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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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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

This was my first encounter with Rogue. Pours with a pleasant aroma and produces a nice head that lasts long enough but doesn't wear out its welcome. Distinct bready aroma with enough malt to be different. Especially noticeable was the change in aroma as the beer got warmer: the breadiness went away and was replaced with some pleasant apples and bananas. Not too demanding, and fizzy enough to be a good summer beer. Nice all around. Would definitely try others from Rogue.

Photo of animal69
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a slighlty hazy med. gold-copper color w/ a thin white head which dissipates quickly leaving little lacing in my nonic ; not a strong smell, bready w/ steely cereal grain and some darker malts, butter and dark fruit noted as well ; a sweet, malty "strong tea"-like flavor with hints of whole grain bread, caramel and raison in decent balance w/ the hop bitterness, a bit of a minerally finish ; a rich med. body w/ a moderate amount of co2 ; a very drinkable brew, esp. for a bock, my only regret is not getting more...

Photo of Larrytown
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light amber in color with a short-lasting head and little lacing. Mildly sweet aroma.

The taste is typical of a maibock, but with a little bit more toastiness. Very nice flavor. The beer has substance, but isn't so heavy that you can't enjoy it in the spring. This beer does a great job combining great taste and drinkability, though I'm not entirely sure how well it would match up with food.

I can safely say this is the best maibock I've tasted.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Lionheart.

A: Deep red color. Nice looking lacing with a finger of slightly off white head.

S: Some hints of apple but not much of a nose on this beer.

T:Starts of sweet. Nice solid malt backbone. Finishes sweet.

M: Nice slightly creamy mouthfeel.

D: While I do like this beer I would never get a second. There is something about it that just does not make it drinkable to me. Don't get me wrong I have drank a ton of this just never more than one in a sitting...unless I was already drunk.

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

Poured from a bomber to a pilsner glass a dark honey orange color with a minimal head that quickly settled. It had a malty sweet aroma and the taste was the same with a hint of honey. With it's medium body, light carbonation and crisp finish I could definately drink a few of these.

Photo of stephens101
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is turning into one of my favorite session beers. Has plenty of taste yet it's still drinkable. Can't beat that. Had this one on tap at Tapwerks in Oklahoma City. Notice it has a bit more bite on tap. Reddish orange brew. Bartender filled it to the rim, so there's no head. No complaints here. Smells hoppy and citrusy with a slight sweet malt essence in the background. Tastes of oranges and a perfect mix of hops and malts with some florals hiding out. There's a bit of chalkiness to it as well. Tasty and very drinkable. This one always leaves me satisfied.

Photo of AmishT
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first maibock I've ever had, so I don't have anything to compare it to...but anyway, here goes..

A - Honey in color with a one finger head that doesn't retain for very long

S - The sweet malts are really prominent, with hops and alcohol in the background. Pretty neat color. Slightly hazy

T - Like the smell, the sweet malts dominate. A bready aroma is also prominent. I can taste some butterscotch as well. A pretty awesome spicy hops finish off with the aftertaste

M - The beer seems to get sweeter the longer I hold it on my tongue. A warming affect from the alcohol is also noticeable. Slick and oily. Finishes with a clean palate. Love that spicy hop aftertaste.

D - The taste is great, but after awhile, i think the sweetness started to get to me*. Medium bodied, which limits the drink a tad.

Definitely have to pick this one up again in the future...I'm curious to see if it'll be any more drinkable the next time around. All in all, a very solid brew

*Edit: Just drank another bottle of this and thoroughly enjoyed it. Was alot more drinkable, and I loved the flavor the second time around.

Photo of lvbs
2.95/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First off, most people thought that this "strong" beer tasted a lot less like a typical maibock than it did like a typical ale. It lacks the springy flavor of most maibocks, and comes across with a heavy, "good flavor." That said, most people enjoyed it, though less than one might expect. Some thought it was "bitter" and just a touch overpowering, especially given its not-particularly-high ABV.

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

Pours a well toasted and keenly hazey copper with just a few highlights of golden apple yellow. Great thick foam with a little lacing just above the top of the beer. The aroma is of great toasty malts with a good dollop of earthy, herbal hops. Maye a faint hint of fruits mixed in there. The taste is an upfront toast with a little light red currant jelly just tickling the outsides of the tastebuds. The middle gives a good herbal hop definiton. Finishing with slightly creamy malts and a more earthy hop tone. Very clean, earthy hop palate with a clean malt bill. Very good beer. Great hoppy maibock.

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

This Rogue Dead Guy Ale by Oregon Brewing Company is very good. By the way...they made a nice showing at the Spring Beer and Wine Festival in Portland, OR. Although the chip system isn't the greatest, it's a very nice way to spend Easter weekend;)

So...Dead Guy is a tasty pour. It's a darker apricot amber ale that carries a hearty head. I like to pour em' a bit heavy and sometimes rough; this beer takes a half a hearty pouring producing a fluffy light caramel head with traces of lacing left behind as it's drank.

This beer is quite malty with a distinct alcohol tinge to it and a hint of peach. It's a drinkable beer, but I'm partial to hoppy IPA's, so maybe not the guy to ask about drinkability;) This brew has an amber haze, but is without floaties. A good drink that's bitter and a slightly flat with a little acid prick. Nice one!

Photo of dogger6253
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-brown, like watered down cola, 1/4 inch of foamy, tan head sits on top with bubbles continuing to rise to the surface. Nice retention too...

Citrus hops, caramel and a little oak in the nose. There is sort of a floral/lemongrass thing going on too.

Hops and grapefruit, bitter all the way through. There's a little bitter chocolate taste mixed in too. The body is pretty thick, moderately carbonated with a nice warmth coming along. I feel like this lacks some of the better qualities, but is a pretty good maibock, if not at least a very unique one.

Photo of bboven
2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This is a store-bought growler.

Light amber color, thin ring of head around the edges that leaves some lacing. Very hazy body, not at all to style; makes it look like a very heavy beer.

Very sweet and biscuity aroma with a slight harshness, maybe from some tannin action?

Sweet initially, then trademark Rogue big hop finish verging on slightly metallic or oxidized.

Very flat, even bottled from the brewery and sold in stores this growler didn't keep enough CO2, and that's what I was checking out.

Except for the very poor mouthfeel, a great beer, one that I would recommend from the bottle.

Photo of Matty1918
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber with a good head and good lacing.

A nice sweet malt aroma almost molasses with a hint of citrus/pine.

Very good tasting. A good balance between the hops and malt. Sweet molasses with a dry bitterness. Slight citrus too.

This is a very drinkable ale and will look for this again.

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