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

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Reviews: 387 | Ratings: 1,021
Photo of KenStar
2.84/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Has a distinct grassy taste on the pallet with hints of corn syrup and malt. It’s a cousin to Miller Lite, but it has a bit more body and sole to it. It’s not Bud. It’s not upper middle. It’s better than expected however. I picked up a six pack of 16 oz cans in New Jersey for $4.60. You can do the math to determine it is a sound value! Brew Baby, Brew!

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Photo of Scrapss
3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Hamm's. Classic AAL

A: pure clear heavy straw yellow. Massive effervescence. Big head that compacts to a half inch thick tightly packed head as per style.

S: graininess and grassiness from corn. Clean otherwise.

T: you know what this is going to taste like from nose. It is grainy and grassy and that sweet corn hits you like a grain silo. Hops barely bring this back to less cloying. Barely.

M: sweetness trails in there. Slick, thick and then finishes suprisingly wet yet clean and never dry. Could use more bittering hops.

O: if you like cheap AAL and corn sweetness, this is for you. I purchased this numerous times for around 50 to 75 cents per can. Good for beer pong.

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Photo of prc1966
3.41/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

When it comes to American Adjunct, this is the one I like best. We just started seeing it in stores where I live about 2 years ago, but it's become my summer weekly beer for after mowing the lawn. Ordinarily I'm a craft brew person, except on the days I do yardwork in the hot sun - then I really find a cheap American mass market beer to be refreshing and rehydrating.

Hamm's is not as sweet as PBR, Miller or Bud. It's got a bit of a tanginess to it. The smell is pretty much the same as any American Adjunct, feels a little thicker on the tongue than most and looks a little darker in a glass. Plus it's got a lot of history behind it and it used to have some of the best beer commercials on tv back in the 60's and 70's.

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Photo of Jbbdrinker
2.81/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light smell of sweet grain and hops. Poured from a 16oz can (drank from the can there was a metallic taste) into a ceramic tumbler. Starts with a tall head atop a dark amber color. This is a very light beer, a bit watery and with a prominent grain flavor. A hint of hops. Super cheap, but drinkable. One of my favorite can designs, screams old school beer.

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Photo of browndog1
2.55/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Schaefer is the one beer to have when you are having more than one. Hamms is the one beer to have when you are having more than six. Super cheap and tolerable.

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Photo of glencox00
4.42/5  rDev +57.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good cheap chugging beer. My favorite beer to take camping. This beer is one to take straight out of the can sitting in the northwoods around a campfire. Thirst quenching, light mouthfeel, with a bite of hops and slight metal.

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Photo of hottenot
2.27/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not too good.
Funky smell like wood or varnish.
Tastes metallic and the aftertaste made me grab a PBR to erase that.
Not terribly good.
Cheap and worth every penny.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Seems to taste just about exactly the same as PBR or National Bohemian to me, yet is also just about the cheapest beer I've ever seen. Don't see it too often in Maryland but found a 6 pack of pint cans for $4, so I would have been pretty happy even if it tasted horrible. But it's not horrible, it's pretty ok.

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Photo of SAUbrewcrew
2.96/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Just to break it down easy. It’s pretty much the cheapest of cheap beers. The taste is manageable while not really effecting your wallet. A 30 rack of hamm’s Can get you a far for less that $13.

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Photo of dresserinthecorn
2.87/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hamm's is probably the best example of the american adjunct lager category. it pours golden yellow with a respectable fluffy white head. the nose is sweet and kind of like wet hay. flavor wise, the corn notes give sweetness to balance the subtle hop bitterness. it's refreshing and always priced right. great beer for what it is

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Photo of Maestro0708
3.59/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden, perfectly clear with a nice white head that has surprisingly good retention. There is some lacing left on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is light, featuring cracker-malt and corn-like scents. Hop aroma is low, but there is a touch of spicy noble-like hops in the background.

The flavor is clean and neutral- a bit of crackery, grainy malt is balanced by a low bitterness. There is some corn and low spicy/herbal hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with high carbonation making a perfectly drinkable american lager.

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Photo of Joekohl
1.65/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Have seen this beer around since I was a kid. I was at a resort in Wisconsin a while ago and they offered it at the bar. Tried one. It was truly refreshing! Bought a 30 pack. The whole experience brings back the smell of a Hamms beer mixed with the smell of gasoline and exhaust from the boat as it idles ready to pull me on skis. Hamms and the great north woods. There is no other.

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Photo of Beerbadger55
2.19/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a 4 pack of tallboy cans for 2.29 at Woodmans. Served very cold, poured into a shaker pint glass. Pours deep gold color, very clear and clean appearance. White foam head with little retention, some lacing on the glass. Taste is like drinking a glass of corn and barley. Not great but not offensive in any way either. Dry finish, very little sweetness. Overall a pretty solid beer especially for the price. You could certainly do much worse and pay more.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very clear, very light golden color. 2 finger white frothy head. The retention isn't bad at all. Minimal lacing on the glass.
The nose is malty, straw aroma. Nothing extremely strong.
Taste - It's a creamy, malty, slightly sweet flavor.
There's a slight creamy feeling. Really not watery, but it is a lighter body.
For what it is, Hamm's is damn solid. No, it isn't KBS, but it is a sloid brew, and one of the best beers of this style.

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Photo of mngermanshepherd
3.44/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A good beer alternative when you're not in the mood for a craft. Plus the history is quite interesting (read about the Hamm's kidnapping). Good to see the old names (and logos) back in circulation!

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Photo of Buckeye55
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have not had this beer on probably 30 years, so a trait by trait review would be highly inaccurate. I do know kind of where it ranked on my beers tried list, it was somewhat below average, hence the 2.5 rating. I recall it as drinkable, just nothing special.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
2.76/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Well I didn't even know this beer was made anymore and saw it at the local gas station for 9.99 a case. Laughed at it for a minute before I decided to risk 10 whole dollars.

I first want to say that I don't understand the concept of something being low quality being considered "manly." Does that make McDonald's manly as well? Is Old Crow whiskey manly because it's awful? Anyway.

It looks and smells pretty much like other beers of it's type. Pretty darn poor but was pleasantly surprised that the taste and feel were less offensive then expected.

Overall it's not a quality product but it is certainly cheap/drinkable when compared to Bud or Natural or others of the same style.

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Photo of Raleigh97
2.58/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pretty average for a AAL. ludicrously cheap at my college town liqour store (around $12 for 30 12oz cans - really cheap for MD) but probably the only reason I would ever buy it over yeungling or even hugh life. Drink it ice cold or some somewhat off flavors come out but not ludicrously offensive either way. 4 bucks for a 6 pack of tall boys is nice.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.16/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz can poured into a pint

Pours a clean pale golden color with a one finger foamy white head that has good retention. Smells of roasted barley, grass, slightly sweet. Tastes of toasted barley, faint Grady and floral notes, lager yeast, cooked corn sweetness on the finish. Light body with moderate carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and crisp dry finish. It’s better than the mass produced adjunct lagers, I could drink a few of these in the summer

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Photo of mudbug
3.69/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the pounder can into a Sam Smith's perfect pint glass results in a bright yellow/orange body capped by a surprising thick head that stays around and leaves lacing down the sides. Small bubbles rise to the top keeping things lively.
Aroma is Grainy AAL lager with just a hint of grass
Taste is again surprisingly nice, soft grain up front with just a kiss of bitter hops, simple and very well balanced
Very refreshing, and doesn't get overly bland as it warms
Overall I am impressed, this is a nice AAL that delivers decent flavor. Bravo!

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Photo of Kevinski
3.83/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Of the many American adjunct lagers Hamm's I feel is a step above. A unique clean, smooth and crisp character that makes this AAL very drinkable. The flavor is always consistent whether your having two or six and at $13.99 a 30 pack its very easy to put a significant dent in the box in one sitting.

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Photo of Danimal100
2.76/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have been a die hard beer man since I was about 13 and currently 50 and in the 80's this one and Blatz were big in my area for being cheap and abundant and just beer. Lived in Milwaukee all my life but traveled everywhere and been through the Miller Pabst wars and arguments. It is your typical clean Midwest beer and where I am at a 30 pack of Hamms is about 12 bucks vs Miller 16 and Pabst 17 . I like to mix it up and try all kinds but the classics are the classics and do the job and you still after decades can't beat Hamms price and halfway decent flavor for a beer thats supposed to be beer.

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Photo of Nick7840
4.56/5  rDev +62.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

All the uber/ over educated safe spacers will over analyze it and down grade it because it is not exclusive. As one person put it, this is a man's beer not a youngsters beer.
Seems the care in making this has changed from 20 years ago its filtered properly and balanced. Whatever Miller is doing to revitalize these older beers is special.
Smooth, crisp and very drinkable. Versatile like most Americanized beers you can have in the winter or in the summer, non specific and refreshing. I'd like to see drink-ability start to take center stage in the beer industry. Better than Bud and more robust than Coors Light or Miller Lite. Not a malt and silly has Sam's Lager. Just rite!

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.03/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I actually enjoy the stuff, ice cold on hot summer day and it hits the spot. It is what it is, did not expect greatness expected a clean simple beer, and it was.

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Photo of AlieLagerkolschbock
4.51/5  rDev +61.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hamm's has hoisted its flag of easy-drinkin' quality for decades, and it's too bad that more people don't try--and appreciate--this ultra-clean, refreshing beer. Hamm's not only tops the big guys in the oft-derided "AAL" sector, but simply tastes better than 99% of the beers out there. Why ANY sane person would prefer, e.g., a flat, cloying brown ale or a 'pumpkin-spice & rye IPA aged in used tampon holders' is, well...a question for the Gods. Just HAVE A HAMM'S, will ya?!

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