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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

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2,074 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,074
Reviews: 691
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.34%
Wants: 22
Gots: 140 | FT: 0
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 tdm168

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours a clear gold with carbonation bubbles noticeable. There's about 1/2" of creamy white head with good retention. Smells musty and has that typical skunky euro pale lager smell but it's toned down here. Taste is grainy and malty with a moderate hop character, in my opinion, akin to a pilsner. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with decent carbonation.

For a euro pale lager this one isn't bad.

08-16-2011 23:57:36 | More by tdm168
Photo of depechemode1983


2.98/5  rDev -7.7%

A - Pour out clear medium gold in color. The head is white with above average retention. Also seeing some lacing on this. Looks better than anticipated.

S - Light grains and grass in the nose along with distant hops. Has a sort of lemon zest about it and a metallic twang as well.

T - Mostly malty and a bit sweet. It does have balance. There is a decent hop bitterness and some nice floral notes that keep it interesting enough.

M - Light bodied and watery. Carbonation is good but the overall mouth feel could use more volume.

O - Not bad. A little better than expected. I might revisit this beer again in the future. Maybe by a single or two but I doubt I would buy a six pack.

08-16-2011 01:16:42 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.18/5  rDev -1.5%

Clear and pretty pale, lacing was a bit better than the head but it wasn't bad to look at.

Smelled a bit grainy, bready, with a bit of hops and some citrus and just a touch of funkiness.

Taste was a bit more pronounced than the smell, grainy and bready with more funk than I expected.

Feel wasn't bad, light bodied and good carbonation made for a fairly refreshing and decent brew.

Overall it's average in my book.

08-16-2011 00:10:19 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of Dave128


3.38/5  rDev +4.6%

Picked up a 6 pack on sale at the grocery store because I liked the bottles and thought they would be nice for bottling homebrew. I also really enjoy Guinness so I wanted to see what else the brewery was cranking out.

A - Pale straw in color with a decent fizzy white head that didn't stay around too long but leaves a super thin disc on top.

S - Very Euro Lager here. Grassy and a bit skunky smelling. Can detect some faint hops.

T - Similar to the smell. Bready and harsh in the beginning but I must say it has a pretty good hop profile if you can get over the high carbonation and rude skunkiness.

M - Overcarbonated. Very harsh on the mouth with the harsh flavors present.

O - The six pack grew on me a little bit. When I first tasted it, I thought it was just a big waste of money and I was going to pawn them off to my dad or party guests or something. I ended up liking them more as I drank them mostly because there actually are some hops and bitterness in the finish that you don't get with most other Euro Lagers.

08-16-2011 00:03:37 | More by Dave128
Photo of fx20736

New York

2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, served at fridge temp.

Appearance: pale yellow gold with 1 finger ivory white head, nice lacing.

aroma is sour and musty

mouthfeel ok

taste: grainy with a sour metallic aftertaste.

Notes: trainwreck of a beer. As bad as any AAL from BMC.

08-09-2011 18:48:40 | More by fx20736
Photo of kylehay2004


3.33/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

08-09-2011 01:41:23 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of Mora2000


3/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

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


2.9/5  rDev -10.2%

Imported from ratebeer.com - JUL 20, 2008

On tap at the Elephant & Castle in San Diego.

Pours a pale, golden color with dissipating head that leaves lacing around the glass. Smells of hops, I wouldn’t call it "fruity." It tasted of hops, very slight sweetness, followed by a little malt presence and a dry, crisp, slightly bitter finish. Not a fan of pale lagers, and this didn’t change my opinion, though it is a lot better than most mass-produced American lagers.

07-22-2011 02:23:17 | More by kflorence
Photo of NWer


3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

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


3.33/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

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


3/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

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


3/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

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

New York

3.1/5  rDev -4%

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.

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


2.68/5  rDev -17%

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.

07-05-2011 22:51:44 | More by Retsinis
Photo of Knapp85


3.83/5  rDev +18.6%

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.

07-01-2011 23:53:24 | More by Knapp85
Photo of JayS2629


3.13/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

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


3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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.

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

Alberta (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

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

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

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


3.15/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

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


3.23/5  rDev 0%

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.

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


3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

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


3.93/5  rDev +21.7%

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.

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


3.48/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

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


2.33/5  rDev -27.9%

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.

05-12-2011 18:36:06 | More by kojevergas
Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
74 out of 100 based on 2,074 ratings.