Pacific Wonderland Lager
Deschutes Brewery

Pacific Wonderland LagerPacific Wonderland Lager
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Style:
American Lager
Ranked #91
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #30,947
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 9.57%
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
384
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Deschutes Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
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Very Good
Pacific Wonderland LagerPacific Wonderland Lager
Notes: Inspired by the Pacific Northwest, this unexpected dry-hopped lager gets its light, citrusy twist from Tettnang Mandarina Hops.

40 IBU
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3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2 month old bottle poured into a pint glass. Weak head but good lacing. Average pour, not particularly impressive, and the carbonation seems weak. The color is a very nice pale yellow, classic clean lager. The nose is reminiscent of tart crisp hops on a nice bread (barley) base. The beer introduces itself with a crisp hoppy bitterness up front alongside a thin mouthfeel, finishing with a lasting bready malt that sits for a while. The flavor profile is notable dry across the board. Good lager.

This is easy drinking, and as Deschutes posits on the bottle, it's a "versatile lager" for sure. While I might pick other beers for a nice clear day, I do appreciate this as a straightforward (and tasty) craft lager in a world pervaded by complex beers.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not big into lagers, but switching it up a bit for warmer weather. This one pours a perfectly clear gold color. Smell is citrus and malt. Feel is very smooth. Taste has some honey and hops with a big malt backbone. Nice camp fire drinker.

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Photo of GStone899
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle this has mild hops and floral notes with a bit of citrus. Almost like a lager and a pils mixed together. Pours an opaque golden color with moderate head. Good summer lager as it's light enough to not bog you down. Could use a bit more of a hoppy or citrus flavor.

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GStone899 from Minnesota, May 27, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a mix between a Teku and IPA style pint glass.

Look: Very pretty, slightly hazy bright yellow.
Smell: Nice presence of sour citrus, slight hint of grain.
Taste: Starts out with a slight citrus kick, as it passes over the tongue it turns into a nice softly sweet malty/cereal flavor. After swallowing, there is a mix of piney hops and citrus at the back of the tongue.
Feel: Good amount of carbonation that compliments the taste very well.

Overall: A very solidly good beer from Deschutes. Full flavored without overwhelming your tongue, but not so light so as to have nothing interesting to say as a beer. This is a really nicely balanced beer from Deschutes. Would recommend as a regular purchase, or as a go to lager.

On an unrelated note: The artwork and name for the beer is wonderful, and very pretty in my opinion.

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Guurtman from Nebraska, Feb 14, 2019
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3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle. Nice and hazy, and that’s where the positives stop, for me. I expected something smoother in taste and feel. I’ll give it another shot after I clear my expectations. For now, there’s a generic lager I’m wishing I had held out for instead.

Edit: Still not what I look for in a lager. The taste and feel are better with a solid and direct pour. Carbonation seems to get in the way of what this has to offer.

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FxLB from Washington, Feb 06, 2019
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3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw and cloudy with lots of fine bubbles, and a finger of white head.

Smells of wet dog, cardboard, grapefruit pith, and a tea like bitterness.

It tastes very gentle and malty, with a light sweetness, caramel, some grapefruit pith, and light notes of tropical fruitiness.

Light body with light carbonation.

I got this in Sacramento and am drinking it in Redding, Jan 12th, 2019. I saw this in Thailand at a bar and wanted to try it someday there, so am glad to finally find it again. Decent, light tasting brew.

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patre_tim from Thailand, Jan 12, 2019
Photo of TheDutchman9
2.51/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Strange is all I can say. A lager with hints of Pils, but tastes like a saison yeast was used. Not what I expected and something I cant get used to.

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TheDutchman9 from Washington, Dec 31, 2018
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3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 11/16/18 on label.

Dry-hopped lager with hazy golden appearance with 1/2 finger of foamy off-white head.

Lime citrus on the nose with grainy pale malt

Flavor also very lime dominant with some lemongrass and hints of pils maltiness with a spicy hop finish. Low bitterness.

Feel is reasonably crisp with light-medium body and medium carbonation.

Easy drinking lager with a citrus twist.

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argock from Virginia, Nov 03, 2018
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3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy light golden. Frothy pour with good head retention.Citrus smell and finish, but not over powering. Not a lot of hops bitterness, more like the taste of grapefruit that lingers. Refreshing and unique.

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rickyfinn from Minnesota, Oct 26, 2018
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3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky gold. Two finger head, bubbles large and fine.

Bread scent. Quite a Citrus hint.

Following the nose, crisp and yeasty sour.
Momentarily mild, yet soon a most lively hop-tang presence.
The Lemon, at first mellow, becomes increasingly assertive.

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Stoutmaster9 from California, Oct 22, 2018
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3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mild bready aroma, pours a slightly hazy pale straw with a thin white head. Clean and crisp flavor. Light bodied, with a nice balance of earthy bitterness in the finish. An enjoyable easy drinking lager.

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Photo of JTracy97
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The can had wonderful art work which certainly draws anyone's attention. I definitely get a modern Pacific coast vibe from the can.

The beer poured out wonderfully creamy head. The head lasted for a little over one and a half minutes. And beneath the creamy foam, the beer was a light amber hue like that of a light tea. The carbonation appears light, with slow velocity.

The smell was clean with lightly toasted grains with a generous splash of citrus on top. Quite pleasing to smell, but not overpowering.

This beer clearly presents hops as the star ingredient. It's a bit less hop forward than an IPA, but any hop lover would be pleased with this beer's taste. The flavor reminds me of novelist on an orange peel, in that it's a bitter flavor with obvious citrus notes, and mild sweetness. The carbonation is quite similar to soda, and adds a contesting zing to the hops.

The feel reminds me of coffee with creamer; that is, it's watery with some silkiness that adds a smooth feeling to the mouth feel.

Overall, Pacific Wonderland Lager is a pleasant beer to enjoy. I can imagine Pacific outdoor enthusiasts enjoying this beer after a day of kayaking. For anyone looking for a refreshing, hoppy brew, this beer is for you.

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JTracy97 from Wyoming, Sep 22, 2018
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3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can:

Pours slightly hazed yellow. No visible carbonation. Thin white head. Some thin lacing.

The smell is clean - very mild - maybe a hint of some citrus.

The taste is also clean - mild grain with a twist of citrus in the soft finish.

Clean, smooth, refreshing. The mouthfeel is what a lager should be.

An easy-drinking lager with a pleasant touch of citrus.

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jwc215 from Arizona, Sep 02, 2018
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3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a clear straw yellow with a very creamy rocky, white head and rings with f pacing around the glass.

S: Grainy malt, a light floral pine, mixed with a restrained juicy fruit from the hop.

T: Restrained juicy hops, mixed with some fresh mulled grain and a medium bitterness.

F: Lively carbonation light body.

O: It’s hoppy but still very tasty, hops are pretty subtle.

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Parmesan from Colorado, Aug 13, 2018
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4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold and brilliant. Big white head creamy and lingering. 4.25

Nice noble hop nose. Fairly clean. 4

Subtle malt up front, but flavor is hop dominated. Nice soft hop flavor. Bitterness assertive but not overpowering. Nice clean lager flavors. 4.25

Med body and medvhigh carbonation. Nice lively lager 4.0

Nice take on a Pilsner. Clean and hoppy but very drinkable
4.25

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mpyle from Maryland, Aug 06, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the snazzy can into a pint glass produces a nice slightly hazy yellow body with a large fluffy white head that sticks around for the entire beer.
Aroma is of fruity hops some grass and clean lager yeast
Taste is dry lagerish with a definite juicy hop burst, bitterness is moderate and carb is lively
A very refreshing beer and one I will buy again

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mudbug from Oregon, Aug 04, 2018
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3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Fairly clean golden, with huge white head of suds. Clouds of lace.

Aroma: Perfect fruity hops and lager malts work well together. Impressive!

Taste: Really refreshing Mandarina Bavaria hops fruitiness with a sweet malty finish. Delicious and impressive new American craft lager. I remain a big fan of Deschutes.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit lighter of a yellow than your average lager. Pretty hazy, too, and virtually no head out of a 12-oz. bottle into a shaker. Smell is interesting. You can detect an uncommon malt along with some fruity hoppiness. They weren't kidding about the hops! Big time bright hoppiness on the front end, although that mellows on the back. Definitely some heft to the flavor, and it's nicely rounded and balanced. Mouthfeel is right about average, and this is a drinkable beer you could put down a few of, in spite of its 5.5 ABV mark.

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MichaelProcton from North Carolina, Jul 19, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The clear pale golden yellow beer pours into a Duvel glass with a 1” ivory white head that leaves a ring of a streaked pattern of lacing around the glass as it slowly recedes to a thin layer that eventually becomes an irregular island of foam on the surface. Sipping a couple of arches and lots of small patches and speckles of lacing, many of which slide back down to the liquid.

The aromas include some light, almost toasted, crackery malt and some fruitiness along with light grassiness and a touch of citric zest from the hops.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose wth the lightly toasted crackery malt backed up by some fruitiness. The light sweetness is well balanced by some grassy bitterness that also has a touch of citric zest.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly prickly from the moderate carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the malt sweetness and fruitiness slowly to fade into a, clean, crisp, dry and slightly earthy, slightly citric and bitter ending.

Overall a pleasant and easily drinkable beer that is refreshing during the hot, humid weather. I’d be happy to have this one again and could easily have more than one. It seems to me to be a good choice to have on offer for an evening with friends. While not overly complex it is flavorful, well balanced and everything works well together.

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drtth from Pennsylvania, Jul 16, 2018
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3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Lagunitas large mouth glass.

Look: Hazy straw yellow with a white head that has great retention. Light lacing.

Aroma: Light cereal grains, sweet malts, and hints of light orange citrus.

Taste: Much like the aroma, starts out with a grainy, wheat cereal base then a tangy lemongrass and citrus takes over.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: More or equal citrus to lemongrass ratio, not bad.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by 6/5/2018, so keep that in mind. Poured from a 12oz can into my Radeberger pokal.

Unclear citrine body supports an active finger of merengue - soapy lacing; above-average retention.

Clean, bright, pale malt aroma - well lagered, with a mild tangerine-kissed hop aroma with a hint of fresh grass. Faintly grainy, but in a pleasant way.

Mild bitterness off-sets the sweetness of the malt - finishes dry and crackery with a hint of minerality. Crisp and refreshing when served cold.

Well carbonated with a suitably low ABV.

Rating to style, and consumed on a blisteringly hot day (112ºF!), this is a decent lager (if wildly overpriced).

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augustgarage from California, Jul 07, 2018
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2.99/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste: citrus, fruit, dry hops, slight bitter crisp and chewy finish. Herbal floral grain nose. Straw color hue, mostly clear, with white head and some lace. Medium body. Juicy hop forward. 40 IBUs

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Photo of beergoot
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bright, pale yellow body topped with a sticky, creamy, one-finger thick head; lots of fine carbonation. Light cereal grain nose with a mild presence of pine and citrus hop character. Spicy, herbal hop flavors dominate over a light malt taste. Medium bodied; coarse and prickly on the palate; mostly dry mouthfeel.

A decent, slightly spicy lager that lacks some lager smoothness in the mouthfeel. Otherwise, tasty and interesting.

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beergoot from Colorado, Jun 13, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Great retention and sticky lacing.

S: Light malts and noble hops. Mild citrus.

T/F: Toasted grains... modest bitterness. Citrus/lemony hops. Slightly grassy. Crisp and clean. Light bodied and well carbonated.

O: A solid everyday drinking lager. Good flavor.. clean and crisp... nice beer.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Jun 03, 2018
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3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is an ale labeled as lager. Clean and crisp for sure but not a lager. I wouldn't put this beer on my buy list but I would buy this beer over any commercial beer if I was at a restaurant.

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