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Hamm's - Hamm's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
64
poor

584 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 584
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 28.36%
Wants: 23
Gots: 47 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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Photo of tone77
3.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to cpolking for providing this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of corn and grains. Taste is mild, some grains, just a touch of hops, nothing offensive but not exactly flavorful. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

tone77, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of DCon
3.25/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a 24-pack of this from QuikTrip in St. Charles, MO. for $9.99. Enjoyed many of these and now reviewing one of the last couple... Poured from the 12 FL. OZ. Can into a Sky High (Como) pint glass and has OCT 03 11.

Aroma- Small amount of malts and grainy. Very sweet and has the average corn-like aroma too.

Appearance- Pours less than 1 finger head that dies quickly. The body is a pale straw color and has good clarity. Leaves almost no lacing behind.

Flavor- Very crisp, sweet, and has a good balanced taste all around! This one changed my mind about adjuncts I've never had before. No bitterness at the finish but everything else is above average for the style.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonation, Smooth, and has a carbonic bite on the tongue.

Overall- What a great brew from Wisconsin! Awesome adjunct and can't believe I haven't seen this sooner. Haven't bought a pack of beer over 6 in more than months. Always cool seeing new beer on the gas station scene. Prost!

DCon, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of fx20736
2.64/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

fx20736, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of Schmidts
4/5  rDev +49.3%
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.

Schmidts, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
3.08/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

jsprain1, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.68/5  rDev +37.3%
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

RonaldTheriot, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of samie85
3.18/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

samie85, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of armock
3/5  rDev +11.9%
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

armock, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of beerprovedwright
3.25/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

beerprovedwright, May 23, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
2.7/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

WoodBrew, May 10, 2011
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
2.28/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

MaltsOfGlory, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of ManuelHerrera
2.2/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

ManuelHerrera, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.03/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

ForWhatAlesYou, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.15/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

wolfinthemirror, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of cschmid44
5/5  rDev +86.6%
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.

cschmid44, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of beertunes
3.05/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

beertunes, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
2.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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

ferrari29, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of chicagoabbot
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

chicagoabbot, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of Beerbuddha
3/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Beerbuddha, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of gkunkle
2.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

gkunkle, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of adammacmillan
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

adammacmillan, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of midwestbrewers
2.83/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

midwestbrewers, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of ronniebruner
1.78/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

ronniebruner, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of cadaugherty
2.28/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

cadaugherty, Dec 24, 2010
Hamm's from Hamm's Brewing Co.
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