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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

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2,204 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,204
Reviews: 697
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.34%
Wants: 27
Gots: 186 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2001)
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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, hadn't had this in a while.
light tan, perhaps a bit golden body pour. Very thin head, didn't last nearly long enough.
Smell? Hmmm..some lightly roasted malt, a pinch of hops, butterscotch and persimmon. Strange
Taste is better than most main stream lagers, but nothing great. The sweetness is hollow and a bit coarse. Hops? Not many. Better to drink cold.

Mebuzzard, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of klewis
2.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a light golden with a three-finger white foamy head. Surpisingly good sustain with lots of lacing.

S: Smells mostly of sweet corn with a touch of honey.

T: A bit sweet with a bland adjunct malt flavor. Watery with a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Light-bodied, fizzy, and watery. Crisp with a dry finish.

D: This would make a great lawnmower beer, besides that I probably wouldn't drink it again. WIth that said, it's good for what it is and is supposed to be.

klewis, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of MTNboy
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is nowhere close to the best Irish Lager but it is not bad either. It is also pretty common. My Dad got hooked on Larger and Lime when we were in England. When I was old enough we would drink them together and remember the old days. So usually when I get the urge to have a British style lager and lime this is the most convenient. So just add some Lime Cordial to it and enjoy. The lime makes the difference.

Appearance- Light Yellow.

Smell-Very Mild, Slightly Hoppy.

Taste- Light with hints of hops and yeast.

Mouthfeel- Smooth more carbonation than you might think.

Drinkability- Good but I am telling you add the lime cordial.

MTNboy, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of peabody
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a straw color with lots of white suds. Slight lacing.
I get the skunky smell as with the Heinekin(sp).Watery yeast.
Taste is lemony and bitter. You can taste the yeast but not much more.
Slightly sweet in the mouth at first then the dry bitterness sets in.
Not strong at all though.
Drinkability is high if you like the flavor.

peabody, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of pentathlete
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden honey with a small white head. Ring was long-lasting. Crispy smell, no off-putting corn odors, but still somewhat generic. Taste is approaching an NA beverage, as if there were some unfermented ingredients here. The crispy mouthfeel helps it along, but overall this is simple an inoffensive boring lager.

pentathlete, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of zuggy9
3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The is a good general lager, and it pours a pale gold, a bit darker than many lager. It has a good balance smell, more of grain and malt. The taste is solid and refreshing, a bit sweet and fairly smooth. It's has good drinkability but I tend to not want too many at any time (as I prefer ales more).

zuggy9, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of Jordan1985rec
4.1/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-Served on tap into pint glass-
I walked into a local favorite of mine in DC and ordered a round of Harp for my friends and I. I had heard that this was a good beer for such a night, and as it were that sentiment was correct. The color was a nice golden yellow with a medium to thick head when served in the pint glass. The smell was hoppy and a bit "fizzy," what I mean by that is this beer seemed a tad over carbonated. The taste was plesent and the mouthfeel was suprizingly smooth (I suspose I shouldn't be too suprized... it is made by Guinness). We ended our first round and the glasses finished clean, the test had been pased; Time for another round mate!

Jordan1985rec, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of jettjon
2.7/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours in the pint glass pale golden clear color with many very tiny bubbles precipitating. Two fingers of whitish foam with aggressive pour fades away relatively quickly leaving a thin cap and some decent lacing. Nose of dry malt, grass, and vague citrus. There’s a slight off malt-liquor smell. Taste is dry and malty, not citrusy at all as I’ve come accustomed to with euro lagers. Flavor is nothing remarkable, very macro-lagerish. Finished on a mild bitter note. Mouth is wet toward the thin side, decent carbonation. Drinkabiity is sub-par; it’s an unremarkable beer to smell or taste.

Overall: A substandard euro-lager, but useful as a “crossover beer” at least from the standpoint of getting someone to drink something else that “tastes just like x.”

jettjon, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of maddogruss
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 12 oz bottle into a glass mug. A light golden color with a thick white head that's retained pretty much throughout the beer. A malty smell. Malty taste with hints of bitterness and a slightly sweet aftertaste. Decent mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable beer overall.

maddogruss, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.7/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On-tap and served in a 16oz. plastic cup.

A: The beer is a deep copper color, with a foamy medium-sized off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace.

S: The smell is of malt & barley but isn’t strong at all.

T: The taste is malty but very plain and bland with a little bit of hops.

M: Smooth, but no crispness, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Goes down easy and not too filling, but not very tasty at all. To be perfectly honest, I don’t think I can see myself drinking this beer again under any circumstances.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of Applesauce1
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend of mine left a few of these in my fridge. I've had this before, but this is my first review of Harp.

Appearance: straw color with a 1/4" white head off the pour (nothing special)
Smell: sweet malt, little skunky (has some of that macro lager smell)
Taste: no hops present; malty sweetness; not bad for a lager, but still not too impressive; has some of the typical macro lager taste
Mouthfeel: light bodied
Drinkability: good, you could have a few in a night; this might be ok after drinking a heavier beer.

Applesauce1, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
2.23/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Uhhh. This looks and smells exactly like Bud or Miller. Classy bottle, but not very attractive once poured. It's got a lot more head retention and lacing than BMC, but the pale watery brew looks familiar.

Smells like a cheapo lager. There is a more powerful scent than other macro lagers, but it's the same adjunct corny smell.

Ok now we're talkin'! The taste is suprisingly much better than expected. Similar to a lighter version of a German pils. Nice malty wash down the back of the throat, and a dry and bitter finish. I don't know what sort of hops are in this, but they taste familiar (similar to whatever hops are in German pilsners).

Mouthfeel is pretty carbonated and light, and the finish is just dry enough without being overly bitter. Makes you want another sip.

Drinkablity is decent due to the light and refreshing (albeit watery) mouthfeel and the cheap price ($6 for a sixer at WalMart). This is nothing to sit, sip, and ponder, but it goes down easy and is a notch above BMC swill. Also, very good for initiating non-BAs, and weaning them away from BMC.

pmcadamis, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very pale gold color. About one finger of head that last two minutes and leaves some thick chops of lacing behind. Moderately intense carbonaton bubbles up from the bottom of my pilsner glass

S - Potent grassy hops with a light malt backing a bit of hay and moss too.

T - The foretaste is of grassy hops with a lightly sweet light barley
flavor. The aftertaste is a strong grassy bitterness.

M - Harsh from carbonation, medium to thin body, a little drying. Pretty close to the bottom of the barrel here.

D - Not too bad really. Even thought the mouthfeel sucks and the flavor is medicore, it is something somewhat drinkable as a german pilsner rip-off. It isn't my favorite style, but it sure beats Heineken!

mrasskicktastic, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of rrg1gb
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought this bottle of Harp as part of a mixed six-pack, but there was no born-on-date. I poured it into a 12 oz pilsner glass.

A - It had a light straw complexion with high carbonation, and a thick head that didn't seem like it would ever fade.

S - It had a slight floral aroma but that was about it.

T - At first, the beer seemed to be clean and crisp, but beyond the initial reaction, it's just another lackluster pale lager. No real exciting flavors happening here.

M - I took another sip and noticed that the only thing holding it together was the high level of carbonation, but it pretty much had a cardboard taste (probably sat on the shelf too long) and a bit of a sulphuric aftertaste.

D - This is an average pale lager, but I do think it is a good beer to introduce to the masses to "classier" products. I would serve this to friends, but I probably would not consume this again myself.

*To be fair, though, I'm sure that I'd have better thoughts about this product if I had a fresher bottle.

rrg1gb, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of RJLarse
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a couple of bottles of Harp Lager at an import shop to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pilsner glass.

Pours a pale yellow color and is crystal clear. A one-finger creamy foam head forms and is fairly resilient. The head produces a lot of white lace on the sides of the glass while drinking. There are many bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

The smell is strong and sweet. There is a floral, perfume-like fragrance.

The taste is sweet, with a little grain flavor, some hops and a mildly bitter aftertaste.

The mouth feel is smooth, crisp and effervescent.

This is a very drinkable beer, and a good representation of the style. It’s probably not the best lager I’ve ever had, but passable and I would certainly have it again.

RJLarse, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of TechMyst
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4




PURCHASED @: sullivans

COST: $8/6pack

HEAD: slight

LACE: some


AROMA: lager


PALATE: adjusts slowly

COMMENTS: Better than a Bud-Mill-Oor. not as great as I’d expected. It still carries the harp though...


TechMyst, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of teg8612
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Bright, clear golden yellow. Sparkling bubbles. Head drops to a thin layer at the top.

S- Light malt and floral aroma. Slight alcohol nose. Not bad.

T&M- Medium body, very crisp. Smooth malt character though slightly grainy. Hop bitterness hits quickly but very balanced with the malt.

D- This seems different than what I remember from a few years ago. I know they started to brew this in Canada for North America but it shouldn't change too much. Still a very nice lager and very sessionable.

teg8612, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of barefootbrewer
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear straw color with a thin head. The smell was mild and faint of hops. The taste was smooth and balanced. The mouthfeel was full bodied. The drinkability is smooth and easy. Overall my impression is that this is a decent middle of the road beer that goes down easy, but at the same time, doesn’t really have any characteristics that grab you. It definitely beats a domestic and would be a great cold lager on a hot day.

barefootbrewer, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of veech
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a decent lager that warrants no more than a brief second look from the first time sampler. It seemed to be a better beer several years ago prior to Guinness ownership. It is good but not great on just about all counts. This and Carlsberg are on tap in every pub in Ireland. If you need a break from stout during your Irish excursion opt for the Carlsberg it's much better on tap especially in Europe. Harp is average across the board, not bad, not great. It'll do in a pinch and that's about it.

veech, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of afinepilsner
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Harp Lager is golden in color and very clear. It had a large white head with rather good retention and spotty lacing. There is not much in the nose, a little sweet malt and noble hop aroma. The taste was some noble hops with some light malt and a clean dry finish. This is a smooth, medium-light bodied lager with medium carbonation. It is easy drinking and refreshing; a step or two above the average American macro lager. It would work well for a session beer.

afinepilsner, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I’ve always liked Harp lager, maybe in keeping with my Irish roots. On the overall beer rating scale, it is hard to give this real high scores in aroma, appearance or palate, but it’s a smooth drinking beer, has a good taste, and is a far cry above many of its American macro lager counterparts. Erin Go Braugh!!

kimcgolf, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of supercolter
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is very good for its style. Probably my favorite other than Stella Artois and possibly Tyskie. Very mild malt flavor that is a bit sweet with just a touch and I do mean a touch of hops. Mouth feel is ok kinda soft with out much carbonation. I could have 10 and not feel full though so it is very drinkable.

supercolter, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of neenerzig
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice clear light to medium golden color with an initially nice, tall white head. The head reduces in size to about 1/4 inch after a few minutes. Left some very nice lacing in my glass as well. Has sort of a malty smell with a touch of hops mixed in. The taste is pretty much as the smell and it could also certainly be a bit more powerful than it is. Has a nice crisp mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. This beer goes down easy and is quite easy to drink. All in all a decent Eruo macro lager. Better than most American macro lagers I have had that's for sure.


neenerzig, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harp is golden with a nice level of carbonation. Head is tall with thick foam. Aroma is somewhat weak and short-lived. Smell is typical lager with a bit of herbal hop. The flavor is decent, with just a bit of adjunct off-flavors. The overall flavor is bitterer than most of the style with a good herbal hop punch. A bit of malt sweetness pops through near the end of a sip. Still, there doesn't seem to be enough substance here to keep me very interested. Finish is somewhat metallic. Overall, just slightly better than average for the style.

Gagnonsux, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a golden straw with a decent white head.

Smell. Very typical aroma. does have a small floral aroma that is unique, also sweet and slightly malty. Smells typical, but quite nice for what it is.

Taste. quite neutral. nothing really jumps out at all. Small sweetness with just a light maltiness. aftertaste is dryer and slightly toasty. Not bad, but nothing about it making it great.

Mouthfeel. Lighter on the body, good carbonation, balance is good enough.

Overall, a very drinkable beer, but taste-wise it is quite low. I'd say for it's style it is good, but i wouldnt buy a six pack of this, especially for the price.

acrawf6, Jun 14, 2006
Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
75 out of 100 based on 2,204 ratings.