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Atom Smasher - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 79
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:
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(Beer added by: yeahnatenelson on 09-03-2010)
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11-21-2011 19:42:40 | More by thewimperoo
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

11-20-2011 02:48:43 | More by stbo101
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-16-2011 03:20:05 | More by Chrisbracken420
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11-15-2011 21:31:49 | More by TrentW
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-15-2011 21:19:42 | More by imperialking
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-15-2011 01:54:46 | More by thebouch01
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-14-2011 16:06:33 | More by savagepanda
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

11-14-2011 15:48:29 | More by sbricker
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3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle sent by Augustiner719, into my Lost Abbey stemware.

Hazy sinopia. A beautiful, shimmering hue. One finger of dense khaki head lasts just a few seconds, but the leftover ring is big and deposits the occasional spot of lace.

There’s a good amount of green apple in the nose, which makes me think acetaldehyde. It’s not completely distracting, but does cover up the other aromas (biscuits, corn, a hint of vinous oak). Gives the beer an almost apple cider quality.

The flavor is green apple-free, though now I’m getting occasional metallic notes. Toasted sourdough, caramel, corn and a touch of red apple mix with a grainy alcohol flavor. It’s fairly sweet for an octoberfest, and definitely lacking the caramel/toast complexity the style calls for. Oak-aging adds some vinous complexity, but I’m not sure it works with the other flavors.

Light, prickly carb in a nicely silky medium body. Alcohol is impressively hidden; bitterness balances the sweet flavors mid-palate, then slowly take over during the long finish.

I have to admit I’m a little let down by this one. Atom Smasher is like a community play — a lot of flavors competing for top billing, but none of them filling the role they were given with much skill.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 02:30:11 | More by Phelps
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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure if this counts as an Oktoberfest beer cause if it does it definitely doesn't taste like a traditional Oktoberfest beer to me. But, I love brewers that experiment and make a beer that is their own. Use a style as a base and make a good beer off of that foundation. This has a much more fruity taste and smell to it then any other representation of the style I've had. But it's pleasant and easy to drink. I recommend it if you like different beer and aren't just going for that traditional taste of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 04:45:08 | More by BStalf21
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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 21:18:38 | More by scruffwhor
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3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours beautiful crystal clear brown/orange with a half inch of crackling head that begins dissipating quickly. Darker than many Marzens, but otherwise very true to style. Oak foundres offer a nice hint of wood and a level of complexity absent from run-of-the-mill festival beer. Very nicely executed to be very much of the style with some subtle gestures that make this a Two Brothers beer.

I think this is a better offering than some reviews I've read, and there may be a bad batch out there judging from some of the comments. Mine was in perfectly good shape and I know someone who might really enjoy one of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 02:53:51 | More by salvo
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3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz from their new J Series version of this beer.

A: Darker amber. Potentially darker than most okto's as a result of the foudre aging.

S: I came in with high hopes here. I have loved their other J Series beers and the slightly oaked tinges Resistance and Long Haul exhibit, but this smells like a pretty standard okto. Kinda bland. Was hoping for a little more oak influence.

T: Pretty standard profile for a marzen. Maybe a bit more malt, but again left me wanting more complexity considering the foudres.

M: I enjoyed the mouthfeel. Seemed to have good body, but still finished clean.

O: This beer is alright. A little let down, but also have had better okto's.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 00:35:45 | More by mystikyle71
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2.23/5  rDev -40.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 23:50:09 | More by WoodBrew
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3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 20:55:32 | More by Thorpe429
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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 00:03:10 | More by emerge077
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3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

7.7? Big Oktoberfest. Best by 1/7/12 on the label. "...aged in our oak foudres for complexity..." Someone just posted that all it would take for an Oktoberfest to crack a high average all it would need to do is be aged in oak. Here you have it.

A -- Clear, orange-amber with a very dense, light tan head. Become hazy with the last pour.

S -- Bready malt, spicy hops, vaguest oak.

T -- Sort of winy and bready malts up front, actually rather fleeting in flavor. Some spicy hops in the finish and breadiness in that aftertaste. Maybe the vaguest hint of oak with that winyness, but only a touch of woody character. It's okay, just sort of thin. After the beer warmed a little the winy character became more distracting for what is supposed to be a clean, malty beer. Had to cut some points.

M -- Body is light-medium with a soft mouthfeel -- even a touch of creaminess.

O -- The 7.7 is well hidden in both flavor and body. Overall impressions are pretty lackluster. I had some high hopes for this from the small local, but it's nothing really special. As pointed out above, the winy character of this beer isn't true Oktoberfest in style and just a little distracting. If this was labeled an Amber Ale the characters wouldn't be off.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 21:20:08 | More by steveh
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3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two Brothers Atom Smasher:

Aroma: Light on the aroma. I get oak, and caramel sweetness.

Appearance: Murky orange. Head pours slightly off white and retreats quickly to the sides.

Taste: Some traditional Oktoberfest flavors are balanced by the oak. Not convinced the style is at its strongest from oak barrels but it’s certainly unique. The oak keeps it from becoming too overpowering much like in a drier chardonnay. The ABV of 7.7% is a surprise: tastes not a molecule over 5%.

Palate: moderately carbonated and full bodied. A bit oily with a short finish.

Overall: Not a traditional Oktoberfest, but interesting. I just wish the aromas and flavors played out a bit stronger.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 22:06:33 | More by glassbrass440
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3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this was from draft. poured a nice dark copper color with good a good and foamy head.

Nose was pretty good, but dominated by the oak tones on the beer. A more oaked atom smasher on the nose than I remember from last year. This also had tones of malts, blood oranges, and spice tones as well.

Solid medium feel but with tones that are still fairly oak dominated. More oranges and malts, but behind some oak tones

This was good, but I remembered last year's to be better than this. It just wasn't fully working for me and I'm glad I had it off tap rather than paying for a 6 pack

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 02:13:28 | More by KDawg
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3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a cervoise goblet.

A: Pours a very hazy dark amber with some lighter hues where the light hits around the edges. Off white head that dissipates into nothing.

S: Malty with a little musty yeast smell. Dull orange zest.

T: Taste follows the nose. Toasted malts with some dull zest. Pretty typical Marzen flavors.

M: Clean. Little dry finish. Medium bodied.

O: Not my favorite of the style. It was pretty average across the board.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 13:15:13 | More by Treebs
Atom Smasher from Two Brothers Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.