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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
267
Ratings:
765
Avg:
2.81
pDev:
27.76%
 
 
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Photo of michiganminer
3.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can't beat Hamms for the Price. $11 a 30 pack. $5 for a 12 pack. This is my go to if im being cheap. it's drinkable not good but its the cheapest available here and tastes better than beers for $2-3 more.

Note: I review for the style. I refuse to let my prejudices slant any review. Nothing worse than the typical beer snob reviewing an AAL, same for your AAL drinker reviewing a craft brew.

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Photo of DrDemento456
2.88/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Yep if it was any lighter it would in fact be water but it looks like a pee. Foam is also as expected with a pretty decent lace ring.

S - Corn, corn, corn.

T - Well it does have a musky hop bite and it's not terribly skunked in flavor. Enjoyable in a Rolling Rock Sort of way. Ow yeah CORN!

M - Has a light body that one could session the hell out of.

Overall not something I would seek out might pick this up since it's around 15 bucks for a 30 pack.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.45/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This pours a foamy pee color—light yellow with lazy bubbles. There’s a light corn malt aroma with the classic smell of adjuncts. It’s not offensive but not terribly appealing either. The flavor starts off about as crisp and clean and it’s going to get—keep it cold—and rapidly falls off with a harsh, musty finish. About everything I expected from this one.

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Photo of ChiaPetHead
2.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

many people I have encountered are hating on the Hamm's. I have to say, for what it is, it is good. I like the fact that I have the ability to enjoy high end craft beers, homebrew, and Hamm's! all beer styles have that one beer that is the Platonic Ideal, and as far as American Lagers go, Hamm's is the one for me. Not as sweet as PBR and lighter feeling than Stag. Hamm's is a go to beer when you want to drink up American History.

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Photo of obrike
2.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Well...here it is...Hamm's... a sixer of pints for under 4 bucks. Great bargain basement lager.

Not much to say about the look, smell and taste...pretty typical of the adjunct lager style...nothing dreadful. Some sweet corn...light on hops and malt. But certainly no ill after taste to mention, which speaks highly for the style.

One thing that might put this one a notch above other adjuncts is the mouthfeel...pretty smooth and easy to drink. A good hot weather beer if you're on a budget.

"An American classic...born in the land of sky blue waters". Nice job Hamms!

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Photo of adjunctjonez
3.05/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was surprised to see a sixer of Hamms pounders in a beverage store here in ME. I have not seen hamms in many years in this part of the country. The price seemed a bit high for what I remember as a value brand, but what the hell may not come around again.

Hamms is typical american adjunct lager, reminiscent of Coors banquet in its sweet, yet subtle flavor. Light, watery and very drinkable, no off flavors or smells but after a few I could sense a coating of tongue "bum breath" settling in. I think hamms holds its own esp since normally it is about cheaper than anything else around but has a solid drinkability. Still prefer ballantine, banquet, or schlitz as my go to adjuncts but hamms is certainly a very good choice when on a budget.

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

Sulfur and soft malt and some lingering yeast character.
Brilliantly clear very pale straw. Head is very white and fizzy sounding. Settles out rather quickly.
Shoot of sweet corn flavor up front, but a soft feel throughout. Pale malt is very soft and dominated by the adjunct. Mild, but noticeable dryness on the finish and it lingers. Full carbonation. Not much hopping.
Very easy drinking. A little too sweet for my tastes and a bit of strong on the adjuncts. I suppose it hits style fairly well. Can do for a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of DK_CPA
1.91/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer is as generic as it gets. Originally from MN (the land of sky blue waters) and heavily advertised back in the day. Great commericals of the northwoods boundary waters area. The cartoon bear is a classic. Unfortunately the beer is akin to water and smells/tastes like dried up grass.

However you can a 30 pack for about $15. Great for partying on the cheap side or lazily tubing down a river where the means is to get good and buzzed.

If you enjoy drinking it because of the cool classic commericals then go for it. Otherwise PBR is a superior alternative.

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Photo of jimmah120
2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz can into tulip

Look is gold-orange, clear with some rising bubbles. Smell is spicy corn, grain. Taste is metallic corn, grain, rice. feel is light, with some malty thickness. highly drinkable.

Decent amount of taste, albeit cooked grain adjunct taste. That being said, if you drink this excessively, plan on waking up with a massive headache. I consider this a dirty beer. Union-made, but dirty.

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Photo of HomerHill23
1/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

If I could rate this lower I would. By FAR the WORST beer I've had! The taste is the equivalent to a In Heat Wheat by Flying Dog head. I just get hit with wheat and awfulness, just a BAD beer, again if I could rate this lower I would, it;s just that awful.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of tens of brands which were widespread in the 1950s, but has nearly dissapeared from the scene. I think its time is due. Part of a 12 pack which I bought at BevMo for $7.99, on to the beer:

Light orange/golden color, topped with a soapy head, slowly dissolving to a thin lace and a few dotsof lace. It's usual American lager in the nose. It's steeley, has some grain sweetness, and a touch of boiled corn.

Its taste is noticably smoother than its aroma. There seems to be a decent amount of malt in this adjunct lager, which was unexpected. Somewhat sweet, not overly cloying. Steeley character is minor. A whisper of hops make their way in and out. The body is light, provides some crispness, and is rather easy to drink without being very offensive.

In conmparison to the more mainstream lagers, Hamm's looks pretty good. Better and cheaper, a double win. Just don't confuse this with a Sam Adams.

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

There is not a whole lot to say about this beer. Cost is appropriate. And of course expected results are met. I mean, really, this is a simple beer. Clean of any technical flaws for sure. Just not memorable. Great for summer sun re-hydration or kayaking trips.

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Photo of stakem
3.3/5  rDev +17.4%
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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Photo of Raime
2.2/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Literally the very edge of the " cheap " corner of a beer shelf. Hamm's brings virtually nothing to the table in terms of anything. A transparent piss yellow color, With your average lager smell. Taste was slightly less appealing than Bud Light and the mouthfeel was all fizzy and carbonation. But, At $13.45 a 30 pack you can't really pass it up if you want to get a few people drunk for very cheap, Although I'd shell out a little bit extra for some Milwaukee's or Some Pabst. As a matter of fact, I washed this beer down with a Pabst

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Photo of jifigz
2.8/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A can poured into a pint glass.

The appearance is very typical of an American adjunct lager, which is what I expected. The smell is husky sweet grain with just a hint of hops, which is also what I expected. The taste is a little funny, but pretty much spot on for this style of beer. A nice sweetness balanced by just a hint of bitter- not enough bitterness to taste bitter, just enough to make the sweetness die down a bit. This beer might be a little more thin and watery than a lot of other American adjunct lagers though. The MF is typical.

I went and bought a case of Troeg's Perpetual and got one of these as a free sample (always have to take the free sample.) This gave me the chance to have a beer I would have otherwise probably never had. It is just a standard American lager, which I now believe is owned by Pabst, but another notch under the belt nonetheless. You have to love all of these old regional favorites that are still around. This isn't common in my area at all, but I bet it is much more prevalent in the Midwest. Cheers to Hamm'!

After some research I guess this is a MillerCoors product. My bad. And I do love the generic looking retro can. I have always loved those.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.18/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can
Served in a nonic pint glass

A - It pours pale yellow with a couple inches of white head.

S - I get some grain, biscuit, and a little skunk.

T - I get grain and grass. Maybe a little lemon zest.

M - Thin

O - It has a little more taste than others in this category. I appreciate the history of this beer as well as other rust belt beers so I'm kind of partial to it.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the can stamped: SEP1012-CO8031534. Sampled on June 1, 2012. It pours a highly carbonated pale yellow with a head that rises about an inch and eventually settles down. I am rating this on whether it looks, smells, and tastes like and American Adjunct should. The look is right. The aroma is of grains, corn, and a bit of hops. The body is light to medium and creamy. The taste is also grainy, corny, but the hops finish it surprisingly crisp and clean. I stumbled across this in a beverage store in Southern New Hampshire and I have not seen Hamm's in New Hampshire since the 1980's. Easily worth the $3.75 I paid for the 6-pack.

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Photo of sabinelr
3.12/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure who brews Hamm's any more. The last time I had any was about 36 years ago at the Oly brewery tour. But one of our local stores had a 30-case for $17, so I thought it was time to sock some away for casual summer sipping. Then I broke out one and stuck it in the freezer for a half hour, and then poured it into a pint glass (I don't like the aluminum smell drinking from a can). The smell wasn't like a brewery, but just a pleasant non-specific fragrance. The head starts off OK, and drops off to near nothing after a couple of minutes. The color is standard for American beer. The taste is pretty much bitter malt with a slightly sweet touch, and the flavor fades away pleasantly. I think that if you keep this beer cool, you could continue drinking cans of it all day. Half a can provides a pleasant buzz, and this beer will make a sunny day very enjoyable.

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Photo of Brad007
2.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a straw gold with a two-finger head into my glass. Very basic and very much what the style represents.

Sweet with a mix of corn and rice. Barely crisp. Reminds me a bit of sorghum (?).

Sweet, watery and not much else. Flavor? Where's that? It's your run of the mill adjunct lager!

Ditto for mouthfeel. Watery. Corny. Doesn't clash with my pepperoni pizza though.

Barely drinkable as-is. I'll know for sure if I wake up in the morning with a wicked headache!

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Photo of Bendurgin
1.48/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured into a pint glass. This pours a pale yellow with a cap of frothy white head that fades away quickly.

The aroma is reminisant of musty wet corn. A little bit of light grains and perhaps a bit of hops. Wet old. Orn on the pallet with chalk. Very mild flavors; that would be its redeeming quality.

Light body with decent carbonation. This is is bad. My friend bought this and I want him to get his money back; all five dollars for the six pack of tall boys.

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Photo of stangski83
2.56/5  rDev -8.9%
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 jsisko01
3.18/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with a half inch thick head that dissipates quickly. Has some pretty nice, creamy lacing.

Smell - A little skunky when I first poured it.. Now I smell strong scents of corn and grains. A little bready too

Taste - Very sweet with strong flavors of corn and grains. Almost has a rice-like taste similiar to sorghum beers.. The metallic flavor is also there.

Mouthfeel - Has a pretty thick/creamy body with mild carboation. The carbonation is what gives it that creamy texture.

Overall - I'm honestly impressed by how bad this beer ISN'T lol.. In my area, Busch is the cheapest beer you can buy. They just started selling this stuff and it's about a dollar cheaper

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Photo of hoosiersapper27
1.81/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-An actual bright yellow adjunct beer color. 1/4 inch head with hard pour. Dissipates relatively slow for Lager but still quickly, with no lacing.

S-Smells like cheap beer out of a metal can. Heavy on the metal smell.

T- Tastes like it smells, cheap metal

M- American carbonated lager

O- Well its 9.99 where I live and you really get what you pay for, .33 apiece beer. Looks good for what is, in a glass, but if you make it past 4 your a champ for having put that much crap in your mouth.

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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.

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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.

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Hamm's from Hamm's Brewing Co.
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