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Ugly Pug Black Lager | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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3.63/5
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506 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:
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Added by assurbanipaul on 12-18-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,942
Reviews:
179
Ratings:
506
pDev:
14.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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28
Gots:
135
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Ratings: 506 |  Reviews: 179
Photo of jtwant
2.77/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of stephens101
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A tan froth quickly folds into a thin layer atop this dark brown brew. Aroma consists of caramel malt and milk chocolate. Tastes of grain, roasted malt, subtle dark chocolate and tea. Light bodied and smooth. This is a flavorless beer with no oomph. Moving on...

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Photo of Stevotex
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Edie
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nathanmiller
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerSox
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, but still slightly translucent. Edges in light range from light yellow to dark orange. Tan head, almost disappears immediately, very little lacing.

Not much aroma, malt is apparent with roasted coffee scents.

Strong malt flavors are obvious, almost like burnt rye. There isn’t much hop character, but finishes dry.

Lighter bodied with high carbonation.

One, no more. This is an average beer, but it can still be enjoyed.

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Photo of Mitchel
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ugly Pug black lager pours a very dark brown almost black but not quite. The off white head almost instantly fell to nothing and leaves little to no lacing. It smells like earthy burnt chocolate and wood….yes, wood.

The beer tastes of burnt chocolate and tannin…almost smoky. Not much more. It makes me think that they squeezed the grains to get the color out of it and at the same time got too much tannin. Very carbonated and finishes like burnt coffee. It finishes dry but again, burnt. It is a very sharp tasting beer. It is much of what I feel that Schwartz beers should be.

I don’t have much to say about this beer. It is not for me, but not a bad beer on the whole. The label alone is worth buying a sixer. The picture is great and there is a little story on the bottle about the name of the beer (if you are interested in that sort of thing). It is worth a try.

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Photo of CEversole
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown almost black color. Not much for a head, dissapates very quickly. Not much for lacing either. Looks very clear and filtered when held to the light.

S: Smells of malty caramel. Maybe a slight hoppy aroma.

T: Typical for a black lager all the ingredients are there. Coffee, toffee, caramel, I think I taste a hint of chocolate in the background. Not bad at all.

M: I was slightly disapointed here its not very crisp and could use more carbonation. Taste sorta flat. As I have read from other BA's this must be a typical description of the mouthfeel of this beer. One BA even described it as a "Flat Coke".

O: This is not a bad beer at all. However there is room for improvement. I've had better and I've had worse.

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Photo of senoird
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours with little head that fades quickly. Color almost that of a brown ale, coca cola maybe. Very little lacing.

S: Coffee, burnt , caramel.

T: Some roasted barley, semi sweet, coffee, hint of caramel.

M: To me thin, lack of carbonation.

O: Good beer but not great beer. A feeling that it is lacking.

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Photo of jale
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear brown with a finger of light brown head.

S: Light roasted malt. Chocolate and light coffee.

T: Smokey toasted malt with a hint of chocolate and slight coffee. Small amount of hop bitterness finish.

M: Light body with good carbonation.

O: A tad thin for me.

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Photo of Tbn2
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of teg8612
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Though a Black Lager, color is more deep brown. Pours nice with nice head. Head dies down quickly though and carbonation is light. Smell is of coffee and toffee. Mouthful is light. Malty taste with those same roasted qualities of coffee and herbs but not real strong though and body is light. Easy drinking but only partially satisfying.

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Ugly Pug Black Lager from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 506 ratings
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