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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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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: 7,697 |  Reviews: 2,459
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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Photo of MrDonQuixote
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a wine glass

A- nice golden/amber hue.. about a finger width of head

S- Aroma is hoppy with a malty core smell.

T- Nice malty taste. Makes the beer extra smooth going down. Taste also includes honey. Nice hoppy finish.

M- Super smooth, with a nice finish

O- Great mix of maltiness and hoppiness. Very sweet, but doesn't "oversweeten" the palate.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Great golden amber body. Tightly bubbled, white head sits ~1 finger high in a wide-bodied tulip glass with great retention and lace.

S – Relatively light. Sweet malt and honey.

T – Great malt character. Toasted brown bread with herb butter and honey. Touch of spicy ginger and lemony oregano brighten a caramel and bready backend.

M – Nice carbonation up front gives way to a soft and full-bodied brew, leaving a nice coating on your palate through the finish.

O – Great balance of bready malts, herbal hops and caramel sweetness.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a copper/crimson color with a single finger white head

S: Sweet malt aroma.

T: As is repeated again and again, this is a very well balanced brew with the spice and malt flavors dominating with notes of caramel, honey and hop converging to blend rather than clash.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium bodied

Overall: Very drinkable. Very balanced. The rogue yeast and malt taste seems to repeat itself in many rogue ales which makes sense as they seem to have it down.

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Photo of leansean88
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommended to me by a buddy of my dad. Amber and cloudy, but still well presented. While the smell is faint, it's a nice whiff of malt and hops.

Let me just say that this beer was tasty. While it hits you with a bitter feeling initially, it finishes very nicely. I haven't had too much Bock in my time, but I think I could become a fan.

This is a highly refreshing, highly drinkable beer. I hope I can try it on tap in the future.

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Photo of enzocc
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Low carbonation. Nice head, but in second disappear. A nice hint of orange, malt, caramel. Easy to catch the flavor and get know the beer. Balance flavors. Easy to taste, very light almost thin, watery. The taste takes me to a dry pilsner or a lager.
Not the perfect ale for me, but is a good beer with ligh malty and caramel flavor with a mix of fruity essence.

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Photo of tbmurphy89
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy Gold in color with a off white head

S- Hoppy with a sweet malty aroma

T- Definitly has a bitter taste but is balanced. Tastes a little like an IPA's younger brother.

M- light bodied, finishes clean.

O- Easily drinkable, tasty, and refreshing.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Kickoff in Waterloo. It's been sparingly available at the LCBO, but I just haven't got round.

Poured into a Moretti deep sniffer. A hazy amber-copper brew, leaves a nice sturdy halfinch of head, nice sheeted lacing. Good looking brew.

Nose is malty, grainy, that distinct pacman yeast, fleshy peach and a touch of hops.

A malty little brew, with a nice bitterness to the finish. Not sure stylistically where to place this brew, but I'm enjoying what Rogue has put together. A touch of wild grain, fruit and a mild hop bitterness. Medium bodied, chewy, silty and well carbonated.

A brew worth savoring, Dead Guy has a lot going on. Not really sure where it sits in the beer spectrum, but I like when brews refuse to be definable. Expensive, but worth a go!

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

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

A brown clear and crystal amber forms off the pour, with fast rising cola like bubbles from the bottom. Head is foamy with solid retention and staying power. Clumpy lacing looks very solid..

Bouquet is a soft sweet malt, and hint of dark chewy bread. Quite nice and inviting.

Taste is predominantly lager like crisp, with a sharp hop sting that is not jarring. Quite bitter aftertaste, but pleasurable. Sort of a mix between a good light malty doppelbock and a dry pilsner. A very dry graininess leaves me thrsty for more.

Overall I'am impressed by this one quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Crossmd
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Probably 40 degrees fahrenheit.

Pours a vortex of amber and copper, with a half finger of a dark creme colored head settling into a cap. Laces with a shimmering stickiness that runs down, rimming the edge the glass. Probably the most beautiful beer I've seen.

Smells of a sticky malty sweetness, some breads and maybe coffee? Rich, but not really well projected.

Tastes much like it smells, with hops buried in the middle of the palate that were undetectable in the nose, Rich, on the verge of heavy, but not demanding. Finishes well, drying down into the slight bitterness found from the hops.

Mouthfeel is a rich chewiness off-set by the slightest carbonated lift on the dry-down. Stimulates the saliva glands considerably.

This reminds me immediately of Left Hand's Sawtooth Ale. Not as herbal maybe, but definitely with the same chewy mouthfeel and density, even color. I'm not really sure into what style this falls, but I appreciate it - especially on those rare occasions that I could see this hitting the spot (autumn maybe?).


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Photo of depechemode1983
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark amber color. The head is off-white and has decent retention. There is a single ring of lacing on the top of the glass and becomes patchy further down. Looks pretty good. Nose is mostly malty up front but has a nice floral hops balance. I get cajeta, a slight hops bitterness and a touch of honey. The taste is very earthy and floral. Still getting some honey. Bitter hops shine through in the middle and the taste ends with a light coffee,caramel flavor. The mouth feel is soft, medium in body and the carbonation is on the high side. All in all not bad. This is one of the beers that kick off my love for craft beer. I don't drink it as often because of the price tag. 12.99 a six pack. I swear i used to be able to get this beer for under 10 dollars.

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Photo of atr2605
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a soft orange/brown color with a white head
S-sweet malt and a little spiciness
T-a little of the citrus mixed with almost a honey flavor and sweet malt. Hop bitterness comes into the mix to provide a little earthy flavor that the woody smell in the aroma. extremely well balanced.
M-light-medium bodied
O- a really nice drinkable beer. Has enough different flavors going to make it a beer that you can continue to enjoy.

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Photo of Bucknutty24
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a nice hazey copper with a thin white head. I has a real good fruity smell and after taste. It's a light to medium feel and very drinkable. Before I knew it the sixer was gone and I was left wanting more. Have to say this may be one of my favorite beers. I'm confused as to why it's listed as a Maibock/Hells Bock and the bottle says it's an Ale.

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

Look: the beer pours a hazy amber-copper color with almost no head.
Smell: Malts, caramel, nuts, honey and spicy hops.
Taste: Malts, something herbal, nutty, honey and hops in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium bodied
Overall: Nice brew, very drinkable although quite sweet.

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Photo of huhl23
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit I'm a bit confused by the style. Is it really a maibock? If so, why do they call it an ale? Keep these questions in mind as you consider this review. First off, it's got a great look: honey to almost-amber hue, with a nice white foamy head. The smell is confusing to me, though, with aromas of honey and tropical fruit but, IMO, too much hop fragrance (for a maibock). Same with the taste: a nice malty sweetness hits your tongue, but gives way to a rather bitter, typical Rogue hop finish. Don't get me wrong, I love hops as much as the next guy (and maybe even more than some), but I didn't think they really fit here.

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Photo of Groomsy
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle bought as a single for $2.29. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Deep honey-colored amber body, very cloudy. Topped by a pillowy two-finger ivory head, slowly dwindling to a full cap of foam, that leaves behind fading rings of lacing on the glass. Some lively carbonation is visible through the body, even through the cloudy body.

Aroma: Very nice. Definitely some caramel/toffee notes from the malt, but adequately balanced by crisp and spicy hops - also picking up some dark fruit and ever-so-slight pine resin. A well-balanced beer in the nose, hoping it follows through in the flavor.

Taste: Oh yeah. Tasty and refreshing. I'm hit with a burst of some toasted malt/grain on the front of the palate as well as caramel, followed by some crisp and lively spicy/floral hop flavors. The finish has a lot going on: Some pine bitterness is there, but rounds out with biscuit flavors, and it finishes very clean. A well-balanced brew, very drinkable and enjoyable. Nice mix of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Very full, but medium-bodied. Refreshing and not heavy at all. Crisp and dry finish when some lingering grassy bitterness. Well-carbonated body.

Overall: Wasn't sure to expect here, but this is a very satisfying and drinkable brew. Not sure if I would shell out for a six pack, but I enjoyed this for what it was. Worth a try at least once for everyone.

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Photo of kflorence
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent amber in color with tints of orange and honey. A fair amount of white, frothy foam sits atop for quite some time and leaves lacing around the glass as you drink. Carbonation levels look to be perfect. Really like the color of this one, especially when held up to the light.

S: Smells very predominantly of sweet malts (think: brown sugar, caramel and candi sugar) and also a bit of fruit... apricot and grape, mostly. Slightly floral, but rather subtle. There might be some nuttiness in there, too. An enjoyable aroma, to be sure.

T: Very balanced malt and hop presence. The malts strike first with a sweet, toasted, nutty flavor and a bit of molasses. The hops come in the mix shortly thereafter with a bitter, citrus twang, along with a bit of apricot and grape, as in the nose. Finishes crisp, dry and bitter, with a lingering combination of sweet, toasty malts and bitter, citrus hops on the tongue.

M: This is medium bodied with ample carbonation and a good amount of chewiness for the style. Feels great on the tongue, goes down smooth and easy and is highly drinkable.

O: All of the Rogue ales seem to share a similar malt profile and I must admit that it's one of my favorites. This brew is truly a classic and, as others have mentioned, for a Maibock to be a brewery's flagship ale is pretty impressive. This one in particular packs a good malt/hop balance and comes off quite quaffable. This is definitely a "mood" beer, and when I'm in the mood for the style, this one always comes through. Cheers!

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

On tap at Mellow Mushroom, PCB. Clear amber with a thin head and decent lace. Smell is malt, caramel and yeasty grapey. taste is dry and malty with a bit of hop bitterness on the back end. Very nice, refreshing and drinkable. Good beer for pizza. Good carbonation and a light, highly drinkable mouth. Clean on the finish. Overall very good.

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

A real classic in my opinion. Amber/copper color, brown sugar and hoppy aroma. Nuttiness to the flavor that I don't find in many other beers. Something sweet is tasted as well. It's not quite moleasses but it is close. Easy drinking and fun as well. Plus, you've got to love a flagship beer that's a maibock. I feel like this one of those beers everyone should try once, like SN pale or #9. If you've never tried Dead Guy, give it a shot.

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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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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 7,697 ratings