Ugly Pug Black Lager | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

Ugly Pug Black LagerUgly Pug Black Lager
BA SCORE
3.63/5
504 Ratings
Ugly Pug Black LagerUgly Pug Black Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Texas, United States
rahrbrewing.com

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by assurbanipaul on 12-18-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,128
Reviews:
178
Ratings:
504
pDev:
14.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
134
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Ratings: 504 |  Reviews: 178
Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Based on notes from my april visit to san antonio..

Pours mahogany with 1.5 fingers of fluffed-up head. Good head retention & very good lacing

S: Sweet caramel

T: Caramel &roasted malts up front. Finished roasty, with a little iron & a little smokeyness

MF: Light/medium bodied with a little slickness & good carbonation levels

Very drinkable & very nice take on the style

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Photo of needMIbeer
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of houseofcole
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ClintBrewer
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of SGT_Cookie
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dubblebock
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rahr's Ugly Pug is truly a misnomer. The dog on the label may indeed be repulsive, but the beer itself is a beauty to behold. I can't recall any other Texas-brewed schwarzbiers, and it's a really unusual style to begin with. For me at least, the style is hard to get a handle on. I've always kinda thought of schwarzbiers as being little brothers to the more complex stouts and porters. They're similar in appearance, but typically much lighter on the palate.

The Pug is no exception to that rule. It pours with a decidedly porter-like appearance, except for the lack of head. In fact, the Pug produced almost no head at all, although it did leave some nice lacing down the sides of the mug as I quaffed it. Deep, rich, brown-to-black complexion. The nose was light and reminiscent of one of those cold-coffee drinks.

The taste was quite good. Roasty malts and hints of chocolate swirled in my mouth. The hops were in good balance, and gave the beer a nice dose of bitters to compliment the toffee-like malts. Nothing very complex, but quite satisfying. The Pug had a very light texture, but that's the norm for the style. It's SUPPOSED to be light and mellow.

Decent mouthfeel, good finish. VERY drinkable. This would be a great summertime beer here in Texas, though it would shock all of your buds for you to be seen drinking what looks like a heavy, dark beer in the middle of August. That alone would make it worth seeking out.

I really liked the Ugly Pug. Pat him on the head if you see him, or better yet, take him home for a couple of beers.

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Photo of rfabian
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler it produces a half inch head that leaves fair lacing. The appearance is dark reddish-brown and clear when held up to the sunlight, almost opaque by ambient light indoors. The aroma is mostly of toasted grain and malt with a hint of earthy hops. The flavor is surprisingly sweet, toasty, malty with little bitterness, almost like a bock. But the feel is on the light-bodied side, and the finish is of slightly bitter malt.

This is a very refreshing, enjoyable and drinkable beer, a good session choice.

This beer seems to follow what is becoming a Texas tradition of light bodied maltiness with a light hop presence in beers, going by the styles of St. Arnolds, Real Ale, and Spoetzl.

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Photo of Bandman52
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pegasus
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal-clear deep amber brown in color, with a large white head, scattered patchy lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Deep burnt caramel and coffee aroma, both profound and alluring.

Taste: Toasted malt and burnt caramel dominate the taste from start to finish. The hops contribute a mild herbal spiciness, but definitely play a supporting, rather than dominant role. The finish is dry, with a lingering charcoal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and fairly full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-made schwarzbier, quite pleasing.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of VaterRoss
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Dark (almost opaque) brown with tinges or red that appear in light, light brown head. In true lager fashion, the head disappears quickly though there is a ring. Nose is smoky dark chocolate bitterness with a surprisingly light middle swirl of malt and hint of lager yeast and a light bitter finish. Some medicinal/smoke notes in the aftertaste. Body is very light, one could almost mistake this for a porter were it not for the light body and tinge of lager yeast.

Tastes like a porter made with lager yeast, complex but ultimately light bodied, perhaps a tad bitter. Wish I could get a hold of this one in my neck of the woods, got this sucker from a beer trade.

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Photo of Bulljump
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

An excellent beer. Taste of roasted coffee. Very smooth. A bit like guiness with more flavor and less wateriness. Aftertaste is a bit bitter and lasts a decent amount of time. Smells like it tastes (good).

The bottle features a great design: a pug with an eye patch and an underbite, sticking out its tongue.

Easily one of my new favorites for the price and availability. You can even buy it in drugstores in texas. It's brewed locally and I have never seen it outside texas.

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Photo of Crockettr
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of gilgar
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JayS2629
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unfortunately I don't think others are grading this beer by style. It nails the style of a schwartzbeir. Dark black with a creamy white head, nice retention and lacing.

The aroma is big on roasted malts and coffee with some earthy notes and a touch of cocoa. Simple, earthy, and dark.

Nice light body with roasted coffee and cocoa flavors. Clean with some earthy tones.

Nice light body and balanced

Very easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of klmcmachen
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very dark beer. I drank this from the bottle so I couldn't measure the head. The smell was very hoppy with a kind of a pilsner smell. Tasting it the smells changed. Hoppy turned into black ale and pilsner turned into hefeweizen. A bit of a strong aftertaste, but it is to be expected from a dark beer. Over all an enjoyable experience. I look forward to trying more of Rhar & Sons products.

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Photo of Dsg10
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of baseballrock
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - dark with some great mahogany hue. small cream colored head that has minimal retention.

s - the smell burst of semi sweet toffee.

t - sweet cocoa and toffee. nice maltyness and toasty bread notes. clean hop finish completes a good tasting brew.

m - very balanced. light to medium bodied

d - good drinkability, lucky to live in DFW, i can find the rahr beers in many places. i've had ugly gug on tap in several restaurants and it always impresses.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black, barely see-through color with a little head. Has a great consistency, light.
Smells of aromatic hops, and maybe a little sweets, but not much.
Tastes like the hops, and have just a bit of the character I would get from a bock. Has a really light feel to it, and the flavor is refreshing.

I like this beer a lot! Great job!

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Photo of HardTarget
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Bluebonnet Brewoff ’05. A hard plastic cup.
Aroma: My sample was a touch cold, but I noted a slightly (what I call) dusty porter smell.
Appearance: Deep brown almost black with some clarity noted at the corners of the glass. Nice off white head left tide marks even with the small sample.
Flavor: Fair balance with a sweet side, some mild mineral flavors (which I find a touch overbearing in the blonde and red) that were at a nice level. Almost more of an oatmeal stout than a porter taste, I wouldn’t have picked Schwarzbier, but then again, I haven’t had many to compare it to. It did have a slight sour edge.
Mouthfeel: Rich texture with a medium-light body, good carbonation.
Overall Impression: Very tasty! Rich dark flavors, nice looks, I think we have a winner! I seem to enjoy Rahr & Sons beers more on tap than in the bottle, and I think it is that “mineral” taste. It seems appropriate to some German styles; I just find it slightly distracting. The Pug seems to have only hints, or the tastes covered it a bit more. Either way; my favorite beer from this new Texas brewery!
Recommended!

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Photo of monk2021
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Everdrift
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ugly Pug is a really cool brew. You get a pretty big, though not overwhelming taste of a dark beer while still being able to enjoy a rather light body. That's the schwartzbier style. I haven't had a ton of different schwartzbiers, but this is definitely far from the worst of the lot I've tried. The roasted malts really give you that big flavor of coffee. It's very drinkable, due to it's lighter body, so get ready to put down a few of these without feeling like you made a mistake.

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Photo of Octagonal
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark ,almost black, with some amber hues. About an inch of creamy head subsides rather quickly.
An aroma of coffee and roasted malt..
When tasting, the roasted malt and coffee continue through a slightly bitter finish. I really enjoy the aftertaste.
The dark beer has a light body, quite carbonated that goes down well.
I really enjoyed this beer and will definately have another.

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Photo of hojuwestlake
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This black lager had a clean blackish-brown color with a cream colored head that disapates not long after poured.

The smell is slightly roasted with a hint of cold coffee. Has a smoothe mouth feel with a little bite on the way down.

A lot of malt/oaty taste with a bit of sweetness like a porter or oatmeal stout but not as heavy. Light bitter finish with a pleasnt aftertaste.

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Photo of ERMAHGERD
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dcevans
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Ugly Pug Black Lager from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 504 ratings
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