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My Antonia - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,724
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 122
Gots: 202 | 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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Ratings: 1,724 | Reviews: 542
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber of great smooth fun. The pilsner hops and European malts comes through the scent, which is floal. Thick white head on light yellow pilsner body. Very smooth and good drinkability. Carbonation is right there. Burning in system, so a bit acidic with its lemony taste. Drying finish.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rustico in Alexandria, VA.

Pours a slightly-hazed golden color with a big, white head. Good amount of lacing after the head finally recedes. Good spicy, earthy hops aromas with some grain in the background. The grain takes over a bit more with the taste, but hop notes definitely still present. Fairly thick body, and along with that comes a good alcohol kick, although nothing too substantial. Very nice and clean. Great hot weather beer.

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that slowly faded away and left lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are aromas of citrus and floral hops in the nose.
T: Grapefruit flavors from the West Coast hops prominently stand out in the overall taste, which has a mild amount of bitterness. The flavors also have some notes of grainy malts and hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is rather drinkable because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 3 finger head, nice retention. Golden clear.

S: bready, brown sugar. Not a lot of the fruit that I get in the taste.

T: malt, spices and some fruits, mostly banana and pineapple. Alcohol esters make this a tad unpleasant but drinkable. Clove and earthy notes as well.

M: moderate carbonation and medium to full body.

Overall: A complex beer which may be one of the better imperial pilsners I have had.

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a slight chill haze; the white meringue head leaves a smattering of clumps and dots behind

Smell: Bready and sugary malt underpins the grassy hop character

Taste: The bready/sugary malts are quickly dominated by the grassy hops, though they maintain their presence from start to finish; qiote a bit of peppery spice in the middle, too; the aftertaste has a bit of a grainy character, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: While I like a bit of crispness in a pilsner, that aspect is hard to find in an Imperial Pilsner, and this beer is no different; otherwise, it is a very good example of the style

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

With pilsner-like cripsness, ale-like cleanliness, and the power and bitterness of an IPA, this beer goes a lot of different directions at once.

Pouring a medium golden hue with the standard dry-hopped haze, the pilsner colors shine. A froathy white head forms on the beer and slowly retracts into the beer with mild lace.

Sharp grassy aromas of hops fill the olfactory senses with a blend of citrusy white grapefruit, orange zest, grassy, and herbal elements. Light lime aroma seems partly from esters, partly from hops. Only the softest of cracker-like malty scents emit from behind the hop dominance.

In reverse fashion, the crisp malty flavors show a part grain and part bready malt taste that resonates first. Light sweetness accompany the bready, grainy mix. Mid palate brings about the hoppy flavors of the Pacific west coast and Europe: grassy vs grapefruit, orange zest vs spice, floral vs perfume,... all come wave after wave and settle into a firm resiny bitterness in finish. A near soapy/solventy flavor comes from the alcohol and seems to be exacerbated by the grassy hop bitterness.

Medium textured because of the high gravity for a pilsner and due to moderate carbonation. The beer quickly foregos the early creaminess and quickly favors a dryer, crisper finish of hop bitterness and dryness. Light astringency plays on the mouth with a light grainy, light hop bite.

Probably more akin to an IPA than a pilsner, the malt profile is crisp, clean, large, and on one side of the field; whereas the American/European hop flavors are on the other side battling for dominance. A good beer throughout, but there seems to be an offset in balance and contrast in identity- kinda schizophrenic.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy orangey color pilsner with a large foamy head with good retention. Aroma of sweet malt with loads of floral hoppy notes is quite enjoyable. Taste is a nice mix between some sweet floral malts which are well balanced by some dry crisp hops. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and even though quite extreme still manage to retain some balance and drinkability.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to try this one at the 2010 ACBF. The beer poured out as a nice golden color with a strong looking white head on top. The smell of citrus and grains come through on the nose, very pleasant aroma. The taste of the beer is nothing like a typical pilsner, I was hoping it'd be something a little over the top and it was thankfully. It had mostly citrus fruit notes, lots of hops also. The mouthfeel of this beer is smooth and very drinkable. Might be a bit of a dangerous beer to drink a lot of. Overall I really enjoyed this one. I'd like to have it again one day.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

our of the four ipas i had last night, this one actually came across the best of the lot, and it was a pilsner, lol. served into a white birch tulip, this one was consumed on 08/20/2010.

really nice pour with a great light amber color and a towering head of white that just comes up and over the glass, really putting this into a whole new arena of good looking beer for me.

lots of hops are first noted in the aroma but soon this boils into a mix of light balance between grains, light banana notes, and lots of citrus. cereal grains work their way in now as we start to take the first sips. nice use of pale malts and yeast here as it comes together with a really nice mix of flavors that play off each other damn well and it really works. lots of hops coming back into the finish as the pineapple flavor comes back and dries the palate leaving you with just a dry mouth that is aching for another dose of this one.

overall as solid as they come. i did not know what to expect here, but damn this one was good. would do it again in a heart beat.

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

finally! a pilsner than i can get off on... this is a hop masterpiece, with all kinds of aromatic and bittering hops going on. pours a chewy straw gold color with a nice white head. smells strong and very hoppy. taste is complex for a pilsner, with layers of interesting hops and pale malts juxtaposing one another in rhythm. this is a really groovy pils, and a strong one. really full bodied for a pilsner as well, and has that hop thickness like the 120 minute, just to a much lesser degree. nice job yet again here by DFH

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11 ounce pour - $8.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a hazed, deep bronze body with a thin, white head ring from the standard to-the-very-tip-top pour here at Taco Mac.

Smell: A good portion of pilsner malt with an incoming raw, weedy herbal hop note and hints of spirit spritzed citrus peelings.

Taste: Robustly grainy pils malts with a light low amount of sweetness before a firm bitterness pushes in to stay. Tastes of herbs and spice and citrus pass by, but they're a bit obscured by the early-hitting bitterness. Dry, bitter, steely finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Bouncing it off my recollections of DFH Golder Shower, this one seems to have a more rustic grainy quality, certainly more bitterness, and less sweetness, alcohol, and body.

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peachy gold, streams of visible carbonation and a slight haze of micro sediment. Sturdy billowing head of white foam that laces all over the glass. Retention is great, as the mammoth mass of foam slowly dwindles to a floating island.

Grassy, floral, slight perfume. Clean and dry, almost like a Saison hybrid. Muted spice with yeasty elements.

Fairly full bodied with some fruity yeast esters and grassy hoppy notes leading off. Dry crackery middle, herbal finish. Clean and easy drinking. Additional notes of citrus rind, some dried orange peel bitterness, pleasant hop notes that blend seamlessly with mildly sweet pilsner malt. Overall very enjoyable, seems like it would pair nicely with a variety of food. Thanks Chris for sharing!

Photo of TMoney2591
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at the DFH Brewpub in Rehoboth Beach.

Why have it from the bottle when you can get it from the tap? Water, beer, the conventional wisdom holds for both. Besides, Willa Cather references were meant to be sampled from a tap. Prove me wrong, kids. This guy (or is it gal?) pours a clear semi-amber straw topped off by light bit of white micro-foam. It ain't much to look at, but, then again, most pilsners aren't. The nose comprises plenty o' hops, a slight tinniness, and wheat. The taste holds notes of light wheat, a very light tin (that ol' pils taste...maybe it's just me?), and plenty o' hoppy bitterness. The body is light, with light carbonation and a nicely crisp finish. I may not be much of a pils fan, but if they were all like this one, I might not be so negative toward them.

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My Antonia from Dogfish Head Brewery
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