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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

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2,109 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,109
Reviews: 693
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.34%
Wants: 24
Gots: 148 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 Overlord
2.25/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ah...Harp. So often one of the few "good" beers available on tap at restaurants.

Pours a big golden yellow with a large white head. Well carbonated. Taste is of skunky malt with a bit of hops. Not much going on, and the bitterness is unpleasant. Again, tastes skunky.

Does have decent lacing and mouthfeel, shame it tastes the way it does.

Overlord, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of GrimmReaper
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very light yellow with foamy white head of decent size and nice sticky lacing.Smell is of corn,grass,musty,and a faint of skunk.
Taste is of a lite sweetness in the beginning and some bitterness and dryness in the middle the grass and corn coming thru here,no sign of skunk in the taste,it finishes off dry,goes down like water,very easy to consume these in high quantities,i enjoyed it,not bad at all.Very thirst quenching on a hot day and the beer in the cooler full of ice.

GrimmReaper, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of WJVII
2.95/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

More notably the tan half of the black and tan I had a tap of Harp. Nothing to outstanding about this brew. It has a light golden color with a 1/4 inch head that didn't last. There was some notice of hops, but more so malts in the aroma. Light taste with average carbonation. This beer was very forgettable. I will stick to having mine with Guinness.

WJVII, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of mooseisloose
2.8/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1/2 of a black and tan. Smells kind of corny. Poured into a pint, nothing else, to a dull yellow with a nice foamy head. Taste is only slighly bitter and very dry. Very light even for the 5% AC. Mouthfeel is good but not too much exciting here. Probably a good beer for its style but doesn't trip my trigger. I think I'll pour a stout in the remaining half to liven it up a bit.

mooseisloose, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of JOaikido
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle imported from Ireland. Bottled 07-03-10.

A- Pours a deep golden yellow with a big white head. Moderate effervescence. Head settles to an OK little ring og foam and leaves a touch of lacing.

S- Fryity with floral hops over pale malt. Standard but pleasant.

T- Basic Euro lager, a little too weak. OK bitter aftertaste. Balanced. Slightly off metallic note in the middle.

MF- Carbonated and crisp. Watery but refreshing.

D- Easy to drink but pretty standard macro euro lager type. At least they use a brown bottle to help avoid the skunking so common in many of its competition.

JOaikido, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of thierrynantes
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer can (50cl.), tasted in 2001.

Appearance : golden color, with creamy foam (lacing), little effervescence.
Smell : modest malt nose.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet malty with notes of caramel.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style pale lager.

Review translated from french 5-25-2008.

thierrynantes, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
2.7/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This pours from 12oz bottle a clear light gold with a huge head of foam that has very good retention and it has a lot of good sticky lacing.

The smell has some hoppiness to it with a touch of malt. Weak nose overall.

The taste has a mild hop bitterness up front with a small amount of malt and I can sense some corn but at least it's minimal. It finishes slightly bitter and has a light mouthfeel and pretty high carbonation. Not much more I can say about it other than if I want a
lager with similar light flavours, I can pay a lot less than the plus US$8 I paid for the 6pack. Next..

Bitterbill, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of Unwind06
4.28/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer overall. Like it a lot. Even if it's a smooth clear bear, I do like a lot. Much better than Quebec beers like molson n stuff... One of my favourite. I don't know what more I can say... Why do we have to fill 250 characters !?!?!?!?!?

Unwind06, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of Scribbles
3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearence: It has a nice dark but still golden colour.A Decent head that sticks around for a little while when poured correctly into the glass; along with some pretty good lacing.

S: Hops and a hint of fruity-ness, a decent overall smell.

Taste: Acceptable and somewhat bitter, with no off flavours, and not much sweetness to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Decent with a good amount of carbonation, smooth enough to drink despite the bitter.

Drinkability: Easy enough to drink one with a meal, enjoyable, but not the type of beer that you might want to drink many of at one time.

Scribbles, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of Floydster
2.95/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle taken from my dad out of the refrigerator

Poured into a pint glass with a pale yellow color and a small head, about 1/4 inch thick

Smell was pretty weak and was nothing but a little yeast and barley

Taste was nice and smooth for a lager, nice little bite at the end

Good drink several of these, pretty light beer and the alcohol content is not too high

Floydster, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of meechum
3.83/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall this was the best beer I had this entire weekend. This is in my opinion should be what most lagers should aspire to be. This was a nice straw blonde pouring out into a glass with a decent 1 to 1 and half finger head that when settled left a little lace down the side of the glass. The taste was spot on for a lager as it was clean, crisp and had a good balance between malty taste and hops to give it a good bite at the end. There is no doubt why Harp is considered a cut above most big lager styles out there

meechum, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one again at Hooters tonight of all places and just had to write a review as it was in a bottle. Much better this time around. Nice crisp clear finish. Great taste. This was one that really is deserving of its status. It is a good fallback option always, as the nice english hops really give it a nice feel. Still a winner here.

mikesgroove, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of Brad007
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color with a head that quickly fades, leaving some lacing behind. Aroma is nice and malty upfront, somewhat bready. Some fruity characteristics are detectable. Taste is very much of the same. Nice, flavorful and almost buttery rich in the mouthfeel. Goes down quite nicely. I probably wouldn't buy it again but it's certainly drinkable.

Brad007, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of inbeertruth
2.63/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Baker Street Pub in The Woodlands, TX.

A: White frothy head which dissolved quickly with lots of lacing. Clear golden color which is slightly darker than a pils.

S: Nothing too special. Wheat and hops.

T: Nothing too special, though an aftertaste of honey.

MF: Decent carbonation, but nothing particularly noticable.

D: An okay beer, goes well with food, but a little unremarkable for me. Tomorrow when I go to play darts with the wife, I’m ordering a stout or a pale ale instead.

inbeertruth, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of HoustonTX
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Harp Lager pours with a slight golden-yellow body.
Crisp frothy head, with decent retention.
Aroma of semi-cooked bread, pale malt, and grassy florals.
Taste is crisp and grainy with a light sweetness in the foreground.
Semi-aggressive hopping, with the grains remaining strong.
Mouthfeel is well carbonated, and easy to drink.

Decent lager, and something that is simple to drink without over analyzing complexity's.

HoustonTX, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of kguyty
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice golden color, with a little head. The smell is kind of bitter, but I don't get much more from it. There is a taste of wheat and grain, but nothing too terribly speical. It's a good beer, but I've got to be honest -- I was a little disappointed for the price.

kguyty, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of BrewSomerville
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Malty sweet. Some (little) floral hops. Honey.

Looks: Crystal clear. Golden yellow in colour. Medium sized white head. Head retention is average. Nice lace.

Taste: Some bready flavours. Fairly well balanced. More hops on the finish. Peaches & apples.

M.F.: Avg carbonation. On the heavier side of light bodied

BrewSomerville, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of SudNut
2.45/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap in one of the local pubs. It is a little darker than most lagers I have tried with the average malty sweet aroma most lagers have with a bit of grain. The taste is good a little bitter up front with a buttery after taste. Mouth feel is average to a bit watery. This beer is fairly drinkable just not my favorite.

SudNut, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of Shadman
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pay day Friday so I can splurge...if you can call a sixer of Harp splurging.

Darker straw yellow than most lagers I've tried. Not much in the way of carbonation bubbles which probably explains why the head receded to a thin white cap, then a thin ring,

Some earthy, grainy malts with just a hint of sweet floral hop in the background.

Hop kick at the front end, very similar to other Euro Pale Lagers. Some nice, robust cracker-like malts make it a decent tasting lager. Finishes just slightly to the dry side.

For the lack of bubbles, carbonation feel is surprising crisp, yet not too sweet.

Nice Euro Lager that doesn't surprise or disappoint.

Shadman, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of crazybrody06
2.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into a glass. yellow color, 1/4 inch head that lingered for a few minutes. Tastes like a regular american lager with a little bit of a bitter aftertaste. the mouthfeel is pretty good its not watery at all like you get with some lagers. but for me its not worth the price.

crazybrody06, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of giblet
2.8/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

i like this beer. not as much of it around as some others. good taste but not as full as i like.

like most of the euro lagers it is much better than the US macros. worth a as far as my end is concerned!

i prefer stronger!

"Beer is proof that God loves man." Ben Franklin

suckem up and movem out.


giblet, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of cyrenaica
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was tried on tap in downtown Toronto along with a burger. The colour was a dark gold colour, translucent, with an off-white head about 2cm high. There was not a lot of aroma to speak of however. The taste was crisp and clean with a metallic tinge to it. It felt rather weak on the tongue, not watery, but the carbonation wasn't strong either..

cyrenaica, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Guinness' idea of a lager is brought to you by Sharkeez in Huntington Beach, only because Firestone Walker was empty on draft. On to the beer:

Light blonde in color with some head and a little carbonation action in the body. The flavor is a little bolder than your typical lager. Clean, crisp, with a little bit of a banana twist to it, and a tingling finish o slight bitterness on the tongue. A good lager, but a bit expensive at stores.

DoubleJ, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of beckscrusader420
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well this beer isn't really that bad but it isn't really that good either. It has some traits of budweiser but not as bad. I'm guessing its brewed with rice. For the money its a bit overpriced like Corona. If I had to choose between Harp and the normal piss water macro lagers I'd choose Harp but its nothing that great and its nothing that bad either.

beckscrusader420, May 29, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow with a thin head that has some staying power. Lace forms immediately once the head starts reducing in size.

Aroma is sweet, mostly wheat and corn, pretty typical of the style, nothing amazing.

For the style, this is very good. A nice sweet nip at the front of the sip gets relatively more complex further in, with a bitter bite, a slightly grassy tang, and a long fruity burst leading to a dry and clean finish. Mouthfeel is also good, a bit aggressive due to the healthy carbonation; seems just right for a lager.

Been knocking myself out on the big and heavies lately, so this
was a great change of pace, and it turned out to be a quality lager, period.

Metalmonk, May 18, 2007
Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
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