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Tire Bite Golden Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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Tire Bite Golden AleTire Bite Golden Ale

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655 Reviews

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Reviews: 655
Hads: 996
Avg: 3
pDev: 22%
Wants: 10
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 655 | Hads: 996
Photo of merddyn2002
4.63/5  rDev +54.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was a great beer. We got it in a variety pack from Flying Dog. hops and malt were well balanced. Golden amber color. Excellent velvety head. Great rich aroma. The flavor was sublime. I could drink this stuff all day. A fine fine example of a golden ale.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.42/5  rDev +47.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a wickedly illustrated 12 oz. bottle - into a pint glass

A - tiny head, gone in a flash, color-very clear golden (looks crisp and light)

S - hops, sweet malts(apple, caramel?)

T - extreme balance here, medium hop bitterness, openes w/ a welcome sweet malty close, extremely satisfiying

MF - very light, crisp from high carbonation

D - they just don't make 'em more thirst quenching and refreshing than this. This may be the ultimate grill-out beer. Drinking this here in the early days of may makes my brain's mouth water for the upcoming days of summer - good times great beer!

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Photo of Symphonic
4.3/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a good aroma. I poured it into the glass and it was very clear with a slight head on it that dissipated in about two minutes. It is very smooth with good carbonation. Also, this beer has a pleasant taste with a good, grainy aftertaste. I highly recommend this brew.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.3/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I expected to hate this after reading the reviews. It is a great session beer.

A: Pours up straw with gold highlights. The white head dissipated quickly.

S: A hint of citrus in the aroma, a bit of sweet malt.

T: Hops and malt are perfectly balanced. Subtle and subdued. A bit of hops on the tongue, but subtle.

M: Very nice. It's not thin. The CO2 tickles my tongue.

D: This is a great beer. Not too heavy, the hops don't overwhelm you, and it's light and crisp.

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Photo of arboristfish
4.3/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color of this beer is a golden almost pale yellow. Head is a fizzy white. There isnt to much of an aroma with this beer. Smell of malt more than there is of any hops. The flavor of this beer reminds me of a creamy sweetness. Looks like the brewer uses munich, and malted white wheat malt. Which helps to explain the taste. The hop flavor is and bitterness is low and yet I think hallterau and perle work well together in this beer. From what im tasting I think Flying Dog hit the nail on the head with this style. A very good kolsch!

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Photo of StaEva
4.27/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. Pours an enticing golden autumn wheat color with a half-finger white head that dissipates by sip number 2 or 3.

Simple, honey-sweet maltiness and a sweet yeasty caramel exhale coupled with moderate carbonation, hop roundness on the sides and grassy/citrus hop aromatics make this beer extraordinarily flavorful and drinkable by the dozens.

I disagree with those saying this beer is bland and watery, I found very little of that here save a thirst quenching quality lacking in heavier styles.

Give it a try and decide for yourself.

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Photo of Jordan
4.24/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Even though the 6-pack I purchased was 9 months past the 'best before' date, this was a much enjoyed drink. Fruity malty aromas on the nose, this combonation carries over onto the palate. Amaising how similar a smell and taste can be. Finishes very dry. Even though the head dissipates basically to nothing and has a yellow straw color, it's packed with sediment! Pick this up sometime.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.1/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Duvel snifter. Label stamped 279A11. What does that even mean? The best by the 279th day of 2011? Maybe someone can beermail me the translation. I haven't had many beers in this style so I'm sort of using light lagers as areference point.

Appearance -Hazy orange amber. Big frothy white head with low stick.

Smell - Musky hop. Very grainy. Some malty sweetness present when swirled.

Taste - Burst of flavor. Sweet. Alcoholic. Very well balanced. Clean finish. Slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Refreshing. Light but effervescent, so there's not any watery feel.

Overall Drinkability - Nooff characters. Well balanced and definitely not dull.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.1/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think of this more as a lager than anything else, and I'm scoring it based on that.

For a lager, this is a pretty darn good beer. It's bright golden in color, lightly carbonated with a thin, quickly fading head. Tastes like a full-bodied lager, more malt character than anything else. Thin, crisp and clean in the mouth, and easily drinkable.

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Photo of Shaw
4.1/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely golden color with a very white head that reduces to a nice quarter-inch thick layer in my glass. There is also substantial carbonation.

It smells of grass and nobel hops with just a hint of earth. Quite nice.

The taste is nicely bitter with a lovely flavor of malt for balance.

The body is far from watery. It has a nice substance to it.

This beer is very easy to drink and just shows that Flying Dog is a great brewery.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.07/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an easy drinking, nice crisp, smooth beer. Flying dog makes some nice beers..Almost tastes as if it has some type of sweet belgian yeast strain. Smells a bit of hops but is lacking there. Can't pinpoint the exact flavors of this beer, except, it is definitely a German style golden beer. Pours a nice golden color and is very malty on the front. A nice offering by Flying Dog.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.04/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Thin, spittle-white, cavernous head pops away fast leaves some filmy lacing. Beer itself is totally clear pale straw. Looks just like a bud light really. Nose is nicely balanced fresh grain, slight sugar, and hint of peach.

Tastes great! Light sugary sweetness makes a very mellow transition into a restrained hop fruitiness. Might be a little sweet for some, but this one of flying dog's better brews and a good, smooth drinkin' golden thats not too wimpy. Crisp and refreshing. Mouthfeel is a little on the thick side for this style, but I like that it has a bit of body to it

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.02/5  rDev +34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am definitely a fan of Kolsch's. I know that many find them too watery or dry. However, for me they remind me of the benefits of visiting Koln.

A. A clear amber brew with a light head.

S. Straw, grass, and sweet floral notes.

T. Crisp, light, refreshing beer, smooth.

M. Light carbonation, but very crisp.

D. Very drinkable.

A great example of a Kolsch. This is an underappreciated style. To truly enjoy it, wander around Cologne and you will get hooked.

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Photo of Leebo2007
4.02/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

With all of the Flying Dog Beers this one has the most bitter taste. Yet it does remind me of my earlier beer brewing expreriences! I always enjoyed the yeasty taste and smell of beer. And this one really has that aroma.

I would really like to try this on draft. I have had several of the Flying Dogs on draft in the past and it makes a big difference in taste!

Flying Dog is a great brewery that is slowly becoming a well known Micro all over the country! This only means that they will be bought out by a Mega Brewery or they will change their formulation all together! Let's hope not!

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Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really good beer. I'll definitely be going for this one again.

A - Nice light golden yellow color.

S - Sweet smelling, pretty good.

T - Light body, nice tasting, little sweet, little citrusy.

M - Nice light feel

D - Very good. I could have quite a few of these.

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Photo of joshlara
4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A very light beer, clear gold color, thin white lace, appears exactly like a pilsner.

Smell: Aroma of straw, grass, and sweet floral notes.

Taste: Flavor of grains, some biscuit, and finishes with a slight herbal somewhat bitter hop taste. Very light and very refreshing.

Overall: A great lighter style beer to have around during the 95 degree oven of the northeast in July. A good choice for an everyday session beer in the summer. Definately an alternative to Bud and other macros.

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Photo of boudreaux
3.98/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden, almost orange beer, with a touch of red; almost the color of apple juice; very clear and clean, as if looking at the world through orange-tinted glasses; light carbonation, with bubbles floating to the top periodically; head pours a white, frothy, .5 finger thickness that quickly dissipates; soapy lacing minimal, but there

S: pleasant, gentle bouquet of fresh, light, citrusy hops; when I say fresh, I mean same nose feel as when catching a whiff of a dryer sheet for laundry; really good

T: a bit more flavor strength than the smell indicated, but not in a bad way; the hops are definitely there, bringing crisp, fresh, citrus notes that make me think of summer; yeast/bread notes (biscuit?) and a wonderful, slightly toasted malt presence balance the beer well

M: light, almost medium body; smooth, almost watery; not flat, but on the less carbonated side; easy to drink, refreshing, and satisfying on the tongue

O: not disappointed with this one; smells and tastes matched up, with a few pleasant surprises along the way; definitely sessionable, especially when it's hot out

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Photo of Bighuge
3.98/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly clear light straw color. A slight bubbly white head with some retention. Nice subdued pilsner malt aroma. Very slight bitterness, but it is there. Light body. Easy drinking.

Kolsch is a somewhat simple style of beer, but if it is brewed properly, a kolsch can be very enjoyable. This one is good. Another good addition to the poolside cooler.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.97/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as bad as some of the other reviews indicated. I really enjoyed this beer. Not exciting but nice for style. Had a good flavor and crispness. Had a nice smell and was easy to drink. I don't know why this beer is dogged by so many people. I might buy a six of this next summer.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.97/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, straw, white small head.

S: Nobel hops that are nice and subtle.

T: Bread and a touch of sweetness.

M: Crisp, smooth and delicious.

O: Great summer drinking or pounding beer. This is simply non-offensive and flavorful. The noble hoping is tame and the bready sweetness is easy to drink in multiples.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.93/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is a bit weak, but biscuity malt and fruitiness make appearances as well as a touch of raisin. Color is a pale straw with a thin white head. A steady stream of bubbles rise through the crystal clear beer. Flavor is mild, but a touch spicy. Mouthfeel is medium-thin, and right on for a light, easy drinking beer like this. Drinkability is very good, if I could get it here I'd buy a heck of alot more for the summer.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.92/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just got this one in a trade from smakawhat—literally pulled it out of the box and opened it, so it's about 40° (the temperature outside where the box was sitting) and served in a pint glass.

The beer is clear and has a nice golden color, with some hints or orange. A pure white foam head rests on top. It was about a finger thick, but has settled to a skim. Swirling leaves a bit of foam behind.

It has a nice aroma of wheat and other golden grains. There is a small peppery aroma that I think comes form the yeast.

Crisp and dry are the first words that come to mind with this beer. There's a touch of sweetness. It's somewhere between green apples and pale grains. I like it. The brewery wasn't lying when they said this is a warm weather beer. It would be great in the summer.

The body is a little fuller than I expected, but the carbonation is average. There is a noticeable coat left behind that has some flavor. Carbonation tickles my tongue if I let it rest in my mouth before swallowing.

This is an enjoyable beer. I usually don't buy kölsches, but I'm glad I tried this one. I don't know if I'll rush out and buy any more (at least not until the weather gets warmer), but I'm inspired to brew one!

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Photo of 86MonteSS
3.92/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've often wondered how the lighter, "golden" ales could possibly measure up to their heavier, darker counterparts. Tire Biter is one of the lightest ales I've ever had, but damn is it tasty. An expectedly short-lived head, pale yet handsome color, and a surprisingly pleasant smell. The taste is sweet but not overly so. A slightly bitter aftertaste provides a poignant counterbalance.

Flying dog is quickly finding its way into my heart. This great-tasting golden ale definitely helps to seal the deal.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.92/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in a pint glass

A - clear yellow cabonated liquid, tight white head.

S - like most golden or kölsch style beer, German malts & hops.

T - crisp, light, refreshing beer, smooth balanced flavor.

M - light bodied, mild carbonation, no bitterness.

D - I would 'pound' quite a few of these on a warm summer afternoon/evening.

recommended for fans of the style.

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Photo of casadebia
3.92/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer that does little more than is expected from it. It is however one of most quenching beers Ive had recently. The appearance is about average with a pale yellow color barely showing gold. Smell was some toasted hops and fruit. When tasting the fruit tastes is for only a moment followed by malt and ending with a balance of hops. It is in between mild and medium hop balance leaning a little more toward malty and very mild sweetness. It has a smooth and very crisp feel to it that suddenly drops to a quenching dryness. This golden ale was perfect for a hot summer day ending my thirst problem instantly.

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Tire Bite Golden Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 655 ratings.