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Tire Bite Golden Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

Tire Bite Golden AleTire Bite Golden Ale

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968 Ratings

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Ratings: 968
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 17.94%

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2001)
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Photo of merddyn2002


4.68/5  rDev +55.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 14:35:39 | More by merddyn2002
Photo of bonsreeb85


4.45/5  rDev +47.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 18:47:57 | More by bonsreeb85
Photo of Symphonic


4.33/5  rDev +43.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 02:43:00 | More by Symphonic
Photo of hiikeeba


4.33/5  rDev +43.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 22:14:01 | More by hiikeeba
Photo of arboristfish


4.33/5  rDev +43.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 21:07:00 | More by arboristfish
Photo of StaEva


4.3/5  rDev +42.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 00:13:20 | More by StaEva
Photo of Jordan


4.25/5  rDev +41.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2001 18:05:14 | More by Jordan
Photo of bigdeuce


4.13/5  rDev +37.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 01:45:57 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of Shaw


4.1/5  rDev +36.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 03:04:56 | More by Shaw
Photo of snaotheus


4.1/5  rDev +36.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 05:24:41 | More by snaotheus
Photo of ZenAgnostic


4.1/5  rDev +36.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 19:26:56 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


4.05/5  rDev +34.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2006 21:12:25 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Photo of joshlara


4.03/5  rDev +33.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2004 02:23:53 | More by joshlara
Photo of MarkSCCOT

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +33.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 21:47:36 | More by MarkSCCOT
Photo of Bighuge


4/5  rDev +32.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2002 21:42:05 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Leebo2007

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +32.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 14:24:06 | More by Leebo2007
Photo of richkrull


4/5  rDev +32.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 21:42:29 | More by richkrull
Photo of jasonjlewis


3.98/5  rDev +32.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 06:52:55 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of JerseyKirk

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +32.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 02:06:05 | More by JerseyKirk
Photo of Sixpack595


3.95/5  rDev +31.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2005 08:19:56 | More by Sixpack595
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.95/5  rDev +31.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 00:12:36 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of casadebia


3.95/5  rDev +31.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 20:48:24 | More by casadebia
Photo of boudreaux


3.93/5  rDev +30.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 20:24:44 | More by boudreaux
Photo of ToasterChef


3.93/5  rDev +30.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 19:16:19 | More by ToasterChef
Photo of clvand0


3.9/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a normal golden color with a small white head and little lacing on the glass. The aroma is somewhat malty with hints of wheat. The flavor was very enjoyable and very smooth - not like the aroma. This is a very easy to drink beer and I would recommend trying it to anyone. It doesn't have any really complex flavors or aromas nor is it anything too special, but I think it's the best offering from the Flying Dog Brewery and it's an enjoyable drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2003 17:48:25 | More by clvand0
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