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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

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2,045 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,045
Reviews: 688
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 17.39%
Wants: 21
Gots: 135 | 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 HoustonTX


3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Harp Lager pours with a slight golden-yellow body.
Crisp frothy head, with decent retention.
Aroma of semi-cooked bread, pale malt, and grassy florals.
Taste is crisp and grainy with a light sweetness in the foreground.
Semi-aggressive hopping, with the grains remaining strong.
Mouthfeel is well carbonated, and easy to drink.

Decent lager, and something that is simple to drink without over analyzing complexity's.

08-27-2007 20:13:16 | More by HoustonTX
Photo of kguyty


3.18/5  rDev -1.2%

This beer pours a nice golden color, with a little head. The smell is kind of bitter, but I don't get much more from it. There is a taste of wheat and grain, but nothing too terribly speical. It's a good beer, but I've got to be honest -- I was a little disappointed for the price.

08-21-2007 00:27:05 | More by kguyty
Photo of BrewSomerville

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -5.9%

Aroma: Malty sweet. Some (little) floral hops. Honey.

Looks: Crystal clear. Golden yellow in colour. Medium sized white head. Head retention is average. Nice lace.

Taste: Some bready flavours. Fairly well balanced. More hops on the finish. Peaches & apples.

M.F.: Avg carbonation. On the heavier side of light bodied

08-06-2007 02:47:09 | More by BrewSomerville
Photo of SudNut


2.45/5  rDev -23.9%

I had this beer on tap in one of the local pubs. It is a little darker than most lagers I have tried with the average malty sweet aroma most lagers have with a bit of grain. The taste is good a little bitter up front with a buttery after taste. Mouth feel is average to a bit watery. This beer is fairly drinkable just not my favorite.

07-18-2007 22:50:21 | More by SudNut
Photo of Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +0.3%

Pay day Friday so I can splurge...if you can call a sixer of Harp splurging.

Darker straw yellow than most lagers I've tried. Not much in the way of carbonation bubbles which probably explains why the head receded to a thin white cap, then a thin ring,

Some earthy, grainy malts with just a hint of sweet floral hop in the background.

Hop kick at the front end, very similar to other Euro Pale Lagers. Some nice, robust cracker-like malts make it a decent tasting lager. Finishes just slightly to the dry side.

For the lack of bubbles, carbonation feel is surprising crisp, yet not too sweet.

Nice Euro Lager that doesn't surprise or disappoint.

07-14-2007 22:03:28 | More by Shadman
Photo of crazybrody06


2.98/5  rDev -7.5%

poured from bottle into a glass. yellow color, 1/4 inch head that lingered for a few minutes. Tastes like a regular american lager with a little bit of a bitter aftertaste. the mouthfeel is pretty good its not watery at all like you get with some lagers. but for me its not worth the price.

07-10-2007 18:38:22 | More by crazybrody06
Photo of giblet


2.8/5  rDev -13%

i like this beer. not as much of it around as some others. good taste but not as full as i like.

like most of the euro lagers it is much better than the US macros. worth a as far as my end is concerned!

i prefer stronger!

"Beer is proof that God loves man." Ben Franklin

suckem up and movem out.


06-27-2007 19:38:21 | More by giblet
Photo of cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -5.3%

This was tried on tap in downtown Toronto along with a burger. The colour was a dark gold colour, translucent, with an off-white head about 2cm high. There was not a lot of aroma to speak of however. The taste was crisp and clean with a metallic tinge to it. It felt rather weak on the tongue, not watery, but the carbonation wasn't strong either..

06-25-2007 01:23:12 | More by cyrenaica
Photo of DoubleJ


3.45/5  rDev +7.1%

Guinness' idea of a lager is brought to you by Sharkeez in Huntington Beach, only because Firestone Walker was empty on draft. On to the beer:

Light blonde in color with some head and a little carbonation action in the body. The flavor is a little bolder than your typical lager. Clean, crisp, with a little bit of a banana twist to it, and a tingling finish o slight bitterness on the tongue. A good lager, but a bit expensive at stores.

06-14-2007 18:28:21 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of beckscrusader420


3.15/5  rDev -2.2%

Well this beer isn't really that bad but it isn't really that good either. It has some traits of budweiser but not as bad. I'm guessing its brewed with rice. For the money its a bit overpriced like Corona. If I had to choose between Harp and the normal piss water macro lagers I'd choose Harp but its nothing that great and its nothing that bad either.

05-29-2007 19:45:31 | More by beckscrusader420
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +15.8%

Pours a clear golden yellow with a thin head that has some staying power. Lace forms immediately once the head starts reducing in size.

Aroma is sweet, mostly wheat and corn, pretty typical of the style, nothing amazing.

For the style, this is very good. A nice sweet nip at the front of the sip gets relatively more complex further in, with a bitter bite, a slightly grassy tang, and a long fruity burst leading to a dry and clean finish. Mouthfeel is also good, a bit aggressive due to the healthy carbonation; seems just right for a lager.

Been knocking myself out on the big and heavies lately, so this
was a great change of pace, and it turned out to be a quality lager, period.

05-18-2007 21:53:28 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of tempest


3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

On-tap at Kitty Hoynes in Syracuse.

A very drinkable Euro pale lager, if that's what you'r looking for. It was sweet and slightly grainy with a faint aroma and slight head. It reminded me of a fruity version of Budweiser. Not offensive and a decent beer, but nothing special.

05-11-2007 05:54:51 | More by tempest
Photo of therica


3.48/5  rDev +8.1%

Brewed in Canada for US import now.

Massive belch-city here, for me at least. Mouthfuls of foam belch-- not pleasant. But I drank this for a few weeks as an alternative to more expensive beers I'd been drinking (Paulaner Pils etc) and the taste is pretty good. I just can't deal with the massive bloated guts any longer. It's odd because it seems to occur with some cases and not with others.

A= nicer head than American macro lager, 2 fingers in a 1/2L glass stein. Golden yellow (darker than I seem to recall it). At times though, the foam would fill half the clean glass stein and never go away-- it just seemed molded in place.

S= nice hops florals, malts.

T= more complex and pleasant in taste than the typical US macro-brew lagers. Malts, slight hops bitters, smooth, well-balanced. A very suitable lager with an edge over many mass-distribution competitors-- but at a cost-price.

M= fine, no distractions, mild honey-fruity floral aftertaste, light hops bitters, just enough to keep it honest. No nasal-burning belch, unlike most cheap mainstream American macro-lager's.

D= beware the random mega-foam phenomenon and resultant massive-bloating and belching that I describe at the top. Otherwise, a good session-beer if you're in the mood and want to pay the extra money over US Macro's.

05-07-2007 01:57:58 | More by therica
Photo of Kicksmile67


3.1/5  rDev -3.7%

A - Pretty average, yellow

S - Light hop, again very average

T - Light and refreshing

M - Clean, little much carbonation

D - Light, and easy to put a few away. If I gotta get a cheap beer this is it. Not likely to surprize anyone but something good from the cats in canada, yup its brewed in canada (check the label).

04-27-2007 03:09:47 | More by Kicksmile67
Photo of alexskovan

New York

3.85/5  rDev +19.6%

Poured clear gold with a big fluffy white head that stuck around. Subtle aroma of hops and honey malt. Taste is bittersweet and full, with a sort of caramely chewyness. This is far superior to many EPLs that I've tasted. Not enough complexity to be a really interesting beer, but a good choice when you want something light but solid. It's pretty widely available too -- at least in the Northeast.

04-21-2007 19:47:57 | More by alexskovan
Photo of beeragent


2.83/5  rDev -12.1%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear straw, forming a 1 inch head, leaving light lacing on the glass. The aroma is semi-sweet, light floral hops. The taste is light hops, along with an unpleasant grainy flavor. Kind of reminds me of Coors. Light mouthfeel. Overall, I expected more, and got way less. Very lacking in flavor, more like American macro lagers.

04-17-2007 03:06:29 | More by beeragent
Photo of treehugger02010


3.35/5  rDev +4%

I bought this pint on-tap at Bennigans in King of Prussia, Pa.
Appearance: It poured a translucent straw color, not prouducing much head at all. There was lacing on the way down, it was thin but very apparent. What head there was, appeared to be pure white.
Smell: There was nothing to really note with the smell, just a typical lager aroma, subtle malts, a bit of hop, very average.
Taste: It was refreshing, but then again I was shopping with the girlfriend, so a Bud Light might have been refreshing also. There was a nice malt backbone, not very complex, but if you need a brew and don't have much of an option, this is not a bad tasting pick.
Mouthfeel: Very crisp, a nice ridgid bite to it.
Drinkability: Considering the circumstances, it was very high. On a normal day, it would be just above average.

04-09-2007 14:50:28 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of Winter


3.58/5  rDev +11.2%

Pours clear golden in color with a white head. Aroma consists of malt, some feint biscuit and grassy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied & crisp on the edges. Ample, sharp carbonation. Harp has a nice snappy flavor to it. Dry, yet assertive hoppiness throughout. The hop bitterness isn't like a pale ale, but has a fresh grassy hoppiness to it, reminiscent of the nose. Grainy maltiness lays a nice supportive malt backbone. Some slight lemony citrus toward the back.

I've had Harp several times in the past and for the most part thought it was okay. I've also purchased what I've felt seemed to be older bottles that have probably been on the shelf and sat too long. The taste was skunky and bland at best. This bottle was fresh and the hops seemed to really standout making it a far more respectable brew.

04-01-2007 21:45:52 | More by Winter
Photo of Tang07


3.38/5  rDev +5%

On sale for St Paddies, was having people over so I got something for folks that don't drink the darker offering from this brewery.

It's a nice lager. Not hopped up like german or dutch lagers. more of an american style lager with a touch more body and milder carbonation than the us macros.

Its pale like a regular lager should be it smells ok, tastes ok. easy to drink. good "hair of the dog" beer. good warm weather beer when an american macro won't do.

03-31-2007 02:53:54 | More by Tang07
Photo of Quej

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +13.4%

A - A very clear golden colour. Light and pale, looks very much like a standard blonde. Not much head when poured and leaves a thin lace. Looks appetizing.

S - Hints of aluminum come out despite its being served in a bottle. Smells of hopps and sweet citrus. The smell is not impressive, but by no means offensive.

T - Opens with a very pleasant bitterness with an immmediate sweet citrus flavour, mostly lemon. There are some subtle hints of cloves and a pronounced maltiness. There a solid hoppiness with almost a floral aspect to it. Yet through all of this its flavours are not very strong. It is slightly too bland to gain a 4.5 for taste, yet I really like the taste. I wish it were stronger.

M - A lot of carbonation, very smooth and thin. Very light feel, very pleasant to drink.

D - This beer is very, very drinkable. It's nice and light. I found myself halfway through the glass before I noticed. I could easily see myself drinking this all night (aside from being charged for imported beer).

03-23-2007 00:02:52 | More by Quej
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New Mexico

3.55/5  rDev +10.2%

A - Pours a clear gold with a half-inch of foam and good carbonation.

S - Lightly toasted wheat, with hints of lemon and just a touch of bitterness.

T - Malted grains prevail; wheat and rice. An underlying apple tartness comes through, but very mildly.

M - Light and bubbly, with a nice crispness. I feel this might be the most enjoyable aspect of this beer.

D - Easy to drink. Not overly impressive, but far from being a bad brew.

03-21-2007 20:08:53 | More by RevDru
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Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Harp is a beer that I turned to when I took my first baby steps away from macro blandness, and returning to it with a BA palate wasn't entirely bad.

Its appearance and smell were average: transparent light gold with a slight foamy head that quickly dissapated into a ring. Bread and biscuit malt with a subdued — almost non-existent — hop aroma for the nose.

The hops come out in the taste with a bitter start to each sip. Harp finishes malty and just shy of being too sweet. The carbonation and crisp finish elevate the other mediocre elements and make this a decent pub fallback if the other offerings are less than desirable.

03-21-2007 03:35:44 | More by vanrassel
Photo of Redwood21


3.68/5  rDev +14.3%

This beer, seems to me to be an above average lager style beer. There was not anything particularly amazing about this beer, but it has a solid taste, not too bitter but very smooth easy to enjoy. The drinkability is high since the abv is around 5, and the price is around 8 for a six pack. This is a good beer for a change of pace, without trying something too different.

03-20-2007 07:35:28 | More by Redwood21
Photo of BadRockBeer


3.43/5  rDev +6.5%

Serving Type Sampled: 12fl. oz. brown crown top bottle.

Appearance: Straw colored with loose white head fading to sparse lace.

Smell: Dry, like that of a white wine. Light floral hops and lager yeast.

Taste: Grainy bitterness right from the start followed up by a refreshingly light hoppy note. Some what of an astringent aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body. Prickly, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: This beer drinks like most American macro swill; however it does have slightly more flavor. But face it; it’s the Euro Bud Light. This beer is a key ingredient to the perfect black and tan. And it plays that roll well.

03-20-2007 02:07:23 | More by BadRockBeer
Photo of uabigdaz


2.53/5  rDev -21.4%

Pours a dark yellow, orange like color. Reminds me of the color of expelled vitamins... Smells decent, but unfortunately for me, this smell always brings me back to my least favorite tasting beer, and that is anything by JW Dundee. Thankfully, this beer doesn't taste as strongly as JWD, but still an unpleasant maltyness to this beer. Watery, not much substance here. Really nothing exciting here except maybe an Irish parralel to PBR with a less offensive smell. Can't say I'm impressed, and I only saved 50 cents by going with this instead of getting Sierra Nevada like usual. Oh well, tis the time of the season for Irish.

03-19-2007 23:49:43 | More by uabigdaz
Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
74 out of 100 based on 2,045 ratings.