Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

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2,402 Reviews
Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

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.

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Reviews: 2,402 | Ratings: 7,436
Photo of tjwarren
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Awesome beer. Caramel deep amber color. Aroma is quality lager - a little sweetness. Taste is very full. Fruity esters and clean dry finish. Silly smooth mouthfeel. Makes it go too quickly. There is a reason this is a classic. Because it is.

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Photo of steveh
2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

With the new Maibock tasting thread scheduled, and all of the inevitable discussion about Dead Guy and the debate over its style niche, I went on the hunt for some DG -- and almost failed to find some, but Rogue's BeerFinder helped out.

I drank this stuff a lot back in the early days of the Micro Boom®, but I've never reviewed it. With my enthusiasm for German-style beers, I could never understand why Rogue called this a Maibock. These days I see they're just calling it an Ale "inspired" by Maibocks, not sure how to rate it, but I'll follow BA's listing.

12 ounce bottle poured into my short Becher glass. No bottle dating to be found. 6.8% ABV now listed on the label.

L -- Clear, deep amber color with a dense and creamy, cream-colored head that holds up well.

S -- Caramel and earthy malt notes up front, warm-fermented fruit esters with warming, spicy, herbal hop notes and peppery alcohol back.

T -- Caramel sweetness with peppery alcohol and herbal, bitter hops. Citrus, peach fruit esters follow the bitterness, but the bitterness dominates the aftertaste.

F -- Mouthfeel is slick and syrupy with a dry, almost astringent finish and medium to light-robust body.

O -- This beer is reminiscent of a Maibock in color only. The strong hoppy bitterness, caramel malt character, and fruit esters are more akin to an American take on a Strong Bitter -- and not a terribly bad one at that, but stand this up to a Hofbräu Maibock (probably the most robust Maibock available) and the contrasts would be glaringly obvious. Re-categorize this as a Strong Bitter -- or better, an American Amber Ale and I'll alter my scores.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy rust color, thin khaki head on top, great lacing

S: Rich malts, caramel

T: Caramel, sweet malts, very little hop bitterness

M: Medium to full

O: I have liked this beer for years now and just now got around to rating it. Really quality beer here with lots of nose and great taste.

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Photo of Twinhammers
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Lovely golden and slightly oily. Not the showiest head but let's not mistake that for lack of personality.

S - Vibrant and lively, with a dual assault of malt and a sneaky bit of citrus.

T - Hops, hinted at in the nose, display themselves more fully here. These give way to a brisk pineyness, if there is such a thing.

F - Less active than might be expected from a beer of this color...and also, for Rogue especially, a very dry finish, but not too quickly.

O - An everyday beer candidate, for sure, with a wonderfully juggled array of flavors to track, keeping it from ever being boring.

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Photo of EMV
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. New artwork is ok... kind of preferred the old.

L: Clear dark honey-copper pour. 1 finger of off-white head. Spotty lacing.

S: Honey and sweet malts. A bit of fruit/citrus.

T/F: Sweet malts up front... a bit of honey and sugar. Surprising bitterness follows. More hops than you'd expect from the nose. Notes of pine and pepper. Medium and somewhat sticky in body. Finish is spicy.

O: A classic.... and a great beer for its time. One of the hoppier Maibock's I've had. It's not one I'd want often, but still a good change of pace type brew.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bomber in pint glass.

L: Pours a hazy light copper color with a tight 2-finger head that dissipated quickly. No discernible lacing.

S: Strong nose similar to most German-style ales. Heavy on the malts, caramel and bread. Not much of a hop presence.

T/F: Very smooth taste, with the malts being upfront, but some light hop bite at the end. Good carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Very drinkable, and the 6.5% ABV doesn't pack that much of a punch.

O: Very good beer, especially if you want branch out from hop-heavy styles.

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Photo of scotorum
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Poured from the 12 oz. can into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a: Clear copper with an inch and a half offwhite head which receded to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Bready malt.

t: Caramel malt with a mild hop bite. Sweetish finish.

m: Medium, smooth with good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A very good Maibach style ale with a lot of hefty malt sweetness. Definitely a pleasant and satisfying brew.

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Photo of pinoybrewr
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: No hop aroma, grainy-maltiness, toasty, bready, and slight caramel notes. No yeast character, fairly clean. No DMS, diacetyl, and alcohol. Maltiness evolves as the beer warms.
A: Light amber color with bubbles that clinges to the side of the glass. Medium carbonation with decent head retention. Brilliantly clear. Excellent lacing on every sip.
F: Rich, malt-forward that balances with medium bitterness. Neutral yeast character. Impression of sweetness on the finish, lightly malty aftertaste. Dry finish with slight alcohol warmth on every sip.
M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Warming but subtle alcohol. Not particularly creamy but smooth without sharpness. Dry finish.
O: Great example of the style. Toasty, bready, and slight caramel notes that balances with hop bitterness. Dry finish makes every sip inviting. A bit more darker malt will give this an edge and will add complexity.

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Photo of ppvora
3.09/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a chilled 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Looks: Lovely copper color with a good bit of haziness, some aeration and 3 fingers of head.
Aroma: Honey, sugar, some tropical fruit like lichee.
Taste: Malt, some notes of sour mash. No hops or other flavors.
Mouthfeel: Clean, virtually no taste towards the end.
Overall: A really unique beer, looks gorgeous, smells sweet, but tastes...really different. I liked it and would drink it again if I was tasting a bunch of different beers in an evening. I wouldn't go out of my way to order this one.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty bland, the flavor is mostly toasted malt, honey, and a dry hop bitterness. It's an okay beer, but there isn't much to talk about. It's a classic and I'm glad I tried it but this'll be the only one I have.

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Photo of smbslt
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Deep orange with a tight, white head. Fine carbonation suppose the head. Little lacing.
S - Dry, malt dust (biscuit)
T - Straightforward malt but with honey undertone
F - Medium body

O - Definitely a gateway

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't sure what to expect with this ale/lager beer but I was impressed. Little to no head to speak of. The smell is malty with dark fruits and a bit of alcohol heat. The taste is smooth and malty with a touch of sweetness that reminds me of a Marzen with a little more oomph. yb

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Imagine this staple of beers that I have yet to imbibe. Saw it at Publix and snagged it in a pick 6, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of white grapes and sweet tarts. Pours into a nonic pint to a deep amber with a tan two finger head. On the taste this is a balanced ale, not sweet or bitter, nor bittersweet. Mouthfeel is good. Way more simple than I was expecting. Some caramel notes and chaulkiness but overall quite plain. Don't see what the rage is about. I would drink again but pricey for what it is.

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Photo of Mitchmoore12
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look- 3.75- light copper, amber color. A little haze. Two finger off white foam head, long lasting. Plenty of lacing.
Smell- 4 - big smells, two row malt, tropical hops, apricot. Slight biacut aroma and fruity sweetness.
Taste- 4 - a little malty sweetness (honeyish) that is complimented by spicy/herbal hop taste. Sweet up front and hop spicy/butter in the back. A little fruity and earthy from the hops. Fairly well balanced.
Feel- 3.75 - creamy mouthfeel, almost smooth like porter but a little more carbonation. Medium to medium high body with medium low carbonation. A little booze warmth. Finishes fairly dry.
Overall- 4 - a nice spicy ale in a 22oz bottle. Wouldn't turn one of these down in the winter or fall. I would buy another bomber of this, but maybe not commit to a six pack.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can,into a Cigar City pint glass.

Thick,creamy,off white head ,that stands just under 1 finger high.Nice cascade on the pour.Amber in color,with distorted clarity.Light carbonation.

On the nose I get mostly earthy malts,with some caramel,and faint citrus.The aromas are a little nit hard to detect.

The palate follows the nose with sweet,and toasted malts in the lead.Some faint caramel flavors,with just a hint of bitter hops,and citrus.

The body is thin with a slight dry,yet smooth finish.

This is a good beer.Not something I would drink all the time,but something I will definitely drink again in the future.

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Photo of DallasK
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy dark amber with a 1/2 inch head that quickly fades to a ring. Very pleasant and malty smell, toasted bread, toffee, apples. Tastes as it smells and leaves a sweet aftertaste lingering on the palate, candied orange? Just enough carbonation. Certainly one of Rogues best.

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Photo of JakeScully
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to buy this Oregon brew online and I felt lucky. Poured the 12oz bottle into a teku glass. Strong aromas of honey and malt. An interesting brew and worth every penny. Very good.

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Photo of stevoj
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

True to the style, this a very malty beer. Pours amber with thin head, aroma is malt, pine, citrus. Taste is malt, candy, toffee, hops. This pour was kind of flat, light carbonation. A good but not great representation of the style

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Photo of Cburnette23
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My dad loves this beer - so I SNIPED one off the old geezer!!!! Ha.... this was decent. Tastes like cereal was my immediate impression. Fresh cereal. It's heavy on the grapefruit, spritzy, almost shandy in nature. Not a bad beer but over-rated in my opinion. More proof to me that the ratings on this site are BS and totally f*cked beyond recognition. I've had bad beers rated high and low-rated beers that tasted like God. Now explain that one to me, you idiot snobs at BA.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle

Pours rusty brown orange amber with a dense creamy off-white foam head. Smells like fruity apples, pears, raisins, plums, sweet melon, floral orange citrus, candied grapefruit, with malty caramel, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, toasty bread, and earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like fruity apples, pear, raisins, plum, sweet melon, rich malty caramel, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, toasty bread, candied grapefruit, floral orange citrus, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice Maibock.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was a stellar beer, one of Rogue's most popular for good reason. It's a little different than a typical Helles, a bit high alcohol and a bit more balanced in my view. Really nice orange color, pretty strong flavor but not overpowered by any one taste, though I did notice a bit more licorice/anise flavor than I expected. Still, this was well made and I'd definitely order it again.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

From decervecitas. In Teku glass. Watching Los Soprano 4x08. Sweet caramel, molasses, with good herbal hop bite to compensate it without removing protagonism from the malty profile. Very drinkable, invites to long sips, specially as it warms up

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Pours a nice amber red color. Small foamy head.
S- Caramel, honey like aroma. Hoppy, sweet, and fruity.
T- Sweet. Slight bitterness, plus some biscuit? It has a watery aftertaste, but definitely tasty altogether nonetheless.
MF- Smooth, warm, slight carbonation.
O- Bocks are very hit or miss for me. Dead guy doesn't seem too superior for me. Slightly better than mediocre, but nothing more. All together a good beer from an altogether great brewing company.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 6.5% abv

Appearance- Pours a deep orange/brown. Medium white head with some lacing. Opaque.

Smell- bready malt, caramel, nutty

Taste- Light hints of toffee with a caramel malt base. Some brown sugar with a bit of grassy flavor. Some orange with light bitterness. Light pepper spice note on the back end.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with medium carbonation.

Overall- A well crafted maibock. Complex malt flavors and well balanced.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.68/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours looking like an amber ale, but its actually a maibock with 2/3" off white head. Aroma was a musty grain and plant life kind of setting.

Such a malt bomb. A little bit of alcohol sting, I don't get what the love for this beer is all about. Not a fan. Not a lot of flavor, unless you're into the earthy dirt laden tobacco road lager yeast feels. There's plenty of bitterness but it isn't derived from the hops or anything that aren't really here. Unsweetened toffee.

I will cynically proclaim this beer has some good artwork and marketing. This is their flagship right? Yeesh.

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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