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Tire Bite Golden Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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983 Ratings

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Ratings: 983
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 17.94%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | 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:
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 therica
3.88/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice.

A= clean golden-yellow, little head, little lacing but pure-white.

S= very fresh, some florals and mild citrus notes, mild malts and musty hints.

T= light but delightful, slightly sweet, a little more hops-bite than many golden-ales; reminds me slightly of a nice Czech Pils akin to the slightly-sweet Vyskovska but with hops-bite.

M= light but nice, slight sweetness, florals, malts, mild hops-bite, noticeable malts lingering.

D= very drinkable, this would be a great session on-tap beer if available.

therica, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of JRed
2.23/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

WARNING! WARNING! RING THE ALARM! AN INTRUDER IS PRESENT! That is what should have went off in Flying Dog's brewery before the Anheuser-Busch people came in and changed their formula. This beer looks like bud light, smells like Coors light, and tastes like Pabst Blue Ribbon... and that's not a compliment. With a look of public restroom toilet water and a taste reminiscent of PBR with an aftertaste of nail polish it leaves me to believe that this is a joke. College keg parties unite, we have a newcomer to the exploited beer scene! Except Flying Dog would charge $32 for the same product you could spend plenty less on. I apologize if I am insulting but this brewery should leave this dog in the cage.

JRed, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, 16.5 IBU,

A: Pours gold with a fizzy white head with poor head retention.

S: Apple cider, grapes, malt.

T: Very light bready malt with some acidic apple-grape juice. Hops more evident than I think they should be since the other flavours are so light.

M: Light-bodied, dry, crisp, light carbonation.

D: A fair Kolsch though I found it too hoppy for the style, but easy to drink in the hot weather.

Halcyondays, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of berserker256
2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Did I pay for the Hunter S. Thompson artwork? I fear and loathe this beer. Overpriced and mediocre. No head. No lacing. Decent golden color. Smells earthy and somewhat malty. I can taste some maltyness also. A little bitter aftertaste. Thin and fizzy. I was expecting a lot more. That's about all I have to say. Very plain.

berserker256, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clean golden yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, fruity hints, and a dry sugary smell. In the taste, mostly an alcohol sweetness, with a yeasty dryness. A smooth medium body mouthfeel, with a yeasty and sugary aftertaste. I don't know if this kolsch wanted to be a Belgian style golden ale, either way, eh, not so good.

OWSLEY069, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of beeragent
3.43/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark straw, forming a 1/2 inch thin white head that quickly faded. Minimal lacing on the glass. The aroma is mix of malts, hops, and hint of grain. The taste is light, consisting of a more pronounced hop presence, with an almost equal amount of malt in the finish. Light and crisp mouthfeel. For a lager, this is very refreshing. Light in body and flavor. I can see why this is a summer beer. Very enjoyable.

beeragent, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty pale sunshine and amber mix. Very light sofft bubbles and an even ligter, fakinter head and foam. No lacng. The aroma has a hint of must mixed with pilsner like earthiness and a little grassy spice. The palate starts with somevery dry malts, then some metallic taste mixed with a little bread. This beer feels a litle like licking a battery at times. This beer gets easier to drink the more inebriated you get.

scruffwhor, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of thisisshsas
3.28/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Last night bought a 6 pack of this beer. beer was very light and had a golden color (not surprisingly). Had a mellow and lager like taste, nothing bad per say, but nothing particularly special either. Definitely a beer that I could drink all night though.

thisisshsas, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of PiecefulToker
2.48/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had a pint of this at the Flying Saucer in Nashville. Not a very impressive beer, nothing special about it at all. The flavors were all subdued to the point where it could be described as "boring." The malt was nothing to speak of, nor the hops. The mouthfeel was fairly thin, but went down easy enough. I could drink a lot of these, but wouldn't want to.

PiecefulToker, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of everetends
2.73/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle acquired through a Flying Dog Mixed pack. Poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a light, golden, yellow with a touch of white head. No head retention or lacing.

S: Smelled of sweet malt, citrus, and grains.

T: Tasted like sweet malts, spicy hops, citrus and that metallic twang that Flying Dog does oh so well.

M: This is a pretty much clean finishing beer. Goes down dry with a touch of the metallic aftertaste lingering.

D: Tis an ok beer. Not too bad but still has the metallic funk that Flying Dog suffers from in my opinion.

everetends, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of GoodKnight1220
2.2/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Poured a light slightly golden yellow, it was a bit foggy with no head and no lacing.

Little to no smell, if anything some grain and malt.

Taste was quite bland, thin, and crisp. Heavy taste of grain and ending with a slight taste of hops.

Could drink a few of these, but won't buy again.

GoodKnight1220, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of jordoo
2.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

120z bottle poored into a pilsner glass.

Poors very pale yellow with a small white loose head that exits rather quickly. Smells of grainy malts and hints of honey with a little vague spicey hop smell as well. Tastse is grainy malt flavor with some sweet honey like flavor in the middle to the end also has a little hop bitterness. Thin mouth feel, but otherwise drinkable. Not a whole lot to this one, and while it wasn't offensive it just did nothing for me.

jordoo, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly of light malts with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready but light with flavors of grainy malt sweetness and some hops bitterness. Overall, it's a simplistic flavor which is normal for the style. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, the finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's nothing out of the ordinary but it's still worth drink for a little while if you want something light that still has some substance.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautiful clear golden color with generous white head that retains very well. Reminds you that you're drinking a real beer, not some beer like liquid that only has a head for a few minutes.

Nose is faint with subtle citrus and malt.

Palate is predominately malt with a subtle citrusy herbal quality at the finish. If it is a kolsch, it is a very subdued version. Not much herbal. Comes across as more sweet than dry and crisp.

yemenmocha, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-ounce bottle adorned with wacky Steadman art, poured into a pint glass yields a clear pale golden body with a trickle of active carbonation crowned by two fingers of soft white foam with nice retention that leaves foamy webs of lacing.

Smells is lightly malty with a dash of citrusy zest.

Taste is dry and malty with a vague note of dry citrus and a slight grainy earthiness. A slightly-smoky nutty character with a little spice appears alongside a crisp, lightly herbal bitterness.

cvstrickland, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tire Bite pours a bright, clear, lemony-golden color, with a tight, fuzzy cap of white.

The nose is not impressive. There is a light sweet lemon and apple fruitiness along with some grainy pale malt sweetness.

Flavors of very lightly fruity and sweet pale malts, with a dominant toasted grain backbone and some lightly spicy, earthy hops. Light bodied but it has a soft, fuzzy carbonation that feels quite nice.

Hmmm, highly sessionable with decent flavor. Tire Bite is an okay beer.

Slynger, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of erikeifert
2.23/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pilsners are my favorite but i have started sampling kolsch. the few i have had have been very refreshing for the hot months here in the carolinas. this one is not very good. doesn't look like much. doesnt taste like much. doesnt smell like much. does it taste bad? no. but neither does miller lite, bud lite or coors light. but if it doesnt taste like anything why pay $9 a sixer? for nine dollars i could ve got a prima pils sixer or a twelve pack of dingerss(yuengling) and tasted something...needless to say i wont pick this one up again. it is refreshing though on a 90 degree night

erikeifert, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had this one from their sample pack. Really dim, yellow (almost piss-looking). The head actually is a decent aspect of the drink: very thick to frothy with creamy, patchy lacing. A little grassy aroma, but mostly thin, thin hops. The taste is somewhat lacking, with some sweetness but mostly a dull bitterness. The mouthfeel is pretty watery, making the bitterness way too apparent, and not supplementing it with any carbonation or body. Overall, a bit uneven and lacking.

fitzy84, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of KI9A
2.05/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2


A: Bottle, pours just like a macro lager.

S: Slightly skunky, grainy. Macro smell.

T: Very bitter. And not a "good" bitter, like a hoppy bitter. Can't place the bitterness, but, it is nasty. Nothing stands out, except a bit of a salty finish.

M/D: Not good, first drain pour in several months.

KI9A, May 31, 2008
Photo of andreasmwatt
2.58/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance -A Very small head. Definately Sudsy though. Average Ale.

Smell - Nothing really jumps out!!!!

Taste - Has a slight Alcohol taste to it. Which takes away from the beer.

Mouthfeel - Again Alcohol totally destroys mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Well it's drinkable, nothing great though!

andreasmwatt, May 26, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
2.23/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into the sam adams pint glass

A-Golden yellow and fizzy little to no head with no lace.

S-I'll be honest i thought i had opened a bud light or the like very grainy with very little hop presence.

T-Light and crisp but not much to do here it tastes way to much like an american mass prduced brew.

M-The carbonation level is good but leaves that near salty taste when the beer finishes

D-no thanks i'll drink this one but i dont belive i'll be buying this one again i stoppped drinking stuff like this a long time ago, their other beers are much better.

SpecialK088, May 21, 2008
Photo of Leebo2007
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!

Leebo2007, May 15, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

05/13/08- Purchased at Piazza's in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a freshness code on the bottom right of the label. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Dull yellow in color with a 1/2 inch quickly evaporating head upon the pour. Seems a touch couldy as well with a bit of yeast present. No lace left behind.

Smell- Mostly macro like grain scents. Maybe a bit of hop noticed, but not really any malt.

Taste- Definite grain, but has a nice sweet malt flavor in the beginning with a nice soft and light hop taste coming in afterwards. Maybe even a tad fruity.

Mouthfeel- About the normal mid-range carbonation level, failry brisk with a light grainy aftertaste.

Drinkability- Maybe the least liked of the Flying Dog beers I have tried, but still ok and drinkable.

GClarkage, May 15, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
2.48/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Nice, clear golden with small 1/2 inch head that recedes very quickly into almost nothing except a small white collar. Some lacing.

S - Beefed up American macro. Lots of cereal grain with an underlying sweetness. Not a lot going on here.

T - More American macro taste. Quite flavorless really until the finish, where some discernable grain husk appears followed by faint corn. Slightly bitter. Very lager-like to be an ale.

M - Not quite as watery as I'd expected, but still very thin. Carbonation is moderate. I don't think body or CO2 could save this brew.

D - Not too hard to drink, but it isn't very good. There just isn't any real flavor aside from the husk near the finish, and while it might make the beer easy to drink, it doesn't give me any reason to drink it especially considering the price. I'd actually rather throw back Bud or Miller all evening as opposed to this.

I don't know what the hell Kolsch is beyond BA's description, so perhaps I'm missing something when it comes to style, but this beer is utterly pointless. It's not really bad, it's just nothingness incarnate. I can't imagine what Flying Dog was trying to do with this offering; maybe they succeeded. I definitely won't be enjoying this outside of a Flying Dog mixed pack.

PatrickJR, May 13, 2008
Photo of animal69
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear light yellow-gold w a 1/2" fizzy white head which dissipates immediatly leaving little lacing in my stange ; a moderate smell, some grassy hops and cereal grains, a touch of fruits ; a bit sweet w/ a good initial hop bite and a crisp malt flavor, a bit of vinous alcohol in the finish, but not unpleasant ; a light-med body w/ a great deal of carbonation ; a pretty good beer, needs to be a little drier or lighter or something but is still quite drinkable...

animal69, May 11, 2008
Tire Bite Golden Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 983 ratings.