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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
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 xgrigorix


3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, presented in a shaker pint.

Burnt rust colour. Topped by a thin beige head. Slow moving, thin carboantion.

Smells toasty, with a pleasant dose of woody / spicy hops.

Loads of good malty sweet flavours - caramel, honey, & toasted. Some sublte dark fruity tones wander around. Decent hopping - woody, spicy, & a little bit herbal. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Overall pretty solid & tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2005 17:26:26 | More by xgrigorix
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

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

Pours a deep amber color with a big white head that leaves nice lacing. The smell is fruity esters, with a sweet malt backbone, a nicely done maibock smell. The taste is a Bready and slightly sweet malt followed by a floral hop taste that ends in a citrusy tart bitterness. Overall a quality brew, maybe nothing outstanding but very drinkable and complex enough to satisfy the experienced craft brew drinker. A great session beer

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2005 00:40:52 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of Vancer


4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wait, a Maibock style brew (lager) made with “Rogue's proprietary "PacMan" ale yeast”?? Huh?
Oh well, still a great brew, from the hazy orange pour with ivory head, to the lightly spiced, malty aroma and taste. Hops are lite (IBU 40). Perfectly carbed, lite in the mouth and drinkable for the short or long haul – the 6.5% is craftily hidden.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2005 12:33:31 | More by Vancer
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. The name is creative and the bottle as well. Pours dark amber with minimal head that doesnt retain very well. The smell is not very powerful and nothing really stood out (except the famous and exclusive (i think) Pacman yeast), but it was still had a very pleasing maltiness tone. I really like the taste of the Pacman so I am partial to most of the Rogue offerings. Very smooth mouthfeel that feels like silk on the tongue and the back of the throat. A very drinkable beer. The price is pretty high here in the South, $10 for a six pack, so I try to savor every ounce of this well crafted brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2005 19:13:09 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of Roderick


3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The ale poured amber/red in color and had a very small head that dissipated in less than a minute.
The smell is malty with a hint of sweet (nice).
This ale has a really good taste that is crisp with some malty-semisweet action going on.
It had basically no aftertaste.
All in all I liked this ale allot and plan on it becoming a regular in my fridge.
Paid $4.99 for a 650ml bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2005 19:52:34 | More by Roderick
Photo of bceaglejoe


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

Presentation: Poured an opaque amber into a slim mug. A two-finger thick head formed quickly, and then it started to dissipate. Retention was decent. It wasn't so much of a "creamy" head, since it showed off a lot of carbonation. A strong, crisp floral hop aroma dominated the nose.

Tasting: I caught a lot of hop bitterness on the tongue and in the aftertaste. There was a little bit of malt sweetness balancing it out, but it almost didn't seem enough in my opinion. Based on what I've read about the style, this seems to be par for the course. After I got used to the initial few tastings, it started to come across as slightly more grapefruit-y. The taste stuck around in my mouth for a bit. The carbonation was more than I cared for. With a slightly higher-than-average alcohol content, drinkability gets knocked down a notch.

I think that what could have made this beer better would have been more malt balancing to offset the hop bitterness. I am open to the idea that others would prefer the assertive hop character, though. This one was (and is) definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2005 22:37:27 | More by bceaglejoe
Photo of Litterbean

New York

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

On tap @ Cyber Cafe West.

Pours an orange-red with 1 finger's worth of head that leaves a thin layer on top of the beer and lace along the sides.

Smells Fruity, malty, and bready all at the same time. Very pleasing aroma.

Tastes malty like sweet bread, mostly the crust. There are hints of spices, something like a cinnamon but it really isn't that prominent. Some grapefruit flavor lingers afterwards as the spicy hoppiness finishes this beer off. Very clean drinking and smooth. Tasty for sure.

I like this much better on-tap than in bottles. Satisfying either way, but on-tap is the way to go if you have the choice.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2005 01:09:58 | More by Litterbean
Photo of sinistermadman


3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a nice deep copper color while emanating a whispy head which doesn't stay around for long. Smell hints at citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty dry, but it is quite good. I give a 4.5 for drinkability. A very hearty beer. Has just enough bitterness to be interesting while leaving a very clean finish. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2005 00:11:49 | More by sinistermadman
Photo of zao77


3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best word to explain this beer would be "smooth". When you pour it into the glass there isn't too much head at first but after awhile you get this semi-thin smooth silky lining that lasts until you drink the last drop.

Mouthfeel is pretty soft leaving you with a dry finish. At first taste my mouth was filled with beer euphoria (something you get when you haven't tasted a really good beer in a really long time). Good beer. I will definitely have to get it again in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2005 20:12:52 | More by zao77
Photo of bashiba


3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very brilliant clean copper color with a couple inches of nice off white head

Smells of toasted malts with some hints of sweet fruits.

Taste is dominated by a nice toasted malt flavor with a slight metallic copper taste mixing in as well. A decent hoppiness rounds out the flavor very nicely.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and dry.

A good beer from rogue, but nothing to get excited about.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2005 15:38:35 | More by bashiba
Photo of beersarang


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

A solid offering from rogue.

Pours a copper on the verge of amber with a tannish head that doesn't retain well but leaves some lacing.

Smells quite nice, with light malt aromas and a faint hop presence.

Flavor is of a smooth maltiness and a mildly citrucy and spicy hop finish that balances and rounds the brew out.

Medium bodied, prickly carbonation.

It seems like everything in this beer is in balance, quite a pleasure to drink. Rogue picked a good beer to be their "flagship" brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 06:05:15 | More by beersarang
Photo of lackenhauser


3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a somewhat orange tinged amber color. No real head though a good carbonation level. Malty aroma-touch of caramel sweetness. Medium hop bitterness. Good malt flavor. Somewhat dry in the finish. Ok body for style. An average beer overall. I know its popular with some folk but Rogue can and does do better.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 02:28:36 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of rowew


4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz long neck bottle. No information about the beer or freshness on the label.

Appearance: Pours a hazy red orange color with a relatively thin but very thick looking head. Lacing is minimal.

Smell: Mainly a sweet malty aroma, with hints of hops and fruit.

Taste: Medium bodied with a nice low carbonation level that lends itself to a high drinkability. Flavor is a nice malty base with a nice dose of hops near the end. Just like the aroma there are hints of fruit in there, but nothing specific jumped out at me.

Overall impression: A very enjoyable offering from Rogue - and a great gateway beer to get your friends to drink better beer. This is one of my favorite standby's, and a regular purchase if I'm attending a party.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2005 00:28:47 | More by rowew
Photo of froggyfrog


4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Alright, my first Rogue brew:

Picked this up in a bottle and poured it in installments into my cheap-ass pilsner glass.

Copper in color with a finger or two of foamy head. The tannish colored head fades away after a couple of minutes and cuts to a decent lace.

An excellent malty ale aroma makes me anticipate a sweet taste.

If you're quick enough to sip some foam, it comes in warm and smooth with a toasty malt flavor. As for the beer itself, a beautifully understated malty sweetness coupled with a dryish fruit sensation and just enough hop bitterness to balance. The finish: nice with a satifying cotton candy flav.

Mouthfeel: I'm calling it medium-light. Feels nice, tastes good.

Smooth and easy this beer is quite well-rounded. Would make an excellent session if only I had more bucks.

In conclusion: Rogue Dead Guy - RECOMMENDED!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2005 05:30:58 | More by froggyfrog
Photo of ypsifly


4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz with no dates poured into an Aventinus weizen.

Tan head of two inches that slowly falls to a ringed sheet with nice lace.

Smells of sweet malt paired with citric hops. Smells like a cross between grape fruit and pomegranate. Very sweet and juicy.

The juiceness continues in the taste. Malt and hop are again paired for a sweet/citric flavor that is very balanced. Nice dry finish that lingers but doesn't wear out its welcome.

Nice medium light mouthfeel that adds to the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2005 05:41:18 | More by ypsifly
Photo of brewQ


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

Okay- I've had several Rogue brews but never written them up.

Here's my take on Dead Guy-
First, surprise ... this is a Maibock? What's the ale vs. Lager blurr?

The tap I got was deep amber to red in color by barlight. Not much nose though they might have had the serving temperature a tad cold. Some fruity maybe plum smell.

A solid flavor, not overwhelming but interesting malt and subtle hop play. A slight warming sensation at the finish. Very easy drinking.

After making my notes I read other reviews and it looks like we are reviewing 3 or 4 different beers! Perception or reality?

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2005 11:35:35 | More by brewQ
Photo of beerhandy


3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft...light amber brew with off white head.Malt aroma with some cardboard, faint spice from the hops.I thought the taste was very good it has a smooth malt taste with some caramel ,the hops are subdued but offer some spiciness and floral notes.A easy drinking low hop pale ale

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2005 15:03:36 | More by beerhandy
Photo of ChrisBowers


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

Served on tap in a standard pint glass. I can't believe I've never reviewed this beer given the number of times I've had it. Pours a deep dark orange with about 1/2 inch of lasting head. Smell is subdued, but is slightly sweet and fruity. Taste is creamy, smooth, fruity. I think I'd maybe put this more into an "Alt" category, but thats me. It tastes almost as if it was served on cask, except on draught. Immensely drinkable, though the fruitiness could get old.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2005 02:11:12 | More by ChrisBowers
Photo of JackStraw22


3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a hazy, dark, golden orange. There wasn't a lot of head, and almost no retention or lacing. The aroma had a light sweetness to it. It reminded me of raisens a lot, mangos too even. In the mouth, it feels very chewy and full. Again there's a lot of sweetness from the malts, tastes almost like honey. The hops aren't in the forefront of this, only a little bitterness at the end. Tastes a lot like a less complex, less grassy/earthy belgian. It's a very full beer, so I don't know if I could have more than two in one sitting, but I'd certainly drink another.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2005 03:12:22 | More by JackStraw22
Photo of unklesyd


4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dead Guy is an interesting beer. In a way, to me like a novel that I've read many times. Several years ago, I would drink this at parties, bars, etc. because, well, for whatever reason, and know that it was good, that I liked it.
Looking, tasting it now imparts something new. I recently brewed a beer in this Maibock/Ale style and it is fun to compare the two.

A nice dark copper color, a dense slight-off-white head that recedes in a minute after the first sip.
The aroma is terrific! Esters of fresh strawberries I never noticed before are subtle and welcome.
Nice bitterness blends with a subdued floral malt flavor. The hops come short of being tangy and settle back well.
This is a beer I can, and have, drink/drunk all night long.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2005 03:06:07 | More by unklesyd
Photo of mgdeth


4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Crystal clear; the color is a cross between gold and copper. Nice thick off-white head. No beer lace.

Smell - The bottle says "malty aroma," but I hardly smell anything. It's hard to believe that something with such strong flavors has so little smell.

Taste - Strong malty flavor balanced well with hops. There are some fruity tastes in the beer as well, and it has a nice bitter aftertaste. As the beer wams a bit, I'd swear I detect a honey taste.

Mouthfeel - Thick and pretty smooth overall, with a rough background. The bitterness makes the beer feel a little "bigger." I don't think that Maibocks are supposed to be bitter like this. I give it a high score even if it is not true to style.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. This one is so tasty that I keep wanting more and more.

Comments - Interesting that they would make a maibock with pacman ale yeast. From the Rogue web page: "Maierbock is a German-style Maibock made with Rogue's proprietary 'PacMan' ale yeast-deep honey in color with a malty aroma. Rich hearty flavor and a well balanced finish. Maierbock is created from Northwest Harrington, Klages, Maier Munich and Carastan malts, along with Perle and Saaz Hops." Although perhaps not entirely to style, this is still a wonderful tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 02:42:09 | More by mgdeth
Photo of Wonka


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

12 FL. OZ.
No dates

Appearance – mostly clear amber body; off white head that pours to about ¾ inch and crackles away early; little lace

Smell – spicy hops, grains and dark fruit sweetness blended nicely

Taste – coppery grainy; good push of hops; German influence; bitterness plays a major role in quelling the plum sweetness; aftertaste is mega hops and some of the plum continues

Mouthfeel & Drinkability – light oily texture and moderate carbonation through the feel aid drinkability; nice close that’s not too dry

Dead Guy wouldn’t be a bad choice when the warmer weather arrives.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2005 20:20:18 | More by Wonka
Photo of Billolick

New York

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

12 ouncer sampled w/o any freshness indication. Pours hazy orangy amber, light tan head, shows moderate retention and leaves moderate lacing. Nose is quite sweet with some fresh fruit aromas. This a sweet and malty brew, some peppery hops in the background. Smooth and highly drinkable, better then average sessioner.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2005 02:28:52 | More by Billolick
Photo of SupaCelt


3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dead Guy emerged from the bottle wearing a dark amber colour. There was a fairly dense one finger head that perched atop the body. This head stuck around well before departing into the mix. Slightly carbonated with no suspensions or clouding. Very scant lacing left strewn about the perimeter.

The smell had me feeling around for a description. Unfortunately, the only thing I could come up with for the predominant aroma was dilute vinegar with yeast. There was some fruits and vegetable oil scents in there as well. The smell was not promoting high expectations for the taste test.

The taste was much lighter than I had expected. Not much complexity to this one. I get yeast impressions at first followed by a hop bitterness that is fleating in nature. The after taste is vaguely like apple skins. All the while I am reminded a bit too much of vegetable oil or vinegar. The mouthfeel is flat and wet with not much substance to speak of.

The drinkablility of the Dead Guy is alright. There is nothing in this brew that is offensive or overpowering. Moreover, there is nothing in this beer that compels me to hustle back to the refrigerator to get another glass. This brew is pleasant but unremarkable. The psychedelia on the bottle is groovy though.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2005 00:55:05 | More by SupaCelt
Photo of halo21

New York

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

Poured nice and rich red. Very thin head, that quickly went away. Smelled good, with no smell of alcohol. Tasted of hops and fruit. Not too overly carbonated which is a good thing to me. Sweeter aftertaste, maybe could be a little stronger on flavor. Something that can be a session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2005 18:44:49 | More by halo21
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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