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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 996 |  Reviews: 654
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.68/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear (and I mean crystal clear) pale yellow with a thin snowwhite head. Smells grassy and lightly sweet, like white grape juice (although the grape smell is very faint). Some feather light herbal hops.

Grassy and lightly sour in the mouth. Some very light hops but enough to permeate the light body. Crisp. Mild hoppy finish with a lingering crispy sour bitterness. Ok, lingering is too strong a word but it's there. Uncomplicated and pretty refreshing I'd say. I am no kolsch expert but this tastes alot like the couple of kolches I've had in my lifetime. Not bad. A good lawnmower beer or chillin-on-your-backporch-in-the-hot-Atlanta-sun beer. Or maybe I just like it because it reminds me a bit of Ballantine. A bit.

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Photo of Luigi
2.36/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow color with a ok white head. Settles to a lace quickly. The aroma is weak. Faint grains and malts. The taste is thin and grainy. A faint hoppiness and not much else. Thin bodied for an ale but it is drinkable. Not much to say about this beer. It just comes off weak.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.93/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is a bit weak, but biscuity malt and fruitiness make appearances as well as a touch of raisin. Color is a pale straw with a thin white head. A steady stream of bubbles rise through the crystal clear beer. Flavor is mild, but a touch spicy. Mouthfeel is medium-thin, and right on for a light, easy drinking beer like this. Drinkability is very good, if I could get it here I'd buy a heck of alot more for the summer.

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Photo of mschofield
2.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear golden, topped with a one finger stark white head, leaves carbonated, leaves webs of lacing.
Fruity, honey and grain aroma, quite nice.
Spicy, grainy, taste, fruity, apple, apricot and toast.
Light bodied, just an average beer, nothing exciting.

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Photo of scottum
2.46/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a golden color with a small quick to depart white head. Tastes very mild. Not much there in terms of good flavors to latch onto, maybe some weak malt tones but meh overall. Dry feel to the beer... Hop balance is also quite weak. Sigh, another subpar Flying Dog beer. Alas, this one is hardly worth drinking.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.05/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearence: Pours a clear as hell gold with a unimpressive white head. The carboantion is spotty and uneven.

Smell: Smells like an average eruo lager at best.

Taste and Mouthfeel: It has a kind of odd bready, grainy quality to it that's ok, but there's nothing else. No other levels of taste or anything. The mouthfeel is thin.

Drinkability and Overall: I didn't want this to be my first Kolsch, but it worked out that way. Anyways, it's ok, not great. It has potential, but doesn't fulfill it very much. An average beer.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer kind of reminds me of lord chesterfield. While it is a solid brew, it is basic, and somewhat unremarkable, but, rather drinkable, and a good beer to use to introduce people to micros. Perfect lawnmower beer

Pours a light golden color, with very light and subtle floral odors. Little head, less lacing. Solid malt taste with enough of a hop aftertaste to be noticeable. Very clean, smooth finish. Light mouthfeel, and like I said before, very drinkable. Not the best beer in the world, but you could do a lot worse

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tire Bite Golden Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3 out of 5 with 996 ratings
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