Ugly Pug Black Lager
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Lager - Schwarzbier
Ranked #149
Ranked #43,341
3.65 | pDev: 13.97%
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Ugly Pug Black LagerUgly Pug Black Lager
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4.9/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I tried this beer because I read reviews here on Beer Advocate. The reviews were spot on! The beer is darker than what I normally drink but the taste is a bit lighter than what it looks when it pours. It’s perfect.

Feb 18, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a brown color with a light off-white head that slowly diminishes as you watch. In the nose, it is coffee and black malt. In the mouth, it is a light in texture and light black malt flavor.

Mar 10, 2019
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DrMullet from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a slightly reddish tint and a thin lacing.
Smell is sweet , smokey malt.
Taste is sweet and slightly roasted chocolate/caramel flavor.
A bit thin and watery

Feb 25, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got this off a self made mixed six pack from Super Target in Frisco. It poured an opaque dark with thin ercu head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of roast. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation Overall it's a solid beer.

Feb 18, 2018
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MinerBob from Oklahoma

3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the darkest lager I've ever seen. Beer pours a tea color with a white head. The flavor is nice and smooth and malty. Overall this is my first "black" beer and I like it.

Nov 25, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a semi-opaque, jet-black color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled roasty with hints of chocolate. Nice roasty flavor with sweet chocolate and toffee.

Sep 25, 2017
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown/red . Aroma didn't come off strong and distinct but could detect roasted malt. Taste was similar,bitter roasted malt with a definite bitter finish. Not my usuall style but it was a pleasant experience and was something I would try again

Jul 30, 2017
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LeRose from Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red hued brown color, very clear. A thin ring of beige foam, decent cling to the glass.

Smell...not too much there. Vaguely sweet, mildly roasted malt. Faint vanilla and a decent chocolate smell.

The taste is light. Roasted malt without the acrid bitterness that can happen with a porter or stout. Sweetness, some vanilla, and a definite chocolate finish. Caramel-like sweetness, but not overly sweet. Does show the lager characteristics, and there is a bit of a licorice note that develops by the end of the glass.

Feel is lively at first, but feels quite chalky after the fact. Drinks pretty light.

Overall this is a serviceable beer. More refreshing than a porter or stout and that works for a hot day like today.

Jul 20, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a nice low alcohol dark lager here that has plenty of lager yeast flavor to it and brings a sturdy dark grain complexion without being too intense. this is a real session sort of dark beer, and not just because of its low strength. the bitterness that usually comes with such a full roasty grain flavor like this is somehow absent here, and there is a slightly sweet cocoa character as well that works nicely with the coffee suggestion in the more roasted barley. there is a european vibe to this, maybe the yeast, maybe the slight oxidation my bottle has (got lost in the fridge a little bit), but it all comes together pretty well. not as distinct as some, and certainly more mellow, but i like being able to taste the lager yeast as it dries the beer out before the finish. there is a bready earthiness about it, and a smoothness i like a lot for how mild the beer is on the whole. i havent had much from these guys, but it seems like the cover the basic styles pretty completely and pretty well. this isnt going to change the world, not even close, but its a fine american take on a style we dont see enough of. enjoyed it thoroughly, and rather quickly, this one goes down like the breeze, especially for its color...

Jun 25, 2017
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puck1225 from Texas

3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Deep dark brown with a nice beige head and decent lacing. Smells of sweet dark toast which carries over to the taste. A bit of chocolate and a hint of coffee. A nice beer!

Feb 27, 2017
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Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into dimpled seidel. No head, a smattering of lace. Color like watery cola.

Light toast and roast up front, underlying caramel sweetness.

Taste is likewise, malty sweet with a little roast note. Ends lighter than it begins.

Mouth has a nice fullness despite being a little watery.

Doesn't blow me away., but it's a decent schwarzbier on the sweeter side.

Jan 02, 2017
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60sFolks from Texas

3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love dark styles and Rahr and Sons. This offering is rich in the dark color. It makes me expect chocolate or coffee. The cocoa is there, even close to burnt. Taste is sweet for my pallet. It is full in my mouth, almost syrupy. I am glad it is available year around.

Jul 12, 2016
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infinitebruner from Arkansas

3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

March 25, 2016

12 oz. bottle, weizen glass

A – Very deep brown, with some tinges of black in the wider parts of the glass. Quite clear though, where not opaque due to density. Only a millimeter or two of off-white to very light tan bubbles, dissipating quickly.

S – Caramel and significant chocolate, though not very sweet, more like nibs. A moderate amount of pleasant roasted notes. A barely noticeable hint of vanilla rounds things out. Light herbal hop notes, barely there.

T – Roasted, but not burnt, chocolate with underlying caramel. Only light sweetness. Herbal, perhaps hay or dried grass, hops on the back end. Some hop bitterness is barely apparent on the finish. A mild astringency on the aftertaste. Starts strong but finishes on a down note.

M – Moderate carbonation and a medium body. Slight dryness on the finish, not much needed since the malt isn’t particularly sweet. Low bitterness, just enough for balance. Slight astringency is the only flaw.

O – This is really close to being a very good beer, with a bit more dialing in. A nice option for a darker beer that drinks light.

Apr 25, 2016
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tronester from Oklahoma

3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear mahogany with a thin light tan head. Aromas of toasted bread and licorice. Taste begins with molasses, then some grain husk, finishing with some plums and earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is rich. Overall a good schwarzbier.

Mar 17, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rahr & Sons "Ugly Pug"
on tap at The Buckhorn Saloon, San Antonio, TX
$8 for 20 oz.

Appearance: Very dark brown-black body beneath a creamy head of khaki froth. Decent initial lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate and soft roast like cold dark coffee.

Flavor: Malty. Chocolate fudge. Moderate balancing bitterness. Background grassy/leafy hops. Smooth chocolate in the finish. Perhaps a bit too chocolatey for a schwarzbier, but good in its own right.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth.

Overall: Tasty. Quite good. There's enough to keep you interested without really going beyond basics. Nice.

Feb 04, 2016
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sgt_187em from Texas

3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My initial impression was that this beer was very light bodied, almost watery. But the carbonation gave it a spicy affect. Dark brown, with a light disappearing head. A bit bitter aftertaste, not my favorite

Jan 02, 2016
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Kroger.

Dark brown with a thin, tab head that falls off quickly leaving little lacing, this looks solid. The nose is a blend of roasted grain, chicory, a little coffee and a faint noble hop character. The palate opens thin, spritzy with mild burnt sugar, roasted malt and some grain. A little too thin for my liking, this beer finishes dry with a carbonation that scrubs the palate a little too much. Solid.

Dec 30, 2015
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Updated Jan17, 2021. A dark red/amber color with a small head. Smell is light of charred malt. Tasted is charred, smoked malts. Smooth tasting. Some bitterness on the tongue in the aftertaste. My can dated 11/3/20 and is 5.5% ABV.

Dec 21, 2015
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jtwant from Texas

2.77/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Look: Black, mostly opaque with moderate head that dissipates quickly

Smell: Coffee, chocolate aroma

Taste: For me, it was a little sweet and very subdued. It lacked the full-mouth punch that I expected from a dark lager. The flavor left my mouth shortly after consumption.

Feel: Watery, slightly malty

Overall: I'm relatively dissatisfied after drinking this one. I expected more of a stout flavor. Maybe that's just psychological because it's black. Overall, this beer is forgettable.

Dec 12, 2015
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4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark Brown, light tan head
A: Chocolate malt and Coffee aroma with maybe a bit of burnt wood slightly.
This tastes very much like a dark brown Porter if it has Ale yeast instated of Lager yeast.
F: Mouth feel is good and crisp, but send to leave a slight wax feeling after taste.
Overspill this is a very good brown or brown
Porter type beer.

Nov 11, 2015
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MadClaw1138 from Texas

3.76/5  rDev +3%
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

Jun 06, 2015
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kcatlett00 from Texas

4.82/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review is optional but now it is telling me I have to write one. Well my husband and I are Guinness fans and this reminds me of that beer but little bit lighter.

Mar 24, 2015
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Joe_Howard from Texas

4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very dark red color. Aroma if clean with hints of roasted malts. Flavor is mild and smooth with roasted malt and hints of chocolate, isn't overpowered by the roasted malt like most dark (almost black) beers are. The body is on the light, but not watery, and is oddly refreshing. Overall an amazing beer, and I was extremely shocked. Usually I tend to like my lagers on the lighter side (pilsners, helles lagers).

Mar 04, 2015
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Premo88 from Texas

3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: dark ruby red up to light, looks dark brown/black with no light; small head of beige/tan foam, maybe 1/2 inch tops, no stick and no major lacing, collar is nice but not huge. color and clarity are fantastic.

S: toasted, roasted wood ... some coffee, maybe dark chocolate, but burnt wood is the key note

T: toasted wood ... sweet, too ... the malt taste here is not burnt but close, very well-toasted and lots of woody oak taste; baker;s chocolate in the aftertaste

F: looks and pours just a bit flat (a Rahr's thing across most of their beers), but it feels strong and good, plenty of carbonation, nice lightweight crispness

O: it's full of toasted-malt flavor with a ton of sweetness, and the oak-wood/baker's chocolate aftertaste is very nice ... the sweet knocks down the bitterness a bunch, which makes for a pretty tasty, easy-to-handle brew. a beer I'll definitely grab again.

Mar 01, 2015
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At Salt Lick BBQ. Bottle is Julian dated (01615) Jan 16, 2015.

Color is black initially and dark reddish brown in the light. Thin layer of khaki foam that parts after the first couple sips. Aroma is mild with a light amount of roast. Taste is lightly bitter and roasty, feels mildly astringent. Dry with zero sweetness, vague carob and ash. Light dry roast lingers in the aftertaste. Overall it's lightness is an asset when paired with heavier food like BBQ.

Feb 13, 2015
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