Harp Lager | Guinness Ltd.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland
guinness.com

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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#45,284
Reviews:
768
Ratings:
2,679
pDev:
17.03%
 
 
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Reviews: 768 | Ratings: 2,679
Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Review: 500ml can of Harp Lager: 4.0% vol.

The brand was traditionally marketed with the Brian Boru harp as its main emblem. These days the bottle and design is all modern, still has the famous harp logo but it’s this time blended in with a striking blue colour that it’s barely noticeable. Pity really.

Lower alcohol rate in Ireland, cause we can’t be trusted with stronger volumes of beer!

On the appearance it looks fine, a standard enough look for a lager really, good frothy white head and a golden coloured beer on show. Ok.

On the nose it was pretty odorless really. Disappointing.

It is light on the taste, a bit thin but pretty crisp, clean and very smooth, relaxing and soft on the tongue, goes down very easy. Nice and creamy mouthfuls hitting the spot.

Typical lagery taste, grainy with mild hops, barley and malts, a touch of citrus. All perfectly balanced.

Enjoyable, a nice one to sip and enjoy slowly.

Over time enjoyed it a lot, best lager I have had in awhile. Feels very nourishing, not with a huge array of flavours but crispy enough to do the business.

Just a bloody good lager. Recommended for a slow day on the sofa watching the football!

Best lager in a while, nourishing, nice to sip slowly, just a great lager. Simplicity.

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Photo of manoshandsoffate
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Another Mix A Six pick from my local Giant. It took me a while to get into this one. 12 oz bottle poured into standard pilsner glass.

Look: Bright amber color with a thick head of small bubbles. Lacing sticks around for the whole experience.

Smell: I've honestly smelled AAL's that posess a more balanced aroma than this. Skunky hops. Weird uncooked pizza dough malt. A wee bit off putting.

Taste: Malty biscuit and grains, smooth and buttery finish. Very refreshing and not too heavy for a Euro lager.

Feel: Spicy tingle from the bubbles gives way to a rich and smooth swallow. Leaves a little slickness behind.

Overall: Excellent flavor balance, looks quite inviting in a glass. It's too bad it smells a little off. Perhaps the imported bottle is the culprit. Still, a pretty refreshing Euro lager I'll probably buy again.

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Photo of phildo79
1/5  rDev -69%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

You can make this at home, dead easy. Just urinate into a corny keg until you fill it up to 19L and then force carbonate. If you need help filling the corny, just ask you mates, your mum or an elderly relative with a colostomy bag to help out.

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Photo of defunksta
3.92/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a darker than average, deep golden color with a good amount of carbonation and a foamy and sticky billowing head that leaves a beautiful lace on the glass.
Aroma: Aromas of noble hops. Lots of grass and grain. Some corn. A little lemon
Taste: Strong European noble hops. Very floral, grassy, and grainy. A little skunky. No bitterness. A pale malt and sweet biscuit finish.
Feel: Very smooth. Well carbonated.

Overall: Quite a good European pale lager. Compared to others I would say more floral, grassy and hop flavored. Less skunky. Less bitterness (almost none). Hop flavored, but drinks more smooth. Overall, this is a delicious euro pale ale that lives up to the Guinness name and drinks smoother than milk. Floral, honey, and biscuit. Definitely worth trying if you enjoy Euro pale lagers.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From the bottle, it pours a clear golden color with a large white head that slowly dissipates. Grainy scent in the nose. Fresh crisp lager taste in the mouth.

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Photo of aatazebeats
1.25/5  rDev -61.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Blech. I had higher expectations than this. Tastes like skunks, wheat and stale piss. Date had a best by of 7/12/19, so it couldn't be out of date. Not what I would expect from an Irish lager at all.

1.25 - F
Very Disappointed.

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Photo of Ranbot
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Nice gold color with white foamy head. Moderate grain with mild hop bitterness, maybe even moderately bitter in comparison to many of it's Euro/American lager peers. Semi-dry, with a full mouthfeel. Overall, very middle of the road with little to nothing setting it apart from many other AALs or imported lagers. I think Harp has a lot of similarities to Hamm's, which is not a criticism of either taste-wise, but if considering price there is no reason I would choose Harp over Hamm's... but your results may vary.

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Photo of Buckeye55
3.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A beer I have had on tap a few times in the past at an Irish Pub in Gboro. Pretty much a good, average beer, a solid drink but nothing special. It is better. Imo, when part of a Black and Tan with Guinness. Of course, everything is better with Guinness.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.54/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Right color and properly carbonated. Nose is underwhelming but has the corn-sweet malt character. Taste hits the malt and slightly peppery hops. Light body and medium carbonation. It hits the textbook notes of the style.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.57/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From notes 10/10/13: Pours a clear deep straw producing 1-4 fingers (variable by pour) of white, soap bubble head that leaves variable lacing ranging from minimal to heavy rings and streaks. Head retention is also variable from rapidly diminishing to somewhat lasting. Aroma is sweet malt, grain/cereal, floral and grassy hops. Taste is sweet fronted with honey cereal grains, bread, light lemon and grass in a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with moderate carbonation, watery with mild pepper spice on the back and sides of the tongue.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At least it gets away from the Irish Red or the Stout category, this is what it an Irish beer would taste like if it was just a blondie. This is a well balanced brew with just the rights amount of sweetness and maltiness. I do not pick up anything bitter on this one.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Standard clear, gold lager with a thin white head of foam and lots of carbonation.

Smell: Pale malt, some spicy hop notes, a bit of orange peel.

Taste: Biscuity malt sweetness and that’s about it. Actually closer to an amber ale in some ways.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thicker than average, highly carbonated.

Overall: A lot better than I was expecting, with a fuller body and breadier taste than an average lager.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brilliant golden hued with a fingernail of off white on top. That foam dissipates nearly entirely a few minutes later. The aroma is of grassy hops and slightly dank well water. I'm tasting grassy German hops and light cereal grains. The mouth is light and quaffable.

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Photo of EMH73
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a half inch, fairly well retained white head that left some splotchy lacing. Smells of bread, hops and an earthy quality. Taste follows the nose with addition notes of honey and grass. Light bodied, well carbonated, very mild bitterness. Nothing great but quite drinkable.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle; no production information.
A: Pours a clear light amber color with a quarter inch, white head, some retention and soapy lacing.
S: Floral nose. Aromas of fresh baked bread with grainy and grassy notes.
T: Semidry to semisweet. Palate largely mimics the nose. Very light, generally refreshing bitterness.
M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: A drinkable and enjoyable light lager.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly serviceable beer - as far as shelf layers go there are much worse out there. No adjuncty flavors, clean and crisp, mild cracker malt and English bittering hops. Unexciting sure but good

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Photo of beersampler6
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice clean crisp European lager, golden color with small amount of head. Smells of clean grains. Nice notes of grain, malt, biscuit, a tiny bit of sweetness in there as well. Nice medium carbonation that faded as the beer warmed up. Very thin mouthfeel, mild aftertaste of sweet malts. Very pleasant to drink and I could easily have a few if I wanted something lighter.

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Photo of gvickery
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very clear gold color. Medium white head dissipates quickly. Smells of grain, hay and earth. The grain smell is prominent in the taste but is balanced by some noble hops and their earthy floral goodness. Nothing to write home about but way better than I expected. Taste much like a German Pilsner.

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Photo of Germansteinmeister
2.89/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a cold bottle into a pint glass. pours a golden hue with a thin white head that disappears quickly and moderate lacing. Smell is mostly unremarkable, maybe a hint of grass with a bit of of honey. Taste is crisp carbonation with light mouth feel and touch of sweetness. Overall, fairly unremarkable and not quite what I was expecting. Somewhat refreshing but forgetful.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz on draft, served in a shaker pint. Pours a clear light amber body, one half finger white head, fair retention and bits of lacing. Smell is baked bread, a bit of toasted grain, minimal floral and grassy notes. Not a whole lot going on, but it certainly smells like a lager. Standard flavour follows; a slightly bland mixture of toasted grain, biscuit with a dab of honey sweetness finished off by faint floral and grassy notes. On the sweeter side for a lager. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, not watery but not the most deep in terms of flavours, appropriate carbonation. Straightforward lager, on the sweeter side compared to most craft lagers.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L: Pours a light copper gold with a small fizzy white head and no lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet apple and toasted grain.

T: Sweet apple toasted grain. No hop.

F: Light body, decent carbonation.

O: It is what is is, nothing special but drinkable.

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Photo of Aegelis
3.54/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive looking with truly excellent froth, pleasant hops scent, and a crisp taste. I'm wondering if I'm just not a great Pilsner-style fan and this is actually top of the rung without me realizing it. Usually anything that suggests pale I'll kick off the table, but I'm finding this one agreeable from time to time. I guess the word "lager" is throwing me off here, with the expectation of more depth and distinction. Still, a smile, nod, and thank you to Harp for the one.

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Photo of bigbellysailor
3.24/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer is tasty and straw colored with a good amount of carbonation. The head thinned out really quickly but at lasted a while. There is a nice toasted malt aroma with a very minor floral hops smell. The beer has a slit sweetness to the overall smell. Much like the smell there is a slight toasted malt taste upfront followed by a hint of hops. Very smooth and easy to drink. Medium bodied and a slight carbonation feel. Will buy it again. Nothing spectacular...but very good.

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Photo of superspak
3.81/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, bottled on 12/5/2016. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very nice pale lager. All around nice robustness and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful for the low ABV; with plenty of clean malt flavors, and solid earthy hop presence. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Raime
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Decent palate washer. Lots of cereal and carbonation. Buying a sixer of this would be pointless at the price. Grabbed as filler in a mix a sixer from kroger.

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Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
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