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

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

It appears orange-amber in tint with a thin layer of head, but not too impressive head-wise. Good looking color though.
I picked up scents of hop aroma and a thin malty character came through as well. I did not pick up much character in the aroma.
I found this to a malt driven amber. A good amount of hops were used to balance out the flavor nicely. I would characterize it as a bit above average, but not fantastic.
I found the mouthfeel to be okay. It was very thin with and worked the palate fairly well.
I would not pick up another six pack, but I would probably drink it if one my friends had it in his fridge.

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Photo of guitarmage
4.04/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice orange amber, slight chill haze, no luck on a head, or lacing. Nice color though.

Smell: Sweet malt, some ripe fruit esters, mild citrus or herbal hops, pretty well rounded smell.

Taste: Caramelly and coffee notes, nice roasted malt flavors, hops are very subtle, finishes with a nice whole grain toast taste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium bodied and pretty light carbonation, finishes somewhat dry, but lingers.

Drinkability: I like this brew and would definitely drink it if offered one. It's well built and solid. Refreshing and crisp, not overly complex. Great after my spaghetti and meat sauce with fresh parmesan.

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

Had this at Chili's. I'd never heard of it, and figured I'd give it a shot.
Came in a large pilsner glass with a little lacing and head. Color was red, but lighter than comparable brews.
Smell wasn't all that strong. Had some sweet malt mixed with grain. Like others, it has a little bit of berry, too.
Flavor isn't bad. Not really strong or pronounced, but nothing's off. There's an unmistakable hop flavor to the finish. I didn't expect it, but it was nice.
Mouthfeel/drinkability were above average, but nothing special. I finished the large glass, but I doubt I'd order two.
Not a bad beer, but nothing amazing either. A definite step up typical BMC, but not as good as comparable beers like Fat Tire or Avalanche. The extra hops in the finish is unique and nice, but I'm not sure I'd get this one again unless it was competing only with macro lagers.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Decent crystal clear amber color in pint glass with a half finger head that melted to fine lacing.
Aroma is very faintly sweet malt and slightly toasty.
Taste is lightly amber malt sweetness with a surprising hop finish that I didn't notice in the nose. Grainy-doughy dryiness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is adequate for this style.
Very quaffable...I actually enjoyed the subitles of this beer...not too sweet and not sharply hoppy in the end. A nice change of pace and very sessionable for a summer afternoon.

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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 deuschbag
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle pored into a pint glass. pores a deep cloudy orange texture with a nice white head that lasts a little while before leaving some good lacing.

not much smell to it. all i really smell is hops.

taste is pretty good. has a nice hopy flavor. a little malty and grainy aftertaste.

light bodied. this actually feels pretty smooth. very pleasant to the go down.

i was very surprised with this brew. it is very easily to drink. a good offering from widmer. i'm definitly coming back to this one.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I ordered this beer in a restaurant, served in a tall (22 oz) pilsner glass.

It has a medium nut brown color, minimal head, thin and white not foamy. A little lacing on the glass.

There is not much smell, and what little aroma there is, is generally unremarkable.

The taste is light, slightly bitter. It is hoppy with a faint malt flavor. The aftertaste is short-lived and slightly bitter. Nothing special. .

This is a slightly more robust and flavorful version of a macro beer. It’s drinkable but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. Drinking from a large pilsner glass, the flavor, head and lacing were better at the narrow bottom of the glass.

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Photo of DFN
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Drop Top Amber Ale tastes and feels like a "light" beer, even though it's not designated as such. Actually, it tastes the way a light beer SHOULD taste, but usually doesn't -- i.e. like a regular beer, only with less body and a reduced intensity of taste. Anyhow, it's pretty average in most respects, slightly on the sweet and fruity side. Drop Top would be a decent choice for drinking in quantity on a hot Summer day, but it's really not very distinctive. I might buy it again if it goes on sale during the hot Summer months, but otherwise probably won't.

PS: After skimming through other reviews, it appears that reviewers who had this on tap liked it better than those (like me) who poured it from a bottle. Some exceptions, but that seems to be the pattern.

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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 Mitchster
3.01/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

20 IBU, 4.85% ABV, OG=12.25 Plato. Brewed with Pale, Caramel 10L, Extra Special, Briess, and Honey malts. Hopped with Magnum and Simcoe.

Cool looking Widmer botle with the little emblazoned thumb spot. I've always liked Widmers bottles. They make you feel like you're latching onto something special. Pours out to a clear light honey-colored amber, forming a soapy modest off-white head with good retention and good lacing. The carbonation is moderate. The aroma is distinctly, and overwhelmingly cranberries and concentrated white grape juice. Quite unique...I wonder if it's a Pseudomonas infection, it's that strong:) Swirling makes the grape juice even more distinct. Above and beyond this, I smell nothing. If I concentrate *really* hard, maybe there is a touch of toast.. If somebody gave me this in a blind taste test, I would swear I was drinking Welch's Grape Juice from concentrate. Smells nothing like beer. Mouthfeel is quite average with a medium body. The taste? Grape juice that wants to taste like a beer. There is a slight smattering of hops in the tail end and a touch of toast in the middle...otherwise it's initially quite hard to tell. Bitterness is light to moderate and non-distinct with very real grape aftertaste.

So as you can tell, this is the "grapiest" beer I've ever had. Interesting, but a good beer does not this make. Despite this odd profile, it's drinkable but not something I would care to have again. I'd be interested in tasting this on tap, freshly brewed to see if it's a bottling problem or not. Recap: I just drank a Bridgeport Blackstrap Stout, and I'm still tasting the grapes! Goddamn, that's the meanest hooch I've ever tooted!

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

It poured a nice amber brown with very little foam and very little lace. The smell of hop's was very evident with a hint of roasted malt. The taste was of a mild hoppy flavor with the usual malts and a hint of spice. Not one of my favorites, but a nice summer quincher on hot days, or anytime.

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Photo of palliko
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is amber with not much foam but there was some lacing. Aroma contains some malt, but not much hops. Initial taste however has some hops, some carbonation and grains. There are a lot of better pale ales out there. I LOVE Widmer Bros. Hefe, but this is not their best effort.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An unexpectedly fruity ale with a distinctive mesh of apricot and tangerine flavors, Drop Top is too distinct to be ignored, yet still very amiable and low key. It is notably clear with no aroma or lace and minimal head. And of course, it is amber colored. A modest measure of lactose enhances the innate fruitiness but contributes little to the otherwise routine body.

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Photo of Hunter
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brew is a clear, coppery-red color, tan head of short-lived foam. Scant carbonation and lacing effects.

Nice aroma, with notes of malt, caramel, and light hops. Subtle and yet still complex enough to bring you back for another whiff.

Taste is different, which is good in an oversaturated amber malt market. Light on the palate, tghis doesn't bludgeon you the way some ambers seem to. Malt, citrus, and grassy hops are the predominant flavors coming through.

Mouthfeel is light and slightly scouring, clearing out to an almost peachy aftertaste. This is not too shabby a beer, and one to consdier for your regular rotation. Nothing overly complex, but a decent brew nonetheless.

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Photo of misterscooter
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured for me at the Hopyard in San Ramon, CA. The beer is a gorgeous copper color but either doesn't have a head or it was a bad pour by the bartender. Very little foam along the edges and nowhere else. The appearance would have scored higher if I had seen some suds.

A sweet smell, malty with some citrus and strawberry hints. The taste is definitely malty but not too much. However, it is a bit sweeter than I was hoping for. Not really sweet fruits but maybe a little syrupy sweet. Otherwise very smooth and not dry at all. I can't be certain that I experienced everything this beer had to offer but until I have another, I must say that it was better than average but not much.

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

Tasted on tap at Mother's Pub in San Luis Obispo, CA on 12/26/04. Pours a pretty amber color that begs to be tasted, with a very nice head for an amber ale. Aroma is roasty, bready, with a hint of caramel. Flavor follows through, but a little thin. Would like a more robst flavor here. Generally a nice, drinkable amber ale, and would try it again, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of alexgash
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden-copper body with a slight amber tinge. Amber, eh? Small, sketchy, off-white head.
Smells of toast, singed caramel, and brown sugar malt. Sharp, astringent hop bite cuts through.
Taste is much like the smell. Hops pipe in midway through. Finish is slightly bitter with big, grainy/cerealy malt. Almost adjuncty. Medium-bodied; kind of dry. Disappointing, but okay. Meh...

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

dumps out a nice amber with a smallish white bubbly head. aroma is toasty and earthy with a decent hop punch. crisp in the mouth, well carbonated, goes down smoothly. flavorwise its a good medium hopped amber. think fat tire only trade a bit of that fat tire toasted malt for a slightly more potent hop punch. pretty balanced and plays it safe. very quenching and tastey.

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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 Redrover
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Galleto Ristorante in Modesto, CA. This is a very nice restaurant owned by the Gallo family. .

Nice clear bronze color, minimal head with decent lacing. The nose was nice, but a little understated. I picked up some fruity aroma with hints of grain.

Taste is somewhat sweet and slightly fruity (think apple). The taste was also what I can only describe as slightly metallic. Not metallic like a can, but a little like a penny. It was not bad, just different.

The beer has a nice crisp mouthfeel with the carbonation perfectly calibrated for this style. Decent drinkablity as well.

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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 MobBarley
2.86/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unremarkable. It looks nice: decent nut-brown head and a colorful amber body. However, the nose is sweet and full of hay, the taste overpoweringly sweet, with a hint of hops and metal at the end. Mouthfeel is thin. Drinkability average. I won't purchase this again, especially if I am in the mood for an American Amber that has some hops you can feel deep down in your soul. This stuff was just too sweet to be refreshing, and lacked any real memorable character.

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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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