Ugly Pug Black Lager | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

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
Reviews:
172
Ratings:
481
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
23.82%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
126
For Trade:
0
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Photo of watsonmd
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: nice for a lager. Dark, intriguing. Scant head. Thin pour.

S: faint toast, hop, sour smell.

T: lighter than expected. Nice for a lager, but expected more from appearance

M: light, clean. Crisp.

O : wanted more character, but not unpleasant for lager

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Buffalo Wild Wings in Lubbock, TX.

The beer is black with a half inch of beige head. The aroma offers light roast, chocolate, lager yeast, bread. Creamy feel and nice balance. Bready chocolates. Light to medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. Silky smooth and easy drinking. Good stuff.

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Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very dark brown in the glass. A beige sort of foam and surprisingly nice lacing and pleasantly sudsy as you sip. Interesting aroma of dark malt and cereal.

The dark taste is the main event. There is a bitterish, even sourish burnt flavor. I think there is more of that flavor than warranted by the style, but it's appropriately light bodied, more like a lager. Quite grainy, which is rather pleasant. A touch of malty sweetness that keeps this from getting to dry, but it's on the acidic side. Not one of my favorites.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at Leonard's in Lubbock.

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When an ugly pug is on a beer, you must try it.

Appearance - A beautiful dark brown to silky black that has a nice milk chocolate head

Smell - Great hints of coffee, hazelnut, chocolate and some caramel

Taste - The flavor is not nearly as good as the smell unfortunately. The taste is of light coffee and licorice. It seems watered down

Mouthfeel - Where the taste lacks, the mouth feel and smell perk it back up.

Overall - A nice drinker but really lacking the taste I was expecting

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 9.11.12.
Thanks johnsaulrubio

A - Pours a coca-cola brown with a think coke colored light tan head that is gone quickly.

S - Very nutty and roasted malts.

T - Nutty, roasted malt, light coffee and chocolate.

D - Thin body and a mild body.

O - Very light, but nice roasted and nutty flavors.

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Photo of VaterRoss
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
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 Ford
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gordon Street Tavern in Alvin, Texas.

Easy to taste the chocolate and coffee... at least to me.

Not much alcohol taste. Smells good.

This is really easy to drink, especially for a dark beer. I'll have another some time, though it wasn't love at first taste.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rahr & Sons Ugly Pug Black Lager has a thin, beige head, some lacing, and a dark, yet clear, ruby red, bubbly appearance. The aroma is faint, but one can pick up some dark-roasted barley malt and sweetness. The taste is of burnt toast, rich coffee, some chocolate powder, and sweet, dark-roasted malt. Just a touch of hop bitterness presents itself. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Ugly Pug finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, mostly dry, mild, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is good.

RJT

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Photo of cfrances33
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at random Dallas bar in a shaker pint.

Pour: Dark brown with a two finger tan head. Sticks around for a while.

Smell: Roasted malts and smoke and that pretty much about it.

Taste: Yup follows the nose to a T. Pretty simple.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but very drinkable. Again pretty simple.

Overall: Got this as an alternative to the BMC on tap, and it was clearly better than those offerings, but again - only got it because it was all I could, and would only get again in the same situation.

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Photo of klmcmachen
4.08/5  rDev +13%
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 acevenom
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.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ugly Pug Black Lager is a dark brown- colored brew with a light tan head of foam that is creamy with tightly packed bubbles. The nose on this beer is one of lightly roasted malts, a touch of mocha, and a small amount of smoke.

Tasting this beer doesn’t reveal any great surprises. The flavor of the beer is right in line with the typical black lager, with tastes of roasted malt, a touch of chocolate, toffee, and lingering maltiness. Some earthy notes and a slight bitterness round out the taste before the beer returns to the flavor of sweet, lightly roasted malt.

Ugly Pug has a lighter body than average, but it does manage to assert itself with its malty, creamy body. It makes a good Schwarzbier session brew and its easy- going nature makes it a good choice for newbies to the style. It would be even better with a slightly heavier, chewier body but it is definitely a respectable effort in its own right and certainly a beer worth trying.

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Photo of TwinButte
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hoffbrau Steaks in Dallas TX.

Big pint glass! Everything is big in Texas! A very dark brown with a small brownish head. Low hop profile but right on for style. Leaves a nice slightly bitter after taste. That's really the best part of this brew. It is somewhat watery but is a great beer to drink with my burger.

Glad I was able to try one from Rahr & Sons. Wished I could have had their scotch ale!

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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.

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Photo of senoird
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
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 CEversole
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
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 gtermi
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a nice black with a white head.

S: I am getting a lot of roasted malt and coffee from this beer and find it very enjoyable.

T: The beer is sort of weak, but still has a decent amount of sweetness, roasted malt and some chocolate.

M: This isnt the smoothest beer, but still very enjoyable.

O: I love going to the Rahr tour and having this on draft. It is a good beer and I love getting it once in a while. This to me is Rahr's most popular beer.

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Photo of LacquerHead
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this in Dallas just before I went to the American Airlines Center to watch the Blackhawk's first game of the season. (Oct 7)

It came in an ice cold bottle and was accompanied by a frozen mug. I had to let it warm up a bit.

As with most schwarzbiers you are going to get a dark beer that is not too heavy but not too light. And I think Ugly Pug lived up to the style. It had all the malty characteristics one would expect to find in a dark beer. It was roasty and toasty. I was expecting a little bit more, but I was happy with what I got.

My only real complaint was that it was a little bit too carbonated for my taste. However, it's ease of drinkability made this easy to overlook.

This will probably be my go-to brewery whenever I find myself in Texas.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours cola-like with a lot of foam that doesn’t dies down. Impressive appearance, but that’s the extent of it. Not much on the nose. There’s very little roast but a lot of lingering maltiness. A bit of an unwelcome sour bite. Cloyingly sweet. Thin bodied, which makes it drinkable. Dial up the viscosity and I’d call it a good sipper if I was in the mood for something after dinner. I can see why this is a favorite for some but it just doesn’t work for me.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Tumbler

Appearance-Pours a dark brown with a two finger tan head. Dissipates quickly leaving a thin film on top during the whole drink.

Smell-Smoke, Some sweet dark fruits. Some subtle chocolate.

Taste-At first it tastes like absolutely nothing, then some sweetness and some bitterness and black pepper spice comes in. Finish carrys over the smokiness and some fruit. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel-It's clean, but it's like a flat coke. Not very enjoyable mouthfeel which is a shame b/c the taste really isn't thad bad.

Overall-I do not enjoy Rahr and Son beers but going to a local beer store that didn't have anything that I wanted to buy I just bought this single for 1.50 so I didn't walk out w/ nothing. However, this is the best of all the Rahr and Son brews i've had.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.08/5  rDev +13%
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 Preisman
2.44/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Very underwhelming in most aspects. There was not as much full flavor that you might expect from a black lager. The aroma was very soft and did not tease me into the drink. Never while having it did I want to continue my drink. Easily said, it was very boring. There was nothing great or even good about this beer.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Recieved as an extra in a trade with texasclimber.

A - Actually a pretty nice looking beer. Really is about black, with red and brown running through it in the light. Small off-white head rose up a half a finger and dissipated to nothing rather quickly. Nothing left on the glass.

S - Roasted malts, slightly acidic, bit of lagar yeast. Little bit of unsweeted chocolate and some caramel.

T - Roasted malt, bit of coffee. Some chocolate, some yeast on the end. It's slightly bitter and acidic. Easy to drink.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied with fairly middling carbonation.

O - This is a solid beer. It's unspectacular but it was a nice thirst quencher for me that I killed in about three minutes. Wouldn't mind it again after a workout.

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Photo of Everdrift
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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 nhindian
2.55/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Bottle generously provided as an extra by Exiled, thanks Jason!

A - Although described as a black lager, or schwarzbier, it pours rather brown, almost like coke. A swirling, 1.5-finger head lingers for a few minutes, but then dissipates, leaving a milky cap. It's possible to see lots of carbonation rising to the surface. Not much lacing at all, only a very little here and there.

S - The aroma has hints of roast, chocolate, and a strange metallic quality to it. Overall it's fairly weak, though, so once it's in the glass for a little, I'm only getting a bit of roast.

T - Again, the flavors here are just lacking. At first it's a refreshing burst of light coffee, but after that it's all downhill with muddied notes of chocolate, hops, and that recurring metallic taste. Unfortunately (or fortunately), the flavors are short-lived, as before I'm even a third done with the beer, each sips brings about a second of flavor before being washed away in a watery current. Very strange.

M - Mouthfeel is light-bodied with high carbonation. Pretty smooth drinking.

D/O - Drinkability is low. Besides a slight coffee finish, the flavors are nearly non-existent after about 5 minutes. At that point I am almost drinking watered-down coffee... Would definitely help if the flavors had any staying power, but even then, they weren't incredibly noteworthy to begin with.

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Ugly Pug Black Lager from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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