Hamm's - Hamm's Brewing Co.

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637 Ratings
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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 2.66
pDev: 28.2%
Wants: 26
Gots: 78 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hamm's Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001

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Ratings: 637 | Reviews: 240
Photo of entenduintransit
1/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This and the Special Light are the only beers I've ever had at a frat party that made me say I'd rather just stay sober than drink another beer.

Photo of Cath
1.5/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Needs more ham. I <3 Jon Hamm.

Photo of Lookingloo2
3.66/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Puts other macro brews to shame. Yes, it's an AAL. But there's some hop bite in there and a soft almost-malty finish. At this price point, it's without peer.

Photo of CincyBrewTull
2.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a good looking beer. The flavor is a bit sweet but is otherwise balanced. Tastes of cereal, cookies, and grass.

Photo of SenorElRaz
4.04/5  rDev +51.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(I'm rating this with the style and price in mind, so the high rating is relative)

This is on par with PBR as the best AAL I've ever had. Super cheap and highly drinkable, this is a great beer to add some diversity to the fridge without spending too much. A really solid brew overall. Beats Budweiser, MGD and Coors any day.

Photo of derekgw123
1.93/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Really not bad for cheap beer.

Photo of woemad
2.19/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

“From the land of sky blue waters…” Apparently that’s Milwaukie these days.

16oz tallboy can from a 6-pk purchased at a local discount grocery store for $4.79. Easily the cheapest 6-pk I’ve bought for a long time, probably a couple of years.

Poured into a Jever pilsener glass, this was a chill-hazed gold color, with a big, sudsy, noisy, bone-white head that dropped fast and left remarkably small amounts of lace on the sides of the glass. Said head could be agitated back to life with minimal effort, but it dropped back down to a foamy skiff, pronto. Lots of tiny bubbles could be seen hurtling skyward.

Although it was done for absurdity more than anything else, the pour into a pilsener glass was not completely out of place. Although the primary scent was of crude graininess, there was a little bit of dry, grassy European hoppiness that wasn’t to be denied. It’s a minor note, however, and the nose remained dominated by the crude, overly sweet malt aroma.

Inoffensively bland, that’s the taste in a nutshell. Not as vegetable oil-tasting as some in the style, but I suspect that’s because I’m drinking it ice cold rather than any superiority over its style mates. Sweet malts dominate the taste, with barely a trace of the hops scented earlier. Slightly crisp finish, with a mild, sickly sweet grainy aftertaste.

Watery, yet not light. I suppose it’s pretty standard for the style, but it’s not what I would call good. It’s more like a pilsener with a little too much body.

About par for the course. This isn’t the worst American adjunct lager I’ve had, but there’s not much to stand out here. All in all, I’d rather have an Oly if drinking this style.

Photo of 31Sam13
3/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ahhhh the memories of days gone by when anything was glorious so long was it ethyl alcohol...but really, you could do worse.

Photo of Metalsnota
3.75/5  rDev +41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

All things considered, Hamm's is a great value adjunct lager coming in at $13.99 for a 30 rack. It's a great working man's beer.

Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Brief impressions below from a can:

A: Pours 8 fingers of foam. Beige colour. Good frothiness.

Body colour is a translucent clean transparent yellow. No yeast or hop sediment is visible.

Sm: Pilsner malts, a metallic off-note, clean barley, grains.

T: Clean barley. Syrupy malt extract. Generic grassy hop character. Crystal malts. Meh.

Mf: Smooth, wet, crisp, direly overcarbonated, slightly syrupy, moderately thick.

Overall: This is in the - err - "student" category. A budget brew with one intended effect, it's best avoided by the discerning drinker. Not undrinkable, though.

C-

***
Impressions from a second 473ml can below. Best before: April 6th, 2015.

HEAD: 3 fingers wide. White colour. Generic. Average frothiness. Leaves spotty webby lacing as it recedes. Retention is good - about 5 minutes.

BODY: Clear weak yellow. Appears watery. Clean, with no visible yeast particulate or hop sediment.

Appears overcarbonated. Pretty typical of the style, this appearance is what most people think of when they imagine beer.

AROMA: Grainy, with corn adjunct and flaked barley. Has off-putting overly sweet malt extract notes. The water seems clean. Hopping is cheap, with a generic floral character at best.

Aromatic intensity is below average. It's shallow but not unpleasant, and has me timid to try it.

TASTE: Corn adjunct is evident, but it's not cloyingly sweet - bad as the malt syrup/extract character is. The body isn't weak, and consists of flaked barley and pilsner malt. Hop content is minimal, with only a generic floral character to offer.

It's a bit imbalanced; I find it too sweet. It's simple - per style conventions - and lacks any depth of flavour whatsoever.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, crisp, clean, overcarbonated, and light-bodied. Fails to elevate the beer, but it complements the taste decently.

OVERALL: More a student beer than one that will impress the discerning drinker, Hamm's is standard fare for the style but I wouldn't want it again; Trader Joe's has beers of higher quality in this style at a more reasonable price. Its best attribute is its high drinkability. To its credit, you could do far worse. Merely below average.

C-

Photo of Pylon_Johnson
2.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Cheap swill. I've had worse, but I've had many better even at the same cheap-as-dirt price point.

In the hierarchy of lowbrow beers, I'll peg it as superior to Jacob Best (the most putrid swill ever brewed), Pabst, Milwaukee's Best, Piel's, Red Dog, and Stoney's, but worse than Busch, Old Milwaukee, Goebel, and Genesee.

Overall it is an average player in the lowest category. Drinkable on a budget, but not enjoyable. I remember it as being pale yellow, fizzy, and bland...of course back when I drank swill like this I wasn't going for taste.

Photo of hoppy13
3.69/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great AAL. Good with any food.

Photo of chucksim
3.4/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

An OK "swill" beer. Nothing remarkable, either good or bad. Certainly better than other stuff that comes out of Milwaukee.

Photo of chip26
1.83/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

It was what it was

Photo of Lovethemhopps
1.9/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is fine for an all day beer drinking marathon. Nothing special about it, other than the memories you create while drinking it.

Photo of Dools9
3.07/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16 oz can best before 12/08/14. Poured into a mug.

A: Pours a golden color, perhaps a shade darker than you bud, miller, what have you. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles, the head was a soapy two fingers that hangs around and leaves some nice patchy lace.

S: Pretty clean all things considered. Sweet grains, fresh cut hay, a whiff of soapy hops, corn adjunct is noticeable. Reminds me of a high life without the overpronounced, odd cooked vegetable aroma. Smells like stereotypical beer smell.

T: Sweet grains, just a smattering of soapy grassy hop bitterness, maybe a bit if of lemon, clean, inoffensive, finishes dry. Drink it cold and fast, as it warms it becomes a bit rough around the edges with the corn becoming more apparent.

M: Medium and highly carbonated, average for the style with maybe just a bit more heft. Drinks pretty smooth though.

O: Not bad, makes for a good lawn mower beer. Holds its own for sure against more highly priced offerings in the style. The old school can is really cool as well.

Photo of twb0392
2/5  rDev -24.8%

ok, its charming to drink hams, and it doesn't taste as bad as a few others...but

Photo of Lard_City
2.62/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Being from Minnesota means you have to like Hamm's beer. Not liking would be like picking a Lady Slipper or dissing Bud Grant. We frown on things like that.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.25/5  rDev +22.2%

This is really the perfect beer for drinking in a smoky room with sticky floors, late at night, after you may have over-imbibed. The sweet corn is understated considering the style and it still has a discernible hop flavor and bitterness to accompany.

Photo of 57md
2.68/5  rDev +0.8%

Had this at a party. Much better than I expected. Not as corny as most other AALs. Cheap alternative.

Bonus: It's union made.

Photo of kkleu357
1.71/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Not to big of a fan of Hamms. My parents sell it for $1 a can at there bar. I've had a few, but really just don’t like it. I generally only order this when a group of us are sharing rounds on the cheap.

Photo of mhsmall84
1.25/5  rDev -53%

An elderly friend of mine gave me one of these in a gesture of kindness. I took one sip and poured the rest down his kitchen sink when he wasn't looking. Maybe it was skunky, but damn I couldn't stomach it.

Photo of bbluemzbeer
5/5  rDev +88%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance has a yellow and gold look with moderate amount of carbonation. Hams smells like your typical american adjunct lager grainy and cook vegetables. Taste is grainy and smooth. It is very easy drinking beer . Mouthfeel is light but not watery . Overall hams I the top tasting cheap american lagers on market and cam compete with other lagers wich are priced higher .

Photo of 1dmbhonkey
3.19/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I believe this is the best cheap beer out there, at $12.19 a thirty it's an unbelievable value for me, way above Stag, PBR, or Milwaukee's best (witch I tend to consume in high volume). It's no craft beer by any means, but for a classic American beer this is a home run for me.

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.49/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 8/7/14, but had this once before back in 2012. Last time was in a 12 ounce can, this is a 16 ouncer. Bought a 6-16 ouncer for $4.98 yesterday at the local 'No Frills' grocery store. can(s) chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a vintage 'Hamm's' pilsner hour-glass from the late 1960's.

Pours a pale straw-yellow in color with a thin white head that settles down to just along the sides of the glass. Lots of small streaming bubbles are seen rising from the bottom of the glass. Good carbonation. Some very light spotty lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of sweet grass/grains with a hint of floral and hay even. The taste is pretty close to the aroma with some corn sweetness in the mix as well. A little light-bodied but decent. Goes down easy and is really cent for the price as you can buy a 30-pack for $14.98 or a 6 of 'Tall Boys' for just $4.98. Overall not a bad brew.

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