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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

2,331 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,331
Hads: 7,067
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 269
Gots: 1,470 | 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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 2,331 | Hads: 7,067
Photo of BethanyB
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: A cloudy, but pretty amber/orange, with a huge and fluffy cream colored head. The only flaw here is the clarity, but for a Maibock, that's an issue.

Smell: A gentle bouquet. An uncharacteristic smell of citrus hops pairs up with caramel malt to create a perfume of mandarin oranges. It's certainly unique. Definitely intriguing. Tells me I'm in for an atypical Maibock.

Taste: Much more to style. The malt is complex and sweet, yet gentle. Buttered biscuits, toast, and a drizzle of caramel. A light bitterness sneaks in. Unfortunately, while it doesn't detract from the beer, neither does it add anything. Some floral hop notes are better at bringing interest.

Mouthfeel: Light and smooth, with little carbonation. A watery quality created more problems than one, as it drowns out the flavor. Here is where the beer falls much too short for my taste.

Overall: With a skeleton logo and a menacing name, it's hard to believe this is going to be an everyday Maibock. And everyday it's not, particularly due to the fruity characteristics. Still, it's bland, even with the notable malt complexity. The watery nature of the mouthfeel makes it even more so. After a while, boredom sets in, as you begin to feel like you're drinking tampered-with tap water.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly cloudy orange/amber with a big fluffy white head. Smells of citrus and floral hops, a bit of a mineral smell as well. Not much going on really in the nose. Taste is a little better with some sweet malts caramel and bread mixed up with some floral hops and that mineral tartness. Sparkling carbonation, sticky mineral-y mouthfeel, medium body. Nothing objectionable here, but really not up to what I consider the norm for Rogue.

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Photo of Drew03cmc
4.86/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Fantastic ale. I have begun to sample more and more ales, but I don't think I need to go farther. This is my top rated beer of all varieties and for good reason. It is a beautiful, aromatic, delicious beverage and I will have another.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, I don't know how many times I've walked past this over the years. Silly me! Pours a clear orange-copper with thin white head - no retention. Smell is wonderful - semi-sweet with malt and bread and citrus. Flavor also has a slight honey sweetness, balanced well with some hop bitterness. Finish has a trace of alcohol, but smooth and again semi-sweet. I must have more...

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Photo of stompilator
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. glass into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep, ambery orange, thin-bodied head.

S - Sweet, wet grain, very light berry aroma.

T - Slight herbal, hoppy spice upfront, with sweet bready notes dominating, settling into a light yeast spice and a wee bit of residual bitterness.

M - Fairly light-bodied, a little bit of carbonation.

O - Not a particularly interesting brew, but very solid, balanced, and refreshing.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Turbid light brown with a tan head.

Smell: Yeasty, bready.

Taste: Malt and yeast up front, slightly sweet, bitter enough for balance. Some alcohol is noticeable towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick and moderately carbonated.

Overall: Very good. Flavorful and balanced.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This being my first Maibock EVA* I will be referring to the Beer Judging Certification Program (and “yes” that is a real thing) style guidelines on what a Maibock should look, smell, taste and feel like... no pressure Rogue, just go about your day knowing that my keenest eye/nose/tongue will also be backed up with actual beer review knowledge instead of the stuff I usually make up along the way. Oh yeah and before you ask “Aaannnother Rogue?!” in that annoying whiny tone as you always do, this will be the last Rogue *checks fridge* I review in a while.

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a Stein.

A: Hazy amber body with a large but reasonably dense 1 inch off-white head on top. BJCP would prefer it clearer, lighter coloured and whiter (for the head that is). 6/10.

S: Honey, caramel malts, hints of butteriness (Diacetyl), bread middle and dark fruit Esters in the background... this is much more Doppelbock than Maibock (aside from the colour). BJCP poo-poos Diacetyl and Esters should be low to none (their words not mine - I actually like this aroma). 8/10.

T: More honey than caramel in the flavour with notes of butterscotch, bready mid-palate, earthy/herbal hops and some light spice notes in the finish, which is slightly dry but with a medium bitterness from the earthy/herbal hops. Quite a clever brew this Dead Guy Ale, with a modicum of bitterness hedging off the overly sweet honeyed aspect. If BJCP were a person I think he/she would like this, though with a disapproving mention that this Maibock isn’t to style. 9/10.

M: Medium bodied with a light but sharp and tingly carbonation. Not bad BJCP, not bad at all. 7/10.

D: Well, I am sold on Maibock’s - the lighter and hoppier version of Doppelbocks. This Rogue happens to be one of the best Rogues I’ve had so far (and I’ve had like 8-9 of their brews now) and the bottle was deceptive because I looked at it and thought “Pfft, glows in the dark, f**k off” but the brew within ist köstlich, to coin a German term. Question is: Does the now anthropomorphised (by me) BJCP like it? “BJCP says: yes” We have a winner! 8/10.

Food match: Schweinebraten with bread roll Knödeln and cabbage salad, a classic Bavarian delicacy.

*Or Extravehicular Activity - as I like to refer to my reviews, but it’s also something astronauts do while they’re in space.

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Photo of mzingie
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer. Sweet eatery malt matches with a nice heavy mouthfeel matches with a heavy dose of pokey and floral hops that stay with you In a very pleasant way. Became one of my favorites on the first sip.

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Photo of ENogueira
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650 ml bottle in goblet glass. Reddish amber appearance, good thin head that lasts a while. Hoppy smell, with a smooth taste of hops and fruit. Very good. Would probably go great with a BBQ steak.

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Photo of m_hall
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Standard pour yields a slightly cloudy (this is bottle conditioned) caramel-colored beer with a light tan head that falls to a film, leaving light lacing.

Aroma is sweetly malty, fresh dark bread, and faint spice notes.

Flavor is sweet up front, very rich caramel and brown sugar notes. toasted bread and pleasantly nutty bitter flavors coming in after, leading a lingering, slightly dry finish, with a bit of old-world style spicy hops at the end.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and oily, with moderate carbonation cutting through a bit. Just substantial enough, without being over-heavy.

This beer is technically a maibock, though it's billed on the label as an ale - and given its body and and rich flavor it would definitely appeal to fans of brown ales and similar styles. A very good, very satisfying beer, good for anytime drinking.

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Photo of RogueCBR
4.79/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my goto beer. Every time. Found it at a local bar that has a beer-of-the-month 2 years ago. I think they kept it on as a regular beer because I kept them sold out.

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Photo of ElHefe2000
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer didn't really wow me for the price I paid for it. Bought soley for trying a different brew. Not great, not horrible, on to my next new brew!

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Photo of founddrama
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great color, but I'm having a tough time placing the flavor. The bottle says hearty and balanced and I'll give it that. Also: I have to ask why they're calling it an ale if it's a maibock. (Aren't those lager yeasts?)

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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Classic malt flavors with a light crisp lager personality. The malt is slightly caramel sweet, with some grainy barley, light nut and even a bit of coffee bean.

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Photo of justingreenwood
2.44/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

The name says it all. Imagine squeezing the fluid from the rotting corpse of a homeless crackhead whose last shower was recorded in the dead sea scrolls. Not something I would drink again.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.62/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: [2.50] Pours a rust brown color and forms a large 2 finger head. The beer is a little hazy looking in the glass. The bottle does not list the ABV or any kind of date. BOO! Terrible.

S: [3.25] I get caramel, spices and breadiness.

T: [2.75] The taste is some kind of spices. They are long and lingering. I keep sipping it wanting more but I only get a little more sweetness.

M: [1.50] The mouthfeel is bad. It has no feeling of carbonation. It feels like water. Normally I rate mouthfeel after taste - but the mouthfeel was so unpleasant I went there first.

O: [2.50] This is very disappointing. The bottle includes no useful information. So this might be a really old bottle - but that is Rogue's fault not mine. Suffer with a bad rating. The mouthfeel was WAY off. It is just like water. No carbonation feeling at all (even with the 2 finger head). Then the taste was poor too. I won't drink this again.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had a pint of this out at the bistro around the corner last April (11 months ago). Took some notes down at that time, but then promptly lost them. Doing some cleaning today before moving next month and ran across them. They jive with my recollection so figured I'd put them in.

Appearance - Amber / copper in color with red hues throughout. 1 Finger of head is poured, leaving only a soapy residue after a few minutes. Crystal clear.

Smell - Butterscotch, slight bit of tropical fruit. Enticing but the nose isn't terribly potent.

Taste - Some bitterness up front with and earthy butterscotch and creamed corn undercurrent. Overall pretty mild, but quite tasty and drinkable.

Mouthfeel - Reasonably well carbonated, leaves a tingling sensation in the mouth. Medium-light bodied.

Overall - Pretty solid across the board, well rounded and definitely would come back to this but for the affordability (and accessibility) in Canada.

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Photo of samshaw
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Medium thick, clear, golden hue with medium offwhite head. Slow stream of small suds rising.

S: Moderate yeast with light hops.

T: Medium yeast dominates the tongue with moderate hops and light malt.

M: Viscous with seltzer-like carbonation.

O: Yeast-heavy beer with a classic flavor and a fair bit of bitterness.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma includes tart but browning apple, toffee, and a little bread. Pours a dense, manilla head and a hazy, light copper body. Full flavored—the malt is toffee/honey-like, lightly sweet and grainy. Slight alcohol and spicy, somewhat bitter hops. Feels a bit light and crisp with not a lot of carbonation.

The malt is pretty well foregrounded with spicy hops and bitterness providing punctuation. Very flavorful though a bit buttery. The alcohol is slight but works well with the spiciness.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance – Deep honey colour with an ample amount of head that is between rocky and shaving foam in consistency. The head is around a finger in height and there is loads of Co2 streaming in the glass the head dies and leaves a decent lace cover that lightly dust the glass as you drink.

Smell – A lot of sweet malt almost caramel like, but some great sour tones from the yeast very, very mild pine hop which leans towards something like the faint waft of a distant spruce forest.
Taste – Pretty hoppy up front more so that I had expected based on the aroma. Malty smells do eventually translate into the taste but it takes a while as the taste develops and the olfactory senses adjust to this interesting brew. The sourness of the yeast comes through well. This beer is a bit of a journey or even a trip in a haunted house at the fayre (In a good way). The hop kicks first then as your buds calm down the malt presents itself, there is a constant under current of yeast and finally the whole experience comes full circle to final hop flourish.
Mouth feel – Very smooth but oddly cloying at first it eventually subsides to something mild and neither dry or cloying but also sadly lacking real punchy linger.
Overall – Pretty dang good and a nice match up with a tasty salad dressed with white wine vinegar dressing this one is a real summer brew and has nice developing flavour that makes it interesting to drink.

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Photo of El_Farto_Magico
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This beer is fairly standard for Rogue. I'm not particularly crazy about it, it comes off somewhat bland, and lacking in any distinguishable characteristics.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured dark cloudy amber. Small head with mild retention and lacing. Tropical fruit aroma. Tropical fruit taste mikd hop at end. Light bodied. Decent beer but not very complex.

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Photo of Mdg222
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Malty and sweet...in saying that there is a slight hop bite and a dry balanced finish. However, it's gently hopped to cut the sweetness, a great overall beer.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy brownish orange in color. Poured with almost no head. Might be my fault.

Smell: A lot of yeast and bread is present with some sweet fruity notes.

Taste: A lot of bread up front mixed with some fruits. Maybe like a fruitcake? Very malty finish.

Feel: Light enough to be refreshing, but not so light it's dull and watery. Has a nice texture.

Overall: Always a good choice when there are no other good choices. If that makes sense.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in February 2015.

Appearance: Deep amber, with nice thick and light colored head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a nice balance of hops bitterness in the aroma. There is some sweet malty aroma, which balances the hops for a nice aroma, but the hops dominate.

Taste: A nice mix of hops, malts, and herbs in the flavor, that make for an interesting and complex ale, but with a little bit of sweetness. There is a nice after-taste, that lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is an good and complex lager.

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
88 out of 100 based on 2,331 ratings.