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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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very good

6,169 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,169
Reviews: 2,274
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 165
Gots: 577 | FT: 1
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 reallyhoppie
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It's a hazy copper/apricot color with nice tall pale head.

Smells of sweet malts and spices.

Mild malt and spice flavors. A little caramel and butter in the finish. Slight bitterness.

Smooth with subdued carbonation.

Over all a good beer.

reallyhoppie, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of bluesoul
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paired with pan-grilled BBQ chicken.

A - Poured into pint glass, 1.5-finger cream-colored head crawled down the glass. Beer is an only slightly hazy amber color. Decent lacing

S - Has a very nice aroma, it's not unlike having a mouthful of the beer just by getting a good whiff of it. Has a sort of banana-nut bread vibe, really very pleasant. Gets a bit funky when swirled.

T - Not terribly complex, starts with a generous amount of malt, and has a good hop bite at the end but isn't overpowering. Doesn't really push any new boundaries but instead offers simple quality.

M - Good carbonation, aftertaste is slightly bitter and lingers for upwards of 30 seconds. Starts off quite tight but opens up quickly. Alcohol aftertaste becomes more evident with warming. Overall goes down light and easy.

D - Very drinkable beer, especially if one is trying to escape macro hell and find some quaffable craft brews. Quite filling considering the mouthfeel. I wouldn't turn this one down, but I don't think I could make it through more than one or two either.

bluesoul, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden color. One inch head with good lacing and good retention. Smells of sweet malt, some fruit/spices, and some earthy aromas (something like butter or caramel). Fits the style. There's a smooth and crisp mouth feel with average carbonation levels. Tastes of sweet/ earthy malt and a good amount of hops to create a good blend of sweet and bitter. There's also another more subtle flavor maybe butter or caramel. Overall, a really good beer - another great example from Rogue.

Tone, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of hwwty4
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a factory sealed growler into my Boulevard Smokestack goblet. I don't know how old the growler is but it let out a nice hiss of carbonation when I uncapped it. This beer pours a dark, reddish copper with a nice 2 inch head that dissolved into just a thin layer that sat on the top of the beer. The aroma has a nice caramel/toffee aroma with a bit of vanilla, and some fruity esters. The flavor follows suit with some mild malts really building the flavor profile. Caramel, what reminds me of blueberries sometimes and cherries other times (no I'm not crazy) and other dark fruits. There is also a fake sweetness to it. It kind of reminds me of Sweet N Low. The mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth. Not as clean as you find with other Maibocks. This is a good beer and one I'm sure I will revisit again down the line.

hwwty4, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of WickedSluggy
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is this an ale or a lager? I am confused about the clasification (bock) here? Not important - it is what it is.

Found at the Dallas central market in 22oz bombers. I had it before in NYC, liked it, but that was late in the night. Taste buds were stretched.

This one has been in the fridge for a week and it is very cold.

A - Light amber brown lighter amber foam disipated after a few minutes. Sediment at bottom of this bottle conditioned ale. No haze from cold.

S - Malty with some dried fruit aroma (raisins), maple too. Little hops bouquet. A wee bit of the butterscotch on warming but not pronounced.

T - Balanced, maple with mild lingering bitterness. After warming everthing expands a bit - still mild, slightly on the malty side of balanced.

M - Medium body. Low carbonation. Not much else to comment on here.

D - Highly drinkable in its own right - not sure in comparison with style because I don't understrand Mai Bock designation. This will not join the ranks of my favorite, but all-in-all a descent beer for sure. It will stay on my radar.

WickedSluggy, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of sleazo
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a refreshing looking hue midway through the range of golden and amber. A nice fluffy and pockmarked head has decent staying power and provides nice concentric rings of lace.

S_A slightly sweet malty aroma mixes well with a decent grassy/medicinal hop presence. A bit too mild perhaps but nice smelling.

T_Nicely sweet at first with a bread like malt quality. This gives way to a refreshing noble hop bitterness which lingers well into the aftertaste. Definitely has that "Rogue" aspect to it.

M_The best part for me is the feel. Creamy and slightly oily, it has enough carbonation to make it easily quaffable.

D_Kind of surprised I have never reviewed this one as I get it frequently. A well made flagship beer.

sleazo, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of mjaskula
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. This a pretty interesting beer. Pours amber brown with a tiny bit of sediment and a thick head that dissipates to nothing. The smell is fairly hoppy and the taste is full of hop bitterness with some malt flavor.

Overall it's very drinkable.

mjaskula, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass.Poured amber with a frothy white heading. Great lacing.Very fruity smell and a good blend of hops. I got a taste of oranges immediately and a very hoppy aftertaste. An easy enjoyable ale. I will definetly by purchasing this again.

TheFightfan1, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of CHADMC3
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Even a somewhat gentle pour of the Dead Guy provides an eruption of white creamy head with a dense population of carbonation bubbles lying atop the golden orange body. A hearty trail of white lacing drags down the glass as the head dissipates.

Piney hop aroma at first glance with some spice aspect and biscuit like malt as well.

Wood and bread notes accompany the dry malt and floral hop drying the palate with a hint of pepper.

Rich, creamy mouthfeel offers a medium body and medium carbonation.

Diverse flavor offerings and interestingly balanced body make this a keeper. Always a go to.

CHADMC3, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of JayNH
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a thick foamy head.

S- A pleasant hoppiness, slightly citrusy with a bready malt in the background.

T- An earthy/grassy hopped tea-like taste. Interesting...

M- Smooth and somewhat creamy. Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

D- Excellent. A well balanced brew that I could definitely drink a few of.

JayNH, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of fido
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dead Guy Ale pours a very nice copper amber color with a decent foamy head; Aroma is very nice, very fruity; Taste is malty and sweet with some caramel flavor, well balanced; Very easy to drink.

Really very interesting beer; Highly recommended.


fido, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of RickKrumenacker
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear light-orange pour. Minimal head that did not stick around very long. Lots of bubbles at first, but calmed to individual bubbles rising to the top.

Smell: Sweet and floral hints. More malts come through as it warms.

Taste: Fruity sweetness up front. Light hops at the back of my tongue. The hops stick around awhile.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, with good carbonation. Not watery, but lighter than anticipated.

Drinkability: Fairly balanced...sweet up front with bittering hops in the end. Easy to get through a few of these.

RickKrumenacker, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of mdcrouser
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Every color of the beer rainbow seems to explode from this beer - amber, gold, dark brown, and red, each refracting, breaking apart from the pint glass at different angles.

Small islands of head dot the top of the beer, slowing breaking apart and reforming, like thousands of years of evolution, occurring over the compacted timespan of a few mere seconds.

Subtly complex and woody, with a dry and caramelly hoppiness that slowly and coolly lulls you into a state of supreme relaxation. It finishes exceptionally smooth, with trailing hops and a light malt.

The only thing dead here is the guy on the label.

mdcrouser, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ml bottle into a pint glass. This is my first beer of this style, so I don't really have a basis for comparison

Appearance: Pours golden-orange, a pale amber, with a three-finger slightly off-white thick, frothy head. Lots of bubbles. The beer was incredibly clear. Surprisingly little amount of lacing.

Smell: Malt and citrus, and hints of hops. A citrus-fruit smell really dominates.

Taste: Very sweet, and very smooth. Fruity and wheat flavors dominate. The fruit and wheat gives way to a hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Both flavors linger for quite some time. As it warms, the hoppy character begins to dominate more. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very, very thin - it almost caught me off guard. It's so incredibly smooth, it almost feels like water in the mouth. I'm not sure if this is a good or a bad thing.

Drinkability: The incredibly smooth mouthfeel and the balanced flavors make this one drinkable beer. Even though the sweetness isn't necessarily what I'm looking for in a beer, it was very easy to quickly finish the glass.

This would make a great session beer, and was a solid introduction into the style. I think it would make an excellent introduction for people who are just getting into craft beers, as well. I would say it's a little too sweet for my tastes, but its so easy drinking that it really doesn't matter. Solid beer.

StarlightSeraph, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of thain709
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark amber color that boarders on being copper...a one finger off white head...light lacing

S - Hops with a hint of something sweet in the background

T - A big flavor of hops upfront...as the nose suggests...finishes with a blend of hoppy bitterness and caramel

M - Medium body with lively carbonation

D - I love the hops in this because I'm an IPA fan...this is just another reason why Rogue is a great brewery!

thain709, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this growler of DGA for $11.99 for new years and was very excited to see how good it was in a larger quantity than a 12oz bottle.
Nice amber color with a small off white head. smells and tastes like caramel and hops. There's a decent amount of carbonation that keeps the drink consistent and very drinkable. Another great Rogue beer that was even better for the price I paid.

AdmiralDiaz, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of 3Vandoo
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orangeish beer with good head retention, and medium carbonation, so far so good.

Smell is malty with shy caramel flavours, sweet and milky, some hoppiness with some hint of butterscotch.

taste is smooth, with some shy malt flavours, with a touch of hoppiness, fruity esters, banana, with a spciness present. A yeasty touch is also present which bring some banana flavours and sweetness.

3Vandoo, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of hops4me
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like the numbers suggest this is a good beer. I have not had it for years. I had it 3 years ago and didn't care for it. I received it as a Christmas present this year and I like it alot. It is gold to amber in color with a sturdy big head. When the head falls into the glass it leaves ample lace around the glass. It smells nutty, sweet, and grainy. Very pleasant aromas. The taste has caramel sweetness and some clean spicy hop flavor. It is medium bodied with very good drinkability. I see this beer as a good match with simple but good foods. This beer should be found on Thanksgiving tables. Not too overpowering but plenty of flavor.

hops4me, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of drxandy
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25oz mug on tap @ Reno's west, Lansing
creamy looking head retains well, golden amber shade, good carbonation

smells of zesty hops, biscuity malt, pacman yeast

taste is of hops at the start molding into super malts, bitter yet creamy, very drinkable, floral citrus, finish is wet and satisfying

mouthfeel is of good weight and carbonation brings out the creaminess, balance is excellent, yum

drxandy, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of Fischy
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation- 12 oz bottle from the local spirit shop.

Appearance- Similar to brandy in color poured a nice head and left a decent amount of lace on the glass. (An oversized jumbo snifter)

Smell- Sweet but not sugary candy sweet, more like an herbal tea or something...?

Taste- I think I could easily have a couple of these without thinking about it... it starts off sweet undertones and then moves to a hop bite but nothing that'll hurt ya. Finishes off with a light caramel finish. Very refreshing

Mouthfeel- Ahhh every now and then you find a beer that you know you will like if not love immediately.

Drinkability- This could easily become something I have a couple of in my fridge all the time. It was def a refreshing beer and none of the aspects overcrowded the others, everything has a great balance to it. I enjoyed it very much

Fischy, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of tkeHijacker
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light fluffy white head sitting on top of a slightly hazy copper/orange colored beer that fades quickly. (very pleasant to look at)

S: Sweet with a slightly herbal/floral aroma a slight citrusy aroma also is present.

T: Pleasant hop bitterness is left after the sweet caramelly malt rolls over your tongue, floral/citrusy notes at the tail end. Almost a wheat-like flavor comes from this.

M: Good... really good, smooth and silky great amount of carbonation balances the flavors out very well.

D: Tried this about 6 months ago and did not like it. Two of these were snuck into a sixer of Santa's Private Reserve, now I love the complexity of it. Not too many in a sitting though because these could catch up to you pretty quick.

tkeHijacker, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of cvfish
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured an orange amber color which produced a nice sized, fluffy white head that retained well and left a decent amount of lacing around the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer were dominated by the semi-sweet malts

T - The taste of this beer was much in line with the nose, the semi-sweet maltiness of the beer was the real star, some earthiness as it warms up

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - I would have to say this is not my favorite beer by Rogue, I wish others were available in 6-packs down here, but all in all this a damn fine beer and worth a try, this one is even better on tap

cvfish, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of smedley
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured an orange/red color with a thich white head. Good retention, great lacing.

S - Malty, hoppy, citrusy. Very nice.

T - Sweet, hoppy and smooth. Finish is sweet and citrus, with a little hoppy kick at the end.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation

D - Very drinkable. Great balance of malts and hops. Excellent beer!

smedley, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of WakeandBake
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes Sep 28, 2008
Reddish/gold color with a thin off white head that stuck around till the end.Sweet Aroma of caramel,bread,pine and malt. Flavor is warm sweet nutty malt,with just the right roast,maybe some honey notes,and a nice little pine hop finish,nice lively mouthfeel.A very Solid Offering.I could drink several of these at one sitting no problem.

WakeandBake, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of dakid618
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Virtually no head on top of the caramel golden body. Smell is very sweet. Taste matches the smell. Kind of a sweet hoppy taste, smooth. Mouthfeel is light and very smooth. Don't think I could drink too many of these as the taste is a little overpowering. Overall a solid Rogue brew.

dakid618, Dec 26, 2008
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,169 ratings.