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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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very good

5,775 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,775
Reviews: 2,254
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)
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Photo of stakem


3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken 5/22/10

Poured from a bomber into a snifter it appears a perfectly clear orange color with a finger of fluffy head that retains well and sticks in patches about the glass. Aroma is a mixture of buttery notes, citrus hops, a bit of sulfur and quite grassy. Taste is grainy with earthy and herbal hops. The grain character is a bit sweet with a slight hint of the alcohol accents the hop bitterness. The feel is a bit watery and light with a modest amount of carbonation. There is a lingering presence of the hops left in the mouth. As it warms, the aroma takes on some notes of lemony citrus that can also be picked out in the flavor as well. Overall not bad but nothing to go out of your way for either.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 16:20:34 | More by stakem
Photo of JohnWaynes44


3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque dark orange. The cream colored head was soft froth that lingered and stuck to the glass. Smells like spicy wet grass and oak. Lots of flavors happening: Firstly, sweet malt and nutmeg, candied yams. Then comes the tingling hops, all the while the alcohol peaking through. The feel is the best category for me with this. It is sticky and smooth and leaves a bitter, dry funk on the tongue. I love to drink this beer. It is easy to find at my local Wal-Mart and is a go to when I want a balance of sorts.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 03:52:43 | More by JohnWaynes44
Photo of Erish


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

I poured this 12oz. beer into an English pint glass.

A: orange coppery color, fairly cloudy, one finger head falls into a ring of yellow-white ring of lace.

S: sweet malt, a bit of honey and yeasty aromas.

T: slightly dry malt, some sweetness, a core of faintly funky yeast and fruitiness, finishes dry with just a tingle of hops. Nothing too fancy, but great balance.

M: Slightly oily/soapy, decent carbonation.

D: Very quaff-able. A good session brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 00:05:28 | More by Erish
Photo of hylton44


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

Actually didn't know the style of the beer when given one. Seemed a little Scotch Ale-like in its alcoholic content & overtone. Nice ruddy brown hue with a sticky tan lace and full, bitter-yet-smooth character. Honey and marmalade hints. Maibock you say? Nice!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 00:58:55 | More by hylton44
Photo of Gobzilla


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

A: poured a murky orange brown with tangerine highlights that had a thin head and left a little sticky lacing.

S: it had a honey, malt, and boozy aroma with citrus and caramel notes with underlying faint hop notes.

T: caramel and a slight hop bite strike first with a sweet malty backbone which had citrus accents.

M: light to medium body with a low amount of carbonation that had a slight sweet and bitter finish.

D: very drinkable beer that went down great in the hot sun poolside with a cuban cigar.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 21:09:29 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of zaq37

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought in a 6 pack, poured into Dogfish Head Snifter

A- Gold in color, white head that foamed up pretty heavy but diminished really quick. very deep orange color with a bit of red.

S- Hops, light malt, and after giving it a swirl, a very pleasant caramel aroma came out, very nice.

T- smooth, with a bitter finish (a good bitter), lots of hop flavor, perfect mix of malt in there too. to me this is not one of those beers where a random flavor like chocolate, pine, or citrus is present, it's just an all around good flavor. A great mix of malt and hops. The caramel aroma may be in there somewhere, but it's not popping out as much as it was in the aroma.

M- very nice, smooth, perfect carbonation, a bitter aftertaste in the mouth which is great in my opinion.

D- I will definitely buy this beer again. To me it's not a sipping beer, it COULD be, but it's also a great "anytime" beer. this is one you can just start drinking on at anytime whether it's a special occasion or just wanting to wind down at the end of the day. This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 02:08:18 | More by zaq37
Photo of gboy515duo


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: 2 Finger Head, copper brown body with a creamy beige head. Very fine looking.

S: Strong malty air with an obvious oak aroma with a very thin hoppy smell

T: Hoppy swallow, warm feeling of alcohol in the chest, long bittersweet aftertaste that makes you just want another sip. Hard to pick out any certain flavors, but it was definitely one that I'll keep coming back to.

M: there is a slight bite and the feeling sticks to your palate much too long, but all in all is a pleasantly delightful feeling all the same.

D: Definitely one you could drink a few of, but of course with a higher alcohol content you wouldn't want to just sit here pounding them all day.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 15:59:57 | More by gboy515duo
Photo of AgentMunky


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

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a light, translucent yellow-brown with copious bubbles and a thick, creamy, solid head. Some lacing.

S: Pleasantly malty with a bit of oomph.

T: Tasty! Smooth and malty at first, before hops slide in and over the mouth, almost like oil, departing as they came. Aftertaste is pleasant, smooth, and lingering...but slightly soapy. Overall, an excellent brew!

M: Wonderful; see Taste.

D: I could drink this endlessly, and I feel none of my friends would object to partaking as well. Very, very good.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 03:12:30 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of adkirkish


3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured clear amber, with a frothy persistent white head.

Aroma: Pale malts upfront, with a lingering bitter hop aroma. No esthers, no diacetyl.

F: Mirrors the aroma in pale malts and hops, but balance leans towards the hops. I thought this beer could be leaning towards a pale ale as far as style is concerned. Pale ale qualities with a slight astringency (husky/grainy).

M: High carbonation, medium bodied, and medium mouthfeel.

O: This was the first time I've had Dead Guy, and I found it to be true to style as far as a hoppier version of a traditional bock, but I didn't get the malt presence that the style calls for. At least not in this pint. I almost thought I was drinking a pale ale which is alright by me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2010 02:03:41 | More by adkirkish
Photo of magine


4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug.

Pours a amber/dark orange, iced tea color. Slightly cloudy. Has a tan fluffy head. Head settles to a nice fluffy island about a 1/4" think. Nice lace as well. Good looking brew.

Brew smells of malts; caramel. Grain and yeasts, pike up some citrus hops. Nice smelling brew.

Brew tastes smooth and has a nice balance of malts and hops. Citrus hops, bready, grain yeasts. Has a nice carbonation there as well. Malts are on the sweet side; caramel. Finishes slightly bitter and a tad dry. Very good taste.

This is a very drinkable, very tasty brew from Rogue. I had this on tap before and remember it being a bit more deeper and complex in the flavors. Maybe that is just tap brew being tap brew though. This is still very good though.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 01:14:53 | More by magine
Photo of ujsplace


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

Poured into a mug.

Pours a deep burnt orange with a big fizzy off-white head that leaves nice lacing. After a while a few chunky islands are left sitting on the wispy remains of the head.

Smells of sweet malts, herbal hops, mild citrus and bready yeasts.

Initially tastes of sweet, toasted, caramel malts, followed by a nice hop bitterness and grainy, bready yeasts leaves a somewhat dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with descent carbonation. Slick and easy going.

This is one hell of a drinkable brew. Very tasty and really sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 00:30:52 | More by ujsplace
Photo of basica


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

A - Pours into my Budvar pilsner flute glass a translucent amber color with pretty lively carbonation and a one finger thick head that billows up surprisingly and gradually reduces to a nice thin layer of froth (4.5)

S - Lightly sweet malts and a mild hop aroma with very subtle hints of citrus frutiness. Probably a tad mild on the nose (3.5)

T - Slightly sweet malts with a dash of caramel greets upfront with citrusy fruity hops showing up right after leaving light hoppy bitterness on the palates. The taste is highly reminiscent of a typical American IPA style brew. (4)

M - Medium bodied with a light carbonation tinge and slightly creamy; goes down creamy, watery smooth (4)

D - Very drinkable and sessionable beer from the nice IPA-like citrusy, fruity hoppiness, light bitterness and creamy smoothness. (4.5)

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 18:23:01 | More by basica
Photo of TapleyBrewery


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

12oz Bottle: No visible "Brewed On" or "Best By" date

A: Poured amber color with red highlights. White head that dissipated quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Visible carbonation.

S: Malty caramel with light hop scent.

T: Caramel malt taste upfront, with light hops in the aftertaste.

M: Crisp medium body with a smooth finish.

D: Easy drinking. Could have a couple of these all night with some friends.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 05:27:56 | More by TapleyBrewery
Photo of JMD


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

A: Pours a cloudy auburn color with small off-white head that fades quickly. Leaves small lacework down the glass.

S: Sweet carmel and honey with some light floral hops.

T: Light and malty. Carmel, sweet bread with some hints of honey. Light hops give the beer some citrusy notes as it finishes.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Little carbonation.

D: This is an easy drinking ale, something I could drink a lot of in one sitting. While there is nothing exceptional about this beer, nor do I think its a great example of the style, it's still very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 21:26:00 | More by JMD
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3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in a pick 6 at store.

A: Pours reddish, amber. Clear with small head. Visible carbonation.

S: Get a citrus, orange smell with some malt in the background.

T: The taste is similar to the smell with what seemed to be caramel malts maybe. Towards the end more hops seemed to prevail.

M: Medium body and very smooth.

D: Very easy to drink. Even the wife who isn't to big into beer thought it was very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 02:22:51 | More by HosP
Photo of soju6


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

A: Pours a copper color with a good head that fades slowly.

S: Has a caramel & Malt aroma with a hint of sweetness.

T: Mild sweetness of caramel and malt with a nice bitterness and dry finish.

F: Fairly light body that is creamy smooth. Very well balanced.

D: Better than I expected. I did not notice the 6.5 ABV til well into the second one. These go down easy and good for a few. This is well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 19:17:12 | More by soju6
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4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep orange-copper into a Duvel tulip with around half a finger of loose white head.

Mild aroma of sweet caramel malts and a hint of bitterness. Moderate carbonation and a fairly light mouthfeel. Slightly hoppy flavor followed by more caramel, biscuit, and a return to hops on the finish. Very easy-drinking and one of my all-time favorites to sip when I don't want to think too hard about what's in my glass. Great balance of hops and malts.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 05:53:47 | More by grittybrews
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4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep yellow/burnt orange with a just a gigantic creamy head, lacing all the way down. Large bubbles formed all around the glass.

Smelled of malt and caramel. A deep taste of bitter hops give way to caramel malts and just a tinge of citrus and ends with a pleasant sweetness. I could taste alcohol much more than I expected.

This is a fantastic beer, not much else I can really say, other than I could drink these all day.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 00:10:55 | More by olegv40
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New York

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

From notes from a while ago...

A - Poured a foggy golden amber with a thin head and slippery lacing.

S - Hops dominate the nose with some subtle fruit undertones.

T - Nice subtle hop flavor. Nice mix of malts and hops with a touch of citric flavor. Nothing too fancy or complex but likewise nothing too offensive. King of like sierra nevada pale ale light.

M - A bit watery, not very lively, leaves a bit of a dry, bittery after vibe.

D - Easy drinker, used to be my favorite brew before I really started exploring all that's out there. Always be one that I happily go for when available.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 19:16:41 | More by cosmicevan
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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a light copper color with a bit of chill haze and a ½" off-white head that soon recedes to just a ring around the glass and a bit of foam on the surface of the liquid. Little or not lacing is left and throughout the beer sipping leaves little or no lacing.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and has some caramel and honey smell along some clean earthy/fruity hops in the background.

Taste: The flavors include some honey sweet caramel and some earthy bitterness. Where I think it departs from a traditional Maibock is that the bitterness is in the background from the very beginning.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with faint carbonation. The finish is moderately long, begins with sweetness that stretches out for a while but then the beer ends mostly dry with some nice earthy hop bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a good beer for drinking with friends and for an evening of conversation and good company. It's easy to have another sip and its easy to have a second beer. I'll probably be buying this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2010 02:11:25 | More by drtth
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

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

Pours a dull copper color with a small amount of head. Visible carbonation in the glass grants the head a long duration.

Nose consists of sweet caramel and honey notes.

Spice and earthy flavors at the start of this one, followed by some malty caramel sweetness at the back. Wet finish. No real lasting aftertaste, though it does leave a bit of a warm feeling in the back of the mouth.

This is my first foray into the maibock style, and thus don't know if this is representative of the style. It is a fairly interesting combination of flavors, though. Fairly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 01:41:14 | More by Seanstoppable
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very good beer to start your adventure into tasting and collections. strong for an ale but finish smooth. have not tried other rogue beer yet. i would place this on my list to try again. In the same ballpark of IPAs and Porters. The IBU are in the mid range along with the alcohol percentage.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 22:25:34 | More by ferrisskull


3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz to pint glass.

A: Clear, carbonation present with a light copper body. Good head retention, white nose. minimal lacing.

S: A bit light on the aroma for a maibock, but what aroma is present is that of a craft, with a deep caramel and honey scent. A very earthy aroma.

T: A spice on the front with a nice smooth and mellow finish. Earthy notes come through to the taste, showing a bite of the true bock nature, but bring it back nicely to the maibock style.

M: Crisp and clean. Weak on the lingering taste. With a short taste on the palate, this is what I am missing from this ale in regards to style.

D: Good beer and great style, but not the best. I come back to this brew but do enjoy other maibocks a bit more. Dead Guy does have a clean and drinkable tone to it. Nice and light, not thick and heavy on the way down, something I have found in other maibocks. Had to grab for a good price of 8.99 - - - typically see this one at 10/11/12 in the Midwest and Colo.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 23:23:15 | More by GDBEERMAN
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3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 65 cl.

Pours a coppery orange honey color, slight haze but basically clear. Barely off-white head is thick and coarse. Dissipates pretty slowly. Retains a fine film.

Smells of apple-like fruitiness and floral hops.

Tastes a bit tart and mostly floral hoppy, with some hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. Very mild sweetish malts round out the flavor.

Body is moderate with mild fizzy carbonation at the front. Goes down smooth.

Tasty enough, on the floral side of hoppy, just barely too strong to session, a good fall beer I would think. Would have again but I'm not crazy about it. That's more my preference in styles than the beer itself though.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 22:28:20 | More by Cylinsier
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Rhode Island

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

Pours a nice deep orange. Caramel malts and slight sweetness dominate. A really good combination. Creamy beer overall creates a very enjoyable mouthfeel. A little bit of hops balance it out on the finish, but the malts certainly make this beer. Nice drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 02:33:16 | More by uustal
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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