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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Reviews: 737 | Ratings: 2,561
Photo of craigbelly
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Guess I've never had this as a stand alone beer. Usually had Guinness mixed in there. There's really nothing here. Some have said it used to he more, but I'm not seeing anything now.

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Photo of Broberts1956
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What happened to Harp? The color has gone from pale sunflower to a generic gold (think Budweiser). It's flavor has gone from crisp and bright to generic American lager. Have they added corn to the recipe? I don't know if this is intrinsic to what is sold in USA, but it is definitely not the same as what we used to get. Dull.

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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 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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Photo of Libeertarian
3.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From notes taken 08/15/16:

Straw gold to nearly amber gold, very clear, bubbly, capped by thick, fine, uneven off-white head of moderate retention. Lacy. Grain, light grass, light honey nose. Grain and honey throughout on palate. Some rindy and metallic notes as it finishes. Light to medium in body, soft and smooth, sudsy to nearly effervescent.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.59/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't get this beer or why it exists.

Typical AAL looking appearance, seems toughened up by the brown bottle, but when I see it poured out, its just all light yellow and a 1/2" white head. Dusty grain in the nose, nothing else really.

Taste is bland. Tiny yeast sweetness, hardly anything hop or malt wise. I didn't even get the skunk I was hoping for in the nose. I don't get the cost for this or the market demo, maybe people who want something as bland as the Guinness stout, who knows. . .

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.06/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer is 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.

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Photo of Trailboss76
2.35/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Medium amber-golden color. Just a little bitterness. A bit "thin" in taste in my opinion. At first drink or two by itself - not my favorite taste. Drank the second half with my meal and it didn't help matters. Certainly not "gosh-awful" but left me disappointed.

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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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Photo of Guppy314
2.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at James Hogan's (Dupont Crl), clear gold with a thin white head. Light aromas bready and malt. Taste is …. "moderate" is fair: moderate malt, moderate carbonation, moderate body. Some hops at the end and a non-descript metallic aftertaste. Overall, an OK beverage, but why really bother.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Curiously brewed in far eastern Canada, this is not one of the few lagers I'd buy. It was given to me and sat in my cellar beyond its normal life.
The opportunity finally arose when I caught a cold and had some Muligatawanny soup (which helps break a cold.)
I find no need to turn my nose up at Harp: it is an acceptable, sessionable lager. Its abundant hops went well with the peppery soup (that also had a heavy dose of ginger.)
Will I buy it? No.
But don't look a gift horse in the mouth. It served its purpose as a beverage with spicy food.

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Photo of Squire123
3.42/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light gold color, white cap and decent lacing.

Pleasant mild aroma of malt (grain?) with a hint of floral hops.

Taste is straight forward middle of the road lager with enough heft and hop bite to place above average though my BudLight friends shouldn't find it a challenge.

Medium to medium full texture.

A happy child with unaffected good humor. Nothing complicated here, plain as Irish stew. A light-medium lager on the Euro model. Enough malt and hops to be interestingly above average but nothing aspires to great heights either.

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

I usually only get this around St. Patrick's Day because that's about the only time this lager is not selling at its normal unsightly retail price of $15-$16 per 12-pack. On sale in March, it usually goes $12-$13, which is enough. I have no idea when we stopped getting our Harp from Canada, but it might be at the same time it stopped being the 5% abv listed here; the Harp I have is indeed from Ireland (although not the original Dundalk brewery) and the label says it's 4.5%. Pale gold lager, white head, good malt flavor but with little top-note or tang, clean finish with a characteristic European touch of astringency. Perfectly fine, but not $16 fine, especially since it's in those dratted Euro 11.2-oz. bottles. Try it when it's on sale.

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

Bought 6-pack $5.99 Times Supermarket
Light golden color
Light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Very light malt taste, mostly watery
Overall it lacks taste and character. Would not buy again.

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.02/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -Golden with little head
S - Sweet, malty, fruity
T - honey, toast, mild hop bitterness.
F -medium body with low carbonation.
O - Maybe b/c of low expectations but I was really impressed, great flavor for a light session beer.

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Photo of leaddog
3.54/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a gold with three fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - sweet malt, toasted grains, hint of straw, light floral hops.

Taste - sweet malts upfront which are not too overpowering. The toasted grains and hint of straw follow suit. The light floral hops come in at the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry and smooth with a pleasant malt sweetness lingering.

Overall - For a Euro Pale Lager (Munich Helles Lager) it certainly delivers on the malt front. This won't blow you away but is quite refreshing nonetheless.

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Photo of bwood06
3.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle into a Helles Lager glass

A - Har pour produces a head that is 3 fingers in height and is bright white. Head is thick and foamy in appearance and dissipates rather slowly. The beer itself is clear with moderate carbonation visible rising moderately paced towards the surface. Color of the beer is a dark golden hue. 3.75/5

S - Caramel and lightly toasted light malt comprise the majority of the aroma along with a backing of herbal hops. Fairly sweet aroma but also a bit earthy as well. The aroma also features a bit of butter and corn. 3.5/5

T - Quite watery at first but then the malt starts to come in. Very light maltiness with just a hint of buttered white bread. Sweetness is much less caramel and much more a cereal grain sweetness. Noble hop bitterness on the back end lingers for quite a bit but this bitterness is not overwhelming. Flavor reminds me a bit of Cheerios, overall prior to the hop bitterness. 3/5

M - Very light but smooth and a bit creamy as well. Light carbonation burn up front but this dissipates within a few seconds. Leaves the mouth feeling a bit dry but not overly so. 3.25/5

O - Based on the aroma I was expecting quite a bit of flavor from this beer but sadly that ending up not being the case. Quite different from some of the other Euro Pale Lagers I have had, with this one being much lighter. Easily sessionable. 3.25/5

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

As far as the Euro Pale Lager style goes, Harp isn't a bad beer. My main critique of it?: it sits rather heavy in terms of body. But there's a nice herbal hop "pop" and a solid malty base that makes it a nice, balanced lager. It's not setting the world on fire, but it has the right to exist.

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Photo of MikeRa
3.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Raglan's Road Irish Pub at Disney Springs.

L: Has a nice pale/straw color
S: I couldn't smell anything with the beer
T: Has a nice taste of the toasted malt and caramel
M: Beer goes down smooth
O: This is a good beer to drink on special occasions

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Photo of AdrianRP
1.23/5  rDev -62%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Reader beware! The picture of this beer on this page is NOT what it is now! This beer has been disgustingly raped and violated in the most disturbing manner. Without going into much detail, I rated this beer very poorly not so much by the way it is now, but more so by the way IT USED TO BE!!!

Currently this beer tastes allot like any other, common U.S. beer, most notably Budweiser, and even provides one with the same headache from the fake, watered down ingredients as you would expect from a few other A/B products.

Harp Lager, when it use to be bottled in the picture as you see here, was an excellent, UNIQUE, readily available Irish Lager. But with great shame they've destroyed it.

If you like common American lagers then by all means, pay more money for this and you'll be happy. However, if you are a fan of Harp Lager from the last century, or have a more developed, educated palette with respect to beer, don't buy this! It's garbage, and no where near what they want for it.

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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 pontiuspalette
3.94/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Though I dislike the modern look and thats its now brewed in Canada, I still find Harp to be a nice drinkable beer. Its fairly balanced in my opinion with a VERY nice mouthfeel. The carbonation is spot on...could be because it doesnt travel so far to the states now that the beer taste crispier versus previous offerings. Overall Harp is a crowd pleaser not to bitter and not too sweet.

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Photo of JetFeather22
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty decent pale lager, it's almost a clear a budweiser but it have a much deeper and satecfying taste, plus they don't use adjunct so all you get i a nice grassy malt taste and just enought hps to balance the taste

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.39/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smells a little skunky when I opened the bottle. Pours a light golden color with a rather small head. Lacing is there but barely, has good carbonation. The initial taste is surprisingly good with a sweet, fruity, lightly hopped flavor. Mellows out to a sweet finish. This is a perfect brew for summer, sweet, light feeling, will definitely look for it at the beginning of next summer

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