Pistonhead Flat Tire
Spendrups Bryggeri AB

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Spendrups Bryggeri AB
Lager - American
Ranked #252
Ranked #28,303
3.31 | pDev: 16.92%
Feb 12, 2022
Dec 25, 2013
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4.18 by Biergerd from Germany on Feb 12, 2022
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3.84/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Steve555 from Wales

Poured from 330mls can, has a straw coloured body with foam head that has good retention and lacing. Slightly cloudy. Aroma quite strong whiff of citrus and malt. Taste is of mild grapefruit and general citrus, quite a thin malt base but pronouned hoppy favour with a watery refreshment. Light carbonation on the palate, leaves a slight bitterness and dryness. I like these beers, you can get a bunch of their different lagers in a box.

Aug 16, 2020
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3.61/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by BigGold from Mississippi

Had Pistonhead Flat Tire in June 2017 on Gotland, Sweden, poured from 33-CL. can, stamped on bottom, (apparently) best before "20.APR.18," into small hand-blown tulip glass.

Pours bright gold with clarity and a 1-finger near-white head that doesn't last but does generate beautiful overlapping rings of lace. With a mild malty aroma and flavor in a crisp body and finish, this is a solid lager, but the advertised Mosaic and Centennial hops really don't make that much of a show.

Aug 03, 2020
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3.74/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Ant777uk from England

Loving the design. Great head level, the mosaic and other hops give it a bit of a West Coast IPA aroma.

Light and tropical, like a watered down West Coast IPA. Great hops, I prefer this to most lagers. Overall, impressive as a light alternative to an IPA or as a more interesting and tropical alternative to a usual pilsner or lager.

Jan 19, 2020
3.24 by windowside from Germany on Feb 01, 2019
3.53 by Houborg1 from Denmark on Nov 06, 2018
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3.22/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by JonnoWillsteed from England

BB: 9/5/19 Bought from Waitrose or Sainsbury's in London.
S- Citrus/orange zest. I'm beginning to get a little jaded with the propertion of new beers I buy to taste-test that up up majoring on citrus flavours. In fact I now see that it's noted on the can, so it's my fault for not checking it on purchase [I won't punitively mark it down for 'my fault' if you see what I mean... :)].
L- Lemon-orange yellow with a slight haze. Some rising CO2 into a thin head to slowly reduces to lacing.
T- Zesty, fresh, dry into hoppier dry and somewhat bitter end.
M-I reckon they have the ABV% right on this. Due to the heavy hopping it's pungent, while just about still being refreshing. Any higher ABV% and it might be increasingly OTT.
O- Hadn't realised this was Swedish until I looked up it's listing here. Note to self, I see Mosiac hops is the variety associated with distinctive citrus/ fruit/conifer/spice etc flavour such as here. It's written right on the can [pic below] so in future I know the flavour-profile likely to come from that. Ditto citra hops. Glad to try it, I've learned from it. Though all a bit too citrus/fruit and too much going on for me to make it a regular.

Aug 22, 2018
3.16 by ChipChaight from New York on Aug 20, 2018
3.36 by Renata78 from Sweden on Aug 11, 2018
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3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by jazzyjeff13 from England

A 330ml can with a BB of May 2018. Acquired a while back from Tesco. Described on the label as a dry-hopped lager featuring Mosaic hops.

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. A golden colour with modest carbonation and plentiful suspended sediment that looks like coagulated protein. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Some lacing.

S: Aroma of subtle fruity hops with hints of mild tropical fruit, faint white grape, grass/hay, a twinge of spice, earthy yeast and pale grainy malt. Crisp and understated - nice.

T: Tastes of mild fruity hops with notes of light tropical fruit, white grape, a touch of citrus, grass/hay, faint herbs, earthy yeast and pale malt. Bone-dry, followed by a delicate hoppy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and a somewhat insubstantial body. Could be a tad thicker and livelier. Aftertaste of subtle fruity hops, grass/hay, mild leafy bitterness and earthy yeast.

O: Pretty good - judicious use of aroma hops make this stand out. Subpar looks; too much chunky sediment. Aroma and flavour are nicely balanced with fruity hop notes, grass and earthiness. Body is OK but a shade too flat. Goes down readily enough - worth sampling if you come across it.

Feb 06, 2018
3.25 by Mattias from Sweden on Jan 20, 2018
3.01 by Beer_Rabbit66 from England on Jan 19, 2018
3.97 by shbris from Sweden on Nov 21, 2017
3.95 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania on Jun 23, 2017
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3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by EmperorBevis from England

Pours a crystal clear straw coloured body with huge foaming thick white head that pretty much sticks around
Slight tart lemon aroma against semolina
Some citrus there in the flavour

Apr 25, 2017
3.5 by mtbdonn from Colorado on Feb 23, 2017
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3.57/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by FLima from Brazil

Light golden color with a thick head with decent retention.
Nice aroma with notes of passion fruit, lager yeast, pineapple and fresh oranges.
Citrusy flavor with notes of pine, grapefruit, yeast and some mango with lemon from its Mosaic hops. Dry aftertaste with a low to medium bitterness. It feels lower than its 26 IBUs.
Light bordering watery body with appropriate carbonation.
Pleasant American Pale Lager with nice nose and Mosaic flavors. I would just increase the body a bit, but still keeping it light with great drinkability. Good cost benefit; I was expecting less.

Jan 19, 2017
3.37 by Foley67 from Scotland on Dec 29, 2016
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4.15/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Wer34truh from Minnesota

This is the crème de la crème of Swedish cheap beer. There are not a lot of beers that are priced this low, and transcend their price-tag to such a degree. This is a 20 kronor lager, at half the cost.

Seeing that a few reviews below from international customers is a bit negative, I just want to underline - this is like legitimately one of the cheapest beers on the Swedish market. Based on that metric, this is like Picasso. Alongside American Grain Belt, and possibly Yuengling - this is my favorite beer in this price range.

Dec 22, 2016
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3.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by vinicole from England

Pale straw. Slight haze. Thin head.
Citrus hop bouquet with a bit of rubber.
Grapefruit and bread dough flavours. Some astringency.
Moderate carbonation and feel.

Jul 09, 2016
3.13 by satagajr from Connecticut on Jun 22, 2016
3.12 by silenz from Sweden on Jun 13, 2016
3.07 by clarknova from Germany on May 10, 2016
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3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by woomThomas from Sweden

When pouring the beer, you get a bright yellow beer with white foam. The foam has small bubbles and is quite thick, but maintains itself for a while. The aroma is slightly fruity hops tones. The fragrance is thick and slightly greasy with some citrus notes. A little light bread brings a bit of forest scents, pine needles. The taste is a little small bitter and have tones of orange and citrus. A little lime and hints of white bread. The beer is a bit dry and the aftertaste has some hints of dough and lemon. The aftertaste sitting in a little while, and ends at the right time. Moderate carbonation.

Mar 14, 2016
2 by ThisSeasonsWaifu from Sweden on Jan 20, 2016
3.35 by Teodor from Sweden on Sep 05, 2015
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3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
by Gypson from Taiwan

Lovely floral nose, shame flavour lacks the same punch

Jun 12, 2015
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3.81/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by JackieKu from Taiwan

Nice hoppy lager and the price.

Jun 09, 2015
2.4 by gronis13 from Sweden on May 30, 2015
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Daniellehto from Sweden

Seeing how this is one of the cheapest beer available in sweden it sure offers much for the price.
An otherwise cheap can lager is brought to a whole new level by dry hopping it with Mosiac, in my opinion the best option if you want a cheap can beer on a hot summer day.

Feb 01, 2015
1.25 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Nov 21, 2014
3.75 by psoriasaurus from Thailand on Aug 06, 2014
3 by oakman from Sweden on Jul 17, 2014
3.25 by ptickle from Texas on Jul 06, 2014
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3.32/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by bark from Sweden

The colour is yellow (5 EBC), the liquid is clear. The finger thick head is white and airy, it sinks quickly leaving no lacing on the glass.

The smell is thick and somewhat oily. American hoppy notes of citric peels, resin and pine needles. Neutral sweetness in the background.

The taste is medium bitter with bitter oranges and lime peels. Light frowsty sweet flavours. Light to medium body. The aftertaste got notes of lemonade, dough and lemon acid. The short finish is dry.

The carbonation is strong, the large bubbles are short-lived. The liquid is light to medium.

Given that this is one of the cheapest beer available in Sweden, this one isn’t too bad.

Jun 28, 2014
2.75 by JamFuel from Sweden on Mar 24, 2014
3 by aztraz from Sweden on Jan 11, 2014
2.5 by Evil_Pidde from Sweden on Dec 25, 2013
Pistonhead Flat Tire from Spendrups Bryggeri AB
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 40 ratings