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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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6,039 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,039
Reviews: 2,267
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 152
Gots: 509 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 californiakulak


3.78/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured a bottle of this beer into my Firestone pint glass.

A. Pours a cloudy orange color with a tiny, bright white head. Hardly any lacing.

S. Light hops smell, strong malt smell, toffee and maybe some caramel.

T. Pretty darn good beer. Balanced beer, neither the hops nor the malt overpower. Kind of sweet. Perhaps some honey and vanilla. Some breadiness as well.

M. Low carbonation. Smooth beer that leaves a long aftertaste. Warm alcohol is present as well.

D. This beer is pretty drinkable. A little different from most of the beers that I have tries in this style but good none the less. Seems a little heavy too drink more than 2 or 3 in one session.

01-15-2010 17:08:37 | More by californiakulak
Photo of hoplover82


4.45/5  rDev +12.7%

A-Pours a hazy deep golden with a small/medium off white head that has good retention and nice lacing.

S-Smells like an esb with toasty malty fruity esthers with some earthy hops in the back.

T-Same as the aroma. Very pleasant with toasty grains which I love with lots of earthy hop flavor. And the fruity esthers really come through too.

M-Creamy yet slightly dry in the finish. A full medium body to boot.

D-I could slowly session this beer all night. Goes down very smooth. A wonderful offering but too overpriced indeed. I got this on a mixed sixer so is wasn't bad. I would never pay 11 dollars for this.

01-15-2010 16:36:13 | More by hoplover82
Photo of colefsuwr


3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

Really good Maibock, unfortunately the style does not allow it to stand out too much from other beers. The hint of spruce at the end really defines this beer (and much of the others from rogue) and makes you remember it. If you didn't like it, try it again a second time with an open mind and i think you will find it more welcoming.

01-14-2010 21:03:24 | More by colefsuwr
Photo of qazelisc


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

Nice honey/amber color and a beige-white head with some lacing.

Sweet caramel malts and spicy hops.

Has a really nice malt and hop balance. Delicious sweet malt flavors round this one out for a rich taste. I like this beer served a little warmer than usual - for me, the flavors really come out closer to 60F.

Feels nice and smooth with medium body and carbonation.

A very drinkable, tasty and balanced beer.

01-12-2010 00:08:53 | More by qazelisc
Photo of fastsrt

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours golden haze with a nice frothy head. The head laces the glass, Smells citrusy with sweet malt. Initial taste is of sweet malt finished with herbal hops. Light mouth feel and highly drinkable. This is a solid offering by rogue. and is a go to brew when i am looking for refreshment.

01-10-2010 21:59:49 | More by fastsrt
Photo of JustinJTisdale

New York

4.55/5  rDev +15.2%

Ive been drinking this for years when available on tap and sometimes in bottles.

It pours clean with a great head and the taste is a variety ranging from hoppy citrusy overtones finishing with a fruity almost caramel sweet flavor.

If you see this on tap somewhere (which isnt difficult to find) I assure you wont be dissappointed.

01-10-2010 21:52:40 | More by JustinJTisdale
Photo of mrcarterxxl

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +26.6%

Rogue Dead Guy Ale

pours a beautiful amber color with a off white head a cloudy beer

smells of mandarin orange, grains of paradise, a cluster of fruit and hops.

tastes of oranges, grains, and vanilla on the back.

excellent mouth feel bubbles everywhere full feeling

Love at first taste, i love this fuckin beer!, i love it so much that i would buy a case of 22 ounce bombers to keep in the house.
i wasn't sure about it at first with all the sediment floating around in the bottle, this is shockingly delicious.

01-06-2010 17:00:44 | More by mrcarterxxl
Photo of argock


3.78/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pilsner glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Market Street Wine Shop (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.69.

A: Hazy leather brown with short-1/2 to 1 finger off-white head that disappears pretty quickly but leaves some admirable lace.

S: Caramel and herbal hops aromas are most prominent, but the nose overall is pretty mild and average.

T: Bready caramel notes couple with a sharp yeastiness to create a demi-tart character. Herbal hops finish it off. I have never been a big fan of Rogue's Pacman yeast -- but after Shakespeare Stout (which is excellent, especially on tap), this is my favorite Rogue brew.

M: Pretty supple and smooth with solid medium body. Carbonation is lively as expected. Aftertaste is biscuity and tart yeast.

D: A solid enough brew and I enjoyed it. The yeast character of Rogue beers have never been a favorite of mine, but the maltiness helps to push that towards afterthought.

01-05-2010 03:19:10 | More by argock
Photo of ProLiquorMan


3.68/5  rDev -6.8%

An orangy/amber color. Looks nice.

Smells a little sweet. Bready and slightly cheesy. It's a good smell.

The taste was a little disappointing after nosing it. Not a lot on the palate. It's a good ale. I guess my expectations were too high. It's kind of hard to describe the taste of this ale. It's similar to the nose but subdued.

Medium bodied.

Nothing wrong with this ale. Another good beer from Rogue. There could be more flavor on the palate though.

01-03-2010 14:48:49 | More by ProLiquorMan
Photo of OttoBomb


4.38/5  rDev +10.9%

22 oz. bomber poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (January 3, 2010). No freshness date on bottle.

Eyes: Pours a nice honey amber with 2 & 1/2 finger fluffy head.

Nose: Strong sweetness. Smells of savory dried fruit and brown sugar, some nice hop aroma also.

Tongue: A strong toasty malt flavor hits the mouth first. Earthy, nutty, and sweet facets are also evident. This is very crisp despite the malty character. A very good amount of flavor complexity, and enough hops to make it very nicely balanced.

Mouth: Little carbonation, but it's still crisp light and savory. A small bitter aftertaste, but this does not overwhelm the palate.

Libation: A very well put together ale, almost perfectly balanced for the style. Very interesting savory & spicy flavors are well balanced with a small hop character. Extremely (dangerously?) drinkable. Clearly one of the better offering in this style, I'll be back.

01-03-2010 08:09:36 | More by OttoBomb
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Alberta (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%

22oz bottle. Believe it or not, way back in the mid-90s, this was the only US micro, except for maybe Sam Adams, that was available in my fair burg, and was my intro to the broad spectrum that is craft brewing from our southern neighbours. The times, they have since a-changed, so let me take a stroll down memory lane. While there is indeed a marketing label spiel (Dare, Risk, Dream), it is of the weakest, lack of information sort, especially for this venerable, cheeky purveyor of west-coast suds.

This beer pours a cloudy medium apricot colour, with one finger of creamy light beige head, which leaves a thin curtain of droopy lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of pale biscuit and thin caramel malt, musty orchard fruit, and a bit of citrus and floral hops, with the slightest twinge of warming alcohol. The taste is lightly roasted fruit, of the drupe sort (pear and apple), caramel malt, a rather understated bit of biscuit dryness, mildly edgy yeast, and floral, somewhat perfumed earthy hops.

The carbonation is fairly soft, the body tacitly smooth, with a wee bit of creaminess, and a placid medium weight. It finishes with more fruity malt, and perfume-tinged floral hops.

The prototypical new world Maibock, despite the confusing name, and with verily big malts, nicely cut with soft, but effective balancing fruity hops. Very drinkable, at this particular bookend of my beer-drinking years.

01-03-2010 00:46:29 | More by biboergosum
Photo of 4000qtrap


3.53/5  rDev -10.6%

Source/Serving: On Tap

Smell: Apples, brown sugar, toasted bread, light floral aroma.

Taste: Bitter apple peel and grape skin, hints of brown sugar but not sweet. Very balanced. Finish is toasted bread and doesn't last long. Mild carbonation.

Overall: A good solid, drinkable, beer. This is my first Maibock and thus the ratings may change as I try more.

01-02-2010 20:54:56 | More by 4000qtrap
Photo of Minotaur


3.83/5  rDev -3%

Dead Guy has a medium amber, nutshell color with a thin head and medium carbonation. The head mostly clears around the edge of the pint glass as it warms.

The aromas is very light and floral-bitter hoppy. There is a little bit of malt sweetness in the scent, but it is extremely faint.

Dead Guy has a good flavor of light, slightly sweet, nutty warm malts with a considerable amount of bitter hops. There is no sourness or extreme of flavor which leaves the impression of considerable balance. It is a light tasting beer that has a clean, refreshing finish.

The mouthfeel is medium body with some toasty warmth of hop and malt that lingers on the tongue. I find the drinkability of Dead Guy to be its greatest quality. It is slightly too alcoholic to be a session beer but well satisfies the niche of a beer to drink with a variety of foods and in a variety of seasons.

It is not perhaps the most outstanding example of a maibock but it is very accessible and generally available.

01-02-2010 00:27:10 | More by Minotaur
Photo of LordAdmNelson


3.63/5  rDev -8.1%

A nice orangey-copper-brown, this one has a half-inch white head on top of it. Head fades relatively quickly, but leaves behind some nice lacing. Something about the smell to me is off-putting, and I can't quite place it. In any case, I'm getting some lightly roasted malt, and a hint of citrus hops. Taste follows suit, but the malt definitely dominates, with roasted flavors and amber malts coming through. Some nutty flavors too--hazelnut for one. A hint of hops pushes through, though they are minor. Feel is nothing special, pretty typical for an ale, though I guess slightly above average for creaminess. Drinkability would be higher if I could figure out what I don't like about the smell of this beer, there's just something I don't like. I've had it in bottles and have noticed the same thing. In any case, this is a nice sessionable beer.

12-31-2009 14:25:40 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of kegger22


4.03/5  rDev +2%

Rogue Dead Guy Ale is an amber color with a modest, off-white head that quickly reduces to a thin collar. The aroma is citrus hops. The taste is slight citrus hops, but definitely bitter. As it warms there is a sweet caramel note in the background, but not strong. The feel is light to medium bodied, a bit oily and sufficient carbonation. Drinkability is good with a moderate ABV and good flavor.

This is my first Maibock so I really do not have anything to compare Dead Guy with. It is very drinkable and tasty, though not exceptional.

12-29-2009 19:46:50 | More by kegger22
Photo of Lerxst


3.68/5  rDev -6.8%

A-Pours amber with a good size head that disappeared quickly and left decent lacing.

S-Not overly strong, but I'm picking up citrus hops and a nice malty, breadiness. Smells good, but I'd like the nose to be stronger.

T-Somewhat sweet malty taste with some citrus hop notes. Its nice, but nothing outstanding.

M-Very crisp with a somewhat noticable yet not harsh carb bite, on the low side of medium body.

D-You could session this without a problem. Very drinkable.

Its not outstanding, but it is a solid beer.

12-28-2009 19:43:10 | More by Lerxst
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.53/5  rDev -35.9%

Pours like a standard amber/brown beer, smells kind of like old tree clippings left in a covered can for awhile. Musty. Taste is just weird.

Malt bomby, but still with a little bit of hop character, but the malt wood tobacco feel overwhelms the hop character. As it continues, the dirt, earth, dark mahoganny feel to the bottle increases, and you're just about over this beer.

12-27-2009 03:03:40 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of joshstevens87


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%

A-a light amber ale with a pretty good, fluffy white head
S-spicy hops with a nice sweet malt profile in the background
T-nice sweet malt with a perfect amount of hops to balance the ale giving it a crisp dry finish, malty yet very refreshing
M-meduim body with a fat amount of carbonation with the malt giving it a nice buttery feel in the background and a nice amount of hops that make the finish dry and crisp
D-very drinkable, the beer gives a good balance like a maibock should a nice spicyness and a good strong maly flavor while not being too heavy

12-27-2009 01:52:34 | More by joshstevens87
Photo of GoalieRon33


4.3/5  rDev +8.9%

A- Amber, with a whiteish head

S- Hoppy with a slightly sweet note

T- Malty sweetness seems overpowering until the hops take aover. A perfect blend of spice and sweet makes this awesome to slam.

M- smooth, with a slightly tingly end. meidum to heavy body.

D- Great beer to drink a few of. Hit the mark with beer. Mellow yet complex

12-25-2009 06:31:16 | More by GoalieRon33
Photo of rfabian


4.22/5  rDev +6.8%

Poured into a tumbler it produces a half inch head that leaves ample lacing. The appearance is light amber and cloudy. The aroma is of spicy hops and malt. The taste is moderately bitter with malt sweetness. The feel is medium bodied with a flat finish. This is a delicious and drinkable ale.

12-22-2009 00:09:18 | More by rfabian
Photo of irishking1977

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%

Had this on draft at a comedy club in Philly and liked it alot, so I figured I'd include it in a mixed sixer.

A: Pours a brown amber with virtually no head nor lacing. Perhaps it was the pour, or the glass, but it looks nothing more than iced tea.

S: A pleasant bouquet of nut and wheat with a hint of brown sugar. One of the most pleasantly complex smells from a beer, IMHO.

T: Wheat and candy sugar with a mild nutty and buttery finish. Well balanced brew that is also a bit mysterious; I'm not sure if this a maibock, or a bock, a double bock, or a helles lager, but whatever Rogue's true intentions were, this is a damn fine brew.

M: Somewhat thin but well carbonated. The various flavors linger on the palate briefly, then disappear immediately, beckoning one for another sip.

D: This is a unique session brew that doesn't necessarily need to be poured into a glass; as far as I can tell there is nothing truly appealing about it's appearance, but the true testament of a good brew is it's taste and drinkability. This one has both.

12-17-2009 22:01:16 | More by irishking1977
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

On-tap pint, have tried Bottled Dead Guy before, but this was the first time for a draft offering.

Light copper color, gold hilights, small white head leaves thin lacing. Some hop smell, a bit of citrus but not very strong. Malty taste, slightly sweet to start. Then you get a dose of floral and citrusy hops. Sweet aftertaste. Good carbonation level, medium bodied, easy to drink. Refreshing and easy to drink, a good sessional option.

12-16-2009 22:55:47 | More by BigBry
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4.7/5  rDev +19%

I bought this beer at a liquor store at Vegas and among all there was, this was the first one i grabbed, because it has a skull logo;

A: Copper color with a very white foamy head;

S: Roasted malt, toffee and cherries;

T: Toffee, roasted malt and pumpkin and bitter hops;

M: Dry, high bitterness and sweet notes;

D: One of my favorite american beers, i would like to celebrate the next "dia de muertos" drinking this beer.

12-16-2009 20:24:01 | More by roddwolff
Photo of darklordlager


4.3/5  rDev +8.9%

Dead Guy

Pours a medium golden colour with a nice buttery light yellow coloured head.

Smell is of bread dough, buttered biscuit, nice bright citrus (not overwhelming though). Very pleasant and complex for how delicate it is.

Bread dough, crispy well-done savoury scones. Bright sweet citrus, meshing with a nice fruitiness form the yeast. Very satisfying and not overwhelming in the least bit.

Well carbonated, which enhances the refreshing quality of this beer. Well done.

Fantastic. Lots of flavour within while resisting the urge to become incredibly intense which would limit it to one or two. This beer is a great example of a session beer.

12-15-2009 05:52:55 | More by darklordlager
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3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours a light burnt orange color, reminiscent of a sunset on the horizon. Really beautiful when held up to the light, with a great stark white soapy looking head, that leaves a decent ring of lace on the glass. It has a nose of sweet malt, citrus hop, some bread and yeast character and hints of coriander, maybe even some wheat notes. As usual the sweet malt strikes first, followed by some citrus and bread that converge into a floral hop taste with a minor bitter finish. This is a nice and crisp beer with a light to medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Very well balanced beer, with a good malt backbone and a strong hoppy prescence. This is very visually appealing beer with a constant head and lace throughout that keeps it attractive till the end. The taste is equally appealing, with a great blend of sweet and floral flavors that keeps it complex, while it still something that can be drank in quantity, which is a hard balance thing to achieve in beer.

12-13-2009 23:38:38 | More by Lldeegan
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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