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.

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Photo of dgilks
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat hazy golden colour with a big, foamy head. Great lacing and nice head retention.

Sweet malt but with a big orangey, spicey hop aroma. Really interesting and complex.

Yum. Sweet malt with a slight nuttiness. Great bitterness that cleanses the palate and good fruitiness that drives this beer home.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Solid.

Excellent beer. Really clean, crisp and complex. Delightful.

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Photo of osant37
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

1pt 9.4 oz bomber bottled in 2012. properly cellared since then in refrigerator. poured into a sam adams noble pils glass.

A - pours a dark yellow almost blond color. uncommon for a pils. this is my first time having an imperial pils. let alone a 2 year old vintage. 2 1/2 finger tight billowy foam that sticks around.

S - yeasty funk and i pick up a green apple scent. almost like a goose island sophie. i guess its due to the pilsner malts and saaz hops. very sweet smelling sugary, earthy note. very belgian like.

T - same as the nose. slight yeast funk, pear, greenapple, earthy malts and spicy hops. like a amped up czech pils. the aftertaste is very similar to thier piercing pils offering.

M - more full bodied than a standard pils. almost viscous. good carbonation though.

O - Not a bad introduction to an imperial pilsner. i'll seek it out to try it fresh. overall not that bad....cheers!!

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Photo of lochef81
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This has been sitting in my cellar for over a year now and I think its time to pop it open. To begin with, it almost explodes with white foam. Half the beer ended up on the counter and floor. Once I finally got a good pour it was a hazy Golden color with a huge thick white head. There had to have been some active yeast bottled with this otherwise I cant describe the beers reaction to stimulation. The nose is funky; think saison funk. Lots of malt and sour/sweet European yeasty aromas. The flavor is marvelous and nothing what I expected. It is sour and funky. Not the hoppy palate spoken of on the label. It is sweet and malty on the front with a sour and slightly off taste following (when I say off taste I only mean it in the best of ways). I have no idea if this was DFH original intention of the beer or just a result of being bottled in 2012, but it has turned into a damn good, damn funky biiig beer.

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Photo of Greasy
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ML bottle poured (gradually) into a 12 oz. pokal.

A: A very lovely hay colored beer, slightly hazy with a nice big soapy bubbly head.

S: Has the bready/biscuit notes typical of a pilsner but with a nice addition of floral hops and zesty lemon.

T: Follows the nose. Bready, lemon zest, floral hops. More bitter than I expected.

M: Crisp and refreshing. Carbonated well. Alcohol presence is unnoticed. Drinks very much like a normal pilsner.

O: At first I was a a bit disappointed. by the time I had worked through the bottle midway, my mind had changed. It is a very tasty beer that I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of MJCF26
3.17/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I'm not much of a pils fan, but I will definitely say that this one tops my list of the style. Dogfish's continual-hop M.O. puts the hops in the spotlight from a beautiful bouquet of hop aroma to a well balanced hop bitterness.
Overall, I do feel that My Antonia is just a lesser form of the 60 Minute, which I would take any day over this brew.

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Photo of TheBrouMaster
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured to a huge four-fingers-plus of fluffy, off-white head. The head slowly disapated to about one-and-a-half fingers and left a ridiculous amount of lacing. The brew is a bright golden straw color and very clear.

S: The aroma is very mild. It consists of just hints of caramel malt.

T: It has mild flavors of lightly roasted, slightly sweet and bready malt. There is also some grassy and bitter hops with just a hint of citrus hops, too.

M: The body is light and there is a good deal of carbonation.

O: This is a good beer for a hot day. The flavors are mild and the focus seems to be on carbonation and balance. As the label states, this is a different type of beer for Dogfish Head. I am glad I tried it.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a pint glass. Bottle 4/22/13.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger head that reduced to a thin layer. Nice lacing from the reduced head. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass. More lacing down the glass.

Smell: Bready and sweet pilsner malts, citrus, floral, and grassy hops. Some lager yeast in there too.

Taste: Grassy and citrus hops with some bready and sweet pilsner malts. Some lingering bitterness, lager yeastiness, and alcohol in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, lingering bitterness, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a little booze.

Overall: Pretty enjoyable beer given the date on the bottle. Wish I could have tried the Italian version.

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Photo of jwc215
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750 ml bottle:

Despite a careful pour it foamed up. Under the white bubbly foam is a hazed golden body. Web-like lacing sticks.

The smell is of lemongrass, yeast, some herbal/earthy hops and a touch of honey.

The taste is of lemongrass with a hint of honey. Sweet and sour. Noble hops with some citrus give a bitter finish. Alcohol weaves in and out.

It has a spritzy, medium body. There is a sharp bite to it.

It doesn't have the smoothness of a pilsner. It's a bit raw. "Interesting" and unique. It's a strong, hoppy pilsner that just doesn't come together well, for me.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.29/5  rDev -18.2%
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 Bucciamarcia
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color is light, with hints of amber, white persistent thin foam. The smell of hops is strong, especially for a pilsner, with lots of malts as well. Very complex taste, with strong malts and spices. It's quite bitter. Full body and heavy, carbonation is mid-low.

Outstanding beer, far better than I expected. Would drink it again.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of jeonseh
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Hazy gold with soft white head

S - Straw, light hops. Not much of a nose

T - Straw, light hops, and a light funk that you didn't expect.

M - Medium body with light astringent finish

O - Decent imperial pilsner with good light sweetness and straw

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Snagged a bottle of this for 9 bucks at Giant Eagle. Bottled 4/22/13 so a little over 4 months old.

A - Carbonation is strong with over an inch of rocky head. Beer itself is a bright yellow Pils color. Mild sticky lacing.
S - Mild earthy hops, some Weiss notes of lemon and Pilsner yeast which gives it a mild skunky tone.
T - Mildly fruity with an earthy hop tone and a mild bit of Pilsner skunk taste. The hop and lemon tone is kind of strange but enjoyable.
M - Light to medium in body. Easy going.

Overall I am not real big on Pilsners but hoppy ones are quite good. Great double Pilsner.

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Photo of Ego
3.16/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

soapy white foam rises about 1 finger, an absolute torrential frenzy of carbonation in the body, lacing is good and the head retains shape when swirling and swigging, pilsner tone but just a shade darker than golden straw, a nice looking brew

sweet yeasty seltzer, some floral honey notes, hints of lemon, hints of bannana, for some reason I am thinking aventinus light

taste etc...
yeasty banana tone with a strange bitterness, teetering on cloying, the carbonation is close to weisthephaner weiss (nice) but something about the flavor is slightly amiss, the ABV kind of plays a hide and seek game, sometimes it is there, sometimes you forget about it...
the bitterness up front really seems out of place, like an over hopped weiss or something to that effect

I personally did not like this one, something about the flavors is wrong for me. it has some merits and may be in your wheelhouse but it just does not fluff my guff

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Photo of hreb
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle served in a tumbler. Beer is yellow and loaded with big soda bubbles. Oh, and it's got a lot of head. Bottle shows a surprising layer of sediment. Doesn't smell nearly as hoppy as I would have thought from the "continually hopped imperial pils" caption on the front of the label. Flavor is mellow, only slightly grainy, and while not all that crisp on an absolute scale (it's supposed to be pilsner...), it's quite crisp considering how heavy it is. Overall it's pretty good, but not that special. I can't get past that fast that it basically tastes like a golden ale, and bears only a passing resembles to the beer I thought I was buying. Dogfish has apparently brewed quite a few imperial pilsners over the years, and I'm really wonderig how this would compare to Golden Shower (or Era, if you must be revisionist about it).

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Photo of schwemjw
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Straw pale yellow with a big white foamy head.

S: Pale pilsner malt, bread, a cascade of citrus and lemon. A hint of orange comes in at the end.

T: Pilsner malts immediately hits you. Bread and caramel mingles with orange and citrus. Grapefruit mid palate that lasts until the end. A bitter pine comes through on the end. Very grassy and a touch herbal.

M: Clean crisp and refreshing with outstanding carbonation.

O: Delicious! one of my favorite IPLs. easy to drink with perfect balance between that classic pilsner malt and hops. /92

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Photo of SSS
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My Antonia, got to give it props for history and dedication to brewing
A-Light golden yellow, good stable head
S-Fruity, musty smell with a hint of citrus
T-Sweet and fruit taste with a malt flavor and a spice tone
M-Great carbonation, somewhat dry
O-Likable beer, not one of my favorites, once I down the bottle, I may update, or pass out...

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Photo of thecheapies
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop haze lightly clouds this mustard gold beer. The head that sits on this thing is immense. Once three fingers (or more), now sits at over two; and, that's several minutes after I poured it. Rocky top deflates oh so slowly. Great look for an imperial pilsner, or any beer, in general.

West coast citrus hoppiness meets Noble hop grassiness, and nearly at its finest. Somewhere in between all the grapefruit, lemon, and grassy goodness are flowery hop notes and leafiness. A little herbal in the nose, like white tea, but the barley is showy, too. Pretty dry aromas, overall. Crackery malts pale in comparison to all of the wonderful hoppiness. Keeping it legit with hops befitting of a pilsner. Can't even pick up on the booze yet.

Nice and crispy and brimming with leafy green hops. I love the grassiness that pulls through, despite the American hop additions which add loads of delicious citrus rind and peel. The alcohol is well in-check, too. Just a little hotter than you're standard Euro Pils, but the flavors are there, man! Malts are rockin', too; in that perfectly pale and refreshingly dry way. Crackery, but bordering on the biscuit; well short of 'bready'. A tongue-zipper with a lot going on.

That body has something to it that doesn't detract from what should be perceived as a lighter style. I like the extra girth because the carbonation keeps you on-tilt. Great bite to the mouth. Killer, in the way that it's just a smidge away from too much. Sam knows how to push the proverbial envelope.

An awesome American Imperial Pilsner. Who wouldn't enjoy this beer? I couldn't say, for sure.

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Photo of Birdmarg741
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a frosted dimpled mug

A: cloudy light yellow. Nothing particularly special

S: smells of olives and unsalted bread. Lightly of ascorbic acid and melon.

T: sweet and spicy upfront, but bitter oily tastes if olive creep in quickly with swallow. Spiciness hits the roof of the mouth hard- while sweetness of fruit - melon or peach- distracts the top and tip of the tongue at the same time. With swallow, the taste of yeast and bread comes first, followed by an aftertaste of olives with red pepper spice. After abut 60 seconds, the taste of yeast gently returns. - gently. Though with a bitterness that is slightly annoying.

M: quite spicy- a characteristic that builds with each second in the mouth. Fuller bodied than its appearance would lead one to expect, with a punch of carbonation that adds to the spiciness.

O: I am not generally much of a pilsner drinker, so I don't fully trust my ability to compare this to others of its type. However, as an ipa lover, this beer is very nice. Aggressive upfront with hops, but balanced and smooth in its finish and aftertaste. Unless my prior knowledge of the beer's origins has taken over my ability to ignore this fact- this brew smells and tastes incredibly Italian, and seems as though it would pair beautifully with this food- and playful enough to fully play the part.
Absolutely recommend.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip glass and enjoyed over 30 sweet minutes.
The color is a hazy maize, not to be penetrated by sight, just like the Nebraska fields that inspired its fictional name. A bubbly head hangs on fairly well, but with minimal lacing.
Scents are subtle. Wildflowers springled in sugar. There's a lump of strawberry there, dipped in muted citrus. Even as it warms, I'm wanting for more than its floral perfume.
The taste is a stark contrast to that limp nose. It's bitter and smoky right up front. Toasted malt opens into caramel and banana. As it ends, grassy and durably peppery hops wrap around rubbery menthol. Produces a spicy, medicinal belch and pepper hangs on in the aftertaste. For all that's going on, I feel obliged to like it more--at the very least, I can appreciate the complexity and craft. And it accompanies corn, grain, and mild cheese very well...fitting, again, with its appellation.
This brew clunks down on the tongue at first, then stands staright up with well-matched acid and bubbles. The medium body fades a bit early, though--perhaps the reason why the rainbow of flavors slides off the palette/palate and leaves me wishing for more.
This creation is fine, and certainly has more character on account of the continuous hopping. In a summer of thirst, though, I don't feel the need to return. All the interesting elements suggest it could be a pioneer, but it's missing an inspired (woman's?) touch to settle them together.

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Photo of Act25
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz into .5l cylinder and into a wine glass to compare.

Pale, clean, IPA-like - this beer is world-class.

A: Poured like a pilsner, a lemony golden hue with medium haze, the pilsner golden colors are a delight and true to form. White head, good lace, never seen a beer like it. I like it. (I am typical single IPA hop head ale / APA man.)

S: Inviting! Acute, clean, light grassy aromas of hops with white grapefruit, lemon zest, grassy, and herbal elements. Light rind/zest aroma derive from hops, no expectation of alcohol at all. A bit of laid back white-bread, cracker malts faintly in the background. I find it all adds up nicely.

T: This beer made for crabs, seafood, fra diavolo. (And from DE no surprise). This beer should be in every fish joint from Key West to Calais Maine.

A clean, light fruit sweetness accompanies the baguette, crackery, grainy mix. This beer centers on a great mix, an UNCONFUSING BALANCE of grass vs citrus, sweet vs spice, floral vs hay - all combined with a nice hop zing. No false notes, this is pitch perfect, and finishes clean with grassy hop bitterness.

MF: also totally original. It's a pilsner, light on its feet. Light textured w moderate carbonation. Beautiful, (great with food) dry, crisp finish of hop bitterness and lightness. Astringency delights your mouth like a bone dry white burgundy, and a light grainy, light hop bite.

I found this beer, a collaboration by great brewers whilst in Italy, to be a world classic. I wish it was in steady supply. A new favorite of mine. I wish it came in cans too. Beautiful with food, beautiful in summer. Hop heads and as well as all craft fans must try this original pilsner.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats in Rehoboth, DE.

Pours a golden amber color, with a 3 inch long lasting soapy head, and good lacing down the glass.

Smells like grassy hops, honey, yeast, and citrus.

Similar tastes. Nice little honey-like sweetness is cut by grassy, herbal hops, as well as pine and grapefruit. A bit perfumey.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, dry finish. Well carbonated.

A straightforward hoppy pilsner from Dogfish Head. Nice to see something more basic when a lot of Dogfish Head stuff is (good) weird.

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Photo of mpedara429
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours out a cloudy, but light amber color. Three fingers of straw colored head with ridiculous retention and sticky lacing that don't go away even after you beg them to leave.

S: Smell isn't too strong but there are light notes of spicy yeast, apricot, and orange.

T: I'm still sensing quite a bit of spiciness from the yeast as well as a nice balance of bitter balance of floral/herbal hops. There is just a hint of semi-sweet citrus like a cross of orange and lemon.

M: Medium body that is creamy with a medium carbonation.

O: I like it. Considering the commercial pilsner garbage that is sold in the states, this is a great change of pace. I don't seem to have many craft pilsners sold in my area so it was finally nice to try one. A great summery beer to have. A whole bomber could go down very easy on a nice day.

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Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly chill hazed gold colored beer with a puffy white head.

Smell is floral and yeasty with a herbal hop aroma. Subtle aromas, very faint apricot. Slight amounts of grass and lemon.

Starts out mild with a passing taste of strawberry and cream. Mildly bitter and tame for a Double Pilsner. Grassy with a taste I can't quite nail down. Best description would be mushroom tea.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall tasty and interesting, a good choice for introduction to this beer style.

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Photo of cvm4
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours golden in color, opaque, bright eggshell head.

S - Malts, hay, grain and honey notes.

T - Light hops with a bit of honey sweetness. Malty, but not overdone, with a hay aspect.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp and easy drinking.

O - Nothing special but it's a well done pilsner.

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