My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head) - Birra Del Borgo

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My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head)My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head)

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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 23
Gots: 45 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jgasparine on 10-17-2009

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I may be a skeptic of the style when a good beer is made of any style I get it love,this was quite good.Poured into a pokal a clear light to medium golden with a large frothy white crown,alot of tiny bubbles.Big bready pilsner malt aromas along with a big shot of leafy/spicy noble hops,the citric west coast hops bring a citrusy edge as well.Flavors have light honey-like sweetness along with mild white grape like some maibocks I have had,a real sharp peppery hop bite hits along with some overripe citrus fruit.A real nice lager beer,not to heavy with alot of things going on.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Lion's Pride. I, too, was looking forward to having some Belgian beers, but couldn't pass this up. In a tulip glass the beer was a clear gold color with a voluminous white head. Lots of lacing. A very fresh, outdoors aroma, like newly mown grass. Hoppy, with a big malt influence. Kind of breadlike. A great Bohemian pilsner. Very drinkable; two went down fairly quickly.

Photo of warnerry
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle

A - Pours a hazy golden brown with massive four finger off-white head. Head has excellent retention and coats the glass with lacing.

S - Pils malt, grassy hops, a bit of lemon. Also a very light bubblegum aroma.

T - Pils malt and grassy hops. Quite herbal. A bit of citrus. Finish is quite dry and bitter.

M - Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation and a clean, bitter finish.

O - If this was only brewed once as listed, this bottle is getting old, which is reflected by the reduced hop presence compared to the DFH version I had not long ago. Still, pretty tasty and was probably even better fresh.

Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mini growler pour from Decicco's in Ardsley, NY. Very clear darker orangy golden, with a slight greenish, olive oil sheen. Near white heat that collects at about 1/2 inch, stays for a spell. Loose and light, leaving a collar and moderate lace/light sheeting. Lime in the nose, grassy hops and light malts. Full flavor brew, with more lime up front, bold and bracing. Some alcohol simmering in the mid section and then a moderatly snappy and dry finish. Clean and tasty offering. Interesting collaboration. Enjoyed the mini growler, but not sure if I'm a big fan of the style.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Big herbal, spicy, earthy noble hop nose over light grains. Pours slightly hazy gold under a 3" off-white, persistent pillowy foam cap. Noble hop spice and earthiness are more noticeable in the head then in the body while the rich Moravian malts shine more brightly in the body but the two blend in the mouth giving the beer an enjoyable parfait quality. The beer has big malt and hops but everything is perfectly balanced. Medium body and very fine, soft carbonation.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2013. Picked up from one of York's finest Italian delis.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A very hazy golden-amber hue with medium carbonation - the amount of sediment indicates that this is bottle-conditioned. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a decent surface layer. Aroma of hops - lots of hops! Notes of citrus, especially grapefruit and oranges, alongside tropical fruit and a whiff of pine. A warm, spicy hint in the background - possibly alcohol.

Tastes of overwhelmingly fruity hops with a sweet malt backbone and a bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, white grapes, citrus, tropical fruit, and pine. Light, sweet malt in the background along with yeasty esters. A crisp, fruity bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, tingly and dry. Fantastic body and considerable astringency. Aftertaste of fruity aromatic hops.

Mmmmm - tasty! An unusual style but packed with flavour. Tons of aromatic hops, with solid malt in the background. The mouthfeel is nice; very smooth with a pleasing texture (bearing in mind that a typical pilsner would be quite light). Similar to a DIPA, and just as good. An excellent showcase of what Italian craft is capable of (with a little help :)

Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bir & Fud in Rome.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of a combination of pilsner and caramel malts and a good amount of buttery diacetyl. As the beer warms the diacetyl fades a bit allowing the malt aromas to shine through more.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malt flavors with crisper pilsner malt serving as a backbone kick things off and are joined shortly by solid amounts of buttery flavors. Midway through the sip light amounts of earthy hops join in, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a slick thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without any problems but I'm not sure about another.

Overall I was told that this batch was not the best that's been made and I believe it. As the beer warmed and the diacetyl flavors faded it was evident there was a good beer underneath it all but unfortunately I wasn't able to see, smell, or taste it.

Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A different take on this style. On tap at Cole's, who brought it in again. Golden with a thick white head, that leaves lots of lace. I was Ok with the pils hops,I think some ideas that didn't come together and still not that drinkable.Neutral aroma.Drying.

Photo of DrewShal9
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: mellow honey body with delicate bubbles lazily rising to form a thin white head that started out thick and fluffy
S: floral and lemony smelling hops and a tinge of alcohol brought out as the beer warms. For some reason, pilsners have a soapy smell to me.
T: as the nose depicts, there's a clean refreshing taste of flavors, specifically the lemon but has a candy like sweetness with a mild bitter.
M: smooth light body with a faint carbonation
O: first ever imperial pilsner I've ever had and this has me interested in trying more of the style.

Photo of phillybeer7779
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
A-Clear golden color with a thick white lingering head. Heavy lacing while drinking.
S-Typical smell for the style, aroma of subtle hops.
T-Great hoppy pilsner taste, the west coast hops are noticable, but not overpowering. Very smooth and pleasant.
M-Goes down easy, and the hop flavor lingered in my mouth well after drinking.
D-Very easy to drink, the 7.5% feels like 4%. Great beer for the summer.

Photo of mikey711
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with very good clarity, but way to much carbonation with a very soft pour. also there was a bit of sediment present as well. once the head finally subsided there was nice webs of lace.

S: I could smell hops as soon as i opened the bottle. very fresh and clean smelling herbal notes along with a hint of citrus orange and lemon in the background

T: Fruity and grassy with some smooth and pleasant caramel undertones. the hops have a nice oily presence and the caramel adds a touch of balancing sweetness in the finish

M: Good creaminess and body that is dry and refreshing, with only a mild hint ot heat.

D: I feel like this is a beer that could catch up with you fast. quite quaffable but yet not something about it is slightly off

Photo of russpowell
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent amber/apricot with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Insane lacing & head retention, slight hazyness

S: Bready, some pears not much else

T: Big time breadyness, orange peel, grapefruit & tangerine up front. More grapefruit, plus pineapple as this warms, pears as well as this warms, slight aspirin bitterness as well, hints of white grape in the background. Finishes with white grapes, pears & much grapefruit, plus plenty of pine apple

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, lovely balance

Probably the best beer of this style I've had. Wish it were cheaper. Super drinkabiity

Photo of wscaffe
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought from Grassroots Natural Market in Jacksonville on 7/1/11.
Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Nice golden color. Head is a creamy white color. Two finger head quickly dissipates into one finger head. Leaves a decent belgian lace on glass.

S - Pleasant lemon aroma and hints of other citrus such as oranges. Good malt character helps balance out the strong hop aroma. Some grassy notes.

T - Extremely pleasant grassy flavor coming from the hops. Slight lemon flavor mixed with some orange. I taste a bit of alcohol. The hops mix extremely well with the pilsner style. The taste of hops continue to linger after the beer is completed.

M - Good mouth feel. Feels medium bodied. Hops give this particular beer a bite of a bite.

Overall a great pilsner. A bit more hoppy than most but it is fairly balanced. I would definitely drink again. I could drink this as a session beer even at 7.5%.

Photo of scootny
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is just one of those beers imho. A golden liquid that when the light hits it just right does have that light olive oil sheen mentioned in another review. A faint cloudiness. Head is moderate and retention is good with a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell is intriguing. A big buttery malt backbone and grassy notes. A clean hop spiciness and light pepper. A touch of citrus.
Light herbal notes

Taste is uniquie. The buttery malt from the nose seems to hit your tongue before the beer wets your lips. A nicely integrated butterscotch lays underneath it. The malt core of this one is subtly complex. Big breads and and golden toasted Italian breadcrusts. I think I taste the alcohol but I can't be sure so who cares! Citrus and spicy hops come in and balance this beautifully. Clean extra dry finish leaves a deliciously huge bitterness reminiscent of a very dry white wine. Feel is crisp and supple, with a perfectly light and refreshing character. Carbonation is spot on and weight is just heavy enough to satisfy.

Super drinkability. The only thing that kept me from buying a larger quantity is the price of this one. As it was my 32oz was gone way too fast.

A superb brew that I wish I could keep around. Nice job Birra Del Borgo/DFH. Sam you have done it again.

Photo of Cee-Poe
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

25oz bottle

A-- Pours a bright straw color with a hazing reminiscent of a wheat beer. The head is a vey nice three finger rockey white head that retains itself throughout the pour.

S-- Penerally, pilsners leave a bit to want in the aroma department. Unless, you like the smell of wet change. However, this beer provides a much richer aroma than your typical pils. DFH's continual hopping is quite apparent on the nose.

T-- As mentioned above, the hopping of this pils puts it outside of the box. To that end, this is an excellent beer that works very well with spicy food.

M-- The appearance of the beer seems to portray a fuller bodied beer and that is exactly the case. The mouthfeel of this beer is almost as rich as an oatmeal stout that clears as quickly as a traditional pils.

O-- Both my buddy and I were very impressed by this beer. It is unique without trying too hard and good enough to want again.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows floral, spicy and grassy hops along with a soft doughy yeast note, Belgian style.
Clean flavours, with some soft sweet malt and grassy and spicy hops. Also the faintest hint of alcohol.
Carbonation could be higher really.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24.5 ounce bottle. Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/amber color with a couple inch frothy white head. Head retention is excellent, and there's a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like grassy and spicy hops, bready malt, and some light citrusy hops (lemon and orange peel). It tastes like grassy, herbal and spicy hops, bready malt, lemon peel and some apples. There's a nice light bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy, has soft carbonation and it's easy enough to drink. I think it's a good brew, but at $14.99 a bottle I'm not sure if I'd buy it again at that price. With that being said, it's certainly worth trying.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: dull orange, murky, two finger head, white, fluffy, lacy.

Aroma: saltine crackers, grass, flowery, white pepper, sweet toast.

Taste: lemongrass, wheat, crackers, sweet fruits, yeast esters, floral hops, spicy pepper.

Mouthfeel: medium body, slighty sticky, slight elevated carbonation.

***Overall, its a nice imperial pilsner. Nice floral notes and pale malt sweetness, with a fruity finish.

3.24/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12.7oz green bottle filled to within 1cm of the top. Served in a pokal and sampled 8/9/11.

A: Pours with 4 fingers of a puffy, billowing head - fairly dense, off-white in color and very long lasting. Slowly moving bubbles can be seen through the body which has a pale straw yellow and slight haziness. The lack of clarity keeps the appearance one notch below perfect.

S & T: Grain, straw and bread with a spicy, wet grass-like hop quality. Rubbery phenolics come through as the beer warms and intensifies with each rising degree.

M: Full, luscious body with a semi minerally/gritty texture. Fizzy carbonation and clean bitter finish. Very good mouthfeel.

O: Average beer and, for some reason, not nearly as good as DFH's version. I'm not really digging the concept of Imperial Pilsners either, even though 7.5% is not completely out of control.

Photo of STKPICR0720
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This collaboration was a great match. The beer is superb. When this brew was opened and I poured into my tulip I could tell that DFH had a hand in brewing this beer. The signature continual hopping is most definitely present. I love pilsner's and this one is top's on my list. Very smooth and hoppy upfront but still light and full of floral hints. This beer can be enjoyed anytime and anywhere. Thanks for the collaboration.


Photo of peabody
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a very bubbly amber yellow and keeps making suds in my pilsner glass. At least 4 fingers of white cream adorn the top of this pour. Bubbles never stop all through the tasting.
Aroma is spicy and hoppy with hints of lemon peel or orange peel. The spice is pepper and mabey nutmeg but it is very light.
Taste is hoppy and sweet with a fairly strong phenol quality. The bubbles in the brew die as soon as it hits your tounge.
Mouthfeel is very clean except for the slight stickyness of the sugar/alcohol. All the flavors leave so quickly that you want another drink right away.
Overall this isn't a bad beer at all. In fact I think it is the best pilsner I have had thus far. Love the fact that the bubbles keep on and keep on.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light orange-yellow amber with a two finger fine white head and lacing. Nice continual carbonation. Aroma of hops, caramel malt, lemon citrus. Flavor is dominated by the hops with a muted neutral malt backbone. Some citrus flavors and a dry, hop finish. Medium bodied and creamy. Quite refreshing. Hoppier than I'd expect from a pilsner. Well made and tasty. Quite similar to the Dogfish Head version.

Photo of Squelch
3.17/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy murky dishwater brown with huge billowy lacing head.

Smell: Sweet malt and no hops. smells like a brewery.

Taste: It's ok. The malt is the predominate flavor here. There is a slight hop bitterness in the tail end of this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Nothing stands out.

Overall: Wouldn't go out of my way for this one.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Clear medium Golden. Huge billowy head with loads of messy lacing that stick to the glass forever. Quite a looker.
smell: Rather subtle but getting some bread, some leafy, grassy notes, some citrus and a bit of peppery spice.
taste: Much like the nose. nicely melded flavors, with that hint of spice in the finish.
overall: very drinkable, creamy brew.

Photo of cptnspeed1
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head snifter. Note the bottle label is different than the one in the picture. It's the same color scheme and style, but it has the badge shape that the DFH one had in the interior of it as the label shape.

A: A nice light orange/amber color. The off-white head climbed quick and with a fervor, finishing up at about an inch and a half (which puts it equal in height to the beer. The beer itself looks bubblier than would be considered normal.

S: Grassy hops with a little bit of lemon. Very pleasant, but fairly light. For something "continuously hopped" I would expect the nose to hit slightly harder.

T: Taste like it smells with a little bit of a floral flavor. I feel like I might be underrating this a little because I'm expecting something more like an IPA even though I know thats not what it's supposed to be, but the flavors are slightly muted. I can't decide if thats a plus or minus. Maybe both?

M: Medium bodied, feels about what I would expect. Goes down smooth.

O: I'm giving the overall a bit of a boost because this is probably the best beer I've had labeled as an Imperial Pilsner. It's really hard to not compare the Imperial and American versions of beers as something to a good IPA that is similar in style, but I do feel that this separates itself from being too close to an IPA/APA and makes me believe the Imperial Pilsner label.

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My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head) from Birra Del Borgo
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