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

Another one of those great looking 22 fl.oz. “Bombers”, that I find myself rinsing out and placing on any flat surface in my Apartment for shamelessly selfish exhibitionistic purposes, “I have had this Beer”. I think I have more Bombers now than SAC.
Pours a slightly hazy looking deep amber orange apricot color – Fabulous!. A very well organised cream head that has StratoCumulusCloud-like qualities. The Clouds leave a lacey residue on the glass sides as they float aimlessly by (down?!). Lovely fruity nose on this beer, and I am no expert, but the quality of ingredients used are definitely prevalent in the aromas I think. A bitter sweet malt introduction, that leads to quite a fruity hoppy middle (I like this part the best!!) for it teases you like a windowed semi-naked stunning looking prostitute in Amsterdam. You want more, you know you shouldn’t!, but you have to have it!!!. As I worked my way through the beer, I find that I become easily more accustomed to its flavors, they are not strong, nor overwhelming, or even understated - just very well-balanced. Finishes with a nicely subdued hoppy malt finish with mild bitterness. A really good drinking beer this. I would like to try it on Draft. I do not care what “style” this beer is “supposed” be – I like it for what it is.

A Dream Exit - A Session on this Beer – then Expire !!!

“Dead Men Tell No Tales,
Live Men drink Rogues Ales”
TLBB – 21st October 2002

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Photo of Bali_hi
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle of dead guy drank

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

Pours orange/brown into an imperial pint with a half inch of off-white head. Floral aroma towards camomile with biscuit malt and honey sweetness.

Taste is bitter while cold. As it warms, the bitterness grows but the taste blooms: biscuit and earthy malt, herbal and spicy hops, ending in lingering, drying bitterness. My saliva glands continue producing long after I've swallowed the sip, as if expecting more fun. Tea with honey -- that taste and impression lingers, as the tannins reinforce the suggestion of black tea.

Highly drinkable, light on the tongue, wonderful.

Listed as a Maibock / Helles. Always thought of it as an APA.

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

Out of bottle into . . . plastic cup! Bummer for no proper glassware, but it did not tarnish the taste of this delicious beverage.

A - Poured into cup, it produced a thick foamy head that dissipated within a minute or two.

S - Hop scents as well as malt characteristics are discovered upon inhaling.

T - Much as described in taste category, but to elaborate; bittering hop flavor followed by a desirable malty balance.

M - Good mouth-feel, flavors subside and do not seem to linger for somewhat of a clean finish.

Overall - I like this beer and would definitely recommend it to everyone as a beer to be tasted. The only thing I could for that this beer does not deliver on is a fair amount of sediment to swirl in, but I cannot mark off any points for that.

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

I picked up a bomber of this at Riverside Beverage in Chattanooga. I was very excited to find a store that carried more than a few selections of Rogue in my area.

This brew pours beautifully into a standard pint glass. It’s appearance is a clear, rusty reddish orange. A lively off white head compiles robustly a nice three fingers high. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles make their way quickly to join the head. Lacing is somewhat sparse but persistant.

As soon as the bottle is opened the sweet maltiness in the aroma reaches out and tickles my nose. Caramel and toffee wrap themselves lovingly around the juicy hop aroma in the nose. This beer smells absolutely delicious.

The smooth, sweet malts roll their way across my tongue as bitterness prickles at the edges and back of my palette. Straight up malts and hops here baby, and I love it. Mouthfeel is moderate, and lets this one go down EASY. Insanely drinkable.

I will definitely be making a return trip for more of these, in fact I wish I would’ve picked up a sixer instead of a bomber. There’s always next time. In fact, now I know why they keep cases of this one by the door!

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Photo of CVC
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came in a 12 oz. longneck bottle; served in a pint glass.

The appearance is of a slightly hazy honey one, with a small, thin off-white head that dies quickly with thin lacing. The small is very mild, malty, with hints of apple. The taste is great; piney, but also mixed with some caramel. Great, refreshing mouthfeel, too. Really drinkable.

A perfect beer after a hard day's work. Cheers!

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

Poured from an undated 12 oz. bottle: clear, bright copper like a new penny with a half-inch, off-white head.

Quite aromatic with a soft, malty and fruity aroma, as well as a faint, oaky and vanilla aroma.

This one is quite refreshing and smooth with an emphasis on malt with a rounded fruity aftertaste. The use of an ale yeast makes this traditional lager style very unique. Some of that vanilla aroma is also evident in the flavor. There is an inviting hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.

This is a light to medium bodied offering with restrained, yet zesty carbonation. The mouthfeel is well-rounded with a mellow, malty flavor lingering on the palate.

Another solid offering from Rogue, maybe the best I have tried. This is an immensely drinkable bock that hides the ABV well.

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

Bought a 6pack in a handsome black box boldly emblazoned with the Rogue 'communist/star' logo. Individual bottles a little less intriguing, with the Cinco de Mayo style 'dead guy' amidst some psychedelic colors.

This beer poured a deep red color that seems to glow and sported a thin tan head; I had to work a bit harder on the next few beers to get a thicker head, which still didn't stick around long. Minimal lacing on the nonic glass.

The smell of this brew is good, sweet and tempting - earthy bread and honey.

Mouthfeel is also good, but the taste is even better; I really noticed with this beer that the scent adds so much to the taste - At one point I poured one into a tall hefeweissen glass because it was all I had handy and the scent and taste were really deminished. Use a nonic or a glass with a wide mouth so you can really breathe. The taste is sweet but not cloying, with rich flavors that swirl and excite every part of the palate, with a special treat on the back of the tongue when swallowing; Exhale through your mouth after you swallow for a fresh kick of sweetness that washes away the earthy tones of the beer and leaves you ready for another sip.

I prefer this beer relatively cool; After it starts to warm up the alcohol becomes more noticeable; Never astringent or ginny, but it leaves a certain sickly taste as the carbonation starts to fade and the beer warms. 6.5 abv - a lot or a little depending on what you're used to, but two of these put me in a right cheerful mood. Definitely not a session beer but definitely worth a try.

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

Pours a nice amber color, with a tan head.

The biggest smell here is malt and more malt, with some fruity characteristics.

This beers flavors are complex, there are honey and fruit flavors here, with tons of malt, and a slight hop bitterness. The taste is very breadl like, and for some reason it reminds me of cereal, sweet and grainy.

Overall this is one good beer, its so easy to drink, that the alcohol sneaks up on you.

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A - Dark honey/amber in color, some haziness, very slight white head with minimal lacing.

S - Definitely get malt and some hops, hard to describe, get some sweetness as well, maybe some slight citrus fruit.

T - Very malty and sweet with a nice layer of hops that brings bitterness to the finish, get some bread like flavors as well.

M - Medium bodied medium carbonation.

O - A very nice ale rendition, reminds me of some British ales. The balance of the brew allows for more than one.

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Photo of montecristo2
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a copper/amber color with one to two finger head.

Aroma is sweet- a very malty offering.

Taste is a balanced offering with some spice and malt flavors. A mix of caramel, honey and hop astringency.

A very drinkable, very balanced beer. Worth checking out. Very enjoyable.


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

Got this 12oz bottle in Michigan while visiting family and drank it back home in Ireland.

Pours a slightly cloudy, copper gold color-very nice looking. Left about a 1/2 finger white head that didn't stick around for long.

Sweet, some maltiness, and some light hops notes hit the nose-all very balanced and nothing overpowering.

A good mix of hops, malts, sweet, and bitterness all come together quite nicely here. Tastes like asweet ale with some caramel hints

Goes down relatively smooth and well-rounded with a light-medium body and mild carbonation.

I'd say that this is my first tasting of a Helles bock and I liked this version of the style, but I don't have alot to compare it to. The ABV is a bit high for me to make it a personal session beer. I think that you can get some Rogue beers here now too so that is nice-seems like they know what they are doing.

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Photo of sothisismyname
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

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

22oz bomber, served in a pint glass, consumed on 'Day of the Dead', Nov.1st, 2007.

A - clouded, red/amber color with a white head that thinned to a light layer, leaving some lacing on the glass.

S - malt and prune/raisin aroma.

T - malty taste upfront, some notes of fig or raisin are detected along the way, with a little hop bitterness on the finish. Complex flavors, yet it all seems to be in balance.

M - full bodied with mild carbonation.

D - goes down smooth and easy.

Final Note: I've made this a tradition for the past 3 years to drink this beer on 'Day of the Dead' but I may start drinking it on other days of the year as well. Dead Guy is another fine brew from Rogue.

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Photo of petitearvine
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of HossHiggins
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

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

Ahh good old dead guy has been a fall back for me for many a year. Very malty and smooth as you would ecpect. Head sticks around for a little while with a nice toffee hue to it. The taste is bits of chocolate and caramel just a great sort of malty flavor. A solid beer could have one of these everyday.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance:crystal clear golden amber color, quickly dissipating head

smell:rich and bready on the nose

taste:bready brown sugary malt flavor, rolls into lighly bitter hops that exhibit notes of citrus

mouthfeel:nice carbonation, medium body, finishes in a really pleasant dry way. fantastic

drinkability: snappy and tasty, rather refreshing while being full of flavor. I approve

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Photo of Patrick999
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appealing orange body, head retention is excellent in my pint glass.

Smells bready....kind of a sweet orange spice bread.

Very nice explosion of flavor - smoky caramel-covered hops with the above mentioned orange spice bread with some sweet raisins thrown in.

Crisp, drying and lip-smacking the way I find every Rogue beer I've had.

Certainly very drinkable, at 6.5%, though due to its substantial flavor, you might not be in a rush to session this. It's a savory beer. Maibock is a style a little out of my comfort zone that I've been appreciating more lately, and this is good stuff by my reckoning

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Photo of WillCookForBeer
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

one of the most outstandingly drinkable brews out there. smooth and refreshing without being weak or too summery. not too bitter and not too sweet, a perfect, and i mean perfect, beer for a time when you really dont feel like thinking about your beer. simply enjoy, if all other breweries made beers like this the world would be a drunker place

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

A - Pours a nice golden-brown amber color, hazy, with great head retention.

S - Plenty of sweet caramel and molasses, with a bit of honey. You can definitely pick up the roasted malt backbone to this beer. Outstanding and complex aromas - what a bock should be.

T - Sweet malts, bread, honey. A nice, balanced dry finish with just a touch of bitterness at the end to cut the sweetness. This is a pleasant and balanced bock - not as easy to find as you'd imagine. Immensely drinkable.

M - A good amount of carbonation. It's not too sticky, which is a pleasant surprise.

O - A really drinkable and balanced bock. Not extreme, but immensely flavorful. Goes down really easy. Bocks are not always my "go-to" style, but this is really worth a try if you're looking for that taste. As a hop head, I wonder what this would be like if they added a touch more hops - but, who am I to argue against big, bold, balanced flavors that go down this well? Nicely played, Rouge.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Cloudy, amber dark orange haze, fluffy just off white head, starts to stick

S: Smells kind of musty, like earthy hops, but a bit of fruitiness as well, malt is there but not really roasted at all, maybe even a little spice in there too, pretty complex

T: Similar to unique aspect of smell, also has some very resiny and earthy hops, nice big flavor, not too much bitterness that it overpowers the flavor, just enough, malt balances and creates that kind of sticky caramel note, delicious

M: Little dry, good medium body

D: Good, the flavors are great

Notes: I was not expecting the complexity of this beer. It doesn't every seem overly complex though. All the flavors and aromas work in perfect harmony without seeming like its trying too hard.

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Photo of Atron67
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle

ive actually had this quite a few times, and just found about a 1 year old bottle on the shelves, figured it was time to drink it see how it aged. not exactly to style or anything, but someone might be interested.

A- pours a cystal clear copper with a huge fluffy while head on top. lacing left all around the glass. good to see it retained those characteristics for so long.

S- spicy, still focused on the malts. has a light fruity character. pretty mellowed, not as good as the original, but still very solid

T- while i think that dead guy is good, i think the aging actually worked out really well for it. my main complaint in the fresh form is that its a little too spicy on the malt. the spice has (what i would call) perfectly mellowed giving this beer a superb smoothness and maltiness all over. the hop character has faded a bit, but its still pretty crisp and keeps a lighter hop character.

M-slightly creamy, medium carbonation.

D- awesome

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Photo of oggg
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I initially thought this was an ESB. It certainly has the hops.

Pours an orange hue, with a small head

Mostly malt in the nose

A significant front of hop bite gives way to a very broad and caramel maltiness. Not cloying. I guess at 6.5% this could qualify as a bock. Alcohol is subtle. An excellent quaffing beer.

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

Have had Dead Guy Ale several times, probably due to the unique bottle. In the past, however, I've never paid it the close attention that it deserves. Also it's price in this part of the country has steered me away. Miss those days out west when I could get a sixer for $5.50. Here it's almost twice as much. Anyways:

D.G.A. pours a reddish-amber color with a pillowy half inch white head. Slow but rising bubbles are noteable in the glass. Lacing is decent.

It has a sweet and buttery aroma to go along with an impressively strong malt presence. Some hops are accounted for, but not terribly noticeable upon first whiff.

The taste is sharp and relatively bitter. Malt and caramel hit the tongue impressively. Fruit (do I detect plum?) soon follows. The hops are well balanced, laced within a fruity/sweet overall flavor. Alcohol is noticeable in the throat, adding a bit of a stinging sensation--but taking nothing away from an overall enjoyable experience.

In the mouth, Dead Guy is full and moderately carbonated. There is not a terribly bitter aftertaste, but the caramel and alcohol presences linger nicely.

Overall, this is a very good and filling beer. Good flavor, impressive appearance and very well balanced overall. Too bad it costs too damn much to make it a regular.

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 7,610 ratings
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