Harp Lager | Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2001

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.46/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured in a wine glass (that's all that was available)

A: clear golden yellow, great head; very nice lacing
S: salty, yeasty, a bit of a cloying smell
T: an Irish Miller; macrobrew, but not the worst kind; it's a relatively simple flavor, with hints of cider
M: watery, abrasive

Pretty uninviting overall, to me.

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Photo of csiewert
3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer enjoyed on tap at Tigin Irish Pub in DFW airport. Pours a clean gold color with a layer of head with little retention but does leave some lacing as you drink. The aroma consists of grassy hops and light malt. The taste is has hints of grassy hop a skunky characteristics before becoming crisp with malt. The mouthfeel is ok... Could use a little more carbonation on the tap I was drinking, but definitely finishes crisp.

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Photo of wschmit
2.23/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint.

A: Clear, almost copper body beneath a very generic white head that dissipates quickly. Ample carbonation up through the body.

S: A cidery, malty sweetness predominates. No real hopping. A very clean, simple nose. Not as adjuncty as I was expecting.

T: Clean and straightforward, but not much going on. It actually does taste of malt, which was unexpected and a pleasant surprise. It has some utterly forgettable hopping, but not much. All in all, it's not the worst large-scale lager I've had, but I'd much rather drink a canned German like DAB.

M: It has some chew, and otherwise very normal carbonation.

O: This beer would be slumming it for many BAs. It's not at all awful, but it's definitely lower half of the curve. This is a beer I default to at pseudo-Irish pubs. There's really just a hint of corn in it, I think.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a light golden with a faint head and nil lace. Smell has a clean grian and adjunct aroma with malt in the background. Taste of rice, grains and the hops leaving a bitter dry finish in the end. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. I'm Not to excited about it, but I would like to try it on tap at the source.

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Photo of TheLegendaryGary
3.86/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So I got this in honor of saint Patrick's day and I was pretty satisfied although a wee-bit on the pricy side. When I pored it into the pint glass it was a little on the pale side for my taste and the smell was a tiny bit weak. The taste was very distinct and very tasty. I had a bit of trouble pounding that shit down (in which is my normal method of drinking). Overall I say a very fine beer and worth a drink.

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Photo of Groomsy
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at The Claddagh Irish Pub in Newport, KY on 3/26/2011. Served in a Harp Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a fairly standard golden straw color, although it's too dark to look like a regular macro lager; hints of orange shine throughout the beer. The body is topped by a one-finger head of bone white foam which recedes fairly quickly and leaves spotty lacing behind on the glass. Moderate carbonation bubbles rise to the top. Pretty standard looking lager.

Smell: Eh, nothing outstanding, but nothing offputting either. Starts off with some sweetness and a dash of fruit from the malt with just a touch of earthy hops to back it up. Some other smells of grains emerge as well. Not bad, but not great. I think I know what to expect.

Taste: Yup. Very clean and crisp taste, but not absent or bland. Refreshing, I'd say. There's a solid start of sweet malts, some earthy notes mid-palate, and some slightly bitter hops in the finish. The only thing that detracts from this beer is the weird steel/metal taste in the finish, but it's not enough to keep me from drinking more.

Mouthfeel: Very soft carbonation makes this an easy beer to drink a lot of. Light body goes down smooth and gives a crisp finish without drying the mouth too much.

A solid European lager, but not fantastic. Probably goes better when paired with Guinness... or food... or both.

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Photo of dcook11
2.6/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden hue with a thick head, some lacing, and ample carbonation. Looks like a typical adjunct lager. The smell is of malt and sweet cornsyrup with a touch of hop bite at the end. Reminds me a lot of miller high life. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a touch of bite from the carbonation. An uncomplex beer that tastes very much like an adjunct lager.

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Photo of ant5431
3.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.
the color was a light gold color had a small white head. The smell was mild wasn't outstanding smelled like your mid level lager.
It has a light crisp taste to it something I could drink sitting out back on a nice warm spring/summer day! Over all Its much better then BMC but have had better lagers. Example: Rouges Irish Style Lager!

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Photo of NickRivers
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A&S - Beautiful clear gold color with a thin head, with that great lager aroma.

T&M - Nice crisp bubbly taste not to grainy like some plain lagers.

D - Defiantly a great alternative to most supermarket lagers.

After hearing all the hype I decided to pick up a 6-pack. My expectations were not met, however I was completely satisfied. Saying this beer lacks in flavor is a insult, I think its just a plain lager. Although its plain it makes up in the drinkability. You can drink tons of these making it a great beer. The smell and appearance is great, and the mouthfeel is okay, but overall this is a fantastic beer. I don't think its a recipe that can even come close to half of the reputation that Guinness has made for itself. Pick some up you won't be disappointed. Also they say this is better on tap so try that out too. Stay thirsty my friends.

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Photo of bryehn
2.93/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Doesn't look too bad I guess. Cloudy golden colour with a soapy white head that holds on as a collar without really leaving any lace.

Smells a lot like an adjunct lager. Lots of corn syrup with a graininess to it.

Very dry, grainy taste with little in the way of standout character. Refreshing, but boring.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly full with a medium carbonation and a roasted note as is passes over the tongue. Finishes tart, with a yeasty sort of film.

More dry and bitter than most Euro or domestics and easy to drink, but quite forgettable.

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Photo of chefelf
2.45/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I feel odd reviewing this beer as I feel most everyone in the world has had it at this point. It's a lager. It's not particularly great. It is the only beer I've successfully made a Black & Tan with so for that reason I will hold it dearly in my heart.

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Photo of NODAK
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not much on the nose really. There is a small citrus now and perhaps grain. Clean.

The taste is rather non-descript in that nothing stands out very much. It's a very clean beer, really. Unlike other Euro lagers, it isn't heavy on the skunkiness or grains. The body has small notes of grain and a little citrus. Pretty goid hop bite at the end for style. Crisp. Not bad, if not a little boring.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6-pack of this for St. Patty's Day from Woodman's in Janesville, WI.

Pours a pale golden amber with a semi-quickly diminshing head. Scent of standard wheat and malts mixture. Taste is mediocre with a very grassy grain taste to it. A little bit of an after taste but nothing too strong. A decent beer to celebrate the Irish in you, but nothing all that fantastic.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.64/5  rDev +12.7%
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 woemad
2.48/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

St.Patrick's , 2011 and it's at the grocery store for $1.44, so what the hell.

12oz bottle with no freshness date, a different label than the one pictured, and it states this was contract brewed in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada.

Poured a slightly darker than straw color, with about a half-inch of white foam that dispersed rather quickly. No lace to speak of.

Slightly earthy with a distant herbal hop scent.

Pretty much like the nose. This has a mild, grainy flavor with a very small, grassy hop bite.

Mouthfeel that is thin, but not too crisp, like a fan of a light lager might conceivably want. No mistaking this for a pilsener.

This is somewhere between a yawn and an ugh. Even on future St.Patty's Days, this will not be worth revisiting.

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Photo of steven9000
2.08/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

appearance- golden clear straw color with a 1 finger egg shell white head.

smell- I don't really get any smell. I do get this weird smell that Canadian lagers have.

taste- taste is exactly like the smell. I don't get really anything here. I get that Canadian lager taste and it is refreshing but very boring and much like a Canadian adjunct lager like molson Canadian.

mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Overall- Its just a boring beer. If i want something refreshing i would much rather drink a nice German pilsner.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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 Swedes21
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a clear ale colour with a thin line of carbonation right up the middle. head is a soft white, disappears quickly leaving some good lacing.

Smell - light smelling beer, some faint hops, not much else. very clean.

taste - light tasting beer, typical lager i would say. not much of an aftertaste, nothing lingers. simple very faint hop nodes along with a little fruit/apple.

mouthfeel - some added carbonation, actually felt smoother than the tasting. enjoyable with the moutfeel.

Overall - beer #1 on my way to pakistan! sitting in the AC lounge, access to my own taps, this is living. Good beer, simple and refreshing. This ones for you SpinRSX!

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Photo of legatovibrato24
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

clear straw yellow with a bright white head. head dissipates quickly to a fine layer atop the lager

Slightly grassy with mild hop notes. A bit of malt is detectable but no booze is apparent.

A very crisp clean Lager taste. Very typical, with nothing outstanding or overwhelming. flavors across the board are very balanced, with lingering aftertastes of light fruit.

Strong carbonation gives a bit of bite upfront. However this mellows out to a relatively light and thin mouthfeel. Doesn't give you that mucusy feel after a few drinks.

A very drinkable lager that does not overfill, but has a refreshing effect.

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Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smells of malt and bitter hopping. Appearance is pale golden with plenty of carbonation. Leaves low amt of lacing and loses it's head quicky. Very low foam remainder.

Tastes of an sweeter lager; good bittering balance with malt. Clean and easy drinking. Low spec malt. Okay for a staple beer is one appreciates Euro lager.

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Photo of JMad
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug...

The beer was a pale, clear, golden color with a thick, bubbly, white head. It smells of grass and lemon with nutty undertones. The taste consists of bread and grass with a lemony, hoppy aftertaste. The beer is light without being watery, it prickles the tongue and leaves the mouth dry. I thought this was an above average Euro lager, look forward to making a black & tan later.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly darkened straw with a thin head. Little to no lacing. Standard for style. What little head was there disappated quickly.
S- Slightly grainy with a touch of noble hops.
T- Same here. Pretty clean. Initially grainy with a touch of noble hops in the finish.
M- Light bodied, carbonation was initially high but felt flat in the finish.
D- An easy drinking beer, and easily sessionable, but little about it that's all that distinguishable from other Euro Lagers.

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Photo of eporter66
3.07/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Charlton Tavern.

A - Clear yellow with foamy rich head and good lacing throughout

S - Nothing very distinct, a bit of a malty sweetness

T - This is where I was surprised, I had not had a Harps in years, saw it on tap and ordered it. Fairly bland tasting, and I always thought of Harps as something above the standard. Slight malty sweetness, not much in the way of hops in terms of bitterness, just a straight forward lager.

M - Light to medium, lots of carbonation

D - You can certainly throw a few of these back, just nothing special or standout about this beer at all. Probably can get equal quality for much less $$$

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Photo of Frothboss
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow with lots of head up front finding a thin medium after about a minute. Lacing is pretty cool, makes rings on the glass as i drink it and leaves a consistent lAce all around. Smells of livht malts and slight hops. Tastes kind of citrusy with a little hop right off the back of the tounge. The carbonation is not shy and leaves a dryness in my mouth that mAkes me want to drink another gulp.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.4/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very light straw pale yellow color with a thin white head and very little lacing. Smells of pale malts and a little corn or grain. Very mediocre. Tastes of pale malts a little noble hop and some slight grain. Mouthfeel is medium and it has a fair amount of carbonation. Drinkability is okay.

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