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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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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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – 1 finger plus off white head subsided quickly while leaving some lacing on the glass, a mildly hazy classic amber color 3.5
S – Nothing dominates it’s all pretty mild – biscuits, yeast, toasted malts, grassy hops & a slight sweetness 3.5
T – Bready and malty, with some caramel notes and a mild hop bitterness, very sessionable 3.5
M – A medium body with a thinker mouth feel than I expected, very nice carbonation lightens the brews malty body, dry finish 4
O – I like this good beer but will not likely seek it out again at my local price point ($12 a sixer), unique unto itself, well balanced, nothing outstanding 3.5

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Photo of Supersweetshirts
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This would be a great beer to have with food as it is relatively mild in flavor intensity. The beer poured a nice orange/amber with little head. It had a refreshing smell of fruits like apricot and citrus but with faint smells of malt. This was a good casual beer to have, my only suggestion would be to intensify the flavor a bit as I found it to be a bit too mild.

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Photo of mooselvlt
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a stange

A - Beautiful caramel amber color, nice and clear. Get a beautiful tan 2 finger foam head with nice retention. Lacing abounds.

S - Biscuity, caramel malts

T - Nice warm bread, biscuits. Malty presence is the star here. Just a touch of hops. Very slight alcohol tinge

M - Medium body with decent carb

O - I haven't had one since last summer. Its as good as I remember. Its hard to describe but I just enjoy the warmth this brew gives me. I love Maibocks anyway and this one is a very good one. Very drinkable any time of year.

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

Pours a nice hazed-copper with a finger of dissipating white head. Not a lot of lacing.

Complex malt aromas and taste with just the right amount of crisp hop bitterness to balance it out. Overall, very pleasant to the senses.

A very sessionable Maibox. A classic, go-to!

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

On-Tap at the Rogue public house, from notes

A- A wonderful carmel brownish amber. Has a nice tight white head, and very good lacing.

S- It smells like beer+ A little hard to explain, smells like beer, with hints of sweet malt and fruity hops. But mostly what you would stereotype as "beer."

T- Wonderful malt profile, with a rich carmel and dry bread note playing harmony. In the midst there is a flourish of bitter hops, and a clean sweet slightly bitter finish.

M- Spot on, good carbonation and medium body.

O- Great meal beer, well rounded. An excersize in malt complexity with hop balance in a light bodied ale.

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

This beer was one of my intro's to craft beer years ago, figured I'd give it a review since it's such a solid beer.

A: Hazy orange in color with a finger thick, off-white head that slowly dissipates in the mug.

S: Lots of different malts present in the nose, that give off some sweetness and caramel like scents. Some sort of fruitiness as well.

T: Taste is very malty, the caramel is strong with a toasted malty flavor and some sweetness and spice. There is a quick burst of bitter hops in the middle, but the finish is malty and maybe a bit oily.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation. The feel is malty with sweetness.

D: This is an excellent intro to craft beer (as mentioned above). It's available basically everywhere and has some nice complex flavors without being overpowering. Overall a solid beer.

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

Had on tap at Timothy's. Review from notes.

A: Served in a pint glass, the beer was a hazy amber/orange with a very small tan head that reduced quickly. No lacing.

S: Heavy caramel aromas as well as some light grains. There are hints of apple floral hops, but both are pretty subdued.

T: Overly malty, I was expected at least a little bit of a hop presence, but its just not there. Heavy caramel and toffee with a slight hint of bruised apple and light spice.

M: Medium to full bodied, a much more filling beer than anticipated. Good carbonation.

O: It was ok, again a great hop presence would have made this a better beer, for me at least. Its fuller body makes it a tough one to drink a bunch of as well.

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

Bottle poured into a standard Pint Glass

A: Nice copper orange color. Decent small head that lingers and leaves small amounts of lacing.

S: A very sweet floral aroma. It doesn't smell very bitter, but most definitely maintains a sweet aroma. Mildly citrus.

T: A nice unique malt and honey flavor. I think honey seems to be a main flavor here. It almost reminds me of the candy honey-o's if anyone knows what they are. The finish stays sweet. Not a very bitter beer.

M: Extremely light bodied and creamy. Just plain good.

O: A very good beer and one that I think has a pretty unusual taste character. I have not experienced this style very much, but I like this one and must try others.

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Photo of punkrules45
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I absolutely loved this bottle. 650ml bottle with no date on it. Smelled of caramel and malt very in your face. Taste was sweet and definitely memorable (being my first bock). Will definitely try again, and again, and again. The mouthfeel was great, I want to say almost syrupy but hesitate to being that it went down so smooth. It is 6.5% abv after all so if it ain't going down smooth there's a problem. But this beer is so great. I wish it was cheaper here because I could drink this all the time. Definitely a smooth tasty beer worth the extra pennies.

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

Enjoyed at Growlers in St. Louis.

Poured from bottle to regular pint glass. Amber in color. Clear. White head about half inch tall. Some lacing as a drank.

Smells of a fruit/sweet/grainy mixture. Very unique.

Taste follows the smell. Citrus and mellowed grains up front with a hoppy bitter aftertaste.

A little thin in the mouth. Good carbonation.

Really good beer. I'll definitely have more.

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Photo of billybrew21
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a flute pils glass, but really wasn't satisfied so I poured what was left into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a hazy orange, amber-ish color with a big, thick, creamy head...very attractive. Smell is a whole plethora of things: fruits, wheat and alcohol esters...I'm not getting too much hops here. Hops definitely come through on the taste though as well as more fruit, maybe banana? I'm not sure but there are some citrus notes here - a complex beer, but tasty nonetheless. The malt kicks in midway through and brings a biscuit, bread like taste that dries things out at the finish. Mouthfeel is really my only disappointment, as the beer is overall pretty watery. The body feels thin, as the carbonation is there after pouring, but quickly disappears. This beer is a great refresher, and at 6.5%, you can get the alcohol at the end, but it still feels like it could be a session beer. I could see myself definitely drinking a few of these on a hot day, but then after a few you really start to see that ABV.

Bottom line is that this is a very drinkable beer that I will certainly be coming back to as summer approaches. With a great and complex blend of flavors Rogue delivers a pleasing brew.

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

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

A- Poured a nice reddish orange, with a creamy white, one-finger head. Nice carbonation to begin but mellows out pretty quickly. Head dissipates pretty quickly as well.

S- smells yeasty, banana bread, alcohol, slight sugary sweetness characters.

T- tastes a bit watery at the front, in the middle I taste kind of a sour bread like taste, with nice malty character. At the end I taste bitter, citrus, lemon, sour orange rind.

M- watery, thin, carbonated, a bit coarse.

O- A good ale with nice carbonation. Not exceptional by any standards but fairly easy to drink, refreshing, and tasty. A decent brew for the price, and perfect for a mid-range beer, not to light, not too dark.

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Photo of Dave128
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A - pretty smooth pour. not a huge head to begin with but it slowly bubbled up after the full pour. Lacing is kinda just bubbles here and there.

S - hoppy and fruity

T - Starts off very sweet and refreshing. finishes a little dry and bitter. Its very well balanced. This finish is also pretty biscuity.

M - medium bodied. carbonated well.

O - A pretty good beer. Nothing absolutely spectacular, but this one is definitely one I'd like to have again sometime.

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Photo of birdman200
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange-ish color, small white head.
Smell: Very zesty, very wheaty.
Taste: Honey at the end, faint citrus.
Mouthfeel: Very crisp and clean.
Drinkability: Verynice. First beer of this style, so hard to put my finger on what the style should taste like. Very enjoyable beer though. Apologizes for brief review.

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 7,664 ratings