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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
74
okay

1,949 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,949
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 18
Gots: 92 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Miz77


4.5/5  rDev +39.3%

06-07-2012 18:40:04 | More by Miz77
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ffshore545

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +39.3%

07-04-2014 01:45:56 | More by ffshore545
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foghornleghorn22

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +39.3%

03-14-2014 06:46:33 | More by foghornleghorn22
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Matak3

Serbia

4.5/5  rDev +39.3%

05-16-2013 23:51:31 | More by Matak3
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Washu

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +39.3%

05-10-2012 06:55:57 | More by Washu
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metallaw

Alabama

4.43/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm biased on the whole irish thing, but I'll try to give a useful review. Got this in a world market beers of the world package.

Appearance - Poured a beautiful pale, straw color.

Smell - Smells of sweet barley and hops.

Taste - This is where it is. Slightly sweet, almost minty taste, not too overbalanced with alcohol and hops.

Mouthfeel - I find this beer highly carbonated. It reminds me of the same feel as a monster nitro energy drink. That being said, I enjoy that, so all in all thumbs up.

Drinkability - Could easily down a few on a hot summer day. Want to try on tap.

Worth your money, definitely a different beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 18:17:43 | More by metallaw
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K9AleingPiss

Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice bold golden color,producing a respectable top,even with a bad pour. Continued to bubble and come alive as it sat waiting to be drunk. Surprising me again with a malty robust odor for such a clear golden beer,and the taste was even better. Loved the malts dominating the hops in this beer. No after taste,smooth thirst quinching experience and even better with a barbeque sandwich!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 01:41:29 | More by K9AleingPiss
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jimmybryght

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I suppose that most Euro-type lagers are greeted with a bit of imbiguity these days but for those of us who prefer blondes, this brew is among the better ones I've had. It has a light-golden color to go along with a crisp, malty taste. It has a typical Euro bitter finish but it carries well because of the barley. Harp isn't as watery as some other commercialized Euro lagers and has a pretty damn good mouthfeel with a splendid finish. Guinness did a good job with this blonde and I intend on making her a regular every weekend.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 20:14:14 | More by jimmybryght
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manofmanners

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like Harp in the bring time, it is that come out from the cold beer, everything spring is, Harp is. I drink it form the bottle, which is rare for me. It has sure a smooth refreshing feel to it, you don't want to spoil it by drinking to many, i would say 2 to 3 max. Once you get drunk Harps appeal is lost on you. The great thing is it is not to filling. It goes great with a meal too, chicken, steak or seafood, goes good with almost anything.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2007 15:08:04 | More by manofmanners
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Lauthaha

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A heavy pour at a 45-degree angle yields a head with minimal foaminess; about 3/4 a finger tall. Heavy carbonation is visible through the glass as the lager is a bronze/sunlight yellow color. Head never completely recedes, which is nice because each sip retains just a touch of the creaminess. Does just what it's supposed to in my book.

Smell: Very interesting! The first thing I notice is a bright, citrus-type smell. Perhaps lemon zest or orange peel. Very low yeastiness, tasty hop scent. Above average for a pale lager.

Taste: Does not disappoint. The citrus flavor is still the most outstanding one, followed closely by the near-perfectly balanced hops. Perhaps just a *touch* of cinnamon or nutmeg thrown in for good measure. A much better tasting beer than its partner-in-crime, Guinness.

Mouthfeel: Just as it claims to be, it is crisp and refreshing. Light on the tongue, the flavor sits gently and leaves a mildly bitter aftertaste. Rinses clean with a sip of water or a bite of chicken, turkey or pork.

Drinkability: I would pair this beer up with just about any medium-flavor entreé. It goes down smooth and is easily followed by another of its six-pack-mates. Doesn't get rough as some lagers do after a few sips, this one is (as Teddy Roosevelt said) "Good to the last drop!"

Guinness isn't a bad brew, but Harp is more commercially accessible. It's not an overwhelming smack-you-in-the-face hopped-up brewski, but at the same time it is definitely not your average run-of-the-mill mass-produced swill-water. For what it's supposed to be, it's nearly dead-on. I like it and would recommend it to a friend.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 02:36:38 | More by Lauthaha
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pretty decent bright yellow color. Some nice lacing, but not much foam. Not much apparent carbonation.

Smell: Flowery and peppery. Pretty hoppy and citrusy as well, like fresh lemongrass. There's not much malt here in my opinion. Kind of peppery as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lemon and hops with a clear flowery presence. Similar to something like Pilsner Urquell with the floral taste to it. Perfect carbonation makes this nice and smooth.

Drinkability: Great drinkability. Perfect balance of taste and feel.

Overall: I actually appreciate this beer. I've only had it once, but it works as a nice changeup to your stereotypical Irish stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2010 23:48:02 | More by tjsdomer2
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Toddv29424

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is totally being judged on what it is--trying hard not to be subjective. Lagers have been given a bad name because of the large mass-produced ones, but this is a shining beacon to them all. Pours a golden yellow color with little to no head. Smell is uninspired and is like most other lagers that you will find. The taste is great... instead of being water heavy like other Lagers it has a full body taste. Wheat is really the only decipherable taste that you can point out, otherwise it is too well rounded to pick out. Great overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2005 00:34:03 | More by Toddv29424
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Unwind06

Quebec (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer overall. Like it a lot. Even if it's a smooth clear bear, I do like a lot. Much better than Quebec beers like molson n stuff... One of my favourite. I don't know what more I can say... Why do we have to fill 250 characters !?!?!?!?!?

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 04:06:46 | More by Unwind06
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Cuvie62

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

03-21-2013 02:28:06 | More by Cuvie62
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steelreserve69

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

06-04-2012 22:42:51 | More by steelreserve69
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Yehuda

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

11-19-2012 23:09:24 | More by Yehuda
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jeddis1

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

06-29-2012 02:01:52 | More by jeddis1
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bobbyr5

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

05-25-2013 19:21:22 | More by bobbyr5
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Storning

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

03-03-2014 12:15:15 | More by Storning
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pfhanlon

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

04-08-2014 18:48:32 | More by pfhanlon
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theozag

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definately one of the better imported lagers I have ever sampled. Pours a gentle yellow-gold that produces a thin, white head over a clear, golden beer. Smell is attractively sweet without much of a definable character. Taste is quite above average for a lager, with a clear and medium body, a malty smooth start, and a pleasantly hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is overall good, but nothing to scream about. Drinkability is quite high as this beer leaves a limited aftertaste, sits light in the stomach, and packs only a meager alcoholic punch.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2003 19:35:09 | More by theozag
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VikingIrishman

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

09-13-2013 07:40:34 | More by VikingIrishman
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M477

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

05-24-2014 06:56:57 | More by M477
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JoLight

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Golden body with a ever-so-slightly off-white frothy head, leaving lots of nice lacing.

The aroma consists of toasted barley malt and some herbal, floral hops.

As for the taste, the hop bitterness comes in at the first of the sip, with a slight floral-ness, then leaving you to a nice mouthful of toasted barley malts, with some sweetness, and an almost undetectable bitterness.

The drinkability is extremely high. It's smooth, and the mouthfeel is on the light side of medium; and the carbonation is high in the mouthfeel as well as the palate.

This is a damn good beer. Best lager I've ever had. Screw the critics. This is gold, lager or not.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 03:21:18 | More by JoLight
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Professor_X

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

04-24-2013 18:38:22 | More by Professor_X
Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
74 out of 100 based on 1,949 ratings.