photo of ridglens
2.91/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

First a big thanks to Hayesez, well for leaving it my fridge!

Poured into a Portsmouth snifter, pours a huge head to the top of the glass. This dies very quickly, but leaves a pretty solid lacing around the rim of the glass. Color is very light orange, and a little cloudy looking. Smell is not all that great, a little citrus and some fresh hops, but not a whole lot else. Tastes a little bit better than the smell lends on, a little fresh crisp citrus hops and even a bit of a yeasty, malt backbone. still not a TON there, but i guess a solid, VERY simple beer. Mouthfeel is pretty light, but the aftertaste if decent which lends itself to good drinkability. Kind of a not-vey-exciting brew...

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Photo of hops202
3.69/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank out of can and also poured into a spiegelau glass.

A - Golden honey look with a slight bit of haze, but not much cloudiness at all.

S - lemon citrus aroma - light wheat

t- more wheat with slight citrus taste.

M - light body

O - easy summer sipper. Somewhere between shandy and wheat ale but leaning more to ale side.

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.89/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one arrived from the bartender with no head and a dark gold body. Grassy, wheat aroma with creamy, lemony odors and a hint of vanilla. Tastes of grass and grain accompanied by fresh lemon. Aftertaste is cream and grain. Great, unique flavor. Good one for a hot day.

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SummerBright Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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