Sun Block - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 260
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 6
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of corby112
2.38/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very cloudy, dark golden yellow color with paler straw-like edges and a half finger foam head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Floral earthy hop aroma with hints of grass and soil countered by subtle citrus, bready yeast and pale malt. The hop profile is one dimensional and lacking in the citrus quality that the label promises. Mostly grassy and resinous with faint lemon pith character. The wheat malts are pretty faint as well with subtle hints of bread and banana. Pale biscuit like malts are more prominent.

Light body with spritzy carbonation and strong earthy hop bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes into a very dry finish. Dry and slightly sticky with lots of earthy soil and grassy pine needle flavor. There's also some zesty spice that gives off some peppery coriander flavor. A bit more citrus character than in the nose but it seems like it's coming more from the wheat beer portion than the hop profile. Some bready yeast and biscuit malt followed by tart lemon juice and sourdough bread. Overall, I wasn't a fan of this beer. It's lacking in complexity and the flavors clash with each other making it kind of harsh and tough to drink. (1,213 characters)

Photo of bassboneman
2.51/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I normally like what CL puts out.
I don't know if this batch is off or not but I didn't care for it.
The finish has an odd perfume note that is not terrible but certainly gets in the way of what COULD be a very good brew! (221 characters)

Photo of pjr
2.63/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served on draft in pint glass. No significant aroma. Sour aftertaste. No notes typically found in wheat beers. Too many hops for a wheat beer but not enough hops to add flavor. First time ever disappointed wit a Capt Lawrence. (226 characters)

Photo of Moxley
2.63/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this one on tap at the brewery's 3rd anniversary party.

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a frothy white head.

S - Lots of coriander spice and citrus with some floral and grassy notes.

T - I love witbiers beers and this one just didn't do it for me. Had a strong coriander and orange citrusy bite and not much wheat.

M&D - Light and crisp mouthfeel, refreshing summertime beer. Just not that great tasting.

Don't go out of your way for this one if you're a fan of the style. (485 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Pours a somewhat hazy pale straw color with a very small head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is spicy and herbal hops along with some breadiness and hints of ctirus. The taste is an odd mix of what i can only describe as dill and olive oil Triscuits. I love that flavor of Triscuits but in a beer it is somewhat less appetizing. Some spicy and herbal hop notes at the finish. Not much else going on here except for that dill and olive oil Triscuits taste. Light mouthfeel with not much of an alcohol presence. Overall, I won't be buying this agin. (556 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this out of a bottle for the first time yesterday up at the Cloverleaf in Caldwell. I'm normally a huge fan of this style but for some reason, this didn't quite cut it with me. It went down easily but the hop profile was one-dimensional, as some others have stated on here, and the body could have been a bit more full as well. For summer, this would not be a bad choice but this almost seemed a bit too much like Blue Moon and not like the other offerings that I've had from Captain Lawrence. (497 characters)

Photo of DaggerEyes
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First I need to start by saying this that of all the Capt. Lawrences I've had, this has to be my least favorite. That being said it's still not a horrible beer.

Poured a cloudy gold with a white head and a fair amount of lacing. Lemon, Citrusy nose, with a heavy clove scent.

Cloves came through extremely strong on the taste, a little too strong if you ask me. Detected a bit of corriander and the lemon was there but defintely not the main player anymore.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

I'm usually a pretty big fan of witbier's but this one really didn't light my world on fire. I'll give it another shot next time I see in hopes that it tastes better a second time around... (695 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at New York Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua, NY.

Pours pale yellow, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells like wheat, lemon, and some spicing.

For a hoppy wheat ale, this one doesn't feel all that hoppy, more just like a standard wheat beer. A bit disappointing. Tastes a bit soapy, with some citrus flavors, and a bit of wheat bitterness.

Light bodied, creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Not one of Captain Lawrence's better offerings, unfortunately. (509 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Ginger Man. Wheat aroma. Pale yellow cidery colour with some lace. Nicely drinkable, a bit astringent citrus, even some hop but also well malted finish.Subtle spice: corriander. Refreshing summer beer. Mineral water carbonation, average or above mouthfeel. (270 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy sunny yellow with a faint orange hue right in the middle of the glass. A few stray bubbles coming up lazily from the bottom. Fat off white head of soft creamy foam that fell too slow and left great lace and a chunky cap and thick ring. Lace clinging to the glass. Nose is sweet and delicious citrus, light sweet lemon and floral. Pale grain with a touch of dry sugar and soft spice. Sharp and enticing. Taste is muddled. The lemon is tart and juicy but the wheat never shows up to offset with it's tall golden dryness. Floral and a touch of hop bitter on the back palate. The bread is light and carries the beer to a a finish that is a little puckering. The dry wheat starts to show up a little as ti warmed but the enticing sweetness was left in the nose. Aftertaste is a little sour.

The nose was crisp, the drink was not. Ill defined on the palate the flavors were all mushed together. The carbonation was ample and refreshed with each turn of the glass. The grain reminded me of toasted malt and even it had a sour aftertaste. It left you feeling like there was a big difference between the nose and the palate. (1,130 characters)

Photo of Zbyler
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- light golden yellow, little bit of haze but otherwise pretty transparent. Less than one finger of white head

S- bready malts, piney hops, citrus fruits.

T- bready malts upfront followed by some grapefruit citrus notes, leading into a slight piney hop presence. Finishes bready with a slight bitterness from the hops. Subtle spices in their as well.

M- light, slightly carbonated. Doughy

O- overall this was a very nice beer from capt larry. It is there new summer seasonal and I got it in NY before it was available in CT. Very well balanced wit. The bready notes really take over but the slight hop flavors really balance it out well. (642 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a weizen glass.

Appearance: Has a semi hazy body but still transparent, I've had some other "summer ales" that tend to look more like hefewiesens but this one is a little lighter (yellow). White head rose to maybe 1/4".

Smell: this is easily the weakest property of the beer, light hops and citrus but you have to sniff like 3 times just to get something out of the glass.

Taste: Has a bland lemon feel to it with a heavy hit of hops. No it's not really bitter more smooth than anything.

Mouth: Definitely medium to heavy, with bitter finish at the end...sounds contradicting to what I said above but it starts smooth then tastes like real beer.

Overall: Very good brew, picked up a 6 pack to have a little variety and happy I made the decision. Not my favorite "summer ale" but definitely a keeper. Salud. (826 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: straw bubbly gold, trace head, little lacing

S: grapefruit, lemon zest, clean wheat, whiff of candy/sugar

T: lemony pucker, refreshing wheat, light oily/piney finish

M: med/light body, hint of sticky/blended dry

O: Fun beer! Glad I grabbed it; Cpt Lawrence
has been hit-or-miss for me. This is great!
Interesting summer brew. Sessionable with
plenty of flavor to keep it rather interesting.

GOOD; GIVE IT A GO! (421 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of lemon citrus and wheat are present in the nose along with some bits of spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but also has a slight amount of bitterness and some hints of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a nice lemony smell and taste but seems a little too malty to be very refreshing or thirst quenching. (715 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a whitish glaze and some honey highlights. The white head is short and dense and settles into a light cap.

The aroma is light and sweet. A bit grainy, noticable wheat aroma. Slight lemon touch and perhaps some hay.

The taste is light with a crisp wheat malt base. A light grassy hop goes along with a slight lemony flavor. More of an american wheat ale than a witbier. Not much coriander or other Belgian flavors. But perhaps a touch of coriander as it warms.

The feel is light but not watery with crisp carbonation. Lightly sweet but has a grassy bitterness. Drinks quite well.

Standard american wheat ale. Easy drinking summer brew. (669 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A dense marshmellow structure sits above a tawny-orange body with a fine, misty rise of carbonation within. Head retention is lengthy and strong while providing a thick band of foam lacing adhering to the vessel on descent with a milky thin covering atop.

S: Spicy fresh tangerine with a spicy hop wiff of citrus. A bit of candy sugar, fresh wheat, light semi-dry lime with some citron notes. There are background nuances of candy-cola with a slight hint of kiwi-strawberry. Fruity.

T: The flavor is spicy and tart tangerine, wheat, lemon and lime hopping that was fairly aggressive. Grapefruit floral hints, some yeasty fruitiness of apricots, banana and pear. Really spicy bite of hops and tangerine twang that shows a cantelope fruitiness. Finishes with some oaky sweet alcohol.

M: Medium full body, creamy texture of wheat that was softly carbonated.

O: Overall enjoyed this, a very good summer time hoppy wheat with a fruity twang and yeasty contributes that was wet and refreshing, lightly tart finish. Easy hot weather drinking beer, nice level of hops. (1,071 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 4/14/08. On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear golden orange with a nice, creamy white head. Aroma and flavor intensely of orange rind and some citrus and spices. This was not quite like any other witbiers I've had, but it was decent. 7/4/7/4/12 (3.4/5) (261 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden straw in color with a soda pop head.
The aroma was lightly hopped with some mild citrus.
Taste was similar with a citrusy hop taste. Candied lemon drops come to mind.
After that not much flavor.
I'm not a big American wheat beer fan but with alot of these beers being hopped
I can tolerate them. (302 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery

Immediately reminds me of Victory's Whirlwind Wit for the juicy flavors and light body. This beer, however, comes off a bit more satisfying thanks to the shot of citrus in the taste. There's a lot that's traditional about this beer in the easy mouthfeel and coriander flavor, but a little kick of American hops gives this beer a nice twist. Still pretty Belgian, but not quite. Worth a try if you're into wit's. (434 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront strong noble hop. Not much else was detectable after that - maybe a slight grainy malt.

The taste consisted of a very spicy noble hop with a mild coriander spice.

The mouthfeel was of medium fullness with a biting carbonation.

Overall an easy drinker. However, not exactly in line with the style. (441 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Delaney's, New Haven, CT

I'm not usually in the mood for a wheat beer like this, but all else aside, it was a pretty tasty brew. Bright banana yellow color, hazy, with a thick white head that receded to a heavy ringlet, lacing the glass. Nice wheat profile on the nose, citrus zest, light peppery spice. Taste of bright floral and citrus hops, unexpected candy sweetness, maybe a little stone fruit, biscuity malts and lightly toasted wheat. Pretty nice, and I'm sure quite refreshing on a hot summer day. Light-medium body, clean and drinkable. (567 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this a few times last summer. Finally getting around to reviewing it. At the 2nd anniversary party.

A: Cloudy golden-yellow. Minimal amount of head but that is in line with the style.

S: You notice the hops first since they stick out for the style. The citrus/coriander are definitely here though. Slightly different take.

T: Again the hops are not so much strong as they are just not expected for the style. The citrus and lemon and spice is all there as well.

M: Light body with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Super crisp and drinkable. A find wits to be one of the most boring styles out there but this beers deviations made it halfway interesting. Funny thing is at the party everyone was reaching for this one. (726 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium straw to lemon yellow in color with moderate amounts of gentle carbonation near the surface of the beer and some light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall slightly fizzy white head that reduces to a medium patch of very thin film with an extremely thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of wheat, grassy hops, lemon/citrus, and just a touch of light fruit (apple).

T: Upfront there are light flavors of wheat with some grassy hops and just a touch of citrus/lemon. Very light amounts of bitterness which fade almost immediately.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: This is very easy to drink and refreshing on a warm to hot spring afternoon. Light bodied with lighter flavors/aromas make this one quite sessionable. (955 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice cloudy, light orange body. Nice orange zest, very refreshing and actually has a decent hop bite to it. Glad i chose this sixer for my camping trip. (154 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy; deep gold in color; 1 finger moussy white head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: floral with tropical fruit in the background; maybe a hint of bread;

T: not a lot of flavor; a little spicy up front; a touch of citrus and floral at mid-palate; moderate bitterness at the finish; bitterness lasts a long time;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: refreshing; makes you want another sip; easy drinking; (446 characters)

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Sun Block from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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