My Antonia - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,696
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 112
Gots: 184 | FT: 2
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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 PalatePilot
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into a pilsner glass.

I was saving this one for the last month or so, but just picked up another one so I came home and cracked it right away.

I am not generally a pils fan, but the continually hopped part captured my interest.

What a tasty beer. Has the fruity and bitterness of those west coast hops and the subtle and pleasing sweetness of the pils malts.

I found this beer extremely drinkable and am looking forward for the next bottle.

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

A - deep golden yellow, the slightest bit hazy, with a big eggshell head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Clean malt profile with light hop background. A nice, simple balance.

T - This is a nice and crisp beer. The hops are mostly bitter, with a little bit of a lemony flavor too. Its nicely balanced, with the light malt flavor not being overpowered by the bittering hops.

M - Light, but intense carbonation. A tad bit drying. Feels pretty good, nothing too exciting.

D - Very easy to drink! And I like it!

Photo of Aggie69143
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my my my antonia,what a beer,grassy hop flavor.This beer begs to be savored.Clean finish,slightly cloudy brew.Only problem is the price tag,but found them to be much cheAPER IN NY STATE.Wish they would decide to brew this year round.would be nice to get this in 12oz bottles.

Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleased to see this on the tap menu at Cobblestone's - served chilled in a goblet.

The clarity is like crystal - practically transparent with sudsy white foam atop which has an almost shiny smooth topography. The bead is fine and lace sticks like sap to the goblet-no carbonation is visible in the liquid. A strong herbal fragrance with hints of sweet leafy hops and floral alcohol esters w/ mild pils malt aroma which reminds me of my first taste of Pilsner bier in the Fatherland w/ hops and malt given equal creedence. The yeast provides a mild sulfur accent which gives the impression of a traditional european pilsner smell. The feel is wonderful -it is both dry and slightly bitter w/ a mild tinge of sweet pils character with light amount of toastiness and medium amount of carbonation and bitterness with a semi-dry finish.

The taste has herbal sweet and lightly malty qualities with low bitterness in the flavor and smooth lemony noble hop accents. The gentle alcohol flavor and spice provides some contrast to the mild honey-like tinge from the malt. There is a mild level of fruitiness and toasted elements in the flavor with hints of floral noble hop tinges throughout. I almost get a sweet golden delicious aspsect from the pils near the finish which is probably yeast derived. I find this to be a wonderful Imperial Pils -a beer I would drink daily if given the chance. It is not boring to me, very flavorful and it fits the style well. I would recommend this to German Pils fans and it went well with my brats with spicy dijon mustard countering the fattiness well.

Photo of Kegatron
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped bottle into a couple of Pilsner glasses.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with 2 ½ fingers of foamy bright-white head. This retains with a big dollop of froth in the middle of the glass that stays very rich and coats the sides of the glass with heavy sticky lacing. Just a great look to this. The aroma is grassy, spicy, and citric with some tight malty grains underneath. The zesty fruit and bread character here just drive this.

The taste is earthy bitterness and fruit, which is undercut by a nice soft biscuit-like sweetness from those Pils malts. The finish is dry and very pithy feeling with a lingering spiciness. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a pleasant easy carbonation in the mouth. Maybe just a touch of alcohol creeps out underneath but this is relatively silky smooth overall and yet still manages to have a bit of a snap to it as well.

VERY well done take on the Imperial Pilsner style here, with a flavorful and nicely balanced character that is driven home by the ridiculously smooth body on this. I initially split this because I thought that it was going to be a warm and overly sweet affair but was pleasantly surprised to find the opposite. Heck, I could have drunk this whole bottle my self! An excellent job by Dogfish Head keeping this one accessible despite the higher ABV.

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

Not my favorite style, but usually because tangy lager yeast takes over. There are some notable exceptions that are quite pleasant, and I'd add this one to that list. Crisp and dry, with just a touch of tanginess, and lots of floral and some earthy hops. Pours a pale amber/golden with a somewhat thin head, but some lacing as well. More tanginess in the nose, more hops in the flavor. Quite smooth,very dry, and quite enjoyable.

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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 julian
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light golden color with a medium cloudy opacity. This is different for a pilsner. Huge billowy white head that leaves a nice ring of sticky lacing.

S: Typical pilsner malt on the nose, with an almost saison like grassiness.

T: crisp, almost like a pilsner saison hybrid. Lemon zest, hay and a combo of german and american hops create an unusually pleasant pilsner experience! another win for DFH!

M: medium carbonation, creamy, smooth. I'd say this is medium bodied, but probably holds true given its an imperial pilsner. It does feel heavier than a normal pils. Rolls right off your tongue. Very clean.

D: Easy drinker, very refreshing.

Photo of BizzyQU
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first experience with this beer was luke warm on a train out of the bottle. I recently picked up another bottle to properly enjoy it out of a glass.

A - Good yellowish head, beer was cloudy with a nice amber color
S - Can smell some citrus nothing to overwhelming or to really write home about
T - Hoppy with good carbonation and some citrus grapefruit flavor, tart finish
M - Soft, Thick, and Fizzy. nice
D - at 7.5 abv it is a heavy beer and this is reflected in its ok drinkability

My Antonia is a nice pilsner from dogfish, but I think I will be sticking to their ales and other offerings.

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

209th review on BA
bottle to pilsner

App- Dark yellow pour with some minimal looking bubbles that radiate upward from the bottom of the glass. A huge 3 finger head with soft white craters.

Smell- A very soft smell on this one. Has a touch of hops and the pils malt. Not much I am getting besides some bread dough or biscuts.

Taste- A very deceptive beer on first taste. Has a taste I can't pinpoint but it lends itself to a fruit. It's a bit generous with the sugars/ginger that DFH likes as well.

Mouth- Light/medium body with a med/high carb feel to it.

Drink- DFH does it again. Off centered ales for off center people. I am beginning to think I am not normal. Not the best pils in the world but still pretty good as its meant to be different

Photo of mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 1/19

A: Clear golden color with a fluffy white head. Leaves very nice lacing.

S: Lots of grassy hops and a little bit of pine. There is also a really nice lemon scent.

T: The initial taste is dominated by hops, but not very bitter. It is much more earth/grassy. There is a nice spiciness as well. The pilsner malts come through at the end, but the hops mute them a little bit.

M/D: Medium bodied, has a slightly bitter finish, but not a negative at all. Very nice carbonation for a pilsner. Overall very enjoyable, one that I will pick up again for sure.

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

A - pours a golden yellow, a bit of an orange hue, clear with a bit of a chill haze. Three finger of head in my pilsner glass, wuickly becomes 1 finger.

S - very interesting, i found it to be nothing like atypical pils, i got malt and yeasty/doughy aromas mixed with the hops.

T - A little sweet with yeasty flavors and strong hops taste. very nice and more complex than the typical pils

M - smooth, clean.

D - pretty drinkable, I am beginning to notice a bit of an alcohol finish.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw color with lively bubbles of carbonation beneath the pillowy feather white head that is quite thick and dissolves slowly to leave a generous lacing clinging to the glass.

Citrus and floral aromas waft from the glass as well as some underlying sweetness. There are also some wheaty notes as well as faint pepper like spice.

Some serious herbal/citrus/floral hops coat the tongue. This pilsner is packed with flavor. There are similar citrusy sweet notes to the aroma as well as a refreshing zest.

This beer is lightly carbonated with a medium body and is zesty, citrusy, crisp, and refreshing.

This is a great beer containing all of the traditional pilsner characteristics, just amplified.

Photo of rlee1390
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-A cloudy gold with a one finger head, some lacing left

S-Citrus, floral and wheat notes.

T-Sweet, the citrus and wheat flavors come through. Not much hops for me.

M-Lightly carbonated, and light in body

D-Rather drinkable, nothing out of the ordinary a good example of the style, but there is better.

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

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a pint glass. Nice thick one inch head that lasts for about a minute and just leaves its remains on the side of the glass. Smells like bread straight up with a little bit of citrus and hops. Tastes very much like bread as well with some hop flavor that I can't quite put my hands on as well as some lemon and pepper shines through. The alcohol is completely hidden and this is pretty drinkable. I am rating this to its style and I feel that it is one of the best pilsners I have ever had.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into an imperial pilsner glass.

A: Hazy, golden yellow in color with a giant, frothy, three-finger head of sticky, creamy white foam which held a pillowy head and left some nice lacing on the glass. Slight chilled haze muddles the clarity a bit, but still a bright and inviting looking brew.

S: Spicy, floral and herbal hop aromas lend off a few citrusy smells in addition to the buttery cracker malt scent.

T: Smooth, medium bodied and sweet cereal malts blend with the mellow, grassy, grapefruit hop combo deployed in this brew. West Coast hop oomph meets German pilsner sensibility; the fine, sweetened, zesty malt character blends harmoniously with bitter, grassy American hops to finish out with a somewhat creamy, bittersweet aftertaste.

M: Medium-full bodied for a pilsner, My Antonia has the malt backbone to satisfy event the casual lager fan and enough hop prickle and controlled burn to keep things interesting.

D: Dangerously drinkable pilsner lager at 7.5% ABV, this is the rival to Prima Pils in my mind for Americanized pilsners. Super smooth, well-balanced and drinkable relative to its strength, My Antonia is a brew I'd like to have on hand for any lager-centric crowd I might encounter. A good brew to trump weaker pils or upstage German counterparts.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer reminds me why my love for this style is growing. A bright and shining golden yellow beer is presented in my New Glarus pilsner glass. Clarity could use a bump, there is a slight chill haze or something. Wild lacing from a dense head. The dominant aromas are crackery pilsner malts and nobel hops. The malt base is certainly strong but the hops lend subtle balance. Aaahh, this stuff is refreshing, for what it is. Smooth crackery malts gracefully bow to crisp fruity hops with a spike of pine.

Bravo DFH. Its beers like this that keep me from totally ignoring you guys.

Photo of Osiris9588
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber purchased at the Grandview Carryout. Pours a pale gold, becoming a darker honey color up toward the foamy white head, which showed good retention.

The aroma brought much citrus and sweet grain, slightly floral and hint of metal.

The flavor offered the characteristics of any good pilsner, but kissed with berries and honey. It was less grainy and sulfuric, and sweeter.

It was bright on the front and finished sweet, but well carbonated and mellow. The 7.5 ABV did not smack me in the face.

Very drinkable--another good one from Sam and gang.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL capped bottle at 42 degrees into a Franziskaner weizen glass.

A: It pours a transluscent golden color with a finger and a half of frothy-yet-large-bubbled, egg-shell white head with perfect retention and excellent lacing as well.

S: Citrus, considerable floral hoppiness, biscuit, caramel, and light peppery notes.

T: Sweet and tangy citrus, sweet berries, toast, caramel, grass, and mild spiciness throughout.

M: It is creamy with a medium body and an exceptionally crisp finish.

D: I'm glad DFH didn't do anything too wacky on this; it's nearly perfect for the style.

Photo of Kakaraht
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow very crisp and effervescent looking drink with a generous thumb of thick white head with good retention and lacing.

S: Smell pale Munich malt and a nice Sazzy blast of hops.

T: The heavier alcohol of this beer really pulls out the flavor of the malt giving this a little more oomph then your average pilsner. The Sazz hop like flavor is very floral and medicinal, but not overpoweringly bitter. There is a nice sweetness to it as well.

M: Very heavy for a pilsner, but good carbonation balences it out. It has a dry finish and a thickness remaining.

D: Not normally a pilsner fan but this is delicious, recommend it to anyone who likes light beers but wants to up there game, it is a good place to start.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a nearly frozen 750ml bottle. That damn hotel fridge nearly froze my beer! Pours kind of haze and orange/golden in color. Topped with a slight, white head. Tiddly bits of lacing about the glass.

Aroma is quite hoppy and very delecious. I love the flavors of this one as well. It seems as though most DFH beers are on the sweeter side, but this one strays from that a bit. Slightly hoppy with a nice kick. I can taste the alcohol but what else is new with DFH?

I really liked this one. I still think Sam Adams has the benchmark in the style, but this is a close second.

Photo of elgiacomo
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. 2010 2B.

Pours cloudy yellow/gold with a large fluffy white head that holds a rocky island and leaves rings of lacing down the glass.

Aroma is light bread, noble hops, lemon, grass, floral hops. Moderate to good strength.

Flavor is sweet bready malt, lemon, grass, a touch of spice, some other citrus such as oranges, moderate sweetness in the front and middle, finishes with a nice bitterness. Bold flavor for a Pilsner.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, a touch sticky.

A tasty & hoppy Imperial Pilsner, helped by being a very fresh sample. Alcohol is well hidden making this very drinkable. Nice one, Dogfish Head!

Photo of ralree
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I let this one sit on the shelf for probably around 4-6 months at slightly below room temperature (cold part of the house).

A: Nice looking pilsner, clear gold with medium-sized bubbles, decent head and lacing.

S: Hopped honey, light grain. Very nice. Apple.

T: Very strong honey flavor, almost like a mead, but not as alcoholic. Nice light grainy backend, just barely toasted. Hops are nice and strong. As an IPA fan, this is a refreshing pilsner that's not as flavorless and yeasty as the style can sometimes be. It would also be a decent crossover into IPA territory for a non-initiate, as it is more mild than an IPA and very sweet to offset the hops.

M: Pretty syrupy, but tolerable. Non-astringent, good carbonation. Not too shabby!

D: Goes down nicely, even with food. Enjoy it with some nice bread and olive oil and salt. Mmmm...

Photo of nlmartin
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served chilled in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a golden coloration. The head was a thick white coloration. The head quickly resolved to a thin layer of foam. Thick white lacing marks my glass.

Smell: Soft floral hop notes a bit grassy. Nice biscuit tones supporting the hops.

Taste: The flavor is a good interplay between bitter herbal hops and sweet malts. Very nice dry finish that leaves me wanting more.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is shy of medium. Nice carbonation helps break up the beers body. Again an excellent play between sweet and dry. This balance is at the crux of the beers excellent drinkability. The beer avoids an alcoholic cough syrup feel and is really a treat.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with an inch and a half frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is bready malt along with some grassy, spicy and citrusy hops. I think the brew tastes similar to the aroma, but with the addition of a bit of peppery spice. Also, I think the grassy hop and bready malt flavors are the strongest. There's also a good slightly bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit creamy and has good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's an easy and enjoyable brew to drink. I think it's a solid overall brew, I'd buy it again in the future.

My Antonia from Dogfish Head Brewery
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