Monarch White Beer - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Monarch White BeerMonarch White Beer

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316 Ratings
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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: AtLagerHeads on 07-18-2002

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw colored with a hazy complexion. There's a fingernail of off white covering most of the top. Aroma of pale wheat and faint coriander are present. The taste is initially brisk with coriander and pale wheat and then the mouthfeel is a bit watery as it reaches the back of the palate. The fade rounds out with more of the lingering pale wheat. I think this would be refreshing on a hot day, but I wish the body was more substantial. The head retention was also weak.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy gold with a thin fizzy white head. S: Wheat and citrus.
T: Slightly sweet palate with wheat, citrus, lemon, orange and coriander.
F: Medium light body, medium high carbonation.
O: While it does not particularly stand out, this Witbier is refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of ShannonBananon
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Full flavor white. Liken to a 312

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a medium straw color with a white head. Only a slight haze, was actually expecting a bit more cloudiness. Free from sediment, not a bad looking wheat.

Smell: Dry wheat aroma all day, grainy, almost musty. Earthy wheat on the nose.

Taste: Crisp wheat flavors and a kiss of hop bitterness. Lemon juice in the aftertaste, Belgian yeast and wheat are put to good use here.

Feel: Light bodied, crisp, but with a long lasting finish that shows a true lemony character and refreshing quality.

Overall: This is a nice little wit, that is light in alcohol but big on flavor. Any fans of this style would certainly take a liking to this fine example.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very nice wit here, super light and delicate with floral herbaceousness and a light citrus profile. Very pale white wheat base and a fruity dry yeast, very pleasant. Hops here are herbal too, almost grassy green tea, maybe even jasmine or some flower presence. I like how dry it is, and I like that it's not dominated by the yeast. I just wish it was more carbonated, these beers need to effervesce, and it falls flat for me. Still, a very cool take on the style, memorable. Impressed by these guys after very limited exposure.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 7/26/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, wheat, oats, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, wheat, oats, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Slight bready tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, wheat, oats, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and solid balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt flavors; a bit too much on the coriander, but it is not at an offensive level. Zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a nice witbier. Good robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another score from The Friendly Greek, one of my local bottle shops!

From the bottle: "Our Anniversary Brew"; This classic Belgian-style White Beer is brewed with unmalted wheat, a touch of oats, and then traditionally spiced with coriander and orange peel for a crisp, refreshing taste and spicy aroma."; "Two Brothers is a craft brewery on the outskirts of Chicago that specializes in rare and seldom-brewed beer styles. The two of us - Jason and Jim Ebel - strive to produce the very best beers available anywhere."; "We hope that you enjoy them as much as we do!"

My aggro our initially created two fizzy fingers of bone-white head, but it quickly reduced to wisps. Nose had a definitive wheat odor, along with a peppery spiciness and a light mustiness. Color was a hazy golden-yellow (SRM = 4 - 5), but it was apparently too hazy for the likes of Midas, Mammon and Croesus, since they never showed up. Mouthfeel was light, spritzy and quite effervescent. The taste was lemony, with a black pepper bite and the effervescence gave it a soda pop-like quality. Finish was semi-dry and very refreshing on a hot, humid afternoon. I would not want it all the time, but on this occasion, it was just right.

Photo of brentk56
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a rather hazy goldenstraw with a modest head; a few strands of lace are left

Smell: Cookie dough aromatics with cardamom and a bit of citrus peel

Taste: Fruit forward, with the cookie dough underneath; the cardamom and citrus peel build through the middle; the finish is crisp and fruity, as well

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A refreshing wit; not the top one on the market but not too shabby, either

Photo of livin4jc
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. It is crisp and refreshing.

Chilled 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. Best by date 7.6.13.

Look- clear, pale color. Dense lacing, pretty head.

Smell- clean, not very strong clove and light malt.

Taste- Light and fresh, very clean. Mild in spiciness with a bit of sweetness. Light crisp aftertaste. Not too strong, not too mild.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium body. A bit of carbonation, crisp and smooth.

Overall - Very good, refreshing. A great refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of MIchelle
3.14/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a really refreshing wheat beer. It has a great refreshing smell. If you like wheat beer this has the traditional wheat beer color and smell and taste. A nice cloudy golden yellow with a good inch thick white head. Nice and bubbly, very refreshing. I've had lots of wheats and i'd say it's pretty average for a wheat beer but not a bad brew, certainly would be great on a hot day.

Photo of sid240
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first tried this beer last year and really loved it. Just picked this up this weekend. Poured from bottle into a weiss glass. It has great cloudy straw yellow color. Literally smells like a field, I'll assume it smells like a wheat field since I haven't been in one. This is a more traditional wheat beer. I get a toasty and slight banana taste in the mouth, its all very subtle. A very solid beer.

Photo of Mistro
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The first smell of this beer puts me in a grassy field. Aromas are light, taste is even lighter. You have to pay attention when you drink this beer otherwise you might miss it. Carbonation is spot on, and the flavor is refreshing. Citrus is obvious, but not overpowering. Slight bitterness on aftertaste, but leaves me reaching for more.

Overall great seasonal brew

Photo of McNealc31
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very pale yellow color. Cloudy, as it should be. Delightful aroma of lemon, orange, and coriander. Flavor is not quite as citrusy as the aroma. If I didn't know better, I'd swear there is some smoke going on here. It's a little different than most witbiers. More focus on the wheat and oats than it is the coriander and orange peel. Those are there, but subtle.

I like it. Good balance, good taste, enough twist on the style to make it unique.

Photo of DeFaz
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A good witiber, but not a great one. Pours an average head with minimal lacing. Smell is all about the coriander and wheat with biscuit notes. Flavors of wheat, coriander, orange, floral and maybe some hop dryness in there somewhere. The bread, grain, and floral characteristics are unfamiliar to me in a witiber, but it seems to work pretty well. This starts off with a refreshing and mildly spicy citrus flavor and finishes rather dry. It's smooth throughout, and quite (and maybe just slightly too) crisp. There is nothing that I don't like about this beer. It doesn't quite pull me in, but I can't put it down, and so it must be doing something right.

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. Best by date 7.6.13.

Look- Nearly-clear straw/pale amber with three fingers of dense eggshell head that sticks around for a minute or two. Very nice, well developed lacing.

Smell- Clean light malt and mellow warm spice, dominated by clove. Light sweetness, makes me think of sesame candy.

Taste- Standard oyster cracker and mild spice profile with an underlying light fresh bread sweetness that carries through to the finish before the barest hint of clean hop bittering cleans it up, leaving just a bit of honey and spice. Above average. Overall impression of fresh biscuits.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body, light carbonation with a very light prickle on the sip. Borderline heavy for the style, fair amount of coating and stick. Not particularly crisp, but
finishes pretty clean nonetheless.

Overall - Not too flashy, but solid. Yeast profile very much reminds me of Breckinridge Agave Wheat.

Photo of NODAK
4.16/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong sweet, coriander aroma. Good aroma for a wit. About what you would expect.

Hazy, light golden complexion. Again, pretty much on the mark.

Taste is definitely sweet, orange forward out of the gate. Heavy dose of coriander spice as well. Some wits ease up on these qualities but this definitely doesn't. Sweet and spicy. The finish is long and sweet with notes of spice and wheat. I isn't too complex, after all it is a wit, but it's a damn fine rendition.

Photo of TheSSG
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge, dense, white head that dissipates, leaving a little lacing. Soft, floral aroma has notes of banana. Hazy, straw color. Starts with a nice, mild bitterness that is citric in nature. Builds in malt flavor, a flash of metallic, but a big bready, malt finish.

Overall, not too bad. Better than the Ebel's Weiss, but I'd like to see a more aggressive citric character in it. It seems mostly like a slightly citric Hefeweizen.

Photo of rlee1390
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow orange, no carbonation, one finger head.

S-Wheat, spices, orange, lemon and grass.

T-Good deal of spice and wheat. Slightly artificial though. Some lemon and orange and no bitterness.

M-Light, watery and not much carbonation.

O-This is one of the worst anniversary beers out there. Flavors seem artificial at times and a tad watery, not a great combination.

Photo of mjc3151
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Two Brothers glass.

A - Golden amber color, not much head, bubbles flowing up from bottom of glass

S - has that fruity smell that wheat beers love to have, very indicative of the style

T - fruity taste, tastes like your average witbier

M - slight carbonation, bit of a creamy complexion as it passes through the mouth

O - a solid wheat beer, but I prefer Allagash White.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Having the Monarch White and it is tasty. The beer pours a slightly cloudy yellow with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent has hints of spice with a sweet light malt backdrop. the taste has burst of clove and spice with hints of banana chips and light sweet malt. The mouthfeel is a light to medium body with good carbonation. Overall this would be a better summer beer than an initial spring intro....just my opinion.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ok foam with good lacing. Golden-banana-yellow.

Smell: Cinnamon, cloves, and grass.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Smells like lemon and banana. An interesting mix between a wit and a pilsener. Definitely way too thin for a wit. There's no creamy yeasty feels that I'm accustomed to tasting.

Overall Drinkablity: I didn't love this. A pretty beer, but it missed the mark on flavor and (especially) mouthfeel.

Photo of tut2528
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a yellow-gold, with about 1 finger worth of head formation. Minimal lacing, high carbonation.

S: huge citrus notes both lemon and orange peel. I pick up on cloves and oats as well with a slight touch of peppery spices

T: identical to the nose. Citrus, orange peel and lemon zest. Slight oat notes with some spices and a slight touch of yeast

M: extremely light, very nice carbonation.

O: I think this would be an excellent beer for many who are just starting out with the micro/craft beers. It is a lighter beer and the drinkability is exceptionally high especially during the dog days of summer.

Photo of vfgccp
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - lightly opaque golden wheat. White head with ok retention and low lace.

S - banana, wheat, apple, green grape, and honey. Touch of floral sweetness.

T - light banana, mostly soft wheat, lemon.

M - light carbonation, medium-light body.

O - decent to style. Light on complexity, but great drinkability.

Photo of falloutsnow
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Piccadilly off Neil in Champaign, IL
Best by 7/5/12
Poured into a tulip glass

I'm rather surprised by the negative reviews here. This was a fairly substantial witbier that hit many of the right notes: coriander, orange, a bit of graininess, and some herbs that can either be attributed to hops or actual herb usage. The low ethanol content and generally bright, fruit-meets-coriander-meets yeast flavors make this easily sessionable; what's not to like?

A somewhat forceful pour to halfway, then gently agitating the bottle to loosen the yeast, then finishing the pour produces a fairly nice 2cm head of clean, white bubbles that are quite dense. Head descends over two minutes to a ring around he glass with a few large islands of residual foam atop the body. Lacing is modest, but there, some streaks and dots appear after each sip. Body is a deep golden yellow color, opaque from the re-suspended yeast, but carbonation is visible along the upper sides of the glass.

Aroma of yeast, mild orange, coriander, a bit of grainy cereal, very faint banana. Good, upfront, robust.

Taste opens with strong coriander blended with mild orange and malt sweetness. Some yeast flavor is present, with grain and spicy, vaguely peppery notes in the back. Mild orange flavor rides out through the finish, along with yeast and coriander. Aftertaste is somewhat bland, sweetness with muted coriander and orange.

Body is medium-heavy, surprising for the ethanol level, and very smooth, possibly due to the addition of oats. Carbonation is moderate, producing a slightly foamy result across the palate. Close is semi-dry, from lingering sweetness.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Not sure about the last guy but mine poured pretty cloudy with some yeast particles swimming about. Head is a sad one with only a mild lace ring and mild bubbles of carbonation.

S - Smells of a typical Witbier maybe a touch mild with the lemon or coriander but yeast smells light and interesting enough.

T - A touch dry and kind of average but it's decently crafted with mild chalky yeasts, lemon, and a touch of spice. Drinkable enough.

M - Light to medium pretty much in line for the style.

Overall not a real great example of the style but better than your average one. Maybe it needed more carbonation to give the beer a more spritzy taste.

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Monarch White Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.