Harp Lager | Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 736 | Ratings: 2,556
Photo of mrcarterxxl
5/5  rDev +54.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Harp lager

A=poured into a tulip this beer pours a golden transparent color
with a white head.
S= smells a bit sweeter than a basic lager

T= has a savory, slightly sweet hop and wheat taste

MF= loose feeling in the mouth light carbonation very drinkable,
not to be hammered but enjoyed. A fine crafted recipe.

this is the second time i've had this beer and i still love it never had anything that tasted like this


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Photo of WriterSean33
4.82/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was the first beer that I truly loved. It has a great taste that's simply wonderful. I still drink it regularly and it's the beer that I give to people when they want to start varying what they normally drink. To me, it's a great introduction into Irish beer.

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Photo of kdawg105
4.6/5  rDev +42%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love this beer. It has a golden color that has quite a bit of carbonation. It also leaves a nice lace on the glass as it is being drank. The smell is good with a hint of skunk and a followed by grain with a light hops hint. The tast is great it finishes with a crisp bite of hops. The mouthfeel is good kind of slick on the palate. The drinkablility is superb goes down smoothly!!

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Photo of billybob
4.48/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a slightly darker golden color for a lager nice two finger white head that hangs around for awhile with a light sheeting of lace down the glaas. smells of malt grains with some spice and hops. slightly sweet malt and grain husk balanced with a clean hop taste. medium body with a smooth crisp carbonation. good any time you need a cold beer.

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Photo of dayoflight
4.45/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got a pint at McKibbin's Irish Pub.

It's nice and non-descript in the best way possible--not all beer needs to necessarily project itself and make you wince to appreciate its complexity. Not much of an aroma, sweet yeastiness, no skunk, not too bitter. Very pretty, pinkish yellowish color. Very little head. Hydrating. When I finished it I wanted another one, so I think it's a success. Goes very well with sweet foods like cheesecake.

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Photo of Miami66
4.43/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very interesting beer. It’s not awful but it’s not super great. It just is quite plain and super drinkable. It’s the best Euro Pale Lager I’ve had. This beer is really hard to describe. It's just a very satisfying beer.

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Photo of metallaw
4.4/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm biased on the whole irish thing, but I'll try to give a useful review. Got this in a world market beers of the world package.

Appearance - Poured a beautiful pale, straw color.

Smell - Smells of sweet barley and hops.

Taste - This is where it is. Slightly sweet, almost minty taste, not too overbalanced with alcohol and hops.

Mouthfeel - I find this beer highly carbonated. It reminds me of the same feel as a monster nitro energy drink. That being said, I enjoy that, so all in all thumbs up.

Drinkability - Could easily down a few on a hot summer day. Want to try on tap.

Worth your money, definitely a different beer.

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Photo of K9AleingPiss
4.35/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice bold golden color,producing a respectable top,even with a bad pour. Continued to bubble and come alive as it sat waiting to be drunk. Surprising me again with a malty robust odor for such a clear golden beer,and the taste was even better. Loved the malts dominating the hops in this beer. No after taste,smooth thirst quinching experience and even better with a barbeque sandwich!

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Photo of jimmybryght
4.33/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I suppose that most Euro-type lagers are greeted with a bit of imbiguity these days but for those of us who prefer blondes, this brew is among the better ones I've had. It has a light-golden color to go along with a crisp, malty taste. It has a typical Euro bitter finish but it carries well because of the barley. Harp isn't as watery as some other commercialized Euro lagers and has a pretty damn good mouthfeel with a splendid finish. Guinness did a good job with this blonde and I intend on making her a regular every weekend.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.32/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A heavy pour at a 45-degree angle yields a head with minimal foaminess; about 3/4 a finger tall. Heavy carbonation is visible through the glass as the lager is a bronze/sunlight yellow color. Head never completely recedes, which is nice because each sip retains just a touch of the creaminess. Does just what it's supposed to in my book.

Smell: Very interesting! The first thing I notice is a bright, citrus-type smell. Perhaps lemon zest or orange peel. Very low yeastiness, tasty hop scent. Above average for a pale lager.

Taste: Does not disappoint. The citrus flavor is still the most outstanding one, followed closely by the near-perfectly balanced hops. Perhaps just a *touch* of cinnamon or nutmeg thrown in for good measure. A much better tasting beer than its partner-in-crime, Guinness.

Mouthfeel: Just as it claims to be, it is crisp and refreshing. Light on the tongue, the flavor sits gently and leaves a mildly bitter aftertaste. Rinses clean with a sip of water or a bite of chicken, turkey or pork.

Drinkability: I would pair this beer up with just about any medium-flavor entreé. It goes down smooth and is easily followed by another of its six-pack-mates. Doesn't get rough as some lagers do after a few sips, this one is (as Teddy Roosevelt said) "Good to the last drop!"

Guinness isn't a bad brew, but Harp is more commercially accessible. It's not an overwhelming smack-you-in-the-face hopped-up brewski, but at the same time it is definitely not your average run-of-the-mill mass-produced swill-water. For what it's supposed to be, it's nearly dead-on. I like it and would recommend it to a friend.

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Photo of manofmanners
4.3/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like Harp in the bring time, it is that come out from the cold beer, everything spring is, Harp is. I drink it form the bottle, which is rare for me. It has sure a smooth refreshing feel to it, you don't want to spoil it by drinking to many, i would say 2 to 3 max. Once you get drunk Harps appeal is lost on you. The great thing is it is not to filling. It goes great with a meal too, chicken, steak or seafood, goes good with almost anything.

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Photo of JoLight
4.28/5  rDev +32.1%
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.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.27/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pretty decent bright yellow color. Some nice lacing, but not much foam. Not much apparent carbonation.

Smell: Flowery and peppery. Pretty hoppy and citrusy as well, like fresh lemongrass. There's not much malt here in my opinion. Kind of peppery as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lemon and hops with a clear flowery presence. Similar to something like Pilsner Urquell with the floral taste to it. Perfect carbonation makes this nice and smooth.

Drinkability: Great drinkability. Perfect balance of taste and feel.

Overall: I actually appreciate this beer. I've only had it once, but it works as a nice changeup to your stereotypical Irish stouts.

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Photo of canolte42
4.25/5  rDev +31.2%
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

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Photo of Ptelea
4.24/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden color.. have consumed these for years and still a nice steady lager..... balance between hops and malt.... A great session beer and works with all types of food. clean and tasty

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Photo of Unwind06
4.23/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer overall. Like it a lot. Even if it's a smooth clear bear, I do like a lot. Much better than Quebec beers like molson n stuff... One of my favourite. I don't know what more I can say... Why do we have to fill 250 characters !?!?!?!?!?

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.23/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is totally being judged on what it is--trying hard not to be subjective. Lagers have been given a bad name because of the large mass-produced ones, but this is a shining beacon to them all. Pours a golden yellow color with little to no head. Smell is uninspired and is like most other lagers that you will find. The taste is great... instead of being water heavy like other Lagers it has a full body taste. Wheat is really the only decipherable taste that you can point out, otherwise it is too well rounded to pick out. Great overall.

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Photo of theozag
4.21/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definately one of the better imported lagers I have ever sampled. Pours a gentle yellow-gold that produces a thin, white head over a clear, golden beer. Smell is attractively sweet without much of a definable character. Taste is quite above average for a lager, with a clear and medium body, a malty smooth start, and a pleasantly hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is overall good, but nothing to scream about. Drinkability is quite high as this beer leaves a limited aftertaste, sits light in the stomach, and packs only a meager alcoholic punch.

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Photo of JamesS
4.2/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

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Photo of mgdeth
4.2/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.2/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

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Photo of Subliminal64
4.18/5  rDev +29%
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.

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Photo of Shiloh
4.18/5  rDev +29%
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.

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Photo of mrfosters
4.18/5  rDev +29%
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!

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.16/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best mainstream beers out there. It stands out because unlike adjuncts, Harp's has a definite flavor. There's nothing bland here. It has a pleasing aroma and flavor.

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