Drop Top Amber | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Drop Top AmberDrop Top Amber
431 Ratings
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

Added by Zraly on 03-11-2003

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Photo of thatguy3579
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Orange in color, very little head, fairly cloudy, and little visible carbonation. Doesn't look quite the right color for an amber.

S: Sweet apricots and some citrus.

T: Taste is thin, consisting mostly of bready sweetness and vanilla. Finish is sweet. This beer is probably a little too sweet, but I'm a sugar junkie so it's alright with me.

M: Average body, with little carbonation. Completely uninteresting.

D: A mild, but tasty sweet beer. I would trade some of the drinkability for a little more flavor. I wouldn't refuse it from a friend, but I will probably not purchase it again.

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Photo of mm546907
3.41/5  rDev 0%
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 Hunter
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Squire123
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of farrago
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
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 tempest
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
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 csiewert
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The drop top amber is a good american amber beer. Good hop aroma and nice clean hoppy flavor, which is not necessarily what you would expect from an amber. There is a good amount of maltiness to balance the hops. The color is a pretty amber. The finish is malty and lingers a little longer than I would like.

Although, similar to the Widmer Hefeweizen, I have noticed that the beer seems to have 'cheapened' in taste recently...

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Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a sweet, bisquity aroma that boasts of crystal malts and a light hop aroma. The taste is decent also. It has a smooth, yet quite sweet crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with some light bisquit notes. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer has potential. It needs more hops and a little less caramel sweetness.

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Photo of dhowe
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light in color for style. Very clear. Decent head retention and lacing.

S - Smell fit my idea of an Amber Ale.

T - First taste impact was nice but the aftertaste didnt have the expected Amber Ale taste, probably due to hop choices.

M - Good mouthfeel.

D - Good drinkability not too impressive but at same time very drinkable and can't say I disliked anything about the beer.

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Photo of jayrod20
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice fluffy white head that dissipated quickly. It is a light orange-red color. Smelled nothing out of the ordinary 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.

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Photo of Redrover
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
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 HardTarget
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: Laser inked neck shows DEC2006, which I hope is a bottled on date as this beer is new to Texas. Nice custom bottle imprints, but very little information on the label. No abv listed.

Aroma: Nice hop presence, both floral and citric, well supported by a malt base.

Appearance: Amber yellow glass has great clarity. A good quarter finger bright white head has waited patiently for me to get to it. Great lace with tidemarks.

Flavor: Mild tea flavors, good combination of hop and malt, mild orange rind, real nice total package!

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation level, pretty low which gives a creamy texture. Clean finish.

Overall Impression: Great feel, great look, good taste, kind of weak in the nose. Happy to see this reach Texas, it will make a great session beer!

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Photo of jjboesen
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Whenever I am fortunate enough to be in Portland, Oregon, a visit to the Widmer Brothers Gasthaus is certain to be on the agenda; for some vagaries of distribution, their beers, except for the ubiquitous Hefeweizzen, is just hard to find on the East Coast. So, naturally, I was elated to find a bottle of Drop Top Amber Ale at Beers & Cheers in Germantown, Maryland. (See My Review.)

Open opening, it pours out a heavy rush of foam that quickly settles into a razor thin head shimmering atop an opaque amber body. What little lacing there exists is formed by few splotchy patches along the glass. Initially, there is a nose of lemongrass and grapefruit; the palate discerns a subtle taste of almond with a bready mouthfeel combining malt and hop, but very little of the latter.

All in all, a simple quaff that was brewed to please, not confuse, the palate. In any case, it is nice to see Widmer here in the East. Not that this will prevent my returning to Beervana.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a somewhat hazy orange-amber color. The medium-sized head has a light orange tint and a somewhat dense, foamy texture. Retention is average, and the head only leaves a few random splotches of lace as it fades.

S: A bit of bready malt aroma, with some mild caramel and honeylike notes. Some vaguely tart fruity character is accompanied by a balanced, freshly herbal hop presence.

T: Somewhat biscuity flavor up front. Balanced caramel sweetness. Surprisingly tart, although not over the top. Hop bitterness is middle-of-the-road, with a balanced fruity and herbal flavor.

M: Medium body - perhaps a tad on the full side of medium. Carbonation is perky and lively, lending a crispness to the finish.

D: Mostly paint-by-the-numbers, but it is interestingly hopped for the style. Unusual tartness saves this from being nondescriptly average. It drinks easily enough and is pretty approachable.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an orange color with a large white head. The aroma is heavy on the biscuit malt with a little bit of grassy hops mixed in. The aroma is fairly faint overall. The flavor is heavy on the biscuit malt with a little bit of toffee mixed in. There is a slight grassyness from the hoppiness, but the beer is mainly about the malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of bsp77
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Glass: Poured from bottle into pint-like glass.

Appearance: Clear golden amber without much head.

Smell: Caramel, cherry and light spiciness.

Taste: Caramel and cherry malts drive the beer, but are fairly dry. Light citrus and spicy good hops on the finish. Slight macro aftertaste.

Feel: Fairly high carbonation, light-medium body, semi-dry finish.

Overall: Easy to drink and refreshing. Something that could appeal to mainstream drinkers and get them interested in ales.

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Photo of kevwcamp
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of switzer
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of BKotch
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Docer
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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 jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of kylemckinnis
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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 throwerbri
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 431 ratings
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