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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

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2,277 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,277
Reviews: 707
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 35
Gots: 267 | 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 brdc
1.98/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Small capped bottle, poured into a pint.

Clear, light golden with an average white head, some retention, little lacing. Aroma is faint, some malts, very little hops but everything so faint that it is hard to describe.
Thin on the palate, taste is watered down, some breadiness, a hint of grassy hops.

Photo of SargeC
3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear, deep gold colored liquid with a thick, white head.

Smell: Clean malt, minor hops.

Taste: Malt, slightly spicy undertones that bring hints of hops

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Very nice consistency.

Drinkablity: A satisfying brew. Good density and flavor make it very consumable.

Photo of xare
3.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours as a lovely golden color with plenty of carbonation and a white head that actually sticks around and laces pretty well for being such a light head.

Smells like an average lager with some notes of malt, some grass hops, and some cream.

Tastes pretty much like cream malts, hops, and seems to have a perfect mix of flavors but they're all subtle. Taste is a bit light but not as light as some other lagers. Still has a pretty substantial body.

Mouthfeel is outstanding for a lager and even has a hint of creaminess that sets it apart. Overall, outstanding mouthfeel - despite its appearance, it feels like a heavier beer at times.

Drinkability is quite exceptional as you get the feel of drinking a heavier beer with the crispiness and cleanliness of a lager. It's a perfect session beer and also perfect to drink when you don't want the high ABV hit but want the flavor / sensation of a beer with a higher ABV than the puny ABV Harp has.

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

On-tap at the Blue Trout Grill 3/1/08

This one is clear, pale gold color, mucho bubbles and a classic all-white head that dissipates slow and is moderately sticky with minor lacing. It's a bit thin looking but pretty much right on.

I'm getting the classic herbal, yeatstiness, grassy green hops and a cream-scented malt. Not overly aromatic.

This is a crisp, clean, lively lager with good balance of sour yeastiness, thin but effective creamy flavored malt, green-grassy hops...very herbal and garden-greens effect. The body is a bit thin, even for the style and the flavor is not as complex as it could be, but it's tastier on-tap than from the bottle.

I love a good lager, but this one is just a bit under-par for my taste.

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

Hrm, not much smell to be had.

Taste is refreshing, but unremarkable. Dominant flavor seems to be grain? with an alcohol finish. It's not unpleasant, but doesn't really stand out either.

Mouthfeel is not bad, and holds together all right.

Overall, probably not something I'll be going back to. I'm somewhat surprised by this, given Guiness's reputation, I expected a little more.

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

This is a disappointing, boring lager that seems to take more inspiration from American lagers than from Euro ones. The taste had virtually no flavor until the finish, which had a mediocre flavor at best. I expected better given that this is from Guinness.

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

I had this for the first time in quite a while last week at reading group, and it made me yearn for the Sam Adams Winter Lager I brought to the session. A finger of rapidly disappearing white froth tops this dark amber. The nose is fleeting, with a dash of malt and overtures toward hops, all of which should be more pronounced. The taste is a little more complex than the nose hints, with a slightly bitter bite creeping in to make this slightly better than ordinary. Yet a somewhat flat texture penalizes Harp, with decent creaminess in struggle with a definite lack of effervescence.

OK, but nothing special; a fairly decent standard European lager.

Photo of bort11
3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My dad came over tonight and brought some Harp and Guinness. He's been trying to pour a layered Black & Tan for a couple of years now, but has never really gotten the hang of it. I keep showing him how, but I think he gets too eager on the Guinness pour. Since they are here, I thought I would give Harp a try on it's own.

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass. A quarter inch off-white head that has some very nice stickage. Color is a familiar lager straw yellow.

Smell has a lot more hops bitterness to it than most lagers. Nice surprise. Taste also was dominated by a dry hops bitterness. A tad bit salty, with a light hint of sulfur.

Mouthfeel is light and quaff-able. This will make a good session beer for a night.

Photo of JDV
3.42/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light amber pour with just a little white head, on draft at Fado in Austin. Decent lacing on glass. Smooth creamy malt smell, and was more carbonated than the bass I had just before this one. Had the perfect amount of bitterness to that really gave way to and balanced a malty sweetness in the aftertaste. Very drinkable and enjoyable overall.

Photo of misfitchase
2.58/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

well at first the taste was a little sweet and then as the beer got warmer it got worse. i wasn't all impressed with this one. i was hoping that the taste would come out a little better as it got warmer as it should but it didn't.

the color was light just like usual average euro pale lagers.

i don't think that this would be a beer that i would try again...

the smell was a little sweet, but again i was not impressed...

overall just a little below average beer...

Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In some ways this is an average beer, but it's oddly drinkable. It has a typical lager-like body, in that it's a light golden color. The smell is fairly unexceptional. There's a certain bitterness to the taste - something I like in a beer - but it isn't particularly complex. It has a low carbonation mouthfeel. But like I said, it has some odd indefinable quality that makes it drinkable.

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

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice light golden color with a thick white head that stays for a while.

S - Sweet fruity scents with a slight smell of wheat.

T - Typical lager with a good mix of hops and malt.

M - Light body with good carbonation.

D - Very light beer that you can drink all day. My preference is mixed with guiness for a black and tan.

Photo of rodenbach99
2.95/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bouteille brune de 330ml.

cette bière blonde blé est assez foncée, col blanc épais et durable, elle a un nez de malt et houblon agréable, sa bouche est moyennement corsé, elle se déploie sur une belle longueur, elle est agréable et surtout facile à boire.

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

It was served with absolutely no head at all. Showed a light golden colour. Bright flavours at the beginning that turn a little hoppy. Not much complexity, I was never confused about what I was tasting, yet enjoyed it all the same. At the same time it was a decent beer if that's all you're looking for. Could drink several of these in a row without getting sick of it.

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.

Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
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