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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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of JayTheFinn
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Tasty, drinkable little beverage from Widmer. It's kinda like they took their hefeweizen and draped amber ale over it. Not bad.

A - Orangy brown body with soda-like bubbles.
S - Just a whiff of citrus.
T - Light citrus, hop and malt combo. Decently flavorful if not fantastic.
M - Middle of the road. A little bit of flavor rolls around the tongue. But it doesn't last long.
D - The subtle flavors, low sweetness and bitterness make this a smooth and very drinkable ale. Add to that the cheap price for a six pack and you have yourself a near perfect session beer.

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

Definitely nice that I can get this on tap even in the worst dive bars...it's become one of the decent choices when you're out in 'non-beer geek' locations. Thank you Widmer for infiltration this one everywhere.

Nice easy drinking somewhat sweet and caramel tasting beer. Not your 'extreme' or 'DAMN' kind of beers, but a nice brew to drink when you just want to have a beer.

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Photo of roddwolff
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

There's a deep amber color, one finger of creamy foam with consistency; the smell is floral, some caramel and hops; the taste is good, a mix of honey, cherry and malt; the mouthfeel is a sweet bitterness, isn't refreshing but don't dry, a light body and low carbonation; in the drinkability is very easy to drink, maybe too sweet to drink more than 2 or 3.

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Photo of grnmtnman
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 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 jnoelani
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of SJbigtuna
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jonziefle
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a completely clear brown amber. Visible carbonation. 1.5 finger white bubbly head with decent retention. Not much lacing at all.

Smell: Caramel malts, with mild sweetness. Hints of buttery diacetyl.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Caramel mild malts with moderate sweetness. Some butter flavors, but minimal. Very mild overall.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied without much bite. Smooth.

Drinkability: An average amble ale. On the malty side without much hop representation, but refreshing nonetheless.

Buy Again? No.

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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 Dunkelhund
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of isualum12
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice beer that is always easy to find here in boise. smooth with out over powering. Somewhat of a classic amber
smell standard brown
appearance- brown in color with red shining through
taste is sweet with carmel
overall nice classic beer to pick up on the way to a party.

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Photo of GarrettB714
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of kindestcut
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Widmer Drop Top Amber pours a translucent copper with a moderate white head. The carbonation is very evident.

The aroma is malty with a hint of citrusy hops. The flavor is sweet from the roasted malt with a very nice hoppy finish. The hoppiness is more fruity than floral. The carbonation is very evident giving the beer an extremely refreshing, crisp mouthfeel. This is a very drinkable beer.

I'm not sure where all the hate is coming from for this beer. It's certainly not a weak beer...well, it is if you're used to chewing raw hops. It's not an Imeperial Sommethingorother. It's an American amber ale. And it's a very good one.

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Photo of Geno206
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of xoqx
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - this pours orange-amber with a one-finger white head. It practically has no retention that I witnessed. There is light lacing.

Smell - The nose is malty and not much else.

Taste - Light citrus and somewhat grainy. Fruity-hop flavors help the lackluster taste.

Mouthfeel - this one is watery and light.

Drinkablilty - Very little interests me in this beer, and I could scarcely finish it. This is not interesting for an American Amber Ale.

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Photo of takusan1000
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bret27
3.86/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Sweet maltiness, honey, caramel, no real hop aromas. The aromas that are there are pretty faint.

A: Clear amber/copper. Fairly good foamy white head w/avg retention.

T: Malt flavors are definitely center-stage, though all flavors are subtle. Sweet honey and caramel, little biscuit/bready, w/grainy grassy bitter finish.

M/D: Honey-like smoothness w/medium soft carbonation, Very drinkable.

Overall: I feel like I may be rating this beer too high but hear me out... It's not overly strong or complex, but the sweet tastes are so pleasant. It's sweet but balanced enough by light hops and just enough grainy flavors to not be cloying. It's not a thick malt bomb or filling. I just can't rate a beer low that just tastes so damn delicious.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 9/2/09- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poureed into a shaker glass. Bottled on date on the label.

A- Dark amber with a thin tan head that was gone so quick I wasnt sure I saw it. No lacing to speak of. Mildly active carbination.

S- Didnt get much here. A little caramelesque sweet hint was about it.

T- A little stronger than the nose, tasted pretty much like sweet biscuits.

M- Light body, a little too watery. The carbination wasnt very noticable.

D- Pretty easy to drink but not really worth the effort. I was torn between drinking iut a drain pouring it the whole time. I guess it would make a good session brew if the only other options were macros.

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Photo of rhinonau
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

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 Laklimell
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of throwerbri
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of intensify
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a amber colored body and a small head. Lacing settles to a cloud in the middle quite fast. Not much to talk about on the smell.. floral, some hops, honey and some lemon zest. Some juicy fruit picked up by the palate. Hint of biscuit, spices, and orange peel. Semi watery mouthfeel and a dry finish. Easy to drink and would probably kick back a few with no problem.

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