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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

Not Rated.
Harp LagerHarp Lager

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2,206 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,206
Reviews: 697
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.34%
Wants: 27
Gots: 189 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2001)
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Reviews by JohnnyS17:
Photo of JohnnyS17
2.05/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer has left me absolutely puzzled. Let me try to explain. Okay, so I was not even planning on drinking this beer, but my friend did poor table math and bought an extra beer that he graciously handed to me. Free beer? Score! I grabbed my Droid and hopped on BA real quick and saw an overall positive review for this beer. That is what has me absolutely puzzled after my tasting.

I got the beer in a pint glass and there was no head at the time (no lacing either). The beer was a transparent faded gold, unattractive, like an American light beer (i.e. three shades away from being water). It should be noted that there was visible carbonation along the glass.

The smell is sour. The best way I could describe it is similar to sour fruit. There are also metallic hints and wheat. The taste is just as sour as it smells. There might be a slight hint of wheat, but the sour taste powers past everything. The beer is very light-bodied and moderately carbonated.

Overall, well color me perplexed, because I don’t get this beer. It is thoroughly unimpressive and lacking in uniqueness and complexity. I would, with 100% certainty, turn down the next free Harp I am offered.

JohnnyS17, Apr 16, 2011
More User Reviews:
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!

RoyalT, Feb 05, 2004
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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

cam477, Sep 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

beerhunter13, May 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

tbryan5, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of GameOfBeers
2.88/5  rDev -10.8%

GameOfBeers, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Dmann
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
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..

Dmann, Jan 31, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

Cuvie62, Mar 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

markallmon, Apr 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

FadetoBock, Jun 28, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -30.3%

Joebraggot, Dec 04, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

BeerDreadz, Nov 18, 2014
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.

NWer, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

DaftPatrick, Oct 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Kappakoosh, Dec 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

pengs68, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Lazaro
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Lazaro, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of Todd
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Todd, May 17, 2002
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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Jpinoniemi, Apr 18, 2014
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!

generallee, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of Scribbles
3.65/5  rDev +13%
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.

Scribbles, Oct 09, 2007
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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Doomcifer, Jul 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Beerswag, Feb 08, 2013
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Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
75 out of 100 based on 2,206 ratings.