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Monarch White Beer - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | 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 stewart124
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with whisps of white head.

Some corriander in the nose with a straw character.

Loads of sweetness and belgian funk in the nose. Subtle bready character and big mouthfeel really make this appealing on a hot day. Some mandarin orange notes and lemon make this very refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall a nice American take on a witbier. Plenty of overally wit character and a again an easy drinking beer.

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

not a wit... But its works. a spiced american wheat with a golden pour and a nearly clear body. Nose of cereal, coriander, and citrus pulp. Palate is smooth and almost diary and fruit quality. Fruit loops. Mild dessert... Mild tannin grit but rather smooth for an american wheat.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright hazy yellow with a nice two inch or so white head on top. Nice retention gave way to a good amount of lace. Lots of visible carbonation was apparent. Smell was full of wheat and yeast, very light with little in the way of any floral quality to it. The taste was decent enough, light grain mixed in with a touch of yeast, a little bit of a banana or some kind of kick in the in, with a smooth, and well carbonated light body to it. Overall not too bad, I have had better and I have had worse.

Photo of atr2605
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- pours soft gold color with about 2 finger's width white frothy head that lingers for awhile
S-Lots of citrus and spice. Neither overpowering the other
T- Fairly delicate flavor but not watery. Comes through with the same citrus and spice that is in the aroma but is pleasantly balanced between the wheat malt and hops.
M-Light-medium bodied. Very drinkable
O- A nice whitbier. Had the key orange and spice with a little lemon in the aroma too. Nothing exceptional but still a good beer.

Photo of Brunite
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a bright golden in color. Nice bright white head. Very attractive pour.

S- Citrus and spicy yeast. Orange & lemon.

T- Some nice sweetness. Orange for sure! Coriander is slight and subdued. There are some nice bread notes from the unmalted wheat and oats. Very refreshing beer.

M- Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Creaminess from the oats seems to be the case here as well.

O- A very nice Wit. One of the best I have had. A great summer beer. Will definitely get more.

Photo of matjack85
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this single brown 12oz bottle amid a mix of single bottles on a shelf at Trader Joe's in Glen Ellyn, IL. The bottle wasn't marked with a price so the clerk let me have it for a dollar I have no idea what a regular 6pk would cost. Best by date of 7/21/11 on the back label.

The beer poured a slightly hazed pale gold color and made 2 fingers of fluffy white head. It also left tons of lacing on the glass.

The beer smells like a mix of wheat, funky yeast, and orange peel.

The wheat/oat mixture blends nicely with whatever strain of yeast they use here. Add to that a hefty dose of orange peel and a dash of coriander spice and you have a simple yet pleasant tasting witbier.

The mouthfeel is light, crisp, and refreshing with plenty of lively carbonation.

I liked this a little more than most of the reviewers and will look for it again at my regular liquor stores.

Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours out as a cloudy pale yellow with a fizzy white head. The lacing is light but does have a some scattered lines around the glass. The smell has a light lemon aroma with some yeast mixed in there. The taste is a little light could have been a little stronger. The mouthfeel is very bubbly and kind of bitey. Overall this beer doesn't really jive that well to me. I feel like it missing something.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I'm not sure why it's taken me this long to try this beer, but here we are. Let's have at it. It pours a clear golden straw populated by a civilization of particulates and topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, coriander, clove, cinnamon, and light black pepper. This smells more like a pumpkin spice ale than a wit... The taste brings in more of this spiciness, but without the cinnamon, with more black pepper, and with a sharpened orange flavor. It may not be much of a change, but it is indeed an improvement. The body is a sorta hefty-feeling light, with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, an okay wit at best, one that just doesn't seem to get off the ground.

Photo of Northsider
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Photo of ferrari29
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into Pilsener style glass

A - Beer poured with a golden colored body; slightly hazy in appearance; bubbly and very active; beer poured with a 2 finger white colored foam, frothy and held very well, nice and solid; looks healthy; good lacing formed on the sides of the glass

S - Sweet grains and some corn; otherwise the malty-honey smell is rather crisp and refreshing; slightly fruity from the wheat and yeast

T - Wheat and yeast; slightly fruity; grainy and light on flavor; flavor is a little flat; not crisp but by any means but refreshing; not brutally overloaded with a complex mixture of Witbier ingredients

M - Smooth and not overwhelming in any flavor category; not very bubbly; almost kind of flat; clean

D - Good beer; casual yet not to forward; just right for a proper food pairing, would be a great compliment to fine cheeses or light foods

Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

A- Clear golden color, with very little head- which did manage a decent lace after it quickly got outta dodge.

S- sharp yeasty notes with a hint of a sour edge. After a minute of continued whiffs, I still get the same- hard to note much else.

T- Wow- the taste doesn't follow the smell at all- light malt, and a hint of fruit (apricot or peach- a very light note), finishing with a return to malt. Surprising- the yeast notes in the aroma are not as prevalent in the taste (which I like!)

M- Light- needs more fizz, not very lively from a bubbles perspective. Perfect for the hotter summer weather- this is lighter and not as lively.

O- not bad- nothing like the smell hinted (less of a Belgian yeasty taste than expected), but to that end I'm giving it an extra half point for having a different twist- the slight fruity sweet note that made it unique.

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 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 sweemzander
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Best by 6/6/11.

(A)- Pours a clear yellow color. Produced a good white cap of foam. Good retention and lace.

(S)- A big dry lemon-like biscuit.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A thin, corn-like dry lemon and biscuit profile.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level and a decent balance. Just a little plain and thin even for a witbier.

(D)- Not bad. Very straightforward and basic for the style.

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Monarch White Beer | on-tap | 4.5 % ABV | May 2011

Brewer: Two Brothers Brewing Company
Style: Witbier
Glass: pint

Sparkling gold, swirling haze, energetic bubbles leaping to the surface, and a bone white head.

Orange peel, lightly roasted wheat. It's simple.

It's very, um, wheaty. Yes, very grainy and basic. Not much citrus, little spice, no fruitiness really.

Crisp and almost watery. On the verge of being unattractively thin.

The malts and hops are present in equal measure. But I'm not too impressed by the balance since there isn't much complexity to balance.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: on-tap May 2011
Served: May 19, 2011

Price = $6.00 at The Stag's Head (NYC)

Photo of Treebs
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a light gold with an off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lace.

S: Smells incredibly yeasty with some nice spice. Orange is nice and prevelant. Coriander as well.

T: Wheaty and a nice little spice backbone. Yeast is prevalent in the taste as well. Can pick up some of the orange as well.

M: Light/medium bodied with slight creamy mouth feel. Good carbonation.

O: Ok wheat beer. Some nice spice, but nothing too special.

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

From notes. On-tap at Kelleher's on May 14th, 2011.

Pours a golden, straw-yellow coloring with good lacing, avg. retention, and lots of feet attracting to the sides. Aroma is mainly citrus and malt sweetness with underlying spice. Nothing particularly strong in the nose. Taste is similar with relaxed bitterness and stronger citrus. Drinks accessibly which unfortunately means a bit subdued in this instance. Mouthfeel exhibits good carbonation with a short finish and a medium/thin-med. body.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: slightly opaque and hazy golden straw gold color.

Smell: hay, citris, clove and a sweet fruity smell.

Taste: mild sweetness of bananas, spicy yeast and hay. Mild clove and coriander flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light body and lively moderate carbonation.

Overall: A witbeer that almost crosses over into a saison style beer. Nice beer for summer time and hot days!

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of oranges and wheat in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has some notes of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties; however it isn’t quite as thirst quenching as other witbiers because it has a slightly heavier body.

Photo of Skagbaron
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, in Brooklyn.

Appearance was a golden color, not as pale/straw as most of the variety. Very little head retention in a pint glass.

Aroma was hoppy, overall.

Taste was dry but not astringent. A bit overspiced and not enough lactate for me.

Mouthfeel was smooth and refreshing.

Drinkability perhaps not as much as a classic wit, as hoppiness and citrus/spice detracts and gives a feeling of overly nasal flavor, if you know what I mean. Tastes stronger than 4.5%.

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Good Life, Massapequa Park, NY.

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a slightly sweet malt with a touch if citrus and esters.

The taste featured a full upfront wheat profile with a touch of lemon zest. Nice residual doughiness.

The mouthfeel was full for the style and chewy.

Overall a serviceable wit, but nothing special.

Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 12 oz bottle best by 070311

A- pours a cloudy yellow sunset color with a super white 2 finger head that recedes to a fresh collar with good lacing

S- is wheat and oats with citrus peel and coriander a little belgian yeast funk

T- is a wheat and malt taste first followed by some oats and citrus peel..then some fruits spices and coriander a touch of clove and belgian funk

M- is fresh and smooth creamy with a citrus peel and slight tartness

O- refreshing,tasty and well done,,highly sessionable

Photo of jjanega08
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. Best by 8/21/11.

A: cloudy pale golden color with plenty of yeast in suspension, thick white head slowly falls into a good cap with excellent lacing.

S: coriander, clove, citrus, floral yeast funk, wheat.

T: the citrus and wheat hit up front, the spices and funk hit in the middle, and the finish has a nice mineral crispness and a lingering clove spiciness.

M: light-bodied, watery to lightly silky texture, abundant carbonation and a crisp bite in the finish.

O: an enjoyable witbier, and a great spring seasonal. I would definitely get this again.

Photo of HosP
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up in a mix six pack. Poured into 12 oz. pint glass.

A- Pours hazy light golden in color. Nice bright white head. Left pretty quickly.

S- Sweet, lemony notes up front and through the middle. A little spicey aroma at the end.

T- A little sweet throughout. Lemon, citrus dominate the taste. Gives it some tartness, but mostly subtle. Get a wheat taste at the end of the drink. Very refreshing drink.

M- Lighter/medium body. Moderate carbonation.

D- Pretty typical wit beer. Nothing overwhelming. Nice and refreshing though. Not my favorite style, but still a good drink.

Monarch White Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.