Harp Lager | Guinness Ltd.

Harp LagerHarp Lager
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Harp LagerHarp Lager

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2001

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Served a nice golden color with a good head that faded to decent lacing.

S: Mild aroma of malt sweetness, some grain and a hint of hops.

T: taste of malt sweetness and grain with a mild bitterness and a fairly dry finish.

F: Light body, crisp and somewhat refreshing.

O: Pretty decent Euro Lager, best on tap. Better than BMC offerings.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at the Aulde Dubliner

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with a large size frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 3 or 4 minutes.

Smell - bread, grains, corn, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation an I can taste bread/grains mixed with corn and malts. There is also some light hops and some floral notes. It ends with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - What we have here is just a nice tasting well balanced lager. I'm not sure it's worth the 'import' price of 7.50$ a pint though. Not something I'd buy again at a bar based on the price that's for sure.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can from the LCBO; packaged in September 2011. I am honestly surprised that I have never tried Harp before, because I don't think I've ever been in a liquor/beer store that didn't stock it.

Pours a familiar clear, golden-yellow colour, topped with a little more than a finger of soapy white head. Decent retention for a pale lager, lasting a few minutes before it fizzles away. Leaves behind some stringy lacing on the sides of the glass, and a thin, bumpy cap on the surface. Clean, simple and relatively fresh aroma with no off-putting qualities. Just some grainy pale malts and a light, grassy hoppiness.

The taste follows the aroma - simple and satisfying enough. Bready, grainy barley malts provide a clean sweetness, with some accompanying floral, grassy hop bitterness to balance it. Dry finish. Thin-bodied for sure, but seems a bit more slippery in the mouth than others of this type. Carbonation is a bit light for the style, making for a smooth, crisp pint.

Final Grade: 3.36, a B-. This is one of the better lagers I've had recently, but there is nothing inherently interesting about it. You could do much worse than Harp, and I'd probably pick this before most other bland Euro imports.

[Updated Aug. 10 2014]

Another 500 mL can. I've had several different EPLs over the past few nights, and Harp is not really a standout amongst them. That being said, there's nothing wrong with this as a lager at all (other than maybe the price point). I'm going to leave the grade as-is... this is a respectable Euro lager that is worth a try if you're into the style.

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Beer rating: 17.7% out of 100 with 2,585 ratings
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