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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,021 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,021
Reviews: 2,266
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 153
Gots: 499 | 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 vickersspitfire


4.18/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured into a pilsner and got a light amber color beer with a light tan head that was about two and a half fingers thick and slowly thinned out. The body is crystal clear with some mild carbonation in the center. There are some strong dark fruit aromas mixed in with some hops and a hint of apples, there is a slight sour aroma but I can't quite place it. It has a smooth hoppy flavor up front, sweet over all and slightly bitter on the side of your tongue, it has some roasted malt flavors as you swallow it. It has a medium body with a very slight carbonation fell to it. It is pretty smooth over all and goes down pretty easily.

09-10-2008 02:56:58 | More by vickersspitfire
Photo of everetends


3.48/5  rDev -11.9%

12 oz bottle I purchased at the Crimson Tiger bar in Anniston, AL. Poured into a mug.

A: Poured a really interesting milky amber color. I say milky because as it sits there it looks thick and has a white tinge to the color within the amber. Got a somewhat decent half finger of white head that didn't have amazing retention. Receded down to a ring that put up a fight in laces arena, left its mark but it wasn't art.

S: Smell is some lightly roasted malt, yeast, and citrus hops. It is simple but it works. All of the aromas are pleasant and well balanced. Nothing really dominates anything else and I see this as a plus. Pretty nice.

T: Sweet, bready malt is the showstopper here. Not bad. Citrus hops are present but not that far out of the shadows. It does cut the malt a bit and add a more citrus/bitter presence to the sweetness of the malt.

M: Medium bodied brew. Incredibly refreshing. The carbonation is damned near perfect. This is a pretty smooth brew that finishes just a touch dry. The aftertaste is of slight citrus sourness.

D: This beer is nice but its not blowing me away in any sense of the word. I will drink again if offered but I am not going to go out of my way to track it down.

09-09-2008 07:04:26 | More by everetends
Photo of ckaufman


4.05/5  rDev +2.5%

A true classic in micros... in my opinion!

Orange/amber in color with a slight haziness. Average head volume with nice lacing and retention. The malts and hops battle it out in the nose, but the smell of malts ultimately win out. The opposite is true for taste. The malts and hops battle once again, however the hops win here in the taste department! This beer always seems a little on the thin side for me, but the carbonation still stimulates the palate. I give this beer a "session" rating. This is a beer you can drink all night long and not get bored!

09-08-2008 18:02:59 | More by ckaufman
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

Beautiful honey color complimented by a nice, off-white head. Smells of alcohol and honey battling for supremacy. The taste is of floral notes, a touch of black pepper, and then delicious hop, dry finish. An impressive complexity of flavor and personality.

09-04-2008 00:50:45 | More by JRed
Photo of mrkc


3.48/5  rDev -11.9%

The pour is thin, forming a cloudy copper brown brew with a thin head that quickly dissipates. Odour lacks complexity, with a sharp, citrus element. The hops are present, but not prominent. The taste is fairly omnidirectional, with the aforementioned citrus zing, and a light bitterness to finish. The body is light, and tends not to linger on the pallet. The beer is fairly sweet, though more in a fruit sense than saccharine. It drinks easily, and with its alcohol content, refuses to be a heady beer.

09-02-2008 02:14:53 | More by mrkc
Photo of RodBurg


4.05/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours cloudy orange/amber with a nice cream colored head, no lacing.

Smells like toasty malt and citrusy hops.

Tastes of sweet, bready malt with a small amount of hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel goes perfect with the carbonation.

Very good. Will make regular rotations in my fridge.

08-28-2008 01:01:25 | More by RodBurg
Photo of mtstatebeer

West Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%

12 oz. bottle. Pours a light brown with a bit of amber, little to no head. Smells primarily roasted malts with a mix of citrus. Good medium body with a sweet flavor and a slight tinge of bitterness. This beer got me started on craft beer, I owe it all to you Rogue.

08-27-2008 23:23:14 | More by mtstatebeer
Photo of bcolflesh


3/5  rDev -24.1%

I dug a hole in a shale bed under the hot sun - then I went inside and drank this beer. Basically nothing about it stood out to me - the plus was no aftertaste, it was just down then gone from my memory. No interest in trying it again, but nothing wrong with it.

08-25-2008 04:00:17 | More by bcolflesh
Photo of Hullabaloo2


3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Aroma - Strong malty flavor. I get honey notes along with some fruit esters. Little to no hop aroma.

Appearance - Slightly cloudy dark amber color with an eggshell colored head. The head poured only about a 1/2 finger width. It then dissipated to just a ring around the edge of the glass.

Taste - Strong malt profile. Lightly toasty with melanoidins. Very low hop bitterness/flavor. Somewhat dry. Balance is more on the malt side.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with low carbonation. Fairly smooth. Somewhat dry with a slight hint of alcohol on the finish. No perceived bitterness.

Overall Impression - The malt profile of this beer is quite nice. It's a solid beer that's pretty drinkable. They used a pretty clean yeast. I detect no diacetyl or DMS.

08-25-2008 02:33:49 | More by Hullabaloo2
Photo of Atron67


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

750 ml bottle

ive actually had this quite a few times, and just found about a 1 year old bottle on the shelves, figured it was time to drink it see how it aged. not exactly to style or anything, but someone might be interested.

A- pours a cystal clear copper with a huge fluffy while head on top. lacing left all around the glass. good to see it retained those characteristics for so long.

S- spicy, still focused on the malts. has a light fruity character. pretty mellowed, not as good as the original, but still very solid

T- while i think that dead guy is good, i think the aging actually worked out really well for it. my main complaint in the fresh form is that its a little too spicy on the malt. the spice has (what i would call) perfectly mellowed giving this beer a superb smoothness and maltiness all over. the hop character has faded a bit, but its still pretty crisp and keeps a lighter hop character.

M-slightly creamy, medium carbonation.

D- awesome

08-25-2008 01:45:04 | More by Atron67
Photo of changeup45


3.68/5  rDev -6.8%

Pours a murky copper color with moderate head and lacing. Sweet fruity hoppy aroma. Flavor is sweet and somewhat fruity with a nice hop/malt balance. Slight bitter finish. Solid beer. Seems like this could fall between a Pale Ale and an IPA, but regardless of what style it falls under I liked it.

08-24-2008 18:53:29 | More by changeup45
Photo of thekevlarkid


4/5  rDev +1.3%

Classic dark amber sliding towards copper color. The smell is malt with cane or natural sugar. Very little wispy lacing and little retention. Toasted malts come forward first then some herbal hops followed by a semi-bitter biscuit-like finish. Light carbonation and a great mouth feel. Smooth and pleasant without being too much of this or that. Balanced and very Ale-like. A good flagship but not the best Rogue by any means.

08-20-2008 14:57:23 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of Dusty278


4.72/5  rDev +19.5%

I Poured this slightly overpriced Maibock into a pint glass. It's always been one of my favorites.

Copper with head that vanishes quickly but leaves some good lacing behind.

Pleasing blend of malts and hops.

I sigh and smile broadly every time I have the pleasure of drinking one of these and feel a since of loss when I'm staring at the empty bottle afterward. It has a very complex flavor with a hoppy finish and hints of citrus with no apparent heat.

Smooth and oh so refreshing, medium to light body, nice carbonation

This is definitely a session beer. I would make this a beer that I always kept in my fridge if I had a extra money on a regular basis.

08-20-2008 01:28:28 | More by Dusty278
Photo of grs8313


4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Appearance: 650ml bottle with no bottling or freshness date. Pours a hazy copper color with a thick white head. The head starts to die down instantly to about one finger. Just a few spots of lacing as the beer gets lower in the glass.

Smell: Sweet malts, yeast, dried fruit and hints of honey. A great smelling beer.

Taste: Yeast, malts, and dried fruit (prunes?) that then get balanced out nicely by hops. The bitterness from the hops only comes through in the aftertaste, but does not last long. This is a great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy and carbonated feeling. The beer leaves the mouth feeling a little dry.

Drinkability: Endlessly drinkable. A great taste that does not dominate or wreck the pallet, in a beer that you can drink all night. An amazingly well balanced beer that everyone should try.

08-20-2008 00:54:58 | More by grs8313
Photo of TEXTONE


4.4/5  rDev +11.4%

12oz bottle.
Look-Two finger light creamy head that dissipates after about 10 minutes. The body is a honey brown color with a chill haze and is well carbonated.

Smell-Nice sweet fruity estery aroma to this bier I really enjoyed it.

Taste- Vary malty taste goes down nice and smooth. This beer is not as sweet as it smells, but the hops and sweet malts balance nicely. A medium bodied bier that has a mouth feel that is similar, medium and malty.

Notes-I find this to be an excellent and most drinkable bier a delight for the senses.

08-19-2008 01:15:35 | More by TEXTONE
Photo of sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%

12oz bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Allowed to warm for about 10 minutes from the fridge. Pours a clear, medium copper with a nice fluffy head which dissipates. Medium aroma of straight-up malt. Initial tastes are mainly malty with a tiny bit of sweetness and a slight hop tang. Aftertaste becomes more hoppy as it warms. Balanced. Medium bodied. S'alright.

08-18-2008 03:00:37 | More by sstackho
Photo of Herrbrokt


4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

From bottle. No fresh by. into pint glass

Pours an amber orange minimally hazy. Pearl white head that sticks around for a while

Full aroma hoppy tang and sweet malt. Canned Pineapple? maybe I'm crazy.

mmm! No complaints on taste here. Balanced cascade of hops and toast malts.

Punchy and bright. carbonation settles nicely after a couple minutes.

Nice ale. Cheers.

08-17-2008 04:49:37 | More by Herrbrokt
Photo of Haybeerman


4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

A: Poured deep honey gold color; slightly clouded. Strong inch-and-a-half light tan-colored head that held to almost an inch. Decent lacing that slid down the inside of the glass.

S: Sweet and fruity without lingering.

T: Big malty beer; caramel and brown sugar sweetness was not overpowering. A really nice balance.

M: Medium to full body that with nice balance to carbonation. Lager finish (versus ale it portends to be)

D: Very high. Be continuing to come back to this one. When I read others making a reference to "session beer", I think this would be it.

08-14-2008 23:48:12 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of HardcoreKeith


4.22/5  rDev +6.8%

A local pizza place has Dead Guy on tap and it's become sort of a ritual for me to have this with pizza. I never reviewed it because at one point I got a couple bad bottles of it, but I now think those must have been old or poorly cared for.

DGA pours dark copper and has a wonderful sweet malty flavor that's quickly followed by a strong West Coast hop bite. I'm not sure that it exactly follows the guidelines for a maibock, but I do know that it's quite delicious (and pairs excellently with pizza).

08-12-2008 18:55:43 | More by HardcoreKeith
Photo of PatronWizard


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

So I grabbed a sixer on the way home. It had about 45 min to reach thermal equilibrium before the slaughter began...

Poured into my trusty beer glass. Light copper, very cloudy. Thick frothy head, almost frothed over. Nice retention.


Tastes...good. Something at the end that I liked and disliked at the same time. But tasted good regardless.

It's a little late when I got home so I don't know how many I'll finish, but I know I won't switch over and I will be drinking these puppies until I go to sleep. At least three, maybe four = drinkable for sure. As for the high marks, well I liked it! What should I have done?

08-12-2008 05:16:09 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of jbphoto88


4/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours as a hazy reddish orange color that is reminiscent of a cherry wood finish. A tan head that isn't very vigorous as it softly rises up 1/4 inch. It slowly dissipates to a tan collar with a light single layer of fine bubbles clustered in the middle.

Smell is mild and mostly malts. The scent is sweet and has a slight hop spice followed by supple caramel and toffee. A nose that is very pleasing but a little light for my taste.

A soft palate that has a strong yet sweet malt backbone. Light and smooth on the tongue there is a nothing remotely offensive about this beer. The hops are one step above nonexistent. Very subtle and way in the background except for a light astringency in the finale. Sweet caramel notes join those hop flavors and ambiance in the finish.

Deceptively easy to drink and quite enjoyable. This beer is smooth and mild yet still has a nice hop ending. The beer to me is a good transition beer, one that's a good gateway beer to superior craft beer. Probably why there are over 1,200 reviews.

08-11-2008 00:34:04 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of Tbn2

New York

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

A-Pours a clear copper/burnt red color body. A two finger head rises to the top, settles, and laces here and there all the way down.

S-Lots of malt balanced by earthy, fresh hops smell. There is some spiciness to the aroma as well.

T/M-The taste is really good. The pale malt hits you first and then the hops take over with fresh, husky, earthy and citrusy flavors. The beer finishes with a combination of good malty, caramel sweetness and hops. The carbonation gives the beer a good body and tingles on the way down.

I enjoyed this beer. I picked it up looking for a good Maibock. The second reason is I brewed a clone for my buddies wedding and wanted to see how I did. I think I did rather well.


08-07-2008 23:49:36 | More by Tbn2
Photo of nocheinsbitte

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

From a 12-oz bottle.
A: Pours a nice copper color with a decent head. Good lacing, nice hold. Looks inviting...
S: fairly hoppy, no citrus smell at all. Not at all pungent, overall a decent smell.
O: The citrus flavor comes out in the taste, not the smell. Kind of a bright, energetic taste that gets you going. Minimal aftertaste. A good ale, but not the Maibock that it is listed under.
M: Decent, nothing wrong with it.
D: A good bier to drink during the BBQ or at an after-work get together. Will definitely have it again. Not a Maibock, though.


08-07-2008 02:42:05 | More by nocheinsbitte
Photo of roadhouse


3.58/5  rDev -9.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a clear copper with a two finger bubbly off-white head that leaves a tiny bit of lacing.

Aromas of caramel, toffee, some fruitiness, a slight hint of citrusy hops.

Taste is initially sweet caramel and toasted malts. Follows up with a nice dose of citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-light and pretty smooth.

This stuff is pretty good but the only problem is that the taste gets old once I get about halfway through with the glass. It's a good brew, definitely not a real bock, but it just doesn't really do it for me as much as others.

08-05-2008 07:05:46 | More by roadhouse
Photo of Halcyondays


3.48/5  rDev -11.9%

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a marzen orange with a full off-white head, good retention, spotty lacing.

S: Light maltiness, very sweet, molasses, light alcohol.

T: Very malty, has a strong sugar character to it, like toffee candy. Get a little bit of red apple peel too, hint of pumpkin pie spice.

M: Nice full mouthfeel, good carbonation, very smooth, viscous.

D: A nice little ale from Rogue, not a true maibock, but a nice hybrid, a lot better than some of the stuff that's out there. Could buy again.

08-05-2008 05:54:57 | More by Halcyondays
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,021 ratings.