Pacific Wonderland Lager | Deschutes Brewery

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Pacific Wonderland LagerPacific Wonderland Lager
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Pacific Wonderland LagerPacific Wonderland Lager

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American 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

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Reviews by tillmac62:
Photo of tillmac62
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

BBD 12/5/17. Clear golden pour. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention.

Light, but nice, nose of toasted malt and a touch of yeast and hops. The hop notes are light, in some cases quite subtle, but lemon and orange zest emerge.

Heavy light body with a texture that is somewhat smooth. The carbonation / body balance is quite outstanding. The middle provides an effervescent finely bubbled burst for flavor separation. The finish falls just short of rollicking and tickles the tongue.

The flavor profile is very good. Intensity is outstanding for a lager. Balance is outstanding while complexity is very good. The base is slightly sweet and toasty complete with some graininess. Over the sweetness the hops emerge, especially from the middle on. Some orange, grape and other light sweet fruit. Bitterness is mild and fades quickly although a zest note lingers. The finish is fairly clean.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of TheSixthRing
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
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 NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes Brewery "Pacific Wonderland Lager"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY: 06/20/17" and sampled on 05/28/17
$2 @ Weis Market #231, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Crystal clear straw gold body beneath a two-finger thick head of bright white that settles slowly into a creamy 3/4" cap. Hmmm? I notice that the label reads "BOTTLE CONDITIONED FOR QUALITY" but I don't see that at all. Is there a yeast cake at the bottom of the bottle? No. How odd. Bright, fresh, clean aroma of sweetish grainy malt and lightly floral and citrusy hops. It smells like a Czech pils with some citrusy hops thrown in. The flavor is similar but a little more grassy and spicy. The lightly sweetish malt is balanced by a firm bitterness and hint of citrus fruit. It's mild and pleasant, and easy to drink, but there's also a bit of life to it from the floral and citrusy hops. Medium-light in body and mildly crisp then smooth - easy to drink in that respect for sure. It's kind of like a K├Âlsch in that respect. I could easily see putting away a few of these, and as it's a kind of middle of the road beer I think it would be great for a spring or summer party. Very nicely done: rounded, balanced, and polished.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a fine lager, better than its ratings i think, and out just in time to become someones new favorite summer crusher. i like that its decidedly different than a lot of craft pilsener types, the malt base is a little more mellow, without that crackery european quality to it, and the yeast is crisping and drying, but its not overly flavorful as they go, but the lagering process is complete, the feel is right, and the overall flavor of this beer is very nice, approachable, and sessionable even when it warms up a little. what i like the most about this one is the feel, which has a little more body than most pale lagers, and an almost creamy texture, all while being super dry, crisp, and nicely carbonated, its very well made beer overall. there is a soft bready middle, fresh malty, but minimal as they go. just a pinch of hops in the finish, grassy and a little bitter if i force it. surprised this isnt getting more love, i would think the craft beer world would be frothing for a quality lighter beer like this from deschutes. tasty lager, infinitely drinkable, ill buy this a bunch this summer...

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Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
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 +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Turbo
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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 -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhilsPils
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
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 +6.7%
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 +10.7%
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 +13.3%
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 -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rwilde
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of weareallfalafel
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SB2017
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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 Jarcrow94
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dface
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
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 mudbug
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
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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Pacific Wonderland Lager from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 367 ratings