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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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very good

5,789 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,789
Reviews: 2,254
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 138
Gots: 383 | FT: 0
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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.

40 IBU
78 AA
16º Lovibond

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-05-2001)
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Photo of chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with a moderate tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity with some hops and a bit of honey. Malty flavor that is nicely balanced with citrus and floral hops. Mouthfeel is just right.. medium bodied and quite smooth. This is very drinkable and a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 03:23:13 | More by chickenm
Photo of Brenden


4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At Daddy-Oh's in Toledo...

The color is a rich, slightly cloudy golden amber. I poured a nice, fat white head that dissipated pretty slowly, leaving some patches of lacing on the glass.
The aroma seems like a nice balance of raw hops and fresh malts with some fruits, possibly citrus but something a little sweeter as well.
A nice, level hops bitterness blends with a rich, toasted malt adding hints of caramel and great balance. Some fruits are underneath and it's got a nice sweetness to it that isn't too much. There's some grains element to it in the back and the finish is fairly dry with a toastiness to it.
The mouthfeel is smooth and some moderate carbonation makes for respectable crispness as well. Body is medium.
This is a very nice brew, and one I've wanted to try for a long time. It was worth the wait.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 14:24:41 | More by Brenden
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A lighter orange colored / brown hued body, with a surprisingly vibrant white head that leaves excellent clumps of lacing around the glass.

Smell: All sweet malt and tropical fruit for the most part, but not syrupy tropical fruit, more like someone squeezed some of the juice into the brew. A faint bit of hops in the nose too along with some breadiness and grain also apparent.

Taste: I imagine this would be sweet enough to turn some people off, but the hop backbone leaves enough there so it's easy to drink. Lingering malt and fruit continues throughout, with some slight citrus and apple skin there too. The hops linger also, giving it some citrus bitterness, which melds nice with the fruity overtones.

Mouthfeel: Awesomely creamy in this medium-bodied brew, which is probably why the head remains as it is, never really fading too much throughout.

Drinkability: One of my favorite session beers in general, and certainly one of my faves for the Maibock style. Relatively easy to find, this is probably Rogue's most popular brew, and it's one they do extremely well and one that I like to enjoy quite often.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 03:02:56 | More by asabreed
Photo of beragg


4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had never had this brand before and was lucky enough for a fellow BA to bring this over to my place. This beer poured an autumn brown with a good head. It's aroma definitely was enticing with a floral hops character. It's taste was extremely smooth, which some might say as a macro beer slogan, but definitely isn't a bad thing. It was just the right sweetness with just the right bitter of hops. It felt great in the mouth not too thick not too thing. This is a beer I could drink more than one, but it's a little higher in alcohol so how much more is another question.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2004 00:56:07 | More by beragg
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a mug, the beer has a copper/orange color to it and not much of a head to the beer. It smells like malt, apricots and caramel, it's a sweet aroma. It tastes like yeasty bread, sweet malt, apricots and other citrus fruit. It tastes sweet and bitter at the same time, but it finshes with a bitter aftertaste. This is a very well balanced beer. The mouthfeel is medium and a little slick, and the drinkability is pretty high with the beer being very smooth and crisp. I could drink this pretty often. It's another great beer from Rogue!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 23:47:34 | More by bluejacket74
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A-Pours a very deep amber with little to no head but very bubbley.
S-Very floral sweet smell, also has hints of some sweet fruits (bannana most apparent) and hops.
T-Almost exactly like the smell very smooth with little to no overwhelming flavors they all blend very well.
M-Great carbonation level goes down very easy leaving just the right about of bitterness behind.
D-This could be an everyday brew for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 14:56:02 | More by SpecialK088
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No bottling or date info. It was a slightly hazy honey color with good amount of carb streams. It had a small, fizzy head that quickly settled into nothing. With the amount of carb streams, I would have expected a better head and at least a good sized collar. Weird.

The aroma was sweet fruit, toasted caramel malts, some spice from the yeast and hops. Good for the style. The taste follows the aroma and starts off sweet with some spice coming soon after and then ending with a moderately bitter finish. Good build from sweet to bitter without overdoing it at the end. Mouthfeel was medium with good carb level and good aftertaste.

Overall, a really good maibock. I'd have this years ago when I first got into craft beers and hated it. Glad I tried it again as I liked it much, much better this time around. Recommend especially if you want to try the style. Avail here in TX. Rotation - while it was good, I'm in a long term hop phase so don't see being a 6 pack or bomber but maybe the occasional single or tap. [O;O]

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 00:41:15 | More by TexIndy
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner and got a light amber color beer with a light tan head that was about two and a half fingers thick and slowly thinned out. The body is crystal clear with some mild carbonation in the center. There are some strong dark fruit aromas mixed in with some hops and a hint of apples, there is a slight sour aroma but I can't quite place it. It has a smooth hoppy flavor up front, sweet over all and slightly bitter on the side of your tongue, it has some roasted malt flavors as you swallow it. It has a medium body with a very slight carbonation fell to it. It is pretty smooth over all and goes down pretty easily.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 02:56:58 | More by vickersspitfire
Photo of HoustonTX


4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber brown, streams of carbonation flutter towards the top. Head is average, fluffy and has nice retention, especially while swirling the glass. No lacing apparent.

S - Light malt, caramel and toffee. Sweet smelling.

T&M - Taste is quite malty and bitter, well balanced. The dark fruits come through and battle with the hops. Finish is smooth and dry, fragile in a sense. A bit of a small toffee tracing was also present. Sweet, dry, balanced and incredibly smooth what more could you ask for?

D - Good brew, solid drinkability.

This beer almost reminds me of La Terrible, wonderful. Good example of the style. Definitely recommended. A+

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 23:03:40 | More by HoustonTX
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber colour with a nice fluffy off white head that retains well.

S - Aromas of sweet malt and some biscuit.

T - Nice citrus flavours up front followed by some serious maltiness and finishes with a nice peppery dryness.

M - Medium to full body with medium carbonation.

D - Thouroughly enjoyable beer and recommended

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 14:07:51 | More by eric5bellies
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North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour was light copper/amber with a half inch head that quickly dissapated to nothing. It left a fine ring around the top of the beer that stayed with the beer throughout the drink but didn't stick to the glass.

The smell was floral, with a light hint of apples. All that mixed with malt and hop spice.

The drink started with a very carbonated sweet kick followed with a medium hop bite in the middle. It finished with a mix of malt sweetness and hop bite, but it didn't linger.

This is a very drinkable and refreshing beer that didn't let me down, given how ledgendary it is. I'm glad I finally got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2004 02:50:35 | More by coasterfreak75
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Where I live, this costs $48 a case. It’s worth it. With an exceptionally rich taste but light mouthfeel, this is one of my favorite beers. The taste is an even blend of bitter fruit, smoke, and hops. It is sweet but earthy. Heavy carbonation adds to its bite. A versatile four season beer that can go along with your dinner or serve as a session beer during the Red Sox game.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 01:30:03 | More by RugbyBeerRepeat
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The T-Shirt says 'Gratefully Dedicated to the Rogue in Each of Us.' After winding up amidst a crowd to which a rogue like me clearly did not belong, one of beer chuggers, pong-players, and Coors drinkers, it sure is nice to come home to an old favorite of mine.

Dead Guy is an 'ale' that looks the way an ale ought to look; golden orange and semi-opaque. There's lacing on the glass but little head to match, revealing hops and alcohol to be key in this beer. A quick whiff before it goes down promises much more though, and it follows through. Pungent malts do more than just carry the piney, herbal hop flavors. The whole balance has a great duration on the pallet, slowly fading to a pleasant and unsticky hop residue. What more could one ask for in a finish. Well, possibly a touch more alcohol for balance, but hey, it's a Mailbock.

None of this is to suggest that this isn't a beer which goes down smooth. Wet and slippery in the mouth with just the right amount of carbonation to keep it alive. It's intoxicatingly drinkable for something so hoppy and bock like. Perfect for when you need or want something to fall back to. Thanks again, Rogue, you've sure created a classic.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 06:46:52 | More by RothenbergXXX
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An interesting beer. Coppery colored with gi-normous beige head.

Strong hop laden aroma. Flavor is hop-dominant with some chewy maltiness. Some spruce. A little bit of fruit at the end. Stil the hops are the overwhelming quality.

Mouthfeel is thick and full. Lots of alcoholic warmth (I find it hard to believe this is only 6.5% alcohol).

Overall, this is ok. Probably the rating suffers from being compared to other Rogue beers. Maybe this is too hoppy for the style. Just a tinge less hops would have been better balanced to me.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 06:33:06 | More by jmbranum
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New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

s: bottle no born on date
A: cool bottle but with no history of the beer
S: one of the best i have had
T: some what chunky on the front but with good after tones
M: Big but wonderful
D: as a daily drinker, you would be falling off the chair but one of the best that i have had

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 05:38:52 | More by puffybh
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into ceramic lidded stein...

Appearance: Dark gold with two fingers of white head.

Smell: Sweet yeasty bread, dark fruit and spices.

Taste: Sweet! Sweet malty flavors with some fruit. The taste lingers for a while. Very little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly carbonated light ale that has a warming feel in the mouth and lingers in the belly.

Overall: Quite interesting beer. The taste lingers quite a while.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 07:49:59 | More by Josiah2729
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a caramel amber color, with not much head which dissipated quickly and decent lacing.

Smell is a great mix of citrus, hops, and malt. Not too strong though, very subtle.

The taste on the other hand is not very subtle, at first sip the hops hit the front of your toungue then the sides, but goes away very quickly. Then a quick flash of maltiness, with alot of full grain flavour. Then back to the maltiness to round out the experience.

The mouth feel is nice, somewhat smooth but has a little lingering film, but does not have that oily sort of feel to it. I find that the maltier the beer typically you get more of this.

Drinkability wise, I can have two or three of these and be fine. I like a beer thats not too heavy by volume, this way I can have 6 or so if I feel like it, not 2 and be put to bed.

Great brew - Try the Russian Imperial Stout, it will blow your mind.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 03:51:36 | More by currysage1
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber color, mostly clear. Moderate to low head and carbonation.
Light malt, crisp apple.
Light malt, very light floral hop. Small array of complex flavors.
Nice carbonation.
Not bad, fairly subtle. Tastes good and is quite refreshing. I’d have another.

Red copper honey color / clear / very mild carbonation / mild head
Sweet honey fruit / light hop bouquet
Sweet toffee sugar / smooth and thick / roasted malt / light floral hop balance and bitterness / finishes dry and mostly clean / very nice
Quite nice, very tasty and drinkable. Damn good I say.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 04:38:57 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pleasant amber color, not much head though. A thin murky sediment is suspended throughout. What lies beyond in these depths of the Dead Guy???

Aroma - heavy and sweet caramel malts drape the olfactory senses. The initial vapors on this beer are impressive - when poured into a glass and sniffed right away while the head is full but breaking down, there is a distinct whiskey smell. As the head recedes to a spotty covering, this smell backs off and resembles a more standard maibock malty aroma.

Taste - a big beer. Very hefty malt and noticeable sweetness that gets more developed as the beer warms. It doesn't approach a syrupy taste, a brash dose of hops will see to that. A big citric hit, lots of bitterness like a grapefruit rind. Alcohol level is 6.5%abv but seems more pronounced like an 8 or 9. Nice finish, touch of smokiness and lingering hops combine for a taste that never quite leaves, just kind of hangs in the corners of the mouth, reaching out like shadows in a deserted graveyard. (my attempt at Halloween spooky-themed writing...hmmm)

Mouthfeel - between the load of malts and the oily hops, this is a heavy feeling beer. Stubborn residue really prolongs a pleasurable taste.

Drinkability - Not a beer you can chug, nor would you want to. It's so tasty it's gone before you know it, though. Once the 'macro' guys at the Halloween party got a little pissed up enough to try this, they really liked it! Beer advocacy continues...

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2003 18:35:43 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to Chonyr for this one.

Poured a nice and deep tawny amber colour with a generous light tan coloured head, which faded to interesting lacings. As i enjoyed the aroma of this brew the tipping of the glass swirled the lacings into an interesting crescent shape which turned into an almost s shaped double crescent with further tips up to my nose.

Sweet estery bready smells greated my nose with a hint of caramel. Hops added a a hint of pine to the yeasty and malty aromas.

Fruity and floral honeyed toast with hints of toffee and finishes with a pleasant bitter piney flavour. A wonderful creation from a bastardization of styles, suppose it would take a rogue to make a beer like this.

A very satisfying beer, enough taste and substance to be a very satisfying and drinkable brew. The maltiness is wonderfully balanced by the hops which seem to contribute a crisp finish to this beer.

Very easy and pleasurable to drink. Substantial enough to be satisfied with one, if you can control yourself, because its tasty and crisp enough to easily turn this into a session brew. Gotta get me a jug of this sometime. Will come back for more.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 01:26:13 | More by demcorhip
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very malty, very malty. The nose was somewhat mellon-like or some fruit I can't remember when I was in Puerto Rico (Passion fruit?). The appearance either escapes me or was completely unremarkable, I might revise that in the near future as I have another bottle. The taste was a great thick malty flavor with some burnt toast and an excellent creamy consistency. You got the impression you were drinking fresh baked sweet bread in a sense. I had to clean my pallete afterward but almost regretted doing so as the feel and taste weren't anything to complain about.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2005 01:39:53 | More by packetknife
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, today's beer run was a complete success.
Rogue is now one of my new favorites.
This ale came in a six pack for 12$ at Randall's in fairview heights, IL.
-THE APPEARANCE of this ale is excellent. I poured it into a large beer mug for observation. The color is a beautiful copper/red, with a medium to light carbonation which keeps a pleasant thin, light tan foam on top until you're done.
-THE SMELL is pretty faint, to me. Kind of smells like fresh grapefruit and sweet pear.
-THE TASTE is definitely a little hoppy kick compared to other ales I have tried, while there is also a clear taste of that grapefruit and pear I had stated in the smell. Some sweet honey also comes along while you get further into the ale.
-THE FEEL of this ale is quite exceptional to myself. Some nice carbonation fills your mouth with every tip of the glass, goes down nice and easy, and leaves a wonderful strong taste in the back of your mouth for a few minutes.
-OVERALL, this beer is awesome. I WILL be having this again, and again
And again. I can't wait to try more rogue brews. If you are looking for a great semi-dark ale, look no further, rogue's dead guy will steal your love for plenty of other beers, and capture your attention quick.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 01:37:18 | More by Jwicker
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug and a shocked by the nearly pumpkin hue that the brew has. Little to no head with slight patches of lacing. Both in smell and taste a bit citrusy, orange to it. Slight bitterness with a great mouthfeel that really makes it a pleasure to drink. Just the right amount of carbonation to really make the beer soft on the pallate. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 22:19:33 | More by adammills
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a beer stein.

A--Pours a deep orange/amber color. A little cloudy with a foamy ivory colored head that sticks around for a good long while. I love the color.

S--Light warm malt aroma up front cut with a citrusy hop aroma. Overall quite good.

T--Mild biscuty malt at the nose. Hops provide a quick bite and some fruity character giving way to sweet malt at the finish. The finish reminds me of a sweet white bread baked with honey. The hops provide just the right bite to keep the beer from being too sweet. Very well balanced.

M--Smooth and silky with just enough carbonation through the middle of the sip.

D--Very drinkable. I like this more and more as I get farther down the glass.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 23:01:08 | More by markb33
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Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'll need to do some more research - this beer is called an ale but it is categorized under the Maibock/Helles Bock lager style...perhaps a hybrid?


Drinkability - a smooth easy drinking beer that I will definitely have again. Just keep an eye on the medium alcohol content!

Appearance - A murky orangy-brown copper color. The fine carbonation provides a thin head and with short retention. However, this is an attractive beer in my Stella style glass.

Smell - mild sweet caramel and bread. Some balance with the hops give a pleasant aroma.

Taste - Starts slightly bitter and transitions to malty flavours and similar to what you smell. There is some fruitiness half way and a sweet honey finish with very mild complexity in the background. Well balanced and very enjoyable (especially as it warms up a bit).

Mouthfeel - The medium body and smooth creamy texture with good carbonation coats your mouth and throat nicely. The higher alcohol level does not have a negative impact.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 03:16:34 | More by ecoastman
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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