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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
89
very good

6,133 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 6,133
Reviews: 2,270
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 164
Gots: 562 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
8 Ingredients:
Malts: Northwest Harrington, Klages, Maier Munich and Carastan.
Hops: Perle and Saaz.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

16º PLATO
40 IBU
78 AA
16º Lovibond

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-05-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,133 | Reviews: 2,270 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Cwrw:
Photo of Cwrw
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favourite styles and I'm excited to try this Maibock from Rogue. Came in a 6-pack of 330ml bottles with the lovely skeleton on the barrel label. A solid-looking beer in the glass, iced-tea colour with a generous cap of tight dull-white head. Good full sheets of lacing. The beer can appear light orange as well as dull rusty-red. A swell looking Maibock. Onto the more important...aroma: the first scent I get is spicy nuttiness, like egg-nog with nutmeg. Excellent malts with full notes of toffee and vanilla wafer, and some sourish bready notes. Very creamy smelling, with a spritziness that could be the alcohol or the hops. The hops are complementing the malting well, adding some dry, earthy, musky smells. I get a lot of sweetish vanilla and even maple. Lots of tree bark and caramel with the bitterness of tea. Bready, roasted and warming. Not hugely complex, but done very well for the style, with emphasis on the rich malts. A respectable aroma. The taste is sweet caramel malt with the flowery aftertaste of German hops. Butterscotch and raisins with some white sugar undertones. A little hard-water in the middle of the mouth, making the body feel a little thin at times. Honey and strong toffee flavours in the beer, with lots of buttered toast and whole-grain bread tastes. Besides the tiniest watery sensation the taste is stellar for a bock. Smooth on the tongue with medium carbonation and little alcoholic burn. Medium bodied, going down easily, with all the "have-another" character you could want in a bock. Solid. Thanks Rogue.

Cwrw, May 20, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice rich gold color with creamy head that stayed nicely,smelled nice and malty with some fruitiness to it.Nice balanced brew not overly sweet but enjoyably sweet,hop is in there after a few sips it shows.Drink this one alot really good beer with some balls.

oberon, Mar 20, 2003
Photo of Popsinc
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 650ml bottle. golden orange with a moderatley white-foam head.

Smell: nice hoppy/fruity sweet nose. hints of sweet apricot and peach. sweet and hoppy, very pleasant.

Taste: Nice hoppiness off the top followed by a mellow and smooth sweetness. this is highlighted by apricot & peach and a good malt backbone makes this a nice ale with some good body.

Mouthfeel: Smmoth and creamy. just enough bubbliness to keep me happy.

Drinkability: one a day wouldn't be too much. a pleasant everyday drinker.

Popsinc, Oct 03, 2003
Photo of mojohawk21
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

mojohawk21, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark, cloudy orange in the body with a good head that lingered but didn't lace.

Smell - Nice, mild, malt character with a stiff balancing hop (strange for the style but not for Rouge). There's a light melon/orange fruitiness to this aroma as well, making it quite nice.

Taste - Ist das eine HopBock? The lightly-toasted malt flavors complimented by sweet orange and grapefruit and honey are offset by stiff, bitter hops. I doubt if you'll find anything like this in Germany, but it is good nevertheless.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with light carbonation and very refreshing thanks to the uncharacteristic hops.

Drinkability - You have to love Rogue or hate 'em. They make one of the hoppiest Stouts on the planet, and they do the same with this Maibock. I happen to enjoy the interpretation of the style, but many I'm sure won't.

Update - I can't remember the first time I had this ale, but I first rated it on the site in November 2003. I thought it would be fun to sit down with pad and pen (or keyboard and mouse as the case may be) and write an update.

It hasn't changed a bit. Beautiful body with a nice head that doesn't lace, nice malts with an off-style PacNW hoppy bite, solid medium-bodied with very pleasant carbonation, and the bottle empties before you can say, "Gibst mir einmal, bitte."

Update - I happened upon this again in 2010 and found it to be much more malty. The malt base is unsweetened and very raw. I think really it needed this to balance the big hop bit. It's almost like unsweetened caramel if that's not an oxymoron. It's a solid 4 all the way around and a definite "must try" for any beer enthusiast.

RoyalT, Nov 03, 2003
Photo of aszatk01
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

aszatk01, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of DanGeo
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

DanGeo, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Supersweetshirts
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This would be a great beer to have with food as it is relatively mild in flavor intensity. The beer poured a nice orange/amber with little head. It had a refreshing smell of fruits like apricot and citrus but with faint smells of malt. This was a good casual beer to have, my only suggestion would be to intensify the flavor a bit as I found it to be a bit too mild.

Supersweetshirts, May 28, 2011
Photo of tectactoe
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Old Chicago. Pours a deep amber, almost brown color with a tiny head that only left behind very small traces of lacing. The nose is full of a nice mix of hops, malts, a bit of sweetness, and a touch of woody/nutty undertones. The beer is fairly smooth and has a heavy malt character with a light toffee/caramel flavor and a bit of biscuit yeast that comes alone. Some very faint hop presence can be detected, but only if you're really looking for it. Medium body and medium carbonation with a nice, malt flavored finish.

Decent beer, here. Nothing too special or over-the-top excellent, but still tasty and very easy to drink.

tectactoe, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Hoppin_mad
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
Photo of Altair
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Altair, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of Zakk
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Zakk, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of npala86
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

npala86, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of bluesoul
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paired with pan-grilled BBQ chicken.

A - Poured into pint glass, 1.5-finger cream-colored head crawled down the glass. Beer is an only slightly hazy amber color. Decent lacing

S - Has a very nice aroma, it's not unlike having a mouthful of the beer just by getting a good whiff of it. Has a sort of banana-nut bread vibe, really very pleasant. Gets a bit funky when swirled.

T - Not terribly complex, starts with a generous amount of malt, and has a good hop bite at the end but isn't overpowering. Doesn't really push any new boundaries but instead offers simple quality.

M - Good carbonation, aftertaste is slightly bitter and lingers for upwards of 30 seconds. Starts off quite tight but opens up quickly. Alcohol aftertaste becomes more evident with warming. Overall goes down light and easy.

D - Very drinkable beer, especially if one is trying to escape macro hell and find some quaffable craft brews. Quite filling considering the mouthfeel. I wouldn't turn this one down, but I don't think I could make it through more than one or two either.

bluesoul, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Tiernan, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +1.3%

tbryan5, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

TimBeaulieu, May 03, 2014
Photo of ajkiser12
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

ajkiser12, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of Matty-K
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Matty-K, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of SIRIUS2
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light amber in color; minimal to average head produced when poured into a pint glass from the bottle. Head faded fast but left good lacing throughout.

S: Nothing particularly special. If you swirl well you can get a hint of hops.

T: An interesting mix of hops and malts. I don't know that I would call them balanced, but definitely equal in strength. Great sweet caramel malt flavors with nice citrus hops and minimal lingering hop flavor.

M&D: On the light side of 'medium' bodied but full flavored. Even with all the flavors going on this still goes down easy and intensely enjoyable.

I tried hard to be objective reviewing this ale. I waited a long time to review it because it is one of my personal favorites. I can't put my finger on it but man, this is good! I like the maltiness but I also like that bitter citrus finish and this one has them both without being too refined. Perhaps that's what I like about it - it's just a little rough around the edges and I like it. One of my favorite standbys after a long day at work.

SIRIUS2, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of steelerguy
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark gold to light amber, small head that fades quick to a lacing on top, with medium carbonation.

S - Sweet caramel malt, not much hop, kind of boring.

T - Solid bitterness without much hop flavor. Very nice light malt flavors with some sweetness from caramel malt. Slight citrus bitterness on the finish with some fresh baked bread flavors.

M - Thick and malty, creamy feel.

D - Easy drink, well balance, session beer.

This is a good beer, not daring, nothing really stands out other than it is made well. Good beer, but nothing really stands out. What makes it good an appealing to many also keeps it just a good beer, nothing wrong with a good beer though.

steelerguy, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of Dmann
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is for sure a malt lovers beer, but it has a very good ammount of bitterness to interest the hop heads as well. It poured a copper color with a decent head that left nice spider webs on the glass. The smell was fruity and malty and I couldn't wait to taste. The flavor was great, with a thick mouthfeel that fit the malty flavor perfectly. But just when you think its all malt the hops came in and added a great element to the flavor. Even my Coors drinking dad loved this one, so this is a very drinkable beer and would be a good one to start novices on.

Dmann, Jan 28, 2004
Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

SuomiHobbit, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of jose_alehouseSD
2.72/5  rDev -31.1%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of BJ1833
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

Roasted malt aroma that's almost fruity. Taste is malty, but balanced, with a bitter hop finish. Medium body with good carbonation. Although smooth with a balanced flavor, you can easily taste the alcohol in this beer.

Overall a solid, great tasting beer that's easy to drink and a good representation of the style.

BJ1833, Jul 21, 2004
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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,133 ratings.