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Monarch White Beer - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Monarch White BeerMonarch White Beer

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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | 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 BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brilliant gold with a patchy cloudiness that looks like a fog bank just rolled in. There are a few larger chunks that were definitely unexpected in a wit and that have now made their way to the bottom of the glass. Although I did manage to create a slim two fingers of vanilla colored foam with a vigorous pour, head creation is underwhelming. Glass coverage is... not too bad.

The nose is easily better than average. It doesn't, however, have that 'zestiness' that I look for in beer of this style. Orange peel is obvious... coriander is less so.

Monarch White Beer contains all of the usual witbier flavors, without combining them in a way that will seriously challenge the best versions of the style. The lack of fruit and spice boldness allows the graininess of the... uh... grain to be too noticeable on the palate. Sweet and bitter are present in nearly equal measure and effectively cancel one another out.

The mouthfeel is butterfly light (not necessarily a negative in a wit), but approaches thin and watery on the back end. There's an adequate amount of carbonation that is so fine-bubbled that it makes the beer seem less than energetic and not at all creamy.

Monarch is a decent effort from Two Brothers because it has no major faults and because it's warm weather drinkable. By the same token, there's nothing here that would compel me to buy it again.

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

A - hazy yellow, without much of a head, very light carbonation

S - sweet wheaty smell, definitely can smell the orange that is advertised, can faintly smell the coriander that the label says is there, smells rather refreshing

T - wheaty citrusy taste, hard to tell if the citrus flavor is lemo or orange, but ill take their word for it, definitely a spiciness to it as well, if i didnt know it was coriander i would have guessed clove

M - smooth with a spiciness, a decent mouthfeel

D - moderate, you have to like spice-brewed beers

Photo of ppoitras
3.04/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Best before 7/28/06.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal 1/4" white head over the light golden brew. Head is quickly just a memory, with swirly little bubbles, and average lacing. Aroma is wheat with a citrus twang, as expected. Taste is bland wheat with light tartness, but a mere shadow of what a wit should exhibit. Closes with a chalky aftertaste. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay, but this isn't anything I would search out again.

Photo of indiended
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A new white ale from the Two Brothers crew.

Appearance: Nice cloudy/hazy pour with a minimal white head.

Smell: Very dull and lackluster. Weak weak weak chalky lemon nose

Taste: The taste makes up for the the weak nose. Bright Lemon/Lime with a nice middle spice character and a dry lime/bitter after-taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and clean with a small chalkiness

Drinkability: Great with clams or mussels. Very easy drink'in

Photo of karst
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a fast falling 1 finger head from a hard pour with the yeast swirled into solution. Some lace on the sides of my 0.4 L rastal - New Belgium sniffer that captures a crisp aroma of corlander and wheat with some Belgium yeast esters - faint bananna - in the background. Little if any orange peel in the aroma or flavor. More like some lemmon zest. Low - 13 IBUs let the palate keep the soft unmalted wheat flavors till the finish when the corlander kicks up a little as all else fades away. Best by 7 28 06 the Brothers have a nice Anniversary Weitbier. A touch of oats adds little to the lighter mouthfeel which is appropriate for the style. Some improvement in the head retention and perhaps more orange zest seem in order the beer is wanting more crispness in the finish also. An average example of the style perhaps more of an American wheat than a Belgium.

Photo of whynot44
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light bodied, hazy pale straw color with a quick disappearing white head.

Aroma is mostly coriander with a bit of biscuit.

Taste is a little thin, mainly biscuit with a touch of coriander and citrus. Fairly dry from the start, crisp finish.

Should be a decent summer cooler.

Photo of clvand0
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a large white head that dies off quickly and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is lemony but has a wheaty aroma as well. The flavor is very subdued. It has the character of a wit with a lemon hint and some wheat, but it's not very strong at all.

Photo of marc77
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed dark straw, topped by a tall, steadfast, stiff pure white head. Respectable lace. Vague whiffs of unripe melon and sourdough in aroma. Trace white pepper hint. Very clean and prosaic aromawise. Prevalent in flavor is a soft suggestion of lemon zest, with a sharper pithy undertone. Nearly bereft of esters, save a dilute hint of banana. Coriander surfaces mid palate, but is lost amongst a watery mix of grainy, tart wheat and musty suspended yeast. Weakly viscous body. Finishes dry and lightly chalky but otherwise cleanly. Somewhat of a hybrid of an American wheat and a Belgian one, and quite insipid as a result. A thirst quencher, but not too much more. Thanks to Bighuge for the opportunity.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours pale golden color with a bubbly head that fades quickly to a ring around the top of the beer. Its a little darker than I would expect for the style. The nose is dominated by fruity orange and a bit of zesty lemon. There's a bit of spice in the nose as well, but I'm not sure what spice it is. The taste is spicy, without any of the fruity overtones from the nose coming through in the taste. There's a spicy hop finish. Interesting take on a white, but not overly impressive. There's a nice moderately thick feel in my mouth with not too many bubbles. This beer doesn't draw me to drinking it quickly or drinking it more than one at a time. Not bad but not great. It's worth trying for something different.

Photo of ZAP
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An interesting take on a Whit style....they actually toss some oats into this....creates a crisp, yet somewhat rounded mouthfeel....nose is soft but spicy...some whatiness to it...really doesn't taste much like I expect Whit's to taste like...lacks the strong corriander, orange peel notes...has a nice wheat flavor and some zesty notes but falls short in my book for the style....there's a good dose of Belgian Wheat malt and it's decent enough to drink but this is not one I will relish finding in the future...one is enough....worth trying for sure but nothing more than that..

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

Clouded lemon or banana jello color, thin firm white cap, slips quickly away to a small collar, lacing is in minimal thin whispy stings. Aroma is set back a bit with some light lemon, dulled, still wheaty fresh with some restraining malty sweetness, a bit zippy with a crispyness;clove and nutmeg undertones. Taste is mild but with a bit of luster to it. Lightly lemony, lightly wheaty, barely a spice, but detectable, with a spritz of lime and clove. Feel is smooth and light with a shy medium body, end is dry, not as pulpy or thick as I like out of a white and it don't have any lasting qualities other then some slight spicey lime leftovers. A very average drinker, boring with a bit of something to carry through, but not nearly enough for memorable interest. Still was worth trying, thanks to Bighuge for given me a bottle.

Photo of Bighuge
3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clouded piss yellow appearance. Very slight white head. Lacing is sparse. Nose has wheat, Belgian malts, doughiness and spiciness. Taste is a little perfumey with the spices. A little minty. A little lime. Base malt is just not substantial enough. This lacks depth. That being said, there are no off flavors, just bland flavors. Mouthfeel is a little light on CO2. And the body is about medium. I wouldn't go out of my way to revisit this again.

Photo of maxpower
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy and hazy pale golden color, spicy, earthy citrus aromas, nice white creamy head that sticks to the sides of my glass. Fresh wheat and mild spice flavors, crisp carbonated mouthfeel, finishes clean and dry with a touch of orange, good for the style, a very refreshing and drinkable brew.

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 head...it 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 jcalabre
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally sampled on 2 April 2003. I am writing this review from my notes. This is a reasonably good version of a Belgian White. It's not Hoegaarden, but it's quite refreshing. Nice & spicy on the nose w/ the characteristic crisp taste. Thanks hopsrus for this one

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 AtLagerHeads
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Labeled Monarch White - An Anniversary Special Edition. This is a pale, cloudy yellow with a decent white head that diminishes fairly quickly leaving spotty lacing on the glass. The nose is sulphurish and banana-like with hints of the wheat heritage. The flavor is very pale and bland, like an understeeped tea or instant lemonade made with too little powder. Not bad, but likelwise not impressive. Crisp finish and dry final flavor.

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 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 Wildman
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, this beer poured a dark straw color with a small white head with little lace. It had an aroma of coriander, citrus and hops. The flavor was of hops, coriander and citrus. The finish was not a light or refreshing as other wit/white beers I have tried, but the spice, while strong, was not as overpowering as some others. A good beer worth trying, but then again nothing to make it stand out over some of the others that make their mark due to the aforementioned.

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