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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,108 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,108
Reviews: 2,268
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 160
Gots: 548 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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.

40 IBU
78 AA
16º Lovibond

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-05-2001)
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Photo of Stimack
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Brew pours to a cloudy copper color with a nice sized light tan head, which had good retention and left a fair amount of lacing down the side off the glass. The aroma was mostly of sweet malt and possibly fruit? The taste is defiantly malt, which leads to a toasted flavor. There is a noticeable hop presence that is noticeable but not as robust as the maltyness. This is a good beer, not a favorite but defiantly a solid choice. If available I will always think about getting one.

Stimack, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of rhultstrand
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Bottle poured into pilsner glass.

A - Beautiful copper hue. Copper orange near the top, lessens to a light orange/yellow pilsner appearance near the bottom. A one finger white head after pouring.

S - Very sweet. Banana, toffee, walnut? Call me crazy but I keep getting a watermelon aroma. Faint malt.

T - More malt, banana, toasty sweetness.

M - Ridiculously smooth yet decently bodied. Low carbonation, could go through a few of these rather quickly.

O - May not completly stand up to its unbelievable reputation, but is a very, very good brew.

rhultstrand, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Genghis22
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

No Bottle Date

A - Pours a hazy amber with a light tan head. Good amount of carbonation visible.

S - Smells sweet and malty. Hints of raosted malts and molasses and sugar.

T - The malts leads you down the journey, but the hops make their presence known right away. The malts then continue you on your way, with a nice sweet finish. There is a lot of biscuity malt in this one.

M - Medium body, with moderate to high carbonation. This beer goes down nice and smooth.

D - Absolutely. You could session with this beer. This is a delicious beer that is easy to find, and even easier to drink.

Genghis22, May 25, 2009
Photo of jackorain
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

A- Dull (not negative) dark ambr color, some haze. good retenton, good lace

S- Biscuit malt, sweet carmel malts, and yeast

T-Malts, malt, malt. This is one malty beer. sweetness abounds. Some hops trickle though to cut the malt a little

M-Creamy body with nice carbonation

D-The malts overwhelm for me cutting down on drinkability

jackorain, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of guinness9880
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a warm copper with an off white head. Smells biscuity, a strong malty base with mild hops and citrus not much nose to this one. Taste is very balanced sweet malt on the palate with a dry hop finish, a very solid session ale.I could definately down a lot of these

guinness9880, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of lonestar1836
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

A: pours a golden brown with a generous light golden head

S: a light carmel maltiness

T: this one's so deep it's kinda hard to place, starts off malty sweet, going to fruity flavors and hoppy bitterness, ending with a floral tones in the aftertate

M: smooth with moderate carbonation

D: all in all this is a very tasty beer, but i don't think i could drink much of this one

lonestar1836, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

A-Dark orange. Small head.

S-Malty and booze. I get caramel maybe some hops? Hard to define from the smell.

T-Sweet. Definately caramel. More hop than expected. Booze is there.

M-Slick and a bit sharp.

D-Makes my cheeks warm. Tasty but a bit low on the drinkability scale.

VelvetExtract, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of Lancer211
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A - Poured a copper color with an excellent ivory head that continues to grow long after the pour. Awesome lacing persists.

S - Slightly sweet and toasty malt.

T - Sweet and malty, quite biscuity and bready, as well. As it warms, a bit of hops rear their head. A bit of a drying finish, less than expected for the ABV, however.

M - Moderately heavy; aggressive carbonation, but still smooth going down the throat.

D - Quite drinkable; not as heavy as some sessionable brews. Could pound a few of these, if not for the high ABV.

All in all, quite a good brew... my first review of a Maibock, but not my first time drinking a Dead Guy. Won't be my last, either.

Lancer211, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of DaveBlack
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

A: Aggressive pour yields approx. 2 fingers of slightly off-white head which has a rather long retention and leaves some nice lacing. The beer itself is a cloudy copper color

S: Quite a strong smelling beer. VERY sweet aroma, but mostly all I get is malts and a slight cereal grain smell.

T: Once again, the primary favor is that of toasted malts, which bring a great deal of sweetness to the table along with a pleasant graininess. Too much sweetness perhaps, for the amount of hops that try to balance it out at the end.

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation makes it easy to drink.

O: A good beer, but not, in my opinion, a great one. The sweetness is a little overwhelming, and I don't know that I would want more than one or two.

DaveBlack, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Digimaika2
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

A: Nice big single inch of foam that vanishes quick! Light orange/brownish colour.

S: Pine, honey, some floral scents, and lingering biscuity malts.

T: A sweet and syrupy malt taste dominates, with some hops coming through aswell. Overall well balanced between the malts and hops. Little kick of bitterness near the end evolves into a comfortable, warming sweetness.

M: Thick, oily and creamy mouthfeel but the thickness works well. A bit more carbonation than I was expecting but not a turnoff.

D: I will definitely be purchasing this again, but considering the oily thickness and overall sweetness I don't think I could have too many in a night. Overall a delicious beer that I would recommend.

Digimaika2, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of Seanstoppable
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a dull copper color with a small amount of head. Visible carbonation in the glass grants the head a long duration.

Nose consists of sweet caramel and honey notes.

Spice and earthy flavors at the start of this one, followed by some malty caramel sweetness at the back. Wet finish. No real lasting aftertaste, though it does leave a bit of a warm feeling in the back of the mouth.

This is my first foray into the maibock style, and thus don't know if this is representative of the style. It is a fairly interesting combination of flavors, though. Fairly enjoyable.

Seanstoppable, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Bought a six-pack of this at a local liquor store in FL. Rogue Dead Guy Ale was a staple of mine out west, but I have turned to German and Belgian beers more as of late, its nice to know you can go home again.

Poured 12oz. out of bottle into Rogue pint glass. Amber in color, I didn't remember what it smelled like, but the one I poured had almost no aroma at all. Smooth mouthfeel, moderately hopped, a great example of the style. Easy to drink. Still love this beer.

drabmuh, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

A: 1/8" white head which stayed over red amber liquid that had good clarity.

S: Malt, yeast and floral hops are what stand out.

T: The taste is rather bitter, but is combined with malt and hops.

M: A high level of fine carbonation.

O: A good bitter ale which I thought could be better if the aftertaste was toned down.

DaftCaskBC, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of Bbloom1989
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Upon pouring this beer, a beautiful cascade of carbination formed a substantial head on this beer. The color is a golden amber that is just hazy enough to not allow clear sight through the brew. The head stayed full for quite a while and slowly faded off leaving behind delicate lacing. The smell of this beer gave of strong send of toasted malt and zesty citrus aromas. After my first taste of this beer, the citrus and bread qualities of this beer come to form. Its flavor is well developed and quite the oxymoron in that it is complex while keeping its simplicity. The toasted malt and sweet citrus make this beer quite drinkable, but if you savor this beer the malt and hop complexities truly take shape. A wonderful beer. I am looking forward to trying the other deal guy ales in this line.

Bbloom1989, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of jjanega08
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

A= medium body, great head thats spotty but sticks around with good lacing. nice rising bubbles. looks great
S= somewhat muted but i got the hops and the toasted malt but thats about it
T= nice balance of hops and malt with a candy citrus finish that I enjoyed quit a bit. when I swallow this beer it makes me smile just because its something that I've never tasted and its great without being to complex
M= good medium carbonation with a chewy finish
D= high, I'll have no problem drinking a few of these anytime. without the high ABV it would be a great session beer. Dangerously good

jjanega08, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of JeremyRocco
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

JeremyRocco, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of dmfrench
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

A creamy, spicy, fruity Maibock... like an extra light Barleywine.

A: Beautiful pumpkin/cider orange with a billowy yellow-white head.

S: Not particularly aromatic... just a bit of sweet and spice.

T: Caramel malt, spices, and just the right amount of oily hops make up the body. The typical Maibock 'creaminess', alcohol, and a hint of dark fruit seal the deal.

M: Medium with a pleasant carbonation.

D: Heavier than other Maibocks I've had, but not at all cumbrous.

dmfrench, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of ski271
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Appearance: Amber-copper with tiny particulates floating throughout the beer, not sure what that was about, possibly a bad bottle? Off-white, small, tight head that diminished quickly and left a little spotty lacing.

Smell: Thought maybe it was a bad bottle, but it smelled fine. Milder than expected though. Moderately malty, with a nice slightly piney hop scent.

Taste: More hoppy than I expected. A honey sweetness, especially toward the finish. Hints of pepper, spice and esters, but nothing that really sticks out, which is both good and bad. Good in the sense that it is well balanced, but bad because it lacked character a little.

Mouthfeel: Good. Watery mouthfeel, thin-medium body, lightly astringent.

Drinkability: This beer didn’t wow me, but it was pleasant and goes down easy. I think I’d appreciate this beer more if I had 2 or 3. I also remember this beer being much better when I had it last year on tap.

ski271, Mar 02, 2005
Photo of victorylow
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

victorylow, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of californiakulak
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured a bottle of this beer into my Firestone pint glass.

A. Pours a cloudy orange color with a tiny, bright white head. Hardly any lacing.

S. Light hops smell, strong malt smell, toffee and maybe some caramel.

T. Pretty darn good beer. Balanced beer, neither the hops nor the malt overpower. Kind of sweet. Perhaps some honey and vanilla. Some breadiness as well.

M. Low carbonation. Smooth beer that leaves a long aftertaste. Warm alcohol is present as well.

D. This beer is pretty drinkable. A little different from most of the beers that I have tries in this style but good none the less. Seems a little heavy too drink more than 2 or 3 in one session.

californiakulak, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of marcobrau
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%

Golden to amber. Pours with a lot of foam that slowly fades. Smooth mouthfeel. Body is a little light for a Maibock. The strength of this brew is evident. Starts malty and with notes of vanilla on the palate and in the aroma. Malty with a spike of hoppiness towrards the finish and fairly bitter finish for a bock, but this is sort of expected from a Northwestern brewery. Doesn't seem as balanced as it did the other day. Seems more bitter and the flavors seem just a little brighter. This Dead Guy still not as lively as on previous occasions, but I guess you can't ask too much from a dead guy, eh?

marcobrau, Nov 07, 2003
Photo of souvenirs
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured from a 650 ml bottle. I think I picked this one up at Firefly on Cambie near 12th. Clear copper in colour with about a centimetre of off-white head and visible carbonation. The smell is sweet like toasted Maritime brown bread, but with a hint of fruitiness. Very smooth and drinkable, with nicely balanced flavours.

souvenirs, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of hotstuff
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%

I found this particular beer to have both a bitter taste and an after taste as well. After just a few sips of this beer, I could definitely feel the alcohol effects. All in all not too bad of a beer, but not one of the better beers that I have tried.

hotstuff, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of Bigfatbino
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%

A =A nice roasted amber look in the glass. About 1/2 inch of head with varying degrees of bubble fineness. Head faded a bit quickly, and did leave some lacing in the glass.

S =mild and subtle, but present are hops, roasted coffee and not much alcohol smell. Grains are present but not overpowering.

T = Very nice resins and bitterness, hints of cocoa and roasted coffee. Enjoyable but not overpowering hops present. The barley is quite enjoyable, but kept in check by the other flavors.

M = The body of this beer is entirely appropriate to the taste. It carries the flavors to the entire palate, and is so thick that it saturates the tastebuds. Finish is clean, with a slight bitterness and tingle left by the bubbles.

D = This one I could definitely drink more than a few of in a session. I would love to have it with a more delicate cut of steak such as New York strip or tenderloin. Au poivre sauce would make an excellent spicy combination with the mild flavor of this brew.

Bigfatbino, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of scottoale
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%

Haven't had this in a while. The 650ml pours out a darkish amber ale with a foamy, finger and a half of off-white head. Head didn't last too long, leaving not much at all in the lacing dept. This kind of suprised me, as this stuff looked quite lively on the pour, probably due to a shortage of hops.

The smell is nice, very malty, caramel malty, earthy and of wood, not sweet.but hearty. Tastes like it smells, full robust malts and a bit of yeast, with a smooth (not bitter or sweet) finish.

Fairly full in body, good balance, alcohol hidden, carbonation dwindles but it fills the mouth and pleases the taste buds very nicely.

Very drinkable, I can certainly recommend!

scottoale, Feb 27, 2006
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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