SummerBright Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

SummerBright AleSummerBright Ale
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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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Ratings: 632 |  Reviews: 219
Photo of nathanmiller
3.85/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of XmnwildX12
2/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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 smcolw
2.91/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much of a head. What is there dies to a single layer of minute bubbles. Does leave some ring lace. Cloudy and light gold color.

Very earthy smell, slightly sour. Not a smell that I like.

Thin bodied with a reasonable level of carbonation. Light pale ale malt flavors. Nearly no hop. A light wheat beer without the wheat. Sour finish, but it's short lived.

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Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apperance: Pours a clear, pale yellow body with a small, white head.

Smell: Mildy malty, wheat aroma with some subtle hints of floral and spice.

Taste: Sweetish, slightly grainy maltiness. Crackery wheat taste. Some floral and spice. Relatively light bittneress. Finishes light and crisp with a faint taste of sourdough.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Ideal for light drinking, it aspires to little more. Leaves me yearning for an Oberon, though!

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Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +8%

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 woodychandler
3.04/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I am pretty sure that this was part of a box that my local in-person trader, tone77, dropped off for me, but since he has not reviewed it, I am now unsure.

From the CAN: "Honest and Solid in Construction"; "Complete and Satisfying in Drinking"; "Malt Beverage brewed with orange and lemon peels".

The Crack and inverted Glug produced a finger of rocky, bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was a hazy sunshine yellow. Nose had a citrusy smell like furniture polish, but not in a bad way. That is just what came to mind when I leaned into it. As the head fell, some nice lacing began to form. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the tangy citrus flavor was evident on the tongue, but it seemed kind of muted. Finish was semi-dry and citrusy, but I somehow felt like it lacked any real Ooomph. Oh well.

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Photo of Jason
3.57/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Slatetank
2.93/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured cool from a brown 12oz into a wheat glass.
A - A honeyish golden hue w/ a 2 finger white cap that collapses into a small band.

S - Crisp wheat odors w/ a light citrus scent.

M - Light crisp, moderate carbonation, slightly sweet in the finish.

T - Gentle nutty malt with a tickle of citrus, ever so faint spice and a generally pleasant sweet taste w/ a powdery non-descript taste that lingers.

D - An average summer beer, easty to drink, but not much to it. I could take it or leave it, just a basic lawnmower ale.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Shit, with this pathetically mild Winter, Summer doesn't seem so far away... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises lemon peel, orange zest, light cracked wheat, and a touch of grass. The taste generally brings in more of the same, but now the lemon takes command (and in quite the funky style), and some mild cardboard buts its way in as well. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, though I can see people actually enjoying such a lemonade-y beer in the Summer months, this stuff just ain't my schtick. The lemon is too forward and slightly artificial-tasting and the cardboard element doesn't do anybody any favors.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
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 InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of imperialking
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of imbibehour
2.64/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass.

A sudsy and thin bleach white head, grows to about two fingers on the pour, sits on top of a clear slightly pale and brass yellow body. Lots of cola carbonation and rising bubbles, most of it rising quite quickly. Head settles to a filmy soapy thin puck.

Rank nose. Hints of bile and sticky yeast no matching sense of fruit mentioned from the label. Not even a sense of malt on this either.

Palate matches the nose which makes for not a real fun experience. First sip is very much like first smell, rank and dirty a bit. Wet palate barely manages to hold the flavor. Now sense of chewy wheat backbone to this at all. Afterfinsh surprisingly produces most of the flavor and enjoyment giving this beer nearly an okay grade but not quite. Afterfinish brings a bit of a doughy wheat texture, but there is no fruit taste this though.

Overall this is pretty disappointing for what it claims. No sense of orange. lemon, or barely and malt with a rank bouquet. I'll pass.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of VeganUndead
3.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Tone
3.51/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of wheat, pale malt, hint of sweet malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, and a hint of yeast. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, and blend. The body strength is lacking.

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Photo of BeerOps
3/5  rDev -7.4%

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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SummerBright Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 14.6% out of 100 with 632 ratings
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