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Atom SmasherAtom Smasher

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 bsp77
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
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 -11.2%
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 +13.9%
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 +9.8%
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 +7.4%
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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Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of gbbass16
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to TheArkhamMink for the bottles!

Pours a pretty dul yellowish brown. Not much on the nose except for some fruit (apple?). Taste there isn't much going on here except for a sourness at the end that probably shouldn't be here (umm Oktoberfest beer?). Mouthfeel is pretty normal, not too thin tough. Hate to give bad reviews but this is overall a pretty avg beer and not something I would seek out again. Just like the previous review, I am having trouble figuring out how long this was in oak, cause it sure isn't there in the taste.

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Photo of dankster
2.53/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

thanks to jamie for this bomber.

A- dark copper red color with big head after slow pour into 32 oz mug.

S-funky cant put my finger on it but has some big german malts and hops. the oak age has some wood notes

T- also slightly funky. not original style oktoberfest by any means. Oak, licorish and dark sugar come big on this one.

M- tacky and bold. not bad but not that good.

O- My first two bros beer. Not a big fan of this one sorry. Much better oktoberfest beers out there. The oak on this one is lost IMO. Would like to try more of there offerings.

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Photo of Phelps
3.11/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of BStalf21
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.27/5  rDev -38%
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.

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Photo of salvo
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of mystikyle71
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of steveh
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of glassbrass440
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of KDawg
3.33/5  rDev -9%
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

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Photo of Treebs
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of BlastBeats
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of SGplayer84
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ahq514
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of cagocubs
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Atom Smasher from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 503 ratings.
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