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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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very good

5,820 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,820
Reviews: 2,255
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 139
Gots: 397 | FT: 0
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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 avylover


3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking deep golden brew with a level off-white head that died in a hurry.. Smell is a mix of english and american bitter hops, but I once this tasted a few more flavors kicked in, most notably a very sweet maltiness. Nothing overpowering, just a decent balance of hops & sweet bready malts. Alcohol is totally hidden. Not the best maibock I've head, but pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2003 13:23:17 | More by avylover
Photo of tavernjef


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

Amber in color, light tan small bubbly half inch thick head. Very appealing to look at. Smells of light floral hops and yeast. Start and middle are a little bit empty, but ohh the finish is so nice. Good fair amount of hops with a nice dry hop bite. Sip or drink it slow, its quite smooth with a nice hop bite. Drink it fast and watch out, the hop bite bites. Has a light body feel and leaves a dry hop tang in mouth and tongue. Drinkable indeed, this is a nice clean hophead ale for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2003 18:53:31 | More by tavernjef
Photo of nixhecks

Rhode Island

3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured and amber color topped with a large foamy white head, excellent retention. Not much aroma, a little malty sweetness. Carbonation is low, giving this brew a smooth mouthfeel. Malts dominate the flavor, a little raison notes. Not too bad overall, but not the best Rogue has to offer. Character is a just a little lacking, something that some of Rogue's other brews have that makes them stand out. But hey, when the day of the dead comes, what better than a dead guy.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2003 17:41:44 | More by nixhecks
Photo of Scooter77


4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 22oz bomber bottle with the classic “Dead Guy” sitting on a barrel. This is one of my favorite maibocks. Pours a deep amber/bronze color topped off by a medium sized bubbly head. Nose is floral and malty with slight undertones of nuts and fruit. Bitter hops are immediately recognized upon first taste, followed by a sweet fruitiness and malts. Very balanced and easy to drink. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste, very nice. Another great beer from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2003 05:04:41 | More by Scooter77
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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

Nice rich gold color with creamy head that stayed nicely,smelled nice and malty with some fruitiness to it.Nice balanced brew not overly sweet but enjoyably sweet,hop is in there after a few sips it shows.Drink this one alot really good beer with some balls.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2003 18:57:18 | More by oberon
Photo of Denali


4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Package: 12 ounce bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Hazy amber with thick off-white head.

Smell: Fruity aroma (citrus and apple) with malt sweetness and slight alcohol presence.

Taste: Mix of malt sweetness and strong hops bitterness tastes up front. Roasted caramel flavor comes in next, along with a hint of fruitiness. Strong hops bitterness and malt sweetness then make their presence known again and follows into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slight carbonation upfront that fades away quickly. Finish is a bit thin. Almost like the flavors go away for a moment but then come back (from the dead) again for the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Wow is this easy to drink. I didn’t realize it was 6.5% ABV until after I finished it. You would never know it.

Comments: Very flavorful brew, extremely easy to drink. The dead finish provides an interesting effect. Thank you Keith (stegmakk) for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2003 18:04:12 | More by Denali
Photo of Running4beer


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

Poured a hazy wheat/honey type color with a small amount of head that thins out and leaves a lacy coat on top. The aroma is not strong at all but you can smell the hops and light malt. There was a slight bitter, malt aftertaste that is not overpowering and completes the initial hop taste. There is a smooth mouth feel to this beer, that makes you want to grab another and another and another. The drinkability is great, this is one of those beers you want on a hot summer night when you're relaxing at home with some friends having a good conversation about beer and life.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2003 14:43:32 | More by Running4beer
Photo of Reidrover


3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Came in the 22 oz "Bomber" with the by now famous "Dead Guy" atop a cask label!
Wow I AM impressed by the look of this beer! The brew is a hazy amber colour, topped by a small , but creamt, off white head, very good !
The aroma of this beer is not overwhelming, but is well balanced with hops and malts to the fore...smells like fresh rain.
Ahhh wonderful taste to this ale! Malty yet not to cloyingly sweet, creamy yet it has bite.Nice taste of honey..and a nice understated hop bitterness at the end.
A very nice feeling in the mouth, its smooth and not too dry of a finish.
This is overall an excellent beer and very drinkable in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2003 01:14:30 | More by Reidrover
Photo of Mitchster


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

Brewed with Northwest Harrington, Klages, Maier Munich and Carastan malts. Hopped with Perle and Saaz.

16.5 degrees Plato, 30 IBU's, Apparent Attenuation 77.7, 8 Lovibond.

Deep amber in color with a slight chill haze, forming a puffy light beige head with sticky lacing and good retention. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is mildly spicy with floral hops, a distinct caramel note but pleasantly underwhelming, a fruity ferment with those wonderful PacMan esters, and hints of sweet nuts and toasted grains. Mouthfeel is very soft with a medium body..very, very smooth. Taste begins with some mild, fresh floral hops, giving into a delicious delicate bready malt sweetness with hints of sweet nutbreads and caramel. There is a pronounced clover-honey sweetness in the middle. A luxurious, mildly dry finish is that of lingering sweet Munich malts, a slight graininess, perhaps some toasted malt husks, and notes of vanilla and caramel.

Dangerously drinkable...a 12 oz. bottle gives me a pleasant buzz on an empty stomach. Delicious..somewhat of a dessert beer. This reminds me of a sweet real cask ale. At it's prime, this is one of my favorite beers and in my top 20. On tap at the Rogue Ale House, this is just sublime.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2003 18:02:15 | More by Mitchster
Photo of marburg


4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that first turned me on to microbrews many moons ago; it prompted me to keep looking for Rogue beers. And it's still a treat to this day.

Pours a pretty, sparkling amber color with a not-quite creamy head of about a quarter- to half-inch in thickness. Aroma is of the malt presence in the beer. "Hmm...another overly malt-sweet beer?" Nope. A pleasant sweetness is instantly laid to rest by an equally pleasant hop bitterness that lingers just a bit -- aftertaste of some sort of bitter nut or food...can't quite put my finger on it.

You can drink a truck full of this and still like it.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2003 10:59:16 | More by marburg
Photo of Winter


4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another great offering from Rogue. This tasty mai bock was originally created to celebrate the Mayan Day of the Dead or Dia de Muerto on November 2, All Souls Day. Pours a hazy medium orange with a white foamy head. Nice citrusy, buttery aroma with a hoppy floral boquette. Medium-bodied mouthfeel, which is thick and creamy. Smooth front with a crisp textured finish. Sweet and citrusy upfront with a biscuity malt goodness. Flavorful finish from the Saaz hops is just perfect. I picked up a single bottle to sample and now I wish I had grabbed a six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2003 08:33:23 | More by Winter
Photo of Brewzzle


4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a curious little beer. It says it is supposed to be a Bock but it reminds me more of a bitter (a good one too).

It is very murky, with a tight but fleeting head. Aroma is sweet, honey like. To taste it is a delight, starts off rich, full bodied and bursting with sweetness. A mix of grain, honey other goodies I can't quite describe. It finishes off with a big hop bitterness and a lingering sweetness. In character I would say it is alot like sweet oat bread.

For some reason this reminds me of an outstanding homebrewed beer, probably the hazy appearance and the rich natural flavours, true craftbrewed excellence.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2003 10:31:12 | More by Brewzzle
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber copper hue with an off white fluffy billowing head. This beer doesn't have the thickest lace, but what it lacks there it makes up with in taste and aroma. Aroma is a sharp sweetness with notes of caramel and slight apple tartness. The flavor is very complex yet simply amazing in every way, this beer blends the perfect amount of subtle bittering hops with a huge blend of specialty malts. Gotta love the maibock brewed with ale yeast instead of the standard lager yeast for the style. This shows that taking a chance can bring you an awesome product like the one I have the pleasure of sipping on right now. There are hints is a soft chewy mouthfeel that carries a plethora of caramel malt, a ver slight tartness, and the trace of hop character tie this beer together. No loose ends here, one amazing totally solid brew that is so easy to drink. If I see this stuff on tap it is going to be quite a fun night, very good drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2003 21:09:24 | More by WVbeergeek
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North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Dead Guy Ale poured gold and red, like a sunrise on a cloudy morning. The look is slightly cloudy, although it could have been the carbonation obscuring my vision.

I sensed a sweet, malty aroma, though not at all overpowering. I have tried beer with far greater aromas but with a far lesser flavor.

Sweet and bitter, smooth and chewy, it was a dichotomy of the senses, although the hoppiness is pretty subtle. There are no gratuitous flavors.

I really like this beer a lot. I had not had any Rogue products prior to this and I hope all of this live up to Dead Guy's near perfection (IMHO). I think this beer would be great to drink at any time, whether at the bar or with food.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2003 07:45:32 | More by kindestcut
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4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very reliable brew. The pour was silky smooth with an attractive red orange color with just a tad bit of carbonation and a somewhat unsubstantial white head that formed clingy lace. The smell was a balance of malt and hops but was a little lacking in complexity. The taste was not however. It was full with some citrus flavors and notes of apple and bitter malts. Yet another quality effort from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2003 12:58:39 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Photo of rabidawg


4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Appearance: Golden amber color with a frothy, white head that settles slowly, leaving a nice lace.

Smell: Mostly malt, with a hint of hops creeping through.

Taste: Very soft and smooth, with a big malty intro cut into by generous hops. Finishes fairly dry, and leaves me wanting more.

Pretty dang good . . . I can see it becoming my fallback brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2003 17:36:22 | More by rabidawg
Photo of texascarl


4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance = Dark amber/gold, slight haze. Creamy tan head, dissipated without a trace. Low to medium carbonation.

Nose = malty sweet, fruity. Jumped out at me as I poured, a sign of excellent things to come

Taste = This is how Bock beer ought to taste. A one-two punch. Malt and plenty of it, just start to taste the sweet of it when POW the hops hit you. Plenty, but not too much hops, luscious short to medium finish. A wonderful brew. More please.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2003 17:44:28 | More by texascarl
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this beer at one of the local beer distributors. It came in a 22 oz. dark brown bottle with the label painted on. Very classy!

It poured a reddish mahogany hat was a little cloudy. The head was an off-white that disappeared quickly.

The aroma was that of a slightly sweet malt. The predominate flavor is also a sweet malt, with notes of licorice and tangy citrus. As the brew warmed, notes of mild coffee and butterscotch, with a short dry finish.

Pleasant creamy mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable! I'd have this one again...and again...and again.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2003 17:23:12 | More by WaltTrombone
Photo of Admiraldinty


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

A pretty good brew. Pours a dark orange with a white lace. Nose is sweet, with obvious malt and hops. Initial taste is malt sweetness, but this is quickly followed by hop bitterness that ends with a nutty sweetness. Fairly smooth and medium-bodied. A great ale, and rather warming. I'd have to say I'll come back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 18:55:48 | More by Admiraldinty
Photo of mzwolinski


4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A genuinely delightful beer. Pours sunset orange in color, with a mountainous off-white head that leaves a great lace down the glass (what Rogue beer doesn't?). The aroma is malty sweet with a bit of a honey-like scent and an aroma of tropical fruit. In the mouth the beer is creamy and sweet with a medium full body. The flavor is mostly malty, with some muted fruity flavors, a bread-crust like finish, and some piney and floral hop flavors which lend it a slightly dry finish./ Not terifically complex, but I could drink this all day.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 04:13:15 | More by mzwolinski
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I saw the name of this brew on the menu as on draft at my local CT upscale diner, I figured it was a local IPA or Pale Ale of some sort. How pleasantly surprised I was when it arrived at the table and was confused as to what type of beer it was as it did not adhere to either style. When I got home, I punched it in at the beeradvocate website and found it was from Rogue, which I haven't been able to get in any of my local stores here in New England. As far as the beer goes, it did not have the metallic taste I associate with other Rogue products I've had. The malt was a honey-ish variety with the hops being ever present but not overtly spicy. The body was nicely constructed, with the head playing a strong part in the experience all the way to the bottom of the glass. If it wasn't for the fact that I was driving, I could easily have sat there and sampled more. A good beer and one I will try and find to have in the house.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2003 03:42:22 | More by beernbbq
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours a murky, deep brownish-orange with a light beige head that reduces to a cap. The smell is very unique....floral, heavy waves of candied fruit, chocolate, and dark caramel. The taste is of burnt caramel, chocolate malted milk balls, plum preserves and raisins. Though lighter-bodied and less potent, it reminded me a bit of the sample of Samichlaus I tried not too long ago. Unfortunately some odd metallic taste comes on in the finish contributing to an unpleasant bitterness. I think my bottle might be an old one, and I know it was not stored at cellar temperatures prior to my purchase. Even so, I could tell this was a good beer past its prime. I will have to try to locate a fresher sample.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2003 21:25:47 | More by johnrobe
Photo of Bruiser81


4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a deep orange-amber color with a small white head that didn't last long. The aroma was slightly citrus with a flowery hint. The taste was malty up front with a sweet middle and a good balance of hops to finish it off. A slight alcohol flavor is present in the aftertaste which gives the beer a slight warming effect. This beer had good carbonation with a crisp refreshing mouthfeel. I will have to puchase this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2003 18:27:54 | More by Bruiser81
Photo of 49degrees

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Rogue’s flagship beer – the Dead Guy Ale – rounded out my beer excursion to the Issaquah, Washington location of Rogue Ales. This very well rounded, malty sweet brew is rightfully deserving all of the accolades and awards that its picked up in recent years.

Originally sold as “Maierbock,” it received a marketing face lift and name change when the brew went from being a seasonal ale to a year round offering. This is an exceptional brew and makes for a decent example of the traditional German Maibock style. The west coast produces a number of Maibocks with Rogue and Gordon-Biersch being among my personal favorites. (Harpoon still leads this category though with its rendition).

Pours a very deep copper color with a slight haze. There’s a nice large frothy white head after drawing the pint that sticks around for some time. A tight white collar forms after the head dissipates but leaves a reasonable amount of lacing on the glass.

This one is quite enjoyable with its deep toffee and fruit aromas in the bouquet, both characteristics that come through with shining colors while drinking. An exceptionally smooth drink with plenty of malts and their proprietary “Pacman” yeast, it also dishes up a nice and polite bitter element in flavorings, which follows the expectations that one has from Rogue Ales.

A very likeable beer that, if it were easier for me to find, would likely be among my more regularly enjoyed brews. As an import though, I’ll certainly drink it when I find it.

[ STATS:>> SERVING: 16 oz. pint / ABV: 6.5% / PRICE: $4.00 USD ]

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2003 18:18:42 | More by 49degrees
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3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper orangish in color with a thick off-white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is malty and fruity. This aroma carries over into the flavor as well. The malty, fruity flavors are balanced out by the hop bitterness. The balancing of the malt and hops makes this beer very easy to drink. Overall, I found this to be an excellent ale, well balanced and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2003 09:23:00 | More by BeerBuilder
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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