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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 brentk56
3.17/5  rDev -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

Photo of josiahschlender
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of velosuds
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of tatoodkelt
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of katan
3.24/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.62/5  rDev -23.2%
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...

Photo of beerthulhu
2.46/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

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 Gyle41386
3/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of katybee
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of jhammel01
2.99/5  rDev -12.3%
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!

Photo of Schwab
1.36/5  rDev -60.1%
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

Photo of cjgator3
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of cnally
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of HalfFull
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
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..

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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 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 rtratzlaff
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The first thing that hits me is the aroma. Hops! What a freaking surprise. I did not expect that. The aroma did fade somewhat as the glass emptied. The flavor is caramel malt sweetness balanced rather well with hops--the sweetness isn't overly so and the balance is just there as well. This is certainly brewed to style. A lighter mouthfeel than most American Amber/Reds. I would call this more of a light amber than a red though.
It is lighter shade of amber as well.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Liquid caramel in the glass. The head was busy at first then subsided to a white ring around the beer.

S- Caramel, malty and earthy.

T- The taste is light, with a slight hop taste, but more malty and bready then anything. For a red ale it is more on the malty side. Its a tasty beer, but nothing too special.

M- Medium body, and good carbination.

D- Easy to drink for sure.

Photo of mm546907
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Fairly dark/redish color, not much visible carbonation, and the head has pretty much disappeared after being in the glass only a few moments. Overall good color though.

S- Roasty and almost caramelly, with a hint of fruity character. Doesn't hit the nose with a hammer but it has a very likable scent.

T- Balanced flavor overall. Lots of roasted malt flavor with a nice hop counterpoint. Very slight hints of fruit.

M- Not as good as I expected. Its got a flat mouthfeel and seems pretty thin. Mild carbonation.

D- Its a nice overall drinkable amber, balanced and matches well with a lot of different foods and situations. I would indeed have another.

Photo of Cakanator
2.25/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sample bottle. Pours a light copper/red color, but thin and watery looking. Head was there, but few aromas of weak hops. Wow what a straight forward beer, barley any flavors. Malt and hops were thin, but I suppose if you wanted a lighter summery beer with little taste this is it.

Photo of Brad007
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a creamy-looking, white head.

Smell: Standard barley scent then some silken, sweet-smelling globs of caramel sauce find their way into the mix, then some slight notes of hand-picked fruit.

Taste: Toasted pale and caramel maltiness with an unquestionable candy-like sweetness present. Touch of Bing cherry fruitiness. The added milk sugar, though hardly appreciable, is appreciated. Fairly restrained hop flavor and imparted bitterness, but it's really not much of a surprise being predicated by a lack of hops in the nose. For all its initial sweetness, the beer still manages to finish dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a bad amber, really, provided you don't mind your amber ale being well into the sweet side of the beer spectrum. Paired well with trying to shove a bar's touchscreen video game out of my face. Maybe some other time, Photo Hunt!

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