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 | 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%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
31
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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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Photo of MuddyFeet
2.45/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A flat-metallic flavor. Light copper in color with a quick dissolving head. The flavor of the hops is apparent, but it still tastes like it was running through tin pipes for quite a while. A quick drinking beer when it is serving its purpose as alcohol.

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Photo of arizcards
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack after enjoying this on tap at a local PF Changs. Pours a nice fluffy white head that dissapated quickly. It is a light orange-red color. Smelled nothing out of the ordinairy outside of the usual malts. No mystery with the taste as you are presented with a malty start and a very light hop finish. This is thinner than what I am accustomed to in an amber. It is very enjoyable though as I will not have a problem with the remaining brews. I would classify this as an amber light ale, not nearly in the class as the Full Sail amber.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Nice, hoppy-looking orange body with a good head that laced the glass.

Smell – It’s not a big nose, but the hops are sharp. There seems to be a cheap grainy aroma coming through, though.

Taste – This one is like Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde. The hop flavors are actually quite sharp for domestic piss, but the grain is a let down and the sweetness is really lame. It reminds me of flavorless Gummi-Bears.

Mouthfeel – Smooth and well balanced with a medium body.

Drinkability – I liked serveral aspects of this ale, but the cheap malt and grain made this a sipper.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber color. Medium head. Aroma is malty. A light bodied amber. Malts are nutty and slightly sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. Kind of a lighter flavored amber. Very drinkable, but somewhat lacking in flavor. What flavor there is is nice, but it needs to be turned up a notch. I am probably being a little critical, it a drinkable amber, light and refreshing. Don't really notice the lactose (milk sugar). Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of sinistersteve
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

New Widmer beer..or a re-name...don't know for sure. But anywho, average amber color and not much head off the pour. No head also means no decorating lace on the glass. Taste reminds me of a Mirror Pond, but not as good. If it weren't for the Widmer name I would think that this is one of those budget imposter beers that I have seen around town. Not the best stuff around, but it's worth a repurchase.

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

Widmer Brothers is and has been a long time favorite brewery, all their beers are quite quaffable. On the pour a nice amber color, the head average in size, frothy in texture, the lace a fine covering sheet to seal off the glass. Nose is fresh and crisp, mostly malt and quite pleasant, start is sweet and loaded with malt, top is skinny in feel. Finish is acidic, nicely hopped and a droughty aftertaste, another fine drinking beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New beer from Widmer ( I think), usual Widmer brown bottle with riased crest..but the label is distinctlly "UnWidmer"..more simple white on brown with a happy mutt on the bottom.
The beer looks pretty good..nothing spectacular but still invitng.
Its a very light brown..almost burnished brass colour with a small head , which soon fades to a good sized lace.
Smell is muted yet i do pick up on a little malt..thats about it..average aroma.
For such a weak aroma the taste is actually quite nice..nice maltry taste right at the start but as it reaches the back of the tongue a nice hop bitterness takes over..very balanced.
Fells pretty nice in the mouth , the carbonation is not too high just right.
Overall a drinkable amber..but with the market so saturated with these I doubt i will find a reason to return to this.

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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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Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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