Supper Club Lager - Capital Brewery

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 320
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Fartknocker on 07-03-2009

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.31/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a twelve once bottle into a czechvar glass.

Pours a medium straw with a decent head that recedes to a cap and laces adequately.

Aroma is of light malt and toasted bread with honey. Light noble aroma, slightly floral. Crackery malted notes dominate.

Flavor opens with well attenuated malts. Flavor is of hard tack bread and sourdough biscuits. Middle brings slight hops flavor. Hops are light and slightly bittering with a bit of fruitniness, but not well represented which I don't expect out of this style. Finishes dry even though the malt is heavy in this brew and a bit sweet. Hops actually finish with a flavor that I can only describe as floral, like rose hip tea.

Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonation is a bit high. There is a bit of a light mouthfeel given the flavor, but I think tis is what Kirby was after with this brew.

Overall I will say that this brew is a PERFECT bridge between BMC and light BMC to a good beer. This is what a lager should taste like and the malt is excellent in this one. This beer is flying off the shelves, and I have heard this first brewing is sold out, and I can tell why. This is a beer for macro drinkers that think that this is close to a macro, but isn't. The biggest thing I like about his beer is it has what other American Lagers don't have, flavor. I do think that other reviewers have been extremely harsh on this beer and have not rated it according to style, which it is excellent in i'ts style guidelines.

I hesistate to rate beers really high. That said, based on the style this is a HOME RUN. Keep it up Kirb. (1,575 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.19/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear pilsner grain yellow with mybe a brassy tinge. Very quick hed with no retention and ok bubbling.

Grassy hops and toasted sweet pilsner grains with maybe alittle toased Rice-a-Roni rice. You when you need to brown the rice before you add water. Inviting and simple smell. No musty, skunky adjunct aromas.

Starts out sweet and savory with some faint bread, a little corn, and the toasted rice. I don't know if this is an all-malt lager or not. The sweetness gets a little twang of lemon on the finish to balance the malts sweetness out.

This is a crisp, sweet, refreshing, ad super sessionable lager with good balance.Maybe leaning a little more to the sweeter side, but thats just fine with me. (713 characters)

Photo of mjryan
4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For every thing a time and place. No sense in really going out of my way to describe this beer, We have all had it before. This is a cut above many though. It's clean, no corn aromas or flavours, just sweet husky malts and a touch of floral hops. Finishes dry for the style. Refreshing and very well done. (305 characters)

Photo of cdkrenz
4.14/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crisp golden color topped by a quick-lived off-white head starting at a quarter inch and fading off to mere whisps. The body displays action as I would expect from a lager, lots of bubbles.

S - Malty thick with a hint of pear.

T - Now this is a tasty lager. A beer that tastes as those my grandfather would have at one time enjoyed. Smooth, subtly roasted malt accompanied by hintings at a hop presence. There is a slight sweetness in the finish that really makes this brew go.

M - Mildly coarse throughout but differences among each texture, which makes this difficult to explain. Basically, this brew's feel offers different levels of mild texture as it transitions from the start to middle to end to finish. I'm rather impressed.

~ Overall this is a good beer offering from my fellow Wisconsite from the south. I could certainly kick back with a six pack of this brew and watch a fire burn. (902 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.07/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love the concept and label. I remember those days, although I lived across the border to the west, there are many similarities.
Very attractive with a very classic look. Perfect in a pils glass.
Soft spicy hopping. Sweet and semi-sweet malt. Again familiar.
Reasonably complex. Some nice drying on the finish, which is also where the corn character is most distinguishable (from corn grits - does that make this "all-malt" as noted in this category?) at first, although as it warms it flows throughout. Nice pale malt flavors too. Soft bittering, just enough to cut the sweetness some.
Full and ample carbonation, prickly, again right on for style. Thicker than many. I kinda' like it.
A classic beer in many forms and really quite enjoyable. A little pricey for style ($9.99/6-pack), will keep me from being a regular purchaser, but I give it all the credit for what it is and doing a very good job at capturing the aura of an era. (935 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.07/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Hope is a good breakfast, but a bad supper."

--Francis Bacon

Kruggerand gold with corn silk yellow accents and a modestly sized lid of newspaper hued foam that doesn't even reach two fingers on the initial pour. The suds hang around for a spell, but don't grace the glass with much residue.

The nose is simple, clean and fresh grain-like, with none of the nastiness that is common with most adjunct/pale lagers from lesser breweries. A hint of corny sweetness does not seem out of place and portends good things to come.

Supper Club Lager is damn good beer (for what it is). It's too bad that all APLs don't taste like this. Simple and clean works on the palate as well, which is why this little lager is so damned refreshing... never mind that it's 3 degrees outside with a wind chill of -8.

My guesses on the grain bill include pilsner malt, pale malt and flaked corn for sweetness. The herbal-spicy-grassy hops, which do a wonderful job balancing malt sugars with alpha acids, most likely have German origins. A lighter, drier beer wouldn't have worked as well.

The mouthfeel almost earns the next highest score. No kidding. It's easily medium-full for the style and has close to ideal carbonation that is just peppy enough to keep mouth interest high.

If it's one thing Capital knows, it's lagers. Supper Club Lager is a bona fide hit as far as this BA is concerned. The fact that it's available locally is another reason to be pleased. Love the 50's, retro-style label. (1,482 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Light yellow to gold. Clear and fizzy. Medium-tall white head that stays only briefly. Pretty standard.

Smell - Sweet light malt. Picking up only faint floral hops. Low to medium strength.

Taste - Light malt opens - not overly strong. Nicely contrasted by surprisingly evident hops. Tilts well to the hoppy side for a beer of this variety.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp.

Drinkability - A pretty decent beer in a usually undistinguished category. Plus as a Sconnie, the supper club theme just feels good. In a bar with limited choices, I might choose this just because of the label. (596 characters)

Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color with a small white head. Head falls to just about nothing. Very thin lacing.

Big caramel malt aroma. Not getting much hop.

Yep, tastes like a lager. Some sweet caramel malts ending with a mild sweetness then finishes clean.

Thin to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Decent lager, I like this one. Worth trying if you like lagers. (373 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold brew, small white head, maybe just a touch of haze but that could just be left over from college. Light sweet malt scent with a nice touch of floral hops. Nice sweet malt front, faint floral and ever so slightly citrus hops. Very well crafted. Medium to full bodied, nice soft fluffy feel. I dont see capital as much as I did back in the day in Iowa, but i cant recall them making too many clunkers, and this is no exception. Very well done. (451 characters)

Photo of botham
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewpub in Middleton. pours a rich golden color with a single finger of white head that retains poorly and leaves moderate lacings.

aroma is of light lager yeast with a distant sweetness and a touch of floral grain in the background. pleasant and fresh in the nose.

taste is a solid mix of lager yeast, golden malts and a mix of floral notes and munich malts. the malt profile is similar to a steam beer, though not nearly as assertive. well put together with a nice mix of flavors and a clean finish of little residual.

mouthfeel is light bodied and satisfying. a well made lager with enough flavor to sustain itself over a couple rounds.

drinkability is good. a solid lager with a drinkable aura. twice the concentration and this could be a great steam beer. cheers! (786 characters)

Photo of BrewerB
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a recent Great Lakes region trek.

Pouring into a New Glarus pint glass. Mostly clear, light golden with a thin off-white head. Retention is spotty.

Gentle crockery malt and a modest perfumey hop tickle the nose. Subtle corn sugar sweetness.

Red delicious apple, fresh baked biscuit with a touch of honey sweetness. Hints of perfumey hops. Bitterness is low/moderate-low. Medium-dry finish with a lingering sweet dough.

Light in body, modestly carbonated. Smooth, easy drinking.

For a pale lager this packs plenty of flavor. Enjoying the apple, biscuit dough flavors. Crisp finish. Thirst quenching, enjoyable take on the style. (655 characters)

Photo of KI9A
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Slightly darker than a BMC American lager. Some head, not much retention.

S: Grainy, grassy, some skunkyness

T: Bisquits, crackers, some hop bitterness at the back. Very close to spot on for the style.

M: Very crisp, clean, refreshing.

D: Awesome D. Perfect. If you guys are looking for a dark Impy stout, or a hopbomb, PLEASE go back and review the American adjunct lager style first, before slamming this because it's yellow, or, "light". Nicely done beer. (465 characters)

Photo of Winter
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Supper Club pours a pale golden in color with plenty of effervescent bubbles throughout the body. Nice white head. The aroma has a sweet graininess to it- almost like a cheap adjunct lager. There's some biscuit in the nose and I detect German hops... Noble? The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and soft. The taste is very nice and authentic for what this is - a throwback to the retro style beer. This is crisp and snappy with a pleasant mild bready flavor.

This is very easy going. None of the harsh awful tasting flavors of the cheap retro macro brews that this beer is trying to emulate. (586 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with a ½ finger of bright-white colored head. This mostly retains with a thin fizziness but this does still stay fairly frothy and leaves back some decent looking spotty foamy lacing. The aroma smells grainy sweet, with a grassy and spicy hop presence to it. This is maybe showing a little citric fruit here as well but the overall nose is coming off as fairly sweet to me.

The taste is sweet toasted grains, with a tingle of earthy hops and some green citrus flavors. The finish on this is bitter, dry, and spicy, and all around a bit dirty feeling but it doesn't impact the profile a whole lot. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied and fairly crisp feeling at first but then thins out some towards the back. Overall not a bad feel here.

Capital kept it simple with this Pale Lager. Well balanced and clean malt and hop flavors combined with an easy going and crisp drinkibility. I ended up enjoying this bottle much more than I thought I would. I need to pick up a case of cans next time I'm in WI. I would keep this one around for sessionability in the summertime. (1,121 characters)

Photo of innersanctum
3.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Not bad", reads the label of Supper Club Lager. This straight up traditional Wisconsin lager has the look of a midwest lager with an amber color, light head, and little retention. Its smell is a little more floral than the mass produced brews and a taste of sweet piney malts on the front of the pallete. After working on a 6 pack of Capital's Wisconsin Amber last week, this compares well as a toned down version. Sup Club is a very easy to drink session brew, and while the mouthfeel isn't as sophisticated as many ales reviewed on BA, its drinkability factor is real strong. Above all, at $7 for a 6 pack, I'd have to agree this isn't bad at all! (650 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like that Capital Brewery has begun CANning some of their beers and I hope they expand their CANned beer repertoire. Viva The CANQuest (TM)!

After the Crack and Glug, I was looking at two rocky fingers of bone-white head with "not bad" retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pleasant lager sweetness, nothing wild or amazing, but no adjuncts, either. Mouthfeel was medium with a nice sweetish lager flavor in the mouth. It is enough to make me weep when I think of how many AALs I have drank when this would be the right way to make a lager. Finish was simply lager, unencumbered and tasty. I liked this better than I did initially, on draft at Old CHI and I could see putting some in my cooler. If that constitutes "A Wisconsin State of Mind", I'm there. "Not bad", indeed. (816 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a straw gold, fizzy, and is capped with a moderately-lived rocky white head.

S - The nose is lightly sweet, with mineral and grain notes. Very pleasant.

T - The taste is basically the same; small amounts of sweetness, some mineral notes, and a good amount of grain. Pale Lager is rarely more straightforward-delicious.

M - Feel is medium-light and softly carbonated. More tooth than your average APL.

O - Quite nice, easily quaffable; I will have it again. (470 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear goldel color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of pale malt and mildly spicy noble hops. The taste is similar to the aroma, but stronger. It is a very pleasant, and enjoyable taste. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a nice pale lager that I could easily enjoy again. (427 characters)

Photo of eclaycamp
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Poured into a slender pilsner glass. Beer pours a bright gold with lots and lots of effervescent bubbles. Beer is very clear, as you would expect with this style. Mouthfeel is carbonated. Grainy taste with a nice crisp and clean finish. Refreshing, witha sweetness that's almost like drinking apple juice. Enjoyable and inoffensive. (349 characters)

Photo of Soneast
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear, pale gold color with a half-inch, white bubbly cap, that dissipates quickly to a sudsy ring.

A fair amount of bready/cracker graininess to the aroma, some light pale malt sweetness with a slightly floral hop character.

The taste also starts out with a saltine cracker-like flavor, slightly grainy and more sweet forward, not much hops in the finish, but people who would drink this, definitely wouldn't like hops.

One outstanding quality of this beer is how easy it goes down, the mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, the flavors are ultimately clean, exactly what I'd expect for the style. Overall, I'm happy that I will have this alternative to BMC, or even Spotted Cow for that matter, at, I thinks it's safe to assume, pretty much every drinking establishment in Wisconsin. (801 characters)

Photo of Sirwootalot
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 14oz Sam Adams glass.

I bought this beer blind in a make-your-own-six-pack deal, with no idea of even the style. Upon opening the bottle, the pleasant aroma hit me right away - straw, a bit of metallicity, and a surprising amount of light malt. Upon pouring, I noticed that it has a wonderful golden color but is easily the most transparent beer I have ever seen - Sprite is more opaque. Still, it has a nice roughly 1" head to it, and plenty of carbonation. This is what Bud Light wishes it looked like.

The taste isn't terribly complex, but it's just the right level of strength for what it does - quite lemony, with just enough body to not be off and a just-malty-enough finish. The hop bite is more of a playful nip, and the focus is on the smooth drinkability moreso than anything remotely approaching complexity. Sadly, the mouthfeel and aftertaste are a bit of a letdown, ending up feeling and tasting starchy.

Overall, if I lived in the area this stuff comes from, this would be the beer I'd want to bring with me in a cooler to go out camping or fishing rather than to drink at home or try and pair with anything. It's like baby bear's porridge: not too much of anything, not too little, it's juuust right... But in the end it's still just porridge. (1,275 characters)

Photo of katan
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Very lager like pour, easy carbonation, lots of head, very clear. Head formation is strong, 1/8" down to a film, very pearly white. Lots of bubbling. Golden in color.

S - Lightly malty nose, smooth sweetness seemingly driven by lightly caramel vienna malt.

T - Starts off lightly malty, smooth two row. Some pilsner and vienna malts sneak in, given some grainy and husky balance. Hopping is restrained, but some yeast comes through. Finishes balanced, the first bit husky malts and bitterness coming through.

M - Light body, smooth carbonation - somewhat balanced. Massages the tongue with higher carbonation levels. Finishes clean.

D - Easy drinking, lightly filling. Flavors are not overwhelming, complimentary. Good for a night as a session beer. The peak on the malts just gets a little bit troublesome - hidden astringency on the vienna. (869 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of 12 oz can into my Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale pint glass.

A) It's a cloudy yellow with 2 inches of sea foam head.

S) I'd say grain, maybe corn, light malt and a trace of hops.

T) Hmm.... This is unlikely to be real useful, but it tastes like a lager to me.

M) Wet, light, pretty high carbonation. You could pound this stuff, if you felt like it.

O) Better than the mass produced lagers that give me a headache after just one or two. It's pretty good, and I don't mind drinking it on occasion. (514 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light golden body. Ample amounts of carbonation are noticeable in the beer. Nice aroma of bready malt. Active carbonation hits the palate first. I take a big swig because I'm very thirsty and it doesn't disappoint. Light malty tones with a honeyed feel to it. Not a lot of depth, but no biggie for this beer. It's quenching. Solid enough. Now that I'm in a Wisconsin state of mind, I'm thinking a few of these would go nicely with a Friday night fish fry. (455 characters)

Photo of jsulko
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Golden color with white head

Light and refreshing taste. Slightly malty with little bitterness.

Good mouthfeel with little hops bitterness.

A very drinkable lager. One that I could have quite a few of in an evening. (259 characters)

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Supper Club Lager from Capital Brewery
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