Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

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BA SCORE
74
okay

2,360 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 2,360
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 44
Gots: 346 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Ireland

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2001

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Ratings: 2,360 | Reviews: 729
Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eh. It doesn't have a robust flavor, and in all honesty isn't too terribly different than your average Budweiser or Coors or whatever else you buy a case of at a convenience store.

Photo of OldManMetal
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This straw-colored, light-bodied lager sports an average white head and a malty nose, full of lagery grains with hints of spice and alcohol. On the palate, the flavor is typical of the style: slightly hoppy over a light grain backbone. The finish is somewhat bitter, and lingers a good bit for a lager. The texture is thin and peppery, thanks to the lively carbonation. This is a decent Euro lager, nothing ground-breaking or even really attention-getting.

Photo of Jeffreysan
2.48/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a golden, straw color with an eighth of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department at all. I get some really faint notes of toasted malt, some slight caramel and a touch of hops, but those are really faint and almost non-existent.

Taste: About the same as the aroma, meaning, not much there at all. Some fain flavors of toasted malt, some slight caramel-like sweetness and a touch of some slightly bitter hops. Not good at all. Pretty poor and tasteless actually.

Mouthfeel: A little thin and watery, and very crisp and effervescent, as there is quite a bit of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 4.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: As stated, this is a very poor, very pedestrian beer, short on aroma, short on flavor and short on body. It seems that this beer is one that is brewed for BMC drinkers, as a European-BMC alternative. Not recommended at all.

Photo of Cxrman
4.39/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love this beer!very smooth Irish Ale.

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.94/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If we're to judge Euro Pale Lagers with Harp present, I'd say its the clear winner. Lacking the herby bite of the mainland guys, this one's got a softness to its feel that still maintains a crisp bite.

I wish there were more Irish lagers to be found.

Photo of kkrxseven
4.11/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of my favorites and easy to find.

Photo of Crow44
4.5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good beer from Guinness!

Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.72/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A decent beer on draft.

Photo of DevAJ
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I didn't even know the style until looking it up on here about halfway through the beer. As it gets warmer the classic Euro Pale Lager taste starts to finally come through, but ice cold it doesn't really have a whole lot of complexity as all you get is the bitter aftertaste. I must say I like Stella and Heineken better.

Photo of patrickdaems
3.98/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid lager. Liked the green packaging better.

Photo of AGRIPINO
5/5  rDev +54.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best for an Friday after work on the patio.

Photo of blues_fever
4.96/5  rDev +53.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Every time I have it its delicious!

Photo of Beeeeeerman
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Boring beer so watch out for this one

Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
2.77/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Light appearance, reminiscent of ginger ale. The smell is ordinary along with the taste. Above average carbonation. Finishes dry and unimpressively.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are excellent. Many bubbles from carbonation. Yeasty/bready aroma. Maybe some underlying fruity quality. Overall, not much to it. Taste seems a little watered down. Mainly malty with a small amount of spicy bitterness at the end. Somewhat tropical fruity aftertaste. Not bad but not very complex. Could drink a six pack if there wasn't a better selection, but wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of RastaRhino420
3.76/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Great beer coming out of Ireland solid tasty beer.

Photo of dukeandduke
2.79/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

3/29/15 (Draft - Mo Dailey's Chicago) - Golden light pour, heavy carbonation, nominal white head. Hops and malt sweet aroma.Nice feel, nominal kick. Crisp and clean, bland flavor. Miss Harp from decades past.

Photo of Mosey
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Less taste than Pabst. Not worth the extra money. Just ok

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
2.41/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Not at all as good as I remember from my college days, but those were different days with far less craft knowledge. Oh well, it was good to give it one last go.

Photo of Bunman3
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Harp has always had a soft spot in my heart. It is reminiscent of booze soaked trips to the Barley Mill in Calgary in the mid 90's. I called the trip a "Millgramige" because it allowed me to literally soak in several beers that weren't available in my hometown at that time. Harp was then, and is now, a solid Euro lager. It lacks the skunk of many of its green bottle brethren. Instead, Harp has a nice dry malt/hop character. It is eminently quaffable and remains a solid St. Patty's alternative to Guinness.

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 14.9 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear light golden color with 1 finger white head that quickly dissipated until a thin layer of small bubbles remained, medium carbonation, there is a good amount of lacing on the glass

SMELL: very faint nose, sweet and flowery.

TASTE: initially sweet honey, then a mild hop profile, understated.

PALATE: light body, medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this beer is not like I remember from my college days, this is an inoffensive beer but nothing special, it is better in a Black and Tan so I would probably not order this by itself.

Photo of AdrianRP
1.24/5  rDev -61.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

This beer has yet again been molested and changed for the FAR worst! In the past 10 years it has been revised three times. The beer that the 'bros' reviewed was the one that existed 10 years ago. Today, and after yet ANOTHER revision, the beer is in NO WAY what it used to be, in fact, it shouldn't even be labeled 'Harp' as it simply is NOT the same beer anymore...not even close. This is very disturbing as this beer USED to be an excellent session Larger with a unique flavor and character. The most current offering comes in a typical US domestic long neck bottle with completely different packaging and basically tastes like Bud/Coors Light...the kind of beer that gives me a headache after a few swallows.

They've also dropped the ABV to 4.5%

SHAME ON YOU GUINNESS!! You've destroyed a GREAT beer!

Bottom line DON'T BUY it unless you like cheap macro light beer...as this is now what Guinness has transformed this once great beer into.

Sad, very sad.

Photo of changdulla
1.78/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

I never had it before and I wish I never did.

Photo of ALC82
3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

great in a black and tan w/ guinness to offset

Photo of BB1980
4.07/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A good lager. Smell is off from the taste. Serves good cold or room temp.

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Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
74 out of 100 based on 2,360 ratings.