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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
74
okay

2,109 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 2,109
Reviews: 693
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.34%
Wants: 24
Gots: 148 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2001)
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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

VikingIrishman, Sep 13, 2013
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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.

JoLight, Dec 27, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

altmer, Jul 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

Professor_X, Apr 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

shacawgo24, Jul 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

kgrichards, Mar 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

StaindProject86, Mar 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

Nick4202, Jul 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

amhatfield3, Dec 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

bilbo2012, Apr 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

Darthkatchuk, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

Rico28, Jun 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

TylerofLA, Jun 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

JDavidF, May 29, 2012
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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
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4.22/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an excellent clear straw color with decend head, although very little lacing. Very nice scent, a nice clean and crisp matliness with a little hint of spice. Great taste for a macro-Euro-lager, excellent balance with great maltiness and a slight hoppy aftertaste. Very smooth.

JamesS, Mar 27, 2008
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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
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4.22/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pale Golden color, clear with no cloudiness, moderate head retention with average carbonation

Smell Aroma-Hints of malt and slight floral scent

Taste-Sharp hop bitterness, not too much. not too dry or sweet

Mouthfeel-light to medium flavor with a crisp finish and no lingering aftertastes

Drinkabilty-classic example of a European Pale Lager, easy to drink

canolte42, Jun 28, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite beers. This is one of the best lagers, in my opinion. The color is a bit darker than most, while the aroma offers a little something extra like a sweet-hoppiness. From the first sip, to the very last, it is smooth with a little sweetness on the palate. A fantastic brew. A classic.

goindownsouth, Jul 01, 2002
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4.19/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Harp Lager is one of my favorite beers. I have been consistently drinking this beer for a year now, and it never disappoints.

Colour is a darker gold.

Smell is a little on the lighter side.

Taste is a little strong, but very smooth. Very little aftertaste.

Lots of carbonation.

This beer has won numerous awards, and it shows. Give this Irish beer a look. Will not disappoint.

Subliminal64, Sep 29, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this often enough before, but not since I started rating. This is definitely not an American type lager, its color is noticeably darker than that, and will already mark you as someone who knows the difference between horse-p--- and beer. Good taste is there, pleasing beery aroma and even some hop flavor. Above average. I had this served at a bar in the Midway Airport terminal; pleased to find some decent beers at such a place, even better that it seemed to be proprtly served in a pint glass.

DrunkMcDermott, Oct 01, 2003
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4.18/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very fine lager, full bodied and semi sweet taste, reverting to a very mild bitterness as a delicate non lingering aftertaste.
Frothy when poured and a nice light golden colour. Impressive brew.

Shiloh, Nov 01, 2002
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4.15/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden color...very nice body for a lager, with a quarter-inch of head and strong lacing.

Smell...I'm actually impressed by the smell. There's a sweet estery presence of yeast and mild hops...nuanced by dry and nice. I don't expect fireworks on a lager but this is inviting.

Taste is sweet and dry with a nice lingering roasted malt. Clean, but substantial.

Mouthfeel is thinnish but nicely effervescent.

Drinkability is solid, especially when cool.

In my humble (and apparently rare, based on other reviews) opinion, this is a top-notch lager. I'm mostly an ale fan, but Harp is in my top 5 of lagers when I'm going that way.

Remember, beer-people...this is a LAGER. It's a narrow flavor profile, so judge it accordingly!

scottchesterhall, Jan 22, 2011
Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
74 out of 100 based on 2,109 ratings.