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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

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2,265 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,265
Reviews: 704
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 33
Gots: 243 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2001

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Photo of thebeerdoctor
3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased a 12 for $12 at local Kroger. This Harp was brewed in Canada by Moosehead. Poured into small no-stem pilsener glass, with a beautiful effervescent, golden colour. This is a very satisfying beer; especially when all the over-hopped, over-malted, extreme productions. become too much... which is the true beauty of this Harp. It is straight forwardly flavorful without making great demands on the palate. Lively with a clean finish.
This is the first Harp I have sampled in a few years, and is easily the most tasty I have ever encountered.

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

Served in a pint glass it has a 10 mm white head that leaves plenty of lacing. The appearance is clear and pale straw. The aroma is malty and of light spicy hops. The taste is lightly malted with mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is light with moderate to strong carbonation and a perfectly clean finish. This is a very drinkable beer; to be preferred over most of the standard fare one finds in restaurants.

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

I had tried this beer many years ago and loved it. I I just tried it again recently and it was still a pretty good a solid lager. for me its a go to beer if there is nothing better around, as it is very easy to drink. Somewhat sweet with a nice little bit of bitterness.

Photo of thekanna
3.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at McGinty's in Silver Spring, MD.

A: Clear yellow bordering on light orange with a thin, white head.

S: Lager-like yeastiness with some sweetness lingering in the background.

T: Deliciously sugary and sweet as it hits the tongue, followed by some wheat malts, faint floral hops, and a phenolic finish.

M: Nicely carbonated; thin body, crisp and refreshing as it goes down.

D: An extremely drinkable lager.

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

Deep straw gold with two fingers of fine, fluffy, white head. That head fades away somewhat quickly, but leaves behind a beautiful lace as it does so. Sparkling carbonation. Smells of cereal grains with lemon, green apple, and a little bit of dry grass. Tastes of cereal with a grassy finish and just a hint of the lemon found in the nose. The grassy finish gets a bit bolder as the beer warms. Mild bitterness. Light bodied; not thin. Spritzy carbonation. A decent lager with a clean, simple profile.

Photo of Tone
3.06/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, yeast, and very slight citrus. Fits the style of a Euro Pale Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, yeast, slight grain, and hint of hops. Overall, a subpar euro pale lager.

Photo of mrcarterxxl
5/5  rDev +54.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Harp lager

A=poured into a tulip this beer pours a golden transparent color
with a white head.
S= smells a bit sweeter than a basic lager

T= has a savory, slightly sweet hop and wheat taste

MF= loose feeling in the mouth light carbonation very drinkable,
not to be hammered but enjoyed. A fine crafted recipe.

this is the second time i've had this beer and i still love it never had anything that tasted like this


Photo of wordemupg
3.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml can poured into Creemore glass nov9 2009

A clear golden yellow with just a few bubbles, little head and no lace

S sweet malt and a little hay and floral hops

T as it smells with little else, nothing great but far from offensive

M clean and crisp with good carbonation

D no major problems with this beer it sinks pretty fast

this beer is an industry standard in my books, nothing wrong with it but nothing worth bragging About

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

Having Harp this past weekend made me remember my beer drinking roots. A time when anything that wasn't a BMC product was considered fancy. Paying $1 more a pint for an import was reserved for only special occasions. Fast forward to now, where beer is no longer defined by domestic or import, yet this beer still stands up as a quality brew.

Golden yellow in color, fluffy yet quickly diminishing white head. Smell is of carmel and pale malts. Taste is of carmel and pale malts, minimal hop presence and a faint sulfury lager bite. body is medium, despite a slight overcarbonation it is creamy. Nothing sounds too special here, but it doesn't do anything wrong and fits it's style perfectly.

Photo of Krajnyak
3.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A well rounded Lager. Color is golden/amber. Nicely hopped. Good carbonation and better than average head retention. Full flavored. Like this one a little colder than some lagers. Good balance of alcohol content and flavor. Does not have a sharp aftertaste like some. And hey....this one has a classic sister!

Photo of MisterClean
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BJs Roseville for hosting a Guiness dinner.

A - Poured gold with 1.5 fingers of white head. Dissipated moderately. Left slightest lacing.

S/T - Honey, lots of DMS, hay and bittering hops, plus lemony esters.

M - Moderate bodied and well-balanced. Smooth, yet dry finish.

D - Good overall. Especially compared to its American counterparts. Could tone down the corny flavor.

Photo of cfrancis
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This used to be my favourite European beer when I was young and naive. Oh how could I have been so stupid. Nothing against Harp but there are so many better brews from across the pond. Skunky smell like wet newspaper. Taste is crisp with a little malt and a little bitter aftertaste. Overall it's quite forgettable with no distinguishing aspects.

Photo of champ103
2.66/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear yellow color. A small white head forms and leaves a little lace.
S: Sweet malt and grain. Sulfur and a chemical aroma.
T: Sweet malt and grain. A light bitterness lingers. Sulfur. Blah.
M/D: Very light and high carbonation. Thin and watery. Not hard to drink. Nothing I will session however.

Just blah and bland. Not the worst thing ever, but nothing I care to have again.

Photo of Offa
3.82/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty good basic lager, somewhat characterful and clean if simple and light.

Golden, it has a medium white, somewhat airy head that shrinks steadily to a foamy top.

The aroma is grain with light herb and hints of sulphur, 7-up and mineral.

The taste is light grain with light herbal/grassy hops, light mineral water, sweetish followed with light, clean herbal bitterness and clean grain aftertaste. It has lasting light flavour, bitterness, and sweetness, a with a bit more hop character, and a light Euro quality to it compared to US basci pale lager. However, the Euro character is lighter than others.

Photo of Sycodrummer
3.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass the beer is dark bronze color with 2 solid fingers of frothy white head. The head is quick to fade, but leaves some noticable rings of lace down the sides of the glass.

The nose has some hints of cereal grain and sweetness. Not too much else.

Taste is mildy sweet with the first sip. Some cereal/cheerio type flavors. Slightly bready and surprisingly a decent body. No flavor really stands out above anything else, which might make the beer a tad bland, but also well balanced. No hop present and finishes a little sweeter than it started.

Medium/firm body with an ample amout of carbonation.

Overall its not a bad beer. It doesn't blow away the taste buds buts it's not intended to. Flavors are muted but well balanced. Decently sessionable, but I'd prefer something a little more flavorfull.

Photo of t3hcho53non3
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a white head that quickly leaves leaving a thin lacing throughout

S: A little bit of lemon with alot of sweet malts

T: Flavor is average with not much complexity throughout. This brew does not evolve at all throughout the mouth

M: Very thin mouthfeel with medium carbonation

D: Very drinkable you can have several of these and your palate will stay intact. However once you have drank one you get the concept from then on out.

Photo of goblue3509
2.31/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale gold color with a one finger head that goes away quickly to very little lacing. The aroma is rather weak and simple, your basic ceral and corn malt. The taste is slightly watery and has a ceral/corn malt backbone, there is really no hop presence. The mouthfeel is very carbonated and a little too rough around the edges. Overall this is a beer that like the phillies is one and done, it comes off as simple and weak.

Photo of armock
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malts

T - Not much going on other than the sweet malt taste

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is my go to session beer when I'm out not the most exciting beer out there just a good easy to drink lager

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

This beer pours a pale gold color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of cereal malt, with a hint of spicy hops. It is a pleasant aroma. However, it lack complexity, and leaves some to be desired. The taste is a bit stronger than the aroma which is nice, but it is still very simple. The mouthfeel is thin even for the style with a watery texture, and high carbonation. Overall, it is probably been five or six years since I drank this beer, and now I am reminded that there was a reason for that. It isn't the worst beer around, but with so many great beers out there I can't see myself drinking this again.

Photo of berley31
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a fairly large, white head that diminished extremely quickly to about a 1/2-finger size. Body is bright yellow and completely clear and sparkling.

S: Mostly of corn; seems to be a little bit of lemon in there also.

T: Flavor is ok, but just average. Doesn't last too long, and comes across as lightly sweet, maybe some diacetyl as well. Easy to drink, but definitely more flavor than BMC.

M: Pretty good on the palate, with a medium body and a slightly oily texture. Average carbonation.

D: Like I said, goes down really easy. Always good to have something like this on hand for when it's really hot or you just want to tune off while drinking, but there isn't a whole lot to it, really. Still, a much better choice than a lot of your typical lagers.

Photo of jadpsu
3.36/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle label not a match to the site picture as this one is has its brand embossed a mostly against a light green back.
Pours a bright yellow/gold with a fluffy white head, having good retention and some excellent side glass lacing.
Aroma: Subtle all around with faint wiffs of both hops and maltiness. Detected a hint of lemon.
For its Lager style fairly bitter.
Mouthfeel is light bodied and on the thin side.
Solid Lager.

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

Had one left over from a party. First time I've had it since they changed the label. Bright green now with a faded celtic knot design. Looks a little cheesy compared to the old one.

Consumed 8/13/2009- from notes.

120z brown bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Crystal clear gold with a 2 finger white head that faded to about a quarter inch for the remainder of the glass. Good lacing, active carbination.

S- Faintly sweet.

T- Sweet malts with a little hop presence at teh end.

M- A little carbination tingle on the tounge but still crisp and smooth.

D- Good session brew, or on a hot day like yesterday.

Photo of VictorEHuskie
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first Guinness product. Had heard good things and had to try it.

A- Gold

S- Definitely smelled hops and kind of malty

T- Bitter and good. Tastes like a lager should.

M- Carbonated and not too harsh.

D- Very easy to drink. Went through a sixer while watching Robocop without even noticing it. Very good all around beer.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Golden and clear, but not too pale. It had a decent head.

Smell: A fair hop aroma without being too pronounced.

Taste: Has a bit of a smooth beginning with a decent bitter kick at the end. But it still is fairly smooth. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin, but the carbonation does give it the slightest body.

Drinkability: I really like this beer. I've had it before this review, and I'll get it again. It's certainly worth a try.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler. Poured a large white head which shrank down to a 1/8" layer across the surface of the beer with lacing all over the glass as I drank it. The color is a golden yellow with some hints of orange and brown - definitely on the pale side. Lots of carbonation popping up the whole time which was nice to look at, but I guess I gravitate towards darker colors.
The smell is a little bit on the bready side, and something else. I can't quite place it. Not bad, but not really impressive to me either.
Taste is good though, probably because it went perfect with the meal - Welsh Rarebit. And in fact - of all the Irish/UK/Welsh beers we've tried in the Rarebit, this one really makes a good sauce for the dish. Along with going well in the meal, you get a refreshing lager with a small hint of bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel is smooth but with just enough carbonation to stay interesting.
Drinkability - quite good, and my opinion is that this beer is best for meals. It's something that goes really well to wash down a meal. I should probably try it by itself sometime to see how it is, but every time I've had it, I've had it with a meal (both on tap and in bottle) and I've felt it is a good part of the meal.

Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
74 out of 100 based on 2,265 ratings.