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Drop Top Amber | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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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

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Photo of Schwab
1.36/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A bar recently re-opened in our downtown area and we have it a shot.

From watching the bartenders pouring beer, I am not sure if the regulator(s) had a problem and/or where not set up properly; however, this beer was awful, upright disgusting.

A - very light body but still somewhat decent amber color.
S - nothing too impressing, expected more from Widmer but got more like a less than average BMC character.
T - Disgusting! The taste was something I still have not been able to identify. Really bad taste, very weird after taste and even leaves an odd taste in mouth.
M - As already said, far from good by any means.
D - This is equal to zero. I had a hard time even finishing the beer I ordered.

I'm not sure what this is, but far from good! I doubt it has to do with Widmer coming from OR. Everyhing else from the Widmer Brothers has been pretty good

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Photo of vkv822
1.9/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz : pint glass

Pours amber orange with a fizzy off white head that dissipates quickly to almost nothing.

Pretty subdued nose and palate, but consists of grassy hops, and sweet malts.

Medium body, fairly low carbonation.

A bit disappointing overall. Very simple, boring flavors with low carbonation.

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Photo of champ103
1.94/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours an amber/reddish color. A one finger white head forms, and sticks around for a minute. At first a thin film of lace is left, but that goes away half way through the pint.
S: Grain, bread, and sweet malt. Cooked corn and veggies. Blah.
T: Grainy malt is most dominate with some corn. Sweet caramel lingers after this warms up.
M/D: Thin, light and watery. High carbonation. Not something I am going to drink a lot of.

Widmer has some decent offerings. This is not one of them. I would not recommend this at all.

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Photo of jadpsu
1.98/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bought this at the Corner Market in Laurel Ms.
Bottle has a bottle date on it of 01-26-10. This means that this was bottled more than 22 months ago, and may be why this brew was so nasty. This was a mix and make your own 6 pack so it was the only Drop Top Amber I bought.
It poured with very little head that was quickly gone. It was very cloudy and hazy.
The smell was or sour old rags.
I would like to try this beer from a bottle brewed within 6 months of me opening it. This was just bad beer and can't believe that I got to taste the beer as it should be.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is super bland. No lacing or head, smell is a weird yeasty smell. It's has a desirable spicyness to it but the flavor is just so bland. There is no hop anything and the malts are not very good. Prob won't ever drink this beer again because it is so boring. Would rather drink a bud light

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Photo of Cakanator
2.25/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sample bottle. Pours a light copper/red color, but thin and watery looking. Head was there, but few aromas of weak hops. Wow what a straight forward beer, barley any flavors. Malt and hops were thin, but I suppose if you wanted a lighter summery beer with little taste this is it.

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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 watermelonman
2.31/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This arrived as a decent looking dark amber color with a small head. Lace is minimal.

The smell has some notable hop content but seems to be lacking malt. The taste is where it really starts to go downhill. It tastes like there isn't enough malt, but the malt that is there is too sharp and too sweet. The mediocre taste is followed up with overly thin body. I'll pass next time.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.31/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Clear amber with a dense off white head with decent retention and lacing. The nose is a blend of caramel, cascade hops, toast, brown sugar, citrus and toffee. The palate opens moderately toasty and caramel like, but exceedingly thin and watery. Hop character is mild, with a faint bitterness, mild flavor and a touch of mineral. A touch of honey is present. The finish is dry and lacks flavor. Rather mediocre IMO.

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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 goochpunch
2.45/5  rDev -27.1%
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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Photo of MuddyFeet
2.45/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A flat-metallic flavor. Light copper in color with a quick dissolving head. The flavor of the hops is apparent, but it still tastes like it was running through tin pipes for quite a while. A quick drinking beer when it is serving its purpose as alcohol.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.46/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured a coppery-orange, very similar to their Drifter pale which I had the previous day. A similar fizzy and pancake head sat atop as well which quickly dissipated to a polished surface. Visible effervesce started strong with a showering display of macro bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass before letting go and quickly fading to a wimper. Honestly I would say this is very close visually to their pale, though im a little less impressed this time around.

S: light semi-toasted grains with a even lighter hopping of watery pine that was barely worth mentioning. The aroma was to light to appreciate, flat and I ended up snorting some beer from trying to hard to distinguish something. Unimpressive by all regards.

T: The flavor was acidic and citric with sweetened caramel oranges. Wet, juicy lemons and some buttery malting is also well noted. The hopping is more evident then what appeared on the nose but still was grossly underpowered, watery, and weak being overwhelmed by the sweet maltiness. Very noticeable traces of diacetyl was noticed which came off as artifical butter that you would get on popcorn at the movies. Sickening sweet with hints of mushy pears and apples appear on the finish as well. At first I thought maybe this was a bad batch due to underpitching of yeast or some other brewing flaw, but after reading several reviews it seems that this is the desired taste that widmer thinks is desirable. Sorry but this was just off all around.

M: extremely light bodied, near watery, with a very slick texture and hardly any carbonation being detected. A buttery slickness from the malting slides across the tongue with a helping of sour lemons that clashes rather then compliments.

D: Drinkability was bad. Thankfully I was only suckered for a single purchase at close out for $1.69 which borders on almost deception. It's a shame when Buds American ale puts this to shame in almost every aspect. Forget you even saw this beer on the shelf next visit. A half-glass dumper.

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Photo of flyingspatula
2.55/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Little to no head on this very clear reddish yellow ale. Aroma is very hoppy. Kind of a malty taste. Not as good as it smells. I'm surprised by some of the other reviews, maybe I got a bad one, but it doesn't do too much for me. Actually, I do like the carbonation level and it is kind of easy to drink. Not bad, but definitely not one of my favorites.

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Photo of woemad
2.56/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on-tap at The Satellite, a non-BA bar in Spokane.

Poured an orangey red, with a small white head that didn't stick around long. Not much in the way of lace.

Smell was weak, with mildly sweet malt odor most prominent. There was a vague smell of floral hops, but it's not very noticeable at all.

Taste is mostly of mildly sweet malts, with a tiny bit of hoppiness. There is also a slight, metallic taste in the background.

Was rather thin for an amber ale

While (just) drinkable, it's not exactly lightyears ahead of macro swill. Drink this only if there's nothing better available.

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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 Gaisgeil
2.6/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks go to Waldowin and Newbie BIF '05 for the sample!

This is a fairly bland and watery amber ale, not too impressed really. There really isn't anything overly horrible about it, just sort of boring honestly.

Pours a fairly standard medium amber in color with minimal head. Nose is rather bland, fairly fresh smelling overall, mildly hoppy. Taste isn't too exciting either, slightly bready with a mild hop profile, finish is rather weak/watery. Overall pretty uninspired and bland. Had no desire for another.


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Photo of mndlssphlsphr
2.61/5  rDev -22.3%
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 oriolesfan4
2.62/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours orange with what starts off as a nice head but quickly goes to nothing at all.. no lacing to speak of. Aroma has a slight sweetness to it but not much. Nothing offensive for the taste, but nothing flavorful either. For the style definitely needs a lot more bitterness to it, way too watery for my liking. Has a faint hop presence but enough by any means.... tastes like a red ale that's gotten into the hands of a BMC company.... oh wait, thats what it is! Nothing special here folks, a lot better of the style out there...

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Photo of TexIndy
2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The neck had a laser label of the brew date. The color was an orangish amber. It had a small that quickly disappeared with nothing after - no film, no lacing. The mouthfeel was watery and bland. The aroma was malty with no appealing characteristics. The taste was pretty bland and honestly not better than a Bud Light. It was overall a very bland macroish beer that screams mediocrity. Won't be looking for this again unless it's down this or Milwaukee's Best. It's not unpleasant to drink so I won't give it a 1 or 2 on drinkability but it's just not very flavorful. A throwaway beer. (2, NA, Tie, N)

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Photo of magictrokini
2.66/5  rDev -20.8%
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 jujubeast6000
2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 7/10/2008 (bottle dated MAY2708):

Pours an amber reddish color body, clearish. Whitish creamy head, small. Malty, almost spicy aroma. Not nutty, but almost wheaty or something. Malty somewhat sweet taste. Clean aftertaste. Some fizziness. Kinda bland.

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Photo of stevoj
2.71/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not impressed, just an average rating. Appearance is bland, with little head on amber body Aroma is light malt, taste is malt and some caramel. This is on the 1001 Beers to Try list, but can’t figure out why....

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Photo of josiahschlender
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Widmer is not a brewery I go out of my way to buy, but the occasion recently called for an easy drinking, non adventurous beer for a group. Drop Top was on sale, so I figured I'd give it a go.

Pours a rich amber color, not much of a white cap that fades quickly, leaving no lace.

Not much going on in the aroma department. Some doughy malts, maybe just a touch of grassy hops. Nothing offensive, but nothing that stands out, either.

Flavors are the same story. Dilute bread dough malts, some sweetness, but at least they didn't go overboard with that. Very little discernible hops, mild bittering. Body is light to medium, which fits the light flavors.

It seems like Widmer's goal is to tame down beer styles and make transition beers... nothing I've had from their common store beers is going to excite a beer geek, but they're probably a safe choice when you're trying to get your Bud Light drinking friend to branch out. Too bad it doesn't come at a lower price point, most comparable craft brewed ambers are a better choice.

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Photo of tonistruth
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
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

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