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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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74
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2,305 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,305
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 17.08%
Wants: 38
Gots: 297 | FT: 0
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Ireland

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2001

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Ratings: 2,305 | Reviews: 713
Photo of WoodBrew
3.64/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aaaahhh....Guinness blonde headed step child. Harp is a very taste beer for those who can't stomach the real goods...yeah that's right the real good....Guinness! Harp is a tasty alternative to going the distance. The color is golden/pale yellow with white foam. no aroma solid taste, and it is an easy session beer!

Photo of woemad
2.48/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

St.Patrick's , 2011 and it's at the grocery store for $1.44, so what the hell.

12oz bottle with no freshness date, a different label than the one pictured, and it states this was contract brewed in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada.

Poured a slightly darker than straw color, with about a half-inch of white foam that dispersed rather quickly. No lace to speak of.

Slightly earthy with a distant herbal hop scent.

Pretty much like the nose. This has a mild, grainy flavor with a very small, grassy hop bite.

Mouthfeel that is thin, but not too crisp, like a fan of a light lager might conceivably want. No mistaking this for a pilsener.

This is somewhere between a yawn and an ugh. Even on future St.Patty's Days, this will not be worth revisiting.

Photo of steven9000
2.08/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

appearance- golden clear straw color with a 1 finger egg shell white head.

smell- I don't really get any smell. I do get this weird smell that Canadian lagers have.

taste- taste is exactly like the smell. I don't get really anything here. I get that Canadian lager taste and it is refreshing but very boring and much like a Canadian adjunct lager like molson Canadian.

mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Overall- Its just a boring beer. If i want something refreshing i would much rather drink a nice German pilsner.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a crystal clear, straw-gold color with a chunky, white, big bubbled foam head. Aromas of toasted oats and light malty notes. The beer is round and a little oily slick in mouth, with slightly sour-malt flavors and a very light hop flavor to balance. Also some cereal type flavors. The beer has an extremely quick finish, with only trace sour notes on the aftertaste. The beer is extremely easy to drink, and goes with just about anything.

Photo of Swedes21
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a clear ale colour with a thin line of carbonation right up the middle. head is a soft white, disappears quickly leaving some good lacing.

Smell - light smelling beer, some faint hops, not much else. very clean.

taste - light tasting beer, typical lager i would say. not much of an aftertaste, nothing lingers. simple very faint hop nodes along with a little fruit/apple.

mouthfeel - some added carbonation, actually felt smoother than the tasting. enjoyable with the moutfeel.

Overall - beer #1 on my way to pakistan! sitting in the AC lounge, access to my own taps, this is living. Good beer, simple and refreshing. This ones for you SpinRSX!

Photo of legatovibrato24
3.35/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance
clear straw yellow with a bright white head. head dissipates quickly to a fine layer atop the lager

Smell
Slightly grassy with mild hop notes. A bit of malt is detectable but no booze is apparent.

Taste
A very crisp clean Lager taste. Very typical, with nothing outstanding or overwhelming. flavors across the board are very balanced, with lingering aftertastes of light fruit.

Mouthfeel
Strong carbonation gives a bit of bite upfront. However this mellows out to a relatively light and thin mouthfeel. Doesn't give you that mucusy feel after a few drinks.

Drinkability
A very drinkable lager that does not overfill, but has a refreshing effect.

Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.9/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smells of malt and bitter hopping. Appearance is pale golden with plenty of carbonation. Leaves low amt of lacing and loses it's head quicky. Very low foam remainder.

Tastes of an sweeter lager; good bittering balance with malt. Clean and easy drinking. Low spec malt. Okay for a staple beer is one appreciates Euro lager.

Photo of JMad
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug...

The beer was a pale, clear, golden color with a thick, bubbly, white head. It smells of grass and lemon with nutty undertones. The taste consists of bread and grass with a lemony, hoppy aftertaste. The beer is light without being watery, it prickles the tongue and leaves the mouth dry. I thought this was an above average Euro lager, look forward to making a black & tan later.

Photo of jsprain1
3.02/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly darkened straw with a thin head. Little to no lacing. Standard for style. What little head was there disappated quickly.
S- Slightly grainy with a touch of noble hops.
T- Same here. Pretty clean. Initially grainy with a touch of noble hops in the finish.
M- Light bodied, carbonation was initially high but felt flat in the finish.
D- An easy drinking beer, and easily sessionable, but little about it that's all that distinguishable from other Euro Lagers.

Photo of eporter66
3.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Charlton Tavern.

A - Clear yellow with foamy rich head and good lacing throughout

S - Nothing very distinct, a bit of a malty sweetness

T - This is where I was surprised, I had not had a Harps in years, saw it on tap and ordered it. Fairly bland tasting, and I always thought of Harps as something above the standard. Slight malty sweetness, not much in the way of hops in terms of bitterness, just a straight forward lager.

M - Light to medium, lots of carbonation

D - You can certainly throw a few of these back, just nothing special or standout about this beer at all. Probably can get equal quality for much less $$$

Photo of Frothboss
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow with lots of head up front finding a thin medium after about a minute. Lacing is pretty cool, makes rings on the glass as i drink it and leaves a consistent lAce all around. Smells of livht malts and slight hops. Tastes kind of citrusy with a little hop right off the back of the tounge. The carbonation is not shy and leaves a dryness in my mouth that mAkes me want to drink another gulp.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.4/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very light straw pale yellow color with a thin white head and very little lacing. Smells of pale malts and a little corn or grain. Very mediocre. Tastes of pale malts a little noble hop and some slight grain. Mouthfeel is medium and it has a fair amount of carbonation. Drinkability is okay.

Photo of TheGarvenator
3.8/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours clear with a golden color with some head

S - smells like a lager...kinda malty

T - tastes like wheat and a hint of malt and very hoppy

M - very carbonated, it tingles with every sip

D - pretty drinkable id say

Pretty interesting this lager is...its very fizzy and has a wheat taste to it...leaves a citrus aftertaste which is nice and id recommend this for people who like lagers to try...its interesting....

Photo of SassyBootblack
3.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear yellow color. No head to speak of. By all appearances, a typical yellow thing a man gives you in a bar. No adjunct flavors, but the light tatse of malt and noble hops. It goes down easy like a lager should. Middling body, medium carbonation.

Not the most adventurous beer by a long shot, but when it comes to (if you'll forgive the term) continental lagers, you can do a lot worse.

Photo of jar2574
2.87/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think they've changed bottles, and they now have a green theme to them. It also says that it's a "premium" lager on the bottle.

Pours see-through yellow but with a great big white frothy head. It looks the way a lager is supposed to look. The head retention is excellent, even three minutes of settling leaves a 1/4 head. Excellent lacing on the way down as well. If only this beer tasted as good as it looks!

Nothing special about the smell. Slightly metallic, unfortunately. Maybe a trace of malts. I didn't smell any hops.

Taste is dry. The flavors don't feel "natural," no sweet malts, no earthy hops or bitter hops. It's a dry beverage with quite a lot of carbonation. The mouthfeel is OK and drinkability would be fine. A decent choice to replace American macro lagers, and an OK choice for this Euro style. But nothing stellar.

Photo of Matt1516
2.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Agressive fizziness on the pour, largish head that leaves lacing but only retains for a minute.

Sweet grassy smell. Creamy mouthfeel with some carbonation.

Crisp lager taste, a little watery. A taste of honey and grains. Mild hoppiness. Dry finish with a touch of sourness.

I'm not a huge fan of lagers but this could be a nice summer refresher.

Photo of rjplumer
3.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a one finger white head that quickly diminishes. Has a pils like aroma. Has hints of citrus and bitterness. Carbonation is very active. I detect some sourness that lingers for a short while. This is a step above most Pale Lagers made by the Macro-Brewers. I'd drink this one again with no problem.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.8/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Usually poured in pint glass often as a half-half pour with Guinness. Pours a clear, faint yellow body with a fine, white head. Light sheeting of lace on the way down. Faint aroma of vaguely grainy maltiness with a thin whiff of Noble hops. Tastes of light pale malts with an equally light cereal sweetness and touch of grain. Expect no more than a hint of floral, spicy hops and bitterness, which remains for the drying finish. Light-bodied; medium carbonation. A tad watery. An enjoyable cheap pale lager at an Irish pub.

Photo of scottchesterhall
4.13/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden color...very nice body for a lager, with a quarter-inch of head and strong lacing.

Smell...I'm actually impressed by the smell. There's a sweet estery presence of yeast and mild hops...nuanced by dry and nice. I don't expect fireworks on a lager but this is inviting.

Taste is sweet and dry with a nice lingering roasted malt. Clean, but substantial.

Mouthfeel is thinnish but nicely effervescent.

Drinkability is solid, especially when cool.

In my humble (and apparently rare, based on other reviews) opinion, this is a top-notch lager. I'm mostly an ale fan, but Harp is in my top 5 of lagers when I'm going that way.

Remember, beer-people...this is a LAGER. It's a narrow flavor profile, so judge it accordingly!

Photo of WhiteOak
3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Bright pale yellow color. Head thick and lasting, leaving some lace.

S- Bready malt and a little caramel. Faint clean hoppiness.

T- Bready, grainy malt flavor. Husk, hay, hops. Slight bitterness on the dry finish.

D- A bit too controlled & encapsulated. Drinkable, but uninspiring.

Photo of slackerlack
2.7/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Yellow/Golden color
S - Smells of hops and grain.
T - Bland, nothing special.
D - Light, goes down smooth, almost like water.

This is a very light beer. It reminds me of some of our average american commercial beers. Nothing special, very boring beer. I will not have this again.

Photo of robnews
3.77/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Harp pint glass.

Pale yellow color with nice white slightly creamy head.
Nice two finger head from a vigorous pour.
Lacing remains for an extended period.

Faint spicyness on the nose. Slight sweetness coming through.

Nice carbonation and refreshing mouthfeel. Sweet at first but quickly fading to slight bitterness. Long bitter aftertaste.

Not a bad beer really. At it's best when really cold. Refreshing bitter lager.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank it out of a bottle, can't remember if it was 12 or 11.2 oz..

Pours a super-duper clear, ultra-lite golden yellow. My sample had a pretty white head that stuck all over the glass. Smell was expectedly mild, some biscuit. Taste was nicely complex, in a mild sort of way again. Some tasty light toasted malts and some Euro bitters. Feel was active and smooth, crisp and refreshing. Drinkability high. I'm glad I tried this brew again - it'd be a worthy choice in a place that may not have a massive beer selection.

Photo of mavbrew
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a transparent straw yellow color with a finger thick, frothy white head.

S: Has a bit of a grassy smell to it, light hops perhaps. Also some hints of yeast and malts, very faint scents all around.

T: Very light in flavor, not much going on here. Kind of a malty taste to it, I guess pretty typical for a lighter lager. Crisp finish.

M: Light in body with average carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable session beer, goes down easy. Would really only drink this if I was throwing back a few and the taste doesn't matter. It's not bad, it's just average.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.95/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Harp Lager has a thick, frothy, and slightly off-white head and a clear golden-amber appearance, with fine particulate matter floating throughout. Carbonation is high, and a nice amount of lacing is left down the glass. The aroma is of barley, but that is faint. Taste is of roasted barley, with a mild hop undertone. Mouth-feel is pretty light and watery, and Harp Lager finishes crisp and dry. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and would recommend it.

RJT

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Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
74 out of 100 based on 2,305 ratings.