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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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very good

5,696 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,696
Reviews: 2,251
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 135
Gots: 353 | 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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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. A cloudy golden color, thick and fizzy with slight head. Smell is sweet and malty with strong hints of honey and raisins. Taste is clean and balanced, tending towards sweet up front with more raisins and sugar. Finishes slightly hoppy. Extremely easy to drink.

A solid session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 01:50:50 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of DesMoinesMike


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this under the "Yelloswtone Ale" label at a grocery store in West Yellowstone, MT, which is just outside the park's west entrance. I was slightly disappointed to find out it wasn't a special brew, but I enjoyed it none the less.

It's a medium copper color with an ample amount of carbonation. There's a very smooth malty aroma with some sweetness to it. Taste-wise I was very impressed with the malt/caramel combination that had only a slight amount of bitterness to it that discipated into a mouth-watering goodness.

I'm definately getting this one again!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 16:21:48 | More by DesMoinesMike
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Manitoba (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle poured into a tulip June 4th.

A: A nice orange brown beer which is slightly cloudy with a rich whitish head which left nice lacing.

S: Spicy hops on the nose, perhaps something noble? Not sure, but nice. Sweet malt is also prevalent.

T: A balanced body with a thick sweetness. A light spicy hop bitterness is within the beer providing the balance to the strong body.

M - Thick & sweet. Finished well.

D - Enjoyable and quaffable but the sweetness makes it difficult for more than a couple...

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 23:08:07 | More by kjyost
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4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer I frequently come back to, and here is why:

A: A pretty, copper, and slightly clouded pour with a very nice head. This really does look pretty tasty in the glass. I would generally expect paler from a Maibock, but for this review I'm not judging quite as much by style. Explanation for that below.

S: Yep, those are noble hops, done right. The hoppy aroma is not the pine or citrus you generally get with american craft beer from the region. This has some spice on the nose. Some grass and a little clove also.

T: Ok, so we have a pretty clean taste here. The grain bill is probably a little off for maibock, but good. And once again, I'm not marking it down for that. Very noticeable hop character. Especially hoppy lager that lends its bitterness well. Oh, and there are some toasty notes that bring it together.

M: Clean, and though it's a little heavy for this sort of lager, it's still light enough to be well within range. Well done, definitely.

D: Drinkable, but not hugely so. It's not so refreshing you want to sit all may outside with a sandwich and a dead guy (beer). But it's often my first order at the local bar after a bike ride.

This has some peculiarities for the style, as far as I can tell, but I generally dismiss them. I can't get a straight answer from anybody if this is lagered like a traditional helles bock, or just an ale approximation. The taste is ambiguous there too, but I've tried to see if my palate would guide me. I'll leave it at they should keep doing what they're doing. If it's not a German Maibock, lets say it's an American Maibock. I'd like to see some brewers do as well in an approximation of styles like this. Bring on the American Maibocks.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2010 18:32:56 | More by philosobeer
Photo of boss302


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Tap
First, this beer claims to be a Maibock in style (a lager) but uses ale yeast and to me tastes like an ale.

A This is a brown amber beer, not clear. A nice fine bubble head that stuck around the whole glass.

S Not much hop aroma. A little malt and there ia a little piney aroma.

T Smooth malty taste with good hop balance. No over the top lingeing aftertaste.

M Medium body, a little alcohol warmth. A very well balanced beer. Carb and hop bite die quickly. A really good ale.

O. This is a good beer for folks that like real beer. The lack of clarity will frighten the cereal brew fans, but they would be missing a fine example of beer brewed the way it was intended; full flavored and hearty.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2010 01:34:36 | More by boss302
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4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque, warm orange/tan color

Smell: Nicely sweet -- smells like there will be a tang, which makes my mouth water. Slight fruit aroma (perhaps citrus with other sweet fruit scents).

Taste: Follows through on the nice aroma. Sweet for sure, but not overpoweringly so. Very well balanced between sweet and bitter. Has nice fruity notes like raisin. Aftertaste doesn't leave you reeling from bitterness. Finishes very clean on that raisiny/ruity taste. Overall, a rich flavor that's a standout.

Drinkability: It's got just a bit of tang, which I'm a sucker for. It's also got a clean aftertaste that keeps me coming back for more. Only downside may be that it's a bit strong/alcoholic.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 13:29:35 | More by ScottyC
Photo of appenzeller


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

A: Thick three finger fluffy white head. Deep copper color, opaque. Some lacing.

S: Muted, sweet malty smell with subtle hint spice

T: Malts taste of toasted bread and honey, quite sweet but appealing, slightly spiced finish lingering on palate.

M: Good body with silky smooth consistency, highly drinkable for a high ABV maibock.

Beautifully crafted maibock, too sweet and malty for my taste but fits the style. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 07:03:28 | More by appenzeller
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United Kingdom (England)

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

Poured into a dead guy branded glass, just for good measure. Possibly sacrificed the aroma a little here, but a fairly aggressive pour produced a good 1 1/2 finger white head that remained, albeit reduced to a couple of millimetres, for the duration.

Great deep amber colour. Didn't get much on the nose other than caramel maltiness and a hint of hops.

Wow, what a taste. I'm new to this style, will def be seeking out others. Sweet, creamy, fairly thick and malty, with some faint bitterness in the finish...and some citrus. Also detected some biscuity qualities.

Nice carbonation, not too heavy, but noticable. Noticably alcoholic, in the mouth and to a lesser extent on the nose. Overall this is really well balanced. Very drinkable for a beer with this ABV...DANGER!

Hared to get in UK, but will be making the effort to find more.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 21:13:49 | More by jonnypopgun
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3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A decent off white head sits atop a cloudy orange/brown body. Not heaps of lacing, but alright head retention.

Too cold I think, but im getting some biscuity/caramel quality from the malts. Also get a nice citrus/spicy note from the hops, though not overly strong. Might edit this as it warms up. Edit: yeah, the flavour and nose get a little hoppier as it warms, a bit more spicy character.

Hmm, interesting. Flavour reminds me a little of a toned down doppelbock - perhaps just because of the german malt character? I dont drink heaps of German beers so this is a pretty noob review. Some light toffee flavours as, a pretty rich malt quality. Hop presence is not huge - though the bitterness serves to tidy up the malty sweetness. A little bit of hop flavour is there, but hard to perceive. Maybe an old bottle. Cant tell though - no freakin dates anywhere.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but the hop bitterness and crisp, yet understated carbonation serve to clean up any residual stickiness. I could drink a lot of these. A good session beer for those crazy high abv drinking yanks!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 08:57:10 | More by jbowers56
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4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found this first at the local Beverage Company, then again today I saw it in the corner store and decided to pick it up.
First off, the bottle's logo is just rad. It's why it caught my eye in both stores in the first place.
I gave it a fairly aggressive pour into a pilsner glass, and it didn't come up with too much head, maybe a finger or so. The first thing I noticed was it had very little visible carbonation, just a few tiny bubbles, and a gorgeous golden amber color. The smell is of malt, a slight touch of hops in the back, sweet bread and I catch almost a little carmel and brown sugar in there too. Some medium lacing on the way down. The mouth feel is real silky to me, not a whole lot of carbonation going on, so it lays easy on the tongue and with the smooth flavors, with just a slight hop bitterness at the end. It's real easy to drink, I could definitely see having a few of these in a sitting with friends, and feeling good at a 6.5 ABV with this drinkability. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 04:24:10 | More by Nhoddus
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3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 17-18 SRM and slightly red. Medium head subsides quickly. Low opacity. Poured into a wine glass.

Smell: Malt dominated, but there is still hop aroma. Caramel is pronounced but not overwhelming.

Taste: Slightly more malt overall. Hops show up in the middle. Lingering finish is fairly bitter and a little alchoholic.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: One is perfect, since it is a richer beer.

Overall: I love maibocks. This is a good beer. Would buy again, but not too often. I have had some better maibocks in various brewpubs, but this is still a great and enjoyable effort by Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 23:30:02 | More by FFighter
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3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish caramel color, just a bit of visible carbonation and a thick luscious beige head.

You can really smell the grain. sweet and sour notes. nice bouquet with a little agitation. Smelling more of the yeast as it warms.

Robust. Sweet and bready. Interesting flavor that's hard to pin down. Just one of those beers where you swallow, take a beat, and start nodding your head slowly.

You definitely know you're drinking something. It doesn't necessarily coat your palate, but it doesn't leave it clean either.

Pretty good beer though. I also recommend the John John if you can get your hands on it. Dead Guy Ale aged in barrels of whiskey that was distilled from Dead Guy wort. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 20:55:25 | More by andyfrancis
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United Kingdom (England)

3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Ales and Aces (Las Vegas).

A pint, served in a Sierra Nevada Celebration glass. The bar is dark and difficult to see in, but the beer looked a copper-amber colour, slight haze to it and a white head on top.

The nose was more malt than hop, with a caramel sweetness tempered with a spiced sourness.

The thoughts of sour caramel carried on into the taste and I couldn't get the thoughts out of my head. A faint hop bitterness came through, but otherwise I couldn't get past my thoughts.

Interesting, but I'd never have considered it a Maibock if it had been a blind tasting. Too weak in the mouthfeel for me.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2010 15:08:42 | More by BlackHaddock
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3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 20 oz mug

The first time I had Dead Guy I wasn't that impressed, but this was a totally different experience. It smelled faintly of raisins and hops - pretty good. I tasted mostly dark fruits and lime. It was a little bit on the sweet side, but I felt it was appropriate. The balance is excellent, making this highly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2010 05:06:11 | More by
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dead Guy pours a nice rich copper color. Things are topped off by a good two fingers of bone white head. The head sticks around for a bit before eventually settling to a ring. It leaves a fair amount of lace in its wake.

The aroma is quite nice. Malt hits upfront. Some toasted and baked bread notes hit the nose first. That's backed up by some caramel notes. Some very light fruit notes, mangoes perhaps, come into play as well. Things are rounded out by a bit of a spicy noble hop quality.

The taste matches the nose nicely. Toasted malt notes hit first. Sweet baked and toasted bread notes are at the forefront. A bit of caramel and light toffee notes hit mid palate. Spicy and lightly earthy noble hops rounds things out. The finish is semi dry, with a lingering light hop bitterness.

Dead Guy Ale has a nice medium body. The carbonation is lightly spritzy and pleasant.

Is Dead Guy an ale or is it a lager? I think that question is moot. This beer has all the qualities of a great maibock, so we'll just leave it that.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 23:48:20 | More by Sweasty
Photo of GENNER


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my guinny 20oz pint
A-Gorgeous color amber half inch head the disappeared light lacing
S-Not too strong, picked up orange peel with a biscuty malt lite hoppiness at the end.
T-Oooh so good...I wanted to jump into my glass and swim in it...light floral hoppiness balanced w/ sweet toasted malts covered w/ fruit...almost wanna say tropical, great balance of all ingredients.ummm
M-Medium body some carbination.
D-Very drinkable. I'm going to celebrate my b-day with this beer. My friends and fam will love it too.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 06:17:48 | More by GENNER
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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice reddish-amber color with a foamy 1 finger head that dissolves in a minute or two.

S: Smells somewhat hoppy with some citrus notes present. There's also a faint yeast smell, kind of like a biscuit.

T: Definitely a hop flavor right up front, not too strong, but enough to make it be the first thing you taste. The hop taste fairly quickly changes to that biscuit/yeasty/malty flavor smelled earlier.

M: Very crisp, fairly creamy with a bit of carbonation. Feels good in the mouth without having any particular element being too big. Overall very good.

D: The crispiness from earlier makes this quite an enjoyable beer to drink. Not overbearing at all and goes down very easily. Definitely would have another.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 22:15:36 | More by Daktyls
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer. Gets a B from me. Reminds me of an english ale, malty but clean. Good nose, liked that I could buy it in a 24 oz. bottle, instead of a six-pack here in NJ. Will definitely buy a six next time. Nice balanced beer. Best Rogue beer I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 00:44:20 | More by FCC3
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3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[Appearance]: Deep amber-golden color, hazy, not much carbonation, head looks foamy, leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
[Smell]: Sweet bready malts, honey, spicy hops, maybe some fruit.
[Taste]: Sweet bready malts up front, honey, some buttery (or maybe toffee), a little fruity in the mid-palate, spicy floral hops at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, carbonation is pretty light, very smooth.
[Drinkability]: Drinkability is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 22:44:44 | More by mjurney
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Widmer Bros. pint glass.

A: Poured a deep, amber-tinged golden yellow color with a thick, sudsy head of white foam which left a little bit of lace. Clarity is slightly muddled and carbonation is sparse.

S: A little bit of tropical fruit and floral aromas in the nose as well as some spicy hop flower notes and zesty, fresh grain bread.

T: Flavor is a bready, sweet caramel malt at first with a solid, milled grain husk taste. This is accentuated by sweet floral hop and fruity ale notes giving off pear, pineapple and a bit of citrus. Slight alcohol sting and a strong, viscous finish.

M: mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and pretty clean throughout. Slight alcohol and hop pinch but nothing to hinder drinkability.

D: A very solid drinking maibock. Nothing too out of the ordinary to be called truly delicious. But, it's a great brew and the 6.5% ABV doesn't hand out a boozy effect in the taste or feel. Would like to try on-tap to note variations in mouthfeel. A little more crisp and this brew could be really dangerous.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 20:23:07 | More by Gambrinus1184
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New York

4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 19:18:49 | More by metter98
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4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy copper color with large tan fluffy head, good lacing and lively carbonation. sweet malts carmel, molasses and hints of burnt nutty like flavors. light piney hop feel as well, maybe some hints of toffee. medium body, with an oily creamy texture that was slightly fizzy. moderately sweet with an average flavor duration that finished sweet and slightly bitter. all around fantastic beer. first rouge beer i've tried and was very impressed.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 13:47:27 | More by berpwillie
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New York

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

Dead Guy Ale | 650 ml. | 6.5% ABV

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock
Brewed by: Rogue Ales Brewery, Oregon

Poured into an Ommegang Witte glass. Clear amber in color, punctuated by visibly crisp carbonation. 1" Head displays a very welcoming frothy, white pillow of foam. Head retention is ridiculous! It leaves cascades of foam down the side of the glass well after I've had the last sip.

Bitter hop oils and honey. Refreshing!

Bitter, oily hops are both the first and the last taste. In fact, they are a bit too prominent, even for a Maibock. There's some grainy, sweet malt in the background, though this is swiftly cut off by the hop bitterness. The aftertaste is oily hops and light bread crust. The flavor is enjoyable, but it lacks complexity.

Light to medium bodied. The carbonation is splendid throughout, but the hops are too oily. The drink feels like it's slipping through your mouth and you're missing out on flavor in the process.

Lopsided with respect to the hops. They simple overshadow and suppress any sweet malt development. It's not that this isn't an enjoyable drink to quaff, but it does get less interesting with each sip.

Notes: This is a Maibock, the prototypical spring beverage. What's more, it is supposed to be consumed in May. As luck would have it, it's May 13!

No freshness date.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 01:37:38 | More by BeerNemesis
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3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 03:10:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass,

Orange copper color, unfiltered and hazy throughout the brew which gives it a nice glow. Solid 2 fingers of off white yellowish creamy head, leaves nice lacing on the glass as it dissipates, and is quite consistent.

Smells fairly hoppy, I get pine and a slight yeasty sourness, earthy malt, I guess a springtime forest describes the scent fairly well.

The taste is quite enjoyable, smooth and subtlety is added to the scent by a toasted sweet malted barley which is very much still in the fresh earthy garden type of flavor.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are probably my favorite characteristics about this brew, very smooth, goes down easy, and yet has just enough interesting flavor to keep you thinking about it.

Pretty good overall, worth trying for sure, it's like a more subtle sierra nevada pale ale combined with an american wheat like mothership wit. Less hop bittering, less wheat fruit notes are the product, but it retains a sweet malty body and enough hopping to keep you entertained.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 06:51:03 | More by dwilson01
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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