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

Added by Zraly on 03-11-2003

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

Drop Top Amber is much more brassy orange than amber, although it does have amber colored edges. The largish cap is somewhere between palest orange and palest ecru and has a good look about it. More glass coverage would have been nice however. This is a better than decent looking beer.

The nose is balanced, which fits the style I suppose. I'm not impressed with it, though, since neither malt nor hops makes much of an impression. The hop bill consists of Alchemy and Simcoe. I've never heard of the former and I'd think the latter would be more recognizable.

Drop Top is a middle of the road amber ale from a middle of the pack craft brewery. It isn't a bad beer by any means, it's just one that lacks any sort of flavor hook, anything to make it memorable. There's a light, unsweet caramel edge to the malt backbone that is probably the dominant member of the flavor profile. I'm not at all surprised to discover that hops don't make a huge splash on the palate. It's still hard to believe that Simcoe hops, one of my favorites, are present.

I have no earthly idea why milk sugar (lactose) was added. Added to a milk stout? Sure. Added to an amber? Why? It isn't an especially sweet beer so there can't be too much of it around. Again, the biggest problem here is neutrality. Malt balances hops, sweet balances bitter, nothing strives to be noticed... and nothing much is. End of story.

The mouthfeel is solidly unexciting as well. It doesn't strike me as too thin or too full, probably because of the wide range of acceptability (from my standpoint) for the style. Like the flavor, it too lacks a spark that would make it stand out in a crowd.

There's nothing wrong with this Widmer Brothers offering, but then there's nothing all that right with it either. It's simply too generic, too uninteresting to make me want to pop the top on another Drop Top any time soon.

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Photo of johntp
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: hazy golden honey to light amber. one finger egg shell white foamy head disipating quickly. little carbonation.

s: sugary carmel malt, faint spice and orange peel.

t: buttery toffe maltiness, little hops. flavor is quite toned down overall.

m: medium carbonation, thin body.

d: good drinkablity due to thin body, medium carbonation and mild flavor.

While this beer does have a good drinkability, i just dont find myself craving another - it gives me no reason to want to come back for more. It is very mild flavored and for lack of a better word, bland. At the same time there is no one quality that specifically detracts from the beer.

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Photo of aaronh
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored beer topped by a thin off-white head. Head dissipates quickly. Aroma has a slight note of caramel, not much more. FLavor is clean, a hint of biscuit malts and some light caramel notes. Mild hop flavor and bitterness. Mouthfeel is adequte, but perhaps a bit astringent. Beer drinks well. Definitely a good alternative to the typical BMC offering. Worth a try if you like red or amber ales.

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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 gandres
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce glass poured to wine glass
Appealing: deep red dark amber color, small off white tan foam looks clear
not too fragrant, grains, fruity
low bitterness, some sweetness
medium carbonation, long follow through, long medium bitter aftertaste
Overall: good beer, a bit on the sweet side, nothing exciting but nothing exceptional either
drank: January 17, 2017 12:30 AM

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Photo of jonziefle
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a completely clear brown amber. Visible carbonation. 1.5 finger white bubbly head with decent retention. Not much lacing at all.

Smell: Caramel malts, with mild sweetness. Hints of buttery diacetyl.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Caramel mild malts with moderate sweetness. Some butter flavors, but minimal. Very mild overall.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied without much bite. Smooth.

Drinkability: An average amble ale. On the malty side without much hop representation, but refreshing nonetheless.

Buy Again? No.

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Photo of far333
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honey copper colored with a low head of beige foam that disappears quickly.

Low aroma of biscuity malt and slight metallic note.

Flavors of corn and honey, some ripe pear and biscuit, notes of mint. Mild bitterness offsets the malt.

Even mouthfeel, a tad slick, finishes tingly. Average beer all around, just okay.

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Photo of mothman
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory glass.

Pours a finger of off white head. Fades to a ring. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a clear orange hued copper.

Aroma: Some basic malt flavors. Some grassy hops. A tad of light caramel. Hardly anything.

Taste: The taste is very sweet. Some toffee notes. Bready malts. Some grassy hops. Nothing to special, better than the aroma.

Mouthfeel: A little crisp and a tad dry. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and bland.

Overall, not an amber that I would want to drink a lot of. It doesn't have a lot of flavor. Glad it wasn't expensive. Drinkable, but not something I want to drink a lot of.

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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 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 JohnGalt1
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Coop.. For about $1.45.. shared with Steven.. mine from a pint glass... listening to the 2nd half of Donald Glaude Live at Ruby Skye.

Hard pour left an evaporating head.. no lacing .. crystal clear honey orange brew.

Smell is turned toward yeasty fruits... lite toasted malts.. a touch of citrus and spicy malts.. WOW... where is the smell?

Flavor is the same and not much to pick out of the mix.. lighter body than dreamed of.. but still sessionable in a big way... I don't really know what to say about this beer.. average across the board.. I buy it fairly frequently, but will think about again if I just want a nice American Amber.... there are way better ones out there. Widmer makes "good" brews "now". They used to make great beers... the IPA and Milk stout are the exception.. Snow Plow is fantastic.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear pale amber color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of caramel malt, and hints of floral hops. It's nothing special, but pleasant nonetheless. The taste is a bit maltier than the aroma, and there is only a very faint hop presence. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation that is a little too high for the style. Overall, this is a decent beer, but there are much better ambers out there.

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Photo of cnally
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale amber color in the beer with a very slight white head covering the top of the glass.

Sweet aroma, almost cherry scents. Slightly sour, but come on, this is an amber! Every damn amber I've had is slightly sour.

On the sour note, we can talk about the taste. Big sour flavor which contasts the surprising latent sweetness at the end of the flavor. Caramel, butterscotch, those flavors come in at the end.

Not a big great feel, less carbonation than I would expect. Not bad but not great.

What's to say? It is OK but the flavor is not killer, nor impactful.

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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 rodbeermunch
3.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hits those pretty brown colors, small thin off white head. Aroma was malty, caramel.

Taste hit the smooth notes, the alcohol was a little much in the mouthfeel given its relative sessionable abv. More caramel, mild brown sugar notes, a little much bitterness for not much discernable hop flavors.

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Photo of racer2k
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

A- Pours a dark amber color which creates a very thin head that melts away in seconds. No lacing present in the glass.

S- Caramel malty aroma with a distinct sweetness typical of an amber ale.

T- Sweet baked bread flavors with a nice caramel malt backbone to this beer. Nice pleasant taste to this amber ale.

M- Very light body with minimal carbonation to this beer. A bit watery in the profile.

D- Very drinkable beer but pretty one dimensional at best. This would be a great starter beer to introduce someone into the world of craft beers as it is pretty lightweight.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a snifter...pours a deep amber, pretty good for the style. Head isn't huge, but it's ok. Subsides fairly quickly without a ton of lacing. Nose is decent, some hops and malt...amber really isn't my favorite style and the nose on this one isn't going to make it more that way.

Decent malt on the tongue. It's pretty drinkable. I honestly couldn't name my favorite amber right now, but this one isn't it, even though there's nothing objectionable here. There's also nothing that really stands out.

Good mouthfeel, goes down well. I'm going to give it a slightly higher overall rating than indicated by the other scores, simply because I'm probably rating it below where it should be on personal taste alone.

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Photo of Rayek
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pale amber color has mild carbonation and a slight chill haze. The small and fizzy white head doesn't stick around and leaves no lace.

S: Sweet caramel and fresh grapefruit. Not too complex.

T: Sweet caramel and biscuits in front. A mild grapefruit bitterness follows. Finishes extremely clean.

M: Light body has about the right level of carbonation.

D: OK session beer, but not that great. There are better takes on this style to be had.

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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 Spineypanda
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, but not my first choice for an amber.

It has a good amber color, but not much head... even though that has never really mattered too much to me.

Has smells of toasted malts, and tastes of it too. Does not have much of an aroma or taste. Easy as hell to drink though which makes it a top choice for more than one at a bar.

I would probably get this at a bar with my buddys but not if I really wanted a good beer.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Crisp and clear with a copper tone. You can just see the tiny bubbles rising.
S: Pretty non-existent. Has a light floral aroma.
T: Mild nutty tasting.
M: Smooth. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste.
D: I could see drinking a few of these throughout the night.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear golden amber color with a light tan thin head that settles to a thin bubbly cap. Stringy and spotty lacing.

Lightly toasty grains that are mostly overshadowed by piney hops.

Husky malts lead way to a balanced piney hop bitterness. The beer is somewhat thick and syrupy with a grainy and husky finish. Maybe a little bit of toastiness works its way through.

Your average beer, and an okay Amber Ale, although it seems a little bit closer to an ESB in the way that it is balanced.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I had this beer at a wedding up in the mountains. It was the first beer I tried as there were many in the "beer tub", but I figured this was the heaviest one, drink it first before I started dancing like MJ

Pours a dirty amber with somewhat foamy head. Looks a bit light

Aroma has a muddle of hops and sweet nuttiness. The malt strains to be recognized and the hops sort of bow out. Sweetness comes out on top.

Flavor sees the grains struggle to keep pace with the sweetness. There's a sweetness from malt and grains and sweetness from sugar added, this is the latter. Seems fake and thin, lacking depth. The hops just don't add enough to hide this. Feels so-so.
Not a pour out beer, but I didn't wish to seek another...unless the other options were watery "pilsners".

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Photo of brentk56
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt orange with a quickly fading head; hardly any lace

Smell: Biscuity malts dominate the aroma

Taste: Biscuity malt, up front, with a growing sugary sweetness that develops by mid-palate; the hops are just barely discernable but they fade, after the swallow, as the sweet flavors dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Clearly aimed at the crossover drinker who likes sweeter styles (Yuengling and Shiner Bock drinkers will love this), this beer is sure to displease those who seek balance or a big hop bill; easy to drink, however

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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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