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Ugly Pug Black Lager - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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384 Ratings
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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.68%
Wants: 19
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: assurbanipaul on 12-18-2004)
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Texas

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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Texas

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

09-24-2012 00:17:32 | More by tubeyes
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Texas

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

01-24-2013 19:35:29 | More by goodylil2shoes
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J_Dub

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

04-22-2013 22:01:08 | More by J_Dub
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BigRedEye

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

11-14-2012 05:43:58 | More by BigRedEye
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batt6343

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

08-31-2012 05:39:26 | More by batt6343
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Texas

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

11-11-2013 15:12:59 | More by Crowbar
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Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

04-02-2012 15:45:17 | More by FATH3RH0P5
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Domvan

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

06-30-2014 01:49:04 | More by Domvan
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Moose44

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

09-28-2012 13:52:27 | More by Moose44
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

07-21-2012 04:28:59 | More by precella
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev +17.2%

On draft at Buffalo Wild Wings in Lubbock, TX.

The beer is black with a half inch of beige head. The aroma offers light roast, chocolate, lager yeast, bread. Creamy feel and nice balance. Bready chocolates. Light to medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. Silky smooth and easy drinking. Good stuff.

01-25-2013 03:01:16 | More by Huhzubendah
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IntriqKen

California

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%

Thanks to assurbanipaul for this bit of Texas.
Pours a clear deep, dark amber with a small off white head that melts to a ring of lace.
Aroma is burnt caramel and coffee.
Taste is toasted amber malt and burnt caramel with a touch of coffee in the end. It finishes with a nice hop bitterness that dries the mouth as you swallow. Nothing in the taste dominates or struggles for control..everything tastes and feels just wonderfully balanced.
Maybe my favorite swartzbier

11-22-2006 02:49:02 | More by IntriqKen
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skillerified

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%

A nice brown cocoa color fills the glass. Nice two finger head, creamy and slightly tanned, fades to a lasting cap. Some nice burgandy tones around the edges. Very clear, you can almost see through it.

Cocoa powder, coffee beans and dark chocolate make up the first whiff. Slightly vinous character. Seems to have a bit of that German sulphuric and/or medicinal quality, a Rahr trademark you could say. A bit of a bright fruity hoppy note breaks through here and there. Much more than I expected here.

Light and slightly fruity. Definitely sweet. Not a lot of destinctive flavors here, but what you do get is tasty. Some darker flavors, but nothing burnt. Dark berries with a mild milk chocolate coating, as if they were just dipped really. The mild carbonation prick is welcome, keeps it from feeling too light. Just ever so slightly bitter on the finish, astringent like coffee. Damn tasty brew.

The best of Rahr that I've had yet. Easy drinking. Definitely a keeper.

04-29-2007 22:24:40 | More by skillerified
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%

Based on notes from my april visit to san antonio..

Pours mahogany with 1.5 fingers of fluffed-up head. Good head retention & very good lacing

S: Sweet caramel

T: Caramel &roasted malts up front. Finished roasty, with a little iron & a little smokeyness

MF: Light/medium bodied with a little slickness & good carbonation levels

Very drinkable & very nice take on the style

05-18-2007 04:24:42 | More by russpowell
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Dubblebock

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%

Rahr's Ugly Pug is truly a misnomer. The dog on the label may indeed be repulsive, but the beer itself is a beauty to behold. I can't recall any other Texas-brewed schwarzbiers, and it's a really unusual style to begin with. For me at least, the style is hard to get a handle on. I've always kinda thought of schwarzbiers as being little brothers to the more complex stouts and porters. They're similar in appearance, but typically much lighter on the palate.

The Pug is no exception to that rule. It pours with a decidedly porter-like appearance, except for the lack of head. In fact, the Pug produced almost no head at all, although it did leave some nice lacing down the sides of the mug as I quaffed it. Deep, rich, brown-to-black complexion. The nose was light and reminiscent of one of those cold-coffee drinks.

The taste was quite good. Roasty malts and hints of chocolate swirled in my mouth. The hops were in good balance, and gave the beer a nice dose of bitters to compliment the toffee-like malts. Nothing very complex, but quite satisfying. The Pug had a very light texture, but that's the norm for the style. It's SUPPOSED to be light and mellow.

Decent mouthfeel, good finish. VERY drinkable. This would be a great summertime beer here in Texas, though it would shock all of your buds for you to be seen drinking what looks like a heavy, dark beer in the middle of August. That alone would make it worth seeking out.

I really liked the Ugly Pug. Pat him on the head if you see him, or better yet, take him home for a couple of beers.

04-12-2006 02:35:24 | More by Dubblebock
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rfabian

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%

Poured into a tumbler it produces a half inch head that leaves fair lacing. The appearance is dark reddish-brown and clear when held up to the sunlight, almost opaque by ambient light indoors. The aroma is mostly of toasted grain and malt with a hint of earthy hops. The flavor is surprisingly sweet, toasty, malty with little bitterness, almost like a bock. But the feel is on the light-bodied side, and the finish is of slightly bitter malt.

This is a very refreshing, enjoyable and drinkable beer, a good session choice.

This beer seems to follow what is becoming a Texas tradition of light bodied maltiness with a light hop presence in beers, going by the styles of St. Arnolds, Real Ale, and Spoetzl.

01-16-2010 14:32:51 | More by rfabian
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Pegasus

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%

Appearance: Crystal-clear deep amber brown in color, with a large white head, scattered patchy lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Deep burnt caramel and coffee aroma, both profound and alluring.

Taste: Toasted malt and burnt caramel dominate the taste from start to finish. The hops contribute a mild herbal spiciness, but definitely play a supporting, rather than dominant role. The finish is dry, with a lingering charcoal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and fairly full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-made schwarzbier, quite pleasing.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

09-24-2006 03:50:46 | More by Pegasus
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VaterRoss

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%

12oz bottle

Dark (almost opaque) brown with tinges or red that appear in light, light brown head. In true lager fashion, the head disappears quickly though there is a ring. Nose is smoky dark chocolate bitterness with a surprisingly light middle swirl of malt and hint of lager yeast and a light bitter finish. Some medicinal/smoke notes in the aftertaste. Body is very light, one could almost mistake this for a porter were it not for the light body and tinge of lager yeast.

Tastes like a porter made with lager yeast, complex but ultimately light bodied, perhaps a tad bitter. Wish I could get a hold of this one in my neck of the woods, got this sucker from a beer trade.

09-24-2012 23:33:04 | More by VaterRoss
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Bulljump

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%

An excellent beer. Taste of roasted coffee. Very smooth. A bit like guiness with more flavor and less wateriness. Aftertaste is a bit bitter and lasts a decent amount of time. Smells like it tastes (good).

The bottle features a great design: a pug with an eye patch and an underbite, sticking out its tongue.

Easily one of my new favorites for the price and availability. You can even buy it in drugstores in texas. It's brewed locally and I have never seen it outside texas.

05-30-2014 20:44:30 | More by Bulljump
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JayS2629

Alabama

4.08/5  rDev +13%

Unfortunately I don't think others are grading this beer by style. It nails the style of a schwartzbeir. Dark black with a creamy white head, nice retention and lacing.

The aroma is big on roasted malts and coffee with some earthy notes and a touch of cocoa. Simple, earthy, and dark.

Nice light body with roasted coffee and cocoa flavors. Clean with some earthy tones.

Nice light body and balanced

Very easy to drink and enjoyable.

10-03-2011 18:55:09 | More by JayS2629
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klmcmachen

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +13%

A very dark beer. I drank this from the bottle so I couldn't measure the head. The smell was very hoppy with a kind of a pilsner smell. Tasting it the smells changed. Hoppy turned into black ale and pilsner turned into hefeweizen. A bit of a strong aftertaste, but it is to be expected from a dark beer. Over all an enjoyable experience. I look forward to trying more of Rhar & Sons products.

07-17-2012 21:39:01 | More by klmcmachen
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HardTarget

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +13%

Served on tap at the Bluebonnet Brewoff ’05. A hard plastic cup.
Aroma: My sample was a touch cold, but I noted a slightly (what I call) dusty porter smell.
Appearance: Deep brown almost black with some clarity noted at the corners of the glass. Nice off white head left tide marks even with the small sample.
Flavor: Fair balance with a sweet side, some mild mineral flavors (which I find a touch overbearing in the blonde and red) that were at a nice level. Almost more of an oatmeal stout than a porter taste, I wouldn’t have picked Schwarzbier, but then again, I haven’t had many to compare it to. It did have a slight sour edge.
Mouthfeel: Rich texture with a medium-light body, good carbonation.
Overall Impression: Very tasty! Rich dark flavors, nice looks, I think we have a winner! I seem to enjoy Rahr & Sons beers more on tap than in the bottle, and I think it is that “mineral” taste. It seems appropriate to some German styles; I just find it slightly distracting. The Pug seems to have only hints, or the tastes covered it a bit more. Either way; my favorite beer from this new Texas brewery!
Recommended!

03-21-2005 03:39:39 | More by HardTarget
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baseballrock

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%

a - dark with some great mahogany hue. small cream colored head that has minimal retention.

s - the smell burst of semi sweet toffee.

t - sweet cocoa and toffee. nice maltyness and toasty bread notes. clean hop finish completes a good tasting brew.

m - very balanced. light to medium bodied

d - good drinkability, lucky to live in DFW, i can find the rahr beers in many places. i've had ugly gug on tap in several restaurants and it always impresses.

01-02-2010 20:02:05 | More by baseballrock
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hojuwestlake

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%

This black lager had a clean blackish-brown color with a cream colored head that disapates not long after poured.

The smell is slightly roasted with a hint of cold coffee. Has a smoothe mouth feel with a little bite on the way down.

A lot of malt/oaty taste with a bit of sweetness like a porter or oatmeal stout but not as heavy. Light bitter finish with a pleasnt aftertaste.

08-30-2005 19:54:28 | More by hojuwestlake
Ugly Pug Black Lager from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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