Tire Bite Golden Ale
Flying Dog Brewery

Tire Bite Golden AleTire Bite Golden Ale
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American Blonde Ale
Ranked #804
Ranked #48,544
3 | pDev: 18%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
Tire Bite Golden AleTire Bite Golden Ale
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold color, not enough carbonation for style. Aroma was barely hitting a lemon note, but the kolsch yeast overall didn't drop much on me.

Taste, all over the place, tries, strides for effervescence, but the carbonation won't allow it, instead of a dry finish, this one hits cardboard notes.

No off flavors, no good flavors.

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Photo of pat61
3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From tasting notes: Pours a straw color with a quickly dissipating head. Not much of a nose. Some sulfur, light malt and a hint of corn. The flavor parellels the aromas except that there is some astringency fom the grain and a little harsh grain in the flavor. This is a little rough.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.35/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I only had this once or twice before Flying Dog departed Colorado, so I really don't remember much about it. But I guess that means I didn't really get too excited, and now I found a local Kolsch that I like a lot more anyway.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly dip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is very mild and is of mat and grain. Taste is much the same with some grass and hay flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer and not something I would really go for again.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.22/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a 12 Pk Variety of Flying Dog and this is the 3rd beer.

A: Nice smoke coming out of the bottle again. Light golden colored beer, something like an adjunct lager or pilsner. Lots of carbonation with a thin, soapy bright white head.

S: Golden wheat aroma upfront, with some noble hops. Nice malt sweetness with a bit of grassy notes that follows on the end.

T: A bland, grainy taste up front, blended with some slightly sweet malts. Some grassy notes on the back end and Noble hop aftertaste. Also get a hint of some rice or sweet corn.

M: Mouth feel is somewhat of an adjunct/macro lager or a light pilsner. Light bodied and easy to drink.

O: Kind of tastes like a Budweiser with a little more distinct flavor and characteristics. But have the feeling that once this beer warms up, it will even more confirm my suspicions. I guess if you dont know what to look out for, labels can be deceiving! Not a bad beer, but pretty much crap by craft standards!

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Photo of nimrod979
2.82/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle. Picked up one last sixer as this one is replaced by Underdog Atlantic Lager. Poured into a flying dog pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a clear pale straw color with the tiniest of white fizz that faded quick and left no signs of lacing in the glass.

Aroma: Very light. Pale malts and a hint of grassy & herbal noble hops. A little musty.

Taste: Starts crisp. Malts add a little sweetness and lend to a small grape skin fruitiness. Graininess and a little "bite" from the grassy and herbal hops but it's not much to get excited about.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light body. Fizzy carbonation. Grainy before finishing bone-dry.

...No wonder this one got the axe. Rather uneventful and unexciting. At least I got to review it before it's all gone.

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Photo of tdm168
3.23/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - copper yellow with a thin layer of dense, white head that has decent retention

S - grassy, grainy, a bit sweet

T - sweet, grainy, lightly bitter, a bit grassy

M - light bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is quite a bit sweet for a Kolsch. It's heavy on the cereal grains and there's not enough hop character to balance things out. There are far better representatives of this style out there. I'll pass on this in the future.

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Photo of equinox
3.4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm an avid recreational cyclist, and when I saw this at Wegman's, it made me laugh; and that's why I bought it. I looked it up on Beer Advocate and I was a little disappointed. So, I put the sixer in my cooler and filled it with ice and took it to my club's Friday night ride. I was not familiar with the Kolsch style, but I found it to be really refreshing ice cold after a good bike ride. My friends were familiar with Tire Bite. One of them even had a jersey with the label artwork. My friends thought it was good; one even said "excellent". So I'm going to say it was a little better than average. I liked the carbonation, and as I said, this would be a nice summer ale; probably good for mowing the lawn, at a picnic or on the beach. I would buy it again and I would like to try other ales in the Kolsch-style.

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Photo of magine
3.14/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a stange.

Pours a clear slightly hazy straw yellow. Lots of bubbles, fluffy white head lacy layer remains atop. No lace and no head remain. Poor looks.

Brew smells of pale malts, grassy hops. Floral and mellow malts round out an average nose.

Brew is crisp and has a decent bite to it, good carbonation. A little dry finish. Sweet pale malts, almost corn like. Grainy and a little herbal. Some sweet mild fruitiness maybe as well. A mellow tasting brew. Uneventful, right in the middle of the "pack" for the style. Easy drinker for sure. Decent.

A decent brew. Not the biggest fan of the style, thought there would be more "bite" to this one beings the label. Decent brew.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a touch of haze and a nice effervescence. Head is a thin layer of frothy white foam. Not bad.

Smell: lightly malty aroma with a touch of spicy, noble hops. Actually pretty decent.

Taste: light malt with a bit of fruity character right up front. There's a noble hop character as well and a tiny amount of graininess. Relatively clean and tasty.

Mouthfeel: light body with a big carbonation yielding a very pleasant creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a decent Kölsch; I don't know why it has such a low score. I'd have this in a pinch on a hot day.

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Photo of matjack85
2.1/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I picked up this single 12oz brown bottle from the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part pf a build-your-own six pack for $9.99. No freshness date.

The beer poured a clear pale gold color and made a 1-finger white head, but the head dissipated in less than 10 seconds and it left absolutely zero lacing. Not an impressive start.

Upon opening the bottle a bit of skunkiness came out, but thankfully it didn't last long. It is also unfortunate that there wasn't much there after the skunkiness dissipated. All I got was a touch of grain and a bit of mustiness.

This beer is really bland without much of anything noteworthy. It has a very light graininess to it along with very light fruitiness (grapey). Mild herbal hops with a corresponding mild bitterness round out what flavor there is.

Light and dry mouthfeel with good carbonation.

I'm a fan of Kolsch's, but really didn't enjoy this one. Bland and unexciting.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle served in a chalice.

A: Pours a pale golden clear color forming a big white bubbled aired head. Low retention and only few lacings left

S: Smell is the best part. Quite refreshing. Malty and hoppy. Bit herby and skunky

T: Follows the nose. A mild beer in all aspects. A nice malty backbone. Hop bitterness is also quite light. Well, 16IBUs. A bit metallic too

M: Light but creamy body. Medium carbonation. Light bitterness

O: Reasonable beer. Quite drinkable

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2.77/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

355ml bottle. Pint glass. Enjoyed on jun´11. Pale golden color. White froth, thin crown. Subtle hoppy & mildy malty hues. Citric flavor with a low bitterness. Watery mouthfeel. Light body, medium carbonation. Well balanced beer but the overall results quite boring.

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

Yellow/gold color with a 1-finger head that quickly dissipated. Moderate tiny bubbles can be seen. Grassy and fruity hop characters upfront. A bit floral with gape and lemon like fruity characters. Mild grain is noticeable underneath the fruity characters. Lots of grainy cracker like malt flavors. Lemon and grape like fruity flavors with a big dry and astringent finish. A bit of bitterness is there that balances out the beer well. Smooth and moderately crisp with very tight bubbles on the tongue. Around a medium body. I think it's a decent beer to toss back on a warm day. A drinkable beer if you don't have anything else around.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
2.53/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: pours looking watery. 1cm white bubble head quickly dissipates. In the glass it is very light orange yellow.
S: Fruity. I got some cherry hints in there. Apple. Pretty decent smell but light.
T: Oh... doesn't taste like anything. It's only redeeming quality is the lingering wheat flavor. Otherwise there is nothing to it.
M: Sits very light with a little bitterness coming through. Bubbles are nice.

Overall am I drinking natty light here? It's too light and inherent of any macro that I can snatch up on the cheap. Nothing really bad about it but it's so weak there is nothing to it. Pass on this beer for sure.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A 355ml bottle with a presumed date of July 2012 (the last digit is missing, but I bought this fairly recently). A cool image on the label - though I'm not sure if it is really a Kölsch.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A golden-yellow hue with medium carbonation and subtle haze. Yields a small head of white foam that disappears rapidly. Aroma of light, mildly sweet malt and a faint hint of stewed hops. Surprisingly bland.

Tastes of light malt with a dry finish. Hints of stewed hops/leaves and fruity yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and somewhat astringent. Body is decent. Aftertaste of harsh stewed leaves.

Poor. I wasn't sure what to expect from this, but found it to be incredibly bland and lacking in flavour. I enjoyed a visit to Cologne last summer and found the local Kölsch to be fragrantly aromatic, a characteristic sadly lacking from this beer. Dull, and definitely not worth the price. Give it a miss.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Pours out a standard golden yellow straw color with another disappearing head that is gone to nothing in less than a minute without any lacing at all. Smells faintly of cereal grains, yeast spiciness, and a dash of diacetyl butter. I dig the yeast aroma, but dislike the butter. No hopping aroma that I could identify. Flavor is lightly breaded but mostly remains lager-like in lightness and strength, almost no flavor at all aside from the yeast spice. Paradoxically the body seems too heavy for the lightness of the flavor within, it feels confused because of this.
I'm not going to be seeking this one out again. Not horrible, but too many small flaws are adding up together to form a single thumbs down overall.

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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 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 jtierney89
1.3/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a bright gold color with lots of visible carbonation. Crystal clear with a 2 finger head of bright white color. Nose is subtle, soft, and perfumey with hints of grain and biscuit.

Crisp, on the the heartier side of being light in body with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Grainy in flavor with good balance. Other than that not much going on. Not a great ale in anyway and kind of bland to me but I have converted many a bud drinker to the craft side by introducing them to this and working them up towards the better stuff.

Other than that though this beer serves no purpose to me.

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Photo of kenito799
3.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Golden clear brew with white head that recedes to nothing and fades.

Aroma is really nice--very fresh, subtle citrus and floral notes. The palate is clean and crisp. Certainly a nice summer quaffer. For the style though, it lacks a tartness and lightness, a bit too heavy on the mouth, dragging my rating down a bit. Still this is a pleasant and well-made brew.

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Photo of enfield249
2.8/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear golden color. Not a bunch of head, but what is there is pure as the driven snow.

S - Nobel hops? Definitely in the kolsch/euro lager smell department. Slight graininess.

T - A little weak on taste. It has that Kolsch twang, with a slight sweetness and some bitterness, but comes over a little watery.

M - Light medium. Fine.

O - Not bad, a okay hot weather beer or something to have when you don't want to think to much about what your drinking.

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

Poured from a 12 fl.-oz. bottle. Purchased at brewery gift shop. Best before day 95 of 2012 (April 5).

Appearance: Pours a golden, pilsneresque yellow with a thin white head.

Smell: Very grainy and slightly metallic. I believe, according to the Flying Dog website, this is brewed with a lager yeast.

Taste: Biscuity, bready, very pleasant! Everything you want in a golden (read: light) ale. Light fruity, almost strawberry flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light with a nice carbonation.

Overall: I am actually very impressed. A lot of lighter beers do not have this much flavor. This beer has not seemed to receive great scores from other reviewers, but for what it is, it should rate much higher.

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

And finally, the ending of the Christmas party leftovers. Things hadn't been going well. About time I had the most reviewed Kolsch on Beer Advocate. No worries getting around to it. Pour this into a Gaffel Kolsch stange glass.

A very foamy white head, three fingers deep, with a very large cola body. Fourteen carat gold body, this really looks like soda pop.

Nose has some faint bready malts. Hints of faint sour strangely. Relative unoffensive nose but not much going on. I call average.

Upon taste I can see why this Kolsch doesn't seem to be that highly rated compared to others. A bit wet, and a very fleeting palate. A very tuned down crispness. Fleeting. Slight lemon and hop but kind of hard to notice. Quenching a bit though.

Overall, not too bad, but kind of a weak Kolsch. Easy and pleasurable drinking though. Still on my ultimate Kolsch quest, sort of had a feeling going in this wasn't going to be it. Bye to Christmas leftovers!

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a fluted pint glass, color is pale straw, very clear with decent effervescence.

Smell is overly grainy, mild malt and hint of hops.

Tastes rather bland, mild grain and malt flavors, nothing exciting.

Mouthfeel is clean, no lingering off flavors, maybe a little dry.

Overall clean brew, but almost too much soon, kind of non descript.

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Tire Bite Golden Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 70 out of 100 with 997 ratings