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Ugly Pug Black Lager - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Ugly Pug Black LagerUgly Pug Black Lager

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BA SCORE
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372 Ratings
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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.68%
Wants: 18
Gots: 32 | 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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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- OK, bubbly, tan colored head on top of an opaque black body with tootsie roll colored edges. Bare minimum lacing

S- Smells like real beer brewed with some decent roasted malts. Sort of bready and yeasty

T- Bittering and aroma hops become noticeable in the flavor creating a light, semi-sweet flavor that fades into a dark, grainy aftertaste.

M- Light, clean, and refreshing

D- Easy to drink with a very pleasant aroma and flavor character

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 00:45:48 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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zbooks

Texas

2/5  rDev -44.6%

03-17-2012 23:50:37 | More by zbooks
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Mahogany without much head.

Nose is toasty burnt malt, which isn't bad for the style.

Taste is bitter chocolate malt and roasty with a hint of caramel sweetness.

It could use a bit more heft in the body, but overall a tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 15:16:25 | More by brownbeer
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OgreSanchez

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

07-27-2013 19:25:44 | More by OgreSanchez
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GregSVT

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet...one of my all time favs from Rahr. Had on tap at the brewery and out of the bottle but I'll review the on-tap version.

A: Pours black with very little light coming through. A big dark brown head slowly fades to a small layer and leaves a ton of lacing.

S: The nose is full of cocoa, chocolate malts, coffee, and a slight sweetness.

T: The taste is excellent with a big dose of chocolate and coffee with a malty sweetness and a slightly roasty/bitter finish.

M: The feel is creamy and smooth...very porter-ish.

D: This is one of the most drinkable dark beers I've had. The ABV is incredibly low for a beer with this much flavor. I sat and drank 4 or 5 of these during the big game on Sunday and wasn't even phased.

This is very close to being a porter...if it was a tad darker I'd say it was. If you can find it on tap it's excellent...the bottle falls a bit short of this score in the mouthfeel department but it's still good.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2010 18:45:48 | More by GregSVT
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JMad

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a small mug...

The beer is almost black with cranberry colored hues and a foamy sandy head that stuck around. It smells of toasted caramel and chocolate with a bit of smoke. Tastes like a campfire. The flavor is dominated by coffee and roasted malt. The beer feels light with a lot of soft carbonation and a dry, smokey finish. The Ugly Pug really impressed me, I have passed it up many times at the store and now I'm glad I got to try it, for free. I may have to get me a 6-pack now.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 03:16:26 | More by JMad
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark, ruby-brown with a thick, beige head that retains well, leaving patches of lace.

Smell: Malty with roasty notes and a light fruitiness.

Taste: Malty upfront with a light toasty element, which quickly becomes roastier. Sweet through the center with hints of fruit before being met by more roasted, bitter flavors in the finish. There's also a light graininess in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, high-carbonation, but a tad watery.

Drinkability: Flavorful and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 00:18:45 | More by EPICAC
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.8%

01-12-2013 04:44:02 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3%

04-22-2012 17:31:34 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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zimm421

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -10%

02-28-2013 19:12:35 | More by zimm421
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acevenom

Louisiana

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours deep, but still slightly transluscent, dark brown with a biege head that dissipates slowly. There's a nice, finger length head left atop the beer. The aroma is of slightly sweet and dark malt that almost smells charred from the smokiness. The taste is dominated by the slightly smoky dark malt that is slightly sweet in the background. The hop presence is minimal, so the malt gets to shine with this beer. The body is light with adequate carbonation. The finish is clean. The drinkability is high. This is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 20:29:50 | More by acevenom
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mcdsports

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -10%

01-04-2014 22:56:57 | More by mcdsports
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PEBKAC

New York

3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My first tastes of Rahr, you know who you are. :)

Smoke rising off the lip, a ruby highlighted, black bourbon sort of brew. Sloshy inch of light tan head, leaving behind just speckles of lace. Good bit of sediment caked at the bottom of the glass, with just enough chewiness falling into the glass.

Smell is of crystal malt, minerals, sticky beer residue & metal.

Taste is predominately mild coffee grounds, bigger cola, & bark. Lightly sharp roast in the front, followed by a quick dash of citric acid, & then some biscuity sweetness. Finish is somewhat dusty, but with just a twinge of residual sweetness.

Frothy, excited mouthfeel. Thin & light, like I think it should be.

Easy enough to quaff, but just not as satisfying a flavor as I would like. Sam Adams(black lager) seems to have the six pack a day schwarz down pat. But hey, I drank two as a capper. It can't be too bad. :)

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 06:14:22 | More by PEBKAC
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mjurney

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Ruby-brown color, see through. Nice amount of carbonation. Head looks fairly creamy, egg shell color. Lacing looks very nice on the glass.

Aroma:
Very malty. Toasted malts, a little roasted. Some caramel.

Taste:
Malt up front along with crispness at the end. Malt character is slight roasted, caramel, touch of burnt toast and chocolate. Some bitter hops at the end, but its crisp. Light boded. Fairly good amount of carbonation.

Finish:
Finish is crisp and clean. Dash of burnt aftertaste.

Overall:
A little too light for a Schwarzbier, but its highly drinkable. Very nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 06:51:52 | More by mjurney
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Michaeldmanley

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-15-2013 03:22:16 | More by Michaeldmanley
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bmurray10

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.8%

04-22-2013 17:58:23 | More by bmurray10
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 03:04:49 | More by nhindian
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Higravity

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn nice black lager. Slightly chilled pours black tinged with red covered in a thin white head. Smells of clean lager with a malt roasty character and a touch of spicy hops. Taste is mild delight, smooth roast and creamy malt slight chocolate after taste that mixs well with the delicate hop bite. Nice mouthfeel and very drinkable, Texas is lucky to have this beer and I would not mind calling it my own.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 13:39:07 | More by Higravity
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tubeyes

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-03-2013 12:22:26 | More by olafphysics
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Canti4341

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

10-30-2013 19:27:57 | More by Canti4341
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assurbanipaul

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the brewery before being released to bars. Poured black and thin with a medium head that settled into a foam ring around the edges. Nose of mild dark malt flavors, some unsweetened coffee.

Taste is dark-roast malt without the heft or creaminess of a stout. Bitter roasted coffee flavors, dry, almost no sweetness whatsoever. Lingering aftertaste, not entirely unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is light, slightly acidic and biting. Leaves just a touch of stickiness on the lips and tongue. Easy to drink, very true to style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2004 22:30:23 | More by assurbanipaul
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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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kobeer

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.8%

07-23-2012 21:06:44 | More by kobeer
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JeffSuttonTX

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -10%

03-10-2013 20:49:44 | More by JeffSuttonTX
Ugly Pug Black Lager from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.