Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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6,537 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,537
Reviews: 2,294
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 190
Gots: 782 | 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 Atron67
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle

ive actually had this quite a few times, and just found about a 1 year old bottle on the shelves, figured it was time to drink it see how it aged. not exactly to style or anything, but someone might be interested.

A- pours a cystal clear copper with a huge fluffy while head on top. lacing left all around the glass. good to see it retained those characteristics for so long.

S- spicy, still focused on the malts. has a light fruity character. pretty mellowed, not as good as the original, but still very solid

T- while i think that dead guy is good, i think the aging actually worked out really well for it. my main complaint in the fresh form is that its a little too spicy on the malt. the spice has (what i would call) perfectly mellowed giving this beer a superb smoothness and maltiness all over. the hop character has faded a bit, but its still pretty crisp and keeps a lighter hop character.

M-slightly creamy, medium carbonation.

D- awesome

Photo of changeup45
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky copper color with moderate head and lacing. Sweet fruity hoppy aroma. Flavor is sweet and somewhat fruity with a nice hop/malt balance. Slight bitter finish. Solid beer. Seems like this could fall between a Pale Ale and an IPA, but regardless of what style it falls under I liked it.

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

Classic dark amber sliding towards copper color. The smell is malt with cane or natural sugar. Very little wispy lacing and little retention. Toasted malts come forward first then some herbal hops followed by a semi-bitter biscuit-like finish. Light carbonation and a great mouth feel. Smooth and pleasant without being too much of this or that. Balanced and very Ale-like. A good flagship but not the best Rogue by any means.

Photo of Dusty278
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I Poured this slightly overpriced Maibock into a pint glass. It's always been one of my favorites.

Copper with head that vanishes quickly but leaves some good lacing behind.

Pleasing blend of malts and hops.

I sigh and smile broadly every time I have the pleasure of drinking one of these and feel a since of loss when I'm staring at the empty bottle afterward. It has a very complex flavor with a hoppy finish and hints of citrus with no apparent heat.

Smooth and oh so refreshing, medium to light body, nice carbonation

This is definitely a session beer. I would make this a beer that I always kept in my fridge if I had a extra money on a regular basis.

Photo of grs8313
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: 650ml bottle with no bottling or freshness date. Pours a hazy copper color with a thick white head. The head starts to die down instantly to about one finger. Just a few spots of lacing as the beer gets lower in the glass.

Smell: Sweet malts, yeast, dried fruit and hints of honey. A great smelling beer.

Taste: Yeast, malts, and dried fruit (prunes?) that then get balanced out nicely by hops. The bitterness from the hops only comes through in the aftertaste, but does not last long. This is a great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy and carbonated feeling. The beer leaves the mouth feeling a little dry.

Drinkability: Endlessly drinkable. A great taste that does not dominate or wreck the pallet, in a beer that you can drink all night. An amazingly well balanced beer that everyone should try.

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

12oz bottle.
Look-Two finger light creamy head that dissipates after about 10 minutes. The body is a honey brown color with a chill haze and is well carbonated.

Smell-Nice sweet fruity estery aroma to this bier I really enjoyed it.

Taste- Vary malty taste goes down nice and smooth. This beer is not as sweet as it smells, but the hops and sweet malts balance nicely. A medium bodied bier that has a mouth feel that is similar, medium and malty.

Notes-I find this to be an excellent and most drinkable bier a delight for the senses.

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

12oz bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Allowed to warm for about 10 minutes from the fridge. Pours a clear, medium copper with a nice fluffy head which dissipates. Medium aroma of straight-up malt. Initial tastes are mainly malty with a tiny bit of sweetness and a slight hop tang. Aftertaste becomes more hoppy as it warms. Balanced. Medium bodied. S'alright.

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

From bottle. No fresh by. into pint glass

Pours an amber orange minimally hazy. Pearl white head that sticks around for a while

Full aroma hoppy tang and sweet malt. Canned Pineapple? maybe I'm crazy.

mmm! No complaints on taste here. Balanced cascade of hops and toast malts.

Punchy and bright. carbonation settles nicely after a couple minutes.

Nice ale. Cheers.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured deep honey gold color; slightly clouded. Strong inch-and-a-half light tan-colored head that held to almost an inch. Decent lacing that slid down the inside of the glass.

S: Sweet and fruity without lingering.

T: Big malty beer; caramel and brown sugar sweetness was not overpowering. A really nice balance.

M: Medium to full body that with nice balance to carbonation. Lager finish (versus ale it portends to be)

D: Very high. Be continuing to come back to this one. When I read others making a reference to "session beer", I think this would be it.

Photo of HardcoreKeith
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A local pizza place has Dead Guy on tap and it's become sort of a ritual for me to have this with pizza. I never reviewed it because at one point I got a couple bad bottles of it, but I now think those must have been old or poorly cared for.

DGA pours dark copper and has a wonderful sweet malty flavor that's quickly followed by a strong West Coast hop bite. I'm not sure that it exactly follows the guidelines for a maibock, but I do know that it's quite delicious (and pairs excellently with pizza).

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

So I grabbed a sixer on the way home. It had about 45 min to reach thermal equilibrium before the slaughter began...

Poured into my trusty beer glass. Light copper, very cloudy. Thick frothy head, almost frothed over. Nice retention.


Tastes...good. Something at the end that I liked and disliked at the same time. But tasted good regardless.

It's a little late when I got home so I don't know how many I'll finish, but I know I won't switch over and I will be drinking these puppies until I go to sleep. At least three, maybe four = drinkable for sure. As for the high marks, well I liked it! What should I have done?

Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours as a hazy reddish orange color that is reminiscent of a cherry wood finish. A tan head that isn't very vigorous as it softly rises up 1/4 inch. It slowly dissipates to a tan collar with a light single layer of fine bubbles clustered in the middle.

Smell is mild and mostly malts. The scent is sweet and has a slight hop spice followed by supple caramel and toffee. A nose that is very pleasing but a little light for my taste.

A soft palate that has a strong yet sweet malt backbone. Light and smooth on the tongue there is a nothing remotely offensive about this beer. The hops are one step above nonexistent. Very subtle and way in the background except for a light astringency in the finale. Sweet caramel notes join those hop flavors and ambiance in the finish.

Deceptively easy to drink and quite enjoyable. This beer is smooth and mild yet still has a nice hop ending. The beer to me is a good transition beer, one that's a good gateway beer to superior craft beer. Probably why there are over 1,200 reviews.

Photo of Tbn2
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

A-Pours a clear copper/burnt red color body. A two finger head rises to the top, settles, and laces here and there all the way down.

S-Lots of malt balanced by earthy, fresh hops smell. There is some spiciness to the aroma as well.

T/M-The taste is really good. The pale malt hits you first and then the hops take over with fresh, husky, earthy and citrusy flavors. The beer finishes with a combination of good malty, caramel sweetness and hops. The carbonation gives the beer a good body and tingles on the way down.

I enjoyed this beer. I picked it up looking for a good Maibock. The second reason is I brewed a clone for my buddies wedding and wanted to see how I did. I think I did rather well.


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

From a 12-oz bottle.
A: Pours a nice copper color with a decent head. Good lacing, nice hold. Looks inviting...
S: fairly hoppy, no citrus smell at all. Not at all pungent, overall a decent smell.
O: The citrus flavor comes out in the taste, not the smell. Kind of a bright, energetic taste that gets you going. Minimal aftertaste. A good ale, but not the Maibock that it is listed under.
M: Decent, nothing wrong with it.
D: A good bier to drink during the BBQ or at an after-work get together. Will definitely have it again. Not a Maibock, though.


Photo of roadhouse
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a clear copper with a two finger bubbly off-white head that leaves a tiny bit of lacing.

Aromas of caramel, toffee, some fruitiness, a slight hint of citrusy hops.

Taste is initially sweet caramel and toasted malts. Follows up with a nice dose of citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-light and pretty smooth.

This stuff is pretty good but the only problem is that the taste gets old once I get about halfway through with the glass. It's a good brew, definitely not a real bock, but it just doesn't really do it for me as much as others.

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

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a marzen orange with a full off-white head, good retention, spotty lacing.

S: Light maltiness, very sweet, molasses, light alcohol.

T: Very malty, has a strong sugar character to it, like toffee candy. Get a little bit of red apple peel too, hint of pumpkin pie spice.

M: Nice full mouthfeel, good carbonation, very smooth, viscous.

D: A nice little ale from Rogue, not a true maibock, but a nice hybrid, a lot better than some of the stuff that's out there. Could buy again.

Photo of kinger
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good brew indeed. Bought a bomber a while back and cracked it after a long day and a nice shower. Pours a burnt orange color almost looks like a dark rich honey. There is a white medium sized head that forms and soon dissipates to a white film, zero lacing is left on my glass and a steady stream of carbonation works it's way up to the top. The aroma is nice easily detected but not too strong which primarily consists of delectable sweet malts. Very pleasant and appealing the scent lured me into a balanced flavor of sweet malts. I was expecting something over the top but this beer was simple and delivered, perhaps perfecting a recipe that relies on a sturdy malt characteristic only is what makes this ale so good. Creamy mouthfeel that goes down full and finishes slightly dry. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer simply for what it does right.

Photo of unionturf
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Clear, deep amber. Head 1 finger white foam that dissipated quickly. Good lacing and a nice looking beer.

Smell- Lots of malt and maybe some hops. This beer smells good..

Taste- It has a lots of malt sweetness more than I like normally. The taste gets a little flat and bland I'm wishing for some hops to make it have a little more "zing"...taste a little flat.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, good and nice texture. Wish the taste was a little better.

Drinkability- could down a few of these in a session, not my first choice..

Photo of theopholis
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Body is a clear, deep amber. Head is 2 fingers of white foam that dissipated quickly. No lacing. Very nice looking beer.

Smell- Lots of malt sweetness with a fair amount of caramel. Also getting some spiciness and spruce. Good nose on this beer.

Taste- Taste is mildly hoppy but not overwhelming. Lots of malt sweetness hiding under the hoppiness, and some spruce in there. Having said that, I don't think this is a Maibock.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, but has a nice stickiness to it. Good CO2 level.

Drinkability- Definitely drinkable,

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange color with a nice off white head. In the aroma, a sweet buscuity malt. In the taste, a sweet malt, and small grapefruity hop. A bitter and medium bodied mouthfeel, and a semi dry, and small hop aftertaste. Quite like an IPA, small bite and good.

Photo of MikeWilson
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden in color, clear. Lively carbonation pushes up a smallish white head composed of huge bubbles. Subtle sweet caramel aroma mixed with malt.

The flavor leans more on the malty side. However, that light sweetness seems held up by a substantial amount of mellow bittering hops. The bitterness doesn't hit you over the head like that of a good IPA, but its mellow effect adds a very interesting component to the overall flavor. There is also a decent amount of hop flavors present. The malt and hops add up to a quite flavorful beer.

This beer will never disappoint. It is full-flavored, hearty and well-rounded. I think I'll have another!

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

22oz bottle poored into a pint glass.

Amber colored brew with an off white fluffy head. Some lacing but minimal. Smells of sweet carmallized malt, a touch of honey as well as hints of spicey hop, and overripe citrus. Taste is very sweet carmelled malt, with hints of the citrus I smelled and a slight bitter hop finish. Overall it has a medium mouth feel with light carbonation and allthough the scales are tipped pretty far to the malt side of things it still comes off as very drinkable.

Photo of Sticket
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P- a 22oz brown bomber bottle.

A- pours a clear, medium-light copper color with a nice whitish-tan colored head and good lacing.

S- mild malts, white grapes, herbal hops.

T- malts with a touch of alcohol and the perfect balance of hops... one of these a day will keep the doctor away.

M- medium body that is slightly carbonated nearly to perfection.

D- a fine Maibock with good hops character, highly recommended.

Photo of naterock
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.
C: very clear golden copper. thin head leaves no lace, wierd but typical for a bock.
S: smells floral, hint of yeast, not very much to describe from the aroma.
T: very crisp and refreshing, just enough balance to remind you why you keep putting it to your lips. superb hop bitterness, that is so subtle the malt makes a nice appearance.
M: medium to light body, nicely carbonated
D: superior drinkability, this is a great anytime beer. very pleased I ordered one

Photo of elniko
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into my Rogue pint glass.

A: Deep amber, finger of head that dissipated rather slowly. Very nice looking beer.

S: Has some spiciness on the nose. Some hints of caramel as well. Nice nose on this beer.

T & M: Taste is mildly hoppy but not overwhelming. I haven't had any other Maibocks before so I don't have a lot of comparison but I enjoyed the slight kick but also the creaminess that this brew has. The mouthfeel is creamy, leaves some maltiness behind.

D: Definitely drinkable, I have yet to be disappointed in any Rogue that I've had thus far. I will say I'm not a big fan of paying $5.50 for the bomber but this brew is worth it.

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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