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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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2,265 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,265
Reviews: 704
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 33
Gots: 243 | 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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Photo of canolte42
4.25/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pale Golden color, clear with no cloudiness, moderate head retention with average carbonation

Smell Aroma-Hints of malt and slight floral scent

Taste-Sharp hop bitterness, not too much. not too dry or sweet

Mouthfeel-light to medium flavor with a crisp finish and no lingering aftertastes

Drinkabilty-classic example of a European Pale Lager, easy to drink

Photo of BarrelO
3.57/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Extremely pale. Head doesn't last long at all.

S: Noble hops, bready malt.

T: The standard lager flavors. Straddles the fine line between mild and bland.

M: Quite light and fizzy.

D: Maybe it's because I was dying of thirst when I drank it, but this really hit the spot. As far as pale lagers go, you can certainly do a lot worse.

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a rich golden color with a small head. Clean, light aroma. Has a good, crisp taste with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Feels somewhat creamy in mouth. Very drinkable beer and overall a pretty good choice.

Photo of donmonkey1
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light yellow with a decent white head. Very carbonated

Smell: Faint smell of sweet malt.

Taste: Slightly acidic and sweet malt, with a touch of hops for balance.

Drinkability: This is a good beer that is easy to drink. I didn't remember it being this good. This is a great Summer beer.

Photo of jimmybryght
4.33/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I suppose that most Euro-type lagers are greeted with a bit of imbiguity these days but for those of us who prefer blondes, this brew is among the better ones I've had. It has a light-golden color to go along with a crisp, malty taste. It has a typical Euro bitter finish but it carries well because of the barley. Harp isn't as watery as some other commercialized Euro lagers and has a pretty damn good mouthfeel with a splendid finish. Guinness did a good job with this blonde and I intend on making her a regular every weekend.

Photo of morebeergood
2.48/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed a pint at the Black Rose. Served in an imperial pint glass. Small head that faded quick. Lots of carbonation. Faded yellow color. Smelled a bit musty. Tasted like an average lager. Hints of corn and malt in the taste, not much in terms of hops. Moderately crisp aftertaste. I could see how some people could make this a session beer as it's pretty light. Almost too thin in my opinion. Not me, though, as the flavor was just too boring. Even though you can find Harp everywhere, on most occasions I'll opt for another choice.

Photo of IceTrey9785
3.06/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass --

A: Nice rich bronze color, excellent head retention. The white lace with few, but fine, bubbles, really makes for an appetizing beer. Rings of lees are floating on the top (always a plus).

S: Fresh baked bread for the most part. Some cereal grains are more noticeable as the beer warms, but rather bland to the nose.

T&M: Nice balance between hops and malt. You get the bitterness of the hops, without the herbal/spiced undertones, no doubt covered up by the malt and yeast. The carbonation is a little intense. One sip feels like three in your mouth. Short finish, but very easy to drink.

Not a bad beer. A great lager that has a little more bitterness than you'd traditionally find in a similar brew. The carbonation might be my only complaint because it really "foams" in your mouth, even with the smallest sip. With that being said, great alternative to traditional Irish food when it might be a little too hot out for a Guinness (those times are few and far between...)

Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Claddagh. Notes from 6/3/09.

This one's a clear yellowish gold with active carbonation giving it a fairly lively appearance, though head retention is weak. There's a thin layer of foam that leaves some thin lacing on the glass.
Smell is light and simple. Just a gentle mix of malt and herbal hops with some floral notes.
The taste follows suit accurately, though there's a bit more of a grains flavor. Hops bitterness is light and there's a leafy touch to this one. The finish lingers gently. There's a bit more complexity on the palate than I got from the bottle, especially where the grains flavor is concerned.
The body is moderate and the mouthfeel is smoother and crisper than from the bottle.
This one's pretty drinkable, though you'll find plenty better. I liked this better than I did from the bottle.

Photo of teejay76
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice golden color, small head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: A little grainy, with a slight citrus smell mixed with hops.

Taste: Slightly above average with subtle malt sweetness and slight hops aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Refreshing.

Drinkability: Overall I liked it but wasn't blown away by this. I'd have it again though.

Photo of grayburn
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale golden, clear as a window. Almost white head, a little small, but good retention and good lacing.

The smell and taste are pretty discreet. There is a little bit of grassy hopping going on. Very clean smelling and tasting.

The mouth is average for the style, crisp and refreshing. Light body, slight bittering. They should triple hop this like miller lite, it would improve the beer.

I could drink a few of these, not offensive at all, easy drinking.

Photo of mralphabet
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz bottle poured into Pilsner glass

A: Poured a amber yellow, little darker than I had expected, very clear and easy to see the carbonation. Two fingers worth of foamy head with pretty good retention.

S: I catching apples and a almost wine like alcohol smell... Kind of sour and acidic..

T: The apple sourness and acid are in the taste as well... it has a lot of bitter malts... and little to no hops. Very Euro Lager.. the aftertaste is on the bitter side.. Pretty average.

M: Mid to light in body... on the bitter crisp side.

D: This is a very average lager, its not a bad beer. I'd say it is a little better than Bud, but average over all.

Photo of cnally
2.67/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

ooh the continuity of pouring this beer into a guiness brand pint glass. cool with that.

clear watery yellow color in the beer. bubbly white head on this one, clinging to the glass on the way down.

yeasty, corn and wheat smell. very adjunct of them.

flavor is all sour wheat and yeast. the flavors are earthy and like grains, filling your mouth with bitter field yields. the bitterness comes from a much appreciated punch of hops on the back end.

fizzy, sticky feel.

uh, I guess I don't much like this type of beer, but this seemed especially bitter and sour. a flavor of more balanced hops or a sweetness I feel is important in these types of beers, to balance out everything.

Photo of bsp77
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into water glass at work. Drinking at work is fun.

Appearance: Yellow-gold with thin head. Richer color than some Euro Lagers.

Smell: Mainly sweet grainy malts. Fresh but not exciting.

Taste: Clean and crisp. Grainy malts with slight hop counterbalance. Mainly sweet at the end.

Feel: Medium bodied, relatively high carbonation.

Drinkability: Nice session lager, especially while at work.

Better than most American Pale (Adjunct) Lagers. Probably average for Euro Lagers.

Photo of Beefeater57
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light gold, bubbly, carbonated. Solid white soapy head from a hard pour. Surpringsly decent lacing.

S: There isn't any strong smells off it, pretty much smells like a pale lager. Get traces of yeast, but that is about it.

T: Tastes like a typical lager with just slighty more hops. Slight tanginess with the malts, and has a crisp finish. Has a noticeable grassy hop bitterness that rests on the back of the tongue. Not many strong flavors from it.

M: Body is surprisingly nice, great feel and very smooth. A tad fizzy, but not bad.

D: Easy drinking lager, pretty standard for the style. I would have liked a richer flavor from the malts, but it is what it is.

Photo of epicness
2.55/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden Yellow with a head that quickly disappears.

S - Bitter with a 'skunky' type smell.

T - Bitter with some citrus and hoppy.

M - List and Crisp

D - I wasn't too impressed with the taste of the beer. You could definitely sit back and drink couple of them though.

Just not my kinda beer, I could definitely see some people totally diggin' it though.

Photo of jdhilt
2.82/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a five finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Flavor is grainy with some hops and some sweetness. $11.49 for a 12-pak of 12oz bottles from Market Basket Concord, NH.

Photo of Wasatch
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clean/clear light golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger foamy white head, with some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, very slight hop. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, very slight hop. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, but very slightly, would not buy again.

Photo of MS2k
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow with near-constant streams of bubbles rising to the top. Head is frothy and gives way to thin lacing.

S: Light, hoppy, and sweet.

T: Rich and malty without being overbearing. Lingering hops bitterness that finishes dry.

M: Medium-bodied with nice carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

D: Very drinkable. Not outstanding, but easy to toss back a few while watching a hockey game. Makes for a nice session beer.

Photo of abriggs1
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer should be called "not Bass." It's just alright. I used to plain not like Harp, but after a few years I'll give it a passing grade. That being said, there's nothing worse than ordering a black and tan and getting half Harp. There's not much more to say about it. Pretty standard and not something to seek out.

Photo of beer2day
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw gold with a huge head, leaving faint-to-decent lacing.

Nose is slightly sweet with hints of strawgrass and lemon.

Tart citrus permeates the mouth. Finishes very dry with only a small hint of fruit.

Needs to be really hot outside to drink this one.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Yellow/ Golden straw with a huge pillowy head - quickly gone to very slight lacing.

S - Straw, slight Heineken like "skunk" and bitterness

T - Not much here. Its a crisp, dry, slightly hoppy lager. Obviously better than a standard beer, but not great by any standards.

M - Nice and crisp, light, refreshing mouthfeel.

D - Harp Lager isn't interesting in flavor at all but it sure would make for a good session beer. Paired with Guinness is the best way to enjoy this beer in my opinion.

Photo of Kylito87
3.78/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed a six pack of these the day before St. Patty's day because I was amazed that Dominicks had them. I have always loved Harp but I hadn't had it in a while because it is sometimes hard to find here.

Appearance - Light golden hue with a thin white head that faded quite quickly. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell - Malty with a hint of skunkiness to it

Taste - Very crisp and malty. No offensive aftertaste.

Mouthfeel -For a full body beer this is not as heavy as I would of thought. It is very light and very nice feeling beer. It isn't over carbonated like some beers I have had.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. It is not hard to toss back a sixer of these in pretty reasonable succession. It has all the elements that make a great lager and is way better than some of the American alternatives that I end up drinking sometimes. I know I am very passionate about Irish beer being my heretige but I am in no way bias. I would never let a beer's country of origin effect my final review. If a beer taste like crap it tastes like crap there is no way around it. And that is definitely not the case with Harp. Harp is near the top of my favorite macro beer list.

Photo of jonziefle
2.97/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a very light yellow amber. 3 finger foamy head with very good retention. Reduces down unevenly and foamy. Decent visible carbonation.

Smell: Smells of sweet bready malts and some apple, not much else. Some sour and acidic nose.

Taste: Very bitter malts and sour, very grainy. Not much sweetness and no hop balance at all. Almost tastes stale. Seems to linger too long and in the wrong way.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but thin at the same time. Filling.

Drinkability: A very average lager. Not a bad beer, but there are so many better options. It is one step above the standard mass America lager, but not much else.

Photo of mjw06
3.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

copper color with a nice cherry amber hue that moderately dissipates to a small rim and doesnt leave much lacing

barley and caramel malt

a consistent taste with a nice bitter hop finish

small, sharp carbonation with a little too much. but pleasant, medium body.

a nice, refreshing drinkable brew.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My final beer for St. Patrick's Day, served on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Straw yellow in color with a thick finger or so of creamy white foam, receding slowly and sticking with ease to the sides of the vessel, leaving behind nice rings of lace.

Nothing outstanding showing up in the nose, with just some sweet, bread-and-corn malt notes and a hint of herbal hops.

A nice, medium body holds a mild level of carbonation and features an opening of mildly sweet malt with a middle that is lightly bitter and herbaceous, holding bready undertones and finishing slightly sweet with a touch of bitterness.

Highly drinkable, this is honestly one of the better lagers I've enjoyed in quite some time. A little more on the sweet side than crisp, but nicely balanced and very tasty.

Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
74 out of 100 based on 2,265 ratings.