Atom Smasher - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 94
Hads: 421
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 6.37%
Wants: 8
Gots: 38 | 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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Crown Liquor #19 in Caramel, Indiana. Well, Amyliz4 picked this up. Served in a snifter.

Pours a medium copper color with a thin head that recedes quickly. Some spotty lacing. The nose brings forward plenty of bread and a light bit of caramel. Faint hops. The flavor is okay, having too much of a grain character with slight tannins and a mild tartness. Light body with bread crust and modest carbonation. Decent enough, but not something I would revisit. (474 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking. The solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker."

--Albert Einstein

Burnt orange with a coppery glow and edges of sunny honey. The khaki colored crown barely reached two fingers during an increasingly elevated pour. The cap is maintaining its thickness, however, in spite of few visible bubbles.

The nose could be more powerful and there's a smidgen of sourness that had better not be present on the palate. Toasted-earthy malts and a touch of oak come through as the beer begins to warm. An oak foudre-aged marzen? Let's see how this bad boy tastes.

The first sip is underwhelming... although the changing nature of the flavor profile and the lingering finish hold some promise. Tangy is still present and isn't as bad as first feared. The oak is definitely an odd vibe in beer of this style, but it doesn't seem completely out of place either. Gotta live with this one a while.

Atom Smasher never does get over the taste score hump, although it tries awfully hard. All of the usual elements are in place (plus a few), but this doesn't strike me as a solidly good Oktoberfest for some reason. It's plenty sweet if that's your thing. Maybe a little too sweet. Flavors include toasted bread slathered with fruit jam, caramel, oak and southern sweet tea.

Part of the problem is lackluster carbonation. Although far from flat, the beer lacks any sort of expansiveness or mouth energy. Improvement here might benefit the scores on either side.

Two Brothers Atom Smasher Oktoberfest Style Lager is not as bad as the final score will indicate. That said, it isn't a smashing success and won't be a repeat purchase. Too bad the oak didn't add more to the positive side of the ledger. (1,827 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

9-2013: Bottles are fresh and taste as they should, happy to report infection-free.

2012: Revisited Atom Smasher on tap, and it was as good as it was 2 years ago. Crisp and clean with some nutty malt and mild dry oak character. The infection last year seemed to be isolated to a few bottled batches.

2011:
2.25/5 rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

BBD: 12/24/11 & 12/25/11 = both infected.

Tried 3 bottles so far, the first was great and seemed to have even more oak character than last year. A few weeks later, (today) I try two separate bottles that were both infected, and sour as spoiled orange juice. Each bottle had a different BBD: 12/24/11, 12/25/11, and different strings of numbers on the bottom of the bottle. Going to avoid buying any more of the new 12 oz. bottles this year... buyer beware, as these two batches were infected.

09-04-2010 A-/4.05
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Before You Go, $6.99.

Coppery red orange, hazy in the light. Short cap of foam, it doesn't last all that long, but is rekindled by a second pour.

The bottle has a grainy, sweet malt aroma, but it's hard to pull out much more until it warms. Sweet sticky caramel comes out later, with a slight hint of alcohol otherwise undetected in the flavor.

Oak is well integrated, there's a caramel apple flavor that's big, with a very mild bitterness in the dry, woody aftertaste. A light toasty malt sweetness comes through also, along with a general breadiness. Easy and light carbonation, still a traditional Oktoberfest in my mind, with a unique twist. The oak character is noticeable, but doesn't dominate. Enjoyed trying this, and I hope to see more oak-aged beers from 2 Bros. in the future. (1,757 characters)

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

Thanks to Thorpe for this one.

The pour is a slightly cloudy amber color with a thin white head. A bit of oak and grass to it. Not really much aroma to it overall, maybe a little bit of malty sweetness. A very faint grass flavor with a little bread. A little bit of lemon zest and tartness. Really an odd beer. Light bodied with medium carbonation. (349 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

"Turn out your pockets. I see atoms!" Good times with old Father Burns. This brew pours a slightly hazed dark amber topped by a finger or so of cream-coloured foam. The nose comprises orange zest, mandarin orange syrup (yes, just the syrup), rye bread, hot cinnamon (Dentyne-style, Homes), and a touch o' white flowers it may be the acid, but I can taste the colours...). The taste is pretty similar, with the citrus and sweet bready malts double-teaming my 'buds quite nicely. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice O-Fest, one of the better I've had thus far this season. (706 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 WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (961 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 Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (297 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 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 WoodBrew
2.25/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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. (619 characters)

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a muddy, dirty pumpkin with the cloudiness of a Belgian. It has a great deal of sediment. It smells sweet, funky, and has some good spice to it. It tastes really good. It's very fruit and has some interesting spice to it. It almost has some spicy orange to it. It's not a typical Oktoberfest that's for sure. It drinks very smoothly and has a good, soft mouthfeel. This beer is very tasty and drinks well. I'm really liking it. (442 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 Bitterbill
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got my bottle courtesy of apocalypsezombie. Thanks, Tom!

Best by Nov 22, 2012. Love a brewery that gives you the what's what.

It pours a reddish gold with a 2 finger head of foam and there's ever so much lacing.

It smells bready, earthy, slightly sweet and slightly bitter with a hint of fruit.

The taste has an earthy flavour along with a balanced mild sweetness and bitterness. The bitter leans toward citrus, the sweet isn't noticed much until in and through the finish. Again, very earthy.

It's a bit strong for the style but still any easy drinker. I like. (568 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
2.27/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a mixed case at Costco, which came with a sixer of Atom Smasher.

Good bubbling, head after the pour, and head. Color is a hazey copper. Looks like a good Oktoberfest bier to me.

Sour mashed toasted grains and sour grapes. Thats it, not a very appealing smell to me.

Toasted sour bread with grapes make up teh taste. No oak or somewhat typical Oktoberfest flaors at all. I hop this is just a bad batch, if not this is the sourest interpretation of an Oktoberfest/Marzen I've ever had. I don't care for this beer at all and would bever recommend it. (561 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a hazy dark orange/amber with about a 1/4 inch off-white head that went away quickly. There's pretty much no lacing at all left on the glass. Aroma is caramel and bready malt, nuts, oak and a bit of tart apples. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma. It's a mostly malty brew, with the caramel and bready malt flavors being the strongest, and with some oak, tart apple, nutty and earthy flavors noticable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and enjoyable. I think it's a decent enough brew, but it's not something I would buy very often. (661 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 Florida9
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper in color. Clear. Forms a good 1/2" of thick, off-white head on an aggressive pour that quickly reduces down to about a 1/4" and eventually just fades away. Very little lacing.

S: Caramel malts. Toast. Citrus. Some earthy noble hops.

T: Sweet caramel malt with a light bit of oak and even just a hint of vanilla. Roasted malt. And while this certainly a malt-centered beer, the malt is on the lighter side. Flavors are light and subtle. Simple and sweet on the finish

M: On the lighter side of medium. Soft. Lighter carbonation.

D: A decent Oktoberfest with the oak aging giving it a little character. Lighter body lends to easy drinking. Enjoyable, but not something I will necessary seek out again. (721 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours hazy orangish copper with almost no head

smells of sweet carmel and some earthy grassy hops

taste - bready candy carmel malts some sour fruit(apple) flavors

mouthfeel is medium/heavy with very little carbonation almost flat

drinkability is so so - i split the bomber and that was plenty for me this fall - sour flavors and no carbonation - the search continues for a great oktoberfest (395 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened this bottle in early November, just know entering my notes... This was recommended by Terry at Vineyard Liquors (Plano, IL) on my Labor Day visit. I agreed - an 'Oktoberfest Style Lager aged in French Oak Foudres' sounded interesting...

12 oz bottle, dated 'Best By 12/1/12'. Opened & poured to a pilsner glass.

Label artwork looks different from photo above. It reads, in part: "A hefty, full-bodied lager like the Märzens of old, but aged in our oak foudres for complexity unmatched by the imported Oktoberfest beers of today. Just add Lederhosen." Alc/Vol 7.7%, 22.6 IBU

A: Very pretty reddish-copper tone, almost clear. A few wriggling bubble trails but not a ton of carbonation. Good head, a frothy ivory that tops off at about 1-finger high. Lace is a dappled patchwork of sticky foam and spotty flecks.

S: An expected malty aroma, a touch of brown sugar with toasted nuts. Lilting fruitiness (hard to discern - apple or pear?)

T: Tasty and full flavor of baked bread, caramel and nutty grains. Hints at holiday spice (cinnamon?) and a vaguely vanilla/woody finish do let on that this has been aged in oak. The 'fruitiness' here is definitely 'apple', with a red/tannic skin-like bite. A little mineral in that drier finish. Lots of subtleties.

M: Lovely smoothness and subtle alcohol warming (this *IS* an Oktoberfest approaching 8%, after all...). Carbonation is modest, creamy feel but a lasting 'tinny' feel, glightly gummy. Not as clean as I want in a Märzen.

O: Enjoyable beer, no doubt. I kinda wish I'd tried it a little fresher (September-mid October) as carbonation seemed a little underwhelming, but the flavors and feel were all good. Have tried a few from Two Brothers and generally like what I've had; I'd seek out this beer again! (1,768 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in pint glass at Sheffields.

A: appears a deep orange, slightly cloudy, zero head or lacing, appears to be somewhat thick/syrupy

S: the aroma doesn't feature much other than a sweet malty profile with some notes of caramel and candied fruits, no hop character to speak of, very mild

T: the front is very sweet, like the nose- candied fruits come through along with caramel and other malty notes, the beer finishes boozy. Overall, this beer lacks balance and doesn't resemble what I think of as an Oktoberfest. A bit of a disappointment.

MF: thick body, low to medium carbonation, slightly syrupy texture.

D: this is not my idea of a drinkable brew. The sweetness is nearly cloying and it doesn't feature what an Oktoberfest should be. The oak aging of this beer is virtually undetectable...I'm starting to question Two Bros use of the oak foudres. In theory, it sounds like a solid idea, but at the end of the day, it doesn't translate to a better beer. (966 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 MattyG85
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,212 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went out to dinner at Chef Amaury's 33 West restaurant in Aurora, IL and they had this on the menu, so I ordered one. 12oz brown bottle served in a pint glass.

The beer poured a clear amber/red color with a ½-finger of white head that lasted a few minutes and left moderate lacing.

Toasted malt and caramel smell along with a whiff of oak barrel.

Toasted malt and caramel flavor with a low but noticeable hop bitterness, which is a bit unusual in an Okroberfest. There is also an oak barrel taste along with some spicy alcohol.

Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is also a bit of warming alcohol in the swallow.

This is not your typical sweet Oktoberfest, but it's still good and definitely worth a try. (735 characters)

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Atom Smasher from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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