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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,416 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,416
Reviews: 2,286
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 183
Gots: 706 | FT: 1
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 Atlas1
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm sure it's been addressed in the BA forums before, but I still don't understand how a maibock can be called an ale by the folks at Rogue. Very confusing....

Pours a rich copper apricot color with a nice thick foam head that stays around. Leaves chunks of lace around the glass as the beer recedes. Sweet, malty aroma, with notes of candied sugar and caramel. Some dark fruit scent here as well. Hint of apple and pear too. Sweet tasting brew, again with a caramel appeal. Some pear/apple/strawberry sensation, as well as a sugary, vanilla taste. Tasty, to be sure, although I'd only want to drink this beer fresh. In my opinion, maibocks do not age well. Smooth mouthfeel and good drinkability. Deceptive alcohol content, though, at 6.5% ABV. Another nice brew by the folks at Rogue.

Atlas1, May 10, 2007
Photo of jeffjfindley
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, gorgeous orange color, and a terrific head. Nose is thick toasty and robust, with some very large citrus notes. Taste is unique as hell. Honey, caramel malt, toffee, and HUGE hop presence. Mouthfeel is substantial, and sticky. Great, great beer.

jeffjfindley, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of prototypic
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's a cloudy, dark amber to copper color. Modest one finger head. Retention and lacing were decent, but not spectacular.

Smell: Pretty straight forward. It's a mix of toffee or caramel malts, a bit of honey, and yeast. There's a bit of a light hop aroma.

Taste: Plenty of malt in this one. Mostly tastes of caramel malts and a honey flavor. It does have a bit of a biscuity taste which leaves a yeasty aftertaste. There are some hops there, but it's far from a really bitter beer. Just a nice, well-balanced brew.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and carbonation is perfect. This is a great session beer. The abv may be a little higher than what some would say a session beer should be. But, it's so easy to drink. In my mind, it's a great session beer, as most Rogue brews are. Overall, it's a good, solid beer. Try it.

prototypic, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of phisig137
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours from an undated bomber a medium amber color, with a frothy 1.5 finger head. Decent retention yeilds into a thin blanket with decent lacing.

Aroma is slightly malty, with biscuit and yeasty notes. Overall fairly clean, but there is a slight hint of sulfur in there that is a bit out of place.

Flavor is malt dominated as well, mostly toasted biscuit like malts, fresh bread, and yeasty flavors. Sulphur isn't present on the flavor, but stale hops are on the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and flat. Drinkability is pretty good.

Personally, I feel that this is an overrated beer from a good brewery. As far as a Helles, it's not that bad, but the few flaws that it has, and the lack of any kind of wow factor really hurt this one. In addition, it tends to be MUCH better on tap.

One other odd thing I've noticed, is that this is the ONLY Rogue beer I've ever seen that doesn't list all of the ingredients on the label. What is in there that they don't want us beer geeks to know about?

phisig137, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper, amber color with a white, two-finger head. Left some lace.

S - It smelled of sweet malts and grasses.

T - It tasted of toasted malt and some hops and clove.

M - It was crisp and dry. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A very good beer. Not to mention a great label.

zeff80, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of puffybh
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

s: bottle no born on date
A: cool bottle but with no history of the beer
S: one of the best i have had
T: some what chunky on the front but with good after tones
M: Big but wonderful
D: as a daily drinker, you would be falling off the chair but one of the best that i have had

puffybh, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of jar2574
2.55/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tall pilsner glass. Amber color. Plenty of head and good carbonation. Looks tasty. Has a faint smell to it, can't really identify any distinct aromas.

Not too much taste. I'm just not getting that much flavor here, besides a faint taste of alcohol. Don't know what else to say.

This goes down fairly easily, and doesn't make me cringe or anything, but it doesn't really make me want another.

jar2574, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of Doctuh
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well poured head faded quickly leaving a naked clear amber/honey body. Some promise of hops in the aroma. Thickness in the moment as excited carbonation develops in the mouth, not affecting the warmly received bitter followthrough. A syrupy caramel linger in the shadows of the swallow, at the disappear a hint of spice.

- Bomber pour, cellar temperature, into a pint glass -

Doctuh, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of wspscott
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a small head that dissipates quickly, doesn't leave any lace behind. It has a cloudy orangish appearance. It has an odd nose, but I mean that in a good way. It is slightly citrusy/flowery with some malts underneath. The taste is on the bitter side but not overly so, but this probably would not appeal to someone who did not like hops. The malt backbone balances everything nicely and gives a nice creamy mouthfeel. I don't know how representative of the style this is, but I could drink this all day.

wspscott, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of scarletfire79
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pale golden color, almost could be mistaken for any of the big three in color. decent hop aroma, but the taste is just way to mellow for me. i mean, if the object was to finish as many as possible this might be my choice from rogue, but other than that this was just alright.

scarletfire79, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of JDK
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy apricot color with no head and absolutely no lacing
Smell is a sweet hoppy with mild malt
Medium mouthfeel, definately thicker than most ales I've tried with light carbonation.
A little on the sweet side, but seemed to be pretty balanced with the hops and malts. Couldn't taste any alcohol and the finish was quite a bit dryer than most ales. Virtually no aftertaste at all.

JDK, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of Seanish
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours mildly hazy amber with a 3/4 inch head or so that left significant lacing. Looks enticing Deep and lightly hazy amber honey in colour with a wispy white lace.

The smell has a very sweet character but there's a definite hop presence. Very welcoming...

Taste is great. Like the smell it begins with bit of sweetness and ends with a notable hop presence, a perfect balance. It's smooth and has the right amount of carbonation.

If it's not my favorite beer, it's definitly close. Pick it up if you see it and give it a try.

Seanish, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

slightly hazy amber in the glass with small creamy head, aroma has that unique rogue malt combo smell to it, biscuity, doughy, along with some subtle citrus, tropical fruit, and honey notes. taste is a well-balanced interplay of the light/medium sweetness and substantial, moderate hop bitterness. medium mouthfeel and viscosity, soft carbonation, and lightly astringent in the semisweet finish. why don't they paint the labels on these any more? only the bombers now? was glad to find this at a "normal" chicago bar.

MrMcGibblets, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of Hautacam
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Smokin' With Chris BBQ.
Deep golden with almost no head.
Sweet smelling malts dominate.
Pretty sweet super malty flavor ...doughy ...some dried fruit..sweet apple.The hops were there from start to finish. Some subtle spice. Definitely got better as it warmed a bit.
Mouthfeel was full bodied and carbonation light.
A nice after dinner ale.

Hautacam, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of sraimondi
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Scott & Bonnie at Otters Pub in my hometown for putting up this really good Maibock on draught, as it is not seen often in Northern Connecticut. Coppery to lightish amber in color with quickly dissipating head and little lacing. Absent of any real aroma. This one's taste makes up for its absence of aroma. Immediate sweetness on the tongue, but not cloying. No real hop bite, but still a bit drying in the finish--very interesting. The taste is very aggressive, but not extreme. Nice medium to thick mouthfeel. Elevated ABV is well-hidden, but definitely there. I really like this version of the style--good work by Rogue Ales.

sraimondi, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.7/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- nice amber color with thick white head that fades to lacing that sticks with the glass. a little bit cloudy with black particles in it.

S- good smell of sweet malt and yeast.

T- not much to the initial taste maybe some malt and yeast. aftertaste is of bitter hops and alcohol.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Was not a smooth beer. somewhat dry.

D- It took me over an hour to finish the glass.

PittBeerGirl, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of albern
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was expecting a bit more complexity with this ale. The pour was thick and the froth hung around for awhile. The color is your nice, clean amber, typical of the style. The smell is a little hoppy, a bit of wheat also come through. The taste is about the hops from start to finish. I had to drink a good pint to discern enough sweet, caramel maltiness in the middle to appreciate it a bit more. It is a bit more hoppy than I appreciate and definitely has a nice bite at the end, if you go for that sort of thing. It is above 6 ABV but the alcohol flavor is well masked by those darn hops again. Not a bad ale by any means, but just know that you're in for a hoppy ride. L'Chaim

albern, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of Ricklinator
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was attracted by the Rogue reputation and was by no means let down. At first glance i fell in love with the rich amber color. The bock characteristics show in this brew with a malty aroma and flavor. Hops really came to place with an average bitter kick. I liked it.

Ricklinator, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of jscottku21
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As this is the first beer I am reviewing in the style, I must say it was a very good start. Pours a beautifully semi-transparent copper, this brew is nicely balanced and easily drinkable. This absolutely makes me want to try more from Rogue, who I've known previously only from their stellar reputation. I would definitely like to try this again.

jscottku21, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of kms910
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange/Amber with a perfect white long lasting lace.

Smell: Aroma is very nutty, with a bit of toffee and some cheese

Taste: Bread and nut. Extremely balanced

Mouthfeel: Somewhat chewy

Drinkability: This is a drinkable beer in comparison to other Maibocks.

kms910, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours almost a copper/red-brown color with a light tan almost white head. The appearance for me is exactly as an ale should look, makes my mouth water. The smell is sweet with some hop in there as well as malts. its hard to seperate, but a plesant sensation regardless. The taste is where this ale really shines. Its very smooth with a little sweetness mixed with hop bitterness. None of which over powers, and the way they balance out is great. It has a smooth medium body that is not heavy at all and makes this drink more robust but still very drinkable. very good al, highly suggest trying.

Redwood21, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of McClungbrew2
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured tawney light amber with a creamy off white head. A steady stream of bubbles rise from the sides and bottom of the glass.

The aroma is hoppy but not overwhelming, a combination of honey and pale malt balanced with some floral hops.

The flavor was sweet malt on the front end with a hop dryness in the finish with enough fruity ale qualities to add some complexity. Nicely balanced with enough dryness in the finish. There was also a vinuous quality to the aftertaste.

There was good carbonation with a medium body. Makes you anticipate the next drink.

This was a very enjoyable brew. Not what i consider a session beer , but a very enjoyable beer.

McClungbrew2, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of schusterbauer
4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

very similar to it's bottled counterpart, the main difference being the mouthfeel, which takes on an almost Guinness-like thickness. maybe a little bit sweeter, a little bit stickier, but all of the same flavors of bread, fruits, honey and spices are present.

schusterbauer, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of isaac
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. to stange.

reddish-orange with slight chill-haze with a thick, melted-vanilla-ice-cream head. smells fruity, a bit like vegetables (cucumber?), caramel-sweetness, and booze. taste is much the same, but with added spice and berries. mouthfeel is good, medium bodied with fine carbonation - crisp at first, then quite smooth and creamy in the finish. quite drinkable, as i once polished off a growler of this stuff with little to no help.

isaac, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of trevorwideman
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into a Pilsner glass.

Pours a coppery red colour with a big 2 inch head that retains quite well. Lots of lacing, carbonation is mild. Smell is full of musty and earthy aroma hops. Damp cellar and fallen leaves come to mind. A bit of buttery caramel sweetness in the background. A mild lemony sourness is there, and a light apple aroma. Uncomplex but fairly telling in its character.

Taste is certainly pleasant, a nice mix of mellow buttery sweetness and some more herbal hop flavours. Anise, lemon, earth, tart apples, and some more medicinal bitter flavours that aren't unpleasant but are definitely there. Mouthfeel is rather thick and malty, but dries well and sticks to the throat. Alcohol is a bit more evident than expected, and carbonation might be a bit better if it was toned down just a little. That said, this beer is very drinkable and I'm really enjoying it tonight, it's the kind of thing I can really go for late in the year, it just screams "Autumn". Didn't blow my head off, but sessionable. Well done Rogue.

trevorwideman, Mar 15, 2007
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