Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

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2,365 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,365
Reviews: 732
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 43
Gots: 351 | 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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Reviews by Edwin:
Photo of Edwin
2.7/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Kclinger's Publik House.

Appearance - A bland gold/yellow with a white head that vanishes in a flash. Completely see-through with that oh-so-awesome "american macro" feel.

Smell - I smell just about nothing. A little grain with a slight hop character. Uninspiring.

Taste - Pretty bland. A little barley/rice type flavor, but nothing really stands out. Pretty plain-Jane and effortless.

Mouthfeel - Average at best. Has the same mouthfeel as a Budweiser IMHO. Easy, but not too easy. A bit of extra carbonation for fun.

Drinkability - Can be consumed en masse, but why would you want to?

Overall - Save yourself $3 and get the Miller Lite instead. It's basically the same type of brew. This beer really isn't anything out of the ordinary. Thumbs down.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap -- What a surprise. I actually enjoyed Harp. Nice near amber colour, decent lasting head, creamy mouthfeel, light sweetness, cling-y soft & faint buttery flavour and a fruity backbone. Extremely easy to drink and an excellent session beer.

Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one poured a light and clear yellow with just a tinge of orange. The head was full as well.

Smell – No skunk to start things off, which is always a big plus for this category. The nasty Gummi-Bear sweetness found in a lot of Pale Lager macros is absent as well, leaving the drinker with a harsh but clear nose of grain.

Taste – This is not bad. It’s more ricey than grainy, but there’s nothing offensive in here.

Mouthfeel – Light-bodied, of course, with a bit of decent carbonation. This one is quite refreshing.

Drinkability – I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m going to award a Pale Lager macro the title of “average.” Congratulations Guinness!

Photo of Dmann
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a decent lager. My pour had a good head on it that faded quickly and left little lace. The smell was quite grainy with a little bit of hop in there as well. The taste was simmilar to many macro lagers I've had...grain with a touch of malt flavor and little to no hop bitterness. Although my girlfriend ordered one and enjoyed a beer for the first time, I do not think I will be paying for another one of these myself..

Photo of NWer
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light yellow. Clear. Abundant foamy head that settles down nicely. The taste contains some corny notes similar to American Adjunct Lagers but better. There is a premium quality that sets it apart and makes it better than average.
A very good choice for a summer session beer over a bbq'd hamburger.
A refreshing and enjoyable beer.

Photo of generallee
4.13/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has great clarity and a bright yellow straw color. Its head is thick with big pillowy stiff peaks. It has great retention and leaves behind lots of cool lacing.

Smell: The aroma has pleasant aromatic hops and light malt.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor has a good balance of sweet, light malts with mellow leafy and floral hops. Bitterness is mild and fades to a clean finish. Its texture is smooth and wet with average carbonation and a light to medium body that is very drinkable.

Notes: For me this was a very enjoyable beer with a beautiful look and pleasing aroma. The flavor is clean, refreshing and highly drinkable. Cheers!

Photo of Scribbles
3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearence: It has a nice dark but still golden colour.A Decent head that sticks around for a little while when poured correctly into the glass; along with some pretty good lacing.

S: Hops and a hint of fruity-ness, a decent overall smell.

Taste: Acceptable and somewhat bitter, with no off flavours, and not much sweetness to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Decent with a good amount of carbonation, smooth enough to drink despite the bitter.

Drinkability: Easy enough to drink one with a meal, enjoyable, but not the type of beer that you might want to drink many of at one time.

Photo of Jason
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, no freshness date. On the back label it boasts about the spirit of the beer and the award winning flavour.

Appearance: Bight and shimmering golden hue, active carbonation sparkles to the top to form a rich cake like foam that slowly dissipates into a thin yet strong white lace.

Smell: Mix of quick yet inviting sweetness of malt and floral like hops, alcohol is a tad noticeable … clean to the nose.

Taste: Broad medium body for a lager, crisp and smooth at the same time with a grainy palate of a mouth feel. Bitterness of the hops is very straight forward with a tingling sensation and mildly astringent bite. Full mouth of grain, a little malted though more husk of grain than anything else reminiscent of fresh cut hay. Odd raw but refined at the same time with in the grainy flavours. Both husk and hop bitterness linger into a tightly packaged finish.

Notes: Not bad though not what I remember drinking back in the day. I’d gladly pay the extra buck or two a six pack to have the real stuff again.

Brewed and bottled by Guinness Brewing Company, Canada.

Photo of Rifrafboy
2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours like a nice lager should, dark yellow with a decent head. taste is very malty. Definately, the malt is where it's at with this brew. Hops are there but not distinct to the maltiness. Overall, I thought this was a little disappointing, considering Guinness and all. I think this is a typical middle of the road Euro lager.

Photo of merlin48
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From sixpack that was on sale at a local grocery. 12 oz bottle's label says, "Product of Canada", brewed in New Brunswick. Pours a clear, pale yellow body with lively carbonation. Modest white head has decent retention and deposits some patchy lace on the pint glass. Aroma is restrained, with grainy malt and spicy hops. No skunk. Mouthfeel is clean and well carbonated. Light bodied. Taste is unassuming, with spicy hop bitterness and grainy, biscuity malts. Both are underwhelming, leading to a pleasant, if unimpressive, balance. Crisp and refreshing, with no off notes, but not much to recommend it. An average pale lager. This one seems a bit tamed down compared to the tap and bottled versions I sampled in Eire a few years ago.

Photo of nem2006
3.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured it into an american pint glass. Had a nice half inch head and left nice lacing on the glass. It was a clear gold color with plenty of carbonation visible through the glass.

The taste is a great combination of the bitterness of the hops which can be tasted at the beginning of the drink and in the aftertaste and the sweetness of the malts, which can be tasted in between.

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 Mora2000
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a light yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is about what I expected - full of grain with a little bit of bread and a tad bit of grass from the hops. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of grain and not too much else. There is the slightest amount of bitterness from the grassy hops but the beer is pretty sweet and malty. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of LyonsHead
3.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden color, rather small head that dissipated quickly.

S: smells a little grainy, kind of like corn. There is a slight citrus smell from the hops

T: about how it smells, subtle malty sweetness with a touch of hops at the end. Nothing real complex

M: light body

D: This beer definitely doesn't blow me away. Its not a bad beer, but it is rather lacking in the taste department. If the Guinness becomes too overwhelming on St. Pattis you could move to one of these to lighten things up.

Photo of startreker
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a 12oz glass and enjoyed the nice golden color. A little paler looking then other lagers I`ve had, but nice nontheless.
Started with a nice head that left decent lacing that clung to my glass.

Aroma was a nice fruity scent, and quite pleasant.

The taste is malty, but not overpowering. Finshed clean with subtle hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel was delightful rather creamy.

A little overpriced, but what do you expect from an import?

I enjoyed it and recommend giving it a try!!

Photo of bsp77
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into water glass at work. Drinking at work is fun.

Appearance: Yellow-gold with thin head. Richer color than some Euro Lagers.

Smell: Mainly sweet grainy malts. Fresh but not exciting.

Taste: Clean and crisp. Grainy malts with slight hop counterbalance. Mainly sweet at the end.

Feel: Medium bodied, relatively high carbonation.

Drinkability: Nice session lager, especially while at work.

Better than most American Pale (Adjunct) Lagers. Probably average for Euro Lagers.

Photo of magictrokini
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Always better on tap. Can sometimes be tangy, almost as if the tap lines are dirty. Pours clear gold with a bubble white head. Grass and hay in the nose, with a lot of grain and bread. Tart taste on the crisp side. Pale malt with grassy hops and apple. You won't have to twist my arm to drink it again.

Photo of ChadwickHines
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Great in all aspects

Photo of Swedes21
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a clear ale colour with a thin line of carbonation right up the middle. head is a soft white, disappears quickly leaving some good lacing.

Smell - light smelling beer, some faint hops, not much else. very clean.

taste - light tasting beer, typical lager i would say. not much of an aftertaste, nothing lingers. simple very faint hop nodes along with a little fruit/apple.

mouthfeel - some added carbonation, actually felt smoother than the tasting. enjoyable with the moutfeel.

Overall - beer #1 on my way to pakistan! sitting in the AC lounge, access to my own taps, this is living. Good beer, simple and refreshing. This ones for you SpinRSX!

Photo of MattyG85
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden yellow with lots of fast rising bubbles. Huge five fingers of white head that almost overflows. Good retention and leaves lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Sweet pale malts with cereal wheat grains. Pretty bready and cracker like. Light hints of some earthy, floral hops in the background. Decent smell for the style as it doesn't have a noticeable adjunct aroma.

Taste: Bready cracker like taste of pale malts and cereal wheat grains. Light hints of citrus and lemon zest. Some light hints of earthy hops towards the finish. Light but has a decent taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp and creamy. A pretty easy drinker.

Overall: A pretty decent beer for the style. A step above the other mass produced Euro lagers.

Photo of Dusty278
2.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden pour with lasting lacing of head.

S: Sweet, nothing special. .

T: A bunch of grain....is that butter I taste? I think it is, balanced hops all the way through.

M: Light, good carbonation...a bit watery however which takes a lot away.

D: An average brew, I would drink it again but not seek it out.

Photo of far333
2.95/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Crystal clear straw color with a frothy white head. Light aroma of sweet malt and corn. Flavor is light also - grassy and bitter, but not a pleasant hop bitter, just bitter. Highlights of corn and florals, with an unpleasant burnt rubber finish. Watery mouthfeel, somewhat dry and crisp finish. Low drinkability.

Photo of niknar
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a golden straw color with mild head generation and some very minor lacing. Head disipates fairly quickly to a thin layer of bubbles on top. The smell is rather bland and difficult to distinguish. It does remind me somewhat of grain, though faint. The taste is strongly hopped producing a very bitter flavor. Somewhat thin though, with a slightly sour finish. I personally enjoy it, but it is what I would describe as an acquired taste. Mouthfeel is thin and nothing special. Drinkability is decent and I enjoy a six-pack of Harp's Lager from time to time. Not an overwhelming favorite by any means, but something I gladly grab when the mood happens to strike.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.04/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

What a weak looking, tasting, smelling etc. . . beer. How do they charge so much for this stuff?

Anyhoo, appearance, blah, typical looking mass produced stuff. Smell, stale, absence of anything identifiable, just smells like dust, earth type of feel. Taste, not much else there, is doable, but when you can't discern any hop character, yeast effect on sweetness etc. . . or malt backbone to the beer, you feel like you've got nothing else but water.

Drinkability suffers here because why would you spend so much money on a beer that tastes closest to nothing?

Photo of ADR
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear dark gold, nice 1/2 inch head that can hold some pillowy shapes. Aroma of brown sugar. Flavor has a touch of nutty, roasty malt but thins to watery fairly early. Light bodied, hops are a little setzer-like in closing the flavor profile. While this brew has clear advantages over American macros, its so utterly ordinary that it screams "average" across the ratings categories. I'll take a local lager over this, just to support the regional economy.

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Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
74 out of 100 based on 2,365 ratings.