Hamm's - Hamm's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
68
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232 Reviews
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Reviews: 232
Hads: 662
rAvg: 2.9
pDev: 25.52%
Wants: 24
Gots: 89 | 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 fx20736
2.65/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

"From the land of Sky Blue Waters"
"Comes the Beer Refreshing"
"Hamms's the beer refreshing"
"Hamm's!"

Who knows why, but there are two beers that are stuck in my imagination, maybe because they represent my Illinois childhood. Those two beers are Old Style and Hamm's. Thanks to a BA, I received a 12 pack of each yesterday. These memories are really more about the advertising than the beers themselves, proof of the power of advertising on the child's psyche.

Poured from 12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pale, brassy beer yields a thick, snow white head. Lazy streams of carbonation work there way to the surface. Some wisps of lacing remain in the glass.

Aroma: muted aroma of bready malt and sweet corn.

Mouthfeel: nothing special here.

Taste: Beer is sweet like corm syrup. Hops are virtually nonexistent. The beer essentially tastes like sweet seltzer water.

Notes: Too sweet, lacking in hops. This beer tastes a lot like Utica Club. I think I am over my nostalgia for this beer. (991 characters)

Photo of Schmidts
4/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the can pale bright golden yellow with a nice 1/2 inch creamy snow white head which stays awhile.
Smells of Corn grass and citrus.
Taste of sweet corn with a nice small hit of Hops and citrus flavor and alcohol. Very Mild would be a great lawn mowing beer for sure when it is hot as it has been this summer here in the northest.
It is highly refreshing and smooth in your mouth, a nice version of an old time favorite when I was young. Many thanks to my friend Ray who traveled out to Wis for vacation for getting me a 30 pack of it, been wanting to try the new suff for awhile now. A nice price also $11.00. A nice old time Union made very drinkable beer. Or as we Say it is Old School.

If we had it in pa I would get some offten for a nice beer to kick down a few! For me way more flavorful then Miller, Coors or Bud anytime!
COME ON Miller / Coors bring it back to Pa was a real big seller in the Old days here. And I think the way retro beers are selling around here in Pa would sell great again. A typical old time real working mans American Beer. Drinking it I could imagin the Hamms Beer Bear dancing in the old time ads. From The Land Of Sky Blue Waters Hamms The Beer refreshing!! Update Hamm's is back in Pa in 2012 just bought a 30 pack at Epps in Limerick. This will be my hot weather drink a bunch beer from now on. Thanks to Miller / Coors for bringing it back.Hamms is very old school in falvor and refreshment for it's type. (1,454 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.1/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Clear golden, thick off white head. Retention is not great but better than most in style. Some lacing.
S- Smell is sweet on the nose, a good bit of corn, and a light grainy character.
T- Well it's heavy on the corn but it's not sulfuric or otherwise vegetal. It actually tastes pretty good, but I wish it was a little bit less sweet.
M- Decent body for style but oof was the carbonation overwhelming my tongue or what? I guess the aggressive pricklyness keeps the sweetness from lingering too much, but it really was a bit too much.
O- A decent beer and refreshing. The carbonation was a poor move but otherwise it's one of the better adjunct lagers out there. (663 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.68/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hamm’s has a very thick, white head (which overflowed in my tasting glass) and a clear, yellow-golden appearance, with lots of bubbles streaming up and little bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of clean water, mildly-roasted grains, and a dash of hop bitterness. The taste is essentially identical to that, with some overall sweetness associated as well. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Hamm’s finishes crisp, refreshing and dry. Overall, this is a good, typical American-style lager. I think it holds its own against others of its ilk.

RJT (554 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.14/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear yellow color with two and a half fingers of white fluffy head.

S-Grainy notes with some lemony hops and a faint metallic note.

T-Sweet grain and corn upfront with a slight bitterness.

M-Pretty low carbonation with a light body and a mildly prickly feel.

D-A drinkable and fairly decent version of an American Adjunct Lager. (343 characters)

Photo of armock
3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from Savemart in Manteca, CA

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of sweet grainy malt with some corn

T - Like the smell starts off with sweet grainy malt and finishes with a touch of corn

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

O - Sure its not the best lager out there but on a hot day with burgers on the grill its not a bad beer at all and for the price and taste it beats the the other macros (472 characters)

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.21/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can remember the TV adds for this beer back in the 70's. One of my northern trucker buddies brought be a six of this since I haven't seen any since the mid 70's. Brings back memories. Very impressive head, three fingers of dense foam, with much lace and cling. Clear with lots of micro bubbles, a 4 on the SRM beer color chart. The smell brings be back to days of camping in Michigan, aromas of cereal grains, a slight floral array, and a wisp of lime. Taste is not quite what I remember from the 70's but it is not bad. Lime in the fringes, wheat, oats and malt in the forefront. Mouthfeel is thin but helped by the massive carbonation. Great for old time sake, brings back lots of good memories when I taste a mouthful. (723 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
2.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Continuing with the throw backs that have seemed to make its way into main stream I tried a Hamms. It is like Pabst's brother. The color is golden clear with decent carbonation. The smell and taste are grainy like you would expect. The mouthfeel is fine. (254 characters)

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
2.3/5  rDev -20.7%
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 ManuelHerrera
2.17/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Really? A C+ Bros?

A pretty safe beer, but try it if you want to drink something that tastes kind of like a Bud Lite but want to keep your hipster cred.

Pours palest of yellows with a foamy white head and surprisingly little visible carbonation. Smells slightly musky with cooked veggies and very slight citrus.

Flavor is weak, a touch of lemon zest with just a hint of hop to give a baby bite to the flavor of this beer. More flavor than light beers that are glorified mineral water, but not too much to think about here either. Carbonated throughout, light and kind of refreshing, although some flavor and boldness could do a little good here. (648 characters)

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass

A: Perfectly clear pale yellow. Pours 1 finger head that falls almost immediately. Some lace.

S: Sweet and bready. A lot of grain. A very small touch of skunk.

T: A little dry bitterness over a pure graininess.

M: Crisp. High carbonation. Very dry.

D: I am not a fan of this style as a whole but this is far better than Bud, Bud Light, Corona, Miller Lite and their cohorts. (407 characters)

Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.07/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a frosty mug, it's a pale straw color, as clear as a pristine river. a sizeable foamy white head results from the pour.

The smell is the worst thing about this beer, i don't think it smells particularly well. Like musty grains, kind of dirty.

The taste is pretty decent for an Adjunct lager. There is a sweetness to it, some grainyness and a little bit of hop bitterness. Somewhat watery, yet crisp and refreshing.

Light bodied, high carbonation. very thin, but that's pretty usual for this style.

Drinkability is good, it goes down fast, just a light, easy drinking beer. A good one to pick up in the warmer weather of spring and summer. Worth a try if you're looking for something cheap and you're tired of pabst. (732 characters)

Photo of cschmid44
5/5  rDev +72.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

it tastes like a full beer not any of the light beers have a full body. I think it has something to do with the fact that it was on tap and not from a can. It is quite hoppy and has lots of bitterness to it followed by a small sweet spot right at the end. (255 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a golden yellow, much more gold than most of the style, with about 1/4 inch of white, bubbly head that had decent retention and surprisingly good lacing.

The aroma and taste were both typical and expected. Sweet, and notes of corn. There was a bit more grain on the tongue than is usual though.

The body was a smidge fuller than usual. Drinkability was about what I expected. If you're in the mood for a fizzy yellow beer, you could do better, and worse, than this. (498 characters)

Photo of ferrari29
2.97/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer poured from can in "Conical" shaped pint glass

A - Three finger head; white head holds very well; lots of lacing; thin in appearance

S - Grainy & corn scents; almost rice like; sweet with a touch of
cold filtered and fermented lager notes;

T - Watery and thin, the tongue picks up no unique flavors, not much to it besides a corn flavor; not much hopiness to this brew either, though they claim its in there

M - Thin consistency; almost no body - like drinking water with foam

D - Very disappointed, but not surpirsed for my favorite macro; I drink this beer with pride, you can't find garbage like this anywhere; I actually found a dive bar that served this and enjoyed every second of it; pass me another; good for when you want to get wasted and get caught up with old friends (790 characters)

Photo of chicagoabbot
2.73/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

can into a pint glass...not much here, piss yellow, no real body, flavor or aroma...pretty much what I expected. At least it was cheap at $2.99 a six pack even in downtown Chicago. Being originally from Wisconsin, I did drink a lot of this in high school. Cheap stuff. Better than a lot of adjuncts but still not real beer in my opinion. Goes down super easy. Like water. Which it pretty much is. Buy it if you're up against Coors or one of the others, but otherwise, take a pass. (480 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.85/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellowish liquid, surprising white head that stuck around. Super sweet corny aroma.

Taste, same cooked vegetal corn feel for it, but lots of carbonation, even detectable hops. Extremely metallic, maybe they never upgraded to those cans with the liner. Pretty thin mouthfeel, super easy to drink, and cheap enough that it isn't associated with the hipster ironic drinking revival. (386 characters)

Photo of Beerbuddha
3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: The beer poured a clear, golden yellow with a nice frothy white head which dissipated quickly. No lacing present.

Smell: Sweet grain aroma with a metallic tinge to it.

Taste: Very crisp, clean and refreshing brew. Slight lemony sent from hint of hops. Slight grain flavor with a nice sweetness from the malt accompanied by a creamed corn flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin body with high carbonation.

Overall: Perfect beer for the summer. As far as adjunct grain beers go this one is one of the best. As with most cheap lagers I recommend ice cold and in a can. (567 characters)

Photo of gkunkle
2.28/5  rDev -21.4%
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 adammacmillan
3.32/5  rDev +14.5%
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 (303 characters)

Photo of midwestbrewers
2.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Drank from the can but have seen one poured. Very light, light color with no head. Lots of carbonation.

S: Nothing, maybe some malt character.

T: Very carbonated. Smooth and decent taste compared to others in this category. No real real flavor is pronounced but decent.

This is a decent beer for this category. I've had several way worse. I am a craft beer drinker so this is never a beer I purchase but have had several times. I have friends that do drink the BMC and others and I'm never one to turn down a free drink. This is one that I'm not terrified to drink. (572 characters)

Photo of ronniebruner
1.73/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The first thing you will notice about this beer is the strong cat urine smell. There is a reason why a 12 pack of this stuff is only $1 more than a 12 pack of soda; it is not good in any sense of the word. The smell is putrid, the taste of old watered down MGD, extreme carbonation, brown, frothy head, and leaves a horrible aftertaste in your mouth. Avoid at all costs. (370 characters)

Photo of cadaugherty
2.31/5  rDev -20.3%
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 ELN
2.32/5  rDev -20%
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 emmasdad
2.95/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have fond memories of this beer from years ago, ice cold from plastic cups while playing softball at one of my Dad's union picnics. I was about 12, and even then I remember this one being inferior to some of the others my Dad drank (Erlanger, Lowenbrau, etc). Anyways figured I'd try it again. Pretty much the same as a lot of the other macros, with little to distinguish itself. Clear yellow color, fluffy white head, big carbonation, grains. But with a bear. (462 characters)

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