Tire Bite Golden Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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Tire Bite Golden AleTire Bite Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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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Photo of Knapp85
2.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a clear looking pale yellow color with a white head on top. The head fades leaving nothing much behind. The smell of the beer is of light grainy malts. The taste of the beer is very light also. The mouthfeel was again light also, it's got a decent carbonation to it which helps the feel of this a little bit. Overall it's a pretty standard brew, there isn't too much that really excites me here.

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Photo of Paincane
2.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale golden pour into pint glass producing a thin white head that leaves a thin rim of lace.
S: Not much nose but grainy wheat aroma arrives after it warms a bit.
T: Tastes slightly skunky. Hint of citrus. Tastes like an adjunct lager.
M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: A very average beer that is not to be revisited by me.

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Photo of Craibcr
3.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper color pour, small head that quickly goes away.

S: Nothing very distinct. Smells almost musky with wheat.

T: Very watery flavor at first, with a hing of a sour fruit at the end. Possibly grapefruit or lemons.

M: Very light, doesn't stay in your mouth long.

O: It's not bad, but it's not good either. Worth trying, not worth getting a 6 pack of.

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Photo of rlee1390
2.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Carbonated golden yellow with a one finger head that doesn't stay around for long.

S-Honestly it has notes reminiscent of BMC but luckily there is some wheat flavor in there as well.

T-Wheat some spices. Boring, slightly off putting.

M-Light with some carbonation.

O-Had this beer about a year ago and though it was bad, tried it again to review it and guess what it still is bad.

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.33/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a fizzy white mousse that dissipates within seconds. Straight out of the bottle, this one doesn't wow me. The lack of head retention is particularly disappointing.

S: Not much of a nose at all. There are subtle aromas of caramel, lemon, and grainy, cracker-like malt on the nose. Very neutral and generic. Not a lot of depth here.

T: Opens sweet with an overwhelming surge of caramel, cream, vanilla, and biscuit flavors. Gradually, cracker, lemon, grass, and sweet orange flavors become noticeable, but the effect is distracting. The flavor profile never really comes together; instead, it's just a jumbled mess of alternately sweet and mildly bitter components. The finish is bland, forgettable, and very short with malt and citrus notes.

M: Light-bodied and dry, but without any noticeable carbonation. Since this ale lacks the firm, active carbonation of a typical kolsch, it feels almost stale in the mouth and makes the regrettable flavor profile all the more obvious.

O: I would not recommend this beer. It displays none of the classic qualities of the best German kolschbiers. Really, Tire Bite is a huge misfire. I was expecting more out of Flying Dog.

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Photo of JackieTH
2.53/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Rob for the sample.

Poured light copper with a foamy head that dissipated quickly. Smell was grain, very light to the point of being hardly detectable. Taste was something like a basic adjunct lager but not musty, mostly just watery, with some faint lemon or fruit aftertaste, which wasn't good in any event, body was light. Overall it was disappointing.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.1/5  rDev +36.7%
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.

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Photo of K9AleingPiss
3.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance was basic to me, golden,a little flat and clear. The smell was more intriguing fruity whiff ,had never drunk a Kolsch, seemed to have an aroma different from lagars or pils,but couldnt place it. Expecting some kind of "pop" in the mouth....but instead tasted more like a stale ale. I will difinitely try another Kolsch,just maybe a different brand. I do remember a little tangy zip @ the end. Not terrible by any means..just disappointed.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Unfortunately the best thing about this beer is the bottle - both the art and name. It looked like it would pour no head at all but a wimpy 1/16" shivered out of the pour. It has virtually no smell, just the faintest hint of hops, and that didn't really change as it warmed. It looks a clear light gold. Taste is pretty much BMC all the way and after it warmed a little lemon expressed. The texture was a little creamier than BMCs and the finish a little longer. Tire Bite? There's no bite to this beer.

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

This beer poured a light yellow gold and is slightly hazy. There was very little head and whatever there was, dissipated very fast leaving no lacing.
The smell is a refreshing citrus. There are bread flavors and toasted malt.
The taste is a reflection of the smell. A very light bodied, easy drinkable summer beer feel. It is all right, but not the best contender in this beer category.

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Tire Bite Golden Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
3 out of 5 based on 997 ratings.
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