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Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

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Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An ale inspired by the style of a German Maibock, brewed using our proprietary Pacman yeast, Dead Guy Ale is deep honey in color with a malty aroma, rich hearty flavor and a well balanced finish.

9 Ingredients: 2-Row, C15, Munich, Rogue Farms Dare™, Risk™ Malts; Rogue Farms Revolution™ & Independent™ Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.

Added by kbub6f on 09-05-2001

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Photo of acoatley
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light head that dissipated rather quickly. Color is golden amber with a light haze. Wonderful malty aroma with notes of caramel, no hops. Moderate hop bitterness hits you first with a nice caramel malty finish with a touch of raosty dark malt. Beer has good body and feels creamy on the palate.

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Photo of SpenCycle
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very standard-tasting beer. Tastes EXACTLY how malt extract smells. With some good and carbonation thrown in. Probably one of the best non-fruit, non-ipa ales I've ever had. Just not a fan of ales with no distinct flavor except malt. 40 IBUs on this bad boy, but no big hop flavor. A slight floral and smooth hop flavor.Reminds me of a Magic Hat #9. A little sweet, very malty, and a hint of bitterness. The phrase a "not quite pale ale" describes this beer.

Confused on one thing. This is a maibock, but is marketed as an ale?

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Photo of devilben02
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber color with a huge, foamy, eggshell-white head that settles to a persistent thin film. The aroma is a complex but somewhat dull combination of light citrusy hops, earthy yeast, and a lager-like clean caramel sweetness. The flavor is much more hop-forward, with an assertive yet rounded combination of citrus and pine. A semi-dry, biscuity sweet malt provides some balance, along with a musty yeasty character. The texture is mouth-filling, but there is only a moderate lingering resinous feel, and the finish is actually a bit drying.

Overall, this is certainly something different than just another pale ale or IPA to serve as the brewery's flagship, but despite that uniqueness, it just doesn't feel all that special.

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Photo of dbexpert
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a. rich amber/golden hues, with solid pillowy foam

s. aromas are suttle, sweet fresh bread odor is cut by a citrus/orange smell

t. well-balanced, nothing overpowering or dominant, it is a good representation of an amber

m. solid nothing extraordinary

d. only having a 22oz., something for the cooler months, will reconsider when frost hits

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Type: Bomber
Glass: Pilsner Glass
From: Main Street Liquor in Ann Arbor
Price: $8.99

Appearance: hazy and deeper orange. big frothy head, two fingers that slowly fades to a very frothy lacing.

Smell: strong aromas of bread followed by faint hints of alcohol and malts

Taste: Bread, some maltiness touches of spices, alcohol, and citrus.

Mouthfeel: pretty light in body. high carbonation, and warming finish

Overall: pretty good but nothing special. i wish the breadiness was weaker and the other tastes were a bit stronger.

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Photo of mrkc
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is thin, forming a cloudy copper brown brew with a thin head that quickly dissipates. Odour lacks complexity, with a sharp, citrus element. The hops are present, but not prominent. The taste is fairly omnidirectional, with the aforementioned citrus zing, and a light bitterness to finish. The body is light, and tends not to linger on the pallet. The beer is fairly sweet, though more in a fruit sense than saccharine. It drinks easily, and with its alcohol content, refuses to be a heady beer.

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Photo of david131
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear golden color. Even with a hard pour, not much of a white head forms. But, when looking beneath the surface, I can see many streams of bubbles forming- they just don't seem to want to stick around much once they reach the surface.

S- Not all that much of a quaffer. Some malt, citrus hops and there seems to be some spiciness to it as well.

T- Caramel malt and citrus seem to be the most overwhelming part of the flavor. Kind of sweet. Interesting.

M- Smooth with a little bit of a hop bite in the end. Very interesting indeed.

D- This took me quite a bit of time to consume considering the low ABV. This was a very interesting brew.

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Photo of harrymel
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper apricot ale with brilliant clarity. Single finger head of loose off-peanut foam dissipates to thin sheet of the same. Spotty lacing.

S: Sweet malts with earthy hops. Nice, and forgettable.

T: Tastes like a helles. Sweet backbone, earth hops. Not too much to say here. A little too much residual sugar for me.

M: Medium body, smooth feel with light carbonation. Leaves a wetness in the mouth.

O: well done. Great for a flagship, can see why so many people drink this on a regular basis.

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Photo of Mancer
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy amber with a 1 finger high off-white head, which disappeared quickly.. There was light lacing on the glass. The initial smell of the beer is that of malts, barley, and dark fruits. The initial taste of the beer were sweet dark fruits with a malt backbone. The beer finished with barley on the tongue. The brew had a light to medium body with light to medium carbonation. Overall, it was not that bitter of a beer and slightly sweet.

In conclusion, this beer was ok. I'm not a fan of bock beers, so this was an experiment for me, frankly I'm still not a fan of them. Overall, it tastes like a bock beer and is probably a good beer for those who like the style.

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Photo of ronricorossi
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bar Cesar on Piedmont Ave in Oakland

Never had a Dead Guy, saw it on tap, know it to be something of a Pacific Northwest classic, figured it was time to try it. Have to say, my experience with it was..."not so chill". Big complaint - the finish came off way malty in a "malt beverage" kind of way. Reminded me of what I remember a Michelob tasting like. Whatever else was right about it, can't shake that finish, that less than pleasant overall taste on the back end.

Willing to give it another chance - maybe a bottle instead?

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Photo of waughbrew
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Auburn with a lot of highlights, nice head. Smell is of caramel malts. A good candiness in this brew, but a malt/hop interplay that is kind of annoying. Big body, smooth.

Like most of Rogue's stuff, this fails to impress me. I think I am narrowing it down to their odd bittering hoppage and the boring yeast. A good beer but not one that I am likely to return to.

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Photo of McBastard
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice pale amber, with a decent head that quickly disappears.
Cloyingly sweet, with a slightly bitter hop finish. Notes of caramel, honey, and grapefruit? An almost syrupy mouthfeel, with low carbonation. A tad overpriced, and possibly too subtle for a neanderthal like myself. Not my cup of tea.

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Photo of aquaderek
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a Rouge Dead Guy Ale into my tasting glass. It has a very orange color with nice creamy head that turns into lacing after about 10 seconds. The nose slightly hoppy as with the taste. I could drink a few in a session. I am not overy impressed, but it is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of sliverX
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poored a light amber/orange color opaque with lots of bubbles cascading to the film of a white head leaves some small lacing
smells fruity and a bit malty
tastes sweet very malty nice fruitiness a slight hop bit to the end
good mouthfeel decent body in no way watery
could sit here and drink this all night, might catch up with me but I'd be happy

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Photo of sstackho
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Allowed to warm for about 10 minutes from the fridge. Pours a clear, medium copper with a nice fluffy head which dissipates. Medium aroma of straight-up malt. Initial tastes are mainly malty with a tiny bit of sweetness and a slight hop tang. Aftertaste becomes more hoppy as it warms. Balanced. Medium bodied. S'alright.

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Photo of everetends
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle I purchased at the Crimson Tiger bar in Anniston, AL. Poured into a mug.

A: Poured a really interesting milky amber color. I say milky because as it sits there it looks thick and has a white tinge to the color within the amber. Got a somewhat decent half finger of white head that didn't have amazing retention. Receded down to a ring that put up a fight in laces arena, left its mark but it wasn't art.

S: Smell is some lightly roasted malt, yeast, and citrus hops. It is simple but it works. All of the aromas are pleasant and well balanced. Nothing really dominates anything else and I see this as a plus. Pretty nice.

T: Sweet, bready malt is the showstopper here. Not bad. Citrus hops are present but not that far out of the shadows. It does cut the malt a bit and add a more citrus/bitter presence to the sweetness of the malt.

M: Medium bodied brew. Incredibly refreshing. The carbonation is damned near perfect. This is a pretty smooth brew that finishes just a touch dry. The aftertaste is of slight citrus sourness.

D: This beer is nice but its not blowing me away in any sense of the word. I will drink again if offered but I am not going to go out of my way to track it down.

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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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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
88 out of 100 based on 2,359 ratings.