Brewhouse Blonde | BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.

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Brewhouse BlondeBrewhouse Blonde

Brewed by:
BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 07-18-2003

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 55
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at BJ's in Valencia, CA.

Pours a clear gold color with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain and some slightly fruity aromas. Taste is the same way with a mild grassy note on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average blonde with nothing special going on.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the few BJ's year-round beers that I have yet to try. On-tap at the Huntington Beach locale, on to the beer:

A little bit hazy inside that highlighter yellow color with a deeper blonde hue. There's an inch of head on top, giving off some creamy strings of lace. Its nose has something different about it; grape nuts cereal. And a hint of pineapple.

It seems a little different from the usual kolsch. Well, it's got the refreshment factor, the cleanliness, the very soft crispness that one could expect. The taste is a little different, yet it is still agreeable. Tasting grape nuts is more appealing than smelling them, and it's got that character all around.

Surprisingly more than decent. A beer withat least a little character while delievering refreshment.

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Photo of DM1293
2.6/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a 5 oz glass.

Appearance - light gold, no head.

Smell - Too light for me to properly say what it is...

Taste - ...basically, all the flavor that was ripped out of the lightswitch lager they made came back for this. The front is the same: a lightly roasted taste. However, it actually have some staying power. Its not bitter or strong though, so its kinda forgettable and just feels like a "safe" drink. Pushes no envelopes, fairly drinkable.

Mouthfeel - clean.

Overall - Its an okay beer. Its nothing groundbreaking, its not even great as a Kolsch (if the dry and hoppy characteristics are supposed to be there, I'm not getting them). But its entirely drinkable and a safe pitcher beer to drink if you're not sure what everyone wants or likes.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.46/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks straw yellow and clarity like BMC. Aroma was even worse, didn't find it appealing at all. Just oxidized corn.

Taste, wow, this is not BJ's strong suit. Made as mild as possible, carbonation wasn't high enough, was just weak. No snappy carbonation or hopping to it. Didn't get better with the food either. Just bland with a bad aftertaste.

My least favorite BJ's beer.

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Photo of Bigboyash73
3.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer has an absolute amazing after taste! The appearence was ok, looks just like everyother beer i have seen before. Smell was neutral. Althought this is the best beer this resturat offers. I had this beer at the resturant in columbus, ohio. I wish they would sell this at grocery stores!

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Photo of CBlack85
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the Greenwood, IN location.

On tap, the beer was served in a pint glass

The beer is a clear straw/pale yellow color with a short white head that recedes fairly quickly leaving very little lacing.

The aroma is grainy and bready with some light hop aroma. Very light in aroma. Unfortunately not much there

The taste is much like the nose, grainy and bready malts, and floral, earthy hops. I also get some light fruity flavors give this beer a very pleasant flavor. Light bodied and well carbonated. Easy to drink, very pleasant beer, just a little light for the style.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw colored yellow with a one finger head that gives way to some nice lacing up and down the glass. The aroma is of pale malt and some hoppiness and grains. The taste is much of the same a nice pale malt backbone with some hoppy bitterness at the back end. The mouthfeel is crisp clean and moderately carbonated. The drinkability is very high, it is a very easy drink, there isn't a lot going on in it but there is nothing to make you dislike it.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 oz tap pour in a mini pilsner glass. 4.5% ABV, On tap at BJ's in Huntington Beach.

A - The tap pour arrives pale yellow with a thin white head that leaves good lace down the whole glass.

S - Easy-going is a good way to describe the nose of this beer. It's full of plain pale malts with a background graininess and low hop scent.

T - Again, it's easy-going. The flavor mimics the aroma with pale malts and a low grain and wheat splashed in with a miniscule hint of hops on the back end.

M - The mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and light-bodied like it should be for this style.

D - One of the only beers in the BJ's sampler that I actually put down right away. It's probably the easiest drinking.

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Photo of isualum12
2.26/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear smooth pour with little head.

NO smell

No taste

Carbinated heavy

I had 2 of these on two different times both in Stockton Ca at BJ's. (Nice place with huge menu). Move past this onto other beers they have (which are great) If you want light they have it in other beers.

Your better off just ordering a Budlight unless you think your going to insult someone....

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Columbus, Ohio BJ's Restaurant and Bar.

The Brewhouse Blonde makes for a very nice Blonde, but not the best Kolsch. The pilsner malts give a brilliantly clear straw color, a clean and crisp bready flavor and texture, and a soft drinkable and recognizable beer. Hops give a light herbal and flowery aroma and help to offset the bitterness quite well. Yeasty esters deliver a soft complexity of apples, peaches and pears but never overstate their presence. A honeysuckle character rides through the beer from aroma to finish, and never distracts from the simple pilsner base. No sulfters or phenols to be found; this is a super clean beer. Head formation is solid upfront but ultimately falls to a trace. This is a very nice Blonde Ale that offends no one.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.31/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, bright gold color. Poured a 1 finger thin whte head that dissipated to a broken skim. No lacing. Decanted continually.

S: Hay and wet grass. Light, dry malts. A light citrussy bitter tickles the nose.

T: Wet, slightly sweet grains. Very light biterring finish wasn't enought to balance. Carbonation finished crisp and clean.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp, carbonated finish.

D: Very drinkable, just not a lot going on and needed more bittering.

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Photo of colts9016
3.57/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the few Kolsh that I have been able to drink and enjoy. I have tried a few and I really didn't like them. To me this beer seem to have some balance and in a way kinda unbalanced.

The pour is a golden blonde color. The nose is wheat, citrus, and yeast. The taste is a bit hoppy and citrus but mellowed out and a bit bitter on the end. Overall a very good kolsch.

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Photo of JDV
3.27/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light pale yellow, dull look. Smell is light, grassy malt and as expected for a kolsch. Taste is fairly sweet, with big corn flavor. Crisp carbonation, and very easy drinkable. Simple non-offensive and I liked it much more than the ratings led me to think I would.

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Photo of IceAce
3.65/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Excellent clarity (it is filtered) and average foam retention. Complex nose of sweet maltiness, Euro hops, and a hint of lemon zest.

Entry shows adequate CO² with a sweet midtaste followed by a dry and citrusy finish. The hop fade following the swallow makes this one of my favorite blondes.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken earlier today. The color is a bright golden with very good carbonation. Head is almost non-existant. The aroma is lightly sweet and fruity, much like the handfull of other kolsch beers that I've sampled. Taste is a combination of sweet graininess and delicate fruitiness. Very tasty and refreshing. Drinkability is high, this works well as a flavorful thirst quincher.

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Photo of Gavage
3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear yellow / gold in color with a wisp of a head, but some light lacing was produced.

Smell: the aroma was light grass.

Taste: the flavor was not very exciting as mild malt, grass, hay, and some mild bitterness did not really excite the tastebuds.

Mouthfeel: overall it was thin, and had a smooth start with a touch of crispness. The finish was smooth and pretty clean.

Drinkability: slight above average, but boring.

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Photo of DESTRO
2.41/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

this was served up a nice golden with a smallish white head. not impressive but not dissapointing. aroma was faint, basic simple beer smell. thin in the mouth and served way cold. light malt and very light hopping, a touch grassy etc. im not very hyped.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.41/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled (5oz.)at BJ's brewhouse in Arcadia, CA
Clear golden color with a bubbly white head and nice sheet lacing.
Smelled of slightly sour malt with some hints of lemony hops notes.
Taste was citrusy, a lemon tang, overlying a bready malt flavor. Mild bitter hops in the finish. Had a biscuity aftertaste.
Feel was light-bodied, dry, and refreshing.
Overall, an average lightweight brew. Not too much going on, from a taste or smell standpoint. Still, a decent refresher or one to have with a light meal.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.26/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color.Small head?? Aroma is fruity, small nose almost not there at all. A medium bodied German Kolsch style ale. Mild malts and hops. Nice flavor. Mild taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is very smooth and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of Morris729
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ABV: 4.5%, IBU: 20, OG: 1.044, FG: 1.009
Pours a clear light golden straw color with a faint trace of white lace that soon vanishes completely. Nose is sweet malts with a touch of fruit. Light in body and quite crisp and refreshing. Taste is sweet malts and grains balanced out by some mildly bitter hops. Not a lot to say about this beer as there’s not much character to it. Still, it was rather enjoyable on a hot day like today, so that probably helped to increase the scores I gave it somewhat. However, it’s still only average at best. Sampled locally at the BJ’s at 4901 Beltline in Addison.

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Photo of elmocoso
2.11/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This one looks good: A strong gold with a sublte head and a little lacing, moderate beading. That is about as far as it goes.

When it comes down to drinking this one, it is definatly the most boring beer in the place.

There seems to be a corn nose and almost no distinguishable hops in the nose or on the tongue.

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Brewhouse Blonde from BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
3.16 out of 5 based on 55 ratings.
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