Harp Lager | Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

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Guinness Ltd.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harp is golden with a nice level of carbonation. Head is tall with thick foam. Aroma is somewhat weak and short-lived. Smell is typical lager with a bit of herbal hop. The flavor is decent, with just a bit of adjunct off-flavors. The overall flavor is bitterer than most of the style with a good herbal hop punch. A bit of malt sweetness pops through near the end of a sip. Still, there doesn't seem to be enough substance here to keep me very interested. Finish is somewhat metallic. Overall, just slightly better than average for the style.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears golden crystal clar with a thin white head leaves decent rings of lace. Aroma: Good amount of malt sweetness some mild European hops in there as well not bad at all. Taste: Simple refreshing mildly flavorful with a bready malt tone and decent dose of bittering hops here, finishes clean and smooth not a bad beer. Mouthfeel: Lighter body good carbonation level not much else to note though, simple. Drinkability: Refreshing and able to drink quite a few definitely better than any American mass produced lager just the price inflation will never be worth it, too much for a decent beer.

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Photo of tdm168
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with carbonation bubbles noticeable. There's about 1/2" of creamy white head with good retention. Smells musty and has that typical skunky euro pale lager smell but it's toned down here. Taste is grainy and malty with a moderate hop character, in my opinion, akin to a pilsner. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with decent carbonation.

For a euro pale lager this one isn't bad.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aaaahhh....Guinness blonde headed step child. Harp is a very taste beer for those who can't stomach the real goods...yeah that's right the real good....Guinness! Harp is a tasty alternative to going the distance. The color is golden/pale yellow with white foam. no aroma solid taste, and it is an easy session beer!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a shaker pint at Kitty O'Shea's Arlington VA. Lord knows I've had my share of Harp.

Well had plenty of harp and what's the deal? Looks like a typical Pale lager. Golden yellow clear body, served with no head barely of an off white collar. Pretty basic, nothing to get excited about looks alright.

Smell is actually a little hoppy and toasty. Small malted it seems but a nice little toasty bread action as small as it is. Pretty good.

Taste though is surprisingly adjunct corny like sweet. Crispness in the palate but a bit gassy with some carbonation. There is a slight mild bready baked finish but otherwise kind surprised by the huge sweetness.

Overall it's alright but probably one to pass on I think from now on.

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Photo of jwc215
2.73/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a light yellow with a thin white head.
The smell was not much of anything. Some slight hints of skunky hops in the background.
The taste was light and watery. Some hints of hops, but no flavors stand out. It tastes similar to a macro light beer.
The mouthfeel was fairly smooth and creamy, despite the lack of taste. Some leftover hops and a touch of sweetness lingered.
I can drink it - but why bother - not worth the price of imported beers.
Overall, while not terribly offensive, it was a below-average Euro lager - overly simple, boring and pretty tasteless.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a crystal clear, straw-gold color with a chunky, white, big bubbled foam head. Aromas of toasted oats and light malty notes. The beer is round and a little oily slick in mouth, with slightly sour-malt flavors and a very light hop flavor to balance. Also some cereal type flavors. The beer has an extremely quick finish, with only trace sour notes on the aftertaste. The beer is extremely easy to drink, and goes with just about anything.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/20/04- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with some kind of funky numbering on the side. Poured into my Shipyard pint glass.

Appearance- Light golden color, nice creamy head and decent lacing.

Smell- Mostly clean malt. Maybe a tad bit of grainyness to be found.

Taste- Nice and crisp, nice and clean malty taste. I wish there were some hops though. Very refreshing taste.

Mouthfeel- Nice average cabonation level makes this beer a very drinkable one.

Drinkability- Overall this is one of my favorite standby beers. It covers most of the bases for me if I just need a run of the mill beer and don't need my taste buds to be appeased. A working mans beer IMO.

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Photo of Tone
3.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, yeast, and very slight citrus. Fits the style of a Euro Pale Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, yeast, slight grain, and hint of hops. Overall, a subpar euro pale lager.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

blah. Out with the parents at an Irish pub, not many choices. This is a really mediocre beer. Beer is yellow, no head, no lacing, moderate to low carbonation of very large bubbles, looks like carbonated yellow water.

Aroma is mildly sulfury and just bland.

Beer is thin and watery. It has almost no forward sweetness and some sulfur and grains in the mid and late palates. It goes down like water too, but its harsh on the ending with a lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of stevoj
2.18/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Really, I can’t imagine anything more bland. Look up bland in the dictionary and see a picture of this. When in an Irish bar stick with the Guiness, at least it has taste,

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Photo of tempest
3.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Kitty Hoynes in Syracuse.

A very drinkable Euro pale lager, if that's what you'r looking for. It was sweet and slightly grainy with a faint aroma and slight head. It reminded me of a fruity version of Budweiser. Not offensive and a decent beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, hadn't had this in a while.
light tan, perhaps a bit golden body pour. Very thin head, didn't last nearly long enough.
Smell? Hmmm..some lightly roasted malt, a pinch of hops, butterscotch and persimmon. Strange
Taste is better than most main stream lagers, but nothing great. The sweetness is hollow and a bit coarse. Hops? Not many. Better to drink cold.

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Photo of WesWes
3.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a light golden color with a thin white lace. The aroma was not very impressive. I couldn't detect any malts or hops anywhere. The taste was much the same; very plain, filtered, and boring. The body was low and it was highly drinkable, although I don't think I'll be having another in the near future. I have had this beer before and remember enjoying it, but like a lot of beers, I find while reviewing them I just don't feel the same way. This is a good outdoors beer if you are in need of something light and watery. Me, I think I'll just stick with the water.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Guinness' idea of a lager is brought to you by Sharkeez in Huntington Beach, only because Firestone Walker was empty on draft. On to the beer:

Light blonde in color with some head and a little carbonation action in the body. The flavor is a little bolder than your typical lager. Clean, crisp, with a little bit of a banana twist to it, and a tingling finish o slight bitterness on the tongue. A good lager, but a bit expensive at stores.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clean/clear light golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger foamy white head, with some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, very slight hop. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, very slight hop. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, but very slightly, would not buy again.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a rich golden color with a small head. Clean, light aroma. Has a good, crisp taste with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Feels somewhat creamy in mouth. Very drinkable beer and overall a pretty good choice.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a light yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is about what I expected - full of grain with a little bit of bread and a tad bit of grass from the hops. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of grain and not too much else. There is the slightest amount of bitterness from the grassy hops but the beer is pretty sweet and malty. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a sparkling medium straw hue with a two finger foamy head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell was well balanced. A good amount of sweetness and a good amount of spiciness. A grainy aroma as well.

The flavor was balanced as well. A good body and a strong crispness. There was a nice biscuity aftertaste as well.

The mouthfeel was average. Very carbonated and very crisp.

Overall a very drinkable lager. I previously reviewed the canned version that I bought in Ireland. The bottled version that is available in the U.S. is an entirely different beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright, shiny, well polished gold - I'm sure there's an Irish leprechaun joke to be made. Its clarity is magnificently pristine. Its paper white top rose like bread baking in an oven and climbed roughly three fingers high before coming to rest at a thin but respectable level. A few heavily sedated bubbles dawdle along.

No different from its macro lager consorts, Harp is really of no appeal to the sense of smell. To its credit, this isn't due to the presence of any bad scents, but more so for the lack of good ones. The syrups, extracts, and adjuncts do well to stay out of sight (err, smell) which I suppose is all we could ask for the style.

I pity macro drinkers for not being exposed to the wonders of hops. Big breweries don't like to use much of them for matters of costs and taste. It's even more shameful, however, what passes as malt in beers like this. The use of cheap ingredients and adjuncts is, in my own opinion, terribly degrading.

The corn syrup and stale bread are much less coy in taste. Once again there is no need to bring up words like 'distasteful' or 'off-putting' but there's even less cause for a word like 'tasty'. The flavours are essentially those I just named: industrial corn syrup and stale, nutrient depleted white bread.

The fact that this shares a resemblance to a mass produced, industrialized food product like Wonderbread should comes as no surprise. This, too, is a mass produced industrialized product designed to be especially bland so as to appeal to the widest market possible. It's not made by artisans, it's made by the arch nemesis of artisans - big corporation.

Don't worry, I won't go off on any preachy, radical, left-wing tirade. In fact, there was a time before discovering craft beer when I greatly enjoyed Harp Lager. My tastes have matured since that time. The bottom line for me now is that I'm not interested in drinking a beer if its producers can't tell me if barley grows in the ground or on trees.

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Photo of Zorro
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep gold brew with aggressive carbonation.

Smell is strong grain smell, bit of malt and a slight floral smell.

Taste is lots of clean grain and a solid hops bite. Slight malt sweetness that is solidly beaten back by the hops. Very clean after taste, a good beer for cleaning your palette.

Mouthfeel is quite good, I think it is the bubbles boosting it.

Very drinkable brew, not super complex but a good lager.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.26/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a pale yellow with a relatively long lasting light white head, no lace.

S: Bread, cracked grain.

T: Bready, the flavour is light but pretty good. Minor finish of hops. Balanced but a mild taste.

M: Crisp, clean, refreshing it is, fuller body than usual in the style.

D: Not a terrible Euro lager, I wanted a little more hop character and depth of flavour, but what are you going to do. There's plenty worse out there.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle LO237NE2-02:41. A highly carbonated but nice and clear golden yellow pour with a little head that sticks around. The aroma smacks of grains, corn, and vague hops. The body is pretty good and comes in at about medium texture. The taste is clean and fresh with a solid balance of corn and barley malts and hops. A better macro lager than most.

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Photo of Derek
3.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

The best irish beer?

A: Crystal clear with plenty of fluffy white head. Adequate retention for some VERY nice lacing.

S: Malty sweetness.

T: Clean. Very well balanced, ending with a bready, malty sweetness.

M: Light to moderate body and carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

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Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
3.24 out of 5 based on 2,543 ratings.
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