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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,744 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,744
Reviews: 2,343
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 226
Gots: 1,052 | FT: 2
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-05-2001

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
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Ratings: 6,744 | Reviews: 2,343
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard a lot about this beer, but I've never been able to find it until the last time I was home. Can't wait to give it a shot.

A: Poured a rich amber color with a thin white head that reduced to a few bubbles. Hazy in appearance, looks very good.

S: I can only detect a few malty aromas in this beer, some of honey, and a little bit of a caramel scent. Nothing really pops out though.

T: Very complex tasting beer, lots of different things going on. Some sweet characteristics, pretty malty, but a nice hop bitterness at the end. Once again though, nothing really pops out very well balanced though, and not offensive in the least.

M: Pretty thin, very well carbonated, nice warming too, which is surprising with the alcohol level being where its at. Not bad.

D: Quite drinkable, I'm sure I'll tip a few of these back today. Not too bad of a beer in all, just not one of my favorites. Tasty though.

Photo of mltobin
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Is it really a maibock? If so, why do they call it an ale? Keep these questions in mind as you consider this review. First off, it's got a great look: honey to almost-amber hue, with a nice white foamy head. The smell is confusing to me, though, with aromas of honey and tropical fruit but, IMO, too much hop fragrance (for a maibock). Same with the taste: a nice malty sweetness hits your tongue, but gives way to a rather bitter, typical Rogue hop finish

Photo of ScottUCF84
3.06/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into pint.

A-Light caramel with a slightly tan head. Nice carbonation, transparent.

S- Hops, sweet malts, and cider.

T- Mainly a sweet, slightly roasted malt flavor, with hops, and a tad of old apple cider. I began to develop an aftertaste of bitter tea... I didn't really enjoy that.

M- Nothing notable... light carbonation.

D- It was pretty good, although the aftertaste slowed me down towards the end of the beer.

Overall decent, I may give this one another shot someday. I feel like something I ate or drank beforehand threw off the flavor. Either that or the beer was old. :(

Photo of happygnome
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice deep orange color with about a quarter inch of head that dissapears fairly quickly leaving a good amount of lacing
s: sweet malts and deffinate earthy and piny hops maybe atouch of booze in the aroma
t: sweet malts followed by earthy piny hops
m: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, this is a good brew that i really enjoyed but its a style that isnt my favorite very good forthe style though

Photo of Goliath
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light brown sort of amber color and is slightly hazed with a thin foamy off-white head sitting on top leaving behind soe nice lacing on the glass.

Scent is of sweet caramel malt and citrusy hops.

Taste is similar with sweet caramel and a great citrus hop flavor that is only slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and brightly carbonated.

Drinkability is high as this beer is smooth and refreshing with low alcohol and great flavor.

Photo of WaveRebel51
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange-reddish hue with almost slight foam, which almost completely disappears after a few minutes. Smells of malts -- lots of caramel and butterscotch -- with faint aroma of hops. Malts dominate the flavor, but there's a nice balance of citrus hops and fruity esters. Even at 6.5 ABV, this was very drinkable as I could not wait until the next sip.

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

Pours a bright hazy brown color with a nice egg-shell colored head that dissipated quickly into a slight cap, leaving some spotty lacing on the glass. The smell is of bready/doughy Munchen malt, with a floral honey aroma. The taste upfront is of the doughy Munich malt, honey, a touch of ash and bitter hop. Perhaps a very slight hint on lemon and pepper. The feel is moderate with semi-soft carbonation, finishes well balanced; slightly on the bitter side. A very nice and enjoyable ale. The sweetness of the Munich malt is offset with some bitter hops. The feel remains light thus making this a very drinkable beer.

Photo of illidurit
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my Eichhof bier mug. Hazy caramel colored, with a healthy white head which leaves some spotty lacing.

Aroma is very toasty and malty, with a surprising fruity character.

Flavor is extremely smooth, with a sweet but dry maltiness and some subdued hops. The only evidence of the ale yeast here is the mild fruity ester notes. The malt profile, however, is pretty true to the German style it emulates.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and this beer is extremely easy to drink. Solid beer.

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

A hazy amber in appearance with a white head. A fruity smell with a hint of honey and flower petals. Sweet in taste with a good bite from the alcohol and carbonation. An incredibly balanced beer. I really like this one from Rogue. Easily drinkable. Wife doesn't like the bite. I likey the bite.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An all-around must for beer lovers. Pours a darkish-brown w/ ruby tints with marginal head that leaves tiny amounts of lacings. A malty smell follows, although there are dark fruit smells that I picked up. A very smooth beer with a light to medium body which underlies a very malty taste. Can't tell if there are some coffee or roasted/toasted malts in there, but there is a malty sharpness. Overall it is smooth because there is some faint sweetness brought on, but this is balanced with a dryer backbite from the hops. At 6% it is just there for sessioning - buy a six-pack and chill out with this beer.

Photo of charlzm
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled, consumed on 11/10/07.

Pours a very carbonated cloudy amber-orange with a long-lasting head composed of fine, pale yellow bubbles.

Hoppy, earthy nose with a metallic undertone is not terribly appealing.

Flavor is relatively mild. Moderate caramel malt is well balanced with vague citrus and pepper hop notes and moderate astringency. Overall mouthfeel somewhat thin but that's okay. Goes down smoothly with lingering, lightly bitter aftertaste.

Very nice, aside from the aroma.

Photo of baseballrock
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - the color is light brown and slightly orange. the head is a dark cream color. the head retention is very good. also great lacing was left after every drink.

S - there is a big hop smell. i also pick up hints of spice as well as a little herbal hit.

T - the taste is out of this world. the taste is strong and full. i taste hints of spice and cinnamin, also i love the sweet honey flavor in the background.

M - it has a nice well balanced feel on the palate.

D - this is beer everyone should try, i personaly love it. It goes down like i would expect full and tasteful and with the right amount of kick.

i've been wanting to try this beer for a while, and i think it is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

Photo of TYE
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear brown with a slight amber glow. Big bubbled white foam head is easy to overpour. Dissipates pretty quickly to just a light, broken covering. No lacing.
S - Light aroma of brown sugar with a hoppy kick. A slight background of alcohol is also present.
T - Nice hop kick with a grassy finish. The hops take over on this one.
M - Close to medium carbonation and body. Slight bite around tongue that lasts. Feels smooth.
D - I really like the hop levels. Very nice punch you're not to miss. I could drink a few of these.

Photo of usmittymc
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. No freshness dating.

A- Hazy orange/copper color with a light, barely off-white bubbly head that disipates quickly to a moderately sticky lacing.

S- Bready malt aromas dominate with a faint lemony or other citrus scent (aroma hops)in the background. Nothing outstanding.

T- Smooth malty flavors on the front, with a mild hoppy citrus "bite" on the swallow. A slight sourness lingers. The flavor profile is very well balanced.

M- A little slick on the palate. Moderate body. Very nice.

D- This is a very flavorful ale. I could (and am going to right now) drink a few of these in a sitting.

Photo of augusta
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Exceptional Beer! Of course, that's what I've come to expect with all the Rogue Beers. The Orange Yellow color of this beer is lively and the taste.... Rockin'! I've had this beer in a 22oz and 12 oz bottle as well as in Draft... preferred the draft. Looking forward to trying the 3 liter! Can't go wrong with these beers... you will NOT be disappointed!

Get this on Tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Augusta!

Photo of AshevilleSippin
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short Version:
Not bad but less than I expected from Rogue. Malty sweetbread up front with med-light body, slight seltzery metallic twang, with mild bitter dry finish.

No date on this thing so I can't tell if it's fresh or dead (pardon the pun). Picked it up as a mix-n-match sixer at the local Ingles grocery (god bless'm). Some of the ones I've gotten this way have been a little long in the tooth.

Poured a 12 into my pint glass and watched. It poured a medium-to-deep copper brown color with a 1" sudsy/soapy looking head. The smell was strong of a warm yeasty bread dough with a sweet ripe fruit maltiness behind it. Maybe like a raisin bread. And crazy as it may sound, I'm picking up a hint of the smell you get from inside a Crayola crayon box. Just a hint but the smell-nostalgia bone was tickled for sure.

Head proved to have decent staying power and reasonable lace but nothing to write home about in the end.

Body was surprisingly on the light side of medium. Taste was malty for sure with a little bit of a seltzery metallic tone to it. Still picking up some yeasty sweetbread in the taste. A little hop action going on to keep the malt honest but not a hoppy beer by any stretch.

Finish is slightly sweet and dry and fades into a mildly bitter and astringent aftertate.

Drinkability is good. A tad sweet to throw down too many but it was tasty for sure.

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

Had this on a bottle. Poured unto a pint glass.

Appearance = one finger of head, slowly works down to beer algae; head has an off-white color; no lacing; nice carbonation (small bubbles rising); light amber color.

Smell = mild smell; can smell sweet malt and hop; a bit of alcohol; maybe a hint of passion fruit.

Taste = a very nice balance with a little bit of hops; a little bitter; a little bit of malt; a hint of honey; a hint of alcohol; a little flowery. Again, all of it in great balance. Nothing overwhelms.

Mouthfeel = smooth, medium mouthfell; can feel carbonation on tongue but not overstated.

Very nice brew. Just solid, well-balanced. BTW, goes amazingly well with a buttery, toasty Reuben sandwich (w/ swiss cheese).

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

This beer was poured into an Imperial pint glass at 52° from a 12 ounce bottle. There was no date information on the bottle. There was a little over 2 fingers of creamy white head which lasted approximately 4 minutes. A slight amount of foam stayed on the glass as the head dissipated. The beer was a very slight hazy light orange tea color.

I thought there was a hop smell with the pour but when sensing the bouquet it was more of sweet malt with hops lingering in the background.

Hops were more prevalent in the taste with the bitterness being quickly noticeable. The malt kicked in later on further tasting. It was very interesting to sense one and then the other and then vice versa.

The interesting integration of aroma and taste resulted in a successful marriage in the mouth also. There was also a slight warming sensation from the alcohol. This was rather a nice arrangement.

Overall this was a well combined effort with the senses having a go at the hops, malt, and alcohol presence. There was not a lot of lacing later on but it is still a keeper, at least for a little while.

Photo of davidt
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber-brown, whte head drops cleanly. Aroma is dark fruits over a malt base. Flavor is toasted malt with some bitter hops coming through at the finish. Alcohal warmth is not over-powering but more than expected for 6.6% ABV. A nice beer I'd have again.

Photo of mwilbur
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle (glow-in-the-dark!) into pilsner glass.
A: A cloudy burnt orange with a thin creamy white head. Light carbonation. Yeast sediment.
S: Caramel and malt. A sweetly intoxicating aroma.
T: Strong malt backbone with notes of caramel, toffee, and a hint of citrus.
M: Very smooth. Medium body. Coats the tongue and lingers nicely.
D: Extraordinarily drinkable. Excellent sessionability. One is definitely not enough. Very nice taste, not very complex, but very smooth. Another winner for Rogue!

Photo of JDV
2.62/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy reddish brown pour. Typically smell similar to the few other heller bocks i've had. Sweet, tart taste and smell of dried fruit and honey with a touch of bitterness too. Best one I've had of the style, but it's still not one of my favorites. I will say this grew on me a little bit, but I don't see buying it again still.

Photo of KodyBrannon
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a pint glass. It poured an amber color with a white 3-finger head that left no real laceing and went away quickly. The smell of this beer was malts with just a hint of honey and light floral hops. The taste gave way to a little more hops with more of a malt and honey aftertaste. The mouthfeel was light and crisp, and the overall drinkability of this beer is decent. Not the best beer I've had, but definatly will be one to pick up agian.

Photo of cichief
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep gold, very hazy, lots of sediment, nice white head.

S- Very fruity and spicy for a Maibock.

T- Definitely unlike any Maibock I've tasted. I've drank this beer a number of times from the bottle, about the same on tap, maybe a tad less malty.

M- Pretty smooth, little carbonation, medium in body.

D- A fairly drinkable beer, I do not consider this to be an example of a Maibock though.

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

Very bitter for a Maibock. But quite nice taken on its own merits.

A: Color is halfway between copper and gold. Mine had a slight chill haze. The head is thick and white. Leaves nice lace behind.

S: Quite floral. Toffee and lemongrass were what I noticed most.

T: The alcohol comes on strong, despite the beers modest ABV. Hop bitterness is very high, but not overpowering. Malt flavor is light. Bitterness lingers into a somewhat dry finish. Excellent taste, but heavy bitterness is not what I expect of a Maibock.

M: Medium-heavy body. Right amount of carbonation.

D: A little too much for me to want more than one at a time. I'd go back to this again, however. Would go well with highly seasoned food.

Photo of wiseguy142
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an unstable amber color with a light head that is gone within a minute. My first impression of the smell and taste is the strong taste of sweet Munich malt. It revs up your taste buds for a uphill climb into some fairly bitter hops. This is the first Maibock I've had so that was somewhat of a surprise for me. The combination of these characters lingers in your mouth for many seconds after you've had a sip and after a while you're left only with the bitter, but I was impressed with how long I was able to retain a very clear sensation of the beer. They did a great job of getting the malt character out of the beer- it's like it's breathing Munich but smoking hops- two opposing pleasures in one glass.


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