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Atom Smasher | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Atom SmasherAtom Smasher

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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.

Added by yeahnatenelson on 09-03-2010

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Photo of mystikyle71
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
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 -38.4%
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 -13.7%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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 -6.8%
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%
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 -8.8%
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 -16.2%
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.

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Photo of BlastBeats
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +6.8%
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 +6.6%
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 -5.8%
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 +17.5%
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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Photo of vande
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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...

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Photo of thebierbrewery
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.  

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Photo of nrbw23
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of JLeege
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of IndolentReader
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

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Photo of Timmah11
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Atom Smasher from Two Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.
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