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Atom Smasher - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of BlastBeats


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Appearance: very cloudy and pumpkin orange.. looks thick. Frothy whitish head dissipates quickly.

Smell: there's definitely that musty Marzen smell. Maltiness in the nose as well.

Taste: there's a distinct metallic taste that I noticed to be exclusive to the head.. once retracted, the rest of the beer has a sweet malty flavor with hints of oak and vanilla that can be credited to the French oak foudres this Oktoberfest aged in.

Mouthfeel: this is a full bodied lager with a creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: I'm admittedly not a huge fan of Oktoberfests, but I found this one to be enjoyable.. a solid beer to enjoy during the fall months.

09-18-2011 08:05:29 | More by BlastBeats
Photo of SGplayer84


3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

Had on draft at Francesca's on Taylor over the 2nd weekend of September. Served in 16oz Pint Glass

A-Slightly cloudy, with deep orange, must be a marzen. Great layer of carbonation and head retention, though the foam does dissipate after a bit.

S-I get cloves, a few other yeastly esters with a slight oak to it. Oak is very very slight but i could tell it was there. Which is interesting to me for a Marzen

T-Great taste to it, the body is solid on this one and refreshing at the same time. It's slightly spicy, but low on the hops. Most of the flavor comes from the malts and the yeast.

M-Nice body! It's not heavy like a stout, but defiantly not one of the lighter bottom fermenting brew's i've had. Must have a decent % of wheat in the bill because it's slightly refreshing yet not comparable to any weizens. I would say it has a great body and mouthfeel for a fall brew.

O-Great Marzen, interesting that I got the oak from the smell and it's interesting for a Marzen to utilize oak, but i will say i enjoyed the brew. One of the best american versions of a marzen i've had as of late.

09-13-2011 03:20:22 | More by SGplayer84
Photo of falloutsnow


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Had on-tap at the brewhouse on 8/27/11. Review from notes.

Arrives to me in a standard US pint glass, with very little head. What is there is whitish and thinly covering the top. Beer itself is copper brown, with some visibly active carbonation along sides. Fairly average looking.

Smells mostly like malt, sweet and caramel-like, some toasted character. Simple, yet effective, this has a fairly strong scent that I don't have to go searching for.

Taste is similar to smell: strong malt character, slightly toasty, tempered with what I assume is some intrigue provided by hops and/or aging in the oak foudre. This is probably the first time I've picked up on anything that could be from Two Brothers' foudres. Would have never guessed that this was 7.7%, completely undetectable ethanol all the way through.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, where I could believe the original gravity and resulting alcohol are most noticeable. Carbonation is adequate, but could stand to be a notch higher. Finish is sweet, but dry; not sticky.

This was an interesting Oktoberfest to have on tap. Certainly unique in terms of flavor. Would like to try more of this, either on tap or bottle form.

09-09-2011 05:14:30 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of ahq514


3.45/5  rDev -7.5%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.

Pours a cloudy amberish golden color. Not much head at all, poured fairly vigorously and there is just a film atop the beer. Seems fairly lightly carbonated from appearance.

Aroma is very malt forward as can be expected. Slightly toasted. Has an element of oakiness and nuttiness that seem to be pretty well intertwined.

Taste is very similar to aroma. Heavy on the malt, toasty and oaky. Not as much nuttiness as detected in the aroma, but present. Oakiness adds some complexity and makes the beer more earthy in my opinion. Has a sweet, dry finish. Hops aren't real noticeable.

A little low on the carbonation side, medium bodied. Not as sessionable as I typically think of marzen beers being.

Overall, this is a decent marzen beer. The oak adds an interesting component that keeps me interested. Worth a try for sure.

09-08-2011 03:46:15 | More by ahq514
Photo of cagocubs


4.3/5  rDev +15.3%

Poured into pint glass from bottle.

A: Pours a light caramel brown with some amber tones to it. Small white head dissipates quickly and leaves a splotchy cap.

S: Smells real tasty. Caramel malts are plentiful. Some hops, but overall nice sweetness coming out of this pour. Sweet/Smokey.

T: The caramel malt and hops combine to make a real balanced and tasty drink. At 7.7 the alcohol is perfectly masked. Some smokiness lingers on the palate from the oak aging. Real nice sweet aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with awesome mouth coating. Fairly wet all the way through. Real easy and fun to drink.

O: One of my favorite marzens now. I can see me buying quite a few more six packs this season.

09-05-2011 00:59:34 | More by cagocubs
Photo of vande


3.33/5  rDev -10.7%

Fantasy Football Draft Beer #2

A ~ light overall looking...somewhat of light orange-yellow blend with no head, little lace...kind of a plain looking beer

S ~ subtle qualities...faint oakiness hidden amongst the malt presence... maybe some vanilla or amaretto or something?

T ~ touch sweeter than I remember, not sure what it is.... a combination of the oak used, the style created and malt dumped in? Decent, but different.

M ~ thinner than I recall having last year, but I could be crazy. a light creaminess texture.

O ~ my first fall beer of the long awaited for season, not a bad start... something to try although i don't know if i'll buy another 6er with so many others to try. The nice thing though, is it came in 12 oz, 6 packs this year compared to last years 375...i think though, I'm gonna try this one out again soon and rethink my review...

08-28-2011 15:11:00 | More by vande
Photo of thebierbrewery


4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

Served out of a 22oz bottle.

A- Cloudy pumpkin color, hazy hazy clarity, no head retention.

S- Malty malty, some noble hop aroma, fruity aroma

T- Good balance, big time vienna/munich maltiness just enough hops to balance, slight oakiness, warming alcohol

M- Thick mouthfeel with medium carbonation, slightly syrupy in a good way

D- Very drinkable because of its balance and mouthfeel

01-28-2011 00:52:17 | More by thebierbrewery
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.45/5  rDev -7.5%

"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.

01-05-2011 13:51:29 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of aasher


4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

12-07-2010 04:34:27 | More by aasher
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours a clear reddish amber in color with a creamy 1 finger tan head; good lacing that clings to the glass.

Smells of sweet malt, caramel, light toasted grains, light citrus hops; the malt sweetness dominates the nose.

Tastes of sweet malt, caramel, light toasted grains, cinnamon, light citrus hops, and a super sweet finish that has a syrup character.

Nice light feel, with light carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable with above average flavor. I read somewhere that this beer was aged in oak barrels, but I could not taste it in the beer at all.

11-28-2010 05:50:14 | More by CHickman
Photo of TheHoppiest


3.4/5  rDev -8.8%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a hazy amber color, like the color of peach iced tea, with very little head. What little head there is quickly dissipates leaving a light foam lid.

Smells of creamy malt, pears, and wet grains.

Taste is slightly tart, with apples, pears, and sweet malt presenting at the front of the mouth. A more grainy malt hits mid tongue, slightly creamy and full. Ends slightly sour, with faint metallic notes.

This is a medium bodied beer, fairly creamy in complexion with an underlying tartness.

Having just done a beer tasting featuring some of the best examples of the Oktoberfest style, I have to say that I don't think I'd be trying this one again. It's not bad, I just believe that there are so many better examples of the Märzen style out there.

11-16-2010 01:34:05 | More by TheHoppiest


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
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3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

A- Pours a nice orangish brown color that's pretty clear. A fair white head pops up nothing too special and leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Smells a bit yeasty, bready, malty aroma. A touch of grassy hops.

T- Taste is sweet caramel notes with a hint of bitterness at the end. Not too bad here.

M- A tiny bit on the fuller side of medium and the carbonation seemed to be right on.

D- I think I could have a couple of these but probably something I wouldn't seek out.

11-05-2010 09:10:29 | More by nrbw23
Photo of JLeege


3.18/5  rDev -14.7%

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- clear amber in color, one finger white head on an aggressive pour. Quickly disipating leaving a small ring around the surface, no lacing.

Smell- sweet, sweet malts. green apple and caramel. a slight hint of bread, pretty standard for an octoberfest.

Taste- It is very sweet, not really detecting any hop presence at all. Flavor is actually minimal and finishes slightly metalic. No alcohol is noticed, so thats a plus.

Mouthfeel- Low carbonation and fairly slick.

Overall- I really wanted to like this, being from a local brewery, but it is not really doing anything for me. Standard fair for an octoberfest.

11-03-2010 03:50:38 | More by JLeege
Photo of IndolentReader


3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

A: Nice, amber color. Very reminiscent of fall. Rich coloring.
S: Subtle aromas - maybe it was my sinus infection, but I didn't get a lot out of this beer.
T/D: Good, didn't knock my socks off, but it was still a good beer. I'm usually impressed with the Two Brothers products, and though this wasn't my favorite, it still was pretty good and did not disappoint.

10-24-2010 22:51:12 | More by IndolentReader
Photo of wyattshotmaker


3.83/5  rDev +2.7%

poured into a dfh chalice due to my overall lack/desire to have german glassware. looks pretty good i suppose.

nose is sweet, nutty, bready. really faint white oak in the backround.

pretty clean and sweet. some warmbread upfront, nutty, munich malty sweetness. finishes with an ever so slight tannic mouth puckering punch.

mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy. i'd be more apt to buy this if it were available in a six pack. the tannic finish helps round out the syrupy sweetness of the beer. i'm not real into marzens, but this is a good beer.

10-18-2010 01:52:03 | More by wyattshotmaker
Photo of Timmah11


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

22 oz. bottle pored into a tall stemmed glass. I have have been drinking quite a few Oktoberfest/Marzens so let's see how a stronger, oaked version fares.

A - Cloudy, dark orange. Decent head that disappears rather quickly.

S - Some oak. Malty. Similar smell to other Oktoberfest beers, but a little more pronounced.

T - Thick and chewy malt bomb. Sweet, caramel, syrupy. Hides the 7.7 % alcohol fairly well. I like strong tastes and this is strong tasting but otherwise true to style.

M- Thick and syrupy. Sticks to the lips. Probably the biggest drawback to this beer.

D - This is a very nice beer but is a one and done in a sitting. The syrup-i-ness would override the good flavor. I would come back another day, however.

A very good Oktoberfest beer.

10-18-2010 00:19:37 | More by Timmah11
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%

Thanks to florida9 for this. It pours a deep copper with a slight white head. Lots of oak on the nose, some sweetness. The flavor is heavy on oak, some grassiness, some sweetness, some toffee. It is fuller than most marzens, very sticky mouthfeel, decent carbonation. I really liked this one. The oak did wonders for it,almost wish I did not split it with a friend.

10-16-2010 00:33:01 | More by bonkers
Photo of samie85


3.38/5  rDev -9.4%

A-Pours a caramelly orange red color with a one finger light tan head.

S-Oak and some light toasted malt notes and herbal hops.

T-Rich Munich malt with some light toasted notes, some oak, and a light, bitter finish.

M-Rich and dry with slight thin feeling form the oak and surprisingly low carbonation.

D-Easy drinking for an "imperial marzen" but the low carbonation makes this one a little tougher to finish.

10-14-2010 02:55:57 | More by samie85
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 bluejacket74


3.58/5  rDev -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.

10-09-2010 21:19:43 | More by bluejacket74
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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 Vonerichs


3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

Rusty orange transparent color with almost no head. It has a flat appearance.

Good scent to this. Grassy and spicy hops with a nice touch of vanilla. I thought I also picked up white grapes for a second.

It's not a complex brew, but does have good flavor. Mostly caraml malts with vanilla. The hops are not as flavorful as in the aroma, but do add a light spicy feel.

Mouthfeel is a little flat and thin.

This drinks pretty light and alchohol was not detectable. A good fall beer, but nothing out of the ordinary.

10-04-2010 00:39:29 | More by Vonerichs
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 brewdoc75


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Orange with brownish amber hues. Minimal head and what is there dies down fast. Moderately carbonated. A little cloudier than I'd like.

S: Oh so malty. A hint of nut. Lots of breadiness. Some slight sulfur. Herbal, tea-like hop aromas.

T: Wow. I was in the mood for a malty beer and I got one. I've been drinking a ton of dopplebocks lately. This isn't quite as malty as those, but damn close. Lovely Munich malt flavors. Some melanoidins. Not in the bock range, but they are there. Some caramel richness too. All of this maltiness is rounded out by a nice breadiness and even some toast. The hops provide a reasonable amount of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Doesn't finish as light on the palate as a true Oktoberfest, but this appears to be a more "Imperial" version. Maybe a little too sweet still.

D: I was pretty damn happy this beer. I've been in the mood for malty and this really delivered. Some of its minor defects were that it was a little sweet on the finish and it didn't look polished. Otherwise this was rock solid and I'd drink it again.

10-03-2010 20:48:28 | More by brewdoc75
Atom Smasher from Two Brothers Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.