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Tire Bite Golden Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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989 Ratings

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Ratings: 989
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 3
pDev: 18%
Wants: 9
Gots: 23 | 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.
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Photo of pentathlete
3.05/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting art on the label. Poured this into a tall collins glass. In this glass the head exceeded an inch and hung out for a few minutes. The streams of bubbles were attractive, the color a little darker than I expected, but a standard yellow. The nose was mainly malty and a touch of butterscotch, more grassy than anything else. Taste was fine, not particularly fascinating and not bad at all. Carbonation, ever so slight hop presence, and a weak sweetness. Mouthfeel was a few notches above water which is what separates this from the macros. Easy to drink.

Photo of RushLimbmalt
2.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a light golden color and has a thin white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves nice lacing on my glass. It mostly smells like butter, diacetyl or whatever they call it. The flavor is very weak, but really smooth. It is like the Budweiser of the Kölsch style. It would make a decent summer beer, but then there are so many better beers that would fit that scenario.

Photo of BeerBob
3.56/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tire Bite Golden Ale pours a bright golden amber from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle. Head of white foam goes to just under two fingers before settling down to a full carpet of bubbles completely covering the brew. Nose is of damp barley malt, hops, and light alcohol.

Palate is a nice malt with good texture with some sweet notes, balanced with a hops that is more bitter than floral. The next thing the palate senses with this ale, is a grapefruit citrus with the bite of carbonation, blending this brew into a well built beer.

Light, tasty, and refreshing with good eye appeal, Tire Bite Golden Ale by Flying Dog Brewery has it all, good looks and good taste.

Photo of woemad
2.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a mixed Flying Dog 12-pack purchased at the local Rosauer's for $13.99.

Poured a see-through gold color, with a small, fizzy white head.

Smell was of faint, grassy hops and mildly sweet malts. Not much going on here, though what there is isn't offensive.

Taste was pretty much like the smell. Mildly sweet, with a slight dryness at the swallow.

Light bodied ale, mouthfeel seemed more like a pale lager than an ale.

This is a bland, underachieving beer. It's not awful by any means, but the only reason to purchase it is the cool Ralph Steadman-illustrated label.

Photo of maccroz
2.96/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer tastes like it's missing something. It's a very generic looking beer based on color and texture. It smells pretty funky, but despite a bland appearance and unusual aroma it's actually drinkable.

It tastes like a homebrew that hasn't finished though. It's very sweet and tastes like grain. Perhaps that's the style they were going for as a Kölsch but I'm not a huge fan.

I imagine this would be a good beer to give to people who don't typically like beer. There is no taste of hops whatsoever, just sugar and grain.

Photo of BigRedN
3.47/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden, noticeable carbonation (bubbles). Thin white head, gone in a few seconds.
Smell: Slightly hoppy, grainy, a touch of sweetness. The best way I can describe it is it smells like spring.
Taste: Much like the Old Scratch to me in that as the beer washed over my tongue, I tasted a quick jolt of hops, followed by sweet malt, swallowed and it was gone. I have been calling this "thin" for lack of a better term, maybe "short lived" would be better.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied and lively.
Drinkability: Very good on a warm day. It was 75 a week ago (for Nebraska in November that's warm), and I put down six, straight from the bottle doing yardwork. Had to get more today to review.

This beer seemed a little thin and not real exciting, but I really enjoyed it. At $4.98 at my nearest grocery store, it's the same price as the macros (for a 6 pack of bottles). I will definitely get this again and again at this price.

Photo of Backer2004
3.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First Kolsch style beer I've tried. Looks like a typical light beer--no carbonation, golden straw colored, little head or lacing. Little smell at all, which is not always a bad thing. Cannot grasp a particular taste and would be interested in seeing what other reviewers noted in this category...plain but better than some bitter pale ales. Would rather drink this any day after a hot summer day cutting the grass than with a nice steak dinner.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a slightly above average beer overall. it's saving grace is the smell, which led me to believe i would be sampling some more along the lines of troegs sunshine pils (different style i know, but the similarity in the smells is strikingly close, i think). it pours a boring slightly watered down looking golden colour, maybe a touch lighter than a heinieken would be. as mentioned, the smell is the bees knees here: sweet and floral, hoppy with some slight wheat notes and full of promise. the flavour is a blander version of this smell, with the inviting sweetness being drowned out by more of a stereotypical pilsner flavour (which, again, this apparently is not). this one didn't have the buttery characteristics that i've come to notice in kolsch beers. it was more of a hybrid b/t a kolsch and a pils, leaning more toward the pils side of the table. not bad, but pretty boring.

Photo of RocketWidget
2.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Man, was this ever a disappointment. Pours a bland, clear yellow. Head is very light, especially for this style. Smell is uninteresting, and almost sour. Taste is bland. Hop taste seems decayed, malt is not very appealing. If you told me this was an below-average pilsner, I would believe you, …EXCEPT THIS IS LABELED A GOLDEN ALE! Mad about this one…

Photo of dauss
2.8/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. small fluffly flight head that dissaptes fairly quickly. nose is sweet grainiess, not much else though. Low to moderate carbonation, tastes of bland grain. slight residual sweetness, extremely low bitterness, very plain.
Very disappointed with this beer. This could pass for a lager because there's no flavor.

Photo of arizcards
3.35/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Costco as part of a sampler case.

This golden brew is highly carbonated yet did not have much of a head. Nose is malty and I am detecting something sweet. The taste is heavy on the malty side with a small hop finish. It has a reasonably full mouthfeel. This ale is straight ahead and nothing fancy or complex. A nice summer brew.

Photo of MuddyFeet
2.2/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Unfortunately, a rather unremarkable brew. It was a urine yellow in color with no head. The carbonation was also almost non-existent. The flavor was sweet with strong tones of citrus. The citrus notes were actually the only thing that really saved this beer. The hops were not really there. It was a flat beer in taste and mouthfeel.

Photo of NEhophead
3.15/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.

Foamy head filled with bubbles. Thin white head that quickly disappears leading to some very thin lacing that doesn't stick. Crisp and golden in color. Looks a bit light and watery.

Faint citrus and floral aromas along with a low diacetyl note.

Some lemon flavors along with wheat and grain tastes. Lots of carbonation leading to a very mild bitterness.

Crisp and clean mouthfeel. Slightly grainy.

Light on the palate with no obtrusive flavors. Easy drinking but nothing to really search for.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pale yellow gold in the glass, a sudsy white head that simmers to a bubbly covering, and...what the hell is that floating in my beer? A thumb? Glue? Parameciums? E Boli? I hope not, but there is something , little platelet looking things wafting about, they better not better not be drinking my brew...

Aroma - very faint, sweet malt with a vague fruity essence. Pretty nice but a chore to enjoy, you gotta concentrate.

Taste - tastes pretty average. Some mild sweetness up front and some mild balancing bitterness on the swallow, a light lemon rind finish is kind of sneaking around in the back, too. Nothing too far left or right of center, but a decent tasting beer.

Mouthfeel - crisp and spritzy, decent weight in the mouth. Nicely complements the taste.

Drinkability - has some mass-appeal, that label probably chases a few macro-ers away, though, lol. I'll enjoy the other one in the sampler pack.

Photo of oberon
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty darn average beer here,pours a clear yellow with a thin wispy head but not much there,aroma is very grainy like cereal with a touch of sweet fruit.Taste is big and toasty up front but then nothing and as I drank more the toasted flavor faded leaving nothing much just a little grass note but not much.It well with a light pizza and didnt offend me but not much there.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.46/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tire Bite pours a crystal clear, golden body beneath a decent sized head of bright white froth. The head retention is good and it leaves some thin splashes of lace about the glass. The nose delivers mainly malt, with just a touch of a mildly nuttiness. It's gently crisp and then smooth across the palate with a light/medium body and moderate carbonation. The flavor is exactly as the aroma suggests with a light touch of apple-like fruitiness thrown into the mix. The grainy maltiness is nice, but it seems a little unbalanced as the bitterness is so limited, as are the hop flavors. I'm glad they've changed the designation to "golden ale" rather than Kolsch because this is far off the mark from anything coming out of the Cologne/Bonn region of Germany.

Photo of FormatKid
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from the mixed 12 pack picked up at the local food store.

Pours out the clear, pale straw yellow color typical of most macros. I meager head rolls up only about a finger high but manages to stick around somewhat. You could probably slip this beer to a macro drinker based on appearance alone as the only thing separating it is a slight haziness.

The smell is slightly mute. I pick up a pilsner like malt smell with maybe a tinge of European hop. Not a lot to speak of here.

Extremely light on the palate, almost watery. Light slightly astringent up front. Mild fruitiness in the middle accompanied by a faint graininess. Ever so faint hop bitterness in the finish, barely registers.

Everything about this beer is subdued. Would be nice for a picnic outside on a hot day, and maybe to let macro drinkers taste a little something different. Wouldn’t seek this one out, but wouldn’t turn it down either.

Photo of Rio
3.17/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale golden color, with a small head that doesn't last long. Appears to be a few little floaters in there of some sort, dancing with the carbonation streams that rise towards the surface. An almost buttery smell, with an herbal smell. Kinda bitter taste, a bit dry, smooth malt flavor under it. Crisp and creamy feel.

Decent beer, but I've had better Kölschs.

Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold with a decent head this beer had noticeable hops for a easy drinking session beer. I felt this brew has a good finish and would make a great gateway beer for those not ready for more hoppy offerings. All in all well constructed and very drinkable.

Photo of flaminghomer
3.6/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a nice clean crisp beer. a golden color with a slight haze. a fizzy head is disappointing. smell is pretty mild, just slight grain i think. taste is mild. just a bit more flavor and it would be a good beer, but the hops and malts both fall a hair short. but it is still a very drinkable beer. not worth the price though.

Photo of JackTheRipper
2.41/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Clear golden in color, no head or lacing seen.
S: Very faintly malty smelling with just a hint of a diacetyl. Smells are very faint.
T: Sweet malt with a bit of a pinapple taste. No hop profile. No real aftertaste. Tastes are a bit better than the Old Scratch, but not by much.
M: Crisp, clean, body is light to the point of being watery. Carbonation is nice, ETOH feels about right for the stated ABV%
D&N: I have tried two beers from this brewery, and they both have the character of a macro. Is this something for macro people to drink and say "look at my fancy beer"? This beer is lacking in aromas and flavors. Try it if you want to, but I wouldn't encourage it.

Photo of taez555
2.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a decent sized white head with a clear orange body.

The nose was very clean. Mostly just a light grain smell. A slight fruit smell came through after a while. For the most though, this beer had almost no nose. It smelled like your average macro.

The taste was along the same lines. Very light bodied with a rather intense carbonation. A very clean small malt taste. Some slight graininess accompanied by a soft but present bitterness. Some mild fruit and yeast. The hops were almost non existent, but what I could make out seemed to have a slight earth note to it. It ended quickly with little aftertaste.

A decent drinkable beer, but for the most part dull. I found I got more taste out of it from my burp afterwards than from the beer itself. It’s barely a step up from your average macro. It’s sad really. Flying dog makes some decent beers, but this beer just reinforces the reasons I usually shy away from trying anything new they bring out. Drinkable, but I’ll pass next time.

Photo of surfmeister
2.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear yellow, unimpressive yet satisfactory head which stuck around
Smell: very faint, too faint, some of the usual malty/fruity scents but I had to strain my nose
Taste: again the keyword is faint, maybe weak, cool and crisp but most refrigerated beverages are
Mouthfeel: thin, common
Drinkability: yeah, on a hot day but many more better hot weather quenchers out there

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.22/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A cryptic 176A04 on the label ? This is a Kolsch style.

Bright lighter sided clear lemonade colored pour with mild bubbles and a scant head coating. Lines of carbonated bubbles rise up.

Clean 7-Up & pears nose. Something is cooking in the kitchen on this one.

Taste department is slow going here. Hmmm…what do I taste? I gotta go with apple cider and pears. Even though I keep sippin’ any other flavor is escaping me. Good mouth sizzle. This almost tastes like “sparkling cider” but more bready. Not an enticing description, I know, but it’s decent. A wee bit sugary & cloying in the finish.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light lemony yellow with a few dozen floaters. The bone white crown is small and gently lumpy on top. It deflates rather rapidly and leaves no more than a few thin rings of lace. Grain dominates the nose, giving the beer something of a macro lager vibe. Perhaps a slight earthy hoppiness as well.

The flavor is of lightly toasted pale malt and nondescript hops, but as in the nose, the dominant feature is grain. It tastes like liquid whole-grain cereal, or what I imagine liquid whole-grain cereal would taste like.

Modestly sweet early and mid, edging toward bitter late. The body/mouthfeel is acceptable. The beer is soft in the mouth and goes down fairly easily. Spot-on carbonation; lively without being intrusive.

Tire Bite Golden Ale isn't overly impressive, but it did grow on me by the bottom of the bottle. It has an okay flavor profile that is nothing if not simple. I like it better than some of Flying Dog's other beers, so I guess that's something.

Tire Bite Golden Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 989 ratings.