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Amish Four Grain Pale Ale - Lancaster Brewing Company

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Amish Four Grain Pale AleAmish Four Grain Pale Ale

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332 Ratings

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | 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 Bonhoeffer
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly balanced. Wow. The hops are there, but they blend so perfectly with the smooth maltiness. This is very approachable and i think could make a good introduction to tasty beer for the uninitiated. I was sad when this one came to an end and found myself wishing had a sixer of this stuff.

Bonhoeffer, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of yelterdow
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Served in a nonic at fridge temperature. No freshness date.

Appearance- A beautiful fiery translucent amber, adorned by a supple two finger crown with a soapy presence. Moderate lacing follows, a thin mat is left atop. Looks good.

Smell- Bright lemon and sour grains right off the bat, almost making the nose pucker. Smells like something may have gone wrong...

Taste- Aagh!! What the hell? An ungodly display at the sides of the tongue, with a sour milk, rancid malt aftertaste. Overwhelming use of rye, to the point where it is all you get. Hops are trying to come forward, but the tongue-curdling mess this beer is dominates. I don't know... maybe this is a bad bottle, but this is awful.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Alright in the mouth, small bubbles, rolling consistency. But the taste... ughh...

I will update this post after another go at this... so far every bottle from this present sixer has tasted worse than the one before... until then.... be careful!!!

yelterdow, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of EPseja
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at fridge temperature.

A - Pours with a flurry of activity, raising a one-inch light tan colored head above the ever-so-slightly hazed burnished copper body. Head retention is good, keeping the surface of the beer hidden from view with its glass-grabbing and very persistent lace.

S - Bright, floral and citrusy hoppiness of a modest magnitude over an autumn harvest grainy maltiness. Notes of molasses and baking bread. There is no single dominating presence here. An excellently balanced nose.

T - Begins with a warm, bready maltiness as evidenced by the beer's copper-amber color. The flavors rise in the mouth like baking bread sprinkled with hops and drizzled with a touch of molasses. The back of the mouth brings forth a well chosen blend of hops that leaves a very soft and comfortable dryness after the swallow. The aftertaste is a combination of hops and bread.

M - Begins slightly effervescent, but rounds and mellows out in time to prevent a frothy swallow. Mouthfeel improves noticeably as the pint warms to just below cellar temperature.

D - This is one seriously well rounded beer. Every taste is masterfully blended to create a delicious synergy that that manages to keep all of its various characteristics in check.

EPseja, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of BrinkyBeerBoy
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll start by making a comment on the bottle.
I love the kinda old fashion plain label with the Amish buggy on it. Its from Lancaster, and its local.

Pouring this great lookin APA in a weizen glass, I'm impressed already. Holding my glass up to the light seeing its white/gold frothy head, and the first lace taking position.

Nice on the nose with a orange/grapefruit hop aroma. Under the citrisy hop aroma I can detect the nice smooth sweet malts, and the rye, and wheat grains.

The taste is a very well balance of bitterness, and sweet malts. First the bread crust with a little caramel malt sweetness, and then the (not over done) hop finish. Creamy medium mouthfeel, and as this one goes down I'v got great lacing, and still a quater inch head.

Overall this is a very drinkable APA, and Lancaster does a great job pleasing my palate. Well balanced, smooth, and refreshing.

If anyone cares "I recommend this one"

BrinkyBeerBoy, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a dark amber color with a fleeting white head.

The hops are not overdone, but add just the right amount of aroma. The hops are fresh and piney. The four grains make for a pleasing experience in the nose, a complex mixture of malts. The rye is the addition that intrigues me most, and smells great.

The body is medium and the carbonation is medium low.

The taste is very similar to the smell. The various grains smell sweet but are well offset by the tasty hops. Plenty of hops here, somewhat resinous. I am really liking the flavors I am getting from the use of the four different grains. A decent amount of rye flavors on the tongue, which is a good thing.

Definately a good beer, something different.

blackie, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark copper with a big fluffy bone-white head. Aroma is clean sweet malts with a hint of sourness, almost with a homebrew quality.

Taste is a tangy, sweet malt with a taste profile very similar to some homebrews I've tried. Mild yet rich, not too hoppy, toasty caramel flavors are dominant. Hint of a sour malt nature in the blend like a rye ale.

Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is clean. It holds my interest.

assurbanipaul, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of Suds
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy chestnut color with a thin tan head. The aroma on this brew is something…roasted grain and malts, toasted caramel, biscuit, and generous hops. It’s not an overwhelmingly intense aroma, but it is complex and fitting. It has a solid malt taste, with a mouth-coating oil character. At times the oil seems overdone, and it gets just a little slick. The finish is hoppy and enjoyably bitter. This brew is very well balanced and well made.

Suds, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of Puddleglum
4.83/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is quite an Ale! The aroma of this one is rivaled only by Franconia Notch. Wow. The floral notes provided by the hops and esters rising off this freshly poured ale were dizzying. I was afraid to drink it for fear of being let down. I did anyway and I'm glad I did. The taste was complex and perfectly balanced with nice malt and a slight grassy note trumped by the fruity and floral blended with the sweet barley. I love it. It went by too fast.

Puddleglum, Jun 10, 2005
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.

weeare138, May 29, 2005
Photo of TinusTime
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy copper colour with a decent white two fingered head. Smell is rich and grainy. Some spice from the hops. Definitly a lot going on from the rye and the wheat. Taste is interesting with a nice mix of maltiness and hoppiness. The rye tends to add a bit of spice and make it seem almost a bit more hoppy than it might be. Mouthfeel is a bit more full bodied than most Pale ales. Carbonation is nice and keeps the richness in check. Overall I would buy this again as it is an interesting twist on a pale ale. I enjoyed the additions of the other grains as they added a little depth to what could have been just an other ordinary pale ale

TinusTime, May 07, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper colored pour with a medium-sized white head that disappeared somewhat quickly. Smell is bready malt, with a hint of rye, in nice balance with a hop presence. Flavor itself is similarly balanced, with the rye pulling a bit of spice through, but it's mostly toasted malth with a nice hop bite on the back end. I felt the mouthfeel was a bit full and thick for the flavor, but that was my only complaint with this one. A pretty tasting brew, and a pretty cool Amish-buggy bottle.

whartontallboy, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of goindownsouth
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again to BA "Junior" for setting me up with this one, which I consumed on 04.03.05...

A rather bright copperish brew poured from the bottle, leaving a white head that continued to leave remnants of its former self along the sides of the glass. The aroma was pleasant with hop resins in full bloom. There is certainly some complexities in the flavor of this one, and the grains take hold. I caught hints of rye, wheat [perhaps] and possibly even some toasted bread. But do not be fooled. The hops were there to stay... A very solid pale ale, and one in which I would partake in the future...


goindownsouth, Apr 04, 2005
Photo of Fish113d
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper in color and a bit cloudy, this poured leaving a 1cm head that quickly dissipated to nothing but nice edge lacing on my tulip glass.

Floral in odor, the hops tend to be earthy in tones, in that i get a dirt smell from it like being in the mountains. I also get some grapefruit tones from it which are nice. However, not to potent smelling at all.

TAking the first sip, I get a sour grapefruit taste as well as a grainy, almost stale taste from it, which describes the bitterness overall. The hops are there but they are not overpowering. I get the sense that they meant to make this beer remind people where it came from; the fields of Amish country.

Mouthfeel is not too bad. The carbonation slaps the middle of your tongue very quickly, and it very sharp and "prickly". Pretty thin in body and easy to drink. However, a bit watery overall, and not much going on in the long run with this one. I'd recommend it if you are an ale fan, but not a "hop head"; the hops just aren't there like I thought they'd be. Hence, they have the "Hop Hog".

Fish113d, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of oelergud
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy copper body with what appears to be smoke curling around inside the beer, never seen this before and I'm not sure it should be there or not. Head if off-white and has some retention but could use improvement, lace is good though..
Very interesting and pleasant smell, sweet malts almost brown sugarish, dark spice.
Dark rye with brown sugar spread liquified and bottled, moderate toffee and caramel lingering aftertaste. Hops come through faintly in the aftertaste but are still overpowered by the malts.
Very full body for a pale ale that is not so pale after all.
Good drinkability.


oelergud, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of santoslhalper
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a glowing copper with a decent amount of carbonation. A few little chunks of yeast quickly sink to the bottom. The mostly white, decent lacing head is entirley too big for me, took 4 pours (very gentle ones) to finally get it all in there. Boo for the head, yay for the body.

Smell: Smells very spicy and and hoppy witha pleasent malt background. This is, to me, just about perfect as to how an APA should smell. Well done.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Tastes much like it smells. Quite spicy at first, with a nice malty middle, and then finshes even hoppier then it started. A surpisingly complex ale, one that has many flavors that keep your taste buds enthralled. The only thing that turns me off here is the lack of a creamy mouthfeel, and the lack of a hoppy aftertaste. There is an aftertaste, but it doesn't stay long enough.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a very nice, pretty unique beer even with it's flaws. A good smell and taste keep you coming back for more. I definitly enjoyed this beer (my second try from Lancaster Brewing Co.), and I'm going to have another right now. Try it.

santoslhalper, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured ever so slightly hazy golden amber. The head was off white, frothy, large, and in charge lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a restrained caramel fruitiness.

The flavor was slightly malty with more caramel and fruitiness. The bittering component of the flavor was restrained as well and hop flavor was low. The bittering was well balanced with the malt, but neither flavor attribute was very interesting.

The finish was dry with a lasting bitterness that was not harsh or detracting, but was pretty boring. The body was medium at best a bit too light.

12 ounce bottle. Yawn...

GCBrewingCo, Dec 02, 2004
Photo of rdrummer
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I don't claim to be able to taste the rye in this beer, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of trying. It poured a light amber color with a thick head that dissipated slowly and left some thick lacing down the glass.

The smell of the hops hit me first, but it was balanced with a nice wheaty (or was it oaty?) aroma. There are some fruity undertones as well.

The beer is nicely hopped so the initial taste is of hops but the hops do not overpower the malty grains. There is a definite reminder of the wheat but as I said, I didn't catch the rye flavor. The beer never gets to bitter, which in this case is a good thing.

This is very smooth, almost creamy in the mouth. It is very refreshing, almost like a meal in a glass. It definitely begs for more than one.

rdrummer, Nov 26, 2004
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lancaster Amish Four Grain Pale Ale

Appearance- hazy/ cloudy orange/ brown with an immensely thick head.
Smell- sweet hops.
Taste- very hoppy, yet sweet with an oats and malt flavor.
Mouthfeel- very dry and moderately bitter. becomes sweet after a few sips.

Overall- an above average Pale Ale with sweet malt that makes it hard to drink just 1. Worth purchasing a 6er!

NJpadreFan, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of Dithyramb
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oats, rye, wheat and barley, is this a brew or breakfast?
Tried on cask at the Real Ale Festival at the Wharf Rat. My previous firkin experience with Lancaster, the milk stout, went pretty awful, so I held back before the taste test and almost kept away completely.
Smooth and creamy with a nice hop bite. This is a very tasty beer. The 5.6% makes it an easy session favorite.

Dithyramb, Nov 09, 2004
Photo of 99bottles
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: On cask, this babe comes in a pint with an immensely creamy head of an inch and a smooth, ultra low carnbonation body of tan-orange. So pretty and so nice to see hand pumped just inches from you.

Smell: Mmm! Some real nice grain notes really show at cask temp. Light hop bitterness, but really a nice grain showing.

Taste: This is excellent on the hand pump; it exhibits a real raw malt bill. You can really taste the rye and the barley malt. This is all counterbalanced with a nice usage of noble hops, just enough to compliment but not dominate the grains. Finishes slightly bitter, slightly lactic and sour, though I figure that is the cask imparting those flavors. I like this well enough on tap, but on cask it really shines.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: So smooth and creamy. This slides so easy that I could have it all night long. Really nice. If it were 5 degrees colder, it would rule drinkability. T.G.F.Cask.

99bottles, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no date on it. This poured out a deep orange color with an inch high off white foamy head that left minimal to no lace through the session. A very different roasted grain aroma rose from this pale ale that was quite interesting. There was a good sweet malt presence as well as earth toned hops providing some familiarity to the scent. A bit of sweet and doughy malt is first tasted before the roasted grains kick in with a strong flavor. There are notes of earthy hops through out and an after tasted that is roasty and bitter to finish this one out. A very different overall take on the pale ale that is refreshing and welcome. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean with about a medium body. Drinkability is pretty good overall but the grains do become tiring after a while. I will definitely have more of this in the future but really can’t down more than 2 or 3 in a sitting without the taste becoming old.

meathookjones, Sep 21, 2004
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.

Billolick, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of farHillsBrewer
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Our SPBW chapter got a rare treat at our annual picnic. The monthly firkin was filled with the tasty standard bearer of the LBC.
The color was a slightly clouded amber-brown that poured nearly flat but livened up nicely with a swirl of the glass. The head was not much to talk about but it did leave a lacey trace.
The nose was an inviting mix of hops and grassy malt.
The malt profile was a nice blend of barley for strength, wheat for a bit of fresh bread, a careful touch of rye to add some spice and oats for body. It combined sweet, tangy, toasty and nutty.
The mouthfeel was excellent as it had enough natural carbonation for a gentle fizz, well supported with some backbone in the body.
The hopping was mild but complemented the nuttiness of the malt.
The length was moderate, but this beer is all about the malt.
I've also had it bottled and on draft, which taste about the same without the softness from the cask.

farHillsBrewer, Sep 14, 2004
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.

Sammy, Sep 12, 2004
Photo of rajendra82
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer arrived in a 12 oz. bottle, courtesy of Lupe, and BIF 10. The beer seems way overcarbonated, and struggled to settle down into the pint glass as the four inch foamy head refused to die. The aroma was like a honey roasted breakfast cereal and begged me to take the first sip. The taste was mellow and sweet with grainy, bready overtones, and a floral hoppyness that was definitely playing second fiddle. The mouthfeel was quite a bit thicker than your average APA, and quite sticky and cloying as the beer was rather poorly attenuated. The rye and the oats overpower the wheat and barley in this beer and show up as liquid bread fit for breakfast consumption. A pleasant beer, but does not make me want to run out and raid the barn for a few more bottles.

rajendra82, Aug 28, 2004
Amish Four Grain Pale Ale from Lancaster Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.