Monarch White Beer | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Monarch White BeerMonarch White Beer

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Spring

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Reviews: 130 | Ratings: 347
Photo of pdxlover
1.89/5  rDev -46.6%
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.

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Photo of MowryJC
2.12/5  rDev -40.1%
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 jackndan
2.53/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The cap lasts for a while, about a finger, bone white, over a very hazy straw colored body, very hazy.
Aroma has the clove & banana notes, a bit dry however, not that juicy banana.
As this one hits my mouth the first thing i notice is how creamy it is, very full bodied and low carb and just silky and creamy, very yeasty flavors, not surprising because of how cloudy it was on the pour, and lemongrass, the banana and clove is there but doesn't pop like a normal Wit, some spices are here but barely.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
2.86/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served from the bottle at Lizardville

A- Poured a cloudy pale yellow with a frothy head that left no lace

S- Big coriander, unique blend of spices I can't put my finger on, barely a trace of citrus

T- Big coriander and spice notes. The spice blend is a little strange, a very spiced beer. Some almost jalapeno pepper like notes without the heat. Barely a trace of citrus. A very strange hot dog water taste is going on too. Very watery and spiced tasting beer

M- Crisp, fairly dry, prickly carbonation

O- This is a bizarre beer. I love witbiers but this is the worst I have had. I am not sure what was going on with this beer.

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Photo of whynot44
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of flexinwext
2.89/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wanted something summery so I decided to pick this up. Clear pale gold color with very minimal lacing and poor head retention. Citrus aroma with coriander and a sort of peppery/spicy tone. Not much carbonation with a thin mouthfeel. Has a sort of saison quality to it. Flavor isn't that great, pretty muted. Overall, not one of my favorites.

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Photo of Tone
2.94/5  rDev -16.9%
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 sweemzander
2.96/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of katan
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle, best by 9/20/07. hope that doesn't ruin it.

A - Pours a very clear darker golden color. Any carbonation head quickly disappeared.

S - Very little smell here. Perhaps I can smell a grainy malt flavor.

T - Very little flavor upon initial drink, but finishes with a pile of bitter orange peel. Perhaps its not that strong, but compared to the initial lack of taste, it seems to by quite a contrast. The more I drink it, I get this almost dusty taste from it.

M - Very little carbonation here makes for a very smooth drink.

D - A drinkable beer for a few. The orange flavor is slightly overbearing after a while.

This reminds me of Vuuve - another witbier I'm not as keen on.

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Photo of bjohnson
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice cloudy orangey golden color with not much head. Slight retention hugging the side of the glass.
S: Big time aromas of citrus fruit with banana, lemon, peach, pear and a sharp spicyness that kicks in after the fruit. I like the smell of this one A LOT.
T/M: Really not much going on in the flavor department. It was a bit bland and almost cardboard like. After the initial sip, one, two, seconds...then a slight wheaty malt mixed with banana and lemon graze the taste buds. Besides this, theres not much going on. A bit dissapointed in this one from two brothers.
D: Not a very drinkable beer. I think it would almost be the same was having a glass of water with a lemon in it.

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Photo of Treebs
3.01/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.04/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.08/5  rDev -13%
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)

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Photo of marc77
3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of kajerm
3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle at the Mundelein beer tasting. Pours with a massive head, on the order of Duvel. Hugely carbonated, cloudy, and pale yellow.

The aroma is weirdly light on the yeast character, almost completely dominated by citric notes. Since I'm used to the citrus being subtle in witbiers, this is pretty bizarre. I'd prefer some esters and coriander here.

Flavor is light and inoffensive, but this isn't really anything special. At this point there are so many wits, American and Belgian, that it's not worth wasting time on this one.

Pretty drinkable, but that's a given.

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Photo of Winter
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden in color with a thin white head. Citrusey aroma of lemon, orange peel, spicey yeast and a touch of wheat malt. Medium-bodied mouthfeel for a wit. Addition of oats, although I wouldn't have known otherwise unless stated on the label, seems to add an smoothness to the body. Crisp lemon in the flavor. Spicy yeast and orange arrive midway. Wheat malt finish is simple and clean. Not a bad white beer, but not my favorite either. Monarch lacks something that sets it apart from other wits. Perhaps that orange/citrusey spicing just isn't stong enough.

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Photo of MIchelle
3.14/5  rDev -11.3%
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 Vancer
3.14/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Semi-hazy golden yellow pour, with a very nice white head that left spotted lace. Aroma was fairly subdued, just some soapy malts. Same with the taste, a plain jane white - light spiced malts with a standard ale backbone. Not much coriander or other esters coming to the rescue.

Finish was sharp, crisp and dry. This could be a different summer session beer, but I think there are better ones out there.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this nice summer complement from Vancer, thanks yet again Vance!

Hazy yellow body, with small wispy white head with little retention.

Smells very spicy, peppery. Just a little bit of citrus.

Coriander up front followed by some wheat flavors. Finishes with orange peel.

Pretty standard carbonation and body here.

Most wheat beers are pretty drinkable in my opinion, this one is about the same.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.15/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -11%
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 sinstaineddemon
3.15/5  rDev -11%
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

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Photo of hotstuff
3.19/5  rDev -9.9%
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 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.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.19/5  rDev -9.9%
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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Monarch White Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.54 out of 5 based on 347 ratings.
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