ESB | BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

5 Ratings

Brewed by:
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
Arizona, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-12-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by BrewMaster:
Photo of BrewMaster
3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer was served without a head on it because the bartender was a moron and poured the head off. I have no problem reviewing this beer because it is up to the brewery to teach their staff to serve their beer properly. Sadly, this beer was not served properly by the brewery. Anyway, it had no head on top of the reddish brown beer. There was very little lacing coming from the thin ring of foam. Not a good looking beer.

Smell: Very light nose with hints of light malt and sweet fruits and alcohol. As it warms the alcohol shows up more and makes the nose a bit chemical in nature.

Taste: Sloppy malt flavor with a light toast to it and some citrus with a lingering hop bitterness. There are flavors or crushed or pulverized frsh fruits and a floral alcohol flavor. The alcohol flavor is strong and lingering and not very nice. The beer has a nice sweet malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Stifky and dry with a light to medium bodied feel.

Drinkability: Decent but not really impressive. Alcohol is not well hidden at all and does not fit well with the maltiness of this beer. It's like a sloppy and nasty battle in my mouth. The alcohol sticks out like a sore thumb. The beer is drinkable but I won't be ordering another.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of magictrokini
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It says "Seasonal: Winter" but they were serving it this week in July in La Jolla. Good-looking orange-gold beer with no head. Bready, sourdough nose with a bit of sugar. Citrus and hop taste with a dry finish. It gives you the initial pucker, which is nice. Decent beer.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Rancho Cucamonga, CA location. Was a nice clear deep orange color, with remnants of a bright white frothy head- which I imagine would be very nice if BJ's didn't always overpour their pints. It had a nice floral smell. Had a nice quick floral taste and bitterness up front, with a longer sweetness following... was almost cloyingly sweet, but just subdued enough to enjoy it as an ESB. Carbonated lower medium, with a nice light but slick mouthfeel.

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Photo of Gavage
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear dark amber in color with a thin 1/4" head. Spotty lacing develops. Carbonation levels seemed a bit low.

Smell: the aroma was weak, and only some hints of caramel were detectable.

taste: flavor components were of caramel, honey, and a light piney bitterness. The finish brought out a mild metallic tone which knocks down the taste rating.

Mouthfeel: generally smooth, and caramel tone lasted shortly into the lightly dry finish.

Drinkability: overall a pretty dull ESB.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is quite pretty, with a clear, deep copper color that show amber hues. The head is wispy with a pale cream color. As I take my first sniff, I get a wonderful fresh punch of hoppiness greeting my nose. I get notes of tangerine, grapefruit, peach. The aroma is quite a rich mix of hops, and it is much more American oriented than I was expecting. The beer is fairly dry on the palate, but the fruity hop character is still quite intense. This is really nicely hoppy, yet still is light and refreshing. The nose is perhaps a bit more intensely fruity, because of the dry malt character. I taste notes of tangerine, grapefruit, apricot an in the finish a nice bitterness is joined by a note of pine and a nice spritziness from the carbonation. This beer is really nice, though the hops do dominate and it could use a bit more malty caramel notes to accentuate the hops. I am definitely a sucker for the hops used, some of which I would guess include Amarillo.

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ESB from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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