Hamm's Special Light | Hamm's Brewing Co.

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Hamm's Special LightHamm's Special Light
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hamm's Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
millercoors.com

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
90
Reviews:
30
Avg:
2.48
pDev:
29.84%
 
 
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2
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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by secondtooth:
Photo of secondtooth
3.05/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale piss-yellow, but with a solid head of white foam. Big, loopy lace, even.

Nose is barley and rice adjuncts. I also get an odd aroma of cream corn somehow.

Taste is mild, faint, and corny. But as awful as that sounds, this one is quite smooth and inoffensive. As with the regular Hamm's, this one drinks much better than the more mainstream macro counterparts. Not bad.

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Photo of mikesaffert
3.19/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hamm's Special Light is a bit generous with the name "special", but for a light beer it more than gets the job done. I'd pick this over the BMC* lights any day, especially if you're looking for value in quantity as you can grab a 30 of this for as low as $13 and change.

Does it stand up to complex and flavorful craft beers? Of course not, and it's not supposed to. But to be a crisp, refreshing and easy to drink light lager with no offensive character, it's a win.

*I'm fully aware that MillerCoors has owned this since 1999.

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Photo of Jtmitch416
3.3/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I must admit, this is biased!

This beer is average in every aspect but one. Nostalgia!

I last had Hamm's with my grandfather in the 80's! There is something to be said for a beer that has lasted sooo long. I am 56 yrs old and not much is left from back then. I am tipping a glass to my grandfather's memory!

It is definitely a good beer for the reason I stated.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hamm's Special Light
12 oz. can, AUG 1312 (not sure how old it is, but as this is July 9th we're getting real close to the "best by" date)

As expected, the bright white head dropped almost immediately to a standard collar; and only minor spots and splashes of lace were left behind. The body was a light straw-gold when held to the light, and crystal clear.

The aroma was of the generic "beer" type. There's clearly malt to it (and adjunct), and there's clearly hops in it, but nothing really stands out and the two components basically act as one. It's a fairly mild aroma, but it's also quite clean (no sulphur or esters) which is

The flavor was also very generic, and it's fairly mild (which I guess is at least part of what you're looking for in a light beer), yet it's superbly balanced between its hops and its malt - and dare I say it, it's got a little more hop character to it than several of the big name brands. Also, just as in the aroma, it's very clean.

Overall, it's a clean, surprisingly well-hopped light lager that's refreshing. A good, inexpensive mainstream light beer.

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Photo of michiganminer
3.88/5  rDev +56.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

THis is a good light beer for the money. I can get Hamms and Hamms Special light as low as $11 a 30 and $5 a 12. For that money you can't expect much and you will be impressed with this beer for the low asking price. I enjoyed this one for a light beer.

Note: I review for the style. I refuse to let my prejudices slant any review. Nothing worse than the typical beer snob reviewing an AAL, same for your AAL drinker reviewing a craft brew.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.91/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer isn't bad, and can be had for $12/30 pack. I'm gonna give it a good thorough run-through, though.

Appearance : fluffy, foamy, almost river-foam head. Stark white. Body is very pale, like water with a slight golden tint. The head sticks around for a bit.

Aroma : From strongest to weakest - urine, hay, cooked rice, corn.

Flavor/mouthfeel : crisp and clean with a light malt flavor. The malts are primarily barley and rice with a nip of cooked corn. The finish is dry with a slight hopped character. It's very easy drinking, and finishes clean.

Overall : To compare this with any type of craft or beer of stature is silly. What this is, is a crisp, clean, light lager with minimal calories and can be bought with a jar of quarters. This is what I reach for when I'm not thinking about beer, I just want one. I will buy this again. Compared to High Life Light, this has less flavor but is less offending and cleaner overall.

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Photo of patpozzi
4.34/5  rDev +75%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: "looks like a cleaning product"
s: "completely odorless"
t: has fruity undertones. surprisingly complex for the price point. adding an orange greatly increase the drinkability
f: feels like I can jump through a ceiling
overall: compared to the competition, it is surprisingly complex. it's not quite an explosion of flavor but it does provide for an interesting drinking experience

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Photo of Chaz
3.14/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one pours a brilliant pale straw in color, in fact it's among the most 'colorless' beers I've ever had. Head is white, voluminous, and the consistency of whipped cream and subsides rather quickly, leaving the barest ring of lace around the glass. This looks to be highly-carbonated at a casual glance, and I'm glad I'm not drinking it from a can! Nose is lightly sweet and smells of corn and pale malts, no noticeable hop presence. On first sip there's not much here, but there's actually more of a biscuit-y malt character than I'd imagined and that's worth something. Not much in the way of body -this one is the epitome of thin- and thankfully some of the fizz dissipates with decanting. Thankfully there's also not much of an aftertaste here, and it makes for a fairly dry (certainly less sweet than Hamm's original recipe) finish and clean taste. Altogether this is very drinkable for the style. I've had worse light beers to be honest, and this one at least has a familiar taste: I'm pegging it as Stroh's Light. After all, did Hamm's even brew a light beer backing the day?

Served chilled, in a chalice.

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Photo of DuaneTitus
4/5  rDev +61.3%

doesn't have that awful bud light taste.isay a big YES to this brew

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Photo of magictrokini
1.95/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A "D"? Seriously? Pours clear yellow with a foamy white head. Aroma is stale grain and malt, and metal. Taste is grass clippings, dirt, and corny sugar water.

From the land of sky-blue waters...comes this incredibly bad beer. This stuff can't even make the cut at a fraternity party. The two reasons I gave it an D-: (1) Its "light" so there's less of the flavor of ass, and (2) its still better than Olympia.

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Photo of richkrull
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another mystery beer machine pick. Most people cringe when they pull this one, but it's not that bad. Not great but the price is right.

A - Very pale yellow color. Decent amount of head.

S - Not very good. Smells kind of skunky.

T - OK, not going to win any awards.

M - Leaves quite a bit to be desired.

D - Definitely could be better.

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Photo of Mtooman
2.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of tdm168
2.55/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Mpenders
1.75/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of StevenH
2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of BigAl18
2.18/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Eaglefan344
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mac10thmtn
3/5  rDev +21%

Photo of tone77
2.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to cpolking for sending this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some notes of corn. Taste is very mild, some hints of grain, not much flavor at all. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a very mild beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.54/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From the 12 fl. oz can marked Sep 14-15 on the bottom. Sampled on July 2, 2015.

Yellow, highly carbonated pour with a big white fizzy head. Looks like an adjunct should.

The aroma is toast, corn grits, vegetable oil, and grassy hops.

Watery body.

Sweet. Biscuit. Clean finish. Like most adjunct light beers. I could pound down 4 or 5 of these in a short period of time. Nothing structural to it but hey - $14 for a 30 pack? Well now, what will I do with the other 29?

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Photo of emerge077
3.03/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Saw this for cheap and decided to bite. Regular Hamms isn't bad for a macro lager, and it's warming up out.
Served in a 12 oz. Hamms goblet. Rated to style.

Supe pale anemic gold, momentary sudsy head and sparse lacing. Faint inoffensive lager yeast aroma.
Apple, cracker, and flaked corn flavors. Very clean with no aftertaste. It's got a little bit of astringency. Alternately overcarbed at first, becoming thin and watery halfway through. Overall it's very inoffensive and very simple and clean.
Pretty drinkable for what it is. Not a bad lawnmower beer, it also makes a decent shandy with San Pellegrino limonata.

Sad that the original brewery has sat vacant for 20 years now.
RIP Johnnies, aka the Hamms Bar.

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Photo of GLBClover85
3.24/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It is what it is. For 9.99 a 30 pack at Kroger id pick it up before bud miller or Coors. Obviously it's not craft beer but for an AAL it's a solid choice. Regular Hamms taste better than the special light but you can drink plenty of these without getting drunk.

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Photo of tommy5
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of SwampDonkey
1.5/5  rDev -39.5%

Photo of MidwestBA
2.25/5  rDev -9.3%

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Hamm's Special Light from Hamm's Brewing Co.
2.48 out of 5 based on 90 ratings.
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