Harp Lager | Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

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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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Ratings: 2,617 |  Reviews: 749
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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Photo of garymuchow
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle, had an excessive head that was frothy and maintained. Very pleasing malt aroma. Crystal clear, bright pale gold. Quite smooth start to finish, with no over powering characteristics. Finish was dry and somewhat long with a hop bitterness . Flavor is mostly malt, but aspects of the hops are present. Mouthfeel is medium and unnoticable considering the size of the head. Would really like to try one on tap in Britian.

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Photo of xXTequila
3.06/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Bread and butter lager. The name and reputation make you expect more.

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