Harp Lager | Guinness Ltd.

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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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Photo of Onenote81
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on-tap at Finnegan's Wake in town for lunch. Came out a crystal clear pale gold with a thin white head on top. Light lace left behind. The nose was basic: some light grains, buttered-bread, faint hops. Nice crisp clean mouth on it. Refreshing. Nice grainy breads in the flavor, hints of bitter hops, and a smooth sweet finish. This paired very well with my Irish fare. Not a bad beer. I liked it.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

This was a nice brew to have at Quizzo at Finn McCool's in Schaumburg, IL. Even though we didn't win.

This pours a nice pale golden color with a decent white coarse foam head. The aroma is rather malty, most is actually a nice light caramel notes, but there is a hint of corn syrup in the back. The taste has a bit of citrus up front and is malty and smooth. Then there is a astringent bitterness that attacks in the aftertaste that isn't the greatest. The mouthfeel suffers due to this astringency. But it is well carbonated and smooth in viscosity. It is a fairly good drinking beer.

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Photo of Stunner97
2.86/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- golden yellow to golden orange in coler thick white head of the pour and very crisp active carbonation with tons of bubbles of all sizes streaming the glass, very lively appearance

Smell- grains, malts, corn, very much typical nose of many macro lagers

Taste- lots of grain and malts up front with a firm bitterness in the back end, finish is relatively short, got a decent flavor but nothing very complex either just nothing that you can put your finger on and say your really enjoying

mouthfeel- very highly carbonated and crisp

Drinkability- its easy drinking but somehow the more i hate the less i really was rapidly desiring more, just something boring and kind of bland about this beer, i mean dont get me wrong its not a flawed beer but just kind of simple and bland, is it better then alot of american macros yes but not by an extremely large margin and far and away from being able to stand up with some of the better European lagers

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Photo of Derranged
2.98/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured in a pint glass.

A- Pours a pale golden color

S- Kind of grainy, but was weak overall

T- This tasted like carbonated water and bread. I dont know if something was wrong with the tap, but there was hardly anything going on there.

M- Fizzy

D- From what I tried, I guess I can drink a bunch of these.

Id like to try this again just to see if the tap was messed up, because flavor was really lacking.

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Photo of weller1js
3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours a pale clear yellow with heavy carbonation, heavy foam dissolving into light lacing.

smell: slightly earthiness with typical barley-hops lager scent.

taste: clean and slightly sweet hop-flavor, what you would expect from a typical lager

drinkability: average yet quality of ingredients is evident, it is very drinkable for the style and pleasant overall.

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Photo of metallaw
4.4/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm biased on the whole irish thing, but I'll try to give a useful review. Got this in a world market beers of the world package.

Appearance - Poured a beautiful pale, straw color.

Smell - Smells of sweet barley and hops.

Taste - This is where it is. Slightly sweet, almost minty taste, not too overbalanced with alcohol and hops.

Mouthfeel - I find this beer highly carbonated. It reminds me of the same feel as a monster nitro energy drink. That being said, I enjoy that, so all in all thumbs up.

Drinkability - Could easily down a few on a hot summer day. Want to try on tap.

Worth your money, definitely a different beer.

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Photo of MBPChead
3.51/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good standard lager that I've had a few times. Heres what I think overall

Look: Pale ginger ale color with a frothy foamy wight head, and upward spiraling bubbles of carbonation. Good look overall

Smell: Light hop fragrance accompanied by pale malt and wheat. Fairly typical lager Aroma.

Taste: Sour hop flavor upfront with a small hint of ginger, with pale malt and wheat at the back of the tongue. Not bad, but nothing really to special.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and a tad bit thick with a slight prickly sensation on the tongue, which subsides into a frothy foam with a bit of agitation. Again not bad but nothing special

Drinkability: Smooth and refreshing on a summer midday-evening, drinkability is good overall.

All in all, a good example of a Euro lager.

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Photo of RRoeb1123
3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Translucent amber color to it, decent head that dissipates slowly. Carbonation is very distinct.

Smell: Malty, with some various malt notes coming through more distinctly than others. A bit of hoppiness, and also a slight corn scent.

Taste: Malty, with a bit of hop bite towards the end. Nothing too wild, just a nice pleasant flavor. There is also a bit of corn mixed in to me for some reason. The malts play off each other nicely, and the taste is pretty balanced

Mouthfeel: Pretty carbonated, but a decent mouthfeel, not harsh, but not silky like many other beers.

Drinkability: Certainly a decent session beer, if macros aren't your thing. A great beer to hang out with, when you don't want a backyard brew.

Verdict: A decent middle of the road beer.

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Photo of wahhmaster
2.76/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale, translucent golden color. Has a large white head that dissipates slowly and leaves some surprisingly nice lacing.

Smell: Mostly grainy but has a hint of sweet and bready malts.

Taste: Grainy and slightly toasty with just a touch of hop bitterness to it. Mildly sweet as well. Pretty standard macro lager territory here.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a nice crispness to it.

Drinkability: A sub-standard lager. There's nothing here to really distinguish this beer from other macro lagers. All in all, it's probably overpriced since it's imported and made by Guinness so I'd definitely look elsewhere.

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Photo of bobhits
2.4/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For some reason I always have to have a Guiness, hate it, and then remember how much better Harps is when I'm in an "Irish" bar.

Well, it's a straw colored, a bit of a head but noting impressive, good carbination. It's got some hops and grain and earthy aromas in the nose. The taste is much the same. Just enough hops to keep it interesting and a bit of earthy grainy flavors I"ve come to expect out of beers from that region. It's not bad if you ignore the huge price tag most bars seem to think it deserves. Certainly not above average or anything but it's got flavor and you can sit back and have a few.

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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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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My pour resulted in a thick fluffy white head of two inches, which took about two minutes to settle down to a light covering. Broken lacing around my glass with not much clinging power. Rates a 6 on the color chart, a light amber with good clarity. Distinctive hop and malt smell. Good flavor with a pleasing bitter bite, but not overwhelming. A little twang on the tongue and palette and pleasing aftertaste. Crisp and flavorful, this is a good choice for a pleasing time at the grill or even yard work. I would recommend this beer to friends who like something with a little more flavor than the basic backyard brew.

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Photo of biteme398
3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A fairly pale color with a decent head that recedes slowly. Smell is fairly sweet, floral in a way and overall pleasant. Lacing is light but noticeable. The taste is very watery and carbonated. I feel there should be more going on - based on the smell in particular - but there isn't really. On the positive side there is a little bit of hops and a pinch of malt. I really liked Harp for a while but didn't drink it for a year and my tastes must have changed. It is refreshing but there are better examples of the style.

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Photo of TheMadJack
3.29/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. Bottle into Pilsner glass.

A: Clear, pale straw yellow with a bright white, very light and foamy head that rises slightly above the rim of the glass and doesn't fall over. Clusters of carbonation cling to the sides of the glass. Moderately full lacing.

S: Simple and clean. Malts that smell like Barley. No funny stuff here, no "wheat" or "corn" or "rye". Not "toasty" or "burnt" or "bready". Barley. Butter. Hop presence is light, somewhat flowery, and doesn't compete with the rest of the aroma.

T: Begins with a gentle, honey like sweetness that fades through to butter, finishing with tastes of barley that linger a moment, and clear out to a dry finish. Hops dry out the flavors throughout and mostly provide accent and counterpoint. Simple and clean, but not very complicated or compelling. And while I don't equate complexity with quality, I do make such such an association with beers that call out to you.

M: Just a touch heavier than water with a crisp dryness that you feel mostly along the back half of your tongue. All good qualities for a lager.

D: Versatile, drinkable, easy on the stomach and nice to look at on the one hand; not very compelling and import pricing on the other.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.32/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A heavy pour at a 45-degree angle yields a head with minimal foaminess; about 3/4 a finger tall. Heavy carbonation is visible through the glass as the lager is a bronze/sunlight yellow color. Head never completely recedes, which is nice because each sip retains just a touch of the creaminess. Does just what it's supposed to in my book.

Smell: Very interesting! The first thing I notice is a bright, citrus-type smell. Perhaps lemon zest or orange peel. Very low yeastiness, tasty hop scent. Above average for a pale lager.

Taste: Does not disappoint. The citrus flavor is still the most outstanding one, followed closely by the near-perfectly balanced hops. Perhaps just a *touch* of cinnamon or nutmeg thrown in for good measure. A much better tasting beer than its partner-in-crime, Guinness.

Mouthfeel: Just as it claims to be, it is crisp and refreshing. Light on the tongue, the flavor sits gently and leaves a mildly bitter aftertaste. Rinses clean with a sip of water or a bite of chicken, turkey or pork.

Drinkability: I would pair this beer up with just about any medium-flavor entreƩ. It goes down smooth and is easily followed by another of its six-pack-mates. Doesn't get rough as some lagers do after a few sips, this one is (as Teddy Roosevelt said) "Good to the last drop!"

Guinness isn't a bad brew, but Harp is more commercially accessible. It's not an overwhelming smack-you-in-the-face hopped-up brewski, but at the same time it is definitely not your average run-of-the-mill mass-produced swill-water. For what it's supposed to be, it's nearly dead-on. I like it and would recommend it to a friend.

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Photo of smithza9
3.71/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is by far one of my favorite beers of all time. I love pale lagers. I had this at a true Irish pub in Canada and it was wonderful. Its a nice golden color and tastes very sweet. Its amazingly smooth and is very drinkable. A must have for any beer connoisseur.

Cheers!

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Photo of Jonopoly
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A deep, golden straw color with a thick foamy head that stuck around a hell of alot longer than your typical American Lager. Lots of carbonation and some decent lacing on the glass.

S: Floral hops, some light grain aromas.

T: Sweet cereal grains, finishes with a slightly dry, peppery hop flavor.

M: Light-bodied brew for sure, carbonation isn't too bad.

D: A very drinkable and thirst quenching lager.

As far as lagers go, this one's not too bad. Nothing complex, but it's got a nice balanced flavor.

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Photo of darkmartin
3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours to a rich golden amber, with a frothy white head. Minimal lacing

Smell: Smells like bread.

Taste: Bread and yeast flavors are most prevalent. Very nice rich bread aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly watery, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very clean feel, quite refreshing.

Drinkability: Goes down nicely on a hot summer day.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz sporty new green-labeled bottle pours a crystal clear light gold color. A fluffed white foam fades fast and leaves a light sheen and lacy collar.

Nose is grainy malt with a light floral hop presence. Smells better than a budweiser, thats for sure and has me wondering why the young emerald islanders aren't drinking their native Harp as opposed to a crappy American import.

Pretty basic...sweet grains with a light hop balance. Really though, not a bad lager at all. Body is fairly light, but it has a nice mouthfeel, decently creamy. This bottle seems to be better than the few times I have had this on draught, fresher with a crisper hop finish. I bought this out of the singles bin on impulse, I didnt expect it to be one of the better Euro lagers I've had this year.

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Photo of mentor
3.69/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big finger of fluffy, clingy,white head over a clear light straw yellow liquid. Smells mildly like pils hops, sulfur, and mineral.

Tastes sharp hop bitter and carbonation over a non-descript malt sweet. Hop bitter is light, crisp, and very has a mineral edge. Carbonation is strong on the pull and stings in the finish. Malt flavor is pils. Mouthfeel is modest and very drying due to the hop and carbonation cleansing effects. Not much in the way of complexity, but there shouldn't be according to this style. Pretty yummy, I could easily drink another. Too bad about the sulfur nose, this beer would have scored much higher.

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

A: Clear, bright yellow color. Poured a 1 finger fizzy white head that dissipated to a thin skim. Broken lacing.

S: Grassy and peppery hops. Light citrus. Little malt character.

T: Citrus rind and a little buscuity malt. Some floral hop character goes quickly to a peppery bitter finish.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth.

D: Easily drinkable. Good balance.

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Photo of appenzeller
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden hue, clarity is good, quite a nice thick and enduring head.

Smell is subdued. Slightly flowery, lemon and butter. Taste is the same. This is a simple, quality brew, counter to one's conceptions of Irish brews, quite light and clean but not having the elegance of a Pilsner Urquell, on the one hand or any kind of complexity on the other. Nice beer, just nothing special.

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Photo of aval89
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours your typical golden lager color. but a nice 1.5 finger head.. head actually takes a while to settle down and leaves a fair amount of lacing..

smell: sweet grain..slight malt..very faint hop aroma.. a little metallic also.. not offensive..

taste: sweet grain and malt upfront.. finishes a bit hoppy and sweet.. i also picked up what i think is a nutty profile?

mf is medium carbonated..

very easy to drink.. this brew was a little more than i expected..

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Photo of srandycarter
3.86/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Light gold/honey, very clear, and near white, thick head. Head is slow to leave, and TONS of cling lace.

S - Light malt, light hops, a bit floral overall.

T - A bit grainy, light lager flavors, light hop backup.

M - Light body, good carb, good balance. Very light feel.

D - Oh Jeez, very easy to drink, especially on a hot day.

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