Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

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7,525 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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Photo of MaxBrewell
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into a frosted mug.

A - Gorgeous amber color with 1/2 inch beige head that gently fades, leaving an intricate lacing that clings to the glass.

S - Nothing spectacular here, but sweet, caramel notes up front are followed by a mellow toffee finish.

T - Full-on malt at the onset and nicely balanced by the hops to finish smooth.

M - Medium body and carbonated on the low-end for a nice rich feel.

D - Extremely well-balanced beer. Alcohol level is appropriate. Great session beer.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pour: Light red-amber color. Two fingers of head that dissipates somewhat slowly, leaves just a little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet malty caramel and pale malt aroma. A hint of citrus hops underneath.

Taste: Pretty straightforward with a sweet malty taste. Hops in the background to balance it out. Nothing really too complex or special.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, and fairly low carbonation.

Drinkability: Top marks in this category. Drinks very easily, not overly filling, and very sessionable.

Final Notes: Definitely more of a session beer, and I must say it's kind of nice Rogue makes one. That said, it lacked the interest and off-the-wall characteristics I've come to expect from Rogue, and as such it was a bit of a disappointment. Still a great beer though.

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Photo of chrisgn
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a BN Army pint glass.

A- Reddish brown color, hazy. Thick white head with lacing all up and down the glass. Head doesnt quit.

S- malty sweetness characters present from the nose.

T- Nicely balanced beer. Sweet malt flavor is the predominate character. Beer could use a little more flavor in one direction of another. Flavor falls a little flat on the backend.

M- nice rich mouthfeel.

D- Very drinkable, no overpowering flavors. Not too high in alcohol and alcohol flavors a hidden.

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Photo of Blind00Squirrel
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass

A: In this glass the color is awesome. It's light honey at the bottom and gradually grows into a dark amber underneath a 1 finger head. The carbonation is very good. The head thins out in a few minutes and the beer leaves great lacing.

S: Light bread tones up front with sweeter undertones

T: Very smooth. Drinks like it smells: sweet malty taste up front with a nice slight bittness on the back from the hops. This is a very well balanced beer.

M: Really smooth with medium body.

D: This is a personal favorite. I find it extremely drinkable due to its balance. I like to use this beer as a gateway to introducing friends to Rogue. This is a great beer and for me I often find myself comparing other ale's to this one for personal comparison and ranking. Enjoy! It's time for me to go open another one.

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

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Looks copper / burnt orange, bubbly one finger head that left some good lacing.
Smells of sweet malt, earthy hops, bready.
Tastes of piney hops, not very bitter, sweet malt, a hint of cinnamon and graham crackers.
Feels bubbly but the carbonation is good, medium bodied.
This is a great beer, very drinkable.

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Photo of portia99
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle of Yellowstone Ale (which it says is an alias for Dead Guy...I have no idea, so I'm going with it) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a sparkling, "read a newspaper thru it clear", amber with two fingers of fluffy cream colored foam that dies over the course of several minutes leaving behind thick spiderwebs of lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma consists of some green and grassy hops up front combined with some floral aromas. Rich caramel malt underneath along with some toffee and mild buttery/butterscotch to complement the sweet offerings here. The malt also layers in some bread and some cereal grains to round things out. Overall - smells rich and full.

T - Full malty flavors are at the forefront of this one. Caramel, toffee and malty sweet flavors abound. Hop presence is mild...I really don't detect much bitterness, seems like the hops are solely there to tame the malty heart of this beer and balance it nicely.

M - Medium bodied with a lower level carbonation that is really smooth and creamy. The malt lingers on the tongue after the swallow very nicely. Mouthfeel complements the flavors here nicely.

D - Well, I'm a Rogue fan but rarely buy any of their beer for some reason that I really can't explain. This bottle was gifted to me as a souvenir from a trip to Yellowstone. Glad it was...I haven't sampled this one in a really long time. It was one of the beers that got me going on craft beer many years ago...over the years, my pallette has changed and I prefer hoppier beers, but this one still hits the spot for me. The malty flavors and body that is achieved is quite good and the hops play off of this just about perfectly - never taking over and only serving to help show off the finer points of the malt. This is really smooth and I'm figuring this would go really well with something off the grill. Never thought of this as a Maibock before now, but surprising to me, this hits the style pretty well.

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Photo of SnowGoon99
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

Pours a orange color with very little head. Aroma comes across very subdued due to the assumed low hopping and dominant maltiness. There are hints of floral in the nose when you really search for them.

Taste was similar to the smell in that it was nothing too special. Very malt dominated but that's to be expected in a maibock. Almost like a munich helles with a lot more alcohol. Body was good and the alcohol definitely came through when i tried to stand up after the tasting. Still a very drinkable beer though. Could have a couple of these but you'd end up falling down afterward.

Overall a decent beer but nothing too special. If someone handed me one i wouldn't refuse but on the same token i wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of prosper
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm generally a fan of Rogue.

Pours a dark yellow with a nice sticky white head that stays around a while. Very hazy (isn't this supposed to be a brilliantly clear style?).

Smells very nice. Sweet 'n malty dominates, some bubble-gum, and perhaps a whiff of floral hops.

Taste is nothing special. It's sticky sweet up front, and almost harshly bitter on the finish. Not too much flavour complexity, either, mainly just sweet malt - no real caramel, toast, hops, or anything else. Just green-grassy malty sweetness, finishing with a neutral hop bitterness. Not bad, but nothing special, either

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Photo of bcostner1
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a crystal mug. Had the appearance of semi-opaque apricot orange. Minimal head.

S: Definitely has a sweet aroma and the malt is easily detectable as well; overpower the mild hop aroma

T: This is my new favorite of the style. I love it because it's smooth, sweet, toasty and leaves more malt on the palate than hops.

M: I would say "medium" if I had to describe it. Is substantial enough that you can taste it and it lingers just long enough but doesn't overstay it's welcome. Can also taste the malt hints on your lips afterwards.

D: I could have 3-4 of these no problem. Truly interchangeable in that I could enjoy one (or more) during any season of the year. Malty and substantial enough for fall or winter yet light and drinkable enough for spring or summer.

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

A: copper, cloudy; moderate carbonation
S: aromatic; sweet with a touch of apricot
T: fruity (a touch of white grape); semisweet pale ale flavor; moderately hopped; very nice, dominating presence

Overall, a very good beer, perhaps not unique or outstanding, but worthwhile.

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Photo of BBnum3
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first review for BA!

Poured into a tumbler style pint glass.

Appearance: Nice orange/amber color. Somewhat cloudy. One finger head that diminished rather quickly. Healthy lacing.

Smell: Sweet and malty, with maybe a touch of hop fragrance, citrus-y.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Really more of a sweet malt flavor than anything else, with just a hint of hops at the end. Not the most flavorful beer I've ever had.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth, low carbonation. I usually prefer more carbonation.

Drinkability: I can detect just the slightest amount of alcohol at the back end, which brings this category down a bit. Probably would not want to session this, but overall it goes down rather easy.

Overall not a bad beer, but not as flavorful as I was expecting. Would drink again if it was offered to me, but I probably wouldn't seek this out.

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Photo of IPAescotch
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Roast malt scent, caramel. Carbonated and coffee like, with a bit of corn adjunct. Surprisingly similar to budweiser on that level.
Still more complex of course, but i get the feeling they were going for a cheaper beer (and taste shows). A tad watery, medium hop bitterness, thin and pale mouthfeel. Probably a mix of pale/amber/dark malt for this brew. Easily drinkable, but this is not a complement. This beer could easily be much better, but i feel like it's integrity was compromised somewhere along the way

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Photo of heebes
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a medium to dark amber, thin head and not much retention. Looks deep and bold in colour.

Smells sweet, hint of fruits; citrus perhaps. Very inviting sense.

Taste is bold, hoppy in a way. Getting a hint of pine flavour.

Thin mouthfeel, not in a bad way. Lingering taste is favourable and smooth.

Considering I've picked up three 6 packs, this is certainly a beer I find myself returning to. Ease of drinkability was high, overall impression is high.
Great label, one of the better Rogue bottles I've seen.

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

Pours a cloudy red/apricot color on the verge of copper with a medium white head. The scent is malty with dark fruits and a fair amount of hops. I also get some caramel scents. The taste is exactly as it smells. On first taste I get a complex blend of malt, dark fruits, and caramel. Then I get a light hint of hops and bread. The mouthfeel is light, yet full of flavor. The drinkability is pretty high.

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Photo of rawthar
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A hazy, luminescent, barn wall red with a cloud burst finger of head that doesn't stick around for breakfast, but leaves lacing like low tide.

S- Caramelized sugar, some dried fruits, a bit of amber hoppiness, and some fresh baked challah bread, a little on the dull side.

T- Follows the nose, but comes through with a lot more intensity, leaves a nice 'beery' yeast aftertaste. Thick and confectionary, but with a smooth finish.

M- A bit sharp up front but very smooth on the backend.

D- Good, unoffensive, but a bit too boring to string many together.

Overall, a nice beer, but nothing that really pops out from the crowd.

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Photo of sellmeagod
3.12/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Heck yes, there's nothing that'll make you feel more of a pirate.

A half-gallon brown jug of skeleton-decorated booze - it's the coolest.

The light coloration and the boozy flavor don't do much for me (especially at only 6.5 abv) but the taste is satisfactory for something called Dead Guy, and if you want to man up and down a jug, the abv is just right. Yar!

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

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a .5 liter beer stein. Wispy head that is a few cm at best, and a nice rich brown color that is amber on the outer edges of the glass and just a touch hazy.

Smell is malty and earthy at the same time. Faint caramel notes combine with hints of hops and pears to create a nice, subtle nose.

Taste is smooth with a sweet alcoholic bite to it, like sweet vermouth. Notes of maple syrup, oatmeal and pine nuts are the top flavors I get. This tastes like it's higher than 6.5 abv, but not in an overly harsh way.

The character of the mouthfeel is a nice balance between substantial and understated. When the beer is in your mouth, you know it's there, but when you swallow it goes down clean and smooth.

The well-balanced nature of this brew adds significantly to its drinkability, which I believe is fairly high. It's great tasting, but goes down easily, with no major characteristics standing out.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy,reddish brown with a healthy,two- finger tall,eggshell head that showed good retention and left ropy lacing on the glass.Medium carbonation was visible.

S-Big wildflower honey aroma.Very sweet nose with caramelized pear and roasted nuts.Some faint citrus notes as well.

T-Very sweet with honey-butter and biscuit coming through.More caramel/toffee malt properties with a nutty finish.Only a small appearance made by the hops midway through with the malt finishing on the tongue.

M-Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation
and slightly cloying sweetness.

D-Maybe a little sweet for considerable sessionability but still average,drinkabiltiy

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Brown, redish tan, looks great

Smell - Barly, hops, spices, malts, yeast and sugar.

Taste - Much like a amber lager, this was smooth, and creamy. It has malt and sugar bite to it. A easy to drink beer with sugar and cream overtones. Tasty and rich

Mouthfeel - Yummy and full of taste. Covers whole mouth with malts and foam. A real treat

Drinkability - This is the kind of craft beer that i wish people that never had craft beers before could try. Its tasty, smooth and rich. You can drink 4-5 of these no problem. Or you could session this with a friend.

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Photo of Fenris244
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice honey colour with 3 finger head that lingers for quite some time before dissipating to a thin bubbly ring

Smell is very bread like with a noticeable sweetness and the faint aroma of hops

Taste was very malty at first then the hops took over only allowing the malt flavour to come back in the the after taste

Mouthfeel was good, I wasn't quite expecting the hops to be as powerful of a flavour as they were but they fade in the finish and allow the sweetness in the malt to balance it out

It's extremely drinkable, tasty with smooth finish. Overall a very enjoyable beer

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

A - A clear and orange-copper colour with about a finger worth of white head that quickly settles down to a thin ring with a little bit of a film. Looks pleasant, nothing remarkable but still appealing.

S - Bready malt is certainly heavy in the smell. It is matched with a less strong but still very noticeable smell of hops. Other sweet notes include caramel.

T - The taste is a nice balance between the malt and hops. Initially the taste is of the malt with a slight hint of the hops. As it settles the hops become much more pronounced. A very faint and sweet citrus taste and the bready malt also becomes apparent in the aftertaste.

M - The mouthfeel is interesting. I like it. There is an ever so slight harshness to the taste that gets much more pronounced as the beer gets warmer. The sweetness of the malts is nicely balanced by the slight hoppy edge that is provided, and the sweet but subtle flavours of citrus and caramel add to the taste nicely.

D - Even though it's 6.6%ABV I would still consider this as a potential session beer. All in all it's a good beer with a nice balanced taste which struck a good compromise between favouring the malt flavour but still adding a nice edge of pronounced hops and subtle sweet flavours to the mix.

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Photo of adam42381
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a medium amber color with orange highlights and a 2-3 finger foamy off-white head. Fairly decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet aroma of malt and caramel with just a hint of floral hops.

Taste: Sweet toasted malt up front followed by caramel and a hint of alcohol in the middle then floral and citrus hops at the finish. Aftertaste is mostly hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could knock back a few of these before you realize the alcohol is sneaking up on you.

Overall: Very solid beer overall, although I'm not sure it's really a Maibock. You could do a lot worse than this.

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

A- Thick amber colour with little head. Slight lacing. Medium carbonation.

S- Definite bready malts. Secondary pine resin hops which remained noticable through the drink as well.

T- Pretty upfront malt flavor. Hops tone down the alcohol, but never near the malt presence. Has some kick to it, but remains smooth. A bit of caramel and bubblegum flavor. Great bittersweet aftertaste with many lingering flavors. A very impressive job on the malts in this one and it has a very elaborate flavor. It's just a bit too sweet/fruity tasting for me though.

M- Creamy and smooth. Carbonation is spot on.

D- Easy to drink and satiates your thirst quite well. Would probably get it again, but it's fairly expensive in Ontario's LCBOs.

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3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber to pint glass.

A: Pours with a large 2 1/2 finger off-white head, fizzy and foamy. The head falls unevenly over an extended period of time and becomes a semi rock, airy cap. The body is clear and burnt umber in color, medium dark. The head sticks to the sides of the glass in thick foamy chunks. Lacing from the body is very good to excellent as well. Great appearance.

S: Heavy malt contribution with nearly roasted malts of caramel, cereal, toffee and nuts. Light notes of pine resin hops.

T: Robust flavor given the style, with low [dark] fruity esters. Hoppier on the palate than the nose let on. Flavors are spicy, wet and woody with notes of tobacco pulling through. Long flavor duration. A small amount of alcohol comes through on the flavor...

M: ...and the mouthfeel as well. Lively carbonation with a dry finish.

D: Average drinkability with no distinguished characteristics. Would take a pretty bad tap list for me to revisit.

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Photo of mash4077
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Dark, deep orange. Small white head fading quickly.

S- Bright citrus-hops scent, refreshing. Some creamy vanilla malt smells.

T- Vanilla malt flavors are showcased better in the taste, and the hops take a backseat. A little earthiness and a touch of caramel. Great balance and very smooth.

M- Creamy and full, great feel.

D- Absolutely spot on, this was quite a nice beer experience.

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
3.94 out of 5 based on 7,525 ratings.
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