Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

Not Rated.
Harp LagerHarp Lager

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
74
okay

2,365 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,365
Reviews: 732
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 43
Gots: 352 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (35) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Harp Lager Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 2,365 | Reviews: 732
Photo of tesguino
1.08/5  rDev -66.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

The worst irish beer; guinness only w´ll sell its stout´s; this irish lager, no comments about its label; appearance its closer to american lager´s, but dont; mouthfeel rich in malt and hops, smell, taste and drinkability is lower in average; try with cheese and snacks only; 45% recommended.

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 DogFood11
1.5/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a shiney golden to yellow, tons of active carbonation, Big frothy head fizzes out quickly never to be seen again.

Malts are on the sweet side, Hoppy zip is noticeable but barely a factor, Grain, adjunct tasting.

It is what it is....boring, somewhat thirst quenching although I can think of alternatives. Crispness is snappy but overall its the grainy wheaty earthy that wins over.

Not a fan, I honestly would rather have a cup of water.

Photo of bbluemzbeer
1.72/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: yellow lager look

Smell: like a malt liquor

Taste: it has a very big lemon taste and bitter taste at the end..No complexity or uniqueness to this beer.

Mouthfeel : light mouthfeel .

Overall: I take a Mickey big mouth or Schlitz malt liquor over this beer even light beer. I will not buy again !

Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.73/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On-tap and served in a 16oz. plastic cup.

A: The beer is a deep copper color, with a foamy medium-sized off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace.

S: The smell is of malt & barley but isn’t strong at all.

T: The taste is malty but very plain and bland with a little bit of hops.

M: Smooth, but no crispness, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Goes down easy and not too filling, but not very tasty at all. To be perfectly honest, I don’t think I can see myself drinking this beer again under any circumstances.

Photo of Fatehunter
1.75/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Clear, pale straw color with almost a finger of head. Short lasting head though.
Smells like green apples and mildly grainy, faint overall.
The taste is an assault on the senses. A brutally bitter (not the good kind) and metallic mess from beginning to end.
Light and crisp body.
The taste was unexpectedly bad, much worse than I thought it would be.

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 Jerone
1.79/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Straw yellow with a quickly fading white head and lots of bubbles.

S - Corn and malt, I don't smell any hops.

T - Mild corn and malt with an off putting slightly bitter finish.

M - The mouthfeel is fine, with medium carbonation and light body.

O - Not my favorite and In my opinion just as bad as any of the other macro lagers. If you're looking to get drunk there are cheaper beer with the same flavor.

Bottle

Photo of beerguy101
1.83/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light gold color, medium head. Slightly skunky aroma. Light malts and hops. Tastes like a Euro-Lager, but there is a touch of soapiness and green bottle skunkyness. HOLY FALSTAFF BATMAN!! IT'S A HEINKEIN!! How does a beer in a brown bottle taste green bottle skunky? Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is bitter and soapy. This bottle is UNDRINKABLE!! I doubt I will re-rate

Photo of TheBrewWhisperer
1.94/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: clear golden lager with some foam rising til the very end being a small amount nothing too surprising for a euro pale lager.

Smell: Predominant skunk which is odd for a brown bottle, but lingering hop and a hint of bitterness.

Taste: A Stella Artois type lager (not a green bottle taste surprising) very pale in hop and barley very watery at the same time mediocre in the most sense.

Mouth-feel: Terrible beer just terrible very very crisp but at the same time very dry mouth feel I thought this was an Irish pale lager!.

Photo of rastaman
1.95/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

An overated lager, bland with an edgy taste, i'd look elsewhere first, but still drinkable, but theres nothin in this beer that i can appreciate.

Photo of skillerified
1.98/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours yellowish-golden hues. Half-finger head that fades in minutes to a slight lace on top and on the glass. Some carbonation is visible.

Smell is a little fruity, a little citrusy, and something else I can't quite place. Hoppy maybe. It's an odd combination that's not particularly appealing to me.

Taste is a little on the weak side. Very little up front. There is an acidic (citrus) dryness in the middle and a touch of bitterness at the finish.

The mouthfeel is strange. There is like a slickness that sticks to the back of your tongue and throat. After a while, you can taste it on the roof of your mouth too. Again, it's not particularly appealing to me. It's a very light feeling beer too.

Not particularly drinkable for me. I could down another one if I had to, but I can't forsee any reason to buy this again.

Photo of brdc
1.98/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Small capped bottle, poured into a pint.

Clear, light golden with an average white head, some retention, little lacing. Aroma is faint, some malts, very little hops but everything so faint that it is hard to describe.
Thin on the palate, taste is watered down, some breadiness, a hint of grassy hops.
Mediocre.

Photo of JLaw55
2/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This thing was just plain unpleasant. It was like many other mass produced lagers of its kind (AAL), with an extreme lack of flavor. The big difference though, is where other mainstream lagers like Coors, Bud, and Miller have a lack of flavor, but nothing really offensive; this one was offensive. It tasted stale and putrid. Not only that, but one of the hallmarks of AAL's and similar beers, is the great execution of hiding the alcohol content behind a very limited flavor profile. This one surprisingly had the alcohol flavors and presence shining right through. It may be the lowest ABV beer I have ever had that seemed almost boozy and couldn't even hide the small burn of alcohol that should never show up at this sort of level.

*For the record, I know this is not an AAL, but it is the closest thing you can get to that style. It's like Guinness's version of that style, a mass produced, cheap lager.

Will not ever purchase or drink again.

Photo of mikeg67
2/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear straw color with a white head and soda-like carbonation. Nose is of grassy hops and hey. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is barely noticeable - of light hops and some grain. Finish is very short. This brew is on par with other macros.

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 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.

Photo of AudioGilz
2.06/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance isn't that great, an ok head that dissipates quickly.
My first smells were of some skunkiness, but nothing outstanding plus or negative. Taste is pretty skunky again, some bitterness as well....both are not unbearable by any means, just noticeable. I'm being picky. This is a bottle review. If you drink harp on tap, it's a different story, a completely super smooth lager that is refreshing. But I have always been disappointed with the bottle offering.

Photo of steven9000
2.08/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

appearance- golden clear straw color with a 1 finger egg shell white head.

smell- I don't really get any smell. I do get this weird smell that Canadian lagers have.

taste- taste is exactly like the smell. I don't get really anything here. I get that Canadian lager taste and it is refreshing but very boring and much like a Canadian adjunct lager like molson Canadian.

mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Overall- Its just a boring beer. If i want something refreshing i would much rather drink a nice German pilsner.

Photo of kvnstfrd
2.1/5  rDev -35%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow with a fluffy head. Bubbles rising constantly from the bottom of the glass tells me this is probably going to be far too carbonated. The aroma is somewhat that of a typical American lager, but Harp has a bready, yeasty note that tells me there’s something more there. There is also a floral aroma from the hops. The taste is slightly sweet with a faint bitter in the finish. Mouthfeel is definitely overcarbonated, yet creamy with more body and less dryness than most beers of this style. You’d expect a beer so lacking in flavor would be thin and watery, but not so with Harp Lager. Overall, this isn’t a bad beer, there’s just not enough flavor to satisfy my palate. I should note that the flavor has become a little stronger since it’s warmed, but only a little. Personally, I’m not one to choose beer when I’m hot and thirsty, (there's water for that) but I suppose Harp could hit the spot on a Summer day. Certainly, there are hundreds of worse choices.

Photo of claytri
2.13/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer poured up a nice clear gold with a white head. It had a light malt and hop aroma. Then came the taste; it was malty and no real bitterness, but it had a strange twist to the malt that I found unpleasant. The feel was light and oily. This one ranks in my books as a politeness beer. I would only drink it if bought for me or offered one by someone to be polite. Which does keep it out of the realm of bud and heiniken.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.18/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Uhhh. This looks and smells exactly like Bud or Miller. Classy bottle, but not very attractive once poured. It's got a lot more head retention and lacing than BMC, but the pale watery brew looks familiar.

Smells like a cheapo lager. There is a more powerful scent than other macro lagers, but it's the same adjunct corny smell.

Ok now we're talkin'! The taste is suprisingly much better than expected. Similar to a lighter version of a German pils. Nice malty wash down the back of the throat, and a dry and bitter finish. I don't know what sort of hops are in this, but they taste familiar (similar to whatever hops are in German pilsners).

Mouthfeel is pretty carbonated and light, and the finish is just dry enough without being overly bitter. Makes you want another sip.

Drinkablity is decent due to the light and refreshing (albeit watery) mouthfeel and the cheap price ($6 for a sixer at WalMart). This is nothing to sit, sip, and ponder, but it goes down easy and is a notch above BMC swill. Also, very good for initiating non-BAs, and weaning them away from BMC.

Photo of cypressbob
2.2/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Theres a worryingly high score for this locally brewed lager.

Harp on draught is very common over here, and I've never been particularly partial to it.

Pours with a light yellow body and a fuzzy whispy head.

The smell is unpleasant at the best of times. A bitter taste, with little flavour.

Taste, slight hop bitterness, still very one dimensional

Better on tap, but still a terrible lager

Photo of flyingpig
2.2/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light, pale straw colour with a thin, white head not more than a couple millimeters tall. This turns to a patchy lacing almost instantly.

Clean and with some very light grassy hops that are pretty faint. There is some corn and a vague background sweetness along with some grain and a pretty watery aroma that smells pretty cheap overall.

Sweet malts and grain make up most of the taste along with a chemical crispness and cheap malts. There is a very faint hop taste too but nothing much.

Clean and crisp with a lot of grain. The body is light and almost watery with a bit of bitterness in there too.

As expected this one wasn't a great beer at all, it was drinkable but only just really and not one that I enjoyed at all. A very basic and cheap lager, probably not the worst out there but nowhere near acceptable either.

Photo of allergictomacros
2.23/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Clear gold with lots of bubbling. Not much head retention, but some lacing on the glass.

S: Typical euro-lager smell - some skunkiness and metallicness.

T: Bitter hops stand out most. Not tasting much more of anything else.

M: Harsh carbonation. Medium body.

D: A bit disappointed by this one. For some reason I expected better. I wouldn't order 2 of these.

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
74 out of 100 based on 2,365 ratings.