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Harp Lager | Guinness Ltd.

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Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
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Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2001

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Reviews: 727 | Ratings: 2,496
Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.94/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If we're to judge Euro Pale Lagers with Harp present, I'd say its the clear winner. Lacking the herby bite of the mainland guys, this one's got a softness to its feel that still maintains a crisp bite.

I wish there were more Irish lagers to be found.

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Photo of IrishMan34
3.94/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harp simply put is an amazing lager that everyone should try. It's not amazing in any one category however it is refreshing and it is quite drinkable especially in warm climates.

I favor English stouts and ales however this lager is special. Earthy aromas greet the nose and lighten the feel of this lager. it is refreshing and also somewhat complex if you pick apart its flavours of corn, grass. Given its pedigree I expect more and want more. It is good but being that its from Guinness I expect the highest.

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Photo of pontiuspalette
3.94/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Though I dislike the modern look and thats its now brewed in Canada, I still find Harp to be a nice drinkable beer. Its fairly balanced in my opinion with a VERY nice mouthfeel. The carbonation is spot on...could be because it doesnt travel so far to the states now that the beer taste crispier versus previous offerings. Overall Harp is a crowd pleaser not to bitter and not too sweet.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.93/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I remember first ordering this in my early 20s because I liked the name. I loved it and drank it often. Since then I've discovered other beers and almost forgot about harp. Now that I frequent BA, my tastes have changed. I've found some beers I liked in the past are now flavorless and average at best. Boy, was I glad that Harp does not suffer the same fait. On with the review.

Appearence: Straw golden with nice head that mostly fizzles away quick, but leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Not very strong smell, but some malts are present.

Taste: Initial skunky taste (which I like), followed by.Biscuty, sweet malts and that finishes with some light hops and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nice

Drinkability: I can drink this all day and night, and I have in the past.

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Photo of neg007
3.93/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at many an Irish pub. This is the common pale lager brewed by Mr. Alec's comany.

A good lager on tap in the Irish summer. It isn't as good in the bottle stateside though.

Nice appearance, smell. Pale yellow. Nothing offensive. Usual drinkable lagerm appropriate and hits the spot any time you are thirsty.

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Photo of xare
3.93/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of Jyubei
3.93/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Pale gold, nice carbonation and a 1/2 to 3/4 inch white head.

S. Strong bouquet of hops, barley and fruits.

T. A light bread taste along with grain, hops and a hint of citrus. The after taste is mostly hops with a little sweetness.

M. Smooth and feels as though it stays together on the tongue, like jello as you swallow.

D. Nothing that astonishes the taste buds, but it was still pretty good. At least, good enough for a second round.

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Photo of TommyW
3.93/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear gold with a sticky, white head.

S- Clean grain aroma with a mild hop presence.

T- A nice, clean malt taste with mild and crisp hop profile.

M- Medium body with a nice, easy carbonation.

D- A highly sessionable beer; great for a game night.

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Photo of ReebShorts
3.93/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

light clear golden appearance, 2 finger head on the pour and pretty much sitting there, not fading nearly as fast as i'd expected.

smell is light, no strong aroma here, belgiumesque yeast, maybe some grain, mild hops, lemon....
nice lacing as the head is dying down.

wow, amazing, one is the most "nothing beers" i;ve tasted but not in a bad way, I could probably session these all night. absolutely no aftertaste, and although the flavor is very mild it's quite tasty, and begs to be sampled further. Much rather drink these all night than bud, miller, etc. Also the mouthfeel is much creamier than i anticipated. This one is different than other lagers i've tried and I must say I'm enjoying it.

Great transitional brew for american powerhouse macro fanboys. If you are trying to convert anybody that is...

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Photo of BrandonWardlaw
3.92/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light yellow, two finger head that dissipates quickly to lacing.
S: Malts and grain.
T: Starts with hops, ends with malt.
M: Crisp, and well-carbonated.
D: A great lager. There's absolutely no excuse to drink BMC lagers when this is so widely available.

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Photo of ljbrisson
3.91/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden yellow into a goblet, with a billowy white head that slowly thins to a film. Aroma is pale malt, breadiness, fruit, grassy notes. Mouthfeel a little heavy, with medium carbonation. Taste is crackers, malt, tangy citrus, bready aftertaste with a slight tinge of bitterness in the finish. Drinkability is very high due to the earthy breadiness which I like in a beer, as well as the inoffensive flavor. Not very complex; not supposed to be. Overall a solid brew.

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Photo of spacholl
3.91/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Nice golden color with short foamy head

smell - Sweet malt, hops

mouthfeel - Medium body, lightly carbonated

drinkability - Easy to drink beer, Lots of flavor, was impressing for a large production beer. First time I have tried this though I see it everywhere. I will drink it more often.

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Photo of pugdogbeer
3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very drinkable lager from the old country and a great example that is often copied.

Pale, strawlike colour with a decent head that soon settles.

I like the bite of this lager when it goes down and it has to be served cold to appreciate it.

Crisp, fresh taste to it and a great session lager.

In Belfast growing up, this was one of the cheapest beers available and now drinking it in the airport when I leave Belfast it is marketed as upmarket and here in Canada it is pushed as a fancy Irish lager.

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

Purchased a 12 for $12 at local Kroger. This Harp was brewed in Canada by Moosehead. Poured into small no-stem pilsener glass, with a beautiful effervescent, golden colour. This is a very satisfying beer; especially when all the over-hopped, over-malted, extreme productions. become too much... which is the true beauty of this Harp. It is straight forwardly flavorful without making great demands on the palate. Lively with a clean finish.
This is the first Harp I have sampled in a few years, and is easily the most tasty I have ever encountered.

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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 MinnesotaRIS
3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smells of malt and bitter hopping. Appearance is pale golden with plenty of carbonation. Leaves low amt of lacing and loses it's head quicky. Very low foam remainder.

Tastes of an sweeter lager; good bittering balance with malt. Clean and easy drinking. Low spec malt. Okay for a staple beer is one appreciates Euro lager.

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Photo of zuggy9
3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
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).

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Photo of Zorro
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep gold brew with aggressive carbonation.

Smell is strong grain smell, bit of malt and a slight floral smell.

Taste is lots of clean grain and a solid hops bite. Slight malt sweetness that is solidly beaten back by the hops. Very clean after taste, a good beer for cleaning your palette.

Mouthfeel is quite good, I think it is the bubbles boosting it.

Very drinkable brew, not super complex but a good lager.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This marks #100, Decided to make it a timeless classic.

This poured a standard lager yellow with a puffy fizzy head, pretty average but extra marks given for pretty good head retention.

Smell is a little hoppy, but not much else is evident.

Taste is good, barley malt and a very slight bitterness with a slight aftertaste of barley malt. This is what lager should taste like.

It feels good going down, but the carbonation could be toned down a bit.

Easy to drink, overall a really good example of a clean lager.

Mix with equal parts of Cider for an interesting concoction.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank it out of a bottle, can't remember if it was 12 or 11.2 oz..

Pours a super-duper clear, ultra-lite golden yellow. My sample had a pretty white head that stuck all over the glass. Smell was expectedly mild, some biscuit. Taste was nicely complex, in a mild sort of way again. Some tasty light toasted malts and some Euro bitters. Feel was active and smooth, crisp and refreshing. Drinkability high. I'm glad I tried this brew again - it'd be a worthy choice in a place that may not have a massive beer selection.

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Photo of JetFeather22
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty decent pale lager, it's almost a clear a budweiser but it have a much deeper and satecfying taste, plus they don't use adjunct so all you get i a nice grassy malt taste and just enought hps to balance the taste

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Big, solid head on top of a transparent golden body. Decent lacing

S- Sweet, mellow grain with a hint of hops in the background

T- High quality lager flavor with alot of extra-pale malt flavor with a hint of hops ends up tasting a bit like garlic bread

M- Exciting carbonation and a light body

D- Easy to drink with no off-putting features

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first drank Harp in Dublin when I was fourteen and visiting relatives. (Legal in that time and place).

It's not as good as I recall, (neither are anything my Grandfather drank that I've revisited!) but not bad.

Pours a golden color,producing a respectable head,that lingers well.Malty scent for such a clear beer,liked the malts dominating the hops in this beer. No aftertaste,smooth and refreshing! I may mix this with a Guinness, instead of Bass, for my next Black&Tan.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.87/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz sporty new green-labeled bottle pours a crystal clear light gold color. A fluffed white foam fades fast and leaves a light sheen and lacy collar.

Nose is grainy malt with a light floral hop presence. Smells better than a budweiser, thats for sure and has me wondering why the young emerald islanders aren't drinking their native Harp as opposed to a crappy American import.

Pretty basic...sweet grains with a light hop balance. Really though, not a bad lager at all. Body is fairly light, but it has a nice mouthfeel, decently creamy. This bottle seems to be better than the few times I have had this on draught, fresher with a crisper hop finish. I bought this out of the singles bin on impulse, I didnt expect it to be one of the better Euro lagers I've had this year.

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Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
75 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.