Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

very good
7,492 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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of tattooedtolley
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orangish/amber in color. White head that left nice sticky lacing throughout.

Smell: Fairly complex aroma, some fruitiness, maltiness, and a touch of hops.

Taste: Without the hops, this beer could be really sweet. I'm super thankful for the hops in here to bring a bit of bitterness to the malty, slightly fruity taste of the dead guy.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, crisp and smooth.

Drinkability: Very sessionable. I was never sure what type of style this was, its a pretty unique taste. Well made and one that I revisit often. This was the first craft beer I remember having and really enjoying (long time ago it seems). It's widely available here, we see it everywhere now, even Kroger's.

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Photo of jayfarley3
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, pours a dark copper-amber color with a white 1.5" head.

Smell is of sweet malts and herbs

Taste is wonderful, starts with toasty malts and ends with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is great with a good balance of lightness and creaminess.

Very drinkable beer with one of the coolest labels ive seen

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Photo of merryjoulton
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great smell. Tastes consistent. Feel is a little thin. Overall good brew.

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Photo of Schimms
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey amber color with a 3 finger sticky off white head that reduces to about a half finger in 2 to 3 minutes. Head remains at the half finger level all the way until i finished the beer. left some very nice lacing down the glass.

Definitely a solid brew. Not my favorite, but some nice flavors. Has a mild hop presence, mainly presenting earthy notes but with a hint of citrus as well. Strong malt presence, with a bit of toffee and some toasted malt flavors. Finishes with a touch of bitterness, but not as much as I would prefer. Medium bodied, with a nice level of carbonation. Good brew, but not my favorite style.

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Photo of pBRale
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 9-22-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Cloudy amber pour with a short head that settles very quickly but has pretty nice head retention.

Smell: There is a nice balance of malt and hops on the nose. There are some citrus notes as well as a sweet fruit smell.

Taste: There is a nice malty presence in the taste that is well balanced by the hops.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a crisp, clean, dry finish.

Overall: A very nice beer with good balance, great taste, and a pleasant finish.

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Mustard
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with no "bottled on" or "best by" date; $5.99/6 pack from Trader Joe's.

Appearance: Pours a clear, ruddy amber with a fine, 1/4", off-white head; light, scattered lacing; not much head retention.

Aroma: Sweet malt with a touch of citrus.

Taste: Thick, moderately-sweet toffee type malts upfront and throughout; light grapefruit notes; piney, earthy hop-bitterness breaks out in the finish; faint traces of plum. Medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Notes: Impressive session brew.

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Photo of dippy
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful tan head crown that rests majestically on top of the reddish brown brew.

Pleasantly sweet scent is immediately apparent and accompanied by a slight hop aroma.

The first sip is caramel/fruity like and overly candied apple. Hoppy are subtle at first, but provide a brilliant balance.

A tremendous amount of lace coats the glass down to the last drop.

A very good beer, I will have to request more of it be ordered as I had the last six pack in the store.

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Photo of akahn
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper-gold color with tons of streaming bubbles and a sticky, lasting, creamy off-white head. The final pour darkens and clouds it quite a bit.

Aroma of munich (?) and caramel malts. Sweet, somewhat reminiscent of an alt.

Mildly sweet malty aroma, caramel sweetness along with subtle spicy hop flavor.

Strong carbonation, crisp, crisp finish.

This is an extremely drinkable beer, quite balanced. I bet I could drink this all night (although, perhaps my wallet wouldn't allow). I know this isn't a typical maibock, but I'm *definitely* going to seek out more now. Next time I'm buying a 6 pack instead of a 22.

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Photo of dmfrench
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A creamy, spicy, fruity Maibock... like an extra light Barleywine.

A: Beautiful pumpkin/cider orange with a billowy yellow-white head.

S: Not particularly aromatic... just a bit of sweet and spice.

T: Caramel malt, spices, and just the right amount of oily hops make up the body. The typical Maibock 'creaminess', alcohol, and a hint of dark fruit seal the deal.

M: Medium with a pleasant carbonation.

D: Heavier than other Maibocks I've had, but not at all cumbrous.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A=Golden-orange with medium white head that fades in minutes, leaving minimal thin lacing.

S&T=Malty, with some bread/grains, some sweetness.

M=Medium-bodied, with average carbonation.

A good solid brew,very drinkable. This is my first of the Maibock/Helles Bock style, so I don't know much about the style yet until I've had others. So I'm rating this a good, solid session beer. I love almost any West Coast brew.

Good stuff. Can always have more than a few.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of greymalkin
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.9/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
3.94 out of 5 based on 7,492 ratings.
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