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Drop Top Amber - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

399 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 13
Gots: 17 | 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:
Beer added by: Zraly on 03-11-2003

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
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Photo of puboflyons
3.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with a date of 043009 listed as its brew date. Sampled on June 15, 2009. My last beer before I turn 50 years old tomorrow. Not a bad way to leave my 40's. It had a nice reddish-amber pour but very little head or lacing. Nice clarity. The aroma had a bit of hops and floral elements to it. Adequate mouthfeel. The taste was also a little more hoppy than is typical with reds but it was still fairly pleasant. I could drink a couple of these.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Dogbrick
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a clear, dark amber that verges on a coppery orange. I get quite a nice cap of white head built up to just about one finger that retains itself reasonably, leaving good lacing in small patches consistently.
Toasted biscuit with a light caramel sweetness from malts balances well with a light hops element offering a bit of citrus with a touch of leafy or grassy aroma and an interesting spiciness that's hard to place.
Malts offer a flavor that includes a nice toastiness, caramel and toffee and almost a candied sugars and the biscuity backbone I expect from the nose. A little nip of bitterness and perhaps a touch of grass and citrus from hops offers some balance, but this seems to be a malt-forward amber.
For the malts in this beer, I might expect a little more depth and body, though smoothness doesn't really lack. It's above average in feel but could really use something more.
This is a good beer, but there are excellent examples of the style that are readily available, so not one to pick up except in a bind or it's offered.

Photo of ZAP
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I forgot I reviewed this but wanted to update so here we go.

A-Light orange...pretty good clarity for the style..

S-Soft caramel bread aroma....just a hint of sweet citrus hops as well...I liked how this smells....not immense in aroma but subtle and enticing..

T-Nice sweet but not too sweet flavors...caramel...also good bready notes....some minor earthy qualities too....

M-Medium to light medium bodied....sweet texture but doesn't seem cloying

D-I like this beer....definitely leans malty and could use just a little bit more of a hop presence but overall I would enjoy this from time to time...

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7-28-04=3.6

Pours a cloudy orange color...nose is spicy...leathery...flavors are rather basic, but quaffable...more of a sweeter flavor...some caramel notes...has a bit of an English feel to it...not hopped up much at all...sweet...low carbonation...not a bad beer but not one loaded with complexities....a billion times better than say Killians Red (I know that's a lager) but nowhere near as tasty as some of the better Red Ales..

Photo of champ103
1.94/5  rDev -43.1%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
2.96/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not terrible but my rating reflects what it is; a mass produced red ale a la Bud's American Ale for the casual drinker to have something heavier and maltier AKA sweeter. Has a good seethru brownish red body with slightly tan head, but then a grainy caramel malt smell with somewhat medicinal hop smell. Taste is a little ragged and course with some sweetness and a slightly dry backbite w/ little hop flavor. Not bad but I will not be seeking this one out at all.

Photo of RoyalT
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Nice, hoppy-looking orange body with a good head that laced the glass.

Smell – It’s not a big nose, but the hops are sharp. There seems to be a cheap grainy aroma coming through, though.

Taste – This one is like Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde. The hop flavors are actually quite sharp for domestic piss, but the grain is a let down and the sweetness is really lame. It reminds me of flavorless Gummi-Bears.

Mouthfeel – Smooth and well balanced with a medium body.

Drinkability – I liked serveral aspects of this ale, but the cheap malt and grain made this a sipper.

Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of KarlHungus
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of alexgash
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden-copper body with a slight amber tinge. Amber, eh? Small, sketchy, off-white head.
Smells of toast, singed caramel, and brown sugar malt. Sharp, astringent hop bite cuts through.
Taste is much like the smell. Hops pipe in midway through. Finish is slightly bitter with big, grainy/cerealy malt. Almost adjuncty. Medium-bodied; kind of dry. Disappointing, but okay. Meh...

Photo of RedDiamond
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An unexpectedly fruity ale with a distinctive mesh of apricot and tangerine flavors, Drop Top is too distinct to be ignored, yet still very amiable and low key. It is notably clear with no aroma or lace and minimal head. And of course, it is amber colored. A modest measure of lactose enhances the innate fruitiness but contributes little to the otherwise routine body.

Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of jaxon53
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of strongaf
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of crobinso
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber with thin white head.
Caramel nose with hints of pine and lemon.
Toffee apple up front with some toasty granola, then light passionfruit, pine, and resin.
Vague pine cone (earthy, woody) finish and grapefruit rind linger.
Light, slight cling, round.

Too thin, with malt over hops, which don't do Simcoe justice. Drinks like Sam Adams, which is not a compliment. Amber for Dummies.

Photo of Reidrover
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New beer from Widmer ( I think), usual Widmer brown bottle with riased crest..but the label is distinctlly "UnWidmer"..more simple white on brown with a happy mutt on the bottom.
The beer looks pretty good..nothing spectacular but still invitng.
Its a very light brown..almost burnished brass colour with a small head , which soon fades to a good sized lace.
Smell is muted yet i do pick up on a little malt..thats about it..average aroma.
For such a weak aroma the taste is actually quite nice..nice maltry taste right at the start but as it reaches the back of the tongue a nice hop bitterness takes over..very balanced.
Fells pretty nice in the mouth , the carbonation is not too high just right.
Overall a drinkable amber..but with the market so saturated with these I doubt i will find a reason to return to this.

Photo of argock
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on date on front label. Purchased as part of a variety 24-pack from Sam's Club (Charlottesville, VA) for $23.72.

A: Light leather brown with scant, fizzy off-white head with no retention and no lacing.

S: Toasted caramel malts with some berry fruitiness and light spicy, earthy hoppiness

T: Flavor is also very toasted and buttery caramel with sweetness far exceeding any hops character which is mainly herbal, earthy in nature.

M: Pretty thin and light-bodied. Low carbonation and sweet honey aftertaste.

D: Fine but pretty dull. Good if you like toasted malt flavor without much in the hops department.

Photo of harrymel
2.41/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

Photo of jzlyo
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.