Do Harp and Skol still exist in the UK market? I'm not sure. Skol is definitely very much alive in several markets. For example, Brazil.
With the exception of Harp, most have a distinctly higher gravity than the UK-based examples. Beers such as Holsten and Grolsch seem to be at full continental strength, weighing in at over 5% ABV. Oddly, Stella Artois, infamous for it s high strength, is one of the weakest in this set. And clearly well below the strength of the Belgian version.
A high average rate of attenuation - though not as high as for the "UK" Lagers - leaves the value for money in terms of ABV better than that for OG. Not only are the prices high, but high for the strength. At 62p per pint, Grolsch Pils is by far the most expensive beer of all those sampled by the Sunday Mirror.
The average score, at 9, is the same as the worst-performing Bitter class, Scotland. That's despite two of the seven samples - Grolsch and Stella - getting a very good score of 11. Two of the oldest Lagers in the UK market - Skol and Harp - got shit-poor scores of 6 and 7, respectively.
That's 1978 done. What's next? Well I've a load more analyses from 1971 and 1976. It would be a shame not to use them.
|UK "international" Lager in 1978|
|Brewer||Beer||Price per pint (p)||º gravity per p||% ABV per p||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||score|
|Sunday Mirror - Sunday 08 October 1978, page 4.|