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Harp Lager | Guinness Ltd.

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Harp LagerHarp Lager

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland | website

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled tonight on 4/5/14. From the Guinness Brewing Company in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada (Not from Ireland anymore it looks like) and has a green label instead of like the one in the picture. 12 ounce bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner flute glass.

Pours a yellow-gold in color with a half-finger foamy white head that settles to just a thin head on top. Some spotty lacing was seen with each sip but settles back down the sides of the glass. The aroma is of some grains, yeast with a hint of lemon. The taste is actually better than I expected with the grains, yeast coming together nicely with a hint of corn sweetness. Maybe a very light taste of citrus mixed in there also. Well balanced with perfect carbonation. Goes down easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste. Really liked this one.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.07/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and brassy + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of vegetal, corn, and grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of corn and grainy malts with some lighter vegetal notes. Hints of grassy hops towards the finish. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers slightly.

M: Light bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Lightly crisp.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing but not really anything special - leftover from St. Patrick's Day. Alcohol is well hidden but not one that I will be rushing out to get again.

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
1.72/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: yellow lager look

Smell: like a malt liquor

Taste: it has a very big lemon taste and bitter taste at the end..No complexity or uniqueness to this beer.

Mouthfeel : light mouthfeel .

Overall: I take a Mickey big mouth or Schlitz malt liquor over this beer even light beer. I will not buy again !

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Harp Lager brewed by Guinness Ltd pours out a nice amber color. This brew has a small white head like most Lager beers. Harp has a skunk smell and that is about it. I'm no big fan of the smell of this brew. The taste is smooth with a little bit at the end. There is nothing bad about this brew taste. Overall I'm impressed on how smooth this beer is, but the smell is not something to be desired. I may get this brew again if I have the chance too. I'm giving this brew a 3.25 out of 5.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Harp Lager from Guiness Ltd. is the brew I chose for 2014 Saint Patrick's Day, as all of Guiness' other products have never disappointed me. Poured from the bottle into a glass, the head was off-white with larger bubbles than I thought would be there. After a minute or two it goes away entirely. Decent lacing.

Not much of a smell here, the small part that I can notice is the Heineken and Rolling Rock type of skunkiness that goes away very fast. Almost as quickly as the scent "pops up".

This tastes like a lighter pale lager with nothing very distinctive or standoutish. Again, the small element of skunkiness reminiscent of the aforementioned brews is present and goes away in the blink of an eye. Very crisp and clean like a lager ought to be, zero lingering elements. After about ten minutes of finishing this, I couldn't even taste it in my mouth at all. Not saying it's a bad thing, just an observation. I give this a 3 since its not bad at all, but not the cat's pajamas to my personal palate.

Mouthfeel is the typical light,clean lager moutfeel. No afterswallow fumes are present here, as expected.

Overall 3.25 is my rating for Harp Lager. I kind of thought it would have more personality, but I enjoyed trying this out. This would be a refreshing brew if you wanted to cool down with a Euro Pale Lager. I might buy this again.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear light gold with a thin head that falls fast but tired to leave some lace. Sparkling with bubbles rising upwards. Nose is light grain sweetness and fresh cut hay. A bit of floral but not too much and maybe a small whisper of the lemon peel. Sweet grains make up most of the palate and the hops offer a gentle bit of sweet grass. Some tart and weak lemon in the background. Drinks crisp and clean with a bit of bite on the tongue from carbonation and nice drying to the finish.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The Harp lager I'm holding has a green label on the bottle that looks different from the one pictured above. The label says that it is brewed in New Brunswick, Canada. The beer pours with a good head. Excellent lacing that just keeps sticking around. Straw yellow body... maybe light golden. Lively carbonation.

Mild. Bread. Faint lemony hops.

A well balanced lager beer. Mild bready malts. Mild citrus and pine flavored hops. Even milder bitter hops on the finish. Do I detect a little bit of corn?

Somewhere between light and medium bodied. Good level of carbonation. Mild bitter finish. The bready malt flavor dries up and tastes of corn a bit as the flavor sits your mouth.

A pretty good lager. The hopping is nice. I think they could improve the malt body of this beer to give it a cleaner taste. There is a stale, corn, cardboard thing going on in the finish that detracts from this beer's full potential. Overall it's still a decent drink. I would drink it again if offered. But I probably won't be seeking it out.

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Photo of jeranbrews
2.86/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - very pale very clear faint orange tint of an incandescent bulb. Thick foamy head. Some lacing

S - weak pale malts and straw with a hint of aluminum.

T - dry bitter slIghtly stale.

M - dry but without at least the abv benefit.

D - Kind of vague uninspired pilsner. Better than Heiny or A few of the common euro pale lagers. Don't get me wrong id reach for this before Byd or Heiny but that's not the same as liking it.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear deep golden body. A white head that recedes to a white ring around the sides and a cirrus cloud wisp. Random splotches of lacing.

Aroma: Clean grains, malts, and just a touch of hops.

Taste: Mostly like the aroma with a grainy and malty body, very clean tasting if not just a tad metallic. A very faint sour hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little dry.

Overall: A very easy drink, if not a session. Clean. A beer I don't drink often but am never ashamed of when I do.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear light gold with a thick sudsy tuft of white head. Plenty of stick.

Nose doesn't come off with much. It's got some breadiness and a touch of sweetness.

Slight sweetness, fruit, and bread.

Med body crisp and finishes quick(that's what she said).

Better than I was expecting actually. Super easy to drink and not half bad.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.02/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

DATE TASTED: January 18, 2014... GLASSWARE: 22 oz. pilsner...OCCASION:cheering on PSU's first BIG 10 win? ... APPEARANCE: actively bubbly, light gold body; thick, rocky snow-white head; lacing beautifully etches the glass... AROMA: soapy, lightly doughy presence; just as readily, thick beefy aroma less appealing than its appearance... PALATE: medium-bodied, slightly oily end; slightly fizzy,, but otherwise drinkable ...TASTE: slightly sweet,, toasted oat base; some lemon, some less noteworthy buttery flavors... OVERALL: an old Bloomsburg bar favorite revisited; situated among the usual Guinness offerings, not a bad diversion from its scrumptious stout...

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

So Harp ... Guinness' paler and perhaps classier little brother. On tap this beer pours a moderately gold honey amber with white head. Aroma is fairly toasty, mellow, with a hint of sweet fermented honey and fruit. Interesting. Taste is the expected grainy sour malt and green grass, but there is more subtle character as well: Some cidery apple, nutty malts, sour rhubarb and almost a tobacco sweetness with more sour fruit and wintergreen notes on the finish, which is crisp and bitter. Overall effect is more "deep and dark" than other pale Euros. There are flaws (a touch of skunk, a bit of metal, some acrid booze) but these are muted and fortunately take a backseat. Could be the Irish king of the European macrobeers and good for more than Black and Tans.

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Photo of Subliminal64
4.18/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Harp Lager is one of my favorite beers. I have been consistently drinking this beer for a year now, and it never disappoints.

Colour is a darker gold.

Smell is a little on the lighter side.

Taste is a little strong, but very smooth. Very little aftertaste.

Lots of carbonation.

This beer has won numerous awards, and it shows. Give this Irish beer a look. Will not disappoint.

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Photo of mschram72
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Certainly not a conventional beer for Guinness. Beer goes down smoothly, but lacks a real bite or bitterness. Looks great in a glass, and even pours beautifully out of a bottle. Definitely has a sweetness to it, very palatable to the average drinker. That all being said, there is certainly nothing that stands out about it. A reliable brew for a hot day, or if you're in the mood for something that is slightly different than your average American lager.

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Photo of Beermaster70
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice cold 12 oz bottle. This at one time was a top favorite of mine when I could find it on tap. Has the taste changed a little since it has been brewed in Canada? This bottle of beer has a taste that is very agreeable and I am glad I picked up a case.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

apparently brewed in Canada now, so the label doesn't lie when it still reads, "imported". I also still enjoy a harp lager from time to time, a little more hearty than some of the American lagers, and certainly more flavorful than the BMC stuff. it pours a glazed copper tinted color, darker than convention, with a short lived white head. the nose is pale euro malts all the way, not sweet but dry, a little adjunct metallic hint, but nothing offensive at all. the taste is bready and grain heavy, I taste a number of different malts. hops? no so much. this beer could use a more aggressive finishing hop, but that's just me. I like all the malt heft without much sweetness, a nice twist away from the generic. fuller body for the style but still easy drinking, especially on a hot day. good carbonation and a flavorful finish. I bet this is remarkable at the original source, and it doesn't travel too bad really...

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.41/5  rDev +5.2%

500 ml can purchased from the beer store for about $2,50 CDN. Served cold into Keith's pint glass.

Appearance - crisp golden color, nearly two fingers of white head, plenty of lively white bubbles. What's not to like. Even a bit of lacing left behind.

Smell - a nose full of a faintly sweet grainy aroma. Not much else.

Taste - sweet flavor a bit of a buttery grain combination, which is a touch unusual for the style. No metallicness is always a plus. Fairly clean and inoffensive with at least as much flavor as others in the style.

Mouthfeel - clean and crisp, but with a light body and slightly above average carbonation.

Overall - nothing mind blowing but a solid option if you are looking for something to enjoy a few of in an evening. May purchase this again.

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Photo of SerialTicker
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had at a local bar that had nothing on-tap, and only "swill" in bottles.

Appearance: Fairly golden color. Maybe a finger of head. No lacing. Quite a bit of carbonation.

Smell: Somewhat dirty, for a lager. Musky notes. Some hops. Malts. Smells like I expected it would... just has the aroma of a lager. Nothing special thrown in there.

Taste: Not feeling it. I feel like the carbonation may be a little bit too high, and the bitterness on this one has that weird bitterness that I get in most cheaper beers. It's not awful, but it's there... slightly. Grassy sort of hops with hay flavors. Definitely more interesting than most cheap American varieties, but this isn't something I'd buy.

Not a fan. It's not terrible, but the rating seems high on this site. Eh.

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Photo of bondjedi
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

What could pull me in off the street to a dimly lit tavern, on a warm and sunny Northwest afternoon, on a whim? Why, only the prospect of a crisp and clean Harp Lager. More body than most lagers, nice finish. Surprised by how well-laced the pint glass was. Solid brew.

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Photo of timn
3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a very clear, light yellow with a small amount of white head, and loads of carbonation. Color is pretty, but the bubbles rather detract from the appearance.

S: Very light aroma of yeast and some hops, and a bit of skunkiness.

T: Pretty much what you'd expact from a mass-produced lager. This is a bit more flavorful than a typical American lager, but not hugely so. Has a typical very light, crisp taste of grain and yeast. The skunkiness that comes through in the smell is thankfully not noticeable in the taste.

M: Thin, as you'd expect from the style. Carbonation is a bit overdone.

O: Not bad, not great. This is a beer I could see myself grabbing after mowing the lawn or with a cookout in the summer, but no more so than any other mass-produced lager.

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Photo of kvnstfrd
2.1/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow with a fluffy head. Bubbles rising constantly from the bottom of the glass tells me this is probably going to be far too carbonated. The aroma is somewhat that of a typical American lager, but Harp has a bready, yeasty note that tells me there’s something more there. There is also a floral aroma from the hops. The taste is slightly sweet with a faint bitter in the finish. Mouthfeel is definitely overcarbonated, yet creamy with more body and less dryness than most beers of this style. You’d expect a beer so lacking in flavor would be thin and watery, but not so with Harp Lager. Overall, this isn’t a bad beer, there’s just not enough flavor to satisfy my palate. I should note that the flavor has become a little stronger since it’s warmed, but only a little. Personally, I’m not one to choose beer when I’m hot and thirsty, (there's water for that) but I suppose Harp could hit the spot on a Summer day. Certainly, there are hundreds of worse choices.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.36/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Having on draft at Jimmy the Greeks in OOB.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer and left some spotty lacing as the beer was drank. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell & Taste: Grassy, bready, cereal, and sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, smooth, light to medium bodied, medium bodied, and very drinkable.

Overall: Pretty standard EPL. Enjoyed a bunch over the years.

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Photo of vkv822
2.98/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz : Teku

Clear medium yellow with a foamy white head, decent lacing.

Lightly sweet, grainy cereal/bread.

More grainy lightly sweet malts. Not much hop presence. Perhaps some grassy notes.

Medium body, fizzy carbonation.

A fairly plain, generic beer. Very similar to an American Adjunct Lager, with just a bit more of a flavor profile.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Harps Premium Irish Lager @ 5.0% , served from 2x 500 ml cans purchased for $23 in the Irish Beer Discovery 8 Pack

A-pour is a clear gold with a small frothy white head leaving a sticky lace along the pint glass

S-very Euro smelling lager , hint of skunk

T-crisp lager , tad watery

MF-mild/medium carbonation , medium body

Ov-ok beer , would go well with a warm summer afternoon

sampled alongside Guinness Draught , Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale & Smithwick's Draught Irish Ale

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.41/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a crystal clear golden color with tons of tiny carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the brew. Upon pouring there is a one finger pure white head that fades relatively quickly to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass

Smell – The aroma is mainly of a grainy and bready smell mixed with some lighter notes of caramel. With these aromas are a moderate presence of a grassy and herbal hop smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a lighter bready and grainy taste. There is the lightest hint of caramel sweetness upfront that then fades more toward the middle and the end. As the caramel fades, some of the grassy hops detected in the nose hits the taste buds. This light grassy hop is soon accompanied by a herbal flavor which develops more strength as the taste gets to the end. At it’s finish with all the flavors mingling together a crisp and fairly clean taste is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the thinner to average side with a carbonation that is on the higher side. The thinner body and higher carbonation compliment the grainy and lighter flavors of the brew quite nicely and make for a crisp and quite refreshing brew.

Overall – While not a flavor powerhouse the brew is rather refreshing. It is crisp and clean and very easy and enjoyable to drink.

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Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
75 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.
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