Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

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:
2,373
Ratings:
7,297
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
21.83%
 
 
Wants:
289
Gots:
1,689
For Trade:
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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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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy copper color with not much head retention. Smells fruity, overripe apricots and peaches come to mind. Hops give this a bitter flavor, backed by light sour fruits. Decent beer, but probably nothing award-winning in my opinion.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, no date. DFH Tulip.

Appearance: Pours a straight up hazy amber, with 1/2 finger uneven tan head that quickly dissipates. Virtually no lacing. Below-average retention; retains a ring of froth around the edge, but not really anything on top. Should have a persistent head and be clear; it is neither - in fact there was quite a bit of sediment in the bottom of the bottle which is now haze in the glass.

Smell: Toasty malt; sweet caramel; really smells like an amber ale; noble hoppiness; remarkably like the Bell's Amber I had last night (and love dearly!). Interesting that I am told that Bell's is hopped with Wilamette and Cascade, while this is hopped with Perle and Saaz, and smells almost exactly alike. A testament to the overpowering and complex malt aroma. Another commenter mentioned bananas, and after re-approaching this, I can't help but smell overripe bananas.

Taste: Malty arrival, complex; there is a lot going on in the layers of malt here; finish is not exactly clean; a little slick and caramel malty, with some medicinal hoppiness and very slight citric tang.

Mouthfeel: Fairly high carbonation, but not excessive. Slick; heavier side of midweight. Not a very clean finish, particularly for posing as a Maibock. Really this is a failure as a Maibock. This is suffering from its category.

Overall: I know this is supposed to be a Maibock, but it is utterly apparent from the smell, and from the taste, that this is an amber ale afraid of the pejorative name. Well it is an amber ale, and I love amber ales, and it is good beer (though not as good, if you ask me, as Bell's Amber or Lagunitas Censored). It's a malt bomb worth a yearly revisit. It is absolutely not a Maibock; graded as an Amber Ale, this would be 4+.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a stein

A: Pours a light amber color with a white thick frothy head, head did not retain, not very carbonated, no lacing.

A: Caramel, toffee, bananas, bread, very sweet smelling, not getting any citrus notes that others got.

T: Picking up some citrusy hop notes in the tastes, up front it's caramel, hint of bananas, the middle is citrusy hop bitterness, finishes bitter and dry, taste is very different than the aroma, lingering mix of bananas and citrus bitterness.

M: Medium body with an average amount of carbonation, dry finish.

O: Not sure what to think, it's almost like the beer wants to have sweet fruit characteristics but then the citrus hop bitterness appears in the taste, its balanced but I don't like the sweet/citrus bitter combination, not for me.

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Photo of Walkersam1867
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Labeling is done extremely well for this beer. The simplicity and well colored logo set it apart from other brew. Has a smooth taste with a good kick.

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Photo of rjd722
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint glass, deep amber color with a slight orange hue. There is a really nice foamy head to this one, lasts throughout the entire experience. A big, sweet, bready, malt aroma is present. Bready malts come through on the taste as well, great balance between the sweetness and malt. Mouthfeel is a wheat filled malt with some fruity hints mixed in, very good for this variety.

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Photo of JLaw55
2/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was not good. Too sweet, tasted like it was incomplete. Had a slick almost oily mouth feel. Kind of upsetting to my stomach.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of jcbogantes
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Off white head, malty sweet aroma, sweet and malty flavor with the presence of the alocohol right a way but balnced and nice. It doesn't linger in your mouth just finished with some warmth from the alcohol.
Very good brew

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It has a really good malt profile, with a nice hop undercurrent. The alcohol level definitely makes itself known, but it's not too terribly intrusive.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light copper/amber with a lovely orange hue. Good creamy lace retains throughout. Fruity aroma, I detect bananas, biscuity malt, caramel. Malt forward taste, bready, sweet, and well balanced by a strong dose of hops that are strongly felt in the finish and slightly bitter and resiny aftertaste. Medium to light bodied, smooth, creamy, and highly drinkable. Strong, crisp and piercing carbonation makes it very refreshing. I liked this one a lot.

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy copper color. Very light head. Very carbonated. Malty and musty smell. Taste is smooth with a mild hoppiness. Overall this is a solid ale. Its very drinkable and refreshing ale. Not to bitter not to sweet. Reccomend.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very average-looking bright chestnut with a present if not overwhelming amount of khaki head. The smell is rich, sweet, and complex. The taste is similar. I'm not familiar with the style, but there's a lot going on here. Tastes bright, but with punch. Also feels full and tasty on the mouth from start to finish.

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Photo of 303beer
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful amber with a hint of red. Head is thick and rocky. About an inch of it in a tall pilsner glass. Leaves a fair amount of lacing. Malty and lights hops up front. Malt persists a little longer.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, Pours a hazy amber colour with a thin white head. Aroma is malty of caramel, honey, some bread, spicy orange, subtle nuts and red berries. Taste of caramel, molasses, honey, red berries, bread then orange, cranberry and slight apple. A quite dry, caramel then orangey, earthy bitterness in the finish. A very malty, sweetish start and then a fruity, citrusy end. Really decent.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Red tinted amber and is fairly flat with a very thin film of white on the top. S: Rich malt aromas. T: Has a lot of bock flavors – rich bready malts – with some interesting ale fruit notes and rich spicy hops. F: Medium body and medium carbonation. O: An interesting, well made hybrid.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Maibock Helles bocks are not my usual beers but loved this one. Nice body with notes of carmel, fruits and some spices. Nice finish. Definitely a do over.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, caramel colored with a yellow white head that dissipates leaving a little frothy lacing, slightly hazy

S: caramel malt flavors mix with peppery hops, slightly sweat and bready

T: sweet and malty up front, brown sugar, roasted almonds, spicy hops

M: medium to full, slightly sticky, lower carbonation

O: nice malt flavors balanced by noble hops

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Photo of Shemmy
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not really a huge fan of this one. Its fine, but more money than I want to shell out for something this middle of the road. It has a nice fruitiness, and as a whole it works well in a hot climate such as Thailand, but just is lacking a few elements that could push it over the top and make it a more interesting beer. Rogue has made a huge push in the last few years into bars in Bangkok, so Dead Guy is something I often drink, tho wouldn't if I lived in most other places in the world. Generally, of the beers available here, Leffe or Hoegaarden is better value and both are available draft whereas Rogue is bottle only. I expect that situation will be changing soon as the thaw on SE Asian factory lager monopolies (Singha, Tiger, Chang) is on in this country in a big way, finally.

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Photo of RogueDave
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one took me a little while to get into. At first, I did not like it at all. The only reason I even tried it again was because it was the only beer available one night when I got off work. My roommate had the fridge stocked with Dead Guy, so I had a couple with him and it slowly started to grow on me. When I went to the Rogue brewery in Newport (I used to live in Oregon) and had it on tap, I was hooked. Now, it's one of my favorites. The only thing I do not like about it now is how damn expensive it is, especially here in New York (where I have lived for about seven years now).

Overall, I enjoy the dark flavor of Dead Guy and do not find it at all bitter. It is a good balance of flavor similar to a light porter but with the complexity of a stout (when had on tap). Warning: once it begins to get warm, the flavor turns on you and it becomes very unpleasant. I find all Rogue ales are better had cold.

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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