Hamm's Brewing Co.

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Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #225
Ranked #49,807
2.85 | pDev: 29.12%
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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hoppytobehere from District of Columbia

4.32/5  rDev +51.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can, around 2 or 3 months old if I'm interpreting the "best by" date correctly.

Poured into a glass, big frothy head. Surprising amount of retention for an AAL. Nose is nice. Grainy, little bit of hops.

I swear if you threw this in a 16 oz can and put some local craft brew label on this, people would go nuts for it. Incredibly refreshing and clean. Blows most AALs out of the water.

A "66, poor" rating at the time of writing this is absolutely laughable. It's better than 95% of craft lagers out there.

Aug 27, 2020
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Smoketron from Texas

3.82/5  rDev +34%
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."

Jul 15, 2017
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Todd from California

3.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Jun 20, 2001
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DrSchnitzengiggle from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +36.1%
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.

Nov 18, 2018
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev +14.4%
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 + 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.

Notes: On 2018-05-30 I had the Hamm's Special Light side-by-side with Hamm's "American Classic" (also just called Hamm's). Both had the same clarity and color. The American Classic initially had a larger head. Aromas are very similar; just a little bit stronger in the American Classic. On the other hand, the flavor and feel of the American Classic is richer, fuller and more satisfying. The Special Light is 3.8% and 110 calories vs the American Classic at 4.7% and 142 calories. Both beers are the same price per can so I think it is worth consuming the extra calories per beer in order to get the superior feel and flavor.

May 03, 2018
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alucard6679 from Arizona

4.14/5  rDev +45.3%
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.

Jul 17, 2017
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robblauer from Minnesota

4.36/5  rDev +53%
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.

Aug 30, 2017
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ivegot3Dvision from Oregon

4.26/5  rDev +49.5%
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.

Jul 24, 2017
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bbluemzbeer from California

5/5  rDev +75.4%
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 .

Aug 14, 2014
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RaulMondesi from California

3.55/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wow. Only 2.77/5, Raul kind of thinks that this one is underrated like the Double Del Burger at Del Taco; like, who gets a burger at a taco joint!? Raul does, damnit! And Raul is loud and proud about it just like he is down with Hamms! Now, it’s not large and in charge like John Hamm (Milton Berle fans feel me) but it’s better than par for the course. This bad boy is like sinking that birdie putt!

Jun 21, 2018
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JasonLWest from Georgia

3.39/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Jan 11, 2018
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DirtyMikeandTheBoys from Arkansas

5/5  rDev +75.4%
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

Feb 20, 2016
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BeerDrinkinGuy from Minnesota

4.44/5  rDev +55.8%
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

Dec 08, 2018
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Drak-Nib from Nebraska

3/5  rDev +5.3%
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

Nov 13, 2018
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Nick7840 from New Hampshire

4.56/5  rDev +60%
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!

Jan 25, 2019
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3.66/5  rDev +28.4%
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.

Apr 26, 2015
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

3.15/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Jul 20, 2015
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VABA from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean golden color
Aroma has slight malt and hop hints
The taste follows the nose with a slight but pleasant malt and hop flavor
A light bodied very well carbonated beer
A great valued lager

Mar 18, 2018
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BeerBobber from Nevada

3.72/5  rDev +30.5%
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.

Jan 27, 2016
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tzieser from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +49.1%
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.

Aug 05, 2016
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +29.1%
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

Oct 08, 2015
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Twas in Ward 6 for there closing,they have a special connection to Hamms. Pours light clear golden with a white head. Corn and rice adjuncts with malt. Taste just the way an AAL should be it was crisp with corn and barley had a smooth creamy finish. Its summer this tasted great,might go buy a sixer or two,hit the spot for taste and style.

Jun 03, 2018
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1HAMMSFAN from Washington

4.1/5  rDev +43.9%
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

Jan 30, 2017
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beardloaf from Maine

4.22/5  rDev +48.1%
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.

Apr 27, 2018
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AlieLagerkolschbock from California

4.51/5  rDev +58.2%
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?!

Jan 10, 2019
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