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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

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2,111 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,111
Reviews: 693
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.34%
Wants: 24
Gots: 149 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2001)
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Photo of ckeegan04
2.93/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of zeff80
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a bright golden hue with a thick, foamy, off-white head that left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of malt and grains. It had a subtle floral/hoppy aroma, too.

T - It tasted of light caramel malt. It had some nice spice and hop flavors, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good tasting lager. Certainly appropriate for a St. Patty's celebration.

zeff80, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of babaracas
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with sudsy white head which quickly fades to a thin layer. Spotty lacing. Smell: grain, noble hops, vegetative off aroma. Taste: grain, husk, sweet pale malt, noble hops for balance. Mouthfeel: light bodied, finishes sweet with a bit of hop bitterness. Decent for the style, refreshing, but nothing special.

babaracas, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Settled with a dark gold appearance with some amber coloring to it. It also had a pretty good head with some lacing to it. Some hops and spices were sensed as primary aromas from the drink. The taste was bittersweet with its assortment of grain and hop flavors. It did have a good crispness to it, but it suffered from a bit of watery texture. Overall, it is pretty decent.

fitzy84, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange w/nice head and light lacing.
Aroma is of grain, light hops, and creamy malt. Tastes of same.
Mouthfeel is on lighter side w/moderate carbonation. It is slightly creamy, and quite smooth, which makes you feel like you're drinking a heavier beer than it actually is.
Very drinkable. Overall character is mild, but it is simple, and good.

BoitSansSoif, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of chiefydawg
3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Top o' the evenin' to ya! Happy St. Paddy's...

Clear light golden body with a lot of effervescence not unlike an American light lager or a pilsen. But the head foretells something higher on the drink chain. Substantial and almost rocky head that grabs the glass about all the way down. Fresh looking for an overseas import.

Musty and grainy. Catching some unexpected yeast. Slight "import skunk" that in this case is not too bad. Picks up some white wine smell halfway down.

Tastes at first like a sweeter, higher quality American. Refreshing, yet has some malt backbone. Not much hop, but the tad we have is floral. Sweetens as it warms. Light bodied, and seems to get flat quickly. Even so, the very last sips actually get tastier. Much better than green beer.

chiefydawg, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of Blueye80
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer. Of course I had to have a bottle or six on st. pats day. Because dont forget everyone is Irish today. It was a very light gold color with a minimal head. Lacing was pretty good. It was just a bit watery with a mild hoppy flavor. I did however enjoy this beer and I will again too.

Blueye80, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of brdc
1.98/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Small capped bottle, poured into a pint.

Clear, light golden with an average white head, some retention, little lacing. Aroma is faint, some malts, very little hops but everything so faint that it is hard to describe.
Thin on the palate, taste is watered down, some breadiness, a hint of grassy hops.

brdc, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of SargeC
3.98/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear, deep gold colored liquid with a thick, white head.

Smell: Clean malt, minor hops.

Taste: Malt, slightly spicy undertones that bring hints of hops

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Very nice consistency.

Drinkablity: A satisfying brew. Good density and flavor make it very consumable.

SargeC, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of xare
3.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours as a lovely golden color with plenty of carbonation and a white head that actually sticks around and laces pretty well for being such a light head.

Smells like an average lager with some notes of malt, some grass hops, and some cream.

Tastes pretty much like cream malts, hops, and seems to have a perfect mix of flavors but they're all subtle. Taste is a bit light but not as light as some other lagers. Still has a pretty substantial body.

Mouthfeel is outstanding for a lager and even has a hint of creaminess that sets it apart. Overall, outstanding mouthfeel - despite its appearance, it feels like a heavier beer at times.

Drinkability is quite exceptional as you get the feel of drinking a heavier beer with the crispiness and cleanliness of a lager. It's a perfect session beer and also perfect to drink when you don't want the high ABV hit but want the flavor / sensation of a beer with a higher ABV than the puny ABV Harp has.

xare, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Blue Trout Grill 3/1/08

This one is clear, pale gold color, mucho bubbles and a classic all-white head that dissipates slow and is moderately sticky with minor lacing. It's a bit thin looking but pretty much right on.

I'm getting the classic herbal, yeatstiness, grassy green hops and a cream-scented malt. Not overly aromatic.

This is a crisp, clean, lively lager with good balance of sour yeastiness, thin but effective creamy flavored malt, green-grassy hops...very herbal and garden-greens effect. The body is a bit thin, even for the style and the flavor is not as complex as it could be, but it's tastier on-tap than from the bottle.

I love a good lager, but this one is just a bit under-par for my taste.

GratefulBeerGuy, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of Strix
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hrm, not much smell to be had.

Taste is refreshing, but unremarkable. Dominant flavor seems to be grain? with an alcohol finish. It's not unpleasant, but doesn't really stand out either.

Mouthfeel is not bad, and holds together all right.

Overall, probably not something I'll be going back to. I'm somewhat surprised by this, given Guiness's reputation, I expected a little more.

Strix, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of cbleary
2.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a disappointing, boring lager that seems to take more inspiration from American lagers than from Euro ones. The taste had virtually no flavor until the finish, which had a mediocre flavor at best. I expected better given that this is from Guinness.

cbleary, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this for the first time in quite a while last week at reading group, and it made me yearn for the Sam Adams Winter Lager I brought to the session. A finger of rapidly disappearing white froth tops this dark amber. The nose is fleeting, with a dash of malt and overtures toward hops, all of which should be more pronounced. The taste is a little more complex than the nose hints, with a slightly bitter bite creeping in to make this slightly better than ordinary. Yet a somewhat flat texture penalizes Harp, with decent creaminess in struggle with a definite lack of effervescence.

OK, but nothing special; a fairly decent standard European lager.

Gehrig, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of bort11
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My dad came over tonight and brought some Harp and Guinness. He's been trying to pour a layered Black & Tan for a couple of years now, but has never really gotten the hang of it. I keep showing him how, but I think he gets too eager on the Guinness pour. Since they are here, I thought I would give Harp a try on it's own.

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass. A quarter inch off-white head that has some very nice stickage. Color is a familiar lager straw yellow.

Smell has a lot more hops bitterness to it than most lagers. Nice surprise. Taste also was dominated by a dry hops bitterness. A tad bit salty, with a light hint of sulfur.

Mouthfeel is light and quaff-able. This will make a good session beer for a night.

bort11, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light amber pour with just a little white head, on draft at Fado in Austin. Decent lacing on glass. Smooth creamy malt smell, and was more carbonated than the bass I had just before this one. Had the perfect amount of bitterness to that really gave way to and balanced a malty sweetness in the aftertaste. Very drinkable and enjoyable overall.

JDV, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of misfitchase
2.58/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

well at first the taste was a little sweet and then as the beer got warmer it got worse. i wasn't all impressed with this one. i was hoping that the taste would come out a little better as it got warmer as it should but it didn't.

the color was light just like usual average euro pale lagers.

i don't think that this would be a beer that i would try again...

the smell was a little sweet, but again i was not impressed...

overall just a little below average beer...

misfitchase, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In some ways this is an average beer, but it's oddly drinkable. It has a typical lager-like body, in that it's a light golden color. The smell is fairly unexceptional. There's a certain bitterness to the taste - something I like in a beer - but it isn't particularly complex. It has a low carbonation mouthfeel. But like I said, it has some odd indefinable quality that makes it drinkable.

avalon07, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of jeffmonarch
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice light golden color with a thick white head that stays for a while.

S - Sweet fruity scents with a slight smell of wheat.

T - Typical lager with a good mix of hops and malt.

M - Light body with good carbonation.

D - Very light beer that you can drink all day. My preference is mixed with guiness for a black and tan.

jeffmonarch, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of rodenbach99
2.95/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bouteille brune de 330ml.

cette bière blonde blé est assez foncée, col blanc épais et durable, elle a un nez de malt et houblon agréable, sa bouche est moyennement corsé, elle se déploie sur une belle longueur, elle est agréable et surtout facile à boire.

rodenbach99, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of KiltedCulinarian
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It was served with absolutely no head at all. Showed a light golden colour. Bright flavours at the beginning that turn a little hoppy. Not much complexity, I was never confused about what I was tasting, yet enjoyed it all the same. At the same time it was a decent beer if that's all you're looking for. Could drink several of these in a row without getting sick of it.

KiltedCulinarian, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle at Slainte in Naugatuck, Conn.

A: Poured a well-carbonated, pale, golden yellow with a two-finger head of foam that quickly rose and fell to somewhat decent lacing.

S: Smells are faint, but there is noticeable corn husk, toasted grain and oat malts. There is a little floral hop floating in the back, but not much.

T: Taste is only slightly better than your run of the mill macro to me. As much as it pains me to say it, it's really not terrific, as a lager or beer in general.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp, slightly sticky in the front and a little dry on the back of the tongue. Pretty good.

D: Would make for a great session for someone not overly concerned with taste and still wants to get something different than a Bud. I'm sure this goes over huge for BMC fans at St. Patty's Day.

Brewed by Guinness, but the style doesn't sit right with the stout and Smithwick's. I'd still rather have this than a BMC light or regular, though Bud bottles can be more moderately priced.

Gambrinus1184, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of Taipans
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

To me Harp is a touch above an average lager. I keep this in rotation with Sam Adams for my normal session brews. I always enjoy it, it goes down easy and has a nice lighter flavor profile. I also find its an easy push to toss on BMC fans as they don't freak out on the first taste. Good intro to real beer!

Taipans, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of JBogan
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale gold color with an excellent thick head which stayed around for quite a while and left good lacing. Plenty of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. We're off to a good start.

Smelled of light grains with some floral tones present. Aroma was not very strong.

Tasted even lighter than it smelled. Nothing really stood out to makes it's presence felt. There wasn't anything bad tasting about it, but nothing really distinguishable either.

Mouthfeel was very light, not much body. Good carbonation to liven things up, and it was smooth going down.

Not a great beer but still very drinkable. Crisp and refreshing on a hot day. I'll pick this one up now and then and enjoy a few at a sitting.

JBogan, Dec 03, 2007
Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
74 out of 100 based on 2,111 ratings.