Amish Four Grain Pale Ale | Lancaster Brewing Company

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Amish Four Grain Pale AleAmish Four Grain Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of C20Percent
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

*Included in a Beer of the Month shipment back in January*

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a decent off-white head on it's shoulders. Although, that could be because I pulled off a perfect pour. Pint glass, by the way. Some definite sediment floating around. Don't remember that from the first two of these I had, but one was out of the bottle. Bubbles got it going on. Appearance is actually really good.

S: Fruity bread. Fruity wheat. Smells like a Hefewiezen -- this isn't one though, right? Kind of smells like your average wheat beer. Nothing really standing out for me. Pretty much standard.

T: Taste like it smells. Fruity wheat. Fruity bread. The finish, for me, is kind of flat. Although, this beer isn't "fresh" by any means. If this was an IPA I wouldn't even review it. Not a huge wheat beer guy. I prefer a hoppier Pale Ale. The finish is a big turn off -- almost metallic. Sour. I really look for flavor to bounce off my tongue, and I'm not getting that here. Average.

M: For a Pale Ale this is more on the heavy side. Almost syrupy for me. Chewing wet bread. Medium carbonation.

O: Meh. This is kind of off putting, to be honest. I was looking for something light to finish off the night. The subtle flavors are confusing me -- don't know if what I'm tasting is intentional or not. I could see ordering this on tap somewhere, but wouldn't purchase a bottle of it.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber color, light carbination, nice head to start but disapates quickly. A so so bready aroma. I can taste the rye and wheat here. I also detect Fuggles hops but there seem to be others. In fact is seems to have a lot of complex ingredients yet it is a very simple and clean taste. It is one of those beers that if necessary you could session, but I wouldnt go out of my way to get this beer....nevertheless it is worth a try.

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Photo of ryanclicks
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this beer as part of a beer of the month club my wife got for me. Beer pours a very pleasant amber/brown with a solid finger of off-white head. Smells a little sour, a little hoppy on the nose. Beer has a sweet start, smooth mouth feel and very solid hop flavor. Hops are not too strong, not too weak. Very drinkable pale ale.

Overall a very good beer. If more readily available in SD I would more than likely pick up a sixer.

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Photo of chilly460
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours burnt orange with a nice finger of off white head, which sticks around as a solid cap. Decent flecks of lacing remain behind.

S – Get immediate toasted grains, along with some richer caramel tones. Earthy hops follow up nicely, this is a nice "session" brew smell.

T – Quite sweet initially, the caramel flavor is light on the tongue. Some more "nutty" flavors come in too. The hops are earthy style, more of an English style.

M – Fairly nice, light bodied but with nice creamy carbonation.

O - Solid brew, nice balance and good flavor profile.

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Photo of zac16125
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lancaster Amish Four Grain Pale Ale
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
No born on date or other distinguishing numbers

A: Pours a dark amber with 2 fingers of very light khaki colored head, which takes a good while to dissipate down to a thick film which remains throughout most of the drink but leaves zero lacing.  

S: Earthy rye, an unexpected pepper spiciness, sweet malts (caramel and candied sugar).  Pretty much all sweet malts and rye, almost no hop presence on the nose, but does smell really good.  

T: Rye spiceyness, caramel malt,  peppery spice, a hint of clove.  The flavor profile is pretty straight forward rye and malt sweetness.  Would have really liked some hop characters in this brew.  I think they would certainly add a level of complexity and depth. But as it is, decent but unremarkable

M/D: Pretty smooth but with a biting carbonation, medium bodied and moderately easy to drink.  

O: Overall, an acceptable brew.  I enjoyed the rye and malt sweetness flavors but would have liked a hop presence to balance things out.  Decent but nothing special.  

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A heavily malt-forward ale that I view as a decent example of a British pale ale, but lacking the hops I associate with American versions.

Beautiful clear amber colour with impressive head and lacing. Mouthfeel is pleasantly carbonated, but lacking both the viscous heaviness or brightness of others in its class. Malt forward aroma is pleasantly grainy, but the taste is more single dimensional than I'd choose, much rye and and lacking the "west cost" hop elements for which I'd hoped. No citrus or tropical fruits, with a thin bitter finish.

Lancaster shows potential and I'll continue to support them, but this isn't their best offering.

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Photo of bonkers
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I recieved as part of a BOTMC, pours golden yellow, decent white head. The aroma is bready, grassy hops. The flavor is maltier than expected, floral hops, grassy hops, slightly bitter finish. The body is medium, easy drinking APA, good carbonation. In 2012 kinda expect more of an APA, not a terrible brew, just expect more.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a rusty–copper color with a off white head; the color not quite so” pale” as the categorization implies. The head fades leaving very little lacing.

Smell –Rye maltiness is the main aroma detected. This maltines however is mixed with a fair degree of sweeter aromas as well; mainly some caramel and toffee as well as some wheat and an ever so light toasted nut, which seems almost none existent in the beginning, but shows up at the end.

Taste – Sweet caramel and rye malt are the backbone of the brew and seem ever present. A very light hop spiciness, mostly earthy in , is present at the start, but seem to fade quite fast, giving way to an even greater level of sweetness, with the caramel flavor mixing with some lighter fruit flavors,;a bit of banana, and some other sweeter flavors of vanilla. The taste transition is light and very smooth. Quite nice!!

Mouthfeel – The rye flavor seems to blanket the tongue with a nice creaminess; a much creamier tongue feel then would have been expected. The carbonation level seems to be right on par, making it a very easy drinking and enjoyable brew.

Overall – This is quite nice and very flavorful brew. The rye and sweet flavors and aroma are all quite smooth and enjoyable.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark orangey robust copper that is bright and clear with a few streams of large bubbles rising to the small off-white head that vanishes with blazing speed. It barely manages to keep a ring and leaves next to no lacing.

S: Toasty grain, pale malts, quite a bit of malty sweetness, some bready notes, and a touch of caramel. Oh yeah, and lots of spicy & earthy & softly minty rye. A hint of grassy and spicy hops. Initial super faint hint of diacetyl, but it fades away to the imagination. Quite intriguing and very inviting.

T: I get a lot of rye. Lots of earthy & lots of spicy & a fair hint of mint. Almost reminds me of some of the yeast notes in a nice saison. Also reminiscent of an aromatic Hefeweizen. Behind this is a background of toasty grain, biscuity pale malt, some bready notes, and a lasting touch of caramel malty sweetness. Hops are just a hair behind the malts. Grassy and herbal up front, spicy through the middle, and earthy & resin in the end and through the finish.

M: Leans toward lower end of medium with carbonation slightly over-matched but within average range. Still it does have hints of dextrins and slight bits of texture. Finish is slowly drying.

D: Very rye beer – quite a bit more earthy and spicy than I expected. Almost a quasi-yeast derived impression. I didn’t find it as malty as some others noted, but it is malty rather than the usual hoppy rye offereing. A very nice use of rye. Quite a tasty and interesting brew.

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Photo of Tschnab
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a darker than I expected dark orange with a nice big head and a good sheet of sticky lace.

S- an aroma is is surprisingly filled with banana and clove, with a touch of rye spice and woodsy touches, along with a sweet fruity malt.

T- the bananas mixed with the subtle but dark earthy rye gives a strong suggestion of a dunkel, but there are enough malty and hoppy characters that make this a really unique and eye opening session pale.

o- a pale ale that is quite unique because of the combination of grains used. It tastes like a dunkel/pale ale hybrid.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a caramel amber with a thin lacing of loose head. There are carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The nose is weird. I get notes of white grapes, dark fruit, and alcohol phenols. The taste is similar to the nose. There is light malt up front but mostly white grapes. The finish is slightly bitter with notes of dark fruit. The is a very faint diacetylic undertone. There is also some slight, unexpected alcohol warmth in the finish. It's light to medium bodied but heavily carbonated and crisp.

This is a weird APA in my opinion. Between the alcohol and the grape notes, it's more winey than pale ale-like. It's a little sweet and the creamy undertones are off putting. It's not awful, but by no means great.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a friend who brought some gifts back from a road trip.
A hazy orange/brown leaf color. Small amount of large bubbly head which vanishes quickly. Nothing much happening in the aroma. Some light toasted German malts and a faint layer of herbal hops. First sip I instantly thought Vienna Lager. Light and crisp but rich on toasted, whole grain biscuit. Also, some herbal hops, that are very subtle but not hidden and some clean yeast character. Such a smooth, malty beer that I just kept thinking Vienna lager. I would love to actually try their Vienna lager.

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Photo of barleyroad
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber in appearance with a nice clarity. Smell has a nice beer smell, the right mix, the way beer should smell. Mouthfeel is hoppy up front and cleans the mouth well. Taste is mild pale ale one that would good go well with a nice white meat. Will not over power a good fish fry. Overall this Pale Ale is ok and one that will allow you to drink more.

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Photo of MikeB20
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: A slightly hazy golden amber color with a two finger off white head. There is a touch of head retention and lacing is sparse.

S: Malty graininess with some hay/grass aromas. Some earthy hops but no dry hopping here. Somewhat disappointing to my nose.

T: Lots of cereal like grain up front. A touch of spice from the rye in the finish as well as a pleasant sweetness. A very nice balance of grains. Hops once again aren't at the forefront but they do a nice job to balance everything out and stick with the earthy character of the beer.

M: Medium body with a good bit of carbonation, fitting for the style on both accounts.

O: While I expected more up front hoppiness, this beer is super balanced and very drinkable. It's quite refreshing and smooth, I'll certainly be seeking this one out during the hotter months next year. With a bit more distinct hop character this could be my go-to pale ale.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #58
Served On: 9/5/2011 (Labor Day)
Glassware: Pint Glass

From the mixed 12 pack that looks like a barn.

Look: Had a 2 finger off-white fizzy head that dissolved down to a patchy film. Beer color was a darker copper with slow carbonation bubbles rising to the top.

Smell: Very sweet malts with a clean hoppiness. Very reminiscent of an Altbier like Long Trail Double Bag or Shiner Old-Time Alt. I also got dark fruits and some slight breadiness.

Taste: I initially got a sweet fruitiness with a very light hop bitterness in the middle. The aftertaste was a pleasant bitter-sweet dark fruit note that lasted for a while.

Judging by the flavor notes and rich fruity malt character; this beer seemed more like an Altbier rather than an American Pale Ale. The bottle label indicated it was brewed in Wilkes-Barre, PA – probably contracted with Lion Brewery (makers of Stegmaier and Lions Head). I definitely want to try this on tap the next time I stop into the LBC brewpub.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a nice clear orangish amber color. It has a creamy looking 2-finger off-white head on it. The head has alright retention, and leaves behind some specs of lace on the glass.

S - It smells of sweet grainy malt and has a light hop presence. There really isn't too much going on here.

T - Taste starts off like the nose does, with some sweet and grainy malt. There is a moderate hop presence and bitterness. I am getting some caramel flavor as well. The finish is somewhat dry, and has a bit of a lingering aftertaste.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down pretty easy and has a smooth feel to it. There is some hop bitterness that lingers slightly, and some dryness as well.

O - This has pretty good drinkability. It goes down easy and has a nice flavor. Overall, I thought this was a good pale ale. It is nothing great, but definitely a nice easy drink.

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Photo of kralmatej
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

rich amber gold with heavy carbonation, creamy active head and heavy carbonation, clear with red hue, head is already forming over top of bottle with little effort

dry and sweet malty aroma

hoppy and slightly bitter, very balanced, sweeter finish with grain taste, head remains, very nice year round beer - could drink anytime from in front of a fire on a cold night to on a porch in the heat

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Photo of suspect
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Very pretty honey colored Pale Ale. Crystal clear, plenty of tiny bubbles rise to the top very quickly. Aggressive pour leads to a one finger head that dissipated quickly. Little to no lacing to speak of.

S: The weak point of the brew in my opinion but it's not a terrible smell. Decent grain/malt mixture with some hop action that creates a very typical pale ale smell.

T: Sweet malt, almost a caramel sweet highlights the the flavor up front followed by a hop bitter that doesn't last very long. Lingering aftertaste isn't all that pleasant but makes me reach for more.

M: Sticky, crisp and a bit bitter all wrapped into one. Decent enough mouthfeel, nothing to complain about.

O: This is a solid pale ale that I could definitely drink a bunch of. Not one I would run right out and make sure I found but I could see it becoming a staple.

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Photo of zirb
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review. Amish Four Grain. Bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A: Nice golden orange or amber color. A little head that quickly dissipates. Some lacing.

S: Not a lot of smell (or maybe I just don't have a high performing olfactory system). But certainly could pick up the toasty grains.

T: Malty but nicely balanced by the hops which only come across minimally. Slightly sweet, warm bread flavor.

M: Medium body with plenty of carbonation.

Overall an enjoyable beer, slightly sweet. Goes down easy despite the carbonation.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in large ale glass

A: pale copper, no head, light carbonation, no lacing
S: pleasant malt and yeast aroma
T: tasty mealy ale; low-key flavor; sweet, lightly hopped, refreshing; hints of figs; alcohol nicely masked (feels like a 4.5%)

overall, a solid, well-grounded beer

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice, rich amber color with a finger's width of white head that has a short retention and doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

S: Nice malty aroma hits strong at first, giving way to the smell of toasty grains. The smell of hops rounds of the nose on this beer, making it a great smelling brew.

T: Really nice malty flavor and deep sweetness is balanced by the toasted grain flavor, adding a nice spiciness from the rye and a hint of the wheat. Similar to the aroma. Hops finish it out. Tastes as good as it smells, which is definitely a good thing.

M: Medium body, medium-high amount of carbonation. Goes down easily.

O: A really nice beer. The grains all balance with the sweetness of the beer and a nice finish of hops. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, dark tan color with a bit of a reddish hue. Has a thin, frothy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Has a rich, malty smell with some bitter, sweet, and sour smells to it. You can really tell that there are several grains in this beer. There is also a slight hops aroma as well.

Taste: Has an aggressive bitterness up front with some dry, hoppy notes. Finishes sweet and slightly sour with a complex maltiness. Really, a very complex pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with an expressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A great pale ale with some very nice, very complex malty notes. You can definitely tell this is a "four grain" APA. Definitely worth a shot...

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Amish Four Grain Pale Ale from Lancaster Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 339 ratings.
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