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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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6,527 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,527
Reviews: 2,294
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 190
Gots: 762 | FT: 1
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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 1fastz28
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark orange color with a nice big frothy head, the head last throughout the whole beer. rogue beers are usually pretty good and i've had this numerous times, just never got around to review it.

smell is pretty good has a decent hop presence to it, nothing overpowering but still a nice aroma, really a pretty unique smell to it

taste is good, has a decent bite to it via the bitterness, but is good, easy drinking beer

mouthfeel is good aswell

drinkability is a little low, seems to be hitting me a little hard tonight, but i haven't had dinner yet. so thats probably effecting my judgment

Photo of vrazionale
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Gentle pour at first, with a slightly more aggressive final pour in order to check out the head.

A - Beautiful hazy copper, with a slight wispy head.

S - Less malty than one might think. The nose is not particularly complex, but I get a hint of sesame seeds and toasted nuts. I even get a little bit of caramelized onions, but that might be a bit of a stretch.

T - Rich and full, but completely drinkable. The kind of beer that you could drink all night long. A little spicy (nutmeg, cloves?) and a good fruit complement. This beer would be incredible with some spicy meats (pulled pork or other BBQ!) or a sharp nutty farmhouse cheddar.

M - Good bitterness that cleanses the palate well. Lingering spiciness, but doesn't leave that filmy coating left by lesser beers.

D - One of the more drinkable American Maibock-style ales I've come across.

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

Wow, I've been reviewing quite a few bock's lately..

Served from 12oz bottle into pint glass:

Appearance: Deep brownish in color, with a geneorus sized head, and excellent lacing. Nice bubbling as well.

Smell: Hoppy & aromatic, nice hints of fruit here in the smell, as well as earthy malts.

Taste: Excellent balance of fruit to malts, this is a bock I can get used to! Earthy tones emit, yet the fruit is what gives this an excellent flavor! Bready malts appear in the backdrop with a hint of spices as well, very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation here, thick, creamy, and leave a nice spice on your tongue from the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable for a bock, it's amazing how the contrast of fruit and stronger malts tends to smoothley fit with eachother. This was definetley a diamond in the rough for me, an excellent beer with just the right amount of hops and bite. Good job to the guys at Rogue.

Photo of Goregazm
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Appearance: Pours an orange/yellow color, very smooth and clean looking. Only a few bubbles rising up inside. Has a very foamy, three-finger head which dissipates in a minute or two and leaves some rather thick lacing behind.

Smell: Sweet with a bitter kick, like a citrus scent with a sourdough undertone. Ends with the scents of light caramel, malt, and hops.

Taste: The taste starts bitter, then quickly gets sweeter before ending with the hops. Honey can defintely be detected, along with some sweet malt. Beneath the surface there is a creamy taste, almost like a light cream. Very malty and rich.

Mouthfeel: On the palate this beer is slightly thick, but not overly done. Very good carbonation that doesn't overly tingle the tongue. The aftertaste is mildly bitter, but it retains the light creaminess of the taste.

Drinkability: This Maibock is phenominal. The rich, creamy taste will soothe you to the core, no matter what time you indulge in it. You can drink this with dinner, with a snack, as a session beer, or any other time. So stop reading this and go get some Dead Guy Ale, pretty soon you'll be writing up the same praise I am.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at a local establishment, served in a pint glass

Appears a burnt, light orange. Hazy body with a small tight, white cap. Stuck around for a bit, but didn't leave behind any remnants.

Sweet and citrusy with a doughy backbone.

Sweet malts hit you up front. Spicy, floral hops take over and leave behind a dry, slightly bitter finish.

Medium bodied and creamy.

This beer is very well-balanced with a very pleasing flavor profile. Highly drinkable.

Photo of nighthawk
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy deep orange in colour with fluffy white head that reduces to a nice ring in several seconds.
Nose is pine, light orange, with grain malts. Slightly caramel finish.
Taste is hops up front, fruity pine, with a solid malt background, full of caramel. Slight alcohol warming and a bittersweet finish. There was a slightly soapy taste with the first few mouthfuls, but it wasn't apparent as I continued to imbibe. Might have been residue on the glass. (Bad, I know)
Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, slightly thick body with a mild, almost but not quite balancing bite from the carbonation.
Refreshing, clean, smooth and hides the alcohol very nicely. Quaffable is an understatement.

My first Rogue, and this is a great start. Wonderful back-and-forth play between hops and malts. An excellent ale. Love the name, too.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been meaning to review this one for a while. I've had a few six packs of this and it disappeared from the usual stores for a while.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a hazy light copper-orange with a big head that dissipates to a thin ring around the glass.

Smell is full of malt with a decent hop presence. The malts remind me of many Octoberfest beers I've had but the hops bring a piney resinous aroma.

Taste is sweet caramel malts and a nice dosage of hops. The yeast has a familiar quality that's detectable after you've had enough beers from Rougue.

Mouthfeel is thick smooth and lightly carbonated. Very easy to drink.

Photo of ballewblake
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up growler at Majestic on Inwood in Dallas. Sealed with a breakable sticker. Poured into pint glass aggressively, not much reaction from the brew, just a minor head that killed to nothing pretty quick. Amber brown in color, head might have been off white, low visible carbonation. Taste is solid. Good malthead flavors, sweet, low carbonation, no real strong noticeable hops.

Photo of Tucson25
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Has a strong amber color, somewhat translucent. Moderate lacing and thin head.

S - Pleasant sweet malt aroma - orange scents and some light hops.

T - Very well-balanced taste with slightly citrus flavor and some smoky overtones. This beer has a very smooth and sweet aftertaste/finish. Very drinkable.

M - Medium bodied; moderate carbonation.

D - I thought this beer was delicious; very drinkable, and a real treat for a beer that is fairly (broadly) available.

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

I brought this home tonight to try and WOW. Has to be one of my top beers period. I am flat out in love. I have never had a maibock and now I want to try others. Perfect all the way around. Wonder aprearance and superb taste with no negative aftertaste.

Photo of Onenote81
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the First Street Draught House here in Winston. Came out a nice deep golden color with about an inch worth of head. Fairly good retention that left excellent rings along glass edge.

Smell of spices and citrus. Nice floral hop scent over all.

Taste was very good. A little malt sweetness that was kicked out of the way by the crisp hop bitterness on the finish. Nice aftertaste.

Moderate bitterness. Creamy and smooth characteristics make this highly drinkable. Recommend you try this one.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a intriguing coper-amber color with a hint of orange. Fluffy two finger head that soon fell to a thin ring of bubbles. This started to disappear about 3/4 down the glass. Leaves moderate splotches of lacing mostly near the top of the glass.

S - Very pleasant aroma of caramel and spiced orange on a sweet, balanced background. Could stand to be more potent.

T - Strong orange flavor and alcohol presence up front. Very well balanced body with hints of spiced orange on a caramel malt background. Finnish is relatively smooth and caramel sweet, but the hop presence really shows up in the bitter-sweet aftertaste. A very sweet and drinkable brew that would be perfect in late spring.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation - suits the beer very well

D - Delicious and highly drinkable, but for $10 dollars a six here in Ohio (I think that's about what it goes for back home in Oregon) this is a beer that I can only afford for special occasions (perhaps end of spring term?!). My first go with a Hellas bock and I throughly enjoyed it. This beer also has sentimental value to me because I bought it a midnight on my 21st birthday - represent Oregon!

Photo of erikm25
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours copper orange with light amber highlights. Sits in the glass a golden haze and the head is somewhat fluffy and white after an aggressive pour into a pint glass. May have been a little flat due to being in a growler on a store shelf. Above average lacing around the glass.

S: Sweet malts coupled with toasty dark fruits and minor hop presence. Very faint hint of alcohol aroma towards the end of the nose.

T: Caramel and bready malts with a taste of light pine and citrus hops in the back. Not as sweet as the nose leads on but overall the taste is impressively balanced. I preferred the taste as it reached a little closer to a cool room temperature.

M: Light to medium bodied with fair carbonation.

D: Very well balanced and drinkable. This was a store bought growler and for ten bucks it was a pretty good deal. I will have to give this a try on tap in the near future.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 10/11/08.

Pours an orange-amber color with about a finger of off-white head. Aroma is filled with sweet malt, floral hops, light citrus, and honey.

Taste is loaded with sweet malt followed by slightly bitter floral hops. Some light citrus (orange and lemon) and a bit of honey are also present. To me the taste is a bit on the sweet side, but not cloying. Pretty good taste, would be much better if a little less sweet.

Feel is smooth, creamy, and well-carbonated. Medium-bodied. Drinkability is pretty good. The alcohol is well hidden. If not for the sweetness, I could drink this all day.

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

Poured a hazy, muted copper with orange notes. A just barely off-white head, creamy and cloudy, with good retention. The lacing - there was a pretty good amount of it - had a grainy appearance, like a worn-out old film.

A somewhat caramel-malty nose, maybe with raisins. Some floral, tangy hops.

Very light intro to the palate, then a hint of breadiness. I kinda detected apple fritter. Apple, citrus, raisins. Slight bittering and tanginess.

Consistent, good level of carbonation. A bit creamy. Medium bodied. If the speed with which I can knock a couple of these back is any indication, it is certainly drinkable.

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

Poured a lovely copper color into a pint glass. Nice head retention. Light malt aroma. Good mouthfeel. Taste is a nice mixture of carmel, malt and spicy hops. Goes down smooth. I really liked this beer. I can't wait to have another.

Serving type: 12 ounce bottle

Photo of lhaqq
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque golden, dark wheat color. Decent head that is off-white.
S: The smell isn't too strong but is mainly of yeast and some malt.
T: The taste is malty, with some spices too. I couldn't pick up much else--didn't seem to complex
M: The spices are rounded off in the finish, which is bitter but not long lasting.
D: Easy to drink, though I felt a bit boring. Haven't had many maibocks yet, so maybe I am not used to the style yet.

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

Like a Yuengling with more flavor..

Poured a golden brown color with a nice white head. Smelled of hops and malt sweetness. Tasted of crisp hops, slight citrus, and spices upfront. Smooths out and finishes with low hop taste and crisp malt flavor. Flavor lets the tongue know its there but does not damage, goes down great too.

Photo of Pinto21
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light brown copper with a decent head. Nice lacing

Not huge smell. Got a bit of fruitiness to it, but you gotta look for it

Tasty. comes on with some hop bitterness, but then to the subtle malt. Subtle in not overpowering, not hiding. Just a balanced beer.

I'm gonna drink a few of these tonight for sure, so at 6.5% it might get interesting. Goes down nice.

Not to mention the label is pretty sweet marketing.

Photo of BigJim5021
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my default go-to beers; Dead Guy pours a nice, hazy light orange with a white head that sticks around for a few minutes. The lacing is spotty, but goes all the way down the glass.

The aroma, well... is kinda muted. I dunno, maybe it's just my nose, but I'm not getting much here. Slightly fruity notes are all that I'm picking up right now.

What it's all about, though, is the flavor. Dead Guy has got that shit on lock. A little fruity, a bit nutty and with a nice dose of hop bitterness. This stuff has a hell of a flavor profile, and that's what keeps bringing me back for more. And for those keeping score at home, this stuff has a nice medium body that makes for an incredibly drinkable beer.

I could drink this stuff all day. It's really just an all-around great beer.

Photo of jdg204
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second Rogue and certainly their most prominent. I was excited to try this ale posing as a lager and use it as a gateway to Rogue's more extreme ales.

A: Poured amber with a thin off-white head that quickly disappeared, but left a ring around the edge. Little to no lacing was left.

S: Upfront sweet, caramel smell with a touch of fruity hops in background.

T: The taste was sweet, caramel-candy-like malt. Some hops in the background lended it a slighty fruitiness to it.

M: The feel was medium to full-bodied. Sweetness lingers a bit, but does not become cloying at all. Complexity and alcohol make it not as smooth as it could be, but fairly smooth nevertheless. The flavors linger.

D: Fantastic brew and very cool to get such a wide offering of a unique style (and a damn good style at that). I'm moving towards buying more 750ml. offerings, so Rogue's more extreme brews are on the near horizon, after this I'm excited!

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as a joke from a family member (just because she thought the name was funny)

Usually not too big of a fan of this style but this beer was delicious. A nice honey taste to it and at 6.5% ABV it went down a little bit too easy. A very smooth and drinkable beer. A little expensive at how much it is for a 22 oz. but I was glad I got try it and would try it again in a heartbeat.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice amber colour with a nice thick head that stays suprisingly thick.

Aroma of malted grains, hops, very nutty and sort of citrusy.

Nutty and malty upfront, lots of distinct flavours with some sweetness, finishing off hoppy and syrupy.

A nice thick mouthfeel, what a tasty beer.

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

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at Mulligan's in Rookwood.

Appearance: Poured a golden yellow-brown with slight hazing and a big 2-finger white foamy head that faded fairly quickly to a long-retained skim at the top. Light lacing is left behind throughout as I drink.

Smell: Very toasty grain & nutty scent, a little syrupy, very strong malts. Haven't had a lot of bocks, but the smell is very unique and nice.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very sweet tasting, almost like honey, with strong nuttiness and toasted grain. The alcohol is very masked in all the sweetness and malts. Medium mouthfeel is very creamy and satisfying.

Drinkability: Pretty high - goes down very smooth and isn't too strong, but the sweetness might be too much after awhile.

Photo of 1759Girl
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure why it's taken me so long to review this guy, when I've had it so many times...

Appearance> Dark golden, hazy, big head, dissipates with lightning speed.
Smell>Cider, hops, malt
Taste> Complex, true to its maibock style, sweet, with a long resiny finish
Mouf> niiice
Drink> heck yeah. One of Rogue's best.

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,527 ratings.