Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

very good
7,528 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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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Village Draft House in Raleigh

Arrived a copper brown with a thin lacing of head. Nose is of sweet malts. Taste is apples and caramel with a mild hop bite in the finish with a hint of alcohol. A few sips even seem to taste similar to a candy apple. medium bodied and warm.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 1/8" white head which stayed over red amber liquid that had good clarity.

S: Malt, yeast and floral hops are what stand out.

T: The taste is rather bitter, but is combined with malt and hops.

M: A high level of fine carbonation.

O: A good bitter ale which I thought could be better if the aftertaste was toned down.

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Photo of Bartinator
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer I've had several times, thought it would be good to review. The beer poured a mild amber into my pint glass, lots of bubbling throughout with a one-finger head. The smell was slightly sweet, nice and malty. Very easy on the mouth, tasted lighter than I remembered. Had a very clean flavor and there was a sweetness I couldn't place, maybe just the malts pronouncing. Overall a very drinkable, starting point beer.

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

22oz bomber.

one of my first micro (at the time) loves. pours slightly cloudy amber, good head, sticks around for most of the glass with moderate lacing. nose is understated, but a nice blend of sweetness, a touch of hops and that unmistakable hint of pac-man fruitiness.

impossibly easy-drinking, sessionable beer. great balance of malt with some back-end tartness from the pac-man. feels sweet initially, but the hops dry it out nicely.

always enjoy revisting an Oregon winner.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There’s a lot of controversy surrounding Rogue. Are they a good company? Do they take advantage of people? Are the owners honest? Is their product competitively priced, or are they “signaling” to make their beers seem better than they are? I have never seen a craft brewery that has been bombarded with so many criticisms. To be honest, the Rogue beers I’ve had have been pretty good so far, so I don’t really want to get tangled up in the rumor mill. If the beer is good enough to be worth the money you pay, say no more. I love craft beer because of the community it creates, and for all of the brewery success stories that show how far drive and innovation can get you. If I wanted to discuss politics, I wouldn’t be spending so much time on BeerAdvocate! That’s my take, at least.

So here’s to good beer; may taste never be overlooked for reasons of business or politics.

A: This one pours nice and rich. The head looks like a wonderful, off-white dollop of cream, and the lacing it leaves is just excellent. There’s not an enormous amount of shine in the light golden-orange body, as a slight haze comes across it. Pretty nice after the first pour, but the bad thing is that there’s not a lot of residual bubbling going on in the glass. This causes the head to minimize to just a few spots of white on top of the body. Good character overall, though.

S: Mild and pleasant here. Fruits are first and foremost, with fresh peach and sugary blackberry jam notes that hover constantly throughout. Some other malts beneath present a thin, wheaty undertone to the rest of the scents, although it sometimes gives off an artificial smell of cheap malts. It’s finished out by some syrupy toffee and molasses notes, enhancing this nose’s one word description of “sweet.”

T: Fortunately for a hophead like myself, there’s a small bitter kick first off. They fade almost instantaneously, though, making way quickly for a big malty push. Amongst those flavors are caramel and a leafy earthiness, with a tiny hint of indistinguishable fruit on the end. That’s not all, though; the cheap malts show up again, but in a much bigger way. Within an instant of those tastes swelling up, the quality of the drinking experience just plummets. The “did I really pay $5.00+ for this bottle?” thoughts start to spring up, too, leading me down a slippery slope of irritation. The aftertaste doesn’t help, either, since its main component are the chemical tastes and stale mustiness of said malts. This palate screams "not worth the money," and I'm not sure I'd really want to try it again.

M: Pretty good in this area, though. This is a brew that feels relatively full, even without a lot of carbonation. Not perfect, but good.

O: I can see where people are coming from when they say that Rogue isn’t worth the price they charge. I wouldn’t pay for a bottle of this stuff again, especially considering what I paid for just a small bottle. And, while I’ll keep trying their stouts and darker creations, I don’t think I’ll be working too hard to get any of their lighter stuff. It’s strange to see such a line in a brewer’s abilities, but I guess not everyone can make a mind-blowing light, lager-style ale.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dead Guy poured out as a light copper color. The head wasn't very impressive here and neither was the lacing. The smell of the beer has a decent amount of hop aromas that are balanced with some malts. The taste of this beer is decent. Nothing too over the top, some grainy malts and a bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth but it also felt a little watered down. Overall I wasn't too impressed with this beer. Yes it's drinkable but just falls short to me.

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

Poured a 1" egg cream colored head. Interesting hazy nectarine colored body. Smells like a BMC lager along with malt. Taste has some sweet malts and a fairly bitter finish. Body is thicker than average, coming off more like a rich tripel. Basically, for the American tastes of clear easy drinking beer this is a step up across the board yet still enjoyable by all, craft drinkers or BMC drinkers alike.

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Photo of renegadeburger
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i think i can say this is the very first beer that really got me on to the whole good beer scene

i had this beer on tap over at Iron Monkey in Jersey City, it had poured and presented itself with nice white dense head on it

the aroma was really great it had fresh bread and sweet malt in it not a lot of hops but this one definetly had a nice clean character to it

the taste was really awesome, so drinkable for such a unique style of beer

the mouthfeel was super slick, really had texture without being chewy

overall i think this beer is really awesome, i also wonder why i don't see it as much any more about 3-4 years ago i used to see it all the time, now its more rare, either way its going to be one of my go-to beers as its really just a very well put together brew

i love rogue beers in general but this one is one of my favorites

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Photo of DCon
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle @ Fox n Hound Pub and Grille in Chesterfield, MO for $5. Poured from one of the coolest looking bottles into a Standard Pint Glass and had no sign of a Freshness Date on the Bottle (rarely from Rogue).

Aroma- Starts off light toasty with a sweet caramel malty aroma. No hop aroma or anything else. Just sweet.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head with decent retention. Amber color body and leaves a small amount of lace.

Flavor- Starts with good pale malts and then a touch of caramel. Not sure it is even a caramel taste but sweet. Ends with grain and a light amount of hop.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and Leaves Malt/Grain on the palate.

Overall Impression- This is my second time having this ale and I have to say, the second time was much better! I'm not sure if I had a bad batch/bottle or it was overdue, but man, this is fantastic! Great balance of grain/malt and very drinkable. With the label alone, this beer is easy to buy but knowing that theres a good beer inside, even better!

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Photo of Ryanm1
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from a bottle into a glass. A lot of head appeared a the top and it was a bit foamy. Beer was a nice clear amber color. The smell was sweet with a hint of nuts, maybe hazel nuts. A tad on the strong side registering at 6.5%.

It has a good mouthfeel, a little buttery and carmely with a very sweet finish. Also a little bit hoppy. Overall a great beer to drink.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big off white three finger head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: Big aroma of sweet caramel malts with hints of orange and other citrus fruits from a light hop presence. Some biscuit as well.

Taste: Big taste of toasted caramel malts with a fair amount of apple and orange. Mild hop bitterness towards the end. Also a slight hint of honey and spice. Malts dominate the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

Overall: A very solid bock that packs a good malty punch.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark yellow colored beer with a small and white sea foam head. The aroma is light and citrusy, with a small wheat-like maltiness. Nothing that really grabs you, but pleasant.

A nice little citrus hop bite in the taste, balanced out effortlessly by a wheat malt that is both light and refreshing. A fruity apricot-like taste is notable as well, helping in the balance. The alcohol pokes its head through slightly as it warms up, but it isn't distracting at all. A crisply dry finish marks the mouthfeel, making feel of this beer refreshing and incredibly easy to drink.

No off-flavors and the overall drinkability make this a solid beer choice. There's definitely a reason they sell a lot of this one.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Maibock/Helles Bock. 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Nice slightly dark amber color. Orange tint. Fluffy one finger, off white head. Decent carbonation. Decent lacing.

S: Very light aroma. Getting a little nuttiness. Some grains or wheat. Very light caramel. Small hint of apples. Very light hop scent.

T: Caramel right at first. Honey. Little toasted malts mixed with light apples. Very light citrusy hop bitterness at the end mixed with a slight peppery flavor.

M: Medium bodied. Decent coating in the mouth. Leaves a kind of dryness in the back of your throat that feels scratchy. Not a dry finish tho.

O: Good beer. The smell could use a lot of work. And the scratchiness in my throat? Like something got stuck there. Will have to give others in this style a shot.

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

Beautiful clear amber beer with respectable head and lacing, followed by a pleasantly creamy mouthfeel.

Bready and sweet aroma, nicely caramelized. Well balanced Maibock taste, from yeast to pleasant bitter finish underlying the boozy sweetness.

Not my favourite beer style, but I think this is a decent American version of it.

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Photo of surprenant1138
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light burnt amber color with small amount of creamy tan head. Slow sticky lacing noticed. Aroma is of some hops, caramel, roasted nuts, and a bit of yeast. Taste is of caramel, walnuts, some yeast, light on the hops. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy and fair with carbonation. Overall a good, fairly light ale.

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Photo of Ardon
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with a thin lacy head, doesn't maintain the head very long however it is being served at a very low temperature (I don't care, I like COLD beer).

Sweet floral malt, mild burnt brown sugar mixed with charcoal aromas.

Nutty flavours, walnut, mild brown sugar, peaty, sweet. Light hops, just enough (maybe not quite enough) for balance.

Smooth, soft and medium bodied. A touch of heat lingers in the finish from the alcohol (something I notice in just about every maibock)

Overall, quite enjoyable, tasty brew. For how much I have to pay for it here in Ontario, don't know if I'd run for it. But tasty nontheless.

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Photo of SebD
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice orange/copper colour to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down quite fast and there is minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of sweet malts with caramely notes and some fruity hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very sweet malty taste to it with some definite caramely and bready notes. The hops give it a slight citrucy flavour and biterness but the malts definitly drown them out.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a light body.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas but a bit too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of dzni
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange-amber color, decent head that doesn't last long

S - Dominant caramel and malt, but not much else.

T - Smell is repeated on the palate with more caramel and malt with just enough hops to balance it out.

M - Medium bodied, silky mouthfeel, with just enough effervescence

O - Drinkable for sure, interesting enough, but nothing really too complex. This would be flexible with a number of dishes or sessionable as the alcohol isn't too high.

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Photo of rawfish
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper shade with good clarity. A steady pour nets a two finger, brown egg shell colored head with average retention and tiny wisps of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very sweet but also very light, corn syrup with cereal grains and corn husks. Small hint of pine and grassy hops.

Malty front with caramel, sweet bread, a bit cloying when it warms with more syrup and grain husk coarseness in the flavor. Ends a bit acidic on the finish with good dryness and a slightly medicinal hop flavor. Overall, lots of flavor good and malty but a bit too sweet and less refreshing than your usual bock lager.

Medium body, high in carbonation, felt more when the beer is colder. Colder temperature adds a nice crispness along with drying which is consistent throughout.

Lager clarity and finish while sustaining a good amber ale flavor throughout minus the yeasty characteristics, pretty well done and my first dive into Rogue.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy and orange in color. Nice head formed and faded away. Left some light lacing on the glass.

Very faint smell.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

Very well balanced. Some malt sweetnes, off set with the hop bitternes.

Easy to drink for such a dark and strong ale.

Most enjoyable. I will buy this again.

This is a good beer to have when you just want to unwind, relax and appreciate a good beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: ? (most likely a bottle from some friend's cooler)

Pours a slightly hazy bronzed orange with a small whitish head that retains well typically. Nutty aroma, bready, with roasted malts, hints of dark fruit. Caramel malts in the taste, bready, with pine hops coming through, with hints of raisin. Medium body and pretty drinkable. Not something I'd drink casually, but once in a while it's nice.

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Photo of DarthRadb
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper Color, Pours very little head that fades to nothing immediately

Smell: Apple Juice with Lots of Hops on the Noise, Piney with a Faint bit of Malt in the Background.

Taste: Sweeter than it it smells, but still Very Piney, Lots of Bittering Hops up front with a sweet tangy flavor/aroma hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light Body and very little carbonation.

Drinkability: 1 bomber was enough for me, Probably won't buy this one again, I thought it was a bit out of Balance, Not enough carbonation or malt to hold a proper head. I though it was just OK, but it's not the style of beer I like. A decent beer if you like the Style.

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Photo of WhiskeyNinja
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz. bottle it poured a hazy copper color with a very thin off-white head. The head stayed a short time with minimal lacing.

The initial aroma was that of dirty feet and I thought to myself, "do I really want to drink this". Of course I do! Having several other whiffs, the maltiness clearly came through with a very small hint of citrus.

The taste was malty from start to finish with a touch of citrus/grapefruit in the middle to balance the malts out just a bit.

Mouthfeel was pleasantly light with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is there considering that in my mind, someone had stuck their toes in my beer. Overall a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from LCBO. From notes.

A - Poured a dark orange with a film of white head. Strong carbonation. Bright. Filmy retention and no lacing.

S - Really caramelly. Not much hop but you can tell it's present.

T - Burnt oranges, caramel, a little citrus hop, and some biscuits.

M - Mild carbonation and a light body. Slightly sweet finish.

O/D - I remember more hops in this but maybe I wasn't used to hops as much. Balanced but I expected more hops. Not bad though.

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Photo of stellashay
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: burnt golden color that wasn't at all murky with a nice, thick creaamy white 3/4" head, plenty of swirling carbonation.

S:slightly fruity.

T: incredibly delicious and surprisingly refreshing for the sweet tones and slightly higher than average abv. I drank this beer outside on a hot day and found it so refreshing that I would buy a whole case in the future. Though it is refreshing, there is no watery-ness. A good comparison might be to Magic Hat #9 in that they are both fruity, but Dead Guy has more body and the fruit is not overpowering.

M: Light and refreshing, good amount of carbonation, goes down very easily.

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
3.94 out of 5 based on 7,528 ratings.
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