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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

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2,198 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,198
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.34%
Wants: 27
Gots: 183 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2001)
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Photo of HoboAGoGo
2.93/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tried a few sips off of a friend of mine. After the waitress brought the beer, there was little to no head left on top of the clear, light golden body. Smell was very light, mainly of hops. Taste was light malt, with some bitterness and some slight fruit characteristics on tip of the top. Once you swallow the hops stick on your tongue, and you are left with a spicy hop flavor and a little citrus. All in all not bad, but nothing something I'd drink a lot of.

HoboAGoGo, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of beerceller99
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Has a clear straw color with a fizzy white head that fades quickly. Skunky sweetgrass wild yeast smell. Medium light body with a smooth mouthfeel. Taste is of the woody, earthy, musty, horse blanket variety.
Nicely bitter to finish. Not too bad.

beerceller99, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of vwahaszee
2.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer seemed average to me. Head faded away rather quickly, tasted bitter and metallic, maybe a little fruity, and went down without leaving much of an impact. I'd like more substance from this beer, although its definitely not offensively carbonated or overly bitter.

vwahaszee, Apr 15, 2005
Photo of Roderick
2.53/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a amber-gold color ,a little darker than the average larger.
The head was nice and full with a very light brown color.The initial smell was dull with just a bit of hop's but no skunk. The taste was rather plain & boring but maybe I was expecting more since my friend had hyped the beer to me.
I would just as soon drink a fresh Becks or Heineken as this so I dont think I will be drinking more in the near future.
Paid $3.50 for a pint

Roderick, Apr 12, 2005
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.

beermanbrian, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of Barraclou
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.

Barraclou, Mar 31, 2005
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.

Vancer, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Mar 18, 2005
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.

ppoitras, Mar 04, 2005
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...

ZAP, Feb 24, 2005
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.

mjc410, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 24, 2005
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.

DESTRO, Jan 19, 2005
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!

surfmeister, Jan 18, 2005
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.

sprackops, Jan 18, 2005
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.

Illini5596, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
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.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 24, 2004
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.

GClarkage, Dec 20, 2004
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).

BigRedN, Dec 17, 2004
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.

mgdeth, Nov 24, 2004
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.

heidelbeerg, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of mrfosters
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!

mrfosters, Oct 18, 2004
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.

karengarys, Oct 14, 2004
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.

misterscooter, Sep 13, 2004
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.

Padron4KM, Sep 04, 2004
Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
75 out of 100 based on 2,198 ratings.