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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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very good

6,442 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,442
Reviews: 2,290
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 185
Gots: 724 | 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 BDTyre
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last time I had this was years ago, and I had to dump it because it gave me a massive headache.

Nice copper-light brown colour with a light cream head. Sort of a funny, sweet and sour smell of malts. Light, refreshing hop presence.

Syrupy malt flavour and good hops. A hint of spicyness and alcohol heat. Rich, warming flavour that is also quite crisp and well developed.

Good mouthfeel, but there is a certain sour aftertaste that leaves an unpleasant feeling in the mouth.

Better than I remember.

BDTyre, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of beeroclock
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug as dark copper with a nice puffy white head. Laced the glass very nicely. Smell is slightly fruity, nothing special though. Tastes light almost sweet but with a good brew appeal. The sweetness lasts through with the aftertaste but has enough kick to enjoy. I like it, a good Rogue product.

beeroclock, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of alysmith4
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A lot milder than I had anticipated. I was expecting more of a kick in the pants, but I found this beer to be more of a pat on the butt. My novice palate ignorantly compares it to an India Pale Ale, but the flavor profile seemed a bit more refined than your typical IPA. Subtle notes of clove, apricot, and honey. Slightly peppery as well. I would try this again for sure, perhaps by a different brewer for comparison. Watch the high ABV.. this brew is so smooth, it can creep up on you fast.

alysmith4, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of BrewMonkey
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured darker than I expected, somewhat coppery/amber in color. Pretty light and fluffy head, about 3/4 inch with a normal pour.

Aroma was fruity and a little sweet.

Taste was really suprising, took me a second for it all to register. Initial flavor reminded my wife and I of cotton candy, with a fruity twist. Just a very unique flavor. Mouthfeel was fairly light, decent body but not at all heavy on the pallete.

Very drinkable.

BrewMonkey, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of theformula
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great job Rogue, this is great.

Pours a dark honey body in a deep mug with great big cream-colored head. Good retention and pretty sticky lacing. A looker.

Scent is light and delicious. Great floral and fruity esters that bring on citrus, tropical fruit, pineapple and such. Nice honey-sweet malt foundation like a good bock, with aromatic hops giving it a flowery aroma.

Mouthfeel is light-medium and very crisp. Nice carbonation.

Taste is decently complex and light. Right off it starts with a bubble-gum and light-honey malt sweetness that's also floral, followed by European pils hops (I guess) that's slightly bitter but delicate. Finishes pretty dry and bitter.

This hybrid bock brewed w/ ale yeast is intersting and a damn-good beer as far as drinkability is concerned. Fruity, sweet, and balanced hop profile makes for a great beer. A regular in my fridge.

theformula, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of Night
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with orange tones and flecks of gold and red. Small yellow-white head with light-medium lacing; dies down quickly. Aroma of bubblegum, banana, and apple with floral undertones; hints of spices here and there. Light-medium body. Initial flavor is a mixture of rich and spicy (though mild) noble hops and sweet flowery, cake and cookie-dough malts, punctuated by a subtle undertone of sour lemon-lime citrus. Followed by toasty, buttery malts underlined by mild floral and dark fruit flavors. Hops linger. Bready, somewhat spicy finish and aftertaste.

Night, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of jackorain
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dull (not negative) dark ambr color, some haze. good retenton, good lace

S- Biscuit malt, sweet carmel malts, and yeast

T-Malts, malt, malt. This is one malty beer. sweetness abounds. Some hops trickle though to cut the malt a little

M-Creamy body with nice carbonation

D-The malts overwhelm for me cutting down on drinkability

jackorain, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of dmamiano
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was well carbonated and left a nice two finger head after the pour. As the beer was drank , nice lacing was left on the side of the glass.The "nose" was actually very plain and nondescript.

The beer had a good mouthfeel and had a nice balance between the malt and the hops.The flavor like the nose was very ordinary.

All in all, a good drinking beer.

dmamiano, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of k3n
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no freshness date, but it came from my distributor probably 2 weeks ago...

A: Burnt orange and hazy, 1/4" thin head, quickly dissipating to a ring of bubbles with no lacing.

S: Malts and caramel. Not much else.

T: My first Maibock, so I was unsure what to expect. I liked the slight sweetness upfront, with a bit of alcohol zing to balance. I can almost discern a bit of vanilla somewhere in the middle. Goes down smooth. What's the ABV on this again?

M: Good beer-y feel, carbonation helps it go down. Doesn't linger long, but nice while it's there.

D: Very good. If it weren't for my ALDH deficiency, I could see myself drinking a few of these.

k3n, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of pavandal
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

beer poured into my mug a golden amber color. Tried for some head, but none was happening.

Smell was very grapefruit/ citrusy. Also had a slight caramel like scent as well.

Taste was rather hoppy for a Bock beer. I like it. A thin malt backbone, sweet and thinly grape like. Had a nice hop profile, this is where the citrus scent comes from. Good brew.

Very light in the mouth, a lot more than the style would have you believe.

All in all, this is a really tastey brew that would be lovely to session. I'll be picking up more for sure.

pavandal, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of Kendo
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tall pilsner glass a coppery-amber with a 1-finger off-white head. Bubbles rise throughout, giving it a nice look. Head disappears to leave a partial ring of lacing at the top of the glass, otherwise there's no lacing on the way down.

S: Malt scents dominate -- caramel and hazelnut seem most prevalent -- but it's fairly mild in the nose.

T: As with the nose, the malt produces the dominant taste, at least up front. Caramel malt again, along with some butterscotch or toffee, but also some evident spice and fruit further on, even more so as it warms. There's a slightly metallic bitter finish that lingers through the aftertaste, creating a solid balance.

M: Medium-bodied, buttery at times but with a nice dry finish.

D: Highly drinkable. Not too heavy, but flavorful enough to be interesting.

Notes: I'll fess up -- I don't know much about this style and what exactly this beer should be. But I've had it on tap and in the bottle and always liked it. Another solid offering from Rogue.

Kendo, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of TechMyst
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Rogue. And my first Maibock. Hazy deep amber color. Sweet malt aroma. white head disapates completely. Initially thought that this was very malty and that I wouldn't want any more maltiness...but realized that there was enough hop to balance it all out. It was suprisingly good and actually refreshing even throughout the temperature change. I will definitely be looking forward to having this again.

TechMyst, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of BBM
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a nice cloudy golden-amber color with a thin white head that dissapeared quickly. Smell was sweet, with notes of raisins, bread, and some honey.

The taste is very malty, with strong notes of caramel and honey. There is a slightly bitter finish due to the hops. The beer is balanced, but leaning toward the malty side. Mouthfeel is medium, and creamy. This is a fairly drinkable beer, if a bit on the heavy side. Overall this lager is a nice, solid brew, but nothing exceptional in my opinion.

BBM, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of nase
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz.'er that I suspect is past it's prime (based on the fact that there were only two singles left) - No Date

Appearance - 3.0 - Orange w/ below avg. carbonation; lace surrounds the glass after what little head there is subsides; cloudy though this may be a biproduct of the beer's age

Smell - 3.0 - Weak aroma but some maltiness and citrus

Mouthfeel - 4.5 - Above avg. thickness

Taste - - 4.0 - Rather malty for a lighter-colored beer; Some hoppiness/bitterness but not a whole lot, slight traces of alcohol, and of course, the citrus!

Drinkability - 4.0 - Any beer as balanced as this one will score pts. here. Mouthfeel is my favorite part of this brew followed by taste.

Final - 4.0
note: disregard the placement of the pts.in the score

nase, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of StarSAELS
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first saw this beer in a beer book I picked up in the bargain section of a huge Barnes & Noble in Bonita Springs, FL. Then a day later I saw it in an ABC in Fort Myers, though only in the large bottle.

What a pleasant surprise to find that the new Kroger at home in GA has an amazing selection of beer, which includes Dead Guy and another Rogue brew. I picked up a six pack and plunked down $10 for it, then found myself going back to the same store the next day to pick up something else...

... but only because I wanted to keep this Dead Guy around for a few days and not polish it off in one weekend!

Mine poured a cloudy orange amber; head was a mixture of small and large bubbles that didn't last long... no lacing. Smells and tastes sweet and malty, compared to the aggressively-hopped IPAs I've been drinking lately. Mouthfeel was pleasantly... creamy... and I found myelf smacking my lips, much to the cat's amusement.

All I could say was, "hmmm... this is good... this... is... (burp)... good."

StarSAELS, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of umustdrink
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Burnt orange color, Quarter inch head fades to a film.

S - Smell is very sweet and sugary. Somewhat bitter.

T - Caramel taste typical with bocks but slightly more bitter.

M - Fair amount of carbonation.

D - Not my favorite Rogue but it's not a bad beer.

umustdrink, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of zuggy9
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours a nice orange-amber with a white head with little retention. It smells sweet, with roasted mail notes and a bit of bread. I thought I picked up a bit of honey too. Very nice. The taste is excellent. Sweet and a bit floral with a nice sour finish. Very rich, with a nice thin mouthfeel. Very drinkable!

zuggy9, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of harpo111
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i like this one.
a: nice orangish/honey color with a thin head..not too carbonated...
s: nice, hoppy, spicy...
t: tangy with a nice finish. you can taste the hops and malt. slight citris edge with carmel thrown in. not too sweet, not too dry...great food beer
m: nice and full, not watery or too fizzy
d: i like it...will get a 6 next time
even though i prefer stouts..i like IPA and ales too....this one ranks pretty well to me.

harpo111, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The head dissapears and leaves no lacing while the smell is a little old and dank. You can smell an slight aromatic lager with a slight clove smell to it. The taste isn't very smooth, but this seems to be an old bottle. The taste has an aftertaste that's a little off putting and a little sour. The mouthfeel doesn't seem to be bad or good. Overall I will check to see if the next six pack I buy is old or not because this would seemingly be great when it's fresh. I will try it again.

Erdinger2003, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a deep garnet with a slightly off-white head that thins out. However, once thinned, it maintains its size and shape. Smells sweet, nutty, and bready with a whiff of floral and tea-like hops. There's a hint of jasmine in there as well. The rich maltiness is present in the flavor, but is then pushed out by a sturdy hoppiness: floral notes and a good bit of bitterness. I get a slight buttery taste in the aftertaste as well. Body is slightly light, a bit light for what I expected, but the carbonation is solid. Extremely drinkable, despite the alcohol.

goochpunch, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of CU570M
1.98/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Foggy orange color with no head at all. The smell on this kind of reminded me of baby food. i am not sure about you but that is not something i want to sit back and enjoy. Taste was a bitter lemon, it was ok but was a little too bitter at times. Mouthfeel was thick and felt good but the bitterness is too overwhelming at times. The drinkability for me is low, but if you are a fan of bitter beers i would recomend it.

CU570M, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a tan one finger head that quickly disappears into just a foam ring at the edges, and not much lacing. Body is a clear copper.

Smell - toasty malt bread, hint of caramel, hint of spicy and herbal hops.

Taste - caramel washing over the toasty malt bread with a spicy hop tingle. This is somewhat hearty, and definitely satisfying.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, and smooth.

Drinkability - this is a good beer, it's hearty and satisfying, and it's quite sessionable.

ultralarry2006, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of socalde
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a mug out of a half-gallon bottle.

Appearance- Dark honey coloured. Opaque, with a light fizzy head. The lace does not linger and has a permeable appearance.

Smell- Smells as any good beer should smell: hoppy, sweet, hints of creamy malt. There is a mysterious aroma that is bready and aromatic.

Taste- Graces your palate with an intertwining blend of sweet and bitterness that makes you wonder why you still have money in your pocket after you buy this beer.

Mouthfeel- Lightly carbonated,creamy and enticing enough to make you want more.

Drinkability- Extremely refreshing. Light... but insofaras it is still substantial enough to be filling and flavourful.

This is an all around good beer. Refreshing, light and tasty. Buy a half-gallon of this beer and share it with a close friend... you will not be disappointed!

socalde, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of billybob
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours dark honey cloudy color a two finger light tan head with a fair lacing. smell is fruity, coffee, bready. lots of toasted malt up front slightly fruity slightly bready sweet taste with a nice hop finish. mouthfeel is medium but not syrupy with nice medium carbonation. really enjoyed this one great tasting beer hope to get some more soon.

billybob, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of mmcave
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this hanging around and thought I’d review it. I’ve had it before in passing, but other than this I don’t think I’ve ever had a maibock before. Poured into nonic a hazy dark reddish copper color. The head dissipates fast and leaves no real lacing.
Smells slightly metallic, some mild spice, light on the hops, not to much going on here malt wise, honestly rather boring. The taste a bit better although not by much, a very mellow flavor. Its not very dynamic or interesting, but drinkable non the less. I feel like this would be loads better on tap, but as it is I can say with assuredness I will never buy this (good thing I didn’t in the first place). This is not a bad beer, it just nothing special, maybe with a greater understanding of the style I might enjoy this more, but until that day I’ll stay way.

mmcave, Dec 08, 2006
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,442 ratings.