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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

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2,264 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,264
Reviews: 704
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 32
Gots: 242 | 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 Gambrinus1184
2.9/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle at Slainte in Naugatuck, Conn.

A: Poured a well-carbonated, pale, golden yellow with a two-finger head of foam that quickly rose and fell to somewhat decent lacing.

S: Smells are faint, but there is noticeable corn husk, toasted grain and oat malts. There is a little floral hop floating in the back, but not much.

T: Taste is only slightly better than your run of the mill macro to me. As much as it pains me to say it, it's really not terrific, as a lager or beer in general.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp, slightly sticky in the front and a little dry on the back of the tongue. Pretty good.

D: Would make for a great session for someone not overly concerned with taste and still wants to get something different than a Bud. I'm sure this goes over huge for BMC fans at St. Patty's Day.

Brewed by Guinness, but the style doesn't sit right with the stout and Smithwick's. I'd still rather have this than a BMC light or regular, though Bud bottles can be more moderately priced.

Photo of Taipans
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

To me Harp is a touch above an average lager. I keep this in rotation with Sam Adams for my normal session brews. I always enjoy it, it goes down easy and has a nice lighter flavor profile. I also find its an easy push to toss on BMC fans as they don't freak out on the first taste. Good intro to real beer!

Photo of JBogan
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale gold color with an excellent thick head which stayed around for quite a while and left good lacing. Plenty of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. We're off to a good start.

Smelled of light grains with some floral tones present. Aroma was not very strong.

Tasted even lighter than it smelled. Nothing really stood out to makes it's presence felt. There wasn't anything bad tasting about it, but nothing really distinguishable either.

Mouthfeel was very light, not much body. Good carbonation to liven things up, and it was smooth going down.

Not a great beer but still very drinkable. Crisp and refreshing on a hot day. I'll pick this one up now and then and enjoy a few at a sitting.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.96/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean, golden yellow with a white head. In the aroma, a sweet fruitiness. In the taste, sweet to dry maltiness and hints of fruit, yet very small. A smooth, small sweetness in the mouthfeel and a dry with sweet fruit hints in the aftertaste. Nothing too exciting, yet kind of sweet for a lager.

Photo of willjschmidt
2.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a plastic cup.

A: Pours a medium golden hue. Little bit of white head.

S: Clean smell, a little bit of sweet malts.

T: For a mass produced pale lager, this ain't bad. Nice mix of light flavors, lots of grain, some light malts, along with a decent layer of hops.

M: Medium bodied, active carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, as I said before, if this is one of a few choices available it's not a bad one.

Photo of Overlord
2.26/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ah...Harp. So often one of the few "good" beers available on tap at restaurants.

Pours a big golden yellow with a large white head. Well carbonated. Taste is of skunky malt with a bit of hops. Not much going on, and the bitterness is unpleasant. Again, tastes skunky.

Does have decent lacing and mouthfeel, shame it tastes the way it does.

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

Very light yellow with foamy white head of decent size and nice sticky lacing.Smell is of corn,grass,musty,and a faint of skunk.
Taste is of a lite sweetness in the beginning and some bitterness and dryness in the middle the grass and corn coming thru here,no sign of skunk in the taste,it finishes off dry,goes down like water,very easy to consume these in high quantities,i enjoyed it,not bad at all.Very thirst quenching on a hot day and the beer in the cooler full of ice.

Photo of WJVII
2.93/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

More notably the tan half of the black and tan I had a tap of Harp. Nothing to outstanding about this brew. It has a light golden color with a 1/4 inch head that didn't last. There was some notice of hops, but more so malts in the aroma. Light taste with average carbonation. This beer was very forgettable. I will stick to having mine with Guinness.

Photo of mooseisloose
2.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1/2 of a black and tan. Smells kind of corny. Poured into a pint, nothing else, to a dull yellow with a nice foamy head. Taste is only slighly bitter and very dry. Very light even for the 5% AC. Mouthfeel is good but not too much exciting here. Probably a good beer for its style but doesn't trip my trigger. I think I'll pour a stout in the remaining half to liven it up a bit.

Photo of JOaikido
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle imported from Ireland. Bottled 07-03-10.

A- Pours a deep golden yellow with a big white head. Moderate effervescence. Head settles to an OK little ring og foam and leaves a touch of lacing.

S- Fryity with floral hops over pale malt. Standard but pleasant.

T- Basic Euro lager, a little too weak. OK bitter aftertaste. Balanced. Slightly off metallic note in the middle.

MF- Carbonated and crisp. Watery but refreshing.

D- Easy to drink but pretty standard macro euro lager type. At least they use a brown bottle to help avoid the skunking so common in many of its competition.

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

Beer can (50cl.), tasted in 2001.

Appearance : golden color, with creamy foam (lacing), little effervescence.
Smell : modest malt nose.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet malty with notes of caramel.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style pale lager.

Review translated from french 5-25-2008.

Photo of Bitterbill
2.67/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This pours from 12oz bottle a clear light gold with a huge head of foam that has very good retention and it has a lot of good sticky lacing.

The smell has some hoppiness to it with a touch of malt. Weak nose overall.

The taste has a mild hop bitterness up front with a small amount of malt and I can sense some corn but at least it's minimal. It finishes slightly bitter and has a light mouthfeel and pretty high carbonation. Not much more I can say about it other than if I want a
lager with similar light flavours, I can pay a lot less than the plus US$8 I paid for the 6pack. Next..

Photo of Unwind06
4.23/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer overall. Like it a lot. Even if it's a smooth clear bear, I do like a lot. Much better than Quebec beers like molson n stuff... One of my favourite. I don't know what more I can say... Why do we have to fill 250 characters !?!?!?!?!?

Photo of Scribbles
3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearence: It has a nice dark but still golden colour.A Decent head that sticks around for a little while when poured correctly into the glass; along with some pretty good lacing.

S: Hops and a hint of fruity-ness, a decent overall smell.

Taste: Acceptable and somewhat bitter, with no off flavours, and not much sweetness to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Decent with a good amount of carbonation, smooth enough to drink despite the bitter.

Drinkability: Easy enough to drink one with a meal, enjoyable, but not the type of beer that you might want to drink many of at one time.

Photo of Floydster
2.93/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle taken from my dad out of the refrigerator

Poured into a pint glass with a pale yellow color and a small head, about 1/4 inch thick

Smell was pretty weak and was nothing but a little yeast and barley

Taste was nice and smooth for a lager, nice little bite at the end

Good drink several of these, pretty light beer and the alcohol content is not too high

Photo of meechum
3.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall this was the best beer I had this entire weekend. This is in my opinion should be what most lagers should aspire to be. This was a nice straw blonde pouring out into a glass with a decent 1 to 1 and half finger head that when settled left a little lace down the side of the glass. The taste was spot on for a lager as it was clean, crisp and had a good balance between malty taste and hops to give it a good bite at the end. There is no doubt why Harp is considered a cut above most big lager styles out there

Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one again at Hooters tonight of all places and just had to write a review as it was in a bottle. Much better this time around. Nice crisp clear finish. Great taste. This was one that really is deserving of its status. It is a good fallback option always, as the nice english hops really give it a nice feel. Still a winner here.

Photo of Brad007
3.47/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours 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. I probably wouldn't buy it again but it's certainly drinkable.

Photo of inbeertruth
2.63/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Baker Street Pub in The Woodlands, TX.

A: White frothy head which dissolved quickly with lots of lacing. Clear golden color which is slightly darker than a pils.

S: Nothing too special. Wheat and hops.

T: Nothing too special, though an aftertaste of honey.

MF: Decent carbonation, but nothing particularly noticable.

D: An okay beer, goes well with food, but a little unremarkable for me. Tomorrow when I go to play darts with the wife, I’m ordering a stout or a pale ale instead.

Photo of HoustonTX
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Harp Lager pours with a slight golden-yellow body.
Crisp frothy head, with decent retention.
Aroma of semi-cooked bread, pale malt, and grassy florals.
Taste is crisp and grainy with a light sweetness in the foreground.
Semi-aggressive hopping, with the grains remaining strong.
Mouthfeel is well carbonated, and easy to drink.

Decent lager, and something that is simple to drink without over analyzing complexity's.

Photo of kguyty
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice golden color, with a little head. The smell is kind of bitter, but I don't get much more from it. There is a taste of wheat and grain, but nothing too terribly speical. It's a good beer, but I've got to be honest -- I was a little disappointed for the price.

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

Aroma: Malty sweet. Some (little) floral hops. Honey.

Looks: Crystal clear. Golden yellow in colour. Medium sized white head. Head retention is average. Nice lace.

Taste: Some bready flavours. Fairly well balanced. More hops on the finish. Peaches & apples.

M.F.: Avg carbonation. On the heavier side of light bodied

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

I had this beer on tap in one of the local pubs. It is a little darker than most lagers I have tried with the average malty sweet aroma most lagers have with a bit of grain. The taste is good a little bitter up front with a buttery after taste. Mouth feel is average to a bit watery. This beer is fairly drinkable just not my favorite.

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

Pay day Friday so I can splurge...if you can call a sixer of Harp splurging.

Darker straw yellow than most lagers I've tried. Not much in the way of carbonation bubbles which probably explains why the head receded to a thin white cap, then a thin ring,

Some earthy, grainy malts with just a hint of sweet floral hop in the background.

Hop kick at the front end, very similar to other Euro Pale Lagers. Some nice, robust cracker-like malts make it a decent tasting lager. Finishes just slightly to the dry side.

For the lack of bubbles, carbonation feel is surprising crisp, yet not too sweet.

Nice Euro Lager that doesn't surprise or disappoint.

Photo of crazybrody06
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into a glass. yellow color, 1/4 inch head that lingered for a few minutes. Tastes like a regular american lager with a little bit of a bitter aftertaste. the mouthfeel is pretty good its not watery at all like you get with some lagers. but for me its not worth the price.

Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
74 out of 100 based on 2,264 ratings.