Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

very good
7,508 Ratings
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.

Added by kbub6f on 09-05-2001

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Photo of jtw5877
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This stuff is great, pours an orangeish hue with a white head. It tastes like a nutty amber, but it works! no massive hops, yet a subtle transformation of a classic which yields an awesome offspring. Any fan of ales would enjoy this tastey interpretation.

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Photo of LPorter33
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = murky, foggy, light brown-red. Not much getting through here, minimal head. I like the opaqueness.

Smell = Hit with a potent hoppy citrus blast initially that quickly scurries into the shadows. What follows is a very pleasant sweet, honey suckle like scent almost like a fresh melon.

Taste = Thick and syrupy, can taste the alcohol and it even feels stronger than 6.5%. Delicious tasting. The alcohol and hops is balanced with the perfect amount of sweetness. Slightly reminiscent of a Newcastle but on steroids with a ton more zest and flavor.

Overall = A great tasting beer. A little too syrupy for me to pound down many at a time but this is an amazing beer to sip slowly and enjoy.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. Bottle; Honey orange and slightly hazy in appearance; A head that highlights the stickiness and heft;

The smell is some faint sweetness and flowery hops.

I was immediately struck and impressed by the approachability of this beer. And the balance; The smell of flowery hops were present, and there was adequate flavor and bittering, but there was not an overpowering sense of hops driven madness; there was honey and a fantastic syruppy quality to the baody of this beer, making it medium bodied; but still hopped enough to be a refreshing session type beer.

I am really impressed by this beer, and I see why they sell it in giant growlers.

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Photo of MillRat
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a thin white head that never quite goes away. A small cloudy dribble from the end of the bottle suggests this was bottle conditioned, but there's nothing on the bottle to warn one about this. You may want to pour gently and slowly so you don't get any carryover. Lacing is minimal. A nice malt aroma that translates into a noticable but not cloying sweet malt presence in the flavor that is balanced by spicy hop bitterness that dries out the aftertaste. A well-built beer that is certainly quite sessionable. I had it on tap at the Finley Grill in Downers Grove, IL, and was more impressed there than with this bottle, but did not get to reviewing it in time for my memory to serve me well.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 355ml brown bottle into a pint glass. No production date.

A- nice copper/orange color with bubbly head that dimminishes quickly but leaves some good lacing behind.

S- Dark fruit with some nice toasty malt aromas, with strong hints of bran bread, and some floral grassy hops and some pine.

T- Flavors of plums and raisins up front, with some nice toasty caramel malt with more flavors of fresh baked 12 grain bread, floral hops clearly noticeable in the crisp, clean, solid bitter finish. Alcohol is only felt in the throat and non existent in the flavor.

M- A medium bodied brew with carbonation that is a tad over the top but doesn't effect the brew. slightly slick/oily on the tongue.

D- A delicious brew that is very drinkable even at 6.6%.

Overall a good brew that will cut through meat dishes with ease and can be enjoyed anytime of the year. Not the best example of the style but serviceable nonetheless.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz draft at Old Chicago's

A: Golden amber body; quite clear on the pour; creamy off-white head about a finger and a half thick on the pour; sheet-like lacing.

S: Kind of buttery and bready on the nose; lots of malts as I expected; some caramel notes are there but are nicely balances by some dried, toasted grain/cracker notes and fresh baked wheat bread.

T: Huge maltiness through and through; buttery and nutty; some touches of caramel sweetness and some sweet cake like qualities; finish is slightly drying and brings out a touch of floral hop-like flavors before fading into butter toast flavors on the finish.

M: Somewhat creamy texture on the palate; pleasant carbonation.

D: Easy drinking at 6.5% ABV. Definitely one that is very enjoyable to have alongside a nice meal.

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Photo of Stobin
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of maviola
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of JimmyCop
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of arfenhouse
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Nizzle913
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Lane_in_ID
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Torey
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of the42ndtourist
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I first tried this a few months back, and the bomber was spoiled. Quite the letdown, considering the price it fetched at the LCBO.
Well, I have another courtesy of a trade, and this one was just fine.

Pours into the mug with a paucity of head, which disappears almost immediately. The colour is a slightly hazy fossilized amber. Nose betrays some sweet hop aromas, very northwestern. Taste of the beer includes a very welcome malty sweetness, unfortunately fighting with the hops all the way through. This actually adds a sour tinge to the taste which is unwelcome in this instance. Add to that the excessively floral qualities of the hops - which are not my preferred hop style, to say the least - and this beer loses some of it's appeal to me.

Still, not bad, and enjoyable. But I've got many other beers that I would rather drink first.

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Photo of sopor
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I didn't know the style of this beer when reviewed, so that was not taken into consideration. Knowing now it is a maibock, it does a pretty good job of fitting the bill.

Darkish honey with plentiful but not overly rambunctious off-white head that subsides as a thin film. Smells of sweet caramel malts and a hint of hop.

Sweet honey and caramel with perhaps a hint of of munich malt. Delicate hop bitterness is perhaps a bit underbalanced. Some tangy notes after malts. Pleasant moderately thick body with very light carbonation.

Ok, but not all that great, I won't go out of my way for it, but I'll take it if offered.

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Photo of StephenRich
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazelnut Brown Nectar, XS Imperial IPA... Dead Guy Ale? What on earth is a Dead Guy Ale? Well, it just happens to be another award winning beer from the likes of theRogue Brewery in Oregon. Often people confuse it with an American Pale Ale, but it is actually a German style Maibock. A traditional German Maibock is a lager brewed to higher strengths and lagered (laid to rest in cool cellars) for three or more months. They are typically characterized by caramel sweet malt, medium to full body, medium hop aroma, but low hop bitterness. However, in typical west coast style, you should expect some bitter here.

Although the traditional style is a lager, Rogue's version is actually an ale, using their standard pacman yeast to brew it; which is an ale yeast. The Dead Guy was originally created in the early 90′s as a private tap sticker to celebrate the Mayan Day of the Dead. The design proved to be so popular that Rogue claimed it as the label for thier Maierbock ale.

This championship quality beer is often the one that coerces people out of a world of bland beers and into the beautiful reality of craft beer. I typically enjoy it richly in the summer when it is hot out, but it has more than enough flavor and depth to stand up to the coldest winter nights.

It has been brewed with four different malts, two hops, and hits the bottle at 6.5% abv. It is available at the LCBO in six packs of 355ml bottles, and also throughout the Unites States in 650ml larger bottles, as well as 64oz growlers at some locations. The Dead Guy will be best enjoyed cool around 10C (50F) offering fully quenching characteristics and smooth and creamy sensations.

The Dead Guy pours richly building a deep amber down beer. It is completely transparent with golden mahogany and oranges streaming though the wide array of carbonation pouring up from it. A nicely soft and mountainous white cream head forms a nice inch to two inches above the beer. Retention is reasonable, but it fades to a film within five minutes.

Steaming up from the now gorgeous pint glass are lush aromas of caramel malt and toffee. Thick buttery biscuit and floral hop notes lift spice and fruit into your nose. Honey, brown sugar, orange zest and fresh cut glass are all here showing delightful refreshing characteristics.

Don't sip the Dead Guy, he doesn't like it. Get right in there and enjoy this beer. Smooth and creamy malt sweetness flows over your tongue with an elegant and balanced mellow sweetness. Hop aromatics and bitter begin to pour in quickly also aiding the beer's balance and overall structure. Warm biscuit, melted butterscotch candy and the smell of fresh baked breads all show up in the cheeks and fill your palate.

It is really a mellow sweet beer with a lusciously creamy and smooth character. The balance comes from fresh and floral hops and a good amount of potent carbonation creating a supremely quenching beer. You would have no complaints with this beer on a hot summer day. The hops are quite nice showing lots of fresh flavors, citrus, a touch of pine and hay field too.

The mouthfeel is a succulent combination of creamy smooth malt and quenching hop carbonation; really perfect. It is easy to enjoy but full of deep and wide flavors making it an excellent beer for dinner. Spicy foods, anything off the grill, or deep tomato based pastas.

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Photo of gmcsierra91
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Leinie
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Mbpike
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of Luweezy
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Idrankitall
4/5  rDev +1.5%

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Brams
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of bmoraymond
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%

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

Poured pale amber with a coarse sturdy off-white head. Aroma is. . . it smells like iced-tea. Specifically; it smells like the iced-tea I remember my Dad making when I was a boy, out of Lipton tea bags -- it smells EXACTLY like that!

Damn. . . that is EXACLTY what it tastes like too! Unsweetened iced-tea made with Lipton brand tea bags. This is weird. . .

You guys get a 3.5 for this stuff -- and hey; STOP MESSING WITH MY HEAD!

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
3.94 out of 5 based on 7,508 ratings.
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