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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,527 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,527
Reviews: 2,294
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 189
Gots: 763 | FT: 1
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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 Minotaur
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kegger22
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Lerxst
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.53/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of joshstevens87
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of GoalieRon33
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of rfabian
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of irishking1977
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of roddwolff
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of darklordlager
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Lldeegan
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of climax
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This deceased brew poured a cloudy burnt orange with a very nice frothey off-white head that receded with sticky bubbles.

Nose was malted milk balls, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, and quite the fair balance of pale malts and mild fruity hops. Nice, nose, kept me smelling.

Flavor didn't seem as complex as the smell to me, but it was very smooth, and once again, very well balanced. Milk balls, caramel, apricot, the battle of supremacy between the malt and hops lasted far after the beer was only an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was very smooth, nice rich creamy body wasn't lacking a thing. Carbonation was spot on, not distracting from the smooth delivery. Great beer, and relatively easy to find.

Photo of MikeBrandman
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nothing too stunning about this transparent light brown beer. 1 finger of white head in my pint glass. No carbonation or lacing and the head disappears quickly.

S - Smell is strong hops and malts. I'm guessing noble hops by how strong the smell is.

T - Strong "beer" taste. Well balanced with a good amount of hop and spice kick. Dry finish and great taste even as we gets warm. Almost a fruity taste.

MF - Feels good on the tongue. Definitely full bodied. Very enjoyable and doesn't get too filling.

D - The taste makes me want more. Starts out a bit rough, but then grows on you. I wouldn't mind drinking 4 or more before going to something lighter.

Photo of deruiz10
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap poured into pint glass.

A - One-finger white head leaves no significant lacing. Honey-colored pour, slightly cloudy with no visible effervescence.

S - Bright hops and citrus predominate, but overall not particularly strong odors.

T - Subdued malts are slightly sweet. The majority of the flavor is dominated by the bright and flowery hops with bountiful citrus, truly outstanding. Hints of honey in the aftertaste.

M - Good carbonation keeps it feeling slick yet moderately bodied, very complimentary to the taste.

D - Excellent brew overall. Perfect for the style; refreshing and bold, an absolute delight with spicy food.

Photo of jrallen34
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into an Orval glass.

The beer is dark cloudy gold with a white head that doesn't have much lacing or retention.

The aroma is light hops. The taste is the same light hops with a little wheatiness to it.

The feel is good for this style of pretty and its pretty drinkable.

Photo of Hophead101
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

drank on 3.25.09 - poured from bottle into chalice beer glass

pours a hazy damp orangy brown color. not much head in the glass - what was there left almost immediately like it was running away - minimal spotty lacing. smell hits you pretty good at first - alcohol, malt then hops.

taste is a creamy malty taste. buttery with a bit of a back of the mouth hop taste. some spice as well and some caramel which is most likley contributing to the creaminess.

this is a solid beer but not something that knocks your socks off.

Photo of vkv822
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

An amber, orange color with an off-white head. There is little retention and almost no lacing.
The smell isn't strong, but what's there is malty with a slight hint of some sort of fruit perhaps. The taste is also malty with some sweet and hoppy notes towards the end. Has a light body, with a good amount of carbonation.
A fairly easy to drink beer, nothing exceptional but will probably have again.

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

An easily approachable malty brew, maybe not too exciting but reliable, and iconic.

Presentation: 64 oz prepackaged growler. Glow in the dark iconic label of ancient skeleton over a barrel and holding a beer with Rogue branding set within a classic freeze and a mememto mori scene. Side narrative notes dedication and a general brew description alongside food pairing symbols. Lacks an actual date of bottling or freshness. It neither shows IBUs or °Plato, or Alc. by vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Amber hue with a quick head that fades to form a minimal ring and little lace.

S - Faint sweetness, malt and some dry fruit.

T - Softly sweet and rather smooth malty range.

M - Pretty carbonated body on the medium to light side. There is a tiny hoppy bite at the end after the predominantly light malt structure, and on this serving also a sense of freshness.

D - It is very approachable, and while not my favorite makes for a great social brew, here with the packaging taking a prominent role.

Notes: Main notes reflect a similar experience than that of the bottle. However on this occasion It may be self-suggestion or the allure of the growler but it felt distinctively fresher and with richer taste than the bottle. Some of these half gallons look to have been collecting dust on the East Coast for a while in suspect places. This one was picked up from a reliable place and I'm fairly confident it is from this year. Still it is a prepackaged and shipped growler so it should be running like the bottle but, luckily again, it seems a notch better.
Now, is this still a maibock if you brew it with an ale yeast?

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My fiance picked this up for me at Cost Plus with the create your own six pack thing.

Appearance- amber color, good head

Smell- bready malt

Taste- malt, hops, very nice, bit of bitterness, really balanced

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- really good, definitely will drink more

Photo of Frosty80
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: pours light brown. sits clear, light copper.

Smell: good malt aroma with low melanoidins. slightly spicy hop aroma and low DMS aroma

Taste: good grainy malt character. hop flavor is very low with bitterness high enough to provide balance. finish is slightly dry and balanced towards bitter.

Mouthfeel: low-medium to medium body. smooth with moderate carbonation

Notes: strong, flavorful lager with malt and bitterness well balanced

Photo of eman245
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

- Very light in color compared to most other bocks. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice. Little to no head, whitish yellow in color.

- Smell is not strong at all. You can't smell the hops or the malt very much, it is very subdued.

- Taste is amazing. A fair amount of bitterness, not too much, but it is definitely there. Aftertaste is very pleasant, just makes me want to savor it before taking another sip.

- In the mouth it feels thin, and quite carbonated. Goes down easy, very delish.

- This is a very drinkable beer. It would be a great night with a 6 pack of these, and would be no problem drinking them all.

Delicious beer, probably one of my favorites. Just the right amount of bitterness, and is very drinkable. Rogue continues to impress me with nearly all of their beers.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a deep orangeish color with a very thin head. Nose is faint hops and malts and some citrus. Taste is a sweet, citrus-like taste which was sordove oversome with malt. Refreshing but a little more syrupy and bitter than the draft version. Almost two different brews from bottle to draft.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light amber, with 1.5 finger head very good lacing on glass.
S: malty, light hops
T: sweet malt, very light hops. straight forward taste. would be a great starter beer.
M: Medium carbonation, light and crisp
D: does this come in 6 or 12 packs! great brew

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,527 ratings.