Ugly Pug Black Lager - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Ugly Pug Black LagerUgly Pug Black Lager

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Reviews: 163
Hads: 440
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 6.93%
Wants: 24
Gots: 93 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 163 | Hads: 440
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. (517 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired this one from gramatton so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours deep, dark almost opaque brown but when held to the light allows for mahogany hues. An offwhite film of head sits on top and not much lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is of light caramel, honey, touch of toffee, and some grain.

T: Taste is pretty much sweetness through and through. Honey and caramel malts kick this one off. Some grain and toffee meet in the middle with a finish that has a light smoke flavoring.

M: Light bodied, medium carbonation, thin feel at first and a bit creamier finish.

D: Decent beer, I've better of the style, but it's tasty and goes down easily and given the ABV easily one to sit with for a while. (719 characters)

Photo of BeerRun13
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kbub6f.
This beer is black. A nice thick tan head formed and fell quickly leaving it looking like flat cola.
The smell was very very faint. Coffee like and earthy.
Intriguing taste. Sour grass like and coffee. The taste wasn't super strong like you might think. Porter like, but it is a lager which seems to give it a different flavor all together. Seemed well balanced.
The mouthfeel was pretty good. Light and very refreshing (strange for such a dark beer).
This beer was hard to make out, but very easy to drink. (530 characters)

Photo of jpaltan
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to hopsleeroy for this extra in a recent trade...

Pours out an almost opaque dark brown into my Duvel tulip with a quickly receding head...

Aroma of toasted malts with perhaps a hint of coffee in there somewhere...

More toasted malts in the taste.... none of the coffee that I got in the aroma...

Not outstanding but definitely has potential to be a nice little session brew.... This is a good little black lager.. Not my favorite style but I enjoyed this... (477 characters)

Photo of Ruslanchik
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Beer is black, but quite clear. Head is light tan and bubbly. It starts off strong but fades quickly--there are just a few bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Mostly roasted grains with a little caramel malt. The overall affect is lightly sweetened black coffee.

Taste: Slight hop bitterness and mild sweetness, but the strongest flavor is coffee from the roasted barley. Finish is a little dry.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately thin.

Overall: This beer strikes an excellent balance between strong roasted flavor and a clean finish. It is good for sessioning and an upgrade from light lagers for sunny summer days. (669 characters)

Photo of hwwty4
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-black yet looks clear with a red tint up to the light. It has a brown head that faded quickly and leaves very little lacing
S-roasted malt with a brown sugar aroma
T-Light roasted taste that was somewhat malty and had a slightly hop bitter aftertaste that faded back to a roast finish
M-watery with low carbonation, and medium body
O-has flavor and was a good beer (366 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-very dark brown, translucent around the edges. thin cream colored head

S-smells like smoked coffee malts. medium strength

T-comes in with thick coffee malts that are slightly smoked with a slight taste of chocolate. it rides the line of some baltic porters. the taste of grinded coffee remains. it gets slightly bitter and goes in to a matching after-taste. the tastes all are of decent quality and medium strength.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-well this is definitely a good tasting beer. its fairly mild yet fairly exciting at the same time. its refreshing to get this sort of taste from the low ABV and lager format. i'm impressed with this attempt at the style. (683 characters)

Photo of MadClaw1138
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Dark red color in light, dark brown out of light... light tan head, no more than an inch, that dissipates slowly to a nice collar

S: A toasty wood aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee

T: Toasted wood taste with a dark chocolate aftertaste... has a bit of sweetness that cuts back on the bitterness of the beer

F: Very carbonated and crisp, leaves a kind of waxy feel on your tongue

O: The sweetness of the beer cuts back on the bitterness and definitely makes it easier to drink... overall a pretty solid beer... I'll definitely revisit this beer in the future (571 characters)

Photo of Fenris244
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really dark red, almost black but not quite, as soon as you put it up to the light it's really red. 1 finger head with decent retention, not much of a lace to speak of but at least a thin layer of bubbles is left on the surface of the beer.

Smell is quite chocolatey, little bits of hops and a metallic note as well

Somewhere chocolatey in flavor as well, coffee like as well not overly complex for me but the flavors come through well, the hops are also present but blend in very well.

Light in body, extremely smooth and pretty refreshing, drinkability is good, certainly something I'd have in the summer or spring, good beer I'll take this over most lagers any day (678 characters)

Photo of miket163
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
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! (364 characters)

Photo of
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle hauled back from trip to Houston.

Beer is a clear, dark brown/mahogany/copper color. Sported a medium sized, light tan head.

Aroma was a bit unpleasant. Smoke part OK, something burnt OK, aroma of a cigarette ashtray not too pleasant. Some earthy characteristics as well.

Taste was quite good. Roast notes along with burnt toast. Mild caramel and blackstrap molasses. Some grassy hops. Coffee in aftertaste.

Medium in body. Low carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall, a nice black lager, almost porter like in taste (a smoked porter), but not mouthfeel. (575 characters)

Photo of Richardberg
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured into a pint glass. dark opaque brown, ruby fringe, small head

S - burnt bread. not much else, but mmm.

T - toasty but balanced, finishes pretty bitter

M - somewhat sticky, but otherwise light body

D - easy drinking in most every respect save the fairly unusual flavor (282 characters)

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has been awhile since I've reviewed a beer and what better beer to review than one brewed locally in Fort Worth, TX from Rahr & Sons Brewing? I've had their Ugly Pug many times before and I think it's a pretty damn good black lager or schwarzbier.

Ugly Pug is not an ugly beer to look at. The head is very bubbly and off-white that leaves a fair amount of lacing while drinking. The beer looks black normally but if put up to the light it is a dark bronze with a little bit of particulates floating around. Take note that there is some sediment on the bottom of the bottle so make sure you get it in your glass!

Ugly Pug has a lack of a dog smell. Instead, it smells significantly of roasted malts, chocolate, and is bready. There is a little bit of hops in there as well.

While the flavors might not be complex in Ugly Pug, I think they are tasty and blend well. The two dominant flavors are chocolate and roasted malts. It makes this beer have a smoothness, it'd be better described as being creamy, to it that's not found in most lagers. Roasted coffee notes mix with the chocolate well and lager yeasts make their way in later on.

The mouthfeel is light, but a bit heavier than a regular lager, with medium carbonation.

While the Ugly Pug has flavors (chocolate, roasted malts, and chocolate) that are most commonly associated with heavier beers like porters or stouts, Ugly Pug remains a very drinkable beer.

The reason I like Ugly Pug is because of its "heavier" flavors while remaining a very drinkable beer. I don't find it to be a watery beer either. I definitely recommend drinking it after it has warmed a bit. (1,632 characters)

Photo of MASPuros
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a PIF from GregSVT. Thanks brother!

Appearance - Nice clear brown appearance with minimal head around the edges.

Smell - Smells bready and malty. Some smoke

Taste - Bitter sweet cocoa flavor that fades into bread and a little peat smoke.

Mouthfeel - Light, clean, flavorful and refreshing

Drinkablity - Easy to drink with a very pleasant aroma and flavor character. Great session beer, I would recommend this one for you malt heads. (450 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown with bright ruby highlights when held up to light. Head is about an inch thick, light brown, with lots of little bubbles. Head slowly fades to about a 1/4 inch cap.

S - Big bready aroma with light toasted notes. Aroma sweetens as the beer warms. A light herbal and earthy quality exists as well.

T - Strong toasted bread taste up front with more roasted notes coming through as the beer warms. Very malt forward beer here. Light earthiness from the hops provide some balance. Lightly bitter finish from the roastiness coming through.

M/D - A little on the thin side. Good carbonation and well balanced flavors make it very drinkable. (656 characters)

Photo of rgrholmes168
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of Nordicsk8er
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle (thanks to kjkinsey) poured into a tulip glass. Dark brown appearance with shallow tan head that dissipated quickly. No lacing. Aromas of toasted malt, black coffee, metallic/mineral. Nice dark coffee flavors, dark chocolate, a little bit nutty and sweet like roasted pecans, and some tea-like puckering tannins in there as well. Like the smell, there's a mineral quality in the taste. Moderate carbonation with larger bubbles. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, as with many lagers. Clean finish. Somewhat watery. Flavors are good but don't linger very long. Highly drinkable.I've become a fan of this style lately; and so it's always good to try another interpretation when possible. (699 characters)

Photo of pentathlete
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark dark brown, translucent at the edges, no head (actually, I turned my head and missed it) and carbonation is tough to see, even on a clear top. Smell is coffee, toasty malt, and burnt sugars just the way it should be. Taste is roasted malt, bitter and wet along the edges. The beer lacks body, mouthfeel suffers a touch from the wet edges. This is an easy to drink and satisfying beer that just needs a few improvements to be an excellent schwarzbier.

Picked up in OneBoxBIF from assurbanipaul. Thank you. (512 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with a frothy tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Roasted malts, earthy smoked peat, hints of stale coffee grounds

T - Sweeter than the nose implies. Roasted malts, burnt sugar, bits of cocoa and coffee. Smoky hop bitterness comes quick and coats the mouth. Roasty and bitter on the finish.

M - Light to medium body, good carbonation.

Definitely not boring. The smoky bitterness adds a nice pop as well as the roasted malts. This would pair nicely with a grilled steak. (498 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed about 6 months ago, but just posting now. Thanks to assurbanipaul for this one ala BIF33.

Pours a nearly two finger light tan head that settles rapidly to a clingy layer of light foam. The beer is dark copper brown and, when held to light, is crystal clear and a gorgeous brown-orange. Smells very dry chocolate malt with woody hops that arise very aromatically.

Tastes dry chocolate and some roast with a subtle and lingering malt sweet. Biscuit malt and woody dryness with aromatic hoppy qualities. Grassy hops try to step forward, but are lost in the rising hop oily punch. Mild coriander and a touch of sour from black patent. The aftertaste is dry from chocolate malt and almost comes across as ‘empty’. A ghost of chocolate malt flavor that one would find in a baltic porter. Mouthfeel is medium but dextrinous. Thicker than could be expected if judged from the intensity of the flavors. Carbonation is moderate and works well. I wish I could identify what hop they used.

This is hard to describe, but, overall, the flavors fail to stand up. I one homebrewed a ‘low alcohol’ beer that used very few fermentable. That beer was liquid with little flavor. This Rahr beer is similar in that it lacks the intensity one would expect. Honestly, though, I find all Schwarzbiers to share this attribute. So, I guess this is typical for the style. (1,365 characters)

Photo of mjurney
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of EPICAC
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of FanofHefe
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a pint glass. Dark brown body, clear, with a one-finger mocha head. The head dissipates fairly quickly leaving only specks of lacing.

Decent aroma of roasted malt, licorice, and dark fruit. Not a lot more to offer here.

The flavor has a nice roasted malt flavor, as well, and comes across sweeter than I would have expected from the aroma. Some chocolate in the flavor as well and the aforementioned dark fruit.

The mouthfeel has a much more thin and light consistency than I would have desired. Overall, a decent brew. (539 characters)

Ugly Pug Black Lager from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.