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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

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2,207 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,207
Reviews: 697
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.34%
Wants: 27
Gots: 192 | 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 Rayek
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Brilliant gold color, with active carbonation. Soapy white head has decent retention and leaves bits of lace.

S: Mild and pleasant. Mostly semi-sweet grain with a hint of floral hops.

T: Sweet and raw malt starts the experience. Hops follow with a balanced and floral bitterness that doesn't add a ton of flavor. Finishes fairly clean.

M: Medium light body is grainy and has a bit too much fizz.

D: Pretty decent. Better than what I was expecting. A step above many beers of this style.

Rayek, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of popery
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A mediocre lager in a mediocre style. It's not bad and probably better than American macros, but that's no high compliment. I used to really like euro lagers. Now, they're just boring macros, not so much bad as mild, sour and lacking the depth of a good beer. My score is only so low because of the heights that beer has reached. If Harp was the only beer in the world, I would certainly love it. It is beer, through and through. Guinness is a great brewer, but they're huge and immensely staid. Harp pours a bright yellow with a surprisingly good head. The nose is average but not nearly as poor as other macros. The taste is a downside and would come in a half point lower in a more competitive style. It's all cheap but honest malt and thin sourness. The feel is mildly watery, but it prickles with carbonation. It's not an undrinkable beer. I'm just not sure that I would want it as my first bottle of the night.

popery, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of thespaceman
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Penny copper in color, minimal size head with a good pour, nice lacing and retention.

Smell: Faint smells of malt, a nice tinge of apples in the nose as well. Kind of weak in the smell but it's got a little character.

Taste: Crisp backdrop of yeast and fruit, the apples show up in the taste as well, a tad boring for my likings but it's all that bad.

Mouthfeel: Heavy carbonation, a nice thickness for a lager, the body stays in tact even on the tongue which is a good sign.

Drinkability: Defintley drinkable, just a little boring. I could easily session these off but this brew needs more character and hop profile to make it stand out. Stick with Guiness.

thespaceman, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/29/2005 (Tap @ Buffalo Wild Wings, Clear Lake, Houston, TX):

Pours a body with an amber gold color. The aroma is very weak, hard to pick up anything. Has a white head. Palate is pale dry, and has a slightly sweet taste to it. Some smoothness.

jujubeast6000, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of bigkahunas4
2.23/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Poured on tap into a signature Harp pint glass. Head was about 2 fingers for a while and had decent retention, before settling at about half a finger. Very beery, suddy lacing. Body was pretty translucent, brass like a saxophone. Some pineapple highlights at the bottom.

Smell: Nice, big grainy nose with some yeasty characters. Hints of grass and some light floral do emerge.

Taste: Very grassy malt flavors quickly move to a sharper grass hop background. Also taste a lot of metal in this one, as it turns sour at the end. This guy lacks really any balance, and the hops really don't have a nice flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body quickly moves to a light feel - with crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: I haven't had one of these in a few years, well before I really got into craft. I used to think it was pretty good, but as my palette has grown - this guy has fallen behind.

bigkahunas4, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a white head. Some nice chunky lacing but it seems slightly thinned.

Nose is unimpressive. There is a sweet yet stale malt scent, kind of like old spent grains.

Taste is similar. This is a good middle of the road lager. It has a nice sweet malt taste with a mild bitterness and subtle creaminess to the mouthfeel. Other then that there is not much else to the brew.

The finish has a slight dryness that is nice but again there isn't much else. A drinkable beer but one I could do without.

jbphoto88, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of Stro23m
3.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Im not usually a big fan of lagers but for me this one was pretty decent.

I didnt find out till after drinking this that its made by the same people that make guinness.

A- Light golden color like most lagers but deeper color than budweiser.

S- smells a bit of hops and alot of malt.

T- I enjoyed the taste of this lager, I feel that it had a dfferent taste than most lager/pilsners such as becks or heineken.

M- the mouthfeel was like a lager should be but a little bit too much carbonation for me, crisp and refreshing though.

D- Overall I think this beer is very drinkable especially if you drink this beer on a hot day when its ice cold.

One way that i would suggest drinking this beer is to buy a harp and a guinness extra stout than all you have to do is get a pint glass and pour half harp and half guinness extra stout, i know some people may say ur supposed to use guinness draught for a true half n half but this is a variation that i love.

Personally my favorite beer of all time is a mix to its when u mix 1 part guinness extra stout to 1 part St. Pauli Girl (delicious) you all should try this taste like a good stout lager

Stro23m, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of everetends
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle thanks to the beer gnomes in my fridge. Served up in a standard shaker pint.

A: A slightly darker color than golden straw that is crystal clear with a finger of white foam on top. The head has some pretty good staying power actually. Lots of active carbonation going on here.

S: Smell is of mostly sweet grains, a touch of hops, and a slightly bready malt. Not a whole bunch moving here.

T: Taste is good for what this beer is. Really nice grains presence, with the flavors of warm buttered bread in there. A touch of citrus in the mix, along with a light presence of hops. Tastes good.

M: This beer has a pretty heavy carbonation. It is also a touch thin. It is a bit watery for what I want from this beer but it is still very crisp and refreshing.

D: This is a good, sessionable brew. You can't write a novel about it, but it is what it is. I can't help but go to Guinness for my session brews because I don't find them to be bad at all. Fine beer and gets the job done it set out to do. Can you ask for more?

everetends, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of billybob
4.5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a slightly darker golden color for a lager nice two finger white head that hangs around for awhile with a light sheeting of lace down the glaas. smells of malt grains with some spice and hops. slightly sweet malt and grain husk balanced with a clean hop taste. medium body with a smooth crisp carbonation. good any time you need a cold beer.

billybob, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of NHGrafx
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at O'Shea's Irish Pub, Charlotte NC.

Nice golden straw color, not much of a head on this one. Very little lacing.

Aroma is of grains some malts and some spiciness. Touch of citrus too. There are also some grassy smells too.

Taste has some nice grains and malts in it. Some slight yeast as well coming through. There is some nice bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is decent, pretty good drinkability too.

Overall not too bad. I would have it again.

NHGrafx, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A crystal clear golden Lager with a tad of resilient foam. The aroma exudes grain and bread with a whiff of hops. Clean and light of the palate with decent carbonation. This brew is not very aggressive flavor-wise, but what it has, is not bad. Mostly husky grain flavors complemented by a broad bitterness. The bitterness follows the beer down, but does not linger beyond its welcome. This beer is easy to drink but could use some maturity in its flavor.

BeardedBoffin, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of berserker256
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent dark golden color and an equally decent fine-bubbled white head. Smells malty-sweet with a cereal grain type of quality and a hint of floral hops. Nice malty flavor as a Lager should have and a little bit of a bitter hoppy aftertaste. Good body and a good lager. I've had better lagers but this one is pretty good. It tastes like it was brewed from quality ingredients.

berserker256, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of Jyubei
3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Pale gold, nice carbonation and a 1/2 to 3/4 inch white head.

S. Strong bouquet of hops, barley and fruits.

T. A light bread taste along with grain, hops and a hint of citrus. The after taste is mostly hops with a little sweetness.

M. Smooth and feels as though it stays together on the tongue, like jello as you swallow.

D. Nothing that astonishes the taste buds, but it was still pretty good. At least, good enough for a second round.

Jyubei, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had this quite a few times but I think I've only ever had it on tap. Pours a golden color with a medium white head. A good amount of lace left on the glass. It looks a lot lighter than it tastes. Nice sweet blend of hops and malt, grassy notes and pretty good. Solid.

changeup45, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of Dusty278
2.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden pour with lasting lacing of head.

S: Sweet, nothing special. .

T: A bunch of grain....is that butter I taste? I think it is, balanced hops all the way through.

M: Light, good carbonation...a bit watery however which takes a lot away.

D: An average brew, I would drink it again but not seek it out.

Dusty278, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of jake87
2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L. Golden wheat in color, a very nice one finger head, very frothy and with good lacing.
S. Good hop smell along with an almost grassy wheat aroma
T. Wheaty malt flavor and a touch of rice along with a light sugary sweetness
F. Very smooth, like cream, but too thick, like swallowing jello. Leaves a filmy sticky feeling

Umm not the best beer ever, and I probably won't drink it unless its the only thing there and I have something to eat with it.

jake87, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
2.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear, maize-gold with a 1 finger frothy off white head that was sticky and clung to the sides of the glass quite nicely leaving a sudsy full rim lacing behind. Retention was moderately good with a visible carbonation factor that was very light.

S: The nose was sweet grains with some light buttered popcorn.

T: The initial flavor had some dry buttered grains to it adding some sweetness. Some citrus tones and honeymalt also contribute to the overall sweetness of this beer which lacked a balance of hops. Overall the flavor was sweet and fairly easy to put down with some musky grains scents as well

M: light, watery with some orange citrus lacing. The carbonation was very soft providing a smooth texture and easy swallow here.

D: Drinkability was average overall, barely passable though a tad sweet at times.

beerthulhu, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale golden color with a head that quickly fades, leaving some lacing behind. Aroma is nice and malty upfront, somewhat bready. Some fruity characteristics are detectable. Taste is very much of the same. Nice, flavorful and almost buttery rich in the mouthfeel. Goes down quite nicely.

barleywinefiend, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of mrsoul12
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a pale, golden color with dissipating head that leaves lacing around the glass. Smells of hops, I wouldn't call it "fruity." It tasted of hops, very slight sweetness, followed by a little malt presence and a dry, crisp, slightly bitter finish. Not a fan of pale lagers, and this didn't change my opinion, though it is a lot better than most mass-produced American lagers. A little sweet in the finish.

mrsoul12, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of jushoppy2beer
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For a Guinness product of some renown, this beer is a bit disappointing. The light golden color and meager head do not build a drinker's anticipation, nor does the light aroma. The taste is only slightly malty with scant hop character on the finish. It feels and drinks more like an American light lager than most European pale lagers. But it rounds out a night of Smithwick's and Guinness stout if the circumstances call for a lighter touch.

jushoppy2beer, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of Kyle987
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale tan, with healthy head and excellent head retention. Aroma is weak, mostly hoppy. Pleasantly dry mouthfeel at the initial impact, with a little more carbonation than average. Smooth but crisp. Taste is largely of grain, with some hops and a gentle bitter after-bite. Great beer to sip on for longer periods; easy, solid and very drinkable, but not exciting.

Kyle987, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of midaszero
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Crystal clear golden color with 1 finger of white head that stuck around

S - malts, sweetness pretty standard for the style

T - grain and malt flavor with hints of lemon and banana. very crisp and clean tasting

M - Good medium body with light-medium carbonation

D - Pretty easy to take back and generic.

midaszero, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-ounce bottle poured into a stange glass yields a golden-bronze body with active carbonation feeding a mountainous three-finger chunk of soapy white foam that retains great and leaves wispy lacing on the glass.

Smell is toasty and nutty malts with a bit of burnt popcorn.

Taste is malty with a bit of the same toasty/burnt note and a bit of bitterness.

Well-carbonated and plenty drinkable, but Harp isn't anything to write home over.

cvstrickland, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark yellow, golden body presents itself on the pour with a good head that retains nicely and leaves some lacings. A faint smell of hops and malts, sugary sweet malts, but a good smell.
A little dry for my liking, a light to medium bodied lager that is a little alkie/husky but has some hops on the backend and is complemented mildly by the malts. I don't know, it seems a little off but it wasn't that bad of a beer.

clayrock81, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of donteatpoop
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a finger of white head.

A light hoppy scent is present, but little else.

Tastes of hops and malts, nothing exceptional but certainly not bad.

The carbonation level seemed a little low to me, leaving the beer tasting a bit flat.

I could certainly down a few of these in a session, but I'd much rather have something else.

donteatpoop, Jul 03, 2008
Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
75 out of 100 based on 2,207 ratings.