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

This was a decent lager. My pour had a good head on it that faded quickly and left little lace. The smell was quite grainy with a little bit of hop in there as well. The taste was simmilar to many macro lagers I've had...grain with a touch of malt flavor and little to no hop bitterness. Although my girlfriend ordered one and enjoyed a beer for the first time, I do not think I will be paying for another one of these myself..

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Photo of HardTarget
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: A nice toasted malt aroma with a clean, what I refer to as “Grolsch” smell
Appearance: Golden clarity with a snowy head. Very attractive, and left tidemarked lace.
Flavor: Slightly sweet, but very clean and crisp. A very subtle hop finish gave a nice malt to hop transfer throughout the taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and coated my mouth, which prolonged the aftertaste.
Overall Impression: A well-brewed, clean, straightforward beer. A very good session beer as it is fairly mild, but what’s there is good. I’d drink another, but I’m not going to stock up on this one, the price just doesn’t justify the taste. Try it, but don’t kill yourself.

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Photo of CortexBomb
2.78/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A standard fare 'light' lager offering from the chaps who bring you Guinness.

Harp has a very light gold appearance with a slight head, not much scent to speak of, or flavour for that matter. Very 'clean' taste with nothing to speak of beyond a hint of corn, very straight forward. This is good in that it doesn't taste wretched, bad in that it doesn't stand out, which is just as much of a death knell for me.

Mouthfeel is as light as it appears, though drinkability is, like most light beers, quite high.

I'd only have this again in a 'half and half' (1/2 Harp with 1/2 Guinness stacked on it, you have to have Bass/Guinness for it to be a 'real' Black and Tan) but it's not a bad beer, just a little generic.

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Photo of JAL67
3.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good "light" lager. Pours a golden yellow with thin head. Leaves nice lacing throughout. I'd have to say that it is what it is...a nice lager that you can enjoy without thinking about it too much. I find it not filling at all and therefore you can put down quite a few. This is not a complex beer at all....very simple which can be a nice change of pace from time to time.

I do have to say that the taste is a little"tough"...some might say skunky. That might be too harsh a word but it has a taste you need to get used to.

Overall, an average good solid beer. I have to note that it is better on draught than bottle.


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Photo of CBFanWish
3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An amber color with little head. There was a grainy smell, but there was a scent of hops in the mux. The taste was crisp with a slight hop taste, but I also go a taste of corn. I did like the beer, though it wasn't all it's cracked up to me. This is the bare bones to the middle average lager.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a golden yellow with a small head that doesn't last at all. The smell is light malt, crisp and clean. I must admit that this beer has more flavor than I was expecting. Over carbonated which really makes it pop in your mouth. Small malty notes and a hint of hops are appear as well. An average beer that isn't as sweet as some of the other lagers out there.

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Photo of CRJMellor
2.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours crystal clear yellow with orange highlights. Head is soap bubbles that dissipate quickly leaving a mdoerate amount of alce. Mild aroma of citrusy hops and sweet malt. Flavor is very mild malt followed by mild bitterness. Balance is there just very little flavor.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
2.86/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

As so many others have pointed out, definitely better than the macro lagers, but not special by any means. As an option when out at a restaraunt or bar, not bad. Pours a deeper shade of yellow than a lot of other lagers. Smell is bland and unimpressive. Taste is well balanced, but certainly not profound. Somewhat thin and fizzy. Belongs in the category of a lot of beers that are better than the "big three" (and their many imitators), but in no way world class.

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Photo of neg007
3.93/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at many an Irish pub. This is the common pale lager brewed by Mr. Alec's comany.

A good lager on tap in the Irish summer. It isn't as good in the bottle stateside though.

Nice appearance, smell. Pale yellow. Nothing offensive. Usual drinkable lagerm appropriate and hits the spot any time you are thirsty.

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Photo of diablo14
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

im gonna rate this just above average simply for the fact that this beer shows locals how an easy drinking, simple lager should be constructed. nothing huge in character, but still pleasant and enjoyable during a night on the tiles.

light golden color, but with an particualrly good creamy head which holds beautifully. perfect level of bubble action as well. i was quite taken aback with the fruity and floral aromas of this run of the mill lager. the flavor had good malt factors with citrus bangs, and while not massive in complexity, was still very tasty. grat level of hop bitterness which wasnt big, but good nonetheless. went down easy, and was quite crisp over the tongue. very nice.

it had been a while since id had one of these on tap, and having preferred others. when the choice was presented, i'd looked elsewhere. however on renegging and having a go at this earlier tonight, i was surprisingingly satisfied. once again the irish show what a craic beer is all about.

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

I was kind of surprised by this beer. It was better than I figured it might be.

Pours a clear golden colour with a moderate white head that settles to a film and leaves good lace.

Hoppy aroma, some grains. Crisp taste, malt sweetness, mild dose of hops to finish up. Tasty, easy beer to drink. Simple but pleasureable.

A nice lager and something I'd drink again.

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Photo of theozag
4.21/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definately one of the better imported lagers I have ever sampled. Pours a gentle yellow-gold that produces a thin, white head over a clear, golden beer. Smell is attractively sweet without much of a definable character. Taste is quite above average for a lager, with a clear and medium body, a malty smooth start, and a pleasantly hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is overall good, but nothing to scream about. Drinkability is quite high as this beer leaves a limited aftertaste, sits light in the stomach, and packs only a meager alcoholic punch.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at an Irish bar in Moscow. I asked for just a half pint, and got a mini Guinness glass full. That was enough for reviewing purposes.

Came out a clear true gold hue under a small white head that lingered a bit and left some lace. The nose is mild and sweet, mainly of grainy malt. The mouth was medium carbonated and fairly light. The taste starts very sweet, with lots of malt and what seems like a touch of sugar water. There's a respectable hop bite in the finish, leaving an enjoyably bitter aftertaste. There are far, far better beers in the world, but if I had to drink this and only this for the rest of my life, I'd still drink beer.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.83/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Office in Urbana, IL. 3.25/pint.

Exceptionally smooth and thick -- a bohemeth among lagers. Light, controlled, all-malt sweetness with faint and appropriate hop bittering. Just barely grainy with no astringency or bite whatsoever.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of PiratePete
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Most of the time when I get close enough to have a Harp I'm actually having a Half and Half so I never really get to drink it on its own - until now. Boy, ya gotta love Harp. Pours out a lovely deep gold colour with a nice white head that shrinks to a ring for the rest of the glass leaving some interesting lace patterns. There is a nose of malt with some taste of hops but the aftertaste is . . . refreshing - maybe its the barley. Lots of carbonation as well. For a big time operation this is a pretty darn good lager. Tastes good straight!

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Photo of granger10
2.96/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a little below what I had hoped for. It looks darker than American macro lagers and has a full body. It's nice and crisp in body but that's where it ends. No real taste goes with this beer. Flavors are toned down to the point where I can't recognize them at all! Maybe some grassy grain in there and a tad bit of hops came through at times but the flavor was definitely missing for the most part. Not worth the price.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
4.14/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this often enough before, but not since I started rating. This is definitely not an American type lager, its color is noticeably darker than that, and will already mark you as someone who knows the difference between horse-p--- and beer. Good taste is there, pleasing beery aroma and even some hop flavor. Above average. I had this served at a bar in the Midway Airport terminal; pleased to find some decent beers at such a place, even better that it seemed to be proprtly served in a pint glass.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an imperial pint glass at my local Irish pub.

Appearance: Crystal clear golden yellow with a modest 1/4" head of white foam. After a few sips, only a layer of bubbles at the surface remains. Little to no lacing.

Smell: Light pale malt with just a hint of floral hops.

Taste: Lightly sweet taste of pale malts with a faint trace of bitter hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied, just a bit more substantial than water.

Drinkability: Harp is pretty much bred to be a session beer. No real strong flavors to offend the masses. No real character, either, of if there is one, it's a shrinking violet. I'd rather have it's big brother Guinness when visiting the average Irish joint.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears golden crystal clar with a thin white head leaves decent rings of lace. Aroma: Good amount of malt sweetness some mild European hops in there as well not bad at all. Taste: Simple refreshing mildly flavorful with a bready malt tone and decent dose of bittering hops here, finishes clean and smooth not a bad beer. Mouthfeel: Lighter body good carbonation level not much else to note though, simple. Drinkability: Refreshing and able to drink quite a few definitely better than any American mass produced lager just the price inflation will never be worth it, too much for a decent beer.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered up a bottle of this at a pizza joint I hit all the time for lunch. Not the strongest lager I've ever had, but one that's undenyably somewhat tasty, nice and smoothly light malt up front, with a nice hoppy finish. Much more interesting than the usual Bud/Coors fare the place serves otherwise, but still not much more than a "pretty good," beer.

Pairs shockingly well with pizza. Not classy enough to avoid drinking out of the bottle, yet hoppy enough to bring out the flavor of all the peppers I sprinkle on my slices. I look forward to swilling this in bulk over lunch.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle.This was a better beer than what I had anticipated that it would be as this was a very drinkable beer.Although there is nothing very special that stood out about this one, it was an enjoyable beer.This beer poured a medium sized white creamy, rocky head with fine-large bubbles that was mostly lasting.The body was clear with very little carbonation and the hue was golden.The nose was mild, fruity and malty.The flavor was citrus and very lightly hopped.The mouthfeel was smooth with a light body texture.This beer left excellent lacing on the sides of my glass.

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Photo of beerguy101
1.83/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light gold color, medium head. Slightly skunky aroma. Light malts and hops. Tastes like a Euro-Lager, but there is a touch of soapiness and green bottle skunkyness. HOLY FALSTAFF BATMAN!! IT'S A HEINKEIN!! How does a beer in a brown bottle taste green bottle skunky? Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is bitter and soapy. This bottle is UNDRINKABLE!! I doubt I will re-rate

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Photo of Running4beer
3.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out golden straw color with a thick frothy head that slowly diminishes to a thin spotty lace. Smell hops and some wheat hardly any malt is noticeable. Has a good amount of carbonation giving this a thin crisp mouthfeel but not a tingley feeling on the pallate. Taste some hops and a bit of malts pretty much all I can detect out of this one. Not a bad beer IMO, not a bad session beer at a party or something to drink while mowing the lawn.

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Photo of Ellbert
3.46/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this was a decent brew. It had a nice golden color with a decent head. This was a nice beer to drink. This chased a Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. This has a nice hoppiness at the end which is very pleasant. I don't like a really intense hop flavor but this was just perfect. A good beer. I would drink this again.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.42/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

medium gold color with a thick white head. smells a little floral a little citrusy sometimes something almost nutty too... the citrus really comes through in the taste, pleasant hoppiness at the tail end, along with a relatively strong citrusy tang. pretty light mouthfeel, but it suits the beer. overall, not a bad beer, not a great beer either. it's a good standby when available at the bar.

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Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
3.24 out of 5 based on 2,561 ratings.
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