Nutty Brewnette | BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.

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

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Nutty Brewnette is an American-style brown ale. A blend of four different dark malts contributes to a flavor profile that is sweet with “nutty” notes. A healthy dose of hops makes this beer hoppier and more balanced than most English brown ales.

35 IBU

Added by BEERchitect on 06-05-2009

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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 104
Photo of Supermanstwin09
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very exception beer for me and it does have a really good aroma of pecan roast. Dark as an amberbock in contrast, a beautifully resilient froth of the proper amount of head and in my personal experience quite a tasteful delight

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown appearance with a tiny amount of head that quickly vanishes. Wasn't impressed at first. Aroma was real neutral, a little bit of maris otter.

All of a sudden it comes together taste wise, a little bit of hop presence, sweet malt kick, and mild roasty nuttiness in the mouthfeel. Thought it would be bland, but no. This is an enjoyable brown ale, something I rarely say.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid brown coloring with a think foamy tan head. Smell of almonds and a little toasty malts. Not much hops in the taste but enough to keep it balanced and not overly sweet. Nice malts. Wish for a little more but flavor. Beer feels a little thick and coats that mouth well.

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Photo of ShawnMN
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

It's your traditional nutty American brown ale. Who doesn't like a great American brown ale ? Right? It goes great with any kind of burger with BBQ sauce. It's got a great crisp nutty aroma as well as the taste. It's a great sit back and relax brown ale. Not much more to say on it

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BJ's in Valencia, CA.

Pours a clear dark crimson brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass all the way to the finish. Smell is of toasted malt and some nice nutty aromas. Taste is of the toasted malt and nut flavors with a caramel sweetness and alcohol kick in the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good brown ale but the alcohol kick at the end of each sip is slightly harsh.

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Photo of Spider889
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark with a short head, always served in a pint.

Malty aroma with hints of coffee and bread crusts.

Nice warm body - more bread and coffee with sweeter toffee notes.

Thin bodied. Overall a very solid American Brown. No frills or adjuncts, just a swell benchmark for the style.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light brown, small ring of light tan head to it, not much there, not much to leave lace or any retention. Usual English malt aroma, lightly sweet, nothing too impactful.

Hey, wait, there's a good flavor, good hop presence yet still maintaining a smooth drinking, relatively low bitterness drinking experience, yet dry and almost a fringe of chalky cocao powder to the mouthfeel. Already, this puts it in an upper echelon of brown ale flavor for me. Great roast character, instead of getting a thin bland brown, you get something more akin to a sessionable American porter with plenty of nutty, toffee and caramel flavor to keep it rather robust.

Good, would recommend to my buddy who really likes Lost Coast's downtown brown.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


On tap at BJ's Escondido.

A: Dark red with a soda-like beige head that lingers for a long time. Much lacing.

S: Earth and nutty notes with a faint roasted character. Citrus is light and pine is evident.

T: Sweet bread accompanies nutty notes. There's a lower moderate bitterness and the hops impart earth and pine. I get a whisper of chocolate and a very faint roasted quality.

M: Lower medium body with high carbonation.

Overall: A pretty good hoppy brown. The carbonation is a little high but that's okay. 

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is probably my go to beer when I am at BJ's

On tap at the Palmdale location

Look: Dark brown with traces of red throughout and a 1/2 inch head and good retention with some good circular lacing

Smell: Roasted malt and hints of caramel and coffee

Taste: Little bit of coffee in the foreground and a bit of vanilla in the background

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: Good brown ale and great drinkability

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at BJ's, Westminster, CO

I'm beginning to like brown ales more and more, now that I'm finding more and more that...I like.

Poured clear, a dark mahogany color with a moderate off-white head that retained decently. Nutty aroma, caramel malts, and chocolate tones. Toasty malts on the tongue, caramel, light chocolate. Just a tad of an astringent off-flavor detectable, but nothing that really took away from the beer overall. Rich and tasty for the style, and quite drinkable, I thought.

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Photo of Samp01
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampler at BJs Brewhouse in Sugar Land TX. Brewed at Saint Arnolds brewery according to the manager. Pours a nice dark brown with nice tan head. Has a nice nutty aroma, some sweet caramel malt. Taste is sweet caramel malt, light hops, with a nice nutty ending. Palate is nice med body, with good carbonation, nice smooth mouthfeel. Finish is cara,el malt, slight hops and a nice lingring nutty aftertaste. Overall a nicely balanced and tasty brew.

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Photo of ScottUCF84
4.76/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer consisted of sweeter, slightly roasted malts, with NO off flavors whatsoever. I didn't really notice any hop profile, which in my opinion is good. IMO this style is so much better when it concentrates on the sweet brown sugar and malty flavor; I feel like the bitterness from strong hops would ruin it. This was the smoothest brown ale I've ever had, and I think it's my new favorite. Every brown ale out there seems to have something off-putting about it, and I was expecting the same from this one, but was pleasantly surprised. This is up there for me. Delicious.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed a pint of this earlier today at the BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse in San Bruno, CA. This was my first time trying Nutty Brewnette, and it was also the first BJ's beer I've ever had. Following review based on notes from earlier today.

Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Came out with a short, creamy, khaki-colored head stretched across the top. I could tell from the way that the head clung to the glass walls that this beer was going to drag a ton of lacing, and it did; goopy, cobweb-like layers of it all the way down. The body was dark brown with shades of orange, and it turned to ruby when held to light. Impressive clarity. Impressive all around.

Smell: Nutty and buttery, with hints of caramel (think candied almonds), a touch of salt, and delicate, piney hops. Malt-centered and sweet, but pleasant and multifaceted.

Taste: Sweeter than I would have liked. Caramelized nuts and bread crust led the way. Earthy, piney hops created a lightly bitter, crisp finish. A sort of stale/dusty/earthy bitterness crept in after the first couple of sips and lingered long into the aftertaste. Cocoa also appeared midway through the experience. Pretty robust, but malt-centered and out of balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full in body and malty, with crisp carbonation and tons of mouth-coating. Aftertaste was flavorful and long-lasting (though didn't taste all that great). Bold.

Drinkability: Didn't taste that great and certainly lacked balance, but all in all this was better than I expected. I would go for another pint if I happened to be sticking around.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear brown color with a slight head on it that gives way to a nice lacing. The aroma is of nuttiness with caramel malt backbone. There are also hints of roasted malt and some breadiness. The taste is okay, there is a caramel malt backbone with some nuttiness but that is about it, no hop presence. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. The drinkability is okay, there isn't a lot to make you want more, but it is an easy drink and nothing to distract you or make you hate it.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

6 oz tap pour in a mini pilsner glass. 5.8% ABV, On tap at BJ's in Huntington Beach, CA.

A - From the tap, this brunette comes naked; a totally clear mahogany color with a small but self-assured off-white head.

S - Nutty is pretty nutty but definitely not crazy. Nuts and light cocoa with toasted toffee and caramel and biscuit notes is all the nose offers. Heavily malt-sided, no hops are found here.

T - Here's where the looker takes a dive; potent solvent rubbing alcohol taste with an off-flavor addition of diactyl. Toasted caramel malts with some nuttiness comes through in the background.

M - This medium-figured brunette is rank with a lush-like lingering alcohol burn that's not pleasant at all.

D - This becomes another BJ's beer that I didn't feel like finishing, in the sample size no less, it's alcohol comes out reminiscent of cleaning, solvent alcohol. It's also got an off flavor. Serious work needs to be done with this broad.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the Sacramento location, but brewed in Roseville.

A - Poured a solid mahogany with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Dissipated moderately slow and left nice lacing. Good carbonation as well.

S - Chocolate, roasted nuts, and burnt toffee.

T - Very chocolaty, burnt toffee, bittering hops, and the slightest nuttiness.

M - Medium to full-bodied, well balanced, with little to no astringency. The carbonation is still fairly noticable at mouthfeel.

D - Not bad overall, but would suggest either to reduce bittering hops or add aroma hops. Also, would recommend a lower mash temp to reduce burnt flavor and to allow more complexity/sweetness from the malts.

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Photo of radshoesbro
2.52/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I truly thought I got the wrong beer when I first tried it. a brown ale is not supposed to taste like this at all.

a - very dark for a brown. some head with dots of lace.

s - very very malt heavy.

t - what??? burnt malt that completely overpowers everything this beer could have had going for it.

m - just leaves a very charred undesirable taste in my mouth.

d - this tastes like a porter gone wrong, if it had been a porter I actually would have scored it higher too! I will never get this again, and suggest everyone steers clear.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Columbus Ohio BJ's.

As with most of BJ's beers, this one gives me a lot more depth, power, character, and flavor than is usually espected from chain breweries. A chocolate and nut focused beer only tells half the story. Malt to the core with caramel, toffee, and chocolate flavor and aroma. Deep and without a hint of graininess or weakness. The other part of the beer has to do the the impressively bold hop balance that doesn't only offset the sweet malts but also contribute a piney, citrusy flavor that pushes this beer beyond expectations. Bold and balanced, this is what an American Brown should be.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.61/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear medium brown color. Small head that was short lived with very little lacing.
S - Virtually no nose. I think I caught a small whiff of roasted malt.
T - First impression was an overly roasted version of a brown ale. I find it to be very unbalanced. The roasted flavor is overwhelming, and then a hit of malt sweetness, and then hops but it doesn't blend well.
M - On the thin side.
D - After the generous sampler, I didn't have any more of this beer.

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Photo of speedracer
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Visited restaurant location in Greenwood, IN (lifestyle part of mall)

The appearance was a light brown, with minimal head. Beer had a slightly nutty smell and caramel. Similar to New Castle, however more mellow. Good, however flavor did not linger as long as I would have liked. Overall, a nice smooth beer.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, caramel color with thin head. Nose is light but subtle chocolate, roasted malts, and light hops come through. Palate is light bodied, soft, easy drinking, and a gentle brown sugary caramel like roasty malt comes through. Also somewhat toasty. Light on the finish. Very sessionable.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had in McAllen, TX. I assume that this is where the beer is brewed.

Pours a nice brown color that I can see through with a very decent head and retention.

There is a nice nutty smell with some good caramel malts with a nice tiny balance of citrusy hops.

The problem I have with BJ's brews is that they are a tiny bit astringent even in the maltier styles. However, there is a nice caramel malting and a good amount of nuttiness (which I love in brown ales).

I would like to like this beer even more, but the astringency from the alcohol ruins the mouthfeel a little bit and makes it harder to drink.

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Photo of IceAce
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper body w / excellent clarity. Foam collar is loose and sports a 35" half-life. Aroma is malty with anticipated roastiness and a hop hint hiding in the wings.

Entry shows supportive carbonation with a midtaste of complex roasted malts with a backdrop of mouth-drying walnuts. Finish is (again) dry with roased malt dominating a backdrop resembling a Christmas nut assortment and BJ's signature yeast.

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Photo of Rezzin
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear brown. Small head that lingered somewhat. Looks light in flavor.

S - Caramel and chocolate notes. Subtle roasted nuts. I didn't detect the scent of hops but @ 35IBU's it's there It smelled a little better than how it looked.

T - First impression was a light version of a brown ale. The more I drank the more I really started to enjoy it. The sweet nutty taste (in a light way) was well balanced with some slight bitterness. Not as rich as other brown ales I've tried but surprsingly delicious.

M - On the thin side but at the same time it gives the impression of a very drinkable beer. Somewhat of a smooth finish from what I remember. Don't expect a rich brown ale.

D - A very drinkable beer. This is my 2nd favorite offering from BJ's right now. I'll definitely order this again on my next visit.

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Photo of baiser
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown body, with a delicious, creamy off white head. Nice aromas of nuts, sweet malt, caramel and some fruit. A bunch of nutty flavours, smooth malt, caramel and a touch of diacetyl. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. A very drinkable brown ale, full of flavour. One of BJ's best brews.

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