Monarch White Beer | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Monarch White BeerMonarch White Beer

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Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by AtLagerHeads on 07-18-2002

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Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
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!

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Photo of Northsider
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
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 strange alcoholy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and crisp.

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

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Photo of budsboy
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of NODAK
4.16/5  rDev +17.5%
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 livin4jc
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
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 WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
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!

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Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.01/5  rDev +13.3%
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...)

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13%
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 Wildman
4/5  rDev +13%
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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Photo of falloutsnow
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Piccadilly off Neil in Champaign, IL
Best by 7/5/12
Poured into a tulip glass

I'm rather surprised by the negative reviews here. This was a fairly substantial witbier that hit many of the right notes: coriander, orange, a bit of graininess, and some herbs that can either be attributed to hops or actual herb usage. The low ethanol content and generally bright, fruit-meets-coriander-meets yeast flavors make this easily sessionable; what's not to like?

A somewhat forceful pour to halfway, then gently agitating the bottle to loosen the yeast, then finishing the pour produces a fairly nice 2cm head of clean, white bubbles that are quite dense. Head descends over two minutes to a ring around he glass with a few large islands of residual foam atop the body. Lacing is modest, but there, some streaks and dots appear after each sip. Body is a deep golden yellow color, opaque from the re-suspended yeast, but carbonation is visible along the upper sides of the glass.

Aroma of yeast, mild orange, coriander, a bit of grainy cereal, very faint banana. Good, upfront, robust.

Taste opens with strong coriander blended with mild orange and malt sweetness. Some yeast flavor is present, with grain and spicy, vaguely peppery notes in the back. Mild orange flavor rides out through the finish, along with yeast and coriander. Aftertaste is somewhat bland, sweetness with muted coriander and orange.

Body is medium-heavy, surprising for the ethanol level, and very smooth, possibly due to the addition of oats. Carbonation is moderate, producing a slightly foamy result across the palate. Close is semi-dry, from lingering sweetness.

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3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
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 DoctorDog
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Pale straw, and fairly hazy. Pours with ~1 finger of white head, which fades nearly instantly into a thin smattering of bubbles.

S- Moderate Belgian yeast odor, lemon zest, and a bit of a spicy/ peppery character.

T- Wheat and slightly tangy yeast notes. Solid lemon spiciness. Slightly on the sweet side. Very pleasant.

M- Crisp, with moderately high carbonation and a medium feel. A nice smooth, slightly creamy drink.

D- Good. Low ABV, pleasant flavor, and extremely easy to drink. A really nice summer drink.

Future outlook: Nice, enjoyable summer beer. Probably not one to seek out, but wouldn't mind having this again.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a crisp pale and wheat malt scent along with a nice, fruity orange peel and coriander aroma. It has a maltier aroma than some. The taste is good. It's smooth and refreshing with a wonderful fruity finish. The orange peel and coriander and done well without going overboard. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great tasting seasonal, although it's a bit heavier in body than it should be.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass
Hazy, golden leaving a one-inch cap of foam
Aroma-Subtle coriander and orange
Taste-Orange rind and coriander, subtle spiciness, a little more substance and body than a traditional witbier-very flavorful and refreshing.
Overall,very refreshing and tasty, with a little fuller body than a regular witbier. An outstanding candidate for a summer session beer

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.93/5  rDev +11%
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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Photo of secondtooth
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This hazy golden Belgian-style wheat ale pours with a big frothy head and a lovely spicy citrus aroma (according to the label, it's orange peel and coriander). Tastes rich and sweet, with a nicely-balanced tartness. Quite a pleasant drink, and this one doesn't need the orange slice to give it that zesty, crisp flavor. Solid.

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Photo of bwood06
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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 matjack85
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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

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