Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

very good
2,400 Reviews
Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

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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Reviews: 2,400 | Ratings: 7,433
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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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Sam Adams glass, it pours this nice darkish copper colour with a small foam head.

Smells nutty, very evident, no confusion: NUTS!

Immediate taste of the smell, nutty, malty, sweet with a small bitter.

Smooth, very easy to drink, not harsh in carbonation, but yet refreshing.

Overall, pretty good, grabbed this on a whim due to the label, and I am pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours a hazy amber with an off-white head. Subtle aroma of caramel. Taste is all about the malt. There are some toasted caramel and hops bitterness at the end. With essentially no carbonation, the flavors "sustain" (do not immediate fade) so mouth feel is OK.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really smooth, really drinkable beer. I don't pick up much on the nose from it, but it's a nice shade if dark amber in color and it tastes like something between sweet and full bodied. It's right there in the middle with something extra to separate it from an average beer.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Blood orange color with half inch of head. The beer seems a little too cloudy with some visible yeast strains, but it's possible I got an old brew. Faint bread smell with touches of hiney, but overall the smell is too weak. Tastes of honey, plums and yeast. As it warms up, carmel dimensions come out. Overall, the taste is enjoyable, but the look and taste leave something to be desired.

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Photo of wetshoes
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

If you're like me and don't really like hops much, and you can't find a good Scottish ale, then Dead Guy's your boy. I had this once at the brewery barrel-aged, and it was the finest beer I've ever had. Like good Scotch.

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Photo of lwcreasy
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One and a half fingers of creamy, off-white head. Slightly hazy and amber-colored. Head persistence is ok, and lacing twists about the glass.

Malt smells of dark bread. Tiny amount of alcohol warmth adds a comforting impression, with something spicy and lively rising from the hops. As it warms, aromas of candied fruit and more intense crusty and toasty tones are more evident. Sweet, dynamic and wonderful.

Toasted bread is the first impression on the palate. Hop bitterness on the upswing. Herbal and peppery hops make a nice match for the slightly sweet and heartening malt. Finish is a nice mix of satiating bread and a lingering, piquant bitterness. Aftertaste mostly made up of said bitterness. This may be the only room for improvement in this brew.

Medium body, medium carbonation. All in harmony with the flavors of this Maibock. Slight EtOH warmth and dryness in the finish make for a substantial end to each sip.

Very delicious beer. Warm and inviting on the nose, and then a pleasant smack to the tongue. Deep yet drinkable, comforting yet punchy. Delectable malt and overall peppery impression lead to a fun brew!

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Photo of Lucular
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Waaaaaay too sweet for my taste. Tons of caramel flavors. Other than that, it's somewhat bitter (though not enough to overcome the sweetness) with some floral notes.

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Photo of I_like_beer_31
2.7/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Heard so much about Rogue beers, yet not once have I tasted one and been bowled over by it.

Looks- Has beautiful color, like a hiney hued amber.

Smell- A bit of orange, bready, white pepper, promising.

Taste- Orange, orange peel, yeasty, slightly malty, a bit boozy, despite all the tastes not very good.

Feel- medium, wants to be bigger but isn't.

I wanted to like this but, despite the looks and smells another meh beer from yet another overhyped "craft" brewery.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy copper with one fat finger of off-white head that leaves sudsy sheets of lace as it recedes.

Smells of toasted grain, orange rind, apple skin, raisin dusted with brown sugar and earthy, piney hops.

Tastes of crusty brown bread, browning apple, more orange rind and sweetened raisin, and further northwest hoppy goodness.

Feels soft and hearty. Hefty middleweight with creamy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Highly recommended. First craft beer I ever bought and it still holds up.

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Photo of ChrisDexta
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Was recommended Rogue beers by a friend of mine who'd worked in pubs/bars for quite some time, a new brewpub opened up in my hometown and had a couple of their beers on tap, loved them both and then found Dead Guy Ale at my local farmers market and fell in love with it!

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Photo of rex_4539
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Lovely hazy amber color, no head to speak of, no visible carbonation.

S: Nice sweet aroma.

T: Amazing taste, malty aftertaste.

F: One of the most drinkable beers I have ever tasted. Goes down like water and is very refreshing.

O: A world-class beer, no question. I could drink this every day, especially when it's hot. Superb!

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Photo of Squire123
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy gold color of a deeper shade, small white cap with little lacing.

Deep, rich malty tones waif out of the glass. Hops are present but in a much diminished form.

Taste is full. This is caramel malt in abundance. Very refreshing change from the herd of IPAs stamping around. Malt enters like a trumpet blast with hops from the string section joining in by mid palate and lasting through the finish. Hops bump up an octave in the finish leaving a lingering high note.

Medium full texture with balancing carbonation.

The Brewer calls it a Maibock and I can't argue. This is an outstanding brew that has stood the test of time.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into flute. Head fizzes, disappears. Lovely amber haze.

Nose reminds of a doppelbock, malt and sweetness.

Taste, however, includes a prominent hop quotient, but retains the malt and a syrupy sweetness like caramel or molasses.

Mouth is full and fine.

Don't know much about helles ale, but I know its bock brothers, and I can see the resemblance. Nice hop and malt balance. The sweetness will put some off, but I don't mind. It's Mictlantecuhtli's favorite ale.

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Photo of mlockman
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I can't believe it took me so long to try this, nor that there is such a discrepancy between the Bros rating and that of BA users. While not mind-blowlingly spectacular, this beer is exactly as advertised: slight maltiness with a spicy (rather than bitter) hop-profile.

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Photo of ThemThangs
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is the one that got me into craft beer. Years back there was a specialty liquor store near my work. I bought it on a whim. Totally changed the way I thought about beer. I still drink it. Sometimes I get an interesting tasting note that reminds me of semi sweet angel food cake. Drinking one right now and it starts out sweet on the nose and mouth (reminds me of many English beers), but then some bitterness comes in.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
2.7/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not exactly my cup of tea. About the color of an amber. The smell is SUPER sweet. The taste is also pretty sweet without enough hops bitterness to adequately balance it.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L - Hazy amber with a one finger head

S - Toffee, a bit of grass and a bit boozy

T - Between a doppelbock caramel and hop presence and the lightness of a paler ale, complex but straight forward. Molasses and ester presence

F - Medium body and carbonation

O - A great beer. My first maibock I can understand why it's a reference. Very drinkable and refreshing. A tasty beer of thirst

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Photo of AleMan66
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It pours a beautiful honey color with a perfect two finger white head. The smell is sweet. The taste is a citrus on the tongue, hoppy on the backside, then a malty after taste. World class beer for sure!

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Photo of Beginner2
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Popular and interesting for similar reasons.
Hugely popular because it is pleasant; yet it innovates the style.
I understand that Dead Guy -- out of necessity -- emerged because production needed lagering tanks for other brews and this one took too long. So for the next batch, an ale yeast was used. Hence the fruitiness and dryness uncommon to clean lagers. Necessity is the Mother of Invention.

Listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die" and reviewed by Randy Mosher, one of Chicago's dean of brewing. He calls it an altbier. And he has a point: it does not have a lager's clean taste. But most agree: it is an experiment that worked very well and has been Rogue's cash cow so it can bring us so many more interesting brews.

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Photo of dfavreau
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer during the Caps vs Pens, Game 2, Stanley Cup play-offs. This beer has a nice amber color but cloudy appearance. It had a nice bouquet of Hops and Apple. Goes down smooth with a nice carbonated finish and aftertaste of bitter apple, hops and yeast. A really nice balance. Too bad the game did not finish the same way. The Caps loss means this beer is not to be drunk again until the Stanley Cup Playoffs are over. Cost = $1.99/bottle, The Bier Cellar, Portland, ME

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange, 2 finger head. Aromas of orange, corn flaky maltiness, a dry yeast presence in it. Tastes of a Danky hop up front. Orange. A backbone of malt in the finish. Also a nice alcohol presence is there that feels nice. Overall, refreshing brew, goes with foods well.

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Photo of HMsquid2000
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A wonderful beer that I have simply enjoyed drinking every time I can get one. First time I enjoyed this delicious brew was tasting beer for my wedding. I enjoyed it so much I got 15 cases for the reception, we were out before the party stopped. Needless to say I am not the only one who enjoys this crisp refreshing ale. I highly recommend and challenge anyone to taste it once. Let me know what you think I am sure you will agree with me it is worth every purchase.

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
3.94 out of 5 based on 7,433 ratings.
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