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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

2,317 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,317
Hads: 6,963
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 264
Gots: 1,355 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-05-2001

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
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Reviews: 2,317 | Hads: 6,963
Photo of brakspear
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmm...a mai-bock brewed with Rogue's mysterious "pac-man" yeast....and throwing you a curve by calling it an ale.... all resulting in a delicious beer no-matter its classification!

The beer pours a dark amber with a very limited white head...the weakest part of this beer is its appearance.

The aroma is a beautiful deep malty aroma...not sweet...toasted instead...with a faint hops spice...very nice.

The taste shines...a rich and deep malty blend of Munich and caramel malts really breaks to the fore, but there is a nice hop balance to the beer. A joy to drink.

The beer has a nice body to it and the alcohol content is hidden, making it dangerous if you think it is a session beer! I just wish it was more readily available in my neck of the woods. (765 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Capital Ale House.

Appearance: Hazy dark copper in color. Minimal head but it left very nice, thick, and distinct rings on the glass.

Smell: Very hoppy indeed. Fruity and flowery. Very nice.

Taste: Less than what I expected. Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer, but something just didn't sit well with me. There was a more balanced flavor of hops and malts than expected. I had anticipated a hop right hook to the taste buds. No such luck.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy. Surprising, given the high IBU of this beer.

Drinkability: I really wasn't constantly ready for another drink with this one. Not a beer that I would actively seek out again. (666 characters)

Photo of jtw5877
4.77/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This stuff is great, pours an orangeish hue with a white head. It tastes like a nutty amber, but it works! no massive hops, yet a subtle transformation of a classic which yields an awesome offspring. Any fan of ales would enjoy this tastey interpretation. (255 characters)

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

Appearance: Slightly hazy rich copper with off white head...
Aroma: Softly sweet malt
Taste: Strong malt slightly sweet at first...leading too nice offsetting slightly bitter hops...nice mix
Mouthfeel great...
Overall I will get some more...not my favorite, but still good (276 characters)

Photo of avylover
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking deep golden brew with a level off-white head that died in a hurry.. Smell is a mix of english and american bitter hops, but I once this tasted a few more flavors kicked in, most notably a very sweet maltiness. Nothing overpowering, just a decent balance of hops & sweet bready malts. Alcohol is totally hidden. Not the best maibock I've head, but pretty good. (372 characters)

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

Amber in color, light tan small bubbly half inch thick head. Very appealing to look at. Smells of light floral hops and yeast. Start and middle are a little bit empty, but ohh the finish is so nice. Good fair amount of hops with a nice dry hop bite. Sip or drink it slow, its quite smooth with a nice hop bite. Drink it fast and watch out, the hop bite bites. Has a light body feel and leaves a dry hop tang in mouth and tongue. Drinkable indeed, this is a nice clean hophead ale for sure. (489 characters)

Photo of nixhecks
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured and amber color topped with a large foamy white head, excellent retention. Not much aroma, a little malty sweetness. Carbonation is low, giving this brew a smooth mouthfeel. Malts dominate the flavor, a little raison notes. Not too bad overall, but not the best Rogue has to offer. Character is a just a little lacking, something that some of Rogue's other brews have that makes them stand out. But hey, when the day of the dead comes, what better than a dead guy. (471 characters)

Photo of Scooter77
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 22oz bomber bottle with the classic “Dead Guy” sitting on a barrel. This is one of my favorite maibocks. Pours a deep amber/bronze color topped off by a medium sized bubbly head. Nose is floral and malty with slight undertones of nuts and fruit. Bitter hops are immediately recognized upon first taste, followed by a sweet fruitiness and malts. Very balanced and easy to drink. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste, very nice. Another great beer from Rogue. (473 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of Denali
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Package: 12 ounce bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Hazy amber with thick off-white head.

Smell: Fruity aroma (citrus and apple) with malt sweetness and slight alcohol presence.

Taste: Mix of malt sweetness and strong hops bitterness tastes up front. Roasted caramel flavor comes in next, along with a hint of fruitiness. Strong hops bitterness and malt sweetness then make their presence known again and follows into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slight carbonation upfront that fades away quickly. Finish is a bit thin. Almost like the flavors go away for a moment but then come back (from the dead) again for the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Wow is this easy to drink. I didn’t realize it was 6.5% ABV until after I finished it. You would never know it.

Comments: Very flavorful brew, extremely easy to drink. The dead finish provides an interesting effect. Thank you Keith (stegmakk) for the bottle. (921 characters)

Photo of Running4beer
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy wheat/honey type color with a small amount of head that thins out and leaves a lacy coat on top. The aroma is not strong at all but you can smell the hops and light malt. There was a slight bitter, malt aftertaste that is not overpowering and completes the initial hop taste. There is a smooth mouth feel to this beer, that makes you want to grab another and another and another. The drinkability is great, this is one of those beers you want on a hot summer night when you're relaxing at home with some friends having a good conversation about beer and life. (573 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Came in the 22 oz "Bomber" with the by now famous "Dead Guy" atop a cask label!
Wow I AM impressed by the look of this beer! The brew is a hazy amber colour, topped by a small , but creamt, off white head, very good !
The aroma of this beer is not overwhelming, but is well balanced with hops and malts to the fore...smells like fresh rain.
Ahhh wonderful taste to this ale! Malty yet not to cloyingly sweet, creamy yet it has bite.Nice taste of honey..and a nice understated hop bitterness at the end.
A very nice feeling in the mouth, its smooth and not too dry of a finish.
This is overall an excellent beer and very drinkable in my opinion. (649 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with Northwest Harrington, Klages, Maier Munich and Carastan malts. Hopped with Perle and Saaz.

16.5 degrees Plato, 30 IBU's, Apparent Attenuation 77.7, 8 Lovibond.

Deep amber in color with a slight chill haze, forming a puffy light beige head with sticky lacing and good retention. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is mildly spicy with floral hops, a distinct caramel note but pleasantly underwhelming, a fruity ferment with those wonderful PacMan esters, and hints of sweet nuts and toasted grains. Mouthfeel is very soft with a medium body..very, very smooth. Taste begins with some mild, fresh floral hops, giving into a delicious delicate bready malt sweetness with hints of sweet nutbreads and caramel. There is a pronounced clover-honey sweetness in the middle. A luxurious, mildly dry finish is that of lingering sweet Munich malts, a slight graininess, perhaps some toasted malt husks, and notes of vanilla and caramel.

Dangerously drinkable...a 12 oz. bottle gives me a pleasant buzz on an empty stomach. Delicious..somewhat of a dessert beer. This reminds me of a sweet real cask ale. At it's prime, this is one of my favorite beers and in my top 20. On tap at the Rogue Ale House, this is just sublime. (1,230 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that first turned me on to microbrews many moons ago; it prompted me to keep looking for Rogue beers. And it's still a treat to this day.

Pours a pretty, sparkling amber color with a not-quite creamy head of about a quarter- to half-inch in thickness. Aroma is of the malt presence in the beer. "Hmm...another overly malt-sweet beer?" Nope. A pleasant sweetness is instantly laid to rest by an equally pleasant hop bitterness that lingers just a bit -- aftertaste of some sort of bitter nut or food...can't quite put my finger on it.

You can drink a truck full of this and still like it. (610 characters)

Photo of Winter
4.82/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another great offering from Rogue. This tasty mai bock was originally created to celebrate the Mayan Day of the Dead or Dia de Muerto on November 2, All Souls Day. Pours a hazy medium orange with a white foamy head. Nice citrusy, buttery aroma with a hoppy floral boquette. Medium-bodied mouthfeel, which is thick and creamy. Smooth front with a crisp textured finish. Sweet and citrusy upfront with a biscuity malt goodness. Flavorful finish from the Saaz hops is just perfect. I picked up a single bottle to sample and now I wish I had grabbed a six-pack. (557 characters)

Photo of Brewzzle
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a curious little beer. It says it is supposed to be a Bock but it reminds me more of a bitter (a good one too).

It is very murky, with a tight but fleeting head. Aroma is sweet, honey like. To taste it is a delight, starts off rich, full bodied and bursting with sweetness. A mix of grain, honey other goodies I can't quite describe. It finishes off with a big hop bitterness and a lingering sweetness. In character I would say it is alot like sweet oat bread.

For some reason this reminds me of an outstanding homebrewed beer, probably the hazy appearance and the rich natural flavours, true craftbrewed excellence. (630 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber copper hue with an off white fluffy billowing head. This beer doesn't have the thickest lace, but what it lacks there it makes up with in taste and aroma. Aroma is a sharp sweetness with notes of caramel and slight apple tartness. The flavor is very complex yet simply amazing in every way, this beer blends the perfect amount of subtle bittering hops with a huge blend of specialty malts. Gotta love the maibock brewed with ale yeast instead of the standard lager yeast for the style. This shows that taking a chance can bring you an awesome product like the one I have the pleasure of sipping on right now. There are hints is a soft chewy mouthfeel that carries a plethora of caramel malt, a ver slight tartness, and the trace of hop character tie this beer together. No loose ends here, one amazing totally solid brew that is so easy to drink. If I see this stuff on tap it is going to be quite a fun night, very good drinkable brew. (964 characters)

Photo of kindestcut
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Dead Guy Ale poured gold and red, like a sunrise on a cloudy morning. The look is slightly cloudy, although it could have been the carbonation obscuring my vision.

I sensed a sweet, malty aroma, though not at all overpowering. I have tried beer with far greater aromas but with a far lesser flavor.

Sweet and bitter, smooth and chewy, it was a dichotomy of the senses, although the hoppiness is pretty subtle. There are no gratuitous flavors.

I really like this beer a lot. I had not had any Rogue products prior to this and I hope all of this live up to Dead Guy's near perfection (IMHO). I think this beer would be great to drink at any time, whether at the bar or with food. (690 characters)

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very reliable brew. The pour was silky smooth with an attractive red orange color with just a tad bit of carbonation and a somewhat unsubstantial white head that formed clingy lace. The smell was a balance of malt and hops but was a little lacking in complexity. The taste was not however. It was full with some citrus flavors and notes of apple and bitter malts. Yet another quality effort from Rogue. (402 characters)

Photo of rabidawg
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Appearance: Golden amber color with a frothy, white head that settles slowly, leaving a nice lace.

Smell: Mostly malt, with a hint of hops creeping through.

Taste: Very soft and smooth, with a big malty intro cut into by generous hops. Finishes fairly dry, and leaves me wanting more.

Pretty dang good . . . I can see it becoming my fallback brew. (374 characters)

Photo of texascarl
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance = Dark amber/gold, slight haze. Creamy tan head, dissipated without a trace. Low to medium carbonation.

Nose = malty sweet, fruity. Jumped out at me as I poured, a sign of excellent things to come

Taste = This is how Bock beer ought to taste. A one-two punch. Malt and plenty of it, just start to taste the sweet of it when POW the hops hit you. Plenty, but not too much hops, luscious short to medium finish. A wonderful brew. More please. (457 characters)

Photo of WaltTrombone
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this beer at one of the local beer distributors. It came in a 22 oz. dark brown bottle with the label painted on. Very classy!

It poured a reddish mahogany hat was a little cloudy. The head was an off-white that disappeared quickly.

The aroma was that of a slightly sweet malt. The predominate flavor is also a sweet malt, with notes of licorice and tangy citrus. As the brew warmed, notes of mild coffee and butterscotch, with a short dry finish.

Pleasant creamy mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable! I'd have this one again...and again...and again. (561 characters)

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

A pretty good brew. Pours a dark orange with a white lace. Nose is sweet, with obvious malt and hops. Initial taste is malt sweetness, but this is quickly followed by hop bitterness that ends with a nutty sweetness. Fairly smooth and medium-bodied. A great ale, and rather warming. I'd have to say I'll come back to this one. (325 characters)

Photo of mzwolinski
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A genuinely delightful beer. Pours sunset orange in color, with a mountainous off-white head that leaves a great lace down the glass (what Rogue beer doesn't?). The aroma is malty sweet with a bit of a honey-like scent and an aroma of tropical fruit. In the mouth the beer is creamy and sweet with a medium full body. The flavor is mostly malty, with some muted fruity flavors, a bread-crust like finish, and some piney and floral hop flavors which lend it a slightly dry finish./ Not terifically complex, but I could drink this all day. (537 characters)

Photo of beernbbq
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I saw the name of this brew on the menu as on draft at my local CT upscale diner, I figured it was a local IPA or Pale Ale of some sort. How pleasantly surprised I was when it arrived at the table and was confused as to what type of beer it was as it did not adhere to either style. When I got home, I punched it in at the beeradvocate website and found it was from Rogue, which I haven't been able to get in any of my local stores here in New England. As far as the beer goes, it did not have the metallic taste I associate with other Rogue products I've had. The malt was a honey-ish variety with the hops being ever present but not overtly spicy. The body was nicely constructed, with the head playing a strong part in the experience all the way to the bottom of the glass. If it wasn't for the fact that I was driving, I could easily have sat there and sampled more. A good beer and one I will try and find to have in the house. (937 characters)

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 2,317 ratings.