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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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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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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a cloudy golden hue. Head starts out big and then it dies off to nearly nothing. Rings of lace.

S-A nearly tart, lemony wheaty nose. Light, citrusy hoppiness adds as a complement. A soft, yet exciting nose.

T-Wheat and citrusy and grassy hops. Crisp, dried wheat with a slight tangy note. Yeasty and doughy. A unique flavor. Reminds of of lemon/lime seltzer water at some points.

M-Carbonation is too intense. It stings if left in the mouth too long. Aside from that, the body and crisp finish are conducive to sessionable drinking.

O/D-A unique brew. The flavors are all their own here. I find that the more it warms, the less tasty it becomes, so drink this one quick, don't let it warm up because it gets a little weird with too much heat.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottle picked up locally, enjoyed from a capt lawrence tulip.

a - brew poured a transparent straw yellow with massive visible carbonation...almost looked like champagne. generous bubbly head that mostly dissolved, leaving chunky bubbly lacing and a pinky's worth of head.

s - VERY earthy. some lemon...dirt.

t - very wheaty and earthy. bready. yeasty. nice hopping glazed over the top to give it something unique and save the day making an otherwise boring beer rather interesting.

m - medium bodied a bit heavier than your avg wit.

o - overall, enjoyable but not earth shattering or something i'll be regularly looking for. i'm not huge on witbiers, but when i crave one i crave one classic to style and while i appreciate the experimentation and variation with the hops, it falls somewhere in between an earthy pale ale and a wit.

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Photo of metter98
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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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 Zbyler
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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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 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 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 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 dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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 mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 04/04/13 notes. Had this on tap at the tasting room in NY.

a - Pours a hazy bright yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of lightly sour fruits, which is kind of nice. Also smells of spice, wheat, yeast, citrus hops, lemon, grains, bread, and some earthy notes. Nose is quite nice.

t - Tastes of citrus hop, floral hops, spices, yeast, wheat, bready malts, some earthy malts, grains, and some light fruits. No sourness at all. Nice citrus and floral notes, though I liked the nose a little bit better.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink beer; could definintely have a few of them.

o - Overall a pretty nice witbier. I liked the nose a lot, and it is easy to drink. They were selling six packs of this and I could see a lot of non-craft beer drinkers loving this one if it was brought to a BBQ. Would have it again.

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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 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 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 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 BARFLYB
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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Photo of Nickls
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Poured with a frothy generous white head that held well; hazier, brighter light yellow color

S - Wheaty and yeasty; some spiciness; light fruitiness and some bananas

T - Touch of tart ripe fruit; mellows to a sweeter/spicier flavor, banana shows up a gain

M - Lighter, but still a good body; nice carbonation; dry chalky finish

D - Nice drinking; refreshing and interesting enough.

Overall, worth a look and a nice summertime brew.

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Photo of Moxley
2.63/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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