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My Antonia | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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 pinotboy007
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Hard to imagine a more distinguished looking beer. Cloudy golden with a huge, styrofoam-like head that has never quite settled down. Gobs of lace, too. Hell, even the label is nice!

S-Citrus and pine, but it's not overwhelming. Has a touch of orange rind-like aroma.

T-Delicious. The hops are there for sure but the alcohol (7.5abv) plays a supporting role to the Pils profile that is there for sure. As it has warmed, it's gotten more complex.

M-Crisp and refreshing but the only ding on this brew is some of the silkiness of some of the better Pils is lacking, but the style is superb, nonetheless.

Overall-A home run; bravo! BUY SOME. Perfect complement to the Caps-Rangers game that's on right now.

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

Pours a golden yellow with a huge, thick, fluffy white head. Awesome lacing and stays throughout. Aroma of grass, pepper and yeast. Flavor starts off with some nice sweet grass notes and bready yeast. Hay and a bit of lemon zest as well. Nice citrus and floral hops in this roided up pilsner. Ends with big pepper notes and other spices.

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Photo of Kitt
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy unfiltered straw-yellow with a large multi-finger frothy head that persists as equally frothy lacing.

Aroma of sweet, ripe banana-like malts.

Taste - first a blast of sharp and bitter hoppiness giving way to sweet undertones. Bitter hops persists much like a good IPA.

Mouthfeel, nice, smooth, and creamy.

Drinkibility good, alcohol sensation prevalent, carbonation about right.

I'm pleasantly surprised with this one. Flavor is outstanding for a pils yet the body remains lighter than suggested by the rich taste.

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

Pours a light hazy golden yellow color lots of small bubbles rising to a big fluffy white head that falls slow and laces well. Nice looking brew.

Aroma is nice pilsner malts lightly sweet with light hop aroma lemon grass with herbal hints. Some light earthy notes underneath it all, over all little subdued aroma from what I was expecting.

Taste is good malt base even a little bready loaded with hops. Hops showing up big time grassy moving to citrus notes even hinting of the west coast. Finish is lingering herbal earthy notes with hints of spice.

Mouthfeel is light medium nice peppy carbonation to bring out the hops.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of oline73
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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Photo of Jesse13713
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours with three to four fingers of quick-rising head that is slow to disappear. Appears heavily carbonated. A pale straw-yellow with slight green earth notes to it.

Smell - Hoppy, florally and fresh. A bit of a lemon zest to it as well. Smells earthy.

Taste - Floral and earth tones are present all-throughout. The hops used are malty, fresh, and delicious. Quite grassy overall with slight malt on the tongue.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - A slight ethanol taste on the swallow can sometimes take away from the earth and grass notes. Light bodied and easy to drink in a flash. A good beer; but nothing fantastic.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours up a cloudy gold with a white, pillowy head. The head sticks to the entire glass as a fairly thick foam. It looks good.

The aroma is hoppy with some light grains underneath, but it's difficult to get much from it. The hops are earthy, but again, rather faint.

The flavor is very deceiving at first. It has the body and the initial flavor of a big pilsner, but then you are immediately hit with lots of earthy hops and grass. A bit of citrus comes through toward the end and then it finishes out with a bit of peppery spice. It's good and rather unique. But not exactly amazing.

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Photo of devinoconnor
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a treat. Simply delicious. And on tap, thanks to the fine folks at the Coppermine Pub in New Jersey.

Pours a amber brown color.

Smell is awesome. It's got lager flavor, mixed with a strong India Pale Ale and a hoppy pilsner. Simply wonderful.

Taste is sugary, very sweet and loaded with hops.

A sipping and enjoying type of beer. Worth the time to enjoy.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow, touch of orange, a bit hazy. Fluffy white head, dissipates at a fairly quick rate. Little streaks of lacing.

S: Hoppy: citrus and earthy. A hint of mint, pretty herbal.

T: Some definite bitterness from the hops, mostly floral (different from the nose, but not complaining), not overpowering. The sweetness from the malt kicks in to balance things out. Can't help but note the grassy taste.

M: Pretty dry and crisp, but heavier than I would like. Good carbonation.

O/D: It's a tasty brew, but can't entirely recommend it. Kind of a weird beer (and style). Maybe freshness was an issue? (Not sure, just wondering).

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Photo of techfed87
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly strong head. Color is a yellow amber. Smell is a bit mellower than what I had expected it to be. Still, it does have quite a bit more hop smell to it than what I would expect out of a pilsner, imperial or not.

First sip is a wash of hop wallop. That, alongside with a certain quality in what I would consider "regular beer" that's been amped up to an awesome level. I would compare it to you ordering a burger, then finding out that the beef is kobe. Body is powerful without being out of balance.

I'm a bit surprised at how much I like this beer. And not for the reasons that I thought I would be. Try it, if you can find it.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Sampled at Kickbcaks. Poured into a small snifter glass a clear straw colored golden color with a white collared head. Slightly fruity, grape aroma but very light otherwise, some wheat and mild citrus. Light mouthfeel. Light fruit like start with citrus notes and some bitterness. This one has a nice balance between bitter and sweet. Bitterness lingers and reminds me of almost a lime rind flavor.

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Photo of jcnd9803
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pale yellow and cloudy. Very sticky lacing going on here with a foamy head.

S- Fresh cut hay, piney hops and some lemon. This is what refreshing smells like

T- Crisp! With a nice bitter hop bite. Some lemon and grapefruit comeing through as this warms.

M- Very carbonated and fizzy. Balances bitterness with sweetness well.

O- I was looking for just a good drinkable beer tonight, and this fit the bill and delivered. This will be awesome on a hot spring/summer day.

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Photo of pburland23
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought a nice pilsener would work well with my Sunday night dinner of pierogies and fried onions.

Poured from a 23.4 ounce bottle into a Pilsener Urquell glass. Pours a hazy, yellow with exuberant carbonation that creates a tower of fluffy, egg white head that hung around through the duration of the drink.

Smell was a touch underwhelming. Got some hops, got some grassy malts, but neither really stands out. The aroma is confused and muddled and it doesn't scream pilsener to me.

Taste is much, much better though. Right off the bat, the beer tastes like a well constructed pilsener, crisp, clean and a touch dry. Then the hops kick in and provided a nice bit of bitterness to round out each sip. A delicious beer.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. As previously mentioned, the carbonation is aggressive, but it works well.

Overall, a nice lager departure for usually ale-centric Dogfish Head. I'd like to see some more lagers out of Milton.

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

Bottled in 2010

a - Popped the top and filled my DFH signature glass. Really nice honey copper color with a thick finger and a half of foamy head. Carbonation exploded from the etched DFH logo lasered into the bottom of the glass. Good lacing too.

s - Nice malted backbone. Citric breadiness.

t - Again malt dominance with some hoppiness to balance things out. Earthy grassy bread. Bittery finish.

m - Lively carbonation. Medium bodied and not too dry.

o - Overall this is a good brew. Nothing too crazy but the hops added to the pilsner is a nice touch. The DFH feel is there and it works nicely for this brew.

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

The review started out wonderfully. I took the bottle out of my ~45 F fridge and was welcomed with a gusher. I never had a DFH brew with a technical problem, but I guess there's a first time for everything.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed golden yellow color. Big pillowy white head with great retention and good amounts of lacing.

4.0 S: Strong neutral malt base and somewhat bready. Decent amount of yeastiness, though still very clean. Lots of hops for a pilsner, which totally works for me. They are mainly citrusy in nature with orange and orange rind, grapefruit, and papaya. There's also a good grassy, lemon zest component.

4.0 T: Mirrors the nose for the most part. Mainly neutral malts and somewhat bready with a formitable yeast contribution. Clean despite the bottle conditioning. Moderate bitterness. Citrusy, grassy, and piney hops. Orange, grapefruit, and lemon stick out.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Carbonation is a bit high. The problem with this is that it lies heavy on the tongue despite the high carbonation.

4.0 D: Pretty good beer. The taste score was just about bumped up another half point. Has the benefit of the bottle conditioned flavor without being too bready. High hop levels is a welcomed addition.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw yellow color with a pillowy white head that fades slowly leaving rings of lacing.

Smells of pilsner malts with some grassiness in the background.

Tastes of a fairly big malt character with a good amount of hops. Typical pilsner malt characteristics with a grainy sweetness and some bread. Hops have notes of grass, flowers, and herbs. Some light fruit notes are also evident and add depth to everything else. Leans towards sweet, even though plenty of bitterness is present, with a slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, a good double pilsner, all of the components necessary are present and blend well together.

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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 Brenden
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Credit goes to twohearteddean, if I remember correctly.

This beer is a pure gold in color, shining in the light with perfect clarity and unrelenting activity throughout. A tall, fluffy white head crowns this beauty, sticking clumps and chunks of lacing forcefully and plentifully all over the sides of my glass.
The mains elements in the aroma are hoppy and herbal with a light alcohol touch. The pislner malts are evident and balance very nicely with the floral and herbal hops notes. Flowery hops aromas linger underneath before the slightest notes of grains kick in, and the dryish yeast is noticeable as well.
The taste follows suit quite well and, if anything, more complexity and balance pulls through. This is a hoppy pils with a well-masked higher ABV and a great balance. Hops offer floral and herbal flavors while allowing a bit of citrus to pull through as well. Yeast actually helps to accentuate a bit of dryness when the citrus does come in, and the crackery malts add elements both of dryness and a light, grassy earthiness. The slightest touch of grains pulls out in the background. This is an exceptionally flavorful pils and nearly the best of the style in any variation.
The mouthfeel accentuates is an imporatant aspect of this beer. The carbonation is at the ideal level, neither too much nor too little. Each sip starts off with a crisp bite and remains crisp and fairly dry, as a well-made pils should, and finishes with great smoothness. This also is a very clean beer.
If I'm ever in a place where Prima's not available, but this beer is, I won't hesitate for a second.

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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 Brew33
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had a few bottles of this now and figured I'd review it.

My Antonia pours a nice straw color with a pillowy, bone white head. A lot of head. Watch how aggressively you pour this beast. The aroma is good. Clean Pilsner malt, grassy Noble hops and a touch of citrusy hops. Cascade?

The flavor is fantastic. Slight malt sweetness upfront, then a flash of bitterness and a fairly dry finish. Not as dry a standard Pils but drier than most Imperials. Excellent balance and drinkability. Solid mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Perfect carbonation.

Overall enjoyment for me is very high. I love this beer. A big winner for DFH.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color: pours straw. sits a slightly hazy medium gold with lots of active carbonation and rich, foamy head that sticks around

Smell: clean pils malt aroma mostly muted with quite a citrusy, piney west coast hop wallop along with a elegant, floral noble hop presence

Taste: a clean, dry pils character up front with a little sharp bitterness, accompanied quickly with fruity, floral and piney hop flavor. finish is somewhat dry with a medium bitterness

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with medium-high carbonation. hops and carbonation lend a prickly sensation on the pallate.

Notes: im glad that its not that high in terms of abv, like some other imperial lagers out there. the hops in this beer are intense and actually almost make this pilsner a sipping beer. i prefer this beer over something like ST Krampus because, if i recall correctly, this has a greater pils malt character to balance the extreme hops

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Photo of ShanePB
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, as an extra from mdaschaf - thanks!

A: Cloudy due to the bottle conditioning, vibrant pale orange in color. Billowy and creamy white head. Floating sediment in the glass, again from the conditioning.

S: Bready grains, pale malts and some acidic citrus notes. Hints of pineapple and lemon rind help take the edge off this grain-centric profile. For being a "continually hopped" beer, the hops seem to be a bit lost.

T: Bready malts, dough, flour, grassy hops and a slight hint of orange citrus breaks through to bring some balance to the typical flavors of a Pils.

M: Distinctly dry and crisp with a medium-body - sort of on the lighter side of things, though.

I was quite surprised how little hop presence this had, especially considering the branding and style. While I wasn't expecting a hop overload like an Imperial IPA would give me, I still wanted more from this. Judging the beer for the style - taking a Pilsner and amplifying its qualities - this is spot on. It may catch some people off guard by the overall mildness of the hops and increase in the grains, though it's still a devilishly tasty beer.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely pils in a new-world kinda way. Nice to see a self-proclaimed "ale" company making a lager.

Appears orangey-gold with some nice bubbling action going on. Its frothy, billowy, white head laces nicely.

Aroma gives off a sense of honey first. Bright hops show up in the middle, but - in non-dogfish fashion - the hops are subtle. A very proper malt profile for a pilsner sits behind everything.

Taste matches the aroma pretty much. I taste slightly sweet pils malt up front, with faint, citrusy hops showing up next. A very refined taste, which I enjoy seeing from DFH.

Mouthful is carbonated nicely yet body is rounded and smooth.

Great Drinkability. I was worried that DFH's imperial take on such a session style would kill its drinkability, but that wasn't the case. I look forward to buying more of this!

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Photo of chickenflea
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden-copper color with a one-finger white head.

Hops are blended with citrus, floral, and grassy hops all joining in. Pilsner malts also in the offering.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Slightly grainy pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by earthy hops. Midway through the sip the hops open up more with the addition of slight citrus flavors. The citrus fades out quickly, allowing earthy hops and pilsner malt flavors to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth medium carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I drank this with apples and it was delicious.

Love the balance. A pleasant surprise. Sometimes the imperial label is used as an excuse for a "big" unbalance beer. This time it is not.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle - bought at the brewery last weekend

What an enjoyable, exquisite lager from DFH. Why don't they do more? Like the Namaste I had earlier that day, it's nothing fancy, just well made and peculiarly "to style" for DFH.

Unlike the Namaste, this one had no trouble at all forming a gorgeous, high, fluffy head. Shot up so high and held up well, settling slowly. Once flat, a swirl at any time causes a soft cap to swell up. HAZY orange-amber juice - would've liked to have seen them clean/clear that up a bit. Is there wheat in this? Would explain the nice retention and haze...

Worst thing about it is the smell, and it's not bad per se. I guess it smells like a pils/helles - fragrant, perfumy combo of noble hops and booze. Has basically a hoppy and doughy/butter cookie aroma with a tiny drizzle of honey. A little untamed.

I'd say the taste is much the same but shows more balance. Similarities to their 90 Min IPA in the overall hop construct. There's some fine radicchio-like bitter quality, but the sweet honeyish malt flavor is most prevalent. Elegant proportion and interplay of ingredients all the same.

The thing that blew me away though was how damn smooth it is. It carries a slight nectary weight and almost a vague lingering chalkiness in the end and, though highly carbonated, an ultra-soft fine bubble rinse that reminded me in a pleasant way of what fleece would feel like in liquid form. Perfect ABV - burn avoided, warmth savored.

Maybe the (well maybe not) stealth way the alcohol took hold had some influence, but I found My Antonia to be one lovely high-octane pilsner. Highly recommended.

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Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 1,776 ratings
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