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Hamm's Special Light - Hamm's Brewing Co.

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 2.4
pDev: 29.58%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hamm's Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2004)
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Reviews by jeranbrews:
Photo of jeranbrews
1.99/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A - airy white quickly evaporating head. Not much continue carbonation. Color of sparkling white wine minus the sparkle.

S - hay, aluminum, and self loathing.

T - like the thrice boiled dregs of spent mash. This is to beer what warm soda with melted ice is to Pepsi

M - thin watery

D - overall what I would expect and have had from third rate third world breweries. But this gives Milwakee shame on the level of "Milwakee's Best"

jeranbrews, Aug 11, 2013
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Photo of CaeserTits
2/5  rDev -16.7%

CaeserTits, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of DuaneTitus
4/5  rDev +66.7%

doesn't have that awful bud light taste.isay a big YES to this brew

DuaneTitus, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of magictrokini
1.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A "D"? Seriously? Pours clear yellow with a foamy white head. Aroma is stale grain and malt, and metal. Taste is grass clippings, dirt, and corny sugar water.

From the land of sky-blue waters...comes this incredibly bad beer. This stuff can't even make the cut at a fraternity party. The two reasons I gave it an D-: (1) Its "light" so there's less of the flavor of ass, and (2) its still better than Olympia.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of mikesaffert
3.25/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hamm's Special Light is a bit generous with the name "special", but for a light beer it more than gets the job done. I'd pick this over the BMC* lights any day, especially if you're looking for value in quantity as you can grab a 30 of this for as low as $13 and change.

Does it stand up to complex and flavorful craft beers? Of course not, and it's not supposed to. But to be a crisp, refreshing and easy to drink light lager with no offensive character, it's a win.

*I'm fully aware that MillerCoors has owned this since 1999.

mikesaffert, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of richkrull
2.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another mystery beer machine pick. Most people cringe when they pull this one, but it's not that bad. Not great but the price is right.

A - Very pale yellow color. Decent amount of head.

S - Not very good. Smells kind of skunky.

T - OK, not going to win any awards.

M - Leaves quite a bit to be desired.

D - Definitely could be better.

richkrull, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Mtooman
2.75/5  rDev +14.6%

Mtooman, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of secondtooth
3.05/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale piss-yellow, but with a solid head of white foam. Big, loopy lace, even.

Nose is barley and rice adjuncts. I also get an odd aroma of cream corn somehow.

Taste is mild, faint, and corny. But as awful as that sounds, this one is quite smooth and inoffensive. As with the regular Hamm's, this one drinks much better than the more mainstream macro counterparts. Not bad.

secondtooth, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
2.6/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hamm's Special Light
12 oz. can, AUG 1312 (not sure how old it is, but as this is July 9th we're getting real close to the "best by" date)

As expected, the bright white head dropped almost immediately to a standard collar; and only minor spots and splashes of lace were left behind. The body was a light straw-gold when held to the light, and crystal clear.

The aroma was of the generic "beer" type. There's clearly malt to it (and adjunct), and there's clearly hops in it, but nothing really stands out and the two components basically act as one. It's a fairly mild aroma, but it's also quite clean (no sulphur or esters) which is

The flavor was also very generic, and it's fairly mild (which I guess is at least part of what you're looking for in a light beer), yet it's superbly balanced between its hops and its malt - and dare I say it, it's got a little more hop character to it than several of the big name brands. Also, just as in the aroma, it's very clean.

Overall, it's a clean, surprisingly well-hopped light lager that's refreshing. A good, inexpensive mainstream light beer.

NeroFiddled, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Mpenders
1.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Mpenders, Aug 09, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Eaglefan344, Jun 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev +25%

mac10thmtn, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of tone77
2.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to cpolking for sending this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some notes of corn. Taste is very mild, some hints of grain, not much flavor at all. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a very mild beer.

tone77, Sep 15, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev +4.2%

tommy5, Aug 30, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -37.5%

SwampDonkey, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of michiganminer
3.9/5  rDev +62.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

THis is a good light beer for the money. I can get Hamms and Hamms Special light as low as $11 a 30 and $5 a 12. For that money you can't expect much and you will be impressed with this beer for the low asking price. I enjoyed this one for a light beer.

Note: I review for the style. I refuse to let my prejudices slant any review. Nothing worse than the typical beer snob reviewing an AAL, same for your AAL drinker reviewing a craft brew.

michiganminer, Nov 03, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -6.3%

MidwestBA, Apr 28, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev +4.2%

StoutHunter, Oct 04, 2014
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1.84/5  rDev -23.3%

ahuey333, Aug 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev +25%

Octoberist, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of bushbeer75
2.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can poured into a glass mug.

Note to self: Remember when reviewing this is a light lager – review accordingly
Hamm’s Special Light poured a crystal clear very pale yellow producing a bubbly and foamy bright white 2-finger head that had almost no retention and lacing. The nose is very light and clean with faint aromas of cereal adjuncts like corn. The taste is very low in malt flavor, and no signs of bitterness …like most light lagers. The carbonation is fizzy with a very light and dry mouth feel [again] typical for the style.

At $9.99 a CASE you can’t expect too much. I suppose it is true you get what you pay for.

bushbeer75, Nov 01, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -6.3%

MaizenBrew, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of Reidrover
2.73/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasting out of a can as the good Lord intended!
I can imagine the color is pale yellow.
medium carbonation, smells of grain/corn.
kinda smooth, grainy, small bitterness, finishes well.
Actually not bad for a light beer..though with over 8gs. of carbs is it really light

Reidrover, Feb 01, 2009
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1.25/5  rDev -47.9%

lilsmizzul1225, Oct 26, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Juno_Malone, Apr 15, 2013
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Hamm's Special Light from Hamm's Brewing Co.
62 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.