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Drop Top Amber | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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232 Reviews
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Drop Top AmberDrop Top Amber
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

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
Reviews:
232
Ratings:
418
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
20.54%
 
 
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Reviews: 232 | Ratings: 418
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 denver10
3.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden-amber with a thumb and a half width white head. Nice retention and lacing. Sweet and bready with a little floral thrown into the aroma. Flavor matches the aroma quite well, with the sweet breadiness being the main focus in the flavor and some honey showing itself in the finish. A nice crisp and silky medium body to this. A very nice take on an amber. Much more crisp than the typical amber, imo, making this one of the most sessionable beers of the style for me (though thats a relative statement as amber ales aren't a style I can drink too much of at a time given). This definitely surpassed my expectations for it and has me a tad surprised that the ratings on this site are so low for this beer.

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Photo of Whiskers
4.24/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Nothing special here.
Smell - Sweet, mellow hop bouquet.
Taste - Good light hefe flavors mix with a very well balanced hint of lemon to end a near ephemeral earthy wheat aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - A little foamy but otherwise the normal filling, effervescent style of an Amber you'd expect.
Overall - A well put together beer. Nothing fancy, but a microbrew deserving of the few extra bucks at the store.

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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 woodychandler
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Today is one huge homage to my local trader, tone77, for whom I am deeply thankful. He keeps me in bottles when I would surround myself in CANs and gloss over everything else. Bottled beer CAN be as compelling as CANned beers but I tend to lose focus what with The CANQuest (TM).

I have a patch that reads: "Unless you have ridden/driven a motorcycle, you won't understand a dog's excitement." The label depicts this better than any Ralph Steadman Flying Dog label, you feel me, dog? Dog, the Bounty Hunter will be on soon. I am dog tired and it is time for the Dog Watch as I see sun dogs in the sky. Doggone, isn't there a review forthcoming?

I chose an aggro pour to develop just over a finger of dense, tawny head with good retention. The color was a deep orangish-amber, but not red enough to cause me slaver over it. The clarity was all that and a bag of Fritos, which I always have on-hand in case of munchies. Nose was far hoppier than I expected and my mouth began to water. Give thanks to the West Coast breweries who seem to have an abundance of hops and who are unafraid to use 'em. My first sip was of big malt, initially, followed by intense hoppiness and my tongue began to loll out of my mouth. "Let's ride," she said and I hopped on the back. I continued to really enjoy this beer, an easy sipper on a laid-back holiday in which I was doing more maintenance drinking than trying to get my fill. The finish was semi-sweet, which was just fine by me at this point. I have IPAs on-hand if I need 'em, but this was the right kind of mellow at the right time. I may start up some laundry to really enliven the day. Bottom line: if you are looking to kick start your day, this is not the beer. If you want a nice, mellow day with the dog, pop this open and go for a spin.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a copper color with a thick off white head. doesnt smell like much, a bit of caramel maltiness, but nothing much to speak of. taste is fairly bland for an amber, but not unpleasant, just not distinct. it is well balanced though. fuller bodied with good carbonation make the mouthfeel excellent for this beer, smooth and creamy, just not a whole lot going on to excite the palate.

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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 JoeAmerican77
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big bubble beige head covers a light wood orange nectar...Lemon is the number one scent I keep finding in Widmer products, not saying its a bad thing, perhaps amarillo and cascade hops? Sweet caramel candy hit the tongue with a smile and a nod to lemons and a hint of euro yeast. Let his baby warm a tad and she opens up. Good light medium body and mini carbonation tingle the tastebuds.

Ok so this and other Widmer Standards was easy to put down. I'd say they make American session beers, except I don't condone driving drunk :)

Slainte!

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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 RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Widmer Brothers Drop Top Amber Ale has a thin, cream-colored head, and a mostly clear, bubbly, amber appearance, with some thin lacing left down the glass. The aroma is mainly bready malt, but some citrus and hops are detected with a deep inhalation. Taste is almost all Orange Julius, with some hop spice at the end and faint breadiness. The mouthfeel has a fluffy ale body, and Widmer Brothers Drop Top Amber Ale finishes mostly dry, easy-drinking, and delicious. There is a definite piney aftertaste. Overall, I really enjoyed this one, and I rate it highly.

RJT

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at a shitty bar in Elko, NV. Bartender kept hyping how 'strong' the beer was. Whatever, its Elko, this is as primo as the beer scene gets.

Mahogany, maybe with a bit more red in it than pure mahogany color. Aroma was rich of caramel and other malts.

Taste was smooth, did seem to have a bit of a bitter and alcohol burn relative to its strength, despite what seemed like a honey or brown sugar presence that should be able to smooth that out.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8-13-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured a half finger of foam, decent lacing ring. Amber color with some carbonation present

S – Faint smelling brew. Hints of malt and caramel with some hops

T/M – Lighter bodied brew. Taste more caramel malt than anything else. Slight grittiness to the brew at first but mellowed out

D – Decent brew. A real easy going brew that is pretty light on the flavors and body. More malt then hops of course. Glad I tried this brew but wouldn’t seek it out again

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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 secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean amber, with an average head. No lace.

Nose hints at baked bread, specifically wheat.

Tastes toasty and mellow, with a hint of citrus near the finish.

A highly enjoyable amber ale, and maybe one of the better I've had recently.

Perfectly session-worthy. Another solid effort from Widmer.

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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 MDDMD
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-amber color with off-white head which dissipated quickly

S-malty with slight hints of bitterness

T-caramel and malt with mild hoppy flavor at the finish

F-light-medium body, smooth with medium carbonation

O-had it with a meal and enjoyed it, a decent amber ale

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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 nezelrac
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no date

A - pale orange/amber with a nice white head that fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing

S - orange zest, honey, sweet malt; a little simple

T - sweet malt and honeyed notes; sweet attack and mid-palate, drying up and grainy at the end; again, simple

M - the best part of this beer by far; light end of mid-weight with a slightly creamy texture; a little firmness at the back end; mid-low CO2

O - easy to drink, but not very exciting; was hoping for more

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Photo of Superfly3176
4.65/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bar I frequently drink at got this in the other week. I'm a big fan of ales so I had to try it. I was nothing short of impressed.

It pours amber in color and has a great aroma to it. Definitely a carmel and honey smell to it. Had a very nice head.

The flavor was one of the best I've had in a long time. I would definitely buy again if I can find it.

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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 DrinkingDrake
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear and amber with an inch of bubbly head that dissipates to nothing. Lightly toasted bready malts make the majority of the nose with a hint of grapefruit. Flavor is mostly light and creamy biscuit with a subtle roasted malt bitterness. The fruity grapefruit from the nose doesn't carry over as strong. A creamy body but finishes dry.

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Photo of ranger7
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A - A very cheerful, almost glowing, orange-ish amber color. Small head which fades quickly, some trace remains through-out drinking. Very inviting.

S - Surprise! This smells so unbelievably good and sweet. Can't quite put my finger on it, but it's got a sort of citrus smell mixed with honey.

T - Very sweet, but not too sweet. Has a bit of bitterness at the end of every sip. Sweet to start, slightly bitter end. I got a little tired of it near the end.

M - Nice. Fairly carbonated, but it works with this style.

Summary - I liked this one overall. Drop Top is different from most amber ales I've tried. I'm typically partial to darker brews, and the sweetness may turn some off, but I enjoyed the variety.

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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 beagle75
3.91/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with over one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild but focused toasted that is very grainy and clean--but not at all hoppy.

T: Begins dry, with brilliantly assertive pale malt that is grainy and acidic. Hops are barely present, with just a trace of detectable herbaceous and citrus aromatics. Malt qualities continue to unfold through the finish; first with mid-stream caramel, then with a husky, toasted finish that lingers.

M: Thin viscosity, balanced and easy-going on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: As malt-forward pale ales go, this is about as good as they come. Drop Top is a long-time favorite, having been identified years earlier as exceptional--but not for the usual reasons. There is no attempt here to catch the attention of the seasoned palate with an aggressive hop profile. Instead it builds a wall of malt that is beautiful in its simplicity, with acidity adding some brightness but never getting in the way. While the standard beers from Widmer often come across as apologetic, this one knows what it is and doesn't care what anyone else thinks. Drop Top may be my favorite of the Widmer line-up--small or large format, seasonal or year-round.

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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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Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.
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