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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

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2,042 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,042
Reviews: 688
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 17.39%
Wants: 21
Gots: 133 | 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 manofmanners


4.33/5  rDev +34.5%

I like Harp in the bring time, it is that come out from the cold beer, everything spring is, Harp is. I drink it form the bottle, which is rare for me. It has sure a smooth refreshing feel to it, you don't want to spoil it by drinking to many, i would say 2 to 3 max. Once you get drunk Harps appeal is lost on you. The great thing is it is not to filling. It goes great with a meal too, chicken, steak or seafood, goes good with almost anything.

03-14-2007 15:08:04 | More by manofmanners
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.4/5  rDev +5.6%

The pale color is not impressive, but that is its biggest weakness. Smell is fairly beery, and the flavor is crisp and smooth. It has some fruity undertones and no bitter taste or aftertaste. This is a nice lager for parties and sports bars, and is great in a "half and half" with original Guinness Stout.

03-04-2007 02:41:47 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of stephendr


3/5  rDev -6.8%

12 oz. bottle- color of golden yellow, with a decent off white head - nose of subtle pine hopps , weak malt , and floral – taste of malts , decent bitter hopps , soapy , and grapefruit - body slightly oily , and well carbonated– aftertaste of sour chalk , and crisp

02-24-2007 21:19:44 | More by stephendr
Photo of brooks4

New York

3.55/5  rDev +10.2%

Poured from a Bottle into a mug about 1 finger of head (being a bit generous.) When swirled around in mug left a nice lace throughout. Poured a nice golden color. Not too distinct a smell although came with a typical lager smell, nothing offensive in the scent of the beer. Taste is not too bad, nothing exciting but an all around tasteful beer. Bitter Dryness at the end. Which dissipiates rather Quickly. Pleasant mouth feel, and very easy to drink, it wouldnt be hard to put down a lot of them. Overall not so much a beer i would get over and over again, but i may return to it in the future.

02-21-2007 00:44:52 | More by brooks4
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -1.2%

Clear gold color and white head. There is lasting retention and some spotty sparse lace. Nose is pretty bland but there is a little malt evident. I'm not sure if I can detect a touch of corn, and I hope not. Taste is lightly malty and softly bitter. Carbonation is prickly and stirs things up a little. Body is light but approaching medium.

Not too bad but not great. Do-able and probably better with food.

02-13-2007 02:42:16 | More by tastybeer
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours a bright pale gold sparkling with ample carbonation. Initially large dimpled white head retains as more of a milky sheet. Mild aroma of sweetish, doughy pale malts and grain. Tastes like sweet grain and bitter hops. Crisp, well carbonated mouthfeel goes down easy.

Nothing great, but I have no problem knocking back a few.

02-13-2007 02:23:55 | More by wedge
Photo of guitarmage


3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Appearance: Clear, pale, yellow/golden with lots of fairly large bubbles uniformly rising up the glass. Weak head retention, but a fairly sticky white lacing floats on the top.

Smell: Light grain and herbal hops, a little lemon rind, slightly metallic, phenolic.

Taste: Very light and clean, not much of anything, a little alcoholic warmth and citrus hoppiness, finishes dry and a little bready.

Mouthfeel: Cool and crisp, a little soft, not bad at all.

Drinkability: Not a bad lager in my opinion, not a stand out, it's refreshing, clean, light, not sweet - definitely a little puckering if anything, very dry.

02-11-2007 07:04:29 | More by guitarmage
Photo of Neehan

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -2.2%

This beer was served with an appearance of a light-bodied gold with little head and retention. Bright and shiny in the glass with your standard lager appearance. The smell was clean with a hint of grassy characteristics. A clean, smooth taste with a mild, grainy finish. The mouthfeel is well-balanced adding to the smoothness that makes this a drinkable lager. Good, but certainly nothing special.

02-08-2007 02:40:58 | More by Neehan
Photo of mithrascruor


3.18/5  rDev -1.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a light fluffy white head that turns to a film and eventually nothing. Typical European Pilsner look.

Smell: Semi-sweet malts and grasses. Nice smell; nothing particularly noticable, though.

Taste: A mixture of malts, hops, and grasses, with some buttery undertones. Maybe a tad too creamy for the flavors involved.

Mouthfeel: A viscous light- to medium-bodied beer. Slight bit of tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: It's pretty drinkable, both alcohol- and taste-wise, but it really gets old (probably caused a lot by the buttery flavor).

Overall, it's a decent and perfectly acceptable lager. But it's a bit boring and too buttery. Guinness should stick to Guinness. I'd rather get a German or Czech Pilsner over this any day -- this is basically the same thing, but with some butter and cream mixed in.

02-03-2007 05:16:41 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of RBorsato


3.98/5  rDev +23.6%

Clear straw color with a nice pillowy white head, good carbonation, and spotty lace. Standard adjunct-like aromas and flavors. A bit grainy in the mouth though which was a nice touch. Medium and pretty smooth for a lager with a crisp dry malty finish.

Not bad - better than I remember but it's been a long time...

Bottle States: "Brewed in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada"

'L6186' lasered
Tasted: 01/28/07

02-02-2007 21:37:17 | More by RBorsato
Photo of mobud


2.38/5  rDev -26.1%

poured from bottle that was chilled.

S- Nothing of note. Slight smell of grass. Not sure if that is the norm, but might be from sitting on shelf for awhile.

T- Not bad, but not good either. This sample was cold in my refrig(42F), so the first couple of sips were crisp. As it warmed, the taste of malt became more noticable but not enjoyable.

M- Ok, but not my favorite. It was more watery that thick and left very little to embrace.

D- I never had this in bottle before, always on tap. I enjoyed this in the past, but in a bar, ice cold and in larger volume. would not recommend this in bottle, but a tap setup would probably change my mind on this sample.

01-30-2007 15:10:16 | More by mobud
Photo of david370


3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

well I found myself recently at disney world with the family and one night we ended up in the uk section of epcot.they had a stand there with bass and harp on tap and I ordered a yard of harp and watched a band playing beatles tunes.It was my first time trying harp and I enjoyed it

01-29-2007 17:19:26 | More by david370
Photo of akajimmyd

District of Columbia

2.95/5  rDev -8.4%

Overall, this beer is fairly unremarkable. Pale straw yellow. Fluffy bright white head. Nice carbonation action. Some malty aroma, nothing special. Taste is plain with a somewhat crisp finish. Sweet upfront and a tart finish. Only a minor metallic hint. This beer is simple, yet enjoyable. It is one of the best of the Euro Lagers. I think the brown bottle helps it hold up a little better than some of the others.

01-17-2007 04:55:39 | More by akajimmyd
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.2/5  rDev -0.6%

Ok, hadn't had this in a while.
light tan, perhaps a bit golden body pour. Very thin head, didn't last nearly long enough.
Smell? Hmmm..some lightly roasted malt, a pinch of hops, butterscotch and persimmon. Strange
Taste is better than most main stream lagers, but nothing great. The sweetness is hollow and a bit coarse. Hops? Not many. Better to drink cold.

01-15-2007 22:29:59 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of klewis


2.98/5  rDev -7.5%

A: Pours a light golden with a three-finger white foamy head. Surpisingly good sustain with lots of lacing.

S: Smells mostly of sweet corn with a touch of honey.

T: A bit sweet with a bland adjunct malt flavor. Watery with a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Light-bodied, fizzy, and watery. Crisp with a dry finish.

D: This would make a great lawnmower beer, besides that I probably wouldn't drink it again. WIth that said, it's good for what it is and is supposed to be.

01-13-2007 19:58:04 | More by klewis
Photo of MTNboy


3.55/5  rDev +10.2%

This is nowhere close to the best Irish Lager but it is not bad either. It is also pretty common. My Dad got hooked on Larger and Lime when we were in England. When I was old enough we would drink them together and remember the old days. So usually when I get the urge to have a British style lager and lime this is the most convenient. So just add some Lime Cordial to it and enjoy. The lime makes the difference.

Appearance- Light Yellow.

Smell-Very Mild, Slightly Hoppy.

Taste- Light with hints of hops and yeast.

Mouthfeel- Smooth more carbonation than you might think.

Drinkability- Good but I am telling you add the lime cordial.

01-08-2007 13:14:11 | More by MTNboy
Photo of peabody


3.23/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours out a straw color with lots of white suds. Slight lacing.
I get the skunky smell as with the Heinekin(sp).Watery yeast.
Taste is lemony and bitter. You can taste the yeast but not much more.
Slightly sweet in the mouth at first then the dry bitterness sets in.
Not strong at all though.
Drinkability is high if you like the flavor.

12-31-2006 10:09:39 | More by peabody
Photo of pentathlete


3.3/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a clear golden honey with a small white head. Ring was long-lasting. Crispy smell, no off-putting corn odors, but still somewhat generic. Taste is approaching an NA beverage, as if there were some unfermented ingredients here. The crispy mouthfeel helps it along, but overall this is simple an inoffensive boring lager.

12-22-2006 23:46:00 | More by pentathlete
Photo of zuggy9


3.9/5  rDev +21.1%

The is a good general lager, and it pours a pale gold, a bit darker than many lager. It has a good balance smell, more of grain and malt. The taste is solid and refreshing, a bit sweet and fairly smooth. It's has good drinkability but I tend to not want too many at any time (as I prefer ales more).

12-21-2006 04:25:14 | More by zuggy9
Photo of Jordan1985rec


4.1/5  rDev +27.3%

-Served on tap into pint glass-
I walked into a local favorite of mine in DC and ordered a round of Harp for my friends and I. I had heard that this was a good beer for such a night, and as it were that sentiment was correct. The color was a nice golden yellow with a medium to thick head when served in the pint glass. The smell was hoppy and a bit "fizzy," what I mean by that is this beer seemed a tad over carbonated. The taste was plesent and the mouthfeel was suprizingly smooth (I suspose I shouldn't be too suprized... it is made by Guinness). We ended our first round and the glasses finished clean, the test had been pased; Time for another round mate!

12-14-2006 20:10:31 | More by Jordan1985rec
Photo of jettjon


2.7/5  rDev -16.1%

Pours in the pint glass pale golden clear color with many very tiny bubbles precipitating. Two fingers of whitish foam with aggressive pour fades away relatively quickly leaving a thin cap and some decent lacing. Nose of dry malt, grass, and vague citrus. There’s a slight off malt-liquor smell. Taste is dry and malty, not citrusy at all as I’ve come accustomed to with euro lagers. Flavor is nothing remarkable, very macro-lagerish. Finished on a mild bitter note. Mouth is wet toward the thin side, decent carbonation. Drinkabiity is sub-par; it’s an unremarkable beer to smell or taste.

Overall: A substandard euro-lager, but useful as a “crossover beer” at least from the standpoint of getting someone to drink something else that “tastes just like x.”

12-13-2006 00:11:24 | More by jettjon
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured 12 oz bottle into a glass mug. A light golden color with a thick white head that's retained pretty much throughout the beer. A malty smell. Malty taste with hints of bitterness and a slightly sweet aftertaste. Decent mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable beer overall.

11-24-2006 23:47:15 | More by maddogruss
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

1.7/5  rDev -47.2%

On-tap and served in a 16oz. plastic cup.

A: The beer is a deep copper color, with a foamy medium-sized off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace.

S: The smell is of malt & barley but isn’t strong at all.

T: The taste is malty but very plain and bland with a little bit of hops.

M: Smooth, but no crispness, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Goes down easy and not too filling, but not very tasty at all. To be perfectly honest, I don’t think I can see myself drinking this beer again under any circumstances.

11-14-2006 02:48:08 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Applesauce1


3.05/5  rDev -5.3%

A friend of mine left a few of these in my fridge. I've had this before, but this is my first review of Harp.

Appearance: straw color with a 1/4" white head off the pour (nothing special)
Smell: sweet malt, little skunky (has some of that macro lager smell)
Taste: no hops present; malty sweetness; not bad for a lager, but still not too impressive; has some of the typical macro lager taste
Mouthfeel: light bodied
Drinkability: good, you could have a few in a night; this might be ok after drinking a heavier beer.

11-12-2006 03:22:25 | More by Applesauce1
Photo of pmcadamis


2.23/5  rDev -30.7%

Uhhh. This looks and smells exactly like Bud or Miller. Classy bottle, but not very attractive once poured. It's got a lot more head retention and lacing than BMC, but the pale watery brew looks familiar.

Smells like a cheapo lager. There is a more powerful scent than other macro lagers, but it's the same adjunct corny smell.

Ok now we're talkin'! The taste is suprisingly much better than expected. Similar to a lighter version of a German pils. Nice malty wash down the back of the throat, and a dry and bitter finish. I don't know what sort of hops are in this, but they taste familiar (similar to whatever hops are in German pilsners).

Mouthfeel is pretty carbonated and light, and the finish is just dry enough without being overly bitter. Makes you want another sip.

Drinkablity is decent due to the light and refreshing (albeit watery) mouthfeel and the cheap price ($6 for a sixer at WalMart). This is nothing to sit, sip, and ponder, but it goes down easy and is a notch above BMC swill. Also, very good for initiating non-BAs, and weaning them away from BMC.

10-25-2006 05:18:40 | More by pmcadamis
Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
74 out of 100 based on 2,042 ratings.