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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

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2,301 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,301
Reviews: 711
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 17.08%
Wants: 37
Gots: 296 | 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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Ratings: 2,301 | Reviews: 711
Photo of Haybeerman
3.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, bright yellow color. Poured a 1 finger fizzy white head that dissipated to a thin skim. Broken lacing.

S: Grassy and peppery hops. Light citrus. Little malt character.

T: Citrus rind and a little buscuity malt. Some floral hop character goes quickly to a peppery bitter finish.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth.

D: Easily drinkable. Good balance.

Photo of appenzeller
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden hue, clarity is good, quite a nice thick and enduring head.

Smell is subdued. Slightly flowery, lemon and butter. Taste is the same. This is a simple, quality brew, counter to one's conceptions of Irish brews, quite light and clean but not having the elegance of a Pilsner Urquell, on the one hand or any kind of complexity on the other. Nice beer, just nothing special.

Photo of aval89
3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours your typical golden lager color. but a nice 1.5 finger head.. head actually takes a while to settle down and leaves a fair amount of lacing..

smell: sweet grain..slight malt..very faint hop aroma.. a little metallic also.. not offensive..

taste: sweet grain and malt upfront.. finishes a bit hoppy and sweet.. i also picked up what i think is a nutty profile?

mf is medium carbonated..

very easy to drink.. this brew was a little more than i expected..

Photo of srandycarter
3.86/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Light gold/honey, very clear, and near white, thick head. Head is slow to leave, and TONS of cling lace.

S - Light malt, light hops, a bit floral overall.

T - A bit grainy, light lager flavors, light hop backup.

M - Light body, good carb, good balance. Very light feel.

D - Oh Jeez, very easy to drink, especially on a hot day.

Photo of scott451
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in its own glass which was a tall beaker. A half finger fine white head which soon diminished to a ring. Lots of fine lacing. Well carbonated clear amber. Malty smells. Taste was mild overall with malt up front and a hop finish. Malt flavours. Nice balance. Crisp mouthfeel. The drinkability was up there. Much better than I expected from a major.

Photo of Durge
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle, cold, into the pint glass, this is a crystal clear pale gold color with a fair white fuzz cap and a bit of lacing to go with it. The aroma is simple wheat with tangy yeast, not overpowering, not wonderful, but fine for a lager. The first taste brings a slight citrus hop bread deal. Although it has a nice effervescence and a dry hoppy finish, the feel is a bit watery. The lemony hop dominates the front of your tongue to the finish but it leaves a more metalic quality at the back of your mouth, even though this one was from a bottle. The hop bite doesn't have much flavor characteristic and the basic bread idea gets lost in a wimpy feeling liquid. It's certainly drinkable enough, like most lagers but it leaves a bit of a rancid aftertaste, like green compost, though that's being overly dramatic. Before I discovered better beer and bigger beers, I always though Harp was a reasonable brew, but I would say that may be a little generous these days. It'll work but it won't satisfy the taste buds overly.

Photo of pugdogbeer
3.9/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very drinkable lager from the old country and a great example that is often copied.

Pale, strawlike colour with a decent head that soon settles.

I like the bite of this lager when it goes down and it has to be served cold to appreciate it.

Crisp, fresh taste to it and a great session lager.

In Belfast growing up, this was one of the cheapest beers available and now drinking it in the airport when I leave Belfast it is marketed as upmarket and here in Canada it is pushed as a fancy Irish lager.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.27/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pretty decent bright yellow color. Some nice lacing, but not much foam. Not much apparent carbonation.

Smell: Flowery and peppery. Pretty hoppy and citrusy as well, like fresh lemongrass. There's not much malt here in my opinion. Kind of peppery as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lemon and hops with a clear flowery presence. Similar to something like Pilsner Urquell with the floral taste to it. Perfect carbonation makes this nice and smooth.

Drinkability: Great drinkability. Perfect balance of taste and feel.

Overall: I actually appreciate this beer. I've only had it once, but it works as a nice changeup to your stereotypical Irish stouts.

Photo of NefariousR
3.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Lightish yellow with a thin white head. Pretty standard Pale Lager look.

S - Very light smell, but I can detect a bit of malt, with maybe a dash of hops.

T - Not too pronounced of a flavor; there is some fruit on the fore and a bit of nuttiness on the aftertaste.

M - Thin and watery, with ample carbonation.

D - Better than standard Pale Lager fare, but still fairly boring. It has a bit of character, and I could occasionally enjoy one if I was in the mood for something light, but I'm certainly not rushing back to buy more.

Photo of ludachris
3.29/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours that clear macro shade of gold with one finger of quickly dissipating soapy white head that leaves almost no lacing.

Sweet notes of cherry and raison, a healthy dose of bready malts, and faint grassy hops make up the nose.

Sweet and crisp candied cherries mix with a quick dash of grassy hops, gradually moving to a bready malt finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, a bit slick and watery with a pronounced level of carbonation that could be toned down a bit.

The fruity character of this beer really saved it from being below standard. But overall, it's nothing special and overly priced.

Photo of cudmud
3.35/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light straw color with one-half finger of head. Good lacing.

Smell: Malts, yeast, and citrus.

Taste: Slight malt flavor combined with yeast, hops, and peppery notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: OK. I've had better examples of this beer. Will try again.

Photo of NeutroMan
2.49/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: Crystal clear bright golden color with a one-and-a-half finger foamy white head. Visibly highly carbonated.

S: Some faint sweet malts and even fainter grassy hops.

T: Watery and overly carbonated with some low-level grainy malt sweetness. Minimal hops. Crisp and dry, but there's not much here.

M: Medium-light bodied, but the story here is the carbonation, which I feel is excessive (even for the style) and adds an unpleasant carbonic bite to the tongue.

D: Has session potential, but the watery carbonation is too much.

Photo of bob3701
3.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a clear yellow with a big fluffy white head that retains well and has good lacing. Kind of a neutral aroma. A typical lager taste slight skunky after taste. Back in my college days this was one of my go to beers. I guess my taste has changed or Harp has changed. Just have better memories of it back then.

Photo of jgasparine
2.35/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served at O'Connor's Pub in Doolin, Ireland.

A- Poured from the tap with a 1/2" white meringue-like head, which was well-retained with some nice lacing. Body was a clear and effervescent yellow color. Incredibly, this head was still solidly retained 30 minutes after the pour!

S- Almost no nose at all... even with this lovely head only some very faint aromas of pale malt come through.

T- Weak pale malts are up-front, and are met with some metallic notes midway. The finish is very dry and slightly metallic; completely devoid of hop bitterness or hop flavor.

M- Thin and watery in the mouth... which was completely unexpected from the appearance. The carbonation was moderate and reasonably soft... but the thin mouthfeel was a big turn-off.

D- If you can tolerate the weak aroma and flavor, then I suppose this would be quite drinkable. I would prefer to drink water. An average drinkability rating would be fitting then, I guess.

Photo of TheCommonwealth
3.64/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a straw/golden color with a spongy, finger-sized head (good retention/some lacing). There is a light fruity smell with a hint of malt. It has a sweet and subtle malt/grain taste with a relatively clean finish. It's not great but it's not terrible. However, it's an above-average lager.

It was enjoyable, but I wouldn't order again.

Photo of MadTown1000
3.72/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw color with a solid 3-4 inches of foam. Maybe it's my official Milwaukee Brewers pint glass, but it looks an awful lot like Miller Lite, with the exception of a much more durable head that leaves some lace. Smell is distinctive and very much present. Like a stronger version of the Mexican macros. Taste is more solid than the smell would indicate - lot of upfront malt. Not surprising this would be Guinness's take on lager. Little bit of caramelized sweetness on the back of the tongue too; not much hoppiness. Nice mouthfeel - substantial and slightly sticky. Surprisingly little carbonation for all that foam. The foam actually gets in the way of drinkability to an extent. It's sudsy, and just does not go away.

Altogether a nice beer, although I question where its niche is - it's doesn't go down like a light beer, it's not breadlike like a stout, and it's not hoppy-strong like a pale ale. More like a light stout than anything else.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours pale gold with a white fizzy head. Decent retention, and some lacing. Beer is clear and plenty carbonated.

Light malt and some sweet grain and grass dominate the aroma. kinda lean, but present and pleasant enough.

Mild toasted grain, some sweet grain, fruit, and grass elements, leading to some hop bitterness and a mildly sour finish. I guess you could say this is crisp, but...it kinda is.

Good carbonation and fair body that allows you to get the most flavor possible out of this one. A holdover from St. Patrick's Day, this is one that you reach for when facing much less approachable choices. It's ok, but not great.

Photo of hosehead83
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Clear, golden in color with a generous two-inch head of foam
Aroma-Faint malt, biscuit
Taste-Malt, grain, biscuit and faint hop note, clean finish.
Overall, nothing special, fairly average, drinkable lager.

Photo of KTCamm
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Happy St. Patty's day - went the alternate route to try some new beers rather than Guinness. Poured into a pint glass.

Crystal clear with a tad fizzy white foam. Laces down the side.

Light smell of grains, light hop.

Taste is very clean with ever so subtle sweetness. Good hop backing keeps the finish crisp. Nicely carbonated, active mouthfeel.

Easy to drink. I didn't have high expectations, but this wasn't half bad. Decent enough choice for a Euro Lager.

Photo of TommyW
3.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear gold with a sticky, white head.

S- Clean grain aroma with a mild hop presence.

T- A nice, clean malt taste with mild and crisp hop profile.

M- Medium body with a nice, easy carbonation.

D- A highly sessionable beer; great for a game night.

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.11/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap in imperial pint at Annie Bailey's.
Nice looking beer. Clear and bubbly with a fairly thick head that retains rather long and laces a bit. Smell is faint. Light floral and a bit grassy. Light hop profile mixed with a decent malt flavor make for a nice palate. Medium body with a crisp feel. Enjoyable beer but not great.

Photo of bourbonbock
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a Guinness pint which gave me a Golden beer with 1.5 fingers of white head.

A. Eh, the appearance of this one is lacking in the good beer color department.

S. Slight smell of malts and grains.

T. Sweet maltiness and honey flavor

M. Not too bad but not as creamy as it could be. I like the sweet feel of the malt but some bitter aftertastes.

D. I would have 2 or 3 but nothing more than that in one session.

I vaguely remember this being much better long ago but that is probably because it was on tap and at the Guinness toast.

Photo of trentley87
3.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly standard lager pour and aroma...nothing too bold. Fresh and clean with none of the aftertastes of most macro lagers. Somewhat more substantial mouthfeel than most macros but still a little heavy on the carbonation. Overall, very drinkable but I would not seek it out again.

Photo of chetripley
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A reliable and decent brew, but not much in the way of stand-out sharpness of flavor or interesting activity.

Pours a golden color with little head and a lot of bubbles than clean up the sides of the glass immediately.

Little noticeable aromas, but good lager flavor that is extremely crisp, in many ways like a German pilsner.

Clean and fresh feel, with better than average drinkability.

A familiar flavor that tastes best when a 1/2 and 1/2 with Guinness. It can really standup to the boldness and smooth out the total taste.

Photo of nrbw23
2.7/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a yellow-gold with thin white head.

S- Mainly sweet grainy malts, a bit of yeast and corn.

T- Really lacking. Every time I take a sip, I'm waiting for a kick of flavor that never comes. As the beer warms up, you get a little more malt character, but not much. There is a light bitterness from the hops, but nothing memorable.

F- Medium in body and the higher end in carbonation.

D- I'll pass on this one not too impressed with this one. Just plain pretty boring.

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Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
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