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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
74
okay

1,991 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,991
Reviews: 686
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 19
Gots: 111 | 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.

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NWer

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 00:16:52 | More by NWer
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smakawhat

Maryland

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

Poured on tap into a shaker pint at Kitty O'Shea's Arlington VA. Lord knows I've had my share of Harp.

Well had plenty of harp and what's the deal? Looks like a typical Pale lager. Golden yellow clear body, served with no head barely of an off white collar. Pretty basic, nothing to get excited about looks alright.

Smell is actually a little hoppy and toasty. Small malted it seems but a nice little toasty bread action as small as it is. Pretty good.

Taste though is surprisingly adjunct corny like sweet. Crispness in the palate but a bit gassy with some carbonation. There is a slight mild bready baked finish but otherwise kind surprised by the huge sweetness.

Overall it's alright but probably one to pass on I think from now on.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2011 23:45:58 | More by smakawhat
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

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

Time to help out my old man clear out the basement fridge of the beer leftover from the past couple of family gatherings.

Poured this out of a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A) It was a shiny golden color with a little bit of white head that was gone in a hurry.

S) Mostly grains and mild sweet malt. There is not much in the way of aromatics with this one.

T) Pretty much a plain Jane here. It's got an earthy, grainy flavor, with a slightly bitter finish.

M) It's light and pretty crisp. The carbonation is pretty high and it's a bit dry at the end.

O) This is not terrible by any means, but if I'm drinking a lager
produced in mass quantities, give me a PBR over this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 00:58:00 | More by RoamingGnome
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

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

Poured a huge 4" white head which lasted awhile. Pale clear straw yellow color. Smells of grass and just barely the beginning of skunking. Taste is any standard BMC with corn and a short finish. Basically this is the Guinness' version of mainstream lagers probably with enough artificially jacked up carbonation to appear a step up.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 13:15:57 | More by MoreThanWine
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gabedivision

New York

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a glass.

Pours a solid straw yellow with a 2 finger head that turns to a lace quick with some good retention. A Earthy, grainy, sweet malt, and faint citrus. Grainy maltiness on the tongue, sour, lemon soap bitter on the finish. Light in the mouth, crisp, enjoyable aftertaste, light bodied. Overall, this beer is decent, its got its sense of drinkability. Very bland for its style moving it to the back of the line when reaching for a Euro Lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 02:02:56 | More by gabedivision
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Retsinis

California

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

It was blazing hot in the San Fernando valley this 4th of July weekend, and the light lagers, Hefe's, Witbiers, were flowing. This was one such beer.

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Bruery tulip. The beer pours a darker shade of yellow, with a generous three inches of fizzy white head that quickly settles.

S: Very minimal scents of grass/hops. Some very light malt in the background.

T: Some flavors of bread, grain, hay, and dried out hops. Mild bitterness, and a dry finish.

M: Light body, semi-crisp, medium carbonation.

O: Have not had this beer in a few years, and I haven't been missing much. Pretty standard mass produced lager. Decent ice cold on a hot day, but drink it quickly, since there is not much to savor. When I visited Ireland in late February last year, this beer was not as prevalent as I had expected it to be. Not much better locally there either from what I recall, but it was a change of pace from Guinness Draught, or a Bulmers.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 22:51:44 | More by Retsinis
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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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JayS2629

Alabama

3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I see why this recipe is a solid old keeper. Its simple and well balanced.

Its a pale golden color with a frothy white head that fades fast but leaves a creamy lace behind.

The smell is of grainy malt, grass, and a touch of lemon. Some earthy musk, and a bit of skunk.

The taste is well balanced between earthy grains, and earthy hops. Some grassy elements and a touch of tart. Hints of skunk and lemon.

Crisp, thin and overly carbonated. Mass produced beer.

Its ok and easy to drink on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 20:37:07 | More by JayS2629
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Swim424

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got have had this one a couple times. once on tap, and as usual it's much better on tap.
I am pouring from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. different label than the one pictured.

A-i would describe the color of this beer as a golden yellow. not dark, but not really yellow. looks pretty decent. about a 1in head. faded fairly quick.

S-smells of a little wheat, and a little hops. not really strong in either. but i do think it smells pretty good in general.

T-definitly taste some wheat. a little hops. not overpowering hops. wheat tastes a bit stronger. seems like a fairly even balance of the two though leaning towards the wheat. I do enjoy this though. finishes with a wheat that has a little hop bite to it.

M-a bit doughy but not bad. very smooth. not an overpowering carbonation. again seems pretty balanced.

O- i really do enjoy this beer. this is one that i can just sit down and enjoy. very balanced. not to much of anything. not the best but definitly a good well rounded beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 01:38:10 | More by Swim424
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evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I wouldn't have ever given this beer a second thought if I hadn't noticed its popularity when I started working at a liquor store. People seem to love this beer, so I figure it's worth a try.

It pours a nice pale golden colour. It has a bit more colour than a normal pale lager, and thus looks a fair bit more appetizing. I'm also impressed with the head. It settles out to about one centimeter and is quite foamy. There is lots of carbonation bubbling up to the the top.

The aroma is faint and slightly hoppy. The malty notes are nice, and not especially grainy.

This beer has a really clean taste. It is quite hoppy for the style, which is nice. There are some slight malty notes, but the hops are the most prevalent aspect of the flavour. It's a nice change from any other lager, and definitely refreshing but with a bit of bite too.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 19:09:12 | More by evlu1441
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drowninginhops

South Carolina

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

Poured in standard pint glass review from notes.

A: Straw yellow in color sporting one finger white head with moderate lacing.

S: Kinda grainy with some hops. Overall lackluster.

T: Taste is not the best, average.

M: Light crisp and highly carbonated the mark of a mass produced brew.

D: If this was any more average it would just say "beer" on the label.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 02:10:28 | More by drowninginhops
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DannyDan

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A. Pours out a dark yellow with a thick white head that has good retention and decent lacing to it. Carbonation is not bad on this one.
S. Has a bread and yeast smell to it.
T. The taste starts out with a bread like taste and than a hint of hops comes in and finishes off with a lemony citrus taste.
M/O. It has a mouthfeel that starts out smooth and leaves the mouth dry. Not a bad beer overall, but nothing great here either.
nothing worth going out of the way for.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 04:40:32 | More by DannyDan
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw-yellow color with about one finger of bubbly white head.

The scent is of grains, a little skunky, notes of yeast.

The taste is of grain, yeast, notes of sweet fruit and citrus.

Light bodied, crisp feel, high carbonation.

This was an average beer, not bad for a hot day but not really enough to want to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 15:05:44 | More by BeerCon5
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chodinheaven

Maryland

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

Crisp yellow color, bubbly with a small white head, but great retention. Smells a little like skunk weed and some light fruitiness and citrus.

Taste is surprisingly decent for a lager that doesn't necessarily have the best reputation in the craft world. Its a clean and quick taste of brief skunkiness followed by a light but pleasant citrus fruitiness. The mouthfeel is not as crisp as I expected it would be but it is more on the bubbly and fizzy side. Somewhat creamy.

At the very least its a decent choice when pickings are slim. But at best it drinks like a half-way decent lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 22:55:47 | More by chodinheaven
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IrishMan34

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harp simply put is an amazing lager that everyone should try. It's not amazing in any one category however it is refreshing and it is quite drinkable especially in warm climates.

I favor English stouts and ales however this lager is special. Earthy aromas greet the nose and lighten the feel of this lager. it is refreshing and also somewhat complex if you pick apart its flavours of corn, grass. Given its pedigree I expect more and want more. It is good but being that its from Guinness I expect the highest.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2011 22:06:38 | More by IrishMan34
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bigrzman

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drinking this on tap. Pours out straw color with a beautiful head and excellent lacing.

Smells like grassy grains and tastes like fresh cut grass some pale malt sweetness with a light earthy hopping.

Mouthfeel is thin and drying and this is appropriate. Overall this beer is a good standard lager. Not too much to write about its plain and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2011 20:16:16 | More by bigrzman
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kojevergas

Texas

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
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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
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phishgator

Florida

3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with good carbonation and medium size head. The aroma is of some mild grainy malt with a little hop presence. There is sweet and butteriness even a little sticky mouthfeel from this brew. Very cereal grainy taste comes throughout the brew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 18:54:14 | More by phishgator
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Jerone

Florida

1.78/5  rDev -44.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 18:19:06 | More by Jerone
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JohnnyS17

Maryland

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2011 03:33:17 | More by JohnnyS17
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

2.4/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured in a wine glass (that's all that was available)

A: clear golden yellow, great head; very nice lacing
S: salty, yeasty, a bit of a cloying smell
T: an Irish Miller; macrobrew, but not the worst kind; it's a relatively simple flavor, with hints of cider
M: watery, abrasive

Pretty uninviting overall, to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 17:25:07 | More by Arithmeticus
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csiewert

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer enjoyed on tap at Tigin Irish Pub in DFW airport. Pours a clean gold color with a layer of head with little retention but does leave some lacing as you drink. The aroma consists of grassy hops and light malt. The taste is has hints of grassy hop a skunky characteristics before becoming crisp with malt. The mouthfeel is ok... Could use a little more carbonation on the tap I was drinking, but definitely finishes crisp.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 17:57:22 | More by csiewert
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wschmit

Illinois

2.2/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint.

A: Clear, almost copper body beneath a very generic white head that dissipates quickly. Ample carbonation up through the body.

S: A cidery, malty sweetness predominates. No real hopping. A very clean, simple nose. Not as adjuncty as I was expecting.

T: Clean and straightforward, but not much going on. It actually does taste of malt, which was unexpected and a pleasant surprise. It has some utterly forgettable hopping, but not much. All in all, it's not the worst large-scale lager I've had, but I'd much rather drink a canned German like DAB.

M: It has some chew, and otherwise very normal carbonation.

O: This beer would be slumming it for many BAs. It's not at all awful, but it's definitely lower half of the curve. This is a beer I default to at pseudo-Irish pubs. There's really just a hint of corn in it, I think.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 04:24:02 | More by wschmit
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Bookseeb

Washington

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

Appearance is a light golden with a faint head and nil lace. Smell has a clean grian and adjunct aroma with malt in the background. Taste of rice, grains and the hops leaving a bitter dry finish in the end. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. I'm Not to excited about it, but I would like to try it on tap at the source.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 02:47:26 | More by Bookseeb
Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
74 out of 100 based on 1,991 ratings.