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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

5,976 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,976
Reviews: 2,263
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 150
Gots: 478 | 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 drxandy


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

25oz mug on tap @ Reno's west, Lansing
creamy looking head retains well, golden amber shade, good carbonation

smells of zesty hops, biscuity malt, pacman yeast

taste is of hops at the start molding into super malts, bitter yet creamy, very drinkable, floral citrus, finish is wet and satisfying

mouthfeel is of good weight and carbonation brings out the creaminess, balance is excellent, yum

01-04-2009 01:25:04 | More by drxandy
Photo of Daktyls


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

A: Pours a nice reddish-amber color with a foamy 1 finger head that dissolves in a minute or two.

S: Smells somewhat hoppy with some citrus notes present. There's also a faint yeast smell, kind of like a biscuit.

T: Definitely a hop flavor right up front, not too strong, but enough to make it be the first thing you taste. The hop taste fairly quickly changes to that biscuit/yeasty/malty flavor smelled earlier.

M: Very crisp, fairly creamy with a bit of carbonation. Feels good in the mouth without having any particular element being too big. Overall very good.

D: The crispiness from earlier makes this quite an enjoyable beer to drink. Not overbearing at all and goes down very easily. Definitely would have another.

05-17-2010 22:15:36 | More by Daktyls
Photo of Litterbean

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

On tap @ Cyber Cafe West.

Pours an orange-red with 1 finger's worth of head that leaves a thin layer on top of the beer and lace along the sides.

Smells Fruity, malty, and bready all at the same time. Very pleasing aroma.

Tastes malty like sweet bread, mostly the crust. There are hints of spices, something like a cinnamon but it really isn't that prominent. Some grapefruit flavor lingers afterwards as the spicy hoppiness finishes this beer off. Very clean drinking and smooth. Tasty for sure.

I like this much better on-tap than in bottles. Satisfying either way, but on-tap is the way to go if you have the choice.

04-17-2005 01:09:58 | More by Litterbean
Photo of ultralarry2006


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a tan one finger head that quickly disappears into just a foam ring at the edges, and not much lacing. Body is a clear copper.

Smell - toasty malt bread, hint of caramel, hint of spicy and herbal hops.

Taste - caramel washing over the toasty malt bread with a spicy hop tingle. This is somewhat hearty, and definitely satisfying.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, and smooth.

Drinkability - this is a good beer, it's hearty and satisfying, and it's quite sessionable.

12-17-2006 16:35:03 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of ColForbin

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

Rogue Dead Guy is one of those classic micros that I used to buy fairly often, but then moved on to all of the latest fads. So it is worth revisiting it.

Pours a reddish-orange color with an off-white head. Floral, hoppy aroma. Bready, slghtly caramel flavor with some citrus notes. Very, very smooth, medium bodied and moderately-to-highly carbonated with a dry finish, incredibly drinkable. A great beer.

03-20-2006 00:15:05 | More by ColForbin
Photo of Dogbrick


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

On draught at the MoJoe Lounge at Easton. Pours a clear reddish-amber color with a thin skeleton-bone head. Thin and quick lacing. The aroma is mildly citrusy hops along with a touch of spice. Medium body, with a somewhat flavorable blend of floral hops, citrus, honey and spice. The flavor is kind of like Arrogant Bastard's "Mini Me". The finish is mildly bitter making this for an all-around good-drinking beer.

02-12-2004 14:37:33 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

isn't it ironic. the dead guy makes me feel very much alive. i will admit that i tried this beer because of the name. i work in a liquor store and i could not pass on the dead guy. let's just say i was pleased with this beverage. it was a dark and smooth ale that had a little kick for ya. i look forward to sampling other beers produced by Rogue brewing. malts provide a nice backbone whilte there are some nice spicy notes. a tad different than other maibocks, but very drinkable.

06-20-2002 18:14:37 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of 1759Girl


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

Not sure why it's taken me so long to review this guy, when I've had it so many times...

Appearance> Dark golden, hazy, big head, dissipates with lightning speed.
Smell>Cider, hops, malt
Taste> Complex, true to its maibock style, sweet, with a long resiny finish
Mouf> niiice
Drink> heck yeah. One of Rogue's best.

09-25-2008 00:55:33 | More by 1759Girl
Photo of NHGrafx


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured from a 650ml brown bottle.

Pours a dark amber color, with a 1 finger head and no lacing at all.

Aroma is malty and a little sweet. There is a nice sort of caramel sweet aroma, with some faint hop smells. Also some fruit in the aroma, sort of like pears or similar. Overall a very nice aroma.

Taste is good. Malty and toasty sort of. Like toasted bread on the start. There is a sweet taste midway through with some caramel like flavors and some hoppiness, with a moderate bitterness coming through on the finish. Has good mouthfeel, medium body, with moderate carbonation. Pretty good drinkability.

Overall very nice. Would recommend.

06-06-2008 23:40:57 | More by NHGrafx
Photo of PatronWizard


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

So I grabbed a sixer on the way home. It had about 45 min to reach thermal equilibrium before the slaughter began...

Poured into my trusty beer glass. Light copper, very cloudy. Thick frothy head, almost frothed over. Nice retention.


Tastes...good. Something at the end that I liked and disliked at the same time. But tasted good regardless.

It's a little late when I got home so I don't know how many I'll finish, but I know I won't switch over and I will be drinking these puppies until I go to sleep. At least three, maybe four = drinkable for sure. As for the high marks, well I liked it! What should I have done?

08-12-2008 05:16:09 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a .5L stein.

Appearance: Mildly agressive pour yielded a large 2 to 3 finger head. Excellent head retention with modest lacing. Nice red clayish color with continuing carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom.

Smell: Smells about 50/50 malt to hops. Sweet malt aromas comming through that hide a strong prescence of hops. Light grassy and citrus notes comming through with a good dose of grapefruit.

Taste: WOW!! this is the first Rogue beer I have ever had.. yess yes i know im a noob. Tastes like refreshing grapefruit, citrus with a slight bitterness at the end. Tastes of moderate malt covering up some pretty obvious hops. This beer its tricky.

Mouthfeel: Continued carbonation is comming through on the mouthfeel, but in a good way. It rolls smoothly around my mouth and is not overpowering at all.

Drinkability: Its a very delicious beer. Its got some nice hops as the backbone with some nice citrus and grassy notes. Its a good beer, nothing to go too crazy over, but a definate win over Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada. A bit more $$ than those, but its a better version of SA for sure and has a nice continued aftertaste that is sweet and grassy.

12-24-2008 02:21:24 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a bubbly white film on top. A beautiful silky lace permeates the glass with each sip. The smell consists of flowery hops, light malts, and alcohol. Sweet and yeasty aromas become apparent. Taste is fruity and zesty hops balanced with a dryly malted aftertaste. There's a peppery hop spiciness that nicely compliments the malty flavours and floral aromas. Lots of bite! The mouthfeel is crisp and velvety upfront; perfectly bitter and dry in the finish. Well balanced. Another fine ale from Rogue, with more of a malt profile than most of their beers. The tangy flavours would pair well with spicy food or creamy dishes like clam chowder.

06-30-2009 16:35:08 | More by cratez
Photo of blackc5


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

This has become a go-to beer thanks to its availability in cases at Costco for cheap.

A - Slightly hazy gold with some orange tint. Average head. Good lacing.

S - Nice balance of malts and citrusy hops, with some fruit and honey.

T - Fairly straightforward, but very nicely balanced and clean. Light malts, apples, some caramel sweetness, and a good dose of earthy hops. Hint of alcohol pops through.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Fairly long bitter aftertaste, but not astrigent. Well done.

D - Especially given the price, the best selling point of this beer. Simple, yet complex enough to keep it interesting even at the end of a case.

07-28-2010 03:27:31 | More by blackc5
Photo of bgildea


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

A: Pours a murky amber color with a nice thick pure white head that sticks around and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Very nice aroma. Hints of barley, malts and a slight tinge of cream almost near the end. Very appetizing.

T: The taste starts off a little flat and bittery but then moves nicely into a sweeter flavor. Nice barley and malts flavor in the middle and the beer leaves a pretty hefty hop aftertaste. Pretty complex flavor and very enjoyable.

M: Decent amount of chew to the beer. Definitely more than I was expecting.

Overall: Overall the beer had a nice aroma and complex flavor to match. I found it very enjoyable, and would definitely recommend this to any beer drinker.

05-04-2011 22:19:28 | More by bgildea
Photo of Libationguy


4.11/5  rDev +4.1%

Reddish-copper color with slight chill haze. Off-white frothy 2 finger head with medium retention.

Orange peel, carambola, melba toast, gingersnaps and a very mild dankness.

Honeysuckle, tropical fruit, candied orange zest, light brown sugar, allspice, light clove notes, pineapple; citrus and a slight resin quality keep everything clean.

Medium bodied, almost-but-not-quite-creamy mouthfeel. Moderate level of carbonation and bitterness, with the bitterness holding on very late into the finish.

This beer really picks up on the palate. Not at all what I would expect after the nose. Truly interesting and makes you want to go back in for another sip. While several of the descriptors would make you think that the beer would be sweet, it manages to come up to the edge without going over. The beer actually finishes slightly on the bitter side.

I honestly don't know that I would want to drink it all night, but it would be a great beer anytime as part of a line-up.

07-24-2013 19:29:55 | More by Libationguy
Photo of Bouleboubier


4.11/5  rDev +4.1%

(purchased cold, no best-by or bottling date - poured into an Innis & Gunn fluted goblet)

A: slightly-hazy, but otherwise relatively clear, clean-looking amber liquid, topped with a buttload of foam... that foam stays standing for a good long while, opening up from the inside, receding down to a lovely marshmallow-y texture - the head is just fantastic!, though it does break up into lil islands on the way down... bit of lace to and fro

S: mild floral notes, Munich malt... toasty, lightly-spiced sugar cookie... a tad herbal, as in parsley, and classic leafy-floral German hops... smells like the base for many a' heartily-hopped 'malt-forward' west coast 'IPAs' in the range of yellow to red

T: interplay of elegantly bitter, leafy hop and moderately spicy-herbal yeast character, all atop a meaty malt foundation... I could see how one could call this a Maibock - the German hop flavor is apparent, while there's also an ideal level of clean alcohol flaming in the background - but the malt flavors are unmistakably American - graham-cracker, with a dusting of light caramel... the bitterness builds and is the last thing standing

M: kinda silky smooth, cut hard through by the bitterness... despite the voluminous head, there's only a modicum of bubbly tingle on the tongue... round, soft-felt-blankety flow

O: shit, probably only had this once or twice in the past 10 years, but this is pretty damn good - but I love bitter, malty, fullish beers, minus all the tutti-fruity nonsense... if you're familiar enough with Rogue's ales, you may very well peg this as one right away - that Pacman is quite distinct... we'll see what the price point on this is, but I could see drinking this more often

07-06-2014 23:00:27 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of finstadp


4.11/5  rDev +4.1%

The Dead Guy Ale from Rogues was a very interesting beer. The beer had a great amber appearance. The smell had notes of caramel and pumpkin flavors. The taste was very malty and had pumpkin flavors. The body had a medium mouthfeel. This is a delicious but different beer.

04-24-2013 19:53:15 | More by finstadp
Photo of BeerWithMike


4.11/5  rDev +4.1%

Sampled back on 10/16/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a hazy copper with a 1-finger off white head that left some lacing when sipped. Perfect carbonation. The aroma is of malty grains with a hint of caramel with maybe apricot. Pretty much was the taste as well as with a hint of spice. Good balance of flavor and smooth to drink. No harsh or bad aftertaste was noted. Overall a fine brew

10-18-2013 21:43:16 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of jobrob2587

New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev +4.3%

08-16-2014 18:32:56 | More by jobrob2587
Photo of HopzMan


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

One of my favorites from Rouge! Slightly darker copper appreance. Nice strong stench that fills your nostrils. It has a very unique strong taste at first but leaves a nice smooth after taste. I have never had it on tap but bottled is just as good I assume. Highly suggested if you have not tried and are a big Bock fan...

02-15-2011 21:46:13 | More by HopzMan
Photo of tweeder263


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours out a dark amber color 1 finger head,,looks impressive.Nice hop aroma , again very nice. Taste is remarkably balanced between malt and hop,,is decieving,,the higher hop scent had me thinking i had a hop monster but this is very smooth.Nice mouthfeel,,my first rogue beer and im impressed,,good job.Definitely coming back for more.

12-20-2004 01:01:21 | More by tweeder263
Photo of RickS95


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

Appears cloudy, copper/orange in color with a thick, white head that stays around for a while.

Smell has some malt, but mostly bittering hops, with a citric, Pilsner-like scent.

Taste is similar to smell, a nice citrus hit alongside some grassy notes.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. It's slightly sweet, almost fruity in the middle, with a dry, crisp bittering finish. Medium bodied.

Overall, a really nice beer. Works well in the colder months, and would be fabulous when the mercury rises. Wish I had another bomber of this.

10-25-2008 16:44:04 | More by RickS95
Photo of PCaravan


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

From the bottle.

The dark yellow lighting in this room makes it difficult to tell the true color of this brew. It appears to be a dark copper color remeniscent of an ESB. Dense creamy head gives a sign of the malt to come sticks around all the way to the bottom of the glass.

The smell is light but is a definite bready malt smell. Not what I'd expected but nice.

The taste is compex and enjoyable. At first, you get a blast of toasty/bready/biscuity malt and along with the smell, I start to think it's going to be like some of the dopplebocks I've had. However, as the beer moves towards the back of the mouth the hops take over with a sharpness that will get your attention. I would describe the hop portion as being pleasantly earthy and somewhat floral, complementing the malt profile perfectly.

The mouthfeel is one of the best I've had. It's simply much more thick and creamy than anything I can think of at the moment.

This beer taste to good not be drinkable but is probably too rich (and too strong) to drink to many at once.

11-09-2004 00:14:57 | More by PCaravan
Photo of heebes

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured a medium to dark amber, thin head and not much retention. Looks deep and bold in colour.

Smells sweet, hint of fruits; citrus perhaps. Very inviting sense.

Taste is bold, hoppy in a way. Getting a hint of pine flavour.

Thin mouthfeel, not in a bad way. Lingering taste is favourable and smooth.

Considering I've picked up three 6 packs, this is certainly a beer I find myself returning to. Ease of drinkability was high, overall impression is high.
Great label, one of the better Rogue bottles I've seen.

09-18-2010 18:27:11 | More by heebes
Photo of afogg0855


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

A beautiful deep golden honey in my glass brings a smile to my face! The head is only a few centimeters high but it stays a while and gives a nice creaminess to the first few sips.

As I've come to expect with Dead Guy I get the nice malty sweetness up front, with a great finish. I'm left with a sweet aftertaste that's almost as nice as the first sip.

This is truly gold in a glass.

03-04-2011 21:12:12 | More by afogg0855
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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