Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale
7,582 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.

Added by kbub6f on 09-05-2001

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Ratings: 7,582 |  Reviews: 2,437
Photo of ELN
2.07/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I bought this one about 3 years ago. It is brewed not too far from where I live. I don't understand why it's always $8.50-$9 when all our other local beers are usually $6 give or take. Rogue has this and their "Santa" beer, not sure what that's called and some bombers on the local shelves like Safeway or Fred Meyer. (I've never tried any of those). I did not like the flavor of this beer and for being the most expensive of the shelf at Wal Mart (ha ha ha) it really wasn't that good. It seemed like a chore to get it down. If they lowered the price ever I'd try it again.

One time I was watching the news and they said they were going to start shipping this stuff to Japan to crack the market there. I don't know if that means they're tring to be really high class or what. I think if you're local then try to have a regular price like $6 or so everyone can afford.

Deschutes if the best local beer available in all the supermarkets.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to trying this
A - cloudy red/orange with a tall off white head that retained very well leaving random lacing up the glass
S - hoppy with herbs and spices with a hint of citrus and fruity sweetness
T - hops of oily herbal and light spiciness, just a tad of lemon zest, balanced with toasty malt and honey sweetness
M - medium body and carbonation, starts smooth and bready with and oily and bitter finish
D - a nice hop character with a great malt backbone, and the sweetness brings it all together, very tasty and sessionable

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Photo of jssheets
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had the 650ml, 6.5% bottle. The appearance was good, a nice amber color. The smell wasn't all it should be, but average. The taste above average, in fact, very good, but no top shelf kind of beer taste. The mouthfeel was great, smooth with just the right hint of hops. And drinkability was exceptional. Went down great and no real lasting aftertaste but the hops, which I loved.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A hazy, cloudy Amber color. Not too much head.

S - Nothing exceptional jumps out to me. The Malts are more prevalent than the Hops in the aroma.

T - Very smooth. The Malts are up front, and nicely balanced by the hops on the back end. A mild sweetness that is perfect.

M - Smooth. Carbonation is just right.

D - Awesome. I could drink many of these and will definitely buy it again.

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Photo of Samp01
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper with a nice creamy off white head. Nose is malty caramel, yeast, floral hops. Taste is sweet malts, earthy floral hops, with some bready notes. Palate is full body, good carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malts balanced very well with earthy bitter hops. A very nice smooth and flavorful brew.

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Photo of Phelps
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks: very hazy ruby-tinged amber. A one-finger head of grayish-tan foam becomes a filmy, spotted top layer surrounded by a hefty, foamy ring.

Smells: earthy, soil-like and strangely funky. Sweet and grainy, kind of like mini-wheats cereal.

Tastes: heavy on the cereal grains. A tangy sweetness, some bubblegum, wheat and earthy hops mix about before an almost sour and dry backbone. Odd.

Feels: fizzy. The carbonation is fairly low and the beer holds together well as it moves about the mouth. Medium-light body.

Drinks: fairly light and refreshing. Certainly this is Rogue's most popular beer, though I don't feel it's their best.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BJ's (don't remember which one) in CA. Hazy, dark amber hue. Aroma is of citrusy hops and caramel malt. Hoppy, citrusy taste with hints of caramel. Full, tangy body. I would not guess it is a Maibock, it tastes more like American IPA to me.

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Photo of gkunkle
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a Slightly hazy golden amber color. Head is just over an inch tall in my coke glass and has great retention. As is slowly recedes it leaves fun traces of lacing. Smells of sweet malts with slight hop smell. The taste really blew me away, I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did. It is malty with just enough hop to back it up, the balance is perfect to me. The taste is clean and finishes well. You always want another drink. Anyways, the most prominent taste is a sweet malt followed by some earthy hops. Has a nice smooth medium body with average carbonation. Overall this is a wonderful beer, only downside is high ABV and high price which make it not so sessionable, not that I wouldn't like to try. This is becoming one of my favorite beers, it's well balanced, just the right body for spring and fall, awful pretty and delicious to boot.

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Photo of QuestionableScum
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber colour with a soapy bordering on frothy white head, that is not huge, but substantial.

Definitely not an overwhelming aroma, but still quite nice. I get lots of caramel and breadiness, as well as some earthy spiciness, and a little bit of light fruits (apple, pear, apricot).

In terms of taste I get lots of sweet breadiness, with some prominent but not over the top citric and piney hops. This is delicious actually. I also get a little bit of apricot, and some rich caramel and toffee notes.

Mouthfeel on this beer is excellent, it is relatively creamy and coats the mouth well, without being insufficiently dry.

This seems quite drinkable, although it may be a touch sweet.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy orange/amber with mild creamy head and good lacing.

S- Faint. Malty, sweet fruit, earthy, caramel. Notes of citrus and pine.

T- Smooth, bready, caramel tones and hints of pine and citrus.

M- Medium body, rich, effervescent, creamy with dry finish.

D- Rich and complex. Very drinkable.

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Photo of abaer123
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I am enjoying a growler from whole foods in kahului wile on the beach in kihei. The overall impression is that it is a good beer, but not everyting for me. It could be because I have been having more hoppy ales of late.

I pretty much agree with the reviews posted here, but here goes anyway.

Appearance: amber color with carbonation resulting in pleasing pour.

Smell: malty with fruit overtones.

Taste: smooth, non rattling

Mouthfeel: rich.

Drinkability: good, but not great. May be a little too rich for its own good. It doesn't leave a yearning to have more.

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Photo of tbern007
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at BJs in Henderson, NV.
Orange/copper in appearance. Thin head but good lacing, considering.
Smells lightly earthy, malty.
Tastes malty, earthy, some pine hops. Reminds me of a lighter Arrogant Bastard. Dry finish. The ABV is noticeable. Overall pretty drinkable with many kinds of food pairings. Good mix of malt and hops. Not sure what a Maibock is supposed to be like but this is a good beer that can be enjoyed year around.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

OK, seriously, it's pretty good. But I don't know if I agree with its preceding rep. It has a take on ale similar to how Widmer Brothers Drifter is surprisingly fruity.

It reminded me of wine, but not for all of the bad reasons. I narrowed down that nomad thought to--grape taste. It had all of the accompanying beer pleasures: hops, carbonation, general sense of being awesome, etc.

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Photo of mbusster88
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Rogue Dead Guy Pint!

A: Pours hazy burnt orange color. Some carbonation on the glass.

S: Fruity (orange, grapefruit, apricot) and some bready malt characters.

T: Grapefruit for sure in the front. Some hop bite. Nice bread notes to balance out. Get some zest flavors in the end as well.

M: Great palate cleansing feel. Smooth and easy to drink.

D: Could have these for a session. Also feel as though this would pair well with just about anything given the mood. Really would pick this up whenever I needed a go to beer.

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Photo of bens0n
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a murky gold color with an orange tinge, there is a moderate amount of yellow-tinged white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

I immediately picked up on the smell of hops, once getting past that there is a pretty weak malty aroma and some kind of sweet fruit and some caramel.

Flavor wise, the hops have been masked a little bit, but are still definitely prevalent in the flavor, but are not overpowering in combination with the malted flavors. There is a little bit of citrusy sweetness at the end, and it leaves a pretty dry taste in your mouth. It has a nice thickness, not too much carbonation, easy to down.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 1 pint 6 oz bottle into mug

A - Pour formed cream color 1/2 inch head; head dissipated pretty quickly; no lacing; hazy dark orange color; alive with carbonation

S - Dominating malt scents of fruits (peach, apricot); yeast produces a flowery aroma that overwhelms the nose; deep caramel smell with hints of hops

T - Fruits and caramel malt smells come alive as I drink the first sip; tart fruit taste on the sides of tongue; hint of bitter aftertaste remains on back of tongue and roof of mouth

M - Creamy, effervescent sensations on tongue; well-built solid body w/ every swish

D - above average beer, brewer built this beer with a clean crisp taste in mind; fruit flavors are overwhelming and welcomed with every sip; overall good beer and something I would drink a few of every once in a while

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Photo of taigor
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bomber into mug.

A - poured slightly hazy amber orange color with high head that slowly dissipated leaving a lot of lacing around the glass.

S - Sweet roasted malts, caramel and citrus hops.

T - Just like smell it starts up a little sweet and transforms into citrus hoppy bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with average carbonation.

D - Very good maibock but might be a little too bitter for large consumption. I would still recommend it.

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Photo of Andrew644
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- amber with a nice frothing white head.

S- a slight sweet malt smell with just a hint of hops.

T- nice malt flavors but just a little to sweet, the hops have nice flavor and almost balance the beer but the sweetness just overpowers it a little but it is still gives a nice flavor.

M- nice carbonation that invites me to drink more.

D- good drinkability, I would definately have more of this.

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

A-Hazy orange/amber

S-Has a slight smell of alcohol and pine.

T-Alcohol, malty, a little pine tree like. Lingering bitterness but not overwhelming.

M-warm, not too heavy, not too light.

D-I could drink a couple but I wouldn't wanna drink it every night.

Overall, not a bad beer.

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

A- pours a hazy pale amber/orange with a great white head that lasts for some time.
S- Impressive, hard to place, cloves, bread pudding, and some sweet fruit undertones. Smells fresh. Has some floral scents, like a tropical garden.
T- more piney and less than what its scent is. This is not a bad thing Slightly bitter on the end. Still sweet, taste some citrus as well.
M- Slightly oily yet crisp and clean. Small bitters in the back that lingers for a while, delightful.
D- This is a beer one can drink and be happy.

I was more than a little surprised that I liked this ale so much, but I guess I shouldn't be. Rogue brews good stuff.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What great review timing! I didn't even save this to review on Halloween on purpose.

Dead Guy Ale has a colour akin to an IPA or amber ale... deep & honey-like. A hard pour will give lots of head that leaves foamy, spotty lacing.

It smells a bit like a weissbier. It has a smooth kind of smell to it... I pick out bits of banana, honey, wheat, and some spice... like clove or even nutmeg. It's a bit hoppy in its smell, but I think the malty traits smooth it out.

There is definitely a bit of spice in the taste, like clove and pepper, that almost gives the mouth a bit of a tingle. It has a creamy essence and taste... almost custard-like in that regard. Flavours of wheat, honey, maybe some dough, and toned-down malty sweetness (toffee/caramel) also play their part.

Feel-wise, it's smooth. The carbonation is fine... if anything, a little low, but I think it suits the smooth smell and taste. Some people complain it's a bit too bitter for them, but I don't pick that up from it.

Overall, a good beer. It kind of reminds me of Granite Brewery's "Peculiar". Not necessarily in taste, but in that it's hard to exactly peg or pigeon-hole it.

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

The attractive, glowing growler was a bit of an impulse buy for Halloween. Poured into a pils glass.

A- A moderate pour generated loads of cascading carbonation that looked almost like a nitro-pour. The result was a slow forming, 1-finger+, eggshell head. It eventually dropped to a full film before falling a part a bit well into the glass. The body is a slightly hazy, copper-gold with light carbonation. A lot of nice sticky rings and spots were left on the glass.

S- Lots of sweet malts at first. Kind of caramel and bready. Hopping sort of plays second fiddle with herbal/grassy notes. Warmth brings out more caramel and a sweet, fruity aspect.

T- Quite rich and complex. A little brown sugar at first sip. Melon-like fruity notes. A little herbal/resiny hop to balance and dry the finish. Doughy background. It starts sugary sweet, morphs into a bready/doughy flavor and ends with an herbal/spicy finish. Maybe a bit out of the style I'm used to, but interesting enough to be pretty good.

M- Pretty viscus and slightly coating. Dryish, hoppy finish cleans it up. Just a touch of pleasant graininess. Moderate carbonation and subtle hops make for a slight bite. A little warming in the belly.

D- It's a decent drinker. Maybe a bit more malt-centric and sweeter than some of my Maibock favorites. Something that would pair well with pizza. The growler is a bit gimmicky and a touch over-priced. Even the bomber and sixer prices are a touch high, in my opinion. This was really tough to rate. I don't think it's a traditional Maibock, yet still a pretty solid beer. I keep finding myself wanted to "up" or "down" each category by about 1/2 point.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange coloured, good 1" head of foam and good lacing.

Smell has some hoppy bitter notes with a minimal nose of malt, bread.

The taste has a light sweet malt appearance initially but is soon taken over by a blast of hop bitterness that is mostly bitter...aspirin like. Been a while since I had one of these. It's much more bitter and non style like than I remember.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Good mouth feel.

Drinkability is not so good. The one pint was all I could handle at the Old Chicago. If it's going to have a bitter dominance, I'd prefer citrus/pine/grass over aspirin any day..

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

This beer is very nice to look at. There's about 2 fingers of head on top of an amber clear beer. There is nice lacing as well. The smell is a little weak, with some sweetness, and floral hops, but really not much. The taste has a more prominent hop presence and is a bit light and fruity as well. The mouthfeel is smooth with good carbonation. This light tasting beer is very drinkable and good to have a few of in a night.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate caramel-brown color with a light tan head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some light floral hops over a body of caramel and some lightly-sweet bready malt. The flavor is a bit bready with some yeast characteristics. The body is medium with good carbonation. Overall, one of the first craft beers that I had, but not something that impresses me terribly these days.

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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