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Drop Top Amber - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

396 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 13
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 Dogbrick
2.9/5  rDev -15%
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.

Dogbrick, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.58/5  rDev +5%
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.

rxdrewthejew, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of Bookseeb
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Bookseeb, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

JDV, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of theozag
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

theozag, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

JohnGalt1, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
2.7/5  rDev -20.8%
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

tonistruth, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of Spikester
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Spikester, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of JEdmund
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

JEdmund, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
2.45/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

goochpunch, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of dnichols
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

dnichols, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
3.75/5  rDev +10%
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.

wagenvolks, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of monkeybeer
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
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

monkeybeer, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of ccrida
3/5  rDev -12%
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.

ccrida, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of Floydster
2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
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

Floydster, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of sweethome
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

sweethome, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of nosbocaj
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

nosbocaj, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of HoustonTX
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

HoustonTX, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of HotterThanHell
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drop Top Amber by Widmer is a beer bordering on excellent. The color when viewed through a glass from the sun is beautiful. The taste is what you would expect from an Amber Ale, a bit lighter than say Fat Tire.

Drop Top definitely has a malty character with a nice mouthfeel but perhaps a little sour on the finish. Could be the bottles? The head is above average but tends to fade quickly. A quick swirl of the glass will bring it back, and it left some lacing. Didn't catch much on the smell, a tad of citrus and a little sweet honey perhaps.

Hops are there but not prevalent, so if your a hop-head this probably isn't the amber for you. A good drinking beer, that goes down well but leaves a impact on your mouth and tongue like a good beer should.

HotterThanHell, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, tea and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is very malty with flavors of sweet caramel, spicy tea and a touch of fruit. There’s a very mild hops presence, such that this beer would probably appeal more to those that aren’t into the floral hops flavor. The after-taste is sweet and a little bready.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, medium body, medium carbonation, slick and slightly sticky finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, it’s not a bad beer but there are several others of it’s kind that I would choose first.

TheManiacalOne, May 27, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of Wasatch.

A: The amber ale is just that, amber. There are some orange highlights that pep up the color a bit. Head was around 1 finger but didn't do anything extraordinary.

S: The nose is, well its basically nonexistent. Even as it warms, nothing beyond some bland maltiness comes through.

T: The flavor is as tough to nail down as the nose. There is some definite malty sweetness that is slightly grainy but it never really coalesces. The sweetness is very fruity, almost like (dare I say) some strawberry essence. Hops really don't matter here, the malts are all that manage to sneak through.

M: The mouthfeel is very sweet malt-wise, showing off a grainy finish that actually seems to grow on me.

D: The ale starts out poorly, lacking a clear definition. As it warms, it reveals some sweeter malt notes that make for an enjoyable drink. My opinion did a complete reversal from first sip to last sip.

akorsak, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of rkuhnel
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle this poured a light amber with an off-white head that left little lacing. Nose was malts, caramel, and just a touch of hops. Like most ambers this was kind of nondescript. Flavor was weak and mouthfeel too light. It was drinkable but quite unremarkable. Goodness ambers are hard to do well.

rkuhnel, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pounder glass it forms an eggshell white head that falls to a thin skim on top. Ring lace. Orange chill hazed body.

First pull had me thinking about Peach Jolly Ranchers. While it has a sweet hard candy feel to it overall there is a slight citrus rind zestiness to it that keeps it drinkable. Bready, caramel type malts are sweet but once again this brew does just enough in the hop bill to keep it in check. Granted it leans heavily to the sweet side when its all said and done.


Notes: While overall this beer is forgettable there was nothing that made me think it sucked either. It was fairly crisp although the sweetness gets old after 2 in this short session.

DogFood11, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A basic, sweetly caramelish maltiness dominates Widmer's slightly hazy orange-amber ale in both its aroma and flavor. Hints of grassy and floral hops flutter in the background in the nose, and the flavor is fuller with a breaddy, almost doughy, caharacter. It's softly sweet, round, and supple with a restrained bitterness and moderate, soft carbonation that leaves it very drinkable. It's not an overly exciting beer, but it is well done and much richer than any American macro lager. The name fits the beer. Easy going and relaxed. Very enjoyable!

NeroFiddled, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of July2Nov
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Crisp and clear with a copper tone. You can just see the tiny bubbles rising.
S: Pretty non-existent. Has a light floral aroma.
T: Mild nutty tasting.
M: Smooth. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste.
D: I could see drinking a few of these throughout the night.

July2Nov, Feb 18, 2007
Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.