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Drop Top Amber - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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230 Reviews

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Reviews: 230
Hads: 409
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 20.54%
Wants: 12
Gots: 23 | 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

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Photo of gkunkle
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Before I begin, I should say that I feel a little biased toward a classy hometown brewery like this. Poured a brown amber color with a nice head, not a ton of lacing, but the head stuck around for a while. Has a nice malty taste and a little bit of caramel and a bit of biscut-ey flavor. Not a ton of carbonation and it has a mouthfeel that isn't too thin. This is an enjoyable beer, i will probably this in the future.

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden/amber color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of floral hops, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and slight grain. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, slight butter, slight spice, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of grain. Overall, an average beer with good body and blend.

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Photo of Buebie
4.07/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just now noticing on the bottle, this is 2 months expired. Hopfully hops and freshness will not suffer too much.
Purchased this single for around a buck to give it a try.

Poured from the brown bottle into a pub glass. Producing about a half inch of white head. Settling as quickly as it formed, leaving a nice little cap and generous collar. Color is a transparent golden copper. Lace rings line and drape the glass.

Aroma of fruity hops, sweet caramel malt and a faint grape nuts like aroma too.

Taste is sweet upfront with a white grape flavor at first, dissipating to mild bittering hops and mild fruity hops. Alongside a solid grain taste. Little bit of cara60 raisin flavor lingering into the finish with mild bittering hops. I see cara10 was used and it shows in retention and lace.

Mouthfeel is good with some biteing carbonation and slick feel.

Taste is pretty damn solid here. This is a great beer.

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Photo of uustal
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Refreshing fruity flavors to start, mostly orange and cherry. Good amount of sweet caramel malt and amber flavor to follow and finish. A little thin and under-carbonated which holds this beer back. Drinkability is good. Widmer's strong use of fruit stands out once again.

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Photo of bourbonbock
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle of this into a chilled pint glass.

A. Golden copper colored body with about a finger of white bubbly head. Head reduced to a cap shortly after pouring.

S. Smells of fresh malts, yeast, and somewhat soapy.

T. Very good malt flavor profile with a sweet overtone and pleasant aftertaste.

M. Clean and refreshing and washes away after a short time.

D. Very good, I'm actually worried that a sixxer wasn't enough.

Very good Amber Ale with great drinkability, I'm sure to be buying more of this stuff.

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Photo of biggred1
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honey colored with a creamy, fine light tan head that leaves some splotchy lace on the glass. Light caramel malty notes and a faint touch of that cat pee simcoe hop aroma. Mild and well balanced flavors between mild caramel malt and faint hop bittering. Nothing really stands out flavor wise here, a shame since this beer contains simcoe hop and lactose sugar it sounded interesting anyway. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty boring.

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Photo of treehugginslug
2.87/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Decent color

S - Little light on the caramel and honey and too strong on the hops

T - Same with smell, but hops after taste was not balanced. Too much hops for an amber ale.

M - Too light on the carbonation and after taste was metalic.

D - Could drink one easily, but that's it.

Buy again? - No
Recommend? - No
Drink if offerered - maybe, if I was already tipsy.

Overall - Not what I expected from an amber ale. too little on caramel, too strong on hops, with not enough carbonation

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Photo of smcolw
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent start to the head. Almost dies to no bubbles and nearly no lace. The color of the broth is light amber. Clear.

I like the aroma: it's of English malts and mild hop.

Tastes like an English pale ale with flavors of toast, light nuttiness. There's a very faint bitterness of older hop. Rich body with a proper carbonation. The aftertaste is sweet.

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Photo of jonziefle
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a completely clear brown amber. Visible carbonation. 1.5 finger white bubbly head with decent retention. Not much lacing at all.

Smell: Caramel malts, with mild sweetness. Hints of buttery diacetyl.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Caramel mild malts with moderate sweetness. Some butter flavors, but minimal. Very mild overall.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied without much bite. Smooth.

Drinkability: An average amble ale. On the malty side without much hop representation, but refreshing nonetheless.

Buy Again? No.

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Photo of mrkc
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The amber ale doesn't mislead - the colour is a rich amber, clear with minimal carbonation which quickly fades to a thin ring around my glass. It's the same overmoulded bottle as their other offerings, which looks fancy, but breaks far too easily. It has the date of bottling right on the label, which is always a plus. The beer smells rich honey and citrus, a little too strong of the latter. However, you taste more of the former as you sip, with brief notes of pepper. It's clean and smooth, not lingering on the tongue any longer than water. It's very drinkable, and it would be easy to drink several of these without noticing.

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Photo of rebel1771
4.09/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear light amber color with a slight head that fades quickly.

S: Buttery toffee aroma stands out along with a slight sweet malty smell.

T: Buttery toffee returns from the aroma to start with followed by a sweet malt flavor that fades quickly into a very slight toasted bread flavor.

D: Not what I was expecting at all. The light flavor keeps this brew very drinkable on those hot summer afternoons here in Florida.

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Photo of champ103
1.94/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours an amber/reddish color. A one finger white head forms, and sticks around for a minute. At first a thin film of lace is left, but that goes away half way through the pint.
S: Grain, bread, and sweet malt. Cooked corn and veggies. Blah.
T: Grainy malt is most dominate with some corn. Sweet caramel lingers after this warms up.
M/D: Thin, light and watery. High carbonation. Not something I am going to drink a lot of.

Widmer has some decent offerings. This is not one of them. I would not recommend this at all.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle onto a standard pint glass
Amber/gold in color with a very modest head of foam
Aroma-Faint malt, biscuit
Taste-Slight malt, buttered biscuit, subtle lemon zest
Overall, nothing pops out here-flavor kind of fades off into the distance-A sessionable beer if nothing else

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Photo of bret27
3.86/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Sweet maltiness, honey, caramel, no real hop aromas. The aromas that are there are pretty faint.

A: Clear amber/copper. Fairly good foamy white head w/avg retention.

T: Malt flavors are definitely center-stage, though all flavors are subtle. Sweet honey and caramel, little biscuit/bready, w/grainy grassy bitter finish.

M/D: Honey-like smoothness w/medium soft carbonation, Very drinkable.

Overall: I feel like I may be rating this beer too high but hear me out... It's not overly strong or complex, but the sweet tastes are so pleasant. It's sweet but balanced enough by light hops and just enough grainy flavors to not be cloying. It's not a thick malt bomb or filling. I just can't rate a beer low that just tastes so damn delicious.

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Photo of Chronofied
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle straight to a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a great clear color, deep amber as the name would imply. Just over an inch of light foam, but the head falls quickly.

Smell - Not a strong aroma; malt is prevalent, with a strong grain smell, with notes of honey and caramel vaguely remniscent of molasses.

Taste - Light taste to go with the light nose. All of the smells make an appearance as tastes, as well as a nice light hoppiness, which is unfortunately just enough to suggest that a bit more of a hops taste would add to the beer. Nice balance of bitter and sweet, though it doesn't stick around long after. What aftertaste there is makes me think there might be some hidden orange in there somewhere.

Mouthfeel - Quite nice... Carbonation is lively at first, but loses steam quickly. The beer is light enough to go down smooth but thick enough to stick a little bit.

Drinkability - This beer is very drinkable, very refreshing. It's made even more drinkable by the fact that it's modest complexity makes you feel much less guilty about drinking a lot of it, fast or slow.

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Photo of kegger22
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Widmer Brothers Drop Top Amber Ale was a light copper color with a half-inch, off-white head that displayed poor retention.

The aroma was malty sweet up front with some citrus hops not too far behind. The taste was a light lemon flavor, not bitter at all, and not particularly sweet either. I can't taste any of the caramel or honey that was supposed to be there. I agree with the observations that said Drop Top was light on taste.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability was only fair due to the so-so flavor.

Not horrible, by any means, it just doesn't stand out in any respect. A very average beer. Improves a little with warming, but not enough to save it.

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Photo of kindestcut
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Widmer Drop Top Amber pours a translucent copper with a moderate white head. The carbonation is very evident.

The aroma is malty with a hint of citrusy hops. The flavor is sweet from the roasted malt with a very nice hoppy finish. The hoppiness is more fruity than floral. The carbonation is very evident giving the beer an extremely refreshing, crisp mouthfeel. This is a very drinkable beer.

I'm not sure where all the hate is coming from for this beer. It's certainly not a weak beer...well, it is if you're used to chewing raw hops. It's not an Imeperial Sommethingorother. It's an American amber ale. And it's a very good one.

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Photo of mothman
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory glass.

Pours a finger of off white head. Fades to a ring. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a clear orange hued copper.

Aroma: Some basic malt flavors. Some grassy hops. A tad of light caramel. Hardly anything.

Taste: The taste is very sweet. Some toffee notes. Bready malts. Some grassy hops. Nothing to special, better than the aroma.

Mouthfeel: A little crisp and a tad dry. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and bland.

Overall, not an amber that I would want to drink a lot of. It doesn't have a lot of flavor. Glad it wasn't expensive. Drinkable, but not something I want to drink a lot of.

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Photo of danielharper
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Full disclosure: I received this bottle gratis as a sample from a distibutor.)

A: Pours orange-red, hazy, with a bit of soapscum in the place of head. Tinges of yellow as I hold it up to the light.

S: Smells more sour than expected, lots of sweet maltiness with a distinct sourness up front. Hints of dry hops. Overall impression of the nose is sweet and fruity, slightly tart.

T: The beer also has a bit of a sourness in the flavor, mostly in the finish. More prominent, however, is a strong hoppy body and a touch of citrus in the malt profile. Aftertaste is clean.

M :Moutheel is moderate-to-thick, with a slight hoppiness and a crisp carbonation.

D: A decent quaffer.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one looks more like a Pale Ale than an Amber. Very light in color for an Amber, but darker than a Pilsner. Thin head reduces to a light froth; some small dots of lace, but that's about it.

Smells light and clean, maybe a bit grainy with malts just slightly more robust than your average macro.

Flavor is also light and clean. Good balance; definitely refreshing. No off flavors, but nothing too noteworthy either. Lightly toasted malt with just enough hops to balance. A touch bland overall, but not bad.

Light to medium body with crisp carbonation.

A good hot weather beer. I could drink a lot of this, it's just not that exciting.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a (born on?) code of SEP0409. Pours a deep golden hue with a large-bubbled light tan foam. Retention is pretty decent and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The beer is one of the lightest colored Ambers I have come across.

Nose is fairly faint and it took a couple of swirls to release some grainy, caramel maltiness and honey aroma. Not much in the way of hops or fruitiness. Pretty clean smelling beer.

Taste is like one of those caramel popcorn balls. The caramel and butter flavors are too much and are not balanced by really much of anything. There is a bit of toasty malt in there that keeps it from being cloyingly sweet, but Drop Top is a pretty one-dimensional brew. Not bad for a drink it and forget it summer picnic beer though.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into Guinness branded tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Amber color with a pretty thick white head that has some staying power and leaves pretty heavy lacing.

Smell: Buttery sweetness, with some hints of corn.

Taste: Buttery sweetness throughout, with a slight bite from hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with balanced carbonation. Thin, watery finish.

Drinkability: This is an average amber ale. Nothing wrong with it, but there's nothing about it that makes it stand out.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Widmer Brothers - Drop Top Amber, poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. A clear, copper colored brew with a short livid head.

Smell: Bready malt in the aroma, though distant.

Taste: Balanced flavors of caramel malt and some hops. Theres also a vague roastedness. Simple but good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and quite smooth with a good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Quenching and refreshing. This could be a great party time beer since it would appeal to a wide range of beer drinkers.

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Photo of fizzy
3.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this as a 6-pk close-out at CashWise Liquor in St. Cloud, MN. Best by Aug 15,09. I figured, both because this is a darker beer and that CashWise treats their beers well this would still be good. Oh, yea, $3.75 close out had a lot to do with it too.

Poured into a new Cold Spring Brewery glass with carbonation etching on the bottom. Pickup at the brewery on my way home for $4.00. Wow, wonderful glass, and much, much better at encouraging carbonation than the Sam Adams glasses.

Any-who! I agree with all the others who rate this beer. Is is pretty decent, has a flavor that I have not encountered in other amber beers so that is good. I notice a small amount of nice aftertaste, and a very little tongue numbing after a few minutes too.

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Photo of erosier
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized and light bodied white colored head that laces the glass very little on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, come caramelized malts, a hint of citrusy fruitiness and a slight hop finish.
T: A nice big roasted malty base, followed by very sweet caramelized malt flavors, a touch of citrus, and a slight hop finish but the main taste here is the sweet malt.
M: Very clean, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, it goes down easy and has enough flavor to make it interesting.

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Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.