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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a nice clean/clear yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some wheat/grass. The taste is malty, kinda yeasty, wheat/grass. Medium body. Overall, a nice tasty brew.

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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 Mebuzzard
1.63/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Given as a sample from Brett at Col. Liq. Mart.
Pours a clear pale golden, not much for wheat. No head, not even when swirled.
Smells of wet wheat and malt. Not much there.
Terrible taste. After the firsrt swig I thought about a drainpour. But gave it a run anyway. Taste is heavy on malt, but not very sweet. Butterscocth undertones get in the way of anything good. Bad aftertaste.
Couldn't finish. Drainpour. I hope I just got a bad bottle.

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Photo of WesWes
2.95/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Stinkypuss
3.34/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Breckinridge : SummerBright

LOOK: Clear deep straw colored beer with a short lived white topping that recedes to a ring. Leaves behind some lace on the pint. Appears like a lighter summer option which is all the rage in these times.
SMELL: Juicy citrus with orange, lemon and lime.
TASTE: Malt and wheat up front, giving way to squeezed lemon and orange peel. Hops are also citrusy with a faint note of pine.
FEEL: Light to medium bodied, and well carbonated. Finishes nice and balanced, with a small dry hop.
OVERALL: A refreshing summer option. Has a good body, full on citrus and complimentary hoppy bitterness. I could see myself having a few of these at a BBQ.

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Photo of plaid75
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear deep straw hue with a minimal wispy white cap. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured cereal grains and caramel.

The taste consisted a drab round malts with a slight herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was full with a lazy carbonation.

Overall uneventful.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.6/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 20, 2014.

It looks the way it is supposed to with a pale yellow color and full white fizzy head but the head fades quickly. Good clarity.

I am not picking up much wheat in the aroma. I am picking up more roasted grainy malts with a mild sweetness but nothing that jumps out at me. It tends to be grassy too.

The body is light and refreshing but it is also smooth and creamy.

The taste has a grainy malt character up front but next to no wheat character. Biscuity and yeasty though. Crisp clean hop finale. Nothing special but generally easy to drink.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.21/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow with a large size frothy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell – Grains, lemons..

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it feels slightly creamy on the palette. I can taste wheat and lemons and also a little bit of a metallic flavour. There really inst much going on taste wise with this beer.. although the taste that it does have is pleasant.

Overall – A very easy drinking beer that I could definitely drink a whole bunch of. That being said it really inst anything exciting and I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.95/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Slight hazy lemon coloring produces a frothy linen white head that was average at best retention wise. No visible window dressing with a soft instance of vastly isolated carbonation bubbles rise at a moderate pace.

S: Lightly tart citrus/oranges with wheat, Muted and light overall. Not a lot going on spice wise.

T: The flavor is lightly tart citrus/oranges with wheat much like the nose, but seems pretty mundane from start to finish holding little surprise. Some fizziness but ends on a sour watery tart note that leaves much to be desired. Flaked wheat in terms of base grain, grated lemon peels in terms of hopping, pretty basic, no thrills.

M: Lazy mouthful, light bodied, a bit watery when swooshed around turning a bit bitter of lemon citrus. Could of stood to use a bit more snap and pop carbonation wise to make sharper, as is a lazy lay.

O: Average best sums up this offering from start to finish. Won't turn you off but sure wont give you reason to repurchase, rather mundane, not for the discriminatory drinker.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.22/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy gold color. Poured a 1 finger white head that fell quickly to a broken skim that clung on the edges. Inconsistent, broken lacing.

S: Citrus, hay and grass. Lightly sweet in the foundation.

T: Green apple prominent in up front. Sweet breadiness from wheat (or adjuncts?) follow. Finishes with a mild hop bitterness.

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Refreshing and fairly clean.

D: Very light and easy-drinking. Not to be critical, but could have been a bit bigger and bitterer - more carbonation might be added to the balance.

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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 DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Holly BMC! It's like pee (yellow)! Little to no head like old Miller Light.

S - Mostly pilsner malt and wheat with very mild if any hops.

T - Wow I was actually impressed. Expecting it to taste crappy or bitter with a C rating it was actually a pleasantry solid ale. Granted a weak light ale but pretty good for summer.

M - Very light and crisp. Very little if any carbonation.

D - Will have to have this next year. It was still pretty good for a summer ale in the fall. OK beer!

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

Poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance- one to half finger head that dissipated very quickly. A more golden champaign look with a lot of carbonation present whilst viewing the beer.I wouldn't call this particular carbonation brussels' lace No head at this point.

Smell- I hardly smell anything except for some yeasty bread smells and a eensy weensy bit of hops.

Taste- Pretty watery than what was expected. Some earthy hay jumps in at the middle with a sugary hop aftertaste. But nothing really special at all.

Mouthfeel- Very light, this is somethign that could take the heat away from some spicy Mexican food. But doesn't bring anything special to the table.

Drinkability- Very good, I could have copius amounts of this, doesn't have the lack luster flavor and wateryness of the big name American Macro lagers, but uneventful enough to receive praise.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, hazy piss yellow color. Thin off white head. Bubbly lace. Nice aroma. Tangy wheat. Zesty lemon. And grainy, sweet malts. Refreshing citrus bite. Slightly dry finish. A bit of a hoppiness. Lemony and crisp. Brightly carbonated. Decent enough summer quaffer.

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Photo of Suds
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a pale yellow-gold color with a thin white head. The aroma has a subtle wheat scent, and the taste has a faint twang. No real hop presence, but there is a little fruit and a slight spice and flower note. Medium to light in mouthfeel. It's a reasonable summer brew. Nothing outstanding.

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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 ZAP
3.59/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Gusler
3.84/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Upon the pour the color is a translucent gold, the head bright white and creamy, about three fingers in size, it depletes quickly leaving a velum like seal on the glass. Nose is sweet and fresh, bread dough, with a hint of orange peel, pleasant an appetizing. Start has a decent grain presence, with a touch of bitterness at the back, top is light to medium in feel. Finish has a diminutive acidity, the hops noticeable, very dry aftertaste, and a nice beer for the Arizona summers.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.27/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Delirium tulip. No date or info.

A - Clear golden yellow and rather inactive, Summer Bright doesn't form much of a head. Almost no foam, lace, or anything for that matter.

S - The aroma is more reminiscent of a lager with the light pils malts and a very low hop smell with a tiny touch of spice that could just be from the yeast. Low and faint, it's hard to smell.

T - A touch of sweet honey brings out some light malts and that's really about it. This beer doesn't really have much going on. Some honey and a tiny hint of spice.

M - Light-bodied and crisp with a smooth texture and lightly spritzy finish. Nice and refreshing.

D - A refreshing summer beer that's crisp and easy drinking but doesn't offer much to the drinker as far as taste goes. Still, it'll get the job done on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.01/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rather typical clear straw yellow with a thick but not persistent white head. Aroma is fairly strong, crisp and malty with a yeasty undertone. Flavor is about average, malty and slightly fruity but nothing special. Texture is smooth, a little tingly and a tiny bit on the watery side. Still, it was a nice bit of sunshine on a nasty rainy day.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.47/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dull gold color with a thin cream colored head that fades fairly quickly and leaves a smattering of lacing on the glass. For a name like SummerBright, I was expecting a brilliantly clear sparkling golden hue.

Wheat tang is most evident upon the nose with a little bit of prickly pear cactus flesh and mandarin oranges.

Taste is a rather dull, earthy wheat flavor with some hay-like hop bitterness. Does not finish as crisp and snappy as many American wheats I have had. It does have a different twist on the style as I am tasting more orange and tropical fruit flavors rather than the usual lemon peel and freshly mowed grass. It's ok, and a pretty good thirst quencher, but not one that I crave more than one or two of.

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

This one's a golden yellow, paler than I thought it would be. There's a decent head that retains itself fairly well and a ring of lacing is left in the glass.
There's a little sweetness with something earthy in there. Hops presence is very light but discernible. This is almost like a macro.
There's a wheat backing with a mild hops presence, and the earthiness is in the flavor as well. There's also something a little astringent and I find myself wondering if I'm tasting adjuncts in here.
The body is light to moderate and the mouthfeel is a moderate balance of crisp and smooth, but neither is at an impressive level.
I was a little surprised by this one and somewhat disappointed.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.9/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean yellow-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, saaz hops, very pils like. In the taste, small saaz hops, again very pils like. A small bite and a light mouthfeel, with a semi dry pils like aftertaste. Very pils like for a pale wheat.

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Photo of rawfish
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather ugly color, piss yellow, slightly golden over a quickly fading one finger white head. Leaves plenty of spotty sticky lace over the glass.

Smells rather full for a summer ale, bready malts some sweetness, quite robust with some grassy notes coupled with wheat. I can't pick up the orange and lemon peel yet.

Once again rather full flavor, bready malts carried the whole way through assisted by a wheat twang, much more grassiness. Ends slightly dry with a little lemon zip on the finish.

Rather full body on this one for a wheat beer, modest carbonation and very smooth. That drying finish and tart kiss at the end could be more pronounced to balance out the body.

Not sure what I was expecting but this has got to be the heaviest wheat beer I've ever had, drinks more like an amber including the biscuit malty taste and has a surprising amount of body unlike some other Breckenridge offerings. Not exactly a light summer fare but I enjoyed it

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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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SummerBright Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
3.18 out of 5 based on 631 ratings.
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