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Drop Top Amber - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Drop Top AmberDrop Top Amber

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396 Ratings
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

Pale, Caramel 10L,
Extra Special, Honey Malt

Alchemy, Simcoe

(Beer added by: Zraly on 03-11-2003)
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Photo of theboozecruise
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another one on tap at the Front Porch Pub in Houston... this one looks nearly identical to the Broken Halo IPA I tried before. A clear amber color with about a finger-worth of white bubbly head.

Much like the Broken Halo IPA, there really isn't anything outstanding about this one, but nothing offensive either. The only interesting thing really is the honey malts that give it a sweeter flavor, honey obviously, but it's not too strong.

Overall, an easily sessionable amber ale, one I'd be happy to split in a pitcher with some friends, but not something I'd order on my own again if there were other good options.

theboozecruise, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of davet100
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

davet100, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Hoagie1973, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of tlazaroff
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours almost completely clear, a nice amber color with a white head and good lacing.

S: I'm surprised how much of a hop character the scent has, as well as a nice caramel (slightly) nose.

T: More bitterness than expected, but it's not too high. A good malty/grainy taste with some nice herbal components to it on the mid-palate and finish.

M: Light bodied with good carbonation and a dry finish.

D: Highly drinkable, very nice beer.

tlazaroff, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of jewellrunner
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

jewellrunner, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Magpie14
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: a light amber color, surprisingly has a touch of pumpkin orange to it. Thin cream colored head.

S: malts, sugar-sweet candy, hint of snappy hops. Most of the nose can be attributed to sweet malts.

T: toasty malts and caramel. However, it is not a traditional caramel taste, it is more like that milky sweetness and sugar it mentions they add. That makes way for uniquely weak amber, lacks overall complexity.

M: now this beer is reasonably smooth, that is a plus. Medium-bodied brew sits nice on the tongue. It seems to be getting smoother as it warms

D: based on smoothness and medium body, not bad. Still, this beer kind of lacks that spark to set it up top with some of my other favorite amber ales.

Magpie14, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of danielharper
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

danielharper, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of SeaAle
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

SeaAle, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of KlayWey
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

KlayWey, Aug 24, 2013
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 csiewert
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The drop top amber is a good american amber beer. Good hop aroma and nice clean hoppy flavor, which is not necessarily what you would expect from an amber. There is a good amount of maltiness to balance the hops. The color is a pretty amber. The finish is malty and lingers a little longer than I would like.

Although, similar to the Widmer Hefeweizen, I have noticed that the beer seems to have 'cheapened' in taste recently...

csiewert, Dec 08, 2010
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.

Beerbuddha, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of switzer
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

switzer, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Gyle41386
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Can't exactly read the bottle date...bottled sometime mid-April. 18th, maybe.

Pours a dark amber color. Smallish off-white head dissipates quickly. Not much going on in the lacing department.

Boring, sweet nose. Sweet malts, sweet caramel. I guess there might be hops in there, but they're not making any effort to come out. Very inoffensive aroma. Not good, not bad.

Taste pretty much follows the nose. There aren't many discernable flavors. I guess you could spin that as excellent balance if you really wanted to. Sweet, like fruity sweet, and grainy. Really not much going on here. I'm probably being kind by calling it average.

Light bodied, a little on the watery side. Not difficult to drink, although not very pleasant either. One redeeming quality is that I could see this being a good gateway craft beer. After enjoying Widmer Drifter, I'm pretty disappointed by Drop Top.

Gyle41386, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of kobeer
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

kobeer, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of hoplover82
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much into the tradition, lightly hopped ambers but as far as regular ambers go... this is the one to have.

Iv'e had it on tap and it's not bad at all. Usually ambers don't have enough hop presence in them to keep my attension, but this one with the magnums and simcoes is just the right recipie for a soild amber. Very impressed. Thank again Brothers!

hoplover82, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of Hardcore
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Hardcore, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of beertaster13
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber orange/red with an offwhite head that is rather impressive to the eye. Lacing is average. The smell is of creamy malts and slight floral/citric hops. Can smell a little grain/nut as well. The taste is a nice cream malt upfront with a little nut, bringing up the rear is a weak but noticable citrus hops blast. Hints of pear in this as well. Slight molasses in the aftertaste. A medium bodied amber and very drinkable, different but drinkable.

beertaster13, Jul 12, 2004
Photo of thedoubler55
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber color than leaves slight head the disappears as soon as you finish the pour.

S: Simple sweet smell of malts, with some toffee at the tail end

T: Toffee and sweet malts right away in taste a bit to sweet for a red ale for me

M- Carbonation and Medium bodied

D: Not to bad for an amber ale but not sure if I would like to drink this one again.

thedoubler55, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of jjboesen
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Whenever I am fortunate enough to be in Portland, Oregon, a visit to the Widmer Brothers Gasthaus is certain to be on the agenda; for some vagaries of distribution, their beers, except for the ubiquitous Hefeweizzen, is just hard to find on the East Coast. So, naturally, I was elated to find a bottle of Drop Top Amber Ale at Beers & Cheers in Germantown, Maryland. (See My Review.)

Open opening, it pours out a heavy rush of foam that quickly settles into a razor thin head shimmering atop an opaque amber body. What little lacing there exists is formed by few splotchy patches along the glass. Initially, there is a nose of lemongrass and grapefruit; the palate discerns a subtle taste of almond with a bready mouthfeel combining malt and hop, but very little of the latter.

All in all, a simple quaff that was brewed to please, not confuse, the palate. In any case, it is nice to see Widmer here in the East. Not that this will prevent my returning to Beervana.

jjboesen, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of Popp24
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Popp24, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of dowen44
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

dowen44, Dec 20, 2011
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 Joshgonzales79
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Joshgonzales79, Apr 09, 2013
Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.