Harp Lager | Guinness Ltd.

BA SCORE
75
okay
2,570 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good
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Harp LagerHarp Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland
guinness.com

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,570
Reviews:
739
Avg:
3.24
pDev:
17.28%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
535
For Trade:
0
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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.06/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer is straw colored with a good amount of carbonation. The head thinned out really quickly but at lasted a while. There is a nice toasted malt aroma with a very minor floral hops smell. The beer has a slit sweetness to the overall smell. Much like the smell there is a slight toasted malt taste upfront followed by a hint of hops. Very smooth and easy to drink. Medium bodied and a slight carbonation feel.

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Photo of Trailboss76
2.35/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Medium amber-golden color. Just a little bitterness. A bit "thin" in taste in my opinion. At first drink or two by itself - not my favorite taste. Drank the second half with my meal and it didn't help matters. Certainly not "gosh-awful" but left me disappointed.

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Photo of Whatup14
2.06/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Duff27
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dave1999
3.42/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Donkster46
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Guinness Ltd. "Harp Lager"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, brewed in Canada
$2 @ Wegmans, King of Prussia, PA

My review for Harp from years ago was removed because I called it "sulphur-ridden swill for shanty Irishmen" (probably reported by someone from Guinness, despite the fact that my numbers were some of the highest it had received!). I shouldn't have added the "shanty Irishmen" part, I was just going for effect, but the "sulphur-ridden" part I'll stand by to my last dying breath. It was! It was way too sulphury for a lager, and as a trained professional brewer with over a decade of experience at the time I called it out!

Anyway, it's OK that my review got kicked because they've cleaned it up and changed it, and now it's a different beer altogether; I would have had to re-review it anyway. The sulphur is gone, and it's more malty and even a touch caramelish. What's the problem with that? Well it's not the beer that it originally was, and now it's simply a homogenized "lager" that tastes just like so many other beers out there. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if they had Yuengling Lager in mind when they made their changes! And that's a shame, because even with its defects it was at least original. Now it no longer exists and you'll never be able to try it, and with that said, what you can get now is even more worthless in my opinion, but I don't want to be negative (or this review will be removed!) so I'll note that it's very easy to drink, nicely malty, superbly balanced, and has enough character that you can enjoy it for more than one or two - all of which is true, just like so many other beers out there.

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Photo of cdub70085
4.1/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Guppy314
2.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at James Hogan's (Dupont Crl), clear gold with a thin white head. Light aromas bready and malt. Taste is …. "moderate" is fair: moderate malt, moderate carbonation, moderate body. Some hops at the end and a non-descript metallic aftertaste. Overall, an OK beverage, but why really bother.

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Photo of wcr
3.86/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of holeN1br
3.98/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

excellent blonde ale. decent abv and nice aroma

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Photo of drstalker
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dreizhen
2.21/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Kamahl16
2.52/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Stardusthotel83
3.62/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Griphon
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mikr
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of thoglund
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of emilykeenify
4.04/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AleHunter805
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of calcnerd
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of -chii-
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
3.24 out of 5 based on 2,570 ratings.
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