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Drop Top Amber - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Drop Top AmberDrop Top Amber

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231 Reviews

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Reviews: 231
Hads: 410
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 20.54%
Wants: 12
Gots: 26 | 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

Pale, Caramel 10L,
Extra Special, Honey Malt

Alchemy, Simcoe
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Reviews: 231 | Hads: 410
Photo of KarlHungus
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear pale amber color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of caramel malt, and hints of floral hops. It's nothing special, but pleasant nonetheless. The taste is a bit maltier than the aroma, and there is only a very faint hop presence. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation that is a little too high for the style. Overall, this is a decent beer, but there are much better ambers out there.

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

Pale amber with thin white head.
Caramel nose with hints of pine and lemon.
Toffee apple up front with some toasty granola, then light passionfruit, pine, and resin.
Vague pine cone (earthy, woody) finish and grapefruit rind linger.
Light, slight cling, round.

Too thin, with malt over hops, which don't do Simcoe justice. Drinks like Sam Adams, which is not a compliment. Amber for Dummies.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

Brewed with an addition of honey malt and hopped with Alchemy and Simcoe hops to make things interesting.

After a hard pour, this beer sports a thick crowning of white lacing. The pale amber color flaunts its clarity in the light. Delicate hop aroma that has suggestions of freshly cut banana peppers, wild flowers and faint mint. A little bit of malt in the nose, more of a creamy sweetness and toasted biscuit. Lots of smoothness, medium-bodied. Clean, sharp hop bitterness nearly cuts through all of the malt. The hop flavor leaves a long subtle trail of green tea, white pepper and wild flower flavors. Creamy maltiness with a touch of sweetness up front, more of a dry cracker and biscuity tone in the semi-dry finish.

Balanced and very complex, still very drinkable. A session ale that makes you think a little, it is also intricate enough to pair against a bolder cuisine.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.64/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A finger and a half of head on a clear, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is milled grain, hay and orange. NIce.
The flavor is smooth with a mild malt sweet and mild lemon bitterness.
The texture is soft with moderate carbonation.
It's tasty and sessionable.

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Photo of alexgash
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden-copper body with a slight amber tinge. Amber, eh? Small, sketchy, off-white head.
Smells of toast, singed caramel, and brown sugar malt. Sharp, astringent hop bite cuts through.
Taste is much like the smell. Hops pipe in midway through. Finish is slightly bitter with big, grainy/cerealy malt. Almost adjuncty. Medium-bodied; kind of dry. Disappointing, but okay. Meh...

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An unexpectedly fruity ale with a distinctive mesh of apricot and tangerine flavors, Drop Top is too distinct to be ignored, yet still very amiable and low key. It is notably clear with no aroma or lace and minimal head. And of course, it is amber colored. A modest measure of lactose enhances the innate fruitiness but contributes little to the otherwise routine body.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New beer from Widmer ( I think), usual Widmer brown bottle with riased crest..but the label is distinctlly "UnWidmer"..more simple white on brown with a happy mutt on the bottom.
The beer looks pretty good..nothing spectacular but still invitng.
Its a very light brown..almost burnished brass colour with a small head , which soon fades to a good sized lace.
Smell is muted yet i do pick up on a little malt..thats about it..average aroma.
For such a weak aroma the taste is actually quite nice..nice maltry taste right at the start but as it reaches the back of the tongue a nice hop bitterness takes over..very balanced.
Fells pretty nice in the mouth , the carbonation is not too high just right.
Overall a drinkable amber..but with the market so saturated with these I doubt i will find a reason to return to this.

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Photo of argock
3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on date on front label. Purchased as part of a variety 24-pack from Sam's Club (Charlottesville, VA) for $23.72.

A: Light leather brown with scant, fizzy off-white head with no retention and no lacing.

S: Toasted caramel malts with some berry fruitiness and light spicy, earthy hoppiness

T: Flavor is also very toasted and buttery caramel with sweetness far exceeding any hops character which is mainly herbal, earthy in nature.

M: Pretty thin and light-bodied. Low carbonation and sweet honey aftertaste.

D: Fine but pretty dull. Good if you like toasted malt flavor without much in the hops department.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Widmer Brothers Drop Top Amber Ale has a thin, cream-colored head, and a mostly clear, bubbly, amber appearance, with some thin lacing left down the glass. The aroma is mainly bready malt, but some citrus and hops are detected with a deep inhalation. Taste is almost all Orange Julius, with some hop spice at the end and faint breadiness. The mouthfeel has a fluffy ale body, and Widmer Brothers Drop Top Amber Ale finishes mostly dry, easy-drinking, and delicious. There is a definite piney aftertaste. Overall, I really enjoyed this one, and I rate it highly.


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Photo of harrymel
2.41/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled: unk

A: golden ale with brilliant clarity and little head formation. No lacing.

S: grain, Munich malts. Barely anything else.

T: sweet. Way too sweet for a beer.

M: medium with moderate to hi carb.

O: used to like this beer. No more. Too sweet for an amber.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.74/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

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Photo of Mitchster
3.01/5  rDev -10.4%
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!

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Photo of arizcards
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack after enjoying this on tap at a local PF Changs. Pours a nice fluffy white head that dissapated quickly. It is a light orange-red color. Smelled nothing out of the ordinairy outside of the usual malts. No mystery with the taste as you are presented with a malty start and a very light hop finish. This is thinner than what I am accustomed to in an amber. It is very enjoyable though as I will not have a problem with the remaining brews. I would classify this as an amber light ale, not nearly in the class as the Full Sail amber.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-amber color with off-white head which dissipated quickly

S-malty with slight hints of bitterness

T-caramel and malt with mild hoppy flavor at the finish

F-light-medium body, smooth with medium carbonation

O-had it with a meal and enjoyed it, a decent amber ale

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Photo of Floydster
2.57/5  rDev -23.5%
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

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Widmer- Drop Top Amber

A- Flat looking light reddish copper with a quick fizzy head.
S- Very faint sweet malt. Slight licorice touch.
T- Again very faint/ watery. Mild sweet malt, licorice/ molasses, and grassy earthy hops.
M- Thin and watery with a sweet malty body and a decent dry earty hop bite in the back end.

Overall- Bland and lifeless. Drinkable but not worth it.

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Photo of Redrover
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Galleto Ristorante in Modesto, CA. This is a very nice restaurant owned by the Gallo family. .

Nice clear bronze color, minimal head with decent lacing. The nose was nice, but a little understated. I picked up some fruity aroma with hints of grain.

Taste is somewhat sweet and slightly fruity (think apple). The taste was also what I can only describe as slightly metallic. Not metallic like a can, but a little like a penny. It was not bad, just different.

The beer has a nice crisp mouthfeel with the carbonation perfectly calibrated for this style. Decent drinkablity as well.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber color. Medium head. Aroma is malty. A light bodied amber. Malts are nutty and slightly sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. Kind of a lighter flavored amber. Very drinkable, but somewhat lacking in flavor. What flavor there is is nice, but it needs to be turned up a notch. I am probably being a little critical, it a drinkable amber, light and refreshing. Don't really notice the lactose (milk sugar). Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of matjack85
2.3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.49. Bottled on date of 11/16/10 is clearly marked. Wish all freshness dates were this easy to read.

The beer poured a pale golden/amber color and made a 1-finger white head. Unfortunately, the head disappeared in less than 30 seconds and left no lacing whatsoever. Not a very impressive look.

Very weak nose to this despite the impressive list of interesting ingredients. Slight fruitiness along with some mild hops.

Rather bland tasting for a beer with 4 different malts and 2 hop varieties in it. More bitter than sweet despite the honey malt and milk sugar. The cracker-like dryness and mild bittering hops are what mostly stood out. I didn't care for it.

Smooth and medium bodied with a dry finish and moderate carbonation.

It's not horrible, but not memorable either. At least the alcohol is well hidden so I gave it average drinkability.

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

Pours a deep, amber-golden body with a fleeting tan head. Good carbonation fuels a decent retention. Could use a little more depth to it's hue, though. Aroma is fruity, malty and sweet, with a touch of hops. The hops surprised me; much like their Broken Halo IPA, they were foresty and packed a flowery grapefruity note. Also some pineapple and caramel malts.

The flavor was interesting. A bit of wet paper, toffee & caramel, tea, and biscuity malts (sans the butter). Didn't detect much in the way of hops, as the aroma had led me to believe. Mouthfeel was medium bodied & crisp with a semi-syrupy finish that was offset by a good carbonation level. A bitter, fruity endnote seals the deal. This is a very drinkable brew, and quite tasty. As far as airport beers are concerned, it's up there.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%

Bottled 7/18/14m poured into a pint glass

A- pours a crystal clear amber color with a one-finger fizzy & bubbly white head that reduces quickly, leaving just a trace of head behind 3.5

S- flowery hops with some herbal aromas, along with steeped green tea. Toasted biscuit malt gives a hint of caramel, along with a honey sweetness 3.75

T- toasted biscuit malty base with a hint of caramel & honey, tea-like hop bitterness with some floral notes, light pepper finish with a hint of mint 3.5

M- medium-light body with moderate prickly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel & a semi-dry finish 3.5

O- pretty flavorful amber that highly sessionable with enough complexity to keep it away from mediocrity 3.5

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Photo of rye726
2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This amber colored beer has an average looking beige head. The nose is a bit light with some grainy malts and slightly bitter hops. The taste is more of the same. Nothing too exciting with this ale. A light to medium body body goes down smooth. A drinkable brew, but nothing special.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.46/5  rDev +3%
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!

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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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Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.