Pacific Wonderland Lager | Deschutes Brewery

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Pacific Wonderland LagerPacific Wonderland Lager
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Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by superspak on 08-07-2016

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32
Ratings:
104
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
7.75%
 
 
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Photo of Bitterbill
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
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 MattyG85
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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 woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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 TheSixthRing
4.04/5  rDev +8%
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 Czequershuus
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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 bsp77
4/5  rDev +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 superspak
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 4/26/2017. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy pale golden/straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, tangerine, melon, cracker, biscuit, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of citrus/earthy hops and moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, tangerine, melon, cracker, biscuit, herbal, pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, tangerine, melon, cracker, biscuit, herbal, pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness and balance of citrus/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Perfectly clean lagering with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.5%. Overall this is a great pale lager. All around great robustness and balance of citrus/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. Pleasantly hoppy on flavors; still remaining very well balanced, flavorful, and not too bitter/drying. A really enjoyable offering.

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Photo of SWOhio-aquifer
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

still sipping here. was afraid it would be dry hopped bitterness barely masked with malt.

so far so good. nice mouth feel. good nose for a lager. I suspect this was marketed towards the indy outdoor western masses of I don't want a bud or miller crowd. but i don't want a hoppy mess ipa.

right on will continue to pluck away on this six pack with glee.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow golden color with white head. Grains, grass, some floral notes, and citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light to medium bodied. Finishes crisp and clean.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this off the Binny's single shelf. It poured a slightly hazy yellow with white head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had hints of floral hop. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. It finished with a touch of bitter floral pizzazz. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of Spikester
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear rich gold with two plus finger of white head. Rings of lace form as the liquid level drops.
Smell is grassy herbal hops with some bread crust malt.
Taste is bitter herbal grassy hops with a touch of citrus. Malts are just enough to almost balance the hops.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Finish is dry and slightly bitter.
Overall a fine lager from Deschutes.

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Photo of ryanwbrodie
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing too crazy going on here, fitting for a lager. Fairly crisp and will be nice to enjoy several of these once the weather warms up. Another solid offering from Deschutes.

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Photo of tempest
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crisp and delicious with a lovely punch of herbal and floral German hops. There's a creamy, toasty malt backbone, but the hops are the star. Damn this beer is clean, I'm having another.

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Photo of russpowell
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent gold with 3 fingersof pearl colored head. Nice head retention & lacing

S: Bready with floral notes, some citrus

T: Grassy, lemony, a little lime & crackery dryness up front. A touch of soapyness and breadyness as this warms, more lime as well. Finishes grassy, crisp & with a little citrus

MF: Light/medium body, pretty firm carbonation , good balance

Easy drinker with enough flavor to hold your attention for a while

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Photo of Thehills804
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm not your typical, super-hoppy IPA guy. Prefer clean, dry, bitter beers that don't make my head and mouth explode. This brew compares to, and is somewhat in between, Victory Prima Pils and Lagunitas Day Time Ale (still my favorite despite a 4.7% ABV). Nice clean swallow with slightly hoppy punch. Dry finish with a flash of pilsner malt and pine. Clean and dry after taste. Stella Artois is boring and watery compared to this. Glad I discovered it. I'm an avid gardener and during the hot VA summers, it will be nice to sit on the screened porch and kick a few of these back after I work up a sweat. If you're into the double IPAs and heavy ales, this brew isn't for you.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light straw yellow, crisp and hoppy, malts come through but the hops stay at the forefront. Nice balance and the flavor stays throughout. Lemon citrus, honey sweetness/ malt, pepper notes, this is zesty and quenching. Bought a single bottle, and ended up eating a vegetable pizza (the type prepared with cold toppings), and it happens to pair great with this fine northwest coast lager.

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Photo of gatornation
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear yellow color with a white head. Smell is floral and bready.Taste is floral/citrus hops with a cracker mea sweet malt finish. A crisp mouthfeel sweet malts and slight hops. A tasty lager that hit the spot with lunch.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sort of a Euro lager style to this one. Clean but full, bready and yet light, vigor in the carbonation and by the end you are feeling full! I can imagine drinking this in a Northern European nightclub before unsuccessfully taking to the dancefloor.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle is at all the grocery stores and usual haunts... Pours polished straw golden with a nice white head and retention.. Flavor and aroma are both grainy with hints of lemony zest hoppiness.. very drinkable.. Nice.

4.25/3.75/3.75/3.75/3.75

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap served in a pint glass at O'glee, Bangkok.

Clear gold straw in color, it comes with thick fluffy white head that stands with great retention before slowly subsiding to an eternal foamy crown and leaving plenty of lacing patch and spot here and there.

Mild aroma of bready/biscuity malt and grain, it is nicely wrapped up with hop scents ranging from citrus, orange peel, lime, herbal, floral, and grassy.

The taste kicks off by hop with its crisp citrus, orange peel, lime, herbal, and grassy notes. Then it is pils malt lending its breadiness and cleaniness while hop interferes in the same time by a modest touch of grassy bitterness.

Light to medium body with some good crisp and moderate lively carbonation through the palate, quite refreshing and smooth, finish is clean and dry.

This hoppy Lager is light, clean, crisp, and refreshing. It is very drinkable and good as a starter.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Served in a Deschutes pint glass. Pours a clear golden yellow body, one finger frothy white head, lots of lacing, fair amount of retention. Smell is grain, crackers, biscuit, touch of honey, mild floral and earthy resin. Very much a lager in the American sense rather than a pilsner. Flavour is similar; crackery grain, biscuit, floral and earthy bitterness, touch of resin on the finish. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, refreshing, good depth, mild noble hop bitterness on the end. Good stuff indeed, not too complicated and a straight forward APL.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of Euro yeast, pale malt, slight citrus hops, hint of earthiness, slight floral hops, and wheat. Fits the style of an American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, hint of sweet malt, slight wheat, grass, hint of floral hops, slight Euro yeast, hint of citrus hops, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, decent body, and decent blend.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Interesting timing on the release. I know it's past the Holidays and we are all awaiting spring, but it's still JANUARY. You will find a well- crafted lager, clean and clear pour. Very pale, almost AAL range light straw color. Light head. Nose is not distinguished by much of anything. Has a clean taste, with a deft touch of the hops. Nice finish, no lingering off-tastes. Fine, but we have equal lagers around for those upcoming warm spring days.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint at the Bond Street Brewery.
$5.25
Regular looking gold lager...darker than the piss colored macros.
Not much aromas..but urs clean. Biscuit and honey.
Taste again clean..sweet honey malts and grassy hop in the end.
Nice enough mouth feel for style.
Over all a clean reasonable hippy lager.

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Pacific Wonderland Lager from Deschutes Brewery
3.74 out of 5 based on 104 ratings.
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