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:
0
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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Photo of Superheatnsubcool
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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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...

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7-28-04=3.6

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..

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of TrueMetalJake
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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Photo of mrkc
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The amber ale doesn't mislead - the colour is a rich amber, clear with minimal carbonation which quickly fades to a thin ring around my glass. It's the same overmoulded bottle as their other offerings, which looks fancy, but breaks far too easily. It has the date of bottling right on the label, which is always a plus. The beer smells rich honey and citrus, a little too strong of the latter. However, you taste more of the former as you sip, with brief notes of pepper. It's clean and smooth, not lingering on the tongue any longer than water. It's very drinkable, and it would be easy to drink several of these without noticing.

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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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a clear, dark amber that verges on a coppery orange. I get quite a nice cap of white head built up to just about one finger that retains itself reasonably, leaving good lacing in small patches consistently.
Toasted biscuit with a light caramel sweetness from malts balances well with a light hops element offering a bit of citrus with a touch of leafy or grassy aroma and an interesting spiciness that's hard to place.
Malts offer a flavor that includes a nice toastiness, caramel and toffee and almost a candied sugars and the biscuity backbone I expect from the nose. A little nip of bitterness and perhaps a touch of grass and citrus from hops offers some balance, but this seems to be a malt-forward amber.
For the malts in this beer, I might expect a little more depth and body, though smoothness doesn't really lack. It's above average in feel but could really use something more.
This is a good beer, but there are excellent examples of the style that are readily available, so not one to pick up except in a bind or it's offered.

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Photo of Zraly
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A new Widmer beer?

Drop Top Amber Ale comes packaged in the sleek Widmer bottle design. The label is rather simple and classic looking and has "man's best friend" on the bottom portion of the bottle. He appears to be panting, and has his tongue hanging out. He must have heard a bottle cracking open.

The light beige head pours beautifully and rests peacefully atop of what is a light amber, with the color spectrum leaning slightly toward orange.

A wonderful, straight-forward malt smell works its way toward the nose. The slight hop nuance compliments it well.

The flavor is extremely well-balanced, with notes of sugar, bready-malty flavor, and a slight note of smooth, milky chocolate. Lingering about is the slight bitter tinge on the tongue. This is a highly accessible beer. Creamy.

Usually I refrain from comparing one beer to another, but I think drinkers of Alaskan Amber would fully appreciate this beer. Especially if you have ever wished that Alaskan Amber was just a tad hoppier.

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Photo of HotterThanHell
3.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drop Top Amber by Widmer is a beer bordering on excellent. The color when viewed through a glass from the sun is beautiful. The taste is what you would expect from an Amber Ale, a bit lighter than say Fat Tire.

Drop Top definitely has a malty character with a nice mouthfeel but perhaps a little sour on the finish. Could be the bottles? The head is above average but tends to fade quickly. A quick swirl of the glass will bring it back, and it left some lacing. Didn't catch much on the smell, a tad of citrus and a little sweet honey perhaps.

Hops are there but not prevalent, so if your a hop-head this probably isn't the amber for you. A good drinking beer, that goes down well but leaves a impact on your mouth and tongue like a good beer should.

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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 ghostxyz3
3.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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