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My Antonia - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,716
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 120
Gots: 198 | 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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Photo of rfgetz
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean bright cold color, bubbly white head with good retention and lacing. Scent is hop forward with citrus, floral and a touch of piney hops. Backbone is light and clean pilsner malt. Taste brings the hops first, but not as aggressively as scent dictates. Solid pilsner malt body that doesnt ge tlost behind the hops. Medium bodied, smooth, clean. A nice suprise as the hops and malt work very well together.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not really sure what to expect here, but Sam doesn't make a crappy beer, so I have high hopes. Let's give this beer a shot.

Appearance: Pours a mildly hazy yellow color with a 1/4" head of small white bubbles that was there for 30 seconds or so, but fell back into the beer and just ended as a small ring on top of the beer. There is some pretty good lacing left on the glass after the beer is drank.

Aroma: There is a pretty full noble hop bouquet in here, but it isn't as oily as I thought that it would be from the message on the bottle. There are some sweet toasty pilsner malt notes in here that are still a very significant part of the aroma profile.

Taste: The flavor is also really nicely balanced. The hops are a huge player in the flavor, but they don't dominate the entire flavor profile. The malt is there and is definitely Pilsner malt. It is medium to slightly full bodied with ample carbonation. The finish is balanced slightly toward the hops, but it isn't in any way harsh. There is a little bit of sweet malt with some bread crusts to linger on the palate for a long time after the sip.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer overall, and I was surprised that it wasn't just an imperial IPA brewed with German hops and malt. This beer actually comes across as a Pilsner, which is a little surprising to me. I didn't realize that I had some pre-conceptions of what to expect, but I guess I did. This beer shattered them and proved to be what it is...a Pilsner.

Photo of jsanford
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a DFH Pint Glass. Part of a lovely DFH tasting with 5 friends.

A - Pours a hazy pale gold with a huge, fluffy white head. Moderate retention, leaves some sudsy lacing.
S - Moderately sweet, with notes of bready malt, honey, and some earthy hops. Fairly subdued, not as "Imperial" as I'd hoped.
T - Very similar to the nose, a bready sweetness dominates the palate, along with more honey and bitter, earthy hops. Not very flavorful, I can't really make out any one particular flavor, or tell which direction this is going.
M - Slightly creamy with a medium body and moderately crisp carbonation.
D - Nicely drinkable, we had no problem with the bottle. Not particularly memorable, though, I won't be looking for this again.

Photo of Buggies
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow/orange. Thin head that stays until the end. Aroma is quite nice. Nice smell of honey! A little malt sweetness there and citrus too.

Tastes like the aroma. Just a hint of honey, caramel, and citrus. Very smooth and creamy mouth feel. Carbonation is just enough that it craps a whip and keeps the creaminess in check. Just a slight bitter finish.

Overall, this is a great pils. You would guess this is a higher ABV pils until it's too late. Good beer! Well worth a try.

Photo of stercomm
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 750ml bottle

A - Light golden hue, good head, lacing on sides on glass hangs in there

S - First thing that hits me is honey, then a slight citrus scent with some maltiness.

T - crisp taste, good hops character, clean finish, get some honey and malt.

M - medium carbonation, sense the slight sweetness from the honey.

D - I'm not a big pilsner fan but given Dogfish Head's unique brewing approach had to try this. Not a bad brew, flavors are woven well throughout the brew.

Photo of sendsilk
3.14/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ML into my trusty "Crab House" pint glass. I paid $8 for this at Total Wine.

A- Looks great. Light yellow and bubbly, almost like champagne. Seems promising. 1/2" head with some decent lacing on the glass.

S- Here's where it starts to get weak. I really can't smell much of this beer at all. Some hop aroma masked by some citrus. Maybe this bottles is old. I mean it isn't going to be too fresh coming from DE to FL and sitting in a distro center for God knows how long and than how long was it on the shelf? Although Total Wine turns some shit quickly, who knows.

T- Good, not great. Just like the smell. It's clean but doesn;t stand out in any particular way.

M- Fairly weak also, kind of like a hoppy lager. not too bad, not too good.

D- My wife and I are drinking this one. She likes it, I'd pass on another one.

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

A light golden pour with a large creamy head. I could easily detect the aroma of hops after opening the bottle. But as soon as it was in the glass, I lost that aroma.
The taste was smooth, a little citrus and a bit of pineapple.
easy to drink, but nothing that I was that excited about.
Still another good venture by these brewery

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

A - This beer pours a nice clear gold color. It has a big 3-finger white head on it, that has good retention. The head leaves some good looking lacing on the glass. Also, there are small carbonation bubbles present.

S - It smells of light pilsner malts, citrus, honey, and some spices. Also, it has an earthy smell to it, and it smells a bit grainy too.

T - This has a nice clean smooth flavor. It starts out with some sweet pilsner malts, a nice earthy hop bite, and nice lemony citrus. There is a nice honey sweetness that is present, as well as some spices and some biscuity flavors. The finish is clean and has a slight lingering hop bitterness.

M - It has a medium body and crisp carbonation. It is clean, smooth, and refreshing. This beer goes down very smooth. Good mouthfeel for this beer.

D - This beer has great drinkability. It goes down easy and the flavor is great. I really enjoy this beer, and I'm glad that I picked it up. I recommend picking this one up. It is a very nice representation of this style.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled In: 2011 1C

A: Pours a nice straw yellow with a massive 4 fingers worth of head that sticks all the way down the glass

S: Pretty malty and yeasty, with a grassy hop profile. Also get some citrus in there as the head dies down

T: Yeasty and bready from the start, with a nice alcohol and hop finish. A fairly basic tasting imperial pilsner even with the continual hop additions

M: Light bodied with high carbonation. Fairly smooth despite the high carbonation

D: Drinks well enough, but nothing too special here. Pretty much just a high abv pilsner

Photo of Patrick999
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a DFH snifter. Not my usual style, but I'm game. Gold, looks pilsner/IPA-ish. Finely bubbled easily-rousable foam.

I'm surprised at how close this smells to what I would normally think of a pilsner smelling like. It smells like a pilsner, albeit with some citrusy American hops and more-intense pilsner malt.

Taste is much cleaner than I would normally expect a DFH beer to be. Which is actually pretty true to style. Clean, crisp malt backbone, allows grassy and citrusy hops to come out and play. Slightly resiny on the palate, but nothing really that viscous.

Would have to be one of the more drinkable Imperial Pilsners out there. Who would have thought A) DFH brews a lager, B) it's actually hewing very close to style guidelines? Pretty solid work here, I think. I know some will probably knock this for not being wild and crazy, but to me this shows better brewing range than I really expected out of DFH. When you brew something like World Wide Stout or 90 Minute IPA, you can hide flaws, but this, not so much. It's clean, it's damn tasty. No real flaws I can taste. I'm probably even underrating this a bit.

I also like the fact that this is unquestionably Imperial, but at 7.5%, not as high as others that have been seen in this style. This is a good strength for this beer.

Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served with a clear, golden body that had a one finger, white head...the head showed nice retention and slowly fell into a wispy cap which late gave way to a strong bead...nice lacing...there was actually some suspended sediment just hanging out

S - The nose featured bready and grainy malts...grassy hops were present...and a fruity aroma was also lingering

T - The hops jump out first and actually have a bright, West Coast presence to them...they provide a different fruitiness to the beer...the middle was sweet with caramel and other fruity flavors...the middle also showecased the bready malts...grass hops finished the beer and gave it an Earhty flavor

M - Light bodied...crisp and refreshing like a pilsner should be...nice bitterness

D - This one did not blow me out of the water...this was a "good" pilsner...I expected a little more West Coast hop flavor and something different coming from DogFish Head...but like I said, don't get me wrong, this was a "good" beer

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

This beer poured a clear gold color and formed a nice big foamy off white head that coated the sides with lace. A medium amount of carbonation is present and it looks like a float. An aroma of grain, light hops, lemon and pepper. The favor was of malt, hop, bread and lemon with a hint of pepper. The body is light and the finish slightly astringent.

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

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a nonic.

Pours a clear golden colour with a massive three fingers of head that retains some nice, fluffy head all the way down. The smell is very hoppy, with tropical fruits. Nice bready pilsner malts are also present. The taste on this is also very good, it's almost like a hybrid of a delicate pilsner and a tropical fruit bomb of an IPA. The bready delicate pilsner malts are present, along with some nice bitter hops and tropical fruits, both very well balanced. There's also just a touch of alcohol present, but nothing distracting. Basically just tastes like an amped up pilsner in the best way possible. As it warms it gets grainy and astringent, this one is surely to be enjoyed chilled.

The mouthfeel feels medium bodied and well-carbonated, but there's a bit of a hop stickiness that I find a little bit out of place with the balanced flavor profile. The drinkability is very good as well. I'm glad Dogfish has a lager out in production. Of course, it's very big and very Dogfish, but it's still great.

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.

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

Pours a light gold, huge, fluffy head, doesn't recede. Had some hop scents, some bready notes. This was not what I was expecting from a pilsner, but not in bad way. More hoppy than I expected, crisp and did follow through with some biscuity essence. The mouthfeel was crisp and is a drinkable pilsner. A nice offering from DFH.

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

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

Bottled In: 2010 2B

Poured into a DFH glass a very nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger creamy white head, with some very nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some nice hop notes, slight citrus note. The taste is slightly sweet, bitter, malty, hoppy, with some citrus notes. Medium Body, nice dry/bitter finish. Drinkable, a very nice brew, glad I've gotten a chance to try it.

Photo of thedoubler55
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured a tulip.

A- A clear golden color, that leaves about an inch of off white head. A good amount of lacing as well.

S- Sweet smell of honey, with hints of citrus, great job DOGFISH!

T-Taste just like the nose, fantastic sweetness, with a bit of hops.

M- Perfect amount of carbonation, some what creamy, subtle.

D- I loved this pilsner, great beer from Dogfish, will buy it every time.

Photo of hopheadjuice
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, bottled in 2010 2B.

Pours typical pilsner color being golden straw with a nice 1.5 finger bone white head that laces better than any pilsner ive ever poured.

Beautiful floral aromas for a pilsner, hops are dominant with citric and floral quality's. Pilsner malt is present but plays a backbone role and doesn't overkill.

Taste is very unique, almost like a hybrid of an IPA and pilsner. Hops are very present more so than any pilsner Ive ever encountered. Lemongrass with some pine clippings balanced oh so well by a pilsner malt crispness.

Medium mouthfeel with an amazing crispness, great full active carbonation makes this one a crisp refreshing pils.

Great drinkability and very flavorful for a style that doesn't usually get this hopped up.

Photo of ptykozoon
3.01/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sticky lacing, decent head, typical pilsner color.

Smells like a pilsner too. Grassy hops in there as well.

Nothing really subdued or interesting. Tastes how you'd expect a hoppy, high abv pilsner to taste.

Very well carbonated, dry clean finish.

Good for a pilsner I suppose, but the taste isn't too refined or memorable. Not too drinkable either.

Photo of NeuroticNectar
4.74/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've seen some reviews claiming this beer, "doesn't taste like lager/pilsner." All I can say in response is, Duh!

I'm not usually a lager guy, but as soon as I saw the pour on this beer I was interested. The head was thick and cream-colored, balanced on top of a beautifully honey-colored brew.

The aroma was impressive. Honey, flowers, amazing hop depth.

Then I tasted it...

The mouth feel is smooth and close to perfect. And, as expected, the hops jump right into your head. Slightly sweet up front with a bite of hop bitterness at the tail end.

This is easily the best pilsner I've ever tasted. From the sight, smell, feel and flavor it ranks very high in my all-time favorite beers. Definitely worth taking time to enjoy.

By the way... I drank this beer alongside a freshly made bowl of smoked tomato soup with bacon and a provolone & gouda grilled cheese.

Photo of ambiguator
2/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Executive Summary:
too sweet
doesn't taste like a pilsner - more like a pale ale

Simply adding "Imperial" or "Double" to the name of your style doesn't make up for defects.

This beer is neither clean nor crisp like a lager should be, and the drinker is presented with a sickening fruity sweetness.

It is not light in body or flavor, and the sledgehammer hops make this beer an overall unpleasant experience.

The flavors do not blend, and the heat of the alcohol sticks out like a sore thumb.

Dogfish makes wonderful ales of all sorts, but their first lager offering leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, literally and figuratively. Why not try something a little simpler, and work your way up to the "extreme" pilsner when you get that mastered?

Photo of cosmo4u
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

purchased at joe canals in Egg harobr township NJ
bottle 750ml
drank on 2/22/11

My Antonia pours with a cloudy amber color with a creamy, frothy head. You can smell the hops right off the top of the pour as it went into the glass. It was a clean, smooth drink with the nice bite of hops but not too much where your taste buds are hurting. It is a smooth drink from first sip to bottom of the glass. The extra kick is the higher ABV, which is needed here, I think if it was lower the beer would suffer.

Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best Pilsner I've ever had. It pours out a real nice hazy thick golden yellow letting you know that they put some quality hops in this. You take a smell and yup they sure do. You get that grapefruit. herbal, tea and some pine hops with the grainy sweetness from the malts. The taste is exactly like this with the flavor rolling across your tongue just like any quality IPA with that herbal piney grapefruit taste with some tea like tasting hops coming from the Noble hops they use. It leaves you with that sweet German pilsner malt that you'd find in quality German beers and then ends with the herbal, tea, grapefruit and piney hop bitterness that almost reminds me of a bit toned down version of a West Coast IPA mixed with Noble hops.

The smell and taste of this beer is so amazing for a Pilsner that they should literally send this to any of the big 3 breweries just to let them know what a real one can taste like... do they even know? I can't see how they don't. This beer reminds me of the Prima Pils by the Victory brewing company very much actually. I like this better though because its a bit more complex and has a thicker and creamier mouthfeel.

Dogfish can really brew their ales but this proves they know how to really brew a lager just as well. Amazing mouthfeel doesn't feel light at all and the 7.5 alcohol is covered up as much as possible for a lighter pale beer. It's covered up so well and you don't that typical beery alcohol yeasty taste you'd get from most lower quality pilsners. This is like a German IPA and I really wish they could brew more of this one year round! With that being said this beer deserves way more notice than it gets.

Photo of hosehead83
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a wine goblet.
Cloudy gold in color, with a big billowing head of bright white foam.
Aroma-Faint, perfumy hop notes
Taste-Sweet, mildly toasted malt, leading to a bit of a hoppy bite in the finish. Seems like a pale ale/pilsner hybrid. A bit more on the subtle side as I was expecting a big dose of Saaz hops and more fuller flavor.

My Antonia from Dogfish Head Brewery
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