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Ugly Pug Black Lager - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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163 Reviews
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Reviews: 163
Hads: 440
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 24
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: assurbanipaul on 12-18-2004

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Photo of jneiswender
2.27/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

had this beer on tap as part of the brewery tour. Served in a pint glass cool.

nice tan head and a dark black/brown body.

smell is earthy but not much else

tastes like a light lager but with only a hint of roast flavor.

light and watery

I have seen this trend in alot of texas beers . Watery beers that are probably thirst quenching but not conforming style-wise. This beer just is weak. Way too watery tasting, not enough malt umph nor enough noble hop character. Hops taste weird too. Off, almost catty (509 characters)

Photo of tatoodkelt
2.43/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got this one in trade from gramatton, thanks again man!

Consumed 12/15/2009- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark brown with ruby edging when held up to the light. Topped off by a one finger soapy, khaki colored head that faded almost instantly to a patchy skim.

S- Smoked brown bread with an odd almost metallic skunk note sneaking in.

T- The metallic skunk has almost completely pushed aside any other flavors and picked up a little nail polish note along the way.

M- Medium bodied and smooth.

D- I only got about a third of the way through this one before it went down the drain. I'm assuming it was a bad batch and if I ever get to try it again I'll update the review. (711 characters)

Photo of Preisman
2.44/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Very underwhelming in most aspects. There was not as much full flavor that you might expect from a black lager. The aroma was very soft and did not tease me into the drink. Never while having it did I want to continue my drink. Easily said, it was very boring. There was nothing great or even good about this beer. (314 characters)

Photo of whoneeds8
2.46/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

For a Black Lager, this is pretty watered down. It's drinkable, especially for someone who doesn't like a strong taste. But for someone looking for a complex taste, this is pretty spare.

There is a smokey taste, with a hint of licorice. The flavor goes away fast, there's not much of an after taste to it. There's really nothing to it, which IMO is the wrong way to make a black lager. (386 characters)

Photo of nhindian
2.55/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Bottle generously provided as an extra by Exiled, thanks Jason!

A - Although described as a black lager, or schwarzbier, it pours rather brown, almost like coke. A swirling, 1.5-finger head lingers for a few minutes, but then dissipates, leaving a milky cap. It's possible to see lots of carbonation rising to the surface. Not much lacing at all, only a very little here and there.

S - The aroma has hints of roast, chocolate, and a strange metallic quality to it. Overall it's fairly weak, though, so once it's in the glass for a little, I'm only getting a bit of roast.

T - Again, the flavors here are just lacking. At first it's a refreshing burst of light coffee, but after that it's all downhill with muddied notes of chocolate, hops, and that recurring metallic taste. Unfortunately (or fortunately), the flavors are short-lived, as before I'm even a third done with the beer, each sips brings about a second of flavor before being washed away in a watery current. Very strange.

M - Mouthfeel is light-bodied with high carbonation. Pretty smooth drinking.

D/O - Drinkability is low. Besides a slight coffee finish, the flavors are nearly non-existent after about 5 minutes. At that point I am almost drinking watered-down coffee... Would definitely help if the flavors had any staying power, but even then, they weren't incredibly noteworthy to begin with. (1,417 characters)

Photo of stephens101
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A tan froth quickly folds into a thin layer atop this dark brown brew. Aroma consists of caramel malt and milk chocolate. Tastes of grain, roasted malt, subtle dark chocolate and tea. Light bodied and smooth. This is a flavorless beer with no oomph. Moving on... (262 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, but still slightly translucent. Edges in light range from light yellow to dark orange. Tan head, almost disappears immediately, very little lacing.

Not much aroma, malt is apparent with roasted coffee scents.

Strong malt flavors are obvious, almost like burnt rye. There isn’t much hop character, but finishes dry.

Lighter bodied with high carbonation.

One, no more. This is an average beer, but it can still be enjoyed. (453 characters)

Photo of Mitchel
2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ugly Pug black lager pours a very dark brown almost black but not quite. The off white head almost instantly fell to nothing and leaves little to no lacing. It smells like earthy burnt chocolate and wood….yes, wood.

The beer tastes of burnt chocolate and tannin…almost smoky. Not much more. It makes me think that they squeezed the grains to get the color out of it and at the same time got too much tannin. Very carbonated and finishes like burnt coffee. It finishes dry but again, burnt. It is a very sharp tasting beer. It is much of what I feel that Schwartz beers should be.

I don’t have much to say about this beer. It is not for me, but not a bad beer on the whole. The label alone is worth buying a sixer. The picture is great and there is a little story on the bottle about the name of the beer (if you are interested in that sort of thing). It is worth a try. (878 characters)

Photo of CEversole
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown almost black color. Not much for a head, dissapates very quickly. Not much for lacing either. Looks very clear and filtered when held to the light.

S: Smells of malty caramel. Maybe a slight hoppy aroma.

T: Typical for a black lager all the ingredients are there. Coffee, toffee, caramel, I think I taste a hint of chocolate in the background. Not bad at all.

M: I was slightly disapointed here its not very crisp and could use more carbonation. Taste sorta flat. As I have read from other BA's this must be a typical description of the mouthfeel of this beer. One BA even described it as a "Flat Coke".

O: This is not a bad beer at all. However there is room for improvement. I've had better and I've had worse. (739 characters)

Photo of senoird
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours with little head that fades quickly. Color almost that of a brown ale, coca cola maybe. Very little lacing.

S: Coffee, burnt , caramel.

T: Some roasted barley, semi sweet, coffee, hint of caramel.

M: To me thin, lack of carbonation.

O: Good beer but not great beer. A feeling that it is lacking. (308 characters)

Photo of jale
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear brown with a finger of light brown head.

S: Light roasted malt. Chocolate and light coffee.

T: Smokey toasted malt with a hint of chocolate and slight coffee. Small amount of hop bitterness finish.

M: Light body with good carbonation.

O: A tad thin for me. (277 characters)

Photo of Tbn2
2.96/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to beer mug.

Pours jet black with an off white head that retreats to the ring of the glass and then disappears.

Smells is mostly coffee and burnt sugar. There is a little off smell there though. Perhaps from fermentation a touch too warm.

Taste is decent. The hops flavor is pretty good and the coffee and earthy flavors at the end are a nice touch. The hops have a good earthy feel and taste, but there taste like some off flavors from the fermentation.

I was hoping for a better brew here. A little disapointing though. (544 characters)

Photo of teg8612
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Though a Black Lager, color is more deep brown. Pours nice with nice head. Head dies down quickly though and carbonation is light. Smell is of coffee and toffee. Mouthful is light. Malty taste with those same roasted qualities of coffee and herbs but not real strong though and body is light. Easy drinking but only partially satisfying. (337 characters)

Photo of Bagman007
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark black, brown coloring with a couple finger width's of head.

S- Somewhat hoppy scent initially, but then it becomes a strong chocolate/caramel scent.

T- Predominantly a chocolate/caramel taste with a slightly dry finish.

M- Hoppy feel, but somewhat creamy as well.

D- Fairly drinkable, can probably have two to three of these in a sitting.

Overall a pretty solid beer. Not a huge fan of this style, but I kinda like this beer. (489 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at random Dallas bar in a shaker pint.

Pour: Dark brown with a two finger tan head. Sticks around for a while.

Smell: Roasted malts and smoke and that pretty much about it.

Taste: Yup follows the nose to a T. Pretty simple.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but very drinkable. Again pretty simple.

Overall: Got this as an alternative to the BMC on tap, and it was clearly better than those offerings, but again - only got it because it was all I could, and would only get again in the same situation. (504 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.07/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a very clear dark garnet color with very little head. Few bubbles are rising so the head virtually disappears into the beer with only a thin white ring where the beer meets the glass.

Aroma: Some dark caramel or even molasses-like aromatics are coexisting with quite the dose of biscuity malts. There is also a very prominent Chocolate/roasty character that is not Schwarzbier like...but they don't say that it is a Schwarzbier themselves...only calling it a black lager.

Taste: This beer has a hard to classify flavor. It is roasty enough to taste like a watered down porter, yet there isn't enough fruitiness to put it there. The carbonation is really light giving the beer a falsely heavy impression...that it may need as it is really attenuated. The finish is really wet and there is no alcohol noticeable. It has an almost soapy taste late in the finish.

Opinion: This beer is not a Schwarzbier. I don't really know what to call it, so on it's own merit it is quite out of balance for just about everything. The hops were very reserved to showcase the malt, but there was too much Chocolate and/or Carafa malt to give the beer the edge. There was a lot of toastiness going on here, but too much for the base malts. This was probably my least favorite of Rahr's beers. (1,299 characters)

Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a nice dark brown pour but with a thin weak head that leaves little to no lacing.

The nose is ok with a sweet smoky malt that has some coffee notes.

The taste is adequate and a decent drinkable beer. There is a medium fruity malt that tend more towards dry than sweet with some chocolate, coffee and mild hopping.

The moutfeel is a bit on the watery side but also acceptable.

Overall a drinkable beer with decent flavor but not outstanding nor exceptional. (479 characters)

Photo of ndolover
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: up front chocolate, some coffee notes, some burnt malt, coffee persists as it warms

Appearance: tan head dissappears quickly, small and large bubbles

Flavor: Full chocolate, with some burnt malt flavors, clean lager yeast, roast flavors persists

Mouthfeel: thin mouthfeel, low carbonation, no astringency

Overall: This was not indicative of a true German Schwartz beer. However, it is very drinkable...but not to style. I was intrigued by the top beers in Zymurgy mag, but it looks like this was a ballot stuffer. =) (527 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Houston Flying Saucer.

Dark ruby body that, in the relatively low-lit bar, could be mistaken for black with an off-white, moderately sized, and creamy head. Smells clean with some grain and black malt. Taste is really about the same and fails to really impress. Mouthfeel was of pleasant body, but could've used more carbonation. Kind of got tired of this about 3/4 of the way through the pint.

I might chalk this up to it being from a possibly not-too-fresh keg, or perhaps this is just one of those beers I like better from the bottle. (557 characters)

Photo of watsonmd
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: nice for a lager. Dark, intriguing. Scant head. Thin pour.

S: faint toast, hop, sour smell.

T: lighter than expected. Nice for a lager, but expected more from appearance

M: light, clean. Crisp.

O : wanted more character, but not unpleasant for lager (257 characters)

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - After an aggressive pour there is almost no head. What little there is dissipates fast into one little ring that leaves light splotchy lace on the glass. Color is dark brown.

S - Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, earthy minerals, and a little bit of hops. Pretty mild.

T - Very bland, some roasted malts, dry bitter chocolate, more bitter than anything. Very disappointing.

M - Flat and thin.

D - Overall this beer was a disappointment, I tried three bottles of the six pack so far and they all turned out the same way, I was hoping just one or two bottles were duds or something. This beer tastes and feels like it's been sitting in an open glass in the fridge for the last few days. (691 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours dark, dark brown with mahogany tones when held up to the light. Even with an aggressive pour, there is little head and no lacing. The smell is of toasted malts with a hint of coffee and cocoa in there as well. The initial taste was a little bizarre - very biting and almost minty. There is also the sweet roasted malt backbone, but it's masked by the opening astringency. The mouthfeel is fairly light with decent carbonation. The astringency takes away from the drinkability a little bit and this is below average as far as scharzbiers go. (577 characters)

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Tumbler

Appearance-Pours a dark brown with a two finger tan head. Dissipates quickly leaving a thin film on top during the whole drink.

Smell-Smoke, Some sweet dark fruits. Some subtle chocolate.

Taste-At first it tastes like absolutely nothing, then some sweetness and some bitterness and black pepper spice comes in. Finish carrys over the smokiness and some fruit. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel-It's clean, but it's like a flat coke. Not very enjoyable mouthfeel which is a shame b/c the taste really isn't thad bad.

Overall-I do not enjoy Rahr and Son beers but going to a local beer store that didn't have anything that I wanted to buy I just bought this single for 1.50 so I didn't walk out w/ nothing. However, this is the best of all the Rahr and Son brews i've had. (790 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a fudgy borwn color with cola highlights and an almost creamy beige head that leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Toasted brown bread aroma with a hint of smoke

Taste: Crusty brown bread up front, with a somewhat twangy sour flavor developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, a cindery smoke flavor joins the profile, with the bready flavors lingering into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not really enjoying the twangy aspect and the ashen flavors are also a detriment; I like the brown bread elements but the beer just doesn't come together very well (627 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown/amber, clear. No head. Nice carbonation.

Mild dark ripe fruit. Belgium candy sugar essence. Very light raisin. Toffee notes. Sour/tart edge.

Surprisingly weak taste. Mild chocolate/roasted/raisin.

Nice carbonation. Moderate foamation.

Refreshing brew. I disliked it at first, then it grew on me. Tastes like a watered down Porter/Belgium ale mix. (370 characters)

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Ugly Pug Black Lager from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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