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Hamm's - Hamm's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
64
poor

457 Ratings
THE BROS
74
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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.

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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the can stamped: SEP1012-CO8031534. Sampled on June 1, 2012. It pours a highly carbonated pale yellow with a head that rises about an inch and eventually settles down. I am rating this on whether it looks, smells, and tastes like and American Adjunct should. The look is right. The aroma is of grains, corn, and a bit of hops. The body is light to medium and creamy. The taste is also grainy, corny, but the hops finish it surprisingly crisp and clean. I stumbled across this in a beverage store in Southern New Hampshire and I have not seen Hamm's in New Hampshire since the 1980's. Easily worth the $3.75 I paid for the 6-pack.

Serving type: can

06-02-2012 00:44:17 | More by puboflyons
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sabinelr

Washington

3.13/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure who brews Hamm's any more. The last time I had any was about 36 years ago at the Oly brewery tour. But one of our local stores had a 30-case for $17, so I thought it was time to sock some away for casual summer sipping. Then I broke out one and stuck it in the freezer for a half hour, and then poured it into a pint glass (I don't like the aluminum smell drinking from a can). The smell wasn't like a brewery, but just a pleasant non-specific fragrance. The head starts off OK, and drops off to near nothing after a couple of minutes. The color is standard for American beer. The taste is pretty much bitter malt with a slightly sweet touch, and the flavor fades away pleasantly. I think that if you keep this beer cool, you could continue drinking cans of it all day. Half a can provides a pleasant buzz, and this beer will make a sunny day very enjoyable.

Serving type: can

05-23-2012 20:41:55 | More by sabinelr
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Brad007

Vermont

2.85/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a straw gold with a two-finger head into my glass. Very basic and very much what the style represents.

Sweet with a mix of corn and rice. Barely crisp. Reminds me a bit of sorghum (?).

Sweet, watery and not much else. Flavor? Where's that? It's your run of the mill adjunct lager!

Ditto for mouthfeel. Watery. Corny. Doesn't clash with my pepperoni pizza though.

Barely drinkable as-is. I'll know for sure if I wake up in the morning with a wicked headache!

Serving type: can

05-19-2012 22:33:41 | More by Brad007
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Bendurgin

Maine

1.43/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured into a pint glass. This pours a pale yellow with a cap of frothy white head that fades away quickly.

The aroma is reminisant of musty wet corn. A little bit of light grains and perhaps a bit of hops. Wet old. Orn on the pallet with chalk. Very mild flavors; that would be its redeeming quality.

Light body with decent carbonation. This is is bad. My friend bought this and I want him to get his money back; all five dollars for the six pack of tall boys.

Serving type: can

05-19-2012 01:36:07 | More by Bendurgin
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stangski83

Illinois

2.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

My favorite cheap beer. No one will touch it in your fridge, and I personally prefer it to PBR. Scored this for 11.99/30pk and miss the days when it was 6.99/24pk!!!

Seriously cheap beer, but not bad at all if you are in the proper mindset for slumming. Keep in mind that your lady friend will give you strange looks for obtaining and drinking this beer, but do not be deterred. You have made a value-based decision and you are in for a full 30pk/24pk/6pk of cheap, alcohol-laced enjoyment. Rather than tell you about the corn and quickly disappearing head, let's focus on the fact that I would take a frosty Hamm's over a MGD any day of the week (even though Miller contract brews this stuff!)

Excellent beer if you are watching Pawn Stars or Porn Stars, but not so good if you are trying improve your social standing. On the plus side, you can recycle all those cans and get drunk in the process. Way to save the earth and support a union-made product, you patriot! Just don't be the dick that leaves the empties all over your college quad, sorority house, rust-belt hometown, or loading dock of your soon-to-be-former place of employment. Folks will talk about your piggish addiction to Hamm's and wonder why you are living in the slop.

I'm pretty sure if there was a purgatory for yeast, this would be it. Not heaven, not hell, but somewhere vaguely in-between.

Serving type: can

04-25-2012 04:29:25 | More by stangski83
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jsisko01

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with a half inch thick head that dissipates quickly. Has some pretty nice, creamy lacing.

Smell - A little skunky when I first poured it.. Now I smell strong scents of corn and grains. A little bready too

Taste - Very sweet with strong flavors of corn and grains. Almost has a rice-like taste similiar to sorghum beers.. The metallic flavor is also there.

Mouthfeel - Has a pretty thick/creamy body with mild carboation. The carbonation is what gives it that creamy texture.

Overall - I'm honestly impressed by how bad this beer ISN'T lol.. In my area, Busch is the cheapest beer you can buy. They just started selling this stuff and it's about a dollar cheaper

Serving type: can

04-20-2012 04:39:43 | More by jsisko01
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hoosiersapper27

Indiana

1.8/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-An actual bright yellow adjunct beer color. 1/4 inch head with hard pour. Dissipates relatively slow for Lager but still quickly, with no lacing.

S-Smells like cheap beer out of a metal can. Heavy on the metal smell.

T- Tastes like it smells, cheap metal

M- American carbonated lager

O- Well its 9.99 where I live and you really get what you pay for, .33 apiece beer. Looks good for what is, in a glass, but if you make it past 4 your a champ for having put that much crap in your mouth.

Serving type: can

04-19-2012 02:58:46 | More by hoosiersapper27
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

2.95/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a clear light golden color. A white fluffy head sits on top but dissipates soon, leaving lingering bubbles. Minimal lacing is present. The beer smells metallic, slightly sweet, and grainy. The beer tastes metallic first, then is followed by a faint malt/adjunct taste, and finishes slightly sweet. The mouthfeel is light bodied and is very drinkable.

Overall, for as cheap as this beer is, it's actually just as "good" as any other mass-produced adjunct lager in the BMC crowd. It goes down very smooth, has very low ABV, and you could do a lot worse than this. My review is based on other American Adjunct Lagers, I rate according to style.

Serving type: can

03-10-2012 00:02:51 | More by JuicesFlowing
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scott2269

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As a joke, I picked this up from a local beer store, along with Bell's Two-Hearted and a BA Rasputin. $9.99 for a 30 pack. How bad can it be at that price point. It makes the other purchases average out in my mind.

Expections were low, but I have to say this is as good as anything AB, Miller, or Coors puts out. If I was a college kid looking to get my buzz on, this would be a winner. At 30 cents a can with a 4.7 ABV, you could throw a major party with little money and make lots of new friends.

Bottom line, it is what it is. A cheap beer for people on a budget that is no worse than any of the bigger names with lots of advertising money.

Serving type: can

03-04-2012 02:09:23 | More by scott2269
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

2.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is your classic, super cheap lager. Not bad flavor, scent, or appearance for $12 a case. Big on cereal grain flavors and pale and clear as all get out in the glass. Great for getting drunk.

Overall, I wouldn't recommend this for the advocates, but more for college kids trying to get drunk, like me

Serving type: can

03-03-2012 01:04:08 | More by boilermakerbrew
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TippySelenoid

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

This beer is yellow and fizzy. White bubbly head. Lots of carbonation.

It faintly smells of grain and bittering hops.

It's got a corn wham to it. It's a pretty sweet brew. Not much in the way of hops.

It's thin and bubbly.

It's no Schlitz, but at $12.99 a 30 pack, this is currently the most bang for the buck in town.

Serving type: can

01-19-2012 00:01:34 | More by TippySelenoid
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frankiepop

Pennsylvania

2.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This is the beer that I go for on maybe a hot summer day. It's watery and basically tasteless, but it lacks the bad after taste of the many American breweries. This is like a refreshing "light" beer for thirst quenching although beer never really solves your thirst does it? Anyway it can be a little refreshing.

I remember the last time I purchased it was in a little town called Le Mars, Iowa on a Karaoke night. The farmers at the bar kinda booed me while the bartender shook my hand when I ordered a Hamms. I doubt if anybody there had tried an exotic beer other than Michelob dark. The crew obviously had a long running debate on Hamm'[s quality. You know the redneck types who argue whether Bud is better than Miller. LOL. That argument is tantamount to debating who's better Jeff Gillooly or joey buttafuoco.

Anyway if you drink a Hamms then listen to some George Jones. Nothing else will really do.

Serving type: can

12-18-2011 15:29:52 | More by frankiepop
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backfat

Indiana

2.83/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hamm's is my cheap go to beer when the night calls for adjunct. Probably my third choice overall and first if money is a factor. poured into my sprecher taster.

pours a lively and crystal clear straw. looks very clear and light on the yellows. a bone white 1/4 inch head slowly (for an AAL) dissipates.

smell is typical. clean and non offensive adjunct. corn, rice, grass, wet hay.

taste is crisp and again, non offensive. light with prickly carbonation. I like the mouthfeel on this one. from the land of sky blue waters...

Serving type: can

12-16-2011 05:47:45 | More by backfat
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ElCommodoro

Texas

2.95/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent gold-yellow, the colour of apple juice exactly. It had a small head that dissipated to nothing. The smell is that classic cheap beer smell. Nothing offensive or interesting. For the price of this beer, that's a good thing. That's what they were going for, I imagine.
Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and very watery. Too much so on both counts, but oh well. It's cheap.
The taste seems very separated. First the bitterness with the carbonation, then a watery lack of flavour and then the light flavour of the malt that carries that classic bad beer taste I'm looking for. It doesn't meld together well, due to the high carbonation I believe. This kinda sucks, but kinda makes it interesting. I'd still prefer lower carbonation, though. I'm probably not going to buy this beer again since Schlitz Gusto is in the same price range and a better beer. But if Schlitz ends up costing more, I might think about buying Hamm's again. It's better than the big names. Marginally.

Serving type: can

11-05-2011 04:28:19 | More by ElCommodoro
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.13/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale straw yellow in colot, with a large head of active carbonation. Thin, even anemic lace on the glass.

Aroma is nothing special -- grainy, barley and little else.

Tastes similar to the nose, malty and thin of body. I get a slight hint of hops deep in the mix, but it's faint. Decent amount of flavor for an American Adjunct.

Certainly not an outstanding beer, but taken for what it is (cheap at $9.99/24 cans), this mops the floor with the big boys' lagers, providing some taste for the buck.

Serving type: can

10-10-2011 14:37:25 | More by secondtooth
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WillCarrera

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a pale clear straw color with a fluffy white head that settles down to a thin film.

S- Some leafy, dry hops and pale grain.

T- A bit of citrus, a decent amount of hops with a bit of peppery spice, light grainy malts and some sweet adjuncts. Actually pretty decent.

M- Light body, moderate to high carbonation, dry finish.

O- A pretty good beer, especially for the price. Probably about on par with PBR, definitely preferable to the big macros.

Serving type: can

09-22-2011 02:29:02 | More by WillCarrera
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

2.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not too bad looking. Light yellow and not so typically fizzy for an adjunct lager. Head was decent and lace wasn't bad at all.

Smell is typically grainy, some corn, a bit of light malt, a little bit sweet.

Taste is plenty OK for the style. Sweet corn and grains with a touch of grassy hops and some light malts.

Light and easy to drink, not that carbonated for the style.

Overall it's quite average but would certainly do when you're fishin' and someone else is buying the beer.

Serving type: can

09-14-2011 22:33:12 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: can

08-19-2011 13:28:43 | More by tone77
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DCon

Missouri

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!

Serving type: can

08-19-2011 06:40:20 | More by DCon
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fx20736

New York

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.

Serving type: can

08-18-2011 18:17:01 | More by fx20736
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Schmidts

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: can

08-09-2011 23:07:19 | More by Schmidts
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jsprain1

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 00:24:28 | More by jsprain1
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

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

Serving type: can

07-28-2011 10:23:07 | More by RonaldTheriot
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samie85

Illinois

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.

Serving type: can

07-13-2011 01:40:45 | More by samie85
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armock

New York

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

Serving type: can

06-09-2011 22:02:59 | More by armock
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