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:
263
Ratings:
757
Avg:
2.81
pDev:
27.4%
 
 
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Photo of adammacmillan
3.32/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i had the is the other day at the beer because it was on special for $2.00 otherwise i would not have ordered it i think its smilliar to High ligh life or Pbr. i think its a good beer if you want to Drink a few beers for a cheep price i would buy it again if its on special but not for more that 2 bucks

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Photo of midwestbrewers
2.79/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Drank from the can but have seen one poured. Very light, light color with no head. Lots of carbonation.

S: Nothing, maybe some malt character.

T: Very carbonated. Smooth and decent taste compared to others in this category. No real real flavor is pronounced but decent.

This is a decent beer for this category. I've had several way worse. I am a craft beer drinker so this is never a beer I purchase but have had several times. I have friends that do drink the BMC and others and I'm never one to turn down a free drink. This is one that I'm not terrified to drink.

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Photo of ronniebruner
1.73/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The first thing you will notice about this beer is the strong cat urine smell. There is a reason why a 12 pack of this stuff is only $1 more than a 12 pack of soda; it is not good in any sense of the word. The smell is putrid, the taste of old watered down MGD, extreme carbonation, brown, frothy head, and leaves a horrible aftertaste in your mouth. Avoid at all costs.

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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.

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Photo of ELN
2.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

It is okay and the flavor is alright. There's too many lagers on the shelves though. I don't even think of it as a style, just another boring American beer. As far as I read a few months ago whoever owns this (Miller?) owns a lot of brands and they're trying to destroy these small beers which don't make them a ton of money by not advertising them. That's why I buy it. Not horrible. Cheap $6-$7.50 a 12pk. usually. For some weird reason it's always next to and paired with Pabst and Rainier. That's how I make my decision sometimes. Rainier and Pabst usually keep the same price but sometimes they will be $2 higher than normal and sometimes this will be the high priced beer of the 3. I've seen it for $9.50 before when it's usually about $6 or $7 a 12.

Good overall. Usual junk macro taste. It is cheap beer and has some history which I respect. Overall better and more flavorful than the other 2 beers mentioned but not as great as another cheapie, High Life.

1.5 appearance, smell 2.0, taste 2.5, mouthfeel 1.5, drinkability 3. It's not a great taste so trying to drink a more than a few would not be that fun. It's watery beer. You can drink them but it's pretty boring.

*Wal Mart here sells 30's of these babys for $16. Just thought others might like to compare. It's all they sell. Winco (the local supermarket chain here) sells the 12's.

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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.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.31/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= pours a clean yellow color with a nice big overcarbonated head on it that suprisingly holds some pretty nice retention and lacing on the side of the glass. Actually decent looking. A lot like high life with the head.

S= Smells like beer. Just like any adjunct lager you get a little grain and a little yeast.

T= The taste is nothingness. It's got a very very slight sweetness to it otherwise water. Really odd.

M= unexpectedly smooth and clean.

D= Not a bad AL. I actually sort of like it a little. It was cheap as balls and taste like nothing. I would buy this again if I wanted to get smashed.

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Photo of smanders
3.3/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

"From the land of sky blue waters, waters." This BMC-equivalent was enjoyed at Margie's Bar in Eveleth, MN, after a week of canoeing in the Boundary Waters. Smells like weak malt. Tastes watered down. And it's dirt cheap. What's not to love about Hamms? Heck, try this beer for the old-time commercials only. Believe me, you're not drinking Hamms for the taste.

Enjoy!

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Photo of Clockwork420
3.18/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Im reviewing this beer while on vacation.

I got a twelve pack for $5.99 at some hole in the wall place. The beer around where I am staying is pretty expensive since alot of micro and big name breweries are rather close. (Miller... blachhh)

This beer is in a can. I didnt have a glass to pour it into. So I give it the benefit of the doubt that its average. The cans pretty cool. Old school.

Smell is kind of metallic. Corney. Light alcohol scent.

Taste is the same as the smell. Easy to drink. Nice carbonation. Had a nice veggie water and alcohol taste. Very smooth, kind of a bite at the end of a drink. Slight metallic as stated before.

Mouthfeel was slippery. With the average carbonation its still very easy to drink. It is not sugary or overwhelming. Pretty balanced.

Drinkability could be higher, if the beer was free. :P

Good beer, great price.
I almost said screw it, Im moving to Wisconsin because of the beer here. This place is great.

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

Glass - Pint

A - Ultra clear golden color with lots of carbonation and a 1-2 finger head that dissipated quickly. A nice ring held atop the beer but no lacing to speak of.

S - Lots of grain & corn, mildly sweet aroma, that's really about it here. Reminds me of Budweiser.

T - Pretty much like the smell, grainy & corn flavors dominate, finishing with corn like sweetness, and only a slight bitterness that doesn't seem to come from hops. Definitely reminds me of Bud.

M - Thin with moderate carbonation, it's good to have a BMC that's not overly carbonated.

D - Well about as drinkable as any other BMC brew around, crack open a case & get the party started! This beer isn't anything special though, reminded me exactly of a Bud, being a Bud drinker I'm very familiar with the taste. Not bad, not good to me either though, so far Shlitz has been my favorite in the style. Eh, I don't recommend it.

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Photo of JosiahS
2.88/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this into a regular old pint glass. It's a straw yellow color with lots of bubbles floating to the top. It gave off a one finger white head but quickly fell to pretty much no head at all.

Smell is grainy, a bit dry with a little tart apple.

Taste is of corn, grain and a little bitterness at the end. I'm hesitant to say "hop bitterness" though.

The mouthfeel is light, crisp and drinkable but will likely have you burping from the decent amount of CO2.

There isn't much to say about this beer, it's a little better than Budweiser but not as good as Schlitz.

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Photo of BobJustBob
3.16/5  rDev +12.5%
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%
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 +6.8%
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 -18.1%
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 -28.8%
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 +18.5%
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 +20.3%
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 +16.4%
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 -44.5%
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.

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Photo of TeamSeinfeld
4.2/5  rDev +49.5%
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 -23.5%
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 -17.4%
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 +5.7%
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 +7.5%
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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