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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,693 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,693
Reviews: 2,330
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 218
Gots: 980 | 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:
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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Photo of BigBry
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
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
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
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
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
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
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
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
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
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
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
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
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.


3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
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
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,693 ratings.