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:
425
Reviews:
233
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
15.18%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
33
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 425 |  Reviews: 233
Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden/amber color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of floral hops, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and slight grain. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, slight butter, slight spice, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of grain. Overall, an average beer with good body and blend.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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 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 tone77
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by caramel malts. Taste is a good balance of hops and malts, a touch of caramel is in there. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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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 tempest
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a sweet, bisquity aroma that boasts of crystal malts and a light hop aroma. The taste is decent also. It has a smooth, yet quite sweet crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with some light bisquit notes. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer has potential. It needs more hops and a little less caramel sweetness.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Wings in a shaker pint, on to the beer:

The color on this one leans towards orange, but not quite so with an edge of amber to it. Good frothy head on top. The aroma is pretty clean with light dextrin and malt. The flavor is simple on this one. It starts with toasted malt, then a brief appearance of caramel shows up, then it's followed by a brush of cascade(?) hops with a clean finish.

Very drinkable brew, good for a lunch break with its easy going attitude, but not one I'd drink for a flavorful experience.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an orange color with a large white head. The aroma is heavy on the biscuit malt with a little bit of grassy hops mixed in. The aroma is fairly faint overall. The flavor is heavy on the biscuit malt with a little bit of toffee mixed in. There is a slight grassyness from the hoppiness, but the beer is mainly about the malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Widmer Brothers - Drop Top Amber, poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. A clear, copper colored brew with a short livid head.

Smell: Bready malt in the aroma, though distant.

Taste: Balanced flavors of caramel malt and some hops. Theres also a vague roastedness. Simple but good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and quite smooth with a good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Quenching and refreshing. This could be a great party time beer since it would appeal to a wide range of beer drinkers.

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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -10.7%

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 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 Zorro
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer is a clear copper colored ale with an OK tan head that forms and then mostly disappears.

Smell is woody with a stronger than expected hop aroma. There is a strong aroma of citrus hops in this beer. This smells like a West Coast pale ale more than anything else, quite a close clone of SNPA.

At the beginning the taste is sweet and malty with a firm grapefruit flavor. Sweet and buttery like buttered toast with a hop and citrus marmalade on top is the best way I can describe the flavor. If you are looking for a highly hopped yet not bitter and mild ale this is a beer for you. There are more subtle flavors here of vanilla and lemon.

Mouthfeel is good.

A surprisingly drinkable beer. I expected a 3.0 beer that would be OK but nothing all that great. This turned out to be a quite tasty beer and something I will buy again.

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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 clayrock81
2.96/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not terrible but my rating reflects what it is; a mass produced red ale a la Bud's American Ale for the casual drinker to have something heavier and maltier AKA sweeter. Has a good seethru brownish red body with slightly tan head, but then a grainy caramel malt smell with somewhat medicinal hop smell. Taste is a little ragged and course with some sweetness and a slightly dry backbite w/ little hop flavor. Not bad but I will not be seeking this one out at all.

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Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours two finger cream head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Nearly clear amber color. light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pine and earthy hop nose and flavor is mild caramel, faint breadyness and light piney hops. Dry piney finish. 12oz bottle - gift.

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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 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 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 Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy copper color. Poured with a one inch light tan head that slowly receded to a quarter inch. Thin, inconsistent lacing.

S: Malt and yeast aromas up front followed by herbal hops. Not a very strong character as the aromas were fairly subdued.

T: This was the best part. Very pleasing malt and hop balance. Smooth malty flavor is complimented by the bite of hops. Finished clean.

M: Very smooth medium bodied beer with a clean aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable beer. Loved it for its balance. Beer suits a wide variety of drinking occasions.

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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 barleywinefiend
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I heard this was better, much better on tap but this is bottle..Poured a burnt orange. Nose is mild with some wheat and malt just coming to the surface. At first taste you think you are about to get hit with something heavy, but it is suprisingly smooth and light. Wheat comes to mind first followed with a tartness that is refreshing.

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Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.36 out of 5 based on 425 ratings.
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