Pacific Wonderland Lager | Deschutes Brewery

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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:
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Added by superspak on 08-07-2016

BEER STATS
Ratings:
175
Reviews:
54
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
7.98%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 175 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of megamick
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Pete_2112
4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This lager is phenomenal in my book. Straw yellow color, bright white head, and decent head retention and lacing. The aroma of this beer is the best part. Spicy and floral. There is a lot of noble hop aroma from this beer due to the dry hopping. The taste is really great. Slightly bitter, and follows the nose very well. Just a touch of malt in the background. Personally I would use a little Munich malt in this beer to give it some bready notes, but that's just my opinion. Overall, this dry hopped lager is delicious. I will buy this again without a doubt.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by April 26th.

A: Pours a very pale gold/straw, plenty of billowy foam, excellent lacing.

S: Strong noble hop aroma with some bread notes. Nice level of the dank.

T:Tastes so good. The dry hopped flavour kills it! Not miserly with the malt as well; Bread and grain working just right with the spicy hop character.

M: Wonderful mouthfeel.

O: A real treat this dry hopped bottle conditioned Lager is!!!

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Photo of MNJR
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A delightfully refreshing, flavorful, and well balanced lager with all the quality expected from Deschutes. Have one, have two, they go down smooth and leave the mind and body eager for a third.

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Photo of IDABEERGUY
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 onlymurderers
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of godawgs
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rbrandt22
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerasaurus
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mikerieder
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 mjurney
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Bright straw-gold, clear. Highly carbonated. Thick head.

Aroma:
Crisp, clean, bready, grassy, some spicy noble hops.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Semi-sweet, white bread, grassy, cracker, a little biscuit. Hop bitterness is mild-medium, mostly spicy noble hops. Finish is crisp and dry. Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, super drinkable.

Overall:
It's an excellent American-style pilsner!

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Photo of MacStinson
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucnifter
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KingBiscuit
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the drawbacks to the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody is that after having completed a horizontal of any length, I must then strive to stay current with beers from that brewery that were either unavailable at the time of the horizontal or are new to the market. This is one such example. Welcome back, Deschutes!

From the bottle: "Bottle Conditioned for Quality [-] Live yeast added to the bottle allows this beer to age gracefully and stay fresher, longer. Keep bottles upright, and away from light and heat."; "Profile - Inspired by the Pacific Northwest, this unexpected dry-hopped lager gets its light, citrusy twist from Tettnang Mandarina hops."

It always helps to read up on these things. Knowing, as I do now, that it is bottle-conditioned (!), I felt that it behooved me to conduct a very gentle pour following the Pop! of the cap. Color was Pale-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. An in-glass swirl raised two-plus fingers of foamy, rocky, bone-white head that slowly fell, leaving great lacing behind. Nose had the bright, orangey citrusiness of an organic cleaner that the Navy introduced in the early-1990s. Yeah, it required a little more elbow grease than using chemical solvents, but a) it was environmentally friendly & b) it smelled great! Mix some of that in a cadillac with some pine cleaner and the berthing compartment smelled heavenly. Mouthfeel was light & ethereal, thin, but what do you want/expect in a lager? The taste was clean, crisp and citrusy with notes of orange and lemon in harmony. Finish was semi-dry, but highly refreshing and quite citrusy. I hope that they will CAN this for the summer.

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy gold with lots of carbonation bubbles around the edges and a soapy white head that leaves nice lacing down the glass.

The main smell I get is of clean water and some floral hops.

The taste is of a clean light lager with that sprinkle of floral hops thrown in there.

The mouth is nice and light with a good crisp finish.

Overall this is a fairly simple, but very refreshing, lager offering from Deschutes. The other beer that comes to mind while drinking this, is the recent offering from New Belgium, Dayblazer. This one though really seems to be the winner here. I really like this beer and would be able to recommend it with no problemos.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 met by grassy bitterness and highlighted with bright citrus character. Bready sweetness mid-taste. 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 fantastic option as the year moves along into late spring and into the summer.

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Photo of KMcG
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Czequershuus
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear yellow with an average head. The aroma has notes of white grape, lemon, black pepper, and bright crisp citrus. The flavor features lemon, melon, and black pepper. The mouthfeel is crisp, but with some weight. Overall is this a very drinkable, refreshing, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Pacific Wonderland Lager from Deschutes Brewery
3.76 out of 5 based on 175 ratings.
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