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Drop Top Amber - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

389 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

t0rin0, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 6/21/12.

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some caramel aromas. Taste is of toasted malt and some slightly sweet caramel flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer for what it is but nothing all that special.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate amber color with a single-finger off white head and not too much lacing as it recedes. The nose is fairly one-dimensional, bringing notes of caramel and a bit of baked bread. The taste is the same without much other than a bit of bread crust. Medium body with moderate carbonation levels. There's nothing terribly special about this beer, although there aren't any clear defects, either.

Thorpe429, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt orange with a quickly fading head; hardly any lace

Smell: Biscuity malts dominate the aroma

Taste: Biscuity malt, up front, with a growing sugary sweetness that develops by mid-palate; the hops are just barely discernable but they fade, after the swallow, as the sweet flavors dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Clearly aimed at the crossover drinker who likes sweeter styles (Yuengling and Shiner Bock drinkers will love this), this beer is sure to displease those who seek balance or a big hop bill; easy to drink, however

brentk56, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drop Top Amber is much more brassy orange than amber, although it does have amber colored edges. The largish cap is somewhere between palest orange and palest ecru and has a good look about it. More glass coverage would have been nice however. This is a better than decent looking beer.

The nose is balanced, which fits the style I suppose. I'm not impressed with it, though, since neither malt nor hops makes much of an impression. The hop bill consists of Alchemy and Simcoe. I've never heard of the former and I'd think the latter would be more recognizable.

Drop Top is a middle of the road amber ale from a middle of the pack craft brewery. It isn't a bad beer by any means, it's just one that lacks any sort of flavor hook, anything to make it memorable. There's a light, unsweet caramel edge to the malt backbone that is probably the dominant member of the flavor profile. I'm not at all surprised to discover that hops don't make a huge splash on the palate. It's still hard to believe that Simcoe hops, one of my favorites, are present.

I have no earthly idea why milk sugar (lactose) was added. Added to a milk stout? Sure. Added to an amber? Why? It isn't an especially sweet beer so there can't be too much of it around. Again, the biggest problem here is neutrality. Malt balances hops, sweet balances bitter, nothing strives to be noticed... and nothing much is. End of story.

The mouthfeel is solidly unexciting as well. It doesn't strike me as too thin or too full, probably because of the wide range of acceptability (from my standpoint) for the style. Like the flavor, it too lacks a spark that would make it stand out in a crowd.

There's nothing wrong with this Widmer Brothers offering, but then there's nothing all that right with it either. It's simply too generic, too uninteresting to make me want to pop the top on another Drop Top any time soon.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Starting to see a few more Widmer Brothers beers in the Central KY area.

As far as Amber's go, this beers suffers the same fate as most recent American brewers'. Very sweet with heavy caramel, toffee, and to a certain degree- butterscotch. This nearly sickly sweet character shows up in the nose and never subsides through the flavor. Hop presence is quite light and offers maybe an herbal hop flavor and very low-lying bitterness. As the sweetness fades late, a grain astringency comes though along with the light and grassy hops. Pretty low in gravity and somewhat thin going into the aftertaste. I wish the sweet caramel notes were more malty than sugary but it's not the case. A bite in the hop bitterness also provides a distraction. All in all, the beer is only ok despite a crystal clean golden-amber color. Lack of head retention after the initial pour could have helped. ...kinda reminds me of the Dos Equis that I had last night. Doesn't exactly make me feel like the most interesting man in the world though.

BEERchitect, May 06, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

another new one picked up as a nice extra. served in a pint glass with dinner.

The pour was pretty good with a nice medium amber color with nice clarity to it and a small white head on top. Aroma of nice carmael malts and a dose of piney hops. Warming really brought out the sweet notes here, very solid. Nice medium body and very well carbonated. Strong caramel and bready malt undertones were very prominant with hops an afterthought but strong enough to really shine through in the finish. Mild dryness and a smooth, sweet note to finish it off.

Overall very solid and a nice sessionable, and malty ale. I was actually quite happy with this one and glad to have grabbed one for sure.

mikesgroove, May 10, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

jaydoc, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 zeff80
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with amber highlights. It had a one-finger, off-white head of foam that left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled very malty with caramel sweetness. There were some mild citrus notes, too.

T - Taste isn't much different than aroma. Sweet caramel maltiness with a touch of citric hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay amber ale. It is priced nicely and very sessionable.

zeff80, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

SocalKicks, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, tea and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is very malty with flavors of sweet caramel, spicy tea and a touch of fruit. There’s a very mild hops presence, such that this beer would probably appeal more to those that aren’t into the floral hops flavor. The after-taste is sweet and a little bready.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, medium body, medium carbonation, slick and slightly sticky finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, it’s not a bad beer but there are several others of it’s kind that I would choose first.

TheManiacalOne, May 27, 2007
Photo of nickfl
3/5  rDev -12%

nickfl, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of foamy off-white head. This retains with a thin film that stretches across the surface and then stays a little creamier around the edges, leaving back some light spotty lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma smell of grass and citric hops, with a sticky malt backing of buttered bread and caramel. This isn't super forceful or anything but its pleasant enough I guess.

The taste is similar, with a green citric bitterness layered on top of toasted bready grains and a splash of sweet caramel. Hops return again and trail into the finish with some lingering bitter dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp creaminess that expands out into the mouth but then also has some slickness in the backend that keeps this moving easily.

Fairly average Amber Ale flavor wise here but I do think that the fact that this was a relatively fresh bottle helped elevate this somewhat as it was overall quite crisp and quaffable. This would be a good one for when you just want to crack something moderately tasty and have it with your dinner. This seemed like a pretty good buy to. I paid $9 for the sixer here in PA, so I'm sure that it can be had for less elsewhere.

Kegatron, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as part of a mixed six from Wegman's in Mechanicsburg -poured chilled into a Dfh shaped glass.

The color is clear tangerine with visible carbonation moving semi-rapidly w/ thick quick condensing off white cap w/ tiny bead. The lace is splatted on the inside of the glass. The smell is malty with some toasted odors and a light herbal hop aroma w/ light fruit notes. The feel is dry and malty with a moderately carbonated body which is medium in that respect with mild bitterness and a dry clean finish.

The taste is a pretty smooth malt flavor with some biscuit and light hop notes which are herbal and a subtle caramel sweetness is evident in the finish. The overall taste is dry and clean with subtle bitter flavor and light fruit notes which bring to mind red pear. I liked this amber alright, it was not the best Amber I have had. I just found this beer to be satisfying, not really outstanding or exceptional in any way.

Slatetank, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a copper color with a thick off white head. doesnt smell like much, a bit of caramel maltiness, but nothing much to speak of. taste is fairly bland for an amber, but not unpleasant, just not distinct. it is well balanced though. fuller bodied with good carbonation make the mouthfeel excellent for this beer, smooth and creamy, just not a whole lot going on to excite the palate.

StonedTrippin, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a sweet, bisquity aroma that boasts of crystal malts and a light hop aroma. The taste is decent also. It has a smooth, yet quite sweet crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with some light bisquit notes. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer has potential. It needs more hops and a little less caramel sweetness.

WesWes, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an orange color with a large white head. The aroma is heavy on the biscuit malt with a little bit of grassy hops mixed in. The aroma is fairly faint overall. The flavor is heavy on the biscuit malt with a little bit of toffee mixed in. There is a slight grassyness from the hoppiness, but the beer is mainly about the malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, May 11, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent start to the head. Almost dies to no bubbles and nearly no lace. The color of the broth is light amber. Clear.

I like the aroma: it's of English malts and mild hop.

Tastes like an English pale ale with flavors of toast, light nuttiness. There's a very faint bitterness of older hop. Rich body with a proper carbonation. The aftertaste is sweet.

smcolw, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, haven't had this since Big Bear 2006,

A: Pours amber (go figure) with a light white head, limited lace.

S: Sweet caramel, with a hint of toasted malt.

T: Nice sweet caramel flavour, hint of brown sugar, not really a lot of hops, but still a nice balance.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy, slick, easy going.

O: A much better beer than it's given credit for. I like this style of red ale where it's not over-hopped and easy drinking, more in the Irish way.

Halcyondays, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
2.63/5  rDev -22.9%
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...

oriolesfan4, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

InspectorBob, May 22, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Today is one huge homage to my local trader, tone77, for whom I am deeply thankful. He keeps me in bottles when I would surround myself in CANs and gloss over everything else. Bottled beer CAN be as compelling as CANned beers but I tend to lose focus what with The CANQuest (TM).

I have a patch that reads: "Unless you have ridden/driven a motorcycle, you won't understand a dog's excitement." The label depicts this better than any Ralph Steadman Flying Dog label, you feel me, dog? Dog, the Bounty Hunter will be on soon. I am dog tired and it is time for the Dog Watch as I see sun dogs in the sky. Doggone, isn't there a review forthcoming?

I chose an aggro pour to develop just over a finger of dense, tawny head with good retention. The color was a deep orangish-amber, but not red enough to cause me slaver over it. The clarity was all that and a bag of Fritos, which I always have on-hand in case of munchies. Nose was far hoppier than I expected and my mouth began to water. Give thanks to the West Coast breweries who seem to have an abundance of hops and who are unafraid to use 'em. My first sip was of big malt, initially, followed by intense hoppiness and my tongue began to loll out of my mouth. "Let's ride," she said and I hopped on the back. I continued to really enjoy this beer, an easy sipper on a laid-back holiday in which I was doing more maintenance drinking than trying to get my fill. The finish was semi-sweet, which was just fine by me at this point. I have IPAs on-hand if I need 'em, but this was the right kind of mellow at the right time. I may start up some laundry to really enliven the day. Bottom line: if you are looking to kick start your day, this is not the beer. If you want a nice, mellow day with the dog, pop this open and go for a spin.

woodychandler, Nov 24, 2011
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Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.