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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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6,164 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,164
Reviews: 2,272
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 165
Gots: 575 | 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 kevinglin
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 22 oz. bomber bottle, not dated, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Very clear, clean copper in color - poured with a white head 1-2 fingers deep that didn't stay around too long.

Smell: I got a lot of hop characteristic, very fragrant.

Taste: Wonderful. I really enjoyed the full flavor of the hops, but very well balanced with the malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Not overly carbonated with a medium body.

Overall Drinkability: My first Maibock and I definitely wanted another one - too bad I had only purchased one bottle! I can't see having too many in one sitting though as I think the ABV will sneek up on you before you know it. Recommended to all.

kevinglin, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of flacks360
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice burnt-orange with a thick 2-finger head that sticks around awhile and leaves some fairly substantial rings around the pint glass.

Smells fresh and almost summery, but still with some robustness.

Incredibly smooth, with a faint carmel note. Very sweet, and somewhat thick malty taste, but the hops in the finish do a nice job to balance.

A highly drinkable, possibly sessionable brew, but at 6.5%, be careful with this stuff.

This is my first Maibock, and my first example from Rogue. I'm pretty impressed, and I expect to see more of this in my fridge.

flacks360, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of Bamabrew22
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on tap for the first time a couple of weeks ago. My first Rogue, and it did not disappoint. Poured clean out of the line, amber in color with a small head. Aroma was of a slight fruitiness, generous use of malts and maybe a note of hops. Taste was just delicious. A well-balanced beer. Robust example of an ale, balanced by malted barley, fruits, spices and a glancing of hops on the tongue. Just a great beer overall and a joy to drink. Wish I had another right now.

Bamabrew22, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of PCmofo
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Appearance is a great crisp and clear amber color.
S- Smell is slightly hoppy with just enough hops aroma
T- Taste is strong and hoppy without being a strong IPA taste
M- Mouthfeel is great just light enough without tasting like light beer or a lager
D- Drinkability is high because this beer is both delicious and not too hardy

This is one of my new favorite beers. Its taste and smell make it a very pleasurable beer to drink.

PCmofo, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an slightly hazy, orangey-amber body with thinnish, white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling floral, yeasty aroma with hints of dried fruits and apples.

Taste: An overall sourish taste, with flavors of honey, dried fruits, and cider. Light hops on the finish and a yeasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: You know, if you can't say something nice, don't say it at all!

Time for an update! Not all too much has changed, except there's a more distinct toasty, bready malt character. Still sourish, less cidery and more akin to a non-oaked white wine. Slight score bump overall.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of Lothore
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strait out of the bottle into a pilsner glass this brew has an amazing cloudy orange color with a slightly red tint. A good amount of head that is not quick to dissipate. Upon first sniff i get a sweet hoppy smell. When I dig a a bit deeper a muted fruit scent is detected. It has a very balanced taste: Clean wheat with a delightfully mild bitterness which seems to complement the flavor nicely. The mouthfeel is very smooth all the way through. I hate to use the same descriptor twice but it finishes absolutely cleanly begging you to drink more. All in all this is a highly drinkable beer. I could easily enjoy a few of these on an average night with some good food and great company.

Lothore, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of BWMKappaSig
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange/copper color. Relatively thick head turns thick fast. It smells sweet and malty with definite caramel hints: Far sweeter than it tastes! It has a biscuitty taste that starts slightly sweet and fruity but that finishes a little bit better. Mailbocks aren't my style, but Rogue does this one nicely.

BWMKappaSig, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of jayfarley3
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, pours a dark copper-amber color with a white 1.5" head.

Smell is of sweet malts and herbs

Taste is wonderful, starts with toasty malts and ends with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is great with a good balance of lightness and creaminess.

Very drinkable beer with one of the coolest labels ive seen

jayfarley3, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of CortexBomb
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is orange, fairly decent sized white head on top, nice colouration and overall look. The smell is softly malted...yeast, some caramel.

The flavour on this is very appealing, and a good representative of the style: sweet malty goodness with caramel tones (some sugar and honey present in the background) dominant with decent hopping just to keep things in balance. This is a very tasty brew.

The mouthfeel on this is...full, carbonated, not thick but big. The drinkability is stellar, really no complaints at all. I find almost all Bocks easy to drink though, so take that for what it is.

Overall: Rogue's most well-known beer is also one of their best. If you love heavily malted beers, then Deadguy should have a spot in your fridge.

CortexBomb, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of canucklehead
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

almost an orangey gold colour with thick head this beer smells like hops but the taste is more malty than expected. This is a session beer with balance built in but a full flavoured Rogue mouthfeel. I get caramel and some fruit on the finish but mostly a nice hop/malt mix that satisifies

canucklehead, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of blackheartbilly
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: golden amber

Smell: reminds me of a homebrewed beer, grainy, yeast-like, sharp

Taste: my first thought was that that it had a high acid content, and higher alcohol content. It actually reminded me of homebrewed beer, which I enjoy. This beer is not for everyone, but I am a big fan, and would love to try it on tap.

For me, this is a great summer beer, not something I would offer to people who are not "into" microbrewed beer. I enjoy the after taste and think this beer is great to bring to a BBQ or even with a steak dinner.

blackheartbilly, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearnace: Golden-amber with an off-white head that dissipates into a ring, leaving plenty of sticky lacing.

Smell: A bit bready/grainy, lots of toasted malt, hops and oranges.

Taste: Very malty, biscuity, floral, subtle notes of honey, wrapped up with a nice hop kick.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light in body with very active carbonation.

Drinkability: One of the best session beers out there. Extremely quaffable and with a fairly unique character that makes it stand apart from other brews you might commonly find in the Pacific Northwest.

largadeer, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Dark cloudy amber with sandy colored one inch head that disspates into ring around the glass, minimal lacing.

Smell: Big bready biscut scenct with carmel and hops in the background, very complex and quite pleasing.

Taste/ Mouthfeel: Hops attack the front of the tongue with mild fruit flavor, apples mostly that moves into a beady carmel biscut flavor. Leaves a oily herbal finish, very nice.

Drinkability: Not my favorite from Rouge but one of the better brews out there today, very well done.

bluemoonswoon, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of becktone
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Nice creamy head. Great lacing as it recedes from the three finger head from the pour. Color is golden amber, reminds me a bit of a cider. Also has nice retention, overall this brew looks great.

Nose: Very balanced aroma. There's a very nice hint of spicy hops that are in just the right proportion to balance the sweet malty aromas that hail from my glass. Could be a bit more potent, both the hop and malt aroma were just a bit hard to smell.

Tongue: Very strong malt backbone in this beer. The sweet caramel and slightly roasted flavors really make up the flavor profile of this brew. Bit of spicy hop flavors near the end that attempt to balance the brew, but this beer is mostly malt driven.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium-light bodied, with lower levels of carbonation. The spritzy feeling of carbonation nicely melds with the flavor of the malts, which suits this style-in my opinion- quite nicely. Finishes slightly dry. Was a bit lighter in body than I expected. The brew is easy to drink, and goes down smooth. This is something I could be seeing myself buying again, though I'd like to explore other offerings from the same style first.

becktone, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of jim102864
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this maibock for years now, mostly on tap. This time, I poured this one from a bomber into my nonic glass expecting good things as I always do from Rogue beers.

The appearnace was a honey yellow color with a thin head line. Nice carbonation. Very inviting

Frankly, the nose was very faint, however there were whispers of honey and spring flowers but not much beyond that.

The taste was smooth, malty and delicious with nice hop bitterness in the finish and moderate carbonation. Somewhat honey sweet, but very nice indeed.

Mouthfeel was smooth with a solid balance between malt and hops.

This is always a drinkable brew no matter the season or occassion. It's even better on tap. Rogue scores again.

jim102864, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of robocrouch
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured this one into a pint glass. A fuzzy amber color with a hazy look to it. A very nice head that is almost three fingers thick. Not much lace to it.

S: Fruity and sweet. The floral hops dominant the smell but I do pick up a hint of some fruit, not sure what though.

T: This beer has great flavor. I loved the balance with the toasted malts and the hops, then there is this fruity sweet finish that leaves you craving more. I also picked up on a biscuit-y bread feel to this beer. This beer is bursting with flavor.

D: Very drinkable but also complex enough to keep your interest. A must try and a beer I will definitely be picking up again.

robocrouch, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber color, mostly clear. Moderate to low head and carbonation.
Light malt, crisp apple.
Light malt, very light floral hop. Small array of complex flavors.
Nice carbonation.
Not bad, fairly subtle. Tastes good and is quite refreshing. I’d have another.

Red copper honey color / clear / very mild carbonation / mild head
Sweet honey fruit / light hop bouquet
Sweet toffee sugar / smooth and thick / roasted malt / light floral hop balance and bitterness / finishes dry and mostly clean / very nice
Quite nice, very tasty and drinkable. Damn good I say.

MrHungryMonkey, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of montageman
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Schlitz chalice (awww, yeah!).

A: Cloudy amber that is pale when held up to the light. Bone white head around 1 finger big slowly dissipates to a ton of lacing.

S: A slight fruity/floral character is evident, but the nose is primarily malty with a touch of sweetness (honey, maybe?)

T: Balanced. Creamy maltiness up front & a nice dry floral hop finish. There is some definite sweetness as well, but it works nicely.

M: Slightly carbonated and quite creamy - a nice balanced feel.

D: Easy drinking, balanced beer. If nothing else, this is a perfectly balanced beer that might be a little too strong for sessions. Recommended.

montageman, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of eberkman
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, bright orange gold producing a tight, creamy light-tan head with good stickiness and admirable retention. Lots of small carbonation bubbles surfacing from the bottom.

Bold aromas of citrus, caramel and bready malts.

The taste is very complex and shifty. Yeast, malt on the intake, sour citrus in the middle with a refreshingly dry, bitter finish that lingers, inviting another sip. Sweet without being syrupy. Bitter without being over-the-top harsh for the sake of being harsh.

The mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly -- very refreshing.

Highly drinkable -- not one that I would think to pair with food, though it would go pretty well with sausages or barbequed chicken. But certainly a good one to sit back with and enjoy.

eberkman, May 31, 2007
Photo of NCSUdo
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Nice head with good color. A little hazy, caramel in color. Lighter shades closer to the sides of my glass. Good lacing as the head goes down.

S: Great smell, so complex. Really sweet and hoppy. Caramel, oranges, lemons, incredible citrus character. Malty over & undertones. Excellent nose. Gotta be the best part of this brew.

T: Caramel/sweet up front. Big maltiness with a nice hop bitter finish. Taste does leaves something to be desired as it just doesn't seemed balanced.

M/D: Medium bodied with a pretty good amount of carbonation. Just OK mouthfeel. Drinkability could be better, but it's such a puzzle that the drinkability goes back and forth.

Overall this is another good offering from Rogue. However, this one seems to defy convention. At first the taste and drinkability are top-notch, midway through, both seemed to lose a lot. However, as the level in my glass got closer to 0, both picked up again and I could feel myself desiring another. An enigma of a beer. Pick it up and decide for yourself. My rating should be accompanied by a +/- because it is that easy to go back and forth and this one.

NCSUdo, May 26, 2007
Photo of meadhead
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

just a solid good offering
of honey malt and floral hops
a little sweet
a little bitter
with a slight head on top

color is color and this pours
orange and tan

smells like it tastes
not too rich
not too bland

some other slight nuances
a little citrus and nut

mouthfeel is balanced
sips or gulps easy enough

meadhead, May 23, 2007
Photo of rm0312
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle and on tap. Pours a nice amber/copper color with a minimal head. Malty and hoppy in aroma and taste with some citrus too. Slight bit of peppery bite in there as well. Leaves a nice hop aftertaste. Bought a case of The Dead Guy at the Brewry while visiting Newport, OR. I have not disliked a single Rogue product.

rm0312, May 22, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four-finger creamy head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Hoppy nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet/hoppy then a serious hoppy/bitter finish that doesn't really linger. $1.89 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, May 15, 2007
Photo of Atlas1
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm sure it's been addressed in the BA forums before, but I still don't understand how a maibock can be called an ale by the folks at Rogue. Very confusing....

Pours a rich copper apricot color with a nice thick foam head that stays around. Leaves chunks of lace around the glass as the beer recedes. Sweet, malty aroma, with notes of candied sugar and caramel. Some dark fruit scent here as well. Hint of apple and pear too. Sweet tasting brew, again with a caramel appeal. Some pear/apple/strawberry sensation, as well as a sugary, vanilla taste. Tasty, to be sure, although I'd only want to drink this beer fresh. In my opinion, maibocks do not age well. Smooth mouthfeel and good drinkability. Deceptive alcohol content, though, at 6.5% ABV. Another nice brew by the folks at Rogue.

Atlas1, May 10, 2007
Photo of jeffjfindley
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, gorgeous orange color, and a terrific head. Nose is thick toasty and robust, with some very large citrus notes. Taste is unique as hell. Honey, caramel malt, toffee, and HUGE hop presence. Mouthfeel is substantial, and sticky. Great, great beer.

jeffjfindley, Apr 30, 2007
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,164 ratings.