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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

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2,156 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,156
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.34%
Wants: 25
Gots: 167 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2001)
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Photo of hdofu
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a lager I have no complaints this is what I'd expect a lager to taste like. Has a pleasant grassy smell with a bit of a grassy taste followed by some hops. Poured gold with a white fuzzy volcano. I'm not a big fan of lagers but this one is doable and pretty enjoyable.

hdofu, Nov 29, 2010
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.

drabmuh, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear golden color.Builds a small head which disappears fast and leaves little lacing. The smell hints a little apple as well as sourdough. That feel continuos after tasting this well carbonated beer. Nicley balanced and smooth finish. Good mass production lager.

Hopfenpeter, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle LO237NE2-02:41. A highly carbonated but nice and clear golden yellow pour with a little head that sticks around. The aroma smacks of grains, corn, and vague hops. The body is pretty good and comes in at about medium texture. The taste is clean and fresh with a solid balance of corn and barley malts and hops. A better macro lager than most.

puboflyons, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of MirImage
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice crystal clear straw yellow. Lots of bubble run up the glass. The head poured nice and had nice lacing.

Smell: Smells a bit of apple peels (not the fleshy part), Interesting but still a little dull.

Taste: Very crisp and light in flavor. Slightly sweet with pale malt and virtually no hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Slight carbonation bite.

Drinkability: Could have a few of them. Would rather have it layered with Guinness.

MirImage, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of case4816
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- On tap at the local bar. Poured a very pale yellow colour with little visible carbonation. Head thick and creamy and lasted quite a while.

S- Very Malty and yeasty on the nose. The malts are very lightly roasted and the yeast smells of fresh bread. A little caramel is also detectable on the finish.

T- Follows the smell very well. Very yeasty and malty on the front of the taste. The malts taste a little darker than the look of the beer would leave you to believe. The caramel flavour is also there somewhat. Very little bitterness on the finish, but it is there.

D- A very nice easy drinking beer. Always my choice when I go to this bar. Selection isn't that great there but this is the best of the selection.

case4816, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of kwjd
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Splitting a pitcher or this. Pours a golden orange colour with thick white head. Smells mostly of grassy hops. I'm surprised how hoppy it is actually. Nice bitterness in the flavour. Medium carbonation level. Easy to finish off half a pitcher, as I just did.

kwjd, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of Onenote81
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on-tap at Finnegan's Wake in town for lunch. Came out a crystal clear pale gold with a thin white head on top. Light lace left behind. The nose was basic: some light grains, buttered-bread, faint hops. Nice crisp clean mouth on it. Refreshing. Nice grainy breads in the flavor, hints of bitter hops, and a smooth sweet finish. This paired very well with my Irish fare. Not a bad beer. I liked it.

Onenote81, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of Vdubb86
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

This was a nice brew to have at Quizzo at Finn McCool's in Schaumburg, IL. Even though we didn't win.

This pours a nice pale golden color with a decent white coarse foam head. The aroma is rather malty, most is actually a nice light caramel notes, but there is a hint of corn syrup in the back. The taste has a bit of citrus up front and is malty and smooth. Then there is a astringent bitterness that attacks in the aftertaste that isn't the greatest. The mouthfeel suffers due to this astringency. But it is well carbonated and smooth in viscosity. It is a fairly good drinking beer.

Vdubb86, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of Stunner97
2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- golden yellow to golden orange in coler thick white head of the pour and very crisp active carbonation with tons of bubbles of all sizes streaming the glass, very lively appearance

Smell- grains, malts, corn, very much typical nose of many macro lagers

Taste- lots of grain and malts up front with a firm bitterness in the back end, finish is relatively short, got a decent flavor but nothing very complex either just nothing that you can put your finger on and say your really enjoying

mouthfeel- very highly carbonated and crisp

Drinkability- its easy drinking but somehow the more i hate the less i really was rapidly desiring more, just something boring and kind of bland about this beer, i mean dont get me wrong its not a flawed beer but just kind of simple and bland, is it better then alot of american macros yes but not by an extremely large margin and far and away from being able to stand up with some of the better European lagers

Stunner97, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of Derranged
2.95/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured in a pint glass.

A- Pours a pale golden color

S- Kind of grainy, but was weak overall

T- This tasted like carbonated water and bread. I dont know if something was wrong with the tap, but there was hardly anything going on there.

M- Fizzy

D- From what I tried, I guess I can drink a bunch of these.

Id like to try this again just to see if the tap was messed up, because flavor was really lacking.

Derranged, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of weller1js
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours a pale clear yellow with heavy carbonation, heavy foam dissolving into light lacing.

smell: slightly earthiness with typical barley-hops lager scent.

taste: clean and slightly sweet hop-flavor, what you would expect from a typical lager

drinkability: average yet quality of ingredients is evident, it is very drinkable for the style and pleasant overall.

weller1js, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of metallaw
4.43/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm biased on the whole irish thing, but I'll try to give a useful review. Got this in a world market beers of the world package.

Appearance - Poured a beautiful pale, straw color.

Smell - Smells of sweet barley and hops.

Taste - This is where it is. Slightly sweet, almost minty taste, not too overbalanced with alcohol and hops.

Mouthfeel - I find this beer highly carbonated. It reminds me of the same feel as a monster nitro energy drink. That being said, I enjoy that, so all in all thumbs up.

Drinkability - Could easily down a few on a hot summer day. Want to try on tap.

Worth your money, definitely a different beer.

metallaw, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of MBPChead
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good standard lager that I've had a few times. Heres what I think overall

Look: Pale ginger ale color with a frothy foamy wight head, and upward spiraling bubbles of carbonation. Good look overall

Smell: Light hop fragrance accompanied by pale malt and wheat. Fairly typical lager Aroma.

Taste: Sour hop flavor upfront with a small hint of ginger, with pale malt and wheat at the back of the tongue. Not bad, but nothing really to special.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and a tad bit thick with a slight prickly sensation on the tongue, which subsides into a frothy foam with a bit of agitation. Again not bad but nothing special

Drinkability: Smooth and refreshing on a summer midday-evening, drinkability is good overall.

All in all, a good example of a Euro lager.

MBPChead, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of RRoeb1123
3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Translucent amber color to it, decent head that dissipates slowly. Carbonation is very distinct.

Smell: Malty, with some various malt notes coming through more distinctly than others. A bit of hoppiness, and also a slight corn scent.

Taste: Malty, with a bit of hop bite towards the end. Nothing too wild, just a nice pleasant flavor. There is also a bit of corn mixed in to me for some reason. The malts play off each other nicely, and the taste is pretty balanced

Mouthfeel: Pretty carbonated, but a decent mouthfeel, not harsh, but not silky like many other beers.

Drinkability: Certainly a decent session beer, if macros aren't your thing. A great beer to hang out with, when you don't want a backyard brew.

Verdict: A decent middle of the road beer.

RRoeb1123, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of wahhmaster
2.73/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale, translucent golden color. Has a large white head that dissipates slowly and leaves some surprisingly nice lacing.

Smell: Mostly grainy but has a hint of sweet and bready malts.

Taste: Grainy and slightly toasty with just a touch of hop bitterness to it. Mildly sweet as well. Pretty standard macro lager territory here.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a nice crispness to it.

Drinkability: A sub-standard lager. There's nothing here to really distinguish this beer from other macro lagers. All in all, it's probably overpriced since it's imported and made by Guinness so I'd definitely look elsewhere.

wahhmaster, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of bobhits
2.4/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For some reason I always have to have a Guiness, hate it, and then remember how much better Harps is when I'm in an "Irish" bar.

Well, it's a straw colored, a bit of a head but noting impressive, good carbination. It's got some hops and grain and earthy aromas in the nose. The taste is much the same. Just enough hops to keep it interesting and a bit of earthy grainy flavors I"ve come to expect out of beers from that region. It's not bad if you ignore the huge price tag most bars seem to think it deserves. Certainly not above average or anything but it's got flavor and you can sit back and have a few.

bobhits, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of beerprovedwright
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My pour resulted in a thick fluffy white head of two inches, which took about two minutes to settle down to a light covering. Broken lacing around my glass with not much clinging power. Rates a 6 on the color chart, a light amber with good clarity. Distinctive hop and malt smell. Good flavor with a pleasing bitter bite, but not overwhelming. A little twang on the tongue and palette and pleasing aftertaste. Crisp and flavorful, this is a good choice for a pleasing time at the grill or even yard work. I would recommend this beer to friends who like something with a little more flavor than the basic backyard brew.

beerprovedwright, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of biteme398
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A fairly pale color with a decent head that recedes slowly. Smell is fairly sweet, floral in a way and overall pleasant. Lacing is light but noticeable. The taste is very watery and carbonated. I feel there should be more going on - based on the smell in particular - but there isn't really. On the positive side there is a little bit of hops and a pinch of malt. I really liked Harp for a while but didn't drink it for a year and my tastes must have changed. It is refreshing but there are better examples of the style.

biteme398, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of TheMadJack
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. Bottle into Pilsner glass.

A: Clear, pale straw yellow with a bright white, very light and foamy head that rises slightly above the rim of the glass and doesn't fall over. Clusters of carbonation cling to the sides of the glass. Moderately full lacing.

S: Simple and clean. Malts that smell like Barley. No funny stuff here, no "wheat" or "corn" or "rye". Not "toasty" or "burnt" or "bready". Barley. Butter. Hop presence is light, somewhat flowery, and doesn't compete with the rest of the aroma.

T: Begins with a gentle, honey like sweetness that fades through to butter, finishing with tastes of barley that linger a moment, and clear out to a dry finish. Hops dry out the flavors throughout and mostly provide accent and counterpoint. Simple and clean, but not very complicated or compelling. And while I don't equate complexity with quality, I do make such such an association with beers that call out to you.

M: Just a touch heavier than water with a crisp dryness that you feel mostly along the back half of your tongue. All good qualities for a lager.

D: Versatile, drinkable, easy on the stomach and nice to look at on the one hand; not very compelling and import pricing on the other.

TheMadJack, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of Lauthaha
4.33/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A heavy pour at a 45-degree angle yields a head with minimal foaminess; about 3/4 a finger tall. Heavy carbonation is visible through the glass as the lager is a bronze/sunlight yellow color. Head never completely recedes, which is nice because each sip retains just a touch of the creaminess. Does just what it's supposed to in my book.

Smell: Very interesting! The first thing I notice is a bright, citrus-type smell. Perhaps lemon zest or orange peel. Very low yeastiness, tasty hop scent. Above average for a pale lager.

Taste: Does not disappoint. The citrus flavor is still the most outstanding one, followed closely by the near-perfectly balanced hops. Perhaps just a *touch* of cinnamon or nutmeg thrown in for good measure. A much better tasting beer than its partner-in-crime, Guinness.

Mouthfeel: Just as it claims to be, it is crisp and refreshing. Light on the tongue, the flavor sits gently and leaves a mildly bitter aftertaste. Rinses clean with a sip of water or a bite of chicken, turkey or pork.

Drinkability: I would pair this beer up with just about any medium-flavor entreé. It goes down smooth and is easily followed by another of its six-pack-mates. Doesn't get rough as some lagers do after a few sips, this one is (as Teddy Roosevelt said) "Good to the last drop!"

Guinness isn't a bad brew, but Harp is more commercially accessible. It's not an overwhelming smack-you-in-the-face hopped-up brewski, but at the same time it is definitely not your average run-of-the-mill mass-produced swill-water. For what it's supposed to be, it's nearly dead-on. I like it and would recommend it to a friend.

Lauthaha, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of smithza9
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is by far one of my favorite beers of all time. I love pale lagers. I had this at a true Irish pub in Canada and it was wonderful. Its a nice golden color and tastes very sweet. Its amazingly smooth and is very drinkable. A must have for any beer connoisseur.


smithza9, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of Jonopoly
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A deep, golden straw color with a thick foamy head that stuck around a hell of alot longer than your typical American Lager. Lots of carbonation and some decent lacing on the glass.

S: Floral hops, some light grain aromas.

T: Sweet cereal grains, finishes with a slightly dry, peppery hop flavor.

M: Light-bodied brew for sure, carbonation isn't too bad.

D: A very drinkable and thirst quenching lager.

As far as lagers go, this one's not too bad. Nothing complex, but it's got a nice balanced flavor.

Jonopoly, Aug 06, 2010
Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
74 out of 100 based on 2,156 ratings.