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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001

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pDev:
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2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Knapp85
2.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Just a bit more flavor than the light version... Meh

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Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Brief impressions below from a can:

A: Pours 8 fingers of foam. Beige colour. Good frothiness.

Body colour is a translucent clean transparent yellow. No yeast or hop sediment is visible.

Sm: Pilsner malts, a metallic off-note, clean barley, grains.

T: Clean barley. Syrupy malt extract. Generic grassy hop character. Crystal malts. Meh.

Mf: Smooth, wet, crisp, direly overcarbonated, slightly syrupy, moderately thick.

Overall: This is in the - err - "student" category. A budget brew with one intended effect, it's best avoided by the discerning drinker. Not undrinkable, though.

C-

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Impressions from a second 473ml can below. Best before: April 6th, 2015.

HEAD: 3 fingers wide. White colour. Generic. Average frothiness. Leaves spotty webby lacing as it recedes. Retention is good - about 5 minutes.

BODY: Clear weak yellow. Appears watery. Clean, with no visible yeast particulate or hop sediment.

Appears overcarbonated. Pretty typical of the style, this appearance is what most people think of when they imagine beer.

AROMA: Grainy, with corn adjunct and flaked barley. Has off-putting overly sweet malt extract notes. The water seems clean. Hopping is cheap, with a generic floral character at best.

Aromatic intensity is below average. It's shallow but not unpleasant, and has me timid to try it.

TASTE: Corn adjunct is evident, but it's not cloyingly sweet - bad as the malt syrup/extract character is. The body isn't weak, and consists of flaked barley and pilsner malt. Hop content is minimal, with only a generic floral character to offer.

It's a bit imbalanced; I find it too sweet. It's simple - per style conventions - and lacks any depth of flavour whatsoever.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, crisp, clean, overcarbonated, and light-bodied. Fails to elevate the beer, but it complements the taste decently.

OVERALL: More a student beer than one that will impress the discerning drinker, Hamm's is standard fare for the style but I wouldn't want it again; Trader Joe's has beers of higher quality in this style at a more reasonable price. Its best attribute is its high drinkability. To its credit, you could do far worse. Merely below average.

C-

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3.03/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This seemed like the perfect compliment to a Frito pie at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. At $2, I couldn't complain...

It poured an apple juice gold, with plenty of ascending streams of carbonation. One finger of head rapidly faded to a thin white ring around the edge. A small amount of spotty lace resulted, but it didn't really stick.

Light corn aroma, with a vague floral scent behind it.

Mild artificial apple flavor, and dry papery malt. No hops to speak of, although overall it's pretty inoffensive. Light and gassy feeling. As long as it's served ice cold, it's not hard to drink when you're thirsty. Possibly a better alternative to some of the more tasteless macros.

This will always remind me of Johnnie's Lounge in Chicago, aka the "Hamms Bar"... RIP.

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2.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Poured a 12oz can into a pint glass. Pale yellow and highly carbonated, it actually had a 1 to 2-finger head and left some lacing.

S - It smelled like corn and grains. No skunk-like smells that often come with the style.

T - It is fairly sweet and has a slight malt taste. Mostly tastes like corn.

M - A little thin and light-bodied.

D - Overall, it is fairly good. Considering the price it is a bargain.

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2.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a 1 finger thin off white head that fizzles down very fast. No retention or lace. Color is the basic clear straw yellow.

Aroma is skunky and grainy. Nothing too pleasing. Taste is very similar; very skunky. Some low end malts as well.

Mouthfeel is super crisp and overcarbonated. Ends with a slightly sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this is just another macro lager that is cheap and nothing exciting. I don't plan on drinking this again unless it is free.

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2.97/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hamm's from an attractive blue, gold and red old-style can. 24 oz.! Because if 12 is good, twice that's better!

As expected, the bright white head dropped almost immediately to a standard collar; and only minor spots and splashes of lace were left behind. The body was straw-gold when held to the light, but looked more deep-golden while sitting on the bar.

The aroma was generic, although there were some non-descript hops in the background. Wait! Maybe not non-descript... they're actually a bit grassy. Otherwise it's just lightly sweet, grain and adjunct maltiness.

The flavor bears out all that the aroma had suggested, and I was a little disappointed that there wasn't just a slight touch more to it. I'd have taken some sulphur even! But no, it's pretty darned clean. And thus, ultimately boring. It could certainly be more bitter, but I'm guessing this is what the masses like. And there is some alcohol lurking beneath that maltiness. That at least helps to keep it from becoming too sweet.

Final analysis, pretty much a generic American adjunct lager. I wouldn't be surprised if this same exact beer is sold under a few other names as well. Not bad, not good, just mainstream inexpensive brew.

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2.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16 oz can.
Clear golden body with a proper head.
Weak American lager aroma.
The flavor follows with a meek and mild mix of sweet and earthy hops.
Smooth, near medium- light body.
Overall: Not good.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
2.55/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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1/5  rDev -63.5%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
2.57/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of paulish
3/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2/5  rDev -27%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an absolutely clear, very delicate yellow body with a steadily receding, head of white, wholesome suds. Light lacing.

Smell: The faint aroma carries with it the merest hints of sweet-smelling grain.

Taste: Sweetish, cereal maltiness with what seems like touches of rice and corn. Not entirely without a little flourish of hops and bitterness, albeit low. Finishes drying and nicely crisp, clean.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation, giving it a nice bit of zip to it.

Overall: Huh. You know, it wasn't at all what I thought it'd be (i.e., BLEAGH). In fact, it's not all that bad, particularly for the price.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

CAN it be true? Hamm's in a CAN?!? Yow!

If Oly was a throwback to New London, CT c. 1984/85, this was a catapult back. Now, it was Monday nights at the Full Moon Saloon and this was served to us in an icy cold mug on draft for $ .50. My oh my!

I got a big, rocky two fingers of bone-white head with good retention. Nose had the distinct cereal sweetness that is associated with the style. Color was a light golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was thin with a watery taste on the tongue. Finish was very mild. Lawnmower beer!

I am leaving my original review at the top, but what a throwback to the nascent days of The CANQuest (tm)! In that period before the burgeoning of craft CANs, macro AALs were pretty much the norm. I had simply suggested CANned beers as a leveling of the playing field as an alternative to whales/wales/whalez until I was laughed out of the forum and left to my own devices. Who's laughing now?

From the CAN: "Since 1865"; "America's Classic Premium Beer - Born in the land of sky blue waters"; "Brewed in true family tradition from purest water and choicest barley malt, grain and hops."

Ah, the dulcet tones of the Crack! & inverted Glug! Music to mine ears. Why? Because it proves that I am not a ticker since CANs only Crack! & Glug. Hee hee. Even with an inverted Glug, I still only managed to raise a brief finger of fizzy, bone-white head that quickly fizzed into memory. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. This allusion is to Beer School in Lincoln, NE in July 2006 when I was told that they must clarify their beers to the point that the Sunday comics CAN be read through them since that is what Nebraskans had been CANditioned to expect in a beer. I am sure that mentality has changed since, but it remains a great reference point. Nose had a sharp sweetness, definitely some corn in the mix, but it is to be expected. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. Taste was slightly sour, closer to the silage taste that I usually recognize in the style. This one was pretty cold, coming directly out of my refrigerator & into my glass and I was not really interested in allowing it to warm. Finish was bland, boring, just another day in AAL land. It has its place as a nostalgia beer, but I am so glad that there are so many CANned beer options now.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.85/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.98/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This review is part of Macro Smackdown XIV. Hamm's has an interesting history. The brand originated in St. Paul, MN and has since been owned by Olympia, Miller and now Pabst. It's now brewed in the Pabst brewery in Milwaukee, the same facility that brews its competitor today, Old Style Beer. Let's see which one is the better pale lager.

Hamm's is almost indistinguishable from the other beer. I don't like its cap quite as much since it's smaller, less creamy, less persistent and leaves no lace, but then Old Style isn't exactly a masterpiece either. Sad to say that most people will never see either one since the beer will be going from can to mouth.

The nose is about what I expected. Unfortunately, even though it's similar in nature to Old Style's nose, it isn't quite as enjoyable. It smells less fresh (even though the beer is fresh) and more musky. A minor difference, but a significant one.

Given the aroma, I thought Hamm's would suffer on the palate, but that isn't the case. It tastes quite a bit like Old Style and I'm not sure I could tell them apart if I wasn't drinking them side by side. This is actually pretty refreshing beer if your expectations aren't sky high. If I had to drink an ice cold macro lager at a cookout in July, either one of these would do just fine.

After multiple mouthfuls, I've decided that it's impossible to tell the mouthfeels apart. They're both acceptable for the style in terms of heft and carbonation. I still struggle with reviewing *completely* to style, so the scores won't be quite as high as they would be if I did.

As noted in the Old Style review, I continue to be impressed by Pabst. The beer they create (these two plus Pabst Blue Ribbon especially) is so superior to Budweiser, Miller and Coors products that I'm surprised at the sales figures. Well... maybe I'm not. Advertising dollars usually win out. Even though Hamm's is technically the loser of MacSmack XIV, it's still worthwhile beer for when you have a hankering to go old school.

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2.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jgunther71
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of WoodBrew
2.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Continuing with the throw backs that have seemed to make its way into main stream I tried a Hamms. It is like Pabst's brother. The color is golden clear with decent carbonation. The smell and taste are grainy like you would expect. The mouthfeel is fine.

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2.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of stakem
3.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Eric for hooking me up with a can of this. My bottom of the barrel ticks would be zero without your efforts to keep me in check.

Poured from a 12oz can into a pub glass. The brew appear a light straw yellow color with an eruption of carbonation that forms more than a finger and a half of white head. The cap maintains fairly decent for the style with larger than normal bubble pattern. A close inspection reveals the smallest amount of particulate that keeps the brew from having polished clarity.

The aroma has a zesty faint hop aspect that is mildly herbal and mixed with a sulfur touch. There is a mild sweetness, somewhat cheesy with a fruity ester to almost bubblegum quality but the herbal aspect is surprisingly in the forefront and is the leading characteristic of the very mild nose overall.

The taste has a little bit more sweetness than the aroma led on. It has a grainy sweet quality that mixes with a bit of fruity/bubblegum ester. Whereas the bit of herbal component in the nose was the leading character, it is all but missing in the flavor. A sulfur character brings up the back with a bit of cheesy quality.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. I dont know if it is the hot weather or lack of having a beer for awhile but I found this one to go down fairly easy considering the style. With the assortment of other mass produced products in this classification, you could do worse. If given the option of nothing but BMC products, I would probably choose this one over them.

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