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Monarch White Beer - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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290 Ratings
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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.31%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: AtLagerHeads on 07-18-2002)
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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

TP_43, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this w/ me- poured chilled into an archer farms tumbler.

A - A dirty straw golden w/ visible rapidly rising carbonation to a thick froth of ivory capping. The cream makes rings on lace on the glass and the bead is ultra tight - I tarnish the appearance after the first sip as I pour in a bit of yeast from the bottom of the bottle

S - Slight spice in the nose w/ wheat providing the majority of the aroma in the wit, slightly nutty but grainy creaminess is noted w/ a slight pepper and mellow citrus accent, more or less a yeast ester, not really smelling of citrus peel to me. I like the nose but it could use a little something

M- The feel is creamy, and highly carbonated which makes for a smooth combo, but satiny from the wheat malt and vibrant w/ light chewiness and has a subtle tanginess of citrus w/ mild dry finishing w/ overall clean flavor, a mild yeast after effect is felt

T - The taste is great, mild yeast smooth with fresh wheat flavor and gentle belgian yeast phenolics creating a nice synergy of malt and spice w/ a light grainy quality and subtle citrusy note toward the finish w/ mild creamy wheat flavor

D -I think this beer just fit my mood which is unsual - I am not really a wheat/wit fan -this just on me over. I like the subtlety most since it doesn't try too hard, yet nails the flavors where it counts and the malt/yeast harmony is very pleasant -recommended!

Slatetank, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of Northsider
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fountainhead Chicago.

Appearance was typical of whit style beer. Slightly cloudy yellow, little to no head. Smelled of yeast and wheat, hints of fruit...especially orange.

Taste was good. Lemony and orangey...aftertaste taste of wheat. Not bitter. Low abv, which I like...no strange alcoholy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and crisp.

Overall another excellent beer from Two Brothers. Super easy to drink.

Northsider, Jun 05, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

oso, Nov 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

leprechaunandfatman, May 02, 2013
Photo of budsboy
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale yellow with a nice bright white head.

Smells of lemon, orange, corriander (check, check, check) just as it should.

Malty, bready flavors blend really well with the corriander and orange peel.

Medium bodied and somewhat low carbonation.

Very fine beer, and it stands taller than the other beers of this style. This one is a flavorful example of the style and has that juicy quality that compares to St. Bernardus Wit.

budsboy, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of UnionMade
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, late summer straw gold. Pure white head with good retention. Splotchy lace. Evenly cloudy, although it took some spirited agitation of the the last 1/4 of the bottle to release all the sediment. Lots of gunk down there, and it's all worth dredging up. Good head retention, maintaining a lacy collar all the way to the bottom. (Clean your glasses, folks) Spicy, coriander infused aroma. I don't believe there are any hop in this, which is awesome. I find that a lot of breweries try to do wits with hops. Citrusy, sweet like orange juice, with generous wheat sourness. What I expected and nothing less, which is a lot better than I can say for many beers, especially those of the white ale persuasion. Prevalent wheat malt flavor, immediately dry, crisp and quenching. Spicy coriander seeps in early, with a satisfying orange-rind tang into the finish. A touch of clovey phenols, creating a bit of that high alcohol whiff in the sinuses, finishing out with moderate wheaty sourness and quencing dryness. Some no-pulp orange juice in the aftertaste. Lighter bodied, dry and crispy. Milder carbonation, which aids in the smoothness. I don't like to be feeling like I'm drinking flavored seltzer water. Compared to the best of the style, at least that I've tried, this is quite good. Nicely balanced, not crazy or especially wierd, this is an even tempered and more interesting summer drink. If you're looking for some kind of bug-eyed monster beer, this isn't it. I don't believe every beer has to be some thudding, ham-fisted wonder to be good. This would be really interesting in a cask, however. Witbiers are my favorite in the summer, with or without the orange slice. Make room in that hammock, sister! I'd get it again. I'm coming to trust the Two Brothers name to deliver a quality product.

UnionMade, Aug 17, 2006
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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.

NODAK, May 30, 2013
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

livin4jc, May 25, 2014
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.

WVbeergeek, Mar 15, 2010
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!

pmcadamis, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of marcobrau
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
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...)

marcobrau, May 19, 2007
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

emerge077, May 15, 2007
Photo of ChugginOil
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light hay color that has a fingers worth of white head. Spotty lace.

The nose has oats, bready yeast, oranges, light banana, clove, and a touch of corriander.

The taste is smooth with that oat goodness, wheat, light sweeetness, light orange & corriander, a touch of caramel and banana, and light clove.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp. Very drinkable with light.carbonation as well.

Overall, I was much more impressed with this years batch opposed to years past. The flavors are melded very nicely.

ChugginOil, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of jjanega08
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date 7/21/11

A= Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a nice bubbly thick white head on it. The head is a perfect white head on it that holds some steady retnention and spotty lacing on it. Not bad looking at all. A little dark for a wit.

S= Smells sort of liek a typical beer. A little malt and some spices to it but nothing out of the ordinary or in your face. Seems somewhat reserved. Minimal corriander to it and no orange peel detectable.

T= The taste is much better than the smell. Quite nice with the corriander actually. The orange peel seems somewhat reserved again but not a big deal at all. Wheat and oats come through perfectly. The corriander and wheat makes this bready and doughy in the finish. Taste is great.

M= Ideal carbonation and mouth.

O= While the smell was a bit of a miss the taste is wonderful. This is a beer worth checking out. I'll actually prolly be buying some more of this which I don't say often for wits. Check this one out.

jjanega08, Apr 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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Monarch White Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.