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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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6,107 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,107
Reviews: 2,268
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 160
Gots: 548 | 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 FLAbeergutinMASS
2.78/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have had it with Rogue beers, they are too oddballish for me. So frequently they are blown up on BA as one of the better beers (breweries) on the west coast. No chance. My review will fall in that gray area of a bad low three score. Hey, I gave it a try.

Dead guy, uh?!?!?? More like dead beer. Pours a basic pale ale color with really no offering of any type of head. Malty taste, followed by a little hop kick. Sure this beer is relatively drinkable because it's light for this style, but why would you drink it?

Yeah, yeah, pretty harsh review, maybe I had a bad batch, but I don't think so considering my experience with this brewery.

Very disappointing.

FLAbeergutinMASS, May 17, 2005
Photo of edchef1850
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I pour this beer fro ma 12 oz. bottle into a wide mouth stem med glass, nice rich color, medium head retention with a sweet pleasant aroma. Taste, ...oh yeah baby, this is some good stuff, full boidied, great balance and depth. at 6.5 abv i must be careful, i could drink this maibock all friggin night. Rogue never ever dissapoints me , i love this stuff!

edchef1850, May 14, 2005
Photo of Schwarzbart
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've always tried this beer straight out of the bottle, so this is my first time pouring it into a glass and am I surprised to find that this beer is a reddish-orange amber. Not sure why, but I thought it would look even darker. The smell is of sweet malts and along with the hop aroma there is a fruit punch smell. The taste is sweet, but the alcohol is also prevalent and the hops give it a perfumy/metallic taste. Mouthfeel has a dry finish. I didn't like this beer in college, but it is growing on me.

Schwarzbart, May 14, 2005
Photo of xgrigorix
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, presented in a shaker pint.

Burnt rust colour. Topped by a thin beige head. Slow moving, thin carboantion.

Smells toasty, with a pleasant dose of woody / spicy hops.

Loads of good malty sweet flavours - caramel, honey, & toasted. Some sublte dark fruity tones wander around. Decent hopping - woody, spicy, & a little bit herbal. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Overall pretty solid & tasty.

xgrigorix, May 06, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with a big white head that leaves nice lacing. The smell is fruity esters, with a sweet malt backbone, a nicely done maibock smell. The taste is a Bready and slightly sweet malt followed by a floral hop taste that ends in a citrusy tart bitterness. Overall a quality brew, maybe nothing outstanding but very drinkable and complex enough to satisfy the experienced craft brew drinker. A great session beer

silver0rlead, May 05, 2005
Photo of Vancer
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wait, a Maibock style brew (lager) made with “Rogue's proprietary "PacMan" ale yeast”?? Huh?
Oh well, still a great brew, from the hazy orange pour with ivory head, to the lightly spiced, malty aroma and taste. Hops are lite (IBU 40). Perfectly carbed, lite in the mouth and drinkable for the short or long haul – the 6.5% is craftily hidden.

Vancer, May 03, 2005
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. The name is creative and the bottle as well. Pours dark amber with minimal head that doesnt retain very well. The smell is not very powerful and nothing really stood out (except the famous and exclusive (i think) Pacman yeast), but it was still had a very pleasing maltiness tone. I really like the taste of the Pacman so I am partial to most of the Rogue offerings. Very smooth mouthfeel that feels like silk on the tongue and the back of the throat. A very drinkable beer. The price is pretty high here in the South, $10 for a six pack, so I try to savor every ounce of this well crafted brew.

SaCkErZ9, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of Roderick
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The ale poured amber/red in color and had a very small head that dissipated in less than a minute.
The smell is malty with a hint of sweet (nice).
This ale has a really good taste that is crisp with some malty-semisweet action going on.
It had basically no aftertaste.
All in all I liked this ale allot and plan on it becoming a regular in my fridge.
Paid $4.99 for a 650ml bottle

Roderick, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of bceaglejoe
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured an opaque amber into a slim mug. A two-finger thick head formed quickly, and then it started to dissipate. Retention was decent. It wasn't so much of a "creamy" head, since it showed off a lot of carbonation. A strong, crisp floral hop aroma dominated the nose.

Tasting: I caught a lot of hop bitterness on the tongue and in the aftertaste. There was a little bit of malt sweetness balancing it out, but it almost didn't seem enough in my opinion. Based on what I've read about the style, this seems to be par for the course. After I got used to the initial few tastings, it started to come across as slightly more grapefruit-y. The taste stuck around in my mouth for a bit. The carbonation was more than I cared for. With a slightly higher-than-average alcohol content, drinkability gets knocked down a notch.

I think that what could have made this beer better would have been more malt balancing to offset the hop bitterness. I am open to the idea that others would prefer the assertive hop character, though. This one was (and is) definitely worth a try.

bceaglejoe, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of Litterbean
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Cyber Cafe West.

Pours an orange-red with 1 finger's worth of head that leaves a thin layer on top of the beer and lace along the sides.

Smells Fruity, malty, and bready all at the same time. Very pleasing aroma.

Tastes malty like sweet bread, mostly the crust. There are hints of spices, something like a cinnamon but it really isn't that prominent. Some grapefruit flavor lingers afterwards as the spicy hoppiness finishes this beer off. Very clean drinking and smooth. Tasty for sure.

I like this much better on-tap than in bottles. Satisfying either way, but on-tap is the way to go if you have the choice.

Litterbean, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of sinistermadman
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a nice deep copper color while emanating a whispy head which doesn't stay around for long. Smell hints at citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty dry, but it is quite good. I give a 4.5 for drinkability. A very hearty beer. Has just enough bitterness to be interesting while leaving a very clean finish. Well worth a try.

sinistermadman, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of zao77
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best word to explain this beer would be "smooth". When you pour it into the glass there isn't too much head at first but after awhile you get this semi-thin smooth silky lining that lasts until you drink the last drop.

Mouthfeel is pretty soft leaving you with a dry finish. At first taste my mouth was filled with beer euphoria (something you get when you haven't tasted a really good beer in a really long time). Good beer. I will definitely have to get it again in the near future.

zao77, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of bashiba
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very brilliant clean copper color with a couple inches of nice off white head

Smells of toasted malts with some hints of sweet fruits.

Taste is dominated by a nice toasted malt flavor with a slight metallic copper taste mixing in as well. A decent hoppiness rounds out the flavor very nicely.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and dry.

A good beer from rogue, but nothing to get excited about.

bashiba, Apr 10, 2005
Photo of beersarang
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid offering from rogue.

Pours a copper on the verge of amber with a tannish head that doesn't retain well but leaves some lacing.

Smells quite nice, with light malt aromas and a faint hop presence.

Flavor is of a smooth maltiness and a mildly citrucy and spicy hop finish that balances and rounds the brew out.

Medium bodied, prickly carbonation.

It seems like everything in this beer is in balance, quite a pleasure to drink. Rogue picked a good beer to be their "flagship" brew.

beersarang, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of lackenhauser
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a somewhat orange tinged amber color. No real head though a good carbonation level. Malty aroma-touch of caramel sweetness. Medium hop bitterness. Good malt flavor. Somewhat dry in the finish. Ok body for style. An average beer overall. I know its popular with some folk but Rogue can and does do better.

lackenhauser, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of rowew
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz long neck bottle. No information about the beer or freshness on the label.

Appearance: Pours a hazy red orange color with a relatively thin but very thick looking head. Lacing is minimal.

Smell: Mainly a sweet malty aroma, with hints of hops and fruit.

Taste: Medium bodied with a nice low carbonation level that lends itself to a high drinkability. Flavor is a nice malty base with a nice dose of hops near the end. Just like the aroma there are hints of fruit in there, but nothing specific jumped out at me.

Overall impression: A very enjoyable offering from Rogue - and a great gateway beer to get your friends to drink better beer. This is one of my favorite standby's, and a regular purchase if I'm attending a party.

rowew, Apr 05, 2005
Photo of froggyfrog
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Alright, my first Rogue brew:

Picked this up in a bottle and poured it in installments into my cheap-ass pilsner glass.

Copper in color with a finger or two of foamy head. The tannish colored head fades away after a couple of minutes and cuts to a decent lace.

An excellent malty ale aroma makes me anticipate a sweet taste.

If you're quick enough to sip some foam, it comes in warm and smooth with a toasty malt flavor. As for the beer itself, a beautifully understated malty sweetness coupled with a dryish fruit sensation and just enough hop bitterness to balance. The finish: nice with a satifying cotton candy flav.

Mouthfeel: I'm calling it medium-light. Feels nice, tastes good.

Smooth and easy this beer is quite well-rounded. Would make an excellent session if only I had more bucks.

In conclusion: Rogue Dead Guy - RECOMMENDED!

froggyfrog, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz with no dates poured into an Aventinus weizen.

Tan head of two inches that slowly falls to a ringed sheet with nice lace.

Smells of sweet malt paired with citric hops. Smells like a cross between grape fruit and pomegranate. Very sweet and juicy.

The juiceness continues in the taste. Malt and hop are again paired for a sweet/citric flavor that is very balanced. Nice dry finish that lingers but doesn't wear out its welcome.

Nice medium light mouthfeel that adds to the drinkability.

ypsifly, Mar 31, 2005
Photo of brewQ
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay- I've had several Rogue brews but never written them up.

Here's my take on Dead Guy-
First, surprise ... this is a Maibock? What's the ale vs. Lager blurr?

The tap I got was deep amber to red in color by barlight. Not much nose though they might have had the serving temperature a tad cold. Some fruity maybe plum smell.

A solid flavor, not overwhelming but interesting malt and subtle hop play. A slight warming sensation at the finish. Very easy drinking.

After making my notes I read other reviews and it looks like we are reviewing 3 or 4 different beers! Perception or reality?

brewQ, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of beerhandy
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft...light amber brew with off white head.Malt aroma with some cardboard, faint spice from the hops.I thought the taste was very good it has a smooth malt taste with some caramel ,the hops are subdued but offer some spiciness and floral notes.A easy drinking low hop pale ale

beerhandy, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of ChrisBowers
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a standard pint glass. I can't believe I've never reviewed this beer given the number of times I've had it. Pours a deep dark orange with about 1/2 inch of lasting head. Smell is subdued, but is slightly sweet and fruity. Taste is creamy, smooth, fruity. I think I'd maybe put this more into an "Alt" category, but thats me. It tastes almost as if it was served on cask, except on draught. Immensely drinkable, though the fruitiness could get old.

ChrisBowers, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of JackStraw22
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a hazy, dark, golden orange. There wasn't a lot of head, and almost no retention or lacing. The aroma had a light sweetness to it. It reminded me of raisens a lot, mangos too even. In the mouth, it feels very chewy and full. Again there's a lot of sweetness from the malts, tastes almost like honey. The hops aren't in the forefront of this, only a little bitterness at the end. Tastes a lot like a less complex, less grassy/earthy belgian. It's a very full beer, so I don't know if I could have more than two in one sitting, but I'd certainly drink another.

JackStraw22, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of unklesyd
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dead Guy is an interesting beer. In a way, to me like a novel that I've read many times. Several years ago, I would drink this at parties, bars, etc. because, well, for whatever reason, and know that it was good, that I liked it.
Looking, tasting it now imparts something new. I recently brewed a beer in this Maibock/Ale style and it is fun to compare the two.

A nice dark copper color, a dense slight-off-white head that recedes in a minute after the first sip.
The aroma is terrific! Esters of fresh strawberries I never noticed before are subtle and welcome.
Nice bitterness blends with a subdued floral malt flavor. The hops come short of being tangy and settle back well.
This is a beer I can, and have, drink/drunk all night long.

unklesyd, Mar 19, 2005
Photo of mgdeth
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Crystal clear; the color is a cross between gold and copper. Nice thick off-white head. No beer lace.

Smell - The bottle says "malty aroma," but I hardly smell anything. It's hard to believe that something with such strong flavors has so little smell.

Taste - Strong malty flavor balanced well with hops. There are some fruity tastes in the beer as well, and it has a nice bitter aftertaste. As the beer wams a bit, I'd swear I detect a honey taste.

Mouthfeel - Thick and pretty smooth overall, with a rough background. The bitterness makes the beer feel a little "bigger." I don't think that Maibocks are supposed to be bitter like this. I give it a high score even if it is not true to style.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. This one is so tasty that I keep wanting more and more.

Comments - Interesting that they would make a maibock with pacman ale yeast. From the Rogue web page: "Maierbock is a German-style Maibock made with Rogue's proprietary 'PacMan' ale yeast-deep honey in color with a malty aroma. Rich hearty flavor and a well balanced finish. Maierbock is created from Northwest Harrington, Klages, Maier Munich and Carastan malts, along with Perle and Saaz Hops." Although perhaps not entirely to style, this is still a wonderful tasting beer.

mgdeth, Mar 18, 2005
Photo of Wonka
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 FL. OZ.
No dates

Appearance – mostly clear amber body; off white head that pours to about ¾ inch and crackles away early; little lace

Smell – spicy hops, grains and dark fruit sweetness blended nicely

Taste – coppery grainy; good push of hops; German influence; bitterness plays a major role in quelling the plum sweetness; aftertaste is mega hops and some of the plum continues

Mouthfeel & Drinkability – light oily texture and moderate carbonation through the feel aid drinkability; nice close that’s not too dry

Dead Guy wouldn’t be a bad choice when the warmer weather arrives.

Wonka, Mar 12, 2005
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,107 ratings.