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Atom Smasher - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 457
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 29.86%
Wants: 9
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
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Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: yeahnatenelson on 09-03-2010

With a tip of our hat to our scientific neighbors we have created the innovative Atom Smasher. A hefty, full bodied lager reminiscent of marzen beers from days gone by.
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Photo of bwood06
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - creamy off white head that is slow to dissipate. clear amber beer in color with high carbonation with bubble rising moderately quickly. 4.25/5

S - sweet toffee and malty. vanilla and oakiness come next. herbal hops. very interesting but also somewhat subdued. focus seems to be on the vanilla. 3.5/5

T - malty and toffee up front followed by vanilla and then oaky woodiness and somewhat boozy on the back end. vanilla finish. 3.5/5

M - lighter than expected. light to medium body. leaves mouth wet with no carbonation burn. 4/5

O - oak & vanilla overpower traditional malty sweetness of the oktoberfest style. good beer, just unusual per style and somewhat out of balance. 3.5/5

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear coppery amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge, a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of toasted malts and candi sugar-like sweetness are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has sweet flavors of toasted malts along with some notes of vanilla from the oak barrel aging. Some hints of fruity yeast are also perceptible. Some of the sweetness begins to dissipate as the beer warms up.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather malty, but the sweetness and vanilla flavors imparted by the oak barrel aging help to balance things off a little.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.69/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Clear light orange color. Two fingers of frothy/creamy beige head. Retention is about average and lots of spotty lacing is left.

5.0 S: This smells absolutely wonderful. Toasted malts, layers of caramel, and that lager yeast twang. Oak adds a nice layer of complexity with vanilla contributions. This is whatever the olfactory version of "smooth" is. It's just such a pleasant, subtle nose.

4.5 T: The taste can't live up to the nose, but that's okay since it's still delicious. Caramel and toasted malts, subtle vanilla, and a light metallic lager yeast flavor. Everything is right where it should be.

4.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Silky smooth with a pleasant creaminess. Near perfect here.

5.0 D: The best octoberfest beer I've had this season. It may not have bold flavors or a ton of complexity, but it's so subtly well done, that it's a near perfect beer.

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Photo of rypkr
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Biggest dissapoimtment of any Oktoberfest I've had. I love barrel aged beers as well so was excited because this was "soaked".

Sadly this here has zero oak that comes through and furthermore barely even tastes like a marzen. Drinks like a thin bodied bock.

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Photo of samuelp23
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Clear, copper, lacing on the glass
S: Really malty, sweet, brown sugar; like a doppelbock; vanilla; very rich;
T: very drinkable; some sweetness then hint of aji amarillo pepper but sweetness continues throughout;
F: Thinner than would have expectted from the aroma
O: A great seasonal beer; Very well balanced;

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Solid head tops a dark amber body. Admittedly, this is not true to the Ocktoberfest style. Even the labels says, "..reminiscent of marzen beers..." and I have to give them truth-in-labeling kudos. Taste is one dimensional and the high ABV comes at you with no dancing around. It's not bad, but other Two Brothers brews are better done. Got a pair and that's enough.

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Photo of RyanPoff
2.86/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear copper with lots of bubbles and about a finger of head, little retention. Spot on for the style.

S: Almonds, sweet syrup, booze. Not a lot here.

T: A sweet, boozy, almost sticky sweet beer. Too boozy and sticky to be an Oktoberfest. Frankly, it tastes like some syrup you'd have in a Starbucks drink.

M: It's sticky, medium bodied. OK.

Not a good outing by an otherwise good brewery.

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Photo of TH28
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. 1/11/16 BB date. Appearance: Crystal clear dark copper/amber, with a low, slightly off white foam head. Aroma: Lightly toasted malt with some herbal hop notes. Touch of light caramel and vanilla. Taste: Rich toasted and caramel malt sweetness, with well balanced, but not strong herbal bitterness. Almond noticeable on the back end. Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Slight hint of alcohol on the swallow. Finish: Well balanced bitterness, but this is malt forward with some lingering toast. Some alcohol and almond stick around as well. Overall: A solid Marzen, still very drinkable considering the elevated ABV. Oak aging adds little character, but I do pick up a touch of almond. Nice on a cool evening.

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Photo of mothman
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty and biscuity/bready. Nutty almost. The oak doesn't show much with is disappointing. If it was a regular Octoberfest I'd like it more, but not since it is labeled as oak age.

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Photo of ZAP
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L-Burnt orange colored

S-Sticky sweet aroma....light vanilla...light booziness...

T-Sticky sweet maltiness reminds more of a bock...dark fruits...caramel....booze...

F-Pretty sticky sweet...not sure if I mentioned that....boozy....

O-Certainly a long way from a traditional ofest. To me it is more of a doppelbock. Oak aging adds little as the boozy impressions overwhelm.....in way the booze cuts into the sweetness nicely but overall this just is kind of a muddled boozy concoction. Not my idea of an ofest and simply as a beer it is ok and nothing more. I would not purchase again.

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Photo of pat61
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant red tinted amber into a pilsner glass under a 2” frothy white foam collar that produces magnificent lace. S: Clean malt aromas but overall not very fragrant. T: Very rich layered malt flavors, spicy, bread crust, vanilla, hints of caramel. F: Smooth, medium body with very fine and full carbonation – it’s like drinking a mousse. O: The flavor is good, the texture is outstanding.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this at The Fridge over the Fall of 2014 and it, like so many, fell victim to my backlog here at Chez Woody. I am just happy to be able to open it in March!

From the Bottle: "The J Series"; "A hefty, full-bodied lager like the Marzens of old, but aged in our oak foudres for complexity unmatched by the imported Oktoberfest beers of today. Just add Lederhosen."; "Two Brothers is a craft brewery on the outskirts of Chicago that specializes in rare and seldom-brewed beer styles. The two of us - Jason and Jim Ebel - strive to produce the very best beers available anywhere."; "We hope that you enjoy them as much as we do!"

I Pop!ped the cap and once gain, instituted a heavy-handed pour. The result was two fingers of rocky, foamy, tawny head with moderate retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was odd for the styel, coming off more like the interior of a humidor! It was very malty sweet, but masked/overlain (?) by some heavy oakiness. Now, I was intrigued to try it. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, approaching, but not quite achieving creaminess. This was a really interesting admixture of flavors with the slightly syrupy sweetness of the Oktoberfest/Marzen getting intertwined with the woodiness of the oak foudres. Oak-aged maple syrup, perhaps? It was at once sweet and then dry, like a contradiction in terms. It is impressive that the Ebels were able to pull this off to this extent. Finish was semi- ... Just semi- because I could not decide whether to insert sweet or dry. It was some of both and one of the ore interesting beers that I have had in a while. Does this mean that my Hophead status is in jeopardy of revocation?

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into dimpled mug, best before 1/13/2015. Pours hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light oak, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and light oak notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light oak, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light nuttiness, light oak, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malts, earthy hop, and light oak flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors as well with minimal esters present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Oktoberfest style. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and light oak flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BrewThru_29
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a solid O'fest, which I will admit is not my favorite beer style. Love the addition of the oak. Really impressive flavor for the slightly higher ABV which is undetected. Try it if you see it!

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

Nose of lightly toasted malts, caramels, ripe juicy apples and fermented fruit, a bit of yeast, traces of butterscotch, and a touch of ABV. After it warms, there's also hints of vanilla.

Taste presents toasted malts and caramels on a subtle background of neutral wood. Just enough dried herbal/floral bittering hops to be noticed. ABV is completely hidden. Darker, woody tones emerge deep into the glass. Finish, while balanced, leans towards the hops/wood.

Smooth and luscious across the tongue. Moderate body that thins out as it warms. Finish leans toward the dry side.

Tasty expression of the style, especially with using the oak to smooth and polish the beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this 12oz in a cervoise chilled, review from notes.

The color is deep amber with light haze and visible carbonation with thin white cap and very fine bead with great retention and spots of lace stick. The smell is very bready and light toasted grain in the aroma with subtle yeast ester and light fruity accent with slight mineral accent. The feel is mildly yeasty with slight bitterness and light sweet tinge with semi-dry quality with moderate carbonation and gently tangy accent in the finish.

The taste is very nice with malt presence up front with mild grain taste with subtle yeast which has a light mineral edge leading into a caramel flavor from the malt and slight herbal hop character with semi-dry finish which has a light spice quality with mild alcohol taste. The Atom Smasher is interesting and very decent lager with nice drinkability and light malt sweetness w/out much wood character but it does contribute a slight lactic malt quality.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2/5  rDev -45.2%

Sampled today on 10/13/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled glass "CHEER'S-BOSTON" mug.

Pours a pretty deep copper-amber in color with a thin off-white head. Some spotty lacing was seen when sipped, but not much and didn't stick. The aroma smelled 'soapy' for some reason and some caramel malts as well. Pretty much was the same for the taste with a hint of wood. After about 3 more good sips, I poured it out. Medium bodied and perfect carbonation...for the drain. LOL! Overall, the worst Oktoberfest brew I have had this season. Maybe I had a bad bottle? BUT the back of the label said "BEST BY: 01/08/15".

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Photo of 57md
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%

Light copper. Nose was a touch bready and nutty but not picking up anything clearly discernible from the wood. The body is a touch light compared with the very best American Marzens but the flavor profile is right on with the classic bready notes. There is some essence of wood from the French Oak. The finish is delicately sweet.

This offering is eminently drinkable at a 7.7 abv.

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Photo of KonigObHops
2.79/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle; the beer was a nice copper color that was almost transparent. The head was about one finger width.

The beer has a sweet malty smell and had what seemed like the hint of wheat behind it.

The initial taste was very surprising in that it did not taste like an Oktoberfest at all. There wasn't much at all to the taste in the beginning. In the middle, the toasted caramel taste that you would expect from an Oktoberfest was noticeably absent. The beer has an extremely sweet, but thin finish.

Overall, this beer did not live up to the claim on the bottle that it was a full bodied lager in the Marzen tradition. It also lacked the promised complexity that was supposed to come from being aged in French oak foundries. This beer came across more like a summer ale than an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of irishguybeer86
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Lacked some depth that I expect from an Oktoberfest. True to the claim on the bottle, it is a unique twist on an Oktoberfest but unlike the claim on the bottle it is not "unmatched" by other imported Oktoberfest lagers.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle best by 1/12/15 into a pint glass
A: Completely transparent burnt orange with a one-finger head
S: Tons and tons of sweet malt, hints of baking spice and caramel
T: Matches the nose though the sweet malt (reminds me a bit of creamed corn) is a bit overwhelming compared to the other components
M: Medium-bodied, again a bit sweet here too
O: The sweetness needs to be toned down a bit. If it had a bit more of the spice that's there and needs a bit of a hop note which I found completely absent

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Photo of ksimons
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-a bright orange caramel color with a thin layer of khaki head

S-bready caramel, bit of earthy hops

T-caramel body with a light bit of hops, not the most exciting of tastes

M-medium body, carbonation is a bit on the light side

Overall it's not a bad beer by any means, just a bit one dimensional, still easy to drink

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Photo of KTCamm
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

9/1....pours shiny copper, small foam layer. Mostly clear. Woodsy, oaky nose. Slight whisky note. Taste is a mixed up blend of malt, oak, whisky, vanilla. Smooth, creamy. Slight medicinal boozy flavor. Interesting for sure, but not all there. Points for creativity.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%

12 oz. bottle, with best by date 01/08/2015 printed on the back label. A new seasonal to me from Two Brothers brewing Company.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a coppery orange colored body with about a finger of khaki head that fades to a ring. Semi-transparent with some light fine sedimentation visible. Leaves behind some thin spotty lacing. Looks alright. 3.5

S - The smell is lightly sweet, caramel / toffee malts, some earthiness / woodsiness, but it doesn't smell barrel aged or foudre aged or whatever. Lightly boozy & phenolic. 3

T - Taste is the same - caramel malt, toffee malt, vague notions of dark fruit, notes of oak & wood.Some appley sort of flavor present as well. Fairly simple in it's approach, a little bit more alcohol content than I'm used to for the style. 3.5

M - The feel is crisp & clean. Malty finish. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation. 3

Overall, an okay representation of the style; very simple and average though, I would say. Not something I am likely to pick up again.

Two Brothers Atom Smasher -----3.5/5

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Photo of Chiefy770
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Two Brothers Brewing Company
Atom Smasher
“Best By” date of 1/13/2015 printed on label
Date reviewed: September 8th, 2014
12 fluid ounce bottle
Glass of Choice: Nonic Pint

Bottle Notes: “Oktoberfest Style Lager. Aged in French Oak Foudres”

Translucent copper/amber body. Off-white head, about an inch thick collapsed and left a respectable amount of lacing.

Herbal hops. Toast. Sweet bread.

Rich presence of malts: Dark fruits, biscuit, and sweet rolls. The hops snuck in and enhanced the fruity flavors, finishing with a short-lived, yet strong hit of citric hops. Very subtle signs of oak from the aging. Does not fall short on flavor. Minor woody/earthy notes from the oak, nothing spectacular. Medium-full body. Moderate/low carbonation.

Overall: While the aging concept makes this Oktoberfest sound appealing, overall it fell shy of expectations.

80 (B-)

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Atom Smasher from Two Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.