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My Antonia - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 547
Hads: 1,748
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 21.64%
Wants: 133
Gots: 221 | 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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Photo of BeerThursdays
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened one of these tonight for the heck of it, and decided to do a full review.

A - Poured into a DFH snifter, it's a golden color with a big white foamy head. Head settles and leave a nice amount of lacing.

S - Sweet smelling for a Pilsner, but there is also a good amount of hops. Good smell.

T - Tastes is very nice and clean. Sweet with lots of malts. Good bitter finish with hints of citrus.

M - Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Could drink this one on any hot summer day.

D - If it weren't 7.5%, you could have this one while mowing the lawn. Has a good amount of taste, but isn't over done.

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

750ml bottle poured into a 16oz SN laser etched pint glass

Pours a brilliant yellow with some carbonation turbulence and a huge rocky snow white head. Light floral esters, mint leaves, fresh cut red apple, grass and a hint of soap. Light and balanced with a generous amount of crystal malt to hold up to the heavy handed hoppy bite which is mid to late palate. More on the dry side than the rest of the options in the style usually display. Perfect texture, crisp enough with a great amount of carbonation, no offensive alcohol note to speak of. Extremely well done, this one changes my view on the Imperial Pils style completely.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at the DFH Brewpub in Rehoboth Beach.

Why have it from the bottle when you can get it from the tap? Water, beer, the conventional wisdom holds for both. Besides, Willa Cather references were meant to be sampled from a tap. Prove me wrong, kids. This guy (or is it gal?) pours a clear semi-amber straw topped off by light bit of white micro-foam. It ain't much to look at, but, then again, most pilsners aren't. The nose comprises plenty o' hops, a slight tinniness, and wheat. The taste holds notes of light wheat, a very light tin (that ol' pils taste...maybe it's just me?), and plenty o' hoppy bitterness. The body is light, with light carbonation and a nicely crisp finish. I may not be much of a pils fan, but if they were all like this one, I might not be so negative toward them.

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Photo of farrago
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour gently or you'll get a third of the glass filled with delicate, openly knit pure white head, for as soapy as the foam is, good retention with lacing which looks like fake snowflakes dotting the glass sides. Bright orange color, deep enough to have a light bronzed look, transparent with widely spread, if fast moving, bubbles within. Noticeably sweet nose emphasizing tangerine and pink grapefruit citrus, buttressed by peach, apricot fruit, pine cone and fresh rose petals, hardly any bready or doughy notes, slightly more wheat or simple grain, if you think about it being labeled a pilsner you can kind of see it but if someone just handed you a glass of it, pilsner would unlikely be the guess. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is light with a slow churn which keeps the liquid sticky and pressing down on the palate. More general maltiness here, same for pretzel dough and wheat. Yet, still insufficient to match up with all that sweet orange, tangerine, pink grapefruit citrus as well as golden honey notes. Robust apricot, peach, nectarine fruit with a slice of pineapple. Big florality, pretty and matches the creaminess of the overall mouth feel. Heaviness detracts from refreshing factor, however, no denying the vivacious richness of the base flavors.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Bobby8405 for the share. This was unexpectedly compelling.

A - Pours a Pils-pale hue replete with a nice white head and generous lace.

S - A very sublime and enticing nose greets me. As I delve into it, I find nuances of white grapefruit zest, some generally floral hoppiness and the delicious sharpness of Pils malt. As stated, very sublime. And deftly balanced, as well.

T - I am really impressed by this beer. As oft-noted, DFH tends to be an all-or-nothing proposition, home runs or strinkeouts; in this case they have hit a grand slam. The bitterness imparted by the hop and the inherent Pils astringency work together nicely, and there seems to be a complementary sweetness, similar to the dynamic found in a Tripel, though this beer tastes nothing like a Tripel. The hop profile is quite floral, producing notes of gardenia, jasmine and orange blossom. I am enjoying the hell out of this.

M - Very nice. Expansive, effervescent, creamy, seemingly alternating in dynamic between vaguely sweet and slightly dry.

D - Oh yeah, go for this one...

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Photo of beer2day
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear gold color, very active carbonation. 2 finger airy cloud-like head.

Nose is of a strong pale ale. Lots of hops here, with citrus of pineapple and light tangerine-lemon.

Clean hit. Hops acidity builds quickly though. Creamy body. Wickedly bitter finish. Malt presence from the pils side but so much hops its really hard to call this a pils.

Extremely easy to drink if the bitterness doesn't bother you. A great bargain big beer for this summer.

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Photo of keymcgrip
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this on tap at Quotations in Media, arriving at my table in a wine glass. A thick, pillowy head graced the brew. Golden color with a bit of haze. Wonderful nose, very malty with herbal notes and the promise of its 7.5% ABV. Malty, fruity taste up front with a big hop finish. Very nice flavor ride transitioning through esters into bitterness. Each sip demanded attention, such were the tastes. Creamy mouthfeel, more than I'd expect from a pilsener. I must admit the Imperial Pilsener is new to me. If My Antonia is representative of the breed count me as a supporter. Eminently drinkable. Not a beer to hurry through.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at a small tasting...thanks Jonathan.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent golden color with one inch of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of citrus, lemon, wheat, and caramel malts.

t - Tastes of lemon and citrus hops, grain, wheat, bready malts, and caramel malts.

m - Light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

d - A pretty nice pilsner. Easy to drink and would try again.

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

Pours very clear yellow with a vast fluffy white head. The aroma is clean and pilsnery, with a sharp hop sting. The flavor is too hot, with a huge hop blast wiping out the crispness of the pilsner malt. Strange and extreme, though not entirely unpleasant. The finish is large, bitter, almost sour. The mouthfeel is thick and prickly.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sammer for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grain with some perfume hops and orange citrus notes. The flavor is pilsener malt with some lemon. Low to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A pretty good Imperial Pilsener.

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

750 ML bottle from Pinocchios into a Pilsener glass. Pours a lemon color with a small head that gradually diminishes into a coating. Lacing is thin but lasts throughout. Nose is some citrus and herbal hops, grassy notes and some nuttiness. Taste is lemongrass, citrus, bready malt, and some honey. There is some nice bitterness in the end but sweetness is what you are left with. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, creamy and ample carbonation. You notice the alcohol but it is something that adds rather than detract. This is really refreshing and something I would seek out again.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

A- Pours a clear golden yellow color with a large white head with great lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is pale malts and a nice amount of hops. I'm really enjoying the aroma. It's a nice well-hopped lager, wish we had more of these types of beers.

T- The taste like the aroma is delicious. There's nice clean pale malts up front with a solid amount of bitterness in the finish from the hops. Very well done. 

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is one of the better Dogfish Head beers I've tried. It isn't the biggest or most extreme beer in the DFH arsenal but a well-crafted hoppy lager. Wish there were more breweries making these kinds of beers. Recommended!

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Photo of scottyb88
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a clear pale to medium yellow color with a nice white head that hangs around for awhile; plenty of bubbles and great lacing

S- a clean and subtle aroma with a faint hop aroma and grassy aromas; some biscuit with a hint of toasted nut; not over powering, but I think good for the style

T- the problem I've had with pilsners is that aftertaste that's reminiscent of BMC beers; a slight corn flavor...this beer on the other hand is really good; no corn after taste but a nice citrusy bite from those west coast hops; it's not overly bitter like an IPA, it still has the smooth and clean taste of a lager, but a really nice hop dryness that I haven't found in too many beers of this style; it's citrus mixed with a light dose of grain and toasted flavors...no wet dog with this beer

M-maybe a hint more of a carbonation and it would be even better; as is, still a nice fairly crisp medium mouthfeel with a nice citrus lingering

D- really impressed with this pilsner...kind of surprising to hear me say that after striking out with most beers in this style; it's an imperial version, which usually makes everything taste better so maybe thats the reason; whatever it is it's an easy to drink summer beer that should be regularly produced as a summer seasonal or at least a regular 750ml occasional offer

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

A - Pours with a towering three fingers of white foam, resting on top of a clear, deep gold body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - A spicy/floral hop aroma with some honey notes and pilsner malt.

T - Sweet, heavy pilsner malt with lots of bread and toasted malt character. Some honey malt sweetness in the middle with spicy, slightly fruity hop flavor. As the beer finishes, the hop character begins to brighten up with notes of grapefruit and juniper along with sweet malt and strong, pithy bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a reasonably dry finish.

D - I had this beer (well, the Italian version of it) on tap last year and I was interested to see how this new, bottled version stacked up. I was a bit disappointed in the aroma as it seemed much more subdued than I remember the original being, lacking the complex, herbal hop notes, though it does have the same sweet, rich malt character. Since the aroma was not as good as the original, I was worried that the flavor might disappoint as well, but it was not so. The rich, doughy malt was still present and the hops came to life much more than they managed to in the aroma. The pithy, juicy grapefruit notes that I recalled from last December were all there along with a herbal juniper note and balancing honey malt. While this batch may lack a little of the depth of aroma that the previous one exhibited, it is still an unusually delicious beer and certainly up there with Sam Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner as a fantastic example of this often poorly interpreted style.

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Photo of magine
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a hazy golden yellow color, has a thick fluffy white head. Has sediment floating in the glass as you get down to the bottom of the 750 ml bottle. Head settles to a chunky lace head that nearly hits your nose as you sip. The chunk island leaves nice lace. For a pilsner it looks great.

Brew smells of citrus and floral hops, grainy malts. Has a very clean fresh smell. Smells like very good brew.

Brew tastes crisp, fresh and hoppy. Sweet fruity hops, floral notes as well. Has a malty flavor in the end as you drink. Finishes slightly dry, only a bit of earthy bitterness. Has a very good, sweet hop and grain malty mix. Tremendously good flavored brew. Has a slight warming effect from the alcohol. The brew is even more flavored and complex as it warms. Wow.

This is the best pilsner I have ever had, I know it is a Imperial Pilsner, but damn. This is an awesome brew, so happy I picked a bottle up on a whim at the DFH restaurant as I left.

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Photo of phishgator
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a pilsner glass. Nice foamy light head with a solid golden hue and good carbonation. The aroma is faint with some earthy grass notes, but nothing that stands out. The flavor is a full bodied, smooth, pilsner that has a good balance, maybe too good for a pilsner. There isn't any crisp or sharp bite to the brew that you look for in a pilsner, but the taste is still great just not to style IMO. The body is full and the brew is smooth. I would drink this one whenever it is on the table.

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Photo of geryeb624
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle purchased at the Dogfish Head brewpub in Rehobeth Beach, DE.

A- Pours a light gold with huge, fluffy white head. Head hangs around for a while and leaves considerable lacing.

S- Hops definitely come through in the nose, as does some almost buttery maltiness. These are all fairly faint, however, as this isn't a very aromatic brew.

T- Hoppy up front, with a bitter bite. Crisp and dry maltiness and some bitter earthiness in the finish. A definite malty sweetness peeks through as well, adding a nice counterpoint to the bitterness.

M- Near prefect, smooth and nicely carbonated. Goes down quite easy.

D- Very drinkable and quite refreshing. Didn't have any problems finishing the bottle.

A very nice, refreshing beer for the summer. Nice to see DFH go outside the box yet again, this time with a nice, robust lager. Very tasty stuff, another triumph from DFH.

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Photo of chaz410
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've been waiting for a while to get this beer in the bottle.
Pours a straw colored yellow body with a finger and a half white froathy head. I poured it very slow and if you were to pour it fast, you're in for a spill. This beer is sooo dry hopped that there's still hop bits floating in it.
Smell is unlike any pilsner I've had. Filled with lemon, grassy and a little grapefruit hops. Some dry pilsner malt fills the nose as well.
Taste smooth, clean and very hoppy. It has some toasted wheat malt taste from the pilsner malt and has some nice and crisp lemony hops. I think they may have used sorachi ace hops due to the lemon hints along with the dryness. The after tast is realatively dry and it kinda sends home the message of highly hopped lagers. The rounded lager finish mixed with the high hop concentration lends a unique finish that's both bitter, dry and balanced in the malt character.
Mouthfeel is a little dry but it's typical for Pilsners.

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Photo of larryi86
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle dated 2010 poured into a snifter

Picked up a bottle on my way down to Ocean City, MD

A- A little darker than the standard golden light beer with a three finger white head.

S- Citrus hops really stand out, with earthy/grass/floral notes.

T- Right away it just makes me think of a very good, balanced IPA. Malts come out and tone down the hops, but it still have a nice, bitter finish. Taste is close to the smell just smoothed outed some.

M- Smooth, refreshing, nice medium body.

D- Easy to drink and a very nice beer. I would love it if this was easier to find. I am very happy that I was able to get a bottle, but would like it if I could get one in a local store instead of having to drive 90 miles to the brew pub!

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Photo of Pinto21
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into DFH shaped pint from 750ml DFH bottle. Large head on a light pilsner looking beer. A bit darker than straw, a touch golden.
Smells strongly of citrus hops, but there is some earthy floralness to it as well. A touch of sweetness but it's buried behind hops.

It's like a smoother IPA. There is more of a citrus hop up front followed by a bit of floral hop, finished with the bitterness of american. There is a bit of malt sweetness, but it's not very pronounced. I wouldnt call this a hopbomb like an IPA, it's more balanced. But not balanced by a sweetness like big IPAs.

Mouth if good. Very smooth, and highly drinkable. Could put these back like a prima pils, and man can I do that.

It's VERY much like an IPA but its not. It's it's own tasty creation, and one that I'll have to try and brew on my own it's so good.

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

750mL bottle into a Duvel tulip pours a crisp light orange with a nice frothy off-white head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrus hops just in front of sweet malts, quite fragrant. The taste is an interesting malt profile with a nice hop kick to it, there is a nice subtle lingering bitter hop finish. The beer is medium bodied and smooth and well carbonated. This is another great, unique brew from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a 750mL bottle, My Antonia pours a chill-hazed gold with a large white head. Laces and retains very well.

Aroma is very hoppy for a pilsner, with earthy, spicy and piney notes. Smells like an IPA.

Flavor is very much like the aroma: quite hoppy. Leafy, earthy flavors predominate with a sort of vegetal, resinous flavor that just screams hops. There should be a bit more malt presence, especially for an Imperial Pilsner, but I like how this drinks almost like a very clean IPA. There's a bit of biscuit and bread underneath all the humulus lupulus. The mouthfeel is huge. Very fluffy and creamy with effervescent carbonation.

An excellent beer, and a joy to drink. Might be misguided classifying it as a pilsner, though.

Note: this is the 2010 release brewed by Dogfish Head in Delaware, not the 2008 Birra del Borgo-DFH collaboration brewed in Italy. I'd imagine the two are very similar beers, if not the same recipe. But, they should be separate listings because they are brewed at two entirely different locations.

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My Antonia from Dogfish Head Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.