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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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very good

5,344 Ratings

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Ratings: 5344
Reviews: 2234
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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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4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy with a nice amber color and low head retention.
S- OK, so I read the ingredients. I got some nuttiness from the nose and got some weird apricots so I had to glance. So I got the munich malt but the apricot and fruitiness were apparent. Hops were absent, however.
T- My favorite part. Nice and clean drinking. Come to think of it this is my first helles/maibock that I've reviewed here. The taste follows the nose in the sense that I get a Newcastle nutty malt backbone, but the difference here is the hops. The bitterness lingers and is quite pleasant. Not my everyday beer, but a nice quality ale. I'd say 4.5 just because I was so intrigued.
M- Medium, characteristic of the style.
O- A nice quality beer with a 6.5% kick? Sign me up.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 07:08:50 | More by BeerAficionadoMCMXC
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Manitoba (Canada)

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

Production Date : Sept 2, 2012
Review date : Oct 5, 2013

A : dark brown pour with a slight red tinge and somewhat cloudy, milky 1/2 finger of beige foamy head which dissipated fast leaving a decent lacing

S : the first thing i get is strong sour dough bread and malt, some lime/lemon citrus, earthy but back to a sourness

T : this starts off bready and some citrus is present, rather sweet, honey, some hops, brown sugar, some unique flavors here that i wasn't expecting and was in contrast to the initial sour aroma

M : wet, crisp, refreshing but somewhat heavy or thick, medium bodied with medium-high carbonation

O : This had a unique sour malty smell yet a unlike sweet taste which i said 'wow' to on my first sip as i was expecting something different. This turned out to be really enjoyable with a complex aroma and flavor

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 13:31:07 | More by djoprahwinfrey
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4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant beer - very happy that it is now down here in Australia.

aroma: big malt, chocolate, creamed caramel with slight toffee and apricot

taste: full of different flavours with big malty goodness. Creamy malt, spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate, toffee, butterscotch and orange marmalade are all there on the palate in healthy proportions with some slight vanilla in the background.

Enjoyed this beer alot and one of my favourite American brews at present. A pleasure to drink!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 08:31:42 | More by admiral
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3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Very nice, slightly darker shade of amber. very clear with no traces of any sediment or cloudiness.

S: Pleasant and strong but not overwhelming.

T: A heavy taste that builds off of an initial taste of the hops that fades into the slightest hint of citrus to relax after the bitter beginning.

M: Aftertaste fades away smoothly without leaving the taste needlessly hanging in your mouth making each sip enjoyable.

O: An excellent Ale. perfect for cold days (or nights) spent relaxing.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 01:55:53 | More by ThatVisorGuy
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4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice brown shade similar to an amber colored beer.

S- Scents of caramel with hints of malt.

T- Very distinguished taste of caramel with a good combination of malt to match its smell.

M- Good carbonation with a very smooth finish.

O- Overall i would say this is a good beer pretty different from the other ales that I had but very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 20:05:10 | More by rievelx6
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New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic, sweeter and more caramel than expected, but an original and thoroughly enjoyable ale.

A - Poures a dark hazy copper, amber with a white, two-finger head. Left a bit of lace.

S - It smells original. Caramel, and of many sweet malts and grasses. A little earthy, original stink in a good peaty way.

T - Follows smell, these sweet, candied, toasted malt and tiny bit of hops and grass/herb/clove.

M - Almost dense mouth feel, like a doppelbock, good weight. A medium-bodied beer. Nice finish. Nice after dinner with robust cheese. A good night beer.

D - A must try. Love this brewer's originality and information for each brew. They care.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 02:12:15 | More by Act25
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New York

3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 1 pt bottle.

A- golden brown with 2 finger head, dissipated quickly.

S- either my nose was broke or it has almost no smell whatsoever

T- carmel tasting with a little hops thrown in.

M- very carbonated but smooth going down.

Overall- not bad besides not being able to smell anything. Very sweet and carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 01:25:05 | More by Alex_Hanley
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at theAmsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side. This style isn't normally one I seek out, but I did enjoy Dead Guy.

It poured an inviting, yet hazy honey brown with a beige colored head. It smelt like sweet crackers and caramel. A good malt aroma. The taste was honey with more caramel. Definitely enjoyable even with the upfront bitterness. It was drinkable and balanced. So far, one of my favorite offerings from Rogue.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2013 14:36:29 | More by WheelsPSU
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3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, consumed straight from the bottle (it's a staff meeting at work, no glassware provided).

I know from prior experience this is an amber color with pretty good head retention/lacing, so I'm giving it a 4 for appearance.

Aroma is sweet, caramelly, bready, fruity and malty. Some floral hops too.

Taste follows nose. Caramel, toffee, sweet bread and floral/spicy NW and Old World hops.

Mouthfeel is sticky and full-bodied, feels heavy and chewy.

Overall I don't have a lot of experience with this style. It's a bit too sweet and malt-forward for my taste. Decent for what it is though.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 00:42:46 | More by draheim
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4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall my favorite beer of all time. My German-style bias could partly bee a factor in this recognition however it's just what I expect a world-class beer to be. It's not all fruity and bitter like some IPAs'. It's not watered down by any means like mainstream American beer. It goes down smooth and at 6.5% abv, it's outstandingly palatable. The taste is something of an amber ale cross with German brew tones. This is my favorite beer in the USA!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 20:03:41 | More by AndyYoung-BrewConnoisseur
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Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: poured a golden brown color with a decent head that dissipated a little quicker than I anticipated.

S: sweet, malty and honey and cloves come forward.

T: follows the smell, the malt is there and there is a honey/caramel sweetness to it.

M: smooth with some prickly carbonation.

O: my first experience with this style. Definitely not something I would have every day. It was perhaps a little sweet for my liking. I normally don't drink a 22 oz beer alone, so I had a bit left over. A decent enough brew...better suited to the fall in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 20:56:05 | More by polloenfuego
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West Virginia

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

Poured into a pilsener glass from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, honey brown color with a decent head that only slightly dissipates. Nice lacing but somewhat sporadic. Really a fine looking beer.

Smell: busy on the nose with caramel, sweet malt, honey, burnt tobacco, graham cracker, and candied oranges.

Taste: bready and malty. Overall pretty sweet with caramel, graham cracker, and honey most prevalent. Also expect a very slight hop presence manifested through the candied orange and earthy, burnt tobacco. The alcohol is hidden throughout.

Mouthfeel: Very little carbonation. Silky and creamy. Maybe a a little chewy.

Overall: I've had this beer several times. At beer dinners, pubs, and even as a beer of the month selection. This is a complex beer and a great example in this style. It continues to grow on me through every tasting.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 20:11:59 | More by MarvinSnyder
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4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours out a hazy and deep amber color. Two fingers of a light tan head. Lacing is a bit spotty.

S: Bready and sweet. It kind of reminds me of graham crackers. Also, getting subtle hints of a candied orange type smell.

T: Earthy hop up front, followed by the same characteristics of the wonderful nose. Great balance, and not as sweet as the nose would imply.

M: Sticky and a little creamy. Body is on the medium-heavy side. Carbonation is on the softer side.

O: I've had this sitting in my basement for a few months now. My friends rave about this beer and I've been skeptical to try it because I'm more of an IPA guy. I can see what all the fuss is about. This beer executes on all levels and I'll be looking forward to having more of these in the cooler seasons.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 00:32:51 | More by mpedara429
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Alberta (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tried at a pub in downtown Calgary on a nice sunny Saturday afternoon, part of a flight and the first one tried. Pours up a honey golden graham hue with a moderate amount of beige head. Aroma was sweet, fairly floral, spicy Noble hops. Taste was a really complex mosaic of light caramel, lemon, orange, honey, tobacco with hop spice and subtle bitterness. I was struck by how integrated the flavors were, one had to really focus to pick them out and the overall impression is one of a floral/herb/spice bouquet with a honey sweet backdrop. If Rogue was going for integration rather than staggering things on the palate they hit a home run here.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2013 00:09:29 | More by CalgaryFMC
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3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Well..I Really did not want to like this Beer,Basically Because so many of my Friends have been Raving about it, to the point I was sick of hearing how Awesome it is,and though I love my Friends Dearly,they can be Huge "Beer Snobs" who are always slagging my Beloved Heineken & Yeingling [Porter]~So I very much wanted to tell my buddies that "Rouge Dead Guy Ale" is just another overpriced,over Hyped Brew,sold to them by slick Marketing aimed @ Beer snobs just like them,who feel you must pay @ least 15 bucks a 6er for decent brew,[which I feel is total bullsh*&] there are tons of gr8 brews out there for around 7~10 bucks a 6er.
Anyway,Last night I made my usual Beer run after work,and Decided to Finally check out some Dead Guy Ale,[15 bucks a 6er] upon getting home,I Popped one right away and poured it in a standard Pint glass,and right away was taken by the beautiful,slightly amber,almost copper color,OK..looks very nice,Next I gave it the ole sniffer test,smelled malty and quite hoppy,which led to my mouth watering like a Lion looking at a Zebra,it had a decent Head,but nothing to write home about..but I have to say, as soon as I Tasted it,the less then stellar head meant nothing at all!quite simply this is one Top Notch Brew,with hints of Carmel & maybe a little toffee also,very malty & hoppy [just like it smelled] So in closing,my Beer Snob Friends were right on the money [this time..hehe] "Rouge Dead Guy Ale" is a Wonderful Brew,and will always have a place in my Beer Fridge;)

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 15:59:02 | More by Beerwolf666
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3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a honey brown color with a 1/2 finger head which dissipates quickly. However some of the original head remains on the beer until the end. Light lacing.

The smell is sweet and roasted malts, caramel, honey, lemon and orange.

This brew is sweet as in sweet like caramel and honey, both of which dominate. Then I can taste both sweet and roasted malts. I am picking up more caramel than honey. Also there are light, peppery hops and an orange taste on the backend.

The mouthfeel is smooth but slightly chewy. Slightly tangy due to the carbonation.

Overall a good example of a Maibock, I have had better but this is near the top of the bunch. It is definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 21:59:40 | More by microbrewlover
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3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured two fingers of head on a mostly clear, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is quite "grainy." Like sticking your nose into a grain silo. There's a little lemon in the background though.
The taste is wonderful, great balance. It has a big dose of bitterness upfront, then a big malt bill comes through. Finishes clean.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 01:55:46 | More by Fatehunter
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4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml bottle into a globe glass.

A-The brew pours a reddish-hued honey color. It is nearly clear, with just a slight chill haze impeding my view. There is one finger of light-tan foam that fades quickly and leaves no lacing. A few bubbles of carbonation are visible.

S-I smell a good bit of sweet caramel, some honey, melon, apple, and malted grain. There is a little bit of wheat-like spice underneath. Nice balance here.

T-The taste tracks the smell with caramel and moderate sweetness from the tan malts. However, I'm not getting the sweet fruits that I smelled...its more caramel on the palate. There is a touch of drying, spicy bitterness on the finish. Nice balance again.

M-The beer is robust on the palate, but not heavy or syrupy thanks to the decent hit of prickly carbonation.

O-I can't believe it has taken me this many years to try Dead Guy, but I am glad I finally did. The beer may not have much flash or any bret in there, but what it lacks in pizazz, it makes up for in drinkability and balance. From the first sniff to the last drop on the palate, this beer is a well-made example of old-school micro-brewing.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 00:25:09 | More by spoony
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4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler

A- a nearly translucent (chill haze?) amber/honey/light orange hints, with a small white head, a little lacing.

S- Malts with a BIG honey sweetness.

T- Taste is far more complex, a very smooth honey sweetness is cut by a very balanced bitterness and slightly earthy hop component. Bitterness lingers.

M- Smoooth, with a prickly, tight carbonation. Medium bodied.

O- The quintessential Maibock.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 01:57:09 | More by JWU
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4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served: in a pint glass from the bar tap.

Appearance: a beautiful honey color with a bit of red mixed in, making for a solidly dark amber complexion.

Taste: Dead Guy has some mild hoppy characteristics, but very subtle. This hoppy character is only evident briefly before fading into a very satisfying, well-rounded beer. Interestingly the flavor doesn't come alive until you've had it in your mouth for a bit. Very tasty, indeed! Not too hoppy, hints of malt, and a light sweetness., with just the right amount of carbonation.

Finish: reminiscent, faintly, of a mild IPA. Nothing overbearing, and doesn't lay heavy. Very smooth!

Overall: a very satisfying beer loaded with flavor. You will always find a Dead Guy in my fridge at home!

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2013 17:42:16 | More by JWearda
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4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-copper color with slight chill haze. Off-white frothy 2 finger head with medium retention.

Orange peel, carambola, melba toast, gingersnaps and a very mild dankness.

Honeysuckle, tropical fruit, candied orange zest, light brown sugar, allspice, light clove notes, pineapple; citrus and a slight resin quality keep everything clean.

Medium bodied, almost-but-not-quite-creamy mouthfeel. Moderate level of carbonation and bitterness, with the bitterness holding on very late into the finish.

This beer really picks up on the palate. Not at all what I would expect after the nose. Truly interesting and makes you want to go back in for another sip. While several of the descriptors would make you think that the beer would be sweet, it manages to come up to the edge without going over. The beer actually finishes slightly on the bitter side.

I honestly don't know that I would want to drink it all night, but it would be a great beer anytime as part of a line-up.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 19:29:55 | More by Libationguy
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3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rogue Brewing Dead Guy Ale

A- Great head! 1 inch thick, thick lacing. Pretty amber brown, not crystal clear, but not murky either. Could be due to temp.

S- Malty, caramel, Slightly sweet. As it should smell.

T- Nice. Good, well balanced maibock. Hoppy, brown sugar. Great carbonation with a touch of bitterness. Not overly hopped for an ale, which is nice. Has just a hint of pine. Just good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 15:03:00 | More by ToriBug13
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New York

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beers comes in an light orange amber color.

The aroma has just lots of light brown sugar from the malt. A bit of earthy and spicy hops.

The flavor follows with mostly bready malts, with a good amount of gentle sweetness. Then there's some apple, white raisin, clove spice, yeast. There's a good amount of fruity esters in the middle.

The finish is very crisp and smooth, and has a good amount of drying and bittering. Lots of carbonation.

This actually was a very good beer for the style. Not very lager-y, but it imitates the style very well with its breadiness, yet still with that ale light body. A really enjoyable beer for those not into bitterness or the grassy hops of other German style lagers. This balances that well being an ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 05:02:00 | More by dar482
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1.74/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

A: coppery brown. thin layer of head. clear.

S: yeast. malt. sweat?

T: slightly sour, especially at the back of the tongue. wheatish, but in a darker way. caramel? ...but not a sweet, good caramel.

M: medium bodied. pretty smooth.

O: I don't have a whole lot to say about this ale other than I wasn't a fan. I love Rogue, but this ale wasn't for me.


Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2013 00:52:39 | More by yeastlovehoppiness_jess
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1.94/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 1.75

This beer looked good. Medium Dark amber color. It had a malty but sweaty smell to it. It had a thin head. Then I tasted it and it was very malty, but that sweaty smell was what it tasted like. I tried to drink it, but the more I drank the worse it tasted. I may have gotten a bad one by all the reviews here but it pretty much ruined beer for me for the rest of the night. So, I had to rate this one pretty poorly.


Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2013 00:41:36 | More by yeastlovehoppiness_greg
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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