Harp Lager | Guinness Ltd.

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75
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2,572 Ratings
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Harp LagerHarp Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland
guinness.com

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,572
Reviews:
740
Avg:
3.24
pDev:
17.28%
 
 
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47
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

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1.75/5  rDev -46%

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3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate golden color. White head and a slight amount of lacing. The nose is some light malt and bread with a tad bit of sweetness. The taste is mostly some light bread. Light to medium feel with good carbonation. This drinks fairly well, but works better in a black and tan.

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4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.19/5  rDev -1.5%
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]

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

Guinness Ltd. "Harp Lager"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, brewed in Canada
$2 @ Wegmans, King of Prussia, PA

My review for Harp from years ago was removed because I called it "sulphur-ridden swill for shanty Irishmen" (probably reported by someone from Guinness, despite the fact that my numbers were some of the highest it had received!). I shouldn't have added the "shanty Irishmen" part, I was just going for effect, but the "sulphur-ridden" part I'll stand by to my last dying breath. It was! It was way too sulphury for a lager, and as a trained professional brewer with over a decade of experience at the time I called it out!

Anyway, it's OK that my review got kicked because they've cleaned it up and changed it, and now it's a different beer altogether; I would have had to re-review it anyway. The sulphur is gone, and it's more malty and even a touch caramelish. What's the problem with that? Well it's not the beer that it originally was, and now it's simply a homogenized "lager" that tastes just like so many other beers out there. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if they had Yuengling Lager in mind when they made their changes! And that's a shame, because even with its defects it was at least original. Now it no longer exists and you'll never be able to try it, and with that said, what you can get now is even more worthless in my opinion, but I don't want to be negative (or this review will be removed!) so I'll note that it's very easy to drink, nicely malty, superbly balanced, and has enough character that you can enjoy it for more than one or two - all of which is true, just like so many other beers out there.

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1.73/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On-tap and served in a 16oz. plastic cup.

A: The beer is a deep copper color, with a foamy medium-sized off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace.

S: The smell is of malt & barley but isn’t strong at all.

T: The taste is malty but very plain and bland with a little bit of hops.

M: Smooth, but no crispness, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Goes down easy and not too filling, but not very tasty at all. To be perfectly honest, I don’t think I can see myself drinking this beer again under any circumstances.

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2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.07/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and brassy + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of vegetal, corn, and grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of corn and grainy malts with some lighter vegetal notes. Hints of grassy hops towards the finish. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers slightly.

M: Light bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Lightly crisp.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing but not really anything special - leftover from St. Patrick's Day. Alcohol is well hidden but not one that I will be rushing out to get again.

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3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce bottle.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a half-inch thick white head which fades to a thin cap and leaves semi-rings and spots of lace.

N: Yeasty and malt/grainy with a faint citrus and grassy note.

T: Clean and crisp, biscuity malts and yeast.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Yeasty, mildly sweet malt finish.

O: Basic in every way and thankfully not too undrinkable.

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2.85/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Max's Seafood Cafe, Gloucester City, PA

A smooth, satisfying lager by your Irish friends, and certainly a notch or two above most pale lagers. Pours a clear, straw color with little to no head; some carbonation visible. Grainy aroma and light malts. Crisp, light malt taste, grains, sweet corn, and a hint of hops. Weak overall, but not unbearable or terrible. Light, crisp mouthfeel, and can be refreshing and drinkable. For extremely casual imbibing.

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2/5  rDev -38.3%

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2.59/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served up on-tap at Hang Fire, a small, local dive bar in Savannah, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, faint yellow body with a fine, white head. Light sheeting of lace on the way down.

Smell: Faint, vaguely grainy maltiness with a thin whiff of Noble hops.

Taste: Light pale malts with an equally light cereal sweetness and touch of grain. Expect no more than a hint of floral, spicy hops and bitterness, which remains for the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. A tad watery.

Drinkability: Tolerable and fairly cheap. Which, I'm sure, has been even said about me at times!

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3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark straw with a large, firm, ivory colored head. The foam deflates fairly quickly, but makes up for it by depositing a good bit of lace in thick, chunky scraps. The nose does not impress. I smell grain and noble hops, as well as an off-aroma that I can't quite place.

Harp tastes no better than okay. Nothing to get excited about. The start is slightly sweet, the middle is bitter and thinning, and the finish is even more bitter and is borderline watery. It's more bitter (hoppy?) than most versions of the style, which is usually a plus in my book, but it isn't cohesive enough to be considered better than average.

Harp Lager used to be one of my quasi-standbys, though I haven't had it in quite a few years. It's still drinkable, but that doesn't mean it's good beer. Bottom line: decent and acceptable... which probably qualifies as damning with faint praise.

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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 Jason
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, no freshness date. On the back label it boasts about the spirit of the beer and the award winning flavour.

Appearance: Bight and shimmering golden hue, active carbonation sparkles to the top to form a rich cake like foam that slowly dissipates into a thin yet strong white lace.

Smell: Mix of quick yet inviting sweetness of malt and floral like hops, alcohol is a tad noticeable … clean to the nose.

Taste: Broad medium body for a lager, crisp and smooth at the same time with a grainy palate of a mouth feel. Bitterness of the hops is very straight forward with a tingling sensation and mildly astringent bite. Full mouth of grain, a little malted though more husk of grain than anything else reminiscent of fresh cut hay. Odd raw but refined at the same time with in the grainy flavours. Both husk and hop bitterness linger into a tightly packaged finish.

Notes: Not bad though not what I remember drinking back in the day. I’d gladly pay the extra buck or two a six pack to have the real stuff again.

Brewed and bottled by Guinness Brewing Company, Canada.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one again at Hooters tonight of all places and just had to write a review as it was in a bottle. Much better this time around. Nice crisp clear finish. Great taste. This was one that really is deserving of its status. It is a good fallback option always, as the nice english hops really give it a nice feel. Still a winner here.

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3.5/5  rDev +8%

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2/5  rDev -38.3%

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at Finn McCool's.

More Quizzo beer. Yes. This one pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises wheat, corn, light corn syrup, very light citrus, and some light florals. The taste is very similar, though with some greens and heavy notes of flowers and corn chips. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a decent brew, nothing all that special, but drinkable enough to get at a slightly discounted price during Quizzo.

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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
3.24 out of 5 based on 2,572 ratings.
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