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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

2,342 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,342
Hads: 7,150
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 21.83%
Wants: 277
Gots: 1,540 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 2,342 | Hads: 7,150
Photo of NilocRellim
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The ale poured out from a bottle. Had a nice, cloudy yet brilliant orange colour to it. The ale had a very light aroma of citrus hops. The taste was also very light but crisp. It was slightly bitter in taste, with citrus notes. Clean finish; no lingering aftertastes or flavours.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P:  A finger of thin airy off white head that recedes quick and leaves a bubbly wake.  A hazy glowing orange body with red highlights and visual carbonation. 

S:  Sweet toasted malts, caramel, honey wheat bread, white grapes, bananas, and clove.  Spicy alcohol and citrus hop aroma. 

T/M:  Taste follows the nose but with toasted toffee and banana pudding. Once warmed it has a metallic and somewhat soapy taste.  Light-medium body with tingly carbonation.  Finish is dry with moderate pine and orange peel bitterness. 

O:  A good beer to drink regularly except for the expensive price tag. If this was regular price I would like it much better. Flavors mingle well and serves as a well developed helles lager. I want to try the other dead guy line up but this will probably be my last time picking this up. 

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Photo of cichief
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange color with one finger off white head that falls to a thin film immediately. Smell of bread, orange peel, faint alcohol. The bready, biscuity flavor is what dominates for me though. Some faint earthy hoppiness. Taste follows suit, very bready. Mouthfeel is somewhat chewy and full bodied. Finishes with some bitterness, but on the earthy side. Overall an above average beer, but not one I would go back to a lot.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a deep orangeish color with a very thin head. Nose is faint hops and malts and some citrus. Taste is a sweet, citrus-like taste which was sordove oversome with malt. Refreshing but a little more syrupy and bitter than the draft version. Almost two different brews from bottle to draft.

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Photo of brewshakes
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap tonight with dinner. It came from the bar a nice cloudy brown with a faint cream head on top. The beer had a really good smell with hops and malt that isn't too strong. Has a nice crisp taste with a dry bite at the end. Went very well with my dinner and look forward to trying again. (dead guy)

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Photo of mtvolkens
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Flute Glass, Burnt Orange color, held just a bit of a film of head, well below a finger. The aroma was light, and personally one of the most lacking parts of the beer for me. It had a nice smooth malty taste upfront with a strong hoppy aftertaste with bits of piney notes in between. It was a nice, decently rounded beer that would be a great refresher. Not too much going on, but a solid beer. Aroma was the most lacking part of my personal experience with the beer.

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Photo of josiahschlender
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The pretty amber color is a stark contrast from the somewhat sinister label. Adequate head with moderate lacing.

I notice mostly sweet malts on the nose, with a bit of the lagery nose that is distinct to me, but I haven't figured out how to clearly describe it. Different from the typical amber ale... because this beer is a lager and not an ale! Quite surprising to me to find that out after drinking my fair share. The nose has just a bit of faint hops, but pretty subdued to me.

Taste is pleasing and full, but lacks the special oomph that I expect after sampling so many great Rogue brews. Great malt profile that is both caramel sweet and whole-grain substantial. Again, I noted a slight difference due to the maibock style that is subtle, but sets this beer apart from many others. Hops balance things well, but are surprisingly restrained for a Rogue brew. Feel is full an creamy, well done.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer. However, so are many other amber-style beers. Huge props for going the different route and brewing a Maibock instead of the ubiquitous amber that's the "flagship" of so many US breweries. However, the price point doesn't justify this beer for me. I don't mind paying more for a bomber of the superb Shakespeare Stout, Brutal Bitter or many others, but it's harder to pay the Rogue premium for a beer that doesn't stand out much among a crowd of worthy "ambers" that run nearly 50% less. Price is usually reflected in my drinkability score, and certainly is for this beer.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep gold/copper color. You can tell by the smell it's gonna have a bite. Medium amount of bubbles that settle to a blotchy, thin head. Faint lacing. Strong hoppy taste, especially the finish. Leaves a dry, bitter taste. The flavor and the aftertaste work well together. I was glad I gave it a try.

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Photo of normZurawski
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks good, decent, nothing amazing. Smell is immediate stale bar room, which turns me off to this beer. I guess that may be the yeast? I'm not sure. Taste is ok, a little unbalanced on the harsh bitterness side. I get alcohol around the bitterness. Meh - nothing to jump up and down about. Not bad, ok. Mouthfeel is nice, light richness and/or creaminess. Average+ drinkability.

I had a few of these after mowing the lawn and it really didn't do anything for me. In my quest for the perfect warm weather beer, this doesn't do the trick. As it warms I think it tends to get a little better, with the harsh tastes rounding out a little as you go.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App-A copper and light brown body that is sort of see through. It has a nice half finger of creamy white head, a very attractive looking Helles.

Smell- You can pick out grassy hops and some sweet malt as well.

Taste- There is a lot of hop bitterness all the way through the drink, but it is more subdued than an IPA. The hops are more grassy and earthy in nature, which helps differentiate the amount of bitterness that the drinker is dealing with. As the swallow hits about mid drink, there is just a hint of a sweet biscuit malt which helps level this Dead Guy out. Really, one would be inclined to call it average, but the flavor profiles are so clean and well put together it becomes better than the sum of its’ parts.

Mouth feel- This beer is medium bodied and quite smooth. The small amount of carbonation keeps things interesting.

Overall- This Helles is delicate and just barely above being too bland. However, it is very refreshing and put balanced very well.

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Photo of BirdFlu
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

my favorite thing about this beer is it's the exact same color as my hair and beard.. Other than that it's sort of a typical light bock.. Has a clean finish. a bit buttery and has a caramel presence, a bit bready, pale malt, a bit of hop is in there. A bit filling but it is a bock so that's to be expected. Not much aroma from the glass. Mouh is full-bodied. Good, not great I wouldn't buy it on my own but I'll drink it above other stuff

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Photo of flyingpig
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£3.50):
Copper amber colour with a half-centimetre tall, foamy head that is a very slightly off-white colour and settles as a thick lacing on the top that covers the entire surface.

Hoppy at first with some caramel and toffee notes coming through along with some burst of citrus and faint pine. There is a malt base that is a semi-sweet one and I could detect bread and sweet fruits and yeast too.

Pine hops and some citrus kick things off along with some caramel malts and a floral taste that is a little hoppy and hints at some bitterness. There is some sweetness and bread with a few fruits as well, notably some apple.

Medium bodied, a fairly good balance and medium carbonation as well, this beer is smooth with a dry and bitter tang from the citrus and some sweetness throughout along with a crisp finish.

An interesting one, almost seems like an American pale ale & definitely an unusual take on the Maibock style with the beer growing on you as you work your way down the glass. A good beer but I imagine this will be a one off for me and I won't be trying to pick it up again.

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Photo of snilsen13
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's flavorful. It's not that great though. I think there's a certain hype about this beer. I was hoping for something good-excellent, but I got an average strong beer. I didn't go reaching for a second bottle and neither did anybody else. There are better drinks to quaff.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a marzen orange with a full off-white head, good retention, spotty lacing.

S: Light maltiness, very sweet, molasses, light alcohol.

T: Very malty, has a strong sugar character to it, like toffee candy. Get a little bit of red apple peel too, hint of pumpkin pie spice.

M: Nice full mouthfeel, good carbonation, very smooth, viscous.

D: A nice little ale from Rogue, not a true maibock, but a nice hybrid, a lot better than some of the stuff that's out there. Could buy again.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a VERY cloudy, oragnish honey color with a half inch head that dissipates instantly. The lacing is ok..

Smell - All I honestly smell are hops.. some spices may be present.

Taste - Has a strong floral flavor to it. Very sweet with citrus, clove, maybe some other light spices, very hoppy, and caramel. Leaves a bitter and floral aftertaste in your mouth.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with mild carbonation.

Overall - This is really good compared to other maibocks I've had.

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Photo of jonziefle
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured an orangish amber and was not quite clear. Half finger bubbly off-white head that reduces to a thin layer quickly. Some visible carbonation.

Smell: Nose is very strong apple, with some dark fruity dry hops deep down. Sweet. Some malts, but not overly strong.

Taste: A piney, hoppy bite up front that smooths out nicely with more malts in the back. Good balance between the malts and the hops, but a little "simple". Not as sweet as the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Has a nice bite and is decently crisp.

Drinkability: Definitely a good beer and an easy drinker. Not as complex or hoppy as I usually like, but a good solid beer.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Whole Foods, Chicago. A bit of a surprise since I did not know what style this was. A flagship beer from a northwestern brewer that’s not full of hops? So be it. Big malt smell upon opening and pouring, almost like malt candy. A lovely brown body under a cream colored head. Great taste of caramel malts and something that must be honey, that can’t help but overpower any hop bill. Big caramel and toffee malt finish.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Ales and Aces (Las Vegas).

A pint, served in a Sierra Nevada Celebration glass. The bar is dark and difficult to see in, but the beer looked a copper-amber colour, slight haze to it and a white head on top.

The nose was more malt than hop, with a caramel sweetness tempered with a spiced sourness.

The thoughts of sour caramel carried on into the taste and I couldn't get the thoughts out of my head. A faint hop bitterness came through, but otherwise I couldn't get past my thoughts.

Interesting, but I'd never have considered it a Maibock if it had been a blind tasting. Too weak in the mouthfeel for me.

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Photo of halo21
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy light amber with a small white head, and good lacing.

smell is of burnt toffee, slight malt, and some earth.

taste is chewy, malt, hops, and earth, ends dry and hoppy, yet not bitter.

overall a decent brew, not as good as other rogue offerings though.

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Photo of bruachan
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i bought a bomber at arrowine. i think i've had it before, but probably not in a state fit to review

deep reddish honey color (the bottle says so, so i'll stick to it). there's a tight head on top, sticking to the walls of the glass too. no visble carbonation

dark munich aroma. deep kilned smells: toffee. no fruit

moderate bitterness and hop flavor, with alcohol flavor noticeable as well. the toffee comes through here, too
medium mouthfeel contributes to the flavors sticking around for a little while

meh...it's okay. never had an example of the style before, but from what i read this seems to be a fair example. i guess i'll give it another shot sometime

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Photo of terrabyte
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy copper-brown color witha medium white head.

A very muted aroma. A slightly sweet caramel and hops is detectable.

Flavor is yeasty with a nice butter taste. A sweet caramel base with a hint of citrus or orange sweetness. Quite a bit of grapefruit hops. Now I know why my father-in-law likes it (besides the artwork)

Mouthful is a real treat. Medium with good carbonation. Slightly slick and puckering from the hops.

Drinkability is also very good. Goes down very easy.

I wasn't sold on the flavor, but the drinkability on top of this flavor is what saves this beer and makes it memorable.

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Photo of hungryghost
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orange to brown color.
Small head diminishes until just a ring around the glass. Ring follows the beer down the glass, no lacing.
Mild malt aroma, some floral hops, a sweetness I cannot name. Honey maybe.
The flavor is very sweet yet not sticky in the mouth. Roasted malts and brown sugar are present then I get a little hop finish.
This beer is well balanced and has a good body The high ABV is a bonus, unfortunately Dead guy is too sweet for me.

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Photo of denver10
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orangy copper with a slight head. Smells a little bready and citric. Generally sweet paired with just a touch of bitterness. Flavor is some caramel malt, some lemon, maybe a little spice of some kind and it can also be a little watered down at times. Moutfeel is thinner. I can be hit or miss with this one, sometimes it hits me just right and I dig it, other times I find it lacking, like its holding back on me and not giving me all the flavor it should.

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
88 out of 100 based on 2,342 ratings.