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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

5,804 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,804
Reviews: 2,255
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 137
Gots: 386 | FT: 0
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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 StarSAELS


4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first saw this beer in a beer book I picked up in the bargain section of a huge Barnes & Noble in Bonita Springs, FL. Then a day later I saw it in an ABC in Fort Myers, though only in the large bottle.

What a pleasant surprise to find that the new Kroger at home in GA has an amazing selection of beer, which includes Dead Guy and another Rogue brew. I picked up a six pack and plunked down $10 for it, then found myself going back to the same store the next day to pick up something else...

... but only because I wanted to keep this Dead Guy around for a few days and not polish it off in one weekend!

Mine poured a cloudy orange amber; head was a mixture of small and large bubbles that didn't last long... no lacing. Smells and tastes sweet and malty, compared to the aggressively-hopped IPAs I've been drinking lately. Mouthfeel was pleasantly... creamy... and I found myelf smacking my lips, much to the cat's amusement.

All I could say was, "hmmm... this is good... this... is... (burp)... good."

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 04:36:08 | More by StarSAELS
Photo of umustdrink


3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Burnt orange color, Quarter inch head fades to a film.

S - Smell is very sweet and sugary. Somewhat bitter.

T - Caramel taste typical with bocks but slightly more bitter.

M - Fair amount of carbonation.

D - Not my favorite Rogue but it's not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 01:23:17 | More by umustdrink
Photo of zuggy9


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

This ale pours a nice orange-amber with a white head with little retention. It smells sweet, with roasted mail notes and a bit of bread. I thought I picked up a bit of honey too. Very nice. The taste is excellent. Sweet and a bit floral with a nice sour finish. Very rich, with a nice thin mouthfeel. Very drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2007 20:00:25 | More by zuggy9
Photo of harpo111


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

i like this one.
a: nice orangish/honey color with a thin head..not too carbonated...
s: nice, hoppy, spicy...
t: tangy with a nice finish. you can taste the hops and malt. slight citris edge with carmel thrown in. not too sweet, not too dry...great food beer
m: nice and full, not watery or too fizzy
d: i like it...will get a 6 next time
even though i prefer stouts..i like IPA and ales too....this one ranks pretty well to me.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 16:49:13 | More by harpo111
Photo of Erdinger2003


3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The head dissapears and leaves no lacing while the smell is a little old and dank. You can smell an slight aromatic lager with a slight clove smell to it. The taste isn't very smooth, but this seems to be an old bottle. The taste has an aftertaste that's a little off putting and a little sour. The mouthfeel doesn't seem to be bad or good. Overall I will check to see if the next six pack I buy is old or not because this would seemingly be great when it's fresh. I will try it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 12:19:58 | More by Erdinger2003
Photo of goochpunch


4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a deep garnet with a slightly off-white head that thins out. However, once thinned, it maintains its size and shape. Smells sweet, nutty, and bready with a whiff of floral and tea-like hops. There's a hint of jasmine in there as well. The rich maltiness is present in the flavor, but is then pushed out by a sturdy hoppiness: floral notes and a good bit of bitterness. I get a slight buttery taste in the aftertaste as well. Body is slightly light, a bit light for what I expected, but the carbonation is solid. Extremely drinkable, despite the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 01:25:38 | More by goochpunch
Photo of CU570M


1.98/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Foggy orange color with no head at all. The smell on this kind of reminded me of baby food. i am not sure about you but that is not something i want to sit back and enjoy. Taste was a bitter lemon, it was ok but was a little too bitter at times. Mouthfeel was thick and felt good but the bitterness is too overwhelming at times. The drinkability for me is low, but if you are a fan of bitter beers i would recomend it.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 15:13:14 | More by CU570M
Photo of ultralarry2006


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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a tan one finger head that quickly disappears into just a foam ring at the edges, and not much lacing. Body is a clear copper.

Smell - toasty malt bread, hint of caramel, hint of spicy and herbal hops.

Taste - caramel washing over the toasty malt bread with a spicy hop tingle. This is somewhat hearty, and definitely satisfying.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, and smooth.

Drinkability - this is a good beer, it's hearty and satisfying, and it's quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 16:35:03 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of socalde


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

Poured into a mug out of a half-gallon bottle.

Appearance- Dark honey coloured. Opaque, with a light fizzy head. The lace does not linger and has a permeable appearance.

Smell- Smells as any good beer should smell: hoppy, sweet, hints of creamy malt. There is a mysterious aroma that is bready and aromatic.

Taste- Graces your palate with an intertwining blend of sweet and bitterness that makes you wonder why you still have money in your pocket after you buy this beer.

Mouthfeel- Lightly carbonated,creamy and enticing enough to make you want more.

Drinkability- Extremely refreshing. Light... but insofaras it is still substantial enough to be filling and flavourful.

This is an all around good beer. Refreshing, light and tasty. Buy a half-gallon of this beer and share it with a close friend... you will not be disappointed!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 11:28:05 | More by socalde
Photo of billybob


4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours dark honey cloudy color a two finger light tan head with a fair lacing. smell is fruity, coffee, bready. lots of toasted malt up front slightly fruity slightly bready sweet taste with a nice hop finish. mouthfeel is medium but not syrupy with nice medium carbonation. really enjoyed this one great tasting beer hope to get some more soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 01:27:42 | More by billybob
Photo of mmcave


3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this hanging around and thought I’d review it. I’ve had it before in passing, but other than this I don’t think I’ve ever had a maibock before. Poured into nonic a hazy dark reddish copper color. The head dissipates fast and leaves no real lacing.
Smells slightly metallic, some mild spice, light on the hops, not to much going on here malt wise, honestly rather boring. The taste a bit better although not by much, a very mellow flavor. Its not very dynamic or interesting, but drinkable non the less. I feel like this would be loads better on tap, but as it is I can say with assuredness I will never buy this (good thing I didn’t in the first place). This is not a bad beer, it just nothing special, maybe with a greater understanding of the style I might enjoy this more, but until that day I’ll stay way.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 08:24:05 | More by mmcave
Photo of BeerBelcher


2.3/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From a 12 oz bottle purchased locally here in WI...

The color of this beer was a pretty bright orange, with some haze. The amount of head was not huge, but it had fairly tight bubbles and good staying power.

The smell was a sweet malty one. It smelled like plain yellow cake...that sort of sweetness.

The taste was a big mouthful of maltiness, more so than other maibocks. Very little hoppiness, which I believe is also consistent with the style. I didn't especially care for the taste.

Mouthfeel was a little thin and watery. Despite this, I would rate the drinkability of this beer as very high either based on the fact that I didn't really want to drink another one.

Not sure if I got an old bottle, but I'd prefer Summit's Maibock any day of the week over this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 13:30:16 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of sullysbeer


3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Leans more toward malt sweetness and is balanced with hints of plums and earthy hops.

Appearance: Very clear copper hue with a delicate off white head.

Flavor: Thirst quenching malty flavor up front followed by hints of currant and sweet grape skins and finishes with a delicate piney hop bitterness that has you begging for another sip.

Mouthfeel: Slick on the tongue with medium carbonation.

Overall Impression: This was one of the first micro beer bottles I have ever seen back in 1996 in the party store. Someone said don't try that beer it's disgusting, so I didn't. 10 years later I'm sampling it on my web site, who knew. A delicious Maibock, I would call it. A session beer to boot! Very clean, refreshing and delicate. If you don't like the hop flavor or hop bitterness even just a bit, stick to those American or Premium Lagers.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 20:21:57 | More by sullysbeer
Photo of idResponse

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

no wonder this is their flagship beer... interesting to see a maibock as a flagship product though.

straight out of a 22oz bomber into my eager maw. i'd pour but my cups are dirty and the kitchen is a mess from the roommates last night. :(

the bottle describes it as a deep honey color. i'll believe them. the picture is pretty nifty! According to the little icons on the back this beer goes good with pigs and fire..

i can't get much scent on this, small traces of a malty hop wheat smell, not very strong really. hard to say...

it tastes pretty damned fine. it's smooth and easygoing and agreeable. a lot of maibock's i've had tend to be a little sour or too rich, this one sits a nice middleground.

mouthfeel is wonderful. smooth and silky and leaves me feeling even a little refreshed with a slight bite on the tip of the tounge.

i consider this a highly drinkable beer that can be enjoyed anytime. very much worth a try.


Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 15:32:14 | More by idResponse
Photo of Malted


3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance- Cloudy amber-brown color with very little head. I was surprised that there was only 6.5% alcohol in this beer as the head behaves like it has a bit more; as in, there was very little head and it dissipates very rapidly.

Smell- Very small amounts of hops and malt. I was so intent on finding more to the aroma that I stuck my nose in the beer... Oops.

Taste- Pretty good balance of hops and malt, however, there is very little of both. As someone else pointed out, there are hints of tea in here. I think I can taste honey as well.

Mouthfeel- creamy and smooth. Best part of this beer is the mouth feel. The light carbonation and creaminess makes the beer go down smooth. In fact, I would have to say it almost makes up for the mild flavors.

Drinkability/ Overall- Very drinkable, but I tend towards bigger flavors nowadays. However, it is a very well balanced beer and I would happily drink another.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 00:45:30 | More by Malted
Photo of kernalklink


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

This brew poured a perfect amber pint with good head and some sticky lace. Great sweet malt aromas with a hint of hoppy spice. The flavor is great- big malt flavor, creamy and complex with a perfectly tasty and exotic hop profile- very nice. Smooth as silk in the mouth and the alcohol is hidden very well. After sampling this offering i'll be back for more from Rogue.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2006 14:20:16 | More by kernalklink
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

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

Murky dark amber body with two fingers of offwhite head that leaves a fair bit of lacing. Smells of caramel malt more than anything. Tastes malty, nutty, caramel... The flavor has a malted milk like quality to it... On the heavy side of medium-bodied. A rather good tasty brew. Not as complex as it could be. Not a "wow" beer... Not sure what it is about this brew that keeps bringing me back to it, but it's a good beer, and pretty much the only Rogue ale I can find easiy around here.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 01:53:24 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

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

one of my first steps toward beer advocacy was picking up a sixer of this during my junior year of college (2003 to be exact) when I was looking for something different.

12 ounce bottle poured into a 20 ounce nonic pint.

A - Pours a nice deep, reddish amber. Fairly transparent with a nice sized white head.

S - Fairly clean aroma with some malty sweetness hittting the nose.

T - A nice clash of sweet flavoring with a tea like flavor accentuated by some hop bitterness.

M - Very nice, fairly light bodied feel really holds down what the style is supposed to feel like.

D - Like all good maibocks, you can put a few of these down.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 00:35:26 | More by EStreet20
Photo of neenerzig


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

Bomber poured into a pokal/Pilsener glass.
This beer is a cloudy, murky amber copper color. Nice fluffy white head is well over an inch thick when poured before settling to a very thick white ring lining the inside of the glass. Nice lacing here. Aromas of Caramel malt and some citrus fruit, along with a nut bread smell are all present, maybe a bit of spice too. Sweet caramel malt flavors upfront before giving way to a good citrus hop flavor. Also a bit of spice here. Has a sort of dry and slightly bitter aftertaste. Easy to drink in a good way Has a sort of dry and slightly bitter aftertaste.


Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 05:29:42 | More by neenerzig
Photo of biking4beer


3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured in to a pilsner glass. I picked this up because I spotted one of the glow in the dark bottles.

Pours a 1 finger foamy/rocky head. Beer is a hazy orange/amber color with yellow around the edges. Nice looking beer.

Slight peachy smell and some other fruit aromas.

Tastes light and crisp. Pretty bitter finish that really hides any other flavors.

A bit too highly carbonated for my tastes, and not very drinkable. I split the bomber with a friend and probably wouldn't want to finish a whole one. Maybe it's the style? I'll have to try some other examples. I probably wouldn't buy this beer again, but it's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 19:28:09 | More by biking4beer
Photo of Bouncingsoul1682


3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I still remember when I bought my first sixer of Dead Guy simply because of the bottle and it's still as delicious as ever.

Appearance: Dark amber color

Smell: Malty and semi sweet

Taste, Mouthfeel, Drinkability: I could definetly enjoy this one as a daily brew and have enjoyed six-pack after six-pack over the years....always a good call

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2006 01:30:21 | More by Bouncingsoul1682
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

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

12 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

This beer poured a hazy copper color and had barley any head. I gave it a pretty good "middle of the glass" pour too. Carbonation appears to be on the mild side, observing the bubbles rising in the glass.

I got a mild malty aroma with a hint of hops and alcohol. Swirling the beer in the glass boosts the aroma somewhat. Taste is also malty in general, but there is a nice hop flavor and a slightly bitter finish.

This is a good drinkable beer. I'm really not familiar with the style so I can't really review it within the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 00:58:06 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of Cadyfatcat

New York

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky pinkish brown, a hue reminiscent of muddy grapefruit juice

Smells of malty brown sugar and fresh hops

Taste is very ripe, extremely well balanced. A nice warming sweetness to it. Very distinct flavors. Very nice.

I know the dead skeleton on the bottom is for May’s day of the dead. But I love this beer in the winter. I thought the graphic depicted exactly this the first time I had this beer, the skeleton with its arms crossed sure looks like it is freezing on top of a nice barrel of dead guy to help sustain sanity through a bone chilling night. Plus the colors in the background look like the Northern Lights, and you’re gonna be cold if you see those. if not hallucinatory

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 06:01:11 | More by Cadyfatcat
Photo of techdiver


4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep hazy golden color with modest head. Nice malty smell. Taste is soo good. Nicely sweet and mildly bitter. So smooth in the mouth with a complex and totally enjoyable taste. I've had this before in bottles, seeing the growler with the Dead Guy logo was too much to resist. Superbly drinkable, my daughter and I polished off the growler, with my hungover son-in-law declining. Too bad it was a bad day for the Eagles.

Serving type: growler

11-19-2006 22:27:38 | More by techdiver
Photo of terrabyte


3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy copper-brown color witha medium white head.

A very muted aroma. A slightly sweet caramel and hops is detectable.

Flavor is yeasty with a nice butter taste. A sweet caramel base with a hint of citrus or orange sweetness. Quite a bit of grapefruit hops. Now I know why my father-in-law likes it (besides the artwork)

Mouthful is a real treat. Medium with good carbonation. Slightly slick and puckering from the hops.

Drinkability is also very good. Goes down very easy.

I wasn't sold on the flavor, but the drinkability on top of this flavor is what saves this beer and makes it memorable.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 09:51:31 | More by terrabyte
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