1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

Not Rated.
Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

5,774 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,774
Reviews: 2,253
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 139
Gots: 379 | FT: 0
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Dead Guy Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,774 | Reviews: 2,253 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of MaltsOfGlory


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice one finger head, looks like an IPA to me, very orange and hazy, not hazy like a Belgian wheat though. Looks decent, head is fading quickly though. Smells hoppy in the front end, with a slight malt note in the back end. Maybe a slight fruit or citrus note hidden in there somewhere too. Wow, taste is very smooth, probably the smoothest hoppy beer I have ever had, granted it's not as hoppy as some beers, but still. Pretty simple beer all together though, at first you just get that smooth feel and then come the hops and malts, if there is any fruit or citrus, it is almost undetectable in the taste. Pretty good beer all together, nothing outstanding, but pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 01:41:36 | More by MaltsOfGlory
Photo of USAF


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

Second time I've had this beer. It has a great flavor and is very easy to drink. nice pour, nice head, and not too bitter. The taste is very unique, ive never had a beer with flavor characteristics like the Rouge Dead Guy Ale. GO get some..


Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 21:57:49 | More by USAF
Photo of Satchboogie

New Hampshire

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

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass:
This was the very first beer/craft beer I bought and it's time to return and review.

A: Pours orange amber, very hazy and opaque, 1 finger off-white foamy head that sticks around for a little while. Leaves just a little lacing.

S: A little musty fruitiness (peach) on the nose, light floral hop in the background, slightly dark grains that seem almost like a sweet bread.

T: The saaz hops are in the forefront and give it a pilsner like flavor, but the with more depth. The malt character is quite good for the style, it has just a little sweetness and light fruitiness, while having a clean golden grain backbone. The malt is quite earthy, reminds me of the sprucy grain in Santa's Private Reserve. I like the use of ale yeast, I think it gives the beer a better background character. Finish is a little sticky with a clean saaz hop lingering flavor.

M: Low carbonation, medium body, a little chewy and sticky. I'd prefer more carbonation, crispness, and viscosity.

D: I found this drank fairly easily, it's just about standard ABV with a light body and nothing overpowering. I do think a little more carbonation would help make it more crisp and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 04:10:54 | More by Satchboogie
Photo of DmanGTR


3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Cloudy/hazy burnt tangerine with a decent 1.5" white head. Diminished to a thick ring with spotty lace. Prominent whiff of alcohol and very little else to back it up. Hint of citrus and grass, maybe some cereal grains in there somewhere. The flavor is a little better, with a healthy blend of honey and caramel followed by delicate touch of grapefruit. Herbal and grassy finish. There's a huge turnoff here... why is my bottle of Dead Guy metallic tasting? Metallic finish kind of kills the 4.0 I was gonna give it... Hearty and almost "meaty" texture. Nicely carbonated and quite smooth. Almost thick to the point where it coats the palate but actually gives a very balanced body between sweet and dry. Was going to give better drinkability, but this metallic flavor is getting on my nerves.... along with the crazy alcoholic nose. Gah...

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 02:01:27 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of rundocrun


3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very coppery orange color (interesting). Very little head and what does form fades quickly.

N - Nice spicy, hoppy notes. Some bready malt aroma wafting up too.

T - Honestly, I have no idea what a true Maibock is supposed to taste like as this is the first one I've ever had. Nice clean hoppy flavors up front that immediately hits the sides of the tongue with an uber-sweet malty body that lasts all the way to the end. Also some residual bitterness riding out to the end.Downside is the sweetness can get a little cloying - but maybe that's the true nature of a Maibock?

M - Not watery, but not chewy. The sweet maltiness detected in the taste definitely carries over in to the body of the beer.

D - Quite drinkable, I thought. Only deterrent is the aforementioned sweetness that has a tendency to override the palate-cleansing hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 05:42:15 | More by rundocrun
Photo of kalkavekkian


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

Grabbed a bottle of this with my perch dinner last week and took a few notes.
A= Beer was a light cloudy orange with very little head and no lacing to speak of.
S= Smelled lightly of fruit and faint hops.
T= Taste was nice and evenly smooth with malts and hops well balanced.
M= Felt good on the palate with a nice bitterness at the finish.
D= This is a very drinkable beer with a decent abv and well balanced flavor that i will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 00:45:51 | More by kalkavekkian
Photo of HOPPYKC


4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this poured into a pint glass off tap from Yardhouse in Kansas city ks. Had a very small amount of head that was light tan to white. The color is bright orange to a light copper in color with a little visible carbonation and clear to see through.

The smell is hard to recognize at first light hops and a bit of a bready taste. It's has a very strong fruity and complex spiced flavor to it. The taste followes right along with the smell but I get a bit more of the fruit.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are pretty great. A little think on the mouth feel but a great drinkability. My first from Rogue but not my last. A good choice.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2011 22:44:39 | More by HOPPYKC
Photo of Neecee513

New York

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

Poured: bottle into a pint glass

A: slight head, slightly cloudy, amber color

S: fruity, peachy, floral

T: low hop bitterness, pleasant taste, yet I cannot pinpoint the exact taste I experience

M: medium body, moderate carbonation

D: Very pleasant and drinkable beer, enjoyed very much!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 01:37:31 | More by Neecee513
Photo of mdunman


4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden brown with a thin head that didn't stay very long at all.

S: Spices all over. Roasted malt and hops balance well.

T: Roasted malt and spices tingle through the tongue, like a mild Fat Tire. Finished with more dryness than Fat Tire as the hops really stood out at the end.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation that was fairly smooth going down.

Overall I liked this beer a lot. As I said in the taste, it reminds me of a mild Fat Tire. It has plenty of spices and flavor without overwhelming the natural malt and hops.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2011 05:29:07 | More by mdunman
Photo of bboelens


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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A-Like the sun, not the bright yellow we percive, but like the actual sun, orange with streaks of yellow and amber flying all around it. Beautiful bubbles cascade to the top of a foamy medium size white head, which dissipates rather quickly but leaves excellent lacing

S-Blended malt and hop smell with slight sugary smell

T-Along the same lines as the smell, but with a bit more hop flavoring, along with caramel and the definite added presence of citrus (how did I miss that in the nose)

M-Crisp, clean, medium carbonation, no hop sting at all, relatively light feel for a 6.5%

D-I honestly have never heard of a Mailbock but I'd be certainly willing to try another if this beer is a standard example of one. A fantastic beer that is great for all points in the day.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 05:41:08 | More by bboelens
Photo of happy4hoppybeer


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

A=Golden-orange with medium white head that fades in minutes, leaving minimal thin lacing.

S&T=Malty, with some bread/grains, some sweetness.

M=Medium-bodied, with average carbonation.

A good solid brew,very drinkable. This is my first of the Maibock/Helles Bock style, so I don't know much about the style yet until I've had others. So I'm rating this a good, solid session beer. I love almost any West Coast brew.

Good stuff. Can always have more than a few.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 16:30:57 | More by happy4hoppybeer
Photo of MadCat

New Jersey

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

Appearance: Nice amber color, poured with a 1 finger head, but no head retention.

Smell: A pleasant, sweet, malty aroma

Taste: Balanced malty taste, with one big flavor that I can't put my finger on, but is quite enjoyable. If drank from a bottle, that flavor overwhelms the palate and kills the taste, so this is a good example of why you should always pour.

Mouthfeel: Pretty standard, normal carbonation level

Drinkability: Very good, not perfect as the flavors will get overwhelming if too much is drank.

Overall, an excellent beer, wish I had tried it sooner.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 02:16:45 | More by MadCat
Photo of TexIndy


4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No bottling or date info. It was a slightly hazy honey color with good amount of carb streams. It had a small, fizzy head that quickly settled into nothing. With the amount of carb streams, I would have expected a better head and at least a good sized collar. Weird.

The aroma was sweet fruit, toasted caramel malts, some spice from the yeast and hops. Good for the style. The taste follows the aroma and starts off sweet with some spice coming soon after and then ending with a moderately bitter finish. Good build from sweet to bitter without overdoing it at the end. Mouthfeel was medium with good carb level and good aftertaste.

Overall, a really good maibock. I'd have this years ago when I first got into craft beers and hated it. Glad I tried it again as I liked it much, much better this time around. Recommend especially if you want to try the style. Avail here in TX. Rotation - while it was good, I'm in a long term hop phase so don't see being a 6 pack or bomber but maybe the occasional single or tap. [O;O]

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 00:41:15 | More by TexIndy
Photo of patreely12


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

A - a cloudy orange amber. reminds me of blue moon. noticeable carbonation. thin orange tinted tan head dissipates to a almost nothing.

S - first thing I smell is fruit notes (raspberry and orange?) and hops. the fruity smell is dominant though.

T/M - tastes very much like the nose except none of the raspberry. you can definitely taste the citrus from the orange. good bit of hops but nothing too bitter. light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. finishes off clean, not too much of a bite.

D - possibly sessionable at 6.5% ABV. didn't really know what to expect out of this beer, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 05:57:47 | More by patreely12
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 SteveoNY

New York

5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

P - 22 oz bottle 2 color printed, no freshness date.

A - golden honey color with creamy light tan head, sticky to runny lacing.

S - nectar like sweetness.

T - very sweet at first, followed by light hop bitterness. excellent overall flavor.

M - moderately carbonated, smooth and slightly creamy.

D - keep em coming. enjoy

Notes - My first Maibock, interestingly called an Ale yet classed under a German lager....

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 04:41:10 | More by SteveoNY
Photo of BrunnerG


3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kept seeing tall boys of this one, ran across a six pack today and picked it up.

pours a transparent tan, highly carbonated. 1 finger head, tan and creamy and clings to the glass. holds it well.

the smell is pleasant, but not strong or particularly remarkable.

taste is great, not too bitter. slightly heavy for an ale. virtually no bitter aftertaste.

I like it a lot, but it does have a rather hefty price tag on this side of the states

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 23:01:19 | More by BrunnerG
Photo of dhowe


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

A - Interesting, soft appearance, tan-ish creamy foamy head. 4.5

S - Complex yeasty aroma 4.0

T - Very nice taste, right from the start you get the idea this is a better tan average beer. 4.5

M - Soft mouthfeel. 4.0

D - Enjoyed drinking it but wouldnt consider it a beer to drink in numbers. 3.5

side note: Cap had some kind of plastic insert that would keep beer from touching metal cap and also better seal beer for carbonation. Was very impressed with this feature.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 03:43:23 | More by dhowe
Photo of BB1313


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

Finally decided to review this one. I definitely credit Dead Guy for helping me get into craft beer. I simply loved this beer, and still do. Pours a nice golden/brown with amazing white fluffy head and decent lacing. Rogue has some great looking heads on their beers. Dead Guy has a unique aroma, it may be from the pacman yeast. It's very bready/doughy with subtle hops shining through. Taste is unique as well, which I'll credit to the yeast; slightly sweet. Medium-bodied w/ the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good, easy to drink a couple.. it's hard to stop because it tastes so good.

This is a classic craft beer.. the definition of a flagship brew, IMO. Everyone who's everyone that's into the craft scene must try this at least once.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 20:39:20 | More by BB1313
Photo of pocwolf


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

I get this on tap every time I go to my local pub. It is a great beer. The aroma is all malt with a slight amount of hops in the background. It is a very tasty brew whether it is hot or cold out. Very smooth but full feeling. I could drink this all night.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2010 02:39:47 | More by pocwolf
Photo of pharmer


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

A: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pilsener glass. On off-white one finger head forms atop an orangish brown beer. The head fades to a thin ring which persists throughout.

S: Fruity, estery, and doughy. Very little hop presence.

T: Fruity as well, I can taste the alcohol here and also finishes with a delicate yet enjoyable hop bitterness.

M: Not impressed with the mouthfeel here. Kind of thin with not much noteworthy to say about it.

D: This beer is highly drinkable and is one that I will drink again. Not one of my all time favorites though.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 02:36:36 | More by pharmer
Photo of DrinkingDrake


4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brownish/Tan/Mahogany with some a great foamy 2 finger head.

Smells of massive malts. Toasted/Toffee/Nutty with some slightly sticky/earthy hops.

Sweet and Malt dominated. The body has a deep malt complexity with some piney hops stuck right in there. There is just the right amount of bitterness to take over for the deep malt texture.

This drinks very well for the amount of grains you are getting. I usually grab a couple of these on tap at this local English style pub.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2010 01:06:54 | More by DrinkingDrake
Photo of dutchlq7

New York

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

220z. bottle into tulip glass

Appearance-Amber/Deep Orange in color, off white head which quickly becomes a thin ring.

Smell-Sweet/caramel malt flavor and a fruity yeast smell, cant really detect any hops right away.

Taste-A nice crisp sweet malt flavor balanced by light hops, and the fruity yeast is there at the beginning and end

Mouthfeel-Very light a bit watery but not in a bad way, makes this ale very drinkable. perfectly carbonated.

Drinkability-Really good ale, could probably do this one all day.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 22:50:25 | More by dutchlq7
Photo of confer


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

I was reviewer number 2000. From a 22 ounce bottle. This was my first taste from a bottle but I have had it before on-tap.
The color is orange with a tan head. Fairly light in color for a bock. There really isn't much of a smell, just a little sweet candy smell.
The taste starts with the sweet malts and finishes with small hop bite that leaves a nice aftertaste. A very good beer. Definitely a beer that will be looked for again.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 02:37:57 | More by confer
Photo of Morey


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

This ale pours copper-orange in color and is quite hazy in appearance. Two finger off-white head has settled to a thin lace after just a few minutes. Pretty good head retention.

The aroma is similar to that of an English style bitter. Nice blend of hops and malts in the nose. Slightly earthy.

Taste is more of the same. This beer is a cross between a Maibock and a Bitter in my opinion. Sharp bitterness up front followed by a rush of thick bready malt.

Medium to almost full bodied mouthfeel.

I could drink a few of these before I was ready to switch things up.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not my favorite style, but this is definitely a good representation. I don't ever buy this beer, but this was a gift, and one that I was happy to receive.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 01:14:47 | More by Morey
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 5,774 ratings.