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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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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Photo of CrookedStill
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a nice haze. Dense two finger head that stays present for several minutes.

Very clean aroma. Touch of hops with out being too bitter. Pick up a bit of lemon/citrus that is very inviting.

First thing I notice is how clean it taste. Very crisp. The lemon/citrus sweetness really comes through but is perfectly balanced with just a touch of bitterness at the end. I would never have guessed that it's a 7.5% ABV. The alcohol isn't noticeable at all. Very easy to drink.

The higher carbonation really gives it a refreshing edge. The body isn't as thin as other lagers I've had in the past. I'm amazed that this beer can have such a thick malt backbone and hop presence while still being as refreshing as it is.

This is my first "Imperial Pilsner" and while I'm looking forward to trying others, the bar has been set fairly high.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, soft, mild, easy to drink beer. Very crisp and refreshing, yet with a creamy edge. Its a nice golden copper with a white fluffy head, great retention and lace. The smell is faint, but it mostly floral, with hints of grass and a touch of pine. Soft, pale malts in the the front with a slight syrupy sweetness, followed with a touch of earthy hops, a hint of citrus and pine. Nothing bitter in the back. Very mild, easy to drink and crisp and refreshing. alcohol well hidden. Very nicely balanced beer.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a dogfish head goblet...

pours a huge fluffy white head...golden yellow in color

smell is amazing....smells of hops and hops and lager yeast...def. west coast hops they used...

the taste is nice taste like a flower....a little syrupy on the front with no linger from the bitterness on the back

the feel is a balance creamy/dry fully carbonated...

this beer is def. worth trying....i've never been let down by these guys!

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store. I had the Birra del Borgo version while in Rome and was not impressed.

Pours a clear golden-copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner malts with good amounts of light citrus and floral hops. Also present are slight amounts of grassiness.

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 carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I remain unsure as to what constitutes a "traditional" imperial pilsner. In any event, this beer seems to fit the bill and is a nicely done beer. Worth a shot.

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Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle pours a hazy light golden body with a tall white head. Retention is good and an abundance of patchy lace is left on the glass.

Aroma is sweet pils malts, spicy noble hops, grassy hops, lemongrass, and a hint of pine and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel shows a medium body and carbonation and is smooth and creamy.

Hops dominate the taste but are not overbearing. Grassy, spicy, and even citrusy in a Cascades kind of way. Solid pilsner malt base offers up just a whisper of sweetness but it manages to balance the hop bitterness for the most part. A hint of yeast is noticed. Finishes clean, with a lasting lemon rind aftertaste.

Very well put together big pilsener here. Tasty and highly drinkable.

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with a ton of frothy sticky brilliant white head. It takes a good five minutes before the head reduces enough so that the beer can be tasted.

Has a sweet, hoppy aroma, full of pine and citrus, with an underlying sweet malt smell. The piney hops, though, dominate, smelling of white pine boughs.

Tastes grassy, like wet straw, with a spice, piney hop finish. The combination of an upfront grain sour/bitter, and a finish hop bitter, is quite different and very tasty. There is an underlying toffee malt sweetness that really smooths out the bitterness.

Medium bodied, this is an easy drinking beer.

Excellent, and at only $7.99 for the bottle, one that is worth having in reserve formthat summer evening with friends.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The classic Pilsner pale golden body was highly effervescent, and the head was a good four finger thick. The smell was very hoppy, with some clove, hay, and faint hint of smoke. The taste was departure from a Pilsner, due to the high hop content, which showed up as a mix of bitter and spicy flavors. There was a lemon twist taste in the finish, and some alcohol warmth after each sip. Not exactly a quenching beer, but the complex profile, and creamy mouthfeel made me want to keep drinking. Hard to tell this was a lager, until you knew beforehand, and then the lack of residual sugars was a bit more apparent.

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Photo of brystmar
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review & ratings all relative to the style at hand (American Pilsner).

A: pours a cloudy orange with 1.5 fingers of thick white head with average retention. Copious amounts of carbonation bubble to the surface. Strong webs of lace stick to my glass -- is this really a pilsner?

S: earthy, malty, hoppy; beautifully floral. Best I've encountered in a pils.

T: sweet malts first, then hops, floral notes, and spices follow. Mild hoppy bitterness brings it home. A little more watery than your typical Dogfish brew, but hey, it's a pilsner! And do pilsners get better than this?

M: medium-bodied and smooth, even with the bubbly effervescence. Not sure it's possible to get a creamier body out of the pils style, but here's hoping.

O: a fantastic brew -- perfect for introducing that light-beer-chugging skeptic you know to the world of craft brewing. This is the best pilsner I've ever had, hands down. Cheers!

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Photo of mbaratta1982
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a golden color, with the slightest haziness. The head looks fluffy and tastes creamy and lasts well into the beer. Nice lacing. Smells like fresh rising dough and is balanced with a good earthy hops. Slightly sweet malt upfront sweet with some a bit of spice towards the end. finishes with long lasting pungent flavors which are surprisingly quite good. It is medium bodied, and coats the mouth nice. A beer I could drink in many situations. A great version of pils spiced up a bit.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty golden brown with hints of orange sunset. Big fluffy head that sticks around even half through the beer, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Nose has some sweet bready malts, some spiciness, almost fresh backed cinnamon roll and some light pine forest. Taste is a nice hoppy. Bitterness with caramel malts - for the style a tasty beer. Finish is dry and a bit astrigent, but cleans up decently well for the next sip. I was happy with the purchase a nice example of an imperial pilsner and for the limited choices in the category a good one to make.

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

Poured from a 750 ml into a Pilsner glass.
A - A slightly hazy golden yellow with a huge creamy and fluffy white head.
S - Some malt sweet notes, bitter hop, and floral notes. Definately some spice.
T & M - Medium bodied but crisp and fresh. There is a balance of earth and citrus, sweet and spicy pepper. It is well balanced and smooth with a dry finish.
O - A good refreshing beer that has enough complexity. It a good warm weather brew.


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Photo of jwinship83
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle i picked up because i havnt had the style in a while (imperial or otherwise), i havnt tried anything from dogfish head in a while, and i liked the label. into an unmarked pilsner glass it goes.

A- this one pours a somewhat hazy glowing golden yellow colored body with a very large bright white head. the head last for an extraordinarily long time and leaves behind large globs of lacing.

S- the first thing that greats my nose after a whiff of this is grassy/noble hops. after that i get some sweetness from pale malts and a touch of alcohol.

T- the initial sip brings forth some pale malt sweetness and a little bit of fresh bread. after that i get some grassy and floral hops. not quite at IPA strength, but certainly strong.

M- this is a solid medium body with a high level of carbonation. the alcohol is well hidden.

O- certainly not the worst imperial pilsner that ive tried. i found it easy to finish my glass and enjoyed the next one too. the 750ml bottle size is perfect for a person if thats all they want in an evening.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

A: Mostly clear pale orange color. Mildly aggressive pour yielded approximately 2.5 finger head of thick white foam that stuck around for a few minutes.

S: Smell is that of a pilsner on steroids - or in this case - really hopped up. Sweet floral smells surround the hops to make what is arguably, the finest smelling pilsner that has ever crossed my nostrils.

T: Nice and sweet from the malt with the bitterness of the hops to back it up. Sweet first, malt second with a delicious aftertaste that lingers and lingers and...well...lingers. Honey and some earthy tones resonate in the palate as well. Quite the complex taste that I dig very much.

M: Medium bodied, light and crisp. Perfect carbonation, the stickiness from either the honey or the malt or a combination of the two cause the beer to coat my mouth and keep it that way for a while.

O: A wonderfully balanced, complex pilsner that rivals any other pilsner for top dog. It's the perfect beer for a springtime evening or a cool summer night. I was sad when I had reached the bottom of my bomber bottle.

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

appearance: Beautiful golden. Huge creamy white head with thick lingering lacing.
smell: floral, sweet, hoppiness.
taste: balanced sweet malt and hops with a slightly bitter finish.
Tasty, high drinkability. The 7.5% is well hidden. Nice contri to the DFH line-up in the "non-extreme" space (and i do loves the extremes too).

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head My Antonia

Pours a clear straw in color, soapy head and a bit fizzy at that. Bright and clarity is good. Retention is decent and some lace is noted. Suggestions of lemon, grass and green hop in the nose and taste. Very smooth on the palate, crisp and also belgianesque in its carbonation. A touch of hop, this ale tastes like a big clean pils, does not taste like a euro style pils, distinctly American despite the origins and name. Good feel and overall interesting and well made. A successful beer and would love to have again.

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


Pours a deep clear gold with a white lacing.

Smells of classic pilsner grains and notable hops.

Taste is strongly hoppy, floral and piney, but not super bitter, with mild grains underneath.

Medium body with soft carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Great pils, very enjoyable, not too bitter. Strong, for a pils anyway, but hides it well.

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Photo of shodrod
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(poured into a pilsner glass)
This beer pours a slightly hazy, bright gold color. A pretty epic amount of bright, white head retains its shape quite well. Not much in the aroma department. Hints of copper and a slight hint of hops. A nice clean front; crisp with just a bit of honey. The finish is dry with a very, very minimal hop presence (but it's there is you look for it). These guys continue to be one of my favorite breweries ever. This, while not anything totally out of the box, is still a super delicious beer that is worth trying at least once.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750-ml bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

Pours a bright straw yellow with a bit of a golden tinge and a bit of haze. A huge (we're talking four fingers huge) white head of fluffy foam recedes slowly to a thick, rocky cap, leaving behind a beautiful latticework of lace as the glass empties.

Aroma is a bit pungent, with earthy, herbaceous hop notes dancing around some spicy notes and hints of flower. Quite a bold hop aroma, but the varieties are obviously not the bolder, citrusy American styles; the aroma suggests an amped-up Pilsner -- exactly what it should.

Medium-bodied with a fairly light mouthfeel, with tight, tiny bubbles gently brushing the palate. A solid honey-ish, slightly bready malt backbone supports a whopping hop flavor, with layers of spice, herb and fruit, notes of passionfruit and white pepper, a bit of basil perhaps. The hops become rather drying near the back, leading into an off-dry finish with a lingering grass-like character.

Quite well-balanced, with an alcohol level that is hidden very well (until it sneaks up on you, of course). A bit heavier and more pungent than a regular Pils, such is to be expected from an "Imperialized" version of the style, and this one pulls it off very well, taking all of the bits of a good Pilsner and extrapolating upon them. Subtlety is not its main suit, but toned down, subtlety would be the name of the game -- this is definitely a top-notch example of what it means for an American brewery to take a classic staple and give it a bigger, bolder flair.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with a fellow BA
Straw golden with a big big head

The aroma is of pale malts and a slight sweetnes.. hops come in at the end slight earchy and grass with a hint of spice.

The taste starts with a mouth full of carbonation with a sweet and pungent hop flavor. The hops are earthy grassy with a slight spicyness nice

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Photo of prg1976
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A DF brew that doesn't get much hype, and a lager at that. Is it an "off-centered lager?" We'll see...

Pours a hazy deep yellow color. Tons of fizzy white head. Overflows the glass a little.

Smell is sweet malt, a little bit of grass from the hops. A little alcohol smell in there too, from a 7.5% abv.

Tastes grassy, a little sweet, a little tart. Lots of carbonation. But, pretty smooth.

Overall, a pretty tasty Imperial Pils. If they made 6ers of this I think it would be a big hit. Could be a spring/summer seasonal to rival sam adams noble pils.

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

Bottle poured into a snifter. This is a clear golden color, very fizzy with a foamy head. Smell is heavy on crisp, foresty hops and cereals. Taste is hoppy with more cereals and a somewhat soapy finish. Mouthfeel foamy, fizzy, and soapy. Excellent drinkability.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: light orange/deep yellow semi-cloudy body, quite bubbly, big 2 finger head, wicked LACING!

S: light malt and citrus whiff (wish was a little inviting aroma, only flaw with this beer)

T: sweet citrus up front, firm malt, earthy pine slow subtle bitter finish.

M: medium body, sticky/oily feel

O: Refreshing to see someone make a delicious lager! I know the craft beer realm is ale heavy, don't get me wrong I love them too, but also love a change. Bravo Dogfish Head for making this brew.


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

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow, monster 4 inch foamy head, took forever to pour a full glass. Tons and tons of lacing.

Smell - Hops, yeast, pilsner Light spices and sugar. Wheat and malts, some lemon and orange.

Taste - Pretty straightforward pilsner taste with added hops. Rather bitter with a breadish/ yeasty kick. Lots of lemon along with orange flavors and some honey also.

MOuthfeel - Thin and light, just has added bitterness from the extra hops. Doesnt do much to mouth other then bitter it up some but aftertaste is gone quickly.

Overall - A basic pilsner jacked up on hops. Nothing extreme just a twist on ths style. A decent change, easy to drink and flavorful. The bitterness takes a few drinks to get used to but its solid. Pilsner is not my favorite but i found this drinkiable and would be a great bbq or hot summer day drink.

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

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled in 2011.

A: Hazy orange-ish body. Somewhere between Duvel and Orval. Big pillowy head with lots of lacing.

S: Citrus, noble hops, and pilsner malt.

T: Strong notes of tropical fruits. Clean noble hops. Bitterness is medium to high. A bit of bready malt.

M: Light to medium body, quite a bit of carbonation.

D: Solid and distinctive. I enjoyed this quite a bit. And unlike a few of DFH's 750ml offerings, it's pretty reasonably priced, so you can give it a try without too much of a hit to your bank account.

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