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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2001

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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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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Crystal clear pale yellow. Thin, fizzy one-finger white head. Leaves surprisingly stout rings of lacing.

S - Faint aroma of lager yeast, bohemian hop, and white flour.

T - Mild and inoffensive blend of slightly sweet cereal grains and mildly spicy pilsner hops. Balanced, and thankfully free of dextrin/corn sweetness common to so many pale lagers, but ultimately very boring. The kind of clean, crisp, finish that you would expect.

M - Light bodied and aggressive, stinging carbonation. But....it does compliment the style. Very grainy.

O - Cant say that pale Euro lagers are my thing by any means, but this one appears to be done well enough for the style. That said, it's nothing that moves me in any way, just a bland boring "beery" lager. A BMC without the corn and rice. But, any time a pale lager is free of adjunct "off" flavors, it's a bonus.

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Photo of bambam2517
2.93/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not remarkable in any way, the plain Jane of beers. Should come in the proverbial white can with "BEER" written on it in big black letters. It makes a decent quaffer when added to Guinness as a half-n-half, and it is not a bad beer, but I never care to drink this on its own. Macrobrew quality, import price.

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Photo of mnrider
2.96/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. Brown bottle. Green Label, Brewed in Canada.

A: Clear golden color with an initially nice looking head. This quickly
turns to basically nothing. Watery lacing. Little carbonation.

S: Mostly clean with some sweet malts and a light hint of floral hops.

T/M: Crisp, medium bodied, malt sweetness, plenty of grains, some
hop bitterness. Dry with a light tingling on the tongue. The finish is
a mixture of both bitter and grainy.

O: This lager from Guinness is easy to drink but the taste is somewhat
plain and has an overall unflattering dryness. Not too bad for a session
beer if you can get past the taste. Just not that enjoyable for me to get


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Photo of flyingpig
2.2/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light, pale straw colour with a thin, white head not more than a couple millimeters tall. This turns to a patchy lacing almost instantly.

Clean and with some very light grassy hops that are pretty faint. There is some corn and a vague background sweetness along with some grain and a pretty watery aroma that smells pretty cheap overall.

Sweet malts and grain make up most of the taste along with a chemical crispness and cheap malts. There is a very faint hop taste too but nothing much.

Clean and crisp with a lot of grain. The body is light and almost watery with a bit of bitterness in there too.

As expected this one wasn't a great beer at all, it was drinkable but only just really and not one that I enjoyed at all. A very basic and cheap lager, probably not the worst out there but nowhere near acceptable either.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.32/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some plastic-like aromas. Taste is much the same with a weird plastic-like, chemical flavor on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with aromas and flavors that make it hard to drink.

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

Harp Lager

Pours a vibrant and clear gold, little soapy white cap and some lace. In the nose, clean bready smell and light floral accents. In the taste, bread and biscuit notes, fresh herbal hops and mild but complimentary bitterness. Muted citrus fruit, honey and grass clippings. Light bodied feel with a crisp carbonation. Overall this is a solid, yet average lager. A good session beer with a low alcohol content and very soft yet agreeable flavor.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, golden yellow with a white, finger width head. Fair retention. Lacing is spotty with decent stick.

Smell - Aroma consists almost exclusively of clean, sweet grain malt.

Taste - Just like it smells. Clean, crisp and sweet grain malt flavor, with a touch of honey. Finishes much in the way it starts. Very, very subtle grass bitterness near the finish after the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with good carbonation. Silky on the swallow. Very drinkable.

Overall - This is a classic, simple lager done right. Very sessionable. While it presents very little to think about, it's something I could drink all night while watching tv or hanging out with friends.

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Photo of beergoot
3.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal-clear, pale yellow body with a fat, thick and chunky, creamy, white head sitting atop; carbonation galore in the body; sticky, clinging lacing on the glass. Average aroma for a lager; no rich hop aroma for the style, more like a light malt character overall, comparable to American adjunct lagers. Taste comes across as bland and uninspiring; primarily very light malt character with a shade of bitterness in the finish. Decent mouthfeel; clean and dry finish.

Another disappointing mass-produced beer that doesn't live up to what you'd hope for. It has a really nice appearance but falls flat with any distinctive malt or hop character. Certainly drinkable; certainly mundane...

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Photo of metter98
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Molly Pitcher's Ale House, New York, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that took a long time to fade away and left a thin collar and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of cooked corn in the nose along with some hints of grainy malts
T: The taste has light flavors of cooked corn along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but has a little too much flavors of adjunct malts.

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Photo of Fatehunter
1.75/5  rDev -46%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Clear, pale straw color with almost a finger of head. Short lasting head though.
Smells like green apples and mildly grainy, faint overall.
The taste is an assault on the senses. A brutally bitter (not the good kind) and metallic mess from beginning to end.
Light and crisp body.
The taste was unexpectedly bad, much worse than I thought it would be.

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

Had this beer on tap at the Ould Soud in SD. It's a great, old school, Irish-owned dive bar. Many nights with live, realy Irish jam music too.

A: Had a bright, clear medium golden color with style appropriate visible carbonation; white 1 finger head; plenty of lacing.

S: Nice, subtle hop aroma, a little on the light side but good.

T: Unlike many standard American mass produced, it has a nice fruity front, dry, a notably nice bready middle, with a nice dry fruity finish.

M: Appropriate light body that's crip, dry, and refereshing.

O: Much better than your standard mass produced lager or ale. I really enjoy this beer on tap.

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Photo of chinchill
3.19/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pint glass on tap at McGee's Pub (SC).

A: Clear golden color with visible carbonation; white head; plenty of lacing.

S: subtle aroma of a weak and very plain lager.

T: has the flavor of a rather average light lager except it is more fruity (i.e., it has some touch of fruitiness, mainly orange) and has a notably nice bready/fruity finish.

M: light body; crisp; semi-dry

O: a wee departure from your standard macro-lager. {3.25]

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.62/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite beers when I was first "going outside the Bud Light/Heineken" box when I began drinking beer as a youngin', Harp kind of fell off my radar these last five years or so. Picked up a six pack not too long ago and was pleasantly surprised of how good this beer is.

Its appearance is far from impressive, pouring a thin, medium golden with a slight, thin head that stays throughout, but never leaving much lacing along the side of the glass. Aside from malt and a slight hint of bread, there's not a whole lot to the smell. However, the taste is smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. Perfect balance of hops and malt. Refreshing and easy to like.

Glad I "re-discovered" this beer. It's a solid fall/winter session beer and looking forward to drinking more of it throughout the fall/winter.

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Photo of 57md
3.02/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light yellowish straw color. The body is light, the flavor is crisp and this offering is quite sessionable. However, this lager is only one step above the average AAL.

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Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
3.24 out of 5 based on 2,562 ratings.
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