Harp Lager | Guinness Ltd.

Harp LagerHarp Lager
BA SCORE
17.7%
Liked This Beer
3.23 w/ 2,586 ratings
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
Ranking:
#42,928
Reviews:
743
Ratings:
2,586
Liked:
457
Avg:
3.23/5
pDev:
17.34%
Alströms:
3.5
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
549
Trade:
0
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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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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4.1/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Guppy314
2.92/5  rDev -9.6%
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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3.86/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.98/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

excellent blonde ale. decent abv and nice aroma

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3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.21/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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2.52/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

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3.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.04/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.36/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.07/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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2.81/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Curiously brewed in far eastern Canada, this is not one of the few lagers I'd buy. It was given to me and sat in my cellar beyond its normal life.
The opportunity finally arose when I caught a cold and had some Muligatawanny soup (which helps break a cold.)
I find no need to turn my nose up at Harp: it is an acceptable, sessionable lager. Its abundant hops went well with the peppery soup (that also had a heavy dose of ginger.)
Will I buy it? No.
But don't look a gift horse in the mouth. It served its purpose as a beverage with spicy food.

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1.94/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Boo-urns
3.92/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 17.7% out of 100 with 2,586 ratings
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