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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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very good

6,610 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,610
Reviews: 2,309
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 203
Gots: 876 | FT: 1
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-05-2001

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
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Photo of TangTKE402
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a .5 liter beer stein. Wispy head that is a few cm at best, and a nice rich brown color that is amber on the outer edges of the glass and just a touch hazy.

Smell is malty and earthy at the same time. Faint caramel notes combine with hints of hops and pears to create a nice, subtle nose.

Taste is smooth with a sweet alcoholic bite to it, like sweet vermouth. Notes of maple syrup, oatmeal and pine nuts are the top flavors I get. This tastes like it's higher than 6.5 abv, but not in an overly harsh way.

The character of the mouthfeel is a nice balance between substantial and understated. When the beer is in your mouth, you know it's there, but when you swallow it goes down clean and smooth.

The well-balanced nature of this brew adds significantly to its drinkability, which I believe is fairly high. It's great tasting, but goes down easily, with no major characteristics standing out.

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy,reddish brown with a healthy,two- finger tall,eggshell head that showed good retention and left ropy lacing on the glass.Medium carbonation was visible.

S-Big wildflower honey aroma.Very sweet nose with caramelized pear and roasted nuts.Some faint citrus notes as well.

T-Very sweet with honey-butter and biscuit coming through.More caramel/toffee malt properties with a nutty finish.Only a small appearance made by the hops midway through with the malt finishing on the tongue.

M-Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation
and slightly cloying sweetness.

D-Maybe a little sweet for considerable sessionability but still average,drinkabiltiy

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

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Brown, redish tan, looks great

Smell - Barly, hops, spices, malts, yeast and sugar.

Taste - Much like a amber lager, this was smooth, and creamy. It has malt and sugar bite to it. A easy to drink beer with sugar and cream overtones. Tasty and rich

Mouthfeel - Yummy and full of taste. Covers whole mouth with malts and foam. A real treat

Drinkability - This is the kind of craft beer that i wish people that never had craft beers before could try. Its tasty, smooth and rich. You can drink 4-5 of these no problem. Or you could session this with a friend.

Photo of Fenris244
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice honey colour with 3 finger head that lingers for quite some time before dissipating to a thin bubbly ring

Smell is very bread like with a noticeable sweetness and the faint aroma of hops

Taste was very malty at first then the hops took over only allowing the malt flavour to come back in the the after taste

Mouthfeel was good, I wasn't quite expecting the hops to be as powerful of a flavour as they were but they fade in the finish and allow the sweetness in the malt to balance it out

It's extremely drinkable, tasty with smooth finish. Overall a very enjoyable beer

Photo of StarshipPoopers
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear and orange-copper colour with about a finger worth of white head that quickly settles down to a thin ring with a little bit of a film. Looks pleasant, nothing remarkable but still appealing.

S - Bready malt is certainly heavy in the smell. It is matched with a less strong but still very noticeable smell of hops. Other sweet notes include caramel.

T - The taste is a nice balance between the malt and hops. Initially the taste is of the malt with a slight hint of the hops. As it settles the hops become much more pronounced. A very faint and sweet citrus taste and the bready malt also becomes apparent in the aftertaste.

M - The mouthfeel is interesting. I like it. There is an ever so slight harshness to the taste that gets much more pronounced as the beer gets warmer. The sweetness of the malts is nicely balanced by the slight hoppy edge that is provided, and the sweet but subtle flavours of citrus and caramel add to the taste nicely.

D - Even though it's 6.6%ABV I would still consider this as a potential session beer. All in all it's a good beer with a nice balanced taste which struck a good compromise between favouring the malt flavour but still adding a nice edge of pronounced hops and subtle sweet flavours to the mix.

Photo of adam42381
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a medium amber color with orange highlights and a 2-3 finger foamy off-white head. Fairly decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet aroma of malt and caramel with just a hint of floral hops.

Taste: Sweet toasted malt up front followed by caramel and a hint of alcohol in the middle then floral and citrus hops at the finish. Aftertaste is mostly hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could knock back a few of these before you realize the alcohol is sneaking up on you.

Overall: Very solid beer overall, although I'm not sure it's really a Maibock. You could do a lot worse than this.

Photo of BBP
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Thick amber colour with little head. Slight lacing. Medium carbonation.

S- Definite bready malts. Secondary pine resin hops which remained noticable through the drink as well.

T- Pretty upfront malt flavor. Hops tone down the alcohol, but never near the malt presence. Has some kick to it, but remains smooth. A bit of caramel and bubblegum flavor. Great bittersweet aftertaste with many lingering flavors. A very impressive job on the malts in this one and it has a very elaborate flavor. It's just a bit too sweet/fruity tasting for me though.

M- Creamy and smooth. Carbonation is spot on.

D- Easy to drink and satiates your thirst quite well. Would probably get it again, but it's fairly expensive in Ontario's LCBOs.

3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber to pint glass.

A: Pours with a large 2 1/2 finger off-white head, fizzy and foamy. The head falls unevenly over an extended period of time and becomes a semi rock, airy cap. The body is clear and burnt umber in color, medium dark. The head sticks to the sides of the glass in thick foamy chunks. Lacing from the body is very good to excellent as well. Great appearance.

S: Heavy malt contribution with nearly roasted malts of caramel, cereal, toffee and nuts. Light notes of pine resin hops.

T: Robust flavor given the style, with low [dark] fruity esters. Hoppier on the palate than the nose let on. Flavors are spicy, wet and woody with notes of tobacco pulling through. Long flavor duration. A small amount of alcohol comes through on the flavor...

M: ...and the mouthfeel as well. Lively carbonation with a dry finish.

D: Average drinkability with no distinguished characteristics. Would take a pretty bad tap list for me to revisit.

Photo of mash4077
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Dark, deep orange. Small white head fading quickly.

S- Bright citrus-hops scent, refreshing. Some creamy vanilla malt smells.

T- Vanilla malt flavors are showcased better in the taste, and the hops take a backseat. A little earthiness and a touch of caramel. Great balance and very smooth.

M- Creamy and full, great feel.

D- Absolutely spot on, this was quite a nice beer experience.

Photo of kwjd
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright amber-orange colour with slightly off-white head. Head dissipates without much lacing. Smell is incredibly fruity and lots of bready malt. Taste is quite sweet with a hint of bitterness. This reminds me of some English ales actually, though I may just be crazy (or wrong). Smooth mouthfeel, but a little bit under-carbonated. This is pretty expensive in Ontario so I don't drink it often even though it is available, but I would drink it more if the price were right.

Photo of Bfarr
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber with tan foamy head with okay retention and good lacing. Sweet and spicy aroma. Bready tea (is that really a flavor, well that's what I wrote in my notes. Maybe if you dip your bread in your tea) with a bittersweet balance and a bit of spice and a touch of alcohol. Smooth and silky with low cabonation.

I didn't enjoy this as much as I used to. Perhaps my tastes have changed or I got an old bottle but it's still a good beer that I will not have a problem revisiting in the future.

Photo of claspada
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy honey amber with little head and fading lacing.

Aromas of balanced malt and fruity/earthy and hops.

Malt sweetness up front trailing to a nice medium hop bitterness; nice malty body with mild carbonation, bitterness lingers on the finish.

Simple straightforward uncomplicated brew, but very pleasant overall due to the famous Pacman yeast which improves as it nears room temperature. It's not a Maibock, but I'm not complaining.

Photo of andrenaline
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've tried this before, but this is my first time writing up a formal review.

A - Pours a nice dark copper colour, solid thumb of off-white, silky and shiny head, solid retention and decent lacing as well. Very well presented.

S - Sweet sugary hops with a hint of cedar and caramel and brown sugar malts coming through on the finish.

T - THe taste is much milder than I expected with mellow burnt sugar, some mild cinnamon notes, caramel malts dominating and some bubble gum hops on the finish. Nicely balanced, but could be amped up a bit more.

M - Light, bubbly and smooth. Medium bodied, no complaints here.

D - This one is easily drinkable, alcohol is nicely hidden, flavours are nicely balanced and all-around a very tasty beer. Highly recommended to anyone looking a nicely balanced hop offering.

Photo of StephenRich
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazelnut Brown Nectar, XS Imperial IPA... Dead Guy Ale? What on earth is a Dead Guy Ale? Well, it just happens to be another award winning beer from the likes of theRogue Brewery in Oregon. Often people confuse it with an American Pale Ale, but it is actually a German style Maibock. A traditional German Maibock is a lager brewed to higher strengths and lagered (laid to rest in cool cellars) for three or more months. They are typically characterized by caramel sweet malt, medium to full body, medium hop aroma, but low hop bitterness. However, in typical west coast style, you should expect some bitter here.

Although the traditional style is a lager, Rogue's version is actually an ale, using their standard pacman yeast to brew it; which is an ale yeast. The Dead Guy was originally created in the early 90′s as a private tap sticker to celebrate the Mayan Day of the Dead. The design proved to be so popular that Rogue claimed it as the label for thier Maierbock ale.

This championship quality beer is often the one that coerces people out of a world of bland beers and into the beautiful reality of craft beer. I typically enjoy it richly in the summer when it is hot out, but it has more than enough flavor and depth to stand up to the coldest winter nights.

It has been brewed with four different malts, two hops, and hits the bottle at 6.5% abv. It is available at the LCBO in six packs of 355ml bottles, and also throughout the Unites States in 650ml larger bottles, as well as 64oz growlers at some locations. The Dead Guy will be best enjoyed cool around 10C (50F) offering fully quenching characteristics and smooth and creamy sensations.

The Dead Guy pours richly building a deep amber down beer. It is completely transparent with golden mahogany and oranges streaming though the wide array of carbonation pouring up from it. A nicely soft and mountainous white cream head forms a nice inch to two inches above the beer. Retention is reasonable, but it fades to a film within five minutes.

Steaming up from the now gorgeous pint glass are lush aromas of caramel malt and toffee. Thick buttery biscuit and floral hop notes lift spice and fruit into your nose. Honey, brown sugar, orange zest and fresh cut glass are all here showing delightful refreshing characteristics.

Don't sip the Dead Guy, he doesn't like it. Get right in there and enjoy this beer. Smooth and creamy malt sweetness flows over your tongue with an elegant and balanced mellow sweetness. Hop aromatics and bitter begin to pour in quickly also aiding the beer's balance and overall structure. Warm biscuit, melted butterscotch candy and the smell of fresh baked breads all show up in the cheeks and fill your palate.

It is really a mellow sweet beer with a lusciously creamy and smooth character. The balance comes from fresh and floral hops and a good amount of potent carbonation creating a supremely quenching beer. You would have no complaints with this beer on a hot summer day. The hops are quite nice showing lots of fresh flavors, citrus, a touch of pine and hay field too.

The mouthfeel is a succulent combination of creamy smooth malt and quenching hop carbonation; really perfect. It is easy to enjoy but full of deep and wide flavors making it an excellent beer for dinner. Spicy foods, anything off the grill, or deep tomato based pastas.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark orange. Small head.

S-Malty and booze. I get caramel maybe some hops? Hard to define from the smell.

T-Sweet. Definately caramel. More hop than expected. Booze is there.

M-Slick and a bit sharp.

D-Makes my cheeks warm. Tasty but a bit low on the drinkability scale.

Photo of dball
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I thought upon ordering a draft of Dead Guy that I was familiar with the beer. I was very pleasantly taken aback by the distinctly good flavor of Dead Guy. It is a very nice amber color and has a terrific smell. It feels great in the mouth with a blend of spice. I don't recall appreciating this beer as much out of a bottle. Thanks to the folks at Shebeen in Charlottesville, VA for keeping in on tap and running great happy hour specials.

Photo of RDHerm
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly reddish amber color with yellow highlights. Has a thin golden head that dissipates quickly, leaving a nice ring that holds throughout.

Has a very faint aroma. Smells sweet and malty, with slight hints of fruit, caramel, and spice.

Slightly more bitter than the aroma would indicate. Starts out sweet and fruity, with strong notes of malt and a hint of honey, followed by a solid hoppy bitterness. Then the spice really starts to come through, and lingers on the palate.

On the lighter side in body. A pretty good carbonation level - it has a smooth feel, but just a little too dry a finish.

Light, smooth, and pretty tasty. Not bad at all.

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

bought as the Yellowstone Ale in the city of West Yellowstone..nice bottle with a geiser on it. 650ml

pours a nice amber,rousse beer with small white foamhead medium efferversence.

smell: camaral/roasty and bread

Taste: first you taste the roasty caramel followed a medium bitterness that last pretty long, and then some floral malted taste. theres a nutty final as well.

mf: full body, a bit on the liquorous side, medium carbonation, long after-taste, nutty with some bitterness

drinkability is excellent. it is a complex Ale well balanced and interesting brew, refreshing as well.

for those who like cheese, it belongs with a brie double creme, that cheese brings the nutty taste on another level. good stuff

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 8/13/10 notes. Had on tap at the Iron Horse in DC.

a - Pours a murky amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts and caramel malts, with hints of spices and yeast. Also some grain and bready malts.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, spice, fruity malts, and toasted malts. Hints of citrus hops and a little bit sweet.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A very solid maibock. Lots of malts in the smell and taste. Have had it many times and would definitely order it again.

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

poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A- pours a hazy light amber body with a very minimal head. The color almost looks like there is a mix of honey

S- a great flair of malt and honey flavor. There are some strong spice tones and a light hop presence. There is a good balance with the scent

T- very tasty. The malt flavor is the star of the show.

M- full bodied and even creamy

D- Dead guy ale is a great brew that is incredibly drinkable. The emphasis of the honey makes the brew absolutely fantastic. The malt is pretty extreme in it

Photo of olmatty
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a clear orange amber with a thin white head.

Smell- Light malts with a touch of sweetness

Taste- Lightly sweet, biscuity malts with caramel notes. Malts have a definitively German character. Bitterness and a slight dryness towards finish. Hops are herbal and provide bitterness which rides in the background.

Mouthfeel- Clean, thin bodied, crisply carbonated. Refreshing but not light.

Drinkability- ABV is significantly higher than flavor or body would suggest. One could drink this in session, but beware the ABV.

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsner...

A: Pours a transparent copper with a big off white head, which leaves lacing as it slowly bubbles down.

S: a musty hay aroma, raisin sourdough bread, caramel popcorn, orange peel, and pine needle.

T: an earthy, nutty raisin bread toast that fades to a bitter lemon and pine hop fade

M: a slick full medium body for style that finishes crisp and refreshing and off dry

Overall, a unique and americanized interpretation of the style that is very enjoyable. Good beer to take the edge off of a hot day at work.

Photo of drinkiusmaximus
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-pours a Hazy burnt orange color two fingers head which recedes slowly,nice lacing throughout.

S-Yeasy and Malty I am picking up very little Hop character.

T- toasty malts and a nutty flavor dominates with a slight earthy hop show at the finish which is gone just as quick as it comes on.

M-medium bodied

D-With little Hop character and nothing else that really shines with this brew drinkability on this one is fairly low on this one,actually considering that rogue beers are some of the higher priced bombers in my area I probably won't go for this one again.


Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Meagan - thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly toasted malts with good amounts of sweeter caramel malts and hints of earthy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy caramel malts with good amounts of toastiness kick things off. Midway through the sip the sweetness fades just a bit with the addition of mild earthy hop flavors that carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this tasted much better from the bottle than it did on-tap. Nicely nuanced malt flavors and a nice mouthfeel make this one worth a shot.

Photo of Buschyfor3
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz draft at Old Chicago's

A: Golden amber body; quite clear on the pour; creamy off-white head about a finger and a half thick on the pour; sheet-like lacing.

S: Kind of buttery and bready on the nose; lots of malts as I expected; some caramel notes are there but are nicely balances by some dried, toasted grain/cracker notes and fresh baked wheat bread.

T: Huge maltiness through and through; buttery and nutty; some touches of caramel sweetness and some sweet cake like qualities; finish is slightly drying and brings out a touch of floral hop-like flavors before fading into butter toast flavors on the finish.

M: Somewhat creamy texture on the palate; pleasant carbonation.

D: Easy drinking at 6.5% ABV. Definitely one that is very enjoyable to have alongside a nice meal.

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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