Pacific Wonderland Lager | Deschutes Brewery

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Pacific Wonderland LagerPacific Wonderland Lager
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3.76/5
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325 Ratings
Pacific Wonderland LagerPacific Wonderland Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Inspired by the Pacific Northwest, this unexpected dry-hopped lager gets its light, citrusy twist from Tettnang Mandarina Hops.

40 IBU

Added by superspak on 08-07-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,004
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
325
pDev:
9.04%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
66
Trade:
0
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Reviews by StoutHunter:
Photo of StoutHunter
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Pacific Wonderland last week at The Lager Mil. I'm in the mood for a Lager today and I thought I would take a chance on this one and see what Deschutes can do with the style, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a golden orange color that took on more of a golden and pale yellow color when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of chunky white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a mix of citrus rind, fruit, green, hop. spicy and grassy hop aromas with just a slight floral hop aromas showing up in the background. Up next comes some clean lager yeast that leads into the malts which impart some nice grainy, pale malt, cracker and biscuit like aromas with just a little bit of creamy aroma showing up in the background. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, the hops work well with the lager base.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart that same complex mixture that it did in the aroma with no single aspect seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes that clean lager yeast that lead into the malts which show up just a little more than they did in the aroma, but they impart all the same malty aspects with those bready, biscuit and cracker like flavors seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a nice of 50/50 mix of malty and hoppy flavors in the aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, the Lager base is true to style and the hops show up just enough to make it well balanced.

M- Smooth, a little tingly, fairly crisp, just slightly creamy, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a good example of a hoppy lager, it pretty much had all the aspects and I thought the balance was just where it needed to be. This beer has good drinkability, I could drink a few of these without getting bored of it. What I like the most about this beer is the taste, it's a good tasting hoppy lager and the hops work well with the base beer. What I like the least about this beer is the aroma, it's not bad, but I wish the hop profile was just a little brighter. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good hoppy lager. All in all I was happy with this beer, I think this is the first Lager I've had from this brewery so I didn't really know what to expect, but they proved they have some skills when it comes to the style. It's one of the better Deschutes beers I've had and it's a good example of the style. Good job guys, this a tasty hoppy lager, keep it up.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of TheSixthRing
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by date of 04/11/17

Appearance - Pours fairly clear and golden yellow in color with a white, pillowy, near two-finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds on the surface. Good amount of lacing, mostly consisting of broken lines and small spotting found around the glass.

Smell - Aroma of hay, light grain and grassy bitterness, along with a lemony note that permeates as the brew warms.

Taste - Follows the nose. Clean grain malts and some caramel/toffee sweetness met by grassy bitterness and highlighted with bright citrus character. Faint tangerine notes in the finish, with lingering, low-level pith bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with tingly carbonation. Slick, slightly velvety texture with a crisp, easy drinking finish.

Overall - This is a winner of a lager from Deschutes. Odd time to release it in the middle of winter, but no doubt this will be a fantastic option as the year moves along into late spring, through deep into summer and early fall. One of the better readily-available lagers on the market.

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Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured one and a half bottles into a half liter stein,a dull light golden with a thinner but well sustained bone white head atop.Toasted cereal grains and mild fruity hops in the nose,pretty unassuming but not bad in any way.Dry and crisp on the palate with some the cereal taste,there is a citric element that lingers.A lighter feeling easy drinking lager,much better than alot but not not anything to dissect in any way.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Turbo
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 6/20/17. Pours slightly hazy, gold in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is wheat, orange, and lemon. Medium-light bodied, sweet with light underlying bitterness, medium-low carbonation. Makes for a very good, summery, easy drinker. Tasty..Glad I got a six.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhilsPils
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From my brother-in-law...thanks one more time, Jim! How good is it? Depends on what you are looking for in a lager. I personally enjoy the malty, beautifully rounded flavors of a good Munich lager (Weihenstephaner Pils or Helles will do quite nicely, thank you very much) and this beer ain't that! But Deschutes doesn't seem to craft any bad beers so I am never afraid to try one. In the place of "rounded" we have "edgy". Almost tart in it's citrus overtones. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, even for a lager. No off flavors that I can detect so I'll call it a really well made lager, just not quite my cup of tea. But hats off to Deschutes for giving us a different take on a classic style.

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Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat Pilsner-like in aroma and taste, but with some nice citrus undertones from the Mandarina hops. More full bodied than expected (but still light) with a crisp, dry finish. Comes across like a dry hopped Dortmunder.

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Photo of pat61
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: bright straw gold with rapidly rising bubbles under a lacy 2" sticky white cap with good retention.

S: Hop forward aromas include citrus, cracker, faint cooked canned creamed corn (DMS) and a trace of fresh grass.

T: cracker, citrus, tangerine, orange, and tropical fruit. The hop flavors are big. The malt flavors are low key. It has a light to medium light body and medium high carbonation.

O: big flavors for a light beer and the flavors grow as you drink.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a big two finger white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A crisp, bready, and juicy aroma with a scent of biscuit and citrus. Pils malt scent of biscuit, straw, grains, and cracker with lager yeast. Citrus hop scent of orange peel and lemon zest. Hints of grass and honey sweetness. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a bready and juicy balanced taste with notes of biscuit and citrus. Pils malt notes of biscuit, cracker, straw, and grains with lager yeast. Citrus hop notes of orange peel and lemon zest. Also some grassy hop notes. A touch of honey sweetness as well. A very nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and fairly juicy.

Overall: A pretty good hopped up Euro style Lager. Nice balance of pils malt and citrus hop notes.

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Photo of moundbz
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rwilde
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of weareallfalafel
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SB2017
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Looks a little ugly, a slightly off-yellow translucent green-tinged bubbly mess. Just like a light lager should. The smell lacks distinction, though is very pleasant. It is classically light, with some hop aromas coming through well. A surprising punch of flavor comes first, which backs off quickly though it leaves a welcome, long-lasting aftertaste. A good feeling beer as well. Perfect amount of carbonation. I put my overall as a 4.25 because, while the individual parts of this beer are nothing too impressive, added together these simple flavors, smells, and textures make for a very enjoyable experience, and I recommend this beer to anyone looking for something light on a hot day.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dface
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - good name for a brew from Bend, I gotta say. An odd time of the year to introduce this product around here, IMHO.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three flabby fingers of puffy, rocky, and chunky dirty white head, which leaves some streaky snow rime lace around the glass as it slowly yet surely dissipates.

It smells of gritty and grainy pale malt, a bit of biscuity cereal, muddled citrus and pome fruity notes, and some earthy, leafy, and grassy green hop bitters. The taste is bready and crackery pale malt, some melon-forward fruitiness, a hint of juicy citrus peel, and more tame leafy, weedy, and grassy verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its structurally sound frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and mostly smooth, nothing really getting out of line at this particular juncture. It finishes trending dry, the malt maintaining a cereal stance, and the hops trailing along for the lingering ride.

Overall, this is a tasty enough and straightforward craft lager, easy to drink and somewhat refreshing. I could see putting back a few of these on a warm day on a patio overlooking a river, whether it be in Edmonton, or in the pleasant burg from whence this beer came.

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Photo of whatname
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tdm168
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nvrmind16
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A darker lager , with heavier notes and crisp taste.

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Photo of dertyd
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Pacific Wonderland Lager from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 325 ratings