Drop Top Amber - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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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

Pale, Caramel 10L,
Extra Special, Honey Malt

Alchemy, Simcoe

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Photo of HardTarget
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

Photo of Wasatch
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of TexIndy
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
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)

Photo of allengarvin
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

Photo of BeerSox
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of aaronh
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of isaac
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of JayTheFinn
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of thaichile
3.75/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of watermelonman
2.28/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This arrived as a decent looking dark amber color with a small head. Lace is minimal.

The smell has some notable hop content but seems to be lacking malt. The taste is where it really starts to go downhill. It tastes like there isn't enough malt, but the malt that is there is too sharp and too sweet. The mediocre taste is followed up with overly thin body. I'll pass next time.

Photo of poluti
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It appears orange-amber in tint with a thin layer of head, but not too impressive head-wise. Good looking color though.
I picked up scents of hop aroma and a thin malty character came through as well. I did not pick up much character in the aroma.
I found this to a malt driven amber. A good amount of hops were used to balance out the flavor nicely. I would characterize it as a bit above average, but not fantastic.
I found the mouthfeel to be okay. It was very thin with and worked the palate fairly well.
I would not pick up another six pack, but I would probably drink it if one my friends had it in his fridge.

Photo of guitarmage
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice orange amber, slight chill haze, no luck on a head, or lacing. Nice color though.

Smell: Sweet malt, some ripe fruit esters, mild citrus or herbal hops, pretty well rounded smell.

Taste: Caramelly and coffee notes, nice roasted malt flavors, hops are very subtle, finishes with a nice whole grain toast taste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium bodied and pretty light carbonation, finishes somewhat dry, but lingers.

Drinkability: I like this brew and would definitely drink it if offered one. It's well built and solid. Refreshing and crisp, not overly complex. Great after my spaghetti and meat sauce with fresh parmesan.

Photo of Domingo
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Chili's. I'd never heard of it, and figured I'd give it a shot.
Came in a large pilsner glass with a little lacing and head. Color was red, but lighter than comparable brews.
Smell wasn't all that strong. Had some sweet malt mixed with grain. Like others, it has a little bit of berry, too.
Flavor isn't bad. Not really strong or pronounced, but nothing's off. There's an unmistakable hop flavor to the finish. I didn't expect it, but it was nice.
Mouthfeel/drinkability were above average, but nothing special. I finished the large glass, but I doubt I'd order two.
Not a bad beer, but nothing amazing either. A definite step up typical BMC, but not as good as comparable beers like Fat Tire or Avalanche. The extra hops in the finish is unique and nice, but I'm not sure I'd get this one again unless it was competing only with macro lagers.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Decent crystal clear amber color in pint glass with a half finger head that melted to fine lacing.
Aroma is very faintly sweet malt and slightly toasty.
Taste is lightly amber malt sweetness with a surprising hop finish that I didn't notice in the nose. Grainy-doughy dryiness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is adequate for this style.
Very quaffable...I actually enjoyed the subitles of this beer...not too sweet and not sharply hoppy in the end. A nice change of pace and very sessionable for a summer afternoon.

Photo of pjwilson
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a six pack was given to me as gift and I wasn't sure if it would be any good. Turns out to be a nice little beer, certainly better than a lot of amber, which tend to be a hit and miss style, plus as a style it has a huge range. I felt this beer was closer to a Alt or Marzen, than to a "typical" american amber ale.

appearance: lightly colored, more of copper color than dark reds. really nice head on this one too, with solid lacing. it looks unfilitered

smell: lightly toasted grains. a bit more ommph would be appricated, but it's a nice mellow aroma as it stands. some complexity too, with notes of caramal and toffee

taste: this really tastes like an amped up verison of dos equis amber to me, it really does. I happen to really like that beer, so I like this beer as well. Certainly those excepting something like Red Horse or Red Rocket will be disapointed. a very lite bisquit flavor is dominate with a very, very slight twinge Simcoe hops that tickle the front of the tounge. Nice and simple, but enticing enough to return for another sip.

mouthfeel: a highlight, as this beer has a super smooth and creamy mouthfeel, yet is very light feeling.

drinkability: an ale, that to this reviewer really seems more like a Vienna lager, or mabey it's more like an Alt bier. While I wouldn't really seek this out or anything, it's a nice beer and actually a nice change of pace after a Saturday night drinking Racer X at the Toronado. This is the world between smaller craft beers and macros.

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

12 oz. bottle pored into a pint glass. pores a deep cloudy orange texture with a nice white head that lasts a little while before leaving some good lacing.

not much smell to it. all i really smell is hops.

taste is pretty good. has a nice hopy flavor. a little malty and grainy aftertaste.

light bodied. this actually feels pretty smooth. very pleasant to the go down.

i was very surprised with this brew. it is very easily to drink. a good offering from widmer. i'm definitly coming back to this one.

Photo of RJLarse
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I ordered this beer in a restaurant, served in a tall (22 oz) pilsner glass.

It has a medium nut brown color, minimal head, thin and white not foamy. A little lacing on the glass.

There is not much smell, and what little aroma there is, is generally unremarkable.

The taste is light, slightly bitter. It is hoppy with a faint malt flavor. The aftertaste is short-lived and slightly bitter. Nothing special. .

This is a slightly more robust and flavorful version of a macro beer. It’s drinkable but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. Drinking from a large pilsner glass, the flavor, head and lacing were better at the narrow bottom of the glass.

Photo of DFN
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Drop Top Amber Ale tastes and feels like a "light" beer, even though it's not designated as such. Actually, it tastes the way a light beer SHOULD taste, but usually doesn't -- i.e. like a regular beer, only with less body and a reduced intensity of taste. Anyhow, it's pretty average in most respects, slightly on the sweet and fruity side. Drop Top would be a decent choice for drinking in quantity on a hot Summer day, but it's really not very distinctive. I might buy it again if it goes on sale during the hot Summer months, but otherwise probably won't.

PS: After skimming through other reviews, it appears that reviewers who had this on tap liked it better than those (like me) who poured it from a bottle. Some exceptions, but that seems to be the pattern.

Photo of Gaisgeil
2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks go to Waldowin and Newbie BIF '05 for the sample!

This is a fairly bland and watery amber ale, not too impressed really. There really isn't anything overly horrible about it, just sort of boring honestly.

Pours a fairly standard medium amber in color with minimal head. Nose is rather bland, fairly fresh smelling overall, mildly hoppy. Taste isn't too exciting either, slightly bready with a mild hop profile, finish is rather weak/watery. Overall pretty uninspired and bland. Had no desire for another.


Photo of Mitchster
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

20 IBU, 4.85% ABV, OG=12.25 Plato. Brewed with Pale, Caramel 10L, Extra Special, Briess, and Honey malts. Hopped with Magnum and Simcoe.

Cool looking Widmer botle with the little emblazoned thumb spot. I've always liked Widmers bottles. They make you feel like you're latching onto something special. Pours out to a clear light honey-colored amber, forming a soapy modest off-white head with good retention and good lacing. The carbonation is moderate. The aroma is distinctly, and overwhelmingly cranberries and concentrated white grape juice. Quite unique...I wonder if it's a Pseudomonas infection, it's that strong:) Swirling makes the grape juice even more distinct. Above and beyond this, I smell nothing. If I concentrate *really* hard, maybe there is a touch of toast.. If somebody gave me this in a blind taste test, I would swear I was drinking Welch's Grape Juice from concentrate. Smells nothing like beer. Mouthfeel is quite average with a medium body. The taste? Grape juice that wants to taste like a beer. There is a slight smattering of hops in the tail end and a touch of toast in the middle...otherwise it's initially quite hard to tell. Bitterness is light to moderate and non-distinct with very real grape aftertaste.

So as you can tell, this is the "grapiest" beer I've ever had. Interesting, but a good beer does not this make. Despite this odd profile, it's drinkable but not something I would care to have again. I'd be interested in tasting this on tap, freshly brewed to see if it's a bottling problem or not. Recap: I just drank a Bridgeport Blackstrap Stout, and I'm still tasting the grapes! Goddamn, that's the meanest hooch I've ever tooted!

Photo of xoqx
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - this pours orange-amber with a one-finger white head. It practically has no retention that I witnessed. There is light lacing.

Smell - The nose is malty and not much else.

Taste - Light citrus and somewhat grainy. Fruity-hop flavors help the lackluster taste.

Mouthfeel - this one is watery and light.

Drinkablilty - Very little interests me in this beer, and I could scarcely finish it. This is not interesting for an American Amber Ale.

Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.