Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

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2,392 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: 2,392 | Ratings: 7,408
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 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. Somewhat mild, the taste reminds me a bit of angel food cake.

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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 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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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass stein.
A-Golden amber, hazy, cloudy, very small head, no lacing.
S-Very faint sweet roasted malt.
T-Tropical fruit, mango, passion fruit, sweet malts, maybe slight caramel.
M-Medium carbonation & creaminess.
O-Extremely easy drinking & at 6.5% it could slip up on you fast!

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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh, hard to go wrong with a dead guy...unless u killed him. Whiff of carmel (hard to tell when I'm at Gino's East and pizza envelops every other crevice) man this is a smooth drink. Head didn't hang around but lacing does. Coloring is a deep caramel. Heard this described as a hoppy beer but not in an IPA way. This is one of my first few Maibocks but if they could all taste like this i may be the dead guy. Got two in cellar and hope they get better with time.

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Photo of andreak8
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Copper-amber with fine flecks
S: Caramel and honey with a hint of citrus
T: Earthy and floral with a hint of caramel and a spicy surprise
F: Light creaminess, medium carbonation, dry finish
O: Complex taste with a hint of that spicy surprise

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

From notes taken 03/28/16:

Copper-amber, somewhat clear but with fine suspended flecks. Tan foamy head of good retention, moderate lacing. Smells like caramel, toffee, booze, a little tart. Despite being an ale, does indeed taste like a bock. Caramel, dates, acceptable tartness throughout, only light herbal to tea-like bitterness, some alcohol character seeping through. Medium-bodied, tingly, sudsy, not too crisp. This is an Amber Ale, not a Maibock. Could also almost pass for a decent quality English Pale Ale. Honestly, this is like a less alcoholic, less fruity version of their Marionberry Braggot.

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Photo of matuto
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle, drinking in a clear plastic cup on the go. Very good beer, specially because of its caramel and honey aromas. Nice bitter end too. Medium to light body and highly drinkable.

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Photo of gamesjunkie
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not much to say about this one. It gets a lot of hype as being amazing, but I wasn't overly impressed. Slightly floral, earthy and spicy. Tastes good, but not great. The quality is great, but the beer itself just doesn't impress. Absolutely not worth the 13 dollars for a sixer. I can only hope Rogue's other beers make up for this one.

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Photo of Martine
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber-copper from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass with initial large white head a finger high, moderate retention, and minimal lacing.

Nose is mellow and sweet with subtle caramel, malt, bread, and cereal grains. There's a just a hint of creaminess to this ale, and something a little herby/spicy underneath it all.

Initially the taste is very caramel/malt forward with plenty of sweetness, honey, cream, gooseberries, and earth. Those fruity earthy flavours come through more on the swallow and linger into the aftertaste moreso than the grainy flavours. Somethng akin to nectar and elderflower comes through very strong towards the end, giving the beer a secondary sweetness, and bringing those floral flavours full circle.

It feels light-medium bodied with low carbonation, and has a slight mouth-coating quality to it which dries up fairly quickly.

I've never had anything like this before, it's a very sweet beer but it doesn't shove it in your face either, quite reasonably balanced with those floral and earthy notes keeping it grounded. Nice beer, different, but very sessionable.

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

In Portland (home of sixty breweries) for two weeks, without finding anything in the reasonable alc range that beats Dead Guy. You have got to love Oregon. Where else can you buy Imperials to fly (and local whiskey) on the back side of security! At the Portland airport they are celebrating a Port of Portland centennial with Dead Guy in specially labeled imperials...just the thing for you collectors.

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Photo of zDeen
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy copper color with little to no head. Smells somewhat caramely and bready but my sinuses are messed up thanks to all the blooming trees!! The taste is exceptional with a nice balance of malt and hops, I think it starts on the sweet side and ends slightly bitter, however the sweet taste is more prominent overall. The medium bodied, crisp feel really serves as a nice transition from heavy beers of the winter to the summer ales and light beers that dominate hot weather. IMHO this beer is amazing on draft, one of the best I've ever had. It is still good out of the bottle but not quite the same.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Dubh linn square. Dark copper color. Bitter spicy flavor. Strong, but easy drinking. Good mix of hoppy and malty. Starts bitter, but ends smooth.
A classic Rogue.

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Photo of BeerPredator
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful light amber color, minimal head retention. Not much to smell hop-wise, with all aromas coming from malt and even then there is traces of biscuit and carmel. Tastes like a dryer, stronger amber beer. Definite notes of orange. Hop taste is minimal, faint earthy floral hops but that is really reaching. Great mouthfeel, a little more dry than I'd expect but easy to drink; never knew it was 6.5% until I was done with it!

Overall, I really liked this beer and would recommend it to anyone that likes amber beers or bock-style beers.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A smooth, pretty beer that's complicated enough to stay interesting. Amber with a good head and some lacing. I expected something more exotic, given the name. A little heavy on the malt and caramel, which is fine by me. Good spring beer. On tap at the beer garden in Sunnyvale.

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Photo of mickwin
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pale brown with generous head, aroma is malty with citrus and caramel, strong flavour, caramel, malt and hoppy finish, a nice beer, with just a touch too mych caramel for my taste

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
3.94 out of 5 based on 7,408 ratings.
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