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Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

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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.

Added by kbub6f on 09-05-2001

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Ratings: 7,596 |  Reviews: 2,439
Photo of mgeraci
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I liked this beer a lot. Hands down my favorite beer I've ever had to date. It was great. Good balanced flavor, not too strong. A great surprise from an unexpected candidate. A perfectly sessionable beer. I think beers like this among many others are starting to convince me I'ma big fan of the unique craft beers that don't get enough credit.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours dark amber with a fizzy off-white head which sticks around for a while.

S: Aromas of toasty biscuity malts and caramel are balanced by a Noble hop earthy bitterness.

T: Creamy malts with that consistent hop backbone. It has the qualities of a lager: crisp, slight citrus, but has than richness only an ale can provide.

D: Easily drinkable and I could definitely have several. Good balance and slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: This is Rogue's bastard ale-lager flagship beer. It is a tasty and easy drinking beer and a solid choice for many occasions. The only thing that's off...is the price.

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

orange-amber cider with a light tan head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Fruity citrus - orange peels and apple cider.

Taste: Toasted malt, caramel sweetness very nicely balanced by a clean citrus hop on the finish, which is slightly bitter and quite cleansing.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a decent amount of carbonation. Smooth.

Drinkability: Tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: Pours a hazy, amber-ish golden brown color. Light bubble streams glide upwards where they meet a quarter inch white foamy head that rests at the top of the glass. There wasn't much retention, but it did leave some spotted lacing.

S: The aroma starts off with a perfect balance of malts and hops. There are some significant sweet aromas present including a honey graham-cracker-like sweetness accompanied by sweet caramel candies. Refreshing tropical fruits make their way through as well, (starfruit maybe?).

T: Heavy caramel malts take the front seat in this one. They are pleasantly accompanied by the same tropical fruitiness and earthy yeast tastes. A light hoppy citrus taste leaves a slightly bitter finish.

M: This is a medium bodied drink with a somewhat chewy feel to it. There is an appropriate amount of carbonation that aids it in wandering around the palate. It is somewhat dry, yet very drinkable.

O: This has been one of my favorite beers for a while and probably one of the originals that introduced me to craft brews. I tried not to let my bias take hold, but I still think this is one of the best beers I have had. Highly recommended. Thank you Rogue.

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

Have had this one on both tap and bottle. I can say it's worth the 12 beans a six. Solid hints of honey and sweetness at the front end with a smooth hop flavor on the finish that stays with you.

App = A nice hazy orange look, head desipates quickly

Smell = Hint of a floral and honey subtle and not in your face.

Taste = see above.

Mouthfeel = almost a belgium dubbel tiny bubbles that give it complexity without overpowering your taste buds (ala Bud Light, Miller Lite, et al)

Overall = Worth it. If you can find it on tap a must get. One of many solid contributions from our friends at Rogue...

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Photo of Meshuggah135
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer out of the bottle frosted in my favorite mug. It had a golden brown color, with a nice two finger head on it. It had a fruity smell to it, as well as a hint of fruit to the taste. The mouthfeel was light but a bit chewy. Overall this was an excellent beer, I enjoyed every sip! I'll continue to look for this beer on tap wherever I'm at

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Photo of devilben02
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber color with a huge, foamy, eggshell-white head that settles to a persistent thin film. The aroma is a complex but somewhat dull combination of light citrusy hops, earthy yeast, and a lager-like clean caramel sweetness. The flavor is much more hop-forward, with an assertive yet rounded combination of citrus and pine. A semi-dry, biscuity sweet malt provides some balance, along with a musty yeasty character. The texture is mouth-filling, but there is only a moderate lingering resinous feel, and the finish is actually a bit drying.

Overall, this is certainly something different than just another pale ale or IPA to serve as the brewery's flagship, but despite that uniqueness, it just doesn't feel all that special.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a three finger head into my favorite pint glass, fluffy off white head with glistening big bubbles - dark yellow colour/ light copper - wicked lacing all the way down the glass

smell is some malt, grassy hops, some light fruit

taste is malt, caramel, grassy hops, a little pepper, pear, perhaps a hint of lemon - sweetvery well balanced

mouthfeel is relatively smooth with a nice amount of bitterness throughout - some carbonation and medium bodied

Overall - a very sessionable well made brew that I will grab when it is available

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

On tap at the Bull & Castle.

Hazy honey brown with taupe film that trails. Deep honey nose with a bit of mango and tropical flower.
Honey graham malts with floral orange hop spice hops.
Ginger snap finish and tingly honey cough drop linger. Light to medium, chewy with some booze.

Couldn't help tweaking the order of my reviews a bit to make this my 666th.

Great hop cut to a sweet bock. A bit hot but tasty enough to stick with. Not what I'm after, but I get the fuss now.

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Photo of AEArider
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maybe I'm biased because this was singlehandedly one of the beers that turned me from a drinker of beer to an appreciator of beer, but this is one of my favorites. . .

Poured a hazy amber with small but tightly knit head speckled with dark spots from some settling. . . little lacing. Sweet, complex malt aroma that leads to an even more complex taste that, yes, is very indicative of malt focus, but excellently balanced the hop presence. The flavor is so very organically sweet and complex. The mouthfeel is rather smooth and has a good balance of carbonation.

GREAT brew.

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

pretty good beer maybe a little to heavy on the malts for me but I would drink this again. very nice drinkability could easily drink a few of these beers.

I drank it straight from the bottle so I didn't notice the color or head. it did have a nice hoppy smell with a heavy malt smell. overall it's a good beer.

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

From tasting notes 9-22-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Cloudy amber pour with a short head that settles very quickly but has pretty nice head retention.

Smell: There is a nice balance of malt and hops on the nose. There are some citrus notes as well as a sweet fruit smell.

Taste: There is a nice malty presence in the taste that is well balanced by the hops.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a crisp, clean, dry finish.

Overall: A very nice beer with good balance, great taste, and a pleasant finish.

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

Poured a 22oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Hazy orange/amber with a good white head. Head retention great that settles into a nice hat on top that laces all the way down the glass.

S: Sweet malts, grassy hops, bready yeast.

T: Sweet malts (caramel, honey) and hops in the background, but pretty well balanced.

M: On the lighter side of medium, very drinkable.

O: Really enjoyed the balance on this one. Reminded me of an English Ale, as I don't have that much experience with Maibocks that aren't fruity. Will try the John John soon.

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Photo of socon67
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at High Rollers in Foxwoods Casino

A - Amber pour, with a thin head that settles fast. Noticeable carbonation.

S - Malty smell with caramel, and a faint smell of wood.

T - Some malty flavor, sweetness of caramel, and a small amount of butterscotch. But the flavors are extremely faint.

M - Rasonable carbonation, smooth bodies, and light feel.

O - I've tries dead Guy many times over the years. He's more of a nostalgia beer that is nice but not noteworthy. Very good with food.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can't believe I've never reviewed the Dead Guy...

Pours w/short bubbly head that fades uber quickly to nothing. No lacing. Very murky, orange to brown body. Seems dark for the style.

Aromas are strong and malty... smells more like a pumpkin ale than a maibock. The yeast comes through strong, imparting a lot of rich, sweet bread. Plenty of vegetal aromas as well.

Full bodied, full flavored, and fairly creamy on the palate. Flavors include some orange peel bitterness in the finish, but mostly a rich and vegetal (pumpkin meat) quality. Fair amount of butterscotch-like sweetness. Touch of sweet spice, too. Could use a bit more carbonation, but a pretty good mouthfeel for a maibock.

A rich and tasty beer overall, but not one of the better examples of the style, IMO.

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Photo of tvv375ia
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass

A-copper colored with a 3 finger head that faded away leaving some nice lacing

S-sweetness with some fruit like a carmel apricot

T-carmel malts with slight fruitiness and somewhat bready

M-good carbonation

O-solid beer I could really start to like

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

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

A: Pours a nearly translucent amber with a white head. Maybe a finger to finger and a half. The head recedes, but throughout the pint, there was some decent lacing.

S: All malt at first, backed up by the hops. Personally, this is how I like my beer. I like a nice malty beer with a hop flavor to boot. This delivers. The first time I had this brew, I drank it out of the bottle at a party, and the hops were seriously dominant. However, out of a glass, everything mellows out and the balance is struck perfectly. If anything, this brew is maltier than it is hoppy, which is great in my opinion.

T: Again, malt forward with the hops to back. Honestly, the taste of this beer is the exact extension of its aroma. It's malt with some hops, then the perfect balance is struck in the end. A beautiful, but subtle, aftertaste is left on the tongue.

M: Not a ton of carbonation. In line with the malty taste and smell, the feel is thick and full. The hops are definitely apparent, but it is the balance of the two that leaves my tongue so happy.

O: A very fine beer. Something that I could drink on a regular basis (if I had that kind of cash in AL), but also of a high enough quality to actually warrant a review.

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

It pours with a quick dissolve foam head and a good lacing. The aroma has a slight citrus and heavy yeast component. The taste is of Pacman yeast and citrusy hops with some malt background. It has a decent carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this beer is a pretty good beer with a heavy yeast component and citrusy hop character. It is a good beer, with a interesting and complex flavor profile.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard 16 oz. pint glass, which seems to be the right vessel given that the Dead Guy pint glass is the same.

A - Pours a hazy orange amber (think apple cider) with just about a half finger of light tan head. Very sticky lacing on this one but the head doesn't linger very long.

S - Sweet and malty with light notes of apricot and even ginger. Bready and citrusy for the most part.

T - Initially sweet with lots of apricot and tangerine. There is a mild hop profile in the middle that consists of grassy, earthy hops and citrus hops, but not too overpowering. Finishes dry with nutty flavors and hints of honey and ginger. Such a unique tasting brew that is well balanced and genuinely interesting, I have never had anything else quite like it.

M - Chewy and slightly sticky. The carbonation could be kicked up a bit but overall it goes down super smooth.

O - A very distinct and interesting brew that truly has its own character. Slightly sweet and slightly hoppy, there are flavors here for everyone. Well worth a try but it can get expensive (I see it go anywhere from $12-16 a six pack in the northeast). I did not enjoy the Double Dead Guy in the bottle or on tap however, it was just far too sweet and boozy. The regular version has just the right flavors in the right amount for my taste.

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

Pours a dark honey color with a medium tan head. Very good retention. Nice lacing.
Smell is malt and hops with some wheat hanging around.
Taste is malt, hops, some fruitcake-like fruit notes and just a touch of citrus.
Rich, warming, full-bodied with a solid, medium effervescence. Better on tap but what isn't, right?

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Photo of brianjay
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Head thins out quickly, not a lot to speak of. The body is a darkened caramel color (oranges and a splash of yellow).

Not a lot of aroma up front. A few quick whiffs provides a subtle hint of ginger root.

The flavor is a much different story: Grapes, corn flakes and cola pop up in complex array of tastes.

Leaves a wet, sour taste on the tongue. A nice, thick body with smooth, wet finish.

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Photo of montecristo2
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a copper/amber color with one to two finger head.

Aroma is sweet- a very malty offering.

Taste is a balanced offering with some spice and malt flavors. A mix of caramel, honey and hop astringency.

A very drinkable, very balanced beer. Worth checking out. Very enjoyable.


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Photo of Cummins9110
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into glass

S - Malty and citrusy, slight fruityness

T - amazing, great German malts and german hops, and some citrusy hops, great german ale yeast leave slight banana/citrus tastes

M - very smooth and light, great creaminess carbonation level is perfect

Overall i am very very impressed by this beer, this is my first Maibock and im now a fan of this style because i know Rogue does an exelent job on their different styles

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

A: pours a nice translucent amber ale with foamy 2 finger head.

S: mostly malts, clean and clear bread notes, some small amount of citrusy hops

T: a very clean flavor of citrus hops up front followed through by the bready nutty malt. Hop bitters follow up last in line, but they do make a clear appearance.

M: crisp and yet medium thick, very full and smooth, creamy, with some alcohol essence to it. Provides a very satisfying belch.

O: a standard go-to ale, very reliable and it hits the spot. It's not a mind-blower by any means, but, much like Fat Tire, it is an ale you can rely on.

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Photo of Treebs
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark amber with a nice off white 2 finger head that subsides into nice pillows of foam.

S: Nice malts right away with a light citrus hop poking through. I'm picking up some light wheat as well.

T: The taste follows the nose. Typical nut-like malt and some light wheat with a little orange hop zest.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Not much on taste left on the palate.

O: A very solid beer. Decent flavors and is definitely a beer I could drink a couple of in a night.

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 7,596 ratings
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