My Antonia - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,739
Reviews: 547
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 123
Gots: 208 | FT: 2
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dasenebler on 07-15-2010

My Antonia (named after the Willa Cather read), is a continually-hopped imperial pilsner. This lager for ale lovers is citrusy, sweet and refined.

My Antonia started out as a collaboration beer when Sam brewed it at Birra del Borgo (hope you can read Italian) outside Rome, Italy, with owner/brewer Leonardo DiVencenzo in October 2008. In 2010, we began brewing My Antonia here in Delaware for U.S. distribution.
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Reviews by malloyca:
Photo of malloyca
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden color with a thick, foamy white head. Aromas of earthy grains and fresh dough, with some grass, too. Taste is firm, and very dry from a dominant profile of hops. Quite bitter, and not the softer, easy-drinking grain flavors that one might expect in a pilsner. It is pleasant to drink but bone dry. Given the one-dimensional and bitter flavor profile, I think it would be better matched with some ripe cheese and fruit, rather than as a stand-alone.

More User Reviews:
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish "My Antonia" Imperial Pilsner 7.5% alcohol. A very classic Dogfish glass with subtle decoration. Served in a Pilsner glass.

A- Pours a crisp golden fluid that produces a heavy two inch white head that lingers for the whole beer. Lacing is thick and pillowy... beautiful.

S- Smells of fresh cut grass with sweet malts and a sharp dose of yeast in the back of the nose.

T-D- Upfront is a sharp hop bitterness with a chalky malt and yeast mix that tingles the tongue on impact. Raw piney hops are domiate in the flavors but distinct citrus bite is there as well. Mouthfeel is slightly acidic with very rubust alcohol esters stinging the palate.

D- This beer is one to remember in its excellent Pilsner qualities pushed to the limits of outright perfection. I do believe that if i see this one again i will buy it.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tall tapered glass.

Pours a perfect straw yellow, crystal clear with a careful pour, with a large foamy head of perhaps 3 fingers or more. Fantastic head retention leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell is a bit malty and a bit phenolic. There is a touch of grassy hops with a deep inhale.

Malts hit first, then the balance comes through with a rather herbal hoppiness. There is a bit of sweetness here that helps to tone down the alcohol that is present, but the alcohol is still present. The finish is also a bit sweet with some warming on the way down.

Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy as expected, but smooth and relatively easy to drink. Put it all together and this is a fairly potent brew that can sneak up on you pretty easily due to its easy drinking nature.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pilsner glass the beer was an ever so slightly hazy gold. It had a thick white head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving a bit of lace.
Fresh, outdoors aroma. Sweet. Mostly citrus hops.
Grapefruit taste predominated. A little bit of piney hops. Sweet malt, a hint of honey.
This was a crisp, refreshing beer.
Would gladly drink more of these.

Photo of warnerry
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy gold/straw with massive head, even with a gentle pour. Head has great persistence and leaves a lot of lacing behind.

S - Bready malt, a bit of citrus, grass and some spiciness.

T - Bready malts up front give way to a considerable amount of hops.

M - Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and very creamy with a bit of dryness on the finish. Very nice.

O - This is a nice, unique take on the style and I would have this again

Photo of generallee
4.77/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pint 9.4oz bottle into a Pilsener glass. The label has a short description of the beer and its abv. (7.5%) No freshness date.

Appearance: It has a light hazy with a nice golden hue and a tall rocky head to top it off. (The last glass has a much heavier haze.)The head has excellent retention and it clings to the glass leaving lots of thick chunky lacing behind.

Smell: This is lovely and full of fruity pale and biscuity sweetness with juicy hops. Notes of pineapple, peach and floral/citrusy hops fill the nose.

Taste/Palate: To start with I must say that there was less hop bitterness than I was expecting from the continually-hopped beer. What was there was in very good balance. As with the aroma I picked up nice tropical fruit notes on sweet pale biscuity base, complemented with citrusy hops. The finish is fruity and balanced with pleasant hop bitterness. On the palate it has a firm medium feel with nice lively and balanced carbonation.

Notes: This is just an outstanding lager beer and I would highly recommend this to anyone!!!

Photo of bishopdc0
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with a fellow BA
Straw golden with a big big head

The aroma is of pale malts and a slight sweetnes.. hops come in at the end slight earchy and grass with a hint of spice.

The taste starts with a mouth full of carbonation with a sweet and pungent hop flavor. The hops are earthy grassy with a slight spicyness nice

Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle pours a hazy light golden body with a tall white head. Retention is good and an abundance of patchy lace is left on the glass.

Aroma is sweet pils malts, spicy noble hops, grassy hops, lemongrass, and a hint of pine and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel shows a medium body and carbonation and is smooth and creamy.

Hops dominate the taste but are not overbearing. Grassy, spicy, and even citrusy in a Cascades kind of way. Solid pilsner malt base offers up just a whisper of sweetness but it manages to balance the hop bitterness for the most part. A hint of yeast is noticed. Finishes clean, with a lasting lemon rind aftertaste.

Very well put together big pilsener here. Tasty and highly drinkable.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sammer for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grain with some perfume hops and orange citrus notes. The flavor is pilsener malt with some lemon. Low to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A pretty good Imperial Pilsener.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.82/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip.

Pours a nice light golden color with a nice big fluffy light yellow to white head. Nose is surprisingly hoppy, fresh and a bit malty as well - this is getting me excited!

Damn, this is awesome. I'd say it's like the lager cousin of 60 min IPA. It's very hoppy and bitter but also super well balanced - it's got a very nice caramel backbone that's a bit odd for a pilsner, but damn does it work. The alcohol is a bit present but the hops do a good job covering it up, there's a nice chewiness to it as well which reminds me of many of the German lagers i had in München. Very tasty and easy drinking, glad I picked this up!

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

Bought it at Total Wines in North Miami. Served into my Delirium Tulip. My Antonia, a novel from 1918 that focus on a Bohemian Family. Yes, this is a drink for you bohemians. Did you ever wanted to drink a Pilsner with more alcohol, hoppy and with a creamy head? This is it, a great mixture that Dogfish Head has created for us.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy gold, 1 ½” fluffy white foam collar that grips the side of the glass producing thick lines of lace.
S: Light grains, citrus
T: Almost helles bock levels of malt balanced by rich, citrusy hops. The hops are smooth and not harsh - more citrus than citrus rind.
M: Smooth, creamy, medium body and carbonation.
O: A crisp, smooth, well balanced double pilsner.

Photo of Osiris9588
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber purchased at the Grandview Carryout. Pours a pale gold, becoming a darker honey color up toward the foamy white head, which showed good retention.

The aroma brought much citrus and sweet grain, slightly floral and hint of metal.

The flavor offered the characteristics of any good pilsner, but kissed with berries and honey. It was less grainy and sulfuric, and sweeter.

It was bright on the front and finished sweet, but well carbonated and mellow. The 7.5 ABV did not smack me in the face.

Very drinkable--another good one from Sam and gang.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle at fridge temp poured into a bulb style glass. "bottled in 2010 2b" stamped on the neck.

pours out a really nice looking deep gold/ orange color with a huge fluffy, billowy pure white soapy head. sticky lace all over the glass, great retention.

noble hops are most noticable, grassy, lemon citrus, raw herbal hops, a bit of a mineral like lager aroma, and a touch of grains.

wow tasty, very true to style. lots of lemon citrus, grassy, raw herbal pellet hop, grains and lots of mineral like lager funk. lots of sharp aggresive DIPA like bitterness.

very clean mouthfeel, feels like just what it is, an imerial pilsner. lots of lingering hop bitterness.

im very glad i tried this beer. aggressive american like hop bitterness in the lager style is definatly something we need to see more of. IMHO, recommended.

Photo of RyanPS
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 7/24/2011
750ml bottle poured into pilsner glass
A: Pours a nice golden color with a quick-forming, dissipating head, leaves good lacing, nice carbonation. Looks like a pilsner.

S: I get citrus hop notes, as well as some malt sweetness and grainy aromas. Smells tasty.

T: Pilsner malt sweetness in the beginning, followed by a surprising amount of hop bitterness, almost closer to an ipa. Very interesting.

M: Coats the mouth quite well, has good carbonation. Didn't notice the 7.5% abv until the bottle was almost gone. Found this to be quite refreshing on a hot day.

O: I enjoyed this brew, an interesting member of DFH's lineup, considering its a lager. I would enjoy another, but it is pricey.

Photo of alexkeil
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at the Dogfish Head tap takeover at
Coles in Buffalo, NY.

This was one of the last beers I tried and had no expectations for it as the thought of a pilsner doesn't interest me much. This beer is a game changer for pilsners, or at least a mind changer.

The grains get a chance to shine in this beer and the hops are there to balance things out. There is evidence of hops in the aroma and flavor but they are not the star. The higher alcohol helps dry out the finish for a nice overall experience. What struck me the most about this beer is the grains create an almost unsweetened ice tea like quality.

Very drinkable, a bit sessionable, and very very enjoyable.

Photo of Soonami
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My Antonia is a good beer from Dogfish Head, with a really cool label and presented in a 750 magnum. The beer is pretty with a shiney golden hue and a full head. The smell is mostly malty with a bit of herbal and woody noble hop. The taste is sweet and thick with a good dose of bittering. The mouthfeel is thick from the ample amounts of dextrin malt flavor. To me, the beer is a bit too thick to be any version of a pilsner, which should be light and crisp. I enjoyed the beer, but for the price I don't think I would seek out any more.

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

750 mL bottle marked "2011C". Consumed back in late February. Poured into a shaped DFH pint glass.

Pours a fairly cloudy dark amber with some coppery notes. Large, voluminous head of three tan fingers gives off good lacing.

Smells of some nice hops with touches of sweet malt.

Well, I don't know if I can define this as a pilsner, but I think imperial pilsner does a good job. Starts pretty thick and sweet, but the hops come through brilliantly. Very herbal and spicy, like European hops, but with notes of pine from the West Coast. Finishes clean.

About medium bodied, pretty filling, nice carbonation levels.

Finished the bomber myself, perfect beer for a nice hop craving. Certainly hoppier than I expected from DFH and this beer wasn't all that "imperial" to ruin the experience.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi clouded golden haziness, full on creamy textured off white head. Lacing forms fine and speckled down the sides of my chalice. Aromatics first address my nares with grapefruit/citric rinds, herbal/grassy qualities and a touch of booze reaching my senses. Overall an intense hoppiness is brewing even before I taste it. Flavor is abrasively bitter initially as it warms up and the malts open up a bit the pilsner malt adds enough sweetness to dance around a bit with the malts. True perfect balance between malts and hops never occurs this is a hop odyssey, continuously hopped imperial pils. Grapefruit/bitter rinds, herbal grassiness big booze and sugary malts hit altogether on the palate with no real direction. A lot of big hitters show up with no clear leader to choreograph what happens on the palate. Overall mouthfeel is big a bit heavy, carbonation is kicking. Super bitterness with a wave of booze and malt bringing the finish amongs the big hop bomb of a beer this is. Is it the West Coast hop additions that make this beer pretty hard to handle, I like west coast hops but I'm not sure about them in a pilsner malt profile. Drinkability takes some getting used to, it grew on me as I sipped and temperature change had a big effect on my overall opinion of this offering. Under attenuated the yeast didn't fully perform here, a pils that finishes this sweet didn't ferment out all the way, I'm glad they didn't dump this one. Experimental style I've been drinking their different versions of this from Prescription Pils, to Golden Shower, to Golden Era, back around to the collaboration with the Italian brewer that brings us this bottled release My Antonia is better than earlier attempts at an Impy Pils, but keep striving for perfection because we're not there yet, at least in this newly bottled big bottle release.

Photo of OStrungT
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear yellow color, with a thick, fluffy, white head that fades ever so slowly, leaving a massive lace.

This beer has a very dominate citrusy hop aroma. Some grapefruit, and a little pine as well. I also get a peppery, grainy aroma.

This beer tastes like it smells. Citrus and pine with a little grain.

This beer is very crisp and refreshing. The 7.5%ABV is well masked in both the aroma and the flavor.

This beer would make a good session beer. It is refreshing, and not overbearing. It tastes good also. It is a little high in alcohol.

Overall: Although not a huge fan of the style, I really enjoyed this beer. I enjoy IPA's and other hop forward styles, so this beer is a no brainer for me.

Photo of jeonseh
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Hazy gold with soft white head

S - Straw, light hops. Not much of a nose

T - Straw, light hops, and a light funk that you didn't expect.

M - Medium body with light astringent finish

O - Decent imperial pilsner with good light sweetness and straw

Photo of daveytheformer
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a stone Cali-Belgique glass

Appearance is a golden honey color with a thick foamy white head that isn't reducing all too quickly. Once it does there is a lot of sticky lacing.

Aroma is of sweet fruit, bread, and a light hop aroma. A little like straw or grass.

Taste is sweet and malty. A little bread flavor with some citrus poking around in there. A metallic aftertaste kind of like some saisons.

Mouthfeel is light, dry, and a little creamy with good carbonation.

Overall is a good beer that I'll probably end up grabbing again. If they dropped the price just a hair and put these in 6 or 4 packs I'd be all over it.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store. I had the Birra del Borgo version while in Rome and was not impressed.

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

Smells of crisp pilsner malts with good amounts of light citrus and floral hops. Also present are slight amounts of grassiness.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Slightly grainy pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by earthy hops. Midway through the sip the hops open up more with the addition of slight citrus flavors. The citrus fades out quickly, allowing earthy hops and pilsner malt flavors to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

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

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I remain unsure as to what constitutes a "traditional" imperial pilsner. In any event, this beer seems to fit the bill and is a nicely done beer. Worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(Served in a stemmed strange)

A- This beer pours a slightly dense but clear golden yellow body with huge deluge of microbubbles racing toward the surface. There is a thick antique white head that pulls away from the glass but last as a cloud sitting on the beer.

S- The green herbal hops are mellow with a pine note that grows in the finish with some woody note coming through. As the beer opens up there are flowery qualities to the hops.

T- There is just a touch of sweetness to the fresh pale malt note then it is on to the pungent green hops that are full on flavor but soft on bitterness. Some caramel malt notes come through as it opens up but they stay soft. The bitterness seems to less as the hop flavor seems to grow when the beer warms.

M- The light mouthfeel has a crisp fizz finish that compliments the hops and no real alcohol heat.

O- This beer stays clean, dry and crisp with having just a touch of sweetness to the pale malt and a full hops flavor that is nice and pungent with very little bitterness. This drinks like a beer half its ABV.

Photo of Brenden
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Credit goes to twohearteddean, if I remember correctly.

This beer is a pure gold in color, shining in the light with perfect clarity and unrelenting activity throughout. A tall, fluffy white head crowns this beauty, sticking clumps and chunks of lacing forcefully and plentifully all over the sides of my glass.
The mains elements in the aroma are hoppy and herbal with a light alcohol touch. The pislner malts are evident and balance very nicely with the floral and herbal hops notes. Flowery hops aromas linger underneath before the slightest notes of grains kick in, and the dryish yeast is noticeable as well.
The taste follows suit quite well and, if anything, more complexity and balance pulls through. This is a hoppy pils with a well-masked higher ABV and a great balance. Hops offer floral and herbal flavors while allowing a bit of citrus to pull through as well. Yeast actually helps to accentuate a bit of dryness when the citrus does come in, and the crackery malts add elements both of dryness and a light, grassy earthiness. The slightest touch of grains pulls out in the background. This is an exceptionally flavorful pils and nearly the best of the style in any variation.
The mouthfeel accentuates is an imporatant aspect of this beer. The carbonation is at the ideal level, neither too much nor too little. Each sip starts off with a crisp bite and remains crisp and fairly dry, as a well-made pils should, and finishes with great smoothness. This also is a very clean beer.
If I'm ever in a place where Prima's not available, but this beer is, I won't hesitate for a second.

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My Antonia from Dogfish Head Brewery
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