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Drop Top Amber - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

379 Ratings
THE BROS
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good

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Ratings: 379
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | 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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Zorro

California

3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer is a clear copper colored ale with an OK tan head that forms and then mostly disappears.

Smell is woody with a stronger than expected hop aroma. There is a strong aroma of citrus hops in this beer. This smells like a West Coast pale ale more than anything else, quite a close clone of SNPA.

At the beginning the taste is sweet and malty with a firm grapefruit flavor. Sweet and buttery like buttered toast with a hop and citrus marmalade on top is the best way I can describe the flavor. If you are looking for a highly hopped yet not bitter and mild ale this is a beer for you. There are more subtle flavors here of vanilla and lemon.

Mouthfeel is good.

A surprisingly drinkable beer. I expected a 3.0 beer that would be OK but nothing all that great. This turned out to be a quite tasty beer and something I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 23:17:04 | More by Zorro
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

05-22-2013 15:38:58 | More by InspectorBob
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours two finger cream head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Nearly clear amber color. light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pine and earthy hop nose and flavor is mild caramel, faint breadyness and light piney hops. Dry piney finish. 12oz bottle - gift.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 23:01:44 | More by jdhilt
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 23:06:17 | More by woodychandler
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DoubleJ

California

3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Utah

3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber color, nice carbonation, small fizzy off-white head, not much lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet malts, slight hops, and caramel. The taste is sweet/malty, spicy, and nice caramel bite. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad amber, I've definitely had better, but a nice thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2007 01:37:48 | More by Wasatch
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory glass.

Pours a finger of off white head. Fades to a ring. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a clear orange hued copper.

Aroma: Some basic malt flavors. Some grassy hops. A tad of light caramel. Hardly anything.

Taste: The taste is very sweet. Some toffee notes. Bready malts. Some grassy hops. Nothing to special, better than the aroma.

Mouthfeel: A little crisp and a tad dry. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and bland.

Overall, not an amber that I would want to drink a lot of. It doesn't have a lot of flavor. Glad it wasn't expensive. Drinkable, but not something I want to drink a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 03:10:24 | More by mothman
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11.8%

09-14-2013 12:13:05 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Widmer Brothers - Drop Top Amber, poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. A clear, copper colored brew with a short livid head.

Smell: Bready malt in the aroma, though distant.

Taste: Balanced flavors of caramel malt and some hops. Theres also a vague roastedness. Simple but good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and quite smooth with a good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Quenching and refreshing. This could be a great party time beer since it would appeal to a wide range of beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 02:52:16 | More by Stinkypuss
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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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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at a shitty bar in Elko, NV. Bartender kept hyping how 'strong' the beer was. Whatever, its Elko, this is as primo as the beer scene gets.

Mahogany, maybe with a bit more red in it than pure mahogany color. Aroma was rich of caramel and other malts.

Taste was smooth, did seem to have a bit of a bitter and alcohol burn relative to its strength, despite what seemed like a honey or brown sugar presence that should be able to smooth that out.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2011 18:34:41 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

04-29-2013 07:47:19 | More by Kelp
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I had this beer at a wedding up in the mountains. It was the first beer I tried as there were many in the "beer tub", but I figured this was the heaviest one, drink it first before I started dancing like MJ

Pours a dirty amber with somewhat foamy head. Looks a bit light

Aroma has a muddle of hops and sweet nuttiness. The malt strains to be recognized and the hops sort of bow out. Sweetness comes out on top.

Flavor sees the grains struggle to keep pace with the sweetness. There's a sweetness from malt and grains and sweetness from sugar added, this is the latter. Seems fake and thin, lacking depth. The hops just don't add enough to hide this. Feels so-so.
Not a pour out beer, but I didn't wish to seek another...unless the other options were watery "pilsners".

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 21:59:10 | More by Mebuzzard
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Widmer Brothers is and has been a long time favorite brewery, all their beers are quite quaffable. On the pour a nice amber color, the head average in size, frothy in texture, the lace a fine covering sheet to seal off the glass. Nose is fresh and crisp, mostly malt and quite pleasant, start is sweet and loaded with malt, top is skinny in feel. Finish is acidic, nicely hopped and a droughty aftertaste, another fine drinking beer from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2003 09:05:36 | More by Gusler
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Tone

Missouri

3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 19:21:38 | More by Tone
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Brad007

Vermont

3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 04:08:14 | More by Brad007
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

08-28-2013 14:59:29 | More by GraduatedCashew
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ccrida

Oregon

3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

App. is clear burnt orange with thin off-white collar and very light lace at the top of the glass, a shaker pint.

Smell is pretty rich caramel malt and light peach esters.

Taste is fruitier then the aroma, more subdued and a little harsh.

The mouthfeel has a sharpness too it, although it's not really crisp.

Not too drinkable, I don't really like it that much and wouldn't want to have many of them. I guess this is pretty average micro red, but when they're so pedestrian, I really don't care for them.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 04:21:16 | More by ccrida
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a slightly hazy orange colour with about an inch of foam has leaves some nice lacing.

The nose has some citrus notes along with grain. Not much going on with the smell.

The taste slightly sweet, slightly bitter with a bit of graininess and a hint or 2 of butterscotch.

Light bodied, medium carbonation, a decent mouthfeel but I feel, overall, that the beer is on the bland side so no high marks for drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 23:31:23 | More by Bitterbill
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Dogbrick

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an inviting golden amber with a fairly decent white head. Aroma is more fruity than malty and just slightly sweet with a whisper of hops. Flavor is fruity and malty, subtly sweet and subtly hoppy, very enjoyable. Texture is fairly fizzy and smooth. A good one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2011 03:38:37 | More by Cyberkedi
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a (born on?) code of SEP0409. Pours a deep golden hue with a large-bubbled light tan foam. Retention is pretty decent and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The beer is one of the lightest colored Ambers I have come across.

Nose is fairly faint and it took a couple of swirls to release some grainy, caramel maltiness and honey aroma. Not much in the way of hops or fruitiness. Pretty clean smelling beer.

Taste is like one of those caramel popcorn balls. The caramel and butter flavors are too much and are not balanced by really much of anything. There is a bit of toasty malt in there that keeps it from being cloyingly sweet, but Drop Top is a pretty one-dimensional brew. Not bad for a drink it and forget it summer picnic beer though.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 23:34:55 | More by twiggamortis420
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by caramel malts. Taste is a good balance of hops and malts, a touch of caramel is in there. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 14:42:09 | More by tone77
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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
Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.