Monarch White Beer - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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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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Reviews by marcobrau:
Photo of marcobrau
4.01/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold and a bit hazy with very little aroma, but with a beautiful white, rocky, head of resembling spun sugar sticking to the sides of my glass. Tastes a touch tart at first, with citric flavors bursting forth later on a slick backbone of unmalted wheat and oats. Flavors of lemongrass surface more as the beer warms up. This seems less watery than previous versions I've tried. Overall, an excellent summer beer that I will be sampling again and attempting to replicate in my home brewery. (Mmmm...)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer,with freshness dating, pours dull looking lighter amber, minor off white head, and leaving equally minor bits of lace. Nose hints of light Belgian spice, and perhaps coriander. Middle of the road wit. Drinkable and enjoyable enough, with more typical wit notes of light spice/yeast, hints of light coriander, and some wheaty malt. Nothing going on here that would make me reach for this one all too often. Would work as a summery sessioner in a pinch.

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 WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazed golden hue with a bright white head, leaves fine even layers of speckled lacing. Aroma has citrus peels and mild spicing. Nice herbal lemon balm tone with light biscuit and sharp wheat accents. Flavor biscuit dry yeast tones with sweet sharp wheat notes, seems like a honery herbal ale, but there's no honey additions here. Sweet rolling malt action going on, sharp wheat mild spice a bit of chammomile like notes in the herbal spice additions. Balanced perfectly light barely noticeable herbal hops peak through. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied evenly carbonated smoothing drinking session ale. A nice white that I wouldn't mind a whole sixer of.

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

The color of this brew is a bright gold with a bit more color than many wits but falling within the appropriate range and exhibiting a very light haze. The head is pure white, thick and dense. It recedes to an equally thick and dense foam, leaving lacing that's spotty but everywhere, even thickening toward the bottom of the glass.
The aroma is strongly of wheat with the appropriate orange rind and coriander coming out with an additional peppery nip on the end. There's a hint of something sulfuric suspended in the background somewhere. The Belgian yeast character is mildly present but doesn't have as much presence as I'd hope to find.
The taste follows what I'd expect from the nose. Orange peel is in full effect behind the wheat, though coriander is a little lighter. There's a citrus note with a touch of sourness that's actually more like lime than lemon, interestingly. I know the ABV is low,but a definite alcohol bite comes out at the end of each sip. Yeast again is present but doesn't offer quite as much as I'd like it to.
The body is medium but actually has a lighter feel to it. A crisp bite is in full effect all the way through, remaining and mixing with a smoothness beginning creamy and going effervescent. The finish is light.

Photo of prdstmnky
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pretty clear light amber body, with 1 finger of quickly fading fizzy head that leaves just a few bubbles on the surface. Aromas are faint, some hints of wheat and lemon are about it. The taste is better than my nose led me to believe, but still nothing special. Some lemon, coriander, and wheat with a sour / tangy tinge on the finish. Light to medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy, greenish tan with a nice fat white head.

S - Spicy herbs and lemon grassy notes. The yeast makes up a major part of this nose, and the spiced aspects are really nice.

T - Twangy wheat notes full of juicy lemon rind flavors. Nutmeg and cinnamon flavors round things out and balance the twangy wheat notes.

M - Light bodied, extremely thirst quenching, and slightly tart.

D - This has 'summer session' written all over it! A tasty witbier for sure!

Photo of secondtooth
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This hazy golden Belgian-style wheat ale pours with a big frothy head and a lovely spicy citrus aroma (according to the label, it's orange peel and coriander). Tastes rich and sweet, with a nicely-balanced tartness. Quite a pleasant drink, and this one doesn't need the orange slice to give it that zesty, crisp flavor. Solid.

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.

3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tasting glass. From notes.
A: A pale straw color body, with a dense white head. Carbonation is active and for style head formation and retention is spot on.

S: The aroma is a medium intensity orange peal and lemon grass dominance. Nice layered interplay with malt sweetness and subtle hop profile.

T/M: The beer comes off very refreshing and that is also how it finishes. The spice level is just right, without being overpowering and blocking other key elements. Malt sweetness is found and a touch of hops on the finish, cut into a nice crisp feel. Mouthfeel is a full bodied carbonation that sinks and leaves a silky body as it goes down. Must say that watery is not how I would describe this beer, and I find that some Domestic Witbiers come off that way.

O>: Well this beer is very drinkable(sorry had to do it) But really, full flavors that don't limit the Abv. A nice refreshing brew and one of favorite spring weather styles. Missing a bit prolonged finish.

Photo of dirtylou
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Woodman's

appearance: poured into a hefe glass, slightly cloudy pale orange....overall appearance is rather dull. fluffy white head that fades into a light lace

smell: a bit boring for a witbier, which I typically find to have more potent aromas...light citrus, lemon zest, wheat, smaller than usual yeast presence

taste: its not that its bad, but its very boring...lemon juice, orange peel, wheat, light yeast, lightly spiced. meh, worst two brothers beer i've had

mouthfeel: active on the tongue, medium-light body

drinkability: goodish

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 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 tempest
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this is better than a B- beer. The mouthfeel is a little thick and the flavor doesn't have the subtle complexity of a great witbier, but the flavors, aroma, and appearance all fit well within the style guide lines. It poured with a tall white head that left lacing. The aroma was a perfume-y mix of sweet white bread pastry and coriander. The flavor brings out the wheat character and the oats add an interesting earthy cereal flavors. Like I said, it's a touch thick, but it tasted good and went well with my red curry for dinner.

Photo of jackndan
2.53/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Monarch White, or Wit, as we are calling it here. Well, I got through the six pack, and I’m convinced that I don’t like this beer. It is a glowing yellow, very hazy, with not a lot of head. What head there was did not impress: bubbly and pure white. The aroma is dominated, not by banana yeasts, but the malts. The taste is simply Zima, in my view, kind of like a flat gin and tonic, suffused with bubbles, cooled and sold as a beer. No aftertaste, in fact, not a whole lot of taste to speak of anyway.

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 pdxlover
1.89/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The appearance of the beer as it poured into the glass was very nice, slightly higher carbonation than most Wit-styled beers. Medium-bodied head. The smell was that of a typical american big boy lager, more Heilemann's than Hoegarden. The taste confirmed this. There was no Citrus or Banana or Clove flavor, simply middle of the road use of hops. I had to look twice at the label to make sure that I was pouring the right beer. This beer bore no resemblance to any Wit style beer I have ever had and I was greatly disappointed. It was very close to Hamms or Pabst in flavor and smell.

This was the first problem I have had with any of the Two Brother's products so I am hoping I simply got "a bad batch." The other reviews seem to confirm this.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Been a while since I've reviewed a Two Brothers beer. This is their thirteen anniversary beer, interesting to see a beer like this commemorate an anniversary and not some monster barleywine or imperial something or other.

A: Pours a clear sunny, straw and amber with a tight but short and to the point head though it does haze up nicely when I get the yeast out of the bottle.

S: Light and fruity, the traditional banana and clove make an appearance of course but is coupled with slight lemon notes with bits of heather and orange blossom water gets a bit watery in the nose if you over sniff, but a few soft inhales is all that is needed to release the full character of this beer.

T/MF: Lemon up front, slightly grassy and again with touches of orange blossom water with bittering coming in quickly and leaving just as fast on the side of the tongue. A few more sips reveals additional aspects to the beer, slightly buttery banana, hints of peach in the finish. While these things are all preset there is throughout this beer an undercurrent of vegetal/grassy astringency that detracts from my overall appreciation for the beer.

D: Like I said, apart from the extra layer of grassy/veggie flavors I seem to be picking up here this beer displays some real character. Easy to drink, good taste, light and unassuming. A good wit but there are certainly better choices for a session beer out there and Two Brothers makes one.

Photo of alleykatking
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Fiddler's.

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow color. One and a half finger white head shows medium retention. Streaks of lace are left on the glass with each sip.

S- Light orange peel in the front of the nose. From the medium part on aroma onward there is a nice toasted wheat that comes across as very biscuity. Lemongrass in the backend with a strong alcohol ending.

T- Orange peel in the front of the beer mixes with a strong wheat upfront. Medium part of the beer is biscuity with a light toasted quality. Lemon peel in the backend with well...more of a wheaty flavor. Alcohol is high in the ending which sends a little off flavor.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Three flavors are orange peel, lemon peel, and wheat notes are left on the palate. Aftertaste is high alcohol heat, orange peel, and wheat notes. Flavors were balanced for the style as best as it could be. No off flavors but the alcohol at times was a little too much. High alcohol drying left on the palate.

O- This beer was a average drinking beer that I didn't mind. To be honest I did have a couple pints of it before I moved onto something else. I really liked the aroma but the flavor was just average.

Photo of hotstuff
3.19/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was just so-so. Nothing to write home about on this one. It poured a more than huge kept overflowing and overflowing and overflowing. It had a white head with fine-small sized bubbles. The body was cloudy with a lot of lively carbonation and a pale yellow hue. The nose was moderately malty, hoppy and some notes of lemon. The flavor was malty, hoppy and tart with a tingly, thin and watery texture and light bodied. The lacing of this beer was very, very sparse.

Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pastel pale yellow, with a finger of foam. Not cloudy, no sediment like a traditional Wit. Still, it has a bit of the champagne style carbonation, to a lesser degree than it's Belgian counterparts.

Smells of earthy coriander. Slightly wheaty.

Very easy drinking, as others have said, more like an American Wheat. Citrus and any sourness is nonexistent, but with a vague suggestion of orange flavor. Wheat, coriander, pale malt, and slight black pepper. Mild carbonation on the palate, not as lively as would be expected.

All said, this is a fine summer quaffer, very easy to put down several considering the low ABV. I'd still prefer Hoegaarden, but for a couple bucks cheaper, this is a fine local alternative.

Photo of jsh420
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

best by 07-21-10

pours clear golden honey with a 1+ finge head that left some spotted lacing

smell - off smells of rubber hurt this one but has the typical coriander a little citrus and must

taste is pretty good - coriander orange lemon honey some clove

mouthfeel is light to medium a little flat but overall above avg

drinkability is good this would hit the spot in the middle of summer

Photo of mikes2923
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale yellowish color with very little head. Light tasting with a very obvious citrus taste with a hint of spice. Certainly not a brew to choose if you were looking for something heavy and complex, but with summer approaching this is a great beer to sit drink outside at a BBQ, or any other activity which involves beer (which if I had my way would be a lot more!). All in all, I liked this one and definitely will buy it again.

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

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Color is a hazy golden color with a head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin swirl on top.

Aroma is citrus and spice.

Taste is very similar to the aroma. Spice, citrus, and yeast.

Nice refreshing beer. Makes a good summer beer. a very drinkable beer.

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Monarch White Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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