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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
74
okay

1,988 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,988
Reviews: 686
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 18
Gots: 109 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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doctorjoeyboey

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The second I cracked open the bottle and caught the aroma I was pleased as it filled my craving for a hoppy and malty beer. I poured it into a glass and was surprised that it was a fairly light-medium amber color. I know that I shouldn't expect all beers that smell malty and hoppy to be dark in color, but by my stereotype I did. Taste is malty and hoppy as expected by the aroma. The beer has a fairly crisp, carbonated taste considering it's malty and hoppy aroma and taste. The mouthfeel is more like a light lager than a hoppy one. On a more interesting note, I can see the distinct lace bars from each swallow that I took, as I know should be attainable when drinking Guinness.

This beer intrigued me, as it combines light color and carbonation with an aroma and taste of maltiness and hoppiness. The taste and aroma lead one to believe it could be a brother of Guinness, although the color is deceptive. I would gladly drink this again, although it is not good enough to warrant the difference in price between it and American macro lagers in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 06:35:12 | More by doctorjoeyboey
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Harp has a very malty, bitter taste, which is good. Less strong then other Irish beers such as Guiness but still refreshing and smooth. Slightly carbonated. It's aroma is little but pleasent.

Another good point is that there is very little aftertaste. I highly recommend that it is tried on tap.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 21:39:00 | More by CrazyMike
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whynot44

Missouri

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

Light/Medium body, light amber color with a nice white head that hangs around for a while.

Aroma is grain and mild hops.

Smooth, well balanced with mild malt up front followed by a pleasant hops finish. Crisp and fresh tasting, not overly carbonated.

Great to accompany a Sunday football game or to go with burgers or steak.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 04:42:52 | More by whynot44
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skillerified

Illinois

1.93/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours yellowish-golden hues. Half-finger head that fades in minutes to a slight lace on top and on the glass. Some carbonation is visible.

Smell is a little fruity, a little citrusy, and something else I can't quite place. Hoppy maybe. It's an odd combination that's not particularly appealing to me.

Taste is a little on the weak side. Very little up front. There is an acidic (citrus) dryness in the middle and a touch of bitterness at the finish.

The mouthfeel is strange. There is like a slickness that sticks to the back of your tongue and throat. After a while, you can taste it on the roof of your mouth too. Again, it's not particularly appealing to me. It's a very light feeling beer too.

Not particularly drinkable for me. I could down another one if I had to, but I can't forsee any reason to buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2005 10:01:48 | More by skillerified
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semihobo

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big pockmarked head resulted from an aggressive pour, looked like spiderwebs as it fell and stayed kinda lumpy, but left good lace. Grainy, pretty clear yellow / orange with great bubbles.

Smell is strong, mostly grassy hops and some corn (not sure if adjuncts are in there, but it smells like it). Not too bad though, and there is some malt as well.

Taste is subtle and simple. Grainy malts and basic hops, bitter but not in the unpleasant way that the smell was. There's still a hint of grassiness and something yucky on the finish, but it's a perfectly decent euro pale lager.

Mouthfeel is deliciously crisp. Thin bodied and clear, but within the style, it's fine.

Decently drinkable, although not really a standout within the style. I didn't find it interesting enough to be sessionable, although there's nothing too objectionable about it. Not worth it for the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2005 01:19:03 | More by semihobo
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TheDeuce

New York

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

A decent Euro pale, strong golden color with a decent head, could've lasted a little longer though. More hops in this beer than I originally thought but a little malt balances at the end. Overall nothing spectacular but one of the better (though more expensive) macro lagers.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2005 21:52:31 | More by TheDeuce
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far333

Connecticut

2.93/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Crystal clear straw color with a frothy white head. Light aroma of sweet malt and corn. Flavor is light also - grassy and bitter, but not a pleasant hop bitter, just bitter. Highlights of corn and florals, with an unpleasant burnt rubber finish. Watery mouthfeel, somewhat dry and crisp finish. Low drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 05:12:06 | More by far333
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jaluria

Connecticut

2.73/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks very much like a pilsener, but appears more watered down in texture and golden color. Some head, but not very thick with poor retention. I detect aromas of malt and alcohol. A poorly balanced beer with fleeting bitterness and sticky sensation in my throat. This is not a very enjoyable beer because it lacks substance. The aftertaste is also very powerful and grows as you take more sips. Usually found on-tap in many average bars, but not worth paying for.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2005 17:09:26 | More by jaluria
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

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

Pours a crystal clear golden hue, with a bubbly two finger head. Excellent retention, but only modest lacing. The smell is toasted pale malt, with little hop influence. A simple but balanced flavor of sweet pale malt and euro hops. The sweet flavor has some estery tones, but the dry aftertaste hides any impurities. A high level of carbonation and light body give it a crisp mouthfeel, and a very mild residual sweetness allows a good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2005 06:27:57 | More by PBRstreetgang
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kbnooshay

New York

3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured a nice golden color with a huge airy and long lasting head. The aroma is not quite skunky but it hints at it. Sorta nice though, not too strong. The taste is pretty basic. Mild hops but pleasantly fruity. This is very drinkable. Im not sure why i like this so much. The taste is different than regular lagers but not nasty like most euro lagers. Hmmm dark bottles rule. Stupid Grolsh, becks, heine.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2005 18:09:47 | More by kbnooshay
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karst

Missouri

3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light gold with a fist of white head that persists with substancial lace on the 0.5L Paulaner Weisbier rastal glass. Light floral aroma of Hersbrucker hops and light bready grain.

Its low hop bitterness and bland flavors are helped by an above average mouthfeel making it fairly drinkable, I remember when having a Harp from the tap was a big deal.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 20:32:43 | More by karst
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clippersfanbob

California

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

Upon pouring, a light, floral hop aroma tantalizes the olfactory senses while the relatively thin head quickly dissipates. A solid, though by no means overpowering, hop profile is nicely accompanied by just enough malt to balance the brew, creating a rich, full bodied beer. Distinguished by a buttery mouthfeel with a splash of citrus, I found Harp to be reminiscent of an oakey chardonnay. The finish is clean, crisp, and slightly hoppy with just a touch of bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2005 01:47:52 | More by clippersfanbob
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tesguino

Mexico

1.08/5  rDev -66.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

The worst irish beer; guinness only w´ll sell its stout´s; this irish lager, no comments about its label; appearance its closer to american lager´s, but dont; mouthfeel rich in malt and hops, smell, taste and drinkability is lower in average; try with cheese and snacks only; 45% recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 14:18:26 | More by tesguino
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mitchfor3

California

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle purchased at a local liquor store.

Impressive head - like nothing I expected - this thing will not die! Somewhat fizzy but actually not bad for a lager. Golden in color - pretty good looking for the style.

Smell was not bad for a lager - I'm normally not much of a fan of the lager aroma but this one was far from offensive - tolerable at least.

Taste was pretty solidly average. Pretty good balance - nice carbonation, sweet malts with fruity undertones, mild hops and a touch of alcohol, as with most lagers.

This was a drinkable lager, far from bad and actually better than I expected. Nothing I would seek out but better than a lot of what's out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 07:54:43 | More by mitchfor3
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grindcore666

California

3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Finbars, a local pub. This one looks average. Smells of sweet malt. Tastes good, nice sweet malts and even some cinnamon apples for kicks. Carbonation medium high. Drinkability is up there, because its just so crisp and light, and just doesn't annoy at all.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2005 01:44:20 | More by grindcore666
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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
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merlin48

Kentucky

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
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unkiedave

Utah

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
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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
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

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
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alankwak

Florida

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
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ReebShorts

Washington

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
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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
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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
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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
Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
74 out of 100 based on 1,988 ratings.