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Drop Top Amber - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

396 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 13
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
availability: year-round
bitterness: 20 IBU
alcohol by volume: 5.0%
original gravity: 12.25° PLATO

malts:
Pale, Caramel 10L,
Extra Special, Honey Malt

hops:
Alchemy, Simcoe

(Beer added by: Zraly on 03-11-2003)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 396 | Reviews: 229 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by JayTheFinn:
Photo of JayTheFinn
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Tasty, drinkable little beverage from Widmer. It's kinda like they took their hefeweizen and draped amber ale over it. Not bad.

A - Orangy brown body with soda-like bubbles.
S - Just a whiff of citrus.
T - Light citrus, hop and malt combo. Decently flavorful if not fantastic.
M - Middle of the road. A little bit of flavor rolls around the tongue. But it doesn't last long.
D - The subtle flavors, low sweetness and bitterness make this a smooth and very drinkable ale. Add to that the cheap price for a six pack and you have yourself a near perfect session beer.

JayTheFinn, Sep 04, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Nice, hoppy-looking orange body with a good head that laced the glass.

Smell – It’s not a big nose, but the hops are sharp. There seems to be a cheap grainy aroma coming through, though.

Taste – This one is like Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde. The hop flavors are actually quite sharp for domestic piss, but the grain is a let down and the sweetness is really lame. It reminds me of flavorless Gummi-Bears.

Mouthfeel – Smooth and well balanced with a medium body.

Drinkability – I liked serveral aspects of this ale, but the cheap malt and grain made this a sipper.

RoyalT, Oct 08, 2003
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

Brewed with an addition of honey malt and hopped with Alchemy and Simcoe hops to make things interesting.

After a hard pour, this beer sports a thick crowning of white lacing. The pale amber color flaunts its clarity in the light. Delicate hop aroma that has suggestions of freshly cut banana peppers, wild flowers and faint mint. A little bit of malt in the nose, more of a creamy sweetness and toasted biscuit. Lots of smoothness, medium-bodied. Clean, sharp hop bitterness nearly cuts through all of the malt. The hop flavor leaves a long subtle trail of green tea, white pepper and wild flower flavors. Creamy maltiness with a touch of sweetness up front, more of a dry cracker and biscuity tone in the semi-dry finish.

Balanced and very complex, still very drinkable. A session ale that makes you think a little, it is also intricate enough to pair against a bolder cuisine.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an orange color with a large white head. The aroma is heavy on the biscuit malt with a little bit of grassy hops mixed in. The aroma is fairly faint overall. The flavor is heavy on the biscuit malt with a little bit of toffee mixed in. There is a slight grassyness from the hoppiness, but the beer is mainly about the malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, May 11, 2011
Photo of GarrettB714
4/5  rDev +17.3%

GarrettB714, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of bsp77
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Glass: Poured from bottle into pint-like glass.

Appearance: Clear golden amber without much head.

Smell: Caramel, cherry and light spiciness.

Taste: Caramel and cherry malts drive the beer, but are fairly dry. Light citrus and spicy good hops on the finish. Slight macro aftertaste.

Feel: Fairly high carbonation, light-medium body, semi-dry finish.

Overall: Easy to drink and refreshing. Something that could appeal to mainstream drinkers and get them interested in ales.

bsp77, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of magictrokini
2.7/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Draft @ The Dog. Pours a nice clear amber with very little head. The aroma is nasty, bitter apple with dirty sock. The taste is sharp and acidic, like the bitter apple that fell in the tanks. The honey malt makes the aftertaste pretty nasty. Never again.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of NOLTERN
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

NOLTERN, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of rhinonau
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

rhinonau, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of far333
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honey copper colored with a low head of beige foam that disappears quickly.

Low aroma of biscuity malt and slight metallic note.

Flavors of corn and honey, some ripe pear and biscuit, notes of mint. Mild bitterness offsets the malt.

Even mouthfeel, a tad slick, finishes tingly. Average beer all around, just okay.

far333, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of monkeybeer
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden amber, with a clean white head. Head disappeared rather quickly.

S- Light malty smell with a fruity citrus undertone.

T/M- Nice clean taste a bit fruity on first taste, has a bit of a hoppy slightly bitter aftertaste, but by no means harsh

D- Very drinkable, can have several and get tired of them. Better on warmer days

monkeybeer, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at a shitty bar in Elko, NV. Bartender kept hyping how 'strong' the beer was. Whatever, its Elko, this is as primo as the beer scene gets.

Mahogany, maybe with a bit more red in it than pure mahogany color. Aroma was rich of caramel and other malts.

Taste was smooth, did seem to have a bit of a bitter and alcohol burn relative to its strength, despite what seemed like a honey or brown sugar presence that should be able to smooth that out.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 17, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of kevwcamp
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

kevwcamp, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +17.3%

richkrull, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Fuzzycuffs
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Fuzzycuffs, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a clear, dark amber that verges on a coppery orange. I get quite a nice cap of white head built up to just about one finger that retains itself reasonably, leaving good lacing in small patches consistently.
Toasted biscuit with a light caramel sweetness from malts balances well with a light hops element offering a bit of citrus with a touch of leafy or grassy aroma and an interesting spiciness that's hard to place.
Malts offer a flavor that includes a nice toastiness, caramel and toffee and almost a candied sugars and the biscuity backbone I expect from the nose. A little nip of bitterness and perhaps a touch of grass and citrus from hops offers some balance, but this seems to be a malt-forward amber.
For the malts in this beer, I might expect a little more depth and body, though smoothness doesn't really lack. It's above average in feel but could really use something more.
This is a good beer, but there are excellent examples of the style that are readily available, so not one to pick up except in a bind or it's offered.

Brenden, May 12, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

En29356, Jul 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

switzer, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of InfernoBoss
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

InfernoBoss, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of watermelonman
2.28/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This arrived as a decent looking dark amber color with a small head. Lace is minimal.

The smell has some notable hop content but seems to be lacking malt. The taste is where it really starts to go downhill. It tastes like there isn't enough malt, but the malt that is there is too sharp and too sweet. The mediocre taste is followed up with overly thin body. I'll pass next time.

watermelonman, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of racer2k
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

A- Pours a dark amber color which creates a very thin head that melts away in seconds. No lacing present in the glass.

S- Caramel malty aroma with a distinct sweetness typical of an amber ale.

T- Sweet baked bread flavors with a nice caramel malt backbone to this beer. Nice pleasant taste to this amber ale.

M- Very light body with minimal carbonation to this beer. A bit watery in the profile.

D- Very drinkable beer but pretty one dimensional at best. This would be a great starter beer to introduce someone into the world of craft beers as it is pretty lightweight.

racer2k, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of IntriqKen
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Decent crystal clear amber color in pint glass with a half finger head that melted to fine lacing.
Aroma is very faintly sweet malt and slightly toasty.
Taste is lightly amber malt sweetness with a surprising hop finish that I didn't notice in the nose. Grainy-doughy dryiness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is adequate for this style.
Very quaffable...I actually enjoyed the subitles of this beer...not too sweet and not sharply hoppy in the end. A nice change of pace and very sessionable for a summer afternoon.

IntriqKen, May 16, 2006
Photo of Sargully
5/5  rDev +46.6%

Sargully, Nov 15, 2011
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Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.