Dead Guy Ale
Rogue Ales

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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
Bock - Maibock
Ranked #12
Ranked #14,186
3.94 | pDev: 12.44%
Jan 21, 2022
Sep 05, 2001
Very Good
Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale
Notes: 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.
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Ratings by flaminghomer:
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4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by flaminghomer from Indiana

this is a good beer!

it is a hazy copper orange with a decent light tan head. i really like the appearance of this beer.

taste feels crisp. mildly sweet. slight alcohol aftertaste that i enjoy. the lingering taste makes you anticapate the next drink. maybe that is why it is so drinkable.

a good a beer. i would recommend it to anyone.

Nov 15, 2003
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3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75
by riptorn from North Carolina

Canned 3 months ago on 10/19/21
Poured into a shaker, small head that thinned out quickly. Minimal lacing, glass might not have been beer-clean. As seen in at least one other review, honey-colored is the best color descriptor. Rising effervescence.
Smell is malt, floral and apple
Taste is semi-malty with slight grapefruit bite
Feel is okay. Nothing spectacular and nothing off-putting. Bitterness balances the taste and feel.

Hard to rate this one. I wish the "Overall" rating carried more weight here. Each individual attribute is better than mediocre, but the sum of its parts is much better than one might think if considering each aspect individually. It's a good, solid, well-rounded tasty beer. I wouldn't necessarily seek it out, but if I was at the store and on the fence about what to buy and saw it, I'd remember, "Hey, that was a good one"

Jan 21, 2022
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3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by backblast from Alaska

Poured a cloudy golden color with a thin white head and moderate lacing.

Tastes of sweet malt, a little caramel but overall very light.

Jan 19, 2022
3.87 by n_william from Illinois on Jan 16, 2022
3.9 by Myboymi from Kansas on Jan 14, 2022
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Stevedore from Oregon

Haven’t had this one in like a decade. Floral notes, caramel and bready malt. Light grapefruit and lemon. Fairly sweet but nice mild dry floral bitterness on the finish. Solid balance and drinkability.

Jan 02, 2022
3.22 by lsudduth from Ohio on Dec 11, 2021
3.9 by eatsluggs from Oregon on Dec 03, 2021
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3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by CobraChicken

Everyone keeps saying that this is heavy on the malt. I was expecting a nice malty flavor but was greeted with something a little more akin to an IPA due to the heavy addition of bitter hops. Beautiful honey color and a sweet smell on the pour. I am not an IPA fan, so this wasn’t for me- however, I liked this better than other hoppy beers.

Dec 02, 2021
3.99 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 26, 2021
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3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by tradershmulie from Connecticut

Very good ale.

Oct 31, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BigIronH from Michigan

Pours a beautiful murky caramel. A few fingers of tan bubbly, foam rises and recedes to an off white ring leaving soapy lacing. Nose is green apple, honey, and sweet malt. Taste is honey, oak, roasted malt, biscuit, grass, and lemon. All melding together perfectly to create a truly delightful masterpiece. Feel is silky smooth and very full. Love this and will buy more.

Oct 23, 2021
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3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GStone899 from Minnesota

This is an interesting Octoberfest type beer. Smell is of spices and orange peel. Has a full bodied feel. Taste is a bit all over the place. I don't know if this beer wants to be a marzen or a pale ale. You get a bit of honey along with a nice Bock hop taste. Some citrus with coriander. Interesting beer and can't say I've had one quite like this.

Oct 09, 2021
3.66 by bump8628 from Oklahoma on Oct 08, 2021
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3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by gvickery from Texas

Dark amber small white head, not much retention. Way to dark for the style.
Smells of caramel, brown bread, for the most part it smells good.
Tastes initially sweet but a huge hit of bittering hops hits you straight away. The hops completely drown out the malts. A Maibock should be malt forward with the hops way in the background. I can’t say this is a bad beer it’s just not anything like a maibock.

Oct 08, 2021
3.88 by JustinTheJuice from Wisconsin on Oct 02, 2021
5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Sep 27, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
by Utica_Club_1971 from Massachusetts

From a 12 oz can dated 6/18/21 -- exactly 3 months ago. Purchased at MV Wine & Spirits, Martha's Vineyard.
Poured into an ordinary tumbler.

I normally only drink IPAs but decided to give this a shot since this store has increasingly tended to stop stocking my favorite IPAs, which also happen to be inexpensive (Jai Alai, Zombie Dust, Racer 5, etc), and replaced them with beers that go for $21 for a 4-pack. This Dead Guy Ale was something like $12.50 for a sixpack.

Dark amber color, very little head. Smells malty. Actually to this IPA drinker, it smells very, very malty. And sweet. Not much lacing, although I admit that I've never understood why that matters & never pay attention to it. (Full disclosure: the tumbler I'm drinking it from is made of plastic. The horror! The horror!)

The taste is, at first, very malty, like a porter or a stout. But it then yields some complexity, with some of the typical hoppy flavors (grapefruit, pine, etc) asserting themselves. There is a definite temporal aspect. The taste changes over a second or two, as it does in all beers worth drinking.

The mouthfeel is towards the thick, stout side, but it's not as viscous those porters that make you feel like you're drinking a malted milk shake. It's quite pleasant. It's pretty much what I consider perfect texture for a beer, something missing in many IPAs — even the good ones. Carbonation is also at the goldilocks point; not too bubbly, not too flat.

Overall I'd say it's very good. I'm enjoying it. But I don't expect it to buy it again anytime soon because I'm really not a big fan of malty beers. If you like porters & stouts & maibocks, you should read reviews of Dead Guy Ale written by people who like those kinds of beers. They're sure to be more helpful than this one.

Sep 18, 2021
3.94 by magikbagel from Wisconsin on Sep 18, 2021
3.5 by blackcloud from Alaska on Sep 16, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25
by heartdept from Pennsylvania

aight so,

just poured this mf up rn. shit looks like an amber ale idk it's cool.
light smell, kinda caramel-ish and toasted which reflex's the taste.
this bitch is toasty but not TOO toasty, you feel me? Got some nutty flavor in there and caramel/bread
SUPER CRISP, def try this one while your sick with Havana syndrome on a hot day/cool fall evening
mouth feel is medium bodied but v pleasant

overall pretty pleasantly surprised, i thought this was gonna be an unbearable hoppy IPA type (i know it's not an IPA) but i would gdef buy this again.

cheers fellas!

Sep 15, 2021
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Has a dark brown/amberish color with more than a finger's worth of creamy head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma: caramel, toffee, brown/burnt sugar, toasted malts and nuts, vanilla, apples, yeast, and brown bread.

Tastes almost kinda sweet, while also being bready and nutty too more so. Notes from the aroma altogether make this beer. Body is medium-light.

Sep 14, 2021
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rclangk from West Virginia

8/2021 Walmart- Vienna

Aug 06, 2021
3.88 by cafequaid from North Carolina on Jul 31, 2021
4.17 by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon on Jul 26, 2021
4 by BucBasil from Rwanda on Jul 07, 2021
4.04 by Metalgod666 from Michigan on Jul 07, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by DrBeergood from Ohio

L: First the can. It's difficult to make him look good on a cooler display. I noticed that the brewery was founded in 1988. It's caramel brown on the pour and moderately active. The bubbles are small and prickly and it's filmy/glossy too.

S: Caramel malty notes with a light brushing of hops.

T: It's almost sweet but pulled back from the brink with a mild IBU rating. (25? 30?). I'm relieved by the lack of nuttiness. Again, it's very malty. There are 5 grains to 1 hop.

F: Heavy, but it has to be to contain all this goodness. It's smooth on the palate, and I wouldn't guess that it was 6.8%.

O: Given the age of the brewery and the ubiquitous-ness of the Rogue™ brand, tracking down the Dead Guy is an easy task. Ask a beer to stock it for you, prepay for your case even. You might not find him on the shelves, but trust me, he is at a warehouse nearby.

Jul 05, 2021
3.75 by KT3418 from Colorado on Jul 02, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TedHead from Illinois

Pours a very pretty translucent copper with a very small tan head. It smells like toasty malts with a decent amount of banana yeast smell to it. The taste is pleasantly malty without being too heavy, too sweet or too bitter. This one goes down like a dream. Overall an exceptional beer and a great example of a maibock.

Jun 28, 2021
3.99 by Manta200 from Kentucky on Jun 21, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by defunksta from North Dakota

Appearance: Pours a beautiful clear, dark orange to amber color with a strong head. Not pale at all surprisingly. (4.00)

Aroma: : Strong and malty aromas of rich caramel, toffee, sweet brown brea, brown sugar, syrup, and rich brown malts. Some definite and rich floral and hints of amber citrus notes. Maybe some vanilla cream. underneath. (4.25)

Flavor: The flavors follows with strong an deep brown bread flavors of caramel, toffeee, brown sugar, syrup , and rich and sweet brown bread malts. There's pasry, strudel with a sweet nutty pecan and walnut flavor. Somewhat of a floral and amber citrus note as well. There is a mild hop flavor of amber citrus and maybe apricot? Sweet, yet an appropriately dry, smooth and balanced finish. Hides the alcohol well.

Mouthfeel: A full bodied mouthfeel. Not oily, but heavy enough and with respectable carbonation. Leans sweet, but smooth and drinkable

Compared to Schells' Bock 5/29/21: Pours a lighter and more orange color. Stronger aromas/flavors. More caramel, toffee, sweet bread, amber citrus, and apricot. Less brown bread crumbs, toast, and syrup flavor. Winner: Dead Guy

Overall: This is a delicious beer one of the few I've had from the Maibock style It has an intense and rich caramel flavor. Nice toffee, nuts, and floral and hoppy amber citrus & apricot flavor to support. Less toasted or roasted flavors like other German beers, as expected of the Maibock style. Has a decent body and a background sweetness that is not too overbearing. Quite a well balanced brew and incredibly drinkable for a malty beer. (Final Rating: 4.34)

May 30, 2021
4.19 by Scottsbeer from Florida on May 28, 2021
3.66 by benjaminsa from Vermont on May 23, 2021
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4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by frankdatank1337 from California

I tried this beer about 10 years ago. I remembered it being great. You know what? It is! This beer is still great. It's like a porter but lightened up so it's more drinkable. Good stuff.

May 20, 2021
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5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Randygroves from Florida

Perfect malt and hop combination. Good carbonation and killer bottle design.
If you feel like drinking out of a horn or wearing a pirate outfit yelling arrgg.. This is the beer for you. Even puts hair on your chest :-).

May 16, 2021
3.75 by kuhndog from New York on May 09, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

The first maibock I’ve tried. Upfront a slightly sweet malty flavor. The middle flavors are citrus & dark fruits that are very tasty. The backend finishes with an earthly hoppiness that slightly lingers. The 6.8 ABV blends well. Overall, I like it and will continue to drink it.

May 08, 2021
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