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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

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2,152 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,152
Reviews: 695
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.34%
Wants: 25
Gots: 166 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a short pilsner glass. No freshness date present.

A: Honey-colored brew with lots of rising carbonation and a foamy but reasonably sticky head.

S: A bit skunky on entry but then evens out after a minute or two to have some sweet cereal grain aromas, buttery biscuit, and slightly grassy hops in the nose

T: A little run-of-the-mill with a bit of extra sweetness. It has a sweet malt flavor up front with an underwhelming grassy hops finish.

M: Thin without much body. Appropriate carbonation and light, pleasant, clean sweet malt aftertaste.

D: It's fine but not the best import lager by a long shot. It's probably better on-tap as it's likely to have better shelf-life in that form.

argock, May 28, 2008
Photo of chaunur
3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harp is a beer a get when I cant deceide what to order, Always refreshing with a nice hop flavour that dosent overpower the malt sweetness
A nice pour it is a beatuiful amber color with a nice head and better than average carbonation. It one of my standard when comparing like kinds of beer

chaunur, May 25, 2008
Photo of rye726
2.73/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This lager pours a pale golden color and holds a frothy white head. The nose has some sweet malts with faint grassy hops. The taste starts with sweet malt as bitter hops build through the finish. Fairly light body and heavily carbonated. Drinkable and one of the better lagers out there.

rye726, May 21, 2008
Photo of nem2006
3.83/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured it into an american pint glass. Had a nice half inch head and left nice lacing on the glass. It was a clear gold color with plenty of carbonation visible through the glass.

The taste is a great combination of the bitterness of the hops which can be tasted at the beginning of the drink and in the aftertaste and the sweetness of the malts, which can be tasted in between.

nem2006, May 11, 2008
Photo of DmanGTR
3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured amber yellow with white 1" head that laced nicely in my authentic Guinness pint glass

S - I found it pretty hoppy upfront with a light fruitiness

T - fresh hoppiness, followed by well balanced malts. Leaves a mildly bitter aftertaste

M - light bodied, medium/heavy carbonation. Refreshing and crisp

D - very good drinkability. I found the excessive carbonation to hinder it slightly however.

Overall - very Irish, simple and satisfying. Goes well with any traditional Irish dinner or as a session beer.

DmanGTR, May 07, 2008
Photo of walshclimb
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear light gold color with thick frothy head and active bubbles that leaves good lace in horizontal lines up the glass. Smells of grain, light malt and maybe a hint of soap. Smooth light malty flavor with a light-to-medium-bodied mouthfeel and a crisp finish from the active carbonation. Light hop bitterness shows up in the aftertaste. Harp makes a good session beer

walshclimb, May 07, 2008
Photo of spacholl
3.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Nice golden color with short foamy head

smell - Sweet malt, hops

mouthfeel - Medium body, lightly carbonated

drinkability - Easy to drink beer, Lots of flavor, was impressing for a large production beer. First time I have tried this though I see it everywhere. I will drink it more often.

spacholl, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a good amount of head minor lacings.

Aroma is mild hops, sweet malts.

Taste is quite hoppy for a lager with plenty of sweet malts to create a balanced taste. Slight bitter, dry finish.

Mouthfeel is better than average, not too watery.

Drinkability is superb. Give me another, please.

Brewed in Canada.

Spikester, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of auxiliary
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Nice golden color with foamy head.

smell - Sweet malt, hops, and alcohol here.

taste - : Has a grain taste , with some malt present. Nice bite at the end of the taste.

mouthfeel - Medium body

drinkability - Easy drinking beer, Lots of flavor, was impressed. first time I have tried this and I see it all the time.

auxiliary, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of adams82
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brite and crystal clear with a huge white cloud of head. This screams commercial filtered beer, but really looks nice and inviting.

Smells malty, toasty and grainy with a light floral/fruity hop nose; really nothing specific, but it does have a decent aromatic presence.

Taste is malty and very grainy yet clean with moderate fruity hop flavour and a light bitterness on the finish. Nothing really stands out, but it is well balanced and actually very flavourful.

This is a silky beer; very smooth, dry, soft and highly drinkable. Actually a very nice, clean malt lager and an excellent alternative to drinking the usual suspects of the BMC world. Clean, light, balanced and refreshing.

adams82, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
2.68/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Underdog Bar and Grille in Harrisburg.

A- pours a a clear pale golden yellow. A nice 3 finger head overflows my pint glass. The head is very frothy as well. Leaves hills oflace in my beer.

S- pale and malty. wheaty as well. Not too much to report on smell.

T- Tastes bland and dry malty. A pale bitter after taste hits as well. Not too flavorful and tastes like outdated malts.

M- fresh crisp and sour malt

D- looks easy to put down but it is a lil rough. Not smooth and the after taste makes it hard.

Dodo2step, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of lionking
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a one finger head from a twelve ounce bottle into a glass. A nice golden color to it. As I check my notes I realize I have made no notes regarding the aroma. The lacing held nicely to the glass as I drank it down. Bitter hop taste with a nice crisp finish. Honestly a little less than I remember from drinking this beer years ago. Don't get me wrong, this beer is much superior to BMC but inferior to the american craft beers in general. Times have changed I suppose.

lionking, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of mdagnew
2.68/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle from a local Centra... i hadn't had this in years so thought i'd try a bottle again....

Poured a pale straw yellow colour... White head poured pretty big and foamy then faded to thin layer... decent amount of carbonation.... very little lacing...

Aroma - Pretty standard macro stuff.... sweetcorn notes, rice, some light biscuity maltiness, vanilla notes, some metallic hints, lemony, no real hops - just a slight pepperiness...

Taste - Light biscuity malts, creamy, some faint grapefruit / lemon notes, definite sweetcorn and boiled rice, metallic traces, some very very light hops just about coming through... pretty inoffensive but bland...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy. Light body.... pretty drinkable when really cold....

Overall - A standard macro lager - not really much more to say....

mdagnew, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz botle poured into a pilsner glass.

A = Medium golden yellow, large frothy white head with fair retention, medium lacing left on glass as it recedes. Lots of carbonation with a mixture of large and small bubbles.

S = Very light notes of bananas, lemons and wet fresh grains.

T = Light flavors of fresh grains and citrus, slight wet cardboard shows up mid-palate and continues into the finish though. The taste started off good for a nice refreshing light lager but then slipped into a mundane, clumsy flavor by the end.

M = Light bodied, fair mouthcoating, carbonation stings a little too much.

D = This is drinkable, but there are better light lagers out there to choose from. Just too non-descript to merit a recommendation.

Traquairlover, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of JamesS
4.22/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an excellent clear straw color with decend head, although very little lacing. Very nice scent, a nice clean and crisp matliness with a little hint of spice. Great taste for a macro-Euro-lager, excellent balance with great maltiness and a slight hoppy aftertaste. Very smooth.

JamesS, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of baseballrock
2.95/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

the appearance is golden with a small head. smell is a bit grainy and froral. taste - the grainyness realy comes out, a just an ever so slight bitterness. mouthfeel is decent, once again a little grainy. i would rather a have a lighter cleaner beer when im looking for a euro lager.

baseballrock, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
2.93/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into mug.

A - Very pale clear yellow with almost no head. Very little lacing.

S - Hints of grain but very weak aroma.

T - Weak grainy taste. Light bitterness as well, but very weak flavors overall.

M/D - Good carbonation but very thin beer. Just not much to it.

ckeegan04, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of PhageLab
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Arrived with a very thing bit of head that dissipated fairly quickly. Pale yellow coloration, spotted lacing. Average for style I suppose.

S - A bit earthy, mild grain nose with a slight hop tinge.

T - Sweet, grainy, faint metallic backing and a grass hop tinge. Comparable to others I've experienced within this style.

M - Light bodied, decent carbonation, mildly dry finish, no residues or odd aftertastes.

D - Pretty decent, I had no problem having a few pints of this with my dinner, if you like euro pales this one is certainly worth trying.

PhageLab, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a bright golden hue with a thick, foamy, off-white head that left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of malt and grains. It had a subtle floral/hoppy aroma, too.

T - It tasted of light caramel malt. It had some nice spice and hop flavors, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good tasting lager. Certainly appropriate for a St. Patty's celebration.

zeff80, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of babaracas
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with sudsy white head which quickly fades to a thin layer. Spotty lacing. Smell: grain, noble hops, vegetative off aroma. Taste: grain, husk, sweet pale malt, noble hops for balance. Mouthfeel: light bodied, finishes sweet with a bit of hop bitterness. Decent for the style, refreshing, but nothing special.

babaracas, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Settled with a dark gold appearance with some amber coloring to it. It also had a pretty good head with some lacing to it. Some hops and spices were sensed as primary aromas from the drink. The taste was bittersweet with its assortment of grain and hop flavors. It did have a good crispness to it, but it suffered from a bit of watery texture. Overall, it is pretty decent.

fitzy84, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange w/nice head and light lacing.
Aroma is of grain, light hops, and creamy malt. Tastes of same.
Mouthfeel is on lighter side w/moderate carbonation. It is slightly creamy, and quite smooth, which makes you feel like you're drinking a heavier beer than it actually is.
Very drinkable. Overall character is mild, but it is simple, and good.

BoitSansSoif, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of chiefydawg
3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Top o' the evenin' to ya! Happy St. Paddy's...

Clear light golden body with a lot of effervescence not unlike an American light lager or a pilsen. But the head foretells something higher on the drink chain. Substantial and almost rocky head that grabs the glass about all the way down. Fresh looking for an overseas import.

Musty and grainy. Catching some unexpected yeast. Slight "import skunk" that in this case is not too bad. Picks up some white wine smell halfway down.

Tastes at first like a sweeter, higher quality American. Refreshing, yet has some malt backbone. Not much hop, but the tad we have is floral. Sweetens as it warms. Light bodied, and seems to get flat quickly. Even so, the very last sips actually get tastier. Much better than green beer.

chiefydawg, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of Blueye80
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer. Of course I had to have a bottle or six on st. pats day. Because dont forget everyone is Irish today. It was a very light gold color with a minimal head. Lacing was pretty good. It was just a bit watery with a mild hoppy flavor. I did however enjoy this beer and I will again too.

Blueye80, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of brdc
1.98/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Small capped bottle, poured into a pint.

Clear, light golden with an average white head, some retention, little lacing. Aroma is faint, some malts, very little hops but everything so faint that it is hard to describe.
Thin on the palate, taste is watered down, some breadiness, a hint of grassy hops.

brdc, Mar 15, 2008
Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
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