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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 | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001

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2.8
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Photo of BobJustBob
3.16/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The little convenience store around the corner from me didn't have Extra Gold in 12 packs, so, from the land of sky blue waters, to the fridge, I decided to plunk down my hard-earned nine bucks on this one.
It's been years since I've chugged Hamm's.
Not much has changed, for better or worse.
As with most swills, I usually don't bother pouring it into a glass.
For reviewing purposes, a couple of sips dumped into a low-ball glass reveals a pleasant enough light gold color and a decent head.
The smell is unpleasant. Like opening a can of green beans, with an unavoidable metallic tinge.
Luckily the flavor was considerably better. Decent American macro taste, with the corniness dialed back just a bit further than most of it's neighbors. If the cooked veggie flavor had been back-pedaled as well, I would have given it a higher rating. Oh well. It's cheap beer and tastes like it. For what it is, you can't complain too much.
I can't tell for the life of me if the slight (but pleasant) bitterness is the carbonation or hops.
The mouthfeel was fizzy and watery, but I kind of expected that.
Overall, this stuff ain't gonna win any medals, but I'd still take it over that "beechwood aged, for extra plywood flavor" crap any day

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Photo of soju6
2.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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....

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Photo of BigBry
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Spotted this tap handle buried between a whole bunch of BMCs, let's try something I haven't had before, from the land of sky blue waters...

Golden-yellow color with a little bit of white foam. Suprisingly nice coating of lacing, then down to a ring of foam, then gone. Lots of clean grain smell, not much noticeable adjunct vegetable/corn smell. Grainy flavor with some mild hops in the finish. Good for the style.
Light flavor, but still a nice suprise.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
2.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

A: poured a light straw yellow typical of a macrobrewed lager style.
S: has a fruity grainy off-yeast aroma bringing a good traditional lager smell but has a typical American lager smell in the back of the nose.
T: this is wherethe beer goes downhill. The taste is similar to mainstream macros light filler malt flavoring with very slight bittering.
M/D: highly carbonated light body feel. The drinkability is ok considering the taste and feel.

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Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

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Photo of Josievan
3.33/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation/Appearance: I'll be honest, I drank this straight from the can. The can has a neat retro look and the packaging is less generic than most of the mass-produced domestic light beers.

Smell: Not much on the nose, but there is a slight corn aroma.

Taste: The flavor profile is thin compared to most craft beer, but decent compared to most light domestics. It's watered down and metallic tasting, but still somewhat grainy.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and heavily carbonated. Obviously meant to be drunk very cold.

Drinkability: There's not much flavor, but what is there is not too unpleasant. This is about all you can ask of adjunct lagers, and it gives Hamm's a higher drinkability rating than many of its peers.

Notes: This beer is great for what it is. It's an excellent alternative to most of the macro adjuncts out there, in terms of both price and flavor. In this way, I would liken it to PBR, which I am a fan of. Think of it as PBR's kid brother, looking up to and aspiring to be PBR.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hamm's is better than you might expect if you're looking for a very cheap beer (under $7 for a 12-pack). There isn't anything overly special about this beer, but it is more flavorful than other cheap light beers. The drinkability is high because there isn't a significant amount of taste... it is easy to drink A LOT of these at once. Give Hamm's a try... it isn't the worst beer around.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.27/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with a stamp on the bottom of SEP1409, not sure if that is a canning date or best by. Pours a crystal clear medium color with a white foam only a motherly Sprite could love. If you blink, you'll miss it.

Adjuncts, what smells like corn, is very evident in the nose along with a sweet, slightly sour light maltiness. Nothing to write home about, but is does not smell bad...fairly fresh and clean.

The taste is pretty neutral with cereal grains and a mild, but noticeable, hop bitterness on the finish. This beer does a nice job of keeping the sweetness to a minimum for the style. Not a bad AAL, I could drink a couple of these without much of a problem.

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Photo of bsp77
1.56/5  rDev -44.3%
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.

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Photo of TeamSeinfeld
4.2/5  rDev +50%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great Macro swill, for the price its got all you could expect and more. My favorite style is American Classic Macro and this is one of the best along side Schmidts, Oly, and the new Schlitz. Hamms served at 32 degrees is as good as it gets for drinkability.

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Photo of illidurit
2.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Can. Yellow and fizzy and clear and urinesque. Smells like stale grains, old corn, cesspool water. Flavor is not as watery as some pale lagers but unfortunately the lack of wateriness is replaced with an abundance of cloying corn syrup and cereal. Finish is mineral and short. Yawn

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Photo of Working4Beer
2.32/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best to drink it quick. It if gets remotely warm, you're done for. I was introduced to it at a little out-of-the-way place in Chicago. But, being that is so cheap, that might not be the worst problem for you. An okay "local" beer if you find yourself out in the midwest.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of Haybeerman
3.02/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Bright, clear straw yellow. Poured a 1 finger foamy white head that dissipated quickly to a skim that disappeared in a minute or two. Decanted continually. Thin, inconsistent lacing after the first couple drinks, then nothing.

S: Hay and grass with some sweet, biscuity malts. Faint bittering hops.

T: Malt and hops consistent with aroma; very muted. Light sweetness lingers in muted bitter finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp and fizzy.

D: Representative of style and affordable. Nothing very special, but I wouoldn't turn one down.

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Photo of vacax
2.87/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

$6.39 for twelve cans, thanks to Patrick at BevMo Cypress for his dedication to hard-to-find beers.

Pours a clear light gold with fizzy white head and much carbonation evident. Head subsides fairly quickly though some lacing for what it is worth.

Aroma is grainy, with barley and corn. Some apple juice quality. Some hint of either hops or alcohol, both hidden behind a musty grain. Heavy on the adjunct qualities, but not anything bad going on in the nose.

Flavor is grainy with a metallic tinge and a touch of alcohol presence (though it is actually somewhat spirit like instead of rubbing alcohol). Some bitterness to help make the industrial taste more palatable, but no hop flavors really detectable. Tastes of cheap lager that is somewhat successfully covered up into something more drinkable. Light to medium body with loads of soda pop fizz carbonation.

Fairly drinkable brew that is obviously best cold. Much worse beer out there, so for $6.39 a twelver this might be an option for times that may require swill. Spend the extra dollar or two and upgrade to Schlitz if possible.

Honorable mention: this beer wins the prize for cheapest twelve pack I have ever purchased.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.4/5  rDev -14.3%
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 Ragingbull
3.74/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold color with a little bit of prickle. Almost full coverage of lacing and a rim of foam. Lots of grain on the nose, but it stays in balance with the malt. Grainy attack with some mild hops in the flavor but dominated by the grain. Finishes with some graininess in true "premium lager" fashion. Good for the style. The style being what is often sold as "cold beer."

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Photo of sholland119
3.5/5  rDev +25%
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

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.49/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12oz old-school can

Appearance: Dark-gold brew, dense white cap with a bit more retention than expected

Smell: Odd; sweet, sugary...wrong

Taste: Odd touch of toastiness...odd semisweet aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: 1-dimensional, odd aftertaste...toast is nice but...meh, no thanks

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Photo of hardy008
2.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Buebie
3.51/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a pub glass. Freshness date of September 2009 on the bottom of the can.

Forming a larger then normal egg white head, about an inch deep. Somewhat slow to recede, leaving a cap of head retention. Thin spotty lace drapes. The color is a clear, golden light yellow, with just a touch of chill haze.

Aroma of corn, rice, grassy hops, something metallic and mineral like, with a good amount of cereal grain aroma.

This beer is crisp and refreshing, with carbonation much more layed back then other adjunct style brews.
Its thin and watery though, just much less carbonation sting, making it a hell of a lot more drinkable.
Corn and a touch of sweetness upfront, moving to a more bitter grain taste and metallic minerally water. Hay like hop flavors and a mild bittering along the way of hops.
Finishing bitter with some sweetness still mixing things up.

This is a great brew on a hot day, goes down easy and smooth. The lack of carbonation bite that you would find in many beers of this style provides much greater drinkability.
Definatly a decent brew and the price is terrific.

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Photo of biggred1
3.3/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly clear pale golden body with a fluffy white head that melts quickly into a skim of foam. The nose is pure corny grits with no discernable hops present at all. The taste is better than the smell, still a lot of corniness but more dry than most adjunct lagers with a faint suggestion of hop bitterness in the mostly squeaky clean finish. Light bodied and easy drinking. I was looking for a new cheap lawnmower beer to replace the old discontinued schlitz cans, I think I found it.

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Photo of hockeyhead
3.55/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

bought a twelve pack for 6.49 a great buy
A: Looks like your average macro lager perhaps a bit more golden like a pilsner
S: little bit chemical and metallic but you can also smell the corn mainly but also a little hint of barley
T: strong corn taste up front with a drying bitterness you don't expect from macro lagers pretty good, but at the end you get a nice hint of the barley like you would find in euro pale lager
M: fizzy light body what you would expect from lager like this
D: compared to the other macros i would say this kicks there ass the taste is just really there reminds me of the beer my dad used to drink

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Photo of hodgsongreg
3.02/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$6.49 for a 12-pack of cans? I can't go wrong!
Straw yellow. So, when I was no more than 5, I played house with my sisters. I played dad. My father drank beer, so I got a beer out of the fridge and drank up...I remember sitting in my melodic rocking chair throwing back what was likely a Hauenstien in a brown bottle. I tell you this because I still remember the smell...this shares that smell and in an odd way, brings me back to my childhood. How about that?

It tastes as a lager usually tastes. A little sweet, a touch of sulfur from the corn grain...on the back end it leaves an odd plum wine aftertaste. Hamm's is bubbly and light.

If it were $3 more, it wouldn't be as drinkable as it is at about 50 cents a can. Funny how economics can make some beers more drinkable.

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Photo of ThePeskyDingo
2.48/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got a 1 finger fizzy white head outta my pour that went down quickly. Color is a clear straw.

Has a skunky grain aroma to the smell.

Taste is of grains and malts. Nothing special.

Really crisp, clean drink, light body with lots of carbonation.

Easy enough to drink. Sessionable.

A 'drink to get drunk' kind of beer.

Not much else to say about this beer.

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Hamm's from Hamm's Brewing Co.
66 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.
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