Monarch White Beer
Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #525
Ranked #42,782
3.56 | pDev: 12.36%
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 358
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Best by 7/10/16"; drank 3/21/16 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy yellow appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small bright white head; strong lace.

Banana, clove, wheat & faint orange citrus notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Banana, dry wheat & faint citrus flavors up front; faint black pepper notes on the finish.

A zesty session beer; flavorful but not overpowering.

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Photo of 0panther0
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - cloudy, golden with big foamy head
S - bananas, subtle spice... low key aroma
T - citrus, spice... a bit sweet but nicely balanced
M - smooth, light carbonation... good body
O - light, refreshing, flavorful... solid style example

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Photo of Suds
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This brew is a golden, hazy colored brew...light, straw, white-capped, and pretty. A bit of smoke. The aroma is light and grainy...grass and grain. Light in body. There is a bit of fruity and a little tartness. Worthwhile, but not great.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Pours a mostly transparent, straw color with a modest head of soapy, white suds. Crisp aroma smells of biscuity malt, coriander, bubblegum, and a hint of orange.

The taste is surprisingly juicy for a witbier, with perhaps not enough carbonation and/or yeast to cut through the citrus and spice. Aside from that, the taste follows the nose closely. The mouthfeel comes off pretty flat in spite of the medium body.

I must admit I expected better from Two Brothers. There’s plenty of flavor to be had, but it tends to run amok abit in the absence of a proper mouthfeel.

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Photo of zshaft
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this beer is typical of white ales. normal coriander and orange with typical taste for the style. this is pretty good. could be a little better carbonated but overall a nice drink

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Photo of TH28
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. 7/6/16 BB date. Appearance: Pale yellow and slightly cloudy, with minimal white foam head that dissipated quickly. Aroma: Steing coriander and light Belgian yeast fruitiness, specifically pear and banana. Taste: Light crackery and wheat maltiness, with light apple and pear fruitiness. The pear seems to intensify on the swallow. Finishes with some light orange zest and moderate coriander spice bite. Low bitterness Mouthfeel: Medium body with a low carbonation. Creaminess from the wheat and its is rather low. Finish: Coriander and lemon zestimate swallow lingers for a bit, with some retronasal pear esters. Overall: A run of the mill Wit. Appearance is relatively clear for the style, aroma has some nice but muted fruity esters, and the taste is a bit on the sweet side. Carbonation was also a little low

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Photo of Beginner2
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A decent American effort. But, where is the Belgian yeast?
Looks slightly different and darker than the style's norm, but that is OK.
Smell is wheaty and I pickup the coriander and citrus. Intriguing.
Taste is similar, mildly juicy and suitable to summer heat and light food. But some yeasty complexity would be nice.
Feel is very smooth, call it creamy and soft. Minimal bubbles. Plays well with food.
Overall: better this second time than the first, I will have this a third time. As one of Two Brothers earlier brews and Monarch being food-friendly like their cash cow (Domaine Dupage), I will keep both on hand.

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Photo of laketang
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours hazy straw, medium white head with large bubbles

citrusy , spices come through

zesty orange is there, assertive spices also.mild overall.

thin mouthfeel.crisp and clean.zesty carbonation.

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Photo of bwood06
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Thin, white, frothy head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Cloudy and golden in color with lots of fast rising carbonation bubbles. 3.75/5

S - White bread, citrus (orange), spicy, floral hops. Very much focused on the citrus and spiciness. 3.75/5

T - Orange peel and spices really come out to the forefront. Very little bitterness, just a bit on the back end, more herbal than floral. Hops are somewhat difficult to pick out. Sweet caramel note. Very light breadiness. 4/5

M - Medium bodied but does not sit heavy at all. Disappears from the palate rather quickly. Carbonation not as pronounced on the tongue as expected. Very smooth (more than likely due to the oats). 4/5

O -Very good white beer. Head retention is somewhat disappointing but very good flavor and mouthfeel. Low IBU really lets the orange and spices come out. 3.75/5

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Photo of Tone
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, gold color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of a hint of clove, slight pale malt, hint of sweet malt, slight citrus, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of a hint of clove, slight pale malt, hint of sweet malt, slight citrus, and a hint of yeast. Overall, weak appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of russpowell
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent straw color with a thin beige head that drops off quickly

S: Wheaty & some pear

T: Follows the nose, dryness & a little lemon zest up front. White pepper, dryness, pears & a little lemon once warm. Finishes a little dry, fruity, with a little lemongrass

MF: Light body with lively carbonation

Drinks alright, sort of a training wheels Wit. Glad I only bought one versus a six pack; just not that interesting

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
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

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Photo of livin4jc
4.13/5  rDev +16%
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

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Photo of MIchelle
3.14/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of sid240
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Mistro
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
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

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Photo of McNealc31
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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