Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
74
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2,251 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 2,251
Reviews: 702
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.34%
Wants: 27
Gots: 209 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
Ireland

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 Scribbles
3.65/5  rDev +13%
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
2.95/5  rDev -8.7%
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
3.83/5  rDev +18.6%
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
3.65/5  rDev +13%
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
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
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
2.45/5  rDev -24.1%
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
3.23/5  rDev 0%
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
2.98/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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

i like this beer. not as much of it around as some others. good taste but not as full as i like.

like most of the euro lagers it is much better than the US macros. worth a as far as my end is concerned!

i prefer stronger!

"Beer is proof that God loves man." Ben Franklin

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

Photo of cyrenaica
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was tried on tap in downtown Toronto along with a burger. The colour was a dark gold colour, translucent, with an off-white head about 2cm high. There was not a lot of aroma to speak of however. The taste was crisp and clean with a metallic tinge to it. It felt rather weak on the tongue, not watery, but the carbonation wasn't strong either..

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
74 out of 100 based on 2,251 ratings.