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Harp Pilsner | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Ltd.

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DMarlinJ on 01-13-2014

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Gold colored beer with a slowly fading head. Taste is sweet with a bready undertone. Medium bodied and drinkable. This falls between the line of a macro and micro.

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2.08/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.25

Being heavily advertised by where I live. Nothing special.

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Photo of steveh
3.31/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprised to find this in the mixed 8 pack "Irish beers" that was out for St. Pat's.
Not the Harp Lager that's been around so long, but a "Authentic Pilsner Lager*" as marked on the silver and blue can. 4.5 ABV marked on the side of the can.

A -- Nice clear gold with a sudsy white head that doesn't hold up long.

S -- Light DMS with some light graininess, but not much else.

T -- Sweet maltiness up front that folds into a dry graininess then finishes with lightly spicy and bitter hops. There's mild bready malt in the finish and good bitterness into the aftertaste.

M -- Body is light to medium light with a crisp to dry mouthfeel.

O -- This is not the Harp Lager in the brown bottles or from tap. The body is much lighter, the malt character much cleaner, and a very easy drinker. That said, it's probably on-par with some of the lesser German import Pilsners, but that also makes it a good choice over US macro brew if the options are given.

*From Ireland?

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2.77/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of CantDrinkEveryBeer
3.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Very clear. Yellowish bronze in color, with one and a half fingers of long-lasting head.

Smell: A strong, distinctive, musty smell, like old, yellowing paperbacks, is dominant. Additional notes of ethanol and bread, pumpernickel, are present underneath.

Taste: Bright and very sweet. Nilla wafers, sugar cookies, saltwater taffy, almost entirely malty in flavor. No real hops to speak of, maybe a tiny bit in the finish. Has a cool, refreshing, quality, and a pleasantly sugary aftertaste, not unlike that experiment you did as a kid where you chewed bread until the starch broke down – an odd comparison, but that's exactly what it's like. Not the most challenging flavor, but not bad.

Mouthfeel: Soft, pillowy. Goes down smooth, really smooth. It's like sipping a melted milkshake.

Overall: Immediately strikes me as a good first beer – it's conventionally tasty, with no harsh flavors to scare off a newbie, who may be leery of the the bitterness of IPAs and the intensity of Imperial stouts. That said, it does indeed have flavor, unlike most mainstream brews, and has none of their common low points, such as the skunkiness in Heineken and Corona, or the bland nothingness of Budweiser and Miller. For the more experienced, it's not too exciting compared to craft brews, but it's still a respectable, enjoyable pilsner.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pilsner glass, this beer had a yellow clear appearance with a somewhat long lasting head. Has a nice refreshing and crisp taste not harsh at all and I could not find any hoppy notes in this beer, not skunky at all. This is a good transitional beer when coming out of the marcos but nothing crazy for those in the craft scene and those that have many many different beers under their belt. An above average import pilsner.

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Harp Pilsner from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 3 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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