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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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very good

5,686 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,686
Reviews: 2,251
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 132
Gots: 345 | 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 brendan13


3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pint glass a hazy orangey copper colour with a couple of centimetres of dense off white head that falls fairly quickly leaving some rings of lace down the glass.
S - Toasted caramel malt aroma with some earthy and herbal hop hints. The Rogue Pacman yeast is quite noticeable.
T - Like the smell the taste is definateky dominated by a toasty & caramel malty character with some slight earthy, herbal hops.
M - Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation. Dry, lingering toasty and herbal taste.
D - Worth trying, I'd drink it again but there are others in the same price range from Rogue that I'd buy before buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 06:57:22 | More by brendan13
Photo of superdedooperboy


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

Served up on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Pours an orange-tinged golden hue with a creamy half-finger of off-white foam that settles somewhat slowly and leaves a good deal of fairly thin lacing.

Smells sweet, floral and fruity, with notes of apricot and slight hints of orangey citrus fruit.

Medium-bodied with a nicely carbonated mouthfeel, imbued with flavors of sweet malts and delicious fruity and bitter hop flavors, with caramel and grapefruit notes melding with a vaguely noticeable alcohol flavor, finishing somewhat bitter and fairly dry.

Delicious and fairly complex, and rather drinkable, this poster child for Rogue Ales is a worthy and widely available quaffer, making it a great fall-back beer, but not one to be used as an introduction to the uninitiated.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2008 07:07:22 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of angelmonster


3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a 1/2 inch head that fades rather quickly. Hazy brown/orange in appearance, minimum lacing through out

Smells sweet, somewhat fruity like apricot or prune. Also some hops and faint malts.

tastes a little hoppy, not as sweet as it smells. Malts arent very pronounced. Still taste a small amount of fruit with a creamy finish.

Mouth feel is over carbonated. Almost burns when you let it sit on your tongue. Slight bitter aftertaste is left in mouth

Overall is a good beer, would buy again, just doesnt really stand out to me.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 05:20:43 | More by angelmonster
Photo of mralphabet


3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle Poured into Pint Glass

A: Golden color with an Orange Hue, a little on the cloudy side about 1 Finger head. Nice lacing.

S: Malt, Hops, a little fruity, and a little steely..

T: Very complex....Very Hoppy up front, hint of fruit and a steelness. The finish is bitter & dry, with a odd aftertaste.... lots of hops

M: Crisp, medium body.... good bit of carbonation.

D: Very interesting brew... it will take a little getting use to.... Not the best I've had... A little to Hoppy for my taste so it is really not my type.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 04:38:21 | More by mralphabet
Photo of donkeyrunner


4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light caramel color with decent sea salt looking lace. Very hazy. Smells like cider spice, sweet malt and citrus cough drops.

Sweet malt backbone with lots of cider-like spice and tropical fruit flavors such as triple sec and mango. Late alcoholic hints. Floral hops. Lightly carbonated.

I love this beer. Even the bottle looks cool.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 22:31:17 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of Mosstrooper


4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 19oz unbranded pilsner flute glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, light caramel color with a thick, fluffy, tan head that stays for a while leaving lots and lots of lace.

Smell: A sweet, malty aroma with hints of hop spice and earthiness. The smell is appetizing and literally made me hungry.

Taste: Toasty and sweet, with a good bitterness and nuttiness toward the end. Malts at the beginning and hops at the end- great balance. Also has an interesting, unique tea sensation that gets into the sinuses; it's somewhere between a taste and a smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium, creamy body with balanced carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability: Rogue beers had been hyped up for me before I tried any and this was the first I tried. It lived up to the hype. This is a beer I will definitely be picking up in the future and is definitely now a favorite of mine!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 21:30:46 | More by Mosstrooper
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4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a thick tan head, fades quickly. nice light caramel color.

smells like tropical fruit, alcohol, not picking up very much.

tastes like bready malt, sort of metallic, slight hop bitterness. hoppy sweet aftertaste.

mouthfeel is nice & creamy, with sharp little bubbles.

overall drinkability is great. nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 02:45:48 | More by duffextracold
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3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= medium body, great head thats spotty but sticks around with good lacing. nice rising bubbles. looks great
S= somewhat muted but i got the hops and the toasted malt but thats about it
T= nice balance of hops and malt with a candy citrus finish that I enjoyed quit a bit. when I swallow this beer it makes me smile just because its something that I've never tasted and its great without being to complex
M= good medium carbonation with a chewy finish
D= high, I'll have no problem drinking a few of these anytime. without the high ABV it would be a great session beer. Dangerously good

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 02:11:33 | More by jjanega08
Photo of riored4v


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

Reviewed on 11/9/08

Poured into a pint glass. Off-white, 2 finger head. Good lacing. Deep copper in color.

Smell was nutty and sweet malts. Very mild bitterness.

Taste was nutty and biscuity with a mild bitterness. Mild malt sweetness. Great balance.

Mouthfeel was slighlty oily with a light/medium body. Good carbonation.

Drinkability was very good. Great balance.

Overall an excellent sessionable beer with excellent balance.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 22:12:40 | More by riored4v
Photo of DavoleBomb


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

Poured into a flute.

4.5 A: Slightly hazy dark orange color. Absolutely lovely head with extremely good retentiona and tons of lacing.

4.0 S: Very sweet. Light fruity aroma (somewhat tropical). Rather complex, but not pronounced enough.

4.0 T: This is pretty damn good. Good balance between hops and malts, with a little more emphasis on the hops. Hop bitterness as well as an earthy taste. Some toasted light malts.

4.0 M: Medium body. Great carbonation. Really smooth and somewhat creamy.

4.0 D: This is my first Maibock and I like what I'm tasting. I could drink a few of these without getting bored, but there is a hoppy aftertaste that gets old after a while.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 00:50:19 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of BravoTwo


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

A - Nice hazy honey amber with a thin head

S - Nice malty nose with fruity notes with a nice complexity.

T - Well balanced brew with malty sweetness, balanced with clean hop profile. Fruity honey with notes of tropical fruit. Smooth and easy.

M -Nice and creamy with appropriate levels of carbonation.

D - A truly drinkable brew. Well balanced and flavorful offering that did not disappoint,.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 17:18:34 | More by BravoTwo
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District of Columbia

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

A: Poured a hazy amber-orange color with a fairly large, creamy off-white head. Retention and lacing are both quite nice.

S: Some sweet malts and a very fruity nose, suggesting orange and faint mango. A touch of floral hops is also detectable. Possibly a faint yeast aroma as well.

T: Sweet, yeasty malt flavor, with a pronounced orange flavor. Hops are somewhat subdued but add great balance, with a floral nature. Some dusty, oily, and spicy notes as well.

M: Medium body, with fairly crisp carbonation. Somewhat creamy, with a finish on the dry side.

D: Very nice balance to a tasty beer. This would be a great beer for just about any purpose. Very well executed.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 03:34:49 | More by Clydesdale
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3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a misty, light orange color, with about a half inch of white creamy head that remains until the end. Very lively carbonation.

Citrus is most notable in the scent, most likely oranges.

The taste is also citrus with some piney hopps.

The beer is light-bodied and crisp with good carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. A very good, refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 21:50:32 | More by BeerCon5
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Ontario (Canada)

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

This beer was my first maibock/helles bock I've ever had. Im glad i tried it! Onto the review!

Appearance - Nice golden amber colour, with laceing that sticks the whole way down. Very nice.

Smell - Very fruity, and fresh. Very inviteing.

Taste - This was a complicated brew, a spicey taste up front, then finishes bitter and dry, with a odd aftertaste, but not bad.

Mouthfeel - Nice and full.

Drinkability - Very high for its ABV. When cold, these go down too easy.

Overall a very interesting brew, will buy again! And i must say a very interesting style of beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2008 06:01:31 | More by steeler
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3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

had at the local mellow mushroom, on tap , into a 'shroom pint glass. inch of white head, seets of lacing, amber body.
Smells lightly hoppy, bit of something else there, too, earth in a way.
The hops really show up in the taste, piney hop bite a the front, and in the aftertaste. Strange malt flavor, kinda nutty, sweet, odd but good. Nothing overpowering about he tase, its decent, but not really what i expect in a maibock ( even tho this is is an ale and not really a mai-bock)
Goes down easy, not realy thic, not coorsl light thin either. Never tried this beer before today, dunno why its everywhere. Its decent, and if rogue didn't price thier beer like gold i would have it again. good beer , very sessionable, but this is no maibock.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2008 03:09:47 | More by redneckchugger
Photo of Japerrault


2.4/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Poured into a pint glass, a somewhat cloudy copper gold ale with a beautiful cream-colored head was observed. Good head retention and nice lacing noticed.

S: Bread, pine, citrus

T: Nothing terrible here. Sweet honey-like grain flavors hit me up front, then a grapefruit-like bitterness in the aftertaste. The two did not blend too well for me. It was like two very separate parts with no harmony, the bitterness just did not finish as well as I would have liked.

M: Rather light mouthfeel. A little thinner than I prefer. Carbonation is good.

D: Overall, this is an "o.k." ale. The lighter body allows one to drink easily, but the after taste was just a little harsh. Others have given this a high rating. Maybe a different bottle will change my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 01:58:54 | More by Japerrault
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New York

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

Pour from bottle into pint glass.

a: a light copper color with carbonation, good lacing, slightly cloudy

s: hops with some pine and citrus notes

t: nice balance between hops and sweet malt. A Very well balanaced beer

m&d: I would consider this a medium body beer, but the carbonation made this beer extremely drinkable. Nice taste and refreshing character made this a great brew to enjoy.

Worth a try, Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 17:39:09 | More by UDbeernut
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3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a soft honey colour with a fluffy white head that quickly disappears

Aroma: Initially sweet honey that gives way to light floral hops

Taste: Soft creamy malt with a subtle bitterness and a well balanced body that makes this a very pleasant and easy drinking ale

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 05:08:43 | More by exlex
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4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yep... this is a winner, a true class act. I first was introduced to this beer on tap when I was living in Portland. We had a pub right down the street, a lil' place called, "The Pub At The End Of The Universe". And, it really was! There was more than a little something mystical and timeless about this place. If anyone here has been there, maybe they know what I mean. It was a true gathering place for old souls of all ages. Anyway, this beer, at the time, was profound. I'm pretty sure I had had it in Seattle, in a bottle, at least a year and half prior, but it's eccentricities didn't really fully register until I was one with the bubbly froth of a perfect pint.

It still is something truly special, even in bottle form, in Spokane, 3 years later...

I like this beer a lot. I'll spare you the details. It's very bready; reminds me of the bread they used to bake at this French restaurant chain in Dallas, Texas, where I grew up. That place was, in itself, a bit of a class act, at least until it got too big...

Either way, if you know beer, you know that I can spare you the details, in that *I* know beer, and if you're wise, you can sense that by my writing style and my overall exemplary composure while obviously drunk, that I'm probably right here with you on your arduous quest for that which most obviously does not suck, nor that which is overrated, nor that which is Sam Adams. I got your back.

The night started with Alaskan Winter Ale, progressed to Obama winning, and reached its zenith with a sixer of the lovely Rogue Dead Guy. Life's but a poor player, after all; best to quaff like you mean to make the most of it. Strut and fret your hour upon the stage, but do it with the flavor of choicest hops reminding you that at least SOMEONE knows how to keep it all in check with the malts that may as well taste like Budweiser, but had BY GOD better not...!

You know what I mean... if you know... what I mean. :)

Anyway, enjoy. I've given this really high marks, after lots of experience with it, because I truly believe it is outstanding, and deserves accolades, much like many of the Alaskan offerings.

Live it up!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 06:22:11 | More by MtVernon
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A - A light golden color with excellent clarity and a moderate of white head. Good lacing.

S - Malty with floral hops.

T - A clean, crisp beer with a malty, bready focus and a slight bitterness. Starts dry but has a semi sweet finish.

M - Good body and high in carbonation.

D - Nice enough but not that outgoing for a Rogue beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 22:07:02 | More by GJ40
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3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

First off, had a really nice head that didn't dissipate immediately and left good lacing.

There was an adequate, citrus aroma, slightly bitter.

Color was a good amber hue; it was cloudier than I had expected it to be.

This brew had a good, full flavor to it with a hoppy finish that was just right, not too bitter. Well balanced between the hops and malt. Overall pretty good, although I wouldn't knife anyone over this beer...

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 21:15:53 | More by davexisxrabid
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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium amber with a substantial white head and copious lacings.

Aroma is floral hops with some pine notes.

Taste is bitter citrus hops with a full malt backbone. Some breadiness and a little smoke. Mouthfeel is very good.

Drinkability is very good. Watch out for the abv., It isn't obvious in the taste. One of my favorites at this time.
An outstanding Maibock especially if you can get it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 08:39:34 | More by Spikester
Photo of dbtoe


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a pint

Look had an amber body with a small head that did stick around for most of the beer.

Smell was a fruity hop smell that wasn't real strong.

Taste is a 1 2 3 punch. First the hops, then a slightly sweet malt and then a mild bitter hop flavor again. I really liked the flavor of this beer a lot.

Feel was lively with good carbonation, enjoyable.

Drinkability was very high I wish I had a few more to really tell for sure.

Comments I really liked this beer a lot it is one of a very few that made me say WOW. A maibock that is an ale, who'd a thought it. I'll be getting a lot more of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 04:51:29 | More by dbtoe
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Yukon (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good brew that I enjoyed with spicy chili

Poured a cloudy amber with a one finger head and didn't give much lacing

The aroma is nicely balanced between hops and malt. Good amount of fruitiness.

The taste is complex. Great balance. First thing you get is the malt, which is sweet and fruity, this gives way to a hoppy bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. A soft carbonation works really well here, not be drank ice cold. Good clean tasting beer.

This is a really great beer and great to have with hot and spicy dishes.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 04:37:13 | More by EatsTacos
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New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- As close to a true copper color as any beer. Very clear, minimal head with nice lacing

S- Very pleasing, full nose...heavy on the malts, citrus and pine.

T- Full bodied. The alcohol is present at first, hand in hand with a heavy bready caramely malt with some hops thrown in. This is a deep bodied wine-like brew. I almost feel that I am drinking something different that some of the other reviews posted here. Hops? I'm not a hophead, but this one can sure use some more for balance. Almost tastes like a Marzen on steriods. Not sure what is going on with this and I want to re-review with a new bottle as I may have gotten a bad one. Something tastes a little funky.

M- Full again, with nice carbonation balance.

D- Not one I'd go back to soon. A little too overpowering in flavor, and not in a good way. I will, however, pick up another and revisit it some other time.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 23:53:28 | More by caddybuyer
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