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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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2,316 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,316
Hads: 6,956
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 263
Gots: 1,350 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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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Reviews: 2,316 | Hads: 6,956
Photo of Beric
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap at People's Republik, Cambridge MA
Served: 16 November 2014

Appearance: Crystal clear, deep gold color with barely a head. I feel like the head would have been bigger had the bartender kept it, but he was pouring the heads off beers. Looks pretty great.

Smell: Very sweet with floral hops.

Taste: Not your standard Maibock, that's for sure. The dense, caramel sweet malt backbone is there for sure, as one would suspect for the style, but the flavor profile is otherwise dominated by a heavy assertion of floral American hops. With this in mind, the flavor is quite good- I think the very sweet Maibock base compliments the hops nicely and keeps the beer lively and kicks the ABV up a notch, while some 6.5% IPAs can start getting wonky due to the higher grain bill. Pleasant and drinkabl.e

Feel: Medium body, almost creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: Not a bad beer, and one I would gladly order again. This is definitely an Americanized Maibock, so don't go into this one expecting the subtleties of a traditional German one. Nonetheless, the beer is exceedingly drinkable and highly flavorful, and one I would definitely recommend trying. (1,155 characters)

Photo of UnicornProfessor
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Just fantastic. The bottle design, the logo, and not to mention the beer. For whatever reason, I only drink these in the winter time, and I always look forward to drinking this more than Christmas itself. I love the Rogue brand, and Dead Guy is the best of the bunch. (267 characters)

Photo of ph001c
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From an undated bottle, at home, in a pint glass, about 40-45deg

Appearance - pours a cloudy reddish color. Small head <12mm that diminishes quickly to a 3-4mm circle in the middle of the glass.

Smell - not overly strong, slight hint of flowers, dominated by malt

Taste - upfront ester and slight resin notes. Dominated by malt flavors on finish but balanced nicely with slight bitterness/pine. No evidence of yeast.

Mouthfeel - lots of small bubbles but not overly carbonated, dry finish

Overall - this is my first experience with Dead Guy even though I have been into beers for a while. I tend to pass on more common/available beers in favor of more obscure (typically foreign brews). I was delighted to find a modern, West Coast brew that was not dominated by hops. But then this is from Oregon, not CA. This is a very good beer, well balanced, offering an uncommon flavor profile. It would pair nicely with duck. (924 characters)

Photo of dredmahawkus
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Its better then bad its good!!???

I dont hate this beer but I dont really like it.....I could drink it all night long and be fine with it....and it doesnt taste bad..... but its not something I would get if I saw it on tap with other beers I havent tried.

Its a little hoppy a little malty...maybe a touch of wheat...but no fruit. It ends dry....its not very bitter....its kinda boring....after taste is kinda sweet but in a quick dry way.

this beer to me is really odd! Its not bad and kinda good....the flavors kinda blend yet bombastic.
I know this review was kind of useless but if and when you try it you will see what I am saying! lol
all I know is I wish I opened up my 32oz of Lagunita sucks instead of trying this! (731 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%

Hey ho! Let's get dead! First time trying this brew.

12 oz bottle poured into glass.

Appearance (4) : Crisp snap as I remove the cap. Pours a fluffy off-white three finger head on top of a beautiful haze of what I can only call sunburst (like on a Fender Stratocaster guitar). The opacity is about 40%.

Aroma (3.75) : Everything here is pretty faint. In order from strongest to distant : Pear, ginger, pineapple, sugar, nutmeg. Bouquet is fairly weak, but everything smells like good quality.

Taste (3.5) : It's hard to describe this one. Tea bitterness, some orange, mango, ginger. A little cinnamon. A citrus hop bitterness wraps it up in the finish. The flavors seem to clash, but they are all distinct. It's like I want to taste fruit, but instead I get tea. I want to taste the tea, but instead I get old rumply fruit. It's really hard to rate this category.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Light bodied with some pretty intense carbonation. Very lightly creamy but the carbonation sort of destroys that. It ends with a hop bitterness so characteristic of Helles beers.

Overall (3.54) : I wasn't all that impressed with this beer. Perhaps I'm not a fan of the Maibock style, but this one was just too intense and never really focused on any single flavor. There was no vantage point for me. It was all jumbled together in a sour bitter mess. It's crafty alright, but I'll skip this one next time. (1,396 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: October 5, 2014... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: O's clinch, while the Browns complete the largest road comeback in history... APPEARANCE: slow, steady bubbles are mired within an opaquely beautiful orange brown body; creamy, substantial off-white head; lacing creates white fencing... AROMA: strong citric cleansing power--peach, tangerine, and orange--weds with soft pine to produce a sweet, rewarding allure... PALATE: smooth, active and bubbling to the tongue; simmering and balanced, if not a little difficult to place--could be the ale/bock moniker coming to fruition; still, highly drinkable for a beer nearly 7% ABV.....TASTE: intense melon, ear-tingling hops, and a solid malt base at the throat creates a full, demanding taste; nothing Dead here! ... OVERALL:this hybrid beguiled me at first--seeking the ale, malt made me rethink everything--the style, the glass, the night...then, seeking the malt, the crunch of West Coast hops puts me square back in a pint glass... this beer makes me ask too many questions and, frankly, I do not mind--complex and rewarding.... (1,105 characters)

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

22 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy orange copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light dark fruit, light pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, pepper, light dark fruit, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Good amount of earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, pepper, light dark fruit, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice maibock style. All around good complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,503 characters)

Photo of twelveoztim
5/5  rDev +26.6%

My favorite beer hands down. Maibock/Helles Bock - It's just phenomenal. I'm just a weekend beer drinker who loves to try new craft beers and I haven't had anything better than Dead Guy Ale. I just wish it was a little cheaper! Cheers! (235 characters)

Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 03.25.14.

A: Somewhat opaque, milky caramel color. 1 finger head that receded quickly. Great lacing.

S: Strong, sweet caramel.

T: Caramel dominates. Has lingering red apple. Some flower on the back end.

M: Creamy smooth. It floats on the tongue and fades away slowly. Beautiful.

O: The creaminess is apparent first, then a wash of caramel takes over. The sweetness fades and then a slight bitterness comes on until fading into a red apple and flower back end that lingers. This is a very well balanced and fantastically smooth beer. Unfortunately, I won't ever buy anything from Rogue again after what I've heard about them, but that shouldn't affect my rating of this beer.

Rating: A (735 characters)

Photo of TimZebGir
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

A: Pours a clear golden with a thick foamy head that holds together well (3/3)
S: Citrusy hop profile balances a pale malty nose with a little bit of alcohol (8/12)
T: Fruity up front (mostly banana and raisin), light malt in the middle, with a bitter finish that fades off the tongue within a few seconds(16/20)
M: Reasonably bubbly with a dry finish that covers the whole tongue (5/5)
O: Quite drinkable. Nothing overpowering in the nose or the taste. A nice blend of many different notes. (7/10)
39/50 (507 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma malty/biscuity
Head average (3 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to irregular partial 2 mm layer
Lacing OK - one partial ring with stalactites and some small islands with tiny to small bubbles
Body medium orange, hazy
Flavor malty with bitter aftertaste; no hops, no alcohol, no diaceetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5. Final weighted score: 3.6375
While the head is attractive, the lacing (meh) and the color/clarity of the ale leave a lot to be desired. The aroma is very tempting and the flavor does not miss expectations. The palate is pretty good. Overall, this is a reliable ale – good but not outstanding. (766 characters)

Photo of esmcd05
4/5  rDev +1.3%

A straight forward beer. No nonsense.

Bronze amber in color and holds a decent head.

Starts out sweet which is quickly rounded out by the bitterness of hops. A slight bite from carbonation, but not too much.

Overall, extremely drinkable and not overly complex. A beer I could drink everyday and not need to be in the mood for to drink it (i.e. something like a quad). (372 characters)

Photo of JLSIV
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured from 650mL bottle into a 20 oz pub glass, beautiful head, 1 finger thick and persistent, great lacing, amber with a little bit of haze.

Nice aroma of malt then hops which surprised me a little, the head definitely releases some biscuit smell as well.

Taste has some hoppy bitterness, but with a good earthy malt background, almost the reverse of the aroma. I get a little oak after the finish in back, but not much.

Mouthfeel is medium, with correct carbonation,

Overall above average to outstanding. I have not tried any other Maibock or Helles Bock, so I was probably a little conservative. Noticing the hops in the recipe, I would hazard that Rogue did their research right on this one. I would like to try it again if I can grab it on tap, which shouldn't be hard. (791 characters)

Photo of marcusR111
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Serving: 650 mL bottle chilled to fridge temperature poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: Amber and honey hues. Head is 1 finger thick. Leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong hoppy scent is the first thing to come through. Some malt. Slight biscuit scent.

Taste: A hoppy bitterness is the major flavour of the beer. A light oakiness. Malt comes through more in the taste than the scent as well as a small yeasty flavour.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer, leaves a slight stickiness on the lips. Carbonation is just right.

Overall: Worth the try at least once. Not a beer you can drink multiple in one sitting. Slightly overpriced. (649 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

A: very clear; bronze in color; 1 finger khaki head that receded quickly to a thin ring; little lacing;

S: caramel, sugar cookie, a little sourness;

T: really well balanced; caramel up front with a lightly bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; creamy;

O: delicious; (286 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Nice brew here !!, The color I would describe as a cloudy gold color with a decent head. The aroma has maybe a touch of honey sweetness. Bread and malts come out first on the palate and balances out well with the hops. It is very drinkable and almost gets better after a few. Nice job ! (286 characters)

Photo of Frenchy8985
2.99/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Loves Rogues beers but this one doesn't do it for me. Nothing special or different that this beer brings to the table. Skdndndmdmdndndndnddndndndndmdmdmdmddmdndndndndndndndnddndn D d d d. D d dd d d d d d f f f f ff f f f f f f f f f ff f f f f f f f ff f f f f f f f (267 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/09/11 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Far better on tap than from bottle. Bordering on the crisp side. Hops are well under control and there is a slight apricot in the sweetness. In a word, a classy glass...Oops, that was two words, but you get my drift. (254 characters)

Photo of SSS
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pleasantly surprised!
A-Nice, clear golden amber
S-Bitter sour notes, a little banana, er, well not mine, but the aroma!
M-Weak subtle carbonation which is a nice complement to the style of beer
T-Wonderful tartness and a sweet counterbalance that works well
O-I really enjoyed this beer, while having very little expectation, a nice switch from my usual IPA addiction. (370 characters)

Photo of Uyeshiro
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised that Rogue Brewing Company's Dead Guy ALE was supposed to be a maibock. It doesn't taste like a Maibock to me. I'm sure it's great for people who enjoy ales, but I'm just not one. I prefer the subtle sweetness of Spaten, Sam Adams or even Gordon Biersch bocks. (276 characters)

Photo of slym
3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Well, after a long time coming, I tried Rogues' Dead Guy Ale. It pours out a nice, dark amber colour, and smells like beer should smell - a nice mix of hops' fruityness, malt-y sweetness, and yeast-y yeastiness. Taste totally follows the smell, with an upfront sweetness and a dry finish. Mouthfeel is light for the colour, but not to fizzy.

All in all, this is another beer that I would gladly drink, but probably not buy again, just absed on the beer alone. Add in the premium Rogue seems to add to all their beers, and it is definitely not a beer I will buy again. (568 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dead Guy Ale brewed by Rogue Ales.This brew pours out a nice cloudy amber color with a nice white head. Dead guy Ale is a non filtered brew. The smell is rich with grains and sweetness. So far there is nothing wrong with this brew. The taste is sweet but bitter at the end. There is a nice balance to this brew, nothing overpowering in this brew. The bitterness at the end is nice finish. The mouthfeel is nice and clean. Like i said before it has a nice clean finish. Rogue Ales did a real nice job with this one. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.5 out of 5.
I would get this brew again. (589 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(purchased cold, no best-by or bottling date - poured into an Innis & Gunn fluted goblet)

A: slightly-hazy, but otherwise relatively clear, clean-looking amber liquid, topped with a buttload of foam... that foam stays standing for a good long while, opening up from the inside, receding down to a lovely marshmallow-y texture - the head is just fantastic!, though it does break up into lil islands on the way down... bit of lace to and fro

S: mild floral notes, Munich malt... toasty, lightly-spiced sugar cookie... a tad herbal, as in parsley, and classic leafy-floral German hops... smells like the base for many a' heartily-hopped 'malt-forward' west coast 'IPAs' in the range of yellow to red

T: interplay of elegantly bitter, leafy hop and moderately spicy-herbal yeast character, all atop a meaty malt foundation... I could see how one could call this a Maibock - the German hop flavor is apparent, while there's also an ideal level of clean alcohol flaming in the background - but the malt flavors are unmistakably American - graham-cracker, with a dusting of light caramel... the bitterness builds and is the last thing standing

M: kinda silky smooth, cut hard through by the bitterness... despite the voluminous head, there's only a modicum of bubbly tingle on the tongue... round, soft-felt-blankety flow

O: shit, probably only had this once or twice in the past 10 years, but this is pretty damn good - but I love bitter, malty, fullish beers, minus all the tutti-fruity nonsense... if you're familiar enough with Rogue's ales, you may very well peg this as one right away - that Pacman is quite distinct... we'll see what the price point on this is, but I could see drinking this more often (1,707 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.02/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From notes taken at Taphoues on July 4th American tap takeover

Dark straw, lines of lace vertically, taste and smell are grains and malts, Germanic balance, with a really quite sweet palate, nice to only have a sampler as this is not cutting it. Bland beer, if well made. (272 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy medium coppery amber with a half finger off-white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of biscuit and caramel malt, mild citrus hops, pleasantly malty. Flavor is semi-sweet caramel malt with slight biscuit, mellow nondescript stone fruit, developing and finishing with spicy hops with light pine and citrus elements. Great balance. Medium bodied with light creaminess. I'm really overdue to review this Northwest classic, which I started drinking ages ago as Wolfeel Ale. One of the early flavorful beers that pulled me into craft styles. Nothing really stands out in this maibock, but it is almost perfectly balanced with a nice flavor progression from the lightly sweet maltiness into a good, non herbal mild hop finish. Really a fine example of the style (but with a domestic slant) and a great drinking beer. Very nice malt flavors. Glad to revisit it. (936 characters)

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 2,316 ratings.