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Drop Top Amber - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

389 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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)
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Photo of welldigger888
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%

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.

welldigger888, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of echoes
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%

Served in a glass.

A: Lives up the name in terms of color. It pours a thick head. The head takes forever to dissipate and looks like ice cream when root beer is poured into a root beer float. Once the head does dissipate, it leaves huge amount of lacing, which reminds me of spider web. I love the look of this beer.

S: Kind of a clean hops smell. Also can detect caramel and some other malts (possibly toasted). Perhaps cherry? as well. Overall, it smells better (more pleasant) than average, but nothing to write home about.

T: Toasted malts mostly. A bit of fruitiness to it as well. Slightly sweet. A little spicy going down. Crisp finish. Altogether it blends well.

M: Slightly syrupy, probably due to the honey. Feel medium-bodied to me.

Overall this is a nice beer. I like it. Give it a try, but don't expect anything outstanding, just nice.

echoes, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of IntriqKen
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%

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 NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%

A basic, sweetly caramelish maltiness dominates Widmer's slightly hazy orange-amber ale in both its aroma and flavor. Hints of grassy and floral hops flutter in the background in the nose, and the flavor is fuller with a breaddy, almost doughy, caharacter. It's softly sweet, round, and supple with a restrained bitterness and moderate, soft carbonation that leaves it very drinkable. It's not an overly exciting beer, but it is well done and much richer than any American macro lager. The name fits the beer. Easy going and relaxed. Very enjoyable!

NeroFiddled, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of bum732
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%

S: Yeasty bread crusts, earthy hops.

L: Hazy orangish yellow, light tan head that dissipates to a layer, solid lacing.

T: Slightly fruity and light caramal malt, mostly semi-sweet honey. Some pears detectable as well. Low bitterness leads to some yeasty breadiness. Finishes quite clean with just a touch of bready dryness.

M: Medium creamy bodied, medium carbonation.

A very simple, subtle amber ale. Really enjoyed it and could easily drink a dozen of these.

bum732, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of theozag
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%

A ruddy, dark amber color with thick eggshell-white head which fades in minutes to a dot-and-disc. Smell has a lemon character, soft, and sweet. Starts smooth and slightly bitter. Settles with a medium-full body and deep caramel flavor. Finishes strongly bitter; drains dry. The distinct cough suppressant aftertaste is mercifully short-lived.

theozag, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of bret27
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%

S: Sweet maltiness, honey, caramel, no real hop aromas. The aromas that are there are pretty faint.

A: Clear amber/copper. Fairly good foamy white head w/avg retention.

T: Malt flavors are definitely center-stage, though all flavors are subtle. Sweet honey and caramel, little biscuit/bready, w/grainy grassy bitter finish.

M/D: Honey-like smoothness w/medium soft carbonation, Very drinkable.

Overall: I feel like I may be rating this beer too high but hear me out... It's not overly strong or complex, but the sweet tastes are so pleasant. It's sweet but balanced enough by light hops and just enough grainy flavors to not be cloying. It's not a thick malt bomb or filling. I just can't rate a beer low that just tastes so damn delicious.

bret27, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of tbone53
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%

this was one of four six packs in a case of beerfeast i bought at sams club for about twenty bones.
appearance:not bad,it is apropratly named golden ale has a nice golden color.not a bad head and laces nicely down the glass.
smell:malty hoppy smell cant tell which smells sort of like homebrew, this is a good thing
taste:it taste like a homebrew.malty and hoppy.
mouthfeel:did i mention home brew.
drinkability:taste good real good.this is a beer you would bring two six packs to the poker party because the guys would drink one of them.ill buy this one again.

tbone53, May 07, 2008
Photo of caseyalanjones
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%

This is a VERY refreshing beer. I love a hoppy, complex tasting beer, but sometimes I just want a lighter beer that isn't heavy or dominating the flavor of my food. This beer is Light, crisp, and has a great taste. Perfect pairing for a good pizza. I liked this beer a lot. Cheers!

caseyalanjones, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a creamy-looking, white head.

Smell: Standard barley scent then some silken, sweet-smelling globs of caramel sauce find their way into the mix, then some slight notes of hand-picked fruit.

Taste: Toasted pale and caramel maltiness with an unquestionable candy-like sweetness present. Touch of Bing cherry fruitiness. The added milk sugar, though hardly appreciable, is appreciated. Fairly restrained hop flavor and imparted bitterness, but it's really not much of a surprise being predicated by a lack of hops in the nose. For all its initial sweetness, the beer still manages to finish dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a bad amber, really, provided you don't mind your amber ale being well into the sweet side of the beer spectrum. Paired well with trying to shove a bar's touchscreen video game out of my face. Maybe some other time, Photo Hunt!

ChainGangGuy, May 09, 2009
Photo of secondtooth
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

secondtooth, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of DESTRO
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

DESTRO, Aug 22, 2004
Photo of bourbonbock
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

bourbonbock, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%

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!

B967ierhunter177, May 31, 2012
Photo of albern
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

albern, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of gkunkle
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

gkunkle, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of nosbocaj
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

nosbocaj, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of fizzy
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

fizzy, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of elniko
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

elniko, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of dnichols
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

dnichols, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

Brad007, May 10, 2009
Photo of denver10
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

denver10, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of BaronRogue
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

BaronRogue, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

Tone, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of arizcards
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

arizcards, Jan 03, 2004
Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.