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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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2,264 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,264
Reviews: 704
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 33
Gots: 242 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2001

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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.

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.

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.64/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of biteme398
3.1/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of TheMadJack
3.29/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Lauthaha
4.32/5  rDev +33.7%
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.

Photo of smithza9
3.71/5  rDev +14.9%
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.


Photo of Jonopoly
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of darkmartin
3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours to a rich golden amber, with a frothy white head. Minimal lacing

Smell: Smells like bread.

Taste: Bread and yeast flavors are most prevalent. Very nice rich bread aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly watery, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very clean feel, quite refreshing.

Drinkability: Goes down nicely on a hot summer day.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.87/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz sporty new green-labeled bottle pours a crystal clear light gold color. A fluffed white foam fades fast and leaves a light sheen and lacy collar.

Nose is grainy malt with a light floral hop presence. Smells better than a budweiser, thats for sure and has me wondering why the young emerald islanders aren't drinking their native Harp as opposed to a crappy American import.

Pretty basic...sweet grains with a light hop balance. Really though, not a bad lager at all. Body is fairly light, but it has a nice mouthfeel, decently creamy. This bottle seems to be better than the few times I have had this on draught, fresher with a crisper hop finish. I bought this out of the singles bin on impulse, I didnt expect it to be one of the better Euro lagers I've had this year.

Photo of mentor
3.69/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big finger of fluffy, clingy,white head over a clear light straw yellow liquid. Smells mildly like pils hops, sulfur, and mineral.

Tastes sharp hop bitter and carbonation over a non-descript malt sweet. Hop bitter is light, crisp, and very has a mineral edge. Carbonation is strong on the pull and stings in the finish. Malt flavor is pils. Mouthfeel is modest and very drying due to the hop and carbonation cleansing effects. Not much in the way of complexity, but there shouldn't be according to this style. Pretty yummy, I could easily drink another. Too bad about the sulfur nose, this beer would have scored much higher.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.26/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, bright yellow color. Poured a 1 finger fizzy white head that dissipated to a thin skim. Broken lacing.

S: Grassy and peppery hops. Light citrus. Little malt character.

T: Citrus rind and a little buscuity malt. Some floral hop character goes quickly to a peppery bitter finish.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth.

D: Easily drinkable. Good balance.

Photo of appenzeller
3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden hue, clarity is good, quite a nice thick and enduring head.

Smell is subdued. Slightly flowery, lemon and butter. Taste is the same. This is a simple, quality brew, counter to one's conceptions of Irish brews, quite light and clean but not having the elegance of a Pilsner Urquell, on the one hand or any kind of complexity on the other. Nice beer, just nothing special.

Photo of aval89
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours your typical golden lager color. but a nice 1.5 finger head.. head actually takes a while to settle down and leaves a fair amount of lacing..

smell: sweet grain..slight malt..very faint hop aroma.. a little metallic also.. not offensive..

taste: sweet grain and malt upfront.. finishes a bit hoppy and sweet.. i also picked up what i think is a nutty profile?

mf is medium carbonated..

very easy to drink.. this brew was a little more than i expected..

Photo of srandycarter
3.86/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Light gold/honey, very clear, and near white, thick head. Head is slow to leave, and TONS of cling lace.

S - Light malt, light hops, a bit floral overall.

T - A bit grainy, light lager flavors, light hop backup.

M - Light body, good carb, good balance. Very light feel.

D - Oh Jeez, very easy to drink, especially on a hot day.

Photo of scott451
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in its own glass which was a tall beaker. A half finger fine white head which soon diminished to a ring. Lots of fine lacing. Well carbonated clear amber. Malty smells. Taste was mild overall with malt up front and a hop finish. Malt flavours. Nice balance. Crisp mouthfeel. The drinkability was up there. Much better than I expected from a major.

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

Poured from the bottle, cold, into the pint glass, this is a crystal clear pale gold color with a fair white fuzz cap and a bit of lacing to go with it. The aroma is simple wheat with tangy yeast, not overpowering, not wonderful, but fine for a lager. The first taste brings a slight citrus hop bread deal. Although it has a nice effervescence and a dry hoppy finish, the feel is a bit watery. The lemony hop dominates the front of your tongue to the finish but it leaves a more metalic quality at the back of your mouth, even though this one was from a bottle. The hop bite doesn't have much flavor characteristic and the basic bread idea gets lost in a wimpy feeling liquid. It's certainly drinkable enough, like most lagers but it leaves a bit of a rancid aftertaste, like green compost, though that's being overly dramatic. Before I discovered better beer and bigger beers, I always though Harp was a reasonable brew, but I would say that may be a little generous these days. It'll work but it won't satisfy the taste buds overly.

Photo of pugdogbeer
3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very drinkable lager from the old country and a great example that is often copied.

Pale, strawlike colour with a decent head that soon settles.

I like the bite of this lager when it goes down and it has to be served cold to appreciate it.

Crisp, fresh taste to it and a great session lager.

In Belfast growing up, this was one of the cheapest beers available and now drinking it in the airport when I leave Belfast it is marketed as upmarket and here in Canada it is pushed as a fancy Irish lager.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.27/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pretty decent bright yellow color. Some nice lacing, but not much foam. Not much apparent carbonation.

Smell: Flowery and peppery. Pretty hoppy and citrusy as well, like fresh lemongrass. There's not much malt here in my opinion. Kind of peppery as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lemon and hops with a clear flowery presence. Similar to something like Pilsner Urquell with the floral taste to it. Perfect carbonation makes this nice and smooth.

Drinkability: Great drinkability. Perfect balance of taste and feel.

Overall: I actually appreciate this beer. I've only had it once, but it works as a nice changeup to your stereotypical Irish stouts.

Photo of NefariousR
3.04/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Lightish yellow with a thin white head. Pretty standard Pale Lager look.

S - Very light smell, but I can detect a bit of malt, with maybe a dash of hops.

T - Not too pronounced of a flavor; there is some fruit on the fore and a bit of nuttiness on the aftertaste.

M - Thin and watery, with ample carbonation.

D - Better than standard Pale Lager fare, but still fairly boring. It has a bit of character, and I could occasionally enjoy one if I was in the mood for something light, but I'm certainly not rushing back to buy more.

Photo of ludachris
3.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours that clear macro shade of gold with one finger of quickly dissipating soapy white head that leaves almost no lacing.

Sweet notes of cherry and raison, a healthy dose of bready malts, and faint grassy hops make up the nose.

Sweet and crisp candied cherries mix with a quick dash of grassy hops, gradually moving to a bready malt finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, a bit slick and watery with a pronounced level of carbonation that could be toned down a bit.

The fruity character of this beer really saved it from being below standard. But overall, it's nothing special and overly priced.

Photo of cudmud
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light straw color with one-half finger of head. Good lacing.

Smell: Malts, yeast, and citrus.

Taste: Slight malt flavor combined with yeast, hops, and peppery notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: OK. I've had better examples of this beer. Will try again.

Photo of NeutroMan
2.49/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: Crystal clear bright golden color with a one-and-a-half finger foamy white head. Visibly highly carbonated.

S: Some faint sweet malts and even fainter grassy hops.

T: Watery and overly carbonated with some low-level grainy malt sweetness. Minimal hops. Crisp and dry, but there's not much here.

M: Medium-light bodied, but the story here is the carbonation, which I feel is excessive (even for the style) and adds an unpleasant carbonic bite to the tongue.

D: Has session potential, but the watery carbonation is too much.

Photo of bob3701
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a clear yellow with a big fluffy white head that retains well and has good lacing. Kind of a neutral aroma. A typical lager taste slight skunky after taste. Back in my college days this was one of my go to beers. I guess my taste has changed or Harp has changed. Just have better memories of it back then.

Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
74 out of 100 based on 2,264 ratings.