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 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 generallee
4.13/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has great clarity and a bright yellow straw color. Its head is thick with big pillowy stiff peaks. It has great retention and leaves behind lots of cool lacing.

Smell: The aroma has pleasant aromatic hops and light malt.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor has a good balance of sweet, light malts with mellow leafy and floral hops. Bitterness is mild and fades to a clean finish. Its texture is smooth and wet with average carbonation and a light to medium body that is very drinkable.

Notes: For me this was a very enjoyable beer with a beautiful look and pleasing aroma. The flavor is clean, refreshing and highly drinkable. Cheers!

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Photo of scottchesterhall
4.13/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden color...very nice body for a lager, with a quarter-inch of head and strong lacing.

Smell...I'm actually impressed by the smell. There's a sweet estery presence of yeast and mild hops...nuanced by dry and nice. I don't expect fireworks on a lager but this is inviting.

Taste is sweet and dry with a nice lingering roasted malt. Clean, but substantial.

Mouthfeel is thinnish but nicely effervescent.

Drinkability is solid, especially when cool.

In my humble (and apparently rare, based on other reviews) opinion, this is a top-notch lager. I'm mostly an ale fan, but Harp is in my top 5 of lagers when I'm going that way.

Remember, beer-people...this is a LAGER. It's a narrow flavor profile, so judge it accordingly!

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Photo of Noxious26
4.13/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured in a pilsner glass. Date on back label states 05-09-17. I believe these bottles actually come from Ireland as it states "brewed in Dundalk, Ireland" whereas some "imports" actually say they're brewed somewhere in N.A.

Clear, and a nice pure gold colour. Bright white head is 1/2 inch on the pour, but reduces to a 1/8 inch cap. Lots of carbonation streams. Sporadic globs of lacing.

Aroma has a solid malt backbone with a light sweetness and hints of herbal (maybe noble) hops.

Lightly sweet at the start with a good malt backbone. After the mild carbonation rush there are hints of herbal hops in the middle and this nice malt/hop balance flows smoothly into a mildly acidic light dry finish. Aftertaste is dry with a wisp of rememberance of malt sweetness.

Medium bodied with light carbonation. Smooth but crisp.

As far as a lager goes, this is one of the best I've had in some while. It didn't knock my socks off, but I'm pretty impressed as it's head and shoulders above any other lager I've had in the past couple of years. Well balanced, smooth, crisp, good malt spine yet with a bit of a hop presence and bite. I'll be buying more of this soon.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.11/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am totally surprised and ashamed that about 900 beers later, I haven't reviewed this one. This is just a classic, so I assumed that I had already review it. At any rate, this one pours out to a sparkingly clear straw gold, forming a voluminous bone white rocky head with superior retention and some of the best lacing around. This is one of the prettiest beers ever. Moderately brisk carbonation forms streamers that make the beer glisten. The aroma is classic Europils...freshly mown hay, pale malt with a skunk-like character and fresh Saaz hops. The mouthfeel is very crisp and biting with a medium-light body and a wisp of dryness in the end. The floral bitterness balances expertly with the malts and hop flavor, leaving the tastebuds with a lingering touch of hay and astringency. Very cleanly fermented. Alcohol is imperceptable. Unfortunately, this is one of those Europils that tastes better ice-cold, because as it warms, the grassiness becomes a bit much and the alcohol becomes perceptable.

What can I say? This is a classic, although Steinlager is my favorite in this category.

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Photo of Kwak
4.1/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice thick cakey head white lace around the glass.Nice refreshing bitter flavor almost creemy decent look and no real aftertaste.Nice
parnter with big brother Guiness,Anice bitter to the Guiness smooth

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.08/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic. Pours out to a nice medium golden color with a big white head of foam. Great head retention. Lots of lacing. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas of dry hops and some citrus notes over malt fills the nose. Taste is medium bodied; flavors of grass, malts, bitter hops, some cereal grain. Good taste for the style. Mouthfeel is good; solid carbonation keeps things moving and adds to the higher level of drinkability. Slighty slick as well, but not oily. Good drinkability. I should have this more often, I can't believe i've never reviewed it. Recommended.

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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 doerickson
4.05/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light golden color with a thin, pure white head. Grassy hop aromas. Active carbonation, pretty light body. Crisp in the mouth. A nice, clean, bitter lager that is easy to drink. Made me think of summertime.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/20/04- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with some kind of funky numbering on the side. Poured into my Shipyard pint glass.

Appearance- Light golden color, nice creamy head and decent lacing.

Smell- Mostly clean malt. Maybe a tad bit of grainyness to be found.

Taste- Nice and crisp, nice and clean malty taste. I wish there were some hops though. Very refreshing taste.

Mouthfeel- Nice average cabonation level makes this beer a very drinkable one.

Drinkability- Overall this is one of my favorite standby beers. It covers most of the bases for me if I just need a run of the mill beer and don't need my taste buds to be appeased. A working mans beer IMO.

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Photo of Jordan1985rec
4.03/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-Served on tap into pint glass-
I walked into a local favorite of mine in DC and ordered a round of Harp for my friends and I. I had heard that this was a good beer for such a night, and as it were that sentiment was correct. The color was a nice golden yellow with a medium to thick head when served in the pint glass. The smell was hoppy and a bit "fizzy," what I mean by that is this beer seemed a tad over carbonated. The taste was plesent and the mouthfeel was suprizingly smooth (I suspose I shouldn't be too suprized... it is made by Guinness). We ended our first round and the glasses finished clean, the test had been pased; Time for another round mate!

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.03/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 ounce bottle, with no freshness date I could find, poured into a goblet.
Haven't had this in quite some time so I thought I'd pick some up for the sake of review.
Golden color that pours with a bit of head even when quite cold, laces the glass quite well(considering the style) with a persistent thin layer of foam on top.
A slight floral aroma with some sweet malt presence. Smells clean and fresh... nothing too stunning going on here but it's inviting enough (again, for the style).
Tastes a bit sweeter than I remember this tasting. Definately has more of a malt presence than a lot of other lagers I've had. The hops in this dry out the sweetness and mouthfeel quite nicely. There is a bit of a slickness going on in the mouthfeel that I never quite remembered this having.. but then again, the last time I had this I wasn't paying quite as much attention. Appropriate carbonation for the style.
Very straightforward, very drinkable, very refreshing. A fine choice when you don't want to sit around and think about your beer. Clean, light, low/moderate alcohol content.. not exceptional with respect to the entire beer realm but a fine member of it's corner of the beer world.

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.02/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -Golden with little head
S - Sweet, malty, fruity
T - honey, toast, mild hop bitterness.
F -medium body with low carbonation.
O - Maybe b/c of low expectations but I was really impressed, great flavor for a light session beer.

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Photo of hdofu
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a lager I have no complaints this is what I'd expect a lager to taste like. Has a pleasant grassy smell with a bit of a grassy taste followed by some hops. Poured gold with a white fuzzy volcano. I'm not a big fan of lagers but this one is doable and pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of surfmeister
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great stuff...
Dark yellow/golden, crystal clear, full sturdy head with staying power, a great start, nice blast of malt for the nose, taste was malty, sweet even fruity!, well balanced by a hop bite, crisp and clean, full mouthfeel for type, this may be one of my new favorite lagers!

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Photo of TastyTaste
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Written From Notes Compiled 6/04-8/04:
Clear gold color, gigantic foamy white head. SMells sharply of grassy malts, not trace of anything skunky. Taste is dominated by one thing, malt. A small trace of hops in the finish, but this thing is as euro lager as you can get. The malt is very well balanced and tastes fresh and slightly grassy, the way a lager should be

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Photo of garymuchow
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle, had an excessive head that was frothy and maintained. Very pleasing malt aroma. Crystal clear, bright pale gold. Quite smooth start to finish, with no over powering characteristics. Finish was dry and somewhat long with a hop bitterness . Flavor is mostly malt, but aspects of the hops are present. Mouthfeel is medium and unnoticable considering the size of the head. Would really like to try one on tap in Britian.

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Photo of psugrad98
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good lager. Had on tap. Nice head, amber color. Fresh smelling of hops with a smithering of fruitiness. Full mouthfeel with nice blend of bitter hops and sweet malt.

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Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold color...grainy aroma...sweet graininess on the tastes...finishes with almost a noble hop hit like a true pilsner...mouthfeel is round..buttery actually...pretty full for the style....good weight to this but quenching at the same time..good lager...

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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 shbobdb
3.99/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yummy. This beer is just about the only good beer on tap at my school's little bar. However, it wasn't a bad choice at all.
The beer pours a vibrant gold, with delicate carbonation keeping a fluffy white head afloat. The taste is light and sweet, with just a pinch of english hops thrown in at the fore. It is quite possibly the sweetest Euro-lager I've had, which isn't a bad thing, just different. I drink it, I like it. Yeah. Nice and simple, no complaints.

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Photo of supercolter
3.99/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is very good for its style. Probably my favorite other than Stella Artois and possibly Tyskie. Very mild malt flavor that is a bit sweet with just a touch and I do mean a touch of hops. Mouth feel is ok kinda soft with out much carbonation. I could have 10 and not feel full though so it is very drinkable.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.96/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear straw color with a nice pillowy white head, good carbonation, and spotty lace. Standard adjunct-like aromas and flavors. A bit grainy in the mouth though which was a nice touch. Medium and pretty smooth for a lager with a crisp dry malty finish.

Not bad - better than I remember but it's been a long time...

Bottle States: "Brewed in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada"

'L6186' lasered
Tasted: 01/28/07

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Harp Lager has a thick, frothy, and slightly off-white head and a clear golden-amber appearance, with fine particulate matter floating throughout. Carbonation is high, and a nice amount of lacing is left down the glass. The aroma is of barley, but that is faint. Taste is of roasted barley, with a mild hop undertone. Mouth-feel is pretty light and watery, and Harp Lager finishes crisp and dry. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and would recommend it.


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Photo of CrazyMike
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Harp has a very malty, bitter taste, which is good. Less strong then other Irish beers such as Guiness but still refreshing and smooth. Slightly carbonated. It's aroma is little but pleasent.

Another good point is that there is very little aftertaste. I highly recommend that it is tried on tap.

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