Sun Block | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States | website

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

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294
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.9%
 
 
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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.

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Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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 HamdenHector
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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 tigg924
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Gmann
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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, noticeable 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.

6/26/16 Edit

It appears that Captain Lawrence revamped this brew. They added sorachi ace hops to the brew. This adds that distinctive musty lemon both in the aroma and in the taste. This adds a much needed dimension to the beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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 WillCarrera
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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 mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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 cosmicevan
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
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 alexgash
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
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 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 Nickls
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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 rlee1390
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
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 fmccormi
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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 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 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 woodychandler
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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 koopa
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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 smcolw
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours very cloudy, almost white. Moderate head that leaves large spots on the glass.

I get bleached paper as the initial smell. Light toast thereafter.

Far more refreshing than I expected from the smell. It is clean and very dry initially. The hop comes in gradually culminating with the swallow leaving a lingering but not harsh aftertaste. I get straight up citrus, but not grapefruit. Overall, a very easy beer to like.

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Photo of CHickman
3.98/5  rDev +7%
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 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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
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 marcpal
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another growler Im stoked to have brought back from the brewery- cracked open on a beautiful night.

Poured into Nugget Nectar pint glass.

A: Maize gold and transparent. Extremely thin head with little to no lace left on the glass.

N: Lemon peel, citrus and some kiwi(?) with some sweet malt smells. Hops come and go in the aroma, knocked out a bit from the orange and coriander.

T: Sweet and citrusy, some banana sweetness comes in too. Hops are much stronger than in the nose. The wheat is prominent without being abrasive. Coriander on the tongue in the aftertaste.

M: A lot of carbonation and leaves a crispness on the tongue from the hop presence. Spiciness from coriander.

D: As refreshing as they come. Right on for the style with a simplistic spin that makes this all the more enjoyable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
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 generallee
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Sun Block from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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