Hamm's | Hamm's Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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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#46,665
Reviews:
336
Ratings:
928
pDev:
28.52%
Bros Score:
3.2
 
 
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Ratings: 928 |  Reviews: 336
Reviews by Pegasus:
Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear light golden body, topped by a modest, coarse whit head, which gradually fades to nothingness. Sticky, patchy lacing adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is very slight, with only an occasional bubble rising to the surface.

Aroma: Lightly sweet pale malt, a mineral water note, and restrained grassy hops comprise the aroma.

Taste: Opens with clean, but quite restrained pale malt, and a weak flourish of hops, which hint at herbal bitterness. As the taste progresses, the mineral quality of the water seems to increase slightly, and there is a slight hint of alcohol. Finishes with a restrained hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, fairly pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Plain and inoffensive a decent value at typical retail prices.

Presentation: packaged in a sixteen-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at Spec's in Texas for $4.79 for a six-pack of sixteen-ounce cans, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Smoketron
3.82/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thirsty? Hot? Got stuff to do later? Don't want to take a second mortgage out on some craft beer that spends more on artwork than taste? Then get a Hamms amigo. You won't impress or influence people by drinking this beer...but if you are drinking beer to impress or influence people then you probably shouldn't be drinking beer and instead drinking a tall pint of "You're-an-Idiot."

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Photo of Todd
3.2/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz can. "Brewed in true family tradition from purest water and choicest barley malt, grain and hops." adorns the can. No identifiable freshness date, but there is a batch number.

Appearance: Pours a nice frothy white, two finger head that quickly settles to a thin lace. The clear liquid is a very pale, straw yellow.

Smell: Light hops, grain and a metallic edge in the aroma.

Taste: This light-bodied brew is immediately crisp and freshing with a smack of lemon in its gentle hop bite. Notes of salt also come into play as the brew dries with a nice crispness. Grain flavours follow with a thin, but even, sweetness. I can also pick-up on an addition of corn as the beer warms. The beer finishes with metallic and grain flavours with some dryness to it.

Notes: This is a damn fine "Union Made" beer, and certainly better than its more marketable brethren. It's simple and easy to drink, but the best part is its $2.99 a 6-pak price tag.

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Photo of alucard6679
4.14/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If my above score seems high it's simply because I'm only rating this against other AALs, it wouldn't stack up too well against most craft lagers. This however, I believe is the pinnacle of the AAL style. The appearance is fairly typical but I did notice that it had a very nice and creamy, maybe two finger head that stayed for basically the entire glass (around half an hour) and the aroma, compared to say Budweiser was very pleasant. You get the corn sweetness but it wasn't overbearing and non of that skunky-alcohol notes that I always seemed to get with other beers in the style. The flavor profile follows the nose pretty closely, it's not going to blow your mind but it's very pleasant and very drinkable. I think the drinkability is in large part due to the fantastic mouthfeel. Fairly full and creamy, not watery at all. All in all, a solid beer and what I would consider the best in its class. Also, the fact that I can pick up a 24 pack for 12.99 doesn't hurt.

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

appearance has a yellow and gold look with moderate amount of carbonation. Hams smells like your typical american adjunct lager grainy and cook vegetables. Taste is grainy and smooth. It is very easy drinking beer . Mouthfeel is light but not watery . Overall hams I the top tasting cheap american lagers on market and cam compete with other lagers wich are priced higher .

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Photo of JasonLWest
3.39/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

At $3.99 for a sixer of 16oz, what exactly would you expect? Hamm's has a light, easy to drink taste. Not exactly tasty, but surely not unbearable. Something pleasant about its crisp touch. A working mans beer, as blue collar as they come.

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Photo of robblauer
4.36/5  rDev +57.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When considering Hamm's (and you should), we must consider that this is a relic of a time far gone. This beautiful beverage has eclipsed and transcended almost into a cult following. You may see hipsters walking around with their PBR and their Miller Lite, but this is of no consequence as the truly discerning beer hipster will reach no further than a 30 pack of this lightly-golden and smooth American lager.

When you roll up to the lake with your best gal, your buds, and a cooler full of brats, let's be honest: what are you reaching for? What's the beer you're looking for?

To judge a beer on taste alone is to ignore the societal impact of the beverage, just like tea isn't just tea and coffee isn't just coffee, Hamm's isn't just beer. It's a legacy, it's a tradition.

Yeah it tastes like crap too I know.

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

Searched for Hamms for years and finally found it. $13 for a dirty 30. I thought what could it hurt. Pours a golden beer with a nice head. Smoother than bud light and miller. This is the beer they drink in Valhalla. Be careful. They go down so smooth ice cold that I got down 15 before I knew it

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.26/5  rDev +53.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Alright, I'm going to rate this in style. If you try and compare this to craft beer, you're going to rate it horribly. With that said, it's creamy, light, refreshing, and goes down easy. This is what my grandfather drank almost exclusively, and for good reason. Saw it on the shelf at my local supermarket and figured I might as well try it, it has replaced Rainer as my go to AAL. I could see myself sucking these down on a hot day, plus the price can't be beat.

To the people who rated this below a 3. Come on now, it's AAL not Pulling Nails, and no, I don't care you've had Scooop.

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Photo of VABA
3.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clean golden color
A-Aroma has heartland hints
T-The taste follows the nose with an abundant heartland flavor
M-A light bodied very well carbonated beer
O-A perfect pre-gaming beer

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Photo of 1HAMMSFAN
4.1/5  rDev +48%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok so its not the most popular brand. Its very possible to grab a six pack that has been sitting on a store shelf too long, be warned beer lovers. That said, American dopes enjoy coors and Budweiser, the same guys also probably voted for lil donny dump so there you go! If you want to waste your money I wont stand in your way... Hamm's is #1 for taste and VALUE! I enjoy many micro brews but Hamm's is my go to beer to hit the trail on my dirtbike or hang with the boys! Great beer, great buzz. Coors fans choke yourself

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Photo of tzieser
4.25/5  rDev +53.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours that typical crystal clear golden color we all are (or should be) familiar with. A good looking adjunct lager with a fluffy head. More aroma than your standard adjunct lager with a nice herbal/grassy hop hint. Flavor is also more pronounced than most adjunct lagers; cooked corn and rice but this has a bit more malted barley sweetness and finishes with a hint of bitterness. Dry finish. This is easily one of the better adjunct lagers I have had the pleasure of trying. This beer dispels the theory that all of Pabst's retro brands (Olympia, rainier, stroh's, etc) are all the same beer with different labels. Scored according to style, this is one to get if you are looking for a cheap, refreshing beer.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.72/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I remember as a kid visiting family in Minnesota and Wisconsin and all of my uncles drinking this beer. This one really surprised me! I paid less than $15 for a 24 pack cube thinking I would try this beer that was always a favorite of my uncles from up North.
The color is a real pretty light gold with a fluffy white head that laces the glass going down. With a smell that hit me of white bread (almost like a freshly baked loaf of white) and very clean barley and malt notes.
The taste just freaking made my eyes pop. I was getting a clean fresh water taste with all of the other beer ingredients, barley and malts, with a nice peppery finish. The thing that caught me was the absence of the real sweet pop that can come from some adjunct lagers.
Like Coors I get a lot of Pilsner influence, could this again be that German family recipe thing come back into play? For a cheap, sorry let me change that, for an inexpensive beer, this was a real solid hit for me. Give it a shot! And don't worry you won't be out a lot of money if you do not like it.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.68/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(poured into a red wine glass, after letting can sit out for 7-8 minutes... this is the first time I can remember ever seeing this in any stores on the east coast - the guy behind the counter said it's 'new', they just got it in)

L: sunny yellow liquid with a tinge of cheap gold... poured firm to create head, and it does hold for a few seconds longer than I'd expect

S: a German yeast?!? - smells a tad like a helles... sweet grain, wet stone, dried grass and flowers... overall, pleasant for its kind - peculiarly reminiscent of a German pils... sub-medium overall potency

T: colder, it tastes like any other AAL... noticeably dry in the finish, but with a tiny residual sweetness, penny-like metallic hint in the aftertaste... mildly grassy, (uric) acid notes in aftertaste as well... the malt flavor has a slight husk-y edge... mild bitterness on tongue tip, lingers mid-palate

F: smooth, somewhat flat across the palate... almost medium-bodied, hardly watery... vaguely doughy residual feel... not extremely refreshing

O: land of sky blue waters, huh?... this is one of the better ones when poured into a glass; slightly more meat on its bones than the lot, and I'm digging the German notes in its taste - a few steps toward a helles?... I could drink a bunch of these

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - The beer was golden yellow with a bubbly white head.

Smell - The nose just makes me think of the spillage at a dive bar. The nose is light and grassy grains.

Taste - There are not a lot of well defined characteristics. The beer is a profile of grassy grains and noble hops. It is not overly bitter, but does run a little dry at the end.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation moves quickly to brush away the main beer profile. It is appropriate for the style.

Overall - For the style, this pretty much nails it. It might be the best American Adjunct Lager.

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Photo of Lookingloo2
3.66/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Puts other macro brews to shame. Yes, it's an AAL. But there's some hop bite in there and a soft almost-malty finish. At this price point, it's without peer.

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Photo of chip26
1.83/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

It was what it was

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Photo of SB2017
3.65/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A classic for me. Nothing too offensive in any aspect. Affordable, easy to put back, what more can you ask for? This is a solid beer that, while emphasizing corn a little too much, will get the job done. I don't see why a good plate of fries can't earn a four or even five star rating when it's what you've been craving all day, even if its nothing too special. All it needs to do is its job. And Hamm's does it.

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Photo of JamieWeisen
3.32/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm from Louisiana and upon doing some research, because at this time I am into trying the American lagers just to experience all the beers that the older people around me talk about. Well this beer wasn't available apparently in my home state for a few decades and it randomly came back when I began doing the cheap American beer tastings and it was $4.79 for a six pack of 16oz cans and today I went in to the store and it was on sale for $1.99 for the same six pack of 16oz cans... quite the steal. The beer itself is actually pretty decent it's very comparable to say a Schlitz or something like that. It's a very decent beer especially with that new sale price!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.68/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hamm’s has a very thick, white head (which overflowed in my tasting glass) and a clear, yellow-golden appearance, with lots of bubbles streaming up and little bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of clean water, mildly-roasted grains, and a dash of hop bitterness. The taste is essentially identical to that, with some overall sweetness associated as well. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Hamm’s finishes crisp, refreshing and dry. Overall, this is a good, typical American-style lager. I think it holds its own against others of its ilk.

RJT

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

This beer tastes a little malty, a little hoppy and with no real unpleasant aftertaste. It is NOT a microbrew, which is my favorite; therefore I'm rating it for what IT IS--an inexpensive AAL. It is mass-manufactured in ginormous vats, and thus, isn't really brewed for connoisseurs. Most of us drank them when we were young, and I sometimes need cheaper beer than Sierra Nevada, or its kin. I think Hamms has more quality taste than most other AAL's I've drunk; its certainly better than Budweiser, and costs $5.00 less.

Honestly, I'm currently drinking more AAL's lately because I'm not making enough money to buy more expensive beer! That being said, this is a GREAT bargain beer. Most AAL's don't taste that much different, and this one I can get for about $15 or less for a 30 pack.

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Photo of Rufus1
2.78/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours's crystal clear gold into a fifteen ounce mug the same temperature as the beer. One finger head that dissipates quickly. Surprising lacing!

Smells like good olden days factory beer. Just plain beer smell.

Tastes like the late 1960's. Old time beer produced in huge volume. Some malt sweetness. Some sweet corn. Somewhat thin and watery on the palate. Light mouthfeel. Effervescent. Few hops with no bitterness.

A surprisingly crisp and refreshing brew. Good grass cutting beer on a hot summer's day. Cheap also. Give it a try. Cheers!!

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Photo of 31Sam13
3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ahhhh the memories of days gone by when anything was glorious so long was it ethyl alcohol...but really, you could do worse.

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Photo of Redneckwine
3.19/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

16oz can into tulip

Look - Very pale straw, crystal clear, plenty of little bubbles race to the top - pretty typical of the category. However, this one has decent head retention for the style. Looks fairly appealing.

Smell - Truly an olfactory strain to pick up anything at all. I'm getting a little light, sweet graininess and that's about it. Nothing offensive at all, but there's nothing there either.

Taste - Very light and neutral tasting all around: starts and ends with light, sweet graininess (mostly corn) and some bready malt. Trace vegetable, very mild fruitiness. Hops are there, but are only perceptible as slight bitterness which dries up the finish very nicely to balance. Not much flavor, but what's there is completely inoffensive and well balanced.

Feel - Carb is amped up and effervescent, burp inducing, and makes the already light body feel pretty ethereal. Carb isn't too prickly though, somehow remaining reasonably smooth. Very crisp and refreshing. Crushable.

Overall - Much, much better than anticipated. There is absolutely nothing offensive about this brew, and as I'm finding out about the AAL category, that is a very important thing. That being said, they played it really, really safe on the flavor front - I wish there was a bit more there. They nailed the body though, it's super crisp and refreshing. This would be a killer beer to crush on a hot day, or to have with about any meal.

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Photo of Damian
3.67/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank from a one pint/16 fl. oz. (473ml) can purchased at Hillside Wine & Spirits, Medford, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a crystal clear, golden yellow color. A flimsy, one-finger crown of bright white froth topped the liquid, but it quickly dissipated to a thin ring.

Dry, powdery, lager yeast notes dominated the aroma. Grainy malts were detectible. There was a subtle sweetness as well. Overall, clean yet quite uneventful.

The flavor profile was clean and crisp with lots of tart lemon and wheaty notes. Decent malt presence. The malt profile was grainy and even perhaps slightly toasty. A touch of earthy hops came through on the semi-bitter finish. All in all, quite notable for the style.

The mouthfeel was solid as well. Medium-plus bodied. A fine and zippy effervescence gave the liquid a smooth, fluffy, creaminess.

Of the many adjunct lagers that I have tried lately, Hamm's ranks up there with the best of them. At around $6 a six-pack, you simply cannot find a better deal.

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Beer rating: 2.77 out of 5 with 928 ratings