Hamm's Brewing Co.

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Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #262
Ranked #49,103
2.83 | pDev: 28.98%
Hamm's Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Notes: 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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TedHead from Illinois

2.94/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straw yellow color and smells like sweet grains when you pour it. Medium fluffy white head that clears our pretty quickly. The best way to describe it is that it's a beer that costs $10.99 for a 30 but tastes like a beer that costs $16.99 for 30. I'd choose a Hammuel's over bud, Coors, PBR, Natty's, and rolling rock. Drink this when you can't taste your good beers anymore.

Jul 31, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

3.84/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a big snifter. Dated SEP1420, which I assume is a best by date. I'll try to review to style.

Pours a clear golden, sort of honey colored, with a respectable white head and plenty of carbonation. Decent retention. Smell is mild -- a hint of honeysuckle floral, a hint of skunk, a hint of grainy sweetness, maybe even a hint of grassy hops.

Taste is actually pretty decent. Don't get the hint of skunk that I got in the aroma, definitely get the grainy sweetness, possibly get a little honeysuckle. If I work real hard I can make myself detect the grassy hops, but it might be a phantom.

Mouthfeel is medium to light, very smooth, not sticky at all. Overall, it's an adjunct lager. But it's probably better than all the other ones I've had.

Jul 26, 2020
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leemehan from Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +76.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been drinking Hamm's for awhile now and it is pure gold of a beer! It is the most creamy, bready-gold and sweet crisp goodness you can get! Better than all the other AAL beers without question and I have drank pretty much all of them! Schlitz and PBR are right up there behind it, but Hamm's is the best!! They only thing I wish they would do is have it in bottle! Pour it in a frozen glass and can get a 30-pack in Wisconsin for $12 bucks or a 12-pack for $5 and u can't beat the price! From The Land of Sky Blue Waters!! THUMBS UP!!!!!!!!!

Jun 30, 2020
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.47/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My gosh, I was surprised at how much I like this one. Found a six pack of pint cans(!) for $3.00. Used one can to make Cheddar Ale sauce for burgers and enjoyed the rest. Nice, smooth flavor, sweet corn, bread, and grain. Light grassy aroma. Right up there with High Life and Stroh's as my favorite cheap beer.

Jun 19, 2020
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rooster1970 from Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

By far. Best bang for the buck! I like ipa’s, pilsners and pale ales. But at the price point of .50 per can. Come on Man!
Not flavorless beer. Hot outside, cold Hamms in the Yeti.

Jun 04, 2020
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3.75/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the best American beer. It's very German tasting and refreshing. It's aftertaste is smooth and easy to drink and it doesn't stink. It's not a carbonated mess like Miller is. This is a cheap beer and it probably gets overlooked because of its price but dammit it's better tasting than Budweiser or Miller or Michelob. This is an old glory that'll never die. It's old school in a can.

May 20, 2020
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swid from Missouri

2.76/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sometimes virtual happy hours lead to suboptimal decisions being made and you wind up with some excess Hamm’s on your hands. So...a review!

Hamm’s pours a light gold, a shade or two darker than most macro-lagers. A faintly sweet aroma. Almost cloyingly sweet initially, then becomes a bit more syrupy at the back of the mouth. A light reminder of hop bitterness in the finish. It’s...a mass-produced lager.

May 15, 2020
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nordeen from Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +64.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is what a beer is suppose to taste like other than maybe a good Pilsner and not tarted up with chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, pumpkin, tobacco, molasses, old socks. You can drink more than two and still function compared to some delicious bourbon stouts.

May 11, 2020
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joebrazil3 from Illinois

3.34/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is the best of the beers I get to buy in the 30-pack for fewer then fifteen bucks. Nominally a Miller/Coors product, Hamm's uses hops (The light uses hops and hop extract)) while Miller High Life uses extract only. Hamm's simply tastes better than its competition at its price.

Update 5/22/20: The family and I bought some Pabst Blue Ribbon and taste tested Hamms against it. Hamm's won, but not by so much that we'd never buy PBR again. I bumped taste up to 3.5. Why anyone who could buy Hamms would buy Bud instead is beyond me. But, that's the next taste test.

Apr 26, 2020
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KACK1533 from Massachusetts

3.02/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Hamm's is my quintessential Midwest beer. Since I've moved to New England, I miss it. Hamm's looks like your average AAL: pale straw in color. Smell is of corn syrup. Taste is pretty malty. Feels a little sharp on the tongue. Perfect end to a day of working outside, admiring the fruits of your labor. Can also be used for cooking brats. I love it. It may not be perfect, but it holds a spot in my heart.

Apr 01, 2020
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

2.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

16 oz pint can, poured into pub glass
Straw/ hay golden transparent body has bubble traffic, minimal head on soft pour.
Smells like faint stale apple juice and hay-
Tastes the same , cheap apple wine and seltzer.
Easily beats Bud

Mar 26, 2020
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Zopiac from Michigan

2.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

A basic review for a basic beer.

Pale, white head. Smells of light grain and hops, very mild honey and a tiny bit waxy. Smooth, surprisingly thick texture. Bought to get through the lockdowns that have come into effect.

Mar 23, 2020
ZAHBLESS from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +76.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is classic
“Hamms beer Bad Medicine Lake“
Google it. Worth it.

Had a pint of Hamms while playing foosball with my partner and waiting for takeout at Parkway Pizza in Saint Louis Park, MN. A dad with his kid came up to ask if they could play us next round—to which we said heck yeah let’s play now while the mom looked on. They won, we hi-fived after. Great American moment in a shitty start to 2020 with COVID-19 and divisiveness all around.

Mar 14, 2020
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SilverSolver from Michigan

3.31/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is what it is. It's not fancy, and it's not meant to be. To me, this is lawnmower beer; it's not the kind of beer that demands attention to savor flavor subtleties, because there aren't any. However, it's not the kind of beer that tastes like coins, or seltzer, or toxic waste.....it tastes like beer. It has noticeable hops, though slight, and a solid, if plain, beer flavor. It also doesn't have so much alcohol that you'll mow the flowers after two or three. Personally I prefer a thicker beer (Steel Reserve being my usual cheap beer for that reason) but this isn't super watery either. I honestly don't know how this looks since I'm drinking it straight from the can, as lawnmower beer should be. I gave the appearance rating based on the can design. I'm sure I'll end up with more after this is gone. It's not my favorite cheap beer, but you can do so much worse! This is enjoyable.

Mar 08, 2020
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bushbeer75 from Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

poured from a 12 oz can

Hamm's body is crystal clear with a light yellow hue that produced a 1 1/2-finger white head. The head dissipated very quickly to a thin collar of white foam. The nose was very light, smelled of corn and grains and was clean/fresh. The taste matches the nose with just a hint of sweetness. Mouth feel is standard for the style - light bodied with an 'average' amount of carbonation.

I haven't had Hamm's in many, many years. Perhaps the best part of this lager is the memories it brings back when I first drank it with my Father.

Mar 02, 2020
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

2.86/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Consumed 3/2/20

Crystal clear gold, medium sized white head that retains a small cap
Not much flavor to speak of, but adjunct heavy - corn, corn husk, white bread, saltine crackers - mild bitterness, slight touches of grass - some sourness, like a spritz of lemon - malt extract, light but vaguely sticky sweetness, could be cleaner
Light body, medium carbonation

Not terrible, but I'm not quite understanding the low-key cult following that Hamm's has. It's very cheap and very drinkable, but why bother when alternatives like PBR exist? Oh well... You could do worse.

Mar 02, 2020
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BLiberatore from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +41%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best mass market American lager out there. Clean and crisp with slight hops flavor and unbeatable price point. It outshines most lagers that are three times the price. And it puts other mass market light beers to shame.

Feb 22, 2020
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gvickery from Texas

4/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks good, light gold, clear, medium white head.
Smells grainy with some light mineral (Sulphur)
Tastes grain, some corn, slight hop presence.
Not sure why the low rating. If you bought a six-pack (pints) of these for $4.99 like I did and actually thought it was going to taste like a world-class Munich Helles, your a dumbass.
For what it is and for the price, it's really good.

UPDATE 04/24/20
Ok, it’s been a while since I’ve had this since I have to drive past closer grocery stores to get to the one that carries it. All I can say is, WOW. I got a six pack of 16oz cans for $4.37. I know there’s plenty of cheap beer out there that you can manage to keep down, but Hamms is actually really good. It doesn’t taste like a cheap beer. It’s an adjunct but only slightly detectable. There’s a more pronounced hop presence than the others. So glad it’s still a available.

Feb 12, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

2.68/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Fairly decent AAL - popular but new to me. Best by 3/23/20 date printed on can. Pours a clear golden color with just a little film of white head that quickly faded. Smells of malt, grain, clean hops and corn. Taste follows the nose, not too bad, not overly sweet or malty or corn overloaded like some other AALs. Smooth mild thin mouthfeel with some carbonation that faded as the beer warmed. Crisp and easy to drink.

Feb 05, 2020
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Thee_BEER_Man from Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +76.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the beer that helped America grow. Your great grandparents drank this beer, your grandparents drank this beer, your dad drank this beer and shit you should drink this beer! OVERALL THIS BEER IS CHEEP BUT IS THE BEST TASTING BEER IN AMERICA FOR THIS PRICE! F**K BUDWEISER DRINK HAMMS!

Jan 16, 2020
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defunksta from Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a completely clear, flat golden color with a small creamy head. SRM of 7-8. (3.50)

Aroma: Aromas of corn, cracker, grains, hints of lemon sweetness on the end. Some corny sweat. (3.50)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose with lots of suds, corn, cracker, lemon, and then tons of dry unsalted saltine. Sweat on the backend. A lot of chemistry class on the finish. (3.50)

Feel: Lighter-bodied. Excellent carbonation. But Sudsy and sticky on the mouth lingers on the palate. (3.25)

Compared w/ Montucket Cold Snacks: Lighter, clearer color. Similar. More sudsy, soapy, and sweaty flavors (maybe more corn syrup?). More cracker and less corn sweetness.

Overall: A smooth drinking, well-made, simple beer. Good corn and dry saltine flavors. Excellent carbonation too. Not fantastic, but an easy-drinking and beer than I thought type of beer. (Final Rating: 3.48)

Jan 01, 2020
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rickyfinn from Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Do not compare apples and oranges. This is a fine adjunct lager. Pours clear, nice foamy bead, smooth mouth feel, good light yellow in and out. Corn taste ,of course, because it is made of corn partially. The point is that it is what it is...not slimy, skunky or off tasting. Hamm's Bear the best mascot ever. Buy it(cheap)...Love it!!!

Dec 30, 2019
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3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is about average when compared to other cheap beers. It's not the best and not the worst flavor, smell, or look. The cost is amazing though. It's around $10.00 for a 30 pack so even if it's not the best you really can't complain. It's awesome if you want a decent beer on a budget.

Nov 13, 2019
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

2.71/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours clear golden yellow with a small fluffy white head. Smells of corny grain, but very weak. Tastes of thin grain but sweet, and not much else. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a slightly below average beer.

Nov 03, 2019
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4.6/5  rDev +62.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hamm's is just good cheap beer. For the price, you can never go wrong.
It smells kinda like grain/corn, and tastes like an off brand Miller. Never tried it outside of a can so I can't honestly comment on color or head, but Hamm's has never let me down.

Oct 23, 2019
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