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My Antonia - Dogfish Head Brewery

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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 negroobserver
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a small 5 oz tasting glass

appearance.... nice golden yellow. reminiscent of hefeweizen. pours with a large two inch head. lots of lacing on the glass.

smell... sweet. malty. light bitterness at the back end.

taste... sweet herbal

mouthfeel... nice smooth rounded body.

overall... enjoyable beer. easy to drink. (330 characters)

Photo of runbirddrinkbeer
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: attractive cloudy gold color with two fingers of white foam with nice lacing.
S: orange juice , yeast and malty bread
T: citrus, malt with little hop presence; sharp but not bitter notes ; grassy
M: complex with modest carbonation,
O: enjoyable offering from Dogfish Head. Poured from an oversize bomber into a tulip but also tried a week prior at a Dogfish Head night at Coasters. Would have this one again. (412 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at whole foods Schaumburg. Appearance is a bright brilliant gold with bone white head. Nice clarity and cascading bubbles, good head retention. The nose is malty with notes of toasted bread, grass, and some herbaceous qualities that I can't quite put my finger on. Earthy character on the finish. Taste features deep malts with notes of caramel, a hint of molasses, and some grassy hop character. Not getting a whole lot of hop bitterness on here, just a touch of earthy character. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with a light body. Overall, pretty unique flavor, but it doesn't all add up to a totally enjoyable brew. Would pass next time around. (660 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: measureed pour into a pilsener glass produced the desired effect: hazy gold beer with a three-finger head of off-white foam that trailed down the sides and hung around as a layer of foam across the beer

S: floral hops and yeasts, pale cereal grain malts

T: crisp and citric hops up[ front, mellower, sweeter malt notes creep in behind and under, but reinforce a citric flavor with some deeper woodsy flavors

M: sharp, light, tingly on the sip, then smoother, slicker, and more coating on the back-end; slight tart finish

O: not familiar enough with the style to comment on how well it meets style-expectations, but this was a very fresh, crisp, and also satisfying drink - great finish, feel, and flavor. A very drinkable beer. Probably great starter beer for people who are leery of "weird"/craft beer, but know there's something better out there than Bud, Miller, Coors, et. al. (887 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.12/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter (proper!). Poured a golden yellow-orange with a three finger white head that subsided to a half finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, grain, spice, pepper, bubblegum, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, bubblegum, grain, wheat, floral, spice, pepper, and alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty average brew. Nothing really stood out on this one for with the exception of the alcohol if I am honest. This made the enjoyable aspects of this one really lost in the booze going on. This was a bottle with some decent age on it so I would have expected the alcohol to be completely gone, but alas, there it was glaring back at me. Glad I got to try this one finally and get it out of my cellar, but I doubt I would do so again. (908 characters)

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden yellow with a big frothy white head.

Smells offers lots of pilsner maltiness, grassy lemony hops, some soft powdery yeast, herbal freshness.

Citrusy hops, mild yeast again, well balanced with light malty sweetness..flavors could develop more.

Refreshing and clean finish, proper feel for a pils.

Not bad! (326 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a huge fluffy white head that filled more than a quarter of the glass and stalled my enjoyment of this brew. Smells of citrus and caramel on top of bready grainy malt. Bits of grapefruit and lemons meld with the sweet grainy and bready aromas usually associated with a lager. The flavor is sweet with bready and caramel malts with some grapefruit and a lot of lemon from the hops. There's a touch of spice and a bit of earth and a fair amount of bitter hop bite that lingers long after every sip. Medium body with a semi dry finish, a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Decent beer, probably not something I would buy again, but I'm glad I got to try it. (741 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My Antonia pours a darker copper color, with a nice sized lacing head. There is a bitter dry, floral aroma, much like an IPA. The taste has a nice crisp sweet citrus taste that then turns floral and bitter. Great full flavor, complex, I love the change on the palette, nice and dry too. Overall a very interesting beer, worth a try. (332 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml, 2010 version
DFH Signature glass

A: Pours out a light golden yellow color. Two fingers of really fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation, like the majority of DFH beers. Pretty for the style though.

S: I think the nose would have been different with a fresher bottle. I'm pulling sweetness. Mild citrus. Grassy grainy notes. Some breadiness. Biscuit like.

T: On the tip of the tongue, you still can detect those hops. But strangely they didn't taste like the described West Coast hops like on the label. I was pulling more of that Euro hop flavor of like a Czech or Saaz hop varietal. After that, in the middle of the mouth you are getting that breadiness that you smelled on the nose. Again, biscuit like. Tastes like it has age on it, go figure. Dry clean finish. Probably would be much better fresh.

M: Medium bodied and drinks easy with the carbonation. (867 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is crystal clear lager yellow with a tight white head and nice lace. Nose is doughy and buttery up front with a blast of citrus and pine behind, very resinous. Taste is about the same with almost no bitterness. Almost like an IPA with the hop punch, body is light and creamy but very light carbonation with a burn of alochol in the finish. (344 characters)

Photo of mckenziac
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Pilsner Urquell pilsener glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, bright golden color. Has an enormous, rocky head that dissipates slowly and leaves some fantastic lacing. Perfect!

Smell: Has a grainy pilsener smell backed by some intense hop aromas. Has a bit of a yeasty smell to it as well that I detect in a lot of DFH beers.

Taste: Man, where to begin? Starts with a good bit of sweetness backed by intense ctirusy, grassy, earthy hop flavors. Very well-balanced between the hoppy bitterness and lagery sweetness. My only complaint would be that it's only 7.5% ABV, but you can taste every bit of that; this is a very boozy beer.

Mouthfeel: Very full-bodied, yet still crisp and refreshing.

Overall: Definitely one of my all-time favorites here. The idea of mixing a Czech pilsener with West Coast hops is brilliant and really pays off in this beer. I can't recommend this one enough. (921 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium hazy gold with a thick rocky head that just lasts and holds that rocky shape. Gobs of foam on the sides of the glass from each sip. Gorgeous.

Straw. Sweet grass, some sweet malt and herbal hop notes.

On;y 7.5 but you notice it. Grassy malt, some woody notes, some vanilla in the background. Dries out and gets bitter toward the end, but the booze rears up and kicks those flavors out with some boozy woody and slight vanilla edge. Unique pils, and well overdone in all flavor areas.

Medium to fuller bodied.

Good substantial and complex. Not sure if I should sip or consume with food or drain the cup. Odd. I liked it, but it is a tough one to get super excited to drink again. I liked it, but this is a special occasion brew. (737 characters)

Photo of motorhed
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 that has been aged a year, poured into a founders pint glass. Blew over when i opened it and continued to do so for about 20 seconds.

A - Pours a cloudy golden/orange in color with bright white head that lasts pretty much throughout the drink. Good lacing throughout the pint glass as it goes down.

S - Sweet sugars, citrus, grapefruit, herbs, light malt.

T - Super drinkable. Sweet, grapefruits, lightly hopped, good malt base, with a slightly dry finish.

M - Medium in body with a higher level of carbonation (at least in my bottle). Slightly dry finish.

O - I absolutely love this brew. It's such a great balance of sweetness, hops, citrus, grapefruits, a hardly a hint of the 7.5% abv, could drink this all day. Have had it before this review and will continue to look for it again in the future. Great job DFH on this brew. (837 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. 2012 Edition. Served in a tulip.

Pours a mostly clear pale gold with a big three finger head. Pillowy off-white foam settles slowly. A nice amount of delicate lacing left in the glass.

Aroma of sweeter than average pilsner malt with hints of spice and bubblegum. Some earthiness. Not getting the hops I expected, but there are tropical fruit citrusy notes in the background.

Initial flavor has a bit of the malty sweetness from the nose, but more of a peppery brine that leads to a dry bread crispness through the middle and finish. Flavor evolves in an interesting way and leaves a lingering noble hop bitterness. Alcohol lingers under the surface but doesn't stick out in any way.

Medium bodied with medium-low carbonation. A real nice natural softness from the bottle conditioning. Great feel. (814 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow with two-finger, white, foamy head that lasted several minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Fruit and citrus. Subtle sweet malt.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Herbal quality with subtle sweet malt very much like the nose.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth and refreshing.

O: Nice herbal quality to it. Smooth and drinkable. I like this. (423 characters)

Photo of Redemption10
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells great, looks a bit hazy for a pils. Mouthfeel is average for a pils. Taste is a bit disappointing as it has a strange bitterness to it that I have not experienced in a pils or an Imperial pils. About 2 fingers of head and I drank this out of a pilsner glass. Almost a weird chemical aftertaste. Not great not terrible. Very middle of the road-I was hoping for so much more. Cheers! (388 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Fairfax brewpub this imperial pilsner is a very clear pale amber color with a decent white head and plenty of lacing. The nose hit includes deep maple malt and nutty red grapes with some wheat wine ideas. Very nice. And thankfully the taste follows suit! Wow. Again, somewhat like a wheat wine brew in my book. Pleasant fruit sweetness blended expertly with nutty grain. A medium bodied beer with a pretty viscous feel, slightly cloying but not a problem. Delicate carbonation and smooth going down for an imperial. Delicious. (541 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light gold in color and definitely hazy towards the end of the bottle. Head is overbearing and often overflows the glass even after just a moderate pour. It does linger nicely once relaxing. The mouthfeel is great with a finer and frothy carbonation. Smells of a pilsner beer mixed with honey. Taste has a lot of sweetness - again honey - but the pilsner is hard to detect. Its still a good beer but have trouble putting it in a pilsner category. (446 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL capped bottle served cold into a chalice.

My Antonia is a pale golden yellow yellow with a slight haze. The head is thick and slow to settle leaving lace behind.

Aroma is not as hoppy as the label ("continuously dry-hopped") would have you believe. It smells fruity, floral, and mild with a bit of citrus.

Flavor is much bigger than my nose hinted at. This is a big bitter bruiser of a pilsner. Lots of pepper, pine, and bitter citrus peel. A little sweetness at first but then a punch of hops, and a dry crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is light in body, nicely carbonated, crisp, clean, and, I'll say it again, bitter.

This beer is one that seems to have some highs and lows but overall is pretty solid. I just wouldn't buy it again at that price - around $12. (765 characters)

Photo of wspscott
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle in Sam Adams glass
bottled: 2012A

A: Crystal clear with a very fluffy, white head with lots of lace.
S: A floral spiciness with a little bit of malt sweetness, interesting nose.
T: The hop profile is very interesting, slightly sharp but very smooth. There is a floral/herbal mix, with a little bit of citrus in the back. The malts come through as a grainy sweetness and balance the hops very well. As it warms, I get an impression of honey, but not too sweet. No sign of alcohol
M: Very crisp and round at the same time, lots of carbonation.
O: An excellent beer that respects "tradition" but is somewhat unique at the same time. The combination of hops really works here. I don't normally spring for $10 bombers, but anyone who like a good pils should give this a try. Highly recommended. (805 characters)

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

A - Nice big soapy white head with great retention, dried apricot colour underneath, sheets and streaks of lacing to the end.

S - Pine resin hops, rainforest mulch, faint sahti character, toffee. Very interesting.

T - Very earthy flavours of juniper twigs and soil, caramel and toffee provide some sweetness.

M - Very complex and full mouthful, moderate carbonation.

O - Different. Lots going on in this one, like a complicated film you have to watch a couple of times to pick it all up. (491 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Immediately, I can tell that this is going to be a different beer than the Borgo version. The nose is kind of an unusual citrus thing. The flavor profile is vastly different as well. There is much more tang and citrus on this, and I just want to say that the word "clogged" comes to mind. Perhaps congested would be more appropriate as there seems to be too much going on and piled together, leaving little room for the beer to speak subtly at all. And yes, I realize this is DFH and subtle would never be a word associated with the brewery. But I am comparing this version against the Borgo version. Overall, judged to style, I'll say that this is "okay." A bit too vibrant for me. The refined nature of the Borgo interpretation speaks to me in volumes, while this one seems more like a three line blurb on the 10th page of yesterdays newspaper. (846 characters)

Photo of blaje
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hum, imperial pils... interesting...!
Cought my attention for sure. Lets see what we got here!

Pours yellowish golden, translucide, no yeast suspension. Head is great and fluffy but rapidly dissipating and leaving a small lacing around the glass.

N- metal nose as many pils. Ethanol fruitness, faint fresh bred,

M- dry, carbonation is as usual for a pils, medium and a bit fizzy. Medium-low body and bitterness is faintly astringent.

O- Even though that I’m a beginner in Imperial pils, This example should be a good representant of the style, Not knowing that this is an “imperial” version, I would have found this brew a good example of German pils drank many times before. One regret : I didn’t bought the Italian pendant of this DFH beer from Del Borgo. Missed a good chance to don’t a comparison.

Reviewed from notes (840 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a slight chill haze; the white meringue head leaves a smattering of clumps and dots behind

Smell: Bready and sugary malt underpins the grassy hop character

Taste: The bready/sugary malts are quickly dominated by the grassy hops, though they maintain their presence from start to finish; qiote a bit of peppery spice in the middle, too; the aftertaste has a bit of a grainy character, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: While I like a bit of crispness in a pilsner, that aspect is hard to find in an Imperial Pilsner, and this beer is no different; otherwise, it is a very good example of the style (710 characters)

Photo of Beer_Runner
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No enjoy by date on the label.
Poured slowly into a standard pint glass.

A: Poured to a huge four-fingers-plus of fluffy, off-white head. The head slowly disapated to about one-and-a-half fingers and left a ridiculous amount of lacing. The brew is a bright golden straw color and very clear.

S: The aroma is very mild. It consists of just hints of caramel malt.

T: It has mild flavors of lightly roasted, slightly sweet and bready malt. There is also some grassy and bitter hops with just a hint of citrus hops, too.

M: The body is light and there is a good deal of carbonation.

O: This is a good beer for a hot day. The flavors are mild and the focus seems to be on carbonation and balance. As the label states, this is a different type of beer for Dogfish Head. I am glad I tried it. It is a good beer to serve chilled at a summer picnic. (845 characters)

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