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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001

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828
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Avg:
2.85
pDev:
27.72%
 
 
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Reviews by mjurney:
Photo of mjurney
3.31/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Straw color, clear. Lots of carbonation rising up. Fairly nice head.

Aroma:
Cooked corn, grains, a little metallic.

Taste:
Sweet grain, a little grassy, crisp bitterness, just a touch of corn, slight dry finish. Light and watery, very crisp, well carbonated.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Smoketron
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."

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Photo of Todd
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.

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
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 .

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Photo of alucard6679
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.

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
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

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
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.

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Photo of 1HAMMSFAN
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

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Photo of tzieser
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.

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Photo of BeerBobber
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
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

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
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.

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Photo of Lookingloo2
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.

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Photo of chip26
1.83/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

It was what it was

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Photo of JamieWeisen
3.32/5  rDev +16.5%
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 Rufus1
2.78/5  rDev -2.5%
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 +5.3%
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 Damian
3.67/5  rDev +28.8%
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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Photo of Metalsnota
4.15/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

All things considered, Hamm's is a great value adjunct lager coming in at $13.99 for a 30 rack. It's a great working man's beer. I am definitely biased, but Hamm's hits the spot!

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Photo of Grizhall
3.9/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hands down ine of my favorite classic American lagers...easy on the wallet but doesnt taste cheap, at $2.99 for a 6 pack of pints ($9.99 for a case), it is crisp and full, never skunky and is just a great beer...it has taken the place of my daily Budweiser or Pabst

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Photo of stangski83
2.56/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

My favorite cheap beer. No one will touch it in your fridge, and I personally prefer it to PBR. Scored this for 11.99/30pk and miss the days when it was 6.99/24pk!!!

Seriously cheap beer, but not bad at all if you are in the proper mindset for slumming. Keep in mind that your lady friend will give you strange looks for obtaining and drinking this beer, but do not be deterred. You have made a value-based decision and you are in for a full 30pk/24pk/6pk of cheap, alcohol-laced enjoyment. Rather than tell you about the corn and quickly disappearing head, let's focus on the fact that I would take a frosty Hamm's over a MGD any day of the week (even though Miller contract brews this stuff!)

Excellent beer if you are watching Pawn Stars or Porn Stars, but not so good if you are trying improve your social standing. On the plus side, you can recycle all those cans and get drunk in the process. Way to save the earth and support a union-made product, you patriot! Just don't be the dick that leaves the empties all over your college quad, sorority house, rust-belt hometown, or loading dock of your soon-to-be-former place of employment. Folks will talk about your piggish addiction to Hamm's and wonder why you are living in the slop.

I'm pretty sure if there was a purgatory for yeast, this would be it. Not heaven, not hell, but somewhere vaguely in-between.

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Photo of Lahoi
3.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I never know what kind of brewed treat I'm going to find when I show up at my in-laws. This time it was Hamm's, which, to my knowledge, isn't available in most southern states.

This beer is what it is: a decent AAL at an affordable price. Compared to other AAL, Hamm's holds its own. It is much sweeter and richer than many AALs. Personally I didn't love the sweetness, but kudos to them for being distinct. If nothing else, the sweetness is prefered to the typical watery taste of most AALs.

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Photo of Lovethemhopps
1.9/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is fine for an all day beer drinking marathon. Nothing special about it, other than the memories you create while drinking it.

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Photo of BlackBeerDown
3.25/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I've been on an Anti-Craft Beer kick as of late. I'm tired of the bizarre combinations of fruits, candy, coffees and teas in my beer. And lately I find myself just wishing I had a good old fashioned lager to drink. Hamm's comes in pretty close. I wouldn't call it a great beer by any means. But it is just beer, no fruits, no pure sours, no extreme hops, just plain old beer and that's all I wanted. So when I found the local Kroger selling 30 packs for $12 I decided, what the hell, and I have not regretted my decision. I definitely would rank it above Miller, Bud, PBR and Coors as far a flavor profile goes. The only downside, like most domestic beers these days, I need a dozen just to get a buzz.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.05/5  rDev +7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is not bad for an Anerican adjunct lager. It is soapy on the head and yellowy, as per most. It has a grainy husk flavor with rice and corn mixed in. Nothing offensive and actually has enough hop profile to prevent the beer from that awful sweetness you find in most of the beers that In-Bev has mangled. Very refreshing and easy to drink. It's not an award winner, IMO, but a nice lawnmower brew.

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2.85 out of 5 based on 828 ratings.
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