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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

Harp LagerHarp Lager

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1,825 Ratings

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Ratings: 1825
Reviews: 682
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.98%

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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Photo of Subliminal64

Ontario (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Harp Lager is one of my favorite beers. I have been consistently drinking this beer for a year now, and it never disappoints.

Colour is a darker gold.

Smell is a little on the lighter side.

Taste is a little strong, but very smooth. Very little aftertaste.

Lots of carbonation.

This beer has won numerous awards, and it shows. Give this Irish beer a look. Will not disappoint.

Serving type: can

09-29-2013 21:49:53 | More by Subliminal64
Photo of LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Harps Premium Irish Lager @ 5.0% , served from 2x 500 ml cans purchased for $23 in the Irish Beer Discovery 8 Pack

A-pour is a clear gold with a small frothy white head leaving a sticky lace along the pint glass

S-very Euro smelling lager , hint of skunk

T-crisp lager , tad watery

MF-mild/medium carbonation , medium body

Ov-ok beer , would go well with a warm summer afternoon

sampled alongside Guinness Draught , Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale & Smithwick's Draught Irish Ale

prost LampertLand

Serving type: can

03-31-2013 22:59:11 | More by LampertLand
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.23/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

Serving type: can

01-17-2013 15:26:12 | More by flyingpig
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can from the LCBO; packaged in September 2011. I am honestly surprised that I have never tried Harp before, because I don't think I've ever been in a liquor/beer store that didn't stock it.

Pours a familiar clear, golden-yellow colour, topped with a little more than a finger of soapy white head. Decent retention for a pale lager, lasting a few minutes before it fizzles away. Leaves behind some stringy lacing on the sides of the glass, and a thin, bumpy cap on the surface. Clean, simple and relatively fresh aroma with no off-putting qualities. Just some grainy pale malts and a light, grassy hoppiness.

The taste follows the aroma - simple and satisfying enough. Bready, grainy barley malts provide a clean sweetness, with some accompanying floral, grassy hop bitterness to balance it. Dry finish. Thin-bodied for sure, but seems a bit more slippery in the mouth than others of this type. Carbonation is a bit light for the style, making for a smooth, crisp pint.

Not really a standout in what is a very uninteresting style, but this is still an acceptable pale lager. I'd never turn this down, but there is nothing about this that would make me want to go out of my way to purchase it again.

Final Grade: 3.38, a B-. This is one of the better lagers I've had recently, but there is nothing inherently interesting about it. You could do much worse than Harp, and I'd probably pick this before most other bland Euro imports.

Serving type: can

01-30-2012 08:10:01 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Doesn't look too bad I guess. Cloudy golden colour with a soapy white head that holds on as a collar without really leaving any lace.

Smells a lot like an adjunct lager. Lots of corn syrup with a graininess to it.

Very dry, grainy taste with little in the way of standout character. Refreshing, but boring.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly full with a medium carbonation and a roasted note as is passes over the tongue. Finishes tart, with a yeasty sort of film.

More dry and bitter than most Euro or domestics and easy to drink, but quite forgettable.

Serving type: can

03-21-2011 19:23:08 | More by bryehn
Photo of Matt1516

Quebec (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Agressive fizziness on the pour, largish head that leaves lacing but only retains for a minute.

Sweet grassy smell. Creamy mouthfeel with some carbonation.

Crisp lager taste, a little watery. A taste of honey and grains. Mild hoppiness. Dry finish with a touch of sourness.

I'm not a huge fan of lagers but this could be a nice summer refresher.

Serving type: can

02-09-2011 02:30:06 | More by Matt1516
Photo of robnews

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Harp pint glass.

Pale yellow color with nice white slightly creamy head.
Nice two finger head from a vigorous pour.
Lacing remains for an extended period.

Faint spicyness on the nose. Slight sweetness coming through.

Nice carbonation and refreshing mouthfeel. Sweet at first but quickly fading to slight bitterness. Long bitter aftertaste.

Not a bad beer really. At it's best when really cold. Refreshing bitter lager.

Serving type: can

01-10-2011 00:26:55 | More by robnews
Photo of mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep straw gold with two fingers of fine, fluffy, white head. That head fades away somewhat quickly, but leaves behind a beautiful lace as it does so. Sparkling carbonation. Smells of cereal grains with lemon, green apple, and a little bit of dry grass. Tastes of cereal with a grassy finish and just a hint of the lemon found in the nose. The grassy finish gets a bit bolder as the beer warms. Mild bitterness. Light bodied; not thin. Spritzy carbonation. A decent lager with a clean, simple profile.

Serving type: can

11-19-2009 00:38:24 | More by mintjellie
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml can poured into Creemore glass nov9 2009

A clear golden yellow with just a few bubbles, little head and no lace

S sweet malt and a little hay and floral hops

T as it smells with little else, nothing great but far from offensive

M clean and crisp with good carbonation

D no major problems with this beer it sinks pretty fast

this beer is an industry standard in my books, nothing wrong with it but nothing worth bragging About

Serving type: can

11-10-2009 05:13:07 | More by wordemupg
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a fairly large, white head that diminished extremely quickly to about a 1/2-finger size. Body is bright yellow and completely clear and sparkling.

S: Mostly of corn; seems to be a little bit of lemon in there also.

T: Flavor is ok, but just average. Doesn't last too long, and comes across as lightly sweet, maybe some diacetyl as well. Easy to drink, but definitely more flavor than BMC.

M: Pretty good on the palate, with a medium body and a slightly oily texture. Average carbonation.

D: Like I said, goes down really easy. Always good to have something like this on hand for when it's really hot or you just want to tune off while drinking, but there isn't a whole lot to it, really. Still, a much better choice than a lot of your typical lagers.

Serving type: can

08-21-2009 01:27:06 | More by berley31
Photo of vanrassel

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Harp is a beer that I turned to when I took my first baby steps away from macro blandness, and returning to it with a BA palate wasn't entirely bad.

Its appearance and smell were average: transparent light gold with a slight foamy head that quickly dissapated into a ring. Bread and biscuit malt with a subdued — almost non-existent — hop aroma for the nose.

The hops come out in the taste with a bitter start to each sip. Harp finishes malty and just shy of being too sweet. The carbonation and crisp finish elevate the other mediocre elements and make this a decent pub fallback if the other offerings are less than desirable.

Serving type: can

03-21-2007 03:35:44 | More by vanrassel
Photo of Ohiolager


2.64/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Harp Premium lager 6pk bottles $7.99(OH)

12 oz brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. No freshness date. "From the makers of Guinness".

Pours a nice pale gold color. Put a little air between the bottle and glass towards the end of your pour. A nice three finger, creamy bright white head that last a long time. It give way to amazing lacing.

It smells rather adjunct, if you ask me. The malts smell great, and a light hop is detected. However a sweet corny smell is dominate here.

The taste is better than the smell but not by much. Bready malts, followed by a nice light hop taste in the middle. Towards the end there is a corny taste, but it is well hidden behind the dryness of the hops. The adjunct is better hidden in the taste than the smell.

mouth feel is decent. Not watery like Guinness, more towards the medium body. The malts and hop dryness cling to your palate, hiding the corn taste.

Overall i was not expecting too much from this brew. And that's what i got. It the best adjunct brew i have had to date. I just did not expect a corny taste in a euro pale lager. Would i buy this again, probably not.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 04:02:44 | More by Ohiolager
Photo of BeerWithMike


4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled tonight on 4/5/14. From the Guinness Brewing Company in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada (Not from Ireland anymore it looks like) and has a green label instead of like the one in the picture. 12 ounce bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner flute glass.

Pours a yellow-gold in color with a half-finger foamy white head that settles to just a thin head on top. Some spotty lacing was seen with each sip but settles back down the sides of the glass. The aroma is of some grains, yeast with a hint of lemon. The taste is actually better than I expected with the grains, yeast coming together nicely with a hint of corn sweetness. Maybe a very light taste of citrus mixed in there also. Well balanced with perfect carbonation. Goes down easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste. Really liked this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 02:40:20 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and brassy + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of vegetal, corn, and grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of corn and grainy malts with some lighter vegetal notes. Hints of grassy hops towards the finish. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers slightly.

M: Light bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Lightly crisp.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing but not really anything special - leftover from St. Patrick's Day. Alcohol is well hidden but not one that I will be rushing out to get again.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 23:41:52 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of bbluemzbeer


1.71/5  rDev -47.2%
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 !

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 23:16:53 | More by bbluemzbeer
Photo of nicholas2121


3.09/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Harp Lager brewed by Guinness Ltd pours out a nice amber color. This brew has a small white head like most Lager beers. Harp has a skunk smell and that is about it. I'm no big fan of the smell of this brew. The taste is smooth with a little bit at the end. There is nothing bad about this brew taste. Overall I'm impressed on how smooth this beer is, but the smell is not something to be desired. I may get this brew again if I have the chance too. I'm giving this brew a 3.25 out of 5.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 03:54:28 | More by nicholas2121
Photo of Caveworm


3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Harp Lager from Guiness Ltd. is the brew I chose for 2014 Saint Patrick's Day, as all of Guiness' other products have never disappointed me. Poured from the bottle into a glass, the head was off-white with larger bubbles than I thought would be there. After a minute or two it goes away entirely. Decent lacing.

Not much of a smell here, the small part that I can notice is the Heineken and Rolling Rock type of skunkiness that goes away very fast. Almost as quickly as the scent "pops up".

This tastes like a lighter pale lager with nothing very distinctive or standoutish. Again, the small element of skunkiness reminiscent of the aforementioned brews is present and goes away in the blink of an eye. Very crisp and clean like a lager ought to be, zero lingering elements. After about ten minutes of finishing this, I couldn't even taste it in my mouth at all. Not saying it's a bad thing, just an observation. I give this a 3 since its not bad at all, but not the cat's pajamas to my personal palate.

Mouthfeel is the typical light,clean lager moutfeel. No afterswallow fumes are present here, as expected.

Overall 3.25 is my rating for Harp Lager. I kind of thought it would have more personality, but I enjoyed trying this out. This would be a refreshing brew if you wanted to cool down with a Euro Pale Lager. I might buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 00:59:37 | More by Caveworm
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear light gold with a thin head that falls fast but tired to leave some lace. Sparkling with bubbles rising upwards. Nose is light grain sweetness and fresh cut hay. A bit of floral but not too much and maybe a small whisper of the lemon peel. Sweet grains make up most of the palate and the hops offer a gentle bit of sweet grass. Some tart and weak lemon in the background. Drinks crisp and clean with a bit of bite on the tongue from carbonation and nice drying to the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 15:05:08 | More by utopiajane
Photo of FrozenJoe


3.31/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The Harp lager I'm holding has a green label on the bottle that looks different from the one pictured above. The label says that it is brewed in New Brunswick, Canada. The beer pours with a good head. Excellent lacing that just keeps sticking around. Straw yellow body... maybe light golden. Lively carbonation.

Mild. Bread. Faint lemony hops.

A well balanced lager beer. Mild bready malts. Mild citrus and pine flavored hops. Even milder bitter hops on the finish. Do I detect a little bit of corn?

Somewhere between light and medium bodied. Good level of carbonation. Mild bitter finish. The bready malt flavor dries up and tastes of corn a bit as the flavor sits your mouth.

A pretty good lager. The hopping is nice. I think they could improve the malt body of this beer to give it a cleaner taste. There is a stale, corn, cardboard thing going on in the finish that detracts from this beer's full potential. Overall it's still a decent drink. I would drink it again if offered. But I probably won't be seeking it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 04:53:55 | More by FrozenJoe
Photo of jeranbrews


2.85/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - very pale very clear faint orange tint of an incandescent bulb. Thick foamy head. Some lacing

S - weak pale malts and straw with a hint of aluminum.

T - dry bitter slIghtly stale.

M - dry but without at least the abv benefit.

D - Kind of vague uninspired pilsner. Better than Heiny or A few of the common euro pale lagers. Don't get me wrong id reach for this before Byd or Heiny but that's not the same as liking it.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 01:40:06 | More by jeranbrews
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear deep golden body. A white head that recedes to a white ring around the sides and a cirrus cloud wisp. Random splotches of lacing.

Aroma: Clean grains, malts, and just a touch of hops.

Taste: Mostly like the aroma with a grainy and malty body, very clean tasting if not just a tad metallic. A very faint sour hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little dry.

Overall: A very easy drink, if not a session. Clean. A beer I don't drink often but am never ashamed of when I do.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 20:45:25 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of MattSweatshirt


3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear light gold with a thick sudsy tuft of white head. Plenty of stick.

Nose doesn't come off with much. It's got some breadiness and a touch of sweetness.

Slight sweetness, fruit, and bread.

Med body crisp and finishes quick(that's what she said).

Better than I was expecting actually. Super easy to drink and not half bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 00:03:05 | More by MattSweatshirt
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New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

DATE TASTED: January 18, 2014... GLASSWARE: 22 oz. pilsner...OCCASION:cheering on PSU's first BIG 10 win? ... APPEARANCE: actively bubbly, light gold body; thick, rocky snow-white head; lacing beautifully etches the glass... AROMA: soapy, lightly doughy presence; just as readily, thick beefy aroma less appealing than its appearance... PALATE: medium-bodied, slightly oily end; slightly fizzy,, but otherwise drinkable ...TASTE: slightly sweet,, toasted oat base; some lemon, some less noteworthy buttery flavors... OVERALL: an old Bloomsburg bar favorite revisited; situated among the usual Guinness offerings, not a bad diversion from its scrumptious stout...

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 05:07:59 | More by dacrza1
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Alberta (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

So Harp ... Guinness' paler and perhaps classier little brother. On tap this beer pours a moderately gold honey amber with white head. Aroma is fairly toasty, mellow, with a hint of sweet fermented honey and fruit. Interesting. Taste is the expected grainy sour malt and green grass, but there is more subtle character as well: Some cidery apple, nutty malts, sour rhubarb and almost a tobacco sweetness with more sour fruit notes on the finish, which is crisp and bitter. Overall effect is more "deep and dark" than other pale Euros. There are flaws (a touch of skunk, a bit of metal, some acrid booze) but these are muted and fortunately take a backseat. Could be the Irish king of the European macrobeers and good for more than Black and Tans.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2013 18:00:20 | More by CalgaryFMC
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3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Certainly not a conventional beer for Guinness. Beer goes down smoothly, but lacks a real bite or bitterness. Looks great in a glass, and even pours beautifully out of a bottle. Definitely has a sweetness to it, very palatable to the average drinker. That all being said, there is certainly nothing that stands out about it. A reliable brew for a hot day, or if you're in the mood for something that is slightly different than your average American lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 23:42:10 | More by mschram72
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Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
74 out of 100 based on 1,825 ratings.