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
widmer.com

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
Ratings:
425
Reviews:
233
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
15.18%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
33
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 425 |  Reviews: 233
Photo of Clydesdale
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
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 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 Mosstrooper
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into Guinness branded tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Amber color with a pretty thick white head that has some staying power and leaves pretty heavy lacing.

Smell: Buttery sweetness, with some hints of corn.

Taste: Buttery sweetness throughout, with a slight bite from hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with balanced carbonation. Thin, watery finish.

Drinkability: This is an average amber ale. Nothing wrong with it, but there's nothing about it that makes it stand out.

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Photo of EvanWilliams
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of slim2043
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of rarigney
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of trytoketchup
4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

Photo of imfinished
3.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zestd
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of slimntubbs
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dnichols
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled 12 ounces from the tap at a pre-game event before a WSU football game in Pullman, WA.

A: It poured a golden tinted copper color with a modest head and faint lacing.

S: There was malt and yeasty aromas followed by herbal hops. The aromas were muted and did not establish a strong character for this beer before sipping.

T: What a present surprise. So many of the NW ambers have gone to hop heaven in recent years. This beer attained a good malt to hop balance that made it enjoyable to taste. The creamy malty front was accented by the bite of hops. The beer left a clean finish that make me interested in taking the next sip.

M: Creamy medium bodied beer with a clean aftertaste.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. It is well balanced and finishes clean. I could enjoy this long into the night and under a variety of conditions.

Comment: If I were to stock an Amber this would be among my choices, however, there are so many better beers that I will leave this one for selecting when my options are limited.

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Photo of MJ64
3.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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 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 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 DrinkingDrake
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear and amber with an inch of bubbly head that dissipates to nothing. Lightly toasted bready malts make the majority of the nose with a hint of grapefruit. Flavor is mostly light and creamy biscuit with a subtle roasted malt bitterness. The fruity grapefruit from the nose doesn't carry over as strong. A creamy body but finishes dry.

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Photo of dshansen1184
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jjboesen
3.46/5  rDev +3%
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 Zach122
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of kegger22
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Widmer Brothers Drop Top Amber Ale was a light copper color with a half-inch, off-white head that displayed poor retention.

The aroma was malty sweet up front with some citrus hops not too far behind. The taste was a light lemon flavor, not bitter at all, and not particularly sweet either. I can't taste any of the caramel or honey that was supposed to be there. I agree with the observations that said Drop Top was light on taste.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability was only fair due to the so-so flavor.

Not horrible, by any means, it just doesn't stand out in any respect. A very average beer. Improves a little with warming, but not enough to save it.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one looks more like a Pale Ale than an Amber. Very light in color for an Amber, but darker than a Pilsner. Thin head reduces to a light froth; some small dots of lace, but that's about it.

Smells light and clean, maybe a bit grainy with malts just slightly more robust than your average macro.

Flavor is also light and clean. Good balance; definitely refreshing. No off flavors, but nothing too noteworthy either. Lightly toasted malt with just enough hops to balance. A touch bland overall, but not bad.

Light to medium body with crisp carbonation.

A good hot weather beer. I could drink a lot of this, it's just not that exciting.

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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 JEdmund
2.92/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance
Medium amber color with carbonation bubbles galore! They cling to the glass oddly like a soda. One inch head, which required a semi-aggressive pour, levels out to a thin film quickly; hazy; no lacing

Smell
Pretty mild, but picking up some sweetness—caramel and apricot

Taste
Good initial hop bite that fades quickly and is replaced with a caramel sweetness; very little aftertaste; fairly weak malt profile; the hops define the character of this beer, which is odd; some light and tart fruitiness, similar to peach or apricot

Overall
It's a tasty beer, a bit on the weak side, but not quite what I expect for an amber ale. The hops, while I enjoy them, define the beer more than the caramel malts. It's a bit too thin for me.

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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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Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.36 out of 5 based on 425 ratings.
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