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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
80
good

400 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 20
Gots: 51 | 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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4/5  rDev +10.8%

videofrog, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

FanofHefe, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of WritersBlock
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

WritersBlock, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Domvan
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Domvan, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of jneiswender
2.26/5  rDev -37.4%
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

jneiswender, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of zbooks
2/5  rDev -44.6%

zbooks, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of Westyn
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Westyn, Jul 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

ExaltedNecrosis, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of mcdsports
3.25/5  rDev -10%

mcdsports, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of zimm421
3.25/5  rDev -10%

zimm421, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of brownbeer
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.

brownbeer, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of OgreSanchez
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

OgreSanchez, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of GregSVT
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.

GregSVT, Feb 08, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Can_has_beer, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of JMad
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.

JMad, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of EPICAC
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.

EPICAC, May 23, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Michaeldmanley, Feb 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

bmurray10, Apr 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

carlmoberg, May 23, 2014
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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.

acevenom, Jul 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

J_Dub, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of PEBKAC
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. :)

PEBKAC, May 21, 2009
Photo of mjurney
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.

mjurney, Jul 10, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

tubeyes, Sep 24, 2012
Ugly Pug Black Lager from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.