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:
#35,241
Reviews:
178
Ratings:
504
pDev:
14.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
134
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 504 |  Reviews: 178
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 Bryan12345
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 60sFolks
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.

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Photo of amalahow
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Boomersooner656
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tylerstravis
2.61/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly lighter than a Porter. Very subtle smell and taste. Drinkable but not that complex

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aknalley
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of infinitebruner
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of losdizzel
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 yankees27
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nash07
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Like Shiner, but bitter

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Photo of tronester
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of chrismo
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of OKCNittany
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of bigchiquilin
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of hozersr
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mamaraza
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sgt_187em
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

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