Hamm's Brewing Co.

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American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #275
Ranked #47,510
2.8 | pDev: 28.93%
Hamm's Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Notes: 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
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Reviews: 391 | Ratings: 1,028
Photo of RaulMondesi
3.55/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wow. Only 2.77/5, Raul kind of thinks that this one is underrated like the Double Del Burger at Del Taco; like, who gets a burger at a taco joint!? Raul does, damnit! And Raul is loud and proud about it just like he is down with Hamms! Now, it’s not large and in charge like John Hamm (Milton Berle fans feel me) but it’s better than par for the course. This bad boy is like sinking that birdie putt!

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Photo of gatornation
3.73/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Twas in Ward 6 for there closing,they have a special connection to Hamms. Pours light clear golden with a white head. Corn and rice adjuncts with malt. Taste just the way an AAL should be it was crisp with corn and barley had a smooth creamy finish. Its summer this tasted great,might go buy a sixer or two,hit the spot for taste and style.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.58/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Taste: This is a retro beer that does not have that bitter, skunky taste. crisp. thin and airy, lighter finish. I got crackers and a hint of apricot on nose. Gold, crystal clear, white foamy head some lace. Medium to mostly light body.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had this on 2018-05-03 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz can.

A - Clear straw-gold with a 1-finger white head and lots of nucleation.

S - Roasted corn, light grape, grass.

T - Roasted corn sweetness adds just the lightest hint of caramel. Grass. Finishes is sweet but there is a touch of bitterness.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation.

O - Quite good for an AAL and the price is under $15 for a 30-pack in PA. It surprised me.

Note from 2018-05-03. Had PBR, Hamm's American Classic and Straubs American Lager side-by side today. The PBR is the lightest color (straw), Hamm's (straw-gold), Straub (amber). Both PBR and Hamm's have corn sweetness aroma and taste, although the Hamm's has more of a roasted corn + grape flavor. The PBR is less sweet and is a little spicier and more bitter than the Hamm's. I'd say the PBR is more balanced. I like both but give the nod to PBR over Hamm's. The Straubs has more aroma and flavor than the other two; reminding me of a light Vienna lager. While corn is used, it also has 20% barley, which improves the flavor. I like it the best of the three but it is more expensive. I paid $22 for 30 PBRs, $15 for 30 Hamm's and $13 for 12 Straubs.

Notes: On 2018-05-30 I had the Hamm's Special Light side-by-side with Hamm's "American Classic" (also just called Hamm's). Both had the same clarity and color. The American Classic initially had a larger head. Aromas are very similar; just a little bit stronger in the American Classic. On the other hand, the flavor and feel of the American Classic is richer, fuller and more satisfying. The Special Light is 3.8% and 110 calories vs the American Classic at 4.7% and 142 calories. Both beers are the same price per can so I think it is worth consuming the extra calories per beer in order to get the superior feel and flavor.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.03/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$7 for a 12-pack, tastes better then pretty much all of the other macro lagers except for maybe PBR, but it smells wayyyyy better than PBR, that's for sure.

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Photo of beardloaf
4.22/5  rDev +50.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I think Hamms is very underrated. Its a nice malty lager. There is a slightly corn and hop taste that lingers with a sweet after taste. It is nice and bubbly. Also 13.99 for 24 cans at the local supermarket makes this the go to beer. Its only 4.6% but you get what you pay for.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 2/12/2018. Pours crystal clear pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, corn, white bread dough, light biscuit/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. A touch fruity, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with pale malt/grains and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, corn, white bread dough, light biscuit/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, corn, white bread dough, light biscuit/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt/grains and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.6%. Overall this is a very good pale adjunct lager style. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malt/grains and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Very clean pale malt/grains and solid earthy hop presence for the style. Not overdone on adjuncts. A very enjoyable offering, one of the best macro AAL I've had.

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Photo of cardfan212
3.9/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a 12 ounce can. Rating is based on the style.

Look - The color scheme and layout of the can is fantastic. However, there is a bit too much writing for my taste that clutters things up a bit.

Smell - Strong scent of sweet grains. I've noticed most AALs are fairly weak on the nose, but this is immediately noticeable from the time you crack the can. Pleasant and not overwhelming.

Taste - The sweetness from the smell doesn't really carry into the taste. It has a more bitter-sour character that makes it more interesting than other BMC offerings.

Feel - A little too strongly carbonated in my opinion. Reminds me of Miller High Life. Thin body with a high volume of small bright bubbles.

Overall - This beer is punching above its weight class. I can get a 30 pack for $12 around me, which is an incredible value. Better price and taste than most other AALs.

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Photo of Wichita
4.58/5  rDev +63.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hamm's the beer refreshing! It has good taste and proper alcohol content. The brew is not bitter, and the only flaw is that it may be a bit mile for some.

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Photo of Chilltown4evr
4/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honestly what's not to like about this beer. This beer quite honestly tastes better than most AAL out there. As soon as I opened the can I get: corn, malt and grains. Pours great in a glass, sryrofoam or plastic cup. I love the taste ice cold. The price here in NJ is $14.99 for a 30 pack. $7 dollars less than a 30 pack of Budweiser, PBR Coors or Miller; it's parent company, go figure. I highly recommend this economy swill. The taste is smooth and corn heavy. I love AAL type beers. This is better than PBR, Budweiser, Coors and Miller in my opinion.
This is definitely my go to beer when I'm a little light in the pocket, drinking a few with my close friends and family or just watching football. Cheers and enjoy the quality AAL from the Miller brewing company.

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Photo of xolectic
2.08/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden color with decent head and good lacing.

Smells like a slight sweet corn and malt. Little booze.

Taste is overwhelmingly sour corn for an adjunct lager. I drink a lot of ice beers. This is kind of similar, but those taste much better because the increased alcohol masks the sour corn flavor. This is only 4.6% ABV.

Overall: I don't really like this beer even as a fan of macro beers. I have no idea why it's been popular as of late. Maybe this has been sitting out for a while?

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Photo of kevin3046
2.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours clear gold with little head and no lacing. Smells of corn and grains. Thin and watery with a lot of fizz. Slightly sweet and good hops profile for an AAL. A very typical American adjunct lager. Nothing that stands out and nothing offensive. This is on the same line as old Milwaukee and miller high life. Not as good as PBR. But I would grab this way before I would a Budweiser because it is cheaper and just as good if not better.

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Photo of VABA
3.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clean golden color
A-Aroma has heartland hints
T-The taste follows the nose with an abundant heartland flavor
M-A light bodied very well carbonated beer
O-A perfect pre-gaming beer

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Photo of Toxophilite
5/5  rDev +78.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer tastes a little malty, a little hoppy and with no real unpleasant aftertaste. It is NOT a microbrew, which is my favorite; therefore I'm rating it for what IT IS--an inexpensive AAL. It is mass-manufactured in ginormous vats, and thus, isn't really brewed for connoisseurs. Most of us drank them when we were young, and I sometimes need cheaper beer than Sierra Nevada, or its kin. I think Hamms has more quality taste than most other AAL's I've drunk; its certainly better than Budweiser, and costs $5.00 less.

Honestly, I'm currently drinking more AAL's lately because I'm not making enough money to buy more expensive beer! That being said, this is a GREAT bargain beer. Most AAL's don't taste that much different, and this one I can get for about $15 or less for a 30 pack.

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Photo of muchos
3.28/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a, uh, kitchen glass
L. Super-light clear golden/straw with a white foam head.
S. Slightly metallic, corn and hay, wet blanket, some dry grass clippings. Smells awesome. Not really.
T. Wet hay, slight grass, squeeze of lemon, then corn but not too sweet, biscuity, crackery, fresh bread which lasts to the finish with a touch of alcohol. Aftertaste is bready and corny with a smack of lemon.
F. Not thin but refreshing, medium body and pretty smooth, low-ish carbonation.
O. The aroma wasn't too encouraging, but there was nothing bad about the taste of this beer, in my opinion. In fact, as I take another sip, stuff's pretty good. Hamm's certainly obliterates all other 30-pack options in its price range. Dude, cheers ! ! !

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Photo of Dugz
4.52/5  rDev +61.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This stuff is just great! It's hoppy, slightly malty, and cheap to boot. This is a fantastic session beer. Reminiscent of Heiniken but toned down a bit. This is one of my favorites.

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Photo of SB2017
3.58/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A classic for me. Nothing too offensive in any aspect. Affordable, easy to put back, what more can you ask for? This is a solid beer that, while emphasizing corn a little too much, will get the job done. I don't see why a good plate of fries can't earn a four or even five star rating when it's what you've been craving all day, even if its nothing too special. All it needs to do is its job. And Hamm's does it.

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Photo of JasonLWest
3.39/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

At $3.99 for a sixer of 16oz, what exactly would you expect? Hamm's has a light, easy to drink taste. Not exactly tasty, but surely not unbearable. Something pleasant about its crisp touch. A working mans beer, as blue collar as they come.

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Photo of Redneckwine
3.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

16oz can into tulip

Look - Very pale straw, crystal clear, plenty of little bubbles race to the top - pretty typical of the category. However, this one has decent head retention for the style. Looks fairly appealing.

Smell - Truly an olfactory strain to pick up anything at all. I'm getting a little light, sweet graininess and that's about it. Nothing offensive at all, but there's nothing there either.

Taste - Very light and neutral tasting all around: starts and ends with light, sweet graininess (mostly corn) and some bready malt. Trace vegetable, very mild fruitiness. Hops are there, but are only perceptible as slight bitterness which dries up the finish very nicely to balance. Not much flavor, but what's there is completely inoffensive and well balanced.

Feel - Carb is amped up and effervescent, burp inducing, and makes the already light body feel pretty ethereal. Carb isn't too prickly though, somehow remaining reasonably smooth. Very crisp and refreshing. Crushable.

Overall - Much, much better than anticipated. There is absolutely nothing offensive about this brew, and as I'm finding out about the AAL category, that is a very important thing. That being said, they played it really, really safe on the flavor front - I wish there was a bit more there. They nailed the body though, it's super crisp and refreshing. This would be a killer beer to crush on a hot day, or to have with about any meal.

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Photo of huthuty
4.12/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with an actual head, good lacing
Smell is mild and sweet, some skunk detectable
Light but you can actually taste the malt, very sweet
Overall a solid adjunct,

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Photo of OldSchoolMike
3.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good old fashioned AAL. Very cheap. Love it. Just came available around here. For a while, Wal-Mart carried it, then didn't. Good for me. I bought two 24 packs from the cooler on clearance for 8 bucks each. Whoo-hooo!

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Photo of marc956
4/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having drunk world-class beers (Unibroue, Chimay, you get the idea..) you probably wouldn't expect to find this in my fridge. But I'm also quite often on a budget, and there are times where quantity is more important than quality. For its style (AAL) it's as good as PBR, and for under 10 dollars a case glad to have made the switch. Really can't compare it to a light beer since that's not my cup of tea, but it's definitely much better than High Life, Budweiser, or Coors Banquet.

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Photo of jonervin26
3.2/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Better than I thought it would be. Tried it as a novelty, and actually like it. It is a standard mass American lager, but it has a little more flavor than the others. Specifically a hint of caramel maltiness, that is missing from others like Coors, Miller, Bud, etc. Better than most for its genre.

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Photo of beerguy04
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a see through yellow with a large white head. Lots of carbonation. Smell is of sweet grain. Taste is watered down grain. Inoffensive though. Mouthfeel is light bodied and easy to drink. Overall it's okay.

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Photo of Derek8487
3.4/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My score is based off of other beer in this category. Its cheap swill that isn't all that bad. 30 packs by me are about 12 and change. It's one of my go to cheap beers to fill the fridge. Best served ICE COLD.

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