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Amish Four Grain Pale Ale - Lancaster Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

336 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.16%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jarod on 12-05-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice grainy pale. On the shadow side of a pale, astringent lemon peels, toasty. Thanks Mr_kimchee. Very mild citrus aroma.Calmed down bitterness. Three-and-a-half years later, noticed its a so-so pale, with her character on the grainy side. A beer to have and try, maybe a staple.

Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a nice head that retains well and splotches the pint glass

Smell: Husky, grainy aroma with a slightly Germanic hop presence

Taste: Starts with a mild bready aspect that provides some wheat and oat flavors in addition to the barley malt; by mid-palate, the grainy flavors take over the and the subtlety is gone; the finish is grainy as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Why bother with four grains if the brew is not going to be really distinctive; after an intriguing start it just loses all interest for me

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"But if I finish all of my chores and you finish thine,
Then tonight we're gonna party like it's 1699"

--from 'Amish Paradise' by Weird Al Yankovic

Bright tangerine with nothing but multiple streams of carbonation to disturb the pristine interior. The upper third of the glass is occupied by a pretty good looking chunk of foam that is equal parts pale orange, beige and eggshell. Nice lace too.

Even though the grain bill is inspired (pale, rye, oats, wheat and caramel), I would have gone in a different direction with the hops (Willamette, Fuggles and Saaz). The chosen hops might give AFGPA more of an 'old world' vibe, but something citric and snappy and more 'new world' would have worked much better where the nose is concerned. Couple that with a lack of power and you get the above score.

Amish Four Grain is definitely a different sort of pale ale. Sweetness and bitterness are relatively evenly matched. However, malt flavor dominates hop flavor at all points from beer entry to beer exit. This offering almost tastes like an altbier. Not that that's a bad thing.

Lightly sugar-crusted, toasted grain leads the way. In addition, I'm happy to report that the earthiness of the rye comes through loud and clear. The ale yeast adds a nonspecific fruitiness and the hops deliver plenty of herbal-spicy flavor. More so as the beer warms. Not bad, but I'm not doing cartwheels.

The mouthfeel is a little light and is well within the range of acceptable when it comes to carbonation. In the end, it doesn't detract from the overall experience... and it doesn't add much of value.

As previously noted, Lancaster Amish Four Grain Pale Ale is more toasted malty altbier than APA. Bottom line: wonderful concept, so-so execution. Having said that, it almost certainly beats whatever they were drinking back in 1699. Not the Amish, though. They were probably having buttermilk keggers.

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a really nice looking clear amber color with a white fizzy head on top. The lacing wasn't too bad. The smell of the beer had a good amount of malt aromas on the nose. The taste of the beer has a little bit a of a sweetness upfront that I liked. The finish was bitter and dry. The mouthfeel was pretty good, drinkable, good medium body and a healthy carbonation. Overall I would drink this one again.

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey a malt tilted pale ale what a concept,pours a nice deep orange with a light wispy head that leaves a little lacing,aroma is more on the hoppy side lightley grassy with a doughy hint in there as well.A real nice "grainy" cereal taste to this brew with a lighter hop note with a nice crisp as a cracker malty finish.A real top notch pale here its a joy savoring the different flavors to this brew.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear, deep-copper colored body is capped by a creamy ivory head. It's retention is fair before it drops to a creamy collar and whispy surface covering. There's not much in the nose other than a touch of fruitiness and some mild malt. The body is medium; and it combines with a fine, moderate carbonation leaving it creamy and smooth in the mouth. The flavor displays a rich maltiness that includes some "spicy" rye character; a bit of soft wheat; some floral/grassy hops, and a solid backing bitterness. It really needs to warm a bit to let it's full character come out, but once it does it's quite interesting. It appears very basic at first, but there are lots of tiny nuances that keep it interesting. It finishes dry with a touch of spice. Worth trying.

Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: The head last quite long with some sporadic rings of lace on the glass. The bright tawny hue shows good clarity.

Smell: A mélange of spicy sweet hop oil and sweet toasted grains intoxicate the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Lots of flavor packed into this pale ale, the hops taste extremely fresh with woody and spicy notes as well as a clean bitterness. The rye and wheat come forth with a spicy twang of fermented grain with a malted sweetness to keep things in check. Finishes slightly sweet with a long lingering fresh hop bitterness.

Notes: If a brewery could ever find a perfect balance in a beer this would be one of them, the blend of hops and four different grains keeps your palate awake with its subtle complexities.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper ruby tone well more like amber and a nice sized cream colored head sitting atop the beer speckled light lacing all down the sides of my glass. Aroma has a suprising alcohol infused with fruit to it, very nice. Well, the flavor at first still cold was extremely bitter and harsh, but as it warmed it mellows out into some grainy toasted mild like nut finish and a fruit tone all there not bad at all. Mouthfeel is a little thin and lacking any real texture to it, but the drinkability still holds up fairly well for me. I enjoyed this beer as a sipper while doing some homework not bad.

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear lighter brown amber. Flavor seems off. Way too tangy and almost a plastic type of edge on it? Regardless, it just tastes weird. Overly malty with caramel edges. At this point, who cares about the rest. Just not going to finish it and save the ol' liver for the next beer that hopefully will be a pleasure to drink.

P.S. Should a beer with the word "Amish" in it ever be named as such??

Photo of Slatetank
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Lancaster Brewing Company's Brewpub on Plum and Walnut streets. Served cold in a nonic.
A - An extremely clear medium amber w/ a rocky cream head of about 2 fingers. The lace is minimal and the head retention is very good.

S - Malty almost nutty w/ a sweet note of pale malt, mild hop aromas w/ a gentle yeast note and caramel scents

M - Light in body w/ semi-dry and mild carbonation and the nuttiness is there w/ very mildly spiced and lightly bitter hop textures

T - Very smooth and bready w/ a mild taste at first which is like a dark golden ale, w/ a caramel note and subtle fruity ester. There are nice earthy and woody hop flavors w/ a sweet malt back. The grain is tasty and the hops are balanced so the flavor is a bit above average

D - A mild pale ale as far as easy drinking ales go this is a basic version without any bells or whistles, just smooth malt and mild hops to keep it balanced and sessionable. I like this ale, but not the best of this style and I felt it was a little light in feel for my taste.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

I enjoyed this beer a lot. It's light, yet very complex in flavor. Poured a hazy golden with a nice white head that recedes a bit. Lightly toasted grains in the aroma, and light citrus hops. Grains and more grains in the taste, with notes of grassiness and subtle citrus zest. Just enough sweetness for balance. Crisp and refreshing, light bodied and easily imbibable.

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice gold color with a creamy white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a creamy malt scent that is enhanced with the presence of bitter hops. The taste is good also. It has a fine balance of malts and a good amount of flavoring hops. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine brew. It is probably one of their best offerings. Lancaster puts out a fine lineup of quality brews. This is just another example.

Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy orange/amber with a very thin head that quickly became a lasting lace.
The smell of rye, wheat, oats and hops were blended together. It was a bit thin at first but became more noticeable, and pleasant, as the drink went along.
It has a complex taste of the oats, Saaz hops, wheat and rye that were present in the aroma. The taste is good, but a bit too watered down.
It leaves a complex feeling in the mouth. A bit dry, but not bad.
It is a good session beer. While not outstanding, it is quite good. The flavors are present but not a bit weak for it to be considered anything higher than "good".

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Last review of the Lancaster mixed 12 pack. Pours a reddish brown, smallish white head to it. Not much of a nose to this one. Taste is light to medium bodied... awkward mouthfeel. Tastes a bit soapy and has sort of an acidic taste to it. Not very appealing, and this is the 3rd time I'm trying this beer from the mixed pack. Drinkable and not terribly bad, but off-putting for sure and certainly not a good, well balanced beer. Maybe I got a bad batch? Not recommended.

Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer flute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I just recently tried Lancaster's milk stout and was pretty impressed.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and average retention. Colour is a hazy dark copper.

Sm: An intriguing blend of hops, toasted malt, and strong bright fruit esters - I get mango, banana, and maybe passion fruit. Very interesting. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Hops alongside the fruit esters from the nose, over a lightly toasted malt foundation. The individual fruit esters combine nicely to form a balanced interesting flavour, with the banana and mango continuing through the finish. It's a great approach to a pale ale, and works very effectively. It's a bit simple, but that's to be expected for the style. I like what they're doing here. No hop bitterness ever emerges. No alcohol is detectable (though it shouldn't be). It's a bit too sugary all around, going so far as to feel like candied sugar - which is inappropriate for the style and intrudes on the flavour profile mildly. It's forgivable, but is far too prominent on the finish, ruining the aftertaste.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some coarseness up front. Fizzy tingly sugars are also present. Cream is absent, as it should be in this style.

Dr: Drinkable, but with the heaviness of the sugar load, it'd be hard to have more than one or two of these in a short time frame. That said, I do enjoy it and I like their experimentation within the style. This one is definitely worth a try.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, two-finger thick, light tan colored head that consists of largish bubbles sitting atop a tighter froth. The beer is a brilliantly clear, ruby tinged, amber color. The aroma is a mix of caramel / toffee notes and earthy / spicy hop notes. A solid malt / grain background is here in the aroma; the sweeter malt notes give way to notes of toasted grain, biscuit notes and a crusty bread-like notes.

The beer has a fair hoppiness to it; lightly bitter from the get go, the beer also has a spicy hop component to it that seems to be a mix of earthy herbal notes and a lightly sweet citrus note. Notes of toffee intermingle with sweeter caramel notes, both of which combine as a counter point to the more dominant hop notes. The beer finishes with a bitter bite that is a mix of hops and carbonation. This beer strikes a really good balance between the malt character and the hop character; as a Pale ale the hops are dominant, but there is ample malt character to be found. While the other grains are not dominantly noticeable, I think that the oats and rye add a bit to the body of this brew. The beer has a nice, though light, heft to it and it seems to cling to the palate just so.

Definitely a nice brew. As the beer warms up a bit the other grains used seem to make themselves a bit more noticeable. A complex mix of grain notes seems to start in the middle and actually lingers on through to the long finish of this beer.

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had this in several years, and it is now back in the stores. Pours an exceptional copper color with a huge 2+ inch fluffy head. Great looking beer. Plenty of lacing with this one. The aroma is of malt, bread, and hops. The flavor is great, as the four grains create a different sensation for the tastebuds. Bread and nice bitterness.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a slight crisp finish. Reminds me of an english style pale ale. The head lasted for the entire drink. Very tasty and very drinkable.

Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a rarity! For those not in the know - LNC BC puts a cask-conditioned beer on every F at 5:00 pm and they run it until it is kicked. There is never any advance notice as to what style it will be as many times, the brewer does not decide until about 15 mins prior.
This had a nice head of foam as it arrived freshly tapped and hand-pulled by the brewer. It had a much more pronounced hops smell than the usual on-tap A4G, plus the color seemed to be a slightly deeper amber than usual. Finally, I felt as though I could taste the malt in this serving style much more acutely.

Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark ruby/copper color with golden amber hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy off-white head that quickly dissipates into a lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma is dominated by the four different malts used, hence the name. Sweet caramel malt and rye with a subtle hop presence. One dimensional but still pretty nice.

Creamy medium body that is kind of sweet with hints of caramel malt and a prominent rye presence. There are some subtle bitter hop notes that balance things out nicely. This beer isn't very complex but the grains used provide it with a smoothness that make it very flavorful ad easy-drinking. A nice session beer.

Photo of weeare138
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't think I would ever rate this one this high but it is a really good beer on draft.
Appears a reddish gold color with a 2 finger white head that lasts. Solid carbonation seems to compliment the color and nice head retention. Tons of lacing can be seen left on the glass.
Smell is pretty nice. Definite rye presence, in addition to the malts (2-row, munich, caramel, and vienna) and hops (Williamette & Fuggles).
Taste is good. The dry hopping is definitley present in this mellow hoppy brew.
Mouthfeel is well balanced, smooth and slightly sharp up front.
All in all, a very drinkable beer as there's nothing over the top but one of the great session beers on draft.

Finger licking good.

Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with no freshness dating. Warning..the first bottle of this stuff I opened had gone to beer infection hell. The next bottle was alot better. Poured light orangy almond, sort of cloudy tinybubbles, respectable lacing. Malty, bready nose. Malty up front with a very mild hop appearance late. Smooth finish. Decent sessioner, but I need more hops then this in my pale ale.

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's nice to find something different when it comes to American pale ale. This isn't just another light caramel malt with cascades. There's a really pleasant sweet biscuit malt flavor that's complimented by a touch of cocoa flavor. The bitterness provides a nice balance with fruity hops that still provide enough alpha acids to give it a little bitter kick.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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Amish Four Grain Pale Ale from Lancaster Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.