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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

5,372 Ratings

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Ratings: 5372
Reviews: 2235
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.37%

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
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Photo of Flounder57


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a 20 oz imperial glass at Bar Louie Foxboro.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bready, toasted, light caramel, light toffee, lager yeast, and grassy noble hops too.

Taste: Lager yeast, caramel, toffee, bready, and grassy hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, malty, chewy, a little creamy, low to medium carbonation, and medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty solid beer. Easy to drink and nice flavor profile. I haven't had it in a while and trying to figure why I haven't. Might be having more of these in the close future.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2014 22:57:01 | More by Flounder57
Photo of WheelsPSU

New York

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at theAmsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side. This style isn't normally one I seek out, but I did enjoy Dead Guy.

It poured an inviting, yet hazy honey brown with a beige colored head. It smelt like sweet crackers and caramel. A good malt aroma. The taste was honey with more caramel. Definitely enjoyable even with the upfront bitterness. It was drinkable and balanced. So far, one of my favorite offerings from Rogue.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2013 14:36:29 | More by WheelsPSU
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Alberta (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tried at a pub in downtown Calgary on a nice sunny Saturday afternoon. Pours up a honey golden graham hue with a moderate amount of beige head. Aroma was sweet, fairly floral, spicy Noble hops. Taste was a really complex mosaic of light caramel, aromatic biscuit, lemon, dry chocolate powder, orange, honey, and tobacco with ample hop spice and subtle bitterness. I was struck by how integrated the flavors were, one had to really focus to pick them out and the overall impression is one of a floral/herb/spice bouquet with a honey sweet backdrop. If Rogue was going for integration rather than staggering things on the palate they hit a home run here.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2013 00:09:29 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of JWearda


4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served: in a pint glass from the bar tap.

Appearance: a beautiful honey color with a bit of red mixed in, making for a solidly dark amber complexion.

Taste: Dead Guy has some mild hoppy characteristics, but very subtle. This hoppy character is only evident briefly before fading into a very satisfying, well-rounded beer. Interestingly the flavor doesn't come alive until you've had it in your mouth for a bit. Very tasty, indeed! Not too hoppy, hints of malt, and a light sweetness., with just the right amount of carbonation.

Finish: reminiscent, faintly, of a mild IPA. Nothing overbearing, and doesn't lay heavy. Very smooth!

Overall: a very satisfying beer loaded with flavor. You will always find a Dead Guy in my fridge at home!

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2013 17:42:16 | More by JWearda
Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_jess


1.74/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

A: coppery brown. thin layer of head. clear.

S: yeast. malt. sweat?

T: slightly sour, especially at the back of the tongue. wheatish, but in a darker way. caramel? ...but not a sweet, good caramel.

M: medium bodied. pretty smooth.

O: I don't have a whole lot to say about this ale other than I wasn't a fan. I love Rogue, but this ale wasn't for me.


Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2013 00:52:39 | More by yeastlovehoppiness_jess
Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_greg


1.94/5  rDev -51%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 1.75

This beer looked good. Medium Dark amber color. It had a malty but sweaty smell to it. It had a thin head. Then I tasted it and it was very malty, but that sweaty smell was what it tasted like. I tried to drink it, but the more I drank the worse it tasted. I may have gotten a bad one by all the reviews here but it pretty much ruined beer for me for the rest of the night. So, I had to rate this one pretty poorly.


Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2013 00:41:36 | More by yeastlovehoppiness_greg
Photo of Cavanaghty


3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish brown in color with a thin off white head.

Smell: Malts, hops and maybe some floral scents.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied and smooth. Taste of malts, hops similar to the tadte of brown ale.

Overall: Ok brew, but not my first choice and probably will not buy again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2013 19:38:28 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of CMUbrew


3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hunter's Ale House

A: Orange-amber color with a chill haze. White head starts off extremely thick and creamy looking. Lacing starts from the get go.

S: Smells very malt forward with an addition of spicy and earthy hops and yeasty notes.

T: Biscuity and bready malts dominate, lending an overall sweetness. Light clove-like spiciness, yeasty flavors, banana, pepper, apples.

M: Smooth, slightly crisp, and a little drying. Carbonation is fairly active.

O: I have no idea what the hell a Maibock is supposed to be, and frankly I still don't know. This beer has all kinds of stuff going on, which is not a bad thing. I would say I enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2013 00:55:40 | More by CMUbrew
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Brownish red with little head. What few bubbles I see are almost completely white. Not sure if the co2 is running low or if the head is supposed to be like this.

S: Mild spicy and warm nutmeg aromas. Some sweet caramel.

T: There's a lot going on here. Good balance of hops without being so overwhelming. Some tanginess and dryness is the first taste i get. Finishes sweeter with caramel and a bit of oak and vanilla. Oddly enough, the sweetness actually reminds me of maraschino cherry. Definite malt flavors indicative of a bock.

M: A bit thin and slightly dry. A little too dry for a session if you ask me, but good for a doubleheader. Slightly flat feeling--co2 may be to blame again.

O: It's been a long time since my last dead guy and this used to me a mainstay for me. I'm more impressed now than I was before. Maybe my overexposure to double IPAs has dulled my taste buds letting the subtle flavors, and not the bitter, shine through here. In any rate, I was impressed with the depth of flavor. I may just order another..

Side note: As I was drinking this I couldn't stop thinking how darn good a barrel aged version would be of this. After googling, apparently that's the John John dead guy. I will be looking for it!

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2013 01:11:05 | More by constantine_272
Photo of Braz


4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this at the Royal Bear Tavern. Light amber in color and a little hazy. Thin white head. Toasty malt aromatics. Tastes of toasted malt too. Lightly sweet followed by a good but not overly punch of hops. This beer has a nice balance to it. Very smooth mouthfeel with a light/medium carbonation. Very good beer and a good example of balance.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2013 01:14:26 | More by Braz
Photo of BeerLover99


3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: amber body, 2 finger off-white head, nice lacing

S: lemon peel, grassy, pine and big malt

T: floral, bready malt, hint of earthy finish

M: med body, firm carbonation/smooth mouth.

O: Tried tons of Rogue and this one is a keeper. Will get again
and highly recommend!


Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2013 20:18:25 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of tectactoe


3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Old Chicago. Pours a deep amber, almost brown color with a tiny head that only left behind very small traces of lacing. The nose is full of a nice mix of hops, malts, a bit of sweetness, and a touch of woody/nutty undertones. The beer is fairly smooth and has a heavy malt character with a light toffee/caramel flavor and a bit of biscuit yeast that comes alone. Some very faint hop presence can be detected, but only if you're really looking for it. Medium body and medium carbonation with a nice, malt flavored finish.

Decent beer, here. Nothing too special or over-the-top excellent, but still tasty and very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2012 00:34:50 | More by tectactoe
Photo of TheRealBigC


4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue's flagship beer is indeed a fantastic beer. It pours a nice deep orange with a slightly fruity, biscuity fragrance. Taste delivers on the scent in spades, even adding in a slightly nutty touch. It's a unique brew that can easily find its way into any beer drinker's fridge.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2012 00:38:11 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of mndlssphlsphr


4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

White head. The color is a beautiful amber brownish. The carbonation is just right. Smell is basic, but that is why it is good. The first sip tickles my tongue, leaving a very happy and relaxed mouth afterward. I have no intention to be in a hurry with this as it is a good secret to keep. No need to tell you what this brew tastes like as it is known that you just need to be here. You know a good bartender when ...

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2012 23:57:13 | More by mndlssphlsphr
Photo of nofalltoofar


4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: It's a pretty beer, nice amber with a bit of red in it. The head disappeared almost immediately leaving very little lacing on the glass.

S: It doesn't have a strong scent to it. You pick up some grain notes and some hops.

T: It has a great middle-level flavor, not too dark or too light. The grain is readily present along with citrus and some caramel and sweeter tones. It has some hop notes, but not much in the way of bitterness. It's a very drinkable beer without being pedestrian.

M: This is where the beer really takes no prisoners. It's sooth with the exact right consistency. It's carbonated, but not overly so. It goes down well and doesn't tickle the throat too much. It feels refreshing.

I got this beer at the Continental Tavern in Yardley, PA not knowing what to expect. I was taken aback immediately by the two highest qualities of this beer: its craftsmanship and its drinkability. This beer is incredibly easy to enjoy and is downright tasty (as opposed to savory). I will definitely look out for this ale next time I see it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2012 02:00:31 | More by nofalltoofar
Photo of thecheapies


3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange-amber with no head from a tippy-top pour. 3.5

Sweet carmelized sugars and toasted grains. Hint of caramel and apricot. 3.5

Toasted grains, tart pitted fruits, candy booze, and light maple. Citrusy hop character with a dates-like malt. 4.0

Light carbonation with a slick body. Wet and a little spiked. 3.5

Overall, a nice maibock. Love the misnomer in the name. Classic Rogue flagship product. 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2012 01:41:43 | More by thecheapies
Photo of macrosmatic


3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Mellow Mushroom (Brandon). Served in a pint glass.

A: Nice copper color, clear with some chill haze. A half-finger's worth of white head, low visible carbonation.

S: Bready toasty malt, a touch of hop bitterness and some caramel sweetness.

T: Chewy bready toasted malt, malt sweetness, and mild noble hops. Lager yeast flavors increase as it warms. My biggest complaint is just a bit of cardboard oxidation flavor. The hang is clean, almost absent.

M: Medium body, low alcohol presence, chewy mouthfeel, carbonation just a bit on the low side.

O: This one was a pretty decent offering from Rogue. It wasn't the best Maibock around, but still quite enjoyable. I've got to mark it down a little for the oxidation, but may revisit this at some point and see if what just a batch (or line) issue.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2012 05:39:27 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of tronester


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear reddish brown in color with a rocky light tan colored head. Smells of freshly baked bread. The taste is a super sweet caramel and grain medley up front, followed by some zesty, light balancing hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is rich. Overall this is a great beer. A conundrum to fit in stylistically, yet that matters not when the result is this good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2012 20:04:40 | More by tronester
Photo of DM1293


3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was told this was more akin to a pale ale. Anyone who's tried this should probably say otherwise to that.

There is a hop tang to it, but its definitely in the background flavors. Up front is more of a toasty malt flavor...and any flavors in the middle I can't begin to describe. Picked up a few notes of butterscotch here and there. On the whole, its exceptionally drinkable and really smooth.

I give it points for being refreshing, but its still kind of thick on the palate afterward.

Overall, I wish the hops were a little brighter to really counter the toastiness I get. I had trouble picking out flavors...I don't really get any of the fruity notes some people put forth (unless its interfering with the hop...or IS the hop). Its good on the whole, but after having Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar and Shakespeare Stout, I had much higher expectations for the flavor. Still, a solid beer from Rogue, and I wouldn't mind drinking it again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2012 06:22:28 | More by DM1293
Photo of ouser31


4.73/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

im a huge Rogue Ales fan and part of rogue nation... This is by far my FAVORITE beer! Great taste all around! if its on tap Im getting it! my reviews arent the usual but i tell it how i feel...! Great BEER! if you haven tried it you are missing out!! Cheers!!

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 01:38:29 | More by ouser31
Photo of Murrhey


3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at The Yardhouse in Costa Mesa, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger and a half off-white head. Longish retention with a light, coppery color. Some bubbly lacing.

S- Very subtle scent. Some pineyness and medium barleys but I can barely detect it.

T- Bitter and spicy. Quite an unusual flavor.

M- Lighter bodied, fairly dry and smooth.

O- This beer is nostalgic for me so maybe the score got bumped up a little. But tasty and unique flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 00:03:50 | More by Murrhey
Photo of dcook11


3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A- two finger off white head in the flute glass, niceey. lacing, gorgoues honey beer.
S- Honey touch of malt.
T- crisp. honey, malt, hops.
M- light, verging on medium bodied.
O- decent. Wouldn't seek out again, though. Middle of the road. Try for your self

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 12:50:01 | More by dcook11
Photo of brewskifan55


3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served up at Sal & Mookie's, Jackson, MS

A: Cloudy amber, whitish half finger head that quickly dissipates. Good lacing.

S: Malty, hoppy, earthy

T: Hoppy without being hoppy. Chocolate comes in with a smooth malty finish. Very tasty.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: Haven't had one of these in a while. really good on tap. A fine brew for those who don't like their beer too hoppy and even finer for those who do.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2012 16:27:41 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of goldennectar


4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Bullwinkle's in Miamisburg

Appearance: Didn't get to see it drawn, but it had a thin head when given to me, some lacing was
on side of glass. Beautiful copper color

Smell: Caramel, Malts & Faint Hops - Nice sweet smell

Taste: Sweet, Malt, Caramel

Mouthfeel: Smooth and Medium Bodied - Mild carbonation

Overall: Balanced and very drinkable. Went well with whatever I ate, I remember the beer but
not the meal.

A definite must try if you have not had one

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 18:01:11 | More by goldennectar
Photo of Jerermy


4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber almost rust color, nice head that left behind some thin lacing.

The aroma is sweet with citrus and a light hop scent.

Taste is where I am most impressed. Sweet caramel up front more citrus and a nice hop bitterness at the finish. Very well balanced.

Light-Medium body with the right amount of carbonation to round out the beer.

This is my go to beer. It isn't the best in the world, its just damn good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2011 22:50:23 | More by Jerermy
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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 5,372 ratings.