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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

5,341 Ratings

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Ratings: 5341
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)
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Photo of yuenglingfan101


4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

got this beer in a growler at the liquor store i work at part time. nice in copper tone. smells a little malty taste like your average helles beer. goes down smooth and has a great mouthful feeling and overall isn't bad, recommend this beer to a good bock enthusiast. another great brew from Rogue

Serving type: growler

11-04-2013 17:45:17 | More by yuenglingfan101
Photo of MrJolly


3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy honey color, thin head becoming nearly nothing at all, not much carbonation, here.

Smell: Complex: sweet, a little caramel, something toasty, but not burnt, and in the backk maybe even a floral perfume.

Taste: There is a sweet and pungent flavor. Sweet and even tangy at the start, then as the flavors settle, there's a tangy pop at the edges of the tongue, almost sour mustard. There's bitterness in the finish that is very nice.

Mouthfell: Here's a chewy one. A bit of carbonation (not pronounced visible maybe due to the density of the beer) lends some tickling, too. This is nice.

Overall: I'm glad for this beer. I'll buy more. And an added bonus--now I have a Dead Guy Ale growler.

Serving type: growler

03-03-2013 22:36:10 | More by MrJolly
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

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

A - amber/orange body with a nice amount of initial head leaving behind copious amounts of lacing

S - smells like a lager with a hint of sweet malts/citrus

T - wheat, malts, sweet caramel flavors, honey, slightly bitter after taste

M - one of the most refreshing ales i've ever had. goes down smooth has a nice crisp finish.

O - i've had this beer several times on tap, bottle.. and now growler (and an awesome looking one at that). nothing beats this beer on tap, but the growler came damn close.

Serving type: growler

02-06-2012 23:33:55 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of Doppelbockulus


3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep amber and slightly hazy with no head. Smells a bit like apple cider with some wood.

Tastes like some lightly caramelized malts. Starts with a light tartness, finishes with light bitterness.

Feels light on carbonation and pretty clean.

Letting it warm above refrigerator temperature is also a plus, tastes better when it is just cool.

Serving type: growler

01-27-2012 19:05:36 | More by Doppelbockulus
Photo of McBastard

British Columbia (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice pale amber, with a decent head that quickly disappears.
Cloyingly sweet, with a slightly bitter hop finish. Notes of caramel, honey, and grapefruit? An almost syrupy mouthfeel, with low carbonation. A tad overpriced, and possibly too subtle for a neanderthal like myself. Not my cup of tea.

Serving type: growler

11-07-2011 03:14:44 | More by McBastard
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours with a thin white head. Honey brown in colour with bubbles present.

Smell- Malty and nutty aromas. A hint of earthy aromas comes in as well.

Taste- A piney, earthy flavour that is moderately bitter. This ale has a easy drinkability.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied ale with slight amount of bubbles on the tongue.

Overall- A flavourful ale that is well balanced and easy to drink. Can see myself purchasing this again in the future. Rogue has some great offerings, although I wish they weren't as expensive as they are.

Serving type: growler

11-06-2011 02:32:20 | More by leaddog
Photo of danieelol


3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mulder1010

Pours orange with nice head

Smell is classic german bockyness with a bit of extra malt and also some stonefruit-y hops.

Taste is similar, refreshing fruity malt body.

Satisfying mouthfeel with moderate body and good carb.

Overall an enjoyable and satisfying drink.

Serving type: growler

10-31-2011 12:53:38 | More by danieelol
Photo of timmick


4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler to pint glass pour.

A: Rich amber haze with a one finger head after a hard pour. Head disappears quickly but seems to leave a nice bit a lace on the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet malts with a hint of alcohol... nearly wine-like in its sweet aroma. A hint of hops keeps it balanced and complex.

T: Sweet malts seem to dominate. A candy/fruit taste gives it a strong backbone with a slight hop finish that seems to balance the sweetness nicely at the end. Alcohol seems to hang around also on the swallow.

M: Nice medium to heavy feel, smooth with enough slight carbonation to keep it light.

D: Thank you I'll have another! Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: growler

03-12-2011 22:16:13 | More by timmick
Photo of ucis


4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- The pour is frothy and creamy, really anticipating an amazing flavor. Very cream laced head with a some coastline, seashore lacing. A nice golden amber, urine color.

S- Has almost a very Belgian, yeasty, bread, urine smell.

T- A nice malty flavor, spiked by traits of bitter acidity. A bit less funk than alkaline battery flavor.

M- A very light mouthful of grainy acid. Promptly comparable to drinking apple juice or a hard cider in it's girth.

D- At the height of it's infusion I would drink Rogue "anything", any day, but it's not bad as a Summer sipper. Warm weather please come to Minnesota-- I am tired of shoveling snow. I promise, I 'd even drink some Dead Guy Ale.

Serving type: growler

03-07-2011 17:32:50 | More by ucis
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a growler.

A - Pours a nice light copper color with some slight orange hints. There is a nice slightly off white/ecru head that is about 1 inch tall and has some retention. It also leaves some nice sticky lacing.

S - Aroma starts of bready and grainy. Great malt profile on this beer with fresh malt grain and some nice fresh baked sourdough bread notes. There i some slight grassy hop note on the back end of the nose but it just compliments the malt profile. The Saaz hop character is quite present. Similar to an English Bitter.

T & M - Taste starts off with nice malty sweetness. Good light caramel notes mixed in with some fresh bread and nice earthy grain. The Saaz hops are a bit more present on the taste and add quite a nice slightly citrus note especially on the finish. There are some slight spice notes in the beer as well mixed in with the caramel sweetness. he body is nice and light with good richness in flavors at the same time. Great spring beer.

D - Very drinkable and tasty. Great warmer weather beer with a nice malt profile and perfect hop balance.

Serving type: growler

03-06-2011 20:48:11 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of LeftyEtc

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this growler as a Christmas present form a friend, thanks Pat! I have had Dead Guy on tap a few times and enjoyed it very much so let's see how a growler compares.

A - A cloudy amber body with a white half inch head leaving little lacing and a slight ring around glass. Very little carbonation.

S - Floral and fruit, some biter hops and mostly bready yeast.

T - Similar to nose, floral and bready sweetness balanced well with hops biters, pumpernickel bread. I remember the on tap Dead Guy being more hoppy. Finishes dry and bitter, starts off very sweet.

M - Very little carination and a medium body make this an enjoyable beer, different in body then many maibock beers I believe this beer to be more flavorful then a typical maibock. I like this beer but would like it to be more biter. I find this to be a highly drinkable and respectable beer i also like that it is easy to find even at bars that are not full blown beer bars.

Serving type: growler

01-07-2011 19:41:33 | More by LeftyEtc
Photo of Frothboss


3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bronze/copper in color. Nice thick one finger head that was a light brown, laces stick to the side of the glass pretty good.

S - Smells hoppy and floral. Picking up some sweet scents too.

T - Slightly nutty, not as hoppy as i would have thought. Hops come thru on second sip not to strong. Balanced well.

M - Not very carbonated, thick and slightly oily.

D - Nice well rounded beer, would drink again.

Serving type: growler

12-15-2010 23:38:07 | More by Frothboss
Photo of RedBrewer83


3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass...

A: Pours an amber hue with a small one finger head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Slightly cloudy in appearance.

S: Faint floral hop aroma, big bready malt presence, slight aroma of canned vegetable, not really true to the maibock style...

T: Follows the nose, a little better in the balance of the flavors and the hops really come through in the finish to help clean things up. Overall lots of bready malt and a nice balance of hop but nothing really standout.

M: Clean carbonation, light medium body, slightly dry finish.

D: Pretty drinkable, the big presence of bready malt seems to get a little heavy by the end of the glass but overall it is solid. A good beer, but overpriced and way overhyped.

Serving type: growler

12-08-2010 00:36:29 | More by RedBrewer83
Photo of abaer123


3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I am enjoying a growler from whole foods in kahului wile on the beach in kihei. The overall impression is that it is a good beer, but not everyting for me. It could be because I have been having more hoppy ales of late.

I pretty much agree with the reviews posted here, but here goes anyway.

Appearance: amber color with carbonation resulting in pleasing pour.

Smell: malty with fruit overtones.

Taste: smooth, non rattling

Mouthfeel: rich.

Drinkability: good, but not great. May be a little too rich for its own good. It doesn't leave a yearning to have more.

Serving type: growler

11-17-2010 00:29:43 | More by abaer123
Photo of Brewmba


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

A-Hazy orange/amber

S-Has a slight smell of alcohol and pine.

T-Alcohol, malty, a little pine tree like. Lingering bitterness but not overwhelming.

M-warm, not too heavy, not too light.

D-I could drink a couple but I wouldn't wanna drink it every night.

Overall, not a bad beer.

Serving type: growler

11-02-2010 20:39:17 | More by Brewmba
Photo of gskitt

New York

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

A- pours a hazy pale amber/orange with a great white head that lasts for some time.
S- Impressive, hard to place, cloves, bread pudding, and some sweet fruit undertones. Smells fresh. Has some floral scents, like a tropical garden.
T- more piney and less than what its scent is. This is not a bad thing Slightly bitter on the end. Still sweet, taste some citrus as well.
M- Slightly oily yet crisp and clean. Small bitters in the back that lingers for a while, delightful.
D- This is a beer one can drink and be happy.

I was more than a little surprised that I liked this ale so much, but I guess I shouldn't be. Rogue brews good stuff.

Serving type: growler

11-01-2010 22:48:42 | More by gskitt
Photo of GRPunk


3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The attractive, glowing growler was a bit of an impulse buy for Halloween. Poured into a pils glass.

A- A moderate pour generated loads of cascading carbonation that looked almost like a nitro-pour. The result was a slow forming, 1-finger+, eggshell head. It eventually dropped to a full film before falling a part a bit well into the glass. The body is a slightly hazy, copper-gold with light carbonation. A lot of nice sticky rings and spots were left on the glass.

S- Lots of sweet malts at first. Kind of caramel and bready. Hopping sort of plays second fiddle with herbal/grassy notes. Warmth brings out more caramel and a sweet, fruity aspect.

T- Quite rich and complex. A little brown sugar at first sip. Melon-like fruity notes. A little herbal/resiny hop to balance and dry the finish. Doughy background. It starts sugary sweet, morphs into a bready/doughy flavor and ends with an herbal/spicy finish. Maybe a bit out of the style I'm used to, but interesting enough to be pretty good.

M- Pretty viscus and slightly coating. Dryish, hoppy finish cleans it up. Just a touch of pleasant graininess. Moderate carbonation and subtle hops make for a slight bite. A little warming in the belly.

D- It's a decent drinker. Maybe a bit more malt-centric and sweeter than some of my Maibock favorites. Something that would pair well with pizza. The growler is a bit gimmicky and a touch over-priced. Even the bomber and sixer prices are a touch high, in my opinion. This was really tough to rate. I don't think it's a traditional Maibock, yet still a pretty solid beer. I keep finding myself wanted to "up" or "down" each category by about 1/2 point.

Serving type: growler

10-30-2010 20:43:08 | More by GRPunk
Photo of Cannoneer


3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a pretty standard example of a solid, good quality, fairly hopped dry ale from a craft brewery.

Dark amber in color, with a medium head. Pine bark is the dominant aroma and is prominent in taste. A bit astringent and thin to my taste, but a reasonable choice for some strong-flavored foods, such as curries, which it will complement nicely.

Lack of character and one-dimensionality of this beer precludes me from drinking it often, but at times, especially when it's available fresh in a growler, I'll get it and enjoy while the growler lasts.

Serving type: growler

10-17-2010 01:22:21 | More by Cannoneer
Photo of Spineypanda


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color with a small head, not as big as I remember from the 12oz bottle.
Smells of slight sweets, and a mild hop citrus notes.
Taste is fantastic. Has a nice refreshing lager taste that finished with a slight citrusy bitter note from the hops.
From the growler, it has very little carbonation, which makes it easier to drink haha!

Thanks Rogue.

Serving type: growler

10-16-2010 01:45:50 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of VaTechHopHead

3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 64oz growler

A - Thicker than I thought when pouring, deep apple cider color. Not much of a head on this one nor lacing, and slightly unfiltered.

S - Has a sweet, fruity hop aroma to it. Hints of spiced cider, apple juice, blood orange, and light syrup.

T - Starts off juicy with an apple juice tartness and moves to a lightly bittering flavor from the hops. Hop flavors of grapefruit. Not nearly as bitter as expected. Finishes with a cider sweetness. Kind of dull all around and nothing that really sticks out.

M/D - Medium body that is nicely carbonated but is somewhat flat on the palate when it comes to body and mouth feel. Alcohol presence not really there and drinkability is average, much like the rest of this beer.

I've had this before in the past and don't remember it being as bland/dull so maybe I'll revisit it in the future...especially for the price for a bottle, had more expectations.

Serving type: growler

10-11-2010 06:16:58 | More by VaTechHopHead
Photo of emmasdad


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a pre-packaged growler of this from the liquour store for a party, and, on a separate night, had a couple bottles at a thai restaurant for dinner. I will review the growler, as it seemed a little perkier and more flavorful. Dark garnet color, small off-white head. Lightly hopped, good caramel flavors, sweet, but not cloying so. A very drinkable, very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: growler

09-30-2010 22:37:14 | More by emmasdad
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

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

An easily approachable malty brew, maybe not too exciting but reliable, and iconic.

Presentation: 64 oz prepackaged growler. Glow in the dark iconic label of ancient skeleton over a barrel and holding a beer with Rogue branding set within a classic freeze and a mememto mori scene. Side narrative notes dedication and a general brew description alongside food pairing symbols. Lacks an actual date of bottling or freshness. It neither shows IBUs or °Plato, or Alc. by vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Amber hue with a quick head that fades to form a minimal ring and little lace.

S - Faint sweetness, malt and some dry fruit.

T - Softly sweet and rather smooth malty range.

M - Pretty carbonated body on the medium to light side. There is a tiny hoppy bite at the end after the predominantly light malt structure, and on this serving also a sense of freshness.

D - It is very approachable, and while not my favorite makes for a great social brew, here with the packaging taking a prominent role.

Notes: Main notes reflect a similar experience than that of the bottle. However on this occasion It may be self-suggestion or the allure of the growler but it felt distinctively fresher and with richer taste than the bottle. Some of these half gallons look to have been collecting dust on the East Coast for a while in suspect places. This one was picked up from a reliable place and I'm fairly confident it is from this year. Still it is a prepackaged and shipped growler so it should be running like the bottle but, luckily again, it seems a notch better.
Now, is this still a maibock if you brew it with an ale yeast?

Serving type: growler

12-03-2009 01:09:12 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of IlIlIllIlIllIlIl

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Rich, cloudy amber 1 finger head almost lacing

S. Toffee some hops. Slightly floral orange

T. Honey malty. Smoothe oily hops masked by Werther's candy and Kahlua. Notes of vanilla
( that's what it reminds me of )

D. Makes me want to study more.
Very complex and smoothe flavor.

Serving type: growler

11-22-2009 23:24:05 | More by IlIlIllIlIllIlIl
Photo of Anthony1


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the 64 ounce growler. Color is a cloudy amber with a one finger head with some lacing. Nose is sweet with a berry tone. Flavor is somewhat sweet with a bitter edge on the tail. Mouth is smooth and a little bit heavy, with a slight bit of bubble that clings to your mouth. Extremely drinkable due to it's smooth tone and flavor. Excellent brew

Serving type: growler

11-03-2009 17:39:46 | More by Anthony1
Photo of claminat420


3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a transparent amber color. one finger white head with little lacing.

S- malts, malts, and malts!!!! just a sweet malt scent. not to shabby tho.

T- a sweet honey malt taste. very clean and crisp. just enough hops to be hidden in the background but not totally taken out. good lager to show people what they're missing.

M- light to medium bodied. nice carbonation


Overall- my natural reaction was to hate this beer for all its hype the company gets. this brew isn't to shabby. i've only had this one and a couple sips from their hazelnut brown nectar and both are good. i say pick this one up if you haven't tried it and if you're lookin for a good lager fill.

Serving type: growler

10-20-2009 05:42:29 | More by claminat420
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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 5,341 ratings.