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Drop Top Amber - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Drop Top AmberDrop Top Amber

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399 Ratings

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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 13
Gots: 17 | 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 Clydesdale
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a somewhat hazy orange-amber color. The medium-sized head has a light orange tint and a somewhat dense, foamy texture. Retention is average, and the head only leaves a few random splotches of lace as it fades.

S: A bit of bready malt aroma, with some mild caramel and honeylike notes. Some vaguely tart fruity character is accompanied by a balanced, freshly herbal hop presence.

T: Somewhat biscuity flavor up front. Balanced caramel sweetness. Surprisingly tart, although not over the top. Hop bitterness is middle-of-the-road, with a balanced fruity and herbal flavor.

M: Medium body - perhaps a tad on the full side of medium. Carbonation is perky and lively, lending a crispness to the finish.

D: Mostly paint-by-the-numbers, but it is interestingly hopped for the style. Unusual tartness saves this from being nondescriptly average. It drinks easily enough and is pretty approachable.

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an orange color with a large white head. The aroma is heavy on the biscuit malt with a little bit of grassy hops mixed in. The aroma is fairly faint overall. The flavor is heavy on the biscuit malt with a little bit of toffee mixed in. There is a slight grassyness from the hoppiness, but the beer is mainly about the malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of bsp77
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Glass: Poured from bottle into pint-like glass.

Appearance: Clear golden amber without much head.

Smell: Caramel, cherry and light spiciness.

Taste: Caramel and cherry malts drive the beer, but are fairly dry. Light citrus and spicy good hops on the finish. Slight macro aftertaste.

Feel: Fairly high carbonation, light-medium body, semi-dry finish.

Overall: Easy to drink and refreshing. Something that could appeal to mainstream drinkers and get them interested in ales.

Photo of kevwcamp
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of switzer
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of BKotch
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Docer
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a plastic cup (moving, all glasses packed). Freshness date of Feb. 3, 2009.

Copper in color, no head as poured.. nice small lacing.

Good smell, sweet malt, bit chewy w/ a masked hop bitterness.

Taste is quite smooth, but doesn't really stand out.. a few sour notes. Sweet caramel, bitter/sour hop and chewy grain.

Good sessional and easy to drink without being too malty sweet and syrupy.

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of kylemckinnis
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Widmer Brothers is and has been a long time favorite brewery, all their beers are quite quaffable. On the pour a nice amber color, the head average in size, frothy in texture, the lace a fine covering sheet to seal off the glass. Nose is fresh and crisp, mostly malt and quite pleasant, start is sweet and loaded with malt, top is skinny in feel. Finish is acidic, nicely hopped and a droughty aftertaste, another fine drinking beer from a great brewery.

Photo of throwerbri
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, golden-orange in color, with a modest white head, which fairly quickly fades to a scattering of foam. Fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls, the carbonation is moderate.

Aroma: Mild caramel malt and some pine hops.

Taste: Begins with moderate sweet caramel notes, with a little toasted malt as well. The is a slight sweet note distinct from the caramel malt, perhaps the result of the lactose. Homemade bread notes are present throughout as well, yielding a pleasing sweetness. Moderate pine hops bring the taste to a balanced close.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant and inoffensive example, easy to drink, but not particularly memorable.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of JayTheFinn
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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 SurlyDuff
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Packaging is similar to the others, this one is orange label in color (ipa green, brr red, hefe yellow, etc, which i think is a good marketing direction).

A perfect introduction into craft beer. It's not wild, it's just good.

Fairly tame aroma. Some bready biscuit and caramel compliments overly pungent hops for an amber.

Getting a bit of dms in there, nothing terrible, but it's present. It's ever so drinkable and like i said to begin with, a perfect starter beer or fallback for a solid and enjoyable brew.

Photo of DrTrygga
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Beerbuddha
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice looking one finger head, almost completely off white, but not completely. The body is the perfect amber color, it's exactly what it should be. The body is a little see through, for sure not as cloudy as I would like, but it's an amber, so I guess it shouldn't be too cloudy. The head is pretty much gone now, so that kinda sucks. Overall not a bad looking beer, kinda standard though. When I first cracked open the bottle, I got a big wiff of hops, but now that I am smelling it out of the glass, I'm not getting much hops, in fact I'm not getting much of anything. You can for sure pick up on the malts, and a little bit of the hops, but the smell is just weak quite frankly. I'm also just a little upset that the malts are a fair amount more present than the hops, I like my amber beers to be very well balanced on the hops and the malts. It also smells very sweet, which is a little scary to me for an amber, oh well. Overall the smell is just ok. Well on the taste, the flavor is a little more balanced than I thought it would be, but not much, it's for sure more malts than hops, which isn't really acceptable to me in an amber ale. I know that amber ales aren't as hoppy as pale ales or IPA's, but in my opinion there shouldn't be more malts than hops, and there is here. We will see if more hops come out as the beer warms, hopefully they will. I also get that really sweet malty taste, I wouldn't go as far as to say that it's an all grain taste, but it's borderline. Overall I'm not impressed with the taste, but I will give it the benefit of the doubt and see if more hops come out later. The mouthfeel isn't terrible, this is by no means a watery beer, they didn't skimp out on ingredients, they just messed up the order in my opinion, but either way, there is enough stuff in here, therefore, there is probably going to be a good mouthfeel, and there is. Drinkability is ok, but that overly sweet maltyness makes it hard sometimes. Overall an ok beer, I remember liking it a lot more last time I had it, but this time the flavors were just too uneven for me.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.