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 Drew966
2.7/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Harp Lager pours a macro looking yellow with a fluffy white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Has a nasty, skunk-like aroma. Taste is better than I expected given the appearance and aroma. Decent balance of hops and malt, if a bit skunky. The skunk being fairly typical for the Euro pale lager profile. Not offensive, perhaps a step up from the big three.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.7/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a yellow-gold with thin white head.

S- Mainly sweet grainy malts, a bit of yeast and corn.

T- Really lacking. Every time I take a sip, I'm waiting for a kick of flavor that never comes. As the beer warms up, you get a little more malt character, but not much. There is a light bitterness from the hops, but nothing memorable.

F- Medium in body and the higher end in carbonation.

D- I'll pass on this one not too impressed with this one. Just plain pretty boring.

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Photo of sevenarts
2.7/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale golden color, nicely carbonated, small white bubbly head.

S: Sweet and malty, not very strong, but pleasant.

T/M: Much like the aroma, this is simple, direct, clean maltiness. Sweet and very straightforward, the barest touch of bitterness on the way down, and no aftertaste.

O: A typical malt-heavy Euro lager, but a fine one for the style because it's so crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of Edwin
2.7/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Kclinger's Publik House.

Appearance - A bland gold/yellow with a white head that vanishes in a flash. Completely see-through with that oh-so-awesome "american macro" feel.

Smell - I smell just about nothing. A little grain with a slight hop character. Uninspiring.

Taste - Pretty bland. A little barley/rice type flavor, but nothing really stands out. Pretty plain-Jane and effortless.

Mouthfeel - Average at best. Has the same mouthfeel as a Budweiser IMHO. Easy, but not too easy. A bit of extra carbonation for fun.

Drinkability - Can be consumed en masse, but why would you want to?

Overall - Save yourself $3 and get the Miller Lite instead. It's basically the same type of brew. This beer really isn't anything out of the ordinary. Thumbs down.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Harp Lager on tap.

What happened?!

Appearance- yellow/ orange with a decent white head. Head didn't hold up long.
Smell- light malt and a hint of fruitiness. Little to no hops.
Taste- light and crisp but not as flavorful as I used to remember. I guess my taste buds are becoming discriminating.
Mouthfeel- carbonated and light somewhat watery.

Overall- not a good buy on tap. Harp is now a let down!

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Photo of Kc4shore
2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear Crystal Straw, full white head

Smell: Smooth hop aroma, slight maltiness on the nose

Taste: Decent smooth bitterness from the hops. Very crisp. Not too much else going on in the taste

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, light bodied

Overall: Well, its just okay. Honestly, there is very little manufested taste to be had. However, and I say this assuringly, I would take Harp over any Big Three lager/pilsner ANY day of the week. It is very refreshing and drinkable, highly recommended for celebration/tailgating beer. Cheers

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Photo of mdagnew
2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle from a local Centra... i hadn't had this in years so thought i'd try a bottle again....

Poured a pale straw yellow colour... White head poured pretty big and foamy then faded to thin layer... decent amount of carbonation.... very little lacing...

Aroma - Pretty standard macro stuff.... sweetcorn notes, rice, some light biscuity maltiness, vanilla notes, some metallic hints, lemony, no real hops - just a slight pepperiness...

Taste - Light biscuity malts, creamy, some faint grapefruit / lemon notes, definite sweetcorn and boiled rice, metallic traces, some very very light hops just about coming through... pretty inoffensive but bland...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy. Light body.... pretty drinkable when really cold....

Overall - A standard macro lager - not really much more to say....

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Photo of hopsaplenty
2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The clear mellow gold pint is topped with a sparkling white head of small bubbles that left a moderate amount of lacing. A few carbonation streams were present, but not overly active. The smell is clean and only suggestive of some grain and hops, nothing stood out as overly distinctive. The taste was initially sweet winding down to a fairly tame/limp hop finish. Nothing crisp about it. A bit grainy deeper into the pint, but overall fairly mundane. Light body, and frothy carbonation led to a light mouthfeel. Something seemed chemical about this beer, but I could not put my finger on it. I did not find this to be overly enjoyable.

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Photo of hylton44
2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A recent guest to my house brought a sixer of these over; it's apparently one of his favorite beers. For me, it didn't quite live up to his pre-drink hype.

It had a ruddy golden appearance, though I don't think it was a particularly rich color. It had a very active head (over carbonation?) that rapidly receded. Then, the taste: There was that sort that macro-like brackishness. I tried to check out the Guiness website to get a little more information on the ingredients, but they don't even mention the beer. Ditto with the parent company, Diageo. Really frustrating, as I was trying to make some connection between the ingredients and the taste. I don't know if it has to do with how the bitterness from hops mixes with adjuncts, or did I just happen to get a bad bottle? I guess I may never know, and cannot give them the benefit of the doubt.

I liked the bitterness, and it had a decent zing on my tongue, but blast it but that slightly nasty taste undertaste was detracting from every step of the experience. My palette & knoweldge base aren't developed enough to know why that unfortunate aspect of the taste was there. But I know this much: if I want to seek it out (which I won't), I'll just buy a Budweiser. (not to pick on Bud in particular-it is what it is).

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Photo of Retsinis
2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It was blazing hot in the San Fernando valley this 4th of July weekend, and the light lagers, Hefe's, Witbiers, were flowing. This was one such beer.

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Bruery tulip. The beer pours a darker shade of yellow, with a generous three inches of fizzy white head that quickly settles.

S: Very minimal scents of grass/hops. Some very light malt in the background.

T: Some flavors of bread, grain, hay, and dried out hops. Mild bitterness, and a dry finish.

M: Light body, semi-crisp, medium carbonation.

O: Have not had this beer in a few years, and I haven't been missing much. Pretty standard mass produced lager. Decent ice cold on a hot day, but drink it quickly, since there is not much to savor. When I visited Ireland in late February last year, this beer was not as prevalent as I had expected it to be. Not much better locally there either from what I recall, but it was a change of pace from Guinness Draught, or a Bulmers.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

blah. Out with the parents at an Irish pub, not many choices. This is a really mediocre beer. Beer is yellow, no head, no lacing, moderate to low carbonation of very large bubbles, looks like carbonated yellow water.

Aroma is mildly sulfury and just bland.

Beer is thin and watery. It has almost no forward sweetness and some sulfur and grains in the mid and late palates. It goes down like water too, but its harsh on the ending with a lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of cnally
2.67/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

ooh the continuity of pouring this beer into a guiness brand pint glass. cool with that.

clear watery yellow color in the beer. bubbly white head on this one, clinging to the glass on the way down.

yeasty, corn and wheat smell. very adjunct of them.

flavor is all sour wheat and yeast. the flavors are earthy and like grains, filling your mouth with bitter field yields. the bitterness comes from a much appreciated punch of hops on the back end.

fizzy, sticky feel.

uh, I guess I don't much like this type of beer, but this seemed especially bitter and sour. a flavor of more balanced hops or a sweetness I feel is important in these types of beers, to balance out everything.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.67/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This pours from 12oz bottle a clear light gold with a huge head of foam that has very good retention and it has a lot of good sticky lacing.

The smell has some hoppiness to it with a touch of malt. Weak nose overall.

The taste has a mild hop bitterness up front with a small amount of malt and I can sense some corn but at least it's minimal. It finishes slightly bitter and has a light mouthfeel and pretty high carbonation. Not much more I can say about it other than if I want a
lager with similar light flavours, I can pay a lot less than the plus US$8 I paid for the 6pack. Next..

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Photo of JayTheFinn
2.66/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I don't like it when beer makes my tastebuds jump off my tongue in order to get away from the taste. Harp has such a sharp, biting sting that just doesn't set well with me. I stuck my nose in it and I thought all would be well, but I'm just not into it. Then again, I am a bit of a wimp. I know plenty of people that rave about Harp. I don't think I'll ever be one of those people.

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Photo of champ103
2.66/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear yellow color. A small white head forms and leaves a little lace.
S: Sweet malt and grain. Sulfur and a chemical aroma.
T: Sweet malt and grain. A light bitterness lingers. Sulfur. Blah.
M/D: Very light and high carbonation. Thin and watery. Not hard to drink. Nothing I will session however.

Just blah and bland. Not the worst thing ever, but nothing I care to have again.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
2.64/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into 19oz pilsner.

Appearance: Very nice looking- almost perfect. Pours a honey color with a large white head that stays for a while, leaving a nice lace.

Smell: Very very weak smell but smells sweet and flowery.

Taste: Very weak taste also, and that isn't good. Very slight sweetness, with a weak finish of hop spice.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and pretty watery, with not too much carbonation, either.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, but doesn't have much of a taste. Not worth it's price, either. I don't have a problem drinking it, but nothing that I would be going out of my way to buy. Could be good on a summer day, but at the price there are much better choices.

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Photo of RoBotGod
2.63/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I think of this as a kind of a yellow fizzy little beer. The lace is thin and has a very light body. I get a little bit of sweetness on the tongue and then a bitter grain follow through. I think this beer gets picked up more because they see who brews it. If it wasn’t for the name, I think this beer would get lost on the shelf with all the other random lagers.

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Photo of inbeertruth
2.63/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Baker Street Pub in The Woodlands, TX.

A: White frothy head which dissolved quickly with lots of lacing. Clear golden color which is slightly darker than a pils.

S: Nothing too special. Wheat and hops.

T: Nothing too special, though an aftertaste of honey.

MF: Decent carbonation, but nothing particularly noticable.

D: An okay beer, goes well with food, but a little unremarkable for me. Tomorrow when I go to play darts with the wife, I’m ordering a stout or a pale ale instead.

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Photo of Ohiolager
2.62/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Harp Premium lager 6pk bottles $7.99(OH)

12 oz brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. No freshness date. "From the makers of Guinness".

Pours a nice pale gold color. Put a little air between the bottle and glass towards the end of your pour. A nice three finger, creamy bright white head that last a long time. It give way to amazing lacing.

It smells rather adjunct, if you ask me. The malts smell great, and a light hop is detected. However a sweet corny smell is dominate here.

The taste is better than the smell but not by much. Bready malts, followed by a nice light hop taste in the middle. Towards the end there is a corny taste, but it is well hidden behind the dryness of the hops. The adjunct is better hidden in the taste than the smell.

mouth feel is decent. Not watery like Guinness, more towards the medium body. The malts and hop dryness cling to your palate, hiding the corn taste.

Overall i was not expecting too much from this brew. And that's what i got. It the best adjunct brew i have had to date. I just did not expect a corny taste in a euro pale lager. Would i buy this again, probably not.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.62/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright straw color with average activity. White 1.5 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with average legs.

Smell of sweet grains and faint floral spices. Flavors of grains, slight corn, noble type hops. Sweet roasted grains/corn with a slight syrupy feel but still ending with a nice sharpness.

Slick light body with prickly carbonation. Light and short finish, ending with smoky roasted malt feel and a bit hoppy.

Overall a mediocre craft having faint flavors and almost no personality but good freshness. Very basic and overly sugary.

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Photo of Backer2004
2.61/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Strange that I have not reviewed this in my year, but after tasting it again, it may have been a while. Skunky bitter taste and nothing else to impress me. Passed on seconds at a dinner tonight. Appeared nice for a Euro Pale Lager, which is becoming one of my least favorite styles.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.61/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours gold with a head that quickly turns to a ring, lacing is excellent. The aroma is of pale malts with no real hop character and a musty corn element in the back. The taste is of sweet almost cloying malts and not much else. This is tastes one dimensional, even for a macro lager. The hops are way too muted, only noticeable in a slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is light and processed (metallic?). This is an ok lager at best. Better than Blue but not good.

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Photo of danielharper
2.61/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Purchased from Target on University, Huntsville, AL.

A: Orange-yellow body, thin foamy head. Looks like champaigne (sorry, sparking wine) more than beer.

S: Skunky at first, almost overpowering. Then notes of corn and grain. No hops.

T: Sweet, slight skunky but not too bad. Astringent aftertaste like grain.

M: Moderate mouthfeel. Kind of foamy due to carbonation.

D: Not one I'll be buying again anytime soon. Stella Artois or Grolsch would be a better example to-style.

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Photo of dcook11
2.6/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden hue with a thick head, some lacing, and ample carbonation. Looks like a typical adjunct lager. The smell is of malt and sweet cornsyrup with a touch of hop bite at the end. Reminds me a lot of miller high life. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a touch of bite from the carbonation. An uncomplex beer that tastes very much like an adjunct lager.

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Photo of uabigdaz
2.59/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark yellow, orange like color. Reminds me of the color of expelled vitamins... Smells decent, but unfortunately for me, this smell always brings me back to my least favorite tasting beer, and that is anything by JW Dundee. Thankfully, this beer doesn't taste as strongly as JWD, but still an unpleasant maltyness to this beer. Watery, not much substance here. Really nothing exciting here except maybe an Irish parralel to PBR with a less offensive smell. Can't say I'm impressed, and I only saved 50 cents by going with this instead of getting Sierra Nevada like usual. Oh well, tis the time of the season for Irish.

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