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Drop Top Amber - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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383 Ratings

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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | 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

Pale, Caramel 10L,
Extra Special, Honey Malt

Alchemy, Simcoe

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Photo of ccrida


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
Photo of Floydster


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
Photo of sweethome


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
Photo of nosbocaj


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
Photo of HoustonTX


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
Photo of HotterThanHell


3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 23:58:04 | More by HotterThanHell
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 01:51:13 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of akorsak


3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 23:42:07 | More by akorsak
Photo of rkuhnel


3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 04:22:37 | More by rkuhnel
Photo of DogFood11


3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 02:23:34 | More by DogFood11
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 16:28:31 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of July2Nov


3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 01:08:33 | More by July2Nov
Photo of HardTarget


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

Bottle Inspection: Laser inked neck shows DEC2006, which I hope is a bottled on date as this beer is new to Texas. Nice custom bottle imprints, but very little information on the label. No abv listed.

Aroma: Nice hop presence, both floral and citric, well supported by a malt base.

Appearance: Amber yellow glass has great clarity. A good quarter finger bright white head has waited patiently for me to get to it. Great lace with tidemarks.

Flavor: Mild tea flavors, good combination of hop and malt, mild orange rind, real nice total package!

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation level, pretty low which gives a creamy texture. Clean finish.

Overall Impression: Great feel, great look, good taste, kind of weak in the nose. Happy to see this reach Texas, it will make a great session beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 03:27:09 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Wasatch


3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber color, nice carbonation, small fizzy off-white head, not much lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet malts, slight hops, and caramel. The taste is sweet/malty, spicy, and nice caramel bite. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad amber, I've definitely had better, but a nice thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2007 01:37:48 | More by Wasatch
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


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

Amber/orange, clear. Moderate head, moderate carbonation.

Light bitter hop, citric and floral. Sweet, sugary. Mildly toasty.

Toasty, buttery malt. Creamy, light toffee. Very mild bitterness.

Mild carbonation and foamation, could be a little more vigorous.

Quite tasty. One of the best Amber Ales I've had. I would definitely go for Drop Top again if I feel like an Amber.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 21:36:58 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of TexIndy


2.65/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The neck had a laser label of the brew date. The color was an orangish amber. It had a small that quickly disappeared with nothing after - no film, no lacing. The mouthfeel was watery and bland. The aroma was malty with no appealing characteristics. The taste was pretty bland and honestly not better than a Bud Light. It was overall a very bland macroish beer that screams mediocrity. Won't be looking for this again unless it's down this or Milwaukee's Best. It's not unpleasant to drink so I won't give it a 1 or 2 on drinkability but it's just not very flavorful. A throwaway beer. (2, NA, Tie, N)

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 05:27:33 | More by TexIndy
Photo of allengarvin


3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle, pouring out a slightly cloudy brown color with only a foamy film across the top. Aroma is nice: lightly caramel with a tangerine citrus hop character. Slightly nutty malt flavor, with moderate bitterness. Hop flavor doesn't come through as clearly as in the nose. Finish is somewhat harsh. Medium body with a neutral texture.

A pretty average amber beer, interchangable with any other at a typical brewpub. Does smell nice though!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 01:20:47 | More by allengarvin
Photo of BeerSox


3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear golden amber color with a light tan thin head that settles to a thin bubbly cap. Stringy and spotty lacing.

Lightly toasty grains that are mostly overshadowed by piney hops.

Husky malts lead way to a balanced piney hop bitterness. The beer is somewhat thick and syrupy with a grainy and husky finish. Maybe a little bit of toastiness works its way through.

Your average beer, and an okay Amber Ale, although it seems a little bit closer to an ESB in the way that it is balanced.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 22:46:49 | More by BeerSox
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drop Top Amber is much more brassy orange than amber, although it does have amber colored edges. The largish cap is somewhere between palest orange and palest ecru and has a good look about it. More glass coverage would have been nice however. This is a better than decent looking beer.

The nose is balanced, which fits the style I suppose. I'm not impressed with it, though, since neither malt nor hops makes much of an impression. The hop bill consists of Alchemy and Simcoe. I've never heard of the former and I'd think the latter would be more recognizable.

Drop Top is a middle of the road amber ale from a middle of the pack craft brewery. It isn't a bad beer by any means, it's just one that lacks any sort of flavor hook, anything to make it memorable. There's a light, unsweet caramel edge to the malt backbone that is probably the dominant member of the flavor profile. I'm not at all surprised to discover that hops don't make a huge splash on the palate. It's still hard to believe that Simcoe hops, one of my favorites, are present.

I have no earthly idea why milk sugar (lactose) was added. Added to a milk stout? Sure. Added to an amber? Why? It isn't an especially sweet beer so there can't be too much of it around. Again, the biggest problem here is neutrality. Malt balances hops, sweet balances bitter, nothing strives to be noticed... and nothing much is. End of story.

The mouthfeel is solidly unexciting as well. It doesn't strike me as too thin or too full, probably because of the wide range of acceptability (from my standpoint) for the style. Like the flavor, it too lacks a spark that would make it stand out in a crowd.

There's nothing wrong with this Widmer Brothers offering, but then there's nothing all that right with it either. It's simply too generic, too uninteresting to make me want to pop the top on another Drop Top any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 14:24:16 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle.

Clear, true gold in color. Medium sized light tan head.

Aroma had grapefruit, pine and grass in it as well as a yeasty/doughy aroma.

Taste was primarily hops, citrus in character - oranges and lemons. Malt was fairly mild, hard to characterize, and seemed to show in the middle. Faint alcohol present. A sweet aftertaste that I didn't care for very much.

Medium in body. Carbonation seemed fairly big, and led to a rather acidic mouthfeel. Very dry finish.

OK, I wouldn't turn it down if offered, but neither would I seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 12:59:31 | More by
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3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer is a clear copper colored ale with an OK tan head that forms and then mostly disappears.

Smell is woody with a stronger than expected hop aroma. There is a strong aroma of citrus hops in this beer. This smells like a West Coast pale ale more than anything else, quite a close clone of SNPA.

At the beginning the taste is sweet and malty with a firm grapefruit flavor. Sweet and buttery like buttered toast with a hop and citrus marmalade on top is the best way I can describe the flavor. If you are looking for a highly hopped yet not bitter and mild ale this is a beer for you. There are more subtle flavors here of vanilla and lemon.

Mouthfeel is good.

A surprisingly drinkable beer. I expected a 3.0 beer that would be OK but nothing all that great. This turned out to be a quite tasty beer and something I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 23:17:04 | More by Zorro
Photo of aaronh


3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored beer topped by a thin off-white head. Head dissipates quickly. Aroma has a slight note of caramel, not much more. FLavor is clean, a hint of biscuit malts and some light caramel notes. Mild hop flavor and bitterness. Mouthfeel is adequte, but perhaps a bit astringent. Beer drinks well. Definitely a good alternative to the typical BMC offering. Worth a try if you like red or amber ales.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2006 01:51:46 | More by aaronh
Photo of isaac


2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

i got this beer at the 7-11, opting not to choose the old pbr standard. i wasn't incredibly impressed, but it ain't bad.

poured into a speakeasy pint glass.

A - rich, pink-amber color with a very pale 1 inch head. pretty much completely transparent. the head sunk quickly and left minimal to no lacing. lots of visible carbonation.

S - i couldn't really get much out of the smell, but i'm not one known for keen olfaction. i picked up some fruity and woody hops, but not much else

T - starts off somewhat watery, but as the carbonation started to burn my tongue, i got some notes of citrus. the malt is there too. mildly bitter, hops finish.

M - again, starts off a bit watery, a thin mouthfeel, but after the swollow, it lingers, coating the back of my tongue. i'd rather more consistancy here.

D - i'd have this again, but if i'm back at the 7-11 soon, i may opt for another beer of the same price range.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 08:39:53 | More by isaac
Photo of JayTheFinn


3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Tasty, drinkable little beverage from Widmer. It's kinda like they took their hefeweizen and draped amber ale over it. Not bad.

A - Orangy brown body with soda-like bubbles.
S - Just a whiff of citrus.
T - Light citrus, hop and malt combo. Decently flavorful if not fantastic.
M - Middle of the road. A little bit of flavor rolls around the tongue. But it doesn't last long.
D - The subtle flavors, low sweetness and bitterness make this a smooth and very drinkable ale. Add to that the cheap price for a six pack and you have yourself a near perfect session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 20:28:13 | More by JayTheFinn
Photo of thaichile

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a very nice, long lasting head leaving some lacing. Nose is fruit, malts and hops all mixed up. Flavor was pineapple/peach flavors, lightly hopped, very decent mouthfeel with a nice balance in the malts. I enjoyed this one, refreshing and fruity. Thanks to weefisheads for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 13:54:05 | More by thaichile
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