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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

5,349 Ratings

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Ratings: 5349
Reviews: 2234
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%

Brewed by:
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 5,349 | Reviews: 2,234 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of eduardolinhalis


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a beautiful clear dark orange to copper-amber color forming a medium thin bubbled light yellow head. Good retention. Forms lots of lacings in the glass

S: Sweet and grainy. A bit fruity. Strong notes of toffee and caramel. Smells like a Lager more than an Ale. Bready and biscuity yeasts. Quite biscuity. Light notes of dark fruits. Flowery and citrus hops profile

T: Sweet upfront. Strong notes of toffee, caramel and crystal malts. Bready and very biscuity. Notes of brown sugar. Moderate but very balanced and pleasant bitterness in the end. Citrus hops profile in the mouth. More Lager than Ale, in the mouth too.

M: Smooth medium, creamy and a little bit molasses body. Medium carbonation. Sweet, bready, biscuity and slightly bitter end

O: Great drinkability. Very easydrinking like a good Bock beer should be. An American classic (in a German body :))

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 11:40:28 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of smpeterson327


4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely one of my favorite beers. One of the easiest drinking bitter beers I know of, with soft hoppy initial taste and a not too strong aftertaste that lingers well. Still trying to find food that it goes well with, but otherwise this beer is a winner!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 00:11:21 | More by smpeterson327
Photo of Haydn-Juby

Quebec (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Clear with an orangish yellow color. One finger of head. Decent lacing and retention.

S: Sweet malts and a bit of noble hops.

T: Very sweet. Extremely malty but some hops come through as well. There's a bit of bitterness but the highlight is definitely on the caramel and toffee like malt character. The hops are best described as noble and spicy with a slight citrus zest. Somewhat like a very heavily roasted oatmeal raisin cookie. Not to much alcohol is detectable and it's pretty well hidden.

M: A touch to syrupy honestly. Very creamy mouthfeel though and it's not prickly feeling at all.

O: A very good beer. Would buy again if it was accessible. Very good intro beer as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 00:43:47 | More by Haydn-Juby
Photo of PolarBear3


3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a honey amber colour with frothy slightly off white head that retains well

S - Citrus, sweet malt and a some toffee and a hint of caramel

T - A little citrus but more sweet malts prominent with some toffee, caramel, almost like a dessert although with a slight bitter finish

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation

O - Definitely recommend, enjoyable beer that is balanced rather well.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 10:26:51 | More by PolarBear3
Photo of BastardKing24


4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Widely available in Oregon and CA, almost every grocery store up here in OR has it, as well as gas stations. A very pleasant go to for beer geeks just wanting something much better than BMC beers.

Pours a murky orange with some white head. Looks yummy, lacing stick around.

Smells alot like honey infused malt, some hops, yeasty flowery notes, and caramel. I think the smell is the best part of the beer, it is very quaffable .

Taste is sweet malts , caramel goodness, honey, floral hoppiness, some toasted barley, kind of reminds me of a low alc wheat wine. A slight bitterness lingering in the aftertaste. I give it a 4 for being a great tasting sessionable beer.

Mouthfeel is medium to light carbonation, smooth taste, silky mouthfeel, long flavorful finish.

This is a great beer that must be tried for people that like maibocks and dont want to spend a whole lot on it, its usually 10-11$ a 6 pack. Reccommended!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 03:14:28 | More by BastardKing24
Photo of anarchia


4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark ruby mostly opaque beer with a thin, quickly dissipating head. Not much in the way of lacing on the glass. Smells bready, sweet like bananas, all about the malts, maybe a hint of spicy hops somewhere in there. Thick & bready in the mouth with good carbonation.Honey up front, then caramel and other malt sweetness, followed by an awesome, bitter finish that lingers on the tongue awhile. More dry & hoppy than other Bocks I've had. Noticeable warming from the alcohol after you swallow.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 02:53:55 | More by anarchia
Photo of a0lbudman


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy light amber color with a large white head that had a good lace on the glass
S-could not figure some smells out, but what i did was a toasted and bready smell
T-sweet fruit with a malt flavor at first with a warming alcohol aftertaste to begin with , but did not get that as the glass warmed
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O- I tried it to see what the most rated beer in this style tasted ike. It was differant and will try it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 23:56:31 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of WMEugene


4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Surprised I had never got around reviewing this beer before...

A - As advertised, a deep honey color with a nice head that develops into a thick ring with really nice lacing.

S - Rich malty, almost biscuity notes. A little bit of sweet and faint hops comes through as well. Nice and well balanced.

T - Very smooth and well balanced with a strong malt profile. With that being said, there is a subtle complexity to the malts since you can tell it is a really nice blend. A little sweetness is present and some citrusy/fruity notes from the hops.

M - Medium bodied, relatively crisp and smooth. A little creaminess as well. Very pleasant and excellent finish. Extremely drinkable.

Overall, Rogue Dead Guy Ale is one of those beers that I have often overlooked since it's been around forever and I've had it tons of times. That being said, it is a really enjoyable beer and one that I will definitely come back to particularly when I want something drinkable and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 21:43:36 | More by WMEugene
Photo of Aaron_Ramson


3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful fluffy, creamy white head on an orangish hued ale with a slightly hazy body. Didn't get too much out of the nose but the flavor is rich and extremely malty with a thick, full mouthfeel. There's a very strong hop presence that lingers throughout the sip; hard to place exact flavors. This beer seems to be all over the place but is extremely tasty and satisfying. A cross between a pale ale and an amber. My only complaint would be its muddled, undefined flavor that doesn't quite allow anything to stand out. Definitely worth trying, but not something I'd return to regularly.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 21:06:19 | More by Aaron_Ramson
Photo of coldy


4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This not a real technical review. I first drank this beer probably 15 years ago, and it was one of my first memorable beers where I said "wow, I didnt know there were beers that tasted like this". This is, in my opinion, a true classic ale that can be enjoyed year round. It is extremely flavorful but not at all heavy, so you can have one or several.
This beer also represents a good value. You can actually keep this in the fridge by the case, and it wont empty your pockets.

Rogue nailed this beer, and it is as good now as it was 15 years ago. Even with all of the great new beers coming out, this is still a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 17:53:47 | More by coldy
Photo of freakdiablo


3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It should be noted I'm still fairly new to this review thing.

A - Clear, slightly darker amber coloring. Thicker head that quickly fades, little to no lacing.

S - Stronger sweet smell, almost fruity. Slight underlying bready scent.

T - Very little bitterness, at least compared to what I'm used to, but still a little bite. Stronger, full taste that would hold it's own when poured during a meal. Not really hoppy, which may be a good or bad depending on taste. A mild sweet aftertaste that kind of mimics the smell.

M - Slightly thicker with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, I find that no single characteristic of Dead Guy Ale stands out on its own. If broken down into it's specific categories, I'll probably forget it in a few weeks. But as a whole, I find DGA to be a solid beer. In my opinion it is not worth the $6.70 price tag I payed for a 650ML bottle, but if it dropped into the $5-$6 range, I wouldn't mind picking up a couple to have on hand.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 01:22:34 | More by freakdiablo
Photo of archyquaffer


3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bomber into a shaker. A moderate pour produces a 1/2 inch head of off-white, frothy head. The head is fairly sticky, but not overly so. The beer is a pale orange-brown with plenty of carbonation.

There's a certain understated fruitiness in the nose along with some mild floral hop essence. Plenty of malty breadiness on the palate, with a good balance of hop bitterness. I taste a bit of pear/apple, biscuit/dumplings, and bit of citrusy and spicy bite. Clean finish, with a nice, lingering floral bitterness.

This was bought at Walmart for 4 something a bomber, which is quite a nice price ( and the only bomber available at this Butte, Mt Walmart). I've been a fan of this beer for quite some time, but I confess I like the cute little skeleton on the label, which probably influences my choices in subtle ways...A very worthy maibock, but nothing to get too excited about. A very good session beer if not quaffed too awful fast...

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 04:45:40 | More by archyquaffer
Photo of Zach41


3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Disclaimer/announcement: This is my first review. I've been drinking craft for a solid seven months (since turning 21) and feel that I've finally tasted enough and developed my palette to write something worthwhile. Here it goes..

Poured fairly aggressively into a mug, served at about 50 degrees.

Appearance- Sort of a cloudy copper, ALMOST amberish color. A fairly large head but it went away much quicker than I expected.

Smell- A well rounded smell, not particularly strong. Smelled of a smooth tasting beer.

Taste- I am not familiar with the maibock style so I didn't know what to expect (though I've been told this selection isn't true to the style), and I was initially disappointed by the prevalent malty flavor. However, as the glass warmed in my hand the flavors began to come out, the surprising smoothness and balanced taste began to win me over.

Mouthfeel- Medium, a tiny bit on the creamy side I'd say, and extremely drinkable.

Overall- I know it was meant to be one, but definitely not the cure for a strong hop craving (40 IBUs). However, its smooth malty character and pleasant balance contribute to quite a pleasurable experience.

PS I find serving temp to be especially important in this brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 02:18:50 | More by Zach41
Photo of Joey-bags1990


4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-Medium amber colored, clear filtered look yet somewhat opaque. Roughly a half inch high foam head after being poured into a pint glass that quickly recedes to a small centimeter high film at the top of the beer with small bubbles ascending from the bottom of the glass.

S- Somewhat sweet scent of malts. Medium to heavy hops with a floral/grassy smell as far as I could tell. Very clean scent.

T- Strong delicious taste of rich malts with a rich caramel taste and strong hops that strike a very good balance and complement each other well. Clean finish with good level of bitterness.

F- Medium body on the palate when held in your mouth for a few seconds, with a smooth finish as it goes down your throat.

O- Outstanding beer with a great taste that can be expected from a premium craft ale. Great balance of smell, taste and feel and is a beer that I would definitely consider drinking many more times in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 17:59:12 | More by Joey-bags1990
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 18:04:34 | More by brurevu
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 02:16:35 | More by Danimals_Beard
Photo of BeerWithMike


4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 21:43:16 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass
No bottling dates

A: Very hazy dark copper with 3 fingers width of tan colored head that has good retention. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be seen racing to the top of the glass. Leaves a fair amount if lacing.

S: Unique combination of dark malt aromas and hops. Doughy, caramel, citrus, sweet bread.

T: Very malty, tons of caramel and toffee, a bit of citrus rind, candied sugar, cocoa.

M/D: Full bodied, moderate carbonation, drinkability is average.

O: I generally don't like Bock styles but I enjoyed this one. Not something Id do to on a regular basis but enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 19:36:38 | More by zac16125
Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC


4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy with a nice amber color and low head retention.
S- OK, so I read the ingredients. I got some nuttiness from the nose and got some weird apricots so I had to glance. So I got the munich malt but the apricot and fruitiness were apparent. Hops were absent, however.
T- My favorite part. Nice and clean drinking. Come to think of it this is my first helles/maibock that I've reviewed here. The taste follows the nose in the sense that I get a Newcastle nutty malt backbone, but the difference here is the hops. The bitterness lingers and is quite pleasant. Not my everyday beer, but a nice quality ale. I'd say 4.5 just because I was so intrigued.
M- Medium, characteristic of the style.
O- A nice quality beer with a 6.5% kick? Sign me up.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 07:08:50 | More by BeerAficionadoMCMXC
Photo of djoprahwinfrey

Manitoba (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Production Date : Sept 2, 2012
Review date : Oct 5, 2013

A : dark brown pour with a slight red tinge and somewhat cloudy, milky 1/2 finger of beige foamy head which dissipated fast leaving a decent lacing

S : the first thing i get is strong sour dough bread and malt, some lime/lemon citrus, earthy but back to a sourness

T : this starts off bready and some citrus is present, rather sweet, honey, some hops, brown sugar, some unique flavors here that i wasn't expecting and was in contrast to the initial sour aroma

M : wet, crisp, refreshing but somewhat heavy or thick, medium bodied with medium-high carbonation

O : This had a unique sour malty smell yet a unlike sweet taste which i said 'wow' to on my first sip as i was expecting something different. This turned out to be really enjoyable with a complex aroma and flavor

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 13:31:07 | More by djoprahwinfrey
Photo of admiral


4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant beer - very happy that it is now down here in Australia.

aroma: big malt, chocolate, creamed caramel with slight toffee and apricot

taste: full of different flavours with big malty goodness. Creamy malt, spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate, toffee, butterscotch and orange marmalade are all there on the palate in healthy proportions with some slight vanilla in the background.

Enjoyed this beer alot and one of my favourite American brews at present. A pleasure to drink!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 08:31:42 | More by admiral
Photo of ThatVisorGuy


3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Very nice, slightly darker shade of amber. very clear with no traces of any sediment or cloudiness.

S: Pleasant and strong but not overwhelming.

T: A heavy taste that builds off of an initial taste of the hops that fades into the slightest hint of citrus to relax after the bitter beginning.

M: Aftertaste fades away smoothly without leaving the taste needlessly hanging in your mouth making each sip enjoyable.

O: An excellent Ale. perfect for cold days (or nights) spent relaxing.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 01:55:53 | More by ThatVisorGuy
Photo of rievelx6


4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice brown shade similar to an amber colored beer.

S- Scents of caramel with hints of malt.

T- Very distinguished taste of caramel with a good combination of malt to match its smell.

M- Good carbonation with a very smooth finish.

O- Overall i would say this is a good beer pretty different from the other ales that I had but very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 20:05:10 | More by rievelx6
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic, sweeter and more caramel than expected, but an original and thoroughly enjoyable ale.

A - Poures a dark hazy copper, amber with a white, two-finger head. Left a bit of lace.

S - It smells original. Caramel, and of many sweet malts and grasses. A little earthy, original stink in a good peaty way.

T - Follows smell, these sweet, candied, toasted malt and tiny bit of hops and grass/herb/clove.

M - Almost dense mouth feel, like a doppelbock, good weight. A medium-bodied beer. Nice finish. Nice after dinner with robust cheese. A good night beer.

D - A must try. Love this brewer's originality and information for each brew. They care.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 02:12:15 | More by Act25
Photo of Alex_Hanley

New York

3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 1 pt bottle.

A- golden brown with 2 finger head, dissipated quickly.

S- either my nose was broke or it has almost no smell whatsoever

T- carmel tasting with a little hops thrown in.

M- very carbonated but smooth going down.

Overall- not bad besides not being able to smell anything. Very sweet and carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 01:25:05 | More by Alex_Hanley
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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