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Sun Block - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 272
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 27.54%
Wants: 6
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Billolick on 07-05-2007

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Reviews: 61 | Hads: 272
Photo of Amalak
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had at the Burger Shoppe in downtown Manhattan, on Water Street.

A- Pours a gold, opaque. Very bubbly. Some head with limited lacing, though that could be because it was in a chilled mug.
S- Mild wheat scent.
T- Extremely crisp and carbonated. Tempered wheat taste. Has a very mild bite to it. Really well balanced, excellent beer.

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Photo of mltobin
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Ginger Man in South Norwalk, Conn.

Appearance is a nice light honey color with a cream white head.

The smell is light, kind of sweet, and very inviting.

The taste is citrusy, easy going and completely refreshing !

The mouthfeel is similar to the rest of the beer, nothing too strong, but a bit sweet, a hint of spice, pleasant overall.

The drinkability is high, especially goes well with a warm sunny day and lighter food.

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Photo of scotorum
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/9/14.

a: Orange with a half finger thick white head which receded to patchy surface foam and similar lacing.

s: Grapefruit.

t: Grapefruit and orange with considerable hop bite over a medium bready malt base.

m: Medium with lots of carbonation tingle.

o; An Excellent hoppy wheat, refreshing and tangy.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very hazy, whitish yellow, very pale and cloudy. Huge white head never fully faded and tons of clingy lace down the sides of the glass. Some visible carbonation.

very light, lots of yeast asnd some light fruit, little grain, and a touch of hops. Lots of yeast and light fruits, some peach and pear. Very light taste, awesome hot summer day flavor.rich and creamy, very nice consistency and feel. Great carbonation.Could put down a ton, really easy drinker.Overall I was really impressed by this

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Photo of scootny
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of the growler into my Witte glass. A pale straw brew with a light head that thins to a wispy covering. Spots of lace. Barely active carbonation is visible in the glass.

Smell is grainy wheat malt and faint mustyness. Light banana notes and lemony bits with yeast esters.

Taste is great! Belgian yeast and wheat with lemon and subtle spices. Nutty notes in the finish with a kiss of hops to cleanse the palate and make a clean dry finish. More nutty notes in my nose as I swallow. A slight sourness dries the tongue and invites you back. MMM

Mouthfeel is crisp and gently effervescent. A delightful experience

Drinkability is exceptional. Crisp, refreshing, smooth, and light. I coud drink the whole growler by myself...But I wont.

A quintessential summer brew. Get this while it's around and enhance your summer days and nights.

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Photo of cavedave
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Says unfiltered on bottle, but just the slightest cloudiness to a dark straw colored beer. Thin cap of off white foam scrams pretty quick, but some nice legs of lace left linger alliteratively.

Mmm a light aroma of wheaty cracker and lemony citrus hops, with just a hint of pine behind and slight notes of crystal malt.

Delicate medium strength taste that fully expresses the flavors of the bouquet, wonderfully so. It is a clean, simple taste that is refreshing and interesting and delicious.

Light in mouth, spritzy carb., and a nice coating from the hops gives it a clean finish.

Captain Lawrence just keeps coming with solid delicious offerings that make me proud to spend my beer money on local breweries.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours hazy cloudy golden with white foam. Some layers. Sharp citrus nose, orange-y. A little wheaty as well. Lighter taste, a lemon-filled wheat blend. Subtle hoppy blend. Definitely some orange in the mix. Helles like aftertaste. Smooth, simple, flavorful. Perfect spring beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Screw-cap growler provided via trade by gpcollen1. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head over the slightly cloudy light golden brew. Head is promptly down to a tight layer of foam, with lasting lace. Aroma is wheaty and tart, to style. Taste follows the nose, with the tartness complementing and not out of place, as is sometimes the case. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is incredibly easy. Very approachable wit, highly recommended.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got another growler of this for a trade but that never materialized. Took the opportunity to get down with the Captain. Pours a clear golden - light orange. Head rises and falls quick enough. Aroma is a bit sweet with a citrus spice - the Wit coming through.

Taste hits a bit on the hoppy/spicy side that hovers over the sweetness of this wit initially but lets it squeak on through and ushers in some additional spice. This one seems to be a bit more balanced with the hops than previous incarnations, which I did not enjoy as much - yet good.

A very nice drinker, light and crisp, that is good with food and for the masses. Drank this one intermittently while rebuilding a rock wall that my Oak knocked down. A keg of this would be nice for one of the faucets at a party.

B / 3.55
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 4
rDev: -7.6%

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sun Block Witte...on tap at Gramercy Tavern

Appearance- Pale gold with a really wispy head, not that much lace.

Smell- Orange peel and citrus appears along with some hops and malt.

Taste/Mouthfeel- refreshing and smooth, alot of fruit notes and carbonation. Aftertaste is a refreshing final note of grains and hops.

Drinkability-refreshing and smooth, in the sweltering summer of New York City this tastes great.

Overall-a solid hoppy witte, fits all the profiles perfectly and tastes great.

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Photo of m1ked
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy straw colored yellow, when held up to the light it seems very pale and translucent. A brief modest white head that quickly transforms into a skimming of the top. A couple of slow streamers that have lots of space in between the next risin bubble.

S- That familiar sweet sugary belgian aroma with a tad bit of tartness mixed with the usual banana (light here). Some herbal character to it.

T- Takes a few seconds to develop, there is a mild belgian, sugary sweetness that quickly gets replaced by a tame citrusy tartness. Like a tart apricot with a drop or 2 of lemon.

M- Good carbonation that scrubs your tongue- in a gentle/good way. I like the tart, and finishes semi-dry.

D- I could drink these all summer. Crisp, refreshing, tasty. This is my idea of a sessional summer beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slowly but surely getting to the end of the list of beers to try by CL.

Pours an almost clear gold with a white head. Nose is straight up dough, spices and funk. Fairly straightforward. Flavor is along the same lines. Doughy funky citrus flavor. Yep. It's a witbier. Feel is a bit of a biting carbonation and the liquid is typical. I consder this a pretty spot on interpretation of the style. A bit boisterous, but doesn't cross the line. Another good CL beer.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Assuming the bottle isnt supposed to say "witte" anywhere on it?

A: Pours a cloudy pale golden with a somewhat thick one finger head. The head is white and sticks around for a bit leaving some lacing on the glass. Lots of visible carbonation as tiny bubbles.

S: Certainly hops, this has a nice fresh aroma to it. A blend of floral and citrus with a touch of pine. Seems to dominate the wheat, which I dont mind.

T: The wheat does come through more on the taste but is still a bit overshadowed with the ample hop dosage this brew has. Aftertaste is a mix of citrus and pale malts. On the hoppier end for not being labeled an IPA.

M: A pretty crisp and refreshing beer. Ample carbonation and a mostly clean finish. I guess the hops provide a bit of stickiness but its quite acceptable for the amount of hop flavor.

Overall Captain Lawrence strikes again. I have been impressed with their selection and would recommend to anyone into American Pale Wheat Ales.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a straw/borderline golden yellow with an inch of fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. A thin white head blankets this beer throughout drinking. The nose is a light wheaty sweetness bittered by a touch of floral/slightly citrusy hops. The taste provides a bold wheat base upfront which carries on its shoulders a potent hoppiness (which is more bark than bite). It's clean, light bodied, hoppy, and has great wheat character followed by a lingering, nonintrusive bitterness. This is definitely the type of fresh spring/summer gulping beer I want to be cracking into after a brief Buffalo weather warm spell. It's probably my current favorite from CL that is available in 12oz bottles.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Twelve-ounce beer sampled on-tap at Blind Tiger on Bleecker Street in Manhattan...
Pours a clear, lucid, golden-colored hue with a small head and very minimal lacing around the serving glass and ample carbonation...
Aroma was wheat-filled, dominated by citrus and yeast...
Taste was what you would expect from a good-quality Witbier... crisp, clean, refreshing, with hints of ripe fruit, lemons, citrus, wheat, and coriander...
Slick mouthfeel with a good level of drinkability... Not sure what the ABV on this one was, but it definitely wasn't too high...
Good stuff and a great depiction of the style...
Worth a try...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i know this is a summer beer, and its winter now, but this is something amazing. i am a sucker for sorachi ace, and this appears to be loaded with it, there may also be some galaxy or nelson or one of the other unique varietals from that corner of the world. the sorachi though, with its lemon curd and grassy properties are intense over a very light pale wheat malt base that still manages enough body to not be watery, but stays light enough in feel and alcohol to be the ultimate summer beer for a guy who loves these kind of hops. i have been really impressed with all the beers from captain lawrence, but this one is next level for the style, where flavor is usually sacrificed on the altar of sessionability. not here, this is proof you can have it all. i know this bottle had to have a few months on it, but its held up incredibly well and i can only imagine it getting better with freshness. zesty hops, minimal on their oily aspect but enormous on the fruit, especially in the nose, and a really clean finish. hard to beat in hot weather, heck, it almost takes me out on the boat. i hope to score quantity of this next spring!

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Photo of marcpal
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another growler Im stoked to have brought back from the brewery- cracked open on a beautiful night.

Poured into Nugget Nectar pint glass.

A: Maize gold and transparent. Extremely thin head with little to no lace left on the glass.

N: Lemon peel, citrus and some kiwi(?) with some sweet malt smells. Hops come and go in the aroma, knocked out a bit from the orange and coriander.

T: Sweet and citrusy, some banana sweetness comes in too. Hops are much stronger than in the nose. The wheat is prominent without being abrasive. Coriander on the tongue in the aftertaste.

M: A lot of carbonation and leaves a crispness on the tongue from the hop presence. Spiciness from coriander.

D: As refreshing as they come. Right on for the style with a simplistic spin that makes this all the more enjoyable.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip.

A - Hazy bright yellow with a thin layer of white head.

S - Belgian yeast, clove, peppery spice with some lighter banana notes. Lemon and grassy notes in the background.

T - Belgian yeast, spice, pepper and clove notes are dominant with lighter banana, grassy and lemon flavours.

M - Light to medium body. Dry with sticky hop oils, creating a unique mouth feel. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a Captain Lawrence pint glass.

L - hazed golden yellow with a fluffy white head that thinned to a cap leaving spotty lacing.

S - tropical and citrus fruits with wheat/yeast in the background.

T - the wheat flavor comes through a bit more in the taste but the tropical fruit hop flavor is in charge here.

F - light/medium bodied with a crisp, refreshing feel.

O - I think is this more of a Pale Wheat Ale, similar to Gumballhead, than it is a Witbier.

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Photo of CHickman
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours very hazy yellow color with a ton of sediment chunks floating in it and bubbles racing up like champagne to a 2 finger foamy snow white head that faded on the slower side and left a ring on top around the edge and decent foamy lacing.

Smells of citrus hops and lemon zest front, followed by sweet malt, light yeast, biscuit, caramel, floral hops and mild spices; smells very summery and refreshing, and while pretty basic all of the different aromas are distinct and pleasant.

Tastes like it smells with citrus hops and lemon zest front, sweet malt, yeast, biscuit, caramel, grains, Ritz Cracker, floral hops and mild spices like coriander and pepper; very refreshing with a nice combo of hop fruityness and malt/grain balance. Label states a hoppy wheat beer and that’s what it tastes like.

Mouthfeel and body are light and crisp and almost thin, with low fizzy carbonation and a sweet hoppy lemon finish that is not really bitter, but more grainy and clean as it fades.

I’m going to have to get more of these next summer and down them while it’s hot out as this was a very tasty wheat beer and would be perfect for the summer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have been housed in King of Prussia for over six weeks and it has been Br'er Rabbit in the Briar Patch time! Man, going to Wegman's Bottle Shop brings me to my knees every time I walk in the joint. That is where I scored this bottle.

From the bottle: "As the sun starts to peek out from around the dark winter clouds, it is a clear remainder that brighter days lay ahead. Brewed with pale & wheat malts for a refreshing backbone & hopped with some bright, citrusy American hops this beer will help you fight off the sun all season long! Cheers, [undersigned] Scott Vallens (sp?)"

I Pop!ped the cap and initiated an aggro pour since it was unfiltered and I wanted to rouse any lees that may have developed. I got two fingers of fuffy, rocky, bone-white head for my efforts, but they did not last long. Color was a hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5). Nose had a bright citrusy smell. The taste was really interesting. I got lemon peel and toasted coconut on the tongue! Really. This made for a nice, easy-drinking beer. The finish was semi-dry and more lemony than coconut. It was really refreshing on a hot summer's day as I watched the Packers/Stillers pre-season game and anticipated tonight's Giants/Bucs tilt on ESPN.

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Photo of koopa
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the Flaming Fury release party.

Appearance: Cloudy pale straw body with minimal white crown that rapidly dissipates and shows little lace.

Smell: wheat and a muted orange/lemon/herbal note.

Taste: same as smell. the finish is sweeter than the amount of wheat tartness in the nose led me to assume it would be.

Mouthfeel: on the light side of medium bodied...fairly appropriate for the style. Moderate amount of carbonation makes it moderately enjoyable.

Drinkability: Quite sessionable

Not an amazing example of the style but good for an American attempt and a beer I'd love to have at any local bbq.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap in Ginger Man, NYC

A: Light golden color, mostly clear with a little haze. White head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.
S: Citrusy, lemon and orange, with some clove and light aroma of hops.
T: Nothing exceptional, typical wit flavors. Citrus (more lemon than orange) and spice, only difference from norm is that the hops are much stronger in this than expected. Medium body, crisp with active carbonation and bite from hops. While the flavors don't really make this beer standout, it is a very refreshing summertime beer and exceptionally drinkable.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my DFH IPA glass; there’s some printed information on the side of the bottle, but I couldn’t tell you if it contains date or bottling info, not that I can decipher at least (“1222N06130647”).

Appearance (4.75): A good three fingers of bone-white foam rise off the pour, forming a tight, cratery head that takes a very long time to die down, showing great retention (even after a few minutes, there’s still a moderate layer of foam sitting on top of the body). The body, meanwhile, is a pale honey-gold with a modest haze. As the beer recedes, it leaves mangled, jangly legs of lace, fat suds all over, and a couple of wide collars with foam in between. This is a really, really great looking beer.

Smell (4.0): Veeery lovely grapefruit and mango juicy-citrus aromas, mixed with some variation of slightly vegetal resinous tones (though they are a good deal lighter than the fruit component). There’s some very dry, crisp, pilsner-ish, bready character underneath.

Taste (3.75): Definitely a somewhat vegetal type of bitterness leads the way, with a crisp shot of bitter lemon juice, mint leaves, and slightly oniony bitterness—a really solid, refreshing crack of hop flavor and bite. There’s a very light malt body underneath, but it’s bready and tart with drying biscuit and Common Cracker starchiness. Just a hint of grapefruit juice, but it’s all washed away in the end with an onion-bitter finish that hangs around for a while. I really like a lot of what’s going on in this beer, but the vegetal finish is not my favorite.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Good, solid tingles all over the place before foaming quickly and fully on the way down; the body is light, dry, very dry actually, and quenching. This is a very easy drinker, but the onion-bitter finish and wheat starchiness keeps me from proceeding too quickly.

Overall (3.75): This is a very solid beer, and I can see this being a hit with a lot of folks. And, I reaaally do enjoy it. It’s just that the vegetal bitterness in the finish kind of kills it for me, just a little bit. Not enough to keep me from buying a sixer or two of this beer later on this summer, because it sure is tasty, and easy to drink. I may be nitpicking, but isn’t that what individual reviews are for? It’s a very solid beer, and a very worthwhile investment for anyone who enjoys Founders’ All Day and non-shitty, American wheat beers.

Disclaimer: I rated this beer under the assumption that it was somewhere between an American Pale Wheat Ale and a session-ish IPA. I have no idea why this is (hopefully "was" will be appropriate, in the near future) categorized as a witbier. Nowhere on the label does it say anything about a witbier, or anything that sounds like a witbier description—but it DOES say "SUN BLOCK: A Hoppy Wheat Beer—Unfiltered." So, that's how I judged it. As an unfiltered, hoppy wheat beer, with no assumption of being Belgian-inspired.

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3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz Growler from the brewery.

A- Sun block holds a dark yellow/light golden color with a skim of white loose foam on the top, fades quick leaving no lace.

S- A typical witte with citrus scent including lemon, orange peel and spice such as clove. Some earthy hops are there but light.

T- A well balanced witte with the above mentioned ingredients, I seem to be getting more orange peel but the lemon flavor is nice as well. The yeast also makes headway as well as clove, the hops keep everything in perspective.

M- Light bodied with a bit of carb felt under the tounge. Goes down smooth and almost to easy with some spice and yeast in the aftertaste.

D- Again, almost to easy to drink, Im glad the abv is low as I would be on the ground by now. Finished off the growler in no time, but I shared some because this style of beer gets boring after a while. Great for summer.

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Sun Block from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.