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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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2,343 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,343
Reviews: 721
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 44
Gots: 335 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2001

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Ratings: 2,343 | Reviews: 721
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.

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.

Photo of DaveBar
3.47/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for around $2.30 for a 500ml can. Served at 6deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well but pours a head that is gone in 10sec. Very little color and clear

S- Has bit of hops and malt that blends well. It's a Heineken clone

T- Not a Heineken. Very nice smooth blend of hops and yeast. Good European hops and has that European flare for a lager. I like it

M- Dry and refreshing like a Heineken

O- It's like a Heineken in all ways but taste. Has a better less bitter flavor but not a powerful on the tongue. I like this beer. Great break beer or good choice on the menu if only Bud type beers are on it

Food Pairing

I paired this beer and it went well with..... Lobster and spaghetti in butter. Plain and simple recipe and beer. Very refreshing


Photo of jzlyo
2.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is pale lager with a hint of grains and bitterness. Flavor is much the same. Not bad really, decent.

Photo of CIBoy10
2.39/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Just not a fan of the taste. Something off about it.

Photo of kd45-music
2.82/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is not a particularly special beer. It's okay. Carbonation lasts fairly long, Head draws down to a thin bubbly layer. Kind of a tangy taste in the mouth. There are other imported beers I would purchase before this one.

Photo of beerrat
4.24/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer made in Ireland for export.Guinness stout is all they drink in Ireland.

Photo of Phocion
3.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mystery bottle that appeared in my refrigerator between 2-3 weeks ago. Origins unclear, so I may as well review it! Live review of a 12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Clear straw-colored body with a half-finger of foamy white head which quickly dissipates. Splotchy lacing left around the rim of my glass.

Aroma is reasonably strong (at least in comparison to our state-side equivalents) and malt-forward. Pilsner malts, notably a generic graininess as well as that tell-tale DMS aroma. Light floral hops and a neutral yeast.

Flavor is a tad thin, but balanced and not unpleasant. Grains and creamed corn with a slightly spicy, floral finish just like the nose indicated. Slightly sweet honeyish flavor as well, but it is very subtle.

Thin body and well-carbonated. Slick and crisp mouthfeel, almost with a very bubbly almost sparkling wine-like finish.

Overall, this beer is what it is. It's a generic Euro Lager, but not a particularly bad one. Thin and drinkable. It seems like a sub-par attempt at a Helles, but then again isn't that what this style is all about?

Photo of Miami66
4.43/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very interesting beer. It’s not awful but it’s not super great. It just is quite plain and super drinkable. It’s the best Euro Pale Lager I’ve had. This beer is really hard to describe. It's just a very satisfying beer.

Photo of jharper2189
3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very good European pale lager.

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Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
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