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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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very good

6,432 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,432
Reviews: 2,289
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 184
Gots: 716 | 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:
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 RickKrumenacker
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear light-orange pour. Minimal head that did not stick around very long. Lots of bubbles at first, but calmed to individual bubbles rising to the top.

Smell: Sweet and floral hints. More malts come through as it warms.

Taste: Fruity sweetness up front. Light hops at the back of my tongue. The hops stick around awhile.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, with good carbonation. Not watery, but lighter than anticipated.

Drinkability: Fairly balanced...sweet up front with bittering hops in the end. Easy to get through a few of these.

RickKrumenacker, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of mdcrouser
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Every color of the beer rainbow seems to explode from this beer - amber, gold, dark brown, and red, each refracting, breaking apart from the pint glass at different angles.

Small islands of head dot the top of the beer, slowing breaking apart and reforming, like thousands of years of evolution, occurring over the compacted timespan of a few mere seconds.

Subtly complex and woody, with a dry and caramelly hoppiness that slowly and coolly lulls you into a state of supreme relaxation. It finishes exceptionally smooth, with trailing hops and a light malt.

The only thing dead here is the guy on the label.

mdcrouser, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ml bottle into a pint glass. This is my first beer of this style, so I don't really have a basis for comparison

Appearance: Pours golden-orange, a pale amber, with a three-finger slightly off-white thick, frothy head. Lots of bubbles. The beer was incredibly clear. Surprisingly little amount of lacing.

Smell: Malt and citrus, and hints of hops. A citrus-fruit smell really dominates.

Taste: Very sweet, and very smooth. Fruity and wheat flavors dominate. The fruit and wheat gives way to a hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Both flavors linger for quite some time. As it warms, the hoppy character begins to dominate more. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very, very thin - it almost caught me off guard. It's so incredibly smooth, it almost feels like water in the mouth. I'm not sure if this is a good or a bad thing.

Drinkability: The incredibly smooth mouthfeel and the balanced flavors make this one drinkable beer. Even though the sweetness isn't necessarily what I'm looking for in a beer, it was very easy to quickly finish the glass.

This would make a great session beer, and was a solid introduction into the style. I think it would make an excellent introduction for people who are just getting into craft beers, as well. I would say it's a little too sweet for my tastes, but its so easy drinking that it really doesn't matter. Solid beer.

StarlightSeraph, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of thain709
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark amber color that boarders on being copper...a one finger off white head...light lacing

S - Hops with a hint of something sweet in the background

T - A big flavor of hops upfront...as the nose suggests...finishes with a blend of hoppy bitterness and caramel

M - Medium body with lively carbonation

D - I love the hops in this because I'm an IPA fan...this is just another reason why Rogue is a great brewery!

thain709, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this growler of DGA for $11.99 for new years and was very excited to see how good it was in a larger quantity than a 12oz bottle.
Nice amber color with a small off white head. smells and tastes like caramel and hops. There's a decent amount of carbonation that keeps the drink consistent and very drinkable. Another great Rogue beer that was even better for the price I paid.

AdmiralDiaz, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of 3Vandoo
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orangeish beer with good head retention, and medium carbonation, so far so good.

Smell is malty with shy caramel flavours, sweet and milky, some hoppiness with some hint of butterscotch.

taste is smooth, with some shy malt flavours, with a touch of hoppiness, fruity esters, banana, with a spciness present. A yeasty touch is also present which bring some banana flavours and sweetness.

3Vandoo, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of hops4me
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like the numbers suggest this is a good beer. I have not had it for years. I had it 3 years ago and didn't care for it. I received it as a Christmas present this year and I like it alot. It is gold to amber in color with a sturdy big head. When the head falls into the glass it leaves ample lace around the glass. It smells nutty, sweet, and grainy. Very pleasant aromas. The taste has caramel sweetness and some clean spicy hop flavor. It is medium bodied with very good drinkability. I see this beer as a good match with simple but good foods. This beer should be found on Thanksgiving tables. Not too overpowering but plenty of flavor.

hops4me, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of drxandy
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25oz mug on tap @ Reno's west, Lansing
creamy looking head retains well, golden amber shade, good carbonation

smells of zesty hops, biscuity malt, pacman yeast

taste is of hops at the start molding into super malts, bitter yet creamy, very drinkable, floral citrus, finish is wet and satisfying

mouthfeel is of good weight and carbonation brings out the creaminess, balance is excellent, yum

drxandy, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of Fischy
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation- 12 oz bottle from the local spirit shop.

Appearance- Similar to brandy in color poured a nice head and left a decent amount of lace on the glass. (An oversized jumbo snifter)

Smell- Sweet but not sugary candy sweet, more like an herbal tea or something...?

Taste- I think I could easily have a couple of these without thinking about it... it starts off sweet undertones and then moves to a hop bite but nothing that'll hurt ya. Finishes off with a light caramel finish. Very refreshing

Mouthfeel- Ahhh every now and then you find a beer that you know you will like if not love immediately.

Drinkability- This could easily become something I have a couple of in my fridge all the time. It was def a refreshing beer and none of the aspects overcrowded the others, everything has a great balance to it. I enjoyed it very much

Fischy, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of tkeHijacker
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light fluffy white head sitting on top of a slightly hazy copper/orange colored beer that fades quickly. (very pleasant to look at)

S: Sweet with a slightly herbal/floral aroma a slight citrusy aroma also is present.

T: Pleasant hop bitterness is left after the sweet caramelly malt rolls over your tongue, floral/citrusy notes at the tail end. Almost a wheat-like flavor comes from this.

M: Good... really good, smooth and silky great amount of carbonation balances the flavors out very well.

D: Tried this about 6 months ago and did not like it. Two of these were snuck into a sixer of Santa's Private Reserve, now I love the complexity of it. Not too many in a sitting though because these could catch up to you pretty quick.

tkeHijacker, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of cvfish
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured an orange amber color which produced a nice sized, fluffy white head that retained well and left a decent amount of lacing around the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer were dominated by the semi-sweet malts

T - The taste of this beer was much in line with the nose, the semi-sweet maltiness of the beer was the real star, some earthiness as it warms up

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - I would have to say this is not my favorite beer by Rogue, I wish others were available in 6-packs down here, but all in all this a damn fine beer and worth a try, this one is even better on tap

cvfish, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of smedley
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured an orange/red color with a thich white head. Good retention, great lacing.

S - Malty, hoppy, citrusy. Very nice.

T - Sweet, hoppy and smooth. Finish is sweet and citrus, with a little hoppy kick at the end.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation

D - Very drinkable. Great balance of malts and hops. Excellent beer!

smedley, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of WakeandBake
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes Sep 28, 2008
Reddish/gold color with a thin off white head that stuck around till the end.Sweet Aroma of caramel,bread,pine and malt. Flavor is warm sweet nutty malt,with just the right roast,maybe some honey notes,and a nice little pine hop finish,nice lively mouthfeel.A very Solid Offering.I could drink several of these at one sitting no problem.

WakeandBake, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of dakid618
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Virtually no head on top of the caramel golden body. Smell is very sweet. Taste matches the smell. Kind of a sweet hoppy taste, smooth. Mouthfeel is light and very smooth. Don't think I could drink too many of these as the taste is a little overpowering. Overall a solid Rogue brew.

dakid618, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of rgrholmes168
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber bought the previous night.

I didn't get much of a head, maybe one finger at the most. The color was a dark amber bordering on orange. The head disappated rather quickly and left no lace around the top of the glass.

I had never had a Maibock to my knowledge so I researched what it was supposed to taste like on BA. According to the style it is supposed to have bit of a hoppy taste, but I did not get any of this in the aroma. I did get a good hint of the caramel malt in the beer.

My first taste of this beer showed that my nose had been correct. I got a lot of caramel malt in the taste of the beer. The beer had a nice sweet taste to it, and it went down very smooth.

I think this is a pretty decent beer. I don't have anything else to rate againist in its category so I may have to come back and rerate the beer.

rgrholmes168, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of Augustiner719
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a .5L stein.

Appearance: Mildly agressive pour yielded a large 2 to 3 finger head. Excellent head retention with modest lacing. Nice red clayish color with continuing carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom.

Smell: Smells about 50/50 malt to hops. Sweet malt aromas comming through that hide a strong prescence of hops. Light grassy and citrus notes comming through with a good dose of grapefruit.

Taste: WOW!! this is the first Rogue beer I have ever had.. yess yes i know im a noob. Tastes like refreshing grapefruit, citrus with a slight bitterness at the end. Tastes of moderate malt covering up some pretty obvious hops. This beer its tricky.

Mouthfeel: Continued carbonation is comming through on the mouthfeel, but in a good way. It rolls smoothly around my mouth and is not overpowering at all.

Drinkability: Its a very delicious beer. Its got some nice hops as the backbone with some nice citrus and grassy notes. Its a good beer, nothing to go too crazy over, but a definate win over Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada. A bit more $$ than those, but its a better version of SA for sure and has a nice continued aftertaste that is sweet and grassy.

Augustiner719, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of bifrostguard
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a tall off white head that leaves minimal lacing.

S - Honey, caramel and biscuity malt. I already can tell this one will be sweet.

T - Sweet. Honey and caramel are the first things to come to mind. I can also pick out some bready, biscuity flavors with a mild cirtus quality.

M - Thick and creamy.

D - Sweetness really limits this one for me. It actually reminds me a bit of cider and I can't drink a lot of that either. A good brew nonetheless.

bifrostguard, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of sonicdescent
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A=the key word for this beer is umoffensive, if unexceptional.

s=nice mix of the key ingredients.

T=very good and sneaky, malts slightly overpower hops for a fun ride.

M=smooth, surpisingly so. Not much in the way of carbonation, which is how I enjoy it.

D=for me, this fits the definition of my quintessential session beer.

sonicdescent, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dead Guy is a hazy orange-brown beer with a smooth and clingy off-white head. The aroma is of sweet malt and fruity hops. It's rather faint and a little ciderish in the nose. In the mouth, it's dry and abundant in gravity. The flavor starts with the sweet malt, like baking cookies, which turns a little sour before unleashing its wooden bitterness and alcoholic warmth. It tastes much stronger than it is.
(rated Jun 11, 2007)

yesyouam, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of theboozecruise
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This certainly isn't my first time drinking a Dead Guy Ale, but it's the first time I've cracked one open to review.

The first times I tried this I hadn't developed quite the palate for the style. Now, I love it.

Amberish color, thick creamy white head with plenty of lacing. Lighter than I remembered, another change in my tastes.

The smell is malty, but sweet, the taste favors the smell. Feels great on the tongue, and I could see this being more of a go-to session beer for me in the future.

theboozecruise, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of DoctorDog
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a mug.

A- Clear amber appearance. Pours with ample white head, which fades quickly, leaving but a thin ring. Heavy lacing.

S- Smell is sweet and malty

T- Taste is biscuity and malty, with a slightly sweet honey hint. Moderate kick of bitterness on the finish. As previously mentioned in other reviews, the ABV is as well hidden as any 4.5% macro.

M- Surprisingly creamy, with moderate carbonation.

D- Quite high. This would be a great beer for happily pounding one after another.

Future outlook: Good session beer that I would certainly never sneer at or turn away. Next time heavy, relatively mindless drinking is afoot, this will be a consideration.

DoctorDog, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber honey color with a mild, large bubbled light tan head. Neither retention or lacing are noteworthy.

Whoa! Nose is a wonderful blend of honey, caramel, biscuits and mild grassy hops. Like a German maibock, but stronger, hoppier and bolder.

A cornucopia of flavors here. Zesty hops and caramel sweetness blend together nicely. Toasty notes add to the bitterness. You can tell there is some alcohol here, but it's hard to put a number on. This is a surprisingly good beer that I did not have super-high hopes for. I will buy this again, fo sho.

twiggamortis420, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it in a 64 oz. growler, that glows in the dark. Dark amber pour with a thick, creamy off-white head. Rich, caramel malt and spun sugar aroma. Sweet, very malty beer. Lots of caramel and chewy malt, but blended with candy-sweet grapefruit hops. Very easy to drink. I'd drink this again any time.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 3/14/2006 (22oz bottle):

Pours a red/amber colored body, with a medium-sized head, but is quickly diminishing. Has a malty aroma, some sweetness, and some hops. Taste has malty-hoppy flavor, some sweetness. Not too bad. Better as it warms up.

jujubeast6000, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of Reaper16
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass
Appearance: an off-orange, sort of butterscotch color. Generous pale white head with good retention.

Smell: Sugary malts, maybe some caramel. Slight twinge of hops. No aroma is very present.

Taste: Toasted malts. Biscuits and perhaps honey. A decent bitter note from the hops. Maybe a very slight dark fruit element. Finishes dry with the hop presence lingering a bit. It's rather enjoyable if not terribly complex.

Drinkability: 6.5% ABV is a surprising figure; I would have guessed it to be closer to 5%. This is a super-drinkable beer, imo. The slight dryness is refreshing, and the fleeting fruit notes encourage further drinking to make sure that you're tasting correctly. ;)

I'm reasonably confident that the next time I reach for a beer to give to my BMC friends I will reach for Dead Guy Ale. It's just plain good, but it has the advantage of being good in ways that don't seem crazy to macro-lager drinkers.

Reaper16, Dec 15, 2008
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,432 ratings.