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Hamm's - Hamm's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
64
poor

457 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 201
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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soju6

Missouri

3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a light yellow from the can with a light head a good carbonation. Smell is that of grain and a hint of corn. Taste is clean and crisp. Finish is pretty smooth with some carbonation. This is a good drinkable macro style beer. At least my money goes to non BMC owned or controlled brewery. This is another beer from the past I used to enjoy.

From the land of sky blue waters....

Serving type: can

04-05-2010 21:36:56 | More by soju6
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Spotted this tap handle buried between a whole bunch of BMCs, let's try something I haven't had before, from the land of sky blue waters...

Golden-yellow color with a little bit of white foam. Suprisingly nice coating of lacing, then down to a ring of foam, then gone. Lots of clean grain smell, not much noticeable adjunct vegetable/corn smell. Grainy flavor with some mild hops in the finish. Good for the style.
Light flavor, but still a nice suprise.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2010 14:55:52 | More by BigBry
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Kemmerlin

Colorado

2.25/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: can

03-20-2010 18:57:15 | More by Kemmerlin
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Wasatch

Utah

2/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

Serving type: can

03-16-2010 00:36:09 | More by Wasatch
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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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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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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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bsp77

Minnesota

1.53/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Serving glass: Poured from can into a tall glass.

Appearance: Clear straw yellow with surprisingly large foamy head, but it doesn't last too long.

Smell: Uh, smells like typical beer - grains, slight spiciness and a touch of corn. Kind of dry and musty.

Taste: Very little malt taste with bad metallic finish. Leaves a corn like aftertaste.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, very watery body, off finish.

Drinkability: Meh. Actually it aspires to be Meh - more like Bleh.

Serving type: can

12-22-2009 22:43:38 | More by bsp77
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TeamSeinfeld

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +56.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great Macro swill, for the price its got all you could expect and more. My favorite style is American Classic Macro and this is one of the best along side Schmidts, Oly, and the new Schlitz. Hamms served at 32 degrees is as good as it gets for drinkability.

Serving type: can

12-18-2009 15:18:07 | More by TeamSeinfeld
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illidurit

California

2.17/5  rDev -19%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Can. Yellow and fizzy and clear and urinesque. Smells like stale grains, old corn, cesspool water. Flavor is not as watery as some pale lagers but unfortunately the lack of wateriness is replaced with an abundance of cloying corn syrup and cereal. Finish is mineral and short. Yawn

Serving type: can

09-06-2009 05:55:48 | More by illidurit
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Working4Beer

Pennsylvania

2.3/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: can

08-25-2009 00:09:58 | More by Working4Beer
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hamm's from an attractive blue, gold and red old-style can. 24 oz.! Because if 12 is good, twice that's better!

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 straw-gold when held to the light, but looked more deep-golden while sitting on the bar.

The aroma was generic, although there were some non-descript hops in the background. Wait! Maybe not non-descript... they're actually a bit grassy. Otherwise it's just lightly sweet, grain and adjunct maltiness.

The flavor bears out all that the aroma had suggested, and I was a little disappointed that there wasn't just a slight touch more to it. I'd have taken some sulphur even! But no, it's pretty darned clean. And thus, ultimately boring. It could certainly be more bitter, but I'm guessing this is what the masses like. And there is some alcohol lurking beneath that maltiness. That at least helps to keep it from becoming too sweet.

Final analysis, pretty much a generic American adjunct lager. I wouldn't be surprised if this same exact beer is sold under a few other names as well. Not bad, not good, just mainstream inexpensive brew.

Serving type: can

08-12-2009 02:05:55 | More by NeroFiddled
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Bright, clear straw yellow. Poured a 1 finger foamy white head that dissipated quickly to a skim that disappeared in a minute or two. Decanted continually. Thin, inconsistent lacing after the first couple drinks, then nothing.

S: Hay and grass with some sweet, biscuity malts. Faint bittering hops.

T: Malt and hops consistent with aroma; very muted. Light sweetness lingers in muted bitter finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp and fizzy.

D: Representative of style and affordable. Nothing very special, but I wouoldn't turn one down.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2009 01:16:58 | More by Haybeerman
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vacax

California

2.83/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

$6.39 for twelve cans, thanks to Patrick at BevMo Cypress for his dedication to hard-to-find beers.

Pours a clear light gold with fizzy white head and much carbonation evident. Head subsides fairly quickly though some lacing for what it is worth.

Aroma is grainy, with barley and corn. Some apple juice quality. Some hint of either hops or alcohol, both hidden behind a musty grain. Heavy on the adjunct qualities, but not anything bad going on in the nose.

Flavor is grainy with a metallic tinge and a touch of alcohol presence (though it is actually somewhat spirit like instead of rubbing alcohol). Some bitterness to help make the industrial taste more palatable, but no hop flavors really detectable. Tastes of cheap lager that is somewhat successfully covered up into something more drinkable. Light to medium body with loads of soda pop fizz carbonation.

Fairly drinkable brew that is obviously best cold. Much worse beer out there, so for $6.39 a twelver this might be an option for times that may require swill. Spend the extra dollar or two and upgrade to Schlitz if possible.

Honorable mention: this beer wins the prize for cheapest twelve pack I have ever purchased.

Serving type: can

08-04-2009 02:31:47 | More by vacax
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.38/5  rDev -11.2%
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!

Serving type: can

08-03-2009 19:57:35 | More by woodychandler
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Ragingbull

California

3.75/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold color with a little bit of prickle. Almost full coverage of lacing and a rim of foam. Lots of grain on the nose, but it stays in balance with the malt. Grainy attack with some mild hops in the flavor but dominated by the grain. Finishes with some graininess in true "premium lager" fashion. Good for the style. The style being what is often sold as "cold beer."

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2009 14:26:14 | More by Ragingbull
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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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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12oz old-school can

Appearance: Dark-gold brew, dense white cap with a bit more retention than expected

Smell: Odd; sweet, sugary...wrong

Taste: Odd touch of toastiness...odd semisweet aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: 1-dimensional, odd aftertaste...toast is nice but...meh, no thanks

Serving type: can

07-11-2009 07:13:53 | More by BedetheVenerable
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hardy008

Minnesota

2.85/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"From the land of sky blue waters..." How many of us still remember the commercials with the Hamm's bear? Some of my favorite commercials as a kid.

Pours a pale gold color with a large foamy white head with decent retention. Smell is of corn, hops, and sweet malt.. The taste is a lot like the aroma. I can taste the hops and some sweetness which is a plus. The corn / grain taste is also present, but is not unexpected. The mouthfeel is thin and watery, but also crisp and clean. Got to take the bad with the good. The drinkability is average.

Serving type: can

07-08-2009 01:49:02 | More by hardy008
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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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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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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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hodgsongreg

Minnesota

2.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$6.49 for a 12-pack of cans? I can't go wrong!
Straw yellow. So, when I was no more than 5, I played house with my sisters. I played dad. My father drank beer, so I got a beer out of the fridge and drank up...I remember sitting in my melodic rocking chair throwing back what was likely a Hauenstien in a brown bottle. I tell you this because I still remember the smell...this shares that smell and in an odd way, brings me back to my childhood. How about that?

It tastes as a lager usually tastes. A little sweet, a touch of sulfur from the corn grain...on the back end it leaves an odd plum wine aftertaste. Hamm's is bubbly and light.

If it were $3 more, it wouldn't be as drinkable as it is at about 50 cents a can. Funny how economics can make some beers more drinkable.

Serving type: can

05-05-2009 00:10:39 | More by hodgsongreg
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ThePeskyDingo

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got a 1 finger fizzy white head outta my pour that went down quickly. Color is a clear straw.

Has a skunky grain aroma to the smell.

Taste is of grains and malts. Nothing special.

Really crisp, clean drink, light body with lots of carbonation.

Easy enough to drink. Sessionable.

A 'drink to get drunk' kind of beer.

Not much else to say about this beer.

Serving type: can

04-21-2009 06:03:04 | More by ThePeskyDingo
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour into a shaker pint glass yields 2 fingers of bright white head that mostly disappears within a minute, leaving a skim of white. No lacing. Body is very pale straw colored.

Smells very lightly of grains, corn and the barest hint of hops.

Taste is pretty good for the style. There's some lemony bitterness right away, light grains, a bit of corn sweetness, and a touch of hops on the swallow.

Body is pretty light, carbonation is pretty fizzy- standard macro mouthfeel. There is a hint of pleasant creaminess and a pretty crisp finish.

Overall impression: About as good a macro lager as you're gonna get. Helluva lawnmower beer.

Serving type: can

03-29-2009 22:16:50 | More by PDXHops
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