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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

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716 Reviews

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Reviews: 716
Hads: 2,449
Avg: 3.24
pDev: 31.79%
Wants: 48
Gots: 433 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland | website

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 beerguy101
1.83/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light gold color, medium head. Slightly skunky aroma. Light malts and hops. Tastes like a Euro-Lager, but there is a touch of soapiness and green bottle skunkyness. HOLY FALSTAFF BATMAN!! IT'S A HEINKEIN!! How does a beer in a brown bottle taste green bottle skunky? Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is bitter and soapy. This bottle is UNDRINKABLE!! I doubt I will re-rate

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Photo of Running4beer
3.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out golden straw color with a thick frothy head that slowly diminishes to a thin spotty lace. Smell hops and some wheat hardly any malt is noticeable. Has a good amount of carbonation giving this a thin crisp mouthfeel but not a tingley feeling on the pallate. Taste some hops and a bit of malts pretty much all I can detect out of this one. Not a bad beer IMO, not a bad session beer at a party or something to drink while mowing the lawn.

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Photo of Ellbert
3.46/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this was a decent brew. It had a nice golden color with a decent head. This was a nice beer to drink. This chased a Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. This has a nice hoppiness at the end which is very pleasant. I don't like a really intense hop flavor but this was just perfect. A good beer. I would drink this again.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.42/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

medium gold color with a thick white head. smells a little floral a little citrusy sometimes something almost nutty too... the citrus really comes through in the taste, pleasant hoppiness at the tail end, along with a relatively strong citrusy tang. pretty light mouthfeel, but it suits the beer. overall, not a bad beer, not a great beer either. it's a good standby when available at the bar.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Average lager color of lightish yellow gold, thin, somewhat loose white head and lacing. Smell is faint of light sweet malts and a touch of floral hops and very whispy citrus noted. Taste is more of the same with light sweet malts and grains in the start, quick, and easy approach, with small balance of hops that are a bit floral and very light citrus. Finishes dry with a small amount of bitterness.Thinnish body feel and low carbonation which makes for easy drinkin - if you must, indulgde, cuz this stuff is found nearly everywhere and is a better option then most marcos and micros that may be served at smaller bars and restaurants.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A great number of non BA beer drinkers already know that nearly every time you reach for a Guinness product in the U.S. of A, that you are really reaching for a Canadian "import" and not something that sailed in from the Emerald Isle. Harp Lager is of course no exception to this rule. Whereas the North American versions of Guinness brews are supposed to suffer some "dumbing down" for domestic palettes, Harp Lager is already a beer that is brewed for the majority of macro drinkers on the North American continent while giving the allure of being a European import. No matter what the lineage of this brew may be, this is a decent American-style lager that isn't really flawed in any particular way.

Harp pours a nice light-to-medium golden color with a VERY nice foamy white head that lasts for quite some time. By the time I finished the glass, there was still some foam leftover, which is impressive for a "fizzy yellow beer." Nice lacing as well. The nose is of clean malt and is slightly fruity. The mouthfeel is in summary: crisp. Slightly watery, but a snappy carbonation gives it a very crisp feeling. Very simple flavor. Some clean malt and some citric type hop flavor. Flavor strikes the palette in a somewhat dry fashion, and the finish is sufficiently bitter, but altogether these elements seem to work well for a beer of this style. The aftertaste is slightly grassy and this finishes out with a little bit of alcoholic warmth (not much though).

This may not be an exciting beer (how often is one excited by a fizzy yellow beer?) but it is a good thirst quencher and the simplicity seems to work for this. No obvious off-flavors, and seemingly adjunct free. A good beer for its style.

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Photo of yosh
3.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap: the Hibernian, Raleigh, NC

This beer was a nice golden color and left a trail of lace all the way down the glass. It had a malty smell to it and and a small malty taste. The mouthfeel was a bit light. The drinkability was great and this beer goes well with pub food.

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Photo of Indybeer
2.85/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle.Poured a straw yellow, with a fairly good head that lasted, and losts of sticky lacing on theglass that lasted. Aroma is of hops and malt. The taste is slightly sweet, with no hop flavor. Mouthfeel is weak and watery, lacking any real body. I can hardly believe something this bland is made by Guinness.

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Photo of WesWes
3.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a light golden color with a thin white lace. The aroma was not very impressive. I couldn't detect any malts or hops anywhere. The taste was much the same; very plain, filtered, and boring. The body was low and it was highly drinkable, although I don't think I'll be having another in the near future. I have had this beer before and remember enjoying it, but like a lot of beers, I find while reviewing them I just don't feel the same way. This is a good outdoors beer if you are in need of something light and watery. Me, I think I'll just stick with the water.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a beautiful, clear golden with a fine head. The lace clung to the glass to the very last sip. By far the presentation was the BEST aspect of this beer. The aroma was malty and nice. With each sip the malt filled my nose and made the lack of malt flavor more bearable. The flavor was mild in all aspects. I was not able to detect much malt and no hops. The mouthfeel was light. This was a good beer to pass an afternoon of eating etuffe with my family. It was a good session beer.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ok bought as a 12 oz single in the brown bottle..this beer is brewed in Canada not Ireland.
OK the look of the beer in my glass is just above average lager look..slightly more deep golden than some others and the head retention is better..but pretty run of the mill.
again the smell is just above average lager smell..can smell the strong hopping in this..smells fresh at least.
Taste is odd starts of sweet then the sweetness is overwhelmed by the massive carbonation..then i get a zingy slightly acidic taste..the slighly acidid taste stays during the after tatse..but over all the taste is ok.
Not too good on the tongue rather to spritzy for my liking.
Its drinkable enough ..I suppose.
Harps never been a favourite of mine even home in Scotland I prefered Tennents lager to this.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

harp nowadays is basically an irish budweiser (though still a bit better, mind you) to me. it's lost any and all character i remember it having. both the body and flavour are lighter and less distinct. a bit more carbonated than i remember it, too. it goes down smooth and works well as a session beer, but why waste your time and money here when there are far better session brews that are just as readily available (is there a bar these days that doesn't have harp? it seems not.)? though not a bad brew, there is nothing at all special about this beer.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Actually, not bad. A beer I chose because there wasn't much else to choose from.

A rich golden yellow, with a bit of head, but nicely left lace through the whole glass. Definitely had the grainy taste that some lagers present, more malt character than hops.

Not a bad beer, but don't know when I'd choose it again.


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Photo of lampkins
3.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent lager that poured a decent head. Smell was typical of lagers. Taste was a little bitter that I would have expected, reminded me of Pabst for some reason. The sting hit at the first sip and lasted until the beer was done. Kind of flavorless, with the exception of the aforementioned sting.

Consider this the "red headed" step child of all the beers Guinness distributes. Based on experience this beer appeals to the beer drinker who usually drinks the monster beers ala "Miller" or "Bud."

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Photo of Tballz420
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is another standard lager. Crisp, clear, and bright gold color. White head with some lacing going on. The taste is grainy, with a hint of hops. Nothing spectacular, but not a bad lager. I got it in an international sampler pack, but normally i think it is almost 8 bucks a 6er around here. Not worth that price.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap in Montreal, QC at McKibbins Irish Pub. This beer makes one word come to my mind..'sharp!'. 'Harp stays sharp' until the bottom of the glass. Remember that slogan? This beer pours a nice golden colour with a small white head and it has the aromas of sharp hops and light malts. The taste is very sharp with a crisp mouthfeel and a full flavour. A pretty nice beer that is much better on tap than it is in the bottle. Ah yes, the drinkability is nice as well.

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Photo of clvand0
3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love this beer. It pours somewhat yellow with a medium white head that dies off quickly. The aroma is nothing special. The taste is extremely enjoyable and I would drink this beer anytime. I think it is a great beer that is wonderfully smooth. This is yet another beer that doesn't have any extremely complex tastes or aromas, but it is just an overall enjoyable beer that I would drink anytime.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harp pours a light caramel with a big, frothy white head that looks like marshmellow fluff as it dissipates to a substantial residual lace. The smell is light and not terribly complex with just a hint of tanginess. There's lots of carbonation in this pale lager which makes for an effervescent mouthfeel. I found the taste rather bland--only the slightest hint of the tartness left over from the smell--and there is a powerful malty aftertaste.

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Photo of kindestcut
2.76/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Harp was one of the beers that I consider a bridge beer for me. Along with Newcastle, Harp was a "good" beer that showed me the way to better ones. I've stuck by Newcastle (although it's not my favorite) but Harp has fallen by the wayside.

The pour is fine, a pretty lager "liquid gold." The head is substantial. I have no problem with its appearance for I am a lager fan. The aroma is of malts. A sweetness that hides any hoppiness. I like the aroma of a Harp although I prefer a more aromatic beer.

The flavor is good although the bitterness which is quite apparent fades rather quickly. Perhaps I am comparing this lager to my favorite bitter pale ales. I'm not looking for an IPA here but the flavor is not encompassing. There is a nice carbonated feel (I haven't had Harp on tap so I can't comment on that) and this, along with the lightness, translates to a good drinkability. However, the drinkability suffers a bit for me because I can't imagine having more than one at a time.

All in all, Harp is a good beer. However, it's not the beer I once loved. Perhaps it's destined to be a bridge...and that's not all bad.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautiful clear gold with a half inch white head that created great lacing throughout the glass. Very light hopping and a sweet grain sense. The smell was malty which carried over into the taste. There was virtually no carbonation present. Dry finish with a faint sense of bitters.

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Photo of Rifrafboy
2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours like a nice lager should, dark yellow with a decent head. taste is very malty. Definately, the malt is where it's at with this brew. Hops are there but not distinct to the maltiness. Overall, I thought this was a little disappointing, considering Guinness and all. I think this is a typical middle of the road Euro lager.

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Photo of SaunaKing
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harp pours a nice lager colour. A dark golden amber not to be confused with the pale stuff you often see. The head is creamy and forthy and settles down nicely.
There is a pleasant aroma of malt and hops. The sweetness more pronounced than the hoppiness.
A nice smooth malty taste, again not much hoppiness in the finish. A real nice brew, I would happily drink a pile of these. The bottle shows when it was made, in my case I have one not quite 4 months old. There was no skunkyness in the smell and this turned out to be a very solid lager. The taste has some character to it, overall a very good beer.

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Photo of aaronh
3.26/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber lager pours with a fairly large head that displays good retention. As it falls apart into large bubbles of faom, it leaves a bit of clinging pseudo-lace at the top of the pint glass. Large carbonation bubbles are visible at the bottom of the glass. The aroma is the traditional "beer" smell, with some added hops spice. Perhaps just a hint of staleness is evident. Not skunky, but just a little too earthy. The taste is rather clean, but it does not taste like an all-malt brew. (Are there adjuncts in this beer?) A little bit of sweetness and some earthy huskiness appear, as well as a lingering peppered hop note on the finish. The mouthfeel is better than many lagers, but not great. The drinkability seems good, also better than many lagers. As I've noted before, I'm not a huge fan of traditional lagers, but this one isn't bad. I wouldn't turn one down if it was offered to me, although it will be a while before I buy anther one.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.69/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For a european "mass-produced"style lager, this is one of the better ones. Nice balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. No discernable hop nose, but that's okay. Nice finish with residual grain/malt aftertaste. It is not skunky or garbagy either. A good solid brew that simply tastes good. No intense hoppiness or maltiness. Just a nice crisp generic lager. The beer ie tried was contract brewed in Canada for Guinness, but no discernable "canalager" character evident. Great alone or as a "bottom" for a half-and-half (black-and-tan but with Harp rather than Bass).

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was expecting something much better from the company that brews Guinness stout. Perhaps they should stick with what they know. Golden, slighty clear appearance with a 1/2 inch head that disappears within seconds. Pleasant alcohol smell, not overbearing yet not weak. Kick of barley to the nose, with a minute amount of hops and malt. Average taste. Medium bitterness with a floral mouthfeel after swallowing. Definitely worth drinking, but not the best lager I've tasted.

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Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
75 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.