Supper Club Lager - Capital Brewery

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 320
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 4
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 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 emerge077
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Giving this a second run, thanks to beertooth for the can.

Poured into a small Hamms goblet, there's a half inch of creamy white foam, and a cluster of larger bubbles in the center. Bright gold color, with slow streams of visible carbonation. Settles to a thin ring fairly quickly.

Sweet bready biscuit aroma, better than I remembered before.

Flavor is similarly sweet, vague cracker/biscuit notes, very one dimensional. Feels a little prickly and astringent at first, aftertaste pretty much vanishes. A little papery with apple hints.

It serves it's purpose as a utilitarian lawnmower beer, and I wouldn't turn one down, but why does it cost as much as other craft 6 packs? (681 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. A vigorous column of bubbles rises from the bottom of the glass and supports the head as it settles slowly and leaves light lace.

S - Light, grainy malt and a bit of apple aroma.

T - Light, smooth malt up front. Some fruity notes of pear in the middle and more sweet malt. Light bitterness and a hint of herbal hop flavor in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, this is a pretty simple beer but it has a nice, thick malt character. Drinkable, but I wouldn't want a whole sixpack of it. (634 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

I still don't really get the concept of supper clubs, even after having it explained to me... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by an off-white foam. The nose comprises light biscuit, bread yeast, very light corn, and a touch of powdered sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, though with more bread, more powdered sugar, and a bit of banana. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a sorta dusty, sorta creamy feel. Overall, nothing Earth-shattering, but a nice, easy-drinking, simple brew. Not bad. (582 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 TheManiacalOne
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from MilwaukeeCrusher, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, lager yeast, grain and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a light malt sweetness that is quickly followed by bready flavors of lager yeast and grain. The malt character is thin and the hops presence is very mild but there is a pretty good balance. The after-taste is lightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid lighter beer worth pounding down for a long time. (867 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours bright golden with a thin head that soon becomes wispy. Not much lacing sticks.

The smell is of some grain, a touch of sulfur and a hint of dough. Smells in-betweena clean macro-lager and a typical Euro Pale Lager.

The taste is of sweet grain, buttered cooked veggies and not much else until a touch of drying hop bitterness balances it in the finish.

It borders being on the fizzy side, but it is crisp.

The brewery's "Lake House" was better, IMO. As it states on the label "not bad" (but not particularly very good either.) It is easy enough to drink a few, though. (577 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 tempest
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single can from Princeton's Liquors. It's always nice to see a respectable take on the ol' American lager. It poured clear gold from the can and had a quickly receding head of foam. The aroma was a husky, slightly vegetal bread smell with a hint of malt sugar. The flavor then, is unsurprisingly sweet. It's not anything overpowering, just a nice light caramel to go along with the white bread, barley and slightest hint of spicy hops. Overall, this is a great lawnmower beer. I'd take a case out to a lake house in the summer. (539 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a strange)
A- This beer has a very slight hint of hazy to the golden body with a thin white head that soon fades away. There is a big carbonation of bubbles that pop of the bottom of the glass and glide to the surface.
S- This beer has a clean aroma with a soft note of dry corn and a faint sulfur smell in the finish. There is a faint musty quality that reminds me of roast beef but it is very light.
T- This beer has a very clean taste with a carbonic acid note in the finish. The dry corn hint comes through in the aftertaste and grows as the beer warms. The taste of raw grain hulls grows as the beer opens.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slightly flat texture and a soft fizz in the finish.
D- This beer is dry and clean with no off flavors or much character at all. It is a well build beer just a bit bland and dull to drink. (859 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 Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ah, my first beer review from Canfest. . . my old friend Capital Brewery, ah, they should do some big business with the Buckeyes coming to Camp Randall this Saturday.

Yellow pour, a little darker than usual canned yellow beer. Not much if any aroma going on.

Taste, wow, this is really bland. Talk about "truth in advertising," the can actually says "not bad." True, the best thing you can say about this, is 'not bad' indeed. This is their BMC beer, and well, all things considered . . . ('not bad'). Somewhat smooth, as if a light cream ale. Not a lot of anything (hops, malt, yeast flavor) aside from water.

I hear its $10 a 6 pack? That levels out the otherwise awesome drinkability of a marginal beer. (711 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 dirtylou
3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz single left in my fridge. i've seen the billboards, figure i should try this nonsense

12oz single

appearance: served in a GTTM taster glass in anticipation of drain pour. lifeless macro-straw body. like orange water almost

smell: woo - macro lager. not sure how they worked that green-bottle skunk into this but bravo on that

taste: if this beer is produced to sell to the masses in order to fund more expensive craft offerings, then i'm cool with it. however, i dont see the point in capital disregarding their capabilities and making something this average - skunky, dull hops, almost makes you wish it was flavorless.

mouthfeel: light, lawnmower beer

drinkability: fine, decent enough to finish a bottle, but i probably wont (738 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. 5.0% ABV, 0620 printed on the neck.

A - Tall and relatively vigorous, the pour only gives this beer a one-finger white head with low retention and patchy lace. The color is a brilliantly clear golden yellow full of carbonation.

S - Pale and Pilsner malts combine for a clean and lightly malty nose with a subtle sweet hint. Low hop presence in the nose leaves the aroma crisp and clean but unimpressive and one-dimensional.

T - Again, pale and Pilsner malts make up almost all of the flavor with a mild sweetness that's offset by a light floral hop flavor on the end. Clean but again, fairly one-dimensional.

M - Light-bodied and crisp with a clean, sparkling finish and low dryness. Supper Club is refreshing and smooth but it doesn't go far beyond that.

D - "You can't fault 'em for making a beer to pay the bills." as spoken by Todd. I agree with that statement. I've got two remarks on the label that stand out to me. "Not Bad." and "A Wisconsin State of Mind." First, it isn't bad, it's really drinkable but there isn't really any substance to it. Secondly, I hope that Wisconsin statement isn't meant to represent this beer as what all of Wisconsin wants to drink (although for most people it is), it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth (figuratively). Capital can do better, but again, you can't fault 'em for making a beer to pay the bills. (1,395 characters)

Photo of williamjbauer
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

A - golden amber with a generous 2 finger froathy white head with good retention and good lacing

S - Wheat, meat, bready yeast.

T - Pretty sweet malty notes, nice bready almost meaty biscuit flavor.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation

O - It has been said before "not bad" (301 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours a chill hazed light golden color...creamy white head on top...

S-Lightly malty....hint of hops..

T-Begins malty with almost a slight bready feel...then a strong (for a lager) hit of lemony hops...

M-Light side of medium bodied...creamy texture...very dry on the finish.

D-Decent enough but the lemony hops bother me a little and are a bit over bearing at times...this and Leinie Original are about the most hop forward beers of this style...hasa bite to it on the finish is another way to put it. probably true to form for old Macro Lager style....worth trying..drank most of these out of the can but poured this one into a glass and it is better that way.. (669 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hahahahaha ya, well.... Trying to think of the biz plan for this: we're going to make an average cheapo beer, use a marketing gimmick, an there ya have it. That's what this is. While it's true this is what's common in the county supper clubs, so what? Wax nostalgic.Poured with a nice white head and good lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is world common beer with a little extra malt. Flav is the same. Body is world common and ok. Finish - ditto. Session if it's your only option. (484 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 pat61
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Slight off aroma on the nose – not quite sure what it is. Pours brilliant pale gold with a ½” pale white head. The palate is a slight caramel, faint honey, a touch of tanginess. Medium light body and medium carbonation. A somewhat insipid session beer. (257 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I generally rate lagers higher than most other reviewers, but this beer did nothing for me. Clear yellow in color with a small, short lived head that settled to a thin skim of suds. Very little, if any lacing is left on the glass. Aroma of grain and a slight hint of lemon. Nothing remakable. The flavor is a slight improvement but not by much. Just the slightest hint of some Noble hops to compliment the otherwies unremarkable malt flavor. Slight lemon in the finish. Bitterness is low. Body and carbonation is average. Priced at $9.99 this is way overpriced as well. Buy a 12-pack of Dave's Brewfarm Select for a couple dollars more and you will be much happier. (665 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another treat from my surprise Christmas mixer pack...

A - Pours a clear pale golden colour, finger of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by bready malts, sweet corn and hints of grassy hop notes on the finish.

T - Sweet corn and apple juice off the top, heavy bready malts, a buttery caramel flavour and a touch of grassy hops.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - Nothing fancy here. Reminiscent of any run of the mill macro lager with a tad more on the flavour profile. I suspect that's what they were aiming for on this brew, but it's not a brew to write home about. Nothing fancy, but certainly not terrible. An easy drinking brew that pairs well with any meal, and could easily be a session brew on a night of heavy drinking. (768 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Served in a shaker pint with about a 1/4" of light white head. Beer itself is clear yellow gold in color.

S: Grainy malt rounded out with some faint grassy hops.

T: Grainy malt rounded out with some faint grassy hops. A mild bitterness. Not a whole lot going on here.

M: Light. Clean. Heavier malt.

D: I wasn't sure what I was ordering when I ordered this. What I received was a decent brewery's interpretation of the stereotypical American beer. While it wasn't offensive in any way and was rather easy to drink, it was also weak and rather boring.

I would note, this beer seems to be on tap just about everywhere in Madison. (639 characters)

Photo of jsh420
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

pours clear bright straw yellow with a 1+ finger fizzy white head that left no lacing

smells like many macros but with more grain

taste - light cereal grains and some grassy hops that have more of a sour lemon flavor

mouthfeel is good - very light crisp

drinkability not that good with little flavor and a high price (322 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)

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Supper Club Lager from Capital Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.