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Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
88
very good
2,380 Reviews
Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

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.

Added by kbub6f on 09-05-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,380
Ratings:
7,356
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
21.83%
 
 
Wants:
286
Gots:
1,725
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 2,380 | Ratings: 7,356
Photo of matuto
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle, drinking in a clear plastic cup on the go. Very good beer, specially because of its caramel and honey aromas. Nice bitter end too. Medium to light body and highly drinkable.

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Photo of gamesjunkie
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not much to say about this one. It gets a lot of hype as being amazing, but I wasn't overly impressed. Slightly floral, earthy and spicy. Tastes good, but not great. The quality is great, but the beer itself just doesn't impress. Absolutely not worth the 13 dollars for a sixer. I can only hope Rogue's other beers make up for this one.

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Photo of Martine
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber-copper from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass with initial large white head a finger high, moderate retention, and minimal lacing.

Nose is mellow and sweet with subtle caramel, malt, bread, and cereal grains. There's a just a hint of creaminess to this ale, and something a little herby/spicy underneath it all.

Initially the taste is very caramel/malt forward with plenty of sweetness, honey, cream, gooseberries, and earth. Those fruity earthy flavours come through more on the swallow and linger into the aftertaste moreso than the grainy flavours. Somethng akin to nectar and elderflower comes through very strong towards the end, giving the beer a secondary sweetness, and bringing those floral flavours full circle.

It feels light-medium bodied with low carbonation, and has a slight mouth-coating quality to it which dries up fairly quickly.

I've never had anything like this before, it's a very sweet beer but it doesn't shove it in your face either, quite reasonably balanced with those floral and earthy notes keeping it grounded. Nice beer, different, but very sessionable.

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Photo of Markaye
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In Portland (home of sixty breweries) for two weeks, without finding anything in the reasonable alc range that beats Dead Guy. You have got to love Oregon. Where else can you buy Imperials to fly (and local whiskey) on the back side of security! At the Portland airport they are celebrating a Port of Portland centennial with Dead Guy in specially labeled imperials...just the thing for you collectors.

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Photo of zDeen
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy copper color with little to no head. Smells somewhat caramely and bready but my sinuses are messed up thanks to all the blooming trees!! The taste is exceptional with a nice balance of malt and hops, I think it starts on the sweet side and ends slightly bitter, however the sweet taste is more prominent overall. The medium bodied, crisp feel really serves as a nice transition from heavy beers of the winter to the summer ales and light beers that dominate hot weather. IMHO this beer is amazing on draft, one of the best I've ever had. It is still good out of the bottle but not quite the same.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

**
05/09/15
On tap at Dubh linn square. Dark copper color. Bitter spicy flavor. Strong, but easy drinking. Good mix of hoppy and malty. Starts bitter, but ends smooth.
A classic Rogue.
**

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Photo of BeerPredator
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful light amber color, minimal head retention. Not much to smell hop-wise, with all aromas coming from malt and even then there is traces of biscuit and carmel. Tastes like a dryer, stronger amber beer. Definite notes of orange. Hop taste is minimal, faint earthy floral hops but that is really reaching. Great mouthfeel, a little more dry than I'd expect but easy to drink; never knew it was 6.5% until I was done with it!

Overall, I really liked this beer and would recommend it to anyone that likes amber beers or bock-style beers.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A smooth, pretty beer that's complicated enough to stay interesting. Amber with a good head and some lacing. I expected something more exotic, given the name. A little heavy on the malt and caramel, which is fine by me. Good spring beer. On tap at the beer garden in Sunnyvale.

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Photo of mickwin
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pale brown with generous head, aroma is malty with citrus and caramel, strong flavour, caramel, malt and hoppy finish, a nice beer, with just a touch too mych caramel for my taste

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Photo of drmeto
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a hazy amber-red with a medium to big,foamy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-orange,tangerines,caramel,honey,gooseberry,peach,slight grapefruit
T:
-Follows the nose with a toasty finish
-low to medium bitterniss
-finishes dry
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium,creamy body
O:
This is not a Maibock,hell it's not even a Lager.
Aside from that,a great Amber Ale though

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

22oz bomber in a tulip glass.

Pours a dark golden honey color with a fast fading 1F white cap. Some lingering film and light lacing remain. There's abundant fast moving bubble activity. The beer looks great in the glass.

Slightly sweet malt aromas, caramel, toasted fruit bread, and biscuits.
I look for hops and find malts.

It tastes like above with the addition of malted milk balls sans the chocolate. Is that a floral hop or so that I'm picking up? Yes, some candied fruit, too.

Bold body with a smooth feel. Sweet at first, clean finish. A touch of alcohol.

A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsener glass. It pours a cloudy amber color with a one-finger, milk-white head and lacing. It smells of malt, pear, caramel, and some earthy spice. The taste is complex: sweet malt, peat, molasses, coriander, and a hoppy, bitter finish. There's a lot going on here. This ale is medium-bodied, nicely carbonated, and easy to drink at 6.5% ABV. Overall, this is the type of ale I enjoy: well crafted with lots of flavors, substantial but at the same time easy to drink. This ale would pare well with a hearty meal of pork or beef, or for casual drinking with friends. Very good!

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish copper with a nice white head and good carbonation. The smell is sweet malt and earthy with some hoppiness to it. The taste is nice like subtle caramel with a spiciness and bitterness at the end. The caramel and hops last until the next swallow. Very tasty brew.

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Photo of Bosazga
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking this whenever I see it on-tap since about 2002 (I'm from NY). This pour was particularly cloudy, which worked well with the weather here in the "Couve"...

Good clean glass - good start

Smells like feet - typical for a chum-swillin ale

Such a great hearty malt taste - almost salty as well as sweet

Wonderfully smooth and even-bodied goin down

Don't think I'll ever get tired of it - prefer it on tap as it is not as consistent in bottles (and almost as expensive!)

I don't know what that's about, if I can get Lagunitas all day long from 650 miles away for $10 a six, why can't I get Dead Guy from 90 miles away for any less than $12?

I'll keep letting people serve it to me I guess :)

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden, opaque copper, with a bubbly white head. Little to no lace. Aroma is a mixture of malts and a little bit of an earthy, coriander smell. Taste is smooth and good, albeit not super memorable. Great standard ale flavors. Feel is good. It doesn't feel harsh or difficult to drink. Overall, good standard no-frills craft beer right here.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark gold. Not an overly complex flavor, mostly caramel and malty flavors. That being said, this beer is very good, just nothing that is over the top.

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Photo of DaneBramage
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I hate to knock this beer, it has a very smooth malty/nutty flavor and went very well with a steak and baked potato. But being smooth in this case means not very complex flavor. Just a nice ale with no aftertaste whatsoever. Probably would not order it again since it just was not that memorable. Strange to give it high marks and then say I'm not interested in having it a second time, but the flavor just doesn't do anything for me.

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Photo of Myotus
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle (no date) into a pilsner glass.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of off-white foam that refuses to die. Dark gold in color with a slight cloudiness. There is a plethora of medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is thick and moderate.
SMELL: Strong biscuity malt aromas entangle with mild caramel aromas and subtle floral and earthy hop aromas.
TASTE: Strong biscuity malt and caramel flavors enter initially and are immediately followed my mild floral hop flavors. Subtle bitter and earthy hop flavors along with hints of alcohol enter lastly as both biscuity malt and caramel flavors push on, but floral hop flavors grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Full-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth and creamy. Finishes crisp.
NOTE: A dang good beer. If you haven't had one, go buy one.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 650 mL Bottle

A- Pours a Honey colour with a minimal fizzy head. No lacing.

S- Not a very intense aroma but entirely sweet maltiness.

T- Bready maltiness, sweet malt, and a bit of citrus hop flavour coming through. Definitely malt-forward.

MF- Medium-High Carbonation and medium feel. Lots of visible CO2 bubbles clinging to the glass.

O-As my first Maibock and my first Rogue brew, I can confidently say that I enjoyed this beer to the fullest. One of the best lagers I've had the chance to try.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ah, the famous Dead guy ale coming from Rogue. I believe this was their flagship ale at one time, unsure if it still is, but not a seasonal Maibock but one sure to please the maltheads with a valid sessionability sure to have with food.
Pouring this into a mug, there's a gentle hazy pale burnt orange color with a thin white head that settles atop of and gently dissipates at a nice pace leaving some clingy lace gliding here and there around the glass.
The smell absorbs a sweet bready aspiring maltiness running the gamut upon caramel, toast and toffee aromas. Light citrus flexes nicely in the blend.
The taste sparks up with the sweetness of the bready and biscuity malts slightly allowing the citrus to come back and make their way into a sly aftertaste. Dry on the finish, this beer doesn't let one step away without feeling quite settled as the mouthfeel makes one feel quite satisfied in knowing that there's a nice full feel here yet still has the ability to stand with its respected food.
Would I have this again? Of course I would, what other Maibock/Helles lager in the American market can be found anywhere I go and be a great pairing with its respected food? Write back when you find another. I'll stick with this.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

FANTASTIC pale ale. I don't normally like pale ales, but this one might pull me into trying some more. It's very flavorful, just the right amount of hops (not too many like some ipa's), and smooth to the last drop. I will definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of tlema1
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: deep golden color, with a thick, cream colored head
S: not much aroma
T: smooth, easy drinking, slightly malty
F: smooth finish
O: great beer, just like a Helles lager should be

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Photo of schwansmantr
2.7/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not one of my favorites, but haven't had it in a while so I thought I'd give it a shot.

Look-Clear light amber color, light carbonation,poured 2 finger head and had no head retention.

smell- not intense but malty

Taste- some citrus hop notes in the tastes, , finishes bitter and dry, taste is very different than the aroma, lingering mix of bananas

feel- light

overall- Not a fan letter grad D

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Photo of gandres
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Growler to wine glass
Appearance: dark amber color, hazy, tan head that disappears slowly quickly
Aroma: Slightly hoppy on the nose
Taste: Medium bitterness
Mouthfeel:: medium body, fizzy,
Overall: Good beer, good to repeat, not to look for
Drank in 2012

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Photo of Mohi6809
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not one of my favorites, but haven't had it in a while so I thought I'd give it a shot.

Clear light amber color, light carbonation, and no head retention

Smells like a bock, light yeast/bread, not intense

Light, carmely flavor, with small hints of roasty nut flavor with a bit of spice.

Clear with a light carmely feel. Low carbonation. Kind of oily.

Overall a good beer that grows on me. I enjoy a amber colored bock-style ale every once in a while

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
3.94 out of 5 based on 7,356 ratings.
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