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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,529 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,529
Reviews: 2,294
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 189
Gots: 765 | 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 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

Photo of tjd112
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stange, was puchased at Lacey Liquors

Appearance - Honey body, white head with moderate lacing
Smell - Floral and citrus, somewhat close to a pale ale, dare I say like a lighter IPA
Taste - A bit of honey and vanilla with a somewhat hoppy aftertaste
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied
Drinkability - Very drinkable beer which should appeal to a diverse crowd.

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

It's like a cross between a bock and an american pale ale. Dry, hoppy and light, but still fairly well balanced. Has the stickiness of a bock with a bitter hop finish that makes me think pale ale. It's one of those beers I don't buy too often but when someone throws it in the cooler in the spring/summertime I'm all about it.

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

A. Rich, cloudy amber 1 finger head almost lacing

S. Toffee some hops. Slightly floral orange

T. Honey malty. Smoothe oily hops masked by Werther's candy and Kahlua. Notes of vanilla
( that's what it reminds me of )

D. Makes me want to study more.
Very complex and smoothe flavor.

Photo of carlborch
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The ale pours brilliant honey-amber, with a two-finger off-white head. The nose has a nice balance of yeast and malt. Quite pleasant. The carbonation is well-developed and very pleasant with very small bubbles. The body is medium-light. Much lighter than I would expect of a bock, but then this is a Maibock, which is traditionally lighter. It is also rather dry and lightly hopped. The lacing is very light and sparse. Excellent with lighter foods or deep-fried foods. Quenching. I am not certain that if I was a monk and this was a meal-replacement ale, I would be totally satiated. The alcohol is not noticeable on the palate, but shows itself after a few sips. The lingering is very pleasant and the malt shows very nicely accompanied by notes of honey.

Photo of soupyman10
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this one cause I hadn't seen it in a while and remembered being a fan. Amber color, looks like a lighter bock, with a smallish head on top and no lacing. Nose is fairly mild, but fruity hops mix fairly evenly with caramel malt. Flavor is likewise, with the salty hop flavors coming through even stronger. Citrus in there as well. A nice tasting brew. Body is fine and appropriate - overall, a nice one, especially on tap.


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

Clear golden-orange copper. Big frothy bone white head. Sticky ghostly laces.

Caramel malt, sour cherries, tart fruity esters. Some citrus.

Spiced candi-caramel bread. Sour cherries and tart fruity esters. A herbal grapefruit bitterness in the end.

Somewhat dry and sticky, creamy med body, well carbonated, smooth and refreshing

Great fall weather brew, good with hearty meals.

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

12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip.

Body looks a bit like dark honey- a slightly hazy golden/reddish/brownish hue. A finger of fairly thick off-white head sticks around pretty well and leaves some sticky lacing.

Aromas are primarily sweet malts and freshly baked bread, with some gentle floral notes. A mild citrus flavor adds a bit of juiciness to a mouthful of sweet and toasted malts, roasted nuts, and a hint of an earthiness. Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, with an oily, coating nuttiness and a bit of lingering citrus in the finish. Just a bit boozy.

Overall impression: Solid all-around brew.

Photo of PaleAlien2
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light amber with nice clarity and white ring at the top. Not exactly a show stopper.

Nice flora hop aroma. Kind of a woody scent in there too.

Main element is the hops. Malt seems kind of lacking. Might be a bit out of balance. Detecting some citrus in there as well.

Nice body. Well done there.

Pretty good. Not spectacular though. Very drinkable.

Photo of alkemy
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very slightly cloudy red/amber. Pretty thin had that dissipated rather quickly. Had a sweet smell of toasty caramel. Really had no hops smell to speak of. Sweet malt taste with honey. I just didn't get any aura of hops. Carbonation and feel were quite nice, but the taste just seemed to be lacking. Didn't notice any alcohol...didn't really notice anything in particular. It was, as my score indicates, just average.

Photo of mulder1010
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ML bottle poured into a rocks glass

A-- Poured a brownish gold color. Had a thin head that quickly disappeared.

S-- Sweet (carmel), malty and a touch of hops.

T-- Malty at first and sweet carmel as well. Finishes with the hops.

M-- Good carbonation. Medium body and flavorful. Like how it goes from sweet to a slight amount of hoppiness.

D-- Good beer. Plain and simple. Easy to drink 2-3 of these. My favorite Rouge beer and always worth drinking.

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

Poured into a shaker pint glass. An initial 1.5 finger head tat dissipated very quickly to a scant dusting on the top. Bubbles are larger than normal in size. Color is a lovely amber, slightly darker than a deep luxurious gold but not at all orange. Very clear.

Aroma is caramel malt, sweet and, well, malty -- good amount of Munich malt in here I'd guess. Not much hop aroma comes through.

Taste is more balanced than the aroma -- rich malt paired with some hop bitterness and flavor. Bit of spicy character to the hopping. I think I would preferred this with a bit less hop character. Don't get me wrong -- I love hops, but the aroma & body set this up as to be more malt-centric than it was in the taste profile. Folks often describe it as an ale Maibock but the hops are APA in character.

Mouthfeel is very rich and full. One swish around the mouth and the beer foams up into a rich, thick beer. Quite nice. There are nice parts of this beer, but as a whole it takes a bit of a knock from me mostly because I found there to be a bit of a clash in some of the beer characteristics going on. Good parts but didn't come across as a unified whole to me.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a hazy orange-amber with a tan head that lasts forever.

S - Biscuity/bready malt aroma, hints of apricot and citrus

T - Starts of with a very English malt flavor: biscuity, I guess, is the best term. There's some bitterness back of the tongue, with hints of apricot and citrus. Finishes with a tea-like astringency.

M - Medium bodied and good carbonation

D - Good, drinkable beer, thought that tea-like astringency does kind of build up.

Photo of jhammel01
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a Honey color thats a bit cloudy with a one finger head...not as high as I would of liked. Laces all over the top and rings all the way down the glass. Looks like a very fresh beer.

S- When first opened you smell the breadiness of the beer with a little bit of malt and hop spice. However...as it warms...No smell what so ever!

T- Mild hop bitterness, very light roasted, almost buttery malts that transition into subtle smokiness in the finish.

M- smooth almost oily mouthfeel. Also perhaps a bit on the watery side.

An awesome drinker. I've had this beer all the time and definitely one of my favorites. To me, its a one of a kind (well...OK...its the only maibock - helles bock.)

Photo of nerow
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an smallish white head into a standard pint glass. Rich amber in color, not as much clarity as I would have expected. Nice Lacing. Smells honeyed and grapefruity. Tastes of caramel with a citrus hop bite in the aftertaste. Smooth to drink, moderate carbonation, perhaps a bit watery. Drinkability is very good, moderately high ABV is very well hidden. Crisp and refreshing, a nice summer beer.

Photo of xanok
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A-Light amber, some cloudiness, 1.5 fingers of white head.

S-Smells of citrus fruit, malt, hops, and honey. The smell is fantastic.

T-Sweetness first, then a bit of malt and caramel underlying. Finishes with fresh fruit hoppiness. Can barely taste the 6.5% abv

M-Medium carb, medium bodied. Nothing special.

D-As said earlier, can barely taste the 6.5% alcohol, so great drinkability. Happy medium between a sipper and something I could quaff down 5 of. Great beer, one of my favorite year-round brews.

Photo of taxguyjase
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a nice golden nectar color, with a bit of filtered cloudiness. The head is light and retains itself pretty well. As described in the beer style, you've got that citrus, tart hop aroma. The taste isn't overly bitter or sour. The beer has a nice medium body with flavors of citrus and sourness that hits the middle of your tongue nicely. Given it's "kinda a Bock", you still have malt, caramel and hints of sweetness built into the brew as well. This was a really smooth beer with an enjoyable aftertaste that fills your mouth. Would pick up this beer again - it's got some good hop profiles and would be, I think, ideal for someone that is getting introduced to beers with strong hop profiles, such as an IPA. It's a stronger beer too, about 6.5% ABV, which was enjoyable.

Appearance - 4.0/5.0 - nice cloudy (but filtered), golden nectar color, nice head - lighter and decent retention
Smell - 4.0/5.0 - tart, citrus hop aroma
Taste - 4.0/5.0 - not that sour/bitter, nice medium body, hint of citrus, sourness hits middle of tongue; smooth
Feel - 4.5/5.0 - really smooth, some aftertaste but enjoyable
Drinkability - 4.5/5.0 - would definitely drink again - very good pale ale - more "approachable" than an ipa

Photo of berley31
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with an average-sized, white head that dissipated pretty quickly to 1/4-finger or so. Body is a nice, orange/amber color, and hazy.

S: Very nice aroma that comes across as well-balanced, with the malt and hops, with some interesting fruitiness coming through that I can't place. Kind of like mango or pineapple or something.

T: Very tasty, and a smooth-drinking beer. Comes off mostly sweet from the malt and the fruit, but finishes with a mild bitterness that leaves a light dryness in the mouth. Doesn't taste like 6.5%... dangerous.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with average carbonation.

D: This is the definition of 'quaffable'. I really enjoyed this beer... the fine balance and the addition of the fruitiness is very drinkable and nowhere near overpowering.

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

Got this 12oz bottle in Michigan while visiting family and drank it back home in Ireland.

Pours a slightly cloudy, copper gold color-very nice looking. Left about a 1/2 finger white head that didn't stick around for long.

Sweet, some maltiness, and some light hops notes hit the nose-all very balanced and nothing overpowering.

A good mix of hops, malts, sweet, and bitterness all come together quite nicely here. Tastes like asweet ale with some caramel hints

Goes down relatively smooth and well-rounded with a light-medium body and mild carbonation.

I'd say that this is my first tasting of a Helles bock and I liked this version of the style, but I don't have alot to compare it to. The ABV is a bit high for me to make it a personal session beer. I think that you can get some Rogue beers here now too so that is nice-seems like they know what they are doing.

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

A - Slightly hazy golden/amber body, with a soapy light-golden head. The head retention I got was not very good, but it did not make the beer less appealing to me. The carbonation was very moderate, even right after the pour.

S - Fruity citrus hops and nice sweet maltiness dominate the nose. Some graininess. Notes of apple. Smells a little more like an ale than a bock.

T - You can taste the alcohol just a bit. The taste starts with moderate sweetness and caramel undertones. Then it opens up with the slightly bitter and very fruity hoppiness. I was able to taste notes of apple, orange, and grapefruit. The finish is also bitter, but not overly bitter. You will also get the typical bock breadiness in the finish.

M - Medium-bodied, very smooth. The carbonation is very low. The beer coats your mouth quite well.

D - Good. All in all, this is a very tasty, good maibock, despite technically being an ale. Another great Rogue beer!

Photo of Anthony1
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the 64 ounce growler. Color is a cloudy amber with a one finger head with some lacing. Nose is sweet with a berry tone. Flavor is somewhat sweet with a bitter edge on the tail. Mouth is smooth and a little bit heavy, with a slight bit of bubble that clings to your mouth. Extremely drinkable due to it's smooth tone and flavor. Excellent brew

Photo of goblue3509
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish copperish color with a moderate frothy white head. The head gives way to a slight lacing. The aroma is of citrus hops with hints of fruit and a sweet malt characteristic. The taste is of a mild citrus hop bite, with a slight fruit note to balance out the harshness of the hop, there is also a slight sweet malt characteristic. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. Overall this is a very drinkable beer, there is a good hop characteristic without being overly hoppy. Overall the flavor is good and there is nothing to make you dislike this beer.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Listening to some death metal might as well slug back some dead guy.

This beer is promising right from the pour golden amber like a beautiful sunset. A nice frothy eggshell head takes its time to settle down atop the slightly opaque beer.

The nose is wonderful and very up front, dominated by sweet malt aromas. Rounding it all out are aromas of biscuits, golden raisins and a nice floral hop aroma.

The taste is malt malt malt. A fine toasty sweetness is right there from the beginning through to the lingering aftertaste. Balancing this out very well is a fine hop bitterness which cuts through what otherwise would be a very sweet tasting brew. Further down the road the malt taste takes on a flour like note. A slight warming natural alcohol note accompanies the hop bite at the end bringing a pleasant finish.
Upon contact with the tongue a smooth, warm sensation flowed gently down my gullet, edges mildly roughened from the hop and alcohol presence.

A very fine beer indeed the one drawback being I couldn't see myself quaffing this in mass quantities. The almost overpowering malt would be a bit too much from my poor pallets sweet receptors after a while leaving my mouth feeling very dry. I would definitely have to be in the mood for a malt fix to have more than a few at a time.

Photo of pants678
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a coppery, orange coloration with a short beige head with an even shorter life-span.

Smells floral with a combination of caramel and fruit, I've seen others liken it to mango and I think that's fitting.

What hits me up front is the caramel that sets a tone. Without this, the dry hops could take on the bitterness of an I.P.A, but Dead Guy is all about malts. They grace the entire palate, having the smooth sweetness of honey hiding citric subtleties that are picked up on the edges of the tongue.

It's tightly carbonated with a strong, crisp finish. I wouldn't change a thing in this department, it's a needed kick that cuts through a thick texture. Well balanced and has a sticky body, a staining aftertaste. Still, I do feel it's missing something, an intangible to put it over the top.

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,529 ratings.