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My Antonia - Dogfish Head Brewery

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My AntoniaMy Antonia

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Ratings: 1,632
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 101
Gots: 167 | FT: 3
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Delaware, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: dasenebler on 07-15-2010)
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Photo of oglmcdgl


3.88/5  rDev -3%

On tap at the pour house.

A- comes to me with only the faintest wisp of head and a thin ring. A good swirl does bring a bit of head up but nothing special. Almost perfectly clear orange yellow in color.

S- crisp herbal grassy hops with some conifer resin and grapefruit rind. Sweet hits with honey and a touch of powdered sugar.

T- herbal and earthy with a bold grapefruit bitterness that takes you for a ride then the sweetness kicks in and plays crowd control. Malts are unobtrusive but give a floral honey touch that works wonderfully with the rest of the brew. Very clean finish.

M- a bit above medium in body with a crisp if slightly aggressive carb that aerates the brew very vigorously. A swish in the mouth brings forth a creamy foam that fills every inch of your mouth.

D- as I enjoyed my glass this beer got better and better. Maybe its was some warming, maybe its was me finding this beer, maybe I got a bit of a buzz on, maybe all three. Is it a great pilsner not really but in the imperial way its very good. While it loses some of the subtle complexities of a pilsner it does make up for it in other ways. Cool stuff, real glad I tried it.

01-02-2011 03:19:14 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of dpcoz


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

My Antonia, appx 25 oz
Dogfish Head
Chimay Chalice

A - Pure gold in color, two fingers of a white fluffy head, erodes to a solid lacing on my Chimay Glass. Clear on color, carbonation bubble rising to the top in typical fashion.

S - Being 'continuously hopped', the hops clearly dominate the aroma of this beer - scents of pine, lemon, grass. In a way, I want to say that the scent reminds me of "Sage & Citrus". Pleasant, welcoming aroma. There is a slight hint of alcohol in the scent, but you only notice it after a good swirl of the glass. A 'touch' medicinal, the lemon tends to clear your nose - maybe I should keep it around more often!

T - Hops up front, although the bittering hops don't really smack you on the tongue like any of DFH's IPA's. These hops have a nice earthy, spicy taste to them (Have to figure out what kind DFH used for this recipe, I like them!). Pilsner Malts have a voice in this beer, although they are muted out by the spicyness of the hops.

M - Hoppy in the beginning yet sweet, finishes a little bitter and dry. Carbination is on point for this pilsner. Alcohol is barely noticable.

D - Delicious offering from DFH - one of those types you wish would be available more often.

01-02-2011 01:05:36 | More by dpcoz
Photo of shamsoftabriz


5/5  rDev +25%

Had this at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ on tap on New Year's Eve.

A: Fizzy, with a thick head. Golden complexion with plentiful lacing. Think "pilsner champagne."

S: Honeysuckle, lemon, and a bit of crisp alcohol (7.2% ABV according to the chalkboard in the bar).

T: Wow. I don't usually seek out pilsners, but this one blew my mind. I might have to reconsider this category. The lemon and honeysuckle almost turned to lavender on my tongue.

M: Velvety with some snap from the alcohol. Perfect.

D: I could have had this all night. I only hope it's as good in the bottle as it is from the tap because I will definitely seek this one out.

A real treat.

UPDATE: Not as good in the bottle. But if you find it fresh on tap, go for it.

01-01-2011 18:17:59 | More by shamsoftabriz
Photo of rootbeerman


4.55/5  rDev +13.8%

A: glad I poured it into a Duvel tulip, a huge fluffy white, huge chunky lacing head. the head alone took awhile to fall to just a finger, it started at almost 4. the body is clear yellow with a slight orange.
S: grassy lemon citrus, light malt sweetness and a light touch of grain
T: dry, lemon and grassy hops have a bite. just lightly sweet malt, with a bit of pilsner graininess.
M dry, very crisp and clean. high carbonation, holds the head basically to the last sip.
D: very, wish it could be a year round beer for dogfish head, would be a everyday beer for me.

01-01-2011 02:31:23 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of billab914


3.7/5  rDev -7.5%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey Sinner stemware. It poured golden amber in color with a big fluffy white head filling the top inch and a half of the glass. The head settled down a bit but left some very nice lacing as it did.

The aroma shows a very noticeable lemony, orange citrus I presume is the west coast hops. Behind that I get the peppery, earthy spice of the noble hops. Pretty nice blend of them overall, I seem to get a decent amount of both coming through at the same time. A clean pilsner malt flavor comes through as nice base for all those hops.

The bottle really does describe the taste pretty well. The citrusy west coast hops mix with the peppery, earthy noble hops. Like the aroma they are blended pretty nicely so both varieties really get to shine. The pilsner malt gives it a nice base while the lager yeast gives it a clean crispness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. drinkability is decent, the hops were really blended nicely to give it a nice range of flavors. The noble hops aren't my favorite hoppy flavors though so it was a little less drinkable for me personally. overall though it was a really cool beer with a nice range of flavors to it.

01-01-2011 02:16:47 | More by billab914
Photo of jdrury245


4.65/5  rDev +16.3%

A- Cloudy gold / orange yellow

S- Citrus (grape fruit) and dried apricots

T- Very fruity, almost has a granny smith taste at first and then an essence of grape fruit or citrus. Bitterness is there to, gets you right in the back of the throat.

M-carbo just right, smooth and creamy almost like melted butter.

D- Over all a great larger! Has great after taste that fills my mouth with fruity under tones.

12-31-2010 20:43:52 | More by jdrury245
Photo of AdamBear


3.88/5  rDev -3%

A-hazy gold, a LOT of white head

S-really hoppy with some honey

T-its basically a big combination of bitterness and cream. in and out, that's basically all there is to it. it works though, its pretty enjoyable. its a good balance.

M-medium carbonation with a creamy finish, just perfect

D-the taste stays well. in fact, it starts to taste better and better. i genuinely enjoyed all of this one even though it doesn't blow me away. this was my second bottle and i plan to have more some day.

12-31-2010 17:47:42 | More by AdamBear
Photo of Beertinez


3.95/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured from 750ml bottle into a goblet glass. Hazy gold with a fluffy, bone white, 2-3 finger head. Lots of lacing.

Aroma is nice and hoppy. Notes of citrus, grassy-ness.

Taste: Citrusy, like the aroma. Grapefruit and lemon peel with a nice kick of grassy, citrus hops.

Crisp, very refreshing. Medium bodied.

Honestly, I expected a little more from this brew. Its well-crafted but a little conservative compared to the rest of the Dogfish Head lineup. Its still worthy of a try. My Antonia is one of the breweries "Occasional Rarities," so you should definitely pick it up if you come across it because you may not have another chance for a while.

12-31-2010 09:05:16 | More by Beertinez
Photo of confer


4.35/5  rDev +8.7%

I picked this big bottle up at the restaurant in Rehoboth Beach. It pours a bright yellow with a giant fluffy head that looks like a big ball of cotton.
There is big hoppy smell and a nice hop bite in the taste as well. Tastes more like an IPA. The finish is a crisp fruity pilsner taste.
The aftertaste lingers for a long time, it is very enjoyable.
They should bottle this in 12 ounce bottles, I'd buy it by the case.

12-31-2010 04:54:40 | More by confer
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%

Poured a slightly hazy golden orange color with a thin bright white head. no lacing. aroma. not much. taste is awesome. this is one simple ass beer. you can they used awesome quality ingredients. Perfectly hopped and slightly fruity! perfectly balanced. feel is crisp and tingly.

12-31-2010 04:52:20 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of dippy


4.15/5  rDev +3.8%

Another fun offering from DFH. I like that they kept it simple on this one. SOmetimes they think a little too far out of the box. I am a believer in less is more and that is just what this is, a simple idea made with quality ingredients.

Poured a nice golden yellow with a light fluffy white head.

Nice and citrusy smell from the hops, a little grain/breadiness as well. I wanted to disagree with previous posts but after drinking the beer a little bit and letting it warm up, I did detect some vanilla notes as the alcohol peeked through.

This is an easy drinker. It goes down smooth. But it has hops like Dee Brown. Out of the building. Hops are pumped up.

This was a christmas present from the wife, It is a gift that I might have to keep on giving... to myself, as long as it is on the shelf.

Thanks Sam, for all that you do.

12-31-2010 02:03:08 | More by dippy
Photo of jwhancher


4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Bought two bottles while Christmas shopping in DE last week. Popped open one of 'em and poured into my Victory Golden Monkey snifter.

A: Straw color, excellent carbonation, very foamy head. Looks outstanding.

S: Simply a bouquet of floral hops. Also, a honey aroma is evident. Searching deeper, I get maybe some vanilla, orange peel, pale malts, and a little more citrus.

T&M: Citrusy in taste, very dry, surprisingly not bitter. The light malts are quite evident - pale, pilsner. Lemon-like.

D: An excellent 7.5 ABV beer. Doesn't seem like one as it drinks like a 4% brew.

Great job by Dogfish on this one!

12-30-2010 22:27:06 | More by jwhancher
Photo of PBoegel

New York

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%

batch 2010 2B poured into a Pilsner Urquell flute.

Golden straw with a dense egg shell white head with tons of sugary simmering lace as it drinks. A touch hazy but not off putting.

Very clean pilsner character with a wash of fruity american hop, hops dominate with pink grapefruit and tropical fruit tones, I don't like to try and call hops out, but I'd be surprised if this did not have Amarillo, Simcoe and Palisades. Touch of alcohol but overall very muted and kept in check by the malt tones and hops.

Flavor is crisp and clean. Lots of bright hop tones, pungent tart grapefruit, ripe mango and cantaloupe, some bready notes and crisp fermented pilsner malt, dry but slight sweet tones. Firm bitterness in the finish.

Sweet and fruity upfront with a light body and dry finish, accentuated by the crisp bitter character and moderately high alcohol.

Extremely drinkable and refreshing. A nice change of pace from IPAs but completely intriguing for hopheads. To me, this is the goal of a good big pilsner, go hops, and mix it up. Well done.

12-30-2010 02:01:48 | More by PBoegel
Photo of FLBeerGuy


4.33/5  rDev +8.3%

Pours a hazy golden color with a large frothy white head that leaves nice sticky lacing.

Nose is citrus hops and some sweetness

Taste is hops up front followed by some sweetness and finishing with a nice citrus hop finish.

Carbonation is high like a pilsner.

A nice amped up pilsner. A hybrid, like a cross between a pilsner and an IPA. A very nice one from Dogfish Head.

12-30-2010 01:39:26 | More by FLBeerGuy
Photo of corby112


3.33/5  rDev -16.8%

Pours a dark golden banana yellow color with a frothy, pillowy 2.5 finger white head with excellent retention, only slowly fading to a lasting cap that streaks the glass with rings and splotches of soapy lacing.

Earthy, floral aroma with some piny and citrus hop character as well as hints of sweet alcohol, pilsner malt, biscuit, lemon grass and crisp light fruit. Slight bready yeast in the nose with hints of lemon, apple and pear.

Medium body with lots of tight carbonation up front along with some earthy bitter hops, crisp light fruit, alcohol heat, bread and crisp light fruit. Pretty bitter with lots of earthy piny hop character which is countered by the pilsner malt, sweet alcohol, grass, straw and light fruit notes. Slight dry finish.

This beer is interesting because it is an extremely hoppy interpretation of a style that isn't usually so. There is also a bit too much of an alcohol presence that hurts the drinkability. Not quite balanced enough and the ABV is not well masked. I like both of these breweries so I was excited to try this but it was only average.

12-29-2010 07:13:38 | More by corby112
Photo of edrachman

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +10%

Pours translucent hazy straw with creamy white head, into a tulip glass. The smell has definite hints of sweet fruit - almost a wild honey scent -- and floral hops.

It tastes very much in the pilsner style, but amped up. A very smooth drink with some of the sweetness from the aroma carrying over to the taste.

A drink is nicely carbonated like a pilsner, but not quite as dry. Tastes very good 'going down' and a very drinkable beer. I would definitely recommend.

12-29-2010 02:43:38 | More by edrachman
Photo of dahlen22

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +20.8%

Appearance: Pale yellow with good carbonaton and a good head.

Aroma: Tropical fruits and a wild flowers.

Taste: Creamy mouthful followed by the tropical fruits, mellow hops, and a buttery biscuit that melts away.

Overall: WOW!! This beer is another reminder of what a great brewery they have over there in Delaware. This beer is extremely tasty and easy to drink. What a great take on a classic European stlye pilsner. Hoping I can find it on tap someplace in Philly. Cheers!!

12-28-2010 21:45:12 | More by dahlen22
Photo of wahhmaster


4.65/5  rDev +16.3%

Poured from a 1 pt. 9.4 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, pale, golden color with a large, frothy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of citrusy, West Coast hops. Has a nice, floral, sweet smell as well.

Taste: Starts off with a more traditional pilsner taste, hitting you with grassy, Noble hops up front. It develops a sweeter taste towards the back flanked by some West Coast citrus hops. All in all, a very unique and very tasty concoction.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing like a lager, yet full-flavored like an ale.

Drinkability: A truly exceptional pilsner that only further solidifies DFH as one of my favorite breweries. The innovation and care that went into this beer is clearly evident. This is definitely a must-have beers for lovers of pilsners and Dogfish Head's other offerings.

12-28-2010 03:15:45 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

A: Poured a golden straw color with a decent amounf of white bubbles

S: A bit of grass and floral notes

T: Sordove dry, sweet, grass, very light corn, crisp

M: No issues, tasted crisp and some booze, not overly sweet

D: Pretty good overall, easy to drink

12-28-2010 00:51:11 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of horshack7


4.55/5  rDev +13.8%

Appearance: Poured into a Pilsner glass is a pale golden with a twinge of haziness. On top is about two fingers worth of head that is very thick and rocky and has great head rentention. As the head thins out wisps of thick lacing is left behind.

Aroma: A floral hop dryness in the nose with touches of winter spices cloves with little bits of lemon zest. The malts do yield a little note of breadiness to round it out.

Taste: A rather smooth mouthfeel similar to a warm buttery biscuit straight out of the oven. Floral hops all over this one bits of cloves with a subtlety of citrus at the finish but it's a long way from being overwelming the right amount.

Notes: I first sampled this beer at the 2010 Americn Craft Beerfest. This time it's from a 1 pint 9.4 fl ounce bottle. Dam this beer is amazing such a great example of a American Double Imperial Pilsner. Cheers.

12-28-2010 00:36:43 | More by horshack7
Photo of magnj

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%

A - Light golden body pours with a substantial head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S - Grainy aroma with herbal and citrus hops as well as a bready yeast. All well balanced.

T - Wonderful flavor, hop forward with flavor combining the herbal and grassy characteristics of the noble hops and light fruit and pine notes from the American. Bitter throughout, ends dry and full of American hop flavor.

M/D - Light carbonated body makes this perfectly refreshing. Too bad I'm drinking it during a blizzard and not a sunny summer brew day. Overall great beer, shared it with some friends and they all like it as well. Totally hides the 7.5% alcohol.

12-27-2010 23:07:06 | More by magnj
Photo of joepais


4.68/5  rDev +17%

Poured into a Sam Addams pint glass. I got an awesome amount of white fluffy head on top of a clear golden colored brew. The head on this brew just lasted and followed the brew lacing all the way down the glass.

You get a great amount of sweet and spicy aroma coming from the brew I got some grass and pepper to it along with a nice bready malt. The flavor was malty sweet but had enough hop bitter to be perfectly balanced in my book. If it wasn't for the price tag I'd be drinking more of these. It was medium to light in the mouth with great carbonation. The 22 oz bottle went way to fast I will be looking forward to the next fresh batch I see

12-27-2010 20:24:38 | More by joepais
Photo of ferrari29


4.35/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured from bottle into stemmed Tulip glass

A - Beer pours with a yellow/gold body; slightly cloudy for a pilsner; there is a lot of lacing & plenty of sticking; two finger white head formed and dissipated pretty quickly; poured with a confident amount of white head

S - Deep airy lager/pilsner smell; some malt tones come up light in potency but aroma is buried deep; you really have to dig to get some scents out of this one; definitely not to rough, but just the right amount

T - Smooth, clear taste; malt notes come up at the middle of the tongue; dry and very unique for a pilsner brew; still has that traditional bitter-tart pilsner feel but very smooth and not as bitter as one would expect

M - Creamy and light; solid blend of carbonation and consistency; remains creamy and carbonated from start to finish

D - I like this drink, its another great brew from the folks at Dogfish; the flavors are complete from start to finish and its not really missing much

12-25-2010 20:42:22 | More by ferrari29
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

12-25-2010 06:23:49 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a huge dense pure white head that left some rocky lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of a fairly dry cracker malt, honey, and some juicy hops. Definitely some american hops in this one. Very light grapefruit, lemon, and some grassy yet buddy hops. A bit sweet for a pils.

The taste is of an extraordinarily smooth malt, not very sweet, not very dry. Kind of has a bright sweetish flavor but it avoids having any distinct flavors whatsoever. There seems to be a slight honey & berry sweetness but it is quite subtle. The hops are not assertive in the flavor, they add a slight bitterness in the end but that is it. The beer doesn't taste much like a pils but it is still tastey and smooth.

The feel is moderate with active carbonation; quite balanced on the palate; perhaps finishes slightly bitter.

This is a tough beer to rate. As a pilsner, imperial or not, it misses the flavor and feel mark. The malt might not be too off since it is an "imperial version" of the style but the hops are way off. I don't pick up much in the flavor profile and the flavor lacks an edge. That being said this beer is damn smooth and very tastey, its just a loose interpretation of the style. IMHO an imperial pils is not a style that needs to be made but it had no effect on my rating.

12-24-2010 05:50:10 | More by Gmann
My Antonia from Dogfish Head Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 1,632 ratings.