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Drop Top Amber - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

391 Ratings
THE BROS
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good

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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 227
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

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 thedoubler55
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber color than leaves slight head the disappears as soon as you finish the pour.

S: Simple sweet smell of malts, with some toffee at the tail end

T: Toffee and sweet malts right away in taste a bit to sweet for a red ale for me

M- Carbonation and Medium bodied

D: Not to bad for an amber ale but not sure if I would like to drink this one again.

thedoubler55, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of bum732
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Yeasty bread crusts, earthy hops.

L: Hazy orangish yellow, light tan head that dissipates to a layer, solid lacing.

T: Slightly fruity and light caramal malt, mostly semi-sweet honey. Some pears detectable as well. Low bitterness leads to some yeasty breadiness. Finishes quite clean with just a touch of bready dryness.

M: Medium creamy bodied, medium carbonation.

A very simple, subtle amber ale. Really enjoyed it and could easily drink a dozen of these.

bum732, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of dhowe
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light in color for style. Very clear. Decent head retention and lacing.

S - Smell fit my idea of an Amber Ale.

T - First taste impact was nice but the aftertaste didnt have the expected Amber Ale taste, probably due to hop choices.

M - Good mouthfeel.

D - Good drinkability not too impressive but at same time very drinkable and can't say I disliked anything about the beer.

dhowe, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear and amber in color, didn't produce that much head or lacing, some rising bubbles were present.

Smelled interesting. A lightly hoppy brew, with floral and fruity notes to compliment the biscuit malts.

Flavor wise it's pretty darn tasty. Sweet floral tastes accent an even combination of caramel malts, lightly tangy hops, and a bit of mixed fruit flavors. No one taste is overpowering, balance is nice and the beer is very inviting to the taste buds.

Feel wise it's nothing special but not bad. Good carbonation is present but it's a bit on the watery side.

It's an average drinker for "all beers" but for the amber style, one that I'm not that fond of, it's definitely above average. I'd surely buy it once in a while for a change of pace, or when I was in an amber mood. Would be great beer for a sporting event or barbecue.

AlCaponeJunior, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of welldigger888
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok so, I am a fan but the variety pack seems a little contrieved. I am getting the same fruity aromas as the drop top.
So,poured into a pint glass, very little white head that faded fast with almost no lacing. Having said that the elixer is an ipa ish orangey hue,Amber maybe but hardly a red.
Fruit I say, again with the fruit.Possibly some faint yeasty breadiness but is the fruit the hop?
The flavor profile seems to contradict the aromas. I am getting a nice malty biscuity toasty nut type notes with a descent hop bitterness, bravo for the change there.
Nice smooth mouth with some creamy malty feels.
I couls session this if'n the $ was right.

welldigger888, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of Andrew644
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- light amber with a very light tan head that laces the glass nicely.

S- very little aroma but what is there seems to be balanced very well between malt and hops.

T- sweet malt flavor with a floral/fruity hop flavor. It almost tastes like it is hopped more for a pale ale than an amber ale and between the hops and malt it is too sweet. The two don't work together like they should.

M- very good level of carbonation for the style.

D- average, nothing I would run to the store for.

Andrew644, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of csiewert
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The drop top amber is a good american amber beer. Good hop aroma and nice clean hoppy flavor, which is not necessarily what you would expect from an amber. There is a good amount of maltiness to balance the hops. The color is a pretty amber. The finish is malty and lingers a little longer than I would like.

Although, similar to the Widmer Hefeweizen, I have noticed that the beer seems to have 'cheapened' in taste recently...

csiewert, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of Clydesdale
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a somewhat hazy orange-amber color. The medium-sized head has a light orange tint and a somewhat dense, foamy texture. Retention is average, and the head only leaves a few random splotches of lace as it fades.

S: A bit of bready malt aroma, with some mild caramel and honeylike notes. Some vaguely tart fruity character is accompanied by a balanced, freshly herbal hop presence.

T: Somewhat biscuity flavor up front. Balanced caramel sweetness. Surprisingly tart, although not over the top. Hop bitterness is middle-of-the-road, with a balanced fruity and herbal flavor.

M: Medium body - perhaps a tad on the full side of medium. Carbonation is perky and lively, lending a crispness to the finish.

D: Mostly paint-by-the-numbers, but it is interestingly hopped for the style. Unusual tartness saves this from being nondescriptly average. It drinks easily enough and is pretty approachable.

Clydesdale, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of far333
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honey copper colored with a low head of beige foam that disappears quickly.

Low aroma of biscuity malt and slight metallic note.

Flavors of corn and honey, some ripe pear and biscuit, notes of mint. Mild bitterness offsets the malt.

Even mouthfeel, a tad slick, finishes tingly. Average beer all around, just okay.

far333, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of budgood1
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a slightly muddled orange hued copper colour with a very thin head and sparse lace. nose is lightly but brightly hopped with an underlying caramel and toffee malted nose. taste is a pleasantly complex mix of malts and hops...leaning towards biscuits and crackers with an underlying dry sweetness probably due to the honey. the hopping tilts towards some floral and flowery notes, never bitter but cutting in its tea like herbalness. medium bodied and a bit of creamy like smoothness makes it all the more enjoyable. dry finish. drinkability is pretty good...i'm sure a few pints of this would compliment some bar snacks.

overall an approachable amber ale with just enough going on to satisfy. a session beer to be sure and a no brainer to share with someone curious about the world of better beer.

budgood1, Nov 04, 2010
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 BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

Brewed with an addition of honey malt and hopped with Alchemy and Simcoe hops to make things interesting.

After a hard pour, this beer sports a thick crowning of white lacing. The pale amber color flaunts its clarity in the light. Delicate hop aroma that has suggestions of freshly cut banana peppers, wild flowers and faint mint. A little bit of malt in the nose, more of a creamy sweetness and toasted biscuit. Lots of smoothness, medium-bodied. Clean, sharp hop bitterness nearly cuts through all of the malt. The hop flavor leaves a long subtle trail of green tea, white pepper and wild flower flavors. Creamy maltiness with a touch of sweetness up front, more of a dry cracker and biscuity tone in the semi-dry finish.

Balanced and very complex, still very drinkable. A session ale that makes you think a little, it is also intricate enough to pair against a bolder cuisine.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of Malt
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a citus type after taste whith a hint of honey. It has a thin head, great carbonation with little to no lacing. Almost looks like a cognac. Me and my brother think that it does not have the typical amber taste.. Definitly different.. We will only drink this this one time.

Malt, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of thatguy3579
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Orange in color, very little head, fairly cloudy, and little visible carbonation. Doesn't look quite the right color for an amber.

S: Sweet apricots and some citrus.

T: Taste is thin, consisting mostly of bready sweetness and vanilla. Finish is sweet. This beer is probably a little too sweet, but I'm a sugar junkie so it's alright with me.

M: Average body, with little carbonation. Completely uninteresting.

D: A mild, but tasty sweet beer. I would trade some of the drinkability for a little more flavor. I wouldn't refuse it from a friend, but I will probably not purchase it again.

thatguy3579, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of racer2k
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

A- Pours a dark amber color which creates a very thin head that melts away in seconds. No lacing present in the glass.

S- Caramel malty aroma with a distinct sweetness typical of an amber ale.

T- Sweet baked bread flavors with a nice caramel malt backbone to this beer. Nice pleasant taste to this amber ale.

M- Very light body with minimal carbonation to this beer. A bit watery in the profile.

D- Very drinkable beer but pretty one dimensional at best. This would be a great starter beer to introduce someone into the world of craft beers as it is pretty lightweight.

racer2k, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of BlackBearForge
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drop Top pours a nice crystal clear coppery amber with a frothy white head that falls quickly leaving modest amounts of lacing.

The aroma is of fresh lightly toasted malts.

The flavor follows the nose with toasted bready malts, lightly sweet with caramel flavors and minimal hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the light side but not watery and is very smooth.

Drinkable but unassuming.

BlackBearForge, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of gkunkle
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Before I begin, I should say that I feel a little biased toward a classy hometown brewery like this. Poured a brown amber color with a nice head, not a ton of lacing, but the head stuck around for a while. Has a nice malty taste and a little bit of caramel and a bit of biscut-ey flavor. Not a ton of carbonation and it has a mouthfeel that isn't too thin. This is an enjoyable beer, i will probably this in the future.

gkunkle, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Tone, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of Buebie
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just now noticing on the bottle, this is 2 months expired. Hopfully hops and freshness will not suffer too much.
Purchased this single for around a buck to give it a try.

Poured from the brown bottle into a pub glass. Producing about a half inch of white head. Settling as quickly as it formed, leaving a nice little cap and generous collar. Color is a transparent golden copper. Lace rings line and drape the glass.

Aroma of fruity hops, sweet caramel malt and a faint grape nuts like aroma too.

Taste is sweet upfront with a white grape flavor at first, dissipating to mild bittering hops and mild fruity hops. Alongside a solid grain taste. Little bit of cara60 raisin flavor lingering into the finish with mild bittering hops. I see cara10 was used and it shows in retention and lace.

Mouthfeel is good with some biteing carbonation and slick feel.

Taste is pretty damn solid here. This is a great beer.

Buebie, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of uustal
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Refreshing fruity flavors to start, mostly orange and cherry. Good amount of sweet caramel malt and amber flavor to follow and finish. A little thin and under-carbonated which holds this beer back. Drinkability is good. Widmer's strong use of fruit stands out once again.

uustal, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of bourbonbock
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle of this into a chilled pint glass.

A. Golden copper colored body with about a finger of white bubbly head. Head reduced to a cap shortly after pouring.

S. Smells of fresh malts, yeast, and somewhat soapy.

T. Very good malt flavor profile with a sweet overtone and pleasant aftertaste.

M. Clean and refreshing and washes away after a short time.

D. Very good, I'm actually worried that a sixxer wasn't enough.

Very good Amber Ale with great drinkability, I'm sure to be buying more of this stuff.

bourbonbock, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of biggred1
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honey colored with a creamy, fine light tan head that leaves some splotchy lace on the glass. Light caramel malty notes and a faint touch of that cat pee simcoe hop aroma. Mild and well balanced flavors between mild caramel malt and faint hop bittering. Nothing really stands out flavor wise here, a shame since this beer contains simcoe hop and lactose sugar it sounded interesting anyway. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty boring.

biggred1, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of treehugginslug
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Decent color

S - Little light on the caramel and honey and too strong on the hops

T - Same with smell, but hops after taste was not balanced. Too much hops for an amber ale.

M - Too light on the carbonation and after taste was metalic.

D - Could drink one easily, but that's it.

Buy again? - No
Recommend? - No
Drink if offerered - maybe, if I was already tipsy.

Overall - Not what I expected from an amber ale. too little on caramel, too strong on hops, with not enough carbonation

treehugginslug, Jun 08, 2010
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 jonziefle
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a completely clear brown amber. Visible carbonation. 1.5 finger white bubbly head with decent retention. Not much lacing at all.

Smell: Caramel malts, with mild sweetness. Hints of buttery diacetyl.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Caramel mild malts with moderate sweetness. Some butter flavors, but minimal. Very mild overall.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied without much bite. Smooth.

Drinkability: An average amble ale. On the malty side without much hop representation, but refreshing nonetheless.

Buy Again? No.

jonziefle, May 27, 2010
Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.