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Drop Top Amber | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
232
Ratings:
420
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
20.54%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
31
For Trade:
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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 thaichile
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a very nice, long lasting head leaving some lacing. Nose is fruit, malts and hops all mixed up. Flavor was pineapple/peach flavors, lightly hopped, very decent mouthfeel with a nice balance in the malts. I enjoyed this one, refreshing and fruity. Thanks to weefisheads for the bottle.

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Photo of isaac
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

i got this beer at the 7-11, opting not to choose the old pbr standard. i wasn't incredibly impressed, but it ain't bad.

poured into a speakeasy pint glass.

A - rich, pink-amber color with a very pale 1 inch head. pretty much completely transparent. the head sunk quickly and left minimal to no lacing. lots of visible carbonation.

S - i couldn't really get much out of the smell, but i'm not one known for keen olfaction. i picked up some fruity and woody hops, but not much else

T - starts off somewhat watery, but as the carbonation started to burn my tongue, i got some notes of citrus. the malt is there too. mildly bitter, hops finish.

M - again, starts off a bit watery, a thin mouthfeel, but after the swollow, it lingers, coating the back of my tongue. i'd rather more consistancy here.

D - i'd have this again, but if i'm back at the 7-11 soon, i may opt for another beer of the same price range.

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Photo of thatguy3579
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
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 BaronRogue
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got the variety pack from Ralph's so i can get some serious reviews in. :] Bottled on 12/14/10

Nearly-clear amber color, no head to speak of, but slight lacing.

Could smell more of the hops, surprisingly... a little sour prune-y smell with a slight bread backbone... Not saying that the smell is strong, by any means, but it's not bad.

Taste is pretty standard for an American Amber. First sips noticed the malts, especially the honey malts. Yum. As i progressed through the beer, the hops actually came through and added a little sour-ness, but the aftertaste is definitely bready.

Fairly crisp in the mouth, pleasant.

Could drink these whenever. A standard ale that's a bargain when you can find it on sale.

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Photo of HotterThanHell
3.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drop Top Amber by Widmer is a beer bordering on excellent. The color when viewed through a glass from the sun is beautiful. The taste is what you would expect from an Amber Ale, a bit lighter than say Fat Tire.

Drop Top definitely has a malty character with a nice mouthfeel but perhaps a little sour on the finish. Could be the bottles? The head is above average but tends to fade quickly. A quick swirl of the glass will bring it back, and it left some lacing. Didn't catch much on the smell, a tad of citrus and a little sweet honey perhaps.

Hops are there but not prevalent, so if your a hop-head this probably isn't the amber for you. A good drinking beer, that goes down well but leaves a impact on your mouth and tongue like a good beer should.

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Photo of echoes
3.91/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a glass.

A: Lives up the name in terms of color. It pours a thick head. The head takes forever to dissipate and looks like ice cream when root beer is poured into a root beer float. Once the head does dissipate, it leaves huge amount of lacing, which reminds me of spider web. I love the look of this beer.

S: Kind of a clean hops smell. Also can detect caramel and some other malts (possibly toasted). Perhaps cherry? as well. Overall, it smells better (more pleasant) than average, but nothing to write home about.

T: Toasted malts mostly. A bit of fruitiness to it as well. Slightly sweet. A little spicy going down. Crisp finish. Altogether it blends well.

M: Slightly syrupy, probably due to the honey. Feel medium-bodied to me.

Overall this is a nice beer. I like it. Give it a try, but don't expect anything outstanding, just nice.

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Photo of flyingspatula
2.55/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Little to no head on this very clear reddish yellow ale. Aroma is very hoppy. Kind of a malty taste. Not as good as it smells. I'm surprised by some of the other reviews, maybe I got a bad one, but it doesn't do too much for me. Actually, I do like the carbonation level and it is kind of easy to drink. Not bad, but definitely not one of my favorites.

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

12 oz. bottle pored into a pint glass. pores a deep cloudy orange texture with a nice white head that lasts a little while before leaving some good lacing.

not much smell to it. all i really smell is hops.

taste is pretty good. has a nice hopy flavor. a little malty and grainy aftertaste.

light bodied. this actually feels pretty smooth. very pleasant to the go down.

i was very surprised with this brew. it is very easily to drink. a good offering from widmer. i'm definitly coming back to this one.

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Photo of Schwab
1.36/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A bar recently re-opened in our downtown area and we have it a shot.

From watching the bartenders pouring beer, I am not sure if the regulator(s) had a problem and/or where not set up properly; however, this beer was awful, upright disgusting.

A - very light body but still somewhat decent amber color.
S - nothing too impressing, expected more from Widmer but got more like a less than average BMC character.
T - Disgusting! The taste was something I still have not been able to identify. Really bad taste, very weird after taste and even leaves an odd taste in mouth.
M - As already said, far from good by any means.
D - This is equal to zero. I had a hard time even finishing the beer I ordered.

I'm not sure what this is, but far from good! I doubt it has to do with Widmer coming from OR. Everyhing else from the Widmer Brothers has been pretty good

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Photo of poluti
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It appears orange-amber in tint with a thin layer of head, but not too impressive head-wise. Good looking color though.
I picked up scents of hop aroma and a thin malty character came through as well. I did not pick up much character in the aroma.
I found this to a malt driven amber. A good amount of hops were used to balance out the flavor nicely. I would characterize it as a bit above average, but not fantastic.
I found the mouthfeel to be okay. It was very thin with and worked the palate fairly well.
I would not pick up another six pack, but I would probably drink it if one my friends had it in his fridge.

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Photo of tbone53
3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this was one of four six packs in a case of beerfeast i bought at sams club for about twenty bones.
appearance:not bad,it is apropratly named golden ale has a nice golden color.not a bad head and laces nicely down the glass.
smell:malty hoppy smell cant tell which smells sort of like homebrew, this is a good thing
taste:it taste like a homebrew.malty and hoppy.
mouthfeel:did i mention home brew.
drinkability:taste good real good.this is a beer you would bring two six packs to the poker party because the guys would drink one of them.ill buy this one again.

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Photo of mrkc
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The amber ale doesn't mislead - the colour is a rich amber, clear with minimal carbonation which quickly fades to a thin ring around my glass. It's the same overmoulded bottle as their other offerings, which looks fancy, but breaks far too easily. It has the date of bottling right on the label, which is always a plus. The beer smells rich honey and citrus, a little too strong of the latter. However, you taste more of the former as you sip, with brief notes of pepper. It's clean and smooth, not lingering on the tongue any longer than water. It's very drinkable, and it would be easy to drink several of these without noticing.

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Photo of mndlssphlsphr
2.61/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I thought I was on top of this, well....until I managed to drop. The taste is something that I have not experienced before. The head is snow white snow drift until you notice the subtle bits of pollen that have fallen from the tall pines above from the late winter weather. Smell happens to smell like some sort of beer, nothing special. Nothing there to tingle any of the senses from the nostrils. Tflavor is mixed, yet I could questions the tubes, but I can tell it was the brewery. I think this is overpriced for what its worth. There is nothing special here, just a mix of a batch of trickery. No need to waste more time on this one.

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Photo of Andrew644
2.79/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- light amber with a very light tan head that laces the glass nicely.

S- very little aroma but what is there seems to be balanced very well between malt and hops.

T- sweet malt flavor with a floral/fruity hop flavor. It almost tastes like it is hopped more for a pale ale than an amber ale and between the hops and malt it is too sweet. The two don't work together like they should.

M- very good level of carbonation for the style.

D- average, nothing I would run to the store for.

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Photo of treehugginslug
2.87/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Decent color

S - Little light on the caramel and honey and too strong on the hops

T - Same with smell, but hops after taste was not balanced. Too much hops for an amber ale.

M - Too light on the carbonation and after taste was metalic.

D - Could drink one easily, but that's it.

Buy again? - No
Recommend? - No
Drink if offerered - maybe, if I was already tipsy.

Overall - Not what I expected from an amber ale. too little on caramel, too strong on hops, with not enough carbonation

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Photo of Chronofied
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle straight to a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a great clear color, deep amber as the name would imply. Just over an inch of light foam, but the head falls quickly.

Smell - Not a strong aroma; malt is prevalent, with a strong grain smell, with notes of honey and caramel vaguely remniscent of molasses.

Taste - Light taste to go with the light nose. All of the smells make an appearance as tastes, as well as a nice light hoppiness, which is unfortunately just enough to suggest that a bit more of a hops taste would add to the beer. Nice balance of bitter and sweet, though it doesn't stick around long after. What aftertaste there is makes me think there might be some hidden orange in there somewhere.

Mouthfeel - Quite nice... Carbonation is lively at first, but loses steam quickly. The beer is light enough to go down smooth but thick enough to stick a little bit.

Drinkability - This beer is very drinkable, very refreshing. It's made even more drinkable by the fact that it's modest complexity makes you feel much less guilty about drinking a lot of it, fast or slow.

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Photo of Kreuger
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drop Top Amber came in a brown bottle, with a clearly stamped yellow date, with a faux-retro label.

A - Poured with a solid rocky head, that put up a good fight but thinned down to a respectable lace within a few minutes. This beer is as the label suggests a satisfying amber color.

S - Very malty with a floral hop presence. Pleasant, not spectacular but also not overwhelming.

T - A decent malt/hop combination going on here. Nothing too remarkable but definitely drinkable, and definitely on the upside. The taste is always a little on the salty side, but the first taste had a hint of soy sauce that reminded me of a stout. And as it warmed and aired out it made its way back to regular ale territory. It also had a pretty clean finish and remarkably little aftertaste.

M - Decent mouthfeel. There's some good body here, and an even finish. An additional plus, there is very little aftertaste hanging around, just a vague suggestion of hops.

D - This goes down easy, and would probably go fairly well with any moderate to light foods. The aftertaste doesn't linger long at all so its a good palatte clearer.

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Photo of nosbocaj
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light Amber/copper color with a thin, white head which sunk quickly and left little to no lacing.
S: Smelled very lightly of Sweet Malt and Citrus.
T: Light citrus, subtle hop and sweet malt combo.
M: Medium bodied, crisp, and lightly carbonated. Aftertaste was a little dry, but it did not last long.
D: Solid American Amber. Great thirst quencher for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Nichol
4.13/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It seems like this one is somewhat polarizing, and I can't figure out why. It's flavorful, balanced, not too bitter, not too creamy. I have no complaints. All around nice beer, and my favorite of Widmer's.

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Photo of Malt
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a citus type after taste whith a hint of honey. It has a thin head, great carbonation with little to no lacing. Almost looks like a cognac. Me and my brother think that it does not have the typical amber taste.. Definitly different.. We will only drink this this one time.

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Photo of dhowe
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
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 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 Superfly3176
4.65/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bar I frequently drink at got this in the other week. I'm a big fan of ales so I had to try it. I was nothing short of impressed.

It pours amber in color and has a great aroma to it. Definitely a carmel and honey smell to it. Had a very nice head.

The flavor was one of the best I've had in a long time. I would definitely buy again if I can find it.

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Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.36 out of 5 based on 420 ratings.
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