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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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -52.8%

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

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 Gavage
2.98/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy pale yellow color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: lemon and orange are most dominant.

Taste: light grainy malt with loads of lemon zest and orange. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Very crisp throughout. Mildly refreshing.

Overall: this beer leans a bit more fruit juice with a bit of carbonation. Tough to finish one bottle of this.

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Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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 afsdan
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Photo of enelson
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of bigred89
3/5  rDev -5.7%

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 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 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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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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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SummerBright Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
3.18 out of 5 based on 633 ratings.
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