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Ugly Pug Black Lager | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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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:
#35,908
Reviews:
179
Ratings:
506
pDev:
14.05%
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Ratings: 506 |  Reviews: 179
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a clear super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that tastes better than it smells in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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...

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a fudgy borwn color with cola highlights and an almost creamy beige head that leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Toasted brown bread aroma with a hint of smoke

Taste: Crusty brown bread up front, with a somewhat twangy sour flavor developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, a cindery smoke flavor joins the profile, with the bready flavors lingering into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not really enjoying the twangy aspect and the ashen flavors are also a detriment; I like the brown bread elements but the beer just doesn't come together very well

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Photo of zeff80
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | 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 TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from hojuwestlake, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is smoky with a little bit of chocolate, dark fruit, coffee & hops.

T: The taste is well-balanced and smoky with flavors of chocolate, dark fruit, coffee and a good hops presence for the style. The after-taste is bready, smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, good representation of style, I could stick with this beer for a while, it’s a good beer to drink when you want something on the dark side but something that isn’t very heavy.

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3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is dark brown, with an average-sized, light brown head. Retention is okay. The aroma is a sweet smelling combination of chocolate malts and roastiness. The taste has a strong element of roasted flavors upfront with hints of chocolate popping through towards the middle through the finish. The necessary sweetness rides in alongside the chocolate flavors and keeps the roastiness from going overboard. Personally, I find the roastiness to be too strong for a schwarzbier, with levels almost reaching a weak dry stout. Still, this is a good beer and easily the most interesting choice from the three standard Rahr beers.

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Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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 nathanmiller
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark pecan brown with generous orange highlights when on the coaster... dark russet when backlit with overcast sky. The toasted tan cap has just the right amount of frothy creaminess and is doing a bang-up job when it comes to glass decoration. How dare they call this pug ugly.

Like the less than black hue, the nose is less than roasted malty. That's fine by me, since I've always given beer of this style a fair amount of leeway in terms of aroma and flavor. So far, UPBL favors heavily toasted earthiness over chocolate. I like it... and it sure isn't shy.

Whereas the nose score was a weak call, the flavor score is a strong one. Only trouble is, it's one notch lower. Even though schwarzbiers aren't meant to be malt bombs, this one needs at least 50% more barley. That little change would result in better flavor intensity, better flavor depth and a better mouthfeel. In other words, three pugs with one stone.

The beer is somewhere between a more roasty brown ale and a typical schwarz. Let's go with brown bread toast sprinkled with malt powder, cocoa powder and toasted walnuts. Just when things start to get interesting, the flavor flees (or is that fleas?), leaving the taste buds to wonder what the hell happened. The biggest culprit is...

... the mouthfeel. It's too light and is too aggresively carbonated (at least initially). Time and warming help and allow it to be considered barely above average in the end.

When it comes to what are probably the two most well-known beers of this style in Texas, I'll have to give the slight edge to Ugly Pug Black Lager over Shiner Black Lager. Both need a big shot of personality. Bottom line: this little pug ain't ugly, but he ain't no beauty king of a schwarzbier either.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up as an extra recently and was thrilled to receive it. I had never had anything from them before and this is one of my new found favorite styles. Cooling it down in the fridge I reached for it immediatly to give it a try. Twelve ounce bottle was served cold and poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 11/04/2008.

The pour was very nice with a rich, deep, dark brown color coming forward right away. Nice carbonation could be seen through the deep color that was in the glass. NIce head of two inches of off white that came up from the bottom and settled down nicely after a few moments.

The aroma was deep with peat and roasted malts. Almost a touch of rye floating in there as well. Decent caramel after it starts to warm coming through now. The flavor was even more of an adventue. Started with a nice mellow flavor of roasted malts that quickly melted over into a smokey, peat like taste. Very full profile here with a nice touch of spicy, pepper like rye in the finish that just pushed it over the edge. Light hops as it drew to a close were just enough to make me come back in for the next sip. Smooth and creamy carbonation was evident in this nice medium bodied ale.

Overall a very, very solid beer here with a fantastic flavor. Really snck up on me as I really did not think it would be this good, but this one is defintly a keeper/

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Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a very dark brown color with a finger of tan colored head.

S: A pretty typical schwarzbier aroma with a lot of roasted malts and a slight acidity to it. There is a little bit of coffee coming through and some bitter cocoa. Maybe a touch of licorice, too.

T: Lots of roasted malts and coffee to the beer. There's a high carbonation that brings out a bit of acidity. A little bit of chocolate to it, but it's sort of bitter. Sort of simple and not very intense.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: Not a bad schwarzbier. I would have preferred some more intense flavors and aromas, but it's good.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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 johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received this in trade from TexIndy, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a nice dark brown with ruby highlights when held to light. Nice size off white head dissipates quickly. Aroma of Smoky nutty roasty malts. Not much hop to be found in the nose. Tastes like it smells, roasted malt bitterness in the finish. Bubbly creamy mouthfeel. Medium to thin in the body. I thought the carbonation seemed a bit to high and lessened my enjoyment of this brew. Overall a decent brew, I could see myself enjoying a few of these.

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