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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

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1,969 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,969
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 18
Gots: 101 | 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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Photo of beermanbrian


2.42/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow color. ok head that disipates quickly. Very highly carbonated. Lots of bubbles that last a long time. Smell is slightly skunky. Skunkyness goes away as you drink more but there isn't much taste at all. Just an average beer that dosen't live up to its reputation.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2005 00:50:57 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of Barraclou

Quebec (Canada)

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

Presentation: 330ml bottle, 5.0% ABV

Appearance: Golden amber color. Two fingers head, but it doesn't last so long. High carbonation (Lots of bubbles and it lasts a long time.)

Smell: A nice "beer" smell. A little grainy.

Taste: Malty with hops flavors and some grain. The first sip is good, but you seem to lose its taste the more you drink your glass.

Mouthfeel: Watery and creamy

Drinkability: Harp lager doesn't look much as an euro pale lager. According to me, it is closer to Molson Canadian rather than Heikenen. A honest lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2005 23:20:59 | More by Barraclou
Photo of Vancer


3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pint came out with a nice lite and clear golden, white head that laced nicely throughout.. Not much in the way of aroma, but a nice balanced pull with a lite hop finish. Medium body and properly carbonated – not to much. Not a standout, but a good session beer, winter or summer. A little Guinness on top would be perfect. Hey, a new idea? yeah, right.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2005 14:23:15 | More by Vancer
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rather mediocre lager, but a decent carbonation that grows on you. So I wouldn't spill it out. Very creamy initial pour and creaminess stays in mouth. Balanced between some malts and acid, and hops, so not too sweet. Medium mouthfeel. New bottle and fresh brew for St. Patty Day.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 19:03:05 | More by Sammy
Photo of ppoitras


3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Brew City, Worcester, MA.

Weizen-style ~22oz glass presentation. Nice white 3/4 head over the clear dark golden/light amber brew, and laced well. Aroma is lightly of sweet pale malt with a tinge of nondescript hops. Taste follows the nose, with a crisp, lightly hoppy finish. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. A reasonable fall-back at the more macro-style establishments.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2005 19:56:42 | More by ppoitras
Photo of ZAP


4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold color...grainy aroma...sweet graininess on the tastes...finishes with almost a noble hop hit like a true pilsner...mouthfeel is round..buttery actually...pretty full for the style....good weight to this but quenching at the same time..good lager...

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2005 06:09:28 | More by ZAP
Photo of mjc410


3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Pint glass

Appearance: No head. Did they pour it wrong? Dirty glass? Anyway, despite this, the beer is a beautiful gold-amber, with a constant bubbling flow of carbonation.

Smell: Right after the mild malts and potent hops, the alcohol comes through very noticably.

Taste: Big carbonation. Definitely potent for a lager, malts quickly overshadowed by the sharp, fruity hops. Nearly as strong as an IPA, I think. Bitterness sticks with you for a while.

Mouthfeel: Not much to write home about, just a little tingly from the carbonation.

Drinkability: Not much of a fan of something this hoppy.

Notes: I got this in an Irish Pub (The Phyrst) as a change of pace from a Guinness. I'll go right back to the Guinness.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2005 04:58:04 | More by mjc410
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a brown color beer with a nice medium head with above standard retention for a lager. Aroma comprised some malt and hops with some floral aspect. Taste is kind of sweet with some nice malt in the background. Bitterness is kind of sweet but a bit too shy for my liking. Overall, this is a decent drink and a lot better then your average macro lager out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2005 19:15:11 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of DESTRO


3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

one of the few euro lagers ive kind of avoided for some odd reason. why? because im stupid because this was a tastey beer. poured a pretty golden, average head. smelled lightly sweet and grainy. crisp in the mouth, not full and not watered down, just right for what i expect out of a solid lager, sweet with a nice malt hit balanced out with the slightest hoppy twang and a touch of grain. tastey and oh so drinkable. widely available and suited this 70 degree winters day just fine.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2005 20:52:56 | More by DESTRO
Photo of surfmeister


4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great stuff...
Dark yellow/golden, crystal clear, full sturdy head with staying power, a great start, nice blast of malt for the nose, taste was malty, sweet even fruity!, well balanced by a hop bite, crisp and clean, full mouthfeel for type, this may be one of my new favorite lagers!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2005 16:41:21 | More by surfmeister
Photo of sprackops


3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with a prominent harp logo. Plenty of text lauding the liquid within, but no freshness date. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale golden color with adequate head. Certainly looks a lot like your average macro, though perhaps a few shades darker.

Smell: Slightly grainy aroma with a whisp of faint grassy hops. Clean.

Taste: Nicely balanced malty character with herbal and lemon hop notes in the background. Pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but perfectly suited to the style. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: About as drinkable as your average macro, which is to say very drinkable by design.

Notes: I went into this one expecting overpriced, overhyped swill like, say, Heineken, but was pleasantly surprised to find a pretty well crafted example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2005 00:37:31 | More by sprackops
Photo of Illini5596


3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

All in all a very average Lager. The apperance is slightly above average, with a nice rich golden color, and a nice head of foam that lingers. The smell and taste are unremarkable, they do the job, exposing the hops, while being a bit subdued and subtle in the grain department. The mouthfeel is pleasing, making the beer quite drinkable. A good beer to buy for friends, as they are liable to find it slightly above average, but not something I buy for myself very often as there are better lagers out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2005 17:43:30 | More by Illini5596
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours gold with a head that quickly turns to a ring, lacing is excellent. The aroma is of pale malts with no real hop character and a musty corn element in the back. The taste is of sweet almost cloying malts and not much else. This is tastes one dimensional, even for a macro lager. The hops are way too muted, only noticeable in a slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is light and processed (metallic?). This is an ok lager at best. Better than Blue but not good.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2004 23:03:18 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of GClarkage


4.05/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/20/04- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with some kind of funky numbering on the side. Poured into my Shipyard pint glass.

Appearance- Light golden color, nice creamy head and decent lacing.

Smell- Mostly clean malt. Maybe a tad bit of grainyness to be found.

Taste- Nice and crisp, nice and clean malty taste. I wish there were some hops though. Very refreshing taste.

Mouthfeel- Nice average cabonation level makes this beer a very drinkable one.

Drinkability- Overall this is one of my favorite standby beers. It covers most of the bases for me if I just need a run of the mill beer and don't need my taste buds to be appeased. A working mans beer IMO.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2004 22:36:45 | More by GClarkage
Photo of BigRedN


3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased on a whim at a local grocery store because the distributor was there giving out samples of this and Guinness (legal free alcohol, how can one say no?) I couldn't help but buy some, even though I usually only purchase in March.

Appearance: Clear gold, not macro, a little darker. Fluffy white head, at least 1/2 inch, was not long lasting though. Some lacing down the glass.

Smell: Decent balance of hops and malt, although I think the hops come through a little more.

Taste: Again a good balance of malt at the outset, followed by a hoppy finish. Decent, especially when having consumed a bunch of macro products.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, carbonated. A crisp finish.

Drinkability: A good lager, although I don't purchase this often, only when I suspect it may be fresh (around St. Patty's day, due to the Irish connection).

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2004 05:29:34 | More by BigRedN
Photo of mgdeth


4.22/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer is a pale golden color, and clear. The beer forms a good thick head which recedes, laving some lace. This beer looks highly carbonated. The color is probably a bit deeper than most American mass produced beer.

Smell - I perceive a relatively strong, clean malty aroma. No hop aroma is present. I do not detect any adjunct grains. The smell is inviting.

Taste - This beer is very smooth, with a clean, crisp taste. Sound like macro swill? It isn't, in my opinion. The beer is very flavorful for a pale lager. I do not detect hop flavor, which seems appropriate for the style.

Mouthfeel - The beer is very smooth and light feeling, but I still would not call it watery. It is more substantial than a typical macro brew.

Drinkability - This beer is very drinkable due to the taste and easy drinkin' mouthfeel.

Comments - Although I am not a big fan of this style, I think that this is a very good beer. Big beer drinkers looking for a change of pace should like this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2004 03:38:15 | More by mgdeth
Photo of heidelbeerg


3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is a step up from the average mass produced beer.. It looks a lot like the them. Clear yellow, just a shade deeper. The smell is malt and hops. Very average. The taste is more full flavored than the masses. It has a grainy malt flavor with enough hops to give it a more flavorfull bitterness than most masses. Mouthfeel is ordinary. Drinkability is good. Tastes good, not great. Not high in abv. Good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 04:13:39 | More by heidelbeerg
Photo of mrfosters

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear golden with nice white head that leaves rather quickly but lingers on with above average lacing.Smooth and well balanced. I really wish we could get what is actually brewed in Ireland , ala Guiness Stout, but we must settle for the Canadian brewed.Still, my idea of a great session beer. For the sake of this review I did drink it at the proper temp, but usually I drink it from frosted mugs , yeah ,yeah, I know,but as I said this is my session beer.Slainte!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2004 00:05:27 | More by mrfosters
Photo of karengarys


2.8/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber, very clear, leaves a nice head that laces a bit. Somewhat inviting, slightly moreso than a mass produced beer.

Smells like a typical mass produced beer. Nothing special going on here. Maybe even a bit of skunk among the unexciting malt hop mix.

Mouthfeel is like a typical mass produced beer. Nothing special going on here, but at least it isn't flat.

Taste is like a slightly hoppy mass produced beer. Just a bit of flavor comes out. Not much.

Finish is like a typical mass produced beer.

It leaves a bit of a bad aftertaste, like a typical mass produced beer.

The body is somewhat thin and watery, like a typical mass produced beer.

I probably won't bother with this one again. If I see it on tap, I'll give it a try. Once. As far as this bottle goes, I'll opt for a cola.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2004 23:43:06 | More by karengarys
Photo of misterscooter


3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic beer. Better than the masses but it doesn't give you much more than saying, "I am a beer, drink me." A solid yellow color, it looks like your average beer. Smells like a beer with no extra odors. Just your basic hops and malt. The taste is smooth and it feels good going down. It isn't anything flashy and, of course, it goes well in a black and tan. If you are looking for something different, this isn't it. If you want a good beer, this one easily passes muster.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2004 03:44:49 | More by misterscooter
Photo of Padron4KM


3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A few years ago this was one of my favorite beers. I haven’t had it in a couple years, and I thought I might revisit an old favorite.

Man have my taste buds changed.

Pours a dark yellow with a frothy white head.
Head diminishes rapidly but leaves behind some decent lacing.
light lemony aroma, flavor is lightly sweet and mildly bitter. a little metalic too. Finish is crisp and clean.
not as good as I remember, not horrible, just drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2004 03:36:07 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of zodiacv1


2.8/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one pours a yellow straw color with a thick foamy head. Slight fruit smell but the alchohol was more predominant. Very hoppy in the mouth with a grainy taste / texture. In fact both the color and the taste reminded me of straw. A decent beer but one I would not stock in my fridge.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2004 14:15:56 | More by zodiacv1
Photo of TastyTaste


4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Written From Notes Compiled 6/04-8/04:
Clear gold color, gigantic foamy white head. SMells sharply of grassy malts, not trace of anything skunky. Taste is dominated by one thing, malt. A small trace of hops in the finish, but this thing is as euro lager as you can get. The malt is very well balanced and tastes fresh and slightly grassy, the way a lager should be

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2004 14:31:45 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of claytri


2.05/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer poured up a nice clear gold with a white head. It had a light malt and hop aroma. Then came the taste; it was malty and no real bitterness, but it had a strange twist to the malt that I found unpleasant. The feel was light and oily. This one ranks in my books as a politeness beer. I would only drink it if bought for me or offered one by someone to be polite. Which does keep it out of the realm of bud and heiniken.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2004 00:13:10 | More by claytri
Photo of mynie


3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The smell is the best part about this beer, it's like a flower garden soaked in sugar. Well, not quite, but it is a very nice, very complex blend of sweet malts and almost floral scents. It pours dark, for a lager, but unexceptionally.

Alas, it doesn't taste as good as it smells. It's a very subdued sweetness, heavy for a lager but no where near as complex as its smell would lead to expect. Full-bodied but a little over carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2004 23:27:03 | More by mynie
Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
74 out of 100 based on 1,969 ratings.