Monarch White Beer
Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #525
Ranked #42,892
3.56 | pDev: 12.36%
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Monarch White BeerMonarch White Beer
Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 358
Photo of alleykatking
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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 +3.4%
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 -16.9%
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 -13.5%
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

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 Treebs
3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
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 Auracom
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. On-tap at Kelleher's on May 14th, 2011.

Pours a golden, straw-yellow coloring with good lacing, avg. retention, and lots of feet attracting to the sides. Aroma is mainly citrus and malt sweetness with underlying spice. Nothing particularly strong in the nose. Taste is similar with relaxed bitterness and stronger citrus. Drinks accessibly which unfortunately means a bit subdued in this instance. Mouthfeel exhibits good carbonation with a short finish and a medium/thin-med. body.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: slightly opaque and hazy golden straw gold color.

Smell: hay, citris, clove and a sweet fruity smell.

Taste: mild sweetness of bananas, spicy yeast and hay. Mild clove and coriander flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light body and lively moderate carbonation.

Overall: A witbeer that almost crosses over into a saison style beer. Nice beer for summer time and hot days!

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of oranges and wheat in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has some notes of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties; however it isn’t quite as thirst quenching as other witbiers because it has a slightly heavier body.

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Photo of Skagbaron
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
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 -1.7%
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%
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 +11.2%
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 +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 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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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 ChadQuest
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
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 -8.7%
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 +6.7%
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 +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 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 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 DoctorDog
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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%
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 +2.5%
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 -8.7%
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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Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 358 ratings