Harp Lager | Guinness Ltd.

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75
okay
2,580 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
2,580
Reviews:
743
Avg:
3.24
pDev:
17.28%
 
 
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From notes taken 08/15/16:

Straw gold to nearly amber gold, very clear, bubbly, capped by thick, fine, uneven off-white head of moderate retention. Lacy. Grain, light grass, light honey nose. Grain and honey throughout on palate. Some rindy and metallic notes as it finishes. Light to medium in body, soft and smooth, sudsy to nearly effervescent.

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I don't get this beer or why it exists.

Typical AAL looking appearance, seems toughened up by the brown bottle, but when I see it poured out, its just all light yellow and a 1/2" white head. Dusty grain in the nose, nothing else really.

Taste is bland. Tiny yeast sweetness, hardly anything hop or malt wise. I didn't even get the skunk I was hoping for in the nose. I don't get the cost for this or the market demo, maybe people who want something as bland as the Guinness stout, who knows. . .

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Medium amber-golden color. Just a little bitterness. A bit "thin" in taste in my opinion. At first drink or two by itself - not my favorite taste. Drank the second half with my meal and it didn't help matters. Certainly not "gosh-awful" but left me disappointed.

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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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Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
3.24 out of 5 based on 2,580 ratings.
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