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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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very good

6,527 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,527
Reviews: 2,294
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 189
Gots: 763 | FT: 1
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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 brewmudgeon
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dead guy
cloudy orangish amber, dense 1 finger head, last cap and ring, transient lace.

very malty, some brown sugar, maybe some honeydew rind and pineapple/orange

somewhat like a traditional maibock, but with citrus, a heavier toastyness, and a bit of tanninlike bitterness in the finish. i'm on again/off again with this one. tonight, digging it. (having after a liberty ale, which was apparently a good set up for the dead guy). sometimes this beer strikes me as too alcoholic and toasty, and not smooth enough. tonight i'm not sensing those qualities in excess.

pretty smooth and medium full, a bit of prickly carbonation up front

even on dead guy's good nights, i don't want more than one or anxiously anticipate the next time i might pop one. yet it is enjoyable now and then.

Photo of bmwats
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a trusty pilsner.

A: Dark golden, clear. Medium carbonation, big frothy white head. Settles slowly to leave a solid layer of carbonation on surface. Spotty and stringy lacing. Nice beer ring.

S: Not much here, but a little malt.

T: Hoppy and malty with a subtle sweetness.

M: Hops cling to inside of the mouth and continue to deliver. Biting aftertaste. Finishes a little dry.

D: Great drinkability. Light palette good lingering aftertaste.

Not very complex, but a nice hoppy flavor, an easy drink, good biting aftertaste that lingers throughout quaff.

Photo of Reaper16
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass
Appearance: an off-orange, sort of butterscotch color. Generous pale white head with good retention.

Smell: Sugary malts, maybe some caramel. Slight twinge of hops. No aroma is very present.

Taste: Toasted malts. Biscuits and perhaps honey. A decent bitter note from the hops. Maybe a very slight dark fruit element. Finishes dry with the hop presence lingering a bit. It's rather enjoyable if not terribly complex.

Drinkability: 6.5% ABV is a surprising figure; I would have guessed it to be closer to 5%. This is a super-drinkable beer, imo. The slight dryness is refreshing, and the fleeting fruit notes encourage further drinking to make sure that you're tasting correctly. ;)

I'm reasonably confident that the next time I reach for a beer to give to my BMC friends I will reach for Dead Guy Ale. It's just plain good, but it has the advantage of being good in ways that don't seem crazy to macro-lager drinkers.

Photo of randeezy74
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Atlas1
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm sure it's been addressed in the BA forums before, but I still don't understand how a maibock can be called an ale by the folks at Rogue. Very confusing....

Pours a rich copper apricot color with a nice thick foam head that stays around. Leaves chunks of lace around the glass as the beer recedes. Sweet, malty aroma, with notes of candied sugar and caramel. Some dark fruit scent here as well. Hint of apple and pear too. Sweet tasting brew, again with a caramel appeal. Some pear/apple/strawberry sensation, as well as a sugary, vanilla taste. Tasty, to be sure, although I'd only want to drink this beer fresh. In my opinion, maibocks do not age well. Smooth mouthfeel and good drinkability. Deceptive alcohol content, though, at 6.5% ABV. Another nice brew by the folks at Rogue.

Photo of ozzyCobblepot
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a favorite of mine, so disclaimer:: I may be biased. Poured out of the bottle into a chilled glass, which has brought out some different qualities than I'm used to, so I figure I ought to put down a review.

A: Clear, dark honey colored brew. Light foamy head that clings nicely to the edges of the glass. Bubbly--good carbonation.
S: Sweet malt and caramel tones.
T: Slightly toasted malts, slightly sweet, slightly bitter hops. Subdued but a distinct and fully developed flavor.
M: Medium bodied, good carbonation. I agree with some other reviews, it does have a syrupy texture, but perhaps its the caramel flavor that gives that impression.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at an Ale House, the beer was served in a pint glass. It pours a slightly hazy, deep, copper coloring with no trace of head. Aromas are rich caramel, with a good dark-sweet character to it. Flavor is toasted malt and caramel notes again, with a very slight peppery hops spicing peeking through, and some grapefruit/citrus ccharacteristics, as well. The aftertaste almost has a sour tone to it, and the finish is dry and crisp, with a hint of bitter from those late blooming hops. Easy drinker, and it goes with anything foodwise. Can't go wrong here!

Photo of kbeals
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours out hazy with a red-orange tint. About a finger and a half of fizzy white head. Decent head retention and lacing.

S- A bit citrusy up front, along with some sweet malts and a bit of hops.

T- Very similar to the smell although the hops come through a little bit more. Still a lot of sweet malt taste to it however. Pretty good overall.

M- Smooth, light-medium body. Plenty of carbonation provides for a refreshing drink. Complemented this summer night relatively well.

D- Pretty drinkable I'd say, goes down smooth and not too high of an ABV to be a deterrent from drinking another.

Photo of Morey
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours copper-orange in color and is quite hazy in appearance. Two finger off-white head has settled to a thin lace after just a few minutes. Pretty good head retention.

The aroma is similar to that of an English style bitter. Nice blend of hops and malts in the nose. Slightly earthy.

Taste is more of the same. This beer is a cross between a Maibock and a Bitter in my opinion. Sharp bitterness up front followed by a rush of thick bready malt.

Medium to almost full bodied mouthfeel.

I could drink a few of these before I was ready to switch things up.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not my favorite style, but this is definitely a good representation. I don't ever buy this beer, but this was a gift, and one that I was happy to receive.

Photo of NickRivers
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. into a Pint glass.

A&S - Nice deep amber with a white two-finger head with tons of lacing. Lots of biscuit and pine, and sweet fruit.

T&M - Nice crisp medium body, lots of malt, piney hops, alcohol, very sweet and bready.

O - Definitely a good beer. My first from Rogue so im stoked about trying the Double Dead Guy and their Shakespeare Stout.

Being a huge New Belgium fan, I considered this beer to be a "Fat Tire" of Oregon. After tasting and noticing the style and ABV I realized this is no where near a pale ale styled beer. Its a very interesting take on a session beer. There's really not much more to say about it. Its an amazing beer that should not be overlooked. As I said i'm super stoked about trying their Shakespeare. This brewery obviously has a passion for making darker beers, and making darker beers more session worthy if you will. Usually a semi-strong alcohol taste lowers the drinkibility, not in this case, this is a very drinkable, very well balanced beer. Stay thirsty my friends.

Photo of psyphin
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy deep orange with white head and nice lacing

S - Toasty malt with some spicy notes, most likely from the hops

T - Biscuity upfront with a substantial bitterness. Clean finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D - Very sessionable beer at this ABV. A nice drinker all around.

Photo of Redrover
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at McCormick’s & Schmidt’s while on a trip to Portland, OR.

Beer pours a nice golden brown color with a light tan head and decent lacing.

The smell is sweet with some floral hop nose as well.

The taste is on the sweeter wide with definite fruit tones. A little lightly roasted malt taste and maybe a hint of caramel. As the beer warms the fruit (apple I think) taste grows more prominent.

Nice smooth mouthfeel that is slightly creamy. Drinkability is very good. While not an every day choice for me, this is a beer I always enjoy. Was one of the favorites with my old co-workers and I can see why.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy orange copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light dark fruit, light pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, pepper, light dark fruit, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Good amount of earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, pepper, light dark fruit, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice maibock style. All around good complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes from a while ago...

A - Poured a foggy golden amber with a thin head and slippery lacing.

S - Hops dominate the nose with some subtle fruit undertones.

T - Nice subtle hop flavor. Nice mix of malts and hops with a touch of citric flavor. Nothing too fancy or complex but likewise nothing too offensive. King of like sierra nevada pale ale light.

M - A bit watery, not very lively, leaves a bit of a dry, bittery after vibe.

D - Easy drinker, used to be my favorite brew before I really started exploring all that's out there. Always be one that I happily go for when available.

Photo of chodinheaven
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark yellow colored beer with a small and white sea foam head. The aroma is light and citrusy, with a small wheat-like maltiness. Nothing that really grabs you, but pleasant.

A nice little citrus hop bite in the taste, balanced out effortlessly by a wheat malt that is both light and refreshing. A fruity apricot-like taste is notable as well, helping in the balance. The alcohol pokes its head through slightly as it warms up, but it isn't distracting at all. A crisply dry finish marks the mouthfeel, making feel of this beer refreshing and incredibly easy to drink.

No off-flavors and the overall drinkability make this a solid beer choice. There's definitely a reason they sell a lot of this one.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good pour. Light body of amber/yellow color, chunky white head.
Aroma is fair; some hops, citrus and alcohol. This was poured into a snifter so the aroma a taste were probably altered.
Taste was mostly fruit and alcohol. Not really citrus, more like banana or papaya, with hops and malt rounding out the palate.
An odd taste, but not bad.

Photo of mavbrew
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was one of my intro's to craft beer years ago, figured I'd give it a review since it's such a solid beer.

A: Hazy orange in color with a finger thick, off-white head that slowly dissipates in the mug.

S: Lots of different malts present in the nose, that give off some sweetness and caramel like scents. Some sort of fruitiness as well.

T: Taste is very malty, the caramel is strong with a toasted malty flavor and some sweetness and spice. There is a quick burst of bitter hops in the middle, but the finish is malty and maybe a bit oily.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation. The feel is malty with sweetness.

D: This is an excellent intro to craft beer (as mentioned above). It's available basically everywhere and has some nice complex flavors without being overpowering. Overall a solid beer.

Photo of darkmartin
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to a caramel brown with a tan head that hangs around.

Smell: Smells fruity. Hoppy with slight fig undertones.

Taste: Complex and full-bodied. The subtle fruity tones are complimented by sweet malts. Alcohol is barely evident.

Mouthfeel: Clean and refreshing. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent taste and clean mouthfeel make it very drinkable.

Photo of arnulfooxblood
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearence--deep copper color with about 1 in. head--good retention.

Smell--slightly sweet, a touch of hops

Taste--I was surprised how rich and robust this was. It had been a while since I had one and forgot how flavorful it was. Rich maltiness, could use a little more hoppy flavor to balance it, but it was very good.

Mouthfeel--Excellent carbonation

Notes--This was a very tasty beer, I'd certainly recommend it.

Photo of JamesS
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a great copper color with excellent head and lacing. Nice malty scent, floral and pleasing, with a good hop balance. Great taste, a nice balance of hops and malts. Well blended flavors with a slight caramel hint. Goes down extremely smoothly. An excellent beer and one of my favorite tap beers, too.

Photo of dfolmste
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Good amber color with a thick bubbly head. I have been hearing a lot about Rogue and this beer in particular so I'll give it a shot. So far so good.

Smell: A smell of hops but not that powerful. A bit of malt sweetness, but even that is kind of faint. Good because it doesn't smell like other ales I have had, but just a bit above average.

Taste: The taste is a lot better than the smell. A fruity taste with just the right amount of bitterness. Citrus and apricots take center stage. Makes me think of a better Magic Hat No.9.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good balanced feel. I normally prefer bitter beer over beers that are sweet, but the sweetness of this is very unique. Aftertaste is important to me and Dead Guy lingers well.

Drinkability: Medium body and good taste should set the stage for great drinkability, but I am concerned that the sweetness that I enjoyed will catch up after a few. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt since I only have a single.

Photo of demuzik
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I won't restate a lot of what has been said, but I will mention that half way through the beer, you start to notice a lot less of the malt and a lot more of the alcohol and "exotic / unknown" fruit.

I would definitely recommend getting this on draft, and abstain from drinking it bottled if possible - this one doesn't carry its wonderful character in a bottle very well.

And, lastly, while it is categorized as a Mailbock, it does start to blend into tasting like a red ale on your second bottle.

Bottom line:
Good brew - I've had both tapped and bottled - love the tap, don't like the bottle. Good luck!

Photo of Nostrajonus
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy amber with a one finger white head that fades leaving little lacing.

S- Caramel notes with hops lingering in the background.

T- Malty caramel goodness up front with a bready yeast finish.

M- The carbonation is perfect, not overbearing or nonexistent. There is a chewiness noted in preivous reviews that I agree with.

O- Very good showing from Rouge. Simple yet extraordinary.

Photo of colefsuwr
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really good Maibock, unfortunately the style does not allow it to stand out too much from other beers. The hint of spruce at the end really defines this beer (and much of the others from rogue) and makes you remember it. If you didn't like it, try it again a second time with an open mind and i think you will find it more welcoming.

Photo of illidurit
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my Eichhof bier mug. Hazy caramel colored, with a healthy white head which leaves some spotty lacing.

Aroma is very toasty and malty, with a surprising fruity character.

Flavor is extremely smooth, with a sweet but dry maltiness and some subdued hops. The only evidence of the ale yeast here is the mild fruity ester notes. The malt profile, however, is pretty true to the German style it emulates.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and this beer is extremely easy to drink. Solid beer.

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,527 ratings.