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Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Reviews: 716
Hads: 2,451
Avg: 3.24
pDev: 31.79%
Wants: 47
Gots: 437 | 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 Ohiolager
2.62/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Harp Premium lager 6pk bottles $7.99(OH)

12 oz brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. No freshness date. "From the makers of Guinness".

Pours a nice pale gold color. Put a little air between the bottle and glass towards the end of your pour. A nice three finger, creamy bright white head that last a long time. It give way to amazing lacing.

It smells rather adjunct, if you ask me. The malts smell great, and a light hop is detected. However a sweet corny smell is dominate here.

The taste is better than the smell but not by much. Bready malts, followed by a nice light hop taste in the middle. Towards the end there is a corny taste, but it is well hidden behind the dryness of the hops. The adjunct is better hidden in the taste than the smell.

mouth feel is decent. Not watery like Guinness, more towards the medium body. The malts and hop dryness cling to your palate, hiding the corn taste.

Overall i was not expecting too much from this brew. And that's what i got. It the best adjunct brew i have had to date. I just did not expect a corny taste in a euro pale lager. Would i buy this again, probably not.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.62/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright straw color with average activity. White 1.5 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with average legs.

Smell of sweet grains and faint floral spices. Flavors of grains, slight corn, noble type hops. Sweet roasted grains/corn with a slight syrupy feel but still ending with a nice sharpness.

Slick light body with prickly carbonation. Light and short finish, ending with smoky roasted malt feel and a bit hoppy.

Overall a mediocre craft having faint flavors and almost no personality but good freshness. Very basic and overly sugary.

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Photo of Backer2004
2.61/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Strange that I have not reviewed this in my year, but after tasting it again, it may have been a while. Skunky bitter taste and nothing else to impress me. Passed on seconds at a dinner tonight. Appeared nice for a Euro Pale Lager, which is becoming one of my least favorite styles.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.61/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of danielharper
2.61/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Purchased from Target on University, Huntsville, AL.

A: Orange-yellow body, thin foamy head. Looks like champaigne (sorry, sparking wine) more than beer.

S: Skunky at first, almost overpowering. Then notes of corn and grain. No hops.

T: Sweet, slight skunky but not too bad. Astringent aftertaste like grain.

M: Moderate mouthfeel. Kind of foamy due to carbonation.

D: Not one I'll be buying again anytime soon. Stella Artois or Grolsch would be a better example to-style.

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Photo of dcook11
2.6/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden hue with a thick head, some lacing, and ample carbonation. Looks like a typical adjunct lager. The smell is of malt and sweet cornsyrup with a touch of hop bite at the end. Reminds me a lot of miller high life. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a touch of bite from the carbonation. An uncomplex beer that tastes very much like an adjunct lager.

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Photo of uabigdaz
2.59/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark yellow, orange like color. Reminds me of the color of expelled vitamins... Smells decent, but unfortunately for me, this smell always brings me back to my least favorite tasting beer, and that is anything by JW Dundee. Thankfully, this beer doesn't taste as strongly as JWD, but still an unpleasant maltyness to this beer. Watery, not much substance here. Really nothing exciting here except maybe an Irish parralel to PBR with a less offensive smell. Can't say I'm impressed, and I only saved 50 cents by going with this instead of getting Sierra Nevada like usual. Oh well, tis the time of the season for Irish.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.59/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served up on-tap at Hang Fire, a small, local dive bar in Savannah, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, faint yellow body with a fine, white head. Light sheeting of lace on the way down.

Smell: Faint, vaguely grainy maltiness with a thin whiff of Noble hops.

Taste: Light pale malts with an equally light cereal sweetness and touch of grain. Expect no more than a hint of floral, spicy hops and bitterness, which remains for the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. A tad watery.

Drinkability: Tolerable and fairly cheap. Which, I'm sure, has been even said about me at times!

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Photo of Roderick
2.58/5  rDev -20.4%
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

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Photo of misfitchase
2.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

well at first the taste was a little sweet and then as the beer got warmer it got worse. i wasn't all impressed with this one. i was hoping that the taste would come out a little better as it got warmer as it should but it didn't.

the color was light just like usual average euro pale lagers.

i don't think that this would be a beer that i would try again...

the smell was a little sweet, but again i was not impressed...

overall just a little below average beer...

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Photo of epicness
2.55/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden Yellow with a head that quickly disappears.

S - Bitter with a 'skunky' type smell.

T - Bitter with some citrus and hoppy.

M - List and Crisp

D - I wasn't too impressed with the taste of the beer. You could definitely sit back and drink couple of them though.

Just not my kinda beer, I could definitely see some people totally diggin' it though.

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Photo of brentk56
2.55/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Slightly darker than your typical lager, but clear, with no head or lacing

Smell: Slightly phenolic, with not much else going on

Taste: Really rather unpleasant, to be honest; has some bite to it, but not a flavor I really appreciate; again, somewhat phenolic

Mouthfeel: Probably it's best attribute; light/medium bodied with decent carbonation

Drinkability: Next time, I think I'll give it a miss

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Photo of jera1350
2.55/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Fizzy yellow beer best describes this.

Corn sweetness with some other light grain.

Clean and crisp up front with a light grainy sweetness, but the middle and back end drop off completely and leave little trace of any flavor.

The carbonation is actually decent. The body is lighter and the finish dry.

No need to have this one again personally.

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Photo of jackndan
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Harp: Not bad. Had some malt flavors, no hop bite. Deep yellow, if that makes sense, kind of a turbo charged macro-lager, but not bad, hit the spot. (for the second time, my computer chewed up my review.)

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Photo of mhuber
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

Pours clear, light yellow color. Very small head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing on the glass. Notes of citrus and hops in the aroma. Very light, almost watery flavor with a bitter aftertaste. I've had American light beers with more flavor.

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Photo of fx20736
2.49/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, served at fridge temp.

Appearance: pale yellow gold with 1 finger ivory white head, nice lacing.

aroma is sour and musty

mouthfeel ok

taste: grainy with a sour metallic aftertaste.

Notes: trainwreck of a beer. As bad as any AAL from BMC.

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Photo of NeutroMan
2.49/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: Crystal clear bright golden color with a one-and-a-half finger foamy white head. Visibly highly carbonated.

S: Some faint sweet malts and even fainter grassy hops.

T: Watery and overly carbonated with some low-level grainy malt sweetness. Minimal hops. Crisp and dry, but there's not much here.

M: Medium-light bodied, but the story here is the carbonation, which I feel is excessive (even for the style) and adds an unpleasant carbonic bite to the tongue.

D: Has session potential, but the watery carbonation is too much.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
2.48/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a golden, straw color with an eighth of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department at all. I get some really faint notes of toasted malt, some slight caramel and a touch of hops, but those are really faint and almost non-existent.

Taste: About the same as the aroma, meaning, not much there at all. Some fain flavors of toasted malt, some slight caramel-like sweetness and a touch of some slightly bitter hops. Not good at all. Pretty poor and tasteless actually.

Mouthfeel: A little thin and watery, and very crisp and effervescent, as there is quite a bit of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 4.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: As stated, this is a very poor, very pedestrian beer, short on aroma, short on flavor and short on body. It seems that this beer is one that is brewed for BMC drinkers, as a European-BMC alternative. Not recommended at all.

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Photo of woemad
2.48/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

St.Patrick's , 2011 and it's at the grocery store for $1.44, so what the hell.

12oz bottle with no freshness date, a different label than the one pictured, and it states this was contract brewed in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada.

Poured a slightly darker than straw color, with about a half-inch of white foam that dispersed rather quickly. No lace to speak of.

Slightly earthy with a distant herbal hop scent.

Pretty much like the nose. This has a mild, grainy flavor with a very small, grassy hop bite.

Mouthfeel that is thin, but not too crisp, like a fan of a light lager might conceivably want. No mistaking this for a pilsener.

This is somewhere between a yawn and an ugh. Even on future St.Patty's Days, this will not be worth revisiting.

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Photo of SudNut
2.48/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap in one of the local pubs. It is a little darker than most lagers I have tried with the average malty sweet aroma most lagers have with a bit of grain. The taste is good a little bitter up front with a buttery after taste. Mouth feel is average to a bit watery. This beer is fairly drinkable just not my favorite.

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Photo of morebeergood
2.48/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed a pint at the Black Rose. Served in an imperial pint glass. Small head that faded quick. Lots of carbonation. Faded yellow color. Smelled a bit musty. Tasted like an average lager. Hints of corn and malt in the taste, not much in terms of hops. Moderately crisp aftertaste. I could see how some people could make this a session beer as it's pretty light. Almost too thin in my opinion. Not me, though, as the flavor was just too boring. Even though you can find Harp everywhere, on most occasions I'll opt for another choice.

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Photo of JohnW
2.46/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This 'pretend' lager has been widely available in pubs and bars in UK for many years, and on the taps it still claims to be the "original Irish Lager!" Aroma is thin and acid, which is reflected in its taste, again, thin, watery, no character other than an acid metalic taste which puts it in the same category as AB 'Bud' in my opinion! Although it is seen on tap in many bars in UK, its not often you seen anyone drinking it, and with good reason. Far better to have Kronenberg or Stella if you really need a UK brewed lager (brewed under licence) on tap in a bar here. Sorry...but in my opinion (and having first had it nearly 20 years ago) avoid at all costs.

John W
Bham UK Jan 2006

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.46/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured in a wine glass (that's all that was available)

A: clear golden yellow, great head; very nice lacing
S: salty, yeasty, a bit of a cloying smell
T: an Irish Miller; macrobrew, but not the worst kind; it's a relatively simple flavor, with hints of cider
M: watery, abrasive

Pretty uninviting overall, to me.

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Photo of chefelf
2.45/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I feel odd reviewing this beer as I feel most everyone in the world has had it at this point. It's a lager. It's not particularly great. It is the only beer I've successfully made a Black & Tan with so for that reason I will hold it dearly in my heart.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
2.41/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Not at all as good as I remember from my college days, but those were different days with far less craft knowledge. Oh well, it was good to give it one last go.

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