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 ArchimedesSox
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Pours a clear straw color with a nice 2 finger head that leaves a really good lace down the 16oz pub glass as is disappears.

Smell is really fragrant as I could smell it as it was sitting 2 feet away. Has a skunky smell that is not so unpleasant. Upon closer examination it has more of a strong malty smell that mixes with an alcohol smell.

Taste is pretty decent. I get that smell translated into a taste with the strong malts with the alcohol smell that is pretty good when you have a few swigs. It develops into that crisp clean taste that is characteristic of a lager.

Mouthfeel is ok for such a clear beer. Carbonation is really nice.

Overall, a pretty decent beer. I really like it and wouldnt mind having it again especially on St Patrick's Day.

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Photo of Nightwing
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Poured from can. Floral and hay aromas. Clear golden color with with white head. Very light bitter taste. Light body, thin texture, and soft carbonation. Overall and easy drinking crisp brew.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.69/5  rDev +13.9%

Guinness!! Harp is made by Guinness so let's see what those redheads have to offer.

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured for appearance, let's hope I don't spill this one.

Appearance (4) : Fluffy, thick white 3 finger head. No trace of receding. Beautiful golden yellow color with great clarity. This is really a beauty to behold.

Smell (4) : Fresh. Springy. Orange and lemon zest, crisp clean water, beautiful non-bitter floral hops that grace the nose like a new day. Just a wonderful, non offending smell. Man if this pans out I just might have to start buying this brew.

Taste (3.75) : Good, medium bodied flavor with the signature Guinness bitter-zing. I'm getting light pine hops, lemony wheat, slight butter beans, ending with an uncommonly fresh wooden flavor finish. Something's a little off in regards to a bitter citrus surrounding the aftertaste (kind of like a rotten orange rind?) which keeps it from being pure perfection but otherwise it's just...Delicious.

Mouthfeel (3) : Medium bodied, slightly smooth, carbonated and ending wet and, again...woody. The citrus bitter note at the end keeps it from being 100% drinkable (poundable) but overall it's not a bad mouthfeel.

Overall (3.69) : A good lager representative of the style in spades. I was expecting some Irish weirdness but instead I got a pleasant beer that was both drinkable and enjoyable. Only gripe I have is the piney citrus bitter that's plaguing the drink. It is however reminiscent of a more pleasurable IPA. But since I don't like IPA's in general I'd say, remove that and it's bliss. This was a pleasant experience.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL can into pint glass. Beer was eager to form a pearly white head, characteristic of many European lagers. This head, about 2cm high at max, soon dissipated to a trace amount on the surface of the beer. Body was a transparent yellow.

Scent was crisp, reminiscent of apple cider on certain notes, with slight hoppy tones.

Taste proceeded to be akin to many European lagers, light and airy, with one major difference being that this flavour hit all sections of the palate, and followed with a similar aftertaste experience.

Mouthfeel was pleasant, the beer was very light and smooth, and quite enjoyable.

Very good beer. Would certainly recommend to anyone interested in Irish beer.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce bottle.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a half-inch thick white head which fades to a thin cap and leaves semi-rings and spots of lace.

N: Yeasty and malt/grainy with a faint citrus and grassy note.

T: Clean and crisp, biscuity malts and yeast.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Yeasty, mildly sweet malt finish.

O: Basic in every way and thankfully not too undrinkable.

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Photo of scootny
3.09/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light gold and leaves decent lacing. Head ain't bad, quick fade. Smell is ok. Some malt and grassy notes. A bit of earth and pepper. Taste is mild malt sweetness. Earth and grass hops. Clean finish with an light tang. Feel is thin and watery with mild and smooth carbonation. Overall a shadow of what is was twenty years or so ago. Sigh.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.94/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L - golden with a frothy white head that holds good retention
S - faint aroma overall with biscuit, grass, yeast; not much else
T - grassy, yeast, faint nutty grain, faint spicy hop
F - thin body, highly carbonated, finishes crisp with a bit of a hoppy bite
O - nothing special here. Good for Irish occasions, otherwise I'd pass on it.

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Photo of Foyle
3.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a sudsy 2" white head that slowly recedes with abundant lacing. Clear light golden color with mild streaming carbonation.
Aroma: some musky barley, a hint of lemon, toffee and some earthy hops.
Mouthfeel: mouthfeel is light and slick with a pleasantly drying finish.
Flavor: nice combination of lightly toasted barley, doughy dinner roll, a bit of lemon and some mild earthy hop spice.
Overall: pleasant and well balanced pale lager.

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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 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 dbrauneis
3.07/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and brassy + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of vegetal, corn, and grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of corn and grainy malts with some lighter vegetal notes. Hints of grassy hops towards the finish. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers slightly.

M: Light bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Lightly crisp.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing but not really anything special - leftover from St. Patrick's Day. Alcohol is well hidden but not one that I will be rushing out to get again.

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
1.72/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: yellow lager look

Smell: like a malt liquor

Taste: it has a very big lemon taste and bitter taste at the end..No complexity or uniqueness to this beer.

Mouthfeel : light mouthfeel .

Overall: I take a Mickey big mouth or Schlitz malt liquor over this beer even light beer. I will not buy again !

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Harp Lager brewed by Guinness Ltd pours out a nice amber color. This brew has a small white head like most Lager beers. Harp has a skunk smell and that is about it. I'm no big fan of the smell of this brew. The taste is smooth with a little bit at the end. There is nothing bad about this brew taste. Overall I'm impressed on how smooth this beer is, but the smell is not something to be desired. I may get this brew again if I have the chance too. I'm giving this brew a 3.25 out of 5.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Harp Lager from Guiness Ltd. is the brew I chose for 2014 Saint Patrick's Day, as all of Guiness' other products have never disappointed me. Poured from the bottle into a glass, the head was off-white with larger bubbles than I thought would be there. After a minute or two it goes away entirely. Decent lacing.

Not much of a smell here, the small part that I can notice is the Heineken and Rolling Rock type of skunkiness that goes away very fast. Almost as quickly as the scent "pops up".

This tastes like a lighter pale lager with nothing very distinctive or standoutish. Again, the small element of skunkiness reminiscent of the aforementioned brews is present and goes away in the blink of an eye. Very crisp and clean like a lager ought to be, zero lingering elements. After about ten minutes of finishing this, I couldn't even taste it in my mouth at all. Not saying it's a bad thing, just an observation. I give this a 3 since its not bad at all, but not the cat's pajamas to my personal palate.

Mouthfeel is the typical light,clean lager moutfeel. No afterswallow fumes are present here, as expected.

Overall 3.25 is my rating for Harp Lager. I kind of thought it would have more personality, but I enjoyed trying this out. This would be a refreshing brew if you wanted to cool down with a Euro Pale Lager. I might buy this again.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear light gold with a thin head that falls fast but tired to leave some lace. Sparkling with bubbles rising upwards. Nose is light grain sweetness and fresh cut hay. A bit of floral but not too much and maybe a small whisper of the lemon peel. Sweet grains make up most of the palate and the hops offer a gentle bit of sweet grass. Some tart and weak lemon in the background. Drinks crisp and clean with a bit of bite on the tongue from carbonation and nice drying to the finish.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The Harp lager I'm holding has a green label on the bottle that looks different from the one pictured above. The label says that it is brewed in New Brunswick, Canada. The beer pours with a good head. Excellent lacing that just keeps sticking around. Straw yellow body... maybe light golden. Lively carbonation.

Mild. Bread. Faint lemony hops.

A well balanced lager beer. Mild bready malts. Mild citrus and pine flavored hops. Even milder bitter hops on the finish. Do I detect a little bit of corn?

Somewhere between light and medium bodied. Good level of carbonation. Mild bitter finish. The bready malt flavor dries up and tastes of corn a bit as the flavor sits your mouth.

A pretty good lager. The hopping is nice. I think they could improve the malt body of this beer to give it a cleaner taste. There is a stale, corn, cardboard thing going on in the finish that detracts from this beer's full potential. Overall it's still a decent drink. I would drink it again if offered. But I probably won't be seeking it out.

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Photo of jeranbrews
2.86/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - very pale very clear faint orange tint of an incandescent bulb. Thick foamy head. Some lacing

S - weak pale malts and straw with a hint of aluminum.

T - dry bitter slIghtly stale.

M - dry but without at least the abv benefit.

D - Kind of vague uninspired pilsner. Better than Heiny or A few of the common euro pale lagers. Don't get me wrong id reach for this before Byd or Heiny but that's not the same as liking it.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear deep golden body. A white head that recedes to a white ring around the sides and a cirrus cloud wisp. Random splotches of lacing.

Aroma: Clean grains, malts, and just a touch of hops.

Taste: Mostly like the aroma with a grainy and malty body, very clean tasting if not just a tad metallic. A very faint sour hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little dry.

Overall: A very easy drink, if not a session. Clean. A beer I don't drink often but am never ashamed of when I do.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear light gold with a thick sudsy tuft of white head. Plenty of stick.

Nose doesn't come off with much. It's got some breadiness and a touch of sweetness.

Slight sweetness, fruit, and bread.

Med body crisp and finishes quick(that's what she said).

Better than I was expecting actually. Super easy to drink and not half bad.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.02/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

DATE TASTED: January 18, 2014... GLASSWARE: 22 oz. pilsner...OCCASION:cheering on PSU's first BIG 10 win? ... APPEARANCE: actively bubbly, light gold body; thick, rocky snow-white head; lacing beautifully etches the glass... AROMA: soapy, lightly doughy presence; just as readily, thick beefy aroma less appealing than its appearance... PALATE: medium-bodied, slightly oily end; slightly fizzy,, but otherwise drinkable ...TASTE: slightly sweet,, toasted oat base; some lemon, some less noteworthy buttery flavors... OVERALL: an old Bloomsburg bar favorite revisited; situated among the usual Guinness offerings, not a bad diversion from its scrumptious stout...

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

So Harp ... Guinness' paler and perhaps classier little brother. On tap this beer pours a moderately gold honey amber with white head. Aroma is fairly toasty, mellow, with a hint of sweet fermented honey and fruit. Interesting. Taste is the expected grainy sour malt and green grass, but there is more subtle character as well: Some cidery apple, nutty malts, sour rhubarb and almost a tobacco sweetness with more sour fruit and wintergreen notes on the finish, which is crisp and bitter. Overall effect is more "deep and dark" than other pale Euros. There are flaws (a touch of skunk, a bit of metal, some acrid booze) but these are muted and fortunately take a backseat. Could be the Irish king of the European macrobeers and good for more than Black and Tans.

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Photo of Subliminal64
4.18/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Harp Lager is one of my favorite beers. I have been consistently drinking this beer for a year now, and it never disappoints.

Colour is a darker gold.

Smell is a little on the lighter side.

Taste is a little strong, but very smooth. Very little aftertaste.

Lots of carbonation.

This beer has won numerous awards, and it shows. Give this Irish beer a look. Will not disappoint.

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Photo of mschram72
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Certainly not a conventional beer for Guinness. Beer goes down smoothly, but lacks a real bite or bitterness. Looks great in a glass, and even pours beautifully out of a bottle. Definitely has a sweetness to it, very palatable to the average drinker. That all being said, there is certainly nothing that stands out about it. A reliable brew for a hot day, or if you're in the mood for something that is slightly different than your average American lager.

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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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Harp Lager from Guinness Ltd.
3.24 out of 5 based on 2,554 ratings.
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