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Hamm's - Hamm's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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625 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 625
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 2.66
pDev: 28.2%
Wants: 26
Gots: 70 | 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: 625 | Reviews: 234
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 keeganfrank
2.57/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ovaltine
2.5/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mamaraza
2.38/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of cambabeer
2.95/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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 jgiordano88
2.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 302BeerGuy
3/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 Spaceman_Jer
2.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Photo of BeerRunner
2.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Tstiltner
2.76/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Superbohl4
2.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Mnmich7662
2.43/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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 Dkline39
2.67/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Asics
2.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Hopswagger
2.75/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Wrolfsen
2.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4

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 Jmmay3
2.28/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Photo of rden4654
2.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Hamm's from Hamm's Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 625 ratings.