Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Drop Top Amber | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
232 Reviews
Read the review
Drop Top AmberDrop Top Amber

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

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

Pale, Caramel 10L,
Extra Special, Honey Malt

Alchemy, Simcoe

Added by Zraly on 03-11-2003

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 232 | Ratings: 420
Photo of Kreuger
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

 1,126 characters

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.

 936 characters

Photo of thaichile
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a very nice, long lasting head leaving some lacing. Nose is fruit, malts and hops all mixed up. Flavor was pineapple/peach flavors, lightly hopped, very decent mouthfeel with a nice balance in the malts. I enjoyed this one, refreshing and fruity. Thanks to weefisheads for the bottle.

 309 characters

Photo of MTNboy
3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: it has a light amber body, the head and lace were both very light almost to the point of not existance.

Smell: Caramel malt with a bit of fruity tones.

Taste: This has a very mixed fruity taste that is not mad but hard to describe. There is some caramel and hops to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderatly thin with out being watery.

Overall: It has an orginal flavor that I like. As far as taste I like it better than most Widmer offerings.

 450 characters

Photo of monkeybeer
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden amber, with a clean white head. Head disappeared rather quickly.

S- Light malty smell with a fruity citrus undertone.

T/M- Nice clean taste a bit fruity on first taste, has a bit of a hoppy slightly bitter aftertaste, but by no means harsh

D- Very drinkable, can have several and get tired of them. Better on warmer days

 333 characters

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an inviting golden amber with a fairly decent white head. Aroma is more fruity than malty and just slightly sweet with a whisper of hops. Flavor is fruity and malty, subtly sweet and subtly hoppy, very enjoyable. Texture is fairly fizzy and smooth. A good one.

 266 characters

Photo of pjwilson
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a six pack was given to me as gift and I wasn't sure if it would be any good. Turns out to be a nice little beer, certainly better than a lot of amber, which tend to be a hit and miss style, plus as a style it has a huge range. I felt this beer was closer to a Alt or Marzen, than to a "typical" american amber ale.

appearance: lightly colored, more of copper color than dark reds. really nice head on this one too, with solid lacing. it looks unfilitered

smell: lightly toasted grains. a bit more ommph would be appricated, but it's a nice mellow aroma as it stands. some complexity too, with notes of caramal and toffee

taste: this really tastes like an amped up verison of dos equis amber to me, it really does. I happen to really like that beer, so I like this beer as well. Certainly those excepting something like Red Horse or Red Rocket will be disapointed. a very lite bisquit flavor is dominate with a very, very slight twinge Simcoe hops that tickle the front of the tounge. Nice and simple, but enticing enough to return for another sip.

mouthfeel: a highlight, as this beer has a super smooth and creamy mouthfeel, yet is very light feeling.

drinkability: an ale, that to this reviewer really seems more like a Vienna lager, or mabey it's more like an Alt bier. While I wouldn't really seek this out or anything, it's a nice beer and actually a nice change of pace after a Saturday night drinking Racer X at the Toronado. This is the world between smaller craft beers and macros.

 1,506 characters

Photo of erosier
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized and light bodied white colored head that laces the glass very little on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, come caramelized malts, a hint of citrusy fruitiness and a slight hop finish.
T: A nice big roasted malty base, followed by very sweet caramelized malt flavors, a touch of citrus, and a slight hop finish but the main taste here is the sweet malt.
M: Very clean, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, it goes down easy and has enough flavor to make it interesting.

 561 characters

Photo of Halcyondays
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, haven't had this since Big Bear 2006,

A: Pours amber (go figure) with a light white head, limited lace.

S: Sweet caramel, with a hint of toasted malt.

T: Nice sweet caramel flavour, hint of brown sugar, not really a lot of hops, but still a nice balance.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy, slick, easy going.

O: A much better beer than it's given credit for. I like this style of red ale where it's not over-hopped and easy drinking, more in the Irish way.

 467 characters

Photo of Chronofied
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle straight to a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a great clear color, deep amber as the name would imply. Just over an inch of light foam, but the head falls quickly.

Smell - Not a strong aroma; malt is prevalent, with a strong grain smell, with notes of honey and caramel vaguely remniscent of molasses.

Taste - Light taste to go with the light nose. All of the smells make an appearance as tastes, as well as a nice light hoppiness, which is unfortunately just enough to suggest that a bit more of a hops taste would add to the beer. Nice balance of bitter and sweet, though it doesn't stick around long after. What aftertaste there is makes me think there might be some hidden orange in there somewhere.

Mouthfeel - Quite nice... Carbonation is lively at first, but loses steam quickly. The beer is light enough to go down smooth but thick enough to stick a little bit.

Drinkability - This beer is very drinkable, very refreshing. It's made even more drinkable by the fact that it's modest complexity makes you feel much less guilty about drinking a lot of it, fast or slow.

 1,092 characters

Photo of beertaster13
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

 461 characters

Photo of ZAP
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I forgot I reviewed this but wanted to update so here we go.

A-Light orange...pretty good clarity for the style..

S-Soft caramel bread aroma....just a hint of sweet citrus hops as well...I liked how this smells....not immense in aroma but subtle and enticing..

T-Nice sweet but not too sweet flavors...caramel...also good bready notes....some minor earthy qualities too....

M-Medium to light medium bodied....sweet texture but doesn't seem cloying

D-I like this beer....definitely leans malty and could use just a little bit more of a hop presence but overall I would enjoy this from time to time...


Pours a cloudy orange color...nose is spicy...leathery...flavors are rather basic, but quaffable...more of a sweeter flavor...some caramel notes...has a bit of an English feel to it...not hopped up much at all...sweet...low carbonation...not a bad beer but not one loaded with complexities....a billion times better than say Killians Red (I know that's a lager) but nowhere near as tasty as some of the better Red Ales..

 1,043 characters

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.

 261 characters

Photo of puboflyons
3.64/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with a date of 043009 listed as its brew date. Sampled on June 15, 2009. My last beer before I turn 50 years old tomorrow. Not a bad way to leave my 40's. It had a nice reddish-amber pour but very little head or lacing. Nice clarity. The aroma had a bit of hops and floral elements to it. Adequate mouthfeel. The taste was also a little more hoppy than is typical with reds but it was still fairly pleasant. I could drink a couple of these.

 465 characters

Photo of uustal
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Refreshing fruity flavors to start, mostly orange and cherry. Good amount of sweet caramel malt and amber flavor to follow and finish. A little thin and under-carbonated which holds this beer back. Drinkability is good. Widmer's strong use of fruit stands out once again.

 271 characters

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear bright amber orange with a half finger head, poor retention and spotty lacing.

Smell - Faint caramel notes and a touch of must.

Taste - Surprisingly deep, flavorful caramel malts upfront, with subtle notes of toffee. Citrus and floral hop characters wave by at a distance. Notes of honey and butter around the edges. Finishes as it starts, and fades quickly.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Carbonated deceivingly well with a sharp bite and a smooth trip down the esophagus. Somewhat creamy.

Overall - A good amber. The lack of any real hop presence can cause this beer to get a bit rich after a few, but I always look forward to drinking at least the first one.

 700 characters

Photo of Malt
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a citus type after taste whith a hint of honey. It has a thin head, great carbonation with little to no lacing. Almost looks like a cognac. Me and my brother think that it does not have the typical amber taste.. Definitly different.. We will only drink this this one time.

 286 characters

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Initial head is pretty unimpressive, but some lacing sticks around for quite a while. Beer has a nice copper semi-cloudy color.

Upon sticking my nose in my glass I get whiffs of grape and plum and a little bit of apricot. Some caramel malt pulls through as well. This comes together well with some caramel and toasty malts.

Sweet caramel and pale malts mix with a mild earthy bitterness. Undertones of sweet fruits such as green apple and white grape pull through. It is a little bit too fruity and a little thin. It's a little bit hard to give it a score. I want a little bit more bite and toastiness to round out the flavors. It's just sweet and fruity, it needs to balance out a little. It seems creamy, which is sort of out of place.

The mouthfeel lacks crispness but takes on a great smoothness with just a bit of astringency.

This is a decent beer that's hard to score. I'm on the fence with some stuff in this beer, so scores are adjusted in certain areas.

 967 characters

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear and amber in color, didn't produce that much head or lacing, some rising bubbles were present.

Smelled interesting. A lightly hoppy brew, with floral and fruity notes to compliment the biscuit malts.

Flavor wise it's pretty darn tasty. Sweet floral tastes accent an even combination of caramel malts, lightly tangy hops, and a bit of mixed fruit flavors. No one taste is overpowering, balance is nice and the beer is very inviting to the taste buds.

Feel wise it's nothing special but not bad. Good carbonation is present but it's a bit on the watery side.

It's an average drinker for "all beers" but for the amber style, one that I'm not that fond of, it's definitely above average. I'd surely buy it once in a while for a change of pace, or when I was in an amber mood. Would be great beer for a sporting event or barbecue.

 839 characters

Photo of Slatetank
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as part of a mixed six from Wegman's in Mechanicsburg -poured chilled into a Dfh shaped glass.

The color is clear tangerine with visible carbonation moving semi-rapidly w/ thick quick condensing off white cap w/ tiny bead. The lace is splatted on the inside of the glass. The smell is malty with some toasted odors and a light herbal hop aroma w/ light fruit notes. The feel is dry and malty with a moderately carbonated body which is medium in that respect with mild bitterness and a dry clean finish.

The taste is a pretty smooth malt flavor with some biscuit and light hop notes which are herbal and a subtle caramel sweetness is evident in the finish. The overall taste is dry and clean with subtle bitter flavor and light fruit notes which bring to mind red pear. I liked this amber alright, it was not the best Amber I have had. I just found this beer to be satisfying, not really outstanding or exceptional in any way.

 947 characters

Photo of tlazaroff
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

 439 characters

Photo of budgood1
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a slightly muddled orange hued copper colour with a very thin head and sparse lace. nose is lightly but brightly hopped with an underlying caramel and toffee malted nose. taste is a pleasantly complex mix of malts and hops...leaning towards biscuits and crackers with an underlying dry sweetness probably due to the honey. the hopping tilts towards some floral and flowery notes, never bitter but cutting in its tea like herbalness. medium bodied and a bit of creamy like smoothness makes it all the more enjoyable. dry finish. drinkability is pretty good...i'm sure a few pints of this would compliment some bar snacks.

overall an approachable amber ale with just enough going on to satisfy. a session beer to be sure and a no brainer to share with someone curious about the world of better beer.

 809 characters

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.

 825 characters

Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this up at Snow Summit this weekend while skiing. Gotta give Summit credit, they have some decent beers on tap.

Typical looking amber, nice color, not too much head (although it was in a plastic glass so that might have had an effect). Rich malt with just a bit of roastyness to it and a tiny bit of hops in the finish. Smooth, warm and very nice. Not too strong with the alcohol but enough to disinhibit a bit and make skiing a little easier. For the style this is very good, and I think it would be a great session beer.

 537 characters

Photo of hoplover82
3.56/5  rDev +6%
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!

 357 characters

Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.36 out of 5 based on 420 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!