Amish Four Grain Pale Ale | Lancaster Brewing Company

Amish Four Grain Pale AleAmish Four Grain Pale Ale
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jarod on 12-05-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 339 |  Reviews: 212
Photo of Dithyramb
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.82/5  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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.52/5  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.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Label touts "Brewed Naturally" and "Without preservatives." When opening this LANCASTER brew, the bottlecap practically popped off all by itself. Huge 50/50 mix of beer and sandy colored foam filled me DFH pint glass. After some cap settled, we could repour and get down to business. What an excellent pour! Clear coppery orange hues under a huge gargantuan head that resembled a Bells/Kalamazoo Brewing type style pour. Left tons of spider web lace.

Peachy nose with lemon meringue citrous tones.

First swigs: Spicy fruity blend. Further inspection reveals a grainy flavor crossed with peach cobbler and ginger snap notes. Some indiscernable spices of maybe nutmeg, and toasty bread. Somewhere some ginger ale is popping out too.

Tons of frothy carbonation for this light to medium bodied ale.

Last swigs: Mixed Ginger Snap and Spice Wafer flavors create a balanced ale edged out with lightly grassy hops over spiced cake like malts which are defined after warmed up a wee bit. Fuggles, Saaz, Willamette hops, as per the website. Had this at a beer tasting and didn't think it was impressive. Better from the mixed case. LANCASTER makes a killer Strawberry wheat that is also included in the mixed case with Milk Stout. The Strawberry and Stout 50/50 mix makes for a great blend called Chocolate covered Strawberry.

Beer is good. Happy local beering.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

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Photo of scottum
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to WoodyChandler for bringing up a mixed sixpack to VT for sharing.

Pours a nice dark amber with an off-white head. Deep color for a pale ale, but how many pale ales are brewed with four grains? Malts are nice and complex for a pale ale. I totally dig that. Hops add some great balancing. This is a very well crafted beer which really hit the spot!

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Photo of mobyfann
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Paid $24.50 for the mixed case in Lancaster County...

The appearence is very pleasing to the eye, an amber meets golden color with a medium white head, nice retention and lacing as well. The aroma is a bold one to be modest... a bunch of grainy smell mixed with hops, quite unique.

No surprise here, this one remains steady as the smell gave away, the grain flavor is quite unique, a very one-of-a-kind taste that I've never deal with; the mix of the grained beer (malted barley, wheat, rye, oats). The mouthfeel remains on hold with the rest of the beer, good in the palette and not as strong as a 5.6% might give, however the drinkability is average in my opinion for one strong reason, it's very heavy and sweet, and I can't imagine doing this one in a session, it's good for a #2 out of 4+ beer session...

Final Thought: This one tasted better as I drank it, doesn't compare to the quality of Milk Stout, but this one has WAY more personality...

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Photo of Lupe
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper in color with a nice sized off-white head. The head sticks around for a while, and leaves wispy rings of lace. Spicy and herbal hops in the nose along with toasted grains. Of the four grains, the rye comes out first adding some spiciness to the beer. The hops in this beer taste very fresh. Woody and spicy hop flavors add to the rye before the sweet malt and toasted grains show up to balance things out. Medium in body, smooth and creamy. Good drinkability, lots of flavors to keep you interested. A little different take on the APA. Soild brew.

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Photo of claytri
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The four grain poured a clear golden brown with a thin tan head. It has a nice complex malt smell, with the rye predictably getting the best of the other three (wheat, barley, & ? (oates)). The taste is nice and sharp with a malty bite and a respectable hop overtone. The combination of grains gives it the same strong flavor that I find in Rye Beers, only muted by the other grains. The feel is dry with a brisk bitter aftertaste, but has a little oilieness around the edges and a metalic finish. I found this to be a nice beer to drink. I hated pouring the last of the six. The promise of a full grain flavor that Amish Four Grain makes was amply fulfilled.

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Photo of ramrod666
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ale pours a medium amber with a lacy head that sticks to the sides of me glass. smells of hops and malts little rye in there. taste is better than expected. not overly hoppy - well balanced. seems to go down easy enough- easy enough to put down a sixer without much trouble. the more i drank the more i liked it. defenitly worth another try on tap or cask.

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Photo of Todd
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Bright and tawny, topped with a foamy white head that settles to a wispy lace. Grainy, spicy, floral with a pungent grassy, resiny, and hop oil pack hop aroma. Smooth and medium-bodied. Crisp wheat character and a nice rye spice in the initial flavor. Sweet, toasty, thin caramel malts and fresh bread crust. Hop are a briefly tangy and resiny with a thin grass bitterness. Finish has some lingering toasty notes and goes grain dry.

Rye usage is just enough making for a most tasty, interesting. balanced and complex brew. Don't expect it to wow you though. It's a solid choice for session beer.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Kaya in Pittsburgh. I don’t really know if the Amish are allowed to make beer. Amber colored with a medium thin light beige head. Very little lacing. The aroma is lightly malty with hops in the background. Rather light body with a crisp character. Earthy hops flavor at first but it falls off pretty quickly. The grain is there but not as much as expected. The finish is lightly hoppy with a touch of malt. Passable but the Amish should stick to butter churning and leave beer brewing to monks and such.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of Jason
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, hazy copper tone. Slight beige head. Retention is adequate. Lacing is moderate and droopy. The aroma is of slightly pungent and resiny hops mixed with a subdued toasted malt presence. The nose is not overbearing, but nice in it's subtleties. This is a nicely put together Pale Ale. Very balanced. Very drinkable. Very enjoyable. Toasted malts and biscuit like maltiness provide a solid foundation to the beer. The hop flavors are piney and herbal, a little resiny, and just a little like cannabis. Smoke comes to mind as well. The body is better than medium and the carbonation is held in check nicely. This is a good one.

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Photo of Gavage
4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear, deep golden body that is topped with a solid, frothy white head. Rentation is little but maintains a thin foamy collar. On the nose ...some whiffs of earthy / floral / grassy hops. On the palate there is a nice bitterness, with light pine and/or citrus notes which creates some bitterness and there is some light graininess. Finish nicely sweet With some grainy malt. Nice brew.

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Photo of trekbiker3000
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - The beer poured a nice clear golden brown. As I held it up to the light it appearred to have some sediment in it. The suds were left clinging to the sides of the glass as I quickly finished my first brew.

Aroma - I detected some hop aroma but could not distinguish much else.

Taste - a definite hop bitterness. It is very crisp with a slight aftertaste. The grains appear to be blended well.

Mouthfeel - the carbonation and acidity are well balanced. You deifinitely sit up and take notice when this brew hits your palate.

Drinkability - I definitely wanted to try another on. Unfortunately I only had two on hand.

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Photo of Erix
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served cold, poured from bottle to pint glass
Appearance: Reddish gold, decent head that disappeared somewhat quickly, leaving some residual foam. Mostly clear, but a bit of haze to it. Maybe from being chilled.
Smell: Kinda grassy, rawish smelling. Smells a little grainy to me, but that might just be me being influenced by the name.
Taste: Definitely grainy in flavor, maybe even doughy, with some nice hops in there. This is a little raw, and a little grassy, but its still pretty nice.
Mouthfeel: Astringent, a little rough. OK, but nothing special.
Drinkability: Not a bad beer overall; in fact it is rather drinkable. There are plenty of pale ales I'll have over this one, but it definitely is not a beer I'll be turning down in the future.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chill-hazy orange body with mild carbonation, topped by a tight, level white slab. Nice lacing. Pleasantly surprising grapefruity aroma, like a good IPA. A nice malt foundation, but the hops arrive fat at the start, so the grains never establish themselves even as a quartet, much less as four individuals. It's not a bad thing, just not what I expected. Nice mouthfeel, good drinkability.

I was looking something a bit on the "lighter" side, if you can excuse the term, with the garage well stocked with imperial stouts, barleywines, and dopplebocks. This filled the grain bill nicely. A solid, respectable beer. Welcome back to Jersey, Lancaster. It's been awhile.

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Photo of GnomeKing
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is no plain beer, Englishman.

Four grain ale is a very well-balanced pale ale, with a subtle but unmistakable sweetness and a gentle taste of hops. Neither flavor predominates. This golden, crisp beer is highly drinkable, having few exentricities to slow you down, while also having enough flavor and complexity to make you want more.

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Amish Four Grain Pale Ale from Lancaster Brewing Company
Beer rating: 45.7% out of 100 with 339 ratings
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