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Atom Smasher - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 104
Hads: 454
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
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 beerthulhu
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.43/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of barnzy78
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of joeboe2001
3/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of matjack85
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Huber Beer Stein

A) Clear, dark brown color, fall oak leave color, thick three finger head that dissipates quickly leaving a lot of lacing. Good amount of carbonation too.

S) Wow oak up front immediately then lager yeast and malt.

T) Roasted malt, can taste Munich maybe pilsner grains, oaky finish and a little alcohol at the end. Very sweet beer nonetheless.

M) Medium Carbonation, light body, but not watery

O) Not a bad American style Oktoberfest. Very tasty beer I can't wait to have on tap!

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Photo of jkwuc89
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint draught at World of Beer at Easton in Columbus, OH

Appearance - Clear golden amber with off white head

Smell - Somewhat fruity, not very aromatic to be honest

Taste - Malty, semi-sweet, slight oak aftertaste

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation

Overall - Decent, could use more aroma.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.44/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into dimpled pint glass, two finger off white head with moderate carbonation.

Appearance: amber to dark brown in color

Mouthfeel: thick

Smells: bready, malty, and toasty

Taste: The best part of this beer, is the complex taste! You get the bready malt with a toasty, spicy finish at the end, but the final finish is the French Oak that they age this brew in for about a month.

Overall, this is a splendid beer! I want to try it on draught.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle ( best by 1/20/14) into a tulip glass.

Color is a great looking brownish-orange . head was rather light and settled quickly.

Aroma - getting some caramel malt aroma as well as some oak

Taste - caramel, oak, bread, nutty

Mouthfeel - medium carbonation, a bit dry, but a crisp finish

Overall -A nice version of a marzen, I think the oak adds a nice touch. This is very drinkable for almost 8%. I bought this in a mix-a-six but I'm definitely thinking about picking up a full 6 pack before it's out of season.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Excellent clarity and medium-high carbonation.

Caramel, baked bread, candy sugar and milk.

Caramel and fresh baked bread. Notes of brown sugar and toasted white bread. Residual candy sugars and a hint of cocoa. There is a touch of some milky character. I can't detect any oak but the aging seems to affect the smoothness.

Medium bodied, smooth, crisp and clean.

This is a nice Oktoberfest. Has a lactose quality similar to a Sweet Stout. Very smooth and malty.

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Photo of JackMehoff
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Have had this beer in previous years out of a bottle and did not like it at all. Went to the brewery today and tried some fresh and had a different experience. This years batch was released 3 or 4 days ago so it doesn't get much fresher. Very nice brew. Not overwhelmed by the oak (which was my previous experience). Very complex yet well balanced. An interesting interpretation of the Marzen style.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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Photo of jmunsters
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ended up in Westlake, OH in mid-Oct 2012 and this was a recommendation to me from the local craft beer place, Fine Wine and Tobacco for "local seasonal beer".

A - Pours deep golden amber. Obvious from the pour this is not your typical Marzen
S - Sweet malt, maple syrup, bright oak, sweet yeast
T - This is not your typical Marzen. At. All. It's a malt forward, heavy lager with a sweet maple (I know it's oak but it tastes like maple) taste. This is amazing for the season, but an "Oktoberfest" this is not.
M - I love how this goes down. Smooth like a sweet bourbon. Full like an Autumn brown, but sweet. This typifies Autumn in the NE and NE/Midwest to me.
O - I love this beer. I really do. However, I am going to rate it as it's labeled and branded. If you're looking for a typical Oktoberfest, you will not enjoy this. If you're looking for something that reminds you of pumpkins, red leaves, and cool nights full of stars in the sky... You got it.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle stamped BB 120112

A- pours a clear golden orange color with an off white 1 finger head nice fresh cap very little lacing

S- is interesting im picking up wine and aged oak with cinnamon and malt, other spices

T- sweet on the front with wood and and light white fruit tastes a touch of wine and a hint of nutmeg

M-sweet and woody a touch of heat a little wood

O- this is a unique marzen an imperial one at that the wood nuances are splendid i only bought a single but will buy a few more to further enjoy this one

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of BB1313
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best by 11/22/12. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a burnt orange, slight haze, ton of legs, small white head which fades quickly, decent lacing and retention. The aromas are very sweet. I'm picking up a ton of caramel malts. There's a rich breadiness blended with a touch of chocolate. The oak isn't exactly noticeable in the nose, but it's somewhat noticeable in the flavors. The flavors are bold, maybe even too bold for the style. Wow, this one has a strong sweetness to it. Lots of grains. The caramel aspects really dominate the flavors. The oak gives it a sweetness, almost giving it a sour quality. Pretty odd for the style, but I can dig it. The mouthfeel is great. Very spritzy and light for a bigger beer; full-bodied. The alcohol heat is there, but it's still pretty easy to drink.

This is an interesting take on the style. It's definitely unique. I've never had a lager aged on oak before. Not overly exciting, but it's worth experiencing.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of sweethome
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage - bottle pour in to belgian tulip glass.

Pour is medium amber - light head, decent lacing. Nose is sweet, a hint of sour, limited.

Carmel malt entry. Medium mouthfeel. A bit of oak. Tastes more like an ale than lager - has a sweetness that suggests ale yeast. Full flavors that suggest marzen, but the oak conditioning gives a unique spin. Nice beer. Different than an Octoberfest - but dances with the style. Flavorful, satisfying, unique....I like it.

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Photo of timc100
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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Atom Smasher from Two Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.