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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
74
okay

1,998 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,998
Reviews: 686
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 19
Gots: 114 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
Ireland

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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rather mediocre lager, but a decent carbonation that grows on you. So I wouldn't spill it out. Very creamy initial pour and creaminess stays in mouth. Balanced between some malts and acid, and hops, so not too sweet. Medium mouthfeel. New bottle and fresh brew for St. Patty Day.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 19:03:05 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

11-19-2012 03:18:32 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.29/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some plastic-like aromas. Taste is much the same with a weird plastic-like, chemical flavor on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with aromas and flavors that make it hard to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 04:52:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

11-20-2011 18:21:43 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate golden color. White head and a slight amount of lacing. The nose is some light malt and bread with a tad bit of sweetness. The taste is mostly some light bread. Light to medium feel with good carbonation. This drinks fairly well, but works better in a black and tan.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 00:06:37 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark straw with a large, firm, ivory colored head. The foam deflates fairly quickly, but makes up for it by depositing a good bit of lace in thick, chunky scraps. The nose does not impress. I smell grain and noble hops, as well as an off-aroma that I can't quite place.

Harp tastes no better than okay. Nothing to get excited about. The start is slightly sweet, the middle is bitter and thinning, and the finish is even more bitter and is borderline watery. It's more bitter (hoppy?) than most versions of the style, which is usually a plus in my book, but it isn't cohesive enough to be considered better than average.

Harp Lager used to be one of my quasi-standbys, though I haven't had it in quite a few years. It's still drinkable, but that doesn't mean it's good beer. Bottom line: decent and acceptable... which probably qualifies as damning with faint praise.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2004 14:11:38 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Molly Pitcher's Ale House, New York, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that took a long time to fade away and left a thin collar and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of cooked corn in the nose along with some hints of grainy malts
T: The taste has light flavors of cooked corn along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but has a little too much flavors of adjunct malts.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2012 18:57:50 | More by metter98
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +23.8%

12-14-2011 04:33:10 | More by nmann08
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.55/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Slightly darker than your typical lager, but clear, with no head or lacing

Smell: Slightly phenolic, with not much else going on

Taste: Really rather unpleasant, to be honest; has some bite to it, but not a flavor I really appreciate; again, somewhat phenolic

Mouthfeel: Probably it's best attribute; light/medium bodied with decent carbonation

Drinkability: Next time, I think I'll give it a miss

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2005 01:04:37 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one again at Hooters tonight of all places and just had to write a review as it was in a bottle. Much better this time around. Nice crisp clear finish. Great taste. This was one that really is deserving of its status. It is a good fallback option always, as the nice english hops really give it a nice feel. Still a winner here.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 00:26:33 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a brown color beer with a nice medium head with above standard retention for a lager. Aroma comprised some malt and hops with some floral aspect. Taste is kind of sweet with some nice malt in the background. Bitterness is kind of sweet but a bit too shy for my liking. Overall, this is a decent drink and a lot better then your average macro lager out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2005 19:15:11 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A solid beer that I haven't had in a while. Looks between straw and light golden. Highly carbonated with a white head that falls but laces ok. Smells moderately malty and a bit toasty or bready. Mildly spicy. Tastes cleanly malty with ginger, corriander, and clove like spicy sweetness. Holds a moderate body as carbonation fades. Crisp and dry, finishes a bit cidery or zinfandale like. A nice change up from the german and czhec pils that I have been drinking lately.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2005 23:23:38 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

01-09-2012 00:09:26 | More by acurtis
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

03-17-2012 07:51:18 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

3/5  rDev -7.1%

12-06-2011 18:16:08 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.6/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served up on-tap at Hang Fire, a small, local dive bar in Savannah, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, faint yellow body with a fine, white head. Light sheeting of lace on the way down.

Smell: Faint, vaguely grainy maltiness with a thin whiff of Noble hops.

Taste: Light pale malts with an equally light cereal sweetness and touch of grain. Expect no more than a hint of floral, spicy hops and bitterness, which remains for the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. A tad watery.

Drinkability: Tolerable and fairly cheap. Which, I'm sure, has been even said about me at times!

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2009 23:38:13 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3/5  rDev -7.1%

08-18-2013 14:06:45 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: half finger head. Dissipates rapidly. No lacing really. Straw with golden hues.

S: mild malt and bready

T: Breads and grain. Lemon notes. Typical bitter end of a lager. No hops to speak of.

M: light bodied, mild to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Decent amount of flavor for a lager.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 01:41:23 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So Harp lager poured out as a clear golden yellow color with a pretty nice looking head on it. The lacing isn't the best in the world but there is some on the glass. The smell of fresh grains with a earthy sweetness on the nose. The flavor is nice in my opinion, I find this beer to be one very good lager. The mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing. Overall I enjoy this beer from time to time and I find it to be a great social drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 23:53:24 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a shaker pint glass at Finn McCool's.

More Quizzo beer. Yes. This one pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises wheat, corn, light corn syrup, very light citrus, and some light florals. The taste is very similar, though with some greens and heavy notes of flowers and corn chips. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a decent brew, nothing all that special, but drinkable enough to get at a slightly discounted price during Quizzo.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2010 18:40:30 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a bright golden hue with a thick, foamy, off-white head that left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of malt and grains. It had a subtle floral/hoppy aroma, too.

T - It tasted of light caramel malt. It had some nice spice and hop flavors, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good tasting lager. Certainly appropriate for a St. Patty's celebration.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 16:21:35 | More by zeff80
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

20oz pint at O'Byrne's on Whyte Ave.

This beer appears a clear, medium pale golden yellow colour, with one finger of wispy, slightly foamy off-white head, which leaves some decent bands of hoar frost lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of grainy, moderately crackery pale malt, a certain hard water minerality, and some hard to pin down fruity, musty essences. The taste is more unheralded grainy pale malt, a touch of stale, indistinct drupe fruitiness, and kind of astringently floral, weedy noble hops.

The carbonation is generally quite palate-friendly, neither flat nor over-active, the body on the weak side of medium weight for the style, and rather timid in its bland smoothness. It finishes quite dry, the grain and hops both concurring on the matter.

While not a particularly off-putting Euro-lager, it also does little to make me want another. Kind of disappointing when sitting in a decent new-world Irish pub, looking somewhat desperately for an alternative to another of THAT stout, even if it's made by the same mega brewing concern.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2009 00:22:29 | More by biboergosum
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +23.8%

11-16-2011 05:51:51 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

1.7/5  rDev -47.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2006 02:48:08 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2002 05:23:24 | More by Jason
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Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
74 out of 100 based on 1,998 ratings.