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Drop Top Amber - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Drop Top AmberDrop Top Amber

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BA SCORE
78
okay

373 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15%


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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Schwab

Florida

1.3/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A bar recently re-opened in our downtown area and we have it a shot.

From watching the bartenders pouring beer, I am not sure if the regulator(s) had a problem and/or where not set up properly; however, this beer was awful, upright disgusting.

A - very light body but still somewhat decent amber color.
S - nothing too impressing, expected more from Widmer but got more like a less than average BMC character.
T - Disgusting! The taste was something I still have not been able to identify. Really bad taste, very weird after taste and even leaves an odd taste in mouth.
M - As already said, far from good by any means.
D - This is equal to zero. I had a hard time even finishing the beer I ordered.

I'm not sure what this is, but far from good! I doubt it has to do with Widmer coming from OR. Everyhing else from the Widmer Brothers has been pretty good

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2009 03:45:36 | More by Schwab
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vkv822

Oregon

1.9/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz : pint glass

Pours amber orange with a fizzy off white head that dissipates quickly to almost nothing.

Pretty subdued nose and palate, but consists of grassy hops, and sweet malts.

Medium body, fairly low carbonation.

A bit disappointing overall. Very simple, boring flavors with low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 09:38:57 | More by vkv822
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champ103

Texas

1.95/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours an amber/reddish color. A one finger white head forms, and sticks around for a minute. At first a thin film of lace is left, but that goes away half way through the pint.
S: Grain, bread, and sweet malt. Cooked corn and veggies. Blah.
T: Grainy malt is most dominate with some corn. Sweet caramel lingers after this warms up.
M/D: Thin, light and watery. High carbonation. Not something I am going to drink a lot of.

Widmer has some decent offerings. This is not one of them. I would not recommend this at all.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2010 05:07:45 | More by champ103
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jadpsu

Georgia

1.98/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bought this at the Corner Market in Laurel Ms.
Bottle has a bottle date on it of 01-26-10. This means that this was bottled more than 22 months ago, and may be why this brew was so nasty. This was a mix and make your own 6 pack so it was the only Drop Top Amber I bought.
It poured with very little head that was quickly gone. It was very cloudy and hazy.
The smell was or sour old rags.
I would like to try this beer from a bottle brewed within 6 months of me opening it. This was just bad beer and can't believe that I got to taste the beer as it should be.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 01:23:12 | More by jadpsu
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PeprSprYoFace

California

2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is super bland. No lacing or head, smell is a weird yeasty smell. It's has a desirable spicyness to it but the flavor is just so bland. There is no hop anything and the malts are not very good. Prob won't ever drink this beer again because it is so boring. Would rather drink a bud light

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 02:44:18 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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Cakanator

Massachusetts

2.23/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sample bottle. Pours a light copper/red color, but thin and watery looking. Head was there, but few aromas of weak hops. Wow what a straight forward beer, barley any flavors. Malt and hops were thin, but I suppose if you wanted a lighter summery beer with little taste this is it.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 12:44:43 | More by Cakanator
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watermelonman

California

2.28/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2006 08:20:33 | More by watermelonman
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DefenCorps

Oregon

2.28/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Clear amber with a dense off white head with decent retention and lacing. The nose is a blend of caramel, cascade hops, toast, brown sugar, citrus and toffee. The palate opens moderately toasty and caramel like, but exceedingly thin and watery. Hop character is mild, with a faint bitterness, mild flavor and a touch of mineral. A touch of honey is present. The finish is dry and lacks flavor. Rather mediocre IMO.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2013 00:28:14 | More by DefenCorps
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matjack85

Illinois

2.3/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.49. Bottled on date of 11/16/10 is clearly marked. Wish all freshness dates were this easy to read.

The beer poured a pale golden/amber color and made a 1-finger white head. Unfortunately, the head disappeared in less than 30 seconds and left no lacing whatsoever. Not a very impressive look.

Very weak nose to this despite the impressive list of interesting ingredients. Slight fruitiness along with some mild hops.

Rather bland tasting for a beer with 4 different malts and 2 hop varieties in it. More bitter than sweet despite the honey malt and milk sugar. The cracker-like dryness and mild bittering hops are what mostly stood out. I didn't care for it.

Smooth and medium bodied with a dry finish and moderate carbonation.

It's not horrible, but not memorable either. At least the alcohol is well hidden so I gave it average drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 09:26:01 | More by matjack85
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harrymel

Washington

2.42/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled: unk

A: golden ale with brilliant clarity and little head formation. No lacing.

S: grain, Munich malts. Barely anything else.

T: sweet. Way too sweet for a beer.

M: medium with moderate to hi carb.

O: used to like this beer. No more. Too sweet for an amber.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 02:04:17 | More by harrymel
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

2.45/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A flat-metallic flavor. Light copper in color with a quick dissolving head. The flavor of the hops is apparent, but it still tastes like it was running through tin pipes for quite a while. A quick drinking beer when it is serving its purpose as alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2004 19:44:29 | More by MuddyFeet
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goochpunch

Texas

2.45/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out a clear amber honey with a thin, not-quite-there head. Smells of toasty, sweet malts, wild gummy bear esters, and a hint of perm. Odd, jelly-like esters are wilding out in this beer with some cocoa-ish toasted grain. Pretty sweet. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation. A bit slick. Not impressive at all. Won't go back to this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 04:25:51 | More by goochpunch
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured a coppery-orange, very similar to their Drifter pale which I had the previous day. A similar fizzy and pancake head sat atop as well which quickly dissipated to a polished surface. Visible effervesce started strong with a showering display of macro bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass before letting go and quickly fading to a wimper. Honestly I would say this is very close visually to their pale, though im a little less impressed this time around.

S: light semi-toasted grains with a even lighter hopping of watery pine that was barely worth mentioning. The aroma was to light to appreciate, flat and I ended up snorting some beer from trying to hard to distinguish something. Unimpressive by all regards.

T: The flavor was acidic and citric with sweetened caramel oranges. Wet, juicy lemons and some buttery malting is also well noted. The hopping is more evident then what appeared on the nose but still was grossly underpowered, watery, and weak being overwhelmed by the sweet maltiness. Very noticeable traces of diacetyl was noticed which came off as artifical butter that you would get on popcorn at the movies. Sickening sweet with hints of mushy pears and apples appear on the finish as well. At first I thought maybe this was a bad batch due to underpitching of yeast or some other brewing flaw, but after reading several reviews it seems that this is the desired taste that widmer thinks is desirable. Sorry but this was just off all around.

M: extremely light bodied, near watery, with a very slick texture and hardly any carbonation being detected. A buttery slickness from the malting slides across the tongue with a helping of sour lemons that clashes rather then compliments.

D: Drinkability was bad. Thankfully I was only suckered for a single purchase at close out for $1.69 which borders on almost deception. It's a shame when Buds American ale puts this to shame in almost every aspect. Forget you even saw this beer on the shelf next visit. A half-glass dumper.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 22:22:16 | More by beerthulhu
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flyingspatula

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Little to no head on this very clear reddish yellow ale. Aroma is very hoppy. Kind of a malty taste. Not as good as it smells. I'm surprised by some of the other reviews, maybe I got a bad one, but it doesn't do too much for me. Actually, I do like the carbonation level and it is kind of easy to drink. Not bad, but definitely not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 00:09:07 | More by flyingspatula
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woemad

Washington

2.55/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on-tap at The Satellite, a non-BA bar in Spokane.

Poured an orangey red, with a small white head that didn't stick around long. Not much in the way of lace.

Smell was weak, with mildly sweet malt odor most prominent. There was a vague smell of floral hops, but it's not very noticeable at all.

Taste is mostly of mildly sweet malts, with a tiny bit of hoppiness. There is also a slight, metallic taste in the background.

Was rather thin for an amber ale

While (just) drinkable, it's not exactly lightyears ahead of macro swill. Drink this only if there's nothing better available.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2004 00:18:30 | More by woemad
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Gaisgeil

Michigan

2.58/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks go to Waldowin and Newbie BIF '05 for the sample!

This is a fairly bland and watery amber ale, not too impressed really. There really isn't anything overly horrible about it, just sort of boring honestly.

Pours a fairly standard medium amber in color with minimal head. Nose is rather bland, fairly fresh smelling overall, mildly hoppy. Taste isn't too exciting either, slightly bready with a mild hop profile, finish is rather weak/watery. Overall pretty uninspired and bland. Had no desire for another.

Slàinte!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 09:31:16 | More by Gaisgeil
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Floydster

California

2.58/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from the Office, a bar in El Segundo

Drank about 4 of these while playing pool because it was the only beer I have never had there

OK, but nothing to get excited about

Deep amber color, browner than most, with a dry taste

Not my favorite, would not have again

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 05:29:19 | More by Floydster
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mndlssphlsphr

Washington

2.6/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I thought I was on top of this, well....until I managed to drop. The taste is something that I have not experienced before. The head is snow white snow drift until you notice the subtle bits of pollen that have fallen from the tall pines above from the late winter weather. Smell happens to smell like some sort of beer, nothing special. Nothing there to tingle any of the senses from the nostrils. Tflavor is mixed, yet I could questions the tubes, but I can tell it was the brewery. I think this is overpriced for what its worth. There is nothing special here, just a mix of a batch of trickery. No need to waste more time on this one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2012 00:26:21 | More by mndlssphlsphr
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marlinsfan4

Maryland

2.63/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours orange with what starts off as a nice head but quickly goes to nothing at all.. no lacing to speak of. Aroma has a slight sweetness to it but not much. Nothing offensive for the taste, but nothing flavorful either. For the style definitely needs a lot more bitterness to it, way too watery for my liking. Has a faint hop presence but enough by any means.... tastes like a red ale that's gotten into the hands of a BMC company.... oh wait, thats what it is! Nothing special here folks, a lot better of the style out there...

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 03:05:34 | More by marlinsfan4
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TexIndy

Texas

2.65/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The neck had a laser label of the brew date. The color was an orangish amber. It had a small that quickly disappeared with nothing after - no film, no lacing. The mouthfeel was watery and bland. The aroma was malty with no appealing characteristics. The taste was pretty bland and honestly not better than a Bud Light. It was overall a very bland macroish beer that screams mediocrity. Won't be looking for this again unless it's down this or Milwaukee's Best. It's not unpleasant to drink so I won't give it a 1 or 2 on drinkability but it's just not very flavorful. A throwaway beer. (2, NA, Tie, N)

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 05:27:33 | More by TexIndy
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rickyleepotts

Arizona

2.66/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

I have had a few beers from this brewing company, and have never been impressed. Even their special release beers are mediocre at best. Breweries like this have a place in craft beer, but should only serve as a starting point for people that haven't experienced craft beer. However, I am giving Drop Top another shot, and will drink this beer with an open mind. Hopefully it will have a better flavor than I remember and will do this review justice. Of course, PBR is also on our list. (PBR isn't a bad beer, to be honest. I would order that over a Miller or Coors Light.)

Oh, and Sheryl asked if I was going to "drop my top". Not sure that makes sense… but I will leave my shirt on for this review.

In the Glass: The beer has a nice orange color to it, and provided a thick head. A thicker head than I expected. The head quickly dissipates, but it was a lot thicker than I expected. The beer is also creating a nice lace in the glass. For $1.29, and coming from this brewing company, it is already starting to exceed my expectations. Hopefully it smells as good as it looks.

Nose: Didn't see that coming. Better yet, didn't smell that coming. At first I am hit with a ton of caramel aromas that quickly turn to wheat and earthy notes. The carmel smells like those little caramel candies that you can just suck on for hours on end. I will admit, I don't traditionally like ambers… but I don't remember my last amber smelling like this. If this tastes like carmel, I might go buy a case tomorrow!

Flavor: Considering what this smells like, I had some pretty high expectations for the flavor profile. It's good, but doesn't quite taste like it smells. Those same carmel notes are kicking in toward the end of the swallow, but it is a bit too carbonated for my liking. I would like to see a beer like this barrel aged. Why not? Every other brewing company is aging their beers in barrels. We are drinking this right out of the fridge, but I don't think a beer like this will do much as it heats up.

Mouthfeel: There are a ton of bubbles here, and while some beers can get away with it, based on the aroma in this beer I expected it to be a tad bit thicker with less carbonation. The beer does produce a somewhat drying finish, but overall, this is a very basic beer. Cool name and I love the label… but I wouldn't order this out.

Aftertaste: This is my favorite part of the beer. Those same caramel notes that I was smelling are back. They are not as pronounced as they were on the nose, but they are subtle and drying in the finish. The aftertaste is weak, and doesn't last long… but was enjoyable enough for me to finish my glass.

LIke I said, beers like this have a place in craft beer. That place just isn't in my cellar. I am glad that beers like this are on the list, as there are a lot of people that need to start with styles like this. Just because you are new to craft beer doesn't mean an IPA is right for you. Actually, if you are new to craft beer, DO NOT drink an IPA. Start light and work your way to the hoppier and darker beers. You'll thank me later as your palate grows to appreciating a good craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 21:51:40 | More by rickyleepotts
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jujubeast6000

Texas

2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 7/10/2008 (bottle dated MAY2708):

Pours an amber reddish color body, clearish. Whitish creamy head, small. Malty, almost spicy aroma. Not nutty, but almost wheaty or something. Malty somewhat sweet taste. Clean aftertaste. Some fizziness. Kinda bland.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 20:38:07 | More by jujubeast6000
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tonistruth

Nevada

2.7/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- 2 finger fluffy white head with great retent, clear amber brew, milky lacing

S- caramel, citric, toasted malts, and toffee

T- toasted grains, earthy and herbal hop, caramel, earthy/grainy finish

M- smooth into a coarse medium body, dry finish

D- decent amber thats balanced, but boring

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 01:49:22 | More by tonistruth
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magictrokini

California

2.7/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 19:42:48 | More by magictrokini
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josiahschlender

Oregon

2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Widmer is not a brewery I go out of my way to buy, but the occasion recently called for an easy drinking, non adventurous beer for a group. Drop Top was on sale, so I figured I'd give it a go.

Pours a rich amber color, not much of a white cap that fades quickly, leaving no lace.

Not much going on in the aroma department. Some doughy malts, maybe just a touch of grassy hops. Nothing offensive, but nothing that stands out, either.

Flavors are the same story. Dilute bread dough malts, some sweetness, but at least they didn't go overboard with that. Very little discernible hops, mild bittering. Body is light to medium, which fits the light flavors.

It seems like Widmer's goal is to tame down beer styles and make transition beers... nothing I've had from their common store beers is going to excite a beer geek, but they're probably a safe choice when you're trying to get your Bud Light drinking friend to branch out. Too bad it doesn't come at a lower price point, most comparable craft brewed ambers are a better choice.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 02:23:45 | More by josiahschlender
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Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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