Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Hamm's | Hamm's Brewing Co.

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
67
poor
256 Reviews
THE BROS
74
okay
Read the review
Hamm'sHamm's
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
256
Ratings:
747
Avg:
2.81
pDev:
46.62%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
141
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 256 | Ratings: 747
Photo of emmasdad
2.95/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have fond memories of this beer from years ago, ice cold from plastic cups while playing softball at one of my Dad's union picnics. I was about 12, and even then I remember this one being inferior to some of the others my Dad drank (Erlanger, Lowenbrau, etc). Anyways figured I'd try it again. Pretty much the same as a lot of the other macros, with little to distinguish itself. Clear yellow color, fluffy white head, big carbonation, grains. But with a bear.

 462 characters

Photo of jsprain1
3.1/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Clear golden, thick off white head. Retention is not great but better than most in style. Some lacing.
S- Smell is sweet on the nose, a good bit of corn, and a light grainy character.
T- Well it's heavy on the corn but it's not sulfuric or otherwise vegetal. It actually tastes pretty good, but I wish it was a little bit less sweet.
M- Decent body for style but oof was the carbonation overwhelming my tongue or what? I guess the aggressive pricklyness keeps the sweetness from lingering too much, but it really was a bit too much.
O- A decent beer and refreshing. The carbonation was a poor move but otherwise it's one of the better adjunct lagers out there.

 663 characters

Photo of bditty187
2.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light yellow, head reached about a ½ inch, spotty lace. The nose is sweet (like corn). The taste is sweet (like corn). Once this beer warmed, even minimally, it really started to taste cheap. When the beer was cold it was okay… Now that I have tried Hamm’s I can move on, I don’t need to go back.

 300 characters

Photo of bsp77
1.56/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Serving glass: Poured from can into a tall glass.

Appearance: Clear straw yellow with surprisingly large foamy head, but it doesn't last too long.

Smell: Uh, smells like typical beer - grains, slight spiciness and a touch of corn. Kind of dry and musty.

Taste: Very little malt taste with bad metallic finish. Leaves a corn like aftertaste.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, very watery body, off finish.

Drinkability: Meh. Actually it aspires to be Meh - more like Bleh.

 471 characters

Photo of woemad
2.19/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

“From the land of sky blue waters…” Apparently that’s Milwaukie these days.

16oz tallboy can from a 6-pk purchased at a local discount grocery store for $4.79. Easily the cheapest 6-pk I’ve bought for a long time, probably a couple of years.

Poured into a Jever pilsener glass, this was a chill-hazed gold color, with a big, sudsy, noisy, bone-white head that dropped fast and left remarkably small amounts of lace on the sides of the glass. Said head could be agitated back to life with minimal effort, but it dropped back down to a foamy skiff, pronto. Lots of tiny bubbles could be seen hurtling skyward.

Although it was done for absurdity more than anything else, the pour into a pilsener glass was not completely out of place. Although the primary scent was of crude graininess, there was a little bit of dry, grassy European hoppiness that wasn’t to be denied. It’s a minor note, however, and the nose remained dominated by the crude, overly sweet malt aroma.

Inoffensively bland, that’s the taste in a nutshell. Not as vegetable oil-tasting as some in the style, but I suspect that’s because I’m drinking it ice cold rather than any superiority over its style mates. Sweet malts dominate the taste, with barely a trace of the hops scented earlier. Slightly crisp finish, with a mild, sickly sweet grainy aftertaste.

Watery, yet not light. I suppose it’s pretty standard for the style, but it’s not what I would call good. It’s more like a pilsener with a little too much body.

About par for the course. This isn’t the worst American adjunct lager I’ve had, but there’s not much to stand out here. All in all, I’d rather have an Oly if drinking this style.

 1,703 characters

Photo of secondtooth
3.08/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale straw yellow in colot, with a large head of active carbonation. Thin, even anemic lace on the glass.

Aroma is nothing special -- grainy, barley and little else.

Tastes similar to the nose, malty and thin of body. I get a slight hint of hops deep in the mix, but it's faint. Decent amount of flavor for an American Adjunct.

Certainly not an outstanding beer, but taken for what it is (cheap at $9.99/24 cans), this mops the floor with the big boys' lagers, providing some taste for the buck.

 498 characters

Photo of TastyTaste
2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium gold with a big white head. Smells a lot like grain and a little like malt. Taste is actually more complex than most cheap beers. Starts out with a watery malt flavor, then passes into an adjunct flavor. For it's very low ($12.99 a 30 pack) price, this is quite a deal.

 276 characters

Photo of Damian
3.67/5  rDev +30.6%
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.

 1,004 characters

Photo of hardy008
2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"From the land of sky blue waters..." How many of us still remember the commercials with the Hamm's bear? Some of my favorite commercials as a kid.

Pours a pale gold color with a large foamy white head with decent retention. Smell is of corn, hops, and sweet malt.. The taste is a lot like the aroma. I can taste the hops and some sweetness which is a plus. The corn / grain taste is also present, but is not unexpected. The mouthfeel is thin and watery, but also crisp and clean. Got to take the bad with the good. The drinkability is average.

 545 characters

Photo of rangerred
3.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

16oz can into a nonic.

Pours a clear pale yellow with a one and a half finger fluffy white head. Unfortunately the head fades away pretty quickly not leaving a whole lot in the way of lacing. It looks good for a minute, though.

Aroma is on the sweet side with a strong corn note. A very light touch of grass but sweet corn is dominant.

The flavor backs off on the corn a bit but sweetness is still present. A little more grass and faint graininess and more cooked vegetables. Bitterness is nearly nonexistent but it is there. The finish has a bit of sticky sweetness but finishes fairly clean.

Overall, this is nothing more than a thirst quenching lawnmower beer but it does an excellent job of being just that. A little rough around the edges but for the price, it is hard to beat.

 787 characters

Photo of sholland119
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear yellow with a white frothy head.

S-Nice malt and grain presence with a little bit of a spicy note.

T-Some sweet malt and even some detectable hops.

M-Light bodied and crisp.

D-Well, I have to say this exceeded my expectations. For the style this is tasty. Or maybe "tasty" is the better word but in any case I drank it all.

HV

 348 characters

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.88/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance : A pale pear juice colored body with large fluffy foam pouring at 3 fingers. In this nonic pint glass, the head leaves lacing all the way down in flecks and specks, and eventually recedes to a finger after a few minutes. An impressive pour for a mass-produced lager.

Smell : I'm getting a lot of sweetness on the nose...sweet cereal, honey...pretty similar to Cheerios. Behind that some grass surfaces and a slight bit of straw or hay.

Taste : This drinks a bit like a poor-man's Pilsner, it reminds me of Miller Lite. The chalky bite is unmistakable, with some corn, cereal, and damp/moldy straw. There's a slight off-putting skunkiness to it, it's not something I'm really in favor of finishing. When drank from the can it's downright awful.

Feel : It drinks light and has a popping, exciting carbonation. It ends with a dry nip (that Pilsner quality again).

Overall : Hamm's is a beer that obviously has had some success and a following. My personal thoughts are that it's not a bad beer, but the corn/cereal/damp grain at the end of the taste really destroys the appropriate pilsner quality it has at the start.

 1,133 characters

Photo of armock
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from Savemart in Manteca, CA

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of sweet grainy malt with some corn

T - Like the smell starts off with sweet grainy malt and finishes with a touch of corn

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

O - Sure its not the best lager out there but on a hot day with burgers on the grill its not a bad beer at all and for the price and taste it beats the the other macros

 472 characters

Photo of joe1510
3.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16oz Tallboy
$3.99 6-Pack
West Side Liquors - Morris, IL

Hamm's is straw golden with 100% clarity. The pure white head, surprisingly hangs around for a while which is notable since most macros fizzle away in no time. Points. There's even a spot or two of lace left on the glass.

Light but semi-sweet maltiness make up the body. Grain and corn together but indistinguishable. I've never sat and pondered a Hamm's before but there's actually a touch of grassy hoppiness in the background and it's clean. Nice, for what it is.

Semi-sweet, but indistinguishable, maltiness is the major factor here. There is crisp graininess though with none of the ho-hum mediocrity of the big guys. There's a touch of floral quality on the finish but keep in mind when I say 'touch' I mean 'barely noticeable'.

The body is light and the carbonation is active enough to keep this beer moving at a considerable rate. A clean finish wraps things up.

Hamm's is made for drinking. Of all the American lagers out there this and Schlitz tussle for king of the mountain. If you noticed in my review I mentioned how clean and grainy this beer is, just as I think it should be. For what this beer is it's respectable.

 1,194 characters

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not too bad looking. Light yellow and not so typically fizzy for an adjunct lager. Head was decent and lace wasn't bad at all.

Smell is typically grainy, some corn, a bit of light malt, a little bit sweet.

Taste is plenty OK for the style. Sweet corn and grains with a touch of grassy hops and some light malts.

Light and easy to drink, not that carbonated for the style.

Overall it's quite average but would certainly do when you're fishin' and someone else is buying the beer.

 484 characters

Photo of Rayek
3.07/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at a company function.

A: Straw colored with great clarity and mild carbonation from tiny bubbles. Big foamy white head stuck around longer than I thought it would. Left no lace.

S: Promising. A nice aroma of pepper is accompanied by a bit of raw grain.

T: The aroma doesn't translate to the taste. Pretty standard macro fare, but better to me than the BMC mainstays. Mild Malts hit first with flavors of dry barley, wheat and rice, but not necessarily in that order. Bitterness provides balance, but no discernible flavor other than a little metal. Finishes extremely clean.

M: Light body is fizzy, but not overly so.

D: A good yard work and family barbecue beer. In the bargain beer department, this slots in alongside PBR for me. Since a 12-pack of Hamm's goes for less than PBR, this is my new go-to cheap beer.

 833 characters

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.95/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a .5 liter mug.

The beer is a clear light golden color. A white fluffy head sits on top but dissipates soon, leaving lingering bubbles. Minimal lacing is present. The beer smells slightly sweet with corn husk and faint grains. A slightly metallic are is present. The beer tastes more metallic than the aroma. Very sweet with corn adjunct notes. The mouthfeel is light bodied and is very drinkable.

Overall, for as cheap as this beer is, it's pretty good compared to any other adjunct lager. It's a bit metallic but sweet and light, easy to drink on a hot day.

 573 characters

Photo of scott2269
3.39/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As a joke, I picked this up from a local beer store, along with Bell's Two-Hearted and a BA Rasputin. $9.99 for a 30 pack. How bad can it be at that price point. It makes the other purchases average out in my mind.

Expections were low, but I have to say this is as good as anything AB, Miller, or Coors puts out. If I was a college kid looking to get my buzz on, this would be a winner. At 30 cents a can with a 4.7 ABV, you could throw a major party with little money and make lots of new friends.

Bottom line, it is what it is. A cheap beer for people on a budget that is no worse than any of the bigger names with lots of advertising money.

 645 characters

Photo of mentor
2.39/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can obtained from a local grocery (HyVee) and consumed a couple days later. Pours a one-finger white fiszzy settling head over a crystal clear very light straw colored liquid. Smells mild hop and 2-row barley sweet. Tastes watery. Malt sweet is very gentle. Hop presence is there, but it's amazingly low. As it warms I get some saaz and maybe hallertauer. Watery mouthfeel and sharp carbonation that's actually part of the taste profile (because there's not much here to taste).

 484 characters

Photo of budgood1
3.19/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a re-review.
i felt the need to re-review this beer because it's now $10 a 30 pack locally...making it almost the cheapest macro selection around. i usually chose high life, but oddly i've been swilling this stuff lately.

hamm's pours out clear and quite light golden, with a minimal head that dies quickly. practically no lace. the aroma is grainy and grassy; not obnoxiously of cheap adjuncts, but more pleasant. the taste follows suit, the grain/grass combination really asserts itself and the hopping really can be noted. while the maltiness is noticeably thin and watery, it still tastes fairly refreshing. i would rate it slightly higher in drinkability, just becasue it doesn't taste bad. those macro drinkers who like the neutral flavors of anheuser-busch will be offended by the character of this beer. but i'm not. while drinking this beer, i think about growing up in the land of sky blue waters, and how our minnesota forefathers appreciated this beer while engaging in their favorite leisurely pastimes.

a side note...my favourite beer glass, which i sample most of my beers in, is a classic hamm's pint schooner. oh, the nostalgia....

 1,155 characters

Photo of soju6
2.98/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a light yellow from the can with a light head a good carbonation. Smell is that of grain and a hint of corn. Taste is clean and crisp. Finish is pretty smooth with some carbonation. This is a good drinkable macro style beer. At least my money goes to non BMC owned or controlled brewery. This is another beer from the past I used to enjoy.

From the land of sky blue waters....

 389 characters

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.68/5  rDev +31%
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

 1,279 characters

Photo of Spikester
3.7/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold with a big white head and some minor lacings.

Aroma is corny with some floral hops.

Taste is American macro all the way but more flavor than most. Some detectable hops.

Mouthfeel is average for the style.

Drinkability is better than average. One of my favorite US macros.

 292 characters

Photo of NilocRellim
2.77/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a can.

Typical domestic beer.

Looks pale and yellow.

Smells and tastes like most domenstic... light on the nose with grains. Not as much bitter taste compared to other domestics, but it is still just a camping beer.

Would I buy it again? Mostly just for camping...

 280 characters

Photo of cadaugherty
2.31/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had it straight from the can because that is how it is meant to be served (let's be real). Smell is a faint diacetyl butteryness with a bit of corn sweetness. No hops to speak of and the taste is mainly sweet corn. A slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel is thin and over carbonated. Drinkability is pretty high on this one.

Overall if I have zero options this is a passable cheap option.

 383 characters

Hamm's from Hamm's Brewing Co.
2.81 out of 5 based on 747 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!

    Subscribe