Drop Top Amber
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Drop Top AmberDrop Top Amber
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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #1,116
ABV:
5%
Score:
78
Ranked #45,496
Avg:
3.41 | pDev: 14.96%
Reviews:
235
Ratings:
439
From:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  13
Gots
  34
SCORE
78
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Drop Top AmberDrop Top Amber
Notes: availability: year-round
bitterness: 20 IBU
alcohol by volume: 5.0%
original gravity: 12.25° PLATO

malts:
Pale, Caramel 10L,
Extra Special, Honey Malt

hops:
Alchemy, Simcoe
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Reviews: 235 | Ratings: 439
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Starting to see a few more Widmer Brothers beers in the Central KY area.

As far as Amber's go, this beers suffers the same fate as most recent American brewers'. Very sweet with heavy caramel, toffee, and to a certain degree- butterscotch. This nearly sickly sweet character shows up in the nose and never subsides through the flavor. Hop presence is quite light and offers maybe an herbal hop flavor and very low-lying bitterness. As the sweetness fades late, a grain astringency comes though along with the light and grassy hops. Pretty low in gravity and somewhat thin going into the aftertaste. I wish the sweet caramel notes were more malty than sugary but it's not the case. A bite in the hop bitterness also provides a distraction. All in all, the beer is only ok despite a crystal clean golden-amber color. Lack of head retention after the initial pour could have helped. ...kinda reminds me of the Dos Equis that I had last night. Doesn't exactly make me feel like the most interesting man in the world though.

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Photo of mndlssphlsphr
2.61/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I thought I was on top of this, well....until I managed to drop. The taste is something that I have not experienced before. The head is snow white snow drift until you notice the subtle bits of pollen that have fallen from the tall pines above from the late winter weather. Smell happens to smell like some sort of beer, nothing special. Nothing there to tingle any of the senses from the nostrils. Tflavor is mixed, yet I could questions the tubes, but I can tell it was the brewery. I think this is overpriced for what its worth. There is nothing special here, just a mix of a batch of trickery. No need to waste more time on this one.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Kreuger
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drop Top Amber came in a brown bottle, with a clearly stamped yellow date, with a faux-retro label.

A - Poured with a solid rocky head, that put up a good fight but thinned down to a respectable lace within a few minutes. This beer is as the label suggests a satisfying amber color.

S - Very malty with a floral hop presence. Pleasant, not spectacular but also not overwhelming.

T - A decent malt/hop combination going on here. Nothing too remarkable but definitely drinkable, and definitely on the upside. The taste is always a little on the salty side, but the first taste had a hint of soy sauce that reminded me of a stout. And as it warmed and aired out it made its way back to regular ale territory. It also had a pretty clean finish and remarkably little aftertaste.

M - Decent mouthfeel. There's some good body here, and an even finish. An additional plus, there is very little aftertaste hanging around, just a vague suggestion of hops.

D - This goes down easy, and would probably go fairly well with any moderate to light foods. The aftertaste doesn't linger long at all so its a good palatte clearer.

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Photo of TouchOfEvil
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Domingo
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of cjtwigger
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.17/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I had this beer at a wedding up in the mountains. It was the first beer I tried as there were many in the "beer tub", but I figured this was the heaviest one, drink it first before I started dancing like MJ

Pours a dirty amber with somewhat foamy head. Looks a bit light

Aroma has a muddle of hops and sweet nuttiness. The malt strains to be recognized and the hops sort of bow out. Sweetness comes out on top.

Flavor sees the grains struggle to keep pace with the sweetness. There's a sweetness from malt and grains and sweetness from sugar added, this is the latter. Seems fake and thin, lacking depth. The hops just don't add enough to hide this. Feels so-so.
Not a pour out beer, but I didn't wish to seek another...unless the other options were watery "pilsners".

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Photo of Hoolihan
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of poluti
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Danobold
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of matjack85
2.3/5  rDev -32.6%
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 jzlyo
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of Wasatch
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of DogFood11
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pounder glass it forms an eggshell white head that falls to a thin skim on top. Ring lace. Orange chill hazed body.

First pull had me thinking about Peach Jolly Ranchers. While it has a sweet hard candy feel to it overall there is a slight citrus rind zestiness to it that keeps it drinkable. Bready, caramel type malts are sweet but once again this brew does just enough in the hop bill to keep it in check. Granted it leans heavily to the sweet side when its all said and done.


Notes: While overall this beer is forgettable there was nothing that made me think it sucked either. It was fairly crisp although the sweetness gets old after 2 in this short session.

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Photo of Whiskers
4.24/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Nothing special here.
Smell - Sweet, mellow hop bouquet.
Taste - Good light hefe flavors mix with a very well balanced hint of lemon to end a near ephemeral earthy wheat aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - A little foamy but otherwise the normal filling, effervescent style of an Amber you'd expect.
Overall - A well put together beer. Nothing fancy, but a microbrew deserving of the few extra bucks at the store.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.45/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out a clear amber honey with a thin, not-quite-there head. Smells of toasty, sweet malts, wild gummy bear esters, and a hint of perm. Odd, jelly-like esters are wilding out in this beer with some cocoa-ish toasted grain. Pretty sweet. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation. A bit slick. Not impressive at all. Won't go back to this again.

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of tempest
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6'er for the BMC crowd at the holidays. Poured a clear amber with a white head. I wasn't expecting a lot from Widmer, but this proved to be a clean, clear amber. There are dry, crouton-like malts with a balanced serving of citrus hops. Not a bad summer beer, or ale for when you're looking for a light and simple brew.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of magictrokini
2.66/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Draft @ The Dog. Pours a nice clear amber with very little head. The aroma is nasty, bitter apple with dirty sock. The taste is sharp and acidic, like the bitter apple that fell in the tanks. The honey malt makes the aftertaste pretty nasty. Never again.

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Photo of Davekim_md
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 439 ratings