Drop Top Amber | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Drop Top AmberDrop Top Amber
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
widmer.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Zraly on 03-11-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
431
Reviews:
234
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
15.18%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
33
For Trade:
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, tea and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is very malty with flavors of sweet caramel, spicy tea and a touch of fruit. There’s a very mild hops presence, such that this beer would probably appeal more to those that aren’t into the floral hops flavor. The after-taste is sweet and a little bready.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, medium body, medium carbonation, slick and slightly sticky finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, it’s not a bad beer but there are several others of it’s kind that I would choose first.

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

Drop Top pours a nice crystal clear coppery amber with a frothy white head that falls quickly leaving modest amounts of lacing.

The aroma is of fresh lightly toasted malts.

The flavor follows the nose with toasted bready malts, lightly sweet with caramel flavors and minimal hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the light side but not watery and is very smooth.

Drinkable but unassuming.

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

Appearance is amber with not much foam but there was some lacing. Aroma contains some malt, but not much hops. Initial taste however has some hops, some carbonation and grains. There are a lot of better pale ales out there. I LOVE Widmer Bros. Hefe, but this is not their best effort.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle 

A- Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is biscuity malt, caramel and a hint of hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet malt and caramel along with a touch of hops in the finish. It's a touch on the watery side.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. 

D- Overall, not great but not horrible. It's pretty average for an Amber.

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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 kamikazeokami
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle.

Clear, true gold in color. Medium sized light tan head.

Aroma had grapefruit, pine and grass in it as well as a yeasty/doughy aroma.

Taste was primarily hops, citrus in character - oranges and lemons. Malt was fairly mild, hard to characterize, and seemed to show in the middle. Faint alcohol present. A sweet aftertaste that I didn't care for very much.

Medium in body. Carbonation seemed fairly big, and led to a rather acidic mouthfeel. Very dry finish.

OK, I wouldn't turn it down if offered, but neither would I seek it out.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear golden amber color with a light tan thin head that settles to a thin bubbly cap. Stringy and spotty lacing.

Lightly toasty grains that are mostly overshadowed by piney hops.

Husky malts lead way to a balanced piney hop bitterness. The beer is somewhat thick and syrupy with a grainy and husky finish. Maybe a little bit of toastiness works its way through.

Your average beer, and an okay Amber Ale, although it seems a little bit closer to an ESB in the way that it is balanced.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
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 brentk56
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt orange with a quickly fading head; hardly any lace

Smell: Biscuity malts dominate the aroma

Taste: Biscuity malt, up front, with a growing sugary sweetness that develops by mid-palate; the hops are just barely discernable but they fade, after the swallow, as the sweet flavors dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Clearly aimed at the crossover drinker who likes sweeter styles (Yuengling and Shiner Bock drinkers will love this), this beer is sure to displease those who seek balance or a big hop bill; easy to drink, however

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The first thing that hits me is the aroma. Hops! What a freaking surprise. I did not expect that. The aroma did fade somewhat as the glass emptied. The flavor is caramel malt sweetness balanced rather well with hops--the sweetness isn't overly so and the balance is just there as well. This is certainly brewed to style. A lighter mouthfeel than most American Amber/Reds. I would call this more of a light amber than a red though.
It is lighter shade of amber as well.

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Photo of Spineypanda
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, but not my first choice for an amber.

It has a good amber color, but not much head... even though that has never really mattered too much to me.

Has smells of toasted malts, and tastes of it too. Does not have much of an aroma or taste. Easy as hell to drink though which makes it a top choice for more than one at a bar.

I would probably get this at a bar with my buddys but not if I really wanted a good beer.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Crisp and clear with a copper tone. You can just see the tiny bubbles rising.
S: Pretty non-existent. Has a light floral aroma.
T: Mild nutty tasting.
M: Smooth. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste.
D: I could see drinking a few of these throughout the night.

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Photo of racer2k
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

A- Pours a dark amber color which creates a very thin head that melts away in seconds. No lacing present in the glass.

S- Caramel malty aroma with a distinct sweetness typical of an amber ale.

T- Sweet baked bread flavors with a nice caramel malt backbone to this beer. Nice pleasant taste to this amber ale.

M- Very light body with minimal carbonation to this beer. A bit watery in the profile.

D- Very drinkable beer but pretty one dimensional at best. This would be a great starter beer to introduce someone into the world of craft beers as it is pretty lightweight.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a snifter...pours a deep amber, pretty good for the style. Head isn't huge, but it's ok. Subsides fairly quickly without a ton of lacing. Nose is decent, some hops and malt...amber really isn't my favorite style and the nose on this one isn't going to make it more that way.

Decent malt on the tongue. It's pretty drinkable. I honestly couldn't name my favorite amber right now, but this one isn't it, even though there's nothing objectionable here. There's also nothing that really stands out.

Good mouthfeel, goes down well. I'm going to give it a slightly higher overall rating than indicated by the other scores, simply because I'm probably rating it below where it should be on personal taste alone.

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Photo of Rayek
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pale amber color has mild carbonation and a slight chill haze. The small and fizzy white head doesn't stick around and leaves no lace.

S: Sweet caramel and fresh grapefruit. Not too complex.

T: Sweet caramel and biscuits in front. A mild grapefruit bitterness follows. Finishes extremely clean.

M: Light body has about the right level of carbonation.

D: OK session beer, but not that great. There are better takes on this style to be had.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hits those pretty brown colors, small thin off white head. Aroma was malty, caramel.

Taste hit the smooth notes, the alcohol was a little much in the mouthfeel given its relative sessionable abv. More caramel, mild brown sugar notes, a little much bitterness for not much discernable hop flavors.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a copper color with a thick off white head. doesnt smell like much, a bit of caramel maltiness, but nothing much to speak of. taste is fairly bland for an amber, but not unpleasant, just not distinct. it is well balanced though. fuller bodied with good carbonation make the mouthfeel excellent for this beer, smooth and creamy, just not a whole lot going on to excite the palate.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Coop.. For about $1.45.. shared with Steven.. mine from a pint glass... listening to the 2nd half of Donald Glaude Live at Ruby Skye.

Hard pour left an evaporating head.. no lacing .. crystal clear honey orange brew.

Smell is turned toward yeasty fruits... lite toasted malts.. a touch of citrus and spicy malts.. WOW... where is the smell?

Flavor is the same and not much to pick out of the mix.. lighter body than dreamed of.. but still sessionable in a big way... I don't really know what to say about this beer.. average across the board.. I buy it fairly frequently, but will think about again if I just want a nice American Amber.... there are way better ones out there. Widmer makes "good" brews "now". They used to make great beers... the IPA and Milk stout are the exception.. Snow Plow is fantastic.

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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 cnally
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale amber color in the beer with a very slight white head covering the top of the glass.

Sweet aroma, almost cherry scents. Slightly sour, but come on, this is an amber! Every damn amber I've had is slightly sour.

On the sour note, we can talk about the taste. Big sour flavor which contasts the surprising latent sweetness at the end of the flavor. Caramel, butterscotch, those flavors come in at the end.

Not a big great feel, less carbonation than I would expect. Not bad but not great.

What's to say? It is OK but the flavor is not killer, nor impactful.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a slightly hazy orange colour with about an inch of foam has leaves some nice lacing.

The nose has some citrus notes along with grain. Not much going on with the smell.

The taste slightly sweet, slightly bitter with a bit of graininess and a hint or 2 of butterscotch.

Light bodied, medium carbonation, a decent mouthfeel but I feel, overall, that the beer is on the bland side so no high marks for drinkability.

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Photo of LiaLia
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.36 out of 5 based on 431 ratings.
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