Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

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7,488 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 ForWhatAlesYou
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a 1 finger bready head that falls relatively quickly. Extremely cloudy ochre/orange. Nice looking.

S: Strong maltiness with a touch of hop spice.

T: This one never gets old for me. It is very bready. Yeast and grain. Honey or barley malt syrup sweetness is rounded out by a light hop tinge. Very good. Ripe fruit, clovey, soft pretzel.

M: Rich and smooth. Med-high carbonation.

D: One of the all time best flagship brews out there. Nice and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
2.53/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a thick white 2 finger. Retention and lacing are good.

S: Pine, malt then citrus.

T: Slightly bitey with a bitter aftertaste that lingers.

M: Light.

D: I think the beer is ok. I'm not a huge fan of this style of beer so I don't really want to drink more.

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

a: a burnt orange tone to it, light head with moderate retention. looks heavy until you give it a little swirl.

s: toffee, caramel and nut with hints of dried fruit in the back. a sweetness of brandy stems from the roasted malts. the nose lacks a lot of presence, though. wish the scents were stronger as they are delightful

t: same as the nose. toffee and caramel come to the front with a sweet taste of roasted malt in the back. I wish there was a stronger flavor here as these tastes are great but not as potent as I'd like.

m: nice, light carbonation mixes well with the soft yet thick feel in the mouth.

o: I feel the flavors here are very good though they don't come out as well as I wish they would. A very good brew and I'd love to try it again, though I hope they brew one with more emphasis on the flavor being stronger.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It literally smells like candy that has toffee and caramel in it. It also has a bready smell with some fruitiness from the Noble hops that I'm pretty sure they use. The taste mirrors the smell pretty much with that excellent toffee caramel malt taste which really adds a thick mouthfeel to the beer. It also has a bready sweetness before ending with a dry hop taste mixing with the large amount of malt they use in the finish and aftertaste. Delicious. The hops evolve more and more on the back of the tongue to really blend the malt and hops taste so well.

I love how Rogue blends their malts together to give a really rich thick taste in a lot of their beers. The hops sort of take a backseat to this beer but they start to shine through more with each sip. One of the very few Rogue beers you can get in a 6 pack but I'm glad they put this one in 6 packs because its an outstanding beer.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a darker amber color with small head. The small is a bit light, and malty. The taste is strong very malty, no other flavors are present, this beer is just for those who want beer and nothing else. The powerful taste stays on your palate, which isnt a bad thing. Overall this is an excelent beer, one of a kind.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have long been a fan of Rogue beers although I only tried Dead Guy once and didn't much care for it. Now, many years later, I have decided to try it again. From a 12 oz bottle into A Fin Du Monde glass.

An orangy-amber beer with billions of tiny bubbles and turbidity comes from inside the bottle. The head is small and light tan.

Smells are deep, sweet and malty. There is a slight tang that accompanies. I have no doubt that the result will be more pronounced and identifiable with warmth, this beer is at only about 50 degrees (F) just now. A deep currant-like smell is present at higher temperatures

Initial taste is a light sweetness and a slight tang followed by a pronounced bitterness as it finishes cleanly.

Good beer, worthy of another taste.


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Photo of WVRadar
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight 1/2 inch fizzy white head slowly dissipates to a ring on top. Pale amber body, cloudy. Whiff of fruit in the aroma. Initial light bitter taste with light hops in the finish. Light, lively mouthfeel. Cloudy body makes this look like a wheat beer - didn't taste like it though. Still better than a lot of other ales I've had.

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Photo of obywan59
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden-amber in color. Transparent with a 4 1/2 finger off-white to light-tan head that becomes chunky as it dissipates, leaving a bit of thick lacing. Plenty of carbonation.

Sweet earthy malt with some light hop presence. Somewhat like a Saisson without the funkiness. Caramel-like. Fruity notes emerge as it warms.

Sweet malr up front. Bitter hope come through more on the swallow. Some earthiness, but less apparent than in the nose. Excellent balance.

Medium-bodied. Smooth and oily. A bit peppery on the tongue, with a nice lasting burn in the throat.

Very drinkable. Good straight out of the fridge, but more so as it warms. I knocked it up a half point.

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Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light milky amber with a thin eggshell head. Caramel slathered toast, barley and sweet fruity hop notes in the nose. Mildly sweet caramel cube flavor with some nice spicy hop flavors to balance. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. A good beer although I'm not sure about this being a Bock of any kind or if that is Rogue's designation for this beer but it is a nice brew.

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

Poured from pint bottle into pint glass...

A - Very nice amber/gold color with thick white head that dissipated fairly quick but left behind pleasant lacing.

S - They malts come through almost butter like with hints of toffee and caramel.

T - A well-balanced beer here. The malts have exceptional flavor and the hops provide some slight citrus notes behind the scenes.

M - Feels nice on the palate. Almost perfect amount of carbonation with a very pleasant aftertaste.

D - To have as many types of malt as it does, this beer is not really heavy at all. Good for one or a session.

I've seen this brew many times, but have no idea why I've waited so long to give it a try. I was quite pleased and would definitely have another.

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorites. I've been drinking this for 10+ years and it still tastes fantastic against all the "new" breweries. Basic good head retention with excellent lacing. The smell is butter caramel like a Werthers candy. The taste is well balanced, malty, buttery, sweet and a tinge salty. Awesome. Goes fantastic with blue stilton english cheddar grilled cheese sandwiches outside soldiers field.

Drink all day and rock all night
Law come to get you if you don't walk right
Got a letter this morning and all it read:
You better head back to Tennessee, Jed - GD

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Photo of timmick
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler to pint glass pour.

A: Rich amber haze with a one finger head after a hard pour. Head disappears quickly but seems to leave a nice bit a lace on the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet malts with a hint of alcohol... nearly wine-like in its sweet aroma. A hint of hops keeps it balanced and complex.

T: Sweet malts seem to dominate. A candy/fruit taste gives it a strong backbone with a slight hop finish that seems to balance the sweetness nicely at the end. Alcohol seems to hang around also on the swallow.

M: Nice medium to heavy feel, smooth with enough slight carbonation to keep it light.

D: Thank you I'll have another! Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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

750ml bottle, consumed Feb 2011.

A - Slightly hazy amber body, with decent head and lacing.

S - Sweet malty aroma leads, nice balance.

T - Good balance between sweet and bitterness, very malty with some citrusy notes and a pleasant finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, either on its own or as a session.

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Photo of bierschmecktgut
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice deep amber with tall white head. decent lacing after the drop. No rising carbonation. Looks filtered but not crystal clear.

Earthy, spicy hops mix well with the sweet malt - like un-fermented wort. Saaz definitely stand out.

There is a bitterness straight through the front and back of the drink but underneath is a sweet grainy, circus peanut flavor what should stand out a bit more. There is an alcohol after taste and can be noted on the back of the throat.

Medium body with good carbonation and dry finish. The aftertaste is a bit too much on the top and sides of the tongue. Most likely the hop oils and not tannins since there is no puckering/astringency. 2/3 through the bottle and the alcohol has warmed up my mouth and chest a bit, feeling is pleasant, aftertaste not so much.

I'm sure this ale would pair well with many foods so I'm not tossing aside for good, will have to try again with some grilled meats or over appetizers.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from pint glass, on draught.

A: Light brown, big white long lasting head. Pretty average looking.

S: Floral hoppiness with light malt character. Hops dominate in a good way. Did not smell as good or complex as it tasted.

T: Very tasty, with a strong floral, interesting hoppiness vibe going on. Light grainyness ranging from wheat to corn.

M: Smooth on the drink, but bitter and very wheaty on the aftertaste.

D: Good but not great. Okay ABV, though it could do with either more booziness and boost flavour or less booziness and be lighter. It hangs a tad heavy on the palate, and isn't quite complex enough to enjoy all night.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Smoke and Barrel, Fayetteville, AR. Served in a shaker pint.

The color appears to be a very standard amber orange, it may be on the light side of that range. It's hard to tell in here. The head is creamy but small in a standard off white.

The first thing I notice about the aroma and taste is a gummy bear fruitiness. It's a new one to me, but awesome. Toast and bready Munich malt with a slight lemon edge.

It tastes so much like it smells, like jello before it's set, like gummy candy and toasted bread. There is residual alcohol that seems inappropriate, but at least to style, isn't. I think we all know this isn't really a Mai/Helles Bock though. There is also a little musty yeast.

Fizzle in a moderate body with melanoidin depth. The alcohol isn't hot, but I think it's undesirable in this particular beer.

That alcohol hampers drinkability a bit for me. This is much, much better than the bottle of this beer that I've had. I like fruity and malty flavors.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber colour with a nice fluffy off white head that retains well.

S - Aromas of sweet malt and some biscuit.

T - Nice citrus flavours up front followed by some serious maltiness and finishes with a nice peppery dryness.

M - Medium to full body with medium carbonation.

D - Thouroughly enjoyable beer and recommended

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Photo of KajII
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Lager Glass]

The pour was a mildly cloudy copper/amber with an orange hue and a small (less than 1 finger) off white frothy head that had decent retention and good lacing.

The aroma was of toasted caramel malts, citrus hops and a biscuit yeast with strong citrus, toffee and caramel notes.

The taste was sweetly bitter with a hint of caramel in the beginning then progressed into much bitterer flavor with a nice dose of citrus at the end, I am guessing a little lemon and grapefruit. The flavor stuck around long enough to let one enjoy the nice citrusy hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel had a smooth creamy texture and a medium body with a prickly carbonation.

Overall a super refreshing ale that had a nice blending of malts, hops and citrus. And one that is most definitely worth drinking again.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Holmes and Watson in Troy.

Pours a solid amber, clear, big fluffy head that leaves lacing and much have been poured solid enough to kill off a bunch of carbonation.

Smells like some syrupy crystal malt, but not overpowering and way too sweet.

Taste is unique. I've always found this beer pretty unique: Starts something like an amber ale, but it finishes with a peppery flavor and quite dry.

Hits the mouth a bit creamy and, given the ABV and its unique and palatable flavor, not a bad drinker.

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Photo of sweett3k
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At $3 a pint night this was a super deal. This amber ale looks great with a nice head and rich reddish brown in color. The smell was nice but no aroma stood out. Very clean. The taste was tone of caramel and hops at the end. Perfect blend of flavors. Easy to drink, this brew made me smile. For $3 a pint I will have another.

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

Was at a local eatery which isn't known for a large craft beer selection. I noticed the bartender pull out a 6pk of Dead Guy Ale and asked to have a bottle.

Price was $4.50/bottle

Sampled from a pint glass.

A - Pours a rather translucent, dark honey color. A nice, foamy one finger head foams as I pour the beer. Decent lacing left on the side of the glass.

S - A sweet, slightly hoppy smell is the dominate aroma.

T - A very malt forward beer. Not overly sweet but more on the sweet side than the hoppy side. The alcohol, even at 6.5%, is pretty noticeable. The beer has a thin to medium mouth feel.

M - Decent carbonation. A slightly bitter aftertaste mixed with alcohol is left after each sip.

D - An OK beer but not my thing. I drank it and enjoyed it since I was out and this was much better than the standard BMC stuff but wasn't wowed.

Overall: My first Rouge beer and I wasn't really that impressed. Probably won't seek out again.


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Photo of bryehn
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy iced tea-rust colour, nice soapy white head. Nice looking, thick lacing.

Develops a cream cheese-like head in an oversized wine glass.

Smells of candy corn and honey, with a slight spice. When it warms up it smells even sweeter.

Tastes like butter toffee, followed by a hop bomb, and sweet again. A good amount of hops but a very sweet beer. Light bitter aftertaste.

This beer is very sweet with a hop attitude. But it's also a disappointing introduction to a brewery I have heard a lot of good things about.

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Photo of ucis
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- The pour is frothy and creamy, really anticipating an amazing flavor. Very cream laced head with a some coastline, seashore lacing. A nice golden amber, urine color.

S- Has almost a very Belgian, yeasty, bread, urine smell.

T- A nice malty flavor, spiked by traits of bitter acidity. A bit less funk than alkaline battery flavor.

M- A very light mouthful of grainy acid. Promptly comparable to drinking apple juice or a hard cider in it's girth.

D- At the height of it's infusion I would drink Rogue "anything", any day, but it's not bad as a Summer sipper. Warm weather please come to Minnesota-- I am tired of shoveling snow. I promise, I 'd even drink some Dead Guy Ale.

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Photo of BrewStoutMagic
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a very sweet smell when I popped the bottle.It has a hazy red color.A nice head after the pour.THe taste is a little bitter, fruity,but yet malty.This has the potential to be a all time favourite brew.Plus I dig the label on the bottle.Reminds me of a beer that Deadheads would like.I can't wait to try other brews by Rogue, of this great region of our country.Life is short,live free and always,always, drink great beer if you can.

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

Poured into a pint glass from a growler.

A - Pours a nice light copper color with some slight orange hints. There is a nice slightly off white/ecru head that is about 1 inch tall and has some retention. It also leaves some nice sticky lacing.

S - Aroma starts of bready and grainy. Great malt profile on this beer with fresh malt grain and some nice fresh baked sourdough bread notes. There i some slight grassy hop note on the back end of the nose but it just compliments the malt profile. The Saaz hop character is quite present. Similar to an English Bitter.

T & M - Taste starts off with nice malty sweetness. Good light caramel notes mixed in with some fresh bread and nice earthy grain. The Saaz hops are a bit more present on the taste and add quite a nice slightly citrus note especially on the finish. There are some slight spice notes in the beer as well mixed in with the caramel sweetness. he body is nice and light with good richness in flavors at the same time. Great spring beer.

D - Very drinkable and tasty. Great warmer weather beer with a nice malt profile and perfect hop balance.

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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