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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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very good

5,813 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,813
Reviews: 2,255
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 139
Gots: 392 | FT: 0
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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 depechemode1983


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark amber color. The head is off-white and has decent retention. There is a single ring of lacing on the top of the glass and becomes patchy further down. Looks pretty good. Nose is mostly malty up front but has a nice floral hops balance. I get cajeta, a slight hops bitterness and a touch of honey. The taste is very earthy and floral. Still getting some honey. Bitter hops shine through in the middle and the taste ends with a light coffee,caramel flavor. The mouth feel is soft, medium in body and the carbonation is on the high side. All in all not bad. This is one of the beers that kick off my love for craft beer. I don't drink it as often because of the price tag. 12.99 a six pack. I swear i used to be able to get this beer for under 10 dollars.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 17:59:38 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of atr2605

New York

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a soft orange/brown color with a white head
S-sweet malt and a little spiciness
T-a little of the citrus mixed with almost a honey flavor and sweet malt. Hop bitterness comes into the mix to provide a little earthy flavor that the woody smell in the aroma. extremely well balanced.
M-light-medium bodied
O- a really nice drinkable beer. Has enough different flavors going to make it a beer that you can continue to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 01:56:51 | More by atr2605
Photo of Bucknutty24


4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a nice hazey copper with a thin white head. I has a real good fruity smell and after taste. It's a light to medium feel and very drinkable. Before I knew it the sixer was gone and I was left wanting more. Have to say this may be one of my favorite beers. I'm confused as to why it's listed as a Maibock/Hells Bock and the bottle says it's an Ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 17:54:12 | More by Bucknutty24
Photo of rvdoorn


3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a hazy amber-copper color with almost no head.
Smell: Malts, caramel, nuts, honey and spicy hops.
Taste: Malts, something herbal, nutty, honey and hops in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium bodied
Overall: Nice brew, very drinkable although quite sweet.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 13:22:18 | More by rvdoorn
Photo of huhl23


3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit I'm a bit confused by the style. Is it really a maibock? If so, why do they call it an ale? Keep these questions in mind as you consider this review. First off, it's got a great look: honey to almost-amber hue, with a nice white foamy head. The smell is confusing to me, though, with aromas of honey and tropical fruit but, IMO, too much hop fragrance (for a maibock). Same with the taste: a nice malty sweetness hits your tongue, but gives way to a rather bitter, typical Rogue hop finish. Don't get me wrong, I love hops as much as the next guy (and maybe even more than some), but I didn't think they really fit here.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 14:12:33 | More by huhl23
Photo of Groomsy


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

12 oz. bottle bought as a single for $2.29. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Deep honey-colored amber body, very cloudy. Topped by a pillowy two-finger ivory head, slowly dwindling to a full cap of foam, that leaves behind fading rings of lacing on the glass. Some lively carbonation is visible through the body, even through the cloudy body.

Aroma: Very nice. Definitely some caramel/toffee notes from the malt, but adequately balanced by crisp and spicy hops - also picking up some dark fruit and ever-so-slight pine resin. A well-balanced beer in the nose, hoping it follows through in the flavor.

Taste: Oh yeah. Tasty and refreshing. I'm hit with a burst of some toasted malt/grain on the front of the palate as well as caramel, followed by some crisp and lively spicy/floral hop flavors. The finish has a lot going on: Some pine bitterness is there, but rounds out with biscuit flavors, and it finishes very clean. A well-balanced brew, very drinkable and enjoyable. Nice mix of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Very full, but medium-bodied. Refreshing and not heavy at all. Crisp and dry finish when some lingering grassy bitterness. Well-carbonated body.

Overall: Wasn't sure to expect here, but this is a very satisfying and drinkable brew. Not sure if I would shell out for a six pack, but I enjoyed this for what it was. Worth a try at least once for everyone.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 02:38:39 | More by Groomsy
Photo of kflorence


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

A: Pours a translucent amber in color with tints of orange and honey. A fair amount of white, frothy foam sits atop for quite some time and leaves lacing around the glass as you drink. Carbonation levels look to be perfect. Really like the color of this one, especially when held up to the light.

S: Smells very predominantly of sweet malts (think: brown sugar, caramel and candi sugar) and also a bit of fruit... apricot and grape, mostly. Slightly floral, but rather subtle. There might be some nuttiness in there, too. An enjoyable aroma, to be sure.

T: Very balanced malt and hop presence. The malts strike first with a sweet, toasted, nutty flavor and a bit of molasses. The hops come in the mix shortly thereafter with a bitter, citrus twang, along with a bit of apricot and grape, as in the nose. Finishes crisp, dry and bitter, with a lingering combination of sweet, toasty malts and bitter, citrus hops on the tongue.

M: This is medium bodied with ample carbonation and a good amount of chewiness for the style. Feels great on the tongue, goes down smooth and easy and is highly drinkable.

O: All of the Rogue ales seem to share a similar malt profile and I must admit that it's one of my favorites. This brew is truly a classic and, as others have mentioned, for a Maibock to be a brewery's flagship ale is pretty impressive. This one in particular packs a good malt/hop balance and comes off quite quaffable. This is definitely a "mood" beer, and when I'm in the mood for the style, this one always comes through. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 00:18:21 | More by kflorence
Photo of jgurley


3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mellow Mushroom, PCB. Clear amber with a thin head and decent lace. Smell is malt, caramel and yeasty grapey. taste is dry and malty with a bit of hop bitterness on the back end. Very nice, refreshing and drinkable. Good beer for pizza. Good carbonation and a light, highly drinkable mouth. Clean on the finish. Overall very good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 22:58:31 | More by jgurley
Photo of ToasterChef


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

A real classic in my opinion. Amber/copper color, brown sugar and hoppy aroma. Nuttiness to the flavor that I don't find in many other beers. Something sweet is tasted as well. It's not quite moleasses but it is close. Easy drinking and fun as well. Plus, you've got to love a flagship beer that's a maibock. I feel like this one of those beers everyone should try once, like SN pale or #9. If you've never tried Dead Guy, give it a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 17:31:13 | More by ToasterChef
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

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

On tap at the Village Draft House in Raleigh

Arrived a copper brown with a thin lacing of head. Nose is of sweet malts. Taste is apples and caramel with a mild hop bite in the finish with a hint of alcohol. A few sips even seem to taste similar to a candy apple. medium bodied and warm.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2011 09:22:57 | More by tdm168
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 1/8" white head which stayed over red amber liquid that had good clarity.

S: Malt, yeast and floral hops are what stand out.

T: The taste is rather bitter, but is combined with malt and hops.

M: A high level of fine carbonation.

O: A good bitter ale which I thought could be better if the aftertaste was toned down.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 02:26:38 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of Bartinator


3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer I've had several times, thought it would be good to review. The beer poured a mild amber into my pint glass, lots of bubbling throughout with a one-finger head. The smell was slightly sweet, nice and malty. Very easy on the mouth, tasted lighter than I remembered. Had a very clean flavor and there was a sweetness I couldn't place, maybe just the malts pronouncing. Overall a very drinkable, starting point beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 06:47:03 | More by Bartinator
Photo of robbrandes


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

one of my first micro (at the time) loves. pours slightly cloudy amber, good head, sticks around for most of the glass with moderate lacing. nose is understated, but a nice blend of sweetness, a touch of hops and that unmistakable hint of pac-man fruitiness.

impossibly easy-drinking, sessionable beer. great balance of malt with some back-end tartness from the pac-man. feels sweet initially, but the hops dry it out nicely.

always enjoy revisting an Oregon winner.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 06:29:19 | More by robbrandes
Photo of BarryMFBurton


3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There’s a lot of controversy surrounding Rogue. Are they a good company? Do they take advantage of people? Are the owners honest? Is their product competitively priced, or are they “signaling” to make their beers seem better than they are? I have never seen a craft brewery that has been bombarded with so many criticisms. To be honest, the Rogue beers I’ve had have been pretty good so far, so I don’t really want to get tangled up in the rumor mill. If the beer is good enough to be worth the money you pay, say no more. I love craft beer because of the community it creates, and for all of the brewery success stories that show how far drive and innovation can get you. If I wanted to discuss politics, I wouldn’t be spending so much time on BeerAdvocate! That’s my take, at least.

So here’s to good beer; may taste never be overlooked for reasons of business or politics.

A: This one pours nice and rich. The head looks like a wonderful, off-white dollop of cream, and the lacing it leaves is just excellent. There’s not an enormous amount of shine in the light golden-orange body, as a slight haze comes across it. Pretty nice after the first pour, but the bad thing is that there’s not a lot of residual bubbling going on in the glass. This causes the head to minimize to just a few spots of white on top of the body. Good character overall, though.

S: Mild and pleasant here. Fruits are first and foremost, with fresh peach and sugary blackberry jam notes that hover constantly throughout. Some other malts beneath present a thin, wheaty undertone to the rest of the scents, although it sometimes gives off an artificial smell of cheap malts. It’s finished out by some syrupy toffee and molasses notes, enhancing this nose’s one word description of “sweet.”

T: Fortunately for a hophead like myself, there’s a small bitter kick first off. They fade almost instantaneously, though, making way quickly for a big malty push. Amongst those flavors are caramel and a leafy earthiness, with a tiny hint of indistinguishable fruit on the end. That’s not all, though; the cheap malts show up again, but in a much bigger way. Within an instant of those tastes swelling up, the quality of the drinking experience just plummets. The “did I really pay $5.00+ for this bottle?” thoughts start to spring up, too, leading me down a slippery slope of irritation. The aftertaste doesn’t help, either, since its main component are the chemical tastes and stale mustiness of said malts. This palate screams "not worth the money," and I'm not sure I'd really want to try it again.

M: Pretty good in this area, though. This is a brew that feels relatively full, even without a lot of carbonation. Not perfect, but good.

O: I can see where people are coming from when they say that Rogue isn’t worth the price they charge. I wouldn’t pay for a bottle of this stuff again, especially considering what I paid for just a small bottle. And, while I’ll keep trying their stouts and darker creations, I don’t think I’ll be working too hard to get any of their lighter stuff. It’s strange to see such a line in a brewer’s abilities, but I guess not everyone can make a mind-blowing light, lager-style ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 20:37:39 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of Knapp85


3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2011 14:49:33 | More by Knapp85
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 1" egg cream colored head. Interesting hazy nectarine colored body. Smells like a BMC lager along with malt. Taste has some sweet malts and a fairly bitter finish. Body is thicker than average, coming off more like a rich tripel. Basically, for the American tastes of clear easy drinking beer this is a step up across the board yet still enjoyable by all, craft drinkers or BMC drinkers alike.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 02:03:47 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of renegadeburger

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i think i can say this is the very first beer that really got me on to the whole good beer scene

i had this beer on tap over at Iron Monkey in Jersey City, it had poured and presented itself with nice white dense head on it

the aroma was really great it had fresh bread and sweet malt in it not a lot of hops but this one definetly had a nice clean character to it

the taste was really awesome, so drinkable for such a unique style of beer

the mouthfeel was super slick, really had texture without being chewy

overall i think this beer is really awesome, i also wonder why i don't see it as much any more about 3-4 years ago i used to see it all the time, now its more rare, either way its going to be one of my go-to beers as its really just a very well put together brew

i love rogue beers in general but this one is one of my favorites

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 20:29:02 | More by renegadeburger
Photo of DCon


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

Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle @ Fox n Hound Pub and Grille in Chesterfield, MO for $5. Poured from one of the coolest looking bottles into a Standard Pint Glass and had no sign of a Freshness Date on the Bottle (rarely from Rogue).

Aroma- Starts off light toasty with a sweet caramel malty aroma. No hop aroma or anything else. Just sweet.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head with decent retention. Amber color body and leaves a small amount of lace.

Flavor- Starts with good pale malts and then a touch of caramel. Not sure it is even a caramel taste but sweet. Ends with grain and a light amount of hop.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and Leaves Malt/Grain on the palate.

Overall Impression- This is my second time having this ale and I have to say, the second time was much better! I'm not sure if I had a bad batch/bottle or it was overdue, but man, this is fantastic! Great balance of grain/malt and very drinkable. With the label alone, this beer is easy to buy but knowing that theres a good beer inside, even better!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 03:45:16 | More by DCon
Photo of Ryanm1


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

This was poured from a bottle into a glass. A lot of head appeared a the top and it was a bit foamy. Beer was a nice clear amber color. The smell was sweet with a hint of nuts, maybe hazel nuts. A tad on the strong side registering at 6.5%.

It has a good mouthfeel, a little buttery and carmely with a very sweet finish. Also a little bit hoppy. Overall a great beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 02:28:59 | More by Ryanm1
Photo of MattyG85


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big off white three finger head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: Big aroma of sweet caramel malts with hints of orange and other citrus fruits from a light hop presence. Some biscuit as well.

Taste: Big taste of toasted caramel malts with a fair amount of apple and orange. Mild hop bitterness towards the end. Also a slight hint of honey and spice. Malts dominate the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

Overall: A very solid bock that packs a good malty punch.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 06:08:51 | More by MattyG85
Photo of chodinheaven


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

Cloudy dark yellow colored beer with a small and white sea foam head. The aroma is light and citrusy, with a small wheat-like maltiness. Nothing that really grabs you, but pleasant.

A nice little citrus hop bite in the taste, balanced out effortlessly by a wheat malt that is both light and refreshing. A fruity apricot-like taste is notable as well, helping in the balance. The alcohol pokes its head through slightly as it warms up, but it isn't distracting at all. A crisply dry finish marks the mouthfeel, making feel of this beer refreshing and incredibly easy to drink.

No off-flavors and the overall drinkability make this a solid beer choice. There's definitely a reason they sell a lot of this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 03:36:03 | More by chodinheaven
Photo of doughanson78


3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Maibock/Helles Bock. 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Nice slightly dark amber color. Orange tint. Fluffy one finger, off white head. Decent carbonation. Decent lacing.

S: Very light aroma. Getting a little nuttiness. Some grains or wheat. Very light caramel. Small hint of apples. Very light hop scent.

T: Caramel right at first. Honey. Little toasted malts mixed with light apples. Very light citrusy hop bitterness at the end mixed with a slight peppery flavor.

M: Medium bodied. Decent coating in the mouth. Leaves a kind of dryness in the back of your throat that feels scratchy. Not a dry finish tho.

O: Good beer. The smell could use a lot of work. And the scratchiness in my throat? Like something got stuck there. Will have to give others in this style a shot.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 06:17:07 | More by doughanson78
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

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

Beautiful clear amber beer with respectable head and lacing, followed by a pleasantly creamy mouthfeel.

Bready and sweet aroma, nicely caramelized. Well balanced Maibock taste, from yeast to pleasant bitter finish underlying the boozy sweetness.

Not my favourite beer style, but I think this is a decent American version of it.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 03:07:04 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of surprenant1138


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

Pours a light burnt amber color with small amount of creamy tan head. Slow sticky lacing noticed. Aroma is of some hops, caramel, roasted nuts, and a bit of yeast. Taste is of caramel, walnuts, some yeast, light on the hops. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy and fair with carbonation. Overall a good, fairly light ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 18:04:06 | More by surprenant1138
Photo of Ardon

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a cloudy amber with a thin lacy head, doesn't maintain the head very long however it is being served at a very low temperature (I don't care, I like COLD beer).

Sweet floral malt, mild burnt brown sugar mixed with charcoal aromas.

Nutty flavours, walnut, mild brown sugar, peaty, sweet. Light hops, just enough (maybe not quite enough) for balance.

Smooth, soft and medium bodied. A touch of heat lingers in the finish from the alcohol (something I notice in just about every maibock)

Overall, quite enjoyable, tasty brew. For how much I have to pay for it here in Ontario, don't know if I'd run for it. But tasty nontheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 01:07:48 | More by Ardon
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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