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Sun Block - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 273
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 27.54%
Wants: 7
Gots: 43 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Billolick on 07-05-2007

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Reviews: 61 | Hads: 273
Photo of Act25
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This needed a minute to come alive again. It was brewed for spring '15 and it's now sept.
I like the brewer. Meh on the style.

A: Pours a very hazy straw to lemon yellow body with moderate carbonation. The beer sports a finger tall fizzy white head that fades fast and laces little.

S: Missing aromas! Faint aromas of wheat, grassy hops, lemon, and fall orchard.

T: Follows the smell, but much more flavorful. Lots of orchard, lemon, grassy hops on top of wheat. Definitely a hay, fall, autumn feel to it. Very good.

M: Nicely heavier than light and slightly crisp. Nice mouthfeel, weight, body. Quality.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing. I liked it more in Sept (The fall feel and smells) than I would have in June. Beer grew on me as it warmed and went along.

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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 smakawhat
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Deep and rocking three finger fluffy, to thick bodied tall bright white head produced off the pour, with a nice styrofoam top. Body color is slightly cloudy, but with lots of pinhead carbonation in even streams. Golden lemon, with apricot orange hues along the edges. Very nice looking wheat ale.

Very nice nose. Mild hop forward, good amount of real perfume like florality. Hints of grass, and a little big of herbal spicy quality too, then peaks towards a bit of tangerine orange.

Palate makes for a bit more neutral character. Mild orange and almost witbier like citrus flavors, with a bit of wet body. Missing a bit of thick wheat chew going on here and slightly wet. Aftertaste has a real gummy yeast sense, with some of the citrus hop action giving just a little bit of juicy quality good enough to save this and make it a little interesting.

Overall though comes off like an odd wheat ale, odd weird orange wit without the Belgian angle, so it's neat but also not something that seems to grab my palate interestingly enough.

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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.

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Photo of bassboneman
2.51/5  rDev -32.9%
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!

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of pjr
2.63/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

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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;

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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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 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 beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.17/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of corby112
2.38/5  rDev -36.4%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: 1 inch head, clear, gold in color, high carbonation,

Smell: orange, lemon, lots of fresh citrus

Taste: orange, lemon, lots of fresh citrus--slight earthy hops

Mouthfeel: sweet with light bitterness, light bodied with high carbonation

Overall: Very juicy and citrusy beer that is balanced well. One of the better offerings I have had from Captain Lawrence's small bottles. Wish I found a full six of this.

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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 rlee1390
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear yellow, nicely carbonated, three finger light fluffy head.

S-Lemon, grass, wheat, nicely hopped.

T-Starts with lemon and grass, some spices. Ends with slight citrus and mild bitterness.

M-Lighter, some carbonation, tad bit watery.

O-A good easy drinking summer beer. The hops are present but still leaves room for the malt. Could use a tad more wheat.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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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 alexgash
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle.

Very cloudy, unfiltered golden lemon body. Tall, rocky, dense, eggshell white head. Nice lacing. Nose of fresh citrus over grounded wheat. Lots of lemon, grapefruit, and tart orange. Distinct tart, sourish note. Bready, grainy, soft wheat aromas underneath.

Grainy, bready flavors up front. Tart, zesty citrus notes follow quickly and blend with a light hop bitterness. Juicy citrus notes stay front and center. Acidic flourishes of tart grape skins accent. Wheaty, almost cereal-y malt fills in the background, providing a nice, neutral palate for the citrus, hops, and acidity to play above. Bitterness increases slightly into the finish. Dry and refreshing. Lingering grapefruit tartness. Moderate body with a lively, refreshing feel. A welcome addition to the beer fridge for the upcoming [hot] summer.

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Photo of WillCarrera
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at the Captain Lawrence tasting room.

A- Pours a slightly hazy pale gold color, topped with a thin white head.

S- Hops, grain, yeast has a nice dose of tropical fruit and citrus.

T- A bit of fruity, floral hops, some wheat and yeast.

M- Light-bodied, smooth, crisp feel.

O- Easy-drinking and solid for the style, good beer for summer, if not the most interesting of Captain Lawrence's lineup.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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.


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Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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