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

I had a few Harps on tap at a local restaurant. For the most part, I was pleased with the beer.
Pours a pale golden color with a small, thick, stable head. Slight floral hop aroma. First tastes seemed a little mix of sour and citrus. The beer is a little sweet, and has a nice, semi-dry, bitter finish. Not outstanding, but solidly drinkable.

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Photo of doho95fu
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A good lager, not as full or flavorful as Stella but good. Has the usual color maybe a little darker than some lagers (especially US). The smell is simple but not negative. The taste is crisp, but really there is not a whole to talk about there. As far as drinkability goes, assuming you can stand to drink a bunch of lagers, you could drink this one all day. I prefer to start or end my drinking with them however...

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

Harp Lager pours a golden amber from a 12oz brown bottle. A light tan head forms nicely at two fingers with tightly packed bubbles that leave lace down the sides of the glass.

Nose is a very light malt with hops. Palate is a nice malt bittered well with hops that also leave a pleasant bitter after taste.

A well bittered Irish lager, Harp is indeed “crisp” and “smooth” with full body, going all too quickly from your glass.

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Photo of Lupe
3.56/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice gold color, frothy head with nice fair lace and active carbonation . Malt nose with some floral under tones. Start is malt sweet, the middle is somewhat thin. Finishes clean and fresh. Fair hop presence in the finish balances it all out. Nothing great but an above average lager.

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

In the upper-class of the macrobrewers. Golden colour with a head that quickly reduces to stickly lace and thin sheen. The scent is subtle, but full of raw graininess. Better most with a grainy taste and maltiness and clean, nearly-dry bitterness. Smooth medium-body with a crisp edge.

Very drinkable and tastey macro-lager/pilsner. Cheers!

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Photo of Wildman
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

@ Macs
This beer I have had in bottles more than on tap. It was a dark straw color and formed a white head that left little lace. It had an aroma of hops and the flavor was of hops with a slight bread aspect. The finish was light, and a touch dry and bitter.

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Photo of Jordan
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmm. Nothing to be inspired about here. A decent pilsner, crisp, a little citric, refreshing, blah blah blah... seems to me, if you've tasted one pils, you've tasted them all. Thankfully this isn't always the case, but Harp Lager is your usual run-o-the-mill pilsner.

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

Very impressive lighter, crisper alternative from the makers of Guinness. Nice flavor and a great pour. I am not typically a fan of Lagers but this is the exception.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.2/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite beers. This is one of the best lagers, in my opinion. The color is a bit darker than most, while the aroma offers a little something extra like a sweet-hoppiness. From the first sip, to the very last, it is smooth with a little sweetness on the palate. A fantastic brew. A classic.

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, no freshness date. On the back label it boasts about the spirit of the beer and the award winning flavour.

Appearance: Bight and shimmering golden hue, active carbonation sparkles to the top to form a rich cake like foam that slowly dissipates into a thin yet strong white lace.

Smell: Mix of quick yet inviting sweetness of malt and floral like hops, alcohol is a tad noticeable … clean to the nose.

Taste: Broad medium body for a lager, crisp and smooth at the same time with a grainy palate of a mouth feel. Bitterness of the hops is very straight forward with a tingling sensation and mildly astringent bite. Full mouth of grain, a little malted though more husk of grain than anything else reminiscent of fresh cut hay. Odd raw but refined at the same time with in the grainy flavours. Both husk and hop bitterness linger into a tightly packaged finish.

Notes: Not bad though not what I remember drinking back in the day. I’d gladly pay the extra buck or two a six pack to have the real stuff again.

Brewed and bottled by Guinness Brewing Company, Canada.

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

Nice amber color with thick full head, but the rest falls short. Harp is just average lager. There is a slight bitterness that leaves a bit of an aftertaste.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a better than average lager. It's par for the course in color and smell, but it does have a bit more flavor than most lagers out there, especially on-tap. It goes down like water. We used to listen to the Fenians and drink this stuff all night when we'd had our fill of Guinness.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.47/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber brown in color with a thick white head, which soon fades to a modest layer that lasts to the end, mild carbonation. Lace is somewhat poor. Pronounced aroma of sweet hay, almost honey-like, some alcohol, and botanicals. Tasting yields malt sweetness, followed by strong and lingering hop bitterness - though not excessive. Harp merits praise for its distinctive character within the style.

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Photo of mophie
2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Back in college, this was the beer you brought along to impress your friends and brag about your Irish heritage. How silly that seems now. Anyway, in just about every respect, this is an average brew. Color is golden amber, with quite good head retention. Smell is clean, slightly fruity, and a bit grassy; otherwise, not very distinctive. Taste is rather bitter, with a slight malt presence, then a really bitter, almost unpleasant finish. In the end, this is just another mass-produced macro, albeit better than its American counterparts, and with a bit more mystique than it probably deserves.

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Photo of psugrad98
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good lager. Had on tap. Nice head, amber color. Fresh smelling of hops with a smithering of fruitiness. Full mouthfeel with nice blend of bitter hops and sweet malt.

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

On tap -- What a surprise. I actually enjoyed Harp. Nice near amber colour, decent lasting head, creamy mouthfeel, light sweetness, cling-y soft & faint buttery flavour and a fruity backbone. Extremely easy to drink and an excellent session beer.

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

Bright gold, bubbly, with a big white head that disapates too quickly. Hay in the nose. Clean, crisp, balanced. A step up from Budmillercoors. Two questions - 1. What is the point of marketing Harp as an Irish beer if it is an imitation of American lagers and brewed in Canada? 2. When I drank this back in the mid and late 80's, my impression was that it was far more like Sam Adams than it was to Bud. That is definitely not the case now. Is my memory false, or has the recipe been dumbed down to meet Bud's invasion of Ireland?

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Photo of marc77
3.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden in color and typically clear. There's not much more going on in aroma than typical for style-- a bit of floral and herbal Hersbrucker noble hop nose and mellow, w/ light bready grain. The relatively low hop bitterness and flavor along with a lack of prominent malt profile render this beer a bit bland, but considering it's more or less an American style lager, there's more going on here flavor and aromawise for style. Although fairly drinkable, I don't plan of having this one again anytime soon unless someone hands me one.

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Photo of rastaman
1.95/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

An overated lager, bland with an edgy taste, i'd look elsewhere first, but still drinkable, but theres nothin in this beer that i can appreciate.

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

Good for a lager, but still a lager. I've used it for Half and Halves with Guinness before and since I'm not the best pourer, when I got to the bottom and there was more Harp than Guinness it was a dissapointment.

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Photo of inebrius
3.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thin head forms a nice sturdy lace. Grainy nose. Meek sweet malt character finishes bitter hop and fairly clean. Tastes three times better with a Guinness Stout sitting on top of it.

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

A decent lager. I wasn't expecting much from Harp to tell you the truth, but it poured to a nice, golden color in the glass and left a ton of lace. Slightly sweet with a nice hop twang on the finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Murph
3.31/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nothing exceptional about this beer although I do like it better than just about any other american lager. Good body for a lager. Nice bit of hop bitterness, more flavor than most of its peers. A nice summertime cookout beer. This is the family favorite at the barbeques in the summertime. All in all only slightly better than average in taste but cool and refreshing in the summer.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour a translucent golden color, the head is a nice white color, dies fairly quick and leaves a decent lace. On the nose malt dominates the aroma, crisp, fresh and clean as a well made lager should be. Lightly sweet up front, good hoppiness, clean in the finish. Overall a decent lager, alot of cheaper options though.

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

A decent no nonsense lager for the masses. Very clean taste and slightly more malt backbone than your average lager. If this is the style you like, this is as good or better than most.

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