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Drop Top Amber - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Drop Top AmberDrop Top Amber

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231 Reviews

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Reviews: 231
Hads: 410
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 20.54%
Wants: 12
Gots: 26 | 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

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Photo of erosier
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized and light bodied white colored head that laces the glass very little on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, come caramelized malts, a hint of citrusy fruitiness and a slight hop finish.
T: A nice big roasted malty base, followed by very sweet caramelized malt flavors, a touch of citrus, and a slight hop finish but the main taste here is the sweet malt.
M: Very clean, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, it goes down easy and has enough flavor to make it interesting.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Whenever I am fortunate enough to be in Portland, Oregon, a visit to the Widmer Brothers Gasthaus is certain to be on the agenda; for some vagaries of distribution, their beers, except for the ubiquitous Hefeweizzen, is just hard to find on the East Coast. So, naturally, I was elated to find a bottle of Drop Top Amber Ale at Beers & Cheers in Germantown, Maryland. (See My Review.)

Open opening, it pours out a heavy rush of foam that quickly settles into a razor thin head shimmering atop an opaque amber body. What little lacing there exists is formed by few splotchy patches along the glass. Initially, there is a nose of lemongrass and grapefruit; the palate discerns a subtle taste of almond with a bready mouthfeel combining malt and hop, but very little of the latter.

All in all, a simple quaff that was brewed to please, not confuse, the palate. In any case, it is nice to see Widmer here in the East. Not that this will prevent my returning to Beervana.

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Photo of caseyalanjones
3.86/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is a VERY refreshing beer. I love a hoppy, complex tasting beer, but sometimes I just want a lighter beer that isn't heavy or dominating the flavor of my food. This beer is Light, crisp, and has a great taste. Perfect pairing for a good pizza. I liked this beer a lot. Cheers!

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Photo of Rayek
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pale amber color has mild carbonation and a slight chill haze. The small and fizzy white head doesn't stick around and leaves no lace.

S: Sweet caramel and fresh grapefruit. Not too complex.

T: Sweet caramel and biscuits in front. A mild grapefruit bitterness follows. Finishes extremely clean.

M: Light body has about the right level of carbonation.

D: OK session beer, but not that great. There are better takes on this style to be had.

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Photo of albern
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to depart company with the majority of the reviewers and give this beer a positive review. It pours a clear amber color, not much head, modest carbonation. What struck me is the slightly syrupy consistency and the sweet orangey caramel flavors, the vanilla and anise tastes around the edges, and the bready malts. There wasn't much hop presence but who needs it. The malts were very nice. I liked this amber beer.

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Photo of Spineypanda
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, but not my first choice for an amber.

It has a good amber color, but not much head... even though that has never really mattered too much to me.

Has smells of toasted malts, and tastes of it too. Does not have much of an aroma or taste. Easy as hell to drink though which makes it a top choice for more than one at a bar.

I would probably get this at a bar with my buddys but not if I really wanted a good beer.

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Photo of argock
3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
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

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Photo of josiahschlender
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Widmer is not a brewery I go out of my way to buy, but the occasion recently called for an easy drinking, non adventurous beer for a group. Drop Top was on sale, so I figured I'd give it a go.

Pours a rich amber color, not much of a white cap that fades quickly, leaving no lace.

Not much going on in the aroma department. Some doughy malts, maybe just a touch of grassy hops. Nothing offensive, but nothing that stands out, either.

Flavors are the same story. Dilute bread dough malts, some sweetness, but at least they didn't go overboard with that. Very little discernible hops, mild bittering. Body is light to medium, which fits the light flavors.

It seems like Widmer's goal is to tame down beer styles and make transition beers... nothing I've had from their common store beers is going to excite a beer geek, but they're probably a safe choice when you're trying to get your Bud Light drinking friend to branch out. Too bad it doesn't come at a lower price point, most comparable craft brewed ambers are a better choice.

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Photo of velosuds
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on June 25, 2009. Single purchased from a broken six-pack at local grocer for $1.00, or $5.99 a sixer on sale.

A-Pours a light amber with a one finger light tan head, which receded into a scant lacing.

S-Faint floral hops and a mild caramel malt aroma.

T-What taste? It looked like beer. It even smelled like beer, but I couldn't discern much taste. And what little that was there was slightly bitter.

M-This was about all this beer had going for it. But, this is lost when taste is lacking. Very smooth, well carbonated. This beer just begs to have flavor. Odd.

D-No thanks. My second beer from this seemingly popular, but mediocre craft brewery. Glad I tried it while on sale.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 9/2/09- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poureed into a shaker glass. Bottled on date on the label.

A- Dark amber with a thin tan head that was gone so quick I wasnt sure I saw it. No lacing to speak of. Mildly active carbination.

S- Didnt get much here. A little caramelesque sweet hint was about it.

T- A little stronger than the nose, tasted pretty much like sweet biscuits.

M- Light body, a little too watery. The carbination wasnt very noticable.

D- Pretty easy to drink but not really worth the effort. I was torn between drinking iut a drain pouring it the whole time. I guess it would make a good session brew if the only other options were macros.

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Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of katan
3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a light brown color - only a bit of amber highlights. Head formation is very light, only a light film hangs around. Appears to be well filtered.

S - A very low key nose - just a bit of roasted malts.

T - Starts off very light in flavor, with only a light amount of roasted malts, biscuity. Mid-stream just stays on the pretty dull side. Just a hair of hopping. Finishes with a pilsner malt note.

M - Moderate to light mouthfeel. Carbonation bite is light, beer body is pretty thin. No filming or after textures.

D - Pretty drinkable - low abv is manageable. Not filling. Flavors are pretty light - no palette fatigue.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.62/5  rDev -22%
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...

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.46/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
2.96/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Can't exactly read the bottle date...bottled sometime mid-April. 18th, maybe.

Pours a dark amber color. Smallish off-white head dissipates quickly. Not much going on in the lacing department.

Boring, sweet nose. Sweet malts, sweet caramel. I guess there might be hops in there, but they're not making any effort to come out. Very inoffensive aroma. Not good, not bad.

Taste pretty much follows the nose. There aren't many discernable flavors. I guess you could spin that as excellent balance if you really wanted to. Sweet, like fruity sweet, and grainy. Really not much going on here. I'm probably being kind by calling it average.

Light bodied, a little on the watery side. Not difficult to drink, although not very pleasant either. One redeeming quality is that I could see this being a good gateway craft beer. After enjoying Widmer Drifter, I'm pretty disappointed by Drop Top.

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Photo of katybee
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's color was translucent light-orange gold, it poured a lovely thick rich foamy head which slowly dissipated, leaving light tracings. I give this beer higher marks for its traditional appearance, in contrast to the quickly dissipating dark opacity of stouts and malts.

But the flavor, also traditionally lager-like skewed towards citrus hops pungency, left little to be remembered. A little more pungent than a quaffable light beer, and full hops flavor on the tongue, with little malt character or bitterness; no aftertaste just a dry palate.

Nice beer on a hot day, simple and uncomplex.

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Photo of jhammel01
2.99/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cooper, amber color without much head. The head does not stay too long at all. Lacing stays on top of the beer the whole time but does not stick to the glass.

Smell - Very muted but I did pick up some malt. slight notes of hops as well.

Taste - In all honesty, Not too much going on. Some smooth malt and finishes with a little bit of bitterness and carbonation. Not sure what other way to describe the finish.

Mouthfeel - Decently carbonated but definitely on the watery thin side.

Not one of the best Ambers I've had but its a decent beer. This reminded me more of a british style beer due to the malt and caramel base of this beer. Not bad!

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Photo of Schwab
1.36/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A bar recently re-opened in our downtown area and we have it a shot.

From watching the bartenders pouring beer, I am not sure if the regulator(s) had a problem and/or where not set up properly; however, this beer was awful, upright disgusting.

A - very light body but still somewhat decent amber color.
S - nothing too impressing, expected more from Widmer but got more like a less than average BMC character.
T - Disgusting! The taste was something I still have not been able to identify. Really bad taste, very weird after taste and even leaves an odd taste in mouth.
M - As already said, far from good by any means.
D - This is equal to zero. I had a hard time even finishing the beer I ordered.

I'm not sure what this is, but far from good! I doubt it has to do with Widmer coming from OR. Everyhing else from the Widmer Brothers has been pretty good

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Photo of cjgator3
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle 

A- Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is biscuity malt, caramel and a hint of hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet malt and caramel along with a touch of hops in the finish. It's a touch on the watery side.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. 

D- Overall, not great but not horrible. It's pretty average for an Amber.

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Photo of cnally
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale amber color in the beer with a very slight white head covering the top of the glass.

Sweet aroma, almost cherry scents. Slightly sour, but come on, this is an amber! Every damn amber I've had is slightly sour.

On the sour note, we can talk about the taste. Big sour flavor which contasts the surprising latent sweetness at the end of the flavor. Caramel, butterscotch, those flavors come in at the end.

Not a big great feel, less carbonation than I would expect. Not bad but not great.

What's to say? It is OK but the flavor is not killer, nor impactful.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange golden color into a pint glass and sports a half inch of slightly off white head. Retention is brief even after a firm pour. Somewhat light in color for an amber.

Bit of sweet caramel and a touch of woody hops on the nose. Quite mild and not unexpected given the light color. Rick malts and orange hops with some air.

Mildly sweet and a bit tacky in flavor. A bit buttery from start to finish, yet not overly so and in fact somewhat smoky in the middle and chalky on the close. Nonetheless a steady sense of oily sweetness detracts. Feel varies as the sugar and smoke intermingle and take turns at the lead, yet fairly drinkable and not really that sweet for the style. The sweetness has little depth however, rather bland overall and now what I expect from Widmer..

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Widmer- Drop Top Amber

A- Flat looking light reddish copper with a quick fizzy head.
S- Very faint sweet malt. Slight licorice touch.
T- Again very faint/ watery. Mild sweet malt, licorice/ molasses, and grassy earthy hops.
M- Thin and watery with a sweet malty body and a decent dry earty hop bite in the back end.

Overall- Bland and lifeless. Drinkable but not worth it.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.64/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.