1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Atom Smasher - Two Brothers Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Atom SmasherAtom Smasher

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

273 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 273
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: yeahnatenelson on 09-03-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 273 | Reviews: 80 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by MCain04:
Photo of MCain04


4/5  rDev +7.2%

02-12-2013 18:19:14 | More by MCain04
More User Reviews:
Photo of dmheinz57


4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

11-12-2012 22:54:37 | More by dmheinz57
Photo of danthehopslamman


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-15-2012 03:15:13 | More by danthehopslamman
Photo of SmellsofMahagony


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

10-26-2013 12:22:07 | More by SmellsofMahagony
Photo of Twifiter


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

10-15-2012 20:20:55 | More by Twifiter
Photo of jisom123


4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

09-17-2012 23:27:14 | More by jisom123
Photo of Mora2000


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orangish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is fairly one-dimensional and is dominated by toffee from the malt. The flavor is toffee and grassy/earthy hops with a tad bit of smoke mixed in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

10-12-2010 22:40:03 | More by Mora2000
Photo of bsp77


3.35/5  rDev -10.2%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Dimpled Mug.

Appearance: Bright copper-orange without much head.

Smell: Cherry, caramel, oak and biscuit. Fairly sweet and boozy.

Taste: Sweet caramel and cherry upfront, with some biscuit notes. Finish has oak and light noble hops. Can taste the alcohol; distracting in this type of beer.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium boozy body, finish has some residual sweetness.

Overall: While the oak is a good idea, this is simply too sweet and boozy to be a really good Marzen.

09-07-2012 21:05:46 | More by bsp77
Photo of deebo


4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

10-02-2013 05:51:35 | More by deebo
Photo of jiffymon

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

09-30-2013 17:43:45 | More by jiffymon
Photo of MattyG85


4/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Bottle says best by 12/1/12.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head with good retention. Lacing is fairly light.

Smell: Bready and malt forward with hints of the barrel. Sweet toasted malts with hints of caramel, biscuit, toffee, and crackers. Hints of oak come through with a little bit of cherry and apple. Also some light cinnamon and nutmeg spice hints. Some grassy, earthy hops round out the smell. Solid aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints, a malty Marzen with a interesting twist from the barrel. Sweet and toasty malts with good notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, yeast, cracker, and apple. Some oak and wood with subtle notes of cherry and vanilla. Light taste of spice including cinnamon and nutmeg. Light hop presence in the background with some earthy hops. A solid and interesting taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and pretty smooth. Fairly sweet to start, with a somewhat dry finish.

Overall: A pretty decent spin on the style. Nice caramel malt taste with a interesting mix of oak and spice.

10-05-2012 05:30:47 | More by MattyG85
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%

Appears a slightly clouded deep caramel amber with a big billowing cream colored head. Fine speckled lacing scattered in my liter Paulaner krug. Aroma has some nutty caramel sweetness, tart cider like notes in the background. Alot of bread dough malt driven tones without much herbal hops to balance things out. Flavor super sweet almost sugary, lacks the balance that a nice toasted bread malty herbal hopped Ofest has I get it this isn't a straight up marzen this is a boozed up maltier version. Of all the Two Brothers beers I've tasted this is my least favorite. Mouthfeel becomes cloying especially once you're half way done, not my style of beer. I've had imperial Ofests that worked with higher alcohol the unbalanced malt/hop ratio is killing me. Carbonation is a bit much almost too heavy tickles the back of my throat and nares. Drinkability overall is really limited I wouldn't even suggest a bomber, I've been there and done that no need to revisit.

10-08-2010 02:51:07 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of vfalstad


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

09-21-2013 22:41:46 | More by vfalstad
Photo of JIMTRK16


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-26-2014 21:28:40 | More by JIMTRK16
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a clear caramel color with a thin meniscus of antique white head and a swirling carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The flinty dry malt aroma is clean and nicely lagered but there is a bit of a nougat smell in the finish with a soft green pungent hop note that grows as the beer opens.

T- The dry wet stones flavor soon gives way to a lightly toasted malt that is nicely lagered with a crisp pungent hop note in the finish. There is some sulfur taste that starts to come through in the after taste.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a full crisp fizz in the finish.

O- This beer has a nice smooth malt flavor but I would really like to see a bit more sweetess just to add character to the malt and cut some of the pungency of the hops.

06-17-2014 21:15:23 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of timc100


3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

A: Red orange dark amber with white foamy head
S: Like fall - toasty caramel malts - bread/yeast
T: Follows the nose well - has maintained traditional Oktoberfest taste nicely
M: Soft carbonation, good medium body
O: A great Oktoberfest with one of the best mouthfeels of it's style

08-21-2012 17:47:51 | More by timc100
Photo of joeseppy


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

09-08-2013 03:29:48 | More by joeseppy
Photo of klshanks


3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

Appearance- Nice orangish brown hue. Not much head, but then again, I poured this one into a gigantic 1/2 gallon margarita type glass, so there isn't much chance for head. I won't dock it for that.

Smell- A Yeasty, bready, malty aroma. Not too powerful, but not overly strong.

Taste- Nice sweet caramel notes with a hint of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel- A little bit syrupy. On the thicker side of your average oktoberfest.

Drinkability- Good, not great. I don't think I would drink several of these while hanging out in my leiderhosen, but at the same time I would have another one.

10-04-2010 00:05:37 | More by klshanks
Photo of alphagnome


4.36/5  rDev +16.9%

Practically flawless! Clear, rich copper-colored body with a thick, off-white that leaves plenty of lacing as the glass slowly empties. Plenty of carbonation.

A simple, caramel sweetness hangs about it that is laced with fresh citrus and spice.

An Earthy, bitter bite catches you off guard up front, but is perfectly balanced with malty sweetness. Vague caramel and oak notes wrap themselves in a fresh bread. Finish is nice and spicy, leaving you yearning for the next sip.

Silky smooth and easy to drink. Refreshing and lightly carbonated sum up this medium-bodied beer beautifully.

Easily one of the best Oktoberfest-Style beers I've ever had, if not one of the best beer, period. Find it, buy it, & enjoy it!

10-31-2013 04:14:23 | More by alphagnome
Photo of Oboogie


3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

08-27-2012 06:27:06 | More by Oboogie
Photo of tjsdomer2


4.15/5  rDev +11.3%

Appearance: Good amber color. Absent the foam and lacing that I normally like, but this strikes me as a no frills working man's beer. On those standards, this is a winner.

Smell: Nutmeg, cinnamon, and some oak. It reminds me of an oaked chardonnay in a way. Not what I expected.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Looks like a medium-bodied ale, but tastes a bit like a white wine (see oaked chardonnay). The spices make the mouthfeel extraordinary crisp with a great bite.

Overall Drinkability: Two Brothers knocks another one out of the park.

08-31-2012 04:50:00 | More by tjsdomer2


4.28/5  rDev +14.7%

22oz bottle into an over sized Paulaner stein, wow this glass is huge.
    A: The body is a very hazy hue, with a murky orange appearance. The head pours with vigor, but settles into a nice layer. Small batches of lacing are left behind. 
    S: sweet barley notes, with a nice subtle earthy hop nose. Overall a bit on the medium intensity side, but very nice for the style. A very nutty aroma with some caramel elements. 
    T/M: The first thing that hits is the big feel of a creamy Two brothers beer, the mouthfeel is a thick welcome to the roasted and nutty flavor of the malts. The spice on the body is a nice balance between the malts and some hop dry character at the end. 
    D: This is a nice take on a classic style and have found it among the best of the domestic marzens. Good overall beer, with having it on draft, I would say that it is very drinkable.  

11-15-2010 17:56:10 | More by GDBEERMAN
Photo of WoodBrew


2.23/5  rDev -40.2%

Trying the Atom Smasher tonight....and yikes....after the first sip....can't say I am a fan. The appearance is blah...the color is a hazy tan/light brown. There is virtually no head, after swirling the glass you get a white head that dissapates quickly. The smell is bread, sour dough, almost sour mash smell. The taste is very tart almost like drinking liquid sour dough bread. The mouthfeel is tough...high ABV masked by bready tart soury mash taste. Overall this is not a good beer....I'm wondering/hoping this is a bad bottle..or batch. Typically Two Brothers is a solid brewery this one in my mind missed the mark.

10-04-2011 23:50:09 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of pourmeadrink


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

11-18-2013 14:34:59 | More by pourmeadrink
Photo of Cooper


4/5  rDev +7.2%

09-03-2012 01:29:26 | More by Cooper
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Atom Smasher from Two Brothers Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.