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Drop Top Amber - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Drop Top AmberDrop Top Amber

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373 Ratings

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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15%

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

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Photo of FreshmanPour77


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

Reviewed on 8-13-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured a half finger of foam, decent lacing ring. Amber color with some carbonation present

S – Faint smelling brew. Hints of malt and caramel with some hops

T/M – Lighter bodied brew. Taste more caramel malt than anything else. Slight grittiness to the brew at first but mellowed out

D – Decent brew. A real easy going brew that is pretty light on the flavors and body. More malt then hops of course. Glad I tried this brew but wouldn’t seek it out again

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 17:54:33 | More by FreshmanPour77
Photo of Bitterbill


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
Photo of secondtooth


3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean amber, with an average head. No lace.

Nose hints at baked bread, specifically wheat.

Tastes toasty and mellow, with a hint of citrus near the finish.

A highly enjoyable amber ale, and maybe one of the better I've had recently.

Perfectly session-worthy. Another solid effort from Widmer.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 13:46:40 | More by secondtooth
Photo of tone77


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
Photo of MDDMD


3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-amber color with off-white head which dissipated quickly

S-malty with slight hints of bitterness

T-caramel and malt with mild hoppy flavor at the finish

F-light-medium body, smooth with medium carbonation

O-had it with a meal and enjoyed it, a decent amber ale

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 13:32:47 | More by MDDMD
Photo of Cyberkedi


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
Photo of nezelrac

New York

3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no date

A - pale orange/amber with a nice white head that fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing

S - orange zest, honey, sweet malt; a little simple

T - sweet malt and honeyed notes; sweet attack and mid-palate, drying up and grainy at the end; again, simple

M - the best part of this beer by far; light end of mid-weight with a slightly creamy texture; a little firmness at the back end; mid-low CO2

O - easy to drink, but not very exciting; was hoping for more

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 21:04:51 | More by nezelrac
Photo of Superfly3176


4.63/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bar I frequently drink at got this in the other week. I'm a big fan of ales so I had to try it. I was nothing short of impressed.

It pours amber in color and has a great aroma to it. Definitely a carmel and honey smell to it. Had a very nice head.

The flavor was one of the best I've had in a long time. I would definitely buy again if I can find it.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 23:33:24 | More by Superfly3176
Photo of Halcyondays


3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 01:37:24 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of DrinkingDrake


3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear and amber with an inch of bubbly head that dissipates to nothing. Lightly toasted bready malts make the majority of the nose with a hint of grapefruit. Flavor is mostly light and creamy biscuit with a subtle roasted malt bitterness. The fruity grapefruit from the nose doesn't carry over as strong. A creamy body but finishes dry.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 04:28:58 | More by DrinkingDrake
Photo of ranger7


3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A - A very cheerful, almost glowing, orange-ish amber color. Small head which fades quickly, some trace remains through-out drinking. Very inviting.

S - Surprise! This smells so unbelievably good and sweet. Can't quite put my finger on it, but it's got a sort of citrus smell mixed with honey.

T - Very sweet, but not too sweet. Has a bit of bitterness at the end of every sip. Sweet to start, slightly bitter end. I got a little tired of it near the end.

M - Nice. Fairly carbonated, but it works with this style.

Summary - I liked this one overall. Drop Top is different from most amber ales I've tried. I'm typically partial to darker brews, and the sweetness may turn some off, but I enjoyed the variety.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 03:43:51 | More by ranger7
Photo of harrymel


2.42/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 02:04:17 | More by harrymel
Photo of beagle75


3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with over one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild but focused toasted that is very grainy and clean--but not at all hoppy.

T: Begins dry, with brilliantly assertive pale malt that is grainy and acidic. Hops are barely present, with just a trace of detectable herbaceous and citrus aromatics. Malt qualities continue to unfold through the finish; first with mid-stream caramel, then with a husky, toasted finish that lingers.

M: Thin viscosity, balanced and easy-going on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: As malt-forward pale ales go, this is about as good as they come. Drop Top is a long-time favorite, having been identified years earlier as exceptional--but not for the usual reasons. There is no attempt here to catch the attention of the seasoned palate with an aggressive hop profile. Instead it builds a wall of malt that is beautiful in its simplicity, with acidity adding some brightness but never getting in the way. While the standard beers from Widmer often come across as apologetic, this one knows what it is and doesn't care what anyone else thinks. Drop Top may be my favorite of the Widmer line-up--small or large format, seasonal or year-round.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 03:37:05 | More by beagle75
Photo of Brenden


3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 17:36:17 | More by Brenden
Photo of Mora2000


3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 04:12:17 | More by Mora2000
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 03:15:16 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of MaltsOfGlory


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

Pours a very nice looking one finger head, almost completely off white, but not completely. The body is the perfect amber color, it's exactly what it should be. The body is a little see through, for sure not as cloudy as I would like, but it's an amber, so I guess it shouldn't be too cloudy. The head is pretty much gone now, so that kinda sucks. Overall not a bad looking beer, kinda standard though. When I first cracked open the bottle, I got a big wiff of hops, but now that I am smelling it out of the glass, I'm not getting much hops, in fact I'm not getting much of anything. You can for sure pick up on the malts, and a little bit of the hops, but the smell is just weak quite frankly. I'm also just a little upset that the malts are a fair amount more present than the hops, I like my amber beers to be very well balanced on the hops and the malts. It also smells very sweet, which is a little scary to me for an amber, oh well. Overall the smell is just ok. Well on the taste, the flavor is a little more balanced than I thought it would be, but not much, it's for sure more malts than hops, which isn't really acceptable to me in an amber ale. I know that amber ales aren't as hoppy as pale ales or IPA's, but in my opinion there shouldn't be more malts than hops, and there is here. We will see if more hops come out as the beer warms, hopefully they will. I also get that really sweet malty taste, I wouldn't go as far as to say that it's an all grain taste, but it's borderline. Overall I'm not impressed with the taste, but I will give it the benefit of the doubt and see if more hops come out later. The mouthfeel isn't terrible, this is by no means a watery beer, they didn't skimp out on ingredients, they just messed up the order in my opinion, but either way, there is enough stuff in here, therefore, there is probably going to be a good mouthfeel, and there is. Drinkability is ok, but that overly sweet maltyness makes it hard sometimes. Overall an ok beer, I remember liking it a lot more last time I had it, but this time the flavors were just too uneven for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 10:37:10 | More by MaltsOfGlory
Photo of tlazaroff


3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours almost completely clear, a nice amber color with a white head and good lacing.

S: I'm surprised how much of a hop character the scent has, as well as a nice caramel (slightly) nose.

T: More bitterness than expected, but it's not too high. A good malty/grainy taste with some nice herbal components to it on the mid-palate and finish.

M: Light bodied with good carbonation and a dry finish.

D: Highly drinkable, very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 23:59:47 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of zeff80


3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 19:08:50 | More by zeff80
Photo of chicagoabbot


3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a snifter...pours a deep amber, pretty good for the style. Head isn't huge, but it's ok. Subsides fairly quickly without a ton of lacing. Nose is decent, some hops and malt...amber really isn't my favorite style and the nose on this one isn't going to make it more that way.

Decent malt on the tongue. It's pretty drinkable. I honestly couldn't name my favorite amber right now, but this one isn't it, even though there's nothing objectionable here. There's also nothing that really stands out.

Good mouthfeel, goes down well. I'm going to give it a slightly higher overall rating than indicated by the other scores, simply because I'm probably rating it below where it should be on personal taste alone.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 07:47:36 | More by chicagoabbot
Photo of echoes


3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a glass.

A: Lives up the name in terms of color. It pours a thick head. The head takes forever to dissipate and looks like ice cream when root beer is poured into a root beer float. Once the head does dissipate, it leaves huge amount of lacing, which reminds me of spider web. I love the look of this beer.

S: Kind of a clean hops smell. Also can detect caramel and some other malts (possibly toasted). Perhaps cherry? as well. Overall, it smells better (more pleasant) than average, but nothing to write home about.

T: Toasted malts mostly. A bit of fruitiness to it as well. Slightly sweet. A little spicy going down. Crisp finish. Altogether it blends well.

M: Slightly syrupy, probably due to the honey. Feel medium-bodied to me.

Overall this is a nice beer. I like it. Give it a try, but don't expect anything outstanding, just nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 05:00:45 | More by echoes
Photo of bsp77


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

Serving Glass: Poured from bottle into pint-like glass.

Appearance: Clear golden amber without much head.

Smell: Caramel, cherry and light spiciness.

Taste: Caramel and cherry malts drive the beer, but are fairly dry. Light citrus and spicy good hops on the finish. Slight macro aftertaste.

Feel: Fairly high carbonation, light-medium body, semi-dry finish.

Overall: Easy to drink and refreshing. Something that could appeal to mainstream drinkers and get them interested in ales.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 22:19:07 | More by bsp77
Photo of Slatetank


3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 14:05:45 | More by Slatetank
Photo of flyingspatula


2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Little to no head on this very clear reddish yellow ale. Aroma is very hoppy. Kind of a malty taste. Not as good as it smells. I'm surprised by some of the other reviews, maybe I got a bad one, but it doesn't do too much for me. Actually, I do like the carbonation level and it is kind of easy to drink. Not bad, but definitely not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 00:09:07 | More by flyingspatula
Photo of johntp

South Dakota

3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: hazy golden honey to light amber. one finger egg shell white foamy head disipating quickly. little carbonation.

s: sugary carmel malt, faint spice and orange peel.

t: buttery toffe maltiness, little hops. flavor is quite toned down overall.

m: medium carbonation, thin body.

d: good drinkablity due to thin body, medium carbonation and mild flavor.

While this beer does have a good drinkability, i just dont find myself craving another - it gives me no reason to want to come back for more. It is very mild flavored and for lack of a better word, bland. At the same time there is no one quality that specifically detracts from the beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 06:14:43 | More by johntp
Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.