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 ZAP
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I forgot I reviewed this but wanted to update so here we go.

A-Light orange...pretty good clarity for the style..

S-Soft caramel bread aroma....just a hint of sweet citrus hops as well...I liked how this smells....not immense in aroma but subtle and enticing..

T-Nice sweet but not too sweet flavors...caramel...also good bready notes....some minor earthy qualities too....

M-Medium to light medium bodied....sweet texture but doesn't seem cloying

D-I like this beer....definitely leans malty and could use just a little bit more of a hop presence but overall I would enjoy this from time to time...


Pours a cloudy orange color...nose is spicy...leathery...flavors are rather basic, but quaffable...more of a sweeter flavor...some caramel notes...has a bit of an English feel to it...not hopped up much at all...sweet...low carbonation...not a bad beer but not one loaded with complexities....a billion times better than say Killians Red (I know that's a lager) but nowhere near as tasty as some of the better Red Ales..

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The first thing that hits me is the aroma. Hops! What a freaking surprise. I did not expect that. The aroma did fade somewhat as the glass emptied. The flavor is caramel malt sweetness balanced rather well with hops--the sweetness isn't overly so and the balance is just there as well. This is certainly brewed to style. A lighter mouthfeel than most American Amber/Reds. I would call this more of a light amber than a red though.
It is lighter shade of amber as well.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Liquid caramel in the glass. The head was busy at first then subsided to a white ring around the beer.

S- Caramel, malty and earthy.

T- The taste is light, with a slight hop taste, but more malty and bready then anything. For a red ale it is more on the malty side. Its a tasty beer, but nothing too special.

M- Medium body, and good carbination.

D- Easy to drink for sure.

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Photo of mm546907
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Fairly dark/redish color, not much visible carbonation, and the head has pretty much disappeared after being in the glass only a few moments. Overall good color though.

S- Roasty and almost caramelly, with a hint of fruity character. Doesn't hit the nose with a hammer but it has a very likable scent.

T- Balanced flavor overall. Lots of roasted malt flavor with a nice hop counterpoint. Very slight hints of fruit.

M- Not as good as I expected. Its got a flat mouthfeel and seems pretty thin. Mild carbonation.

D- Its a nice overall drinkable amber, balanced and matches well with a lot of different foods and situations. I would indeed have another.

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Photo of Cakanator
2.25/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sample bottle. Pours a light copper/red color, but thin and watery looking. Head was there, but few aromas of weak hops. Wow what a straight forward beer, barley any flavors. Malt and hops were thin, but I suppose if you wanted a lighter summery beer with little taste this is it.

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Photo of Brad007
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a one-finger head into my glass. Looks about normal but where's the amber part?

Aroma is sweet and looks to contain adjuncts. Certainly doesn't smell like an amber ale to me at first. Hmm.

Taste is full of sweet malt and a very scant hop bitterness. Inoffensive. Perhaps I was wrong about the adjunct part.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet malt. Again, seems inoffensive and easy to drink.

Not bad. It's easy to drink but I've had better for the style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a creamy-looking, white head.

Smell: Standard barley scent then some silken, sweet-smelling globs of caramel sauce find their way into the mix, then some slight notes of hand-picked fruit.

Taste: Toasted pale and caramel maltiness with an unquestionable candy-like sweetness present. Touch of Bing cherry fruitiness. The added milk sugar, though hardly appreciable, is appreciated. Fairly restrained hop flavor and imparted bitterness, but it's really not much of a surprise being predicated by a lack of hops in the nose. For all its initial sweetness, the beer still manages to finish dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a bad amber, really, provided you don't mind your amber ale being well into the sweet side of the beer spectrum. Paired well with trying to shove a bar's touchscreen video game out of my face. Maybe some other time, Photo Hunt!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Starting to see a few more Widmer Brothers beers in the Central KY area.

As far as Amber's go, this beers suffers the same fate as most recent American brewers'. Very sweet with heavy caramel, toffee, and to a certain degree- butterscotch. This nearly sickly sweet character shows up in the nose and never subsides through the flavor. Hop presence is quite light and offers maybe an herbal hop flavor and very low-lying bitterness. As the sweetness fades late, a grain astringency comes though along with the light and grassy hops. Pretty low in gravity and somewhat thin going into the aftertaste. I wish the sweet caramel notes were more malty than sugary but it's not the case. A bite in the hop bitterness also provides a distraction. All in all, the beer is only ok despite a crystal clean golden-amber color. Lack of head retention after the initial pour could have helped. ...kinda reminds me of the Dos Equis that I had last night. Doesn't exactly make me feel like the most interesting man in the world though.

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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 PeprSprYoFace
2/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is super bland. No lacing or head, smell is a weird yeasty smell. It's has a desirable spicyness to it but the flavor is just so bland. There is no hop anything and the malts are not very good. Prob won't ever drink this beer again because it is so boring. Would rather drink a bud light

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 7/10/2008 (bottle dated MAY2708):

Pours an amber reddish color body, clearish. Whitish creamy head, small. Malty, almost spicy aroma. Not nutty, but almost wheaty or something. Malty somewhat sweet taste. Clean aftertaste. Some fizziness. Kinda bland.

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Photo of climax
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this beer poured a pretty light amber/yellow with an even bubbly head that faded quickly

smell wasn't all too strong, but nicely balanced. piney hops, toasted malt. hints of orange. sometimes the hops were at the forefront other times it was the malt

the flavor is good it just isn't very strong... infact its very weak, and thats the difference between a 3 and a 4. its an extension of the smell, caramel malt, brief spurts of citrus and a piney clean finish.... green apple finish after a long delay

this is very thin and watery, carbonation is mild. however its smooth and clean

yea you could drink the hell outta this beer, although maybe in vein because it is quite bland. There just seems to be alot of flavor missing. but it'll be good if your new to the "better beer scene"

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

Poured from a bottle into a plastic cup (moving, all glasses packed). Freshness date of Feb. 3, 2009.

Copper in color, no head as poured.. nice small lacing.

Good smell, sweet malt, bit chewy w/ a masked hop bitterness.

Taste is quite smooth, but doesn't really stand out.. a few sour notes. Sweet caramel, bitter/sour hop and chewy grain.

Good sessional and easy to drink without being too malty sweet and syrupy.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. 02/13/09.

Pours a clear golden orange color with about two fingers of soft beige head. The head quickly dropped to a thin layer and left some decent lacing. Aroma is faint with caramel malt and buttery biscuit.

Taste is very malty up front with caramel, toffee, and biscuit flavors. The finish is subtle herbal hops. Slight buttery and honey as well. Fairly simple, yet enjoyable. Feel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good - almost sessionable.

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Photo of farrago
3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Small head of off-white on the pour, no real lacing and what head there is exits like the cops are after it. No aesthetic problem with the copper red-orange coloration, pretty enough in the glass. The nose is very biscuity, baked butter top bread, generous orange to lemon citrus component, orange pekoe tea, jasmine and rose hips, nothing with true edge to be found, primary attribute may be ability to stuff your nostrils like cotton balls. Medium-bodied, the hops noticeable from the start but it still is primarily sweet from start to finish. Honey, just out of the oven pie dough, sweet tea, flower water, orange juice, maybe a touch of saline. Tame and friendly to a fault, appears aimed more at mass appeal than achieving a stamp of individual personality.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle, poured into a pint glass.

This beer pours a nice looking very light amber/caramel color. The head and lacing are disappointing, though. A finger's worth of head comes and goes quickly, and the lacing is minimal.

Pretty tame in the nose. A sweet and yeasty baking bread smell with just hint of hops.

Slightly more interesting in the mouth than nose. Sweet bready malt with a kiss of hop bitterness, not a lot of complexity. Creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Slightly odd quality in the aftertaste

Overall impression: Definitely my least favorite Widmer beer. Boring, but easy drinking.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very quaff-able for an amber

A- Pale brown-orange color with transparent body. I guess you could call it amber. Weak head but I might not have poured it well. Got a better head on my 2nd pour with retention and lacing

S- Smell is earthy and toasty with a hint of caramel and maybe some floral hops

T- I would like more hops, but it is typical of amber ales to have a shy hop profile. Mostly malts described in the smell along with slightly metallic flavor brought out by the carbonation

M- Very smooth and crisp carbonation with a medium, coating body

D- Drinkable. Don't question it

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Photo of Bagman007
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- A clear orange, yellow coloring with not a whole lot of head.

S- Slightly hoppy, though somewhat of a yeast like taste.

T- Kind of bland for an Amber. Somewhat yeast like in taste with a dry finish.

M- Somewhat bitter. Definitely wouldn't use the word smooth to describe it.

D- Pretty drinkable beer. Not overly bitter or anything, just too bland and a little yeast like.

Overall I was a little disappointed in this beer. I generally like Amber Ale's, but this one just didn't do it for me.

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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 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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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 hoplover82
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much into the tradition, lightly hopped ambers but as far as regular ambers go... this is the one to have.

Iv'e had it on tap and it's not bad at all. Usually ambers don't have enough hop presence in them to keep my attension, but this one with the magnums and simcoes is just the right recipie for a soild amber. Very impressed. Thank again Brothers!

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Photo of magictrokini
2.66/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Draft @ The Dog. Pours a nice clear amber with very little head. The aroma is nasty, bitter apple with dirty sock. The taste is sharp and acidic, like the bitter apple that fell in the tanks. The honey malt makes the aftertaste pretty nasty. Never again.

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

Packaging is similar to the others, this one is orange label in color (ipa green, brr red, hefe yellow, etc, which i think is a good marketing direction).

A perfect introduction into craft beer. It's not wild, it's just good.

Fairly tame aroma. Some bready biscuit and caramel compliments overly pungent hops for an amber.

Getting a bit of dms in there, nothing terrible, but it's present. It's ever so drinkable and like i said to begin with, a perfect starter beer or fallback for a solid and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of jjanega08
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A= pale amber to an almost copper color with a little head that holds great lacing along the glass
S= toasted malts all the way with some carmel smells coming in making this beer smell very sweet
T= SWEET! Wow I've never had a beer this sweet. The toasted malt and carmel were all I got. No hop bitterness or anything else. It was almost candy like.
M= sticky as hell, chewy and smooth...
D= average but its so damn sweet. It almost tasted like a wort it was so sweet. The sweetness would turn me off after a little while and prolly give me a sugar belly, good thing I only had one.

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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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