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Sun Block - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 277
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 7
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States | website

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: 62 | Hads: 277
Photo of Gmann
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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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 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 LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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)

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

GOOD; GIVE IT A GO!

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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 aerozeppl
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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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 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 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 generallee
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a Pale yellow color body and a hazy look. This is topped with a small white head. It fades quickly and only makes a little spotty lacing at the top of the glass.

Smell: It has a lot of grassy and floral hops with bready wheat maltiness backing it up.

Tast / palate: The flavor starts off with a light bready almost sourdough like maltiness up front and then it brings solid floral and grassy hops with some light unripe pineapple notes. The finish has a good solid hop bitterness. Carbonation and the feel is very lively.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Sun Block from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.