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Hamm's - Hamm's Brewing Co.

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241 Reviews

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Reviews: 241
Hads: 689
Avg: 2.79
pDev: 46.24%
Wants: 28
Gots: 103 | 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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Photo of 1dmbhonkey
3.19/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I believe this is the best cheap beer out there, at $12.19 a thirty it's an unbelievable value for me, way above Stag, PBR, or Milwaukee's best (witch I tend to consume in high volume). It's no craft beer by any means, but for a classic American beer this is a home run for me.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.49/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 8/7/14, but had this once before back in 2012. Last time was in a 12 ounce can, this is a 16 ouncer. Bought a 6-16 ouncer for $4.98 yesterday at the local 'No Frills' grocery store. can(s) chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a vintage 'Hamm's' pilsner hour-glass from the late 1960's.

Pours a pale straw-yellow in color with a thin white head that settles down to just along the sides of the glass. Lots of small streaming bubbles are seen rising from the bottom of the glass. Good carbonation. Some very light spotty lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of sweet grass/grains with a hint of floral and hay even. The taste is pretty close to the aroma with some corn sweetness in the mix as well. A little light-bodied but decent. Goes down easy and is really cent for the price as you can buy a 30-pack for $14.98 or a 6 of 'Tall Boys' for just $4.98. Overall not a bad brew.

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Photo of notabeersnob
3.94/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look...I love craft beer but I'm sick of every microbrewery trying to do a pale ale, an IPA, a stout, and a Hefeweizen. Some branch out to triples or quads but they all run together. I still love my craft beer but on most nights, I just want a few freaking beers that I don't have to think about or pay a lot for. Hamms is probably the best of the bunch. I pay $12 for a 30 pack. Bud or Miller Lite would be twice that. I love livin' the high life but its $8 for a 12 pack of bottles in my area so Hamms is a great alternative. Good tasting, old fashioned beer, cheap, and refreshing. Besides that the can has a definite old-school ambiance.

Drink some and enjoy.

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Photo of browncty
3.08/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I have this in my beer fridge on a regular basis. It's my work in the yard and lawn mower beer. When you don't want a craft beer and it's not the place or time for one. It's an easy drinking adjunct American Lager retro beer. When you drink it you have visions of a simpler time in America. It's fun to take a 30 pack to family who can't get it and view their amazement it's still around. If you haven't tried it give it a try. Remember it's not a craft but an a American Original. Think Hamms Bear.

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Photo of Phocion
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz. tallboy poured into a Fitger's mug. Pale light straw with a frothy white head. Surprisingly long-lasting with thick splotches of lacing as it slowly falls.

Aroma is very sweet. Caramel, honey, and a healthy dose of adjunct sweetness. Hay. Floral and grassy hops.

Flavor is thin, but not unpleasant. A bit of corny sweetness, a dash of honey, and a touch of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied with a healthy bit of carbonation. Clean and refreshing.

Overall, this is a pretty standard adjunct lager. It's boring but inoffensive. I got it out of a $1 grab bag at a local liquor store, but otherwise wouldn't buy another one.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
1.97/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

twelve cans for $5.99 is bang for your buck. At that price, what can you expect..
Nonetheless this brew was not as bad as the price tag made it seem- though it did have the same pathetic pale, yellow hue as other low end beers and a scent almost identical. The taste and mouthfeel earned it an extra star. The taste jumps at you when you're not expecting- something more impressionable than the average bottom shelf.
I'd recommend this to a buddy tight on cash.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Love the box/can art/slogan this beer bears, so had to give it a try. I mean, come on, hate the beer all you want but "born in the land of sky blue waters" is one of the dreamiest, coolest slogans ever.

At any rate, this is a solid offering. It's much less harsh and bitter than Miller Lite or Bud Light, and also doesn't bear that pungent, chemical taste of the major beers. The taste is pretty simple, but works in the regard that it isn't overpowering nor sour or unflattering. The appearance and smell is pretty interchangeable, but again, it works and is satisfying enough.

This is the new session beer in my household; judge all you want.

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Photo of Bis4beer70
2.7/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This is the beer I get more often than I'd care to admit to myself or others, but I still buy it,drink it & "like" it...and on just the right sorta day,i even almost need it....kinda like watchin' the news on t.v. if you are a news junky who really just wants to set by the river and fish or do some camping instead of being stuck inside with a talking head on a screen in front of you...
but anyway,w/that all said...

This is the beer I drink when I feel guilty about how much $ I've been spending on other beer.
This is the beer I drink when I'm broke (or feel that I'm about to be broke).
This is the beer I drink when I want a cheap lager.
This is the beer I could imagine charles Bukowski, jim morrison,the bum in my alley & me and my dog all setting around drinking....& not caring what it's like to be a drunk or a beer snob or an intellectual or a geek or god or devil in any shape or form.
This is the beer that really says,"America...party-time"...especially in certain states...
This is the beer i'd like to not drink with white castle sliders & for obvious reasons.
This is the beer you drink if u have a "can-do attitude" when it's raining,the yard needs mowed,your teeth hurt,you don't remember the last time you had a "good" dream and when the chicago cubs have won the world series in an alternate (but still transparent to us) universe.
This is the beer that sets at the back of your fridge for all the time that you DO have money...or just because your wife & every house guest says,"I'll just have tea" when you try & talk them into having one.
This is the beer that is both good AND bad...so MODERATE consumption is required...

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Photo of Zorro
2.96/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Surprise found in Nevada.

Crystal clear yellow colored beer with a surprisingly tall and long last puffy white head. It has decent enough looks.

Smell is yeast and herbal and lemony hop. Certainly has a corn scent to it but not that big of one. Malt is mostly baked biscuit.

Starts out mildly sweet and yeasty with a soda cracker malt finish. Herbal with a slight lemon flavor. Bitterness is at about the door to medium from light. You can taste corn if you are looking for it but it hardly intrudes. Clean finish with no lingering bitterness or sweetness.

Mouthfeel is present.

Overall Solid especially for the whole $1 I paid for the 24 OZ Can. Not a thing wrong with it just not really craft beer but a solid Adjunct Lager from a can.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
1.91/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 fl oz. can, with date on the bottom of the can readin May 12, 2014 - not sure if that's a best by date or a canned on date. Either way, I'm not expecting much. Another American adjunct lager, gifted to me from a friend mfndsvp. Acquired at the local beer store for $1.99 for the six pack.

Poured into a Winnie The Pooh pint glass.

A - Pours the typical clear golden straw color. Looks like yellow water. Just over a finger of fizzy white head that disappears entirely within a minute. I'm usually generous on the appearance of a beer, but this stuff doesn't look so great.

S - The smell is comprised of the usual suspects - cheap GMO corn / grain, dust, and wet cardboard. Slightly skunky, I guess I would say. It's pretty foul smelling.

T - The taste follows the nose - cheap GMO grain / corn / husk, and sparkling water.

M - Feel is crisp, grainy, and papery. Lingering wet cardboard aftertaste.

Overall, another tick from the bottom of the barrel with plenty more to go. The only selling point for this beer is the cheap price tag.

Hamm's ---2/5.

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Photo of BillCrawford
3.85/5  rDev +38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer a lot, It's real, It's not expensive, It taste like a beer should taste. I've tried a great deal of different types of "beer" Some go way overboard and add funky flavors or way too much hops, But getting back to basics this to me is an almost perfect beer! Now some of you like the girly flavored beers, and that's ok , but that's not real beer, this is. Also just so you know I do like other beers such as Stella, Guinness Stout, Boulevard , (but not the IPA), dos equis, and many others, I'm not a beer snob, but when I like a beer that is good regardless of price I'll be as honest as I can going with my taste preferences.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
2.94/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear light yellow with less than one finger head that dissipated completely in seconds, medium carbonation, not a trace of lacing on the glass.

SMELL: not assertive, corn, grass, sweet malt.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, sweet malt, corn, grass, almost no hop profile is present.

PALATE: very light with medium carbonation, finishes dry.

OVERALL: this is a classic lawnmower beer, the adjunct lager is inexpensive but satisfies on a basic level. Hamm's is better than most beers of this style so if you are on a budget this is a good choice.

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Photo of JohnHammsFan
3.46/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale yellow with a one and a half finger fluffy white head. more than enough for less expensive beer.

Aroma has a strong corn note. A very light touch of grass. sweet corn is predominant.

The flavor has hint of corn and somewhat sweet. Thankfully, bitterness is not really present. What low testosterone aficionado thinks beer "should be" bitter?

Overall, a previous reviewer said it best, Hamm's is "nothing more than a thirst quenching lawnmower beer"...as all beer should be. Although a bit watery, finishes clean for an inexpensive beer. Where's my mower?!

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Photo of Foyle
1/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance: 1" sudsy white head recedes quickly. Clear straw appearance, moderate carbonation present.
Aroma: some grain husks, corn sweetness, a bit of malt.
Mouthfeel: light and watery. Finish is dry.
Flavor: not a lot going on here. Mostly corn sweetness with a slight malt flavor. Maybe a tiny hint of hops in the finish. Nearly a drain pour for me.

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Photo of rangerred
3.02/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

16oz can into a nonic.

Pours a clear pale yellow with a one and a half finger fluffy white head. Unfortunately the head fades away pretty quickly not leaving a whole lot in the way of lacing. It looks good for a minute, though.

Aroma is on the sweet side with a strong corn note. A very light touch of grass but sweet corn is dominant.

The flavor backs off on the corn a bit but sweetness is still present. A little more grass and faint graininess and more cooked vegetables. Bitterness is nearly nonexistent but it is there. The finish has a bit of sticky sweetness but finishes fairly clean.

Overall, this is nothing more than a thirst quenching lawnmower beer but it does an excellent job of being just that. A little rough around the edges but for the price, it is hard to beat.

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Photo of odannyob
3.18/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

as to what amounts to 'bout fifty-eight pennies a 12 FL. OZ. 355 ml, and hey besides, i'm unemployed (since jan 2K14) and this is a tasty full american beer, thank goodness, that pours fine into a glass (of any shape, of any size) or, as i am enjoying it now, directly from metal can to hungry beer lipped taste receptors.
me likes hamms and will always 'cause the stuff just tastes good, gall'darnit.

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Photo of equinoxranch
4.54/5  rDev +62.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Contrary to the righteousness held by so many beer snobs, there is no perfect beer out there. And really, what IS with many a beer so bitter that a glass of vinegar is like a soft drink by comparison, but I digress... For my money a beer should be refreshing and cold.
Straight up, Hamm's more than delivers on that... As ever, a clean tasting, non bitter, refreshing beer either by itself or with food. I challenge any beer "expert"/aficionado to put any of their gilt edge - trendoid beers up against Hamm's (or a few other "low rent" - pedestrian) beers in a blind sampling and they'll get a dose of reality. Some of these "lesser" beers, Hamm's most certainly being one, more than deliver the goods and do not drain your wallet.

Thanx "Hamm's"

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Photo of Jimmycubs
4.3/5  rDev +54.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

At $10.99/30 pack, it's definitely best beer for your money. I live around a lot of beer snobs who only drink micros but I honestly think this tastes better. Real smooth taste either ice cold or warm. Not too much of a head. Not too bitter. Not too sweet. Perfect beer. Smell that brings back memories of old of my old man n his friends playing horseshoes. Perfect beer for those people who wanna drink a beer while hanging out in garage with neighbors or playing horseshoes with neighbors. Isn't that what drinking beer is supposed to be about? Top grade homeowners beer. Can drink a quality beer and still afford your mortgage.

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Photo of NilocRellim
2.77/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a can.

Typical domestic beer.

Looks pale and yellow.

Smells and tastes like most domenstic... light on the nose with grains. Not as much bitter taste compared to other domestics, but it is still just a camping beer.

Would I buy it again? Mostly just for camping...

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Photo of Flounder57
2.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

16 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It us a golden straw yellow color with great clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Cereal grains, bready malts, some sweetness, lager yeast, and mild grassy hops.

Taste: Sweet and bready grains, lager yeast, grassy hops, and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Typical lager aftertaste, crisp, refreshing, light bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty standard average adjunct lager. Seen it a bunch of times, so I gave it a whirl.

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Photo of evanackerman
3.21/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tall boy can - six pack for $4.00! Pours straw yellow - a shade darker than the average American Adjunct Lager. Foamy white head, lingers for a bit then stays as a thin wispy lace on top of the beer. Aromas is faint hops and cornbread - again, a bit above average for the style. Taste - Bready with a corn tinge, hops are definitely apparent but very light - very clean flavor profile - crisp and refreshing. Overall, just a touch better than many of its more famous competitors - given that this is one of the cheapest beers out there ,it is not bad for what it is. would choose over Coors, Bud, or Pabst.

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Photo of drose23
2.67/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured in a pint glass from a 12oz can

A: Straw color with a finger and a half worth of a soapy white head that retains for longer than one would anticipate.

S: Grainy. Corn. Some weird soapy aroma. Very sweet in the smell. Almost a cloyingly sweet aroma.

T: Corn. A little grain husk type flavor. Sweet. Really no bitterness besides in the aftertaste (IBU around 12-14..?) Easy going. That weird soapy taste does kick in at the back of the palate.

M: Watery, slick, not quite carbonated enough IMO. Dry finish. Pretty clean and refreshing.

O: It's an alright, cheap AAL. Beer on a budget? Check it out. Nothing special but better than light beer.

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Photo of jwc215
2.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours light straw yellow with a thick white head that descends to a lasting thin cover. A little lacing sticks.

The smell is of a hint of grain - relatively inoffensive.

The taste is of mild sweet grain, water, more water... Mild sweetness is balanced by a hint of non-descript hops. There is a touch of soap that mixes in and out.

It is crisp - not too fizzy considering the style.

I would easily chose a Miller High Life over this - and I did follow it with one - big difference. The money went to the same brewery, anyway.

This is cheap beer - and below average for that, in my opinion. Not enjoyable, though I was able to chug the second half and move on.

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Photo of joe1510
3.23/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16oz Tallboy
$3.99 6-Pack
West Side Liquors - Morris, IL

Hamm's is straw golden with 100% clarity. The pure white head, surprisingly hangs around for a while which is notable since most macros fizzle away in no time. Points. There's even a spot or two of lace left on the glass.

Light but semi-sweet maltiness make up the body. Grain and corn together but indistinguishable. I've never sat and pondered a Hamm's before but there's actually a touch of grassy hoppiness in the background and it's clean. Nice, for what it is.

Semi-sweet, but indistinguishable, maltiness is the major factor here. There is crisp graininess though with none of the ho-hum mediocrity of the big guys. There's a touch of floral quality on the finish but keep in mind when I say 'touch' I mean 'barely noticeable'.

The body is light and the carbonation is active enough to keep this beer moving at a considerable rate. A clean finish wraps things up.

Hamm's is made for drinking. Of all the American lagers out there this and Schlitz tussle for king of the mountain. If you noticed in my review I mentioned how clean and grainy this beer is, just as I think it should be. For what this beer is it's respectable.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz tall can (what else?) into a pint glass. I can't believe, 1,825 reviews in, I'm *finally* reviewing my beloved Hamm's. It's a crazy world.

Appearance: almost colorlessly pale yellow hue; no haze with a very strong effervescence. Head poured a finger of white foam and quickly dissipated. Good? No. But I know those bubbles are going straight to my brain.

Smell: lightly grainy and plasticy. Why do I like this beer? It must be the nostalgia.

Taste: stale bread soaked in water, stored in a Nalgene bottle for a few weeks. However, it also tastes like good times down at my local pub back in the day. So call it what you will.

Mouthfeel: very light body but a big, strong effervescence that generates a surprisingly good creaminess. Ba dow!

Overall: Hamm's. No additional comments needed.

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Hamm's from Hamm's Brewing Co.
66 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.