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My Antonia - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,644
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 102
Gots: 169 | 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 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.

FLBeerGuy, Dec 30, 2010
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.

corby112, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of edrachman
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.

edrachman, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of dahlen22
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!!

dahlen22, Dec 28, 2010
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.

wahhmaster, Dec 28, 2010
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

barleywinefiend, Dec 28, 2010
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.

horshack7, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of magnj
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.

magnj, Dec 27, 2010
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

joepais, Dec 27, 2010
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

ferrari29, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
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.

dogfishandi, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of Gmann
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.

Gmann, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a clean, pilsner malt scent along with a moderate hop aroma. It's incredibly balanced. The taste is great! It has a smooth pilsner malt flavor, dry and clean; no graininess. The hop character is outstanding. It's aggressively bitter up front with a nice mix of both noble and west coast hops. There is a mild citrus edge along with solid floral character. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. This is an interesting take on the pilsner style; traditional with a nice modern twist.

WesWes, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of vtfan77
3.88/5  rDev -3%

A- Light gold with a huge, billowing head that takes its time going down and leaves tons of lacing along the sides of the glass as it does so.

S- Big time leafy hop aroma with a bright citrus character as well, like fresh-cut lemons. Not much in the way of malt, but that's not a big deal given the style.

T- Rather sweet upfront, with a shortbread cookie-like malt that is quickly joined by grassy hops. Bitterness hits mid-palate and builds to a strong finish, where it is joined by a hint of alcohol. Finishes clean and dry with a strong herbal bitterness.

M- Medium-bodied and a little syrupy; the carbonation seems a bit low.

D- You can certainly feel the alcohol in this one even though it isn't extremely high. It's got nice flavor, but it seems a bit heavy at times. I'll certainly be able to finish the bottle, but I won't want more.

A nice amped-up pilsner from DFH here. I haven't had lots of imperial pilsners, but this one seems pretty good for the style. It retains alot of its pilsner character while still cranking up the flavor. It's quite enjoyable overall. I'd get it again if I were in the mood. Recommended.

vtfan77, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of PicoPapa
3.68/5  rDev -8%

750mL bottle with Bottled In 2010 2B. Pours a cloudy golden color with a medium head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of citrus, namely lemon, and a bit of a skunky smell along with cut grass. Tastes like a hopped up pilsner. Lemon peel aftertaste. Mouthfeel is kind of creamy. Overall this is like someone took Miller High Life and added some more hops, flavor and alcohol and put it in a 750mL bottle. A bit pricey for what it is. Decent but I wish I had drank this one in the summer.

PicoPapa, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of number1bum
3.4/5  rDev -15%

Pours a slightly hazed but mostly clear, ever so slightly orange-tinted, rich golden color. Generates a solid 3 inches of bone white head, which keeps exceptionally well. It's thick and rich, leaving a beautiful web of lace on the sides. Quite nice.

Smell is very hoppy, although it's very American as well. When I think pilsener, double or not, the first thing I think of are those wonderfully grassy, spicy, lemony noble hop aromas. This is more citrusy and passion fruity, orange instead of lemon and without any grass or spice. That's ok I guess, although I'm needing to re-calibrate my expectations here. Has a pale malt sweetness to it with some bready notes as well. It is a nice nose, although I do very much wish they had used German hops.

Taste is also very Americanized, with lots of citrus and fruity hop flavor and also a substantial hop bitterness. There is some bready and grainy malt notes but they are overwhelmed by the hop bitterness in particular. Hops are also somewhat earthy and resiny. Lots of flavor, but not the flavors I am looking for. Still, I can't knock this too badly because it is quite flavorful, but I'm still quite disappointed in the lack of any noble hop characteristics.

Mouthfeel is on the plus side of a medium body and feels too heavy. It's crisply carbonated and that helps, but it's also very bitter and not super clean in the finish.

I wanted to like this so much more, and it's really not a bad beer by any means, but I do think that DFH missed the mark here. A pilsener with American hops isn't really a pilsener at all. The pilsener malt base is shattered by the amped up bitterness, and at the end of the day I'd feel a lot more comfortable calling this some flavor of IPA. I haven't rated it lower for that reason. Maybe it's a double pils for hopheads who don't love pilseners. I do love pilseners, and hops as well, but I don't think this particular marriage quite works. Not for me, at least.

number1bum, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of birderbeerer
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%

A: Golden yellow, creamy head, sticky lace. Mostly translucent--a good pour shows the carbonation clouding below the head and rising to support it. As the head settles, the beer takes on a more hazy appearance.

S: Hops. Light but distinctly piney hops.

T: A hoppy pilsner. Interesting. A smooth and creamy pilsner but hop forward. Tangy. I like this. The hops give bite to an otherwise light lager.

M: Pretty sharply carbonated and the hops leave a slight sticky film.

This is well done. A hoppy and sweet pilsner.

birderbeerer, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%

Saw it. Bought it, no hesitations. Although I didn't drink it out of a Styrofoam cup, I at least shared it with family.

A clean straw-colored yellow that gives off an essence that is distinctly pilsner. A foamy white head forms and laces down the sides of a thin glass with ease. The beer has small bubbled, light carbonation throughout the duration of the drink, but loses its head after a few minutes.

This beer is quite hoppy and is accompanied but a sweet yeast undertone. I am not getting a lot of the golden malt from this beer, but it is "continually hopped," so what did I expect coming from a brewery like DFH? There are also subtle notes of a lemony sweet/sour and faint ethanol.

A distracting bitter upfront with a subtle sweetness in the aftertaste. There is still a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste as well. I am reminded of a typical DFH IPA, but there is a light, refreshing crispness that follows the beer down. I am surprised that this beer is as strong as it is, thoughtfully masked by the beer's bitter tartness. I prefer this beer at room temperature because otherwise the malt has no chance against the hops. However, I liked it cold because it offers a refreshingly gulpable beverage.

Bitter initially, but the residual sweetness builds towards the end of the glass. I was uncertain as to whether this beer would suffer for its intense hoppiness up against such a light beer style, but it's a new adaptation on a classic recipe. I am torn between warmer or colder temperatures, I would say pour it cold and let it warm over time (it's a big enough bottle to do so).

A great accompaniment to a relaxing evening surrounded by other beer appreciators. I would prefer this beer as a summer release, but will still crack like a whip released in the winter months. I have never had a pilsner to match this beer's bitterness or strength, it almost in a class of it's own. In having brewed a strong pilsner myself, I can testify that it packs the punch of a homebrew. It also won't punch a hole in your wallet like some other other DFH craft brews, for which I am greatly thankful.


ThePorterSorter, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Zodijackyl
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours cloudy gold with a substantial frothy white head that leaves plenty of lacing and sticks all the way down the glass. Aroma starts with crisp hops (cascade?) which give way to mild grains and some fruit aromas - yeasty nutty banana and some citrus.

Taste has a very pronounced yeasty banana taste. There is a very crisp mix of hops over clean grains - the taste is a bit stronger than a classic pilsner, but the pronouncements of flavor are the yeast and hops much more than the malt. Mouthfeel is very crisp and smooth with some thickness from the yeast and bite from the hops. Very drinkable for a beer of its strength and style.

Zodijackyl, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of JamnesCameron
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured into a New Holland High Gravity Series tulip.

Pours a clear golden hue with a huge, rocky, stark white marshmallow cream head that has staying power. Thick lacing down the glass.

Aroma of citrus and earthy hops. Malty backbone. Lemons.

First sip is of a firm bitterness, with a sweet malt backing. Lots of citrusy hops, mostly lemony. Short finish of lemons and bitterness that fades away. Very refreshing for a bigger beer.

Mouthfeel is light, not watery, with a slick, almost salty feel.

Very drinkable. Very good beer, but nothing really memorable about it.

JamnesCameron, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev -5%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a golden yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, bright white, creamy head. Excellent lacing.

S: A nice malty, slightly hoppy smell, with traces of citrus.

T: Tasted of grainy malt, some hops, and a touch of lemon. Not as dynamic or flavorful as other Imperial Pilsners I've tried, but a decent flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: A good, solid, drinkable beer.

avalon07, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of obywan59
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%

750 ml bottle.

Pours a transparent but just slightly cloudy golden color with a 1 1/2 finger pure white big-bubbled head leaving slight lacing. A few large bubbles of carbonation early. Looks like a more substantial pilsner, which it is. I went for broke on the 2nd pour and poured into the bottom of the glass. The result was a 6 finger head just filling my Schneider Weisse glass (the closet thing I had to a pilsener) pretty cool. Translucent this time with wispy clouds of motionless sediment suspended throughout, and thicker, very sticky lacing. The head becomes pretty chunky as it recedes. I'm knocking the appearance up a bit from my original 4.0.

Has a very refreshing aroma. Grassy, piney hops backed by sweet malt. Like Mosstrooper has stated, it's not a hop-bomb, but it finds a happy medium between, say, a hoppy Stone brew and a regular pilsner.

Sweet malt and spicy hops up front with bitterness coming through in the middle. Sweet and bitter then duke it out to the end.

Borrowing from the previous reviewer, I have to say that the mouthfeel really is buttery. A bit prickly on the first glass and a bit of alcohol burn. More smooth later on.

A good drinker. Pleasant taste and a great aroma. A very happy encounter.

obywan59, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +5%

Pours a bright yellow/gold color with a thin head into my glass. Very much appropriate for the style.

Lots of grassy hops followed by buttery malt. Much like a standard pilsner ramped up.

Tongue is greeted by grassy hops followed by rich, buttery malt. Mmmm. Slightly crisp as well with some booziness.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering buttery malt/grassy hops that have a great dynamic. Carbonation is a bit high though.

The only gripe is carbonation. Regardless, this is an interesting take on an uniquely Americanized version of the standard pilsner. Worth it if you like SA Imperial Pilsner and others.

Brad007, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of Kendo
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

A: Poured from the 750 ml into a pilsner glass, Body is bright, clear golden with a 1+ finger bubbly white head. Good rings of lace.

S: Like a pilsner - floral and grassy hops. Touch of sweetness too.

T: Grainy cereal malt underneath, then finishes with those noble hops - grassy and floral. Sweetness fights the bitterness in the aftertaste. Could use some lemony bitterness - or rather, a bit more (there's some).

M: Slight syrup-like slickness to the feel. About medium in heft. Nice carbonation.

D: Solid. Slickness slows it down a bit.

Kendo, Dec 18, 2010
My Antonia from Dogfish Head Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 1,644 ratings.