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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

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2,109 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,109
Reviews: 693
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.34%
Wants: 24
Gots: 148 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 clayrock81
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%

Dark yellow, golden body presents itself on the pour with a good head that retains nicely and leaves some lacings. A faint smell of hops and malts, sugary sweet malts, but a good smell.
A little dry for my liking, a light to medium bodied lager that is a little alkie/husky but has some hops on the backend and is complemented mildly by the malts. I don't know, it seems a little off but it wasn't that bad of a beer.

clayrock81, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of donteatpoop
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a golden color with a finger of white head.

A light hoppy scent is present, but little else.

Tastes of hops and malts, nothing exceptional but certainly not bad.

The carbonation level seemed a little low to me, leaving the beer tasting a bit flat.

I could certainly down a few of these in a session, but I'd much rather have something else.

donteatpoop, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of generallee
4.13/5  rDev +27.9%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has great clarity and a bright yellow straw color. Its head is thick with big pillowy stiff peaks. It has great retention and leaves behind lots of cool lacing.

Smell: The aroma has pleasant aromatic hops and light malt.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor has a good balance of sweet, light malts with mellow leafy and floral hops. Bitterness is mild and fades to a clean finish. Its texture is smooth and wet with average carbonation and a light to medium body that is very drinkable.

Notes: For me this was a very enjoyable beer with a beautiful look and pleasing aroma. The flavor is clean, refreshing and highly drinkable. Cheers!

generallee, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of Getinthevan
3.73/5  rDev +15.5%

Had this on tap at the Warehouse here in Tallahassee after a great gig and this really hits the spot.

Appearance was very dark, even for a lager, as it had a nice amber color with a thick, foamy head.

Smell was fairly strong with a nice touch of hops. Even from the tap, it still smelled very fresh.

Taste was watery, but satisfying. Harp has the ability to go down quickly, but with a lot of great, thick taste. Regardless, the bitterness was intact and it had a great aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was very thick and filling for a lager. Definitely got my money's worth on this pint!

Drinkability is very good. This stuff is great to drink after an intense, sweaty gig, especially nice and cold straight from the tap.

Getinthevan, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%

Harp is one of those beers that I've had when choices were limited, but I've never really taken the time to sit and think specifically about the beer and how much I did or did not enjoy it.

This was it, time to enjoy and review a Harp Ale.

I poured the beer, from it's bottle, into a "Stange" type glass.

I was really surprised by the creamy three finger head that formed. Additionally this head lingered as I enjoyed most of the beer.

The Harp was a clear golden color with visible carbonation.

The beer had a crisp/fresh spicy nose that I enjoyed and frankly hadn't noticed the other times I had tried the beer. Not sure I've ever poured one into a glass. (I know, cardinal sin)

I thought it had a nice balance up front of malt/hops, then faded softly to a very subtle hop finish.

I delightful beer for a session beer or when choices are limited.

Not saying I'm about to grab a case, but it certainly beats some of the mild American offerings that are out there.

Definition of a session beer.

Reagan1984, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of AgingWarrior
3.7/5  rDev +14.6%

Served in a thick beer glass. Had about a finger of foamy white head, quite a few active bubbles moving around the medium golden liquid.

Smells of mild hops with sweet malts.

Taste is pretty smooth for the style, pretty well balanced with a bit of bitter finish.

Overall a very drinkable brew. I had four of these sitting outside at local restaurant on a fairly warm afternoon. Definitely a session brew.

AgingWarrior, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of avaulteriam
2.38/5  rDev -26.3%

Tastes like it's type. Of course, my palate is currently swayed in favor of more flavorful beers, IPAs, APAs, etc. Okay, not great... Pale Yellow with soapy head, nose of a bit of skunk and lager notes. a bit fizzy, though softer than its American counterparts. Meh.

avaulteriam, May 29, 2008
Photo of argock
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a short pilsner glass. No freshness date present.

A: Honey-colored brew with lots of rising carbonation and a foamy but reasonably sticky head.

S: A bit skunky on entry but then evens out after a minute or two to have some sweet cereal grain aromas, buttery biscuit, and slightly grassy hops in the nose

T: A little run-of-the-mill with a bit of extra sweetness. It has a sweet malt flavor up front with an underwhelming grassy hops finish.

M: Thin without much body. Appropriate carbonation and light, pleasant, clean sweet malt aftertaste.

D: It's fine but not the best import lager by a long shot. It's probably better on-tap as it's likely to have better shelf-life in that form.

argock, May 28, 2008
Photo of chaunur
3.65/5  rDev +13%

Harp is a beer a get when I cant deceide what to order, Always refreshing with a nice hop flavour that dosent overpower the malt sweetness
A nice pour it is a beatuiful amber color with a nice head and better than average carbonation. It one of my standard when comparing like kinds of beer

chaunur, May 25, 2008
Photo of rye726
2.73/5  rDev -15.5%

This lager pours a pale golden color and holds a frothy white head. The nose has some sweet malts with faint grassy hops. The taste starts with sweet malt as bitter hops build through the finish. Fairly light body and heavily carbonated. Drinkable and one of the better lagers out there.

rye726, May 21, 2008
Photo of nem2006
3.83/5  rDev +18.6%

Poured it into an american pint glass. Had a nice half inch head and left nice lacing on the glass. It was a clear gold color with plenty of carbonation visible through the glass.

The taste is a great combination of the bitterness of the hops which can be tasted at the beginning of the drink and in the aftertaste and the sweetness of the malts, which can be tasted in between.

nem2006, May 11, 2008
Photo of DmanGTR
3.65/5  rDev +13%

A - poured amber yellow with white 1" head that laced nicely in my authentic Guinness pint glass

S - I found it pretty hoppy upfront with a light fruitiness

T - fresh hoppiness, followed by well balanced malts. Leaves a mildly bitter aftertaste

M - light bodied, medium/heavy carbonation. Refreshing and crisp

D - very good drinkability. I found the excessive carbonation to hinder it slightly however.

Overall - very Irish, simple and satisfying. Goes well with any traditional Irish dinner or as a session beer.

DmanGTR, May 07, 2008
Photo of walshclimb
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours clear light gold color with thick frothy head and active bubbles that leaves good lace in horizontal lines up the glass. Smells of grain, light malt and maybe a hint of soap. Smooth light malty flavor with a light-to-medium-bodied mouthfeel and a crisp finish from the active carbonation. Light hop bitterness shows up in the aftertaste. Harp makes a good session beer

walshclimb, May 07, 2008
Photo of spacholl
3.93/5  rDev +21.7%

appearance - Nice golden color with short foamy head

smell - Sweet malt, hops

mouthfeel - Medium body, lightly carbonated

drinkability - Easy to drink beer, Lots of flavor, was impressing for a large production beer. First time I have tried this though I see it everywhere. I will drink it more often.

spacholl, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +20.7%

Pours golden with a good amount of head minor lacings.

Aroma is mild hops, sweet malts.

Taste is quite hoppy for a lager with plenty of sweet malts to create a balanced taste. Slight bitter, dry finish.

Mouthfeel is better than average, not too watery.

Drinkability is superb. Give me another, please.

Brewed in Canada.

Spikester, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of auxiliary
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%

appearance - Nice golden color with foamy head.

smell - Sweet malt, hops, and alcohol here.

taste - : Has a grain taste , with some malt present. Nice bite at the end of the taste.

mouthfeel - Medium body

drinkability - Easy drinking beer, Lots of flavor, was impressed. first time I have tried this and I see it all the time.

auxiliary, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of adams82
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Pours brite and crystal clear with a huge white cloud of head. This screams commercial filtered beer, but really looks nice and inviting.

Smells malty, toasty and grainy with a light floral/fruity hop nose; really nothing specific, but it does have a decent aromatic presence.

Taste is malty and very grainy yet clean with moderate fruity hop flavour and a light bitterness on the finish. Nothing really stands out, but it is well balanced and actually very flavourful.

This is a silky beer; very smooth, dry, soft and highly drinkable. Actually a very nice, clean malt lager and an excellent alternative to drinking the usual suspects of the BMC world. Clean, light, balanced and refreshing.

adams82, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
2.68/5  rDev -17%

Purchased from Underdog Bar and Grille in Harrisburg.

A- pours a a clear pale golden yellow. A nice 3 finger head overflows my pint glass. The head is very frothy as well. Leaves hills oflace in my beer.

S- pale and malty. wheaty as well. Not too much to report on smell.

T- Tastes bland and dry malty. A pale bitter after taste hits as well. Not too flavorful and tastes like outdated malts.

M- fresh crisp and sour malt

D- looks easy to put down but it is a lil rough. Not smooth and the after taste makes it hard.

Dodo2step, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of lionking
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured a one finger head from a twelve ounce bottle into a glass. A nice golden color to it. As I check my notes I realize I have made no notes regarding the aroma. The lacing held nicely to the glass as I drank it down. Bitter hop taste with a nice crisp finish. Honestly a little less than I remember from drinking this beer years ago. Don't get me wrong, this beer is much superior to BMC but inferior to the american craft beers in general. Times have changed I suppose.

lionking, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of mdagnew
2.68/5  rDev -17%

330ml bottle from a local Centra... i hadn't had this in years so thought i'd try a bottle again....

Poured a pale straw yellow colour... White head poured pretty big and foamy then faded to thin layer... decent amount of carbonation.... very little lacing...

Aroma - Pretty standard macro stuff.... sweetcorn notes, rice, some light biscuity maltiness, vanilla notes, some metallic hints, lemony, no real hops - just a slight pepperiness...

Taste - Light biscuity malts, creamy, some faint grapefruit / lemon notes, definite sweetcorn and boiled rice, metallic traces, some very very light hops just about coming through... pretty inoffensive but bland...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy. Light body.... pretty drinkable when really cold....

Overall - A standard macro lager - not really much more to say....

mdagnew, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%

12-oz botle poured into a pilsner glass.

A = Medium golden yellow, large frothy white head with fair retention, medium lacing left on glass as it recedes. Lots of carbonation with a mixture of large and small bubbles.

S = Very light notes of bananas, lemons and wet fresh grains.

T = Light flavors of fresh grains and citrus, slight wet cardboard shows up mid-palate and continues into the finish though. The taste started off good for a nice refreshing light lager but then slipped into a mundane, clumsy flavor by the end.

M = Light bodied, fair mouthcoating, carbonation stings a little too much.

D = This is drinkable, but there are better light lagers out there to choose from. Just too non-descript to merit a recommendation.

Traquairlover, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of JamesS
4.22/5  rDev +30.7%

Poured an excellent clear straw color with decend head, although very little lacing. Very nice scent, a nice clean and crisp matliness with a little hint of spice. Great taste for a macro-Euro-lager, excellent balance with great maltiness and a slight hoppy aftertaste. Very smooth.

JamesS, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of baseballrock
2.95/5  rDev -8.7%

the appearance is golden with a small head. smell is a bit grainy and froral. taste - the grainyness realy comes out, a just an ever so slight bitterness. mouthfeel is decent, once again a little grainy. i would rather a have a lighter cleaner beer when im looking for a euro lager.

baseballrock, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
2.93/5  rDev -9.3%

Bottle poured into mug.

A - Very pale clear yellow with almost no head. Very little lacing.

S - Hints of grain but very weak aroma.

T - Weak grainy taste. Light bitterness as well, but very weak flavors overall.

M/D - Good carbonation but very thin beer. Just not much to it.

ckeegan04, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of PhageLab
3.1/5  rDev -4%

Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Arrived with a very thing bit of head that dissipated fairly quickly. Pale yellow coloration, spotted lacing. Average for style I suppose.

S - A bit earthy, mild grain nose with a slight hop tinge.

T - Sweet, grainy, faint metallic backing and a grass hop tinge. Comparable to others I've experienced within this style.

M - Light bodied, decent carbonation, mildly dry finish, no residues or odd aftertastes.

D - Pretty decent, I had no problem having a few pints of this with my dinner, if you like euro pales this one is certainly worth trying.

PhageLab, Mar 21, 2008
Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
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