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Drop Top Amber - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Drop Top AmberDrop Top Amber

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393 Ratings

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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 11
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

Pale, Caramel 10L,
Extra Special, Honey Malt

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. 02/13/09.

Pours a clear golden orange color with about two fingers of soft beige head. The head quickly dropped to a thin layer and left some decent lacing. Aroma is faint with caramel malt and buttery biscuit.

Taste is very malty up front with caramel, toffee, and biscuit flavors. The finish is subtle herbal hops. Slight buttery and honey as well. Fairly simple, yet enjoyable. Feel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good - almost sessionable.

bkilpatr, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of farrago
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Small head of off-white on the pour, no real lacing and what head there is exits like the cops are after it. No aesthetic problem with the copper red-orange coloration, pretty enough in the glass. The nose is very biscuity, baked butter top bread, generous orange to lemon citrus component, orange pekoe tea, jasmine and rose hips, nothing with true edge to be found, primary attribute may be ability to stuff your nostrils like cotton balls. Medium-bodied, the hops noticeable from the start but it still is primarily sweet from start to finish. Honey, just out of the oven pie dough, sweet tea, flower water, orange juice, maybe a touch of saline. Tame and friendly to a fault, appears aimed more at mass appeal than achieving a stamp of individual personality.

farrago, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of PDXHops
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle, poured into a pint glass.

This beer pours a nice looking very light amber/caramel color. The head and lacing are disappointing, though. A finger's worth of head comes and goes quickly, and the lacing is minimal.

Pretty tame in the nose. A sweet and yeasty baking bread smell with just hint of hops.

Slightly more interesting in the mouth than nose. Sweet bready malt with a kiss of hop bitterness, not a lot of complexity. Creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Slightly odd quality in the aftertaste

Overall impression: Definitely my least favorite Widmer beer. Boring, but easy drinking.

PDXHops, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very quaff-able for an amber

A- Pale brown-orange color with transparent body. I guess you could call it amber. Weak head but I might not have poured it well. Got a better head on my 2nd pour with retention and lacing

S- Smell is earthy and toasty with a hint of caramel and maybe some floral hops

T- I would like more hops, but it is typical of amber ales to have a shy hop profile. Mostly malts described in the smell along with slightly metallic flavor brought out by the carbonation

M- Very smooth and crisp carbonation with a medium, coating body

D- Drinkable. Don't question it

EnojysAnyBeer, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of Bagman007
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- A clear orange, yellow coloring with not a whole lot of head.

S- Slightly hoppy, though somewhat of a yeast like taste.

T- Kind of bland for an Amber. Somewhat yeast like in taste with a dry finish.

M- Somewhat bitter. Definitely wouldn't use the word smooth to describe it.

D- Pretty drinkable beer. Not overly bitter or anything, just too bland and a little yeast like.

Overall I was a little disappointed in this beer. I generally like Amber Ale's, but this one just didn't do it for me.

Bagman007, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of Dubbercody
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definitely nice that I can get this on tap even in the worst dive bars...it's become one of the decent choices when you're out in 'non-beer geek' locations. Thank you Widmer for infiltration this one everywhere.

Nice easy drinking somewhat sweet and caramel tasting beer. Not your 'extreme' or 'DAMN' kind of beers, but a nice brew to drink when you just want to have a beer.

Dubbercody, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I heard this was better, much better on tap but this is bottle..Poured a burnt orange. Nose is mild with some wheat and malt just coming to the surface. At first taste you think you are about to get hit with something heavy, but it is suprisingly smooth and light. Wheat comes to mind first followed with a tartness that is refreshing.

barleywinefiend, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tempest, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of hoplover82
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

hoplover82, Dec 23, 2008
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 SurlyDuff
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

SurlyDuff, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of jjanega08
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

jjanega08, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

KarlHungus, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of Magpie14
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Magpie14, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of elniko
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

elniko, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Haybeerman, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jasonjlewis, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of rye726
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

rye726, May 21, 2008
Photo of tbone53
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 jayrod20
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

jayrod20, May 06, 2008
Photo of Beerbuddha
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Beerbuddha, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

DoubleJ, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of Dogbrick
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Dogbrick, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

rxdrewthejew, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of Bookseeb
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Bookseeb, Feb 09, 2008
Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.