Review: Harp, Guinness Ltd.

Guinness Ltd. — Dublin, Ireland

  • Style:  Irish Lager
  • Bitterness:  Not available
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • Malts:  Not available
  • Hops:  Not available 
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description:  "The smooth, crisp taste of Harp is the proud result of a traditional Irish recipe using only the finest all-natural ingredients.  Its authentic spirit and award-winning flavor have made it a favorite of those who appreciate good beer and good time in equal measure." — Guinness Ltd. 

Random thoughts:   This is part two of my tribute to St. Patrick's day—also known as Four Guinness and a Coors.  Harp is one of two lagers I'm sampling.  Killian's Irish Red is the other.

The tasting:   Golden straw (very clear) with a fluffy white head that dissipated quickly, leaving some lacing on the glass.  Aroma of bready malts and yeast.  Flavor very similar to aroma.  I didn't notice the hops in aroma or flavor.  Light bodied and highly carbonated, it has a highly effervescent and crisp mouth feel.  It finishes dry with bready malt.  Very drinkable.  

Rating:  2 star.  Drinkable, but not sure I want to.  Just to be clear, this is NOT a bad beer.  However, it tastes like countless similarly styled lagers.  It's very forgettable.  It reminds of the industrial lagers I vowed never to drink again.  If lagers are your style, and you're looking for a lighter Irish beer to toast the holiday, give Harp a shot.  Harp reminded me of the Smithwick's I tasted yesterday.  The major difference was Smithwick's heavier malt base, which make it more palatable to me.

Have you tried Harp or any other Irish lagers?

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