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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of micromaniac129
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has an amber color about itself, with good carb's and an avg. head that fades quickly to a foamy ring about the glass.
A spicy malt aroma with an earthy hop bouquet.
A spicy malt taste similar to Beligem brews.
Hop flavor is very understated with a slight earthy or woodiness taste.
The use of four grains gives a complex flavor. spicy from the rye and smooth from oats.
Medium body with a bitter finish and dry after taste.
I would like to taste more hop flavor to balance out the maltiness.
I could drink a few of these but would change out after about two.

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

Poured into a pint glass, has a nice amber color with not a lot of head that quickly diminish to a think white lace around the top of the glass. The smell is light of hops, that is all i smell. I taste a slight sweetness, and hops, the hops taste is stronger. Nice and smooth on the tongue and i think is very drinkable. I would recommend this beer and could drink a couple of them at a session.

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Photo of Blanco
2.56/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very deep brown color and slightly cloudy, with a light brown/off white 1-finger head, that doesn't hold for very long before diminishing into a light film on top. Just a bit of lacing going on. Barely smells like anything, but after trying real hard, was able to pick up the slight hint of piney hops dominated by the malt. Sadly, the taste of hops does not show and all I really get is some of the malt, slight caramel notes and some sweetness. It's pleasant, just not expected for the style, in my opinion. It's medium bodied and definitely drinkable, but seems to me almost like a "light" porter rather than a pale ale. I like the beer, I just don't it as a pale ale.

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Photo of MadTown1000
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper-amber with something of a red tint - interesting color for an APA. Not much head, and it dissipates quickly leaving just a white film on top. Smell is fairly weak, with some hops and a bit of faint sweetness. Not a lot of hops in the flavor. Instead, there's sweetness forward, and some definite complexity close behind. A bit floral, there seem to be different competing elements to the body. Maybe it's just power of suggestion from the "four grain" label, but it really does taste as if it were made from different malts. This is a good thing; it's interesting.

All told, a very smooth APA with some real substance to it. No killer hop bite here, and hard to imagine it would offend any palate. Recommended.

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Photo of mzrebiec
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a bit hazy with little to no head but provides some nice lacing around the glass. The scent is overly malty and earthy. The taste is sweet with an earthy hop taste. Mouthfeel is light and it goes down smooth. Overall a decent beer that would make an excellent session beer.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Harrisburg brewpub into a large mug of doom.

A- pours a dark amber with a one finger white head. Beer is a little cloudy. Looks nice...uneventful.

S- has a slightly fruity smell. Relatively nondescript as most Lancaster brews on tap are.

T- getting a decent bit of pine with some floral hops. Slight amount of bitterness to it. Tastes real nice.

M- good feel. Nice amount of body for a pale.

D- very drinkable. Tasted very refreshing. I enjoyed it a good bit.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into nonic pint glass

A - clear bright copper color, with thin tan head. nice lacing, and head retained until the very end.
S - oily hops, with sweet grainy undertones
T - very nice balance of hops and malt. crisp dry finish
M - average carbonation, light to medium body
D - very easy to drink, and quite tasty

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Photo of tjd112
4.36/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation - Poured into generic pint glass

Appearance - Amber body with half-finger white head and good lace

Smell - Very bready, but not much more

Taste - Bready with a lot of caramel and some tea-like hoppiness

Mouthfeel - Medium with a hint of dryness

Drinkability - It's going down quickly

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Photo of nukem5
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a nice ruby color with a fine lacewhich dissapears rather quiuckly

S: light fruity aromas with an equal hoppiness.

T: upon first sip you get a granny smith apple flavor blending into a light sour cherry taste.

M: Nice carbonation with a tart finish.

D: Could drink this with grilled pork chops every day.

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Photo of lukymann
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up this beer in a 12-bottle Variety Pack from the brewery itself in Lancaster, PA...

A: Poured a fairly attractive light brown with a quick-fading, fingertip-thick head that settled to a thin lace.
S: Sweet, somewhat fruity aroma including a pretty clear whiff of apples.
T: Bready. Pretty well-rounded malt backbone with a fairly light hop finish. About what I expected from a beer advertising it's "four grain" composition.
M: Fairly light bodied. Creamy. Moderate carbonation.
D: Perfectly acceptable session beer. Also pretty good at the table with a meal - had with tacos and it hit the spot.


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Photo of u2carew
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz long neck. Consumed 1/19/10

A) Pours with a thin head that sticks around for a while. Lacing is thin, tight and sticky. Mellow upward carbonation. Amber in color. Body is nearly transparent.
S) Robust caramel malt... mmmm. Light fruit notes - sweet apple and pear.
T) Malty sweetness up front. Very delightful caramel, light toffee. Touches of nuts - pecans. A subtle hoppyness in the finish lingering just under the surface.
M) Medium body with a mild fizz. Slight dry grain feel in the finish, mixed with a hint of tannin.
D) Delicious brew. Well done Lancaster!

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Photo of magine
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark orange, amber color. Has a off white head that is quick to fade, fades to a lace island. No lace to speak of.

Has a bread smell; oats, grains etc. Has a sweet hop presence as well, subtle at that.

This brew has a balanced mouthfeel; somewhere between crisp and smooth. Goes down easy and is refreshing. Doesnt have a bitter finish, just slightly dry. Has a sweet oat grain flavor. Almost pick up a wood, rye type spice as well. Can taste a little hop as well. Has almost a malty sweet flavor.

This is a good tasting, drinking brew. Would not offend anyone if you picked up a case of it and brought it to a party. It would make a nice session brew. It is good, just not a "wow, try this" brew.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange to amber with brownish hues and a light, off white head that does have some staying power and faint lacing.

This brew offers a very unique sweet and hoppy aroma. Tough to identify the specifics, but the sweetness is almost like nectarine, or even apples, but is then taken by the fresh hops.

Not the flavor I was expecting at all, very good though. Oats for certain, bread-like or caramel malt, no significant sweetness as the nose led on, and a very dry, or mild hop to finish.

Medium and body and carbonation, only slightly drying on the palate.

This is a good session able beer, with enough character to keep you intrigued but nothing that will overwhelm the senses.

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Photo of Minotaur
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm one for unusual and extreme beers. However there are many times I want to drink something that is tasty and fulfilling.

The Amish Four Grain is satisfying, toasty-sweet, and earthy.

It pours a nice orange-amber with just a hint of cloudiness. The head is thin and clings around the edges of the glass with a slight bit of fine lacing.

The aroma is very neutral - wheaty with a tiny bit of hoppy spiciness.

The taste is predominantly rich malty flavor. It is deep but not complex. It is reminiscent of toasted marshmallows and slightly woodsy sweetness. There is only slight hop bitterness and no extremity in the spice. The taste is very smooth and overall sweet.

This ale has a rich, full mouthfeel with lingering sweetness.

It isn't complicated, kind of like Prince Albert tobacco or a good hamburger. I would say it verges on an amber ale in overall color and flavor.

It is a good, straight-forward drinking beer.

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Photo of RppIII
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Lancaster Amish Four Grain Pale Ale
Appearance: The beer pours dark amber; the head is white with hints of amber and swells to a finger width, which quickly subsides to a thin layer. Lacing is meager and does not please me, nor does it suit the beer's texture well.

Smell: A light hop aroma presents it's self first, giving way to the sweet toasted character of this beer.

Taste: A mildly week almost oily sweet flavour gives way to a bitter hopiness hints of vanilla, woody resin, and a spicy note finish this beer off.

Mouthful: The initial mouthful seemed to be a bit oily. The beer is crisp, has almost too much carbonation.

Drinkability: I think this beer has potential to be very drinkable, not for me, but it has a relatively good balance of flavours, it is crisp, and smooth. Overall this beer is bland, nothing too memorable about it, which I suppose is not a bad thing. For me this beer is too sweet, as I find several of Lancaster's to be.

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Photo of bob3701
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color, light carbination, nice head to start but disapates quickly. A rich 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 ingridents yet it is a very simple and clean taste. It is one of those beers you could drink all night long. Try it.

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

A: Beautiful 2-finger head, mid-brown color, transparent. Retention and lacing are great.

S: Apples, cinnamon, barley, lots of grain, brown sugar, some dark fruit. Has a slightly metallic smell.

T: Apples, dark fruit, and lots of grain dominate, along with a bit of metallic flavor and alcohol. Tastes like a grainier version of German dark beer. Could use some more hops - too much grain and fruit. The aftertaste is a rather overpowering grainy yeasty bitter flavor which I don't like.

M: Very light-bodied, non-astringent. Good carbonation. Rather dry on the palate.

D: Goes down rather easily, but many other beers that taste similar go down better. The aftertaste makes it a bit hard to want more.

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

From a bottle. The color is amber almost orange. There was a one finger off white head retreating to a thin layer covering half the beer.
Very smooth malt/bread aroma. The smell gets better as the beer warms up.
The taste is really simple only a light malt with a hint of bitterness in the finish. Creamy feel.
This is a very drinkable beer. Nothing fancy just like a good Amish man.

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Photo of jdg204
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was down in my home area of Lancaster for a business trip and I partook of a few local brews with co-workers.

A: Hazy amber color with a nice head that retains and provides good lacing.

S: Grainy aroma with a slight astringent hop presence.

T: Starts with a fairly bready aspect with some supporting oats and grain. Decent hop finish provides solid balance. I expected a more distinctive flavor from the four grain recipe.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D: Not a bad brew, but nothing really stuck out to make it memorable. After talking up the Four Grains on the label, they really don't deliver anything all that special. If you're in the Lancaster area, you won't regret giving this a shot, but don't go to far out of your way to find it.

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Photo of droomyster
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep red with a large head with excellent staying power. Smells of rich, toasted and sweet malts, with a hint of leafy hops. Taste definitely favors the malts, with earthy hops not quite balancing it out. The overall effect, however, is very enjoyable. This ale is packed with flavor. I look forward to drinking more of it.

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Photo of TLove
2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

(From notes)

On tap at the brewery.

"Eh, unremarkable." Thats not exactly what you want to hear from the bartender at a brewery where a beer is brewed. But our bartender seemed to have reservations about this beer.

This beer poured a sleight head, light tan body with moderate carbonation and poor retention. Very dry rye and mix of light roasted grains, combined with a touch of lemon and caramel malt.

Very dry and resiny-tasting. Rounded finish with a decent balance. Nothing like some of Lancaster co.'s others but a half-decent summer sessionable.

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Photo of corby112
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark ruby/copper color with golden amber hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy off-white head that quickly dissipates into a lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma is dominated by the four different malts used, hence the name. Sweet caramel malt and rye with a subtle hop presence. One dimensional but still pretty nice.

Creamy medium body that is kind of sweet with hints of caramel malt and a prominent rye presence. There are some subtle bitter hop notes that balance things out nicely. This beer isn't very complex but the grains used provide it with a smoothness that make it very flavorful ad easy-drinking. A nice session beer.

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Photo of neobassman
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This 12 ouncer came as part of a sampler pack. I was skeptical about the four-grain description (what is it trying to be?), but I was pleasantly surprised. First, this is a grainy, malty brew to be sure. It is classified as an American pale ale, but to me it seems much more in the vein of British brews that are malty, even sweet, with relatively little hops character. The taste was initially wonderfully complex, with the oats adding a roundness and the rye, well, doing its rye thing. Kind of like honey on rye bread. With all that complexity, however, the taste does not finish strong and full which is why I did not rate it higher. Maybe more hops presence would help? Worth a try, and a very drinkable session beer I feel.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice clear auburnish color with a very thick tightly tiny bubbled eggshell colored heading. Leaves some good ringage all the way down the glass.

Smell is toasted malts with a slight spice. Subtle caramel aroma as well.

Tasteis very crisp toastiness, more of the caramel that I've whiffed, a nice spicey rye taste that sting's the tastebuds very unique tasting beer indeed. Finishes a little buttery that ends up leaving a lingering hop oiliness in the mouth.

Mouth is oily slick.Good carbonation that fizzes up nicely.Medium-full bodied with a nice all around sting on the tongue.

Drink is good. This one was very enjoyable and it did take me by surprise the first time I had it.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.56/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear lighter brown amber. Flavor seems off. Way too tangy and almost a plastic type of edge on it? Regardless, it just tastes weird. Overly malty with caramel edges. At this point, who cares about the rest. Just not going to finish it and save the ol' liver for the next beer that hopefully will be a pleasure to drink.

P.S. Should a beer with the word "Amish" in it ever be named as such??

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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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