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): 6.50%

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.

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Photo of kosmoraios
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours a clear amber with a small head that is quickly forgotten. There is a distinct aroma of flowery hops and fruitiness, and a bit of toffee-like sweetness. Taste is of raisins and cashew nuts with the flowery hops on top and the toffee-caramel sweetness underneath. Not much depth of flavor, but not bad. The mouthfeel is a bit diacetyl-oily with smooth finish and inadequate carbonation that is quickly history. Pretty drinkable, but not the best offering that rogue has out.

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

12 oz Bottle Poured into Pint Glass

A: Golden color with an Orange Hue, a little on the cloudy side about 1 Finger head. Nice lacing.

S: Malt, Hops, a little fruity, and a little steely..

T: Very complex....Very Hoppy up front, hint of fruit and a steelness. The finish is bitter & dry, with a odd aftertaste.... lots of hops

M: Crisp, medium body.... good bit of carbonation.

D: Very interesting brew... it will take a little getting use to.... Not the best I've had... A little to Hoppy for my taste so it is really not my type.

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Photo of y2jrock60
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know if this review is fair since I didn't know this beer was a Maibock. I thought it was going to be an American Pale Ale, so I was definitely disappointed when I took my first sip.

A- Almost pure orange with a bubbly/creamy head that laces well.

S- Alcohol and sweetness with almost no hop aroma.

T- Sweet and alcoholic with a slight dry hop bitterness that fades into more alcohol.

M- Medium-Heavy bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

D- Not very drinkable, I could barely finish one.

Again, I don't know if this review is fair. I was expecting an APA. I thought this beer tasted almost like pure alcohol. There was a little sweetness and dry hopiness to the flavor, but the alcohol definitely overpowered it. If that's how a Maibock is, than I'm sure it's a good one. However, I didn't care for this beer. I'm going to definitely shy away from Maibocks in the future.

I do like dupplebocks like Troegenattor though.

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Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful amber-blonde color with a thin head of foam. Aroma is thick and malty, chewy with a hint of caramel. Taste is very interesting upfront. Malty and chewy with a buttery aftertaste that goes down quite smooth. Somewhat bready as well upfront. Chewy.

Not bad at all!

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Photo of mjw06
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

light amber color with a descent sized white head that came down at a moderately descent pace, left a descent lacing as well.

the smell was of not strong, nor weak; scent of blueberries, yes blueberries, and a light hoppiness.

taste was a fairly balanced malt that was difficult to describe, with a hoppiness that was slightly florally. the finish was crisp to the palate, but the medium-light body (that i enjoyed), kind of took away from the crisp factor.

good beer, but i dont see what the big deal is about this beer. nothing would have me crawling back to it, just a good refresher along side your meal.

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

This beer was just okay. I got it as a Christmas gift and was excited to see it was a Maibock as I like that style and usually don't buy that style until the spring. Although I didn't like it as much as say; Maibock by Capital Brewery, I think this is a perfect session beer. It had a decent, smooth, malty taste so it would be ideal to down 3-4 of them in a row. It had a nice copper color and there was a little bit more of a bitter hoppy taste than most maibocks. So I did like it, the beer just didn't wow me.

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Photo of Roman5150
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

bottle into duvel glass

appearance: ruby/amber color with a hint of orange, 1 finger white head

smell: nutty, caramel, some fruitiness, smells like belgian yeast (remind me faintly of a trappist), malt heavy, slight banana, pumpkin, very subtle earthy hops

taste: huge english malt backbone, slight bitterness from the hops, but not too forward, theres subtle notes of pumpkin and apple somewhere in the middle as well, the ending is very refreshing.

mouthfeel: not much carbonation, could use a little more

overall: Just bought a 6-pack, may revise this review once im finished with it. Not much experience with the style, but I enjoyed this beer. I feel like it will grow on me even more as well, its a very warm, tart, malty brew. I'm having a really hard time describing it, but it's very well balanced.

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

Poured pale amber with a coarse sturdy off-white head. Aroma is. . . it smells like iced-tea. Specifically; it smells like the iced-tea I remember my Dad making when I was a boy, out of Lipton tea bags -- it smells EXACTLY like that!

Damn. . . that is EXACLTY what it tastes like too! Unsweetened iced-tea made with Lipton brand tea bags. This is weird. . .

You guys get a 3.5 for this stuff -- and hey; STOP MESSING WITH MY HEAD!

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Photo of bceaglejoe
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured an opaque amber into a slim mug. A two-finger thick head formed quickly, and then it started to dissipate. Retention was decent. It wasn't so much of a "creamy" head, since it showed off a lot of carbonation. A strong, crisp floral hop aroma dominated the nose.

Tasting: I caught a lot of hop bitterness on the tongue and in the aftertaste. There was a little bit of malt sweetness balancing it out, but it almost didn't seem enough in my opinion. Based on what I've read about the style, this seems to be par for the course. After I got used to the initial few tastings, it started to come across as slightly more grapefruit-y. The taste stuck around in my mouth for a bit. The carbonation was more than I cared for. With a slightly higher-than-average alcohol content, drinkability gets knocked down a notch.

I think that what could have made this beer better would have been more malt balancing to offset the hop bitterness. I am open to the idea that others would prefer the assertive hop character, though. This one was (and is) definitely worth a try.

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Photo of KajII
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Lager Glass]

The pour was a mildly cloudy copper/amber with an orange hue and a small (less than 1 finger) off white frothy head that had decent retention and good lacing.

The aroma was of toasted caramel malts, citrus hops and a biscuit yeast with strong citrus, toffee and caramel notes.

The taste was sweetly bitter with a hint of caramel in the beginning then progressed into much bitterer flavor with a nice dose of citrus at the end, I am guessing a little lemon and grapefruit. The flavor stuck around long enough to let one enjoy the nice citrusy hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel had a smooth creamy texture and a medium body with a prickly carbonation.

Overall a super refreshing ale that had a nice blending of malts, hops and citrus. And one that is most definitely worth drinking again.

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Photo of brendan13
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pint glass a hazy orangey copper colour with a couple of centimetres of dense off white head that falls fairly quickly leaving some rings of lace down the glass.
S - Toasted caramel malt aroma with some earthy and herbal hop hints. The Rogue Pacman yeast is quite noticeable.
T - Like the smell the taste is definateky dominated by a toasty & caramel malty character with some slight earthy, herbal hops.
M - Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation. Dry, lingering toasty and herbal taste.
D - Worth trying, I'd drink it again but there are others in the same price range from Rogue that I'd buy before buying this again.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Orange pour with a small white head.

Smells very sweet and malty, almost like a doppelbock but not as rich.

Sweet malty taste that goes down smooth as silk. Wasn't sure that I was going to like this one but it really is pretty good.

Not sure I could drink more than one or two at a time due to the sweetness, but a very good tasting beer.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dead Guy is a hazy orange-brown beer with a smooth and clingy off-white head. The aroma is of sweet malt and fruity hops. It's rather faint and a little ciderish in the nose. In the mouth, it's dry and abundant in gravity. The flavor starts with the sweet malt, like baking cookies, which turns a little sour before unleashing its wooden bitterness and alcoholic warmth. It tastes much stronger than it is.
(rated Jun 11, 2007)

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Photo of founddrama
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great color, but I'm having a tough time placing the flavor. The bottle says hearty and balanced and I'll give it that. Also: I have to ask why they're calling it an ale if it's a maibock. (Aren't those lager yeasts?)

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Photo of acoatley
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light head that dissipated rather quickly. Color is golden amber with a light haze. Wonderful malty aroma with notes of caramel, no hops. Moderate hop bitterness hits you first with a nice caramel malty finish with a touch of raosty dark malt. Beer has good body and feels creamy on the palate.

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Photo of SpenCycle
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very standard-tasting beer. Tastes EXACTLY how malt extract smells. With some good and carbonation thrown in. Probably one of the best non-fruit, non-ipa ales I've ever had. Just not a fan of ales with no distinct flavor except malt. 40 IBUs on this bad boy, but no big hop flavor. A slight floral and smooth hop flavor.Reminds me of a Magic Hat #9. A little sweet, very malty, and a hint of bitterness. The phrase a "not quite pale ale" describes this beer.

Confused on one thing. This is a maibock, but is marketed as an ale?

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

a. rich amber/golden hues, with solid pillowy foam

s. aromas are suttle, sweet fresh bread odor is cut by a citrus/orange smell

t. well-balanced, nothing overpowering or dominant, it is a good representation of an amber

m. solid nothing extraordinary

d. only having a 22oz., something for the cooler months, will reconsider when frost hits

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Type: Bomber
Glass: Pilsner Glass
From: Main Street Liquor in Ann Arbor
Price: $8.99

Appearance: hazy and deeper orange. big frothy head, two fingers that slowly fades to a very frothy lacing.

Smell: strong aromas of bread followed by faint hints of alcohol and malts

Taste: Bread, some maltiness touches of spices, alcohol, and citrus.

Mouthfeel: pretty light in body. high carbonation, and warming finish

Overall: pretty good but nothing special. i wish the breadiness was weaker and the other tastes were a bit stronger.

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Photo of mrkc
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is thin, forming a cloudy copper brown brew with a thin head that quickly dissipates. Odour lacks complexity, with a sharp, citrus element. The hops are present, but not prominent. The taste is fairly omnidirectional, with the aforementioned citrus zing, and a light bitterness to finish. The body is light, and tends not to linger on the pallet. The beer is fairly sweet, though more in a fruit sense than saccharine. It drinks easily, and with its alcohol content, refuses to be a heady beer.

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Photo of david131
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear golden color. Even with a hard pour, not much of a white head forms. But, when looking beneath the surface, I can see many streams of bubbles forming- they just don't seem to want to stick around much once they reach the surface.

S- Not all that much of a quaffer. Some malt, citrus hops and there seems to be some spiciness to it as well.

T- Caramel malt and citrus seem to be the most overwhelming part of the flavor. Kind of sweet. Interesting.

M- Smooth with a little bit of a hop bite in the end. Very interesting indeed.

D- This took me quite a bit of time to consume considering the low ABV. This was a very interesting brew.

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Photo of harrymel
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper apricot ale with brilliant clarity. Single finger head of loose off-peanut foam dissipates to thin sheet of the same. Spotty lacing.

S: Sweet malts with earthy hops. Nice, and forgettable.

T: Tastes like a helles. Sweet backbone, earth hops. Not too much to say here. A little too much residual sugar for me.

M: Medium body, smooth feel with light carbonation. Leaves a wetness in the mouth.

O: well done. Great for a flagship, can see why so many people drink this on a regular basis.

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

This beer poured a hazy amber with a 1 finger high off-white head, which disappeared quickly.. There was light lacing on the glass. The initial smell of the beer is that of malts, barley, and dark fruits. The initial taste of the beer were sweet dark fruits with a malt backbone. The beer finished with barley on the tongue. The brew had a light to medium body with light to medium carbonation. Overall, it was not that bitter of a beer and slightly sweet.

In conclusion, this beer was ok. I'm not a fan of bock beers, so this was an experiment for me, frankly I'm still not a fan of them. Overall, it tastes like a bock beer and is probably a good beer for those who like the style.

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Photo of ronricorossi
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bar Cesar on Piedmont Ave in Oakland

Never had a Dead Guy, saw it on tap, know it to be something of a Pacific Northwest classic, figured it was time to try it. Have to say, my experience with it was..."not so chill". Big complaint - the finish came off way malty in a "malt beverage" kind of way. Reminded me of what I remember a Michelob tasting like. Whatever else was right about it, can't shake that finish, that less than pleasant overall taste on the back end.

Willing to give it another chance - maybe a bottle instead?

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

Auburn with a lot of highlights, nice head. Smell is of caramel malts. A good candiness in this brew, but a malt/hop interplay that is kind of annoying. Big body, smooth.

Like most of Rogue's stuff, this fails to impress me. I think I am narrowing it down to their odd bittering hoppage and the boring yeast. A good beer but not one that I am likely to return to.

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