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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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3.58/5
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339 Ratings
Amish Four Grain Pale AleAmish Four Grain Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
lancasterbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jarod on 12-05-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
212
Ratings:
339
pDev:
15.92%
Bros Score:
4.01
 
 
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Ratings: 339 |  Reviews: 212
Photo of LeftyBWS
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Very thich and creamy white head atop an amber/orange/maple colored brew. Spaced out lacing rings down the glass, fingery.
S: Wheat, oily hops, rye, and buttery bread.
T: Soft grainy malts first, kinda buttery and creamy, thanks to the head I bet. Little hop nip in the middle, somewhat strawy/grainy but not too bitter or alcoholic. Later sips reveal a faintly sweet honey/fruit flavor. Tasty.
M: Malts, grains, and a bit of hops, but not too bitter. Nice.
D: Nice, but almost too sweet?

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12 oz bottle a bright new-penny copper with a slightly off-white half finger head that settles into a heavy collar. Quite active carbonation, lots bubbles. Aroma is a nice balance of sweet malt & hops. 1st sip is predominantly sweet. The rye may be the most dominant malt flavor, giving off a sweetness that initially overwhelms the hops. This is my first beer that contains rye, so it's taking me a little getting used to. It's an unusual but tasty beer that goes down smooth and easily sessionable. I could easily have a few over the course of an afternoon. Won't satisfy the hopheads, though!

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Photo of hellbilly
1.3/5  rDev -63.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

bottle by way of machfive55...

pours a surprisingly hazy brown color capped by a small whitish head. strange aroma... sour apples, tart cherries, aluminum sheeting, minerals, caramel malt and rotten sour grain... strange and definitely off.

apparently not off putting enough for me to try to drink... the flavor is very sour... it reminds me of really tart granny smith apples but without any of the natural sugar. there's also notes of a cinnamon-y spiciness, minerals and lots of bad yeasty action. the body is medium but the acidity and sharp carbonation make it quite harsh on the palate.

interesting... i wanted to keep trying it as a sour beer since at that point it was no longer a pale but it started to make my tummy ache. down the drain... needs a rerate... 2/4/2/1/2/1.1

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Photo of talkinghatrack
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - Pours a standard pale ale color, single finger of head drops quickly.

s - A metallic scent dominates. Copper? Slight malts and grains in the background.

t - Light hops bitter up front, sour middle and sour/sweet end. More slight metallic notes in the finish.

m - Smooth with some malty body.

d - Decent taste overall and good mouthfeel. The metallic notes in the scent don't help things, though. Maybe one of the four grains involved has metal notes? Not enough to kill the vibe entirely but off-putting enough that I wouldn't order a second.

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Photo of wedge
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber-brown with a small, loosely creamy head. Smells of crackers, biscuits, toast...lots of grain as the name suggests. Mild floral, earthy hops. Sugary malts, toasted grain, and a wheat-y twang make up most of the flavor. Simple flavors...kind of sticky. Solid medium body with the right amount of carbonation. Meh...not bad, but nothing I'd ever seek out. I think it was a little better on tap.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew pours an extremely clear brown color topped by a good looking two finger light brown head. Head fades quickly transforming into a nice tight 1/8" leaving behind a couple bits of stringy lace. Head has good consistency to it. Densely tight, soapy, and a touch oily. Aroma holds a nice balance of light tropical-like fruit with also berries and slight orange, combined chewy toasty malt. There's some kind of lactic milkiness going on as well. Nice on the nose. Flavor also has similar fruity characteristics over the soft malt blanket. There's solid bitterness and slightly assertive carbonation. That helps the mouthfeel out a little but otherwise it is too thin. More chewy malts would be welcome and could surely help out the body. This is however quite easy to drink down.

Not bad, not bad. There is nothing wrong with this but at the same time there's also room for improvement, in one way or another. I would have it again, but preferably via tap.

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Photo of gdfan47
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this last night

pours a copperish color with a little bit of white head

the smell is weird, like a grainy smell with a little bit of hops, simular to a newcastle

it tastes pretty smooth, the hops kinda take the back burner but its pretty enjoyable

its smooth, a little carbonated. But I like it

it would be a good session, beer nothing amazing but not a bad beer

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Photo of dacrza1
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Soft orange brown body with a thick, foamy off-white head--appears as a pale aleis expected to be... fresh and hoppy--a bit of yeast here and there--fitting but not memorable, like a plain white T... body is medium-weight with fizzy action along and around the tongue... rather plain--a bit crunchy and smooth late--likeable... a softening flavor that allows other elements--food, namely---to take precedent--light on the malt, thus making the act of balancing difficult... the hops are quite obvious... pale ales need body and balance, and the Four-Grain has a little of both, but a little more work could be done to this one... workable as a sampler fourth...

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Photo of dananabanana
2.57/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Translucent brown. Head is thin and white. No lacing.

S: Sweet and tangy, fresh citrus.

T: It lives up to its name-- lots of hearty grain. A little bit of hops, but not very much.

M: Light, doesn't stick.

D: Very plain, I wouldn't have another.

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Photo of devils3cups
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

FOUR GRAIN PALE ALE! How could this not be an overwhelming sucess?!

This beer came very highly reviewed from someone at the foodery in Philadelphia so I was excited with anticipation.

Question, is this a pale ale or an American amber because nothing is saying pale ale to me. It has way to much malt for me to consider this a pale ale.

Poured with some nice two finger head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing. I'm going to assume its from the wheat in this product that gave it it's nice head. Beautiful ruby amber color which is why I'm confused about it being classified as a pale ale.

Smelling it left a lot to be desired. Almost nothing came off of it. Rye spiciness mainly.

Taste was lacking. I want my ambers/APAs to be packing the flavor. Strong malt and hop characteristic. Amish Four Grain did have plenty of malt flavor but defiantly lacked the hops to balance out the sugars from the grain. Somehow this beer tasted like it had a slight fruit flavor but nothing specific. Think of the fructose flavor fruit has; that kind of sugar.

Overall, a very drinkable beer that I can see my self pounding them back in the late fall but nothing spectacular. I'll have a Nugget Nectar instead

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Photo of boralyl
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours 1 finger of off-white head that disappears quickly leaving little to no lacing. The beer is a clear copper color.

S - Some sweet smelling fruits, grains, and spices make up the aroma. The fruity smell is the most dominate.

M - Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

T - A mix of wheat and grain in the beginning followed by some flowery hops. The hops add a little bitterness, but the aftertaste is mostly a dry grainy flavor. I wasn't very fond of the aftertaste.

I'm just not a fan, the wheat like pale ale didn't do it for me. I'll try to avoid this one in the future.

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Photo of Buebie
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pwoods for this brew!

No freshness date on the bottle, a bit outdated/ cheapy lable design.
Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a snifter.
1 finger foamy off white head Quickly settles into a thing white layer. Milds spooty points of lace that mostly slip back into the brew.

Color is a tauny hue with more orange then red. Transparent with minimal carbonation rise.

Big malty aroma, brown sugar, alcahol fumes, cloves, resiny hop aroma with a mostly grassy kick. Some citrus hop aroma, pumpernickle and a wiff of cinnemon rolls.

Taste is resembling some sour fruit, rye spice, wisps of tobacco, grassy hops, sweet only for a moment, then becoming dry and light with a crisp clean finish.

Very interesting brew. The aroma is misleading and the taste does not follow the knose's path.
Nice sessionable brew that does not overpower the palatte and manages to keep my knose quite happy.

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Photo of odietrying
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in 5 oz. sampler glass.

A: Dark amber color, clear. Thin white head; thick, strong lacing.

S: Floral notes.

T: The malts grab you early, and the hops close with a nice finish for a well-balanced taste.

M: Smooth, decent carbonation.

D: It's not outstanding, but it's definitely good enough for another.

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Photo of Finkel
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the start, this beer really had a boring smell. Nothing exciting seemed to be happening nor were there any real identifiable flavors or aromas. However, as it warmed up to the room temperature, some sweeter flavors emerged, but still nothing spectacular. With the ingredients listed in the bottle (oats, rye, wheat, barley, and three different types of hops), I was slightly disappointed that there was such a uniform and plain smell.

Similar to the aroma, the taste was kind of basic. Malt and rye spice is clear, and the four grains that they claim to have are apparent through an interesting grain concoction. Additionally, sugar from fruit (as weird as that sounds) seemed to come through, which derives the sweet smell.

In terms of mouth feel, this beer had a very nice body texture that left me wanting to come back for more. Definitely not too thin or thick; this beer felt right in my mouth, no matter what innuendo you may have come up with. Although this beer is weaker in alcohol in comparison to the last few reviews I've done, I could definitely see myself pounding down a few of these due to the body of the beer.

This APA is good, but nothing special. Based off the style background, I would have to imagine that this brew tastes like its British cousins. I believe this pale ale is way under-hopped and lacks the pizzazz and flavors that I want from this style. Lastly, this year-long brewed beer seems like it would good only during the fall due to the grain flavors present.

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Photo of Bitzy
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although I couldn't taste the hops as much as I would have liked, but the blend of four grains made for one amazing malt flavor. I could easily drink a couple of these while watching a ball game or a tv show. Having also tried the Lancaster Milk stout, I now know that this brewery knows what they are doing.

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Photo of ckaufman
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into a pint glass...

I was looking forward to trying this beer... in hindsight (which always seems to be 20/20), I should have focused my attention elsewhere.

This beer poured a decent deep, reddish copper color with a 1/8 finger head. No lace and no retention??? The smell of the grains dominate the nose with very little of the hop aroma coming through. I did like the unique taste of this beer. The grains really stand out, especially the rye & oats! This beer was a little on the sweet side for my taste.

Amish Four Grain has a medium body with moderate carbonation, and is easy to drink. Not something I would seek out again, however I would partake if handed one at a party, or in a bar. An average beer at best.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into nonic.

Honey amber hue with a one finger light tan head that settles to a thin even cap.

Light slightly toasted aromas with a hint of creaminess. The hops are spicey with a little bit of a flowery scent.

Toasty grains with a bit of caramel. The hops are very light in the flavor, barely providing any bitterness. Watery taste with little carbonation. The finish is clean.

Good flavors but a little boring.

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Photo of BrewskiBanks
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is phenominal with a light beautiful golden texture, with flowing bubbles.

The smell is a mixture of grain and yeast, but very appetizing.

Tasting this brew for the first time was like having my fancy tickled for the first time.

The brew has a lingering taste, but it is one that I like.

This brewski is very delectable. It is one you can keep drinking and drinking.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Pint Glass

Pours a clear amber color with some thin off-white foamy head that leaves some lacing at the top.

The scent is mostly grains and a little yeast.

The taste mostly consists of grain, some caramel and vanilla, also a bit of honey.

Light, smooth, kind of thin feel, with some light prickly carbonation. Very refreshing.

Very drinkable. This is a pretty good beer, although nothing too special about it. I could definately have a few of these.

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Photo of cthulu81
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lancaster beers have sort of taken a back burner position in my usual rotation, so I thought it time to not only drink a few of 'em, but even take the time to rate one or two. Today's candidate is the Amish 4-Grain. Brewed with barley, oat, wheat and rye, I am hoping this is going to be an interesting little brewskie. Pours pretty dark, almost plopping it into an amber ale category for me. Deep honey hue with minimal head retention and lacing. Guess they didn't use too much wheat here. Sticking my nose in the glass I am not overly amused at the subtle, sweet, almost buttery aroma. Meh thus far. The taste is on par with the smell, malty, sweet nuttiness, once again a touch of butter (sorta like a Ritz was crumbled into the brew kettle actually). Decent body and there is a mild hop bitterness to keep this a rather drinkable, if all-round unexciting, APA. UnfortunatelyI was drinking Lagunitas New Dogtown Pale all last night and would prefer that over this any ol' day. Still, far from being a drain-pour.

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Photo of matty
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brownish amber colored beer with a head that fades to about a quarter of an inch.Aroma has nothing that is really worth noting.Taste is honey and butter.This is a smooth ale that goes down rather easy.This is not overly great but it is something I can see myself buying in the future!!

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Photo of mhewes
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a nice amber with a good head that stuck around for a little. Not much lacing.

S : Mainly a malt aroma, a little sweet. Not much hops

T : Mainly a nutty malt flavor. Not much on the hops. I was expecting more there for an APA. It was still good though

M : Medium-bodied, smooth, good carbonation

D : A pretty drinkable beer. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve ounce bottle just copped from Sparrow Wine and Liquors in Hoboken for $1.99...
Pours a tawny, ruby-red, dark-amber hue with a modest head that quickly receded and left a minor amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Noticeable bread and butter, malty aroma seeping through...
Taste was laden with honey, caramel, a tinge of vanilla, bread, butter, and biscuit nuances... Crisp, flavorful, medium-bodied, and refreshing... An all-in-all decent stab at the style... Nothing above and beyond, but a solid rendition nonetheless...
Worth a shot...

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Photo of ppoitras
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as part of a mixed case from Buck Beverage, Quarryville, PA, while on vacation.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head over the clear orangey amber brew. Head fades gradually, with sporadic average lacing. Aroma is minimal and unnoteworthy. Flavor is moderate grains upfront, light citrus in the middle, with a crisp close. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, with drinkability nice and easy. Still would rather more depth to the grain character, but a much better ride this time around.

3/20/06 - 4/3/2/2/2
12oz bottle purchased as part of a 6-pack from some hole-in-the-wall bottle shop south of Westmister, MD.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" light beige head over the cloudy amber brew. Head fades slowly, with heavy lacing. Aroma is plentiful citrus over an undercurrent of grain. Taste is dominated throughout by strong citrus flavor, with maybe some malt almost showing up here and there, but definitely not the focus I had hoped. Mouthfeel is puckery and harsh, and drinkability is just not on. I gave this one another shot, and I liked this time even worse than last. Not looking forward to the other three bottles I have left. Oh well.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Amish Four Grain Pale Ale from Lancaster Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 339 ratings
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