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Hamm's - Hamm's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
68
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233 Reviews
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Reviews: 233
Hads: 666
rAvg: 2.89
pDev: 25.61%
Wants: 26
Gots: 93 | FT: 0
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Hamm's Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001

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Photo of 44ouncer
2.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Was at a party tonight and somebody threw a 12 box of 12 ounce cans into the ice tub. Common tactic used by clowns who most likely traded up to a more expensive product.

They'd been laying around in the ice water for a couple of hours, so they were pretty darn cold by the time I had one. Almost too cold, if there is such a thing. There were plenty of other beer available -- but I wanted to see how the venerable old brand was doing these days.

Drank out of the can, sorry purists, so no comments on the head. The beer itself surpassed my expectations. Sweet corn smell. Light, watery taste at first, followed by a burst of strong, but not obnoxious carbonation -- which led to a decent overall flavor. Nothing really stood out -- either good or bad. A good, well balanced lager. Nothing more, nothing less.

Remember when Hamm's was huge back in 70's. For a while, this stuff was truly foul. When General or Pabst owned this brand -- I really think they just mixed together some chemicals to make yellow foaming liquid that got yo buzzed. Today, I believe SABMiller brews this stuff -- and the quality of their operation shows in the product. Definitely worth a try. (1,177 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
2.4/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

CAN it be true? Hamm's in a CAN?!? Yow!

If Oly was a throwback to New London, CT c. 1984/85, this was a catapult back. Now, it was Monday nights at the Full Moon Saloon and this was served to us in an icy cold mug on draft for $ .50. My oh my!

I got a big, rocky two fingers of bone-white head with good retention. Nose had the distinct cereal sweetness that is associated with the style. Color was a light golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was thin with a watery taste on the tongue. Finish was very mild. Lawnmower beer! (539 characters)

Photo of mentor
2.39/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can obtained from a local grocery (HyVee) and consumed a couple days later. Pours a one-finger white fiszzy settling head over a crystal clear very light straw colored liquid. Smells mild hop and 2-row barley sweet. Tastes watery. Malt sweet is very gentle. Hop presence is there, but it's amazingly low. As it warms I get some saaz and maybe hallertauer. Watery mouthfeel and sharp carbonation that's actually part of the taste profile (because there's not much here to taste). (484 characters)

Photo of watermelonman
2.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This poured out of the can with a bright gold and a decent amount of head. I was a little suprised at how well the head lasted, too. There's not much lace to speak of.

The taste is of cheap grains and watery generic lager. For some reason, there's a touch of pepper in the finish.

This beer is almost acceptable. (318 characters)

Photo of tempest
2.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ordered a can at the Bryant Lake Bowl in Minnapolis. I just had to try it. And now I have. OK, this is basically PBR extra. Same watery sweetness with a cheap lager tang and a slightly bigger touch of spicy hops. Yeah, it worth trying for the sake of trying Hamm's, but it's not a terribly pleasant beer. Not patently offensive, but the taste is most easily described as cheap, watery, American beer. (400 characters)

Photo of jackndan
2.37/5  rDev -18%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hamm’s yes the beer from sky blue waters, Hamm’s refreshing, Hamm’s. Cripes, its been along time since I’ve seen this beer, and longer since I’ve had it. It pours from the can a panther piss yellow. A vigorous pour stirs up the bubbles, but not long enough to register a head that impresses itself. Thick, gorgeous Belgian lace! (true or false, the last sentence was not sarcastic). Adjuncty, barn yard aroma. The taste ain’t half as bad as it ought to be, mainly because its not got much taste at all. Sweet, corny, light bodied. Hell, I bought it as a lark, yet I’m not wholly dis-satisfied. Two dollars and forty-nine cents for a smoking hot six of Hamm’s, money not totally wasted. (733 characters)

Photo of AndyP612
2.36/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap in a pint at the Blue Door Pub. I'm not going to lie, my friends helped me with this review and it was a little bit of a joke but I think we were honest for the most part. Reviewed from some pretty entertaining notes.

A- Yellow snow color.

S- "Ham," beer, water and feet hit the nose right off the bat.

T- Musty barley with some bread present.

M- "Water"

O- "It is What It Is."

Cheers. (408 characters)

Photo of giblet
2.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

CANOE!!!

from the land of sky blue waters...not bad. it has been a while since i had this, but it was decent. i didnt think this was made anymore. i have not seen it in the stores for years.

another of the many many good lawnmowing and cookout beers.

dont think too hard on the Canoe comment. only about 10 people in the world know what that means and i doubt any of them are members of BA.

suckem up and movem out!

giblet (437 characters)

Photo of cdkrenz
2.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Nice white head about a quarter of an inch tall but it fades away fast leaving no trace. The body is clear golden yellow with a hint at orange depending on the angle of my view.

Smell - The scent has soapiness to it often found in a hefe. Nothing special about this aroma.

Taste - The taste is thin and weak. It has a subtle flavor in consisting of malt but nothing I'd consider a good flavor.

Mouthfeel - The feel of this brew is actually not to bad. It has a subtle coarseness on the tip of my tongue, which helps to bring out what little flavor there is.

~ As far as a, hang out with buddies and drink a few beers, beer. It's not something I'd bring to a social gathering but I have to admit it could be worse. (731 characters)

Photo of Working4Beer
2.32/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best to drink it quick. It if gets remotely warm, you're done for. I was introduced to it at a little out-of-the-way place in Chicago. But, being that is so cheap, that might not be the worst problem for you. An okay "local" beer if you find yourself out in the midwest. (270 characters)

Photo of ELN
2.32/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

It is okay and the flavor is alright. There's too many lagers on the shelves though. I don't even think of it as a style, just another boring American beer. As far as I read a few months ago whoever owns this (Miller?) owns a lot of brands and they're trying to destroy these small beers which don't make them a ton of money by not advertising them. That's why I buy it. Not horrible. Cheap $6-$7.50 a 12pk. usually. For some weird reason it's always next to and paired with Pabst and Rainier. That's how I make my decision sometimes. Rainier and Pabst usually keep the same price but sometimes they will be $2 higher than normal and sometimes this will be the high priced beer of the 3. I've seen it for $9.50 before when it's usually about $6 or $7 a 12.

Good overall. Usual junk macro taste. It is cheap beer and has some history which I respect. Overall better and more flavorful than the other 2 beers mentioned but not as great as another cheapie, High Life.

1.5 appearance, smell 2.0, taste 2.5, mouthfeel 1.5, drinkability 3. It's not a great taste so trying to drink a more than a few would not be that fun. It's watery beer. You can drink them but it's pretty boring.

*Wal Mart here sells 30's of these babys for $16. Just thought others might like to compare. It's all they sell. Winco (the local supermarket chain here) sells the 12's. (1,352 characters)

Photo of cadaugherty
2.31/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had it straight from the can because that is how it is meant to be served (let's be real). Smell is a faint diacetyl butteryness with a bit of corn sweetness. No hops to speak of and the taste is mainly sweet corn. A slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel is thin and over carbonated. Drinkability is pretty high on this one.

Overall if I have zero options this is a passable cheap option. (383 characters)

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
2.3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It pours a huge head, I mean huge, three fingers, it's lasting longer than I thought it would, but I'm sure it will be gone in no time. The body is completely see through, damn this is see through, this might be the most see through beer yet, and that's saying a lot. There is a lot of carbonation, and surprisingly, the beer looks like it is leaving good lacing, I'm in awe. Even though I can here the head fizzing away, the appearance actually isn't as bad as I thought it would be. I mean the body is atrocious, but the head has some good qualities. Unlike Coors and Coors light, you can smell a little hops on the nose, very very small, but still there. Other than that there is a malt sweetness and a sour adjunct smell. Not horrible again on the smell, but for sure not up to par with any "good" beer. The taste is pretty crappy, there is mostly just sweet, almost stale malt taste here. There is the smallest hop taste, but nothing really there. Very watery, I mostly just get that gross cheap malt taste. On one hand, it has more of a flavor than Coors and Coors light, but it's not a good flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty bad, but not as bad as the Coors light. It has some girth to it, but for the most part it is just watery. The drinkability is the one great thing about this beer, it just goes down like no other, it is super light, and now that I drink it more, that flavor that I thought it had has kinda gone, and it's all subdued, so I makes it easier to drink. Overall on this beer, eh, ok for an adjunct lager, the beer changes a lot as you drink it, gross in some ways, smooth in some other ways. (1,611 characters)

Photo of Kemmerlin
2.3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

A: poured a light straw yellow typical of a macrobrewed lager style.
S: has a fruity grainy off-yeast aroma bringing a good traditional lager smell but has a typical American lager smell in the back of the nose.
T: this is wherethe beer goes downhill. The taste is similar to mainstream macros light filler malt flavoring with very slight bittering.
M/D: highly carbonated light body feel. The drinkability is ok considering the taste and feel. (444 characters)

Photo of botham
2.3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz can poured into a pilsener glass. pours a crystal clear light straw color with a half finger of loose white head that fizzles out quickly. no lacings.

aroma is of grain and a possible distant note of floral yeast or hops. the grain is stale in character, and holds no sweetness or richness.

taste is of light malt and grain up front, with a crisp and clean finish, almost sour on the palate. no floral character or hop presence. very thin in profile.

mouthfeel is ultra-light bodied, and the texture resembles sparkling water. the finish is of mild CO2 and a touch of grain.

drinkability is not good. this is a sub-par macro lager. the malt is not malty, but rather grainy, and stale at that. there is no hop presence, which leads to an unbalanced composition. not recommended (786 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
2.28/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Still in the airport. Flight still delayed. Let's try this random adjunct. Localish/regional pilsner. Poured by the bartender into a silly Sam Adams perfect pint tulip. Didn't leave the can.

A: Fairly pale yellow body with 2-3 fingers of sudsy head. Water clear. Thin coat of head by about 2 minutes. Wasn't expecting any miracles. Didn't see any. No red flags, though.

S: Corn. Grainy sweetness. Faint malt. Grass. It is what it is, I suppose. Less than appealing, but not grossly offensive.

T: Very sweet with corn and biscuit notes. Some light bitterness on the finish. Sweetness is cloying. This is declining as it goes... My mouth tastes peculiarly of salt water about half-way down the glass. Now the metallic flavors are creeping in... Not good. Finished the glass though.

M: Prickly, moderately high carbonation. No surprises here. Standard american adjunct feel. Kinda club soda.

O: Ordered this for fun. Honestly, I wasn't expecting more than I received. I'd rather have a Bud. I would like to see how it drinks out of the can. (1,045 characters)

Photo of gkunkle
2.28/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a very transparent pale straw color with a quickly dissipating white head. Doesn't smell like much, but its the typical corn smell. The taste also doesn't break the adjunct lager mold. You can taste the grain corn and alcohol. mouthfeel is thin, with soda carbonation. There is nothing offensive about this beer, but of course there isn't anything offensive in water, so it makes sense. (393 characters)

Photo of mothman
2.28/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a 1 finger thin off white head that fizzles down very fast. No retention or lace. Color is the basic clear straw yellow.

Aroma is skunky and grainy. Nothing too pleasing. Taste is very similar; very skunky. Some low end malts as well.

Mouthfeel is super crisp and overcarbonated. Ends with a slightly sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this is just another macro lager that is cheap and nothing exciting. I don't plan on drinking this again unless it is free. (488 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
2.27/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This pours from 12oz can a light gold with a smallish head of foam that doesn't hang around very long and there's just a wee bit of lacing.

The smell is very strongly of corn and sweet malt.

The taste on first sip is all sweet malt and corn. A few more sips in and there's some citrusy hops, mostly lemon, in the background that is most noticeable near and through the finish but I can't say it does a good enough job to save this beer from a short and less than stellar review from yours truly. (501 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
2.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good golly, here we go. Same look as most beers in this price catagory, reminds me of a headache. The smell actually gives me one (or was it the truckload of beer i had last night?). Either way, you are getting what you pay for with this one, a buzz. Taste is not great. Better priced than some of the other shitty beers however. All in all Not sweet. (351 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
2.23/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was one of the first beers i had when i went off to college. I tried it as i had never heard of if and wanted to do something different than all my roommates who were Bud lovers. It's not an expensive beer, and it shows. The flavor is not great, but not terrible either. It had a light aroma, and a slightly chemical taste. There was little or no corn / hops flavor, and seemed kind of watery. Either way, i can't find it anymore, and Bud has taken it's space on the shelves, which pisses me off. Overall, not bad. If it was there, i'd drink it. (550 characters)

Photo of Libeertarian
2.22/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Wanted to try something different from the macro world, so I picked up a 6-pack of 16-ounce Hamm's for under $5. Cheap as beer gets, I imagine. Very light straw color. White, bubbly head retains well — for the style. Sweet malt and adjunct smell. Not much else. Maybe esters. No skunk, at least (although I do have a high tolerance for it, and even prefer it in some beers). Grainy, very light rindy hop bitterness with bready finish. Less adjunct-forward and honey-like than a Dos Equis for example. Light-bodied with extremely sudsy carbonation, and a crisp finish. I won't be drinking the other 5 in a hurry. May share them with friends when they come over. (662 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
2.2/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Literally the very edge of the " cheap " corner of a beer shelf. Hamm's brings virtually nothing to the table in terms of anything. A transparent piss yellow color, With your average lager smell. Taste was slightly less appealing than Bud Light and the mouthfeel was all fizzy and carbonation. But, At $13.45 a 30 pack you can't really pass it up if you want to get a few people drunk for very cheap, Although I'd shell out a little bit extra for some Milwaukee's or Some Pabst. As a matter of fact, I washed this beer down with a Pabst (536 characters)

Photo of woemad
2.19/5  rDev -24.2%
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. (1,703 characters)

Photo of frankiepop
2.18/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This is the beer that I go for on maybe a hot summer day. It's watery and basically tasteless, but it lacks the bad after taste of the many American breweries. This is like a refreshing "light" beer for thirst quenching although beer never really solves your thirst does it? Anyway it can be a little refreshing.

I remember the last time I purchased it was in a little town called Le Mars, Iowa on a Karaoke night. The farmers at the bar kinda booed me while the bartender shook my hand when I ordered a Hamms. I doubt if anybody there had tried an exotic beer other than Michelob dark. The crew obviously had a long running debate on Hamm'[s quality. You know the redneck types who argue whether Bud is better than Miller. LOL. That argument is tantamount to debating who's better Jeff Gillooly or joey buttafuoco.

Anyway if you drink a Hamms then listen to some George Jones. Nothing else will really do. (908 characters)

Hamm's from Hamm's Brewing Co.
68 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.