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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,623 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,623
Reviews: 2,311
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 204
Gots: 884 | FT: 1
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-05-2001

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
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Photo of mooseo
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into flute glass.

A - Light clear orange amber with a massive white head.

S - Sweet bread, orange citrus, honey, and a little nuttiness.

T - Sweet toasted malt up front followed by citrus hops, caramel, and peppery spices. The malts lend a nice nutty flavor and the hops a grassy flavor. Very well balanced. Finish is slightly bitter and grainy with some fruitiness and spiciness.

M - Light-medium body, smooth and creamy. Crisp, refreshing, mild carbonation.

O - A very tasty bock style beer. Lots of flavor, good balance, and high drinkability. An excellent offering from Rogue.

Photo of brurevu
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As a Maibock this beer is all Malts with just enough hops to keep it balanced. My first recommendation is to let this one warm up before you begin to drink it. Served Ice cold the Dead Guy Ale can taste like a cheap gas station beer, but once it warms all of the deep malty character come out. It pours a honey color with an off-white head and sweet caramel aroma. The taste is all malts, with big sweet malt and caramel notes and a nice depth that lingers on the palate. This is a definitely a complex beer for a Maibock and a great counterpoint to all the IPAs I have been drinking lately. It has deceptively high alcohol content for the very smooth and easy drinking beer. The Dead Guy Ale was a nicely balanced and outstanding beer.

Photo of AlaskaAg
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of velosuds
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A-Pours a gorgeous light amber hue with a full two finger foamy head that receded into an attractive, sticky lace down the glass.

S-Slight malt sweetness with a bit of piney and citrusy hops. Overall, the aroma was too faint.

T-Sweet malts dominate the taste profile with a nice, but not overpowering hop bitterness in the finish.

M-Very nice, and refreshing.

D-This is one of the better Rogue beers I have had and would gladly drink again. Won't buy with any regularity since priced higher than other beers I like better. It was the best choice among bottled beers at a restaurant this summer, and will find similar use in my future.

Photo of Danimals_Beard
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, golden/copper color. Has a decent head, but dissipates rather quick. Pretty good carbonation, and the lacing is alright. Has a bit of a malty, sweet, apple taste to it. Mouthfeel not bad, and not too much aftertaste. Overall a pretty drinkable beer.

Photo of joshstevens87
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a light amber ale with a pretty good, fluffy white head
S-spicy hops with a nice sweet malt profile in the background
T-nice sweet malt with a perfect amount of hops to balance the ale giving it a crisp dry finish, malty yet very refreshing
M-meduim body with a fat amount of carbonation with the malt giving it a nice buttery feel in the background and a nice amount of hops that make the finish dry and crisp
D-very drinkable, the beer gives a good balance like a maibock should a nice spicyness and a good strong maly flavor while not being too heavy

Photo of brianjay
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Head thins out quickly, not a lot to speak of. The body is a darkened caramel color (oranges and a splash of yellow).

Not a lot of aroma up front. A few quick whiffs provides a subtle hint of ginger root.

The flavor is a much different story: Grapes, corn flakes and cola pop up in complex array of tastes.

Leaves a wet, sour taste on the tongue. A nice, thick body with smooth, wet finish.

Photo of Kookiekwan
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this in a 22oz bomber.
The appearance of this beer was a hazy amber/brown. It had a two finger head with some nice salty looking lacing left on my glass. The aroma was caramel/honey malt with a slight hop fruityness. The taste was a well balanced sweet toasted malt with a slightly hoppy finish. The mouthfeel was medium bodied smooth and creamy and well rounded. Drinkability- it was very easy on the palate but still had some bite.

Reflection: I've been drinking this beer for years and it never lets me down. For Christmas I wrap different styles of beer for my co-workers to try and this one has made the cut for the last five years!

Photo of mikel52588
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a amber tinted golden hue, about a 1.5 finger length head that leaves a nice lacing.

Smell: Very faint, sweet malty qualities

Taste: Sweet malts flood your taste buds right away, followed by the slight bitterness, its a pretty smooth and balanced sweet-bitterness

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, smooth maltiness on your tongue, not a hard hitting bitterness, but one that creeps up on ya at the last second.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, mostly because it is very balanced. Not too bitter not too sweet somewhere near the middle. I recommend at least one try of this beer. It's a beer I could definitely session with, goes nice with an Italian dressing covered sub. Cheers.

Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottled poured into a Tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful Mahogany. The head that was poured is practically nonexistent. Even though the head wasn't much of this beer it definitely laces proudly and strong.
With the second pour into my Tulip this brew shows some more of its character. The head was much stronger, 1/2 fingered head.

S: I pondered the dominant smell of this for quite a bit. I kept on going back and forth between honey and molasses. I was close, but what it smells most like is Blackstrap molasses.

T: This definitely carries a nice malty sweetness to it. The flavor of this practically pops towards the end of the swallow. Right before the bitterness kicks in at the end a biscuit-like taste comes in. The aftertaste is definitely a delight it comes in sweet and bitter at the same time. I would even say a smoke-like quality emerges from here as well.
As this warms up it feels as if the malts take control.

M: This drink is smooth, moderately carbonated, and also holds a moderate body. This drink feels dry, but it is drinkable especially if you enjoy the smell of Blackstrap molasses.

O: After checking some other reviews on here I think I may have gotten a passed due date bottle or maybe even an infected bottle. Even though this may be possible I still enjoyed this brew. I've had other brews by Rogue, but this is my first ever Maibock. This was an experience and I recommend that everyone should at least try this brew at least once. I've seen this in 6 packs all the way to a growler. People love this for some reason and I now slightly grasp why.

Photo of Scourge07
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: About a finger of head. Low carbonation. Very nice deep, translucent, pumpkin orange color.

S: Sweet malts with a touch of honey. Light fruity scent and a hint of hops.

T: Initially sweet and very malty, quickly transitioning into a grassy hop flavor that leaves a lingering bitterness. Citrusy/Grape undertones.

M: Medium mouthfeel with average snap from the carbonation. Very smooth with little to no hint of alcohol.

O: Very pleasant beer to drink. The slight fruity quality is what makes it unique. The hops balance out the initial sweetness and leave nice citrus flavor. Nevertheless, it's a tad on the bland side, but still worth trying!

Photo of Nostrajonus
3.91/5  rDev -1%
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 illidurit
3.91/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber color with 2 fingers worth of bubbly off-white head

S: Malty and grainy, with notes of earthy hops

T: Follows the nose, mostly hearty malts and grains, with a touch of earthy hops

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation.. Husky

O: A lager style brewed with ale yeast... very interesting take on the style for sure. Smells and tastes lake a lager, which is even more interesting. Solid brew, try it out

Photo of Auslander
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a lovely copper color into a pint glass. Nice head retention. Light malt aroma. Good mouthfeel. Taste is a nice mixture of carmel, malt and spicy hops. Goes down smooth. I really liked this beer. I can't wait to have another.

Serving type: 12 ounce bottle

Photo of chrisms86
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another great brew from Rogue. Smells strongly of hops. The mouthfeel is too syrupy for my tastes, with an unfulfilling bite of carbonation. The taste is complex with sweet notes on top of a mostly sour malt flavor. I don't like the amount of bitterness.. not enough to give a bite but just enough to leave a dull flavor that drowns out the fantastic sweet and sour notes. Overall a fantastic beer that is perfect for watching football, working on cars, or other social gatherings. It doesn't take a beer enthusiast to love this one.

I realize my review sounds negative but I was trying to find flaws in one of my favorite brews. As for the positive aspects of it.. well let me just say "It's delicious."

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

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

The beer pours a nice golden color with a rather sparse head. Nice looking beer.

Not much going on in the nose, but what I do smell is quite nice. Fresh grains and hops dominate with a bready smell. Nice, and makes me want some pizza.

The sweet malts lead the charge in this flavorful beer. They are joined simultaneously by a light bitter hop and another round of sweet malt in the finish. A little sweet/hoppy dryness lingers and invites another sip.

This beer is almost perfectly balanced in the mouth. The creamines and carbonation work together perfectly. I love the way this feels. Not too heavy, not too light.

This beer is very drinkable. With foood, as a thirst quencher, as a substitute for a meal, this beer will do it. The flavor is interesting enough not to get boring.

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

Not sure how I found this beer in Atlanta - Georgia supposedly has a beer alcohol limit of 6%. The color is honey caramel - maybe even orange. Theres a slight floral, almost sweet/citrus, aroma. Although this beer feels thin in the mouth (it's almost flat - perhaps I need to have a few more to be sure). The malt/hop balance is very nice. This is an extremely easy drinking beer. This will be a beer that I drink by the pool or while lounging on the deck, or watching a ballgame - if I can keep finding it in the ATL.

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

A: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pilsener glass. On off-white one finger head forms atop an orangish brown beer. The head fades to a thin ring which persists throughout.

S: Fruity, estery, and doughy. Very little hop presence.

T: Fruity as well, I can taste the alcohol here and also finishes with a delicate yet enjoyable hop bitterness.

M: Not impressed with the mouthfeel here. Kind of thin with not much noteworthy to say about it.

D: This beer is highly drinkable and is one that I will drink again. Not one of my all time favorites though.

Photo of Trentonator
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice burnt orange or copper color, a nice head with some white lacing, but it is short lived. Taste is where this beer really shines, it's a nice, light caramel apple like taste, some smoky malt and creamy mouthfeel. I liked this beer a lot, but it's a bit heavy so drinkability is questionable.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Coop last week for about $1.40.. reviewed tonight while doing some work for tomorrow.

2" very lite tan head above a crystal clear amber brew.

Hoppy for the first 2-3 minutes but subsides to a toasty maltiness with a slight tinge of fruitiness and bigger than average spicy hop aroma.

Flavor mirrors the aroma, but the toasted notes are much more pronounced.. a little earth helps balance with a touch of spicy hop flavor.. the body is a solid medium with good carbonation to the last sip.

Dead Guy is a brew that I pass on nearly every time I see it at the store... "Is it a maibock? is it not?" It is probably a very clean malt dominant brew with a slight cold conditioning... I probably should pick it up more often, but it is sorta in my "Fat Tire" category.. I used to drink it all the time 6-7 years ago and got burnt out on it... overall, a beer that deserves more respect than I give it.

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

Thanks to mrpicklerelish for the opportunity to sample this beer. Poured from a 12 oz bottle, a clear copper with a light buttery-white head. Head fades soon to a light lace that leaves little lacing on the glass. Nose is light flowery hops, sweetness, but subtle. Taste is sweet and malty, offset soon by a bit of hops bitterness that cuts the sweetness and shares finish- I like the balance. Nice carbonation, nice smooth mouthfeel. This beer is easy to drink----wish I had another here right now.

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

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

Pours a slightly hazy copper with yellow-orange highlights, a thick off-white head which leaves fantastically sticky lacing all the way down.

Sweet malts and citrusy hops dominate the nose. Lots of fruity esters in here, green apples and bananas as well as a darker, preserved fruit-like quality.

The taste is a thick malty sweetness with a hit of bitter piney hops on the tongue. Caramel and cereal grains. Not too much carbonation.

A middle-of-the-road beer in terms of body. Good for anytime. and very drinkable for sure.

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,623 ratings.