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Drop Top Amber - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

378 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15%
Wants: 9
Gots: 8 | 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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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy copper color. Poured with a one inch light tan head that slowly receded to a quarter inch. Thin, inconsistent lacing.

S: Malt and yeast aromas up front followed by herbal hops. Not a very strong character as the aromas were fairly subdued.

T: This was the best part. Very pleasing malt and hop balance. Smooth malty flavor is complimented by the bite of hops. Finished clean.

M: Very smooth medium bodied beer with a clean aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable beer. Loved it for its balance. Beer suits a wide variety of drinking occasions.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 00:18:53 | More by Haybeerman
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Initial head is pretty unimpressive, but some lacing sticks around for quite a while. Beer has a nice copper semi-cloudy color.

Upon sticking my nose in my glass I get whiffs of grape and plum and a little bit of apricot. Some caramel malt pulls through as well. This comes together well with some caramel and toasty malts.

Sweet caramel and pale malts mix with a mild earthy bitterness. Undertones of sweet fruits such as green apple and white grape pull through. It is a little bit too fruity and a little thin. It's a little bit hard to give it a score. I want a little bit more bite and toastiness to round out the flavors. It's just sweet and fruity, it needs to balance out a little. It seems creamy, which is sort of out of place.

The mouthfeel lacks crispness but takes on a great smoothness with just a bit of astringency.

This is a decent beer that's hard to score. I'm on the fence with some stuff in this beer, so scores are adjusted in certain areas.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 01:56:31 | More by jasonjlewis
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rye726

Colorado

2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This amber colored beer has an average looking beige head. The nose is a bit light with some grainy malts and slightly bitter hops. The taste is more of the same. Nothing too exciting with this ale. A light to medium body body goes down smooth. A drinkable brew, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 22:45:08 | More by rye726
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tbone53

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this was one of four six packs in a case of beerfeast i bought at sams club for about twenty bones.
appearance:not bad,it is apropratly named golden ale has a nice golden color.not a bad head and laces nicely down the glass.
smell:malty hoppy smell cant tell which smells sort of like homebrew, this is a good thing
taste:it taste like a homebrew.malty and hoppy.
mouthfeel:did i mention home brew.
drinkability:taste good real good.this is a beer you would bring two six packs to the poker party because the guys would drink one of them.ill buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 02:08:13 | More by tbone53
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jayrod20

Texas

3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice fluffy white head that dissipated quickly. It is a light orange-red color. Smelled nothing out of the ordinary outside of the usual malts. No mystery with the taste as you are presented with a malty start and a very light hop finish. This is thinner than what I am accustomed to in an amber. It is very enjoyable though as I will not have a problem with the remaining brews.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 02:03:45 | More by jayrod20
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Beerbuddha

Louisiana

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

I got this beer on tap at a place in Corpus Christi called the Surf Club.

The beer poured a nice orange color with a descent white head and nice lacing. The smell was of maltiness and a slight hint of hops The taste was of sweet toasted maltiness and hints of caramel and again a slight hint of hops. Mouthfeel was medium body with medium carbonation. Overall not a bad beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2008 21:03:05 | More by Beerbuddha
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DoubleJ

California

3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Wings in a shaker pint, on to the beer:

The color on this one leans towards orange, but not quite so with an edge of amber to it. Good frothy head on top. The aroma is pretty clean with light dextrin and malt. The flavor is simple on this one. It starts with toasted malt, then a brief appearance of caramel shows up, then it's followed by a brush of cascade(?) hops with a clean finish.

Very drinkable brew, good for a lunch break with its easy going attitude, but not one I'd drink for a flavorful experience.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2008 06:18:23 | More by DoubleJ
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Dogbrick

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 20:25:22 | More by Dogbrick
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rxdrewthejew

California

3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this up at Snow Summit this weekend while skiing. Gotta give Summit credit, they have some decent beers on tap.

Typical looking amber, nice color, not too much head (although it was in a plastic glass so that might have had an effect). Rich malt with just a bit of roastyness to it and a tiny bit of hops in the finish. Smooth, warm and very nice. Not too strong with the alcohol but enough to disinhibit a bit and make skiing a little easier. For the style this is very good, and I think it would be a great session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2008 07:08:33 | More by rxdrewthejew
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Bookseeb

Washington

3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a nice golden amber with little head. Smell is light in malt with and some fruiteness. Taste of malt, light spice a good hop bite with a little salinity in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light - medium with good carbonation. I've had this before on tap and seemed to taste much better.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 01:16:47 | More by Bookseeb
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JDV

Texas

2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice medium amber hue with white head that disappears fast. Smell of slightly more hops than malt and a touch of sweetness as it warms. Bright, lively inviting smell, similar to an IPA. Taste is smooth, creamy, and very muted malt and hoppy flavors, with only a tiny bit of bitterness. Finish is quick and mild. Overall, a very easy to drink watery amber without much depth or flavor. Just ok.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 18:58:22 | More by JDV
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theozag

Louisiana

3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A ruddy, dark amber color with thick eggshell-white head which fades in minutes to a dot-and-disc. Smell has a lemon character, soft, and sweet. Starts smooth and slightly bitter. Settles with a medium-full body and deep caramel flavor. Finishes strongly bitter; drains dry. The distinct cough suppressant aftertaste is mercifully short-lived.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 19:05:07 | More by theozag
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Coop.. For about $1.45.. shared with Steven.. mine from a pint glass... listening to the 2nd half of Donald Glaude Live at Ruby Skye.

Hard pour left an evaporating head.. no lacing .. crystal clear honey orange brew.

Smell is turned toward yeasty fruits... lite toasted malts.. a touch of citrus and spicy malts.. WOW... where is the smell?

Flavor is the same and not much to pick out of the mix.. lighter body than dreamed of.. but still sessionable in a big way... I don't really know what to say about this beer.. average across the board.. I buy it fairly frequently, but will think about again if I just want a nice American Amber.... there are way better ones out there. Widmer makes "good" brews "now". They used to make great beers... the IPA and Milk stout are the exception.. Snow Plow is fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 09:20:11 | More by JohnGalt1
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tonistruth

Nevada

2.7/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- 2 finger fluffy white head with great retent, clear amber brew, milky lacing

S- caramel, citric, toasted malts, and toffee

T- toasted grains, earthy and herbal hop, caramel, earthy/grainy finish

M- smooth into a coarse medium body, dry finish

D- decent amber thats balanced, but boring

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 01:49:22 | More by tonistruth
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Spikester

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed a couple of glasses of the drop-top at a friends house recently. It was from a refrigerator keg and was way too pressurized leading to an enormous head.

Once the foam subsided I was impressed with the rich taste of this ale.

The malt / hops balance seemed just right to my palate.

Nice medium / dark color with no bad attributes.

Nice finish and could have had many glasses if not for having to drive home afterwards.

Can't vouch for the botted version. Will probably buy a sixer to try when my other inventory declines.

Update: 01-01-2008: Amazingly the bottled version has almost no head! Same good taste as the keg version. Good session amber ale. Malt wins slightly over hops.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2007 08:55:07 | More by Spikester
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JEdmund

Kansas

2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance
Medium amber color with carbonation bubbles galore! They cling to the glass oddly like a soda. One inch head, which required a semi-aggressive pour, levels out to a thin film quickly; hazy; no lacing

Smell
Pretty mild, but picking up some sweetness—caramel and apricot

Taste
Good initial hop bite that fades quickly and is replaced with a caramel sweetness; very little aftertaste; fairly weak malt profile; the hops define the character of this beer, which is odd; some light and tart fruitiness, similar to peach or apricot

Overall
It's a tasty beer, a bit on the weak side, but not quite what I expect for an amber ale. The hops, while I enjoy them, define the beer more than the caramel malts. It's a bit too thin for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 15:18:14 | More by JEdmund
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goochpunch

Texas

2.45/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out a clear amber honey with a thin, not-quite-there head. Smells of toasty, sweet malts, wild gummy bear esters, and a hint of perm. Odd, jelly-like esters are wilding out in this beer with some cocoa-ish toasted grain. Pretty sweet. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation. A bit slick. Not impressive at all. Won't go back to this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 04:25:51 | More by goochpunch
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dnichols

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled 12 ounces from the tap at a pre-game event before a WSU football game in Pullman, WA.

A: It poured a golden tinted copper color with a modest head and faint lacing.

S: There was malt and yeasty aromas followed by herbal hops. The aromas were muted and did not establish a strong character for this beer before sipping.

T: What a present surprise. So many of the NW ambers have gone to hop heaven in recent years. This beer attained a good malt to hop balance that made it enjoyable to taste. The creamy malty front was accented by the bite of hops. The beer left a clean finish that make me interested in taking the next sip.

M: Creamy medium bodied beer with a clean aftertaste.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. It is well balanced and finishes clean. I could enjoy this long into the night and under a variety of conditions.

Comment: If I were to stock an Amber this would be among my choices, however, there are so many better beers that I will leave this one for selecting when my options are limited.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 16:46:09 | More by dnichols
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wagenvolks

Texas

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

Pours a deep, amber-golden body with a fleeting tan head. Good carbonation fuels a decent retention. Could use a little more depth to it's hue, though. Aroma is fruity, malty and sweet, with a touch of hops. The hops surprised me; much like their Broken Halo IPA, they were foresty and packed a flowery grapefruity note. Also some pineapple and caramel malts.

The flavor was interesting. A bit of wet paper, toffee & caramel, tea, and biscuity malts (sans the butter). Didn't detect much in the way of hops, as the aroma had led me to believe. Mouthfeel was medium bodied & crisp with a semi-syrupy finish that was offset by a good carbonation level. A bitter, fruity endnote seals the deal. This is a very drinkable brew, and quite tasty. As far as airport beers are concerned, it's up there.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 17:36:50 | More by wagenvolks
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monkeybeer

California

3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden amber, with a clean white head. Head disappeared rather quickly.

S- Light malty smell with a fruity citrus undertone.

T/M- Nice clean taste a bit fruity on first taste, has a bit of a hoppy slightly bitter aftertaste, but by no means harsh

D- Very drinkable, can have several and get tired of them. Better on warmer days

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 23:15:39 | More by monkeybeer
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ccrida

Oregon

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

App. is clear burnt orange with thin off-white collar and very light lace at the top of the glass, a shaker pint.

Smell is pretty rich caramel malt and light peach esters.

Taste is fruitier then the aroma, more subdued and a little harsh.

The mouthfeel has a sharpness too it, although it's not really crisp.

Not too drinkable, I don't really like it that much and wouldn't want to have many of them. I guess this is pretty average micro red, but when they're so pedestrian, I really don't care for them.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 04:21:16 | More by ccrida
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Floydster

California

2.58/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from the Office, a bar in El Segundo

Drank about 4 of these while playing pool because it was the only beer I have never had there

OK, but nothing to get excited about

Deep amber color, browner than most, with a dry taste

Not my favorite, would not have again

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 05:29:19 | More by Floydster
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sweethome

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper color. Head is simple - little wisp of bubbles.

Nose of brown sugar and...more sugar. Fills out the mouth fairly well - a sweetness really kicks in. An american style amber - but the sweetness hides too much behind it. There is some dicent hop bittering, but keeps getting overtaken.

The maltiness tries to develop a nice nutty, woody charachter...but keeps slipping back to sweetness, just shy of cloying.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 02:29:20 | More by sweethome
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nosbocaj

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light Amber/copper color with a thin, white head which sunk quickly and left little to no lacing.
S: Smelled very lightly of Sweet Malt and Citrus.
T: Light citrus, subtle hop and sweet malt combo.
M: Medium bodied, crisp, and lightly carbonated. Aftertaste was a little dry, but it did not last long.
D: Solid American Amber. Great thirst quencher for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 20:39:44 | More by nosbocaj
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HoustonTX

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drop Top's body is amber in color. It's aroma is light caramel toffee malt with a backing of chocolate. This beer definitely has a hint of chocolate thrown in. The taste has a good caramel/chocolate malt base, with some fringes of light honey and ripe melon. What's also throwing me off is the Milk Sugar that was thrown in? It's producing some good flavors, but for the style? Seems a bit crazy. The beer is drinkable, but in terms a bit sweet. Not exactly to the style either. Regardless of that, Drop Top is still enjoyable, and would be a shame to miss.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 04:32:58 | More by HoustonTX
Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.