Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,313 Reviews
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Reviews: 2,313
Hads: 6,918
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 260
Gots: 1,314 | FT: 1
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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.

16º PLATO
40 IBU
78 AA
16º Lovibond
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Photo of 303beer
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful amber with a hint of red. Head is thick and rocky. About an inch of it in a tall pilsner glass. Leaves a fair amount of lacing. Malty and lights hops up front. Malt persists a little longer. (208 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, Pours a hazy amber colour with a thin white head. Aroma is malty of caramel, honey, some bread, spicy orange, subtle nuts and red berries. Taste of caramel, molasses, honey, red berries, bread then orange, cranberry and slight apple. A quite dry, caramel then orangey, earthy bitterness in the finish. A very malty, sweetish start and then a fruity, citrusy end. Really decent. (385 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Red tinted amber and is fairly flat with a very thin film of white on the top. S: Rich malt aromas. T: Has a lot of bock flavors – rich bready malts – with some interesting ale fruit notes and rich spicy hops. F: Medium body and medium carbonation. O: An interesting, well made hybrid. (292 characters)

Photo of MarkLinton1
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Maibock Helles bocks are not my usual beers but loved this one. Nice body with notes of carmel, fruits and some spices. Nice finish. Definitely a do over. (158 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, caramel colored with a yellow white head that dissipates leaving a little frothy lacing, slightly hazy

S: caramel malt flavors mix with peppery hops, slightly sweat and bready

T: sweet and malty up front, brown sugar, roasted almonds, spicy hops

M: medium to full, slightly sticky, lower carbonation

O: nice malt flavors balanced by noble hops (397 characters)

Photo of Shemmy
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not really a huge fan of this one. Its fine, but more money than I want to shell out for something this middle of the road. It has a nice fruitiness, and as a whole it works well in a hot climate such as Thailand, but just is lacking a few elements that could push it over the top and make it a more interesting beer. Rogue has made a huge push in the last few years into bars in Bangkok, so Dead Guy is something I often drink, tho wouldn't if I lived in most other places in the world. Generally, of the beers available here, Leffe or Hoegaarden is better value and both are available draft whereas Rogue is bottle only. I expect that situation will be changing soon as the thaw on SE Asian factory lager monopolies (Singha, Tiger, Chang) is on in this country in a big way, finally. (785 characters)

Photo of RogueDave
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one took me a little while to get into. At first, I did not like it at all. The only reason I even tried it again was because it was the only beer available one night when I got off work. My roommate had the fridge stocked with Dead Guy, so I had a couple with him and it slowly started to grow on me. When I went to the Rogue brewery in Newport (I used to live in Oregon) and had it on tap, I was hooked. Now, it's one of my favorites. The only thing I do not like about it now is how damn expensive it is, especially here in New York (where I have lived for about seven years now).

Overall, I enjoy the dark flavor of Dead Guy and do not find it at all bitter. It is a good balance of flavor similar to a light porter but with the complexity of a stout (when had on tap). Warning: once it begins to get warm, the flavor turns on you and it becomes very unpleasant. I find all Rogue ales are better had cold. (924 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: A cloudy, but pretty amber/orange, with a huge and fluffy cream colored head. The only flaw here is the clarity, but for a Maibock, that's an issue.

Smell: A gentle bouquet. An uncharacteristic smell of citrus hops pairs up with caramel malt to create a perfume of mandarin oranges. It's certainly unique. Definitely intriguing. Tells me I'm in for an atypical Maibock.

Taste: Much more to style. The malt is complex and sweet, yet gentle. Buttered biscuits, toast, and a drizzle of caramel. A light bitterness sneaks in. Unfortunately, while it doesn't detract from the beer, neither does it add anything. Some floral hop notes are better at bringing interest.

Mouthfeel: Light and smooth, with little carbonation. A watery quality created more problems than one, as it drowns out the flavor. Here is where the beer falls much too short for my taste.

Overall: With a skeleton logo and a menacing name, it's hard to believe this is going to be an everyday Maibock. And everyday it's not, particularly due to the fruity characteristics. Still, it's bland, even with the notable malt complexity. The watery nature of the mouthfeel makes it even more so. After a while, boredom sets in, as you begin to feel like you're drinking tampered-with tap water. (1,263 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.17/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly cloudy orange/amber with a big fluffy white head. Smells of citrus and floral hops, a bit of a mineral smell as well. Not much going on really in the nose. Taste is a little better with some sweet malts caramel and bread mixed up with some floral hops and that mineral tartness. Sparkling carbonation, sticky mineral-y mouthfeel, medium body. Nothing objectionable here, but really not up to what I consider the norm for Rogue. (444 characters)

Photo of Drew03cmc
4.86/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Fantastic ale. I have begun to sample more and more ales, but I don't think I need to go farther. This is my top rated beer of all varieties and for good reason. It is a beautiful, aromatic, delicious beverage and I will have another. (235 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, I don't know how many times I've walked past this over the years. Silly me! Pours a clear orange-copper with thin white head - no retention. Smell is wonderful - semi-sweet with malt and bread and citrus. Flavor also has a slight honey sweetness, balanced well with some hop bitterness. Finish has a trace of alcohol, but smooth and again semi-sweet. I must have more... (375 characters)

Photo of stompilator
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. glass into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep, ambery orange, thin-bodied head.

S - Sweet, wet grain, very light berry aroma.

T - Slight herbal, hoppy spice upfront, with sweet bready notes dominating, settling into a light yeast spice and a wee bit of residual bitterness.

M - Fairly light-bodied, a little bit of carbonation.

O - Not a particularly interesting brew, but very solid, balanced, and refreshing. (428 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Turbid light brown with a tan head.

Smell: Yeasty, bready.

Taste: Malt and yeast up front, slightly sweet, bitter enough for balance. Some alcohol is noticeable towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick and moderately carbonated.

Overall: Very good. Flavorful and balanced. (288 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This being my first Maibock EVA* I will be referring to the Beer Judging Certification Program (and “yes” that is a real thing) style guidelines on what a Maibock should look, smell, taste and feel like... no pressure Rogue, just go about your day knowing that my keenest eye/nose/tongue will also be backed up with actual beer review knowledge instead of the stuff I usually make up along the way. Oh yeah and before you ask “Aaannnother Rogue?!” in that annoying whiny tone as you always do, this will be the last Rogue *checks fridge* I review in a while.

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a Stein.

A: Hazy amber body with a large but reasonably dense 1 inch off-white head on top. BJCP would prefer it clearer, lighter coloured and whiter (for the head that is). 6/10.

S: Honey, caramel malts, hints of butteriness (Diacetyl), bread middle and dark fruit Esters in the background... this is much more Doppelbock than Maibock (aside from the colour). BJCP poo-poos Diacetyl and Esters should be low to none (their words not mine - I actually like this aroma). 8/10.

T: More honey than caramel in the flavour with notes of butterscotch, bready mid-palate, earthy/herbal hops and some light spice notes in the finish, which is slightly dry but with a medium bitterness from the earthy/herbal hops. Quite a clever brew this Dead Guy Ale, with a modicum of bitterness hedging off the overly sweet honeyed aspect. If BJCP were a person I think he/she would like this, though with a disapproving mention that this Maibock isn’t to style. 9/10.

M: Medium bodied with a light but sharp and tingly carbonation. Not bad BJCP, not bad at all. 7/10.

D: Well, I am sold on Maibock’s - the lighter and hoppier version of Doppelbocks. This Rogue happens to be one of the best Rogues I’ve had so far (and I’ve had like 8-9 of their brews now) and the bottle was deceptive because I looked at it and thought “Pfft, glows in the dark, f**k off” but the brew within ist köstlich, to coin a German term. Question is: Does the now anthropomorphised (by me) BJCP like it? “BJCP says: yes” We have a winner! 8/10.

Food match: Schweinebraten with bread roll Knödeln and cabbage salad, a classic Bavarian delicacy.

*Or Extravehicular Activity - as I like to refer to my reviews, but it’s also something astronauts do while they’re in space. (2,354 characters)

Photo of mzingie
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer. Sweet eatery malt matches with a nice heavy mouthfeel matches with a heavy dose of pokey and floral hops that stay with you In a very pleasant way. Became one of my favorites on the first sip. (206 characters)

Photo of ENogueira
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650 ml bottle in goblet glass. Reddish amber appearance, good thin head that lasts a while. Hoppy smell, with a smooth taste of hops and fruit. Very good. Would probably go great with a BBQ steak. (200 characters)

Photo of MikeyP502
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Head of almost 1 fat finger, pours a darker orangish color, thick cloudy appearance, head does not retain well. Fair looking beer on first sight.

S: The strongest initial aroma is very woody, with floral hints registering also. End is a sweet smelling, rich malty nose with hints of hop oil.

T: Sweet at first touch, somewhat caramel flavor, which is followed up with a faint black pepper taste. Finishes with a good boozy flavor that rides the hoppy bitterness to the finish.

F: Weak on the palate, the flavors are drowned in booziness, light mouthfeel, could use less bitterness on the finish.

O: Decent brew, probably tries to highlight the hops a little too much. Despite that, the flavoring is pretty complex, and I love the way the flavors seem to alternate. This is a Jekyll and Hyde beer. (809 characters)

Photo of m_hall
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Standard pour yields a slightly cloudy (this is bottle conditioned) caramel-colored beer with a light tan head that falls to a film, leaving light lacing.

Aroma is sweetly malty, fresh dark bread, and faint spice notes.

Flavor is sweet up front, very rich caramel and brown sugar notes. toasted bread and pleasantly nutty bitter flavors coming in after, leading a lingering, slightly dry finish, with a bit of old-world style spicy hops at the end.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and oily, with moderate carbonation cutting through a bit. Just substantial enough, without being over-heavy.

This beer is technically a maibock, though it's billed on the label as an ale - and given its body and and rich flavor it would definitely appeal to fans of brown ales and similar styles. A very good, very satisfying beer, good for anytime drinking. (846 characters)

Photo of RogueCBR
4.79/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my goto beer. Every time. Found it at a local bar that has a beer-of-the-month 2 years ago. I think they kept it on as a regular beer because I kept them sold out. (174 characters)

Photo of ElHefe2000
3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer didn't really wow me for the price I paid for it. Bought soley for trying a different brew. Not great, not horrible, on to my next new brew! (150 characters)

Photo of founddrama
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great color, but I'm having a tough time placing the flavor. The bottle says hearty and balanced and I'll give it that. Also: I have to ask why they're calling it an ale if it's a maibock. (Aren't those lager yeasts?) (217 characters)

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

Classic malt flavors with a light crisp lager personality. The malt is slightly caramel sweet, with some grainy barley, light nut and even a bit of coffee bean. (160 characters)

Photo of sporklift87
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour shows two fingers off-white, soapy head with fair retention and good lacing. Amber brown with some red and very light cloudiness. Smell is not very powerful, brown sugar and bready. Taste matches aroma adequately, with addition of pineapple and some spices. Higher carbonation lingers on front and middle of tongue for half a minute or so. Decent body, not as heavy as I had imagined, a little on watery side. Overall, a good brew, not very complex, but easy drinking and enjoyable. Won't be buying regularly due to price, but will buy again, just the same. (576 characters)

Photo of justingreenwood
2.44/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

The name says it all. Imagine squeezing the fluid from the rotting corpse of a homeless crackhead whose last shower was recorded in the dead sea scrolls. Not something I would drink again. (188 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
2.62/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: [2.50] Pours a rust brown color and forms a large 2 finger head. The beer is a little hazy looking in the glass. The bottle does not list the ABV or any kind of date. BOO! Terrible.

S: [3.25] I get caramel, spices and breadiness.

T: [2.75] The taste is some kind of spices. They are long and lingering. I keep sipping it wanting more but I only get a little more sweetness.

M: [1.50] The mouthfeel is bad. It has no feeling of carbonation. It feels like water. Normally I rate mouthfeel after taste - but the mouthfeel was so unpleasant I went there first.

O: [2.50] This is very disappointing. The bottle includes no useful information. So this might be a really old bottle - but that is Rogue's fault not mine. Suffer with a bad rating. The mouthfeel was WAY off. It is just like water. No carbonation feeling at all (even with the 2 finger head). Then the taste was poor too. I won't drink this again. (930 characters)

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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