Hamm's | Hamm's Brewing Co.

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Hamm's Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hamm's, first brewed in Minnesota in 1865, is America's classic beer. Hamm's is brewed using the purest water and the choicest barley malt, grain and hops. The beer that is "Born in the Land of Sky Blue Waters" is available in select states.

Ingredients: Water, Barley Malt, Corn Syrup (Maltose), Yeast, Hops

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001

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Photo of Donovan84
3.97/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For what it is, a great beer in the summer, especially if you can find it on tap. The Nook in St. Paul, MN has it on tap. Easy drinking, low IBU.

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Photo of drewsdad08
3.88/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

I’ve come to find out that this is not an original recipe, but I think overall this one is phenomenal. Outstanding taste!

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Photo of Houseofmuaddib
3.95/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I work in the Liquor industry and am exposed to a vast amount of beer. I am also exposed to everyone's opinion, alot. Now I have heard of this beer as long as I can remember (that damn song) however I dismissed it to the opinion I do with most macro beers, honestly I don't see the fuss about brands (coors/bud ect.) they all suck. I did not like beer much before I discovered (gasp...dude is old) bass beer. It was the hops of that classic pale ale from across the pond that got me to explore the world of beer, and as the microbrewery craze started I got right on board. The sorta re-emergence of this beer (for once, thank you hipsters) I had a moment I felt like a cheep crappy beer, tired, old, ect. I decided to try one (okay that damn song from the old commercials somehow got stuck in my head) and... wow. (Not big wow; little wow) but still... For a cheep mass market beer? Yeah, kinda better (imo) than any of the other guys. This one is slightly sweeter and fuller boddied than say a coors. And for the price? Yes. Don't expect it to reed like a microbrew, it's a yellow fizzy beer. And seriously... Making tasting notes for this beer...nerds please. It's a yellow fizzy... The beer has had the the same basic recipe longer than most of your great-grandparents were even born (assuming) Do you ever want a cheep descent beer for whatever comes along in life? Grab some Hamms (and I'm not even being paid by them) best yellow fizzy you'll find.

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Photo of jmills3
2.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Krusader
2.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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 singletary
3.53/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a clear yellowish color with a nice foamy head to it. The smell is plain with some corn coming through. The taste is sweet with a ever faint bit of hops at the end. A light feel to it but easy to drink. Overall a fairly plain beer but very enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
2.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of acmurphy696
2.84/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

You know, sometimes you do need a simple beer. There are days after mowing the lawn that a good adjunct right hits the spot. Hamm's IS a good adjunct. It has a definite flavor and just enough hoppiness to get my respect.
The head is respectable, and it smells damn good for an adjunct.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.37/5  rDev +59.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Half finger white head, clear yellow body.

Smell: See below.

Taste: Mild grains, corn, mild noble hops.

Feel: Medium-light body, medium carbonation, mildly dry with a hint of upfront sweetness.

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Photo of pro45
3.44/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light straw color with big white head that dissipates quickly. Corn, rice, hops. Tate is quite good. Very clean and crisp. Sweet, but you can taste the hops on the finish. One of the better AAL's I've had. And for $14.99 a case?? Win-win.

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Photo of beermyployz
5/5  rDev +82.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MathiasOB
1.4/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of CJNAPS
3.44/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ssimpson89
3.52/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Theasylum89
3.87/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of tjwarren
3.7/5  rDev +35%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My scores are relative to this beer being an adjunct lager. This is probably the second best one I have had next to Narragansett Lager. Weak in color of course too sweet on the aroma department but a nice dry finish due to hops actually being present. Smooth finish setting you up for another sip and another and then it is gone. Beautiful lacing left on the glass. This will always be in my fridge. $3.99 for 6 pounders? Don’t know how they do it.

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
2.82/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.29/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

After a long career of good and bad, and an appreciation for all, I finally get a crack at Hamm's. It pours a clean and inviting bright gold with a bubbly white head that decided not to stick around. It has a light, sweet grain and corn like aroma with a pinch of freshly cut grass. The flavor is mostly corn. I've never tasted straight corn syrup, but I'd imagine that it tastes about the same as this, just maybe a little sweeter. The feel is exceptionally dry once its sweetness resides. Overall, I'd say on all accounts, this beer is about exactly what I expected. An all day, everyday drinker at the beach or camping. Perhaps not my favorite of the AAL's available to me, but will I drink it again? Absolutely...I've still got 5 more of the six pack! Cheers!

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Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +46%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear straw color with a small white head. The aroma is mild grains. The taste when judged as an AAL is very good.

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Photo of Matuhg
2.7/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Dirt cheap and pleasant enough to drink. No off-tastes or skunkiness. Sweet, but occasionally get a slight reminder that there are hops in it.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.86/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mghtg6
3.1/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really a pretty good macro. Price is insane. The year is 2017 and a 12 pack of Hamms is $3.49 at my local gas station. That is not a typo.

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Photo of robblauer
4.36/5  rDev +59.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When considering Hamm's (and you should), we must consider that this is a relic of a time far gone. This beautiful beverage has eclipsed and transcended almost into a cult following. You may see hipsters walking around with their PBR and their Miller Lite, but this is of no consequence as the truly discerning beer hipster will reach no further than a 30 pack of this lightly-golden and smooth American lager.

When you roll up to the lake with your best gal, your buds, and a cooler full of brats, let's be honest: what are you reaching for? What's the beer you're looking for?

To judge a beer on taste alone is to ignore the societal impact of the beverage, just like tea isn't just tea and coffee isn't just coffee, Hamm's isn't just beer. It's a legacy, it's a tradition.

Yeah it tastes like crap too I know.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.91/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear 15.25-oz. pilsner
From: Jim
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received: Aug. 8, 2017
Consumed: Aug. 8, 2017
Reviewed as: American Adjunct Lager
Misc.: Best before Nov. 13, 2017

Asked Big Jim for a can after hearing that he found a case of it recently in a store out here. Had no hopes going in and quite frankly was not looking forward to it. Expecting something in the 2.00 range. A 2.16 or less would make my all-time bottom 10. Even though it’s macro and an American Adjunct Lager, I wanted to still try it.

Poured a straw, clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of fizzy off-white head. Lots of fast moving bubble streams shooting up to the top of the glass. Terrible lacing. Average retention. (Sight - 2.75)

Smelled Corn Pops, honey, barley, grain and hints of floral hops. Not as bad as I thought it was going to smell. (Smell - 3.00)

Tasted was worse than the smell in the beginning, but got better as it went down. Initially gave a bitter beer face and shook my head. Still a lot like the nose though. Watery Corn Pops, honey, pilsner malt, clean barley, light grain, lingering metallic notes and hay. (Taste - 3.00)

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, clean finish. (Feel - 2.75)

Not nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. For the style, overall it was below average. (Overall - 2.75)

2.91 | 68 | C

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Hamm's from Hamm's Brewing Co.
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