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My Antonia - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,666
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 105
Gots: 177 | 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 Beejay
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy, and yellow in color. Very nice fluffy white head on top, seems to be lasting a good bit.

S: Nice light bready smell. Some very light earthy hop aromas.

T: Lovely and simple. A nice bitterness with a bit of citrus and pine. There is also a hint of booze in there. Very similar hop profile to 60min.

M: Medium in body, a nice crispness, and decent carbonation.

D: Very tasty, solid hop flavor with being too bitter. Nice.

Beejay, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner: Four fingers of sparkling white head over crystal clear golden-yellow body with some tiny, slow nucleation bubbles. Leaves lichen-ish lacing all around the glass.

Smell is crisp, mineral, little toasted, a little sulfuric. Some dry malted grain smell comes through, like a dry pilsner malt. That sulfur smell is kind of persistent, not my favorite - a little vegetable.

Tastes of bread crust, some moderately sharp, grassy hops, nice dry turn toward the finish, & ends with a very grainy taste, like buckwheat or oatmeal. Dry in the center of the palate, with a sweetness around the edges that enriches the taste a bit & provides balance.

Feel is an interesting tension between the light, crisp quality inherent to the style but with an added weight & residual sweetness that emboldens it. Hmm...

That segues conveniently into the "thesis" of this review & hence, the style. Kind of an oxymoron to take a style that's all about precision & mutate it, but I like the results, nonetheless. Not hard to drink, but I'm not sure the flavor notes justify the alcohol. It took me a little bit, but I'm feeling this one. Maybe one to share.

OneDropSoup, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of simpliciter
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a - a wonderful pale apricot topped with a pure white lace that fades quickly into the glass
s - light and grassy, with a hint of the alcohol to come
t - potent bitterness at the front mellows to sweet dried fruit flavors, with a spicy bitterness at the finish
m - perfect? in mouth feel is exactly balanced against the bitterness, and then coats the mouth to balance the lingering bitter bite
d - dangerously so.

simpliciter, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of goblue3509
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow to straw color with a thick four to five finger head which resedes to a smaller head and leaves rings of lace up and down the glass. The aroma is of big pilsner malt character with a slight citrus smell. The taste is of a nice big pilsner malt backbone with citrus notes and a nice earthy hop balance. The mouthfeel is of a nice carbonation and is slightly creamy. The drinkability is very high, an easy drink along with a great complex flavor.

goblue3509, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of mavbrew
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a big, fluffy white head that slowly dissipates, leaving nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Some serious hoppy notes (to be expected since it is continuously hopped), also has a lemon scent to it with and maybe a bit of an earthy scent as well.

T: Much of the up front taste is hit with hops, no surprise here, which leaves some bitters in the palate. There is also a hint of lemon/citrus flavor in the middle and the finish is obviously bitter, which is good.

M: Medium bodied with an abundant amount of carbonation, massive head.

D: This beer is very crisp, smooth and very good. It has just the right amount of hops and sweetness, making it a nicely balanced beer. Not surprising from the great DFH brewery.

mavbrew, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of heebes
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint

Pours a clear straw pale yellow with a billowing, foamy off white head. Leaves decent lacing all the way down. Nose is caramel malts, grassy, yeast. Taste is smooth and balanced; great body of malt character and pale straw grain. Medium bodied, easy drinker all round. No presence of the ABV, I thouroughly enjoyed this brew. Too bad this wasn't available more frequently in 12 oz bottles, tastes like a strong go-to. A top for me in it's style. DFH!

heebes, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. That is all i can say. Murky and yellowish orange pour with lots and lots of head. Smells very hoppy initially with some malt hints. Te head hang around all day! Very smooth and crisp. Light on the pallette and quit drinkable at such a high percentage. Kudos dogfish head!

Urbancaver, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a twenty five ounce bottle for $8.99 into a Dogfish Head curved pint glass.

Antonia is a glowing beer, casting a big bright golden color bordering on straw yellow like hay. It's pilsnery with a bright white billowy head that's a inch up with staying power, and sticking power as well. Smell is str8 forward, pilsner malt blasting out the ying yang, knowing dogfish, they used a ton of this variety and it shows in smell and taste. Some tropics and bubblegum as well. This tastes a lot better than many imy pilz out there, they just don't cut the mustard, Antonia gets the job done while remaining in style with a big back. Tastes include pilsner malt up front, light fruits, a nice faint earthy hopping with some tropics (this bottle is about 5 months old at this point). I like how the hay I get in alot of pilsners is muted here. The feel is a nice medium, greatly carbed and lively on the tounge, kinda bitey, not killer though. Gotta knock some points on drinkability as I cant gulp this like a lighter pilsner, It's not a knock on the beer, it tastes good, but not as easy going as most in style. A case purchase would be ideal, if it came in 12oz'ers. I like DFH better when the beer is under 10%, beyond that, things get fishy.

BARFLYB, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of CWiggins
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Bruisin' Ales while crossing the mountains just after Christmas en route from Knoxville to Durham. Eight dollars for a 750ml of specialty brew from my favorite brewery seems like quite a deal, so I purchased this along with a couple of others and headed on to the piedmont.

Poured into a DFH ergonomic pint glass on Monday evening after work. It pours a delightful light honey yellow with a substantial white head that continued through the beer's life. It's a tad hazier than regular-strength pilsners. Very clean aroma with hints of light pilsner malts and Noble hops. A little bit of alcohol sneaks in there as well. Just as clean is the flavor; crisp with a nice amount of pilsner malt flavor. Hop bitterness is restrained until the finish, then those familiar floral and citrus accents become prominent and lead through the finish and the lingering aftertaste.

I suppose what makes the mouthfeel so unique is that it isn't particularly creamy like most imperial pilsners I've sampled. It's easy (and dangerous!) to gulp down. Savor this one or it may bite back!

CWiggins, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of oglmcdgl
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oglmcdgl, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of dpcoz
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

dpcoz, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of shamsoftabriz
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

shamsoftabriz, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of rootbeerman
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

rootbeerman, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of billab914
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

billab914, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of jdrury245
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

jdrury245, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of AdamBear
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

AdamBear, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of Beertinez
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Beertinez, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of confer
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

confer, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of kbnooshay
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

kbnooshay, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of dippy
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

dippy, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of jwhancher
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

jwhancher, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of PBoegel
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

PBoegel, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
My Antonia from Dogfish Head Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 1,666 ratings.