My Antonia | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American Double / 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.

Added by dasenebler on 07-15-2010

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Ratings: 1,776 |  Reviews: 553
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber of great smooth fun. The pilsner hops and European malts comes through the scent, which is floal. Thick white head on light yellow pilsner body. Very smooth and good drinkability. Carbonation is right there. Burning in system, so a bit acidic with its lemony taste. Drying finish.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 3 finger head, nice retention. Golden clear.

S: bready, brown sugar. Not a lot of the fruit that I get in the taste.

T: malt, spices and some fruits, mostly banana and pineapple. Alcohol esters make this a tad unpleasant but drinkable. Clove and earthy notes as well.

M: moderate carbonation and medium to full body.

Overall: A complex beer which may be one of the better imperial pilsners I have had.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

finally! a pilsner than i can get off on... this is a hop masterpiece, with all kinds of aromatic and bittering hops going on. pours a chewy straw gold color with a nice white head. smells strong and very hoppy. taste is complex for a pilsner, with layers of interesting hops and pale malts juxtaposing one another in rhythm. this is a really groovy pils, and a strong one. really full bodied for a pilsner as well, and has that hop thickness like the 120 minute, just to a much lesser degree. nice job yet again here by DFH

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to try this one at the 2010 ACBF. The beer poured out as a nice golden color with a strong looking white head on top. The smell of citrus and grains come through on the nose, very pleasant aroma. The taste of the beer is nothing like a typical pilsner, I was hoping it'd be something a little over the top and it was thankfully. It had mostly citrus fruit notes, lots of hops also. The mouthfeel of this beer is smooth and very drinkable. Might be a bit of a dangerous beer to drink a lot of. Overall I really enjoyed this one. I'd like to have it again one day.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that slowly faded away and left lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are aromas of citrus and floral hops in the nose.
T: Grapefruit flavors from the West Coast hops prominently stand out in the overall taste, which has a mild amount of bitterness. The flavors also have some notes of grainy malts and hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is rather drinkable because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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

With pilsner-like cripsness, ale-like cleanliness, and the power and bitterness of an IPA, this beer goes a lot of different directions at once.

Pouring a medium golden hue with the standard dry-hopped haze, the pilsner colors shine. A froathy white head forms on the beer and slowly retracts into the beer with mild lace.

Sharp grassy aromas of hops fill the olfactory senses with a blend of citrusy white grapefruit, orange zest, grassy, and herbal elements. Light lime aroma seems partly from esters, partly from hops. Only the softest of cracker-like malty scents emit from behind the hop dominance.

In reverse fashion, the crisp malty flavors show a part grain and part bready malt taste that resonates first. Light sweetness accompany the bready, grainy mix. Mid palate brings about the hoppy flavors of the Pacific west coast and Europe: grassy vs grapefruit, orange zest vs spice, floral vs perfume,... all come wave after wave and settle into a firm resiny bitterness in finish. A near soapy/solventy flavor comes from the alcohol and seems to be exacerbated by the grassy hop bitterness.

Medium textured because of the high gravity for a pilsner and due to moderate carbonation. The beer quickly foregos the early creaminess and quickly favors a dryer, crisper finish of hop bitterness and dryness. Light astringency plays on the mouth with a light grainy, light hop bite.

Probably more akin to an IPA than a pilsner, the malt profile is crisp, clean, large, and on one side of the field; whereas the American/European hop flavors are on the other side battling for dominance. A good beer throughout, but there seems to be an offset in balance and contrast in identity- kinda schizophrenic.

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2.78/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a generic beer glass in Trastavere, Rome. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger head of soft cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Colour is a transparent yellow.

Sm: Musty hops, fringe esters, and light amber hops. Aroma is of moderate strength.

T: Cream, amber hops, and unwelcome bittering hops. I hate the IPA-ish bittering hops, but leave it to Dogfish Head to throw them in there. It's alright, but the balance is off and the build is awful for a pils.

Mf: Coarse, fairly dry, and a bit too thick. Wretchedly done for the style.

Dr: This is an outright perversion of the style. The price is high (this was in Rome), and the quality is rather limited. I'll try it in bottle form back in the states, but it's far from high on me list.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peachy gold, streams of visible carbonation and a slight haze of micro sediment. Sturdy billowing head of white foam that laces all over the glass. Retention is great, as the mammoth mass of foam slowly dwindles to a floating island.

Grassy, floral, slight perfume. Clean and dry, almost like a Saison hybrid. Muted spice with yeasty elements.

Fairly full bodied with some fruity yeast esters and grassy hoppy notes leading off. Dry crackery middle, herbal finish. Clean and easy drinking. Additional notes of citrus rind, some dried orange peel bitterness, pleasant hop notes that blend seamlessly with mildly sweet pilsner malt. Overall very enjoyable, seems like it would pair nicely with a variety of food. Thanks Chris for sharing!

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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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

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

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a finger and a half of fluffy white head.

Smell: I'm picking up a lot of pils malt, but this isn't a super sweet smelling beer. There is a nice floral note as well.

Taste: As in the smell, the first thing I'm noticing is the malt. I'm finding some mildly herbal hops and a subtle honey like sweetness. The finish is bitter. Everything works together well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation. The finish is very dry.

Overall: This is one of my favorite pilsners. The flavors all work together well and the slight bitterness at the end is perfect for this beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy orangey color pilsner with a large foamy head with good retention. Aroma of sweet malt with loads of floral hoppy notes is quite enjoyable. Taste is a nice mix between some sweet floral malts which are well balanced by some dry crisp hops. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and even though quite extreme still manage to retain some balance and drinkability.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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