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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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very good

6,244 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,244
Reviews: 2,280
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 173
Gots: 618 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 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
Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ouncer sampled w/o any freshness indication. Pours hazy orangy amber, light tan head, shows moderate retention and leaves moderate lacing. Nose is quite sweet with some fresh fruit aromas. This a sweet and malty brew, some peppery hops in the background. Smooth and highly drinkable, better then average sessioner.

Billolick, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of SupaCelt
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dead Guy emerged from the bottle wearing a dark amber colour. There was a fairly dense one finger head that perched atop the body. This head stuck around well before departing into the mix. Slightly carbonated with no suspensions or clouding. Very scant lacing left strewn about the perimeter.

The smell had me feeling around for a description. Unfortunately, the only thing I could come up with for the predominant aroma was dilute vinegar with yeast. There was some fruits and vegetable oil scents in there as well. The smell was not promoting high expectations for the taste test.

The taste was much lighter than I had expected. Not much complexity to this one. I get yeast impressions at first followed by a hop bitterness that is fleating in nature. The after taste is vaguely like apple skins. All the while I am reminded a bit too much of vegetable oil or vinegar. The mouthfeel is flat and wet with not much substance to speak of.

The drinkablility of the Dead Guy is alright. There is nothing in this brew that is offensive or overpowering. Moreover, there is nothing in this beer that compels me to hustle back to the refrigerator to get another glass. This brew is pleasant but unremarkable. The psychedelia on the bottle is groovy though.

SupaCelt, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of halo21
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured nice and rich red. Very thin head, that quickly went away. Smelled good, with no smell of alcohol. Tasted of hops and fruit. Not too overly carbonated which is a good thing to me. Sweeter aftertaste, maybe could be a little stronger on flavor. Something that can be a session beer.

halo21, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 650mL bottle into a goblet/chalice.
I may have served this too cold, for there wasn't much head and the aroma was muted. Deep amber/orange color.
Alcohol taste comes across a bit too strongly. Dark fruit notes and a prominent, though not necessarily unpleasant bitterness. Reminds me a bit of Arrogant Bastard ale now that I think of it. Lots of different tastes going on here; orange rind comes to mind. Shades of honey-oat cereal. Shades of a high alcohol ESB.
I don't think I could drink much of this at a time but I could see having a hankering for this brew. I'd say give it a go but wouldn't expect everyone to like it.

ommegangpbr, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of carln26
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly hazy orange color with a medium white head. Aroma is of fruit. It has apples, pears, and a mild citrus character. The malt lends a sweetness to the aroma caramel to accent the apples. These characteristics show up in the flavor too. The apple comes through and the caramel character of the malt. In the flavor a mild toffee character comes through too. The hops lend a pleasant bitterness to the beer. The yeast brings a certain character too. Many people do not care for the flavor lent by the Pac Man yeast, but I thin it comes across well in this beer. It has a mildly slick mouth feel, and is very drinkable.

carln26, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of Chadbrew
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big head on this, almost 2 fingers. Creamy off white bordering on yellow, that doesn't seem to be going anywhere and as I take a look through the glass I can see a bunch of carbonation. With the light behind it it's sort of a golden copper.
Sweet hoppy scent, beautiful malty smell and slight yeast.
Tastes great. The first thing that I get is a little citrus, then some sweetness from the malt. I really don't get much hops until the finish which is a little bitter and a little dry, nice balance.
Oh man, the mouthfeel is great. It's got body and is kinda syrupy after the swallow.
I really like this beer, so does the wife. As easy as this is to drink, this could get expensive $$.

Chadbrew, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of kosmoraios
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours a clear amber with a small head that is quickly forgotten. There is a distinct aroma of flowery hops and fruitiness, and a bit of toffee-like sweetness. Taste is of raisins and cashew nuts with the flowery hops on top and the toffee-caramel sweetness underneath. Not much depth of flavor, but not bad. The mouthfeel is a bit diacetyl-oily with smooth finish and inadequate carbonation that is quickly history. Pretty drinkable, but not the best offering that rogue has out.

kosmoraios, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of ski271
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber-copper with tiny particulates floating throughout the beer, not sure what that was about, possibly a bad bottle? Off-white, small, tight head that diminished quickly and left a little spotty lacing.

Smell: Thought maybe it was a bad bottle, but it smelled fine. Milder than expected though. Moderately malty, with a nice slightly piney hop scent.

Taste: More hoppy than I expected. A honey sweetness, especially toward the finish. Hints of pepper, spice and esters, but nothing that really sticks out, which is both good and bad. Good in the sense that it is well balanced, but bad because it lacked character a little.

Mouthfeel: Good. Watery mouthfeel, thin-medium body, lightly astringent.

Drinkability: This beer didn’t wow me, but it was pleasant and goes down easy. I think I’d appreciate this beer more if I had 2 or 3. I also remember this beer being much better when I had it last year on tap.

ski271, Mar 02, 2005
Photo of karst
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gratefully dedicated to the Rogue us since the early 1990s Dead Guy Ale was created to celebrate the Mayan Day of the Dead (November 1st, All Souls Day). The Dead Guy design proved popular and was incorporated into a bottled product a few years later with Maierbock as the elixir. Strangely, the association with the Grateful Dead is pure coincidence.

Made with Rogue's proprietary "PacMan" ale yeast. It is deep honey in color with a malty aroma, rich hearty flavor and a well balanced finish. Dead Guy is created from Northwest Harrington, Klages, Maier Munich and Carastan malts, along with Perle and Saaz Hops.

My 12 oz bottle of Dead Guy Ale was from a 6-pack, that came with an invitation to join a local homebrew club. Thanks Dave. I may have been loaded with too many Stones to give this dead guy a proper autopsy. Think I poured it before drinking it between Ruination and Old Gaurdian.

I have split a bomber before while brewing and loved it.

4-29-05 exhumation and reautopsy reveals origional findings along with a discernable presence of pecan nut flavor at the end. Drinks well @ 40-50° although not a showy head on initial examination, carbonation present in the remains after 20-30 minutes. Last shot of yeast separated for further examination under magnification. Rest in Peace, old friends - I will raise a Dead Guy in your honor.

karst, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unfiltered, with an orange-amber color. Decent cream colored head that leaves spotty lace.

Spicy fresh hop aroma. There's also a slight creaminess to the smell. Similar to fresh cut flowers/grass.

Rich and malty at the beginning of the tasting. This quickly gives way to the hop bite. The liquor is oily, a sign of higher alcohol. The aftertaste is an 80/20 blend of hop to malt.

A very nice, full-bodied brew. Flavorful like an IPA.

smcolw, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of BurghBrewPSU
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown almost amber like color. Smells of Malts, with some hops and fruits. Tastes of spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, as well as dry fruits. Has a very pronounced malty taste, with lingering hops. Takes a few sips to really get a feel for this one. But overall a very good beer. I had this in a 22oz bottle a year ago, and it was my first Rogue. I have had many since then. I would definately recomend this beer.

BurghBrewPSU, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of bark
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The colour is dark amber; the creamy beige foam disappears into nothing in a rather short time.

The smell got notes of yeast, malt, honey – raisins, some hops, some alcohol, dried fruits (apricots?) and some cream – diacetyl.

The carbonation is fresh and strong (but not too strong) with medium sized bubbles.

The taste is somewhat sourish with a touch of alcohol, roasted malt and a sweet touch of honey and raisins. The aftertaste is a bit sweet with notes of nuts, raisins, dry fruits and a falling bitterness. The rather long and coherent finish got a touch of salt.

A nice beer, but the taste of alcohol spoiled some of the experience.

bark, Feb 26, 2005
Photo of stjarnflikka
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an all clear reddish beer with a certain foam and carbonation that dies quite quickly.

Smell comes on with citrus and ripe fruits. Obvious malts seep through together with a certain sourness and alcohol. Nice fruity smell that holds melon and oranges.

Taste is really filling. Sweet malts comes on with alcohol and carbonation lifting the heavy lid. Fruity tones search its way through with a nice sweetness and a nice long bitter aftertaste mixed with alcohol becomes much soothing.

Nice brew, obviously no killer.

stjarnflikka, Feb 26, 2005
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,244 ratings.