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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

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2,206 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,206
Reviews: 697
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.34%
Wants: 27
Gots: 189 | 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 Krajnyak
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A well rounded Lager. Color is golden/amber. Nicely hopped. Good carbonation and better than average head retention. Full flavored. Like this one a little colder than some lagers. Good balance of alcohol content and flavor. Does not have a sharp aftertaste like some. And hey....this one has a classic sister!

Krajnyak, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of MisterClean
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BJs Roseville for hosting a Guiness dinner.

A - Poured gold with 1.5 fingers of white head. Dissipated moderately. Left slightest lacing.

S/T - Honey, lots of DMS, hay and bittering hops, plus lemony esters.

M - Moderate bodied and well-balanced. Smooth, yet dry finish.

D - Good overall. Especially compared to its American counterparts. Could tone down the corny flavor.

MisterClean, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of cfrancis
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This used to be my favourite European beer when I was young and naive. Oh how could I have been so stupid. Nothing against Harp but there are so many better brews from across the pond. Skunky smell like wet newspaper. Taste is crisp with a little malt and a little bitter aftertaste. Overall it's quite forgettable with no distinguishing aspects.

cfrancis, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of champ103
2.7/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear yellow color. A small white head forms and leaves a little lace.
S: Sweet malt and grain. Sulfur and a chemical aroma.
T: Sweet malt and grain. A light bitterness lingers. Sulfur. Blah.
M/D: Very light and high carbonation. Thin and watery. Not hard to drink. Nothing I will session however.

Just blah and bland. Not the worst thing ever, but nothing I care to have again.

champ103, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of Offa
3.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty good basic lager, somewhat characterful and clean if simple and light.

Golden, it has a medium white, somewhat airy head that shrinks steadily to a foamy top.

The aroma is grain with light herb and hints of sulphur, 7-up and mineral.

The taste is light grain with light herbal/grassy hops, light mineral water, sweetish followed with light, clean herbal bitterness and clean grain aftertaste. It has lasting light flavour, bitterness, and sweetness, a with a bit more hop character, and a light Euro quality to it compared to US basci pale lager. However, the Euro character is lighter than others.

Offa, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of Sycodrummer
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass the beer is dark bronze color with 2 solid fingers of frothy white head. The head is quick to fade, but leaves some noticable rings of lace down the sides of the glass.

The nose has some hints of cereal grain and sweetness. Not too much else.

Taste is mildy sweet with the first sip. Some cereal/cheerio type flavors. Slightly bready and surprisingly a decent body. No flavor really stands out above anything else, which might make the beer a tad bland, but also well balanced. No hop present and finishes a little sweeter than it started.

Medium/firm body with an ample amout of carbonation.

Overall its not a bad beer. It doesn't blow away the taste buds buts it's not intended to. Flavors are muted but well balanced. Decently sessionable, but I'd prefer something a little more flavorfull.

Sycodrummer, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of t3hcho53non3
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a white head that quickly leaves leaving a thin lacing throughout

S: A little bit of lemon with alot of sweet malts

T: Flavor is average with not much complexity throughout. This brew does not evolve at all throughout the mouth

M: Very thin mouthfeel with medium carbonation

D: Very drinkable you can have several of these and your palate will stay intact. However once you have drank one you get the concept from then on out.

t3hcho53non3, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
2.28/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale gold color with a one finger head that goes away quickly to very little lacing. The aroma is rather weak and simple, your basic ceral and corn malt. The taste is slightly watery and has a ceral/corn malt backbone, there is really no hop presence. The mouthfeel is very carbonated and a little too rough around the edges. Overall this is a beer that like the phillies is one and done, it comes off as simple and weak.

goblue3509, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of armock
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malts

T - Not much going on other than the sweet malt taste

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is my go to session beer when I'm out not the most exciting beer out there just a good easy to drink lager

armock, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
2.93/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours a pale gold color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of cereal malt, with a hint of spicy hops. It is a pleasant aroma. However, it lack complexity, and leaves some to be desired. The taste is a bit stronger than the aroma which is nice, but it is still very simple. The mouthfeel is thin even for the style with a watery texture, and high carbonation. Overall, it is probably been five or six years since I drank this beer, and now I am reminded that there was a reason for that. It isn't the worst beer around, but with so many great beers out there I can't see myself drinking this again.

KarlHungus, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of berley31
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a fairly large, white head that diminished extremely quickly to about a 1/2-finger size. Body is bright yellow and completely clear and sparkling.

S: Mostly of corn; seems to be a little bit of lemon in there also.

T: Flavor is ok, but just average. Doesn't last too long, and comes across as lightly sweet, maybe some diacetyl as well. Easy to drink, but definitely more flavor than BMC.

M: Pretty good on the palate, with a medium body and a slightly oily texture. Average carbonation.

D: Like I said, goes down really easy. Always good to have something like this on hand for when it's really hot or you just want to tune off while drinking, but there isn't a whole lot to it, really. Still, a much better choice than a lot of your typical lagers.

berley31, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of jadpsu
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle label not a match to the site picture as this one is has its brand embossed a mostly against a light green back.
Pours a bright yellow/gold with a fluffy white head, having good retention and some excellent side glass lacing.
Aroma: Subtle all around with faint wiffs of both hops and maltiness. Detected a hint of lemon.
For its Lager style fairly bitter.
Mouthfeel is light bodied and on the thin side.
Solid Lager.

jadpsu, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of tatoodkelt
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had one left over from a party. First time I've had it since they changed the label. Bright green now with a faded celtic knot design. Looks a little cheesy compared to the old one.

Consumed 8/13/2009- from notes.

120z brown bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Crystal clear gold with a 2 finger white head that faded to about a quarter inch for the remainder of the glass. Good lacing, active carbination.

S- Faintly sweet.

T- Sweet malts with a little hop presence at teh end.

M- A little carbination tingle on the tounge but still crisp and smooth.

D- Good session brew, or on a hot day like yesterday.

tatoodkelt, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of VictorEHuskie
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first Guinness product. Had heard good things and had to try it.

A- Gold

S- Definitely smelled hops and kind of malty

T- Bitter and good. Tastes like a lager should.

M- Carbonated and not too harsh.

D- Very easy to drink. Went through a sixer while watching Robocop without even noticing it. Very good all around beer.

Serving type: bottle

VictorEHuskie, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Golden and clear, but not too pale. It had a decent head.

Smell: A fair hop aroma without being too pronounced.

Taste: Has a bit of a smooth beginning with a decent bitter kick at the end. But it still is fairly smooth. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin, but the carbonation does give it the slightest body.

Drinkability: I really like this beer. I've had it before this review, and I'll get it again. It's certainly worth a try.

civilizedpsycho, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of damndirtyape
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler. Poured a large white head which shrank down to a 1/8" layer across the surface of the beer with lacing all over the glass as I drank it. The color is a golden yellow with some hints of orange and brown - definitely on the pale side. Lots of carbonation popping up the whole time which was nice to look at, but I guess I gravitate towards darker colors.
The smell is a little bit on the bready side, and something else. I can't quite place it. Not bad, but not really impressive to me either.
Taste is good though, probably because it went perfect with the meal - Welsh Rarebit. And in fact - of all the Irish/UK/Welsh beers we've tried in the Rarebit, this one really makes a good sauce for the dish. Along with going well in the meal, you get a refreshing lager with a small hint of bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel is smooth but with just enough carbonation to stay interesting.
Drinkability - quite good, and my opinion is that this beer is best for meals. It's something that goes really well to wash down a meal. I should probably try it by itself sometime to see how it is, but every time I've had it, I've had it with a meal (both on tap and in bottle) and I've felt it is a good part of the meal.

damndirtyape, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of canolte42
4.22/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pale Golden color, clear with no cloudiness, moderate head retention with average carbonation

Smell Aroma-Hints of malt and slight floral scent

Taste-Sharp hop bitterness, not too much. not too dry or sweet

Mouthfeel-light to medium flavor with a crisp finish and no lingering aftertastes

Drinkabilty-classic example of a European Pale Lager, easy to drink

canolte42, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Extremely pale. Head doesn't last long at all.

S: Noble hops, bready malt.

T: The standard lager flavors. Straddles the fine line between mild and bland.

M: Quite light and fizzy.

D: Maybe it's because I was dying of thirst when I drank it, but this really hit the spot. As far as pale lagers go, you can certainly do a lot worse.

BarrelO, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a rich golden color with a small head. Clean, light aroma. Has a good, crisp taste with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Feels somewhat creamy in mouth. Very drinkable beer and overall a pretty good choice.

tone77, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of donmonkey1
3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light yellow with a decent white head. Very carbonated

Smell: Faint smell of sweet malt.

Taste: Slightly acidic and sweet malt, with a touch of hops for balance.

Drinkability: This is a good beer that is easy to drink. I didn't remember it being this good. This is a great Summer beer.

donmonkey1, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of jimmybryght
4.35/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I suppose that most Euro-type lagers are greeted with a bit of imbiguity these days but for those of us who prefer blondes, this brew is among the better ones I've had. It has a light-golden color to go along with a crisp, malty taste. It has a typical Euro bitter finish but it carries well because of the barley. Harp isn't as watery as some other commercialized Euro lagers and has a pretty damn good mouthfeel with a splendid finish. Guinness did a good job with this blonde and I intend on making her a regular every weekend.

jimmybryght, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of morebeergood
2.48/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed a pint at the Black Rose. Served in an imperial pint glass. Small head that faded quick. Lots of carbonation. Faded yellow color. Smelled a bit musty. Tasted like an average lager. Hints of corn and malt in the taste, not much in terms of hops. Moderately crisp aftertaste. I could see how some people could make this a session beer as it's pretty light. Almost too thin in my opinion. Not me, though, as the flavor was just too boring. Even though you can find Harp everywhere, on most occasions I'll opt for another choice.

morebeergood, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of IceTrey9785
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass --

A: Nice rich bronze color, excellent head retention. The white lace with few, but fine, bubbles, really makes for an appetizing beer. Rings of lees are floating on the top (always a plus).

S: Fresh baked bread for the most part. Some cereal grains are more noticeable as the beer warms, but rather bland to the nose.

T&M: Nice balance between hops and malt. You get the bitterness of the hops, without the herbal/spiced undertones, no doubt covered up by the malt and yeast. The carbonation is a little intense. One sip feels like three in your mouth. Short finish, but very easy to drink.

Not a bad beer. A great lager that has a little more bitterness than you'd traditionally find in a similar brew. The carbonation might be my only complaint because it really "foams" in your mouth, even with the smallest sip. With that being said, great alternative to traditional Irish food when it might be a little too hot out for a Guinness (those times are few and far between...)

IceTrey9785, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Claddagh. Notes from 6/3/09.

This one's a clear yellowish gold with active carbonation giving it a fairly lively appearance, though head retention is weak. There's a thin layer of foam that leaves some thin lacing on the glass.
Smell is light and simple. Just a gentle mix of malt and herbal hops with some floral notes.
The taste follows suit accurately, though there's a bit more of a grains flavor. Hops bitterness is light and there's a leafy touch to this one. The finish lingers gently. There's a bit more complexity on the palate than I got from the bottle, especially where the grains flavor is concerned.
The body is moderate and the mouthfeel is smoother and crisper than from the bottle.
This one's pretty drinkable, though you'll find plenty better. I liked this better than I did from the bottle.

Brenden, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of teejay76
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice golden color, small head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: A little grainy, with a slight citrus smell mixed with hops.

Taste: Slightly above average with subtle malt sweetness and slight hops aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Refreshing.

Drinkability: Overall I liked it but wasn't blown away by this. I'd have it again though.

teejay76, May 28, 2009
Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
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