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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

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2,112 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,112
Reviews: 693
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.34%
Wants: 24
Gots: 149 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2001)
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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
Photo of tempest
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Kitty Hoynes in Syracuse.

A very drinkable Euro pale lager, if that's what you'r looking for. It was sweet and slightly grainy with a faint aroma and slight head. It reminded me of a fruity version of Budweiser. Not offensive and a decent beer, but nothing special.

tempest, May 11, 2007
Photo of therica
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in Canada for US import now.

Massive belch-city here, for me at least. Mouthfuls of foam belch-- not pleasant. But I drank this for a few weeks as an alternative to more expensive beers I'd been drinking (Paulaner Pils etc) and the taste is pretty good. I just can't deal with the massive bloated guts any longer. It's odd because it seems to occur with some cases and not with others.

A= nicer head than American macro lager, 2 fingers in a 1/2L glass stein. Golden yellow (darker than I seem to recall it). At times though, the foam would fill half the clean glass stein and never go away-- it just seemed molded in place.

S= nice hops florals, malts.

T= more complex and pleasant in taste than the typical US macro-brew lagers. Malts, slight hops bitters, smooth, well-balanced. A very suitable lager with an edge over many mass-distribution competitors-- but at a cost-price.

M= fine, no distractions, mild honey-fruity floral aftertaste, light hops bitters, just enough to keep it honest. No nasal-burning belch, unlike most cheap mainstream American macro-lager's.

D= beware the random mega-foam phenomenon and resultant massive-bloating and belching that I describe at the top. Otherwise, a good session-beer if you're in the mood and want to pay the extra money over US Macro's.

therica, May 07, 2007
Photo of Kicksmile67
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty average, yellow

S - Light hop, again very average

T - Light and refreshing

M - Clean, little much carbonation

D - Light, and easy to put a few away. If I gotta get a cheap beer this is it. Not likely to surprize anyone but something good from the cats in canada, yup its brewed in canada (check the label).

Kicksmile67, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of alexskovan
3.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured clear gold with a big fluffy white head that stuck around. Subtle aroma of hops and honey malt. Taste is bittersweet and full, with a sort of caramely chewyness. This is far superior to many EPLs that I've tasted. Not enough complexity to be a really interesting beer, but a good choice when you want something light but solid. It's pretty widely available too -- at least in the Northeast.

alexskovan, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of beeragent
2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear straw, forming a 1 inch head, leaving light lacing on the glass. The aroma is semi-sweet, light floral hops. The taste is light hops, along with an unpleasant grainy flavor. Kind of reminds me of Coors. Light mouthfeel. Overall, I expected more, and got way less. Very lacking in flavor, more like American macro lagers.

beeragent, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of treehugger02010
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this pint on-tap at Bennigans in King of Prussia, Pa.
Appearance: It poured a translucent straw color, not prouducing much head at all. There was lacing on the way down, it was thin but very apparent. What head there was, appeared to be pure white.
Smell: There was nothing to really note with the smell, just a typical lager aroma, subtle malts, a bit of hop, very average.
Taste: It was refreshing, but then again I was shopping with the girlfriend, so a Bud Light might have been refreshing also. There was a nice malt backbone, not very complex, but if you need a brew and don't have much of an option, this is not a bad tasting pick.
Mouthfeel: Very crisp, a nice ridgid bite to it.
Drinkability: Considering the circumstances, it was very high. On a normal day, it would be just above average.

treehugger02010, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of Winter
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden in color with a white head. Aroma consists of malt, some feint biscuit and grassy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied & crisp on the edges. Ample, sharp carbonation. Harp has a nice snappy flavor to it. Dry, yet assertive hoppiness throughout. The hop bitterness isn't like a pale ale, but has a fresh grassy hoppiness to it, reminiscent of the nose. Grainy maltiness lays a nice supportive malt backbone. Some slight lemony citrus toward the back.

I've had Harp several times in the past and for the most part thought it was okay. I've also purchased what I've felt seemed to be older bottles that have probably been on the shelf and sat too long. The taste was skunky and bland at best. This bottle was fresh and the hops seemed to really standout making it a far more respectable brew.

Winter, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of Tang07
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On sale for St Paddies, was having people over so I got something for folks that don't drink the darker offering from this brewery.

It's a nice lager. Not hopped up like german or dutch lagers. more of an american style lager with a touch more body and milder carbonation than the us macros.

Its pale like a regular lager should be it smells ok, tastes ok. easy to drink. good "hair of the dog" beer. good warm weather beer when an american macro won't do.

Tang07, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of Quej
3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A very clear golden colour. Light and pale, looks very much like a standard blonde. Not much head when poured and leaves a thin lace. Looks appetizing.

S - Hints of aluminum come out despite its being served in a bottle. Smells of hopps and sweet citrus. The smell is not impressive, but by no means offensive.

T - Opens with a very pleasant bitterness with an immmediate sweet citrus flavour, mostly lemon. There are some subtle hints of cloves and a pronounced maltiness. There a solid hoppiness with almost a floral aspect to it. Yet through all of this its flavours are not very strong. It is slightly too bland to gain a 4.5 for taste, yet I really like the taste. I wish it were stronger.

M - A lot of carbonation, very smooth and thin. Very light feel, very pleasant to drink.

D - This beer is very, very drinkable. It's nice and light. I found myself halfway through the glass before I noticed. I could easily see myself drinking this all night (aside from being charged for imported beer).

Quej, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of RevDru
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear gold with a half-inch of foam and good carbonation.

S - Lightly toasted wheat, with hints of lemon and just a touch of bitterness.

T - Malted grains prevail; wheat and rice. An underlying apple tartness comes through, but very mildly.

M - Light and bubbly, with a nice crispness. I feel this might be the most enjoyable aspect of this beer.

D - Easy to drink. Not overly impressive, but far from being a bad brew.

RevDru, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of vanrassel
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Harp is a beer that I turned to when I took my first baby steps away from macro blandness, and returning to it with a BA palate wasn't entirely bad.

Its appearance and smell were average: transparent light gold with a slight foamy head that quickly dissapated into a ring. Bread and biscuit malt with a subdued — almost non-existent — hop aroma for the nose.

The hops come out in the taste with a bitter start to each sip. Harp finishes malty and just shy of being too sweet. The carbonation and crisp finish elevate the other mediocre elements and make this a decent pub fallback if the other offerings are less than desirable.

vanrassel, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer, seems to me to be an above average lager style beer. There was not anything particularly amazing about this beer, but it has a solid taste, not too bitter but very smooth easy to enjoy. The drinkability is high since the abv is around 5, and the price is around 8 for a six pack. This is a good beer for a change of pace, without trying something too different.

Redwood21, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of BadRockBeer
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving Type Sampled: 12fl. oz. brown crown top bottle.

Appearance: Straw colored with loose white head fading to sparse lace.

Smell: Dry, like that of a white wine. Light floral hops and lager yeast.

Taste: Grainy bitterness right from the start followed up by a refreshingly light hoppy note. Some what of an astringent aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body. Prickly, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: This beer drinks like most American macro swill; however it does have slightly more flavor. But face it; it’s the Euro Bud Light. This beer is a key ingredient to the perfect black and tan. And it plays that roll well.

BadRockBeer, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of uabigdaz
2.53/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark yellow, orange like color. Reminds me of the color of expelled vitamins... Smells decent, but unfortunately for me, this smell always brings me back to my least favorite tasting beer, and that is anything by JW Dundee. Thankfully, this beer doesn't taste as strongly as JWD, but still an unpleasant maltyness to this beer. Watery, not much substance here. Really nothing exciting here except maybe an Irish parralel to PBR with a less offensive smell. Can't say I'm impressed, and I only saved 50 cents by going with this instead of getting Sierra Nevada like usual. Oh well, tis the time of the season for Irish.

uabigdaz, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of udubdawg
2.3/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light gold color with a fizzy head of decent size but no retention to speak of.

Pretty weak pale malt aroma, somewhat flowery, just a bit of alcohol.

Unfortunately I don't have a lot else to say beyond that this tastes watery, with a lightly bitter finish. Doubt I'd have ordered it if it wasn't March 17th.

Pretty highly carbonated - a little less fizz, and I don't think this would seem nearly as filling.

So why drink it? Well, if one is drinking strong stuff all St Paddy's Day, this seemed like a decent alternative to slow down with while "remaining Irish"...and it was.

udubdawg, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A nice clear golden yellow with sparkling bubbles. A 2 finger head was present.

Smell - A floral hop and light malt aroma.

Taste - Nice grainy and malt character. There is a mild hop bitterness hits, but it is recedes quickly.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light body, very crisp.

Drinkability - A very nice lager.

stereosforgeeks, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
2.45/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12 bottle into a mug. Appearance was light copper, some visible bubbles, weak, fairly small head, no lacing. Looked like a macro, mostly. Smell wasn't much better. Very mild, some grain, and not much else. Taste was mediocre. Again, mostly grains, maybe some very light fruitiness, a little bit of corn. Feel was thin-bodied, lots of carbonation. Overall, this was pretty bad. For some reason I'd had good memories of this beer, but those were not lived up to here. It's a lager, and not, in my book, a good one. Highly mediocre in every way.

soupyman10, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of manofmanners
4.33/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like Harp in the bring time, it is that come out from the cold beer, everything spring is, Harp is. I drink it form the bottle, which is rare for me. It has sure a smooth refreshing feel to it, you don't want to spoil it by drinking to many, i would say 2 to 3 max. Once you get drunk Harps appeal is lost on you. The great thing is it is not to filling. It goes great with a meal too, chicken, steak or seafood, goes good with almost anything.

manofmanners, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pale color is not impressive, but that is its biggest weakness. Smell is fairly beery, and the flavor is crisp and smooth. It has some fruity undertones and no bitter taste or aftertaste. This is a nice lager for parties and sports bars, and is great in a "half and half" with original Guinness Stout.

Cyberkedi, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of stephendr
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle- color of golden yellow, with a decent off white head - nose of subtle pine hopps , weak malt , and floral – taste of malts , decent bitter hopps , soapy , and grapefruit - body slightly oily , and well carbonated– aftertaste of sour chalk , and crisp

stephendr, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of brooks4
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Bottle into a mug about 1 finger of head (being a bit generous.) When swirled around in mug left a nice lace throughout. Poured a nice golden color. Not too distinct a smell although came with a typical lager smell, nothing offensive in the scent of the beer. Taste is not too bad, nothing exciting but an all around tasteful beer. Bitter Dryness at the end. Which dissipiates rather Quickly. Pleasant mouth feel, and very easy to drink, it wouldnt be hard to put down a lot of them. Overall not so much a beer i would get over and over again, but i may return to it in the future.

brooks4, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of tastybeer
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold color and white head. There is lasting retention and some spotty sparse lace. Nose is pretty bland but there is a little malt evident. I'm not sure if I can detect a touch of corn, and I hope not. Taste is lightly malty and softly bitter. Carbonation is prickly and stirs things up a little. Body is light but approaching medium.

Not too bad but not great. Do-able and probably better with food.

tastybeer, Feb 13, 2007
Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
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