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Drop Top Amber - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Drop Top AmberDrop Top Amber

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231 Reviews

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Reviews: 231
Hads: 410
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 20.54%
Wants: 12
Gots: 26 | 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:
Beer added by: Zraly on 03-11-2003

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

Pale, Caramel 10L,
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Reviews: 231 | Hads: 410
Photo of secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean amber, with an average head. No lace.

Nose hints at baked bread, specifically wheat.

Tastes toasty and mellow, with a hint of citrus near the finish.

A highly enjoyable amber ale, and maybe one of the better I've had recently.

Perfectly session-worthy. Another solid effort from Widmer.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dumps out a nice amber with a smallish white bubbly head. aroma is toasty and earthy with a decent hop punch. crisp in the mouth, well carbonated, goes down smoothly. flavorwise its a good medium hopped amber. think fat tire only trade a bit of that fat tire toasted malt for a slightly more potent hop punch. pretty balanced and plays it safe. very quenching and tastey.

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Photo of bourbonbock
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle of this into a chilled pint glass.

A. Golden copper colored body with about a finger of white bubbly head. Head reduced to a cap shortly after pouring.

S. Smells of fresh malts, yeast, and somewhat soapy.

T. Very good malt flavor profile with a sweet overtone and pleasant aftertaste.

M. Clean and refreshing and washes away after a short time.

D. Very good, I'm actually worried that a sixxer wasn't enough.

Very good Amber Ale with great drinkability, I'm sure to be buying more of this stuff.

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Photo of albern
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to depart company with the majority of the reviewers and give this beer a positive review. It pours a clear amber color, not much head, modest carbonation. What struck me is the slightly syrupy consistency and the sweet orangey caramel flavors, the vanilla and anise tastes around the edges, and the bready malts. There wasn't much hop presence but who needs it. The malts were very nice. I liked this amber beer.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Before I begin, I should say that I feel a little biased toward a classy hometown brewery like this. Poured a brown amber color with a nice head, not a ton of lacing, but the head stuck around for a while. Has a nice malty taste and a little bit of caramel and a bit of biscut-ey flavor. Not a ton of carbonation and it has a mouthfeel that isn't too thin. This is an enjoyable beer, i will probably this in the future.

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Photo of welldigger888
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok so, I am a fan but the variety pack seems a little contrieved. I am getting the same fruity aromas as the drop top.
So,poured into a pint glass, very little white head that faded fast with almost no lacing. Having said that the elixer is an ipa ish orangey hue,Amber maybe but hardly a red.
Fruit I say, again with the fruit.Possibly some faint yeasty breadiness but is the fruit the hop?
The flavor profile seems to contradict the aromas. I am getting a nice malty biscuity toasty nut type notes with a descent hop bitterness, bravo for the change there.
Nice smooth mouth with some creamy malty feels.
I couls session this if'n the $ was right.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.83/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of nosbocaj
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light Amber/copper color with a thin, white head which sunk quickly and left little to no lacing.
S: Smelled very lightly of Sweet Malt and Citrus.
T: Light citrus, subtle hop and sweet malt combo.
M: Medium bodied, crisp, and lightly carbonated. Aftertaste was a little dry, but it did not last long.
D: Solid American Amber. Great thirst quencher for a hot summer day.

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Photo of elniko
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A: Rich amber coloring, very little head. Average looking brew.

S: Low ABV but I got strong tones of alcohol. Got some slight maltiness as well.

T & M: Initial smoothness followed by nice bitterness. This beer mildly surprised me as I have underwhelmed by other Widmers that I have tried. I found this to taste about what an amber should although I would have liked the hops to be slightly more apparent. Mouthfeel is solid, slightly bready.

D: Definitely drinkable, I would not be opposed to have this beer again.

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Photo of fizzy
3.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this as a 6-pk close-out at CashWise Liquor in St. Cloud, MN. Best by Aug 15,09. I figured, both because this is a darker beer and that CashWise treats their beers well this would still be good. Oh, yea, $3.75 close out had a lot to do with it too.

Poured into a new Cold Spring Brewery glass with carbonation etching on the bottom. Pickup at the brewery on my way home for $4.00. Wow, wonderful glass, and much, much better at encouraging carbonation than the Sam Adams glasses.

Any-who! I agree with all the others who rate this beer. Is is pretty decent, has a flavor that I have not encountered in other amber beers so that is good. I notice a small amount of nice aftertaste, and a very little tongue numbing after a few minutes too.

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Photo of denver10
3.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden-amber with a thumb and a half width white head. Nice retention and lacing. Sweet and bready with a little floral thrown into the aroma. Flavor matches the aroma quite well, with the sweet breadiness being the main focus in the flavor and some honey showing itself in the finish. A nice crisp and silky medium body to this. A very nice take on an amber. Much more crisp than the typical amber, imo, making this one of the most sessionable beers of the style for me (though thats a relative statement as amber ales aren't a style I can drink too much of at a time given). This definitely surpassed my expectations for it and has me a tad surprised that the ratings on this site are so low for this beer.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear gold with no head or lace. A bit pale for an amber. It's aroma is of bread, cake, and caramel. The flavor leads with pine and toffee with molasses in the finish as it warms. The mouthfeel is light-medium and smooth. Widmer Drop Top is a good brew, well balanced and drinkable. Recommended!

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Photo of Brad007
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a one-finger head into my glass. Looks about normal but where's the amber part?

Aroma is sweet and looks to contain adjuncts. Certainly doesn't smell like an amber ale to me at first. Hmm.

Taste is full of sweet malt and a very scant hop bitterness. Inoffensive. Perhaps I was wrong about the adjunct part.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet malt. Again, seems inoffensive and easy to drink.

Not bad. It's easy to drink but I've had better for the style.

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Photo of BaronRogue
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got the variety pack from Ralph's so i can get some serious reviews in. :] Bottled on 12/14/10

Nearly-clear amber color, no head to speak of, but slight lacing.

Could smell more of the hops, surprisingly... a little sour prune-y smell with a slight bread backbone... Not saying that the smell is strong, by any means, but it's not bad.

Taste is pretty standard for an American Amber. First sips noticed the malts, especially the honey malts. Yum. As i progressed through the beer, the hops actually came through and added a little sour-ness, but the aftertaste is definitely bready.

Fairly crisp in the mouth, pleasant.

Could drink these whenever. A standard ale that's a bargain when you can find it on sale.

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Photo of dnichols
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled 12 ounces from the tap at a pre-game event before a WSU football game in Pullman, WA.

A: It poured a golden tinted copper color with a modest head and faint lacing.

S: There was malt and yeasty aromas followed by herbal hops. The aromas were muted and did not establish a strong character for this beer before sipping.

T: What a present surprise. So many of the NW ambers have gone to hop heaven in recent years. This beer attained a good malt to hop balance that made it enjoyable to taste. The creamy malty front was accented by the bite of hops. The beer left a clean finish that make me interested in taking the next sip.

M: Creamy medium bodied beer with a clean aftertaste.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. It is well balanced and finishes clean. I could enjoy this long into the night and under a variety of conditions.

Comment: If I were to stock an Amber this would be among my choices, however, there are so many better beers that I will leave this one for selecting when my options are limited.

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Photo of ranger7
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A - A very cheerful, almost glowing, orange-ish amber color. Small head which fades quickly, some trace remains through-out drinking. Very inviting.

S - Surprise! This smells so unbelievably good and sweet. Can't quite put my finger on it, but it's got a sort of citrus smell mixed with honey.

T - Very sweet, but not too sweet. Has a bit of bitterness at the end of every sip. Sweet to start, slightly bitter end. I got a little tired of it near the end.

M - Nice. Fairly carbonated, but it works with this style.

Summary - I liked this one overall. Drop Top is different from most amber ales I've tried. I'm typically partial to darker brews, and the sweetness may turn some off, but I enjoyed the variety.

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Photo of arizcards
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack after enjoying this on tap at a local PF Changs. Pours a nice fluffy white head that dissapated quickly. It is a light orange-red color. Smelled nothing out of the ordinairy outside of the usual malts. No mystery with the taste as you are presented with a malty start and a very light hop finish. This is thinner than what I am accustomed to in an amber. It is very enjoyable though as I will not have a problem with the remaining brews. I would classify this as an amber light ale, not nearly in the class as the Full Sail amber.

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden/amber color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of floral hops, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and slight grain. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, slight butter, slight spice, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of grain. Overall, an average beer with good body and blend.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, amber-golden body with a fleeting tan head. Good carbonation fuels a decent retention. Could use a little more depth to it's hue, though. Aroma is fruity, malty and sweet, with a touch of hops. The hops surprised me; much like their Broken Halo IPA, they were foresty and packed a flowery grapefruity note. Also some pineapple and caramel malts.

The flavor was interesting. A bit of wet paper, toffee & caramel, tea, and biscuity malts (sans the butter). Didn't detect much in the way of hops, as the aroma had led me to believe. Mouthfeel was medium bodied & crisp with a semi-syrupy finish that was offset by a good carbonation level. A bitter, fruity endnote seals the deal. This is a very drinkable brew, and quite tasty. As far as airport beers are concerned, it's up there.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy copper color. Poured with a one inch light tan head that slowly receded to a quarter inch. Thin, inconsistent lacing.

S: Malt and yeast aromas up front followed by herbal hops. Not a very strong character as the aromas were fairly subdued.

T: This was the best part. Very pleasing malt and hop balance. Smooth malty flavor is complimented by the bite of hops. Finished clean.

M: Very smooth medium bodied beer with a clean aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable beer. Loved it for its balance. Beer suits a wide variety of drinking occasions.

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Photo of HotterThanHell
3.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drop Top Amber by Widmer is a beer bordering on excellent. The color when viewed through a glass from the sun is beautiful. The taste is what you would expect from an Amber Ale, a bit lighter than say Fat Tire.

Drop Top definitely has a malty character with a nice mouthfeel but perhaps a little sour on the finish. Could be the bottles? The head is above average but tends to fade quickly. A quick swirl of the glass will bring it back, and it left some lacing. Didn't catch much on the smell, a tad of citrus and a little sweet honey perhaps.

Hops are there but not prevalent, so if your a hop-head this probably isn't the amber for you. A good drinking beer, that goes down well but leaves a impact on your mouth and tongue like a good beer should.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle, pouring out a slightly cloudy brown color with only a foamy film across the top. Aroma is nice: lightly caramel with a tangerine citrus hop character. Slightly nutty malt flavor, with moderate bitterness. Hop flavor doesn't come through as clearly as in the nose. Finish is somewhat harsh. Medium body with a neutral texture.

A pretty average amber beer, interchangable with any other at a typical brewpub. Does smell nice though!

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Photo of Brenden
3.73/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of Zraly
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A new Widmer beer?

Drop Top Amber Ale comes packaged in the sleek Widmer bottle design. The label is rather simple and classic looking and has "man's best friend" on the bottom portion of the bottle. He appears to be panting, and has his tongue hanging out. He must have heard a bottle cracking open.

The light beige head pours beautifully and rests peacefully atop of what is a light amber, with the color spectrum leaning slightly toward orange.

A wonderful, straight-forward malt smell works its way toward the nose. The slight hop nuance compliments it well.

The flavor is extremely well-balanced, with notes of sugar, bready-malty flavor, and a slight note of smooth, milky chocolate. Lingering about is the slight bitter tinge on the tongue. This is a highly accessible beer. Creamy.

Usually I refrain from comparing one beer to another, but I think drinkers of Alaskan Amber would fully appreciate this beer. Especially if you have ever wished that Alaskan Amber was just a tad hoppier.

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Photo of mrkc
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The amber ale doesn't mislead - the colour is a rich amber, clear with minimal carbonation which quickly fades to a thin ring around my glass. It's the same overmoulded bottle as their other offerings, which looks fancy, but breaks far too easily. It has the date of bottling right on the label, which is always a plus. The beer smells rich honey and citrus, a little too strong of the latter. However, you taste more of the former as you sip, with brief notes of pepper. It's clean and smooth, not lingering on the tongue any longer than water. It's very drinkable, and it would be easy to drink several of these without noticing.

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Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.