Sun Block | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States
captainlawrencebrewing.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Billolick on 07-05-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
297
Reviews:
66
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.9%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
52
For Trade:
1
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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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 rab53
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of smakawhat
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Tiger, in NYC (god I love being able to type that again..) Typical witte presentation, cloudy, yellowy, with a white tight knit head, showing better then average retention and a nice amount of lacing. The expected lemony, citrus nose with a hint of yeastyness. Crisp and refreshing offering, more lemon, wheat malt in the back ground. Yummy new offering from the good Captain.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of SadMachine
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
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 LoveStout
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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 wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of yourefragile
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of fthegiants
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of waddellc2
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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 corby112
2.38/5  rDev -36%
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 Rhettroactive
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of epyon396
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Sun Block from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
3.72 out of 5 based on 297 ratings.
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