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Hamm's - Hamm's Brewing Co.

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238 Reviews

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Reviews: 238
Hads: 678
Avg: 2.78
pDev: 46.04%
Wants: 27
Gots: 98 | 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 Brad007
2.84/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

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Photo of DrDemento456
2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Yep if it was any lighter it would in fact be water but it looks like a pee. Foam is also as expected with a pretty decent lace ring.

S - Corn, corn, corn.

T - Well it does have a musky hop bite and it's not terribly skunked in flavor. Enjoyable in a Rolling Rock Sort of way. Ow yeah CORN!

M - Has a light body that one could session the hell out of.

Overall not something I would seek out might pick this up since it's around 15 bucks for a 30 pack.

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Photo of Gusler
1.66/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

After checking my records, it has been some ten years since I have had a Hamm’s. The beer spews from the 12-ounce aluminum can a cloudless gold with a pleasant bright white head that is frothy in texture, with the resultant lace a thin covering upon the glass. Nose is all malt, crisp and the start sweet with the top cadaverous. Finish is caustic in its acidity, the hops bitter and unpleasant, quite dry and the taste sticks to your palate like crazy glue, a once decent beer that has now become a joke.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.82/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served iced cold, like a good AAL should be. Honestly, it's a standard AAL along the lines of PBR. Clearly not a flavorful beer, but when you're in the mood for something iced cold, you could do worse.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with a stamp on the bottom of SEP1409, not sure if that is a canning date or best by. Pours a crystal clear medium color with a white foam only a motherly Sprite could love. If you blink, you'll miss it.

Adjuncts, what smells like corn, is very evident in the nose along with a sweet, slightly sour light maltiness. Nothing to write home about, but is does not smell bad...fairly fresh and clean.

The taste is pretty neutral with cereal grains and a mild, but noticeable, hop bitterness on the finish. This beer does a nice job of keeping the sweetness to a minimum for the style. Not a bad AAL, I could drink a couple of these without much of a problem.

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Photo of ZAP
2.01/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Since I'm from the land of sky blue waters I thought it was worth a shot as I really like the Hamms Genuine Draft..This is not a good macro lager, but it's not a horrible one either...It's drinkable...crisp and clean...some adjunct taste and smell (cornish)...I'm not sure how close this resembles the original Hamm's but it is not worth seeking out. I think the original Hamm's was a Coors/Olympia type lighter/thinner style lager....this one seems to have too much adjunct/corn taste to it...still it's not a horrible beer..This label I think was first sold to Pabst and now is in Miller's hands...

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Photo of mynie
1/5  rDev -64%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This tastes like the breath of a man who lives on the street and does nothing but drink Natural Ice. It tastes likes that man's pee. There is nothing, NOTHING, in this world worse than Hamm's. I just *had* to try another one, just to tell myself how bad it was. This was a shock from the past that I will not soon forget.

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Photo of illidurit
2.15/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Can. Yellow and fizzy and clear and urinesque. Smells like stale grains, old corn, cesspool water. Flavor is not as watery as some pale lagers but unfortunately the lack of wateriness is replaced with an abundance of cloying corn syrup and cereal. Finish is mineral and short. Yawn

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear light golden color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is a faint bready graininess. The taste is like the aroma. It is simple, but a little stronger than most Adjunct Lagers. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a smooth velvety feel most beers of its style don't have. Overall, this is a pretty good Adjunct Lager. I could drink this beer again.

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Photo of morimech
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had this beer in 15 years. I use to bring this to BYOB parties knowing that no one else would steal my brew. They would stick to Bud, Busch Light, and High Life and mock me and my Hamm's.

This is a very pale looking beer with large white head that settles quickly. Very lively long after the pour.

The smell isn't nearly as obnoxious as most other macro lagers. There still isn't anything good about it though.

The taste is weak. Don't remember it being this weak. Maybe get a little bit of the hops but otherwise is beer flavored water. It is light and crisp so pounding these all night would be no problem. Maybe that is why I liked it back in the day.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.97/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decided to review this beer..having seen it in the local Safeway for years but never had the courage to try it..bought in the 24 oz can for 99cents.
IIts appearance is very non-desript..there is a finger sized head for a minute or so after pouring , but it dissapears quicjk..leaving very little trace..the beer is a dark golden colour.
Hardly any smell at all just a hint of corn syrup maybe a small amount of malrt..but even this goes quick.
actually doesnt taste to bad for a cheapo very sweet though.
I suppoe this is drinkable enough on a hot summer day after yard work..but not one I will grab again.

NOte this beer grew on me I did buy more..much more a good backyard BBQ swiller.

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Photo of Florida9
2.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
1.77/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

"headache in a can"

I had this beer last summer at a family get together because someone brought it, the nerve of them!

Drank it out of a can.

Smell some malt and yeast?

Taste sweet, not really a malt sweetness, just sweet.

It doesn't offend and has a sweet after taste.

I got a headache after I finished the 2nd can and needed to take asprin and switch to iced tea.

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Photo of garymuchow
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sulfur and soft malt and some lingering yeast character.
Brilliantly clear very pale straw. Head is very white and fizzy sounding. Settles out rather quickly.
Shoot of sweet corn flavor up front, but a soft feel throughout. Pale malt is very soft and dominated by the adjunct. Mild, but noticeable dryness on the finish and it lingers. Full carbonation. Not much hopping.
Very easy drinking. A little too sweet for my tastes and a bit of strong on the adjuncts. I suppose it hits style fairly well. Can do for a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.68/5  rDev +32.4%
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.


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Photo of Todd
3.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz can. "Brewed in true family tradition from purest water and choicest barley malt, grain and hops." adorns the can. No identifiable freshness date, but there is a batch number.

Appearance: Pours a nice frothy white, two finger head that quickly settles to a thin lace. The clear liquid is a very pale, straw yellow.

Smell: Light hops, grain and a metallic edge in the aroma.

Taste: This light-bodied brew is immediately crisp and freshing with a smack of lemon in its gentle hop bite. Notes of salt also come into play as the brew dries with a nice crispness. Grain flavours follow with a thin, but even, sweetness. I can also pick-up on an addition of corn as the beer warms. The beer finishes with metallic and grain flavours with some dryness to it.

Notes: This is a damn fine "Union Made" beer, and certainly better than its more marketable brethren. It's simple and easy to drink, but the best part is its $2.99 a 6-pak price tag.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.18/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can
Served in a nonic pint glass

A - It pours pale yellow with a couple inches of white head.

S - I get some grain, biscuit, and a little skunk.

T - I get grain and grass. Maybe a little lemon zest.

M - Thin

O - It has a little more taste than others in this category. I appreciate the history of this beer as well as other rust belt beers so I'm kind of partial to it.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.95/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.45/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This pours a foamy pee color—light yellow with lazy bubbles. There’s a light corn malt aroma with the classic smell of adjuncts. It’s not offensive but not terribly appealing either. The flavor starts off about as crisp and clean and it’s going to get—keep it cold—and rapidly falls off with a harsh, musty finish. About everything I expected from this one.

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Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev +7.9%
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 BigBry
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Spotted this tap handle buried between a whole bunch of BMCs, let's try something I haven't had before, from the land of sky blue waters...

Golden-yellow color with a little bit of white foam. Suprisingly nice coating of lacing, then down to a ring of foam, then gone. Lots of clean grain smell, not much noticeable adjunct vegetable/corn smell. Grainy flavor with some mild hops in the finish. Good for the style.
Light flavor, but still a nice suprise.

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Photo of Flounder57
2.82/5  rDev +1.4%
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 mfnmbvp
1.91/5  rDev -31.3%
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 bditty187
2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light yellow, head reached about a ½ inch, spotty lace. The nose is sweet (like corn). The taste is sweet (like corn). Once this beer warmed, even minimally, it really started to taste cheap. When the beer was cold it was okay… Now that I have tried Hamm’s I can move on, I don’t need to go back.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.83/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium gold with a big white head. Smells a lot like grain and a little like malt. Taste is actually more complex than most cheap beers. Starts out with a watery malt flavor, then passes into an adjunct flavor. For it's very low ($12.99 a 30 pack) price, this is quite a deal.

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Hamm's from Hamm's Brewing Co.
66 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.