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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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2,265 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,265
Reviews: 704
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 33
Gots: 248 | 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 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.

Photo of jgasparine
2.35/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served at O'Connor's Pub in Doolin, Ireland.

A- Poured from the tap with a 1/2" white meringue-like head, which was well-retained with some nice lacing. Body was a clear and effervescent yellow color. Incredibly, this head was still solidly retained 30 minutes after the pour!

S- Almost no nose at all... even with this lovely head only some very faint aromas of pale malt come through.

T- Weak pale malts are up-front, and are met with some metallic notes midway. The finish is very dry and slightly metallic; completely devoid of hop bitterness or hop flavor.

M- Thin and watery in the mouth... which was completely unexpected from the appearance. The carbonation was moderate and reasonably soft... but the thin mouthfeel was a big turn-off.

D- If you can tolerate the weak aroma and flavor, then I suppose this would be quite drinkable. I would prefer to drink water. An average drinkability rating would be fitting then, I guess.

Photo of TheCommonwealth
3.64/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a straw/golden color with a spongy, finger-sized head (good retention/some lacing). There is a light fruity smell with a hint of malt. It has a sweet and subtle malt/grain taste with a relatively clean finish. It's not great but it's not terrible. However, it's an above-average lager.

It was enjoyable, but I wouldn't order again.

Photo of MadTown1000
3.72/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw color with a solid 3-4 inches of foam. Maybe it's my official Milwaukee Brewers pint glass, but it looks an awful lot like Miller Lite, with the exception of a much more durable head that leaves some lace. Smell is distinctive and very much present. Like a stronger version of the Mexican macros. Taste is more solid than the smell would indicate - lot of upfront malt. Not surprising this would be Guinness's take on lager. Little bit of caramelized sweetness on the back of the tongue too; not much hoppiness. Nice mouthfeel - substantial and slightly sticky. Surprisingly little carbonation for all that foam. The foam actually gets in the way of drinkability to an extent. It's sudsy, and just does not go away.

Altogether a nice beer, although I question where its niche is - it's doesn't go down like a light beer, it's not breadlike like a stout, and it's not hoppy-strong like a pale ale. More like a light stout than anything else.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours pale gold with a white fizzy head. Decent retention, and some lacing. Beer is clear and plenty carbonated.

Light malt and some sweet grain and grass dominate the aroma. kinda lean, but present and pleasant enough.

Mild toasted grain, some sweet grain, fruit, and grass elements, leading to some hop bitterness and a mildly sour finish. I guess you could say this is crisp, but...it kinda is.

Good carbonation and fair body that allows you to get the most flavor possible out of this one. A holdover from St. Patrick's Day, this is one that you reach for when facing much less approachable choices. It's ok, but not great.

Photo of hosehead83
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Clear, golden in color with a generous two-inch head of foam
Aroma-Faint malt, biscuit
Taste-Malt, grain, biscuit and faint hop note, clean finish.
Overall, nothing special, fairly average, drinkable lager.

Photo of KTCamm
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Happy St. Patty's day - went the alternate route to try some new beers rather than Guinness. Poured into a pint glass.

Crystal clear with a tad fizzy white foam. Laces down the side.

Light smell of grains, light hop.

Taste is very clean with ever so subtle sweetness. Good hop backing keeps the finish crisp. Nicely carbonated, active mouthfeel.

Easy to drink. I didn't have high expectations, but this wasn't half bad. Decent enough choice for a Euro Lager.

Photo of TommyW
3.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear gold with a sticky, white head.

S- Clean grain aroma with a mild hop presence.

T- A nice, clean malt taste with mild and crisp hop profile.

M- Medium body with a nice, easy carbonation.

D- A highly sessionable beer; great for a game night.

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap in imperial pint at Annie Bailey's.
Nice looking beer. Clear and bubbly with a fairly thick head that retains rather long and laces a bit. Smell is faint. Light floral and a bit grassy. Light hop profile mixed with a decent malt flavor make for a nice palate. Medium body with a crisp feel. Enjoyable beer but not great.

Photo of bourbonbock
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a Guinness pint which gave me a Golden beer with 1.5 fingers of white head.

A. Eh, the appearance of this one is lacking in the good beer color department.

S. Slight smell of malts and grains.

T. Sweet maltiness and honey flavor

M. Not too bad but not as creamy as it could be. I like the sweet feel of the malt but some bitter aftertastes.

D. I would have 2 or 3 but nothing more than that in one session.

I vaguely remember this being much better long ago but that is probably because it was on tap and at the Guinness toast.

Photo of trentley87
3.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly standard lager pour and aroma...nothing too bold. Fresh and clean with none of the aftertastes of most macro lagers. Somewhat more substantial mouthfeel than most macros but still a little heavy on the carbonation. Overall, very drinkable but I would not seek it out again.

Photo of chetripley
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A reliable and decent brew, but not much in the way of stand-out sharpness of flavor or interesting activity.

Pours a golden color with little head and a lot of bubbles than clean up the sides of the glass immediately.

Little noticeable aromas, but good lager flavor that is extremely crisp, in many ways like a German pilsner.

Clean and fresh feel, with better than average drinkability.

A familiar flavor that tastes best when a 1/2 and 1/2 with Guinness. It can really standup to the boldness and smooth out the total taste.

Photo of nrbw23
2.7/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a yellow-gold with thin white head.

S- Mainly sweet grainy malts, a bit of yeast and corn.

T- Really lacking. Every time I take a sip, I'm waiting for a kick of flavor that never comes. As the beer warms up, you get a little more malt character, but not much. There is a light bitterness from the hops, but nothing memorable.

F- Medium in body and the higher end in carbonation.

D- I'll pass on this one not too impressed with this one. Just plain pretty boring.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Fado. served in a Harp glass.

pour was very crisp and clear fizzy yellow with about an inch of fluffy white head. good retention. decent lacing.

light bready malts, very faint earthy tones, maybe some hops.

ive always found Harp to have a bit of a sweetness to it. the malts were bready but never over powering. hops are quite faint with a slight floral and grassy flavor to them. very crisp.

body is rather full for a lager, keeps it quite interesting and enjoyable.

this was easy to drink. ive always liked Harp over the other two (guinness and smithwicks) as it has a much fuller body and more flavor. it's my go to when there really is nothing else left.

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

L: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that fades fast to a ring around the beer.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, some light hops, and that's about it.
T: A nice toasted malt base with some biscuity notes followed by a mild hop finish. A mild tasting beer.
M: Crisp, light bodied, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, it's low on flavor and alcohol so it can be paired with a lot of things.

Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harp doesn't have an outstanding rating on here, but I was a little surprised by it. I thought it was a very respectable lager. Harp has some decent flavor, but nothing overwhelming. It doesn't have much of an aftertaste either. You pretty much get what you are expecting: a decent imported lager.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harp Lager by Guinness pours a light amber color, with a slightly small head. The the smell isnt too strong, it kinda of reminds me of the new Sam Adams Noble Pills. The taste is a bit light, but still has some flavor too it. The light taste, with no after taste does make this easy to drink. Overall I felt its not a bad beer at all, I personally prefer heavier lagers, but this is a nice change every once in a while.

Photo of riversider76
3.36/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a fluffy white head. Good retention and pleanty of laceing. Aroma is grainy,with maybe some grassy hops. Body is light and carbonated. Taste is a decent balance of bready malts and grassy earthy hops. Decent finish, but pretty much an average tasting lager.

Photo of kdawg105
4.6/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love this beer. It has a golden color that has quite a bit of carbonation. It also leaves a nice lace on the glass as it is being drank. The smell is good with a hint of skunk and a followed by grain with a light hops hint. The tast is great it finishes with a crisp bite of hops. The mouthfeel is good kind of slick on the palate. The drinkablility is superb goes down smoothly!!

Photo of Jesstyr
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I hadn't tried Harp in a longtime, so I grabbed it as part of a pick-6 recently. This was actually a very disappointing experience.

The beer looks and smells like any other, in fact, it really lacks any of the dynamic nature I'd come to expect recently with my tastings. It reminded me of Kirin, just overall "watered down".

Taste had quite a bit of metallic, and plenty of yeast. Lacked any significant body or flavoring to speak of, just kind of tasted like beer. I may have just expected better, but I just wasn't pleased with the product. Only real benefit was that it was quite watery, which made it pretty easy to drink...but then again, why bother?

Photo of imanidiot777
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very light gold color and crystal clear. Decent sized white head that dissipates quickly. There was good glass lacing though.

S: Malts, grains, hops; even with my bad nose.

T: Hoppy, a little bitter and a little malty.

M: Pretty light weight even though its a lager, pretty refined.

D: Goes down easy and isn't too heavy so you can have a lot.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.04/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

What a weak looking, tasting, smelling etc. . . beer. How do they charge so much for this stuff?

Anyhoo, appearance, blah, typical looking mass produced stuff. Smell, stale, absence of anything identifiable, just smells like dust, earth type of feel. Taste, not much else there, is doable, but when you can't discern any hop character, yeast effect on sweetness etc. . . or malt backbone to the beer, you feel like you've got nothing else but water.

Drinkability suffers here because why would you spend so much money on a beer that tastes closest to nothing?

Photo of AmberMan22
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Considering this is a Euro pale lager, and I've been drinking largely only that category for the last 4 months while I was in Europe, this seems miraculous.
There are certainly more enjoyable beers on the market, but maybe not in the Euro Pale category.

It looks better and is far more refined in smell, mouthfeel and drinkability.

Photo of kpoole25
3.36/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle to glass. No obvious freshness date, it was from "genuine Irish recipe" but imported from Canada. Golden yellow, nice tight foamy head. The smell was the best part I thought, really fresh, zesty, almost like a Champagne-yeast smell, hard to tell if its hops or yeast. Taste is pretty clean and tame, a little malt and a little hops. Carbonation is a little fizzy but basically appropriate for this style. Pretty good.

Photo of BrandonWardlaw
3.92/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light yellow, two finger head that dissipates quickly to lacing.
S: Malts and grain.
T: Starts with hops, ends with malt.
M: Crisp, and well-carbonated.
D: A great lager. There's absolutely no excuse to drink BMC lagers when this is so widely available.

Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
74 out of 100 based on 2,265 ratings.