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 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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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice rich amber color. With a good size head that lasts throughout. The smell is consistent with a fresh wert, almost malty. The taste starts off sweet almost like a wheat taste, then a small amount of the hops and bitterness finish the taste. Nice full flavor that does stay on the pallete. Overall different but very enjoyable.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful dark-orange/light-copper, slightly hazy, with good,creamy white head that fades after first few sips. Impressive thick lacing.

Grains,grains and malt hit the nose, use of rye maybe. No hops can be detected.

Ditto with the taste. Though you have to seek them out, as they are not noticeable right away. Medium body,fair carbonation. Not a lot going on here.

An OK session pale ale, as there's nothing really exciting here, I've had a lot better pale ales,but it's worth trying, and for locals, a great alternative to BMC,when no other craft options available.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a semi-hazed golden orange mixed with deep amber red highlights. Two finger off-white head shows great retention. Nice thick streaks of lace left on the sides of the glass.

S- Toasted grains and light caramel bready notes come out first in the nose with this beer. Hints of a spicey rye for a second catch my attention before a nice earthy bitter hop comes and ends all the malty sweetness to it. Plain and simple which I would expect for a beer with Amish in the name.

T- Caramel malts in the front fight with bitter hops to gain front control over the beer. The malts come through on this one. Hints of toasted grain and more light caramel bready malts in the middle of the beer. Floral hops make their way to the back along with a nice citrus hop presence. The alcohol is light and refreshing at best. Toasted grains also are on the backend.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Bready malts, hints of grain, and bitter/floral hops are left on the palate. Aftertaste is light alcohol, citrus hops, toasted grain. Flavors produced were good and blended well for the style. No off flavors were present at all in the beer. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This to me seemed like a above average drinker. Nothing really knockout about it but it drinks well and with the lower ABV you can drink a lot of it during the nice spring months. A good try from Lancaster for sure.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.47/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

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Photo of gestyr
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice session ale.

A: Pours a nice light amber color into the glass with a thick head that slowly fades away and leaves lacing.

S: Malt, grainy, sweet caramel, slightly earthy hops.

T: Malty, grainy, caramel. There is a hop presence but it is a bit subdued. Also has a little bitterness in the back end but it is light.

M: Light bodied with a proportional carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. This strikes me as a good gateway beer to craft beers. It has plenty of flavor without being intimidating.

Overall this is a decent beer. Not overpowering.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a becker.

This brew has a big frothy white head that settles into sticky lacing on the sides of the glass and chunky islands floating on top.

Smells of wheat, grains (duh) and sweet toasted malt - and a bit of musty, herbal hops.

Mild bitter hops up front, toasted caramel malt, has an earthy flavor - barley, wheat and baked bread.

Lighter medium mouthfeel. Crisp with good carbonation.

A good sessionable brew from Lancaster.

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

This is nice classic take on the American Pale Ale.

Pours a nice amber color.

Smells somewhat sweet, little hops.

Taste is classic pale ale. Malty and somewhat wheaty. Nothing too exciting, but also nothing too disappointing.

Nice drinking beer.

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Photo of thebrood1987
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smells nice with some grains, a little rye, and caramel. You can also smells some spicy floral hops. Taste is similar with the thick malts hitting revealing a new flavor with each sip. You can get the slight hop citrus in the beginning then get the oats rye and caramel rich sweet malts in the middle and then with some wheat and a slight flash of citrus hops in the back. Perfectly balanced and good mouthfeel and rich malt taste for it being only 5.3 percent. Perfect for a session beer with some solid balanced taste. I love that this brewery is all natural no preservatives and don't use any of the gelatin or another animal related products that some breweries use for filtration. I'm a vegetarian so this is very nice to know. Especially knowing they got all the malts from the Amish country it really reminds me of being there whenever I drink this top notch beer. Definitely try this one if you like Oktoberfest's or the Samuel Adams Oktoberfest.

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Photo of fdw3
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with a thick frothy light-tan head that fades quickly and leaves very little lacing. Hop aromas are slight and sweet malty, grain characters are dominant. Taste is similar to smell; slight sweetness with a full wheaty malt flavor with additional floral hop and (maybe) fruity notes. Body and carbonation are both moderate and well-balanced; not as watery as some pale ales end up being.

A good pale ale, but not one that truly impresses. The flavors and smells are nice but not complex and not particularly intense. The sweetness is nice and isn't overwhelming, and the beer ends up being quite drinkable.

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Photo of WuKAZUKI
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Deep Amber

S - like a fall harvest on a Lancaster County wheat farm

T - tastes like something the amish would be proud to have their name associated with. It tastes like pure, fresh grains that I imagine a horse powered harvester collecting with an amish boy standing on top of

M - it just feels right

D - Extremely a heavy football drinking beer to replace the usual coors or miller

Overall - just enjoyable & fresh all around

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

A - Deep amber with a small head and some lacing.

S - Sweet smell, a little hoppy, and smells like a pale ale.

T - Taste it sweet, kinda wheat-like tasting, and very natural tasting.

M - Medium thickness with a lasting sweet flavor in your mouth. Carbonation is kind of moderate.

D - A little too sweet to drink a lot of but smooth enough to enjoy a couple and not too heavy.

Good overall. A unique ale in my opinion.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy, copper color with 1/8 inch tan head. No lasting lace. The aroma has hints of toasted malt, hay, and caramel. It's flavor is complex due to the four grains in the recipe. There are notes of toasted malt, grass, and just a touch of hop bitterness. Very well balanced. It has a medium mouthfeel which along with the smoothness and balance makes it easy to drink a few. Very highly recommended!

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Photo of tigg924
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, hazy, orange/brown in color

Smell: small hops and toasted malt

Taste: grass, caramel, toasted malt, and light hops

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet with a bitter backbone

Drinkability: A bit on the sweeter side like the other Lancaster ales I have had. Not a bad pale ale, although not entirely traditional. I could have three or four.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken visiting the brewpub this past summer. Hung out in Hershey Park, ate some chocolate, dealt with having to buy cases only when looking for beer and hit up this brewpub (not the one pictured, the other location).

Deep copper. Earthy and malty. Touch of hops, tad bitter. Seemed like a pretty average beer to me all the way around. Nothing great about it, but nothing offensive.

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Photo of Florida9
2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear reddish amber in color. Forms a small white head that has no retention and leaves little lacing.

S: The (thankfully) light scent of sourish caramel malt.

T: Again, a twangy caramel malt with a mild bitterness. Malt and fruit. Some light citrus and orange. Mildly sweet, a bit watery.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation.

D: A half decent beer at best and a poor representation of the style. Not particularly enjoyable.

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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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