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Hamm's - Hamm's Brewing Co.

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246 Reviews
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Reviews: 246
Hads: 704
Avg: 2.8
pDev: 46.43%
Wants: 29
Gots: 110 | FT: 0
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Hamm's Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States | website

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 evanackerman
3.21/5  rDev +14.6%
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 -4.6%
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 -9.3%
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 +15.4%
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 -2.1%
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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Photo of BeerNutz324
2.99/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass

Ap- pours a very clear light yellow color with a bright white head about 1/4 inch with crappy retention

Ar- straw, water, tin, with the faintest hop and malt aroma

T- sweet light malt, water, and some hay and a touch of corn

M- very light bodied and good carbonation

O- It's Hamm's for damn sake, I wasn't expecting much when I bought this beer but I was going for cheapness. It's $15.99 for a 30 pack and it tastes just as good as any other AAL. Cheers!

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Photo of mjryan
3.74/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tonight after bowling league I picked up 12 cans of Hamms beer for around $6.99. I like to revisit the old industrial lagers from time to time. I'm on number three and I have to say I'm digging this beer. Looks like an old time lager should. Very clear and very pale. Aroma sort of leaps out you, for an adjunct lager that is. First of all it doesn't smell like corn, that's something right there. Second, I can smell hops, honest to goodness hops. Not like really powerful hops, but they are there in all their floral, grassy ahem, glory. Tastes alright. Again, doesn't taste like corn. It's not an overly sweet, corn flavored beer. It's light and wheaty, with a touch of grassy hops. Off dry finish. Nice full carbed up mouth. This beer is solid and mostly stands out for what it doesn't have. That is its lack of sweet, corny flavour. Clean and basic with a touch of hops.

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Photo of workingclassbrew
3.6/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 30pk case of cans, poured into a lager mug. Never really noticed until this last can of the case, this beer has a very dull gold color, drab.

Nice thick head, last for a bit. Heavy beer aroma, dissapated with the foam, slightly, slightly sweet.

Nice unassuming flavor, wheaty, small, but distinguishable taste of hops. Malty on the back of the tongue with a dry malt aftertaste. I could chug this down quite quickly. Easy to drink even as it warms.

Hamms the beer refreshing, great with a shot of brandy, pizza, steak, or any American fare. Have a beer, have a Hamms.

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Photo of fourstringer
2.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Still in the airport. Flight still delayed. Let's try this random adjunct. Localish/regional pilsner. Poured by the bartender into a silly Sam Adams perfect pint tulip. Didn't leave the can.

A: Fairly pale yellow body with 2-3 fingers of sudsy head. Water clear. Thin coat of head by about 2 minutes. Wasn't expecting any miracles. Didn't see any. No red flags, though.

S: Corn. Grainy sweetness. Faint malt. Grass. It is what it is, I suppose. Less than appealing, but not grossly offensive.

T: Very sweet with corn and biscuit notes. Some light bitterness on the finish. Sweetness is cloying. This is declining as it goes... My mouth tastes peculiarly of salt water about half-way down the glass. Now the metallic flavors are creeping in... Not good. Finished the glass though.

M: Prickly, moderately high carbonation. No surprises here. Standard american adjunct feel. Kinda club soda.

O: Ordered this for fun. Honestly, I wasn't expecting more than I received. I'd rather have a Bud. I would like to see how it drinks out of the can.

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Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear light golden body, topped by a modest, coarse whit head, which gradually fades to nothingness. Stick, patchy lacing adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is very slight, with only an occasional bubble rising to the surface.

Aroma: Lightly sweet pale malt, a mineral water note, and restrained grassy hops comprise the aroma.

Taste: Opens with clean, but quite restrained pale malt, and a weak flourish of hops, which hint at herbal bitterness. As the taste progresses, the mineral quality of the water seems to increase slightly, and there is a slight hint of alcohol. Finishes with a restrained hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, fairly pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Plain and inoffensive a decent value at typical retail prices.

Presentation: packaged in a sixteen-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at Spec's in Texas for $4.79 for a six-pack of sixteen-ounce cans, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of PaulyB83
1.91/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured for can into tulip glass

A- Very pale straw clear yellow slightly less color than Bud. Bright white head not bad carbonation.

S- Light apple juice, communion wafer

T- Weak malt, slight noble hop bitterness, communion wafer aftertaste

M- Thin. I think I've had bottled water with more mouthfeel.

O- I pick this up cause I wanted something cheap to bring to a party of non-beer drinkers. Plus I heard it was the new hipster beer and wanted to check it out. Not as good as PBR or Bud and probably wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a shortie pilsner glass.

Straw to golden brass yellow and clear. Nice slow rising carbonation, with at first some sticky cola rising carbonation bubbles. Head is bleach white and thin foamy creamy appearance like a typical adjunct lager, but actually sticks around real nicely with good staying power and a half finger tall puck.

Nose is alright. Fairly solid, light grains, nothing too faulty, but pretty mellow and closed.

Palate is interesting. There's a bit of thickness on the mouthfeel that's kind of buttery on first sip. Some dense malts come in with a classic slightly macro sweetness in the mid palate. Swallow gives some crispness and a bit of hop bitterness, which is only a little bit medicinal. Thick feel, but very light tasting as expected.

Overall a pretty surprisingly good adjunct lager, probably the perfect lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Damian
3.67/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank from a one pint/16 fl. oz. (473ml) can purchased at Hillside Wine & Spirits, Medford, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a crystal clear, golden yellow color. A flimsy, one-finger crown of bright white froth topped the liquid, but it quickly dissipated to a thin ring.

Dry, powdery, lager yeast notes dominated the aroma. Grainy malts were detectible. There was a subtle sweetness as well. Overall, clean yet quite uneventful.

The flavor profile was clean and crisp with lots of tart lemon and wheaty notes. Decent malt presence. The malt profile was grainy and even perhaps slightly toasty. A touch of earthy hops came through on the semi-bitter finish. All in all, quite notable for the style.

The mouthfeel was solid as well. Medium-plus bodied. A fine and zippy effervescence gave the liquid a smooth, fluffy, creaminess.

Of the many adjunct lagers that I have tried lately, Hamm's ranks up there with the best of them. At around $6 a six-pack, you simply cannot find a better deal.

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Photo of Beric
3.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving: can, from the can
Served: 24 August 2013

Appearance: Had this one at a party directly from the can, so I can't say that I actually saw the beer itself. Not a terrible looking can though. For cheap adjunct lager, however, I must say that PBR takes the crown.

Smell: Smells similar to PBR- light and corny, which some malt discernible through the sweetness. Very uncomplicated and 'beery'.

Taste: Actually not too shabby. This one, though rated much lower than PBR, didn't taste much better or worse than it. For a cheap go-to party beer, this is definitely a step up from the BMC light options, since I could actually taste something of the beer even though it was in an ice bath.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated. Makes the beer supremely drinkable.

Overall: Truly not a terrible option for a cheap, easily drinkable beer for social events where drinking for taste is not the primary goal. This would be a good option for college parties, tailgates, and other social events where you want an unassertive crowd pleaser that is a step up from ice-cold light lagers.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.3/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 16 ounce can into a shaker pint. October 2013 freshness date. A moderate pour produces a billowy 3/4 inch head that quickly recedes but leaves some nice patchy lacing in the center with a more substantial ring along the perimeter. The beer is a pale straw color and moderately carbonated.

I don't get much in the nose alone, but mine isn't very sensitive. I get a bit more by sniffing the can, where some light malt and a kiss of hops comes through a bit. The light hops and pale malt produce somewhat of a very light citrus character to go along with a little bit of corn mash to produce a quite refreshing brew, with plenty of pungent burpiness.

Hamm's was once a great name- in it's day the brand was practically synonymous with beer in certain parts of the upper midwest. My earliest memories are of it on draft at a certain 3.2 joint in Minnesota in the 70s. It had a reputation as a shitty beer by then, but it always had its devotees too. I think its a fine beer for the price- 3.99 for a six pack of pounders at my local C-store.

Update, July 31, 2015: I just bought a 30 pack of these bad boys for $17.28- that's 57.6 cents per can.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a beer suitable for a full analysis, but not a beer that is asking for one anyway. For a cheap session beer, this one is near-unbeatable. Nothing about it is repelling, and the taste (straight wheat) is actually decent, if unremarkable. Just as palatable as any other adjunct lager, and wayyy cheaper. Plus the box's and can's artwork (if you can call it that) is classic.

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Photo of Matthew_Phoenix
4.1/5  rDev +46.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Never even heard about hamm's til I went to a really cheap bar by my house with one of my friends...he told me I had to get it

The bar was sooo cheap that u could get a pint of hamm's for $.99, a 36 oz mug for $2.75, or a pitcher for $4.00, I can't pass that up.

A - It looks a little darker to me than most American Lagers, extra points for that, typical white head that disappears quick

S - It smells like a regular American Lager, not that strong, but there. somewhat sweet, but nothing really popping out.

T - It tastes different for the style, real different, I swear I can almost tastes a hint of ham, or cheese, cuz its brewed in wisconsin...but seriously, a very good and distinctive taste that sets it apart from the rest.

M - Real clean and smooth going down, not bad at all, normal on the carbonation

O - Just a real good and cheap beer, i highly recommend it, I just don't know where u would find this, I haven't heard of this until a few weeks ago....u will probably never find something that tastes like this.

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Photo of ChaseRockwell
5/5  rDev +78.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hamm's beer, what can I say. It is probably the greatest beer to ever touch the fresh soiled grounds of America.

Hamm's was built on the backs of our grand fathers great grandfathers. Steel Mills, Furnace Blasts, Coal Mines and Lumberjacking.

Appearance: Very nice can style. Pompadour Classic. A golden brown shade of carbonated perfection.

Smell: Smells like really good beer with a hint of Americana. It smells like hops freshly picked out of a hop orchard in the Northeast. A hint of malt and barley also touches the back of the nose palet.

Taste: American perfection. Goes down ultra smooth whether warm or cold. Tastes similar to ChiMay and Hoptimus Prime.

Smell: Like the blood, sweat and tears of our forefathers.

Mouthfeel: please...

Overal: The best beer out right now in my opinion. You can buy a case and treat your friends and not have it kill your wallet.

Check out the video review after the jump:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dB9za4emrR4

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Photo of Florida9
2.73/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap at a place with little choice to be had. Haven't ticked this one yet, so why not...

A: Served in a standard pint glass. Clear light golden color. Served with a minimal white head that doesn't bother sticking around for very long. No lacing.

S: Very little aroma. Maybe a bit if grain or corn. A touch of grass? Really there just isn't much of anything.

T: Well, the taste isn't quite as clean as the aroma. Light bodied, light sweetness, and that sort-of tart green apple flavor that is typical of American Lagers. A little grain, a little corn and just faintest touch of grassy hops.

M: light bodied. Medium carbonation. Low bitterness.

O: well, as to be expected, there isn't much going on with this one. Sadly, there are better light lagers available.

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Photo of punky796
3.39/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a pint glass.

A - Typical yellow-amber and clear, about two fingers of white head. Medium-low lacing.

S - Smells much like you'd expect from it. Some earthiness, grassiness, hops, and barley. Nothing crazy.

T - Actually better than I would expect for $17 out the door for a 30-pack. All the general tastes of an American adjunct, but pretty well put-together. Just seems a little less offensive than others and doesn't have that icy chewiness I might associate with Busch Light, for example.

M - Maybe because it's the regular rather than the light, it seems relatively smooth. I've had worse aftertastes.

O - I just may have found a new go-to cheap beer for buying en masse.

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Photo of Nick_Tarvin
4.41/5  rDev +57.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If your looking for a medium bodied beer with great taste and unbeatable cost, then Hamm's is your beer. They have stayed true to their labeling as well as their flavor for years. I do like some micro's and I absolutely love Guinness, but I hate that folks are so proud of them. I can by 30 Hamm's or less then 1/2 case of a micro. I'll take Hamm's, thank you very much.

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Photo of Severius
4.46/5  rDev +59.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On the most enjoyable bottled beers you can buy. Is it that good? Absolutely, as long as [1] you drink it as fresh as possible (ideally within the first month of delivery from the brew house, or at least months or more out from the expiration date); [2] you're not a piffy, nose-in-air snob.

I don't care about "grassy" this or that. The only question for is whether it tastes great. And, it does. The flavor is distinctive, balanced, and enjoyable. Again, as long as it's fresh, you'll get a really crisp, slightly grain-dominated start, which develops into a fresh, yeastier finish. Delightful. Hops are present in a correct ratio; this isn't some insanely over-hopped, liquid black dirt microbrew. Medium to lighter bodied, it's just the thing for the summer. It doesn't weigh you down, but it's immensely satisfying.

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Photo of JamesQuaff
3.27/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Haven't seen this stuff since I was a kid. All of a sudden there it is at my local store for $10.80 a case. At that price, seriously, why not? I'll just break it out on poker night and even if it's absolutely dreadful, it'll still get finished off. I'll grab this 12'er of Lagunitas IPA for the 'house', just in case...

Served in a pint glass.

Pours a very pale golden with a thick white head that disappears quickly and leaves some delicate lacing. Looks okay. The lacing is actually pretty elegant looking.

Aroma is corn, a little grain, some grassiness. Typical for the style, nothing too terribly off-putting, but not the greatest smell either. Probably better left in the can.

Taste is very simple and straightforward, starts slightly sweet then fades into a swift corn/grain finish. Over and done like that (snaps fingers). Nothing off or bad tasting, but nothing stands out either. Super basic American lager.

Mouthfeel is also average for the style. Thin and light bodied, carbonation is average. Not too watery. Very drinkable. I could see losing count of how many of these I've had.

Overall this is just a slightly above average adjunct lager. I've had a few better, but I've had many worse. The aroma isn't the greatest, but I just had another one from the can and it was a non-issue. Hamm's is a perfectly cromulent session beer and actually an amazing value. I mean, $0.45/can for an actual drinkable beer? My overall rating takes this into consideration.

Update 9/7/13... Okay, fine. Hamm's has been our House Cheepniss all summer long. Probably on our 12th or 13th case at this point, and it's always in the fridge now for handing out by the armload to a bunch of guests, for keeping the whistle whetted in between precious glasses of hi-dolla craft, for pouring on the flareups when grilling burgers and for soaking the grilled brats until serving time, basically for all general "hey, it's beer" drinking purposes. One time I tried 'dry hopping' a can I was drinking with some Cascade pellet. Yeah, don't do that. Take it for what it is and it won't disappoint (much). Expect anything more and you're dumb.

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Photo of LordCuddleton
3.84/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hamm's has been my go to budget beer when in need of large quantities of beer on the cheap. A "Dirty 30" of Hamm's retails for under $15 which is an outstanding deal. Great for serving guests after they have drank your more expensive brews.

Hamm's has a light golden color, lightly carbonated and drinks smoothly. Hamm's is very similar to Miller High Life & Grain Belt Premium in terms of appearance and smell, however Hamm's has a distinct hop flavor that makes for a more enjoyable drinking experience. Hamm's is a no nonsense blue collar beer that satisfies again and again.

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Photo of AndyP612
2.36/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap in a pint at the Blue Door Pub. I'm not going to lie, my friends helped me with this review and it was a little bit of a joke but I think we were honest for the most part. Reviewed from some pretty entertaining notes.

A- Yellow snow color.

S- "Ham," beer, water and feet hit the nose right off the bat.

T- Musty barley with some bread present.

M- "Water"

O- "It is What It Is."

Cheers.

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Hamm's from Hamm's Brewing Co.
66 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.