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 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 Botulizard
3.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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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Photo of Sexmortus
2.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of bigbutter
2.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Sliquenick1987
4.26/5  rDev +52.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its was okay it had alot of hops

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Photo of srw
2.96/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerDrinkinGuy
4.44/5  rDev +58.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Has the classic old school beer corn smell and taste to it very similar to MGD. If you did a blind fold taste test you would almost think they were the same beer. Hamm's does have a nice smooth flavor to it just like the old commercials used to proclaim. This is a much better drinkable beer than Pabst is if you are going to compare the two, less German style bitterness etc

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Photo of rharrington10
4.93/5  rDev +76.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tastes better than PBR

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Photo of Euphoria69
1/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of DrSchnitzengiggle
3.88/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When compared to other AALs out there, this is one of the better choices. Not only is it a very affordable choice ($10 for 30 around here), it's a very refreshing option. I recently decided to take a short break from craft brews and switch to AALs as a bit of a palate cleanser, but now I'm thinking Hamm's might enter my regular rotation. Definitely a cut above your standard BMC selection.

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

Delicious malt goodness with absolutely no pretension. I bought a sixer for a cheapo price, because I have to try it sooner or later. What fun! It may be watery, but it’s just what I want tonight. Something light colored that isn’t urine? Perfect! Pop open a Hamm’s, and let your troubles float away in the stream. 2018/11/12

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Photo of q33jeff
2.32/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can to planet glass.

Clear thin light yellow straw.
Cereal, corn, a little stale.
Light malt, grains,
Thin light feel. Good carbonation.

Good beer for what it is. Like PBR, one of the better I've had of this style.

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Photo of metter98
2.66/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can at Mad River, Chicago, IL

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of corn adjuncts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of corn adjuncts and hints of pale malts with a hint of associated sweetness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't taste nearly as "adjuncty" compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: can

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Photo of bearfoot196
3.97/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my go to beers for hot summer days when you don't want to be weighted down. I see some low scores but think for the price it has a place in my frig any time. Made now by Miller, similar in my opinion to High Life at a lower cost. I drink may different types of beer from domestic to micro brewed stouts and can appreciate them all for what they are. Too bad it is not PC to advertise with cartoon animals. The Hamm's Bear was cool!

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

I love this stuff. Less aftertaste than Pabst.

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Photo of TheGent
3.71/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikekrause
4/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of JimboBrews54
4.85/5  rDev +73.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In my opinion this is a good beer, it does not have many notes to it but maltier tones. It definitely has some poor reviews and plenty of competition, but for a good reason that it stays in the tone of its competitors. It is a good value for what it is worth at a 30 pack.

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Photo of pinkgengar
2.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I work in a store that sells PBR and Hamm's as a "cheap" option. I had a customer absolutely HAMMER me with questions about my "beer drinking prowess" because he asked if I had ever had Hamm's or PBR; which I had, once. I had Hamm's one time in 2017 because it was like $4.50 for a 16oz 6-pack, out the door at that time. Honestly, it tastes like $4.50 out the door. How it has an ABV of 4.60% is beyond me because it tastes like if you somehow mixed tap water with alcohol. It's so painfully "meh."

Frankly, spend the extra dollar or two for something in the realm of tasteful. Even if that dollar or two comes in quarters or bottle returns.

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Photo of beerrat
4.75/5  rDev +69.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Livyatan1996
3.02/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

first time seeing these around here, between the amount of these i see other people drink and the 4 for 6 price i was in and out of the store in moments. dumped into the glass a surprisingly nice yellow color, not quite as light and meaningless as some others like it. good amount of lacing and a steady ring. cool. smells like some grains and yeast. thats really it. theres a smell there to separate it from say a glass of water but hardly. taste is the same. eh. it's crisp and very drinkable and you can dump them on brats. go from me

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
1/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I cant believe i hadnt rated this beer. 7 years ago i was able to buy this for 10 dollars a 30 pack. Straw yellow with little lacing. Tastes of piss water if that is what piss water tastes like. Not a smooth flavor or finishing smooth. I currently drink ths a my cheap beer during the week

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Photo of darkfalz
4.27/5  rDev +52.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is by far my favorite beer. I grew up in the world of the cheap macro brews (hamms, old style, blatz, schlitz) and this is the best.

When I think of beer, I think of a nice thirst quenching drink after mowing the lawn. This is it!

It's a nice golden color. Looks like all of those great 80s beer commercials where they pour it into a glass.

Smell can be a bit heavy on the yeast but I do get a mix of everything. Corn, yeast, malt etc.

Tastes fantastic and goes down incredibly smooth. There's been times a can of Hamms tastes like those delicious rolls served at Thanksgiving dinner.

I much prefer the cheap classics and a beer that goes down easy enough to have 2 or 3. Hamms has earned a spot in my personal hall of fame

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