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My Antonia | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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.

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Ratings: 1,778 |  Reviews: 553
Reviews by JamesWn:
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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Photo of wspscott
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of dansmcd
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of RyanPoff
4.71/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a light fudge color with two fingers of slowly retreating head with excellent retention.

S: Notes of cocoa, coffee, and breadiness. Excellent and inviting.

T: Taste is equally as complex as the smell. Notes of cocoa and caramel with the breadiness. As the beer warms you get a tart bite and a strong alcohol sensation.

M: Full without being unusually heavy. Fresh and carbonated without being too forward and slides down the throat easily.

This is easily one of the best rounded beers I've ever had. I wouldn't want one every day, but it is excellent and a real delight.

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Photo of CWiggins
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Bruisin' Ales while crossing the mountains just after Christmas en route from Knoxville to Durham. Eight dollars for a 750ml of specialty brew from my favorite brewery seems like quite a deal, so I purchased this along with a couple of others and headed on to the piedmont.

Poured into a DFH ergonomic pint glass on Monday evening after work. It pours a delightful light honey yellow with a substantial white head that continued through the beer's life. It's a tad hazier than regular-strength pilsners. Very clean aroma with hints of light pilsner malts and Noble hops. A little bit of alcohol sneaks in there as well. Just as clean is the flavor; crisp with a nice amount of pilsner malt flavor. Hop bitterness is restrained until the finish, then those familiar floral and citrus accents become prominent and lead through the finish and the lingering aftertaste.

I suppose what makes the mouthfeel so unique is that it isn't particularly creamy like most imperial pilsners I've sampled. It's easy (and dangerous!) to gulp down. Savor this one or it may bite back!

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.29/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of Erish
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured this bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: cloudy pale golden color, thick and creamy white head, good cap and lacing.

S: citrus, herbal, and floral hops, honey, sweet malt.

T: orange, honey, and grapefruit mingle with sweetbread maltiness up front, the middle shows some grassy hops, orange peel, and white pepper, and the finish is long, dry, and herbal/grassy. Like I envisioned: a hopped up version of a pilsner.

M: medium-weight, creamy texture, moderate carbonation.

O: if I must rate to style, and I feel I must, I have to subtract points for a cloudy appearance, an ale-like body, and not enough crisp carbonation. Otherwise, a very tasty beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of fank2788
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear pale gold in color with an off white head that starts out thick and just never goes away. The smell is of sweet light malts and a ton of floral hops really quite different. The taste is much like the smell with nice sweetness and light bready malt. The hop character comes next with an assertive bitterness, not as much as an IPA as it is still well within balance of the malt. The bitterness is followed by aggressive hop flavor again all floral, grassy and peppery. Carbonation is relatively high and the finish on this one is a bit sweet a little slick and perhaps a touch of fleeting tingly bitterness just at the end. Overall this is good but not as good as I had hoped I understand that the hops are meant to be more European and floral but that leaves them seeming flat and a bit one dimensional. It is also a bit strange to have something as sweet as this is considering the style. In the end interesting but it may need a bit more work.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a wine goblet.
Cloudy gold in color, with a big billowing head of bright white foam.
Aroma-Faint, perfumy hop notes
Taste-Sweet, mildly toasted malt, leading to a bit of a hoppy bite in the finish. Seems like a pale ale/pilsner hybrid. A bit more on the subtle side as I was expecting a big dose of Saaz hops and more fuller flavor.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from some notes I took last night. Poured this into a pint glass. The body is a slightly hazy straw color with a white fluffy head about two fingers large and soapy lace. The smell is very grainy with a slight lemon zest and a slightly bitter hop finish. The pallet follows the nose nicely. Big grains and horsefeedy flavors with a tart twinge and bitter finish. The mouthfeel is kind of buttery with good carbonation and a light body. When it comes to pilsners unless they are terrible they always rank high on drinkability for me. Probably one of my favorite styles to drink.

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Photo of Dan3279
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Made a special trip to the Winking Lizzard after they announced that each location was going to tap a keg today. I just read a quick description of the beer but I really didn't know what to expect. Its been awhile since I have a real pilsner so I was excited to try this one.

The body was a clean, clear, gold color with a nice white lacing. I noticed mainly hops and citrus in the aroma.

The taste was exceptional, my first impression was that I was drinking an IPA. You really notice the hops upfront with some carbination that totally hides that alochol and ends a very light sweet note.

It was a real pleasure to drink and it would be very easy to sit back and enjoy several of these in one sitting on a nice warm spring night. I'd love to pick up a big bottle and see how it compares.

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Photo of IPAnoah
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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

My Antonia pours a gold color. It's nice and clear. Looks bright gold with perhaps an orange tint when held to light. The head is white and stands about a finger and a half tall. It's relatively quick to recede, leaving a moderate amount of sticky lace in its wake.

The first whiff reveals a very healthy dose of Pilsner malt. If you're wondering if this might be mistaken for an IPA, the answer should be a resounding 'no.' It's a little sweet smelling but not overly so. Hops are a little strong in the mix. They smell mostly grassy and herbal. Noble hops? I believe so. There's a bit of pepper, but that's about it in terms of spices. Alcohol is masked well. Not bad. Not bad at all.

The flavor is good. I still think there's little questioning its Pilsner status. The Pilsner malt base is slightly sweet and sturdy. The hops are definitely noble - grassy and herbal. They add a little bitterness, and dry it out quite a bit. Spicy pepper and a spicy yeast flavor add nice depth. Yeast is more notable than you'd think, and has a positive overall effect on the flavor. Alcohol is masked very well. It's not much of a factor. Finishes spicy, grassy, and a little dry. Good stuff.

My Antonia has a medium body that's nice and smooth. Carbonation is relatively light and lends to its smooth feel. Drinkability is good. For a lager style beer, this is tasty and quite impressive. I like it. It goes down relatively smooth and easy.

My Antonia is an impressive Imperial Pilsner. It's not my favorite, and doesn't come quite close to displacing Sam Adams Hallertau Pilsner. Nonetheless, it's an impressive beer for the style. In terms of critiquing it, I don't have much to offer. Maybe add some sort of citric hop? I don't know. Nonetheless, it really is good as it is. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of corby112
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark golden banana yellow color with a frothy, pillowy 2.5 finger white head with excellent retention, only slowly fading to a lasting cap that streaks the glass with rings and splotches of soapy lacing.

Earthy, floral aroma with some piny and citrus hop character as well as hints of sweet alcohol, pilsner malt, biscuit, lemon grass and crisp light fruit. Slight bready yeast in the nose with hints of lemon, apple and pear.

Medium body with lots of tight carbonation up front along with some earthy bitter hops, crisp light fruit, alcohol heat, bread and crisp light fruit. Pretty bitter with lots of earthy piny hop character which is countered by the pilsner malt, sweet alcohol, grass, straw and light fruit notes. Slight dry finish.

This beer is interesting because it is an extremely hoppy interpretation of a style that isn't usually so. There is also a bit too much of an alcohol presence that hurts the drinkability. Not quite balanced enough and the ABV is not well masked. I like both of these breweries so I was excited to try this but it was only average.

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4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ST: Bomber poured into a snifter

A: Strong golden color with a huge white head, looks like a Belgium.

S: very hoppy smell

T: Very nice, goes down smooth with a bit of a lemon zest, the hops are actually light and not overwhelming which was surprising for it being from Dogfish Head.

M: easy on the mouth, very light

D: Has a Abv of 7.5% but it is very easy to drink, can't really tell, wish it was around 9%. It is a very well rounded imperial pilsner and would recommend it to others.

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My Antonia from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 1,778 ratings