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Drop Top Amber - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

386 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 10
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)
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +0.6%

Picked up a 6'er for the BMC crowd at the holidays. Poured a clear amber with a white head. I wasn't expecting a lot from Widmer, but this proved to be a clean, clear amber. There are dry, crouton-like malts with a balanced serving of citrus hops. Not a bad summer beer, or ale for when you're looking for a light and simple brew.

12-28-2008 04:59:35 | More by tempest
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hoplover82

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +5%

Not much into the tradition, lightly hopped ambers but as far as regular ambers go... this is the one to have.

Iv'e had it on tap and it's not bad at all. Usually ambers don't have enough hop presence in them to keep my attension, but this one with the magnums and simcoes is just the right recipie for a soild amber. Very impressed. Thank again Brothers!

12-23-2008 18:20:44 | More by hoplover82
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magictrokini

California

2.7/5  rDev -20.8%

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.

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

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Packaging is similar to the others, this one is orange label in color (ipa green, brr red, hefe yellow, etc, which i think is a good marketing direction).

A perfect introduction into craft beer. It's not wild, it's just good.

Fairly tame aroma. Some bready biscuit and caramel compliments overly pungent hops for an amber.

Getting a bit of dms in there, nothing terrible, but it's present. It's ever so drinkable and like i said to begin with, a perfect starter beer or fallback for a solid and enjoyable brew.

12-04-2008 23:56:27 | More by SurlyDuff
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jjanega08

Minnesota

2.93/5  rDev -14.1%

A= pale amber to an almost copper color with a little head that holds great lacing along the glass
S= toasted malts all the way with some carmel smells coming in making this beer smell very sweet
T= SWEET! Wow I've never had a beer this sweet. The toasted malt and carmel were all I got. No hop bitterness or anything else. It was almost candy like.
M= sticky as hell, chewy and smooth...
D= average but its so damn sweet. It almost tasted like a wort it was so sweet. The sweetness would turn me off after a little while and prolly give me a sugar belly, good thing I only had one.

11-29-2008 16:58:09 | More by jjanega08
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -9.1%

This beer pours a clear pale amber color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of caramel malt, and hints of floral hops. It's nothing special, but pleasant nonetheless. The taste is a bit maltier than the aroma, and there is only a very faint hop presence. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation that is a little too high for the style. Overall, this is a decent beer, but there are much better ambers out there.

11-15-2008 00:27:34 | More by KarlHungus
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Magpie14

Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -5.3%

A: a light amber color, surprisingly has a touch of pumpkin orange to it. Thin cream colored head.

S: malts, sugar-sweet candy, hint of snappy hops. Most of the nose can be attributed to sweet malts.

T: toasty malts and caramel. However, it is not a traditional caramel taste, it is more like that milky sweetness and sugar it mentions they add. That makes way for uniquely weak amber, lacks overall complexity.

M: now this beer is reasonably smooth, that is a plus. Medium-bodied brew sits nice on the tongue. It seems to be getting smoother as it warms

D: based on smoothness and medium body, not bad. Still, this beer kind of lacks that spark to set it up top with some of my other favorite amber ales.

10-26-2008 02:40:12 | More by Magpie14
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elniko

Texas

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.

08-30-2008 00:24:00 | More by elniko
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

08-19-2008 00:18:53 | More by Haybeerman
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +5%

Initial head is pretty unimpressive, but some lacing sticks around for quite a while. Beer has a nice copper semi-cloudy color.

Upon sticking my nose in my glass I get whiffs of grape and plum and a little bit of apricot. Some caramel malt pulls through as well. This comes together well with some caramel and toasty malts.

Sweet caramel and pale malts mix with a mild earthy bitterness. Undertones of sweet fruits such as green apple and white grape pull through. It is a little bit too fruity and a little thin. It's a little bit hard to give it a score. I want a little bit more bite and toastiness to round out the flavors. It's just sweet and fruity, it needs to balance out a little. It seems creamy, which is sort of out of place.

The mouthfeel lacks crispness but takes on a great smoothness with just a bit of astringency.

This is a decent beer that's hard to score. I'm on the fence with some stuff in this beer, so scores are adjusted in certain areas.

07-11-2008 01:56:31 | More by jasonjlewis
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rye726

Colorado

2.78/5  rDev -18.5%

This amber colored beer has an average looking beige head. The nose is a bit light with some grainy malts and slightly bitter hops. The taste is more of the same. Nothing too exciting with this ale. A light to medium body body goes down smooth. A drinkable brew, but nothing special.

05-21-2008 22:45:08 | More by rye726
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tbone53

Texas

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.

05-07-2008 02:08:13 | More by tbone53
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jayrod20

Texas

3.48/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a nice fluffy white head that dissipated quickly. It is a light orange-red color. Smelled nothing out of the ordinary 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.

05-06-2008 02:03:45 | More by jayrod20
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Beerbuddha

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

I got this beer on tap at a place in Corpus Christi called the Surf Club.

The beer poured a nice orange color with a descent white head and nice lacing. The smell was of maltiness and a slight hint of hops The taste was of sweet toasted maltiness and hints of caramel and again a slight hint of hops. Mouthfeel was medium body with medium carbonation. Overall not a bad beer.

04-12-2008 21:03:05 | More by Beerbuddha
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DoubleJ

California

3.3/5  rDev -3.2%

On-tap at Wings in a shaker pint, on to the beer:

The color on this one leans towards orange, but not quite so with an edge of amber to it. Good frothy head on top. The aroma is pretty clean with light dextrin and malt. The flavor is simple on this one. It starts with toasted malt, then a brief appearance of caramel shows up, then it's followed by a brush of cascade(?) hops with a clean finish.

Very drinkable brew, good for a lunch break with its easy going attitude, but not one I'd drink for a flavorful experience.

03-29-2008 06:18:23 | More by DoubleJ
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Dogbrick

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -15%

Thanks to mmmmBEEEER for the bottle. This beer is a pale orange-amber color with a medium thin and bubbly off-white head that dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Mild malt aroma with underlying hops. Medium-bodied yet watery at times, with caramel malt, nut and light hops flavors. The finish is sweet and malty and short-lived, leaving just a hint of hops aftertaste. Yawn.

03-14-2008 20:25:22 | More by Dogbrick
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rxdrewthejew

California

3.58/5  rDev +5%

Had a pint of this up at Snow Summit this weekend while skiing. Gotta give Summit credit, they have some decent beers on tap.

Typical looking amber, nice color, not too much head (although it was in a plastic glass so that might have had an effect). Rich malt with just a bit of roastyness to it and a tiny bit of hops in the finish. Smooth, warm and very nice. Not too strong with the alcohol but enough to disinhibit a bit and make skiing a little easier. For the style this is very good, and I think it would be a great session beer.

03-07-2008 07:08:33 | More by rxdrewthejew
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Bookseeb

Washington

3.53/5  rDev +3.5%

Appearance is a nice golden amber with little head. Smell is light in malt with and some fruiteness. Taste of malt, light spice a good hop bite with a little salinity in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light - medium with good carbonation. I've had this before on tap and seemed to taste much better.

02-09-2008 01:16:47 | More by Bookseeb
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JDV

Texas

2.88/5  rDev -15.5%

Nice medium amber hue with white head that disappears fast. Smell of slightly more hops than malt and a touch of sweetness as it warms. Bright, lively inviting smell, similar to an IPA. Taste is smooth, creamy, and very muted malt and hoppy flavors, with only a tiny bit of bitterness. Finish is quick and mild. Overall, a very easy to drink watery amber without much depth or flavor. Just ok.

01-31-2008 18:58:22 | More by JDV
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theozag

Louisiana

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.

12-31-2007 19:05:07 | More by theozag
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.13/5  rDev -8.2%

12oz picked up at the Coop.. For about $1.45.. shared with Steven.. mine from a pint glass... listening to the 2nd half of Donald Glaude Live at Ruby Skye.

Hard pour left an evaporating head.. no lacing .. crystal clear honey orange brew.

Smell is turned toward yeasty fruits... lite toasted malts.. a touch of citrus and spicy malts.. WOW... where is the smell?

Flavor is the same and not much to pick out of the mix.. lighter body than dreamed of.. but still sessionable in a big way... I don't really know what to say about this beer.. average across the board.. I buy it fairly frequently, but will think about again if I just want a nice American Amber.... there are way better ones out there. Widmer makes "good" brews "now". They used to make great beers... the IPA and Milk stout are the exception.. Snow Plow is fantastic.

12-18-2007 09:20:11 | More by JohnGalt1
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tonistruth

Nevada

2.7/5  rDev -20.8%

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

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

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +15.8%

I enjoyed a couple of glasses of the drop-top at a friends house recently. It was from a refrigerator keg and was way too pressurized leading to an enormous head.

Once the foam subsided I was impressed with the rich taste of this ale.

The malt / hops balance seemed just right to my palate.

Nice medium / dark color with no bad attributes.

Nice finish and could have had many glasses if not for having to drive home afterwards.

Can't vouch for the botted version. Will probably buy a sixer to try when my other inventory declines.

Update: 01-01-2008: Amazingly the bottled version has almost no head! Same good taste as the keg version. Good session amber ale. Malt wins slightly over hops.

12-13-2007 08:55:07 | More by Spikester
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JEdmund

Kansas

2.93/5  rDev -14.1%

Appearance
Medium amber color with carbonation bubbles galore! They cling to the glass oddly like a soda. One inch head, which required a semi-aggressive pour, levels out to a thin film quickly; hazy; no lacing

Smell
Pretty mild, but picking up some sweetness—caramel and apricot

Taste
Good initial hop bite that fades quickly and is replaced with a caramel sweetness; very little aftertaste; fairly weak malt profile; the hops define the character of this beer, which is odd; some light and tart fruitiness, similar to peach or apricot

Overall
It's a tasty beer, a bit on the weak side, but not quite what I expect for an amber ale. The hops, while I enjoy them, define the beer more than the caramel malts. It's a bit too thin for me.

11-28-2007 15:18:14 | More by JEdmund
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goochpunch

Texas

2.45/5  rDev -28.2%

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.

11-11-2007 04:25:51 | More by goochpunch
Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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