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 clvand0
3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love this beer. It pours somewhat yellow with a medium white head that dies off quickly. The aroma is nothing special. The taste is extremely enjoyable and I would drink this beer anytime. I think it is a great beer that is wonderfully smooth. This is yet another beer that doesn't have any extremely complex tastes or aromas, but it is just an overall enjoyable beer that I would drink anytime.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harp pours a light caramel with a big, frothy white head that looks like marshmellow fluff as it dissipates to a substantial residual lace. The smell is light and not terribly complex with just a hint of tanginess. There's lots of carbonation in this pale lager which makes for an effervescent mouthfeel. I found the taste rather bland--only the slightest hint of the tartness left over from the smell--and there is a powerful malty aftertaste.

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Photo of kindestcut
2.76/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Harp was one of the beers that I consider a bridge beer for me. Along with Newcastle, Harp was a "good" beer that showed me the way to better ones. I've stuck by Newcastle (although it's not my favorite) but Harp has fallen by the wayside.

The pour is fine, a pretty lager "liquid gold." The head is substantial. I have no problem with its appearance for I am a lager fan. The aroma is of malts. A sweetness that hides any hoppiness. I like the aroma of a Harp although I prefer a more aromatic beer.

The flavor is good although the bitterness which is quite apparent fades rather quickly. Perhaps I am comparing this lager to my favorite bitter pale ales. I'm not looking for an IPA here but the flavor is not encompassing. There is a nice carbonated feel (I haven't had Harp on tap so I can't comment on that) and this, along with the lightness, translates to a good drinkability. However, the drinkability suffers a bit for me because I can't imagine having more than one at a time.

All in all, Harp is a good beer. However, it's not the beer I once loved. Perhaps it's destined to be a bridge...and that's not all bad.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautiful clear gold with a half inch white head that created great lacing throughout the glass. Very light hopping and a sweet grain sense. The smell was malty which carried over into the taste. There was virtually no carbonation present. Dry finish with a faint sense of bitters.

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Photo of ThePostmaster
2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours like a nice lager should, dark yellow with a decent head. taste is very malty. Definately, the malt is where it's at with this brew. Hops are there but not distinct to the maltiness. Overall, I thought this was a little disappointing, considering Guinness and all. I think this is a typical middle of the road Euro lager.

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Photo of SaunaKing
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harp pours a nice lager colour. A dark golden amber not to be confused with the pale stuff you often see. The head is creamy and forthy and settles down nicely.
There is a pleasant aroma of malt and hops. The sweetness more pronounced than the hoppiness.
A nice smooth malty taste, again not much hoppiness in the finish. A real nice brew, I would happily drink a pile of these. The bottle shows when it was made, in my case I have one not quite 4 months old. There was no skunkyness in the smell and this turned out to be a very solid lager. The taste has some character to it, overall a very good beer.

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Photo of aaronh
3.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber lager pours with a fairly large head that displays good retention. As it falls apart into large bubbles of faom, it leaves a bit of clinging pseudo-lace at the top of the pint glass. Large carbonation bubbles are visible at the bottom of the glass. The aroma is the traditional "beer" smell, with some added hops spice. Perhaps just a hint of staleness is evident. Not skunky, but just a little too earthy. The taste is rather clean, but it does not taste like an all-malt brew. (Are there adjuncts in this beer?) A little bit of sweetness and some earthy huskiness appear, as well as a lingering peppered hop note on the finish. The mouthfeel is better than many lagers, but not great. The drinkability seems good, also better than many lagers. As I've noted before, I'm not a huge fan of traditional lagers, but this one isn't bad. I wouldn't turn one down if it was offered to me, although it will be a while before I buy anther one.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.69/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For a european "mass-produced"style lager, this is one of the better ones. Nice balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. No discernable hop nose, but that's okay. Nice finish with residual grain/malt aftertaste. It is not skunky or garbagy either. A good solid brew that simply tastes good. No intense hoppiness or maltiness. Just a nice crisp generic lager. The beer ie tried was contract brewed in Canada for Guinness, but no discernable "canalager" character evident. Great alone or as a "bottom" for a half-and-half (black-and-tan but with Harp rather than Bass).

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was expecting something much better from the company that brews Guinness stout. Perhaps they should stick with what they know. Golden, slighty clear appearance with a 1/2 inch head that disappears within seconds. Pleasant alcohol smell, not overbearing yet not weak. Kick of barley to the nose, with a minute amount of hops and malt. Average taste. Medium bitterness with a floral mouthfeel after swallowing. Definitely worth drinking, but not the best lager I've tasted.

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Photo of AudioGilz
2.06/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance isn't that great, an ok head that dissipates quickly.
My first smells were of some skunkiness, but nothing outstanding plus or negative. Taste is pretty skunky again, some bitterness as well....both are not unbearable by any means, just noticeable. I'm being picky. This is a bottle review. If you drink harp on tap, it's a different story, a completely super smooth lager that is refreshing. But I have always been disappointed with the bottle offering.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a golden brew with a decent sized white head on top. it dies very quickly, but it leaves some lace on the glass. hard to pick up too much aroma in the bar, but it had a nice bready or grainy presence.

very smooth with mild carbonation and a pretty light body made it a very drinkable beer. it had a pretty good flavoring with some light malts and a good touch of hops. it was really nothing complex or special.

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Photo of Morris729
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a big frothy white head that fades into a nice sticky lace. Nose is sweet malts and floral hops. Taste is sweet bread and biscuits and is a bit grainy with a touch of spice. A husky hop bitterness comes through in a crisp finish. This is a nice brew from the bottle, but it is much better on-tap.

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Photo of Gusler
3.42/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Harp is one of the beers that I tried some 20 years ago on my first trip to Ireland, along with my first pint of Guinness at St. James Gate, and what fond memories I have of those days.

The pour a translucent golden color, the head brilliant white and modest in size with a whip cream texture, the lace left behind is in fine sheets that cling to the glass. Malt dominates the nose, crisp, fresh and clean, as a well-made lager should be. Lightly sweet at the front, the top middling in mouth feel, the finish spicily hopped, daringly acidic, and the aftertaste dry as the Arizona desert. Maybe not as good as, I remember, but things seldom are these days, but a long time favorite nonetheless.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear, bright golden color with reasonable carbonation that forms a tight but somewhat sparse head. Smell is muted; what nose there is comes through as bitter-crisp. Taste is crisp as well, with a rather monotonic hops bitterness prevailing. Some smoothness and a tad of dryness are present too. Mouthfeel is fine, somewhat superceded by drinkability.

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Photo of doerickson
4.05/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light golden color with a thin, pure white head. Grassy hop aromas. Active carbonation, pretty light body. Crisp in the mouth. A nice, clean, bitter lager that is easy to drink. Made me think of summertime.

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Photo of Kwak
4.1/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice thick cakey head white lace around the glass.Nice refreshing bitter flavor almost creemy decent look and no real aftertaste.Nice
parnter with big brother Guiness,Anice bitter to the Guiness smooth

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Photo of Jarod
3.41/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When received at the table it has a light gold almost honey color to it. The head is white but does not stay very long like the lace. The aroma is of light malt and hops. The taste is a nice malt with hops that also leave a pleasant bitter after taste. A better then average beer. Drinkable.

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

Clear dark gold, nice 1/2 inch head that can hold some pillowy shapes. Aroma of brown sugar. Flavor has a touch of nutty, roasty malt but thins to watery fairly early. Light bodied, hops are a little setzer-like in closing the flavor profile. While this brew has clear advantages over American macros, its so utterly ordinary that it screams "average" across the ratings categories. I'll take a local lager over this, just to support the regional economy.

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

A lager with bitter smell and hoppy taste. The more I had, the more bitter it got. If you like strong lagers then this is definetely for you. A beer you will remember...



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Photo of jackndan
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Harp: Not bad. Had some malt flavors, no hop bite. Deep yellow, if that makes sense, kind of a turbo charged macro-lager, but not bad, hit the spot. (for the second time, my computer chewed up my review.)

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Photo of Shiloh
4.18/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very fine lager, full bodied and semi sweet taste, reverting to a very mild bitterness as a delicate non lingering aftertaste.
Frothy when poured and a nice light golden colour. Impressive brew.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker golden color with a thin white lace on top, lots of bubbles. Couldn't get much of an aroma, all I could smell was the pub atmosphere. Slight grainy flavor with some hop bitterness towards the end. Finishes fairly dry. Not bad, but not a whole hell of a lot to love either.

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Photo of bditty187
2.93/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden-yellow, small white head, minimal lace. The nose is clean, somewhat sweet, and somewhat hay-like. The taste is surprisingly unrefined, overly husky and grainy. What hops were available never really developed much, the malt gave the beer a solid texture but added some unwanted sweetness or was that an adjunct? Uneventful mouthfeel.

This beer is very average. I don’t know if I’d bother drinking another.

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Photo of putnam
3.47/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grey-orange color with no bubbles except what is forced out by the pour. Baby-Swiss cheese pattern to the head. Gym socks and honey on the nose. Good balance of crisp grain, bitter hops and light, silky malt, finishing clean and racy. Soft enough for a novice.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.57/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A standard "go to" when I am in a new bar with not many selections. Nice golden hue, and a tang of crispness. No bad aftertaste here. I can keep one of these in my hands through the night. Also goes great with pub food or pizza.

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Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 2,628 ratings