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Ugly Pug Black Lager - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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406 Ratings
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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 20
Gots: 56 | 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:
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(Beer added by: assurbanipaul on 12-18-2004)
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Photo of jpaltan
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark black and opaque kind of purplish. Head foams up to a finger width and then is gone. Smell is caramel and malty. Little smell of hops. Taste is a bit spicy and slightly peppery (very subtle). There is a maltiness that is all around and then comes in a touch of hops to balance it out at the end. Mouthfeel has some body to it with a nice level of carbonation. Drinkablity is pretty high.

jpaltan, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of pants678
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From bottle to a standard english pint, it comes out opaque, but at the bottom corners of the glass, light is able to seep through. The head is but half a finger and has all ready disappeared, leaving a thin lace. It's a very dark chocolate brown color, deep with some carmel/espresso compliments sitting at the bottom.

Distinct aroma of charred coffee beans and milk chocolate. There's good width and I think I have a guess what this will taste like.

That was not what I was thinking. The flavors are hidden undertones beneath an overwhelming charred flavor. I have to dig for the hints of espresso which are not at all satisfying. Chalk this up as a beer that smells much better than it tastes. The back end is nice, there is no aftertaste, no real lingering. It opens up toward the middle, clearing up and surfacing an oak and coffee combination.

It has decent texture, it would benefit from less carbonation. It's surprisingly light despite the appearance.

Clean and dry with some bumps and bruises in between, but that's better than sliding down so easily you didn't even know it was there.

pants678, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of Tbn2
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Tbn2, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of BeanBone
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown, nearly black at times, with dull ruby highlights. On top, a decent off-white head that leaves little lacing.

Aroma: Earthy roasted malt with hints of coffee and chocolate. A little thin.

Taste: Much the same. The flavor profile is earthy, smokey, nutty, and mildly bitter malt accompanied by coffee and chocolate notes. Nothing much in the way of hops. While complex, it's still somewhat thin most of the time. The aftertaste is relatively intense and tastes of roasted grains.

Mouthfeel: Too light for my preferences. The carbonation is pretty sharp, but not too biting.

Drinkability: With a light body, somewhat thin (yet tasty) flavor, and low alcohol content, this goes back quickly.

Verdict: A nice enough beer, but not my favorite Texan Black Lager (that award goes to Shiner 97). Everything here is tasty enough, but there's just not enough of it if you catch my drift. If this was just a little more intense and full, it could be a winner.

BeanBone, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of goatgoat
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear black that becomes woody with garnet tones when held to light. An aggressive pour brings a tall creamy tan head which falls over a respectable, but not impressive, amount of time. No lace to speak of.

Aroma is gentle. Light sweet malts, honey. A bare hint of dark fruit.

Flavor is much "darker" while still being refreshing. Still sweet and malty. But with a roasted character and a coffee note in the finish, along with a low bitterness. No specific hop character. Not as crisp as other lagers but still a very clean flavor.

Light body. Carbonation is a high but not biting.

This was quite an enjoyable surprise for me. I started the 6pack with some trepidation and was wonderfully surprised. It's not the kind of beer that you go on stupid adventures with. It's not the kind of beer you bare your soul too. It's not the kind of beer that can't shut up and pummels you with flavor after flavor.
It's the kind of beer you sit on the porch with and watch the cars go by.

goatgoat, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Delirium tremens snifter.

Ugly Pug isn't ugly at all! In fact, the nearly opaque, sepia & seal brown body is quite attractive beneath an inch of well-retained, custard/tan foam. One of the darkest, best-looking Schwarzbiers I've had. Aroma is solid, too, and the malty layers reminds me of peanut butter and chocolate (think Reeses' Peanut Butter Cup cereal), while the hops smell of peat and earth.

Things go a bit downhill in the taste department, as a blandish roasted malt presence tries its hardest to suggest powdered cocoa, but really only attains a slight caramel biscuit note. Not much in the way of hops, either, and the overzealous carbonation level and dry finish kill off much of the crispness and refreshing qualities for which the style is known. Still, Ugly Pug is a nice interpretation of a Schwarzbier from Rahr & Sons, and one I could see myself having again.

wagenvolks, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
4.58/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 3/13/2009 (Bottle):

Pours a dark brown black color body, with a tannish, creamy looking head, okay sized and somewhat lasting. Dark roasty malty aroma, some coffee. A little skunkiness. Some fruitiness too. Enticing. Creamy mouthfeel, light fruitiness, like a hefe, some banana. Not as stouty as I was expecting. Very tasty.

jujubeast6000, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of champ103
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with some red highlights. A small beige head forms. Light lace is left behind.
S: Roasted malt with some sweet grain. A light hop aroma. Not much is here.
T: Follows the nose. Sweet roasted malt with some grain. A very light hop bitterness.
M/D: A light to medium body. A bit over carbonated for my tastes. A little on the watery side. Easy and smooth to drink. Something I could session if nothing else was around.

Kind of bland. Decent, but nothing I would recommend with enthusiasm.

champ103, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of aeminter
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute the beer is a deep brown-black with amber hues at the edges of the glass. The head is nice and foamy, almost three fingers high, and a lovely cappuccino tan. Minimal lacing.

The smell is a nice roasted chocolate, almost tootsie-role-like. Malty and deep with a hint of caramel...it may sound strange, but it makes me think of Halloween.

This almost tastes like a baby stout in its roasted flavor. It has a nice clean light finish. Good lager characteristics.

It's light bodied with nice carbonation and a dry finish.

aeminter, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
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

EnojysAnyBeer, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mmm., schwarzbier. I love a good schwarzbier.

Deep brown, but ruby in the light, slim, dun-colored head.

Cola, nuts, and pepper in the nose.

Taste is smooth, malty, tasty. Chocolate malt, very mellow and understated. Excellent drinking, but not too complex,...just something tasty you can drink again and again. Nuttin'wrong with that.

feloniousmonk, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Bagman007
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Bagman007, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of xymyl
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is tan head atop a dark mahogany beer with copper highlights. Head is dense but fragile and falls to a film of very small bubbles in short order leaving some lace around the glass.

Smell is clean malt and smoke with a lightly floral background and a slight milky smell.

Taste has less boldness the nose leads one to expect, but there are many hidden dimensions of toast and caramel that are very enjoyable. There is also a very faint black licorice note in the finish.

Overall: This is a very good example of a Schwarzbier and I can't find anything to complain about with it. But I would love to try the exact same recipe with a slightly higher malt bill.

xymyl, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of LordofTime25
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Recieved from ottovon!

Pours to a dark fairly clear brownish. There was a small white at first, but disappear quickly.

Smells like chocolate and roasted malts.

Can taste the smokey roasted malts, but no chocolate in taste. Kind of a earth grass flavor kind of different.

Nice light body very little carbonation.

A very average Schwarzbier, but not bad.

LordofTime25, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of rgrholmes168
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A- A great head poured on this beer that stuck around for a little while before staying as a layer of foam. True to its label it is a black lager.

S- a hint of chocolate and a dark malty smell.

T- a good solid smokey flavor. It was not no harsh like some dark beers. I could taste the malt coming through.

M- for a dark beer, it was pretty light as it went down the hatch.

D- not bad. i could not drink more than a few.

rgrholmes168, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of msubulldog25
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. twist-cap, courtesy of LarryKemp, poured into a pint glass. An eyepatch-wearing, tongue-lolling dog earns the coveted label. Named for Fritz Rahr's mother-in-law's 'ugly pug', Oscar. Listed at 4.8% ABV on 'All About Beer'.

A: Excellent look for a schwarzbier; nearly black, fluffy head a finger-high, scattered lace. Hints of lace but most slips gently to the glass. Head builds to 1.5-fingers and falls gently

S: Vague smoke and spiced cocoa. A sweet, toasted malt.

T:Toasty and lightly burned wheat bread, spicy and sweet. Bland mineral finish.

M: Very 'cool'; molasses and spice with a fading carbonation. Actually, very little carbonation - medium-tin mouthfeel.

D: Good schwarzbier, flavorful. One that I'd be glad to drink again.

msubulldog25, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up as an extra recently and was thrilled to receive it. I had never had anything from them before and this is one of my new found favorite styles. Cooling it down in the fridge I reached for it immediatly to give it a try. Twelve ounce bottle was served cold and poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 11/04/2008.

The pour was very nice with a rich, deep, dark brown color coming forward right away. Nice carbonation could be seen through the deep color that was in the glass. NIce head of two inches of off white that came up from the bottom and settled down nicely after a few moments.

The aroma was deep with peat and roasted malts. Almost a touch of rye floating in there as well. Decent caramel after it starts to warm coming through now. The flavor was even more of an adventue. Started with a nice mellow flavor of roasted malts that quickly melted over into a smokey, peat like taste. Very full profile here with a nice touch of spicy, pepper like rye in the finish that just pushed it over the edge. Light hops as it drew to a close were just enough to make me come back in for the next sip. Smooth and creamy carbonation was evident in this nice medium bodied ale.

Overall a very, very solid beer here with a fantastic flavor. Really snck up on me as I really did not think it would be this good, but this one is defintly a keeper/

mikesgroove, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received this in trade from TexIndy, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a nice dark brown with ruby highlights when held to light. Nice size off white head dissipates quickly. Aroma of Smoky nutty roasty malts. Not much hop to be found in the nose. Tastes like it smells, roasted malt bitterness in the finish. Bubbly creamy mouthfeel. Medium to thin in the body. I thought the carbonation seemed a bit to high and lessened my enjoyment of this brew. Overall a decent brew, I could see myself enjoying a few of these.

johnnnniee, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of OStrungT
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark brown color, with a fluffy light brown head. the head fades slowly, leaving a good lacing.

This beer has a malty sweet aroma. It smells nutty also. It has a slight grainy aroma also. A very subtle coffee aroma is present.

This beer pretty much tastes like it smells. Coffee and sweet malt. Nutty. Some grain mixes in aw well. Maybe a very slight chocolate flavor.

This beer is slightly thin, but crisp. It leaves a nutty aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It seems low in alcohol, and the flavor is not aggressive.

Overall: Nice beer. A little boring, but not bad at all.

OStrungT, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Assurbanipaul for this one.

Pours a dark brown with a slight 2 inch head that doesn't stick around and leaves no lacing. The aroma reminds me quite a bit of a pilsner or a dunkel. The nose is slightly grainy, a hint of sulfur, and roasted malt. The flavor follows suit, without the sulfur. It has roasted malts, sweet candy sugar, and just a hint of chocolate. It's really goes together well. The mouthfeel is a bit watery and slightly under carbonated. This is a really drinkable beer. Good stuff.

hwwty4, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of miket163
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had Ugly Pug Black Lager on tap today at the Rahr and Sons brewery. It is really a beautiful beer, black but very dark brown under a light. There was a nice half-inch head that lasted a few drinks, but it still had fairly good lacing. The beer was very smooth with a smoky charred flavor, with slight hop bitterness in the back of the tongue. Very good!

Cheers!

miket163, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of EGledhill
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to turbine2475 for this one.

Poured into my yuengling pint glass

A. Black with a tan head that dissipates pretty quick

S. coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts

T. a mild burnt coffee and chocolate bitterness and I'm not sure if it's the beer or the glass but it kind of has a slight soapy taste on the backend. I'm liking the burnt coffee and chocolate, but not so much the soapy taste.

M. holds true to the style, light and thin good bit of carbonation.

D. If the soapy taste is just the glass then it'd be pretty damn drinkable.

All in all a good, refreshing brew I'd like to try again to check on the soap taste though.

EGledhill, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of MSchae1017
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown-black, tan cappuccino head that holds a ring but no lace.

Smell is burnt chocolate malts.

Taste is toffee, chocolate, adn roasted barley, with a bit of an off sweetnes.

Highly carbonated and medium bodied.

OVerall, an ok schwarzbier, but not the best. A decent beer

MSchae1017, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - yep, she's a schwarz, black body with just a glint of ruby/brown around the edges. A thin head, a bit meager with some weak dots of lacing, but a good looking beer despite.

Aroma - a fine roasty smell, fresh coffee grounds.

Taste - the roast and the coffee flavors are there as expected, along with a touch of something lemony or tangy. I could do without that latter bit. It's mostly on the aftertaste, and following that is a reprise of the dark grain, so it ends well. A pretty good shot at the style.

Mouthfeel - a hair to the thin side, and very crisp to the point that I want to swirl some bubbles out to get to the flavor.

Drinkability - schwarzes are all or nothing for me. I like a good roasty taste, but a little of something off and I'm not on-board. Such is the case with this one, the tart bit kind of messes up the good roasty flavor, though the second one of my stash went down fine at a street party this weekend, preceded by a handful of Eliot Ness and OTR, so the tart bit was less of a factor.

brewdlyhooked13, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

gford217, Jul 06, 2008
Ugly Pug Black Lager from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.