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Hamm's - Hamm's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
64
poor

458 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 27.99%


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:
No notes at this time.

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workingclassbrew

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 30pk case of cans, poured into a lager mug. Never really noticed until this last can of the case, this beer has a very dull gold color, drab.

Nice thick head, last for a bit. Heavy beer aroma, dissapated with the foam, slightly, slightly sweet.

Nice unassuming flavor, wheaty, small, but distinguishable taste of hops. Malty on the back of the tongue with a dry malt aftertaste. I could chug this down quite quickly. Easy to drink even as it warms.

Hamms the beer refreshing, great with a shot of brandy, pizza, steak, or any American fare. Have a beer, have a Hamms.

Serving type: can

10-24-2013 21:53:39 | More by workingclassbrew
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hamm’s is a solid beer and great for drinking when PBR and Schlitz aren’t available. It’s very bitter for the style, putting BMC brews to shame. The best part about drinking Hamm’s is that when you drink it, people watching all think, “Wow, now that’s a MAN!”…well, either that or, “Wow, now that’s a drunk!” Hamm’s appearance is very similar to its cousins PBR, Old Style, Schlitz, and Blatz. When you poor Hamm’s into a glass (which should always be frosted because Hamm’s in a frosted glass has no negative flavors what-so-ever) you will see that it has a two inch thick, frothy white head for nearly 1.3 seconds. After that the froth becomes a thin, glass clinging lace. The body is hydrated urine with tons of carbonation. Hamm’s has a great lightly hopped metallic aroma and really tells you that the slightest amount of malt just might be involved someplace in the beer. The taste is even better and makes it obvious that Hamm’s is only made with sky blue waters. There is even a little bit of grain in Hamm’s. The Mouthfeel is light and as aforementioned, bitter. It goes down really well. The only bad thing about Hamm’s is that it’s proudly made by Unions, which means that for every $8 you spend on a case, a penny or so is going to eliminate American jobs and ruin our economy. That’s just sad but overall, the strong points of Hamm’s more then make up for that one small down side.

Serving type: can

08-11-2006 20:14:58 | More by DaPeculierDane
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variousartists

Arizona

3.63/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from can into a mug.
Appearance: Considering this is a cheap man's beer it is suprisingly attractive. Nothing special but nothing disappointing. Decent head, and good color for this style.

Smell: The smell led me to believe that it was going to be a very bitter, very malty beer. Maybe that was just the aluminum can. Just a slight odor of hops.

Taste: WOW! Could not believe how good it tasted. Very balanced brew, that has a pretty nice crisp, hoppiness to it. Also has a bit of a "zing" to it, can't put my finger on it, but almost citrussy.

Mouthfeel: Good feel. Not overly carbonated like some of the macros.

Drinkability: This is without a doubt the most drinkable beer I have ever had. Goes down real nice. Especially when hittin the links.

Review: More of an IPA man myself, however this beer did not disappoint me in the least, especially considering the fact that a paid $6.49 for 12 pack. I can say without a doubt that for the money this is the best beer out there. Of course there is better beer out there, but if you want some cheap beer this the beer.

Serving type: can

12-15-2007 06:00:29 | More by variousartists
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: three finger head, wheat golden, very bubbly. decent head retention, not fantastic. little to no lacing

S: Weak smell. Pretty basic. Slightly bready or maybe biscutty

T: Very little taste I suppose, thought last night was at a tasting and the palate probably isn't really recovered. Leaves a bitter aftertaste on the front of the mouth, but not a hops bitterness

M: Thin, carbonated. Comparable to tonic water.

D: Easy, not much to stop you in terms of taste, just carbonation if that bothers you.

Poured from 12 oz. can into a stein.

Serving type: can

02-05-2009 22:39:44 | More by mdwalsh
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hockeyhead

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

bought a twelve pack for 6.49 a great buy
A: Looks like your average macro lager perhaps a bit more golden like a pilsner
S: little bit chemical and metallic but you can also smell the corn mainly but also a little hint of barley
T: strong corn taste up front with a drying bitterness you don't expect from macro lagers pretty good, but at the end you get a nice hint of the barley like you would find in euro pale lager
M: fizzy light body what you would expect from lager like this
D: compared to the other macros i would say this kicks there ass the taste is just really there reminds me of the beer my dad used to drink

Serving type: can

05-31-2009 22:45:47 | More by hockeyhead
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HANGOVER


3.58/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my go-to beer when I need a fridge filler for relatives and friends. I have stocked other adjunct lagers in the past that I felt are better, but when your guests choose this over more expensive beer, I'm not going to argue.

The appearance is a light straw color that is transparent with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Smells like corn with a slight sweet malt presence, clean but overall not much to speak of. The taste is sweet with a light hop presence, refreshing with a slightly thicker mouth feel than a stereotypical adjunct lager. No skunk flavors with a nice finish and no real aftertaste.

Overall this is an adjunct lager and I cant say it is a great beer. It serves it's purpose as a refreshing lawnmower companion and makes my relatives feel welcome in my home. My rating for this beer is strictly style based receiving an elevated score because of price, 15 bucks for a thirty pack. It's not my favorite Adjunct, but it is the cheapest one I am willing to drink and beats BMC seven days a week.

Serving type: can

11-24-2012 16:04:37 | More by HANGOVER
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Buebie

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a pub glass. Freshness date of September 2009 on the bottom of the can.

Forming a larger then normal egg white head, about an inch deep. Somewhat slow to recede, leaving a cap of head retention. Thin spotty lace drapes. The color is a clear, golden light yellow, with just a touch of chill haze.

Aroma of corn, rice, grassy hops, something metallic and mineral like, with a good amount of cereal grain aroma.

This beer is crisp and refreshing, with carbonation much more layed back then other adjunct style brews.
Its thin and watery though, just much less carbonation sting, making it a hell of a lot more drinkable.
Corn and a touch of sweetness upfront, moving to a more bitter grain taste and metallic minerally water. Hay like hop flavors and a mild bittering along the way of hops.
Finishing bitter with some sweetness still mixing things up.

This is a great brew on a hot day, goes down easy and smooth. The lack of carbonation bite that you would find in many beers of this style provides much greater drinkability.
Definatly a decent brew and the price is terrific.

Serving type: can

07-06-2009 18:44:06 | More by Buebie
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a shortie pilsner glass.

Straw to golden brass yellow and clear. Nice slow rising carbonation, with at first some sticky cola rising carbonation bubbles. Head is bleach white and thin foamy creamy appearance like a typical adjunct lager, but actually sticks around real nicely with good staying power and a half finger tall puck.

Nose is alright. Fairly solid, light grains, nothing too faulty, but pretty mellow and closed.

Palate is interesting. There's a bit of thickness on the mouthfeel that's kind of buttery on first sip. Some dense malts come in with a classic slightly macro sweetness in the mid palate. Swallow gives some crispness and a bit of hop bitterness, which is only a little bit medicinal. Thick feel, but very light tasting as expected.

Overall a pretty surprisingly good adjunct lager, probably the perfect lawnmower beer.

Serving type: can

09-08-2013 19:18:14 | More by smakawhat
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear yellow with a white frothy head.

S-Nice malt and grain presence with a little bit of a spicy note.

T-Some sweet malt and even some detectable hops.

M-Light bodied and crisp.

D-Well, I have to say this exceeded my expectations. For the style this is tasty. Or maybe "tasty" is the better word but in any case I drank it all.

HV

Serving type: can

07-15-2009 16:22:30 | More by sholland119
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scott2269

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As a joke, I picked this up from a local beer store, along with Bell's Two-Hearted and a BA Rasputin. $9.99 for a 30 pack. How bad can it be at that price point. It makes the other purchases average out in my mind.

Expections were low, but I have to say this is as good as anything AB, Miller, or Coors puts out. If I was a college kid looking to get my buzz on, this would be a winner. At 30 cents a can with a 4.7 ABV, you could throw a major party with little money and make lots of new friends.

Bottom line, it is what it is. A cheap beer for people on a budget that is no worse than any of the bigger names with lots of advertising money.

Serving type: can

03-04-2012 02:09:23 | More by scott2269
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the can stamped: SEP1012-CO8031534. Sampled on June 1, 2012. It pours a highly carbonated pale yellow with a head that rises about an inch and eventually settles down. I am rating this on whether it looks, smells, and tastes like and American Adjunct should. The look is right. The aroma is of grains, corn, and a bit of hops. The body is light to medium and creamy. The taste is also grainy, corny, but the hops finish it surprisingly crisp and clean. I stumbled across this in a beverage store in Southern New Hampshire and I have not seen Hamm's in New Hampshire since the 1980's. Easily worth the $3.75 I paid for the 6-pack.

Serving type: can

06-02-2012 00:44:17 | More by puboflyons
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punky796

Michigan

3.4/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a pint glass.

A - Typical yellow-amber and clear, about two fingers of white head. Medium-low lacing.

S - Smells much like you'd expect from it. Some earthiness, grassiness, hops, and barley. Nothing crazy.

T - Actually better than I would expect for $17 out the door for a 30-pack. All the general tastes of an American adjunct, but pretty well put-together. Just seems a little less offensive than others and doesn't have that icy chewiness I might associate with Busch Light, for example.

M - Maybe because it's the regular rather than the light, it seems relatively smooth. I've had worse aftertastes.

O - I just may have found a new go-to cheap beer for buying en masse.

Serving type: can

05-29-2013 02:49:05 | More by punky796
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Cubsfan1087

Iowa

3.38/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hamm's is better than you might expect if you're looking for a very cheap beer (under $7 for a 12-pack). There isn't anything overly special about this beer, but it is more flavorful than other cheap light beers. The drinkability is high because there isn't a significant amount of taste... it is easy to drink A LOT of these at once. Give Hamm's a try... it isn't the worst beer around.

Serving type: can

03-06-2010 05:53:46 | More by Cubsfan1087
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Josievan

Iowa

3.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation/Appearance: I'll be honest, I drank this straight from the can. The can has a neat retro look and the packaging is less generic than most of the mass-produced domestic light beers.

Smell: Not much on the nose, but there is a slight corn aroma.

Taste: The flavor profile is thin compared to most craft beer, but decent compared to most light domestics. It's watered down and metallic tasting, but still somewhat grainy.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and heavily carbonated. Obviously meant to be drunk very cold.

Drinkability: There's not much flavor, but what is there is not too unpleasant. This is about all you can ask of adjunct lagers, and it gives Hamm's a higher drinkability rating than many of its peers.

Notes: This beer is great for what it is. It's an excellent alternative to most of the macro adjuncts out there, in terms of both price and flavor. In this way, I would liken it to PBR, which I am a fan of. Think of it as PBR's kid brother, looking up to and aspiring to be PBR.

Serving type: can

03-09-2010 23:27:54 | More by Josievan
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adammacmillan

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i had the is the other day at the beer because it was on special for $2.00 otherwise i would not have ordered it i think its smilliar to High ligh life or Pbr. i think its a good beer if you want to Drink a few beers for a cheep price i would buy it again if its on special but not for more that 2 bucks

Serving type: can

01-14-2011 08:40:18 | More by adammacmillan
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mjurney

Texas

3.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Straw color, clear. Lots of carbonation rising up. Fairly nice head.

Aroma:
Cooked corn, grains, a little metallic.

Taste:
Sweet grain, a little grassy, crisp bitterness, just a touch of corn, slight dry finish. Light and watery, very crisp, well carbonated.

Serving type: can

11-04-2012 00:06:32 | More by mjurney
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biggred1

Indiana

3.33/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly clear pale golden body with a fluffy white head that melts quickly into a skim of foam. The nose is pure corny grits with no discernable hops present at all. The taste is better than the smell, still a lot of corniness but more dry than most adjunct lagers with a faint suggestion of hop bitterness in the mostly squeaky clean finish. Light bodied and easy drinking. I was looking for a new cheap lawnmower beer to replace the old discontinued schlitz cans, I think I found it.

Serving type: can

06-10-2009 22:46:00 | More by biggred1
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archyquaffer

Montana

3.33/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 16 ounce can into a shaker pint. October 2013 freshness date. A moderate pour produces a billowy 3/4 inch head that quickly recedes but leaves some nice patchy lacing in the center with a more substantial ring along the perimeter. The beer is a pale straw color and moderately carbonated.

I don't get much in the nose alone, but mine isn't very sensitive. I get a bit more by sniffing the can, where some light malt and a kiss of hops comes through a bit. The light hops and pale malt produce somewhat of a very light citrus character to go along with a little bit of corn mash to produce a quite refreshing brew, with plenty of pungent burpiness.

Hamm's was once a great name- in it's day the brand was practically synonymous with beer in certain parts of the upper midwest. My earliest memories are of it on draft at a certain 3.2 joint in Minnesota in the 70s. It had a reputation as a shitty beer by then, but it always had its devotees too. I think its a fine beer for the price- 3.99 for a six pack of pounders at my local C-store.

Serving type: can

08-23-2013 03:51:57 | More by archyquaffer
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fizzy

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Do you see how I rated this beer? 3.3 on the Richter Scale. I mean, good grief, give this beer a break. In 1964 when I first drank this "mother's milk" I would have rated it 3.3. It hasn't changed, thank goodness. This is the type of beer that my grandpa and dad drank when coming in from lawn mowing. Push mower I might add. Sheeesh, let's get with the program my friends and honor the name cherished by millions of teenagers in the middle 60's. From the Land of Sky Blue Waters, and always will be.

Serving type: can

05-19-2007 22:53:16 | More by fizzy
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.3/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with a stamp on the bottom of SEP1409, not sure if that is a canning date or best by. Pours a crystal clear medium color with a white foam only a motherly Sprite could love. If you blink, you'll miss it.

Adjuncts, what smells like corn, is very evident in the nose along with a sweet, slightly sour light maltiness. Nothing to write home about, but is does not smell bad...fairly fresh and clean.

The taste is pretty neutral with cereal grains and a mild, but noticeable, hop bitterness on the finish. This beer does a nice job of keeping the sweetness to a minimum for the style. Not a bad AAL, I could drink a couple of these without much of a problem.

Serving type: can

02-08-2010 22:21:24 | More by twiggamortis420
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smanders

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

"From the land of sky blue waters, waters." This BMC-equivalent was enjoyed at Margie's Bar in Eveleth, MN, after a week of canoeing in the Boundary Waters. Smells like weak malt. Tastes watered down. And it's dirt cheap. What's not to love about Hamms? Heck, try this beer for the old-time commercials only. Believe me, you're not drinking Hamms for the taste.

Enjoy!

Serving type: can

06-11-2010 21:10:44 | More by smanders
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= pours a clean yellow color with a nice big overcarbonated head on it that suprisingly holds some pretty nice retention and lacing on the side of the glass. Actually decent looking. A lot like high life with the head.

S= Smells like beer. Just like any adjunct lager you get a little grain and a little yeast.

T= The taste is nothingness. It's got a very very slight sweetness to it otherwise water. Really odd.

M= unexpectedly smooth and clean.

D= Not a bad AL. I actually sort of like it a little. It was cheap as balls and taste like nothing. I would buy this again if I wanted to get smashed.

Serving type: can

10-20-2010 00:52:43 | More by jjanega08
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kguyty

Missouri

3.28/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay, I am updating my rating from last time... I do not know if I had a skunked batch, or what, but Hamm's is really not too bad for being the cheapest brew (12 pack) at the local liquor store. Decent taste and drinkability have made this one of my new 'Summer Beers'.

Serving type: can

07-01-2008 22:44:46 | More by kguyty
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Eric for hooking me up with a can of this. My bottom of the barrel ticks would be zero without your efforts to keep me in check.

Poured from a 12oz can into a pub glass. The brew appear a light straw yellow color with an eruption of carbonation that forms more than a finger and a half of white head. The cap maintains fairly decent for the style with larger than normal bubble pattern. A close inspection reveals the smallest amount of particulate that keeps the brew from having polished clarity.

The aroma has a zesty faint hop aspect that is mildly herbal and mixed with a sulfur touch. There is a mild sweetness, somewhat cheesy with a fruity ester to almost bubblegum quality but the herbal aspect is surprisingly in the forefront and is the leading characteristic of the very mild nose overall.

The taste has a little bit more sweetness than the aroma led on. It has a grainy sweet quality that mixes with a bit of fruity/bubblegum ester. Whereas the bit of herbal component in the nose was the leading character, it is all but missing in the flavor. A sulfur character brings up the back with a bit of cheesy quality.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. I dont know if it is the hot weather or lack of having a beer for awhile but I found this one to go down fairly easy considering the style. With the assortment of other mass produced products in this classification, you could do worse. If given the option of nothing but BMC products, I would probably choose this one over them.

Serving type: can

06-23-2012 01:18:46 | More by stakem
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JamesQuaff

California

3.28/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Haven't seen this stuff since I was a kid. All of a sudden there it is at my local store for $10.80 a case. At that price, seriously, why not? I'll just break it out on poker night and even if it's absolutely dreadful, it'll still get finished off. I'll grab this 12'er of Lagunitas IPA for the 'house', just in case...

Served in a pint glass.

Pours a very pale golden with a thick white head that disappears quickly and leaves some delicate lacing. Looks okay. The lacing is actually pretty elegant looking.

Aroma is corn, a little grain, some grassiness. Typical for the style, nothing too terribly off-putting, but not the greatest smell either. Probably better left in the can.

Taste is very simple and straightforward, starts slightly sweet then fades into a swift corn/grain finish. Over and done like that (snaps fingers). Nothing off or bad tasting, but nothing stands out either. Super basic American lager.

Mouthfeel is also average for the style. Thin and light bodied, carbonation is average. Not too watery. Very drinkable. I could see losing count of how many of these I've had.

Overall this is just a slightly above average adjunct lager. I've had a few better, but I've had many worse. The aroma isn't the greatest, but I just had another one from the can and it was a non-issue. Hamm's is a perfectly cromulent session beer and actually an amazing value. I mean, $0.45/can for an actual drinkable beer? My overall rating takes this into consideration.

Update 9/7/13... Okay, fine. Hamm's has been our House Cheepniss all summer long. Probably on our 12th or 13th case at this point, and it's always in the fridge now for handing out by the armload to a bunch of guests, for keeping the whistle whetted in between precious glasses of hi-dolla craft, for pouring on the flareups when grilling burgers and for soaking the grilled brats until serving time, basically for all general "hey, it's beer" drinking purposes. One time I tried 'dry hopping' a can I was drinking with some Cascade pellet. Yeah, don't do that. Take it for what it is and it won't disappoint (much). Expect anything more and you're dumb.

Serving type: can

04-12-2013 22:53:04 | More by JamesQuaff
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