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Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

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88
very good
2,359 Reviews
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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An ale inspired by the style of a German Maibock, brewed using our proprietary Pacman yeast, Dead Guy Ale is deep honey in color with a malty aroma, rich hearty flavor and a well balanced finish.

9 Ingredients: 2-Row, C15, Munich, Rogue Farms Dare™, Risk™ Malts; Rogue Farms Revolution™ & Independent™ Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.

Added by kbub6f on 09-05-2001

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Reviews: 2,359 | Ratings: 7,245
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light and smooth tasting brew. Do not feel higher alcohol at all. Surprisingly amber, and seemed to me like a vienna amber style, malty with modest carbonation. Bitter aftertaste. If in a session, serve between heavy other types.


My mates liked it better than I did but it could be from less sophisticated taste buds.

Had it a year later on tap, found it sour but decent. Had it again on tap in May 2005 at Eulogy's and it was above average.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice copper color with a 1 inch head that fades to a small cap. Good lacing.

S - Smells of biscuit and citrus hops.

T - Bitter/tangy hops up front with a biscuit malt aftertaste.

M - Good carbonation with a crisp/clean taste.

D - Good refreshing beer. I would get this one again.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a copper/crimson color with a single finger white head

S: Sweet malt aroma.

T: As is repeated again and again, this is a very well balanced brew with the spice and malt flavors dominating with notes of caramel, honey and hop converging to blend rather than clash.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium bodied

Overall: Very drinkable. Very balanced. The rogue yeast and malt taste seems to repeat itself in many rogue ales which makes sense as they seem to have it down.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

totally unlike any other bock ive tried, and certainly a departure from traditional bocks, but this is a very unique ale that has become a bit of a legend in the USA. the smell is odd to me, sweet and malty, but also spiced to a degree, and hopped like only a west coast beer can be. the flavor features heavy hops on the back end, which is not common in a spring bock. the malts do the rest of the work, layering in a ton of complexity to this. i also get some woody notes and a touch of dried fruit. mouthfeel works, its heavier in the body but the carbonation is very high, which makes for a pleasant experience not like many others. overall this is an excellent brew, but i dont want to drink a whole 6pack. just gets too heavy and sweet after a bunch of them, but one or two every so often is really nice.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured clear amber in color with a small head that dies down into a thin layer of bubbles that persist in covering the surface. There is a light amount of visible carbonation.
S: There is a light aroma of sweet toasted caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some hints of toffee, although there are also some hop flavors, particularly in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: This beer is easy to drink and very sessionable.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dead Guy poured out as a light copper color. The head wasn't very impressive here and neither was the lacing. The smell of the beer has a decent amount of hop aromas that are balanced with some malts. The taste of this beer is decent. Nothing too over the top, some grainy malts and a bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth but it also felt a little watered down. Overall I wasn't too impressed with this beer. Yes it's drinkable but just falls short to me.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful beer; I'm surprised I've never reviewed it. Drank once or twice per month at the local pizza pub. Pours a nice deep coper to auburn color; translucent; vibrantly carbonated and impressively headed and laced. Smells of sweet malts, dark fruits, spices and esters. Tastes about as sweet and dark as possible without getting into heavy roasted grains. Lots of barley, molassas, and brown sugar. Mild, smooth flavors of prunes, dates, raisons, and almonds. More highly hopped than most would expect; picking up fuity esters and spicy alcohol. Full rich body that remains creamy under the abundant carbonation. Finishes sweet and a bit malty. I've always considered this a dopplebock. No matter where you categorize it, it's a good beer.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearnace: Golden-amber with an off-white head that dissipates into a ring, leaving plenty of sticky lacing.

Smell: A bit bready/grainy, lots of toasted malt, hops and oranges.

Taste: Very malty, biscuity, floral, subtle notes of honey, wrapped up with a nice hop kick.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light in body with very active carbonation.

Drinkability: One of the best session beers out there. Extremely quaffable and with a fairly unique character that makes it stand apart from other brews you might commonly find in the Pacific Northwest.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Deep copper colored brew with a nice white head with good retention skill. Complex mix of malts and hops that is hard to defined but easy to enjoy. Sweet aroma and taste with a bitter aftertaste. This is very good and the bottle design is excellent! Will be looking into trying more of the Rogue product.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Believe it or not, way back in the mid-90s, this was the only US micro, except for maybe Sam Adams, that was available in my fair burg, and was my intro to the broad spectrum that is craft brewing from our southern neighbours. The times, they have since a-changed, so let me take a stroll down memory lane. While there is indeed a marketing label spiel (Dare, Risk, Dream), it is of the weakest, lack of information sort, especially for this venerable, cheeky purveyor of west-coast suds.

This beer pours a cloudy medium apricot colour, with one finger of creamy light beige head, which leaves a thin curtain of droopy lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of pale biscuity and thin caramel malt, musty orchard fruit, and a bit of citrusy and floral hops, with the slightest twinge of warming alcohol. The taste is lightly roasted fruit, of the pome sort (pear and apple), caramel malt, a rather understated bit of biscuit dryness, mildly edgy yeast, and floral, somewhat perfumed earthy hops.

The carbonation is fairly soft, the body tacitly smooth, and a placid medium weight, with a wee bit of creaminess. It finishes with more fruity malt, and perfume-tinged floral hops.

The prototypical new world Maibock, despite the confusing name, and with verily big malts, nicely cut with soft, but effective balancing fruity hops. Very drinkable, at this particular bookend of my beer-drinking years.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate caramel-brown color with a light tan head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some light floral hops over a body of caramel and some lightly-sweet bready malt. The flavor is a bit bready with some yeast characteristics. The body is medium with good carbonation. Overall, one of the first craft beers that I had, but not something that impresses me terribly these days.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper, amber color with a white, two-finger head. Left some lace.

S - It smelled of sweet malts and grasses.

T - It tasted of toasted malt and some hops and clove.

M - It was crisp and dry. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A very good beer. Not to mention a great label.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as a joke from a family member (just because she thought the name was funny)

Usually not too big of a fan of this style but this beer was delicious. A nice honey taste to it and at 6.5% ABV it went down a little bit too easy. A very smooth and drinkable beer. A little expensive at how much it is for a 22 oz. but I was glad I got try it and would try it again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a 250ml generic glass at the Yard House Los Angeles. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of good cream, good thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper.

Sm: Nothing at all. Might be due to me broken nose. All apologies, lads.

T: Cream and light hops over a toasted malt and barley foundation. Simple built but well balanced.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and slightly creamy. Complementary of the flavours of the body.

Dr: Very drinkable, expensive on draught (as an import at least), and of fairly good quality. I wish it wasn't so damned boring.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice rich gold color with creamy head that stayed nicely,smelled nice and malty with some fruitiness to it.Nice balanced brew not overly sweet but enjoyably sweet,hop is in there after a few sips it shows.Drink this one alot really good beer with some balls.

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Photo of nickfl
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Large, creamy white head and a clear, copper-brown body. Good head retention and lace.

S - Bready malt, light caramel, and some fruity english yeast.

T - Fruity yeas, toasted malt, and light hops. Some moderately dark caramel in the middle. The finish is thick and bready with light, balancing bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Flavorful and full bodied with a nice malty character. Reasonably drinkable, but the heavy malt gets old after a couple of pints.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-amber-copper all in one, which is a pretty cool hue. The head is ivory in color with a hint of orange, is firm and looks like it will last for a while. As it descends, the cap comes to resemble a rich vanilla milkshake sitting atop the beer. It doesn't last very long, though it ends up leaving a decent amount of lace in spotty sheets.

I'm not ashamed to admit that I have no earthly idea what a maibock is supposed to smell or taste like. Therefore, I can't really say if this is a good example of the style or not. The flavor profile is pretty well-balanced, with malt having the slight edge.

The beer is somewhat caramel-like, with an earthiness and a restrained spiciness. The spiciness becomes bolder and more interesting as the beer warms. Again, I'm not sure what sort of mouthfeel a beer of this style should have, but this one seems fine. It's medium-full and has a pleasing smoothness.

Dead Guy Ale may be the most ubiquitous craft brew in this city. Every store that carries beer seems to carry it. It's obvious that it's a quality offering, but it doesn't stand out as exceptional. Even though I'll probably drink it again, it won't be anytime soon.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep copper, good head, cloudy, bit of lace after

S - Caramel, not over powering, kinda nutty, but nothing too spectacular

T - Smooth, nice aftertaste, a bit sugary, nut, caramel

M - Not too thick, not alot of carbonation, very creamy

D - Very drinkable, could put down a few of these easy.

This is a good beer, served it at my halloween party and was very well accepted. This was out of a bottle, into a pint glass, on tap locally had a bit more of a kick, but overall recommended. Found myself drinking one of these almost every other day lately. Good Brew/

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an slightly hazy, orangey-amber body with thinnish, white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling floral, yeasty aroma with hints of dried fruits and apples.

Taste: An overall sourish taste, with flavors of honey, dried fruits, and cider. Light hops on the finish and a yeasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: You know, if you can't say something nice, don't say it at all!

Time for an update! Not all too much has changed, except there's a more distinct toasty, bready malt character. Still sourish, less cidery and more akin to a non-oaked white wine. Slight score bump overall.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy. Reddish-orange in color with a fluffy ivory head that holds well and leaves some light lace. The aroma is mainly malty with a softly toasty caramel note and a lightly spicy hoppiness, as well as some dark fruitiness (at times I thought of cherry). The body is medium with a somewhat less than moderate carbonation level (very English), giving a nice creaminess in the mouthfeel. The flavor is richly malty with a solid caramel notes and some distinct, piney hops. It's well balanced, giving a see-saw effect that goes from sweet malt to hop flavor & bitterness with each taste. The finish is dryish with a nice hop flavor. Very nicely done. Very drinkable with alot of character. Highly recommended.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a hazy, dark amber color, about the same color as an APWA but a bit darker. It has a thin, off-white head, which fades quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

S: The smell is a dual combination of citrusy hops and roasted malt. Excellent blend!

T: You get the hops taste first with a little bit of bitterness, followed by the roasted malt and sweetness. It’s almost like I’m drinking an APA & a Porter at the same time. A very flavorful and well-balanced beer! The after-taste is sweet, but very mild.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: The beer goes down very nicely and is very tasty, which allows you to throw it back easily. The only thing that diminishes its drinkability is that it may fill you just a bit. However, I could certainly kill a few of these large bottles before I get too hammered and realize that I’m not tasting it anymore.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: ? (most likely a bottle from some friend's cooler)

Pours a slightly hazy bronzed orange with a small whitish head that retains well typically. Nutty aroma, bready, with roasted malts, hints of dark fruit. Caramel malts in the taste, bready, with pine hops coming through, with hints of raisin. Medium body and pretty drinkable. Not something I'd drink casually, but once in a while it's nice.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy orange copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light dark fruit, light pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, pepper, light dark fruit, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Good amount of earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, pepper, light dark fruit, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice maibock style. All around good complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz undated bottle served in a pint glass. A little sediment at bottom of bottle ... added mid-tasting (recommended).

Clear, then cloudy (see above) light amber color; 1+ finger of cream head after a light pour has good retention.

Aroma is mainly citrus hops and some floral and apricot elements.

Tastes a little fruity, but with an excellent sweet/bitter balance. Somewhat weak finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - rather low carbonation, but this seemed OK for the beer.

O- a well-crafted brew, but not as interesting, bold or appealing as a number of other Rogue brews.

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Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber with no freshness date.

Appearance: Deep and lightly hazy amber honey in colour with a wispy white lace.

Smell: Sweetness coming from malt and hops, faint hint of exotic fruit ... mango or star fruit?

Taste: Smooth with a medium body, the smoothness from the carbonation hold together the malty mouth feel very well. Good dose of toasted malts, perhaps some Munich? A little sweetness comes forth also though is quickly cut by a evening hop character of both bitterness and an underlying oily flavour. The finish is pleasant and is reminiscent of crust off of some home made whole grain bread.

Notes: Delicious to say the least ... an all around prize ale brewed here, crafted very well. Great use of hops and malt to come up with a very drinkable brew ... a quaffer's delight.

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
88 out of 100 based on 2,359 ratings.