Harp Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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708 Reviews
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Reviews: 708
Hads: 2,373
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 14.98%
Wants: 45
Gots: 367 | FT: 0
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Ireland

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 bondjedi
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

What could pull me in off the street to a dimly lit tavern, on a warm and sunny Northwest afternoon, on a whim? Why, only the prospect of a crisp and clean Harp Lager. More body than most lagers, nice finish. Surprised by how well-laced the pint glass was. Solid brew. (268 characters)

Photo of timn
3.16/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a very clear, light yellow with a small amount of white head, and loads of carbonation. Color is pretty, but the bubbles rather detract from the appearance.

S: Very light aroma of yeast and some hops, and a bit of skunkiness.

T: Pretty much what you'd expact from a mass-produced lager. This is a bit more flavorful than a typical American lager, but not hugely so. Has a typical very light, crisp taste of grain and yeast. The skunkiness that comes through in the smell is thankfully not noticeable in the taste.

M: Thin, as you'd expect from the style. Carbonation is a bit overdone.

O: Not bad, not great. This is a beer I could see myself grabbing after mowing the lawn or with a cookout in the summer, but no more so than any other mass-produced lager. (770 characters)

Photo of kvnstfrd
2.1/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow with a fluffy head. Bubbles rising constantly from the bottom of the glass tells me this is probably going to be far too carbonated. The aroma is somewhat that of a typical American lager, but Harp has a bready, yeasty note that tells me there’s something more there. There is also a floral aroma from the hops. The taste is slightly sweet with a faint bitter in the finish. Mouthfeel is definitely overcarbonated, yet creamy with more body and less dryness than most beers of this style. You’d expect a beer so lacking in flavor would be thin and watery, but not so with Harp Lager. Overall, this isn’t a bad beer, there’s just not enough flavor to satisfy my palate. I should note that the flavor has become a little stronger since it’s warmed, but only a little. Personally, I’m not one to choose beer when I’m hot and thirsty, (there's water for that) but I suppose Harp could hit the spot on a Summer day. Certainly, there are hundreds of worse choices. (992 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Having on draft at Jimmy the Greeks in OOB.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer and left some spotty lacing as the beer was drank. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell & Taste: Grassy, bready, cereal, and sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, smooth, light to medium bodied, medium bodied, and very drinkable.

Overall: Pretty standard EPL. Enjoyed a bunch over the years. (460 characters)

Photo of vkv822
2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz : Teku

Clear medium yellow with a foamy white head, decent lacing.

Lightly sweet, grainy cereal/bread.

More grainy lightly sweet malts. Not much hop presence. Perhaps some grassy notes.

Medium body, fizzy carbonation.

A fairly plain, generic beer. Very similar to an American Adjunct Lager, with just a bit more of a flavor profile. (342 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.67/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Harps Premium Irish Lager @ 5.0% , served from 2x 500 ml cans purchased for $23 in the Irish Beer Discovery 8 Pack

A-pour is a clear gold with a small frothy white head leaving a sticky lace along the pint glass

S-very Euro smelling lager , hint of skunk

T-crisp lager , tad watery

MF-mild/medium carbonation , medium body

Ov-ok beer , would go well with a warm summer afternoon

sampled alongside Guinness Draught , Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale & Smithwick's Draught Irish Ale

prost LampertLand (497 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a crystal clear golden color with tons of tiny carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the brew. Upon pouring there is a one finger pure white head that fades relatively quickly to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass

Smell – The aroma is mainly of a grainy and bready smell mixed with some lighter notes of caramel. With these aromas are a moderate presence of a grassy and herbal hop smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a lighter bready and grainy taste. There is the lightest hint of caramel sweetness upfront that then fades more toward the middle and the end. As the caramel fades, some of the grassy hops detected in the nose hits the taste buds. This light grassy hop is soon accompanied by a herbal flavor which develops more strength as the taste gets to the end. At it’s finish with all the flavors mingling together a crisp and fairly clean taste is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the thinner to average side with a carbonation that is on the higher side. The thinner body and higher carbonation compliment the grainy and lighter flavors of the brew quite nicely and make for a crisp and quite refreshing brew.

Overall – While not a flavor powerhouse the brew is rather refreshing. It is crisp and clean and very easy and enjoyable to drink. (1,387 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Crystal clear pale yellow. Thin, fizzy one-finger white head. Leaves surprisingly stout rings of lacing.

S - Faint aroma of lager yeast, bohemian hop, and white flour.

T - Mild and inoffensive blend of slightly sweet cereal grains and mildly spicy pilsner hops. Balanced, and thankfully free of dextrin/corn sweetness common to so many pale lagers, but ultimately very boring. The kind of clean, crisp, finish that you would expect.

M - Light bodied and aggressive, stinging carbonation. But....it does compliment the style. Very grainy.

O - Cant say that pale Euro lagers are my thing by any means, but this one appears to be done well enough for the style. That said, it's nothing that moves me in any way, just a bland boring "beery" lager. A BMC without the corn and rice. But, any time a pale lager is free of adjunct "off" flavors, it's a bonus. (904 characters)

Photo of bambam2517
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not remarkable in any way, the plain Jane of beers. Should come in the proverbial white can with "BEER" written on it in big black letters. It makes a decent quaffer when added to Guinness as a half-n-half, and it is not a bad beer, but I never care to drink this on its own. Macrobrew quality, import price. (308 characters)

Photo of mnrider
2.96/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. Brown bottle. Green Label, Brewed in Canada.

A: Clear golden color with an initially nice looking head. This quickly
turns to basically nothing. Watery lacing. Little carbonation.

S: Mostly clean with some sweet malts and a light hint of floral hops.

T/M: Crisp, medium bodied, malt sweetness, plenty of grains, some
hop bitterness. Dry with a light tingling on the tongue. The finish is
a mixture of both bitter and grainy.

O: This lager from Guinness is easy to drink but the taste is somewhat
plain and has an overall unflattering dryness. Not too bad for a session
beer if you can get past the taste. Just not that enjoyable for me to get
again.

Cheers! (672 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
2.2/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light, pale straw colour with a thin, white head not more than a couple millimeters tall. This turns to a patchy lacing almost instantly.

Clean and with some very light grassy hops that are pretty faint. There is some corn and a vague background sweetness along with some grain and a pretty watery aroma that smells pretty cheap overall.

Sweet malts and grain make up most of the taste along with a chemical crispness and cheap malts. There is a very faint hop taste too but nothing much.

Clean and crisp with a lot of grain. The body is light and almost watery with a bit of bitterness in there too.

As expected this one wasn't a great beer at all, it was drinkable but only just really and not one that I enjoyed at all. A very basic and cheap lager, probably not the worst out there but nowhere near acceptable either. (825 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.32/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some plastic-like aromas. Taste is much the same with a weird plastic-like, chemical flavor on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with aromas and flavors that make it hard to drink. (546 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harp Lager

Pours a vibrant and clear gold, little soapy white cap and some lace. In the nose, clean bready smell and light floral accents. In the taste, bread and biscuit notes, fresh herbal hops and mild but complimentary bitterness. Muted citrus fruit, honey and grass clippings. Light bodied feel with a crisp carbonation. Overall this is a solid, yet average lager. A good session beer with a low alcohol content and very soft yet agreeable flavor. (453 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, golden yellow with a white, finger width head. Fair retention. Lacing is spotty with decent stick.

Smell - Aroma consists almost exclusively of clean, sweet grain malt.

Taste - Just like it smells. Clean, crisp and sweet grain malt flavor, with a touch of honey. Finishes much in the way it starts. Very, very subtle grass bitterness near the finish after the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with good carbonation. Silky on the swallow. Very drinkable.

Overall - This is a classic, simple lager done right. Very sessionable. While it presents very little to think about, it's something I could drink all night while watching tv or hanging out with friends. (702 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal-clear, pale yellow body with a fat, thick and chunky, creamy, white head sitting atop; carbonation galore in the body; sticky, clinging lacing on the glass. Average aroma for a lager; no rich hop aroma for the style, more like a light malt character overall, comparable to American adjunct lagers. Taste comes across as bland and uninspiring; primarily very light malt character with a shade of bitterness in the finish. Decent mouthfeel; clean and dry finish.

Another disappointing mass-produced beer that doesn't live up to what you'd hope for. It has a really nice appearance but falls flat with any distinctive malt or hop character. Certainly drinkable; certainly mundane... (688 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Molly Pitcher's Ale House, New York, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that took a long time to fade away and left a thin collar and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of cooked corn in the nose along with some hints of grainy malts
T: The taste has light flavors of cooked corn along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but has a little too much flavors of adjunct malts. (612 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
1.75/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Clear, pale straw color with almost a finger of head. Short lasting head though.
Smells like green apples and mildly grainy, faint overall.
The taste is an assault on the senses. A brutally bitter (not the good kind) and metallic mess from beginning to end.
Light and crisp body.
The taste was unexpectedly bad, much worse than I thought it would be. (351 characters)

Photo of FlyingBull
3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at the Ould Soud in SD. It's a great, old school, Irish-owned dive bar. Many nights with live, realy Irish jam music too.

A: Had a bright, clear medium golden color with style appropriate visible carbonation; white 1 finger head; plenty of lacing.

S: Nice, subtle hop aroma, a little on the light side but good.

T: Unlike many standard American mass produced, it has a nice fruity front, dry, a notably nice bready middle, with a nice dry fruity finish.

M: Appropriate light body that's crip, dry, and refereshing.

O: Much better than your standard mass produced lager or ale. I really enjoy this beer on tap. (637 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.19/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pint glass on tap at McGee's Pub (SC).

A: Clear golden color with visible carbonation; white head; plenty of lacing.

S: subtle aroma of a weak and very plain lager.

T: has the flavor of a rather average light lager except it is more fruity (i.e., it has some touch of fruitiness, mainly orange) and has a notably nice bready/fruity finish.

M: light body; crisp; semi-dry

O: a wee departure from your standard macro-lager. {3.25] (438 characters)

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.62/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite beers when I was first "going outside the Bud Light/Heineken" box when I began drinking beer as a youngin', Harp kind of fell off my radar these last five years or so. Picked up a six pack not too long ago and was pleasantly surprised of how good this beer is.

Its appearance is far from impressive, pouring a thin, medium golden with a slight, thin head that stays throughout, but never leaving much lacing along the side of the glass. Aside from malt and a slight hint of bread, there's not a whole lot to the smell. However, the taste is smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. Perfect balance of hops and malt. Refreshing and easy to like.

Glad I "re-discovered" this beer. It's a solid fall/winter session beer and looking forward to drinking more of it throughout the fall/winter. (818 characters)

Photo of BakerMoore
3.95/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Upon pouring correctly, it leaves a one finger white fluffy head. The head dissipated within 30 seconds. It laces nicely and the lace remains. The body is a bronze orange color. The bubbles are everywhere with constant streams going up to the top.

The aroma is relatively strong but is present enough to be pleasant. The smell is of maybe noble hops, with malt and maybe grain. It has some water to it but not so much as the adjuncts do. The smell is real pleasant and invites the taste.

The taste is definitely of hops with some malts coming in as an aftertaste. The taste is kind of bitter but quite crisp. It is pleasing to the palate. An enjoyable beer to taste.

The mouthfeel is just as much carbonation as necessary. Its dry enough to be enjoyable and makes you want to take another drink. (801 characters)

Photo of bnes09
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale color of white-grape juice and completely transparent. Weak head but some lacing.

Clean aroma of dry malts and rice. Hints of skunk.

Mild malty flavor with a white bread and honey character. Herbal grassy hop in descent balance. Clean in the end.

Light body. Over carbonated. Smooth in the middle with a crisp finish.

Just average. Not much else to say. (362 characters)

Photo of MrGaughran
3.86/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my default Irish beer. I can order this without worrying about availability at pretty much any Irish/English pub.
Harp is right up my alley. I have accepted that I prefer lagers to all other beers, and Harp has the balance and taste that I enjoy. Not too heavy, and not too light. However, it has to come off tap if you're really going to enjoy it. I'm in Florida, so bottles don't exactly hold up here. Overall, very solid. Anybody that hates mass produced corn beer should enjoy a Harp. (496 characters)

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very light amber color. Little white head dissipates quickly.

S: Light. Dryness comes through a bit. A little sweetness...

T: Pretty good here. A little yeasty but there are some good hints of malt and dryness. Also a little hops as well. There is something there even though it is pretty light.

M: sits alright. Bubbly.

Overall a pretty average beer. Certainly better than any macro lager but certainly nothing to go crazy over. Perfect for after a long day when you want to take it easy. (498 characters)

Photo of TheBrewWhisperer
1.94/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: clear golden lager with some foam rising til the very end being a small amount nothing too surprising for a euro pale lager.

Smell: Predominant skunk which is odd for a brown bottle, but lingering hop and a hint of bitterness.

Taste: A Stella Artois type lager (not a green bottle taste surprising) very pale in hop and barley very watery at the same time mediocre in the most sense.

Mouth-feel: Terrible beer just terrible very very crisp but at the same time very dry mouth feel I thought this was an Irish pale lager!. (536 characters)

Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
75 out of 100 based on 708 ratings.