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My Antonia - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,685 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,685
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 110
Gots: 181 | 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 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.

robhunta, Jan 23, 2011
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.

CHADMC3, Jan 23, 2011
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.

rlee1390, Jan 22, 2011
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.

beerhan, Jan 22, 2011
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.

Gambrinus1184, Jan 22, 2011
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.

MbpBugeye, Jan 20, 2011
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.

Osiris9588, Jan 19, 2011
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.

bucklemyshoe, Jan 19, 2011
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.

Kakaraht, Jan 19, 2011
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.

SaCkErZ9, Jan 18, 2011
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!

elgiacomo, Jan 16, 2011
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...

ralree, Jan 16, 2011
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.

nlmartin, Jan 16, 2011
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.

bluejacket74, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 1 Pint 9.4 fl oz wine bottle into pint glass. Bottled in 2010. The bottle advertises a "lagerific departure from (DFH's) ale-centric brewery" that is "continually-hopped with a blend of Noble and West Coast hops."

Had this once on tap at DFH Brew Pub in Rehoboth about six weeks ago and looking forward to trying it again.

Appearance: Great head that slowly recedes into bready/soapy suds. Cloudy golden color with a moderate amount of carbonation activity.

Smell: Smells citrusy and grassy. Can definitely smell the hops.

Taste: Not an overpowering taste. I thought this would be a hoppier beer, but I guess that's what DFH's IPAs and DIPAs are for. After a few more sips, I can sense a little alcohol in the back of my throat. I can't seem to find any defining characteristic in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Fantastic mouthfeel. Thick like bread, not watery in the least. Carbonation is relatively low.

Drinkability: This is a tough one for me. It's not exactly refreshing, like most pilsners, yet for the advertised 7.5% ABV, it goes down pretty smooth.

Overall: I've always loved hoppy pilsners, yet there is something about My Antonia which just isn't doing it for me. I need to seek out other imperial pilsners for comparison. I'm sure I'll give this another shot sometime in the future.

JednoPivoProsim, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden sushine color with a soft bronze tint and good bubbling. The head is about one finger thick and lingers or about half of the 750 ml. bottle.

The hops are evidently present in the nose of this beer. But they don't dominate as I expected. This smells like a traditionally grassy smelling ilsner hop aroma, but with more orange and more earth. But the crisp toasted mlats lend a nice water cracker aroma as well. This beer smells like a well hopped pilsner.

This Double Pilsner has everything. You get Earthy, grassy, herbal, and citric hop flavors. You also get lightly toasted, cracker like, malts. These flavors balance out beautifully to make one of the best tasting Pilsner I've ever had. The hops add a certain crispness to this beer. The alcohol is only noticed a little bit on the finish.

This is one well balanced, hoppy, double pilsner.

scruffwhor, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of jampics2
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter. Purchased @ Lilly's Chocolate.

My Antonia is an orange color with some gold and orange-brown colors in the mix. A white, pillowy head sticks around and leave since lace. The beer is a touch murky but some active carbonation can be seen.

The smell is comprised of some pilsen malt, some crackers and hops. There's an underlying sweetness and the hops are mildly citric (lemon, orange) with some grassiness as well. There's an overall pleasantness and earthiness, but this beer just doesn't have enough expression for me. It's an imperial pilsner but nothing we haven't seen before.

Some mild bitterness and bread crust begin the ride with the first sip, then oranges and sweetness continue cruising along. The beer is really nice and pleasant but not unique in any way. Some lemon and honey and nicely integrated hops, but I'd like this imperial to have more flavor that breaks the mold instead of just pushing the bitterness and brightness of hops in the Pilsen style.

Nice medium carbonation avoids being too sparkly. The body is medium and never syrupy. The finish is clean and dry with some malty graininess and mild bitterness lingering. My Antonia is drinkable but nothing exceptional. Pretty nice for an imperial (well crafted and balanced) but I'd like more distinction. Drinkable, especially for the ABV.

jampics2, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of adamette
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from the 1 pint, 9.4 oz. bottle that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio for $7.99 the other day into my Brewery Ommegang gold rimmed Westvleteren style goblet. "BOTTLED IN 2010 2B" stamped near the neck of the bottle.

A Golden yellow body that glows a nice, light orange in front of direct light under a creamy, light brown head. One of the better looking pilsners that I have seen in a style that does not impress me very much for its appearance. 4.0

S I love this smell of a pilsner on steroids with a kick of malt sweetness and alcohol with, of course, a nice dose of hops. The hops that I smell are floral, very aromatic with a twinge of grapefruit bitterness, just the way that I like them. 4.0

T The sweet malt, the floral hops and the (slightly) elevated alcohol carry right into the taste in a fine tasting Imperial Pilsner. I have tasted ones that I found to be better but this is certainly a good tasting beer. 4.0

M Appropriately moderate, beefed up by the hops bitterness and moderate sweet malt syrupy feel but there is still plenty of "liquid" feel so that it maintains its Pils identity. Again here, quite good. 4.0

D It was easy to finish the full bottle within about 15 minutes and I could certainly see buying this again at a reasonable price point too! 4.5

Notes: A fine craft beer from a great craft brewer!

adamette, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 1/9/11

Bottled 2010 2B

Shiny, golden tangerine in color with a slight haziness. One & a half finger head that dissipates to a large patch of bubbles & a skim of foam. Nice swaths & strings of lace remain.

So simple, clean & excellent, the aroma showcases a steadfast, grainy, pilsner malt base peppered with grassy, herbal notions from the Noble hops & citric overtones of lemon zest & orange peel. This smells great from start to finish.

Flavorful toasted grain & pilsner malts move about in an almost slick, weighted fashion. The American hops take a back seat to the Noble hops; indeed, the hop profile is herbal first, grassy second. Beyond that are floral accents & subtly blended hints of citrus. There's a reasonable amount of bitterness, overall. Minute nips of spiciness. The herbal potency becomes tiresome after a while, but isn't annoying.

Medium light body; some slickness as it warms though no booziness. A granular feel is noticeable. Carbonation was a point of contention (it seemed a bit too low) but after half the glass it's clear the lack of vigorous fizzies suits the beer just fine. Finishes with herbal & grainy notions.

There are no surprises with My Antonia, just a really well-crafted representation of the style. Drinkability is done with great ease in general, not to mention the respectably moderate abv. Recommended.

Ryan011235, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of Beejay
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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%
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 +8.5%
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 +8.5%
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 +5.8%
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 +4.8%
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
My Antonia from Dogfish Head Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 1,685 ratings.