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Atom Smasher - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 96
Hads: 426
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 8
Gots: 43 | 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

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Beer added by: yeahnatenelson on 09-03-2010

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Reviews: 96 | Hads: 426
Photo of ZAP
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +18%
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? (1,719 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +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. (1,468 characters)

Photo of BrewThru_29
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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! (199 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.9/5  rDev +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. (674 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (967 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
2/5  rDev -44.6%

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". (657 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%

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. (385 characters)

Photo of KonigObHops
2.79/5  rDev -22.7%
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. (813 characters)

Photo of irishguybeer86
3.25/5  rDev -10%

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. (219 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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 (520 characters)

Photo of ksimons
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
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 (321 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.43/5  rDev -5%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%

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 (1,066 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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”

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

Nose:
Herbal hops. Toast. Sweet bread.

Tongue:
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-) (898 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Pours a huge, frothy white head that has really good persistence. Spicy hop aroma. Crystal clear, copper color. Starts with a spicy, grainy hop flavor. Builds into a slightly toasted biscuit malt. Lingering hops begin to meld with the malt as the wood notes start to come through. Finish is wood and spicy hops.

This isn't too bad. It's and okay Oktoberfest, and the oak aging definitely helps make it more interesting, but it's still just okay. (447 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-The J series. Oktoberfest aged in oak foudres.

A: Dense coppery-orange with a immense, feverish display of carbonation within. Small bready off white head with a short rate of hold recedes to a patchy covering with minor eye lash slashes of lace on the vessel.

S: Scent of caramelized oranges, moderate in strength, fresh and wet nature finishing out with a lightly caramelized bread crust. Slight to average in strength per style.

T: The flavor had a strong, oaky caramelized malting with semi-dried oranges and noble hopping. Buttered caramel bread sweetness.

M: Spritzy mouthful from the carbonation, very active, perhaps a bit to much so per style, oaky alcohol warmth on the inner cheeks and tonuge.

O: Overall a different approach, a bit high abv% wise per style, deeper speciality grain influence and oaky alcohol makes this a bit heavier to consume then your typical lighter drinking fair. The carbonation is also a bit zealous and over-active. Not a bad beer, some interesting attributes from the oaky alcohol, a bit outside the box. (1,052 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(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. (784 characters)

Photo of blackcompg
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours about a finger of off-white eggshell head, color of the body is a lightly hazed orange amber, the head disappeared in a few minutes, and left no lacing in my glass.

Smell - Light oak, roasted malt, dark toffee, freshly baked wheat bread, brown sugar

Taste - Much like the nose, , begins with slight woody oak, wheat bread, sweetness from brown sugar and toffee, some light roasted malt, and hints of nutmeg - finishing with some more oak, wheat crusts, unsweetened molasses and some light minerals and light earthy hops.

Mouthfeel - Almost medium, beer is flavorful but not bold, carb is lower side of medium and smooth, with a few edges at the sides of the tongue. Feels slightly on the watery side for a 7.7% beer, drinkability is good.

Overall - A good flavorful fall beer, oak flavors are interesting and fit well with the other flavors. A good fall beer, and worth a try. (900 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear orange gold with a finger of white fizzy head, no lacing.
S - Skunky, herbal, some light grass, sweet malts, a little bit of burnt grains
T - Overly sweet taste, artificial kinda sugary sweet, baking flour, wheat, malty, slight red wine on the end.
M - Cloying flavor semi dry feel, alcohol burn.
O - I really did not like this at all, way too sweet. (384 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear copper in color, with a nice two-inch head of white foam.
Aroma-Pale malt note
Taste-Cracker malt,pale malt, subtle oakiness and warming alcohol in the finish. A nice, balanced mix of flavors. A good match for roasted chicken. (279 characters)

Photo of alphagnome
4.37/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
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.

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

Taste:
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.

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

Overall:
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! (762 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - amber body, ivory head slowly fades to a foam
S - earthy, spicy, caramel, toffee, yeast, faint oak and vanilla
T - more oaky flavor, caramel, toffee, toasted grain, earthy spicy hops, vanilla, boozier than the usual märzen
M - full body, creamy, finishes semi dry
O - nice changeup on a classic style with the oak foudre aging and the amped up abv. I'll usually pick up a bottle or 2 of this from my local brewery for Oktoberfest just for its uniqueness. (460 characters)

Photo of joeboe2001
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing wrong with this brew, nor was there anything really exceptional about it.

Sort of what I would expect from an Oktoberfest lite. Appearance and smell were pretty normal, taste and mouthfeel a bit light.

Not something I would order again, but fans of lite beers might like it. (284 characters)

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Atom Smasher from Two Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.