Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

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2,401 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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Photo of Troyone
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I do not know why this beer is classified as a Maibock, my opinion it should be a type of Amber Ale. However it does taste more like a Maibock rather than an Amber. I do not know how this would be judged in a beer competition.
The color is an iced tea copper with a half inch head and I like the way the head dissipated with in a minute.
The smell is a light toasted caramel malt with a resin hoppy aroma.
Kind of a light sweet bitter taste definitely caramel with a resin lime hoppy flavor and hints of a light soy sauce (no salt), maple, and cola.
Has a light body, dry texture, soft to flat carbonation, and a dry finish.
Anyway this beer is great and smooth to drink almost like a session beer (with 6.5 abv?).
Well balanced, I prefer hoppier beers (with this amount of abv) but this was perfect for its style and one does not notice the abv content.
Rogue puts out good stuff and this is no exception, possibly one of their best.

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

Orange-amber-copper all in one, which is a pretty cool hue. The head is ivory in color with a hint of orange, is firm and looks like it will last for a while. As it descends, the cap comes to resemble a rich vanilla milkshake sitting atop the beer. It doesn't last very long, though it ends up leaving a decent amount of lace in spotty sheets.

I'm not ashamed to admit that I have no earthly idea what a maibock is supposed to smell or taste like. Therefore, I can't really say if this is a good example of the style or not. The flavor profile is pretty well-balanced, with malt having the slight edge.

The beer is somewhat caramel-like, with an earthiness and a restrained spiciness. The spiciness becomes bolder and more interesting as the beer warms. Again, I'm not sure what sort of mouthfeel a beer of this style should have, but this one seems fine. It's medium-full and has a pleasing smoothness.

Dead Guy Ale may be the most ubiquitous craft brew in this city. Every store that carries beer seems to carry it. It's obvious that it's a quality offering, but it doesn't stand out as exceptional. Even though I'll probably drink it again, it won't be anytime soon.

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

A favorite standard of mine down here in New Orleans. I can get it on tap at the Bulldog or in a bottle at Cooter's or the Delachaise.

Pours a wonderful deep orange with a nice head.

Citric/woodsy hops is present on the nose.

I find the sweet malt and bitter hops to be wonderfully balanced.

A great session beer.

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

Slightly hazy amber color with a thin off-white head and a sweet malt aroma with a nice balance of hops. A full but not heavy mouthfeel fits extremely well with the malt upfront and hop flavor/bitterness finish. The taste lingers a long time, with more of the sweetness than the bitterness in the linger. Easy drinking and quite good, I really enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of claytri
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a nice clear reddish gold with a reasonable head. It had a sharp citrusy aroma. The taste was bitter and hoppy with a good finish of orange and pepper. It had a smooth clean feel. A nice example of a Maibock and one to be considered when desiring this type.

While I prefer a less hoppy beer, I found this to be a pleasant change. The taste was there, but was enjoyable without a strong aftertaste.

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Photo of stirgy
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, Dead Guy…. At a tasting seminar once I had asked the woman at the Rogue table for one of these. She promptly told me that this beer was so yesterday. Well, I must disagree. This was one of my first introductions to the world of better beer, and still holds it’s own today. This version poured a bit hazy in appearance. The color is an orangey-amber and the head was thin. The aroma is full with sweet fruity malts and has a touch of spiciness. The taste is of light malts and leans towards the sweet fruit side rather than the bitter. There are some citrus and lemony hops in there, but are well disguised by the sweet malt. Alcohol is hidden well under a blanket of flavors. Very lively and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Dmann
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is for sure a malt lovers beer, but it has a very good ammount of bitterness to interest the hop heads as well. It poured a copper color with a decent head that left nice spider webs on the glass. The smell was fruity and malty and I couldn't wait to taste. The flavor was great, with a thick mouthfeel that fit the malty flavor perfectly. But just when you think its all malt the hops came in and added a great element to the flavor. Even my Coors drinking dad loved this one, so this is a very drinkable beer and would be a good one to start novices on.

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Photo of Imbiber
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep orange-copper with a lively tan head which dissipated but leaving foam laced on the glass. Aroma is quite floral, almost grassy. Flavour is big on malt and hops which balance themselves well in spite of dominating the palate in no uncertain terms; a 'tangy', bold beer with much character. Aftertaste is dry and malty, hops are in evidence more to the finish leaving a pronounced bitterness that subsides slowly.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dead Guy is a malty, bocky bomb. A maibock with a twist, the ale yeast offers a rounded fruitiness that does well to support the huge malt character. It's everything you'd expect out of amber malt -- medium bodied, honeyed and floral fruit. Even a shocking touch of smoke on the finish. The bittering is appropriately light with subtle Saaz notes poking through. Quite filling, yet quaffable and even spritzy. The finish is very dry, but well-rounded, reexhibiting all the characteristics of this brew in every synecdochical taste. Not the maltiest or most authentic bock in the world, but certainly one of the most layered and complex.

Relax, relax.

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

Poured out a dark orange/copper color. Reminded me of Victory's Moonglow, looks somewhat similar. Poured out a decent head but went away very quickly. Nice lacing around the glass. Smell of plums come to mind, also some sort of sweetness aroma but can't put my finger on what it is exactly (exotic fruits? can't be sure). Taste is a little surprising. At first there seems to be no body to it, but later on there's a nice medium body to it, very nice, I like that. Good malt backbone to this beer as well. There's a bitter aftertaste as well, but in a good way. I like how this beer is put together. I can see why Rogue is proclaimed. I would recommend this beer.

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Photo of bigwern
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark amber color with some reddish tint. very little head with a slight malt bouquet.

the malt shines through in the taste. it's full of body and tastes a little nutty, maybe even smokey. the malt transitions into bitterness in the finish and that bitterness remains as a significant aftertaste. a spicy twinge of alcohol is evident in the brew.

a hearty ale that is a great selection on a chilly winter day. it'd be hard to pair this with food because the taste is so complicated and demands a great deal of attention.

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

Pours a dark amber, big thick head on the pour with impressive head that stays around awhile. Fairly thick head with moderate retention and good lacing.
Aroma of fresh citrus hop smell, little bit of spice and slightly sour smell, maybe apple.
Flavor is dominated by fairly deep malt to start but then a sweeter fruity middle jumps in followed by a back of fresh hop bitterness
Beer definitely needs to warm to fully appreciate and as it warms some yeasty aroma and taste jumps up.
Nice mouthfeel, about right for style. Definitely a nice session beer.
Overall, nothing outstanding but can definitely do worse.

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Photo of Charthepirate
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I screwed up the pour on this one, so what should have been a magnificent head was kind of under represented here. Color was gorgeous though, like looking through a honey colored ruby.

The smell comes off very sweet and malty. It reminded me of fresh rye bread. Touches of sweentess, it just smells wonderful, but the smell isn't too potent.

When the dead guy hits the mouth he seems to liven up pretyt quick (I'm sorry). Initial strong sweetness, with some caramel, bread, and some fruity esters. Raisins and some kind of berry maybe? It's a subtle part of the brew, but a wonderful characteristic. Quickly though, a big, citrusy, bitter hops spikes through the beer. The malt and hops fight back and forth throughout the mouth till eventually your left with only a satisfied, balanced flavor. One of the most blanaced american beers I've ever tasted.

This beers excellent mouthfeel comes from a nice combination of the hops and a healthy carbonation. For some reason, the bite of the hops and carbonation runs in sync, making the beer literally feel huge in your mouth. More yums from this beer.

A brilliant brew by Rouge, one i'd be glad to quaff any day of the week.

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Photo of Hagbard
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a deep amber color, almost reddish-orange. Very small head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is very subtle. It is earthy with a touch of honey barely perceptible to my learning nose. The taste is smooth and malty with a definite hint of honey. It is nicely carbonated and feels substantial in your mouth. It would make a fine session beer if it was a little lower in ABV, though at 6.5% you can definitely have a few.

I enjoyed this one, but was slightly dissapointed. I had it about 6 months ago, before discovering BA and its world of wonderful beers, and I absolutely loved it. I'm talking top 5 beer material. It's definitely not that anymore, but still a solid beer I will have again. Rogue continues to impress!

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Redbones, although I have had it on tap in the past at other places around Beantown. Pour was a clear dark amber, with minimal head. Clean sweet aroma. I thought the mouthfeel was very pleasant and well-rounded. Sharp carbonation was also detected. Taste leaned towards the sweet, and I kept thinking I could pick up the alcohol in this one. A nice treat from Rogue. pat

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Photo of twilight
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Shaker Pint Glass.

At first I thought this was a mild ESB. Very earthy taste and smell. Bitterness all around, due to the hops and the aroma. Poured with a nice head that dissipated slowly into a light head and eventually disappeared with traces of lacing along the side of the glass. Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit bubbly. I like the earthy aftertaste. It's not overbearing like some ESB's, but still keeps you aware of the bitterness. I can't quite put my finger on it, but this is one you keep drinking in order to try and figure it out, but with the smooth mouthfeel giving way to the bitter, it's almost as if the beer is teasing you to pinpoint it's definitive taste. The bitterness is a mild, but not astringent, bitterness that I generally associate with root vegetables. I'll be looking for this in the bottle...

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

My boss actually purchased this beer about a month ago for our new office. The first thing I thought was "Wow this taste just like many solid Octoberfest beers." Huge malt background with some citrus notes coming though. Malt, clove, earth, raisin, orange and nutmeg flavors all coming through. Dry in the end with the flavor dropping right off. A great beer that I will look for time and time again.

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

Aroma is largely malty with enough of a spicy hop presence to mix well. Light caramel notes in malt.
Dark orange amber that's pushing brown. Clear. Creamy looking head that leave a nice lacing.
Taste is another well mixed malt and hop combination. Malt is rather notable in richness as much as specific flavors. As warms hops become bolder, presenting with both a grassy and piney qualities and offering dryness that's not excessive. They even offer a bit of a citrus quality too. As the hops begin to dominate the nice and soft caramel malt aspects lose their presence, which is too bad as the mix of both was quite nice.
Very nice soft quality to feel. Smooth even with the noticable carbonation.
This is a nice beer that serves as both a single bottle sipper and as a possible session beer (even with the rich malt quality).

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to start by saying I really liked the art on the label. That being said, this beer had a great appearance. Poured a deep amber, decent sized head, many bubbles. The smell was nice too, very hoppy, almost reminded me of Victory Hop Devil. The taste was also very hoppy, a bit toasty and sweet. The sweetness seemed to be well balanced with the hops though, if not dominated by the hoppiness. Mouthfeel was good, medium bodied, very drinkable. I would buy this again defiantly, I was extremely pleased.

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Photo of Rob6852
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first beer of the New Year.
Came in a 22oz. bomber w/ the glow in the dark silk screen on the bottle.
This beer poured a hazy amber/honey color with a 1 inch head that disapated to a thin sheen on top that left good lacing all the way down.
Smell was malty and the alcohol was barely detectable.
The taste of this brew was malty with a few hints of fruit (couldn't distinguish what fruit) and the hops balanced it out at the end but were not overpowering in their presence.
This is a nice ale that is easy drinking. Easy on the palete and a good tasting beer at that.
Glad i waited for tonight to have this one.

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Photo of oggg
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I initially thought this was an ESB. It certainly has the hops.

Pours an orange hue, with a small head

Mostly malt in the nose

A significant front of hop bite gives way to a very broad and caramel maltiness. Not cloying. I guess at 6.5% this could qualify as a bock. Alcohol is subtle. An excellent quaffing beer.

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Photo of masterbruewer
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, cloudy amber with a decent head that diminishes to a nice solid lacing.

Faint hoppy smell, not very strong

Solid flavor, strong ale flavor followed by a hoppy, bitter taste that is oddly pleasant. Here in the midwest, the flavor seems to vary from six-pack to six-pack between strong and mild, but overall this beer is full of flavor with no off flavors.

the feel is solid and carbonated.

This is a favorite of mine, I find it highly drinkable

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

What a Rogue! Dark cloudy amber was this brew with a small off-white head that diminished fairly quickly but left nice lace. Lovely nose full of malt and caramel, hinting of a fruity hop overlay. The taste is very good, being full of malt, but beautifully restrained by the clean fruity hops. Nicely bitter and full bodied, this is creamy, smooth drinking beer. Easy drinkability.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Deep copper colored brew with a nice white head with good retention skill. Complex mix of malts and hops that is hard to defined but easy to enjoy. Sweet aroma and taste with a bitter aftertaste. This is very good and the bottle design is excellent! Will be looking into trying more of the Rogue product.

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Photo of granger10
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an interesting beer with a cool looking bottle. Poured a deep red color with a bubbly head. Plum on the nose. The initial taste I got from this was plums. Some roasted caramel was noticed later. More sweet fruits came and went. Not too much in the line of hops but I think that's because of the style. The smoothness of this beer made it go down easily. All in all a solid beer but lower on the Rogue totem pole of beers.

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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