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My Antonia - Dogfish Head Brewery

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544 Reviews
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Reviews: 544
Hads: 1,741
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 4.98%
Wants: 129
Gots: 217 | FT: 2
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Delaware, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dasenebler on 07-15-2010

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.
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Reviews: 544 | Hads: 1,741
Photo of StaveHooks
3.29/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750ml served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - Hazy pale straw with a thick 2 finger head takes forever to sink. The beer leaves behind some nice chunky lacing.

S - Straw, alfalfa, pilsner malts, grainy, lemons, grassy, musty lager yeast, some skunk upfront but that fades as it sets.

T - Spicy hops upfront, lemongrass, citrus - lemons, and mandarin oranges, chalky yeast, sweet grainy malts, the peppery hops keep going into the finish. Some green medicinal notes come out as well as some astringency toward the peppery citrus finish.

M - Medium body, very smooth feel with adequate carbonation. Dry finish.

There's something strange coming from this beer. Not sure if these hop varieties play well together. I didn't love it as much as I'd hoped. Lemon cough medicine kept coming to mind. Smells better than it tastes. (830 characters)

Photo of Bucciamarcia
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color is light, with hints of amber, white persistent thin foam. The smell of hops is strong, especially for a pilsner, with lots of malts as well. Very complex taste, with strong malts and spices. It's quite bitter. Full body and heavy, carbonation is mid-low.

Outstanding beer, far better than I expected. Would drink it again. (330 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled in 2012 C. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, apple, lemon zest, orange zest, grape, biscuit, cracker, toast, floral, grass, honey, pepper, light pine, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, lemon zest, orange zest, grape, biscuit, toast, cracker, light honey, floral, grass, light pine, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, biscuit, toast, cracker, light honey, floral, grass, light pine, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial pilsner style. All around great balance and complexity of hop, malt, and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering. (1,446 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Hazy gold with soft white head

S - Straw, light hops. Not much of a nose

T - Straw, light hops, and a light funk that you didn't expect.

M - Medium body with light astringent finish

O - Decent imperial pilsner with good light sweetness and straw (254 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Snagged a bottle of this for 9 bucks at Giant Eagle. Bottled 4/22/13 so a little over 4 months old.

A - Carbonation is strong with over an inch of rocky head. Beer itself is a bright yellow Pils color. Mild sticky lacing.
S - Mild earthy hops, some Weiss notes of lemon and Pilsner yeast which gives it a mild skunky tone.
T - Mildly fruity with an earthy hop tone and a mild bit of Pilsner skunk taste. The hop and lemon tone is kind of strange but enjoyable.
M - Light to medium in body. Easy going.

Overall I am not real big on Pilsners but hoppy ones are quite good. Great double Pilsner. (594 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.16/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

eyes...
soapy white foam rises about 1 finger, an absolute torrential frenzy of carbonation in the body, lacing is good and the head retains shape when swirling and swigging, pilsner tone but just a shade darker than golden straw, a nice looking brew

nose...
sweet yeasty seltzer, some floral honey notes, hints of lemon, hints of bannana, for some reason I am thinking aventinus light

taste etc...
yeasty banana tone with a strange bitterness, teetering on cloying, the carbonation is close to weisthephaner weiss (nice) but something about the flavor is slightly amiss, the ABV kind of plays a hide and seek game, sometimes it is there, sometimes you forget about it...
the bitterness up front really seems out of place, like an over hopped weiss or something to that effect

verdict?
I personally did not like this one, something about the flavors is wrong for me. it has some merits and may be in your wheelhouse but it just does not fluff my guff (953 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle served in a tumbler. Beer is yellow and loaded with big soda bubbles. Oh, and it's got a lot of head. Bottle shows a surprising layer of sediment. Doesn't smell nearly as hoppy as I would have thought from the "continually hopped imperial pils" caption on the front of the label. Flavor is mellow, only slightly grainy, and while not all that crisp on an absolute scale (it's supposed to be pilsner...), it's quite crisp considering how heavy it is. Overall it's pretty good, but not that special. I can't get past that fast that it basically tastes like a golden ale, and bears only a passing resembles to the beer I thought I was buying. Dogfish has apparently brewed quite a few imperial pilsners over the years, and I'm really wonderig how this would compare to Golden Shower (or Era, if you must be revisionist about it). (839 characters)

Photo of schwemjw
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Straw pale yellow with a big white foamy head.

S: Pale pilsner malt, bread, a cascade of citrus and lemon. A hint of orange comes in at the end.

T: Pilsner malts immediately hits you. Bread and caramel mingles with orange and citrus. Grapefruit mid palate that lasts until the end. A bitter pine comes through on the end. Very grassy and a touch herbal.

M: Clean crisp and refreshing with outstanding carbonation.

O: Delicious! one of my favorite IPLs. easy to drink with perfect balance between that classic pilsner malt and hops. /92 (543 characters)

Photo of SSS
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My Antonia, got to give it props for history and dedication to brewing
A-Light golden yellow, good stable head
S-Fruity, musty smell with a hint of citrus
T-Sweet and fruit taste with a malt flavor and a spice tone
M-Great carbonation, somewhat dry
O-Likable beer, not one of my favorites, once I down the bottle, I may update, or pass out... (342 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop haze lightly clouds this mustard gold beer. The head that sits on this thing is immense. Once three fingers (or more), now sits at over two; and, that's several minutes after I poured it. Rocky top deflates oh so slowly. Great look for an imperial pilsner, or any beer, in general.

West coast citrus hoppiness meets Noble hop grassiness, and nearly at its finest. Somewhere in between all the grapefruit, lemon, and grassy goodness are flowery hop notes and leafiness. A little herbal in the nose, like white tea, but the barley is showy, too. Pretty dry aromas, overall. Crackery malts pale in comparison to all of the wonderful hoppiness. Keeping it legit with hops befitting of a pilsner. Can't even pick up on the booze yet.

Nice and crispy and brimming with leafy green hops. I love the grassiness that pulls through, despite the American hop additions which add loads of delicious citrus rind and peel. The alcohol is well in-check, too. Just a little hotter than you're standard Euro Pils, but the flavors are there, man! Malts are rockin', too; in that perfectly pale and refreshingly dry way. Crackery, but bordering on the biscuit; well short of 'bready'. A tongue-zipper with a lot going on.

That body has something to it that doesn't detract from what should be perceived as a lighter style. I like the extra girth because the carbonation keeps you on-tilt. Great bite to the mouth. Killer, in the way that it's just a smidge away from too much. Sam knows how to push the proverbial envelope.

An awesome American Imperial Pilsner. Who wouldn't enjoy this beer? I couldn't say, for sure. (1,606 characters)

Photo of Birdmarg741
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a frosted dimpled mug

A: cloudy light yellow. Nothing particularly special

S: smells of olives and unsalted bread. Lightly of ascorbic acid and melon.

T: sweet and spicy upfront, but bitter oily tastes if olive creep in quickly with swallow. Spiciness hits the roof of the mouth hard- while sweetness of fruit - melon or peach- distracts the top and tip of the tongue at the same time. With swallow, the taste of yeast and bread comes first, followed by an aftertaste of olives with red pepper spice. After abut 60 seconds, the taste of yeast gently returns. - gently. Though with a bitterness that is slightly annoying.

M: quite spicy- a characteristic that builds with each second in the mouth. Fuller bodied than its appearance would lead one to expect, with a punch of carbonation that adds to the spiciness.

O: I am not generally much of a pilsner drinker, so I don't fully trust my ability to compare this to others of its type. However, as an ipa lover, this beer is very nice. Aggressive upfront with hops, but balanced and smooth in its finish and aftertaste. Unless my prior knowledge of the beer's origins has taken over my ability to ignore this fact- this brew smells and tastes incredibly Italian, and seems as though it would pair beautifully with this food- and playful enough to fully play the part.
Absolutely recommend. (1,372 characters)

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip glass and enjoyed over 30 sweet minutes.
The color is a hazy maize, not to be penetrated by sight, just like the Nebraska fields that inspired its fictional name. A bubbly head hangs on fairly well, but with minimal lacing.
Scents are subtle. Wildflowers springled in sugar. There's a lump of strawberry there, dipped in muted citrus. Even as it warms, I'm wanting for more than its floral perfume.
The taste is a stark contrast to that limp nose. It's bitter and smoky right up front. Toasted malt opens into caramel and banana. As it ends, grassy and durably peppery hops wrap around rubbery menthol. Produces a spicy, medicinal belch and pepper hangs on in the aftertaste. For all that's going on, I feel obliged to like it more--at the very least, I can appreciate the complexity and craft. And it accompanies corn, grain, and mild cheese very well...fitting, again, with its appellation.
This brew clunks down on the tongue at first, then stands staright up with well-matched acid and bubbles. The medium body fades a bit early, though--perhaps the reason why the rainbow of flavors slides off the palette/palate and leaves me wishing for more.
This creation is fine, and certainly has more character on account of the continuous hopping. In a summer of thirst, though, I don't feel the need to return. All the interesting elements suggest it could be a pioneer, but it's missing an inspired (woman's?) touch to settle them together. (1,458 characters)

Photo of Act25
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz into .5l cylinder and into a wine glass to compare.

Pale, clean, IPA-like - this beer is world-class.

A: Poured like a pilsner, a lemony golden hue with medium haze, the pilsner golden colors are a delight and true to form. White head, good lace, never seen a beer like it. I like it. (I am typical single IPA hop head ale / APA man.)

S: Inviting! Acute, clean, light grassy aromas of hops with white grapefruit, lemon zest, grassy, and herbal elements. Light rind/zest aroma derive from hops, no expectation of alcohol at all. A bit of laid back white-bread, cracker malts faintly in the background. I find it all adds up nicely.

T: This beer made for crabs, seafood, fra diavolo. (And from DE no surprise). This beer should be in every fish joint from Key West to Calais Maine.

A clean, light fruit sweetness accompanies the baguette, crackery, grainy mix. This beer centers on a great mix, an UNCONFUSING BALANCE of grass vs citrus, sweet vs spice, floral vs hay - all combined with a nice hop zing. No false notes, this is pitch perfect, and finishes clean with grassy hop bitterness.

MF: also totally original. It's a pilsner, light on its feet. Light textured w moderate carbonation. Beautiful, (great with food) dry, crisp finish of hop bitterness and lightness. Astringency delights your mouth like a bone dry white burgundy, and a light grainy, light hop bite.

I found this beer, a collaboration by great brewers whilst in Italy, to be a world classic. I wish it was in steady supply. A new favorite of mine. I wish it came in cans too. Beautiful with food, beautiful in summer. Hop heads and as well as all craft fans must try this original pilsner. (1,687 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats in Rehoboth, DE.

Pours a golden amber color, with a 3 inch long lasting soapy head, and good lacing down the glass.

Smells like grassy hops, honey, yeast, and citrus.

Similar tastes. Nice little honey-like sweetness is cut by grassy, herbal hops, as well as pine and grapefruit. A bit perfumey.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, dry finish. Well carbonated.

A straightforward hoppy pilsner from Dogfish Head. Nice to see something more basic when a lot of Dogfish Head stuff is (good) weird. (547 characters)

Photo of mpedara429
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours out a cloudy, but light amber color. Three fingers of straw colored head with ridiculous retention and sticky lacing that don't go away even after you beg them to leave.

S: Smell isn't too strong but there are light notes of spicy yeast, apricot, and orange.

T: I'm still sensing quite a bit of spiciness from the yeast as well as a nice balance of bitter balance of floral/herbal hops. There is just a hint of semi-sweet citrus like a cross of orange and lemon.

M: Medium body that is creamy with a medium carbonation.

O: I like it. Considering the commercial pilsner garbage that is sold in the states, this is a great change of pace. I don't seem to have many craft pilsners sold in my area so it was finally nice to try one. A great summery beer to have. A whole bomber could go down very easy on a nice day. (826 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly chill hazed gold colored beer with a puffy white head.

Smell is floral and yeasty with a herbal hop aroma. Subtle aromas, very faint apricot. Slight amounts of grass and lemon.

Starts out mild with a passing taste of strawberry and cream. Mildly bitter and tame for a Double Pilsner. Grassy with a taste I can't quite nail down. Best description would be mushroom tea.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall tasty and interesting, a good choice for introduction to this beer style. (482 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours golden in color, opaque, bright eggshell head.

S - Malts, hay, grain and honey notes.

T - Light hops with a bit of honey sweetness. Malty, but not overdone, with a hay aspect.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp and easy drinking.

O - Nothing special but it's a well done pilsner. (315 characters)

Photo of HoppySailor
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into New Belgium snifter. Bottled in 2012, no idea when. Likely near the end of shelf life.

A- pours a very hazy, cloudy butterscotch color. Mountains of foam settle in unevenly across surface of the brew. Good lacing shows after the original, cream-colored head starts to dissipate.

S- honey. Honey and dry hay. I am an IPA guy, so I don't know if this is right for the style, but I really like the smell.

T- Honey, buttered biscuit and sweet malt. As an IPA drinker, I don't really know what I am looking for, but this is nice with a really strong hoppy bitter finish. After all of that sweet smell and sweet start, the bitter finish is a home run.

M- hits the mouth with hard carbonation, and hits the throat with soft, oily liquid. Nice job from DFH on this one. The burn is quick up front, and non-existent on the swallow.

O- It may be unfair for me to rate a Pils because I only drink IPA these days, but this heavily-hopped offering from DFH is a great transition for me. I had it on tap (cask) a few months ago and I loved it. This bottle reaffirms that love. Good show. Not an IPA, but a great beverage overall. (1,155 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 poured into a Duvel Tulip (2012 C 18:32)

A: A light orange-ish yellow hue with a thick head that sticks around for a bit. Also, has some decent lacing.

S: It smells very citrusy, but not a typical hops citrus scent. It smells almost like a semi-dry apple cider and has a similar coloring. You do get the yeasty scent from it being a pilsner as well.

T: It has a very light hop profile, with the pilsner yeast coming through. I'm not sure if the hop profile is due to time or is just normal though. It kinda tastes like an old IPA. However, that isn't necessarily a bad thing. The pilsner side of it bolsters that flavor and maintains it.

M: It has a very smooth feel with only a slight bit of coarse carbonation. A quite nice mouthfeel.

O: This is my first pilsner and thus my first double pilsner. I had wanted to get a 2013 bottle, but instead I had to settle for a cheap 2012 bottle. I wish they used M/Y dating. Overall thought this is a quite nice beer from DFH. I bet it is much better fresh with more of a hop profile (hopefully), but it holds up over a year. At least here in MD around me this one is hard to find fresh. Also, this is one of the cheaper DFH 750s ($8-12). I don't know but I feel as if this one might benefit from being a core beer. (1,265 characters)

Photo of Samuel906
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Despite pilsners typically being my least favorite style of beer, I love Dogfish Head so much i decided to give My Antonia a try. This may have been a good jump into the pilsner game for me as it seems to be a bridge between a true pils and something more intense like an IPA. It pours an interesting cloudy off yellow with a huge fluffy white head that is glued to the side of the glass. Smells of fresh hops, lemon and grapefruit. Hints of yeast and spice. Wonderful aroma. Flavor is not at all what I expected. Hops, pine, lemon, touch of honey and some bread at the end. Flavor is well balanced and not in your face like some imperials can be. Mouthfeel is very light and refreshing. Great summer beer. Overall, I really love this beer, definitely my new favorite pilsner. (776 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass, light golden straw colored with an insanely huge white head that lingers leaving good lacing, hazy

S: fresh bright malt with a nice loading of citrus hops, grass, grain

T: sweeter up front then fades to a lasting citrus hop bitterness, clean palate

M: lighter and heavily carbonated, alcohol completely hidden, refreshing

O: quite a nice lager (397 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a pilsner glass to a clear and light yellow with a three finger dense white head that is slow to fade
S: smells of citrus rind and a bit of malt sweetness
T: slightly bready malt with ample amounts of clean citrusy and slightly piney bitterness with a bit of light sweetness from the malt to provide a bit of balance, slightly herbal and woody flavors as well. swallow brings more citrusy and piney hops with a bit more malt sweetness
M: lighter side of medium with ample and slightly prickly carbonation. refreshing finish
O: a very tasty beer, a bit simple but such is the style and this one is clean and refreshing with a solid dose of hop flavor (664 characters)

Photo of VaRy
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly more orange in color than a typical pale lager, with the most incredible floral hop aroma and delicate, refined taste. I guess this one qualifies as imperial pilsner due to comparatively high alcohol content. Certainly a lager brewed right. Enthusiastically recommended! (279 characters)

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.34/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden orange, hazy, with a fantastic, 3-finger head of dense foam that lingered for ages, with fair remnant lacing. If it had been clear and a little more straw-colored (more in keeping with the style), I'd have given it a 5.

S: Fresh-cut grass and grain are certainly present, as is a whiff of black pepper; but the floral hops is strong and rather dominates, even detracts from, the other aromas.

T: Grainy malt is present, but weak, quickly fading into memory as flavors of pine resin and bitter hops take over. There's also a mildly-unpleasant note of fatty acid in the finish.

M: Crisp and refreshing initially. The alcohol is clearly discernible, consistent with the relatively high ABV. The finish is astringent more than dry, thus the lower mark.

O: Not bad, but they certainly didn't "nail it" either. I know that Dogfish Head is known for their experimental brews, but usually their label tells you when they are getting into the territory of eclectic tastes -- Maybe I was just expecting something truer to the style than this beer delivered. (1,061 characters)

Photo of stumac
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drinkin this on the most beautiful day of 2013 so far. Pours up murky orange with big 'ol white frothy head. Aroma of big pale malts, lots of floral and some citrus hops. Lil bit of yeasty esters. Taste is hops up front. White pepper, lemon peel. Sweet pale malts. Full bodied. No hot alky taste. Nice medium carbo. I dig it, Sam (329 characters)

My Antonia from Dogfish Head Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.