Hamm's | Hamm's Brewing Co.

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Hamm's Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hamm's, first brewed in Minnesota in 1865, is America's classic beer. Hamm's is brewed using the purest water and the choicest barley malt, grain and hops. The beer that is "Born in the Land of Sky Blue Waters" is available in select states.

Ingredients: Water, Barley Malt, Corn Syrup (Maltose), Yeast, Hops

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.58/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Taste: This is a retro beer that does not have that bitter, skunky taste. crisp. thin and airy, lighter finish. I got crackers and a hint of apricot on nose. Gold, crystal clear, white foamy head some lace. Medium to mostly light body.

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Photo of Skellbop
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AC-Mivsek
2.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Tucquan
3.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had this on 2018-05-03 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz can.

A - Clear straw-gold with a 1-finger white head and lots of nucleation.

S - Roasted corn, light grape, grass.

T - Roasted corn sweetness adds just the lightest hint of caramel. Grass. Finishes is sweet but there is a touch of bitterness.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation.

O - Quite good for an AAL and the price is under $15 for a 30-pack in PA. It surprised me.

Note from 2018-05-03. Had PBR, Hamm's American Classic and Straubs American Lager side-by side today. The PBR is the lightest color (straw), Hamm's (straw-gold), Straub (amber). Both PBR and Hamm's have corn sweetness aroma and taste although the Hamm's has more of a roasted corn flavor + grape flavor. The PBR is less sweet and is a little spicier and more bitter than the Hamm's. I'd say the PBR is more balanced. I like both but give the nod to PBR over Hamm's. The Straubs has more aroma and flavor than the other two; reminding me of a light Vienna lager. While corn is used, it also has 20% barley, which improves the flavor. I like it the best of the three but it is more expensive. I paid $22 for 30 PBRs, $15 for 30 Hamm's and $13 for 12 Straubs.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bammer21
2.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of beardloaf
4.22/5  rDev +52.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I think Hamms is very underrated. Its a nice malty lager. There is a slightly corn and hop taste that lingers with a sweet after taste. It is nice and bubbly. Also 13.99 for 24 cans at the local supermarket makes this the go to beer. Its only 4.6% but you get what you pay for.

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Photo of Goferd
4.16/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Best when poured into a cold glass.

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Photo of dataslal
2.24/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.01/5  rDev +44.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SLewis
3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 2/12/2018. Pours crystal clear pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, corn, white bread dough, light biscuit/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. A touch fruity, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with pale malt/grains and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, corn, white bread dough, light biscuit/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, corn, white bread dough, light biscuit/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt/grains and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.6%. Overall this is a very good pale adjunct lager style. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malt/grains and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Very clean pale malt/grains and solid earthy hop presence for the style. Not overdone on adjuncts. A very enjoyable offering, one of the best macro AAL I've had.

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Photo of SalemCat
3.77/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Locally - $10.99 for 24 Cans

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Photo of Evy82
3.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of cardfan212
3.67/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 ounce can. Rating is based on the style.

Look - The color scheme and layout of the can is fantastic. However, there is a bit too much writing for my taste that clutters things up a bit.

Smell - Strong scent of sweet grains. I've noticed most AALs are fairly weak on the nose, but this is immediately noticeable from the time you crack the can. Pleasant and not overwhelming.

Taste - The sweetness from the smell doesn't really carry into the taste. It has a more bitter-sour character that makes it more interesting than other BMC offerings.

Feel - A little too strongly carbonated in my opinion. Reminds me of Miller High Life. Thin body with a high volume of small bright bubbles.

Overall - This beer is punching above its weight class. I can get a 30 pack for $12 around me, which is an incredible value. Better price and taste than most other AALs.

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Photo of TrojanRB
3.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wichita
4.58/5  rDev +65.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hamm's the beer refreshing! It has good taste and proper alcohol content. The brew is not bitter, and the only flaw is that it may be a bit mile for some.

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Photo of joeywheeler
2.21/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Chilltown4evr
4/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honestly what's not to like about this beer. This beer quite honestly tastes better than most AAL out there. As soon as I opened the can I get: corn, malt and grains. Pours great in a glass, sryrofoam or plastic cup. I love the taste ice cold. The price here in NJ is $14.99 for a 30 pack. $7 dollars less than a 30 pack of Budweiser, PBR Coors or Miller; it's parent company, go figure. I highly recommend this economy swill. The taste is smooth and corn heavy. I love AAL type beers. This is better than PBR, Budweiser, Coors and Miller in my opinion.
This is definitely my go to beer when I'm a little light in the pocket, drinking a few with my close friends and family or just watching football. Cheers and enjoy the quality AAL from the Miller brewing company.

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Photo of c014572
3.02/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great cheap beer. Enjoy the 30 cans for $12. Can't go wrong at that price point.

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Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of xolectic
2.08/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden color with decent head and good lacing.

Smells like a slight sweet corn and malt. Little booze.

Taste is overwhelmingly sour corn for an adjunct lager. I drink a lot of ice beers. This is kind of similar, but those taste much better because the increased alcohol masks the sour corn flavor. This is only 4.6% ABV.

Overall: I don't really like this beer even as a fan of macro beers. I have no idea why it's been popular as of late. Maybe this has been sitting out for a while?

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Photo of kevin3046
2.55/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear gold with little head and no lacing. Smells of corn and grains. Thin and watery with a lot of fizz. Slightly sweet and very mild hops profile. A very typical American adjunct lager. Nothing that stands out and nothing offensive. This is on the same line as old Milwaukee and miller high life. Not as good as PBR. But I would grab this way before I would a Budweiser because it is cheaper and just as good if not better.

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Photo of ThomasPynchon
3.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Truly it’s my first option if I’m looking for this type of beer so 5 Stars

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Photo of choll
5/5  rDev +80.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice cheap beer. Nothing offensive about it. Just a low priced beer for when you want a beer. Enjoy.

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Hamm's from Hamm's Brewing Co.
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