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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

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1,973 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,973
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 18
Gots: 102 | 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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Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

The best irish beer?

A: Crystal clear with plenty of fluffy white head. Adequate retention for some VERY nice lacing.

S: Malty sweetness.

T: Clean. Very well balanced, ending with a bready, malty sweetness.

M: Light to moderate body and carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2005 23:34:01 | More by Derek
Photo of merlin48


3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From sixpack that was on sale at a local grocery. 12 oz bottle's label says, "Product of Canada", brewed in New Brunswick. Pours a clear, pale yellow body with lively carbonation. Modest white head has decent retention and deposits some patchy lace on the pint glass. Aroma is restrained, with grainy malt and spicy hops. No skunk. Mouthfeel is clean and well carbonated. Light bodied. Taste is unassuming, with spicy hop bitterness and grainy, biscuity malts. Both are underwhelming, leading to a pleasant, if unimpressive, balance. Crisp and refreshing, with no off notes, but not much to recommend it. An average pale lager. This one seems a bit tamed down compared to the tap and bottled versions I sampled in Eire a few years ago.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 22:01:06 | More by merlin48
Photo of unkiedave


3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had Harp on draft as well as out of the bottle. Like most beer, its better as a draught and that is what my review will chronicle. About 2 fingers head that maintained good retention throughout. Very mild smell, not too strong. Taste is where this beer shines. Very crisp and smooth, with absolutely no bitterness at all. I could drink Harp on a regular basis and never tire of it. I would recommend this beer to anyone wanting to venture out of the been-there-done-that american beer scene who is looking to try something different. Sure there are better beers to be found in the world, but Harp is a very good overall session beer and worthy of a six pack now and again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2005 22:08:55 | More by unkiedave
Photo of sachsich

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very good session beer. i had this one out of a bottle
apperance was good. nothing special but not bad
smell-more of a malty smell than hoppy
taste was good with malt again
mouthfeel was very good with almost perfect carbonation
drinkability was very easy. makes it fun

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2005 22:13:12 | More by sachsich
Photo of tgbljb


3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

presented as a pale yellow liquid with small white puffy head. Smell is minimal with virtually nothing to be found. Taste had a nice crispnee that I found very refreshing. The crispness continues through at the finish and was a good thirst quencher.Was so easy to drink that my glaas was empty in no time. A bit better than other lagers, but not by much.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2005 00:02:15 | More by tgbljb
Photo of alankwak


3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light yellow, straw. Good head retention and lacing
S: Very little, not much hop aroma. I find this is it's biggest flaw.
T: Good. Not to strong at all, very smooth. I think it could do with a bit more hopiness.
M: Good mouthfeel, not too heavy.
D: Good here, a very smooth lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2005 03:19:54 | More by alankwak
Photo of ReebShorts


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

light clear golden appearance, 2 finger head on the pour and pretty much sitting there, not fading nearly as fast as i'd expected.

smell is light, no strong aroma here, belgiumesque yeast, maybe some grain, mild hops, lemon....
nice lacing as the head is dying down.

wow, amazing, one is the most "nothing beers" i;ve tasted but not in a bad way, I could probably session these all night. absolutely no aftertaste, and although the flavor is very mild it's quite tasty, and begs to be sampled further. Much rather drink these all night than bud, miller, etc. Also the mouthfeel is much creamier than i anticipated. This one is different than other lagers i've tried and I must say I'm enjoying it.

Great transitional brew for american powerhouse macro fanboys. If you are trying to convert anybody that is...

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2005 04:00:07 | More by ReebShorts
Photo of trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

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

This is a pleasant looking beer, a golden straw colour, poured with very little head and left thin, thin lacing.

smell is sweet, barley malts, floral, very pleasant but nothing out of the ordinary. Good balance of sweetness and bitterness, finishes quite bitter after a bit of a sweet and malty initial tasting.. It's not unpleasant, but not complex either. Nice carbonation, and a tangyness on the tongue. I'm not as much of a fan of a very soft mouthfeel, so this one is to my liking. A very quaffable beer that I could easily make a session lager out of.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 21:55:14 | More by trevorwideman
Photo of scooter231

New York

3.78/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Better on tap. Much better. Tastier, sweeter, more bubbly, a more enjoyable experience. More floral coming through. Seems to be easier to drink this way. Continues to be very drinkable, and a good "ok" beer at a bar. Certainly would rather get this than Bud or Coors. Similar tastes and scents, just... more punch. God bless tap.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2005 07:37:11 | More by scooter231
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

4.05/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 ounce bottle, with no freshness date I could find, poured into a goblet.
Haven't had this in quite some time so I thought I'd pick some up for the sake of review.
Golden color that pours with a bit of head even when quite cold, laces the glass quite well(considering the style) with a persistent thin layer of foam on top.
A slight floral aroma with some sweet malt presence. Smells clean and fresh... nothing too stunning going on here but it's inviting enough (again, for the style).
Tastes a bit sweeter than I remember this tasting. Definately has more of a malt presence than a lot of other lagers I've had. The hops in this dry out the sweetness and mouthfeel quite nicely. There is a bit of a slickness going on in the mouthfeel that I never quite remembered this having.. but then again, the last time I had this I wasn't paying quite as much attention. Appropriate carbonation for the style.
Very straightforward, very drinkable, very refreshing. A fine choice when you don't want to sit around and think about your beer. Clean, light, low/moderate alcohol content.. not exceptional with respect to the entire beer realm but a fine member of it's corner of the beer world.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2005 06:35:47 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of Bleedingshrimp


2.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a tad darker than golden. Maybe 1/2 finger of head turns to a tiny ring in about 40 seconds. Pretty faint smell. Creamy and medium mouthfeel. First thing I noticed about the taste was the alcohol was slightly more prevalent than I prefer in a Lager, although it tastes suprisingly crisp and goes down smooth. Leaves a little bit of a dry alcohol taste. Other than that, it's not bad at all for a lager...but far from ideal.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2005 00:36:10 | More by Bleedingshrimp
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Good malty aroma with just a hint of hops. Fuller bodied than the usual macro lagers with nice hop bite and a clean crisp finish. Easy drinking on a hot day. Good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 16:53:01 | More by clemtig76
Photo of palliko


3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is sparkling, yellow-gold, topped with thick foam that leaves sticky lace. Aroma is crisp: floral hops, honey malt and ethanol. Initial taste has barley, the bite of bitter hops, good carbonation, and straw. Finish is pretty typical: hops and malt. Recipe appears to have been altered from the Harp Lager I remember. There are others out there that do lager better.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 13:43:16 | More by palliko
Photo of baiser


2.9/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow body, with a sweet grainy aroma. Faint hop aromas. Much too sweet - it overpowers all other flavours. Some husky, grainy flavours. A little bitterness, and ends dry. Still is a drinkable lager though - had at an Irish pub, but otherwise, will not have again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2005 02:34:18 | More by baiser
Photo of BEERchitect


3.83/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A solid beer that I haven't had in a while. Looks between straw and light golden. Highly carbonated with a white head that falls but laces ok. Smells moderately malty and a bit toasty or bready. Mildly spicy. Tastes cleanly malty with ginger, corriander, and clove like spicy sweetness. Holds a moderate body as carbonation fades. Crisp and dry, finishes a bit cidery or zinfandale like. A nice change up from the german and czhec pils that I have been drinking lately.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2005 23:23:38 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of DrJay


3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fairly standard offering at British and Irish type pubs in Ontario. Decent aroma, mostly malty and grainy, very light hop character. The flavour's not bad, more malty and sweet than bitter, with a bit of hop flavour. Finishes off-dry. Crisp character from carbonation with a medium/light body.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2005 21:20:08 | More by DrJay
Photo of NiceGuyMike

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I remember first ordering this in my early 20s because I liked the name. I loved it and drank it often. Since then I've discovered other beers and almost forgot about harp. Now that I frequent BA, my tastes have changed. I've found some beers I liked in the past are now flavorless and average at best. Boy, was I glad that Harp does not suffer the same fait. On with the review.

Appearence: Straw golden with nice head that mostly fizzles away quick, but leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Not very strong smell, but some malts are present.

Taste: Initial skunky taste (which I like), followed by.Biscuty, sweet malts and that finishes with some light hops and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nice

Drinkability: I can drink this all day and night, and I have in the past.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2005 15:55:04 | More by NiceGuyMike
Photo of Toddv29424

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is totally being judged on what it is--trying hard not to be subjective. Lagers have been given a bad name because of the large mass-produced ones, but this is a shining beacon to them all. Pours a golden yellow color with little to no head. Smell is uninspired and is like most other lagers that you will find. The taste is great... instead of being water heavy like other Lagers it has a full body taste. Wheat is really the only decipherable taste that you can point out, otherwise it is too well rounded to pick out. Great overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2005 00:34:03 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of cubedbee


2.93/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this from a bottle. Pale yellow with a thin head that vanishes immediately and no lacing. Smell is light malt and hops. Taste is a little malty with a hop bite on the end but also with an unpleasant metallic aftertaste. Thin bodied, watery, and fizzy, this really isn't that pleasant to drink. I've heard it's better on tap, I know I'll be avoiding it bottled.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 11:40:09 | More by cubedbee
Photo of Hunter


3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this one yet.

Dark gold color, vigorous pour yields a thick head of white foam that dissipates quick. Aroma is mellow, laced with hops and grassy undertones. Clean and light. Taste is your basic nondescript lager...light, bland, with a sharp aftertaste that's slightly skunky (is this inevitable in bottled lagers?) but bearable.

Not bad as lagers go, but pretty much reduced to a macrobrew quality anymore.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2005 23:22:00 | More by Hunter
Photo of ThreePistols


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

I enjoyed my fair share of imperial pints of Harp on-tap at the UK in the World of Nations at EPCOT during my week stay at Walt Disney World. The days were in the high 80's-low 90's and the beers were perfectly chilled and poured.

The color was amber and clear. The beer was purposely poured with as little head as possible to fill the glass with beer and not head. There was a small amount of lace. The aroma was toasted malt on a light background of hops. The taste was a little sweet, great malt and a bit light on the hops. Creamy mouth feel with a sweet malt aftertaste with a hint of hops.

Smooth and easy to drink. Nothing really outstanding but still a good and very drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2005 02:47:46 | More by ThreePistols
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

2.55/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Slightly darker than your typical lager, but clear, with no head or lacing

Smell: Slightly phenolic, with not much else going on

Taste: Really rather unpleasant, to be honest; has some bite to it, but not a flavor I really appreciate; again, somewhat phenolic

Mouthfeel: Probably it's best attribute; light/medium bodied with decent carbonation

Drinkability: Next time, I think I'll give it a miss

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2005 01:04:37 | More by brentk56
Photo of BrewMaven

New York

3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Since I drank this one straight from the bottle, I can't comment on it's head, lacing, etc. Other B.A.'s have mentioned bitterness which I wouldn't say I noticed in this brew. What I did notice was that this beer goes down smooth and easy with none of the harshness that I've experienced with other Euro lager's/ales.Maybe that's because this is just a simpler, mass market brew? My opinion is that this is fuller bodied and more flavorful than an American Macro, which is a good thing in my book. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2005 19:02:53 | More by BrewMaven
Photo of RedLion


3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I used to drink plenty of Harp, back when it was hard to find a decent beer on draught. Today was the first time in two years since I've had any.

Appearance: Pale yellow, almost no head, adequate lacing.

Smell: A little skunky, but not much detected.

Taste: The more ales I drink, the less interested I am in lagers, especially European style. I do like the bitter after taste I get from this beer. Little else to mention.

Mouthfeel: Adequate.

Drinkability: Better than most macro lagers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2005 19:20:10 | More by RedLion
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

2.6/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Strange that I have not reviewed this in my year, but after tasting it again, it may have been a while. Skunky bitter taste and nothing else to impress me. Passed on seconds at a dinner tonight. Appeared nice for a Euro Pale Lager, which is becoming one of my least favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2005 01:18:45 | More by Backer2004
Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
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