Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

BA SCORE
88
very good
7,505 Ratings
Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,505
Reviews:
2,418
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
12.44%
 
 
Wants:
296
Gots:
1,807
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,505 |  Reviews: 2,418
Photo of CapEO
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 88caprice
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

A cloudy, amber honey color similar to apple cider. A thin sudsy head dissipated quickly.
Smells malty sweet and fruity in a mild, mango or unripe peach sort of way.
Feels full, smooth. Medium bodied. A little sticky. Taste is somewhat malty and a little fruity, but there is an earthy, woody flavor that's hard to pinpoint. Like a water chestnut. A hoppy, peppery after taste lingers. Some alcohol presence.

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Photo of DesertFox24
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NEdward
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of evanwoertz
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Webhed
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of White_Whiskey
3.22/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bbtkd
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rogue Dead Guy, 6.8% ABV. Gusher, never had that happen before, lost maybe a fourth of it. Pours hazy dark orange (all over the damn counter), medium viscosity, with a one finger white head that dissipated before I got a usable picture. Nose is sweet fruity bread, taste follows, with a slight dry/bitter close. OK mouthfeel, overall very good. I've had bottles foam over, but this gushered like a volcano.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an exceptional brew. A rich color gives off a big aroma and buzz. The taste is bitter and boozy. It's a direct effect, this alcoholic ale. Highly recommended.

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Photo of thebeers
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazed light orange-amber color with a half-finger of creamy, off-white head that lasts. Heavy, sheet-like lacing.

Sweet, bready aroma with a hint of underripe plum.

Sweet taste with underripe fruit on the backend, then a dry bready finish.

Relatively thick-bodied with decent carbonation.

This is an old beer bottle. No date, but it doesn't have the new logo. Still tastes really good.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a weird one for me. Definitely honey and caramel. I would put this somewhere between a maibock and a marzen. It's a good beer and worth a try but I don't think I'll go out of my way for it.

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

Photo of Italiano86
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Blackop555
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours light cloudy, reddish-orange. Foamy, short, off white head receding quickly to a ring.

Smells malt, caramel malt, bready, light fruit.

Taste sweet caramel malt, bready malt, hints of fruit. Fading quickly to a bitter and dry finish with hints of fruit. cannot pinpoint the bitter flavors just that it's bitter. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of Miracle_Whips
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid beer I know I can always grab if I'm undecided, and I won't be disappointed.

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

Photo of Beer_lover101
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of DDrugg
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nobledust
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tjwarren
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Awesome beer. Caramel deep amber color. Aroma is quality lager - a little sweetness. Taste is very full. Fruity esters and clean dry finish. Silly smooth mouthfeel. Makes it go too quickly. There is a reason this is a classic. Because it is.

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Photo of steveh
2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

With the new Maibock tasting thread scheduled, and all of the inevitable discussion about Dead Guy and the debate over its style niche, I went on the hunt for some DG -- and almost failed to find some, but Rogue's BeerFinder helped out.

I drank this stuff a lot back in the early days of the Micro Boom®, but I've never reviewed it. With my enthusiasm for German-style beers, I could never understand why Rogue called this a Maibock. These days I see they're just calling it an Ale "inspired" by Maibocks, not sure how to rate it, but I'll follow BA's listing.

12 ounce bottle poured into my short Becher glass. No bottle dating to be found. 6.8% ABV now listed on the label.

L -- Clear, deep amber color with a dense and creamy, cream-colored head that holds up well.

S -- Caramel and earthy malt notes up front, warm-fermented fruit esters with warming, spicy, herbal hop notes and peppery alcohol back.

T -- Caramel sweetness with peppery alcohol and herbal, bitter hops. Citrus, peach fruit esters follow the bitterness, but the bitterness dominates the aftertaste.

F -- Mouthfeel is slick and syrupy with a dry, almost astringent finish and medium to light-robust body.

O -- This beer is reminiscent of a Maibock in color only. The strong hoppy bitterness, caramel malt character, and fruit esters are more akin to an American take on a Strong Bitter -- and not a terribly bad one at that, but stand this up to a Hofbräu Maibock (probably the most robust Maibock available) and the contrasts would be glaringly obvious. Re-categorize this as a Strong Bitter -- or better, an American Amber Ale and I'll alter my scores.

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Photo of SeymourDunn
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmh21
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
3.94 out of 5 based on 7,505 ratings.
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