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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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very good

6,439 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,439
Reviews: 2,290
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 184
Gots: 723 | FT: 1
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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 RothenbergXXX
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The T-Shirt says 'Gratefully Dedicated to the Rogue in Each of Us.' After winding up amidst a crowd to which a rogue like me clearly did not belong, one of beer chuggers, pong-players, and Coors drinkers, it sure is nice to come home to an old favorite of mine.

Dead Guy is an 'ale' that looks the way an ale ought to look; golden orange and semi-opaque. There's lacing on the glass but little head to match, revealing hops and alcohol to be key in this beer. A quick whiff before it goes down promises much more though, and it follows through. Pungent malts do more than just carry the piney, herbal hop flavors. The whole balance has a great duration on the pallet, slowly fading to a pleasant and unsticky hop residue. What more could one ask for in a finish. Well, possibly a touch more alcohol for balance, but hey, it's a Mailbock.

None of this is to suggest that this isn't a beer which goes down smooth. Wet and slippery in the mouth with just the right amount of carbonation to keep it alive. It's intoxicatingly drinkable for something so hoppy and bock like. Perfect for when you need or want something to fall back to. Thanks again, Rogue, you've sure created a classic.

RothenbergXXX, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of Contagion
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly cloudy honey color. Light passes through it, but you can't clearly make out objects on the other side of a standard pint glass. When poured there is a 2-inch ivory colored head that quickly dissipates with decent lacing that fades after about 10 minutes.

It smells of both roasted and sweet malt with a slight scent of fruity hops. There is just a hint of alcohol to it. To be honest the smell is not the most enticing, but it doesn't turn one away. The flavor has a strong malt backbone to it with a nice hop finish. As the beer warms up it becomes kind of dry and the hops are more present. It tasted much better when it was cold right out of the fridge, as it warms up it looses it pleasantness. The after taste also gets stronger as the beer warms. When I started drinking it, it wasn't bad, I have about 4 ounces left and I'm not as anxious to take a sip.

It has a medium body that is a little rough in the mouth and sticky in the throat. It leaves a mild coating that can be distracting. It's a decent anytime beer, but nothing I'd go out of my way for.

Contagion, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of pinotboy007
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single at Total Wine, Chantilly, VA.

A - Very nice deep gold with a one-inch, off white head that descends to a ring; little lacing.

S - Malt and a bit of hops.

T/M - Refreshing, a tad creamy with a pleasant hop finish supported by malt and pine; a touch of grapefruit. Very nice!

D - Perfect year-round ale that is also food friendly,be it burgers, ribs, or fish.

pinotboy007, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of Nizinski
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from a cold bottle. Looks dark yellow, a bit redish and cloudy. Made a good sized head, dissappeared fairly quickly leaving a little to stay on top the whole beer. Smells like hops mostly that I can tell. The taste is good, a bit bitter and you can taste the hops but that is a good thing.

I would take a 6 pack (or 12) of these over any AB product any day. This just tastes good, I cant pinpoint all the flavors yet but its very very flavorful. A good malty aftertaste for me. This is probly the first beer I have that I could easily just grab a 6 pack and be good on just this. Props to Rogue for making a flavorful beer. I will be trying all of there other styles.

Nizinski, Jun 24, 2008
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try it when I found a growler for $5.00!

Split it with a friend ...nice summer beer. Pours deceivingly thick. Initial thin lacing disappears quickly. Amber/Pumpkin orange in color with a buttery yellow head.

Has an earthy, woodsy, citrus smell. Faintest trace of pine?? Nicely balanced.

Malty fruits with a bitter finish. Lighter mouth, mildly effervescent. Crisp, clean & smooth.

I prefer a fuller bodied beer...BUT, the 6.5 ABV did the trick on a lazy summer afternoon. A steal at the price.

TATTORSO, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle with no freshness date and a creepy skeleton dude sitting on a keg poured into my DFH shaped pint glass yields a sparkling clear amber body capped with a thumb of soft off-white foam that retains at a sticky ring that leaves wispy lacing.

Malty with a whiff of molasses with some prickly hops and green tea. A bit earthy.

Taste is sweetly caramel with a dry biscuity bitterness in the backbone, with lightly fruity flavors and a tangy bitter-herb hop bite. Juicy apple and pear emerge as the drink warms a bit, as does a note of burnt coffee.

Extremely smooth and drinkable.

cvstrickland, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer, it did not blow me away, but drinkable. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug, it produced a hazy, looked like apple cider, appearance, with a white thick head that dissolved fairly quick. The aroma was malt with a health hint of apple. The taste was unique. The apple really came out, which provided some sweetness, along with a nice malt and hop combination. Overall, this is a good beer that is drinkable, but not something that I will have to keep in stock, but something that I will pick up from time to time.

PhillyStyle, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A pretty, clean golden into a Brooklyn footed pilsener. Just over 2 fingers of foamy head that falls to leave some sticky lace lattice.

S: Nice, modest but well-rounded aroma of toasted malts, soft caramel, a honey-like sweetness.

T: Not quite as rich and warm as noted in the aroma. Citrus flavours, malt sweetness, and a bittering finish.

M + D: Lighter, without much for carbonation. Kinda lopsided in balance between those. Easy to drink, perhaps not as intriguing as German brews of the style, but a decent drink, nonetheless.

Proteus93, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of Dalem
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shiny copper with a bit of murk in color and a moderate head that hangs tight for a minute or two before vanishing. A very scrumptious malty, nutty and caramel aroma. A sweet and creamy toasty malt thing is the first thing noticed in the taste. Not too sweet though because a hop bitterness balances it out. Neither dominate the flavor but compliment each other in a nice complexity. The caramel nuances don't take away from the hop bite nor from the malt roast but add the the overall flavor. A great blend that leaves a slightly dry but mostly soothing feeling in the throat.

Dalem, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of Jayli
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my second time drinking this. I tried it in LA about a year ago (prior to reviewing beers)...someone was nice enough to bring a few to a recent house party.
This beer pours an amber/dark amber color with about a 1 finger head that disappears relatively quickly.
The taste of this beer is more unique than most beers. It blends a sweet flavor that also mixes with a bit of bitterness.
This beer has flavor and drinkability. Definitely easy to kick back and have a few of these!

Jayli, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of chileman13
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first venture into the world of Rogue.
poured from a bomber into a tall german beer glass.
a- copper / amber color with nice 1 1/2" finger that fell into about 1/8 inch foam.
a- malty lightly fruit aromatic
t- well balanced biscuity malty with limited hops.
m-light,good carbonation.
d-yes this is drinkable however I was looking for something different. I think I'll start drinking and reviewing a beer twice before writing a review.

chileman13, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of hooligan
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Old Chicago in Palm Harbor, Fl

Beer is a coppery color with a thin soapy head that dissipates to lacy bubbles quickly. Smell is pleasant, hops and malt combine for a very tart green apple nose. Hops are ever present in this beer but less aggressive than most rogue beers. Medium malt flavor with an herbal taste of tea and caramel that tasted great, but really needed more presence in this beer. Decent, well-balanced beer from Rogue.

hooligan, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Bright clear copper color. Head is 1" and super soft and fluffy. The retention is awesome on this brew.

S- Rich semi-sweet malt with buttery aromas. Kind of fruity with the hop aroma, but earthy too.

T- Light and pleasantly malty; a fresh tone to this taste. Whatever grains were used tastes to me kinda like cereal. The bittering hop counterbalances most of the malt backing, but they still come through on the end. Just a tad nutty and roasty.

M- Thin in the mouth and high carbonation.

D- Light, refreshing, and pleasant. Just what I needed in this 80+ degree weather.

MMAJYK, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of coldmeat23
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GLASS:Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a clear amber under a thick head that dissipates rapidly, but leaves excellent lacing.

Malts come through strong in the nose. Slight bit of earthiness and some nice caramel/toffee sweetness.

Little bit of complex tastes going on here. Sweetness and slightly toasty malts. Mild hop kick. Little bready and fruity. Good balance.

Nice and creamy in the mouth. Just a tad to the lighter side of the scale, but still good.

Overall, a very easy drinking beer.

coldmeat23, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of NHGrafx
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml brown bottle.

Pours a dark amber color, with a 1 finger head and no lacing at all.

Aroma is malty and a little sweet. There is a nice sort of caramel sweet aroma, with some faint hop smells. Also some fruit in the aroma, sort of like pears or similar. Overall a very nice aroma.

Taste is good. Malty and toasty sort of. Like toasted bread on the start. There is a sweet taste midway through with some caramel like flavors and some hoppiness, with a moderate bitterness coming through on the finish. Has good mouthfeel, medium body, with moderate carbonation. Pretty good drinkability.

Overall very nice. Would recommend.

NHGrafx, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of dhd1491
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours coppery gold and slightly hazy. One finger of dense off-white froth. Nice citrusy aroma. Malty but not sweet. Not overpowering, no alcohol bite at all. Low carbonation. Some nice butteriness. Some grassy cereal notes, but very faint and not enough to complain about.

Nothing spectacular, but nothing offensive either. Since I seem to always use my local brewer, Sweetwater, as a yardstick...Better than a Sweetwater 420 but not as good as their superlative IPA.

Side note: If you have not tried the Sweetwater IPA, I would highly recommend searching it out if you're in the Southeast. Fantastic hops! You'll swear they squeeze a grapefruit in every bottle.

dhd1491, May 31, 2008
Photo of ccrida
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draught at their PDX pub, poured into a pils glass, Dead Guy is a hazy Bronze with a very small, bone colored head that leaves heavy lace. Served cold.

Smell is malt and diacetyl, moderate strength and pretty good, not as sweet as most mai bocks.

Taste is very strong malt flavor, a big toffee bite that I don't recall. I just recently was recommended to try this on draught, in that it was supposedly much better, and I have to say, I think they were right. Way more depth of flavor then I recall from my previous, infrequent visits to this brew. I know, I know, bad for an Oregonian, but honestly, I haven't had it since I moved here, as I always thought it was a fake 'bock' due to the ale yeast. Still, the malt is a bit rich for my taste, too thick for the body, the diacetyl is tasty but a bit overwhelming, although the finish is clean. I'll bump this richer, fresh from the source draught a 1/2 point above the bottles, but it's still not my thrill.

Mouthfeel is average for a mai bock (a bit thicker and under-attenuated, especially for a lager), a bit on the still side.

Drinkability is ok, but even this much richer draught version still isn't really my cup of tea, just a bit to thick, I still think this one is lacking the crispness of a lager yeast that a bock mandates.

ccrida, May 31, 2008
Photo of marcpal
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into tulip glass. Another one of those beers I realized Ive never reviewed while drinking this one.

A: Copper, a bit cloudy with a thin head. Lacing was ample.

N: Caramel with other malts backing it up. No apparent hops. Bread.

T: Complex bread flavors. This is what I think of as an epitome of a balanced beer- the malts of this bock style do not overbear and for a hophead like myself, I appreciate the character this one has. Sweetness is faint and their is a fruity piece to it. Complex.

M: Creamy and malty. Bready and coating.

D: I like that this is a lighter bock and is one complex beer that doesnt crush you with the malts. Well done by Rogue.

marcpal, May 30, 2008
Photo of cbros
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 12 ounce bottle with no expiration date

A- pours an murky amber color with white lace present

S- Sweet malty aroma permiates with a hint of fruit flavor

T- It had a medium body that is smooth to the palet. Finishes even and leaves no bitter after taste. A hearty tasting beer that does not feel heavy.

D- I picked up this beer after reading plenty of articles about it. Although not a big Maibock fan or even well versed in this particular style I found this beer to be very easy to consume and enjoyable. A beautiful looking beer that went down well and tasted great. I am definately glad I gave this beer a shot and would certainly get this again.

cbros, May 29, 2008
Photo of Saunapoika
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Somewhat cloudy, deep golden amber with a quickly receding one finger head.

S: Malty, fruitiness, almost a hint of banana in there. A strange hoppiness as well.

T: I like Dead Guy out of the tap instead of the bottle. Taste was quite good though. Sweetness, banana, syrup flavor to it with a bitter bite in the end.

M: A little overcarbonated out of the bottle. I think that is why I like the tap better.

D: Good. I like this beer on a hot day. Have to pace yourself since the 6.5% can get you when you're not looking.

Saunapoika, May 23, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a light coppery-orange with a dense one-finger head that is white with a slight orange tint in appearance that leaves very little lacing on the glass.

S: A very sweet malty aroma with a slight spiced aroma and a hint of slight hops in the background. A very interesting and complex aroma.

T&M: Tons of sweet malts initially that are then strongly bittered by spicy hops midway before giving way to a balanced, lightly drying finish. A very intriguing flavor progression on the palate from this one. It's medium bodied with an oily mouthfeel and carbonation that accents some of the spicy hoppiness present in the flavor profile.

D: Fairly drinkable, but perhaps a bit too sweet to be sessionable for me.

BamaBeerBuff, May 20, 2008
Photo of sbe1
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy copper color that looks great under the light, foamy cappuccino head with thin, quickly dissipating lace clinging to the glass.

Smell: malt, maple syrup, caramel, hop spice.

Taste: smooth with hop bite, malty with a relatively clean finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, refreshing, light carbonation, but with a hop sizzle on the tongue.

Drinkability: very good, would make a fine hoppy session beer.

sbe1, May 15, 2008
Photo of LoboLikesBeer
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Impressive "glow in the dark" silkscreen label. No locatable freshness date apparent. Poured aggressively into European style pint glass, wonderful 2 finger light tan head, sticking around for a while and also sticking all the way down the glass keeping a skim coat head till the bottom. Beautiful, deep honey color, a small swirl easily regenerates even more head. Defiantly a sexy beer.

S: Sweet maltyness apparent right up front, for sure malt is the dominate nose but as it warmed there were some subtle detectable citrus hop nuances, orange in particular. Very pleasant but subtle, much more apparent as the beer warmed.

T: Again malt in the drivers seat, not so much sweet, more smooth and buttery as it warms the hops fill in with a nice mild bitterness and slightly floral. Actually a fairly complex flavor, with prominent malt balanced fairly well by subtle hoppyness, quite delicious.

M: Great motuhefeel, medium carbonation with a silky smooth body, buttery and full but not to sticky, with a wonderfully tight skim coat head adding to the creaminess, it defiantly goes down smooth and pleasurable.

D: Appropriately for a Maibock, sampled in May. Fairly complex malt with a nice hop touch. Moderate ABV for the style and structured well, overall very drinkable and certainly a looker. I like it, just a tad pricey for a session, $6.00 a bomber in my area, if someone else picked up the tab I'd drink it all night.

LoboLikesBeer, May 13, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A-Pours a very deep amber with little to no head but very bubbley.
S-Very floral sweet smell, also has hints of some sweet fruits (bannana most apparent) and hops.
T-Almost exactly like the smell very smooth with little to no overwhelming flavors they all blend very well.
M-Great carbonation level goes down very easy leaving just the right about of bitterness behind.
D-This could be an everyday brew for me.

SpecialK088, May 12, 2008
Photo of josiahschlender
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The pretty amber color is a stark contrast from the somewhat sinister label. Adequate head with moderate lacing.

I notice mostly sweet malts on the nose, with a bit of the lagery nose that is distinct to me, but I haven't figured out how to clearly describe it. Different from the typical amber ale... because this beer is a lager and not an ale! Quite surprising to me to find that out after drinking my fair share. The nose has just a bit of faint hops, but pretty subdued to me.

Taste is pleasing and full, but lacks the special oomph that I expect after sampling so many great Rogue brews. Great malt profile that is both caramel sweet and whole-grain substantial. Again, I noted a slight difference due to the maibock style that is subtle, but sets this beer apart from many others. Hops balance things well, but are surprisingly restrained for a Rogue brew. Feel is full an creamy, well done.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer. However, so are many other amber-style beers. Huge props for going the different route and brewing a Maibock instead of the ubiquitous amber that's the "flagship" of so many US breweries. However, the price point doesn't justify this beer for me. I don't mind paying more for a bomber of the superb Shakespeare Stout, Brutal Bitter or many others, but it's harder to pay the Rogue premium for a beer that doesn't stand out much among a crowd of worthy "ambers" that run nearly 50% less. Price is usually reflected in my drinkability score, and certainly is for this beer.

josiahschlender, May 12, 2008
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