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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

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1,946 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,946
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 18
Gots: 92 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 drabmuh


2.68/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

blah. Out with the parents at an Irish pub, not many choices. This is a really mediocre beer. Beer is yellow, no head, no lacing, moderate to low carbonation of very large bubbles, looks like carbonated yellow water.

Aroma is mildly sulfury and just bland.

Beer is thin and watery. It has almost no forward sweetness and some sulfur and grains in the mid and late palates. It goes down like water too, but its harsh on the ending with a lingering aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2010 17:49:32 | More by drabmuh
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears golden crystal clar with a thin white head leaves decent rings of lace. Aroma: Good amount of malt sweetness some mild European hops in there as well not bad at all. Taste: Simple refreshing mildly flavorful with a bready malt tone and decent dose of bittering hops here, finishes clean and smooth not a bad beer. Mouthfeel: Lighter body good carbonation level not much else to note though, simple. Drinkability: Refreshing and able to drink quite a few definitely better than any American mass produced lager just the price inflation will never be worth it, too much for a decent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2003 18:55:19 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Slatetank


3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

05-23-2013 23:45:49 | More by Slatetank
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a light golden color with a thin white lace. The aroma was not very impressive. I couldn't detect any malts or hops anywhere. The taste was much the same; very plain, filtered, and boring. The body was low and it was highly drinkable, although I don't think I'll be having another in the near future. I have had this beer before and remember enjoying it, but like a lot of beers, I find while reviewing them I just don't feel the same way. This is a good outdoors beer if you are in need of something light and watery. Me, I think I'll just stick with the water.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2003 05:29:13 | More by WesWes
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 00:54:59 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Rifugium


2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Max's Seafood Cafe, Gloucester City, PA

A smooth, satisfying lager by your Irish friends, and certainly a notch or two above most pale lagers. Pours a clear, straw color with little to no head; some carbonation visible. Grainy aroma and light malts. Crisp, light malt taste, grains, sweet corn, and a hint of hops. Weak overall, but not unbearable or terrible. Light, crisp mouthfeel, and can be refreshing and drinkable. For extremely casual imbibing.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 18:21:18 | More by Rifugium
Photo of SocalKicks


3/5  rDev -7.1%

03-22-2014 04:54:00 | More by SocalKicks
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.64/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

apparently brewed in Canada now, so the label doesn't lie when it still reads, "imported". I also still enjoy a harp lager from time to time, a little more hearty than some of the American lagers, and certainly more flavorful than the BMC stuff. it pours a glazed copper tinted color, darker than convention, with a short lived white head. the nose is pale euro malts all the way, not sweet but dry, a little adjunct metallic hint, but nothing offensive at all. the taste is bready and grain heavy, I taste a number of different malts. hops? no so much. this beer could use a more aggressive finishing hop, but that's just me. I like all the malt heft without much sweetness, a nice twist away from the generic. fuller body for the style but still easy drinking, especially on a hot day. good carbonation and a flavorful finish. I bet this is remarkable at the original source, and it doesn't travel too bad really...

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 14:53:30 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of jwc215


2.73/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a light yellow with a thin white head.
The smell was not much of anything. Some slight hints of skunky hops in the background.
The taste was light and watery. Some hints of hops, but no flavors stand out. It tastes similar to a macro light beer.
The mouthfeel was fairly smooth and creamy, despite the lack of taste. Some leftover hops and a touch of sweetness lingered.
I can drink it - but why bother - not worth the price of imported beers.
Overall, while not terribly offensive, it was a below-average Euro lager - overly simple, boring and pretty tasteless.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 04:12:44 | More by jwc215
Photo of Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -7.1%

12-06-2011 18:24:24 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of Halcyondays


3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a pale yellow with a relatively long lasting light white head, no lace.

S: Bread, cracked grain.

T: Bready, the flavour is light but pretty good. Minor finish of hops. Balanced but a mild taste.

M: Crisp, clean, refreshing it is, fuller body than usual in the style.

D: Not a terrible Euro lager, I wanted a little more hop character and depth of flavour, but what are you going to do. There's plenty worse out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 01:30:43 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of GClarkage


4.05/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/20/04- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with some kind of funky numbering on the side. Poured into my Shipyard pint glass.

Appearance- Light golden color, nice creamy head and decent lacing.

Smell- Mostly clean malt. Maybe a tad bit of grainyness to be found.

Taste- Nice and crisp, nice and clean malty taste. I wish there were some hops though. Very refreshing taste.

Mouthfeel- Nice average cabonation level makes this beer a very drinkable one.

Drinkability- Overall this is one of my favorite standby beers. It covers most of the bases for me if I just need a run of the mill beer and don't need my taste buds to be appeased. A working mans beer IMO.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2004 22:36:45 | More by GClarkage
Photo of kojevergas


2.33/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap in Galway, Ireland. Poured into a generic pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: One finger head, thin, devoid of cream, and of good retention for the style. Clear dark yellow colour.

Sm: Fresh clean barley. A lighter scent.

T: Cream undertone backs a clean crisp barley finish. Very simple, but refreshing. Built in a generic fashion, and balanced for how simple it is.

Mf: Slight cream. Coarser than a lager should be. Too thick and lumpy for the style.

Dr: 4.6% on tap is rickockulous for Galway. It's not popular in Ireland, and is the biggest disappointment to come out of the Guinness factory.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2011 18:36:06 | More by kojevergas
Photo of beernads


3/5  rDev -7.1%

06-05-2013 09:34:29 | More by beernads
Photo of imperialking


3/5  rDev -7.1%

11-14-2012 00:11:29 | More by imperialking
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3/5  rDev -7.1%

05-22-2012 06:55:07 | More by MarkyMOD
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale golden color with a head that quickly fades, leaving some lacing behind. Aroma is nice and malty upfront, somewhat bready. Some fruity characteristics are detectable. Taste is very much of the same. Nice, flavorful and almost buttery rich in the mouthfeel. Goes down quite nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2008 14:40:25 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of tempest


3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Kitty Hoynes in Syracuse.

A very drinkable Euro pale lager, if that's what you'r looking for. It was sweet and slightly grainy with a faint aroma and slight head. It reminded me of a fruity version of Budweiser. Not offensive and a decent beer, but nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2007 05:54:51 | More by tempest
Photo of rhoadsrage


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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a crystal clear body with a slightly orangish-golden yellow. The head is a spongy pure white with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of noble hops with an accent of sulfur is soft but still stronger than the faint note of fresh pale malt.

T- This beer has a smooth spicy bite of hops with a pale malt flavor aswell. The finish has a dry note of sulfur and a hint of carbonic bite. The pale malt has a soft note of cooked corn but when it is cold enough it is not noticed.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fizz in the texture to make if feel more full.

D- It is a smooth drinking pale lager with not much excitement to it. This is my definition of an average beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 00:09:01 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of oriolesfan4


2.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For the price that this is (usually about 14-15 dollars a 12 pack) I always figured this was top notch stuff... not so much.

Just your typical bland, european tasting pale lager. Hard to pick it out from (insert mass produced european import here). Very drinkable but not much tastewise. Just way too thin of a body to make it even worth a little of the money. Not worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 00:31:32 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of XmnwildX12


2/5  rDev -38.1%

05-09-2014 22:41:32 | More by XmnwildX12
Photo of Zorro


3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep gold brew with aggressive carbonation.

Smell is strong grain smell, bit of malt and a slight floral smell.

Taste is lots of clean grain and a solid hops bite. Slight malt sweetness that is solidly beaten back by the hops. Very clean after taste, a good beer for cleaning your palette.

Mouthfeel is quite good, I think it is the bubbles boosting it.

Very drinkable brew, not super complex but a good lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2004 02:49:16 | More by Zorro
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.85/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a five finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Flavor is grainy with some hops and some sweetness. $11.49 for a 12-pak of 12oz bottles from Market Basket Concord, NH.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 23:05:14 | More by jdhilt
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.06/5  rDev -5.3%
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 DoubleJ


3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Guinness' idea of a lager is brought to you by Sharkeez in Huntington Beach, only because Firestone Walker was empty on draft. On to the beer:

Light blonde in color with some head and a little carbonation action in the body. The flavor is a little bolder than your typical lager. Clean, crisp, with a little bit of a banana twist to it, and a tingling finish o slight bitterness on the tongue. A good lager, but a bit expensive at stores.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2007 18:28:21 | More by DoubleJ
Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
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