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

Poured from the bottle a light, clear sraw color with a light bubbly white head.

Aroma of light malts, grains, and orange peel with a bit of light skunkiness.

Tastes of cracker, light citrus, and sourdough bread. Finish has some slight bitterness.

Light mouthfeel with an equally light carbonation.

A bit with not much personality to it. Though, it might make a good beer for the long hot summer months.

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Photo of alexgash
2.67/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Standard gold-yellow, clear, sparkly. Vigorous pour yields a smallish, short-lived, off-white head. Honeyish, soft, grainy malt. Lemon zest. Light coriander/pepper. Muted, pita bread malt with some wheat twang. Slightly tart to lemony bite lead to modest bitterness. Finish is grainy, citrusy and slightly astringent. Light-medium bodied with a minor proteiny feel. Meh, not my idea of a good summer beer.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is simple with a very light sour wheat malt quality. Good enough.
Poured with virtually no head. Urine yellow, clear and rather bright.
Taste is like the aroma and extremely light/soft/tough to find. A little malt, a little sour, a little bitter. Medium long dry finish.
I like the feel. It's smooth, a little thin but with a high thirst quenching quotient.
This if nothing I'd strongly recommend, but it'd do well enough (a better than a macro) for a summer mid-afternoon drink.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Light citrus and grassy hops with pale and toasted malts in the rear.

Taste: Slight citrus and malts to balance it up. Nice golden/pale ale. Perfect for summer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light, crisp, refreshing, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice light hop flavor and malts to balance it. Perfect for the summer.

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Photo of 57md
3.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale straw color with a half finger of head that dissipated quickly. The nose was yeasty. The body was light. The flavor profile was fairly bland with a semi-interesting mild dryness on the finish.

I was looking for something relatively light today and this fit the bill more or less – nothing to write home about or repeat.

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

Nice pour, with a lot of fine bubbles streaming up in a rather hazy straw colored beer, to produce a moderate head. Grain wheat aroma, with some citrusy fruitiness. Sweet lemony flavor that is rather one-dimensional.

Blandish summer beer, though I guess it'd probably be refreshing in some circumstances.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden with white head that doesn't last long. Nose has light citrus, especially lemon, and some cereal grain malt. Palate is lemon-herbal in the hop side of things, with light malt, light bodied, and rather refreshing - good drinkability.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gold in color with a super-tight cap of white. Tiny, tiny bubbles that can't be distinguished from one another. Laces really nicely, too. Great looking beer.

Light grassy aromas with a lemony citrus tail. Golden malts and lightly herbal hops offer a nice touch. Decent.

A little "blah". Beery malts with an ale yeast bent, but hardly fruity. Some grassy, near-pilsner, maltiness. Hops are very small and sprite. Push a little lemon/orange to the surface. Mild bitterness. Finishes with that, and more crispness. Lightly English-tasting. Like a weak English Pale Ale. Nice creaminess that almost translates to the flavor. Soft and super-smooth with a backend burpy spritz, as if the dissolved gas starts to separate late in the mouthfeel.

Okay. Passable summer ale with a little character to boot. Again, it's okay.

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

Enjoyed this 12 oz beer out of a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden hue with a small white wispy lace that for a for awhile.

S: Fruity orange and wheat aroma.

T: Crisp and slightly tart flavor up front followed by a fruity middle and finished on the dry side of fruity.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent beer – nothing would I grab again.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: cloudy tan/yellow body, trace head,

S: mild wheat, trace lemon, coriander

T: wheat, coriander, lemon

M: light body, mild oily

O: Not really impressed. Easy going session brew, but there are many more options for lighter brews.


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Photo of matjack85
2.67/5  rDev -16%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Glen Ellyn,IL for $1.49. The side of the label has month and week numbers on it but nothing is notched out, so there's no telling when this beer was made. Their website says it's available April thru August, so I hope this is from this year's batch.

This is not a good looking beer. Cloudy yellow color with just a thin white rim for a head, no retention, and no lacing whatsoever.

The smell is pretty weak. All I pick up is some faint fruit and even fainter wheat.

Whatever you do, do not drink this beer ice cold - it's terrible that way. Although the flavor improves as it warms, it's not even that good in that condition. Some malty sweetness shows up as it warms, along with a touch of citrus, but that's about it. At just 15 IBU's, the hops are almost invisible. It's a pretty bland brew.

Light body with fairly high carbonation makes for a decent mouthfeel for a summer brew.

The 4.5% alcohol makes it easy to have a few, but I don't know who would want to. There's just not enough flavor to make it an enjoyable thirst quencher.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy yellow body is topped by a thing white head that disappears quickly without leaving and lacing behind.

Lots of malted wheat in the aroma, with scents of grain and cracker. A good punch of citrus also, backing up the label's claim that this one was brewed with citrus peels.

Maybe I'm just a sucker for a wheat beer after a day outside when the temperature is in the 90s, but I like this one. Lots of grain and cracker, mostly grain until the finish with the cracker comes through. The citrus isn't powerful, but throughout the lemon and orange peel make their presence known. A little bit of coriander pops up toward the finish. Fairly simple, the grainy wheat is nice and there is just enough citrus to keep things interesting. A little bit of hop bite lingers in there also.

Medium body with high carbonation for the style.

Good choice for a day in the sun. I don't think I would want a whole case of the stuff but a couple would be just fine with me.

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Photo of ADR
2.9/5  rDev -8.8%
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 JerzDevl2000
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up last week in Jers - oh hell, it's summer and I wanted a beer that I could drink and not have to overanalyze to death. This fit the bill even though there's still something missing from this...

Blonde pour with no head or lacing to be seen. Heck, my glass looked like it has been washed after I got about 3/4 of the way down it. As for the taste, there's not much here. Sourness that wishes it was as subtle as a Belgian beer, straw that probably came from a vacant lot in in the inner city and wheat that couldn't be used as an ethanol substitute. They're all here and if you toss in some grass and ferment it, you'd probably get something close to this. No hops, no clove or banana, and no kidding. I only wish I did the landscaping at my house so I could mow the lawn with one of these in my hands.

I drank this quick - does that make this a good beer? I tend to drink water or Gatorade when I'm thirsty but that doesn't make them a gin and tonic in my eyes. Want a six-pack to chug that will make you look smarter than the average BMC drinker? Look no further. This goes for all of you who want to move on from Blue Moon and want to impress your friends. If I had more here, I'd probably crack 'em open and think about what could have been. Instead, I'm going to head outside and at least be grateful that I have beers like this to sample in the summer. I couldn't imagine when else I'd have one of these.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breckenridge Summerbright Ale

Bottle Inspection: Cool sun, but no useful information. The label is marked for notches to show month and week, but they are not notched and there is no year on the bottle. This is new to Texas, but no guarantee that this is a fresh bottle, guess I'll never know.

Aroma: Earthy; damp grain with a white bread yeast, bit of leafy hop with a citric twist.

Appearance: Bright gold with excellent clarity, but not much carbonation and the thinnest of white heads, more of a film with a collar.

Flavor: Grain is pretty firm, a real wheat driven taste but it's at a good level, not overly sweet with the earthy hop going a little toward tea flavored which has me thinking English hops (checked the website that lists Fuggles, Cascade, Willamette) I normally hate Fuggles, but are doing ok here but not great.

Mouthfeel: Body is surprisingly full, a heavy medium, with low carbonation keeping it from being fizzy and giving a more thirst quenching aspect. The texture is a bit gritty.

Overall Impression: A tasty summer beer. Great to sit and cool down with after some 100 degree golf. Can't see buying a lot of it, but I certainly wouldn't turn one down.
Worth a shot

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear golden-orange brew, thin head with large soapy bubbles.

Light, fruity aroma with a dry character. A little dextrin sweet.

Flavor comes from spicing, semi-dry finish, full spicy-wheat mouthfeel. Floral hop, very light grain profile. Not a whole lot going on. Kind of has the same spicing going on as Sam Adams Summer ale, without the other flavors to balance.

Easy to drink, definitely a summer drinker.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This nice-looking cloudy golden ale pours with moderate lacing and a clean floral citrus scent. Crisp and malty-sweet flavor with a snappy hops backdrop, SummerBright is heavier than some, but fits the bill well for a tasty warm-weather treat. Not especially unique or memorable brew, but a worthy and tasty beer nonetheless.

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Photo of hosehead83
2.4/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass
Very pale gold in color with a very thin head
Aroma-Not much here, wheat, slight grass
Taste-Not much here either, a suggestion of malt,faint wheat, almost a tasteless macro-style finish-I was hoping for more
Overall-Fizzy, yellow beer. (See Below)

Re-review 5-14-11: Scored a fresh bottle and flavor was much better. Taste-Wheat,lemon zest, orange peel. Light and refreshing. Nice warm weather brew. Could drink all day in hot weather. Certainly better than my previous review if fresh. (B-) Cheers!

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

Kind of an indescript and average beer. Slightly hazed gold color, nice head. Light grass in the nose, not very assertive or strong. Taste is sharp and clean, but not very strong in the classic wheat ale sense. Pretty good drinkability, but not very spot on for the style. Good mouthfeel, also.

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Photo of rye726
2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A macroish yellow color with a white head that is gone in a few minutes. Lots of bubbles. Smell is a mixture of wheat and grainy mat. Possibly some musky hops. The flavor is no better. Where is the wheat? Not the ingredient structure I like to see in these beers. A decent medium body with heavy carbonation. Fairly drinkable. Not very good, but nothing bitter or off.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On the back deck, enjoying a cool damp summer's night, watching fireworks from the neighbors. Let's see if this experience s enhanced by this beer.

Appearance : Slightly hazy but mostly transparent, lemon drop color, with a sticky head that clings to the walls of the pint glass and remains steady at about 1/2 finger. My standard 4 point score here for a "respectable and mildly impressive" appearance.

Aroma : Some musty damp aromas; soaked hay, what smells like clean linen (hey, like a...summer's...day!), some faint bread with yeast and then a crumb of lemon poppyseed muffin. The nose overall is pleasant, medium strength, and easy to detect. 4 points.

Flavor : There's a pretty stellar synergy of bright hop and wheat presence that is rocking my taste buds. It swirls around and you taste all of the flavors but none of them clash, only morph. The lemon and hop hit first, followed by a polite stab of sharpness, a pinch of Gose-like sourness, and then this glorious yeastiness takes over finishing strong with light bread crusts. The whole taste experience is solid and I'm very pleased here.

Feel : Unbelievably creamy. It borders on a Witbier style for creaminess. (And I love my Wits.) It ends refreshing - not exhausting the palate as some creamier beers do - and has a nip of pasty dryness that aids in the suspension of the wheat.

Overall : Now? A summer favorite of mine for sure. I will be picking more of this up to enjoy during the rest of the arid Great Plains summers, sitting on the back deck writing songs with my guitar. Hell I may even write a love song about this beer. Brb.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost clear, one finger head, good lacing, slightly hazy golden yellow color. 3.5

A grainy, earthy, hay like to wooden type smell. Very interesting smell for a beer. 3.5

Tastes grainy with a light citrusy background. Mildly hoppy with light malts and an overall pleasant, summery type taste. 3.5

Feels light and slick going down. Easy drinking and decently on-line with the style and summery billing. 4

Drinks easy. Sessionable or suitable for a summer barbeque or day of working in your garage. 3.5

The third of four of the sampler 12 pack didn't disappoint. None of these beers have been world class but all have been pretty good so far.

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

A: Hazy straw with active carbonation from mid-size bubbles. A soapy white cap has OK retention and leaves bits of lace.

S: Not a lot going on here. A little lemon, a little honey and bit of dry wheat are about it.

T: Starts with a mild malt sweetness that's joined by the faintest bit of white bread. Bitterness is low and provides a touch of lemon to the beer's flavor. Drys out at the end before finishing very clean.

M: The light body is grainy and fizzy.

D: I keep trying to get into this style, but have yet to meet a APWA that has any wow factor. This one doesn't have it either. On the plus side, the light body and low ABV make it easy to session.

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Photo of bashiba
2.51/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had a nice golden orange color with a light thin white head that was gone in a flash, no lacing to speak off. Good carbonation running through from start to finish.

Had a thin sweet malt and wheat smell.

The taste was pretty boring, just a touch of wheat and sweet corn with a light bit of grassy hops. Just a notch more flavor than a typical Macro.

The mouthfeel was very very watery and thin.

It was drinkable in a boring macro sort of way. Would not search out or buy again.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light pale straw color with nice white head and great lacing. Nose of lemon, sweet caramel malts, and light bready goodness. Taste is sweet bready malts to the back and sides, light lemon zest and a hint of orange on the aftertaste. very nice. Where's my lawn mower???

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