Monarch White Beer
Two Brothers Brewing Company

Monarch White BeerMonarch White Beer
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Style:
Belgian Witbier
Ranked #529
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
81
Ranked #43,023
Avg:
3.56 | pDev: 12.36%
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
358
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Two Brothers Brewing Company
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Spring
Wants
  5
Gots
  39
SCORE
81
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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 358
Reviews by MaximalC:
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 NODAK
4.16/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of Lolli1315
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A deep golden color, missing some of the yellow color that I was expecting. A thin small bubbly white head. Lacing is noticeable around the glass and the head sticks around pretty nicely.

S- Cirtus fruits, mostly lemon and orange peel zest, come through the most with a malty balance just slightly beneath the fruit. Moves into some bready/yeasty and wheat characteristics towards the middle of the beer. Some clove lingering in the background, but lost mostly behind the citrus.

T- Orange peel and lemon zest dominate the front of the flavor profile as well as the entire taste. Develops the bready and yeast characteristics familiar with the style. Lacking some of the more complex flavors that are derived from the yeast with only hints of the clove phenols coming through with not much else. Fades into the citrus, slight phenols, and bready taste.

M- Medium in body with slightly higher than moderate carbonation that creates a smooth sensation on the tongue. No real dry or sweet finish, in the middle.

O- Less impressed than I thought I would be with this one. I think it lacks in the yeast characteristic category while being too heavy on the citrus flavors. Altogether, not a bad beer to drink and easy to put down in warm weather also. That being said, you can find a better witbier.

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Photo of ssimpson89
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of spikechiquet
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of MowryJC
2.12/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a wit glass.

A - Tarnished straw with only a hint of haze, and topped by a finger-worth of moderate head that fades fairly fast. Leaves behind trace lacing.

S - A bit of lemon, some Belgian yeast spice (I'm thinking a little cardamom), and a hint of coriander. There's a murky sourness to the aroma as well.

T - Much like the smell, a bit of lemon-orange, then spiciness that quickly is overcome by a tartness that is muddled and unpleasant, almost chemical. The artificial-tasting sourness stayed in place.

M - A slight chewiness, but not in the pleasant witbier way I had hoped for. The chemical sourness affected the mouthfeel as well, slightly coating the tongue.

D - My first drainpour. The slight sourness was too unpleasant to get through.

I usually really like the Two Brothers beers, and I'm wondering if this may have had some kind of infection. I'll be cracking open another one just to give it another shot, but be warned.

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Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of vermilcj
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brunite
3.88/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of mbiang
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
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

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

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

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

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

Harmony:
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?:
Nope.

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

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

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Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of leprakhan
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of prdstmnky
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of Erish
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of CorneliusBunker
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of rlee1390
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow orange, no carbonation, one finger head.

S-Wheat, spices, orange, lemon and grass.

T-Good deal of spice and wheat. Slightly artificial though. Some lemon and orange and no bitterness.

M-Light, watery and not much carbonation.

O-This is one of the worst anniversary beers out there. Flavors seem artificial at times and a tad watery, not a great combination.

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Photo of Spamsammich
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of IPx
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of HosP
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Monarch White Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 358 ratings