BJ's Restaurant & Brewery
Active Beers: 15
Beer Ratings: 127
Beer Avg: 3.47
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Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
My roomate and I stopped here on the way to taps last weekend. I have to say that I was impressed with what BJs had on tap at the time. They had their pumpkin beer, their barleywine, and their 08 grand cru in addition to the regular selections. There were a decent number of people there so we couldn't do a sampler, instead we had to order a bunch of pints and split them. I thought the barleywine was interesting, it almost tasted aged. I thought the grand cru was alright and I really enjoyed the pumpkin beer.
We ordered a side of fries that was a pretty good size and tasted good. But then we had been drinking so my judgement may not have been completely objective. The service was good; the bartender was very attentative even though she was serving around 20 people by herself.
The restaurant itself was very nice too. The bar had a nice top to it, not sure exactly what stone that is, and they had a bunch of belgian bottles lined up between the liquor bottles. On one end of the bar you could see the fermenters. I think of the 5 BJs locations that I've been to this is the only one that actually brews their beer on site. I think the only down side was that the bathrooms were out of order so they had some porta poties outside, which were actually pretty nice all things considered.
Overall this is a pretty nice restaurant, just so long as you don't mind being in a full and noisy place.
01-24-2008 20:09:38 | More by t0rin0
4.05/5 rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This BJ's is in the corner of the Brea Mall parking lot and is one where they brew... (which is nice since you get more specialty brews). My wife and i came on a warm Saturday noon and the place was hustle and bustle.
The atmoshere has just a great friendly social vibe to it. There was a good college crowd, families, and people just enjoying themselves. The TV's were on and a CSUF baseball game was on. (the Titans have won 11 or 12 College World Series/National Titles so their baseball is big here). As you go in the bar is to the back and a patio immediately to the right. The patio is nice to hang out at on a warm So Cal day. The BJ's brew selection hits all the major styles as usual with several specialty brews and a guess beer. The bottles offer a good number of belgian selections... i drank the blonde and Fullers ESB as i gave up heavier beers for lent. For lunch i had my normal cheeseburger and fries which i find very tasty and more than enough to fill you. BJ's is a fun place to come with family, friends or a date.
03-22-2007 22:49:52 | More by SwillinBrew
3.45/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
i went to bj's in brea since it was close to where i lived. what i like about bj's is that it is family friendly (i had the lady and kid with me). i was little disappointed with the tap selections. when i went (1/14/07), they did not have anything "belgian" on tap and nothing special outside their normal pours. so, i had to settle for a bottle for kwak. but, i really wanted a belgian style brew on tap. for bottles, their prices are not bad for a restaurant. food is good and of course we all enjoyed the pizzokie. service was a bit slow overall. overall, i'll go again. i think i just went a "bad" time and a strike of bad luck. i am happy to find out a location is going to go up in chino hills with the new shopping center in '08 off the 71.
01-15-2007 09:18:35 | More by koolchas
3.45/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5
went in on afriday afternoon. maybe that caused the lunchtime crowd to be more than usual. atmosphere was good. college world series on the tv's with the volume off. plenty of groups around waiting for tables, but some spare room in the bar area.
thried the hefe and pale ale. the hefe seemd to lack slightly on flavor but other than that i would have to review it as above average. the pale i was pleasantly surprised with. the menu states chinook bittering and cascade dry hops. no flavoring hops?? not sure, but it was nicely balanced either way and i would definitely try it again if i go back.
the service was friendly but on the slow side, perhaps due to being busy. didnt have time to try any food but they had the usual side stuff at the bar.
visited this place a couple of times when i lived nearby and would be a usual for me if i still did.
06-11-2004 21:09:03 | More by joecast
3.8/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3
Well the architecture, landscaping and layout of this place are all top notch. The entryway is one of the most impressive I've ever seen with a huge copper dome framing the ceiling of the entry and lots of waiting area. The large seating areas and outside patios are very impressive and the long huge bar very accomodating , though I felt sorry for my bartender, Brian, as he scurried about filling pints.
The beer here is not bad but is about what is expected from most chain brewpubs, i.e., kind of middle of the road for the masses. Still the English style pale ale was quite nice and the red ale hit the spot. Weak porter but the stout was tasty enough. Nice seasonal selection as well.
11-02-2003 02:26:42 | More by AtLagerHeads
3.65/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5
First visited on September 3, 2002. Thanks totally to a kind invite and a lift from the wife of the Brewer, Chris Boggess of the Rock Bottom, Long Beach. For he invited me to Car pool with him and a friend, to a beer tasting night here. Interestingly, it was an English Mild and Brown Ale Beer Appreciation Night. Cool.
As you approach the premises, you cannot help but be impressed by its brick façade, and its overall quality look. A clean looking establishment that is rightfully popular. You enter via an octagonal shaped brick built entrance topped with a large dome.
For the beer tasting we were ushered right into a sort of glass roofed covered outhouse that runs down the length of the building. Make no mistake this is a large building. Food on offer was marvellous and appeared to represent good value for money. I tried a few of the beers on draft and they were all above average. Although the special that night, Nutty Brewnette was perhaps the least favourable. The Tatonka Stout though is by far the very best beer that they do in my opinion. The staff were all friendly, pleasant and very attentive. A great place to spend the night with friends.
Well Worth a visit, one of the better BJs I have been to.
12-13-2002 22:57:12 | More by TheLongBeachBum
BJ's Restaurant & Brewery in Brea, CA
86 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.