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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Added by AtLagerHeads on 07-18-2002

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Photo of Skagbaron
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, in Brooklyn.

Appearance was a golden color, not as pale/straw as most of the variety. Very little head retention in a pint glass.

Aroma was hoppy, overall.

Taste was dry but not astringent. A bit overspiced and not enough lactate for me.

Mouthfeel was smooth and refreshing.

Drinkability perhaps not as much as a classic wit, as hoppiness and citrus/spice detracts and gives a feeling of overly nasal flavor, if you know what I mean. Tastes stronger than 4.5%.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Good Life, Massapequa Park, NY.

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a slightly sweet malt with a touch if citrus and esters.

The taste featured a full upfront wheat profile with a touch of lemon zest. Nice residual doughiness.

The mouthfeel was full for the style and chewy.

Overall a serviceable wit, but nothing special.

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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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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 Erish
3.68/5  rDev +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 HosP
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
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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Photo of Lolli1315
3.47/5  rDev -2%
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 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 vande
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Decent looking golden wit.... nice layer of head sittin' on top

S - Belgian yeast...Little floral.. some sweet fruit?

T - Just as it smells.. A decent brew that one can sit on the patio with

M - light, refreshing and easy to drink. A BBQ kinda beer?

O - not bad.. something decent to transition to as the seasons change

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

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Color is a hazy golden color with a head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin swirl on top.

Aroma is citrus and spice.

Taste is very similar to the aroma. Spice, citrus, and yeast.

Nice refreshing beer. Makes a good summer beer. a very drinkable beer.

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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 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 prdstmnky
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
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 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 tempest
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this is better than a B- beer. The mouthfeel is a little thick and the flavor doesn't have the subtle complexity of a great witbier, but the flavors, aroma, and appearance all fit well within the style guide lines. It poured with a tall white head that left lacing. The aroma was a perfume-y mix of sweet white bread pastry and coriander. The flavor brings out the wheat character and the oats add an interesting earthy cereal flavors. Like I said, it's a touch thick, but it tasted good and went well with my red curry for dinner.

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Photo of m1ked
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from a rare trip out to Bierkraft. You can drink beer in there now, and they have awesome sandwiches too.

A- Pours a hazy dark yellow with plenty of light shining through. Gave a good 2 inch white foamy headon the pour that receded down to a 1/4 inch of white foam. Looks like a light Hef.

S- A slightly sweet & tart citrusy wheat. The sugary sweetness slightly overpowers the citrus tartness.

T- There is that sugary sweetness, closely followed by a refreshing lemony tartness, with lingering tart notes. There is that light wheat graininess.

M- Medium bodied with a low carbonation that makes for a refreshing easy drinking wheat beer.

D- This is not an outstanding witbier, but not offensive. I do enjoy this style, and I enjoy the citrusy zest in there.

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Photo of trbergman
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a pale translucent straw-gold with a cast of haze and one finger of smooth white head.

S - Cereal, oats, maybe some chamomile? Fruity, floral hops.

T - Tart, cereal graininess, sweet fruit esters, lemon, a touch of coriander, and very light hop bitterness. A little weird for my taste - has an odd sour character.

M - Light-medium body, soft and creamy.

D - This could be a decent beer, but the too-tart flavor is off for the style. Not completely unenjoyable, but not a beer I'm in a hurry to revisit, either.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass, thanks once again to Jeff (AleWatcher)!

Pours very hazy pale copper, not quite cloudy despite an aggressive swirl at the end of the pour, with a thin white head that settles into some scattered suds.

Nose has some tangy wheat, light lemon, a lightly sour quality from the yeast that ends up just barely stale.

Taste has tangy wheat, yeasty, just a bit of lemon. Fairly standard fare, but tasty. Bit of acidity on the finish. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, fairly clean, crisp carbonation towards the finish. Drinkability is fine, but the beer itself holds it back - just not enough there to have you really wanting to reach for another.

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

12 ouncer,with freshness dating, pours dull looking lighter amber, minor off white head, and leaving equally minor bits of lace. Nose hints of light Belgian spice, and perhaps coriander. Middle of the road wit. Drinkable and enjoyable enough, with more typical wit notes of light spice/yeast, hints of light coriander, and some wheaty malt. Nothing going on here that would make me reach for this one all too often. Would work as a summery sessioner in a pinch.

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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 bluemoonswoon
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Been a while since I've reviewed a Two Brothers beer. This is their thirteen anniversary beer, interesting to see a beer like this commemorate an anniversary and not some monster barleywine or imperial something or other.

A: Pours a clear sunny, straw and amber with a tight but short and to the point head though it does haze up nicely when I get the yeast out of the bottle.

S: Light and fruity, the traditional banana and clove make an appearance of course but is coupled with slight lemon notes with bits of heather and orange blossom water gets a bit watery in the nose if you over sniff, but a few soft inhales is all that is needed to release the full character of this beer.

T/MF: Lemon up front, slightly grassy and again with touches of orange blossom water with bittering coming in quickly and leaving just as fast on the side of the tongue. A few more sips reveals additional aspects to the beer, slightly buttery banana, hints of peach in the finish. While these things are all preset there is throughout this beer an undercurrent of vegetal/grassy astringency that detracts from my overall appreciation for the beer.

D: Like I said, apart from the extra layer of grassy/veggie flavors I seem to be picking up here this beer displays some real character. Easy to drink, good taste, light and unassuming. A good wit but there are certainly better choices for a session beer out there and Two Brothers makes one.

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Photo of ommegoose
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After pouring in the yeast, it clouds over a bit to pale yellow glow. The head is a thin white cap. Yeast distributes evenly and with no chunks. Spots of lace here and there.

Mellow wheat, chalky yeast. Not much orange peel or spice.

Hits all the notes of the style well. Very flavorful, with requisite coriander, orange peel. Strikes a pretty good balance between all of the elements. Oats were a good choice. Coriander shows most on the finish. Hops aren't really discernible.

Very soft and smooth feel, likely aided by oats, but still comes across on the thin side. Lower carbonation.

Quite refreshing. I'm taking my time with this for the review, but I could definitely session this one. I prefer witbiers to the more common generic wheat ales that start coming out this time of year, and I think even middling witbiers are pretty tasty, so I enjoyed this one more than the typical reviewer.

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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 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 jsh420
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

best by 07-21-10

pours clear golden honey with a 1+ finge head that left some spotted lacing

smell - off smells of rubber hurt this one but has the typical coriander a little citrus and must

taste is pretty good - coriander orange lemon honey some clove

mouthfeel is light to medium a little flat but overall above avg

drinkability is good this would hit the spot in the middle of summer

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Monarch White Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.54 out of 5 based on 351 ratings.
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