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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 2,303
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 17.08%
Wants: 38
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: 2,303 | Reviews: 713
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.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Fado. served in a Harp glass.

pour was very crisp and clear fizzy yellow with about an inch of fluffy white head. good retention. decent lacing.

light bready malts, very faint earthy tones, maybe some hops.

ive always found Harp to have a bit of a sweetness to it. the malts were bready but never over powering. hops are quite faint with a slight floral and grassy flavor to them. very crisp.

body is rather full for a lager, keeps it quite interesting and enjoyable.

this was easy to drink. ive always liked Harp over the other two (guinness and smithwicks) as it has a much fuller body and more flavor. it's my go to when there really is nothing else left.

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

L: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that fades fast to a ring around the beer.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, some light hops, and that's about it.
T: A nice toasted malt base with some biscuity notes followed by a mild hop finish. A mild tasting beer.
M: Crisp, light bodied, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, it's low on flavor and alcohol so it can be paired with a lot of things.

Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harp doesn't have an outstanding rating on here, but I was a little surprised by it. I thought it was a very respectable lager. Harp has some decent flavor, but nothing overwhelming. It doesn't have much of an aftertaste either. You pretty much get what you are expecting: a decent imported lager.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.44/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harp Lager by Guinness pours a light amber color, with a slightly small head. The the smell isnt too strong, it kinda of reminds me of the new Sam Adams Noble Pills. The taste is a bit light, but still has some flavor too it. The light taste, with no after taste does make this easy to drink. Overall I felt its not a bad beer at all, I personally prefer heavier lagers, but this is a nice change every once in a while.

Photo of riversider76
3.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a fluffy white head. Good retention and pleanty of laceing. Aroma is grainy,with maybe some grassy hops. Body is light and carbonated. Taste is a decent balance of bready malts and grassy earthy hops. Decent finish, but pretty much an average tasting lager.

Photo of kdawg105
4.6/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love this beer. It has a golden color that has quite a bit of carbonation. It also leaves a nice lace on the glass as it is being drank. The smell is good with a hint of skunk and a followed by grain with a light hops hint. The tast is great it finishes with a crisp bite of hops. The mouthfeel is good kind of slick on the palate. The drinkablility is superb goes down smoothly!!

Photo of Jesstyr
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I hadn't tried Harp in a longtime, so I grabbed it as part of a pick-6 recently. This was actually a very disappointing experience.

The beer looks and smells like any other, in fact, it really lacks any of the dynamic nature I'd come to expect recently with my tastings. It reminded me of Kirin, just overall "watered down".

Taste had quite a bit of metallic, and plenty of yeast. Lacked any significant body or flavoring to speak of, just kind of tasted like beer. I may have just expected better, but I just wasn't pleased with the product. Only real benefit was that it was quite watery, which made it pretty easy to drink...but then again, why bother?

Photo of imanidiot777
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very light gold color and crystal clear. Decent sized white head that dissipates quickly. There was good glass lacing though.

S: Malts, grains, hops; even with my bad nose.

T: Hoppy, a little bitter and a little malty.

M: Pretty light weight even though its a lager, pretty refined.

D: Goes down easy and isn't too heavy so you can have a lot.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.04/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

What a weak looking, tasting, smelling etc. . . beer. How do they charge so much for this stuff?

Anyhoo, appearance, blah, typical looking mass produced stuff. Smell, stale, absence of anything identifiable, just smells like dust, earth type of feel. Taste, not much else there, is doable, but when you can't discern any hop character, yeast effect on sweetness etc. . . or malt backbone to the beer, you feel like you've got nothing else but water.

Drinkability suffers here because why would you spend so much money on a beer that tastes closest to nothing?

Photo of AmberMan22
3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Considering this is a Euro pale lager, and I've been drinking largely only that category for the last 4 months while I was in Europe, this seems miraculous.
There are certainly more enjoyable beers on the market, but maybe not in the Euro Pale category.

It looks better and is far more refined in smell, mouthfeel and drinkability.

Photo of kpoole25
3.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle to glass. No obvious freshness date, it was from "genuine Irish recipe" but imported from Canada. Golden yellow, nice tight foamy head. The smell was the best part I thought, really fresh, zesty, almost like a Champagne-yeast smell, hard to tell if its hops or yeast. Taste is pretty clean and tame, a little malt and a little hops. Carbonation is a little fizzy but basically appropriate for this style. Pretty good.

Photo of BrandonWardlaw
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light yellow, two finger head that dissipates quickly to lacing.
S: Malts and grain.
T: Starts with hops, ends with malt.
M: Crisp, and well-carbonated.
D: A great lager. There's absolutely no excuse to drink BMC lagers when this is so widely available.

Photo of thebeerdoctor
3.9/5  rDev +21.1%
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 +10.2%
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 +18%
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 +9%
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 +12.7%
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%
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 +55.3%
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 +12.4%
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 +2.5%
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 +9%
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 +14.3%
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.

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Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
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