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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Photo of WoodBrew
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Having the Monarch White and it is tasty. The beer pours a slightly cloudy yellow with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent has hints of spice with a sweet light malt backdrop. the taste has burst of clove and spice with hints of banana chips and light sweet malt. The mouthfeel is a light to medium body with good carbonation. Overall this would be a better summer beer than an initial spring intro....just my opinion.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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 tut2528
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a yellow-gold, with about 1 finger worth of head formation. Minimal lacing, high carbonation.

S: huge citrus notes both lemon and orange peel. I pick up on cloves and oats as well with a slight touch of peppery spices

T: identical to the nose. Citrus, orange peel and lemon zest. Slight oat notes with some spices and a slight touch of yeast

M: extremely light, very nice carbonation.

O: I think this would be an excellent beer for many who are just starting out with the micro/craft beers. It is a lighter beer and the drinkability is exceptionally high especially during the dog days of summer.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - lightly opaque golden wheat. White head with ok retention and low lace.

S - banana, wheat, apple, green grape, and honey. Touch of floral sweetness.

T - light banana, mostly soft wheat, lemon.

M - light carbonation, medium-light body.

O - decent to style. Light on complexity, but great drinkability.

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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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Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Not sure about the last guy but mine poured pretty cloudy with some yeast particles swimming about. Head is a sad one with only a mild lace ring and mild bubbles of carbonation.

S - Smells of a typical Witbier maybe a touch mild with the lemon or coriander but yeast smells light and interesting enough.

T - A touch dry and kind of average but it's decently crafted with mild chalky yeasts, lemon, and a touch of spice. Drinkable enough.

M - Light to medium pretty much in line for the style.

Overall not a real great example of the style but better than your average one. Maybe it needed more carbonation to give the beer a more spritzy taste.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nearly clear, gold-bodied beer that’s much darker than usual for this style. Very small white head without a lot of retention; minimal lacing. The aroma has a very grainy wheat note and touches of the expected coriander and other spices.

Tastes good enough, fairly traditional, with wheat, yeast esters, coriander, and a bit of orangey citrus in the finish. Spices are well balanced and don’t overwhelm the other flavors. Something’s a little lacking here, though; the flavors don’t exactly pop and it’s fairly unexciting.

The body and carbonation are both pretty much average for the style; while the beer is crisp and the finish is very dry it somehow seems less quenching than it should and in comparison to the better examples of the style. I’d rank this as just slightly above average; there’s a lack of refinement and overall tastiness, as well as something just slightly off about the mouthfeel, which holds this beer back from being better. Not bad but fails to rise to the level of the many other excellent beers produced by this brewery.

Edit: just thought about my review for a minute and came back to knock down the appearance score a bit. It's a WHITE beer for chrissakes and it's supposed to be at least somewhat white and cloudy, instead it was clear and gold. It says WHITE right there on the label, so there has to be some kind of scoring penalty for that. Rant over.

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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 CFHMagnet
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strong pour yielded over a half finger of foamy white head. Body is a hazy yellow with lots of particulate noticed floating around. Decent attempt at lacing.

Wheat and yeast are the main aromas noticed. Digging deeper brings out banana, citrus and spices.

Sweet malt makes a decent start forward. This quickly yields to a good wheat and yeast combination, which in turn moves on over to a spiced banana bread flavor. After the swallow, wheat and spices stick around as a good aftertaste.

This is a light-medium bodied beer. It leaves a coating on the tongue, and is slightly dry. Carbonation is quite weak, but this isn't detrimental.

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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 stewart124
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with whisps of white head.

Some corriander in the nose with a straw character.

Loads of sweetness and belgian funk in the nose. Subtle bready character and big mouthfeel really make this appealing on a hot day. Some mandarin orange notes and lemon make this very refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall a nice American take on a witbier. Plenty of overally wit character and a again an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

not a wit... But its works. a spiced american wheat with a golden pour and a nearly clear body. Nose of cereal, coriander, and citrus pulp. Palate is smooth and almost diary and fruit quality. Fruit loops. Mild dessert... Mild tannin grit but rather smooth for an american wheat.

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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 atr2605
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- pours soft gold color with about 2 finger's width white frothy head that lingers for awhile
S-Lots of citrus and spice. Neither overpowering the other
T- Fairly delicate flavor but not watery. Comes through with the same citrus and spice that is in the aroma but is pleasantly balanced between the wheat malt and hops.
M-Light-medium bodied. Very drinkable
O- A nice whitbier. Had the key orange and spice with a little lemon in the aroma too. Nothing exceptional but still a good beer.

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Photo of Brunite
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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 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 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 TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I'm not sure why it's taken me this long to try this beer, but here we are. Let's have at it. It pours a clear golden straw populated by a civilization of particulates and topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, coriander, clove, cinnamon, and light black pepper. This smells more like a pumpkin spice ale than a wit... The taste brings in more of this spiciness, but without the cinnamon, with more black pepper, and with a sharpened orange flavor. It may not be much of a change, but it is indeed an improvement. The body is a sorta hefty-feeling light, with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, an okay wit at best, one that just doesn't seem to get off the ground.

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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 ferrari29
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into Pilsener style glass

A - Beer poured with a golden colored body; slightly hazy in appearance; bubbly and very active; beer poured with a 2 finger white colored foam, frothy and held very well, nice and solid; looks healthy; good lacing formed on the sides of the glass

S - Sweet grains and some corn; otherwise the malty-honey smell is rather crisp and refreshing; slightly fruity from the wheat and yeast

T - Wheat and yeast; slightly fruity; grainy and light on flavor; flavor is a little flat; not crisp but by any means but refreshing; not brutally overloaded with a complex mixture of Witbier ingredients

M - Smooth and not overwhelming in any flavor category; not very bubbly; almost kind of flat; clean

D - Good beer; casual yet not to forward; just right for a proper food pairing, would be a great compliment to fine cheeses or light foods

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Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
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 alleykatking
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Fiddler's.

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow color. One and a half finger white head shows medium retention. Streaks of lace are left on the glass with each sip.

S- Light orange peel in the front of the nose. From the medium part on aroma onward there is a nice toasted wheat that comes across as very biscuity. Lemongrass in the backend with a strong alcohol ending.

T- Orange peel in the front of the beer mixes with a strong wheat upfront. Medium part of the beer is biscuity with a light toasted quality. Lemon peel in the backend with well...more of a wheaty flavor. Alcohol is high in the ending which sends a little off flavor.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Three flavors are orange peel, lemon peel, and wheat notes are left on the palate. Aftertaste is high alcohol heat, orange peel, and wheat notes. Flavors were balanced for the style as best as it could be. No off flavors but the alcohol at times was a little too much. High alcohol drying left on the palate.

O- This beer was a average drinking beer that I didn't mind. To be honest I did have a couple pints of it before I moved onto something else. I really liked the aroma but the flavor was just average.

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Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of this brew is a bright gold with a bit more color than many wits but falling within the appropriate range and exhibiting a very light haze. The head is pure white, thick and dense. It recedes to an equally thick and dense foam, leaving lacing that's spotty but everywhere, even thickening toward the bottom of the glass.
The aroma is strongly of wheat with the appropriate orange rind and coriander coming out with an additional peppery nip on the end. There's a hint of something sulfuric suspended in the background somewhere. The Belgian yeast character is mildly present but doesn't have as much presence as I'd hope to find.
The taste follows what I'd expect from the nose. Orange peel is in full effect behind the wheat, though coriander is a little lighter. There's a citrus note with a touch of sourness that's actually more like lime than lemon, interestingly. I know the ABV is low,but a definite alcohol bite comes out at the end of each sip. Yeast again is present but doesn't offer quite as much as I'd like it to.
The body is medium but actually has a lighter feel to it. A crisp bite is in full effect all the way through, remaining and mixing with a smoothness beginning creamy and going effervescent. The finish is light.

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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 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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Monarch White Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.54 out of 5 based on 348 ratings.
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