Harp Lager | Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.

Style: European 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 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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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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Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 2,646 ratings