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:
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
Ratings:
232
Reviews:
71
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
8.8%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
47
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Isoruku
2.25/5  rDev -40%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

In the past 30 years or so, I have often wondered why the craft beer movement somehow took a detour around lagers. And despite asking at various breweries, I never got an answer - the usual response being a blank stare and then more scripted talk about ales. And I love ales. But why so few truly exciting lagers? This trend seems to be petering out these days, with a number of new lagers out there. And it was with some excited expectation that I bought a bottle of Deschutes Pacific Wonderland just now. But god, what a monumental disappointment! Be warned that this is actually a Pilsner, which should have been on the label to begin with. (Thanks a lot, Deschutes.) But in any case, this is a truly bland, boring beer, with none of the crisp, delightful flavor that a good lager is all about. Actually, it's not entirely boring, since there is a rather unpleasant edge to the taste. Definitely not recommended.

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Photo of jgspears
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A basically boring beer. No character or taste. Don't waste your time with this one.

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Photo of kkenagy
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.77/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

not me...what is this?

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Photo of Scotchboy
2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On tap @ Province, Phoenix AZ.

A: Straw colored, light haze, soapy head, no lace.

S: Touch of skunk, grain (crackers, biscuit), earthy hops, bready sweetness.

T: Quite of bit of generic earthy bitterness on the palate, which surprises me. Actually covers up the malt bill. Dry finish and the bitterness lingers.

MF: Light body with appropriate carb for the style.

O: To me, not great. Still much better than any American Adjunct/Light Lager I've ever tried.

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Photo of jimpyle48
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from bottle

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Photo of teromous
2.94/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the left side of the label: "BEST BY: 05/09/17 1238 5"

Appearance: The body is a light straw color with enough haze to occlude anything but shapes. The head is medium sized with very good retention.

Aroma: There isn't too much aroma in this beer. At times there is a bit of a lemongrass aroma but it is so remote that the only way to be sure there is any aroma at all is to pull the glass away repeatedly to "zero the aroma scale."

Taste: It has a light fruity flavor which is reminiscent of watered down fruity pebbles. It has this slightly tangy aftertaste with a bit of a lemon character and a touch of orange.

Mouthfeel: It is a refreshing beer to drink. It has a lighter body with a bit of texture and a wet, bitter finish.

Overall: It's a decent hoppy lager and it is worth giving the beer a shot.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Heavy and a little too full bodied for a lager. Foamy, chewy. Crisp lager flavor with a significant bitterness present on the finish. Bitterness is a bit too much, throws the balance off.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of HardTarget
3.01/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Bright yellow gold glass shows some chill haze under a full half finger of sticky foam that leaves thick lace.

Aroma: White bread yeast with a lemon citric note.

Taste: Yeasty note on a pretty thin malt base. Hops come in slightly metallic, but mostly leafy and citric.

Mouthfeel: Frothy, high carbonation on fairly light body.

Overall: A style that doesn't get a lot of love. Comes across as a classic American beer from the 50s if Prohibition didn't happen. Beer geeks don't see enough different, and your Bud drinker just sees what is different and it's not enough to go changing. All that said, it's a well made beer, just a recipe that doesn't offer a lot.

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Photo of brocktune
3.09/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with light lacing.

Aroma of wet bath towel after you used citrus shampoo.

Tastes like a malty hay lager up to the end where you get more of the Mandarina hops - rinds mostly. The rinds follow through to the finish with licks of hay.

Feel is crisp and clean, ever so slight chalk.

Overall not a bad lager but not something particularly outstanding.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fscottkey
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: [4.00] The bottle lists the ABV (5.5%) and there is a drink by date (07/26/2017). The beer is a cloudy straw color and is topped with 1 1/2 fingers of dense white head.

S: [3.50] Corn, corn cereal, grassiness from the hops, grape skins.

T: [3.00] There is almost a sour taste to it. Tart lemon then some corn and mild grassiness.

M: [3.50] Medium body and carbonation.

O: [3.25] I am really confused by the taste. There is a sour factor and I can't tell if it is intended or there is an issue with the beer. I am not a huge fan of the flavor so either way it detracts from this beer.

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Photo of hophugger
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thebeers
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear yellow gold with a finger of thick, bright white, long-lasting head. Relatively clean lager aroma with light noble hops. Super sweet, lemony, corn bread flavor. Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Subpar.

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Photo of SamuelMiller
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Suds
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a yellow, clear brew with a wispy white head. The aroma has a fresh, floral hop smell, with cereal grains and a light, soft malt note. The taste is light, with a pleasant bitterness and some light cereal sweetness. A light and flavorful lager. Solid, but not noteworthy.

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Photo of puck1225
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Slightly cloudy yellow with a good but short lived white head, decent lacing. Slightly sweet bready smell and taste. A bit of hoppy bitterness at the end. A decent lager.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crystal clear light straw color with a fluffy two finger white head. Aroma is pretty clean, with some grassy hops, but not much else. Taste is a bit awkward with a lot of grass, green pepper, and a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is light a crisp. Overall, this is a bit weird for me, and not Deschutes best beer. If it were a dry hopped pale, or a straight true lager, it might be good, but the mix of big dry hopped lager doesn't work for me here.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DefenCorps
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from The Beermongers.

A clear light yellow with a dense, white head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is middling with dough, a moderate hoppiness - earthy, lemony and minty, and a blend of bread and crackers. The palate opens mildly bitter with a moderate earthy and minty resin character, almost a little too much. This is followed by a moderate hop flavor with lemon and a mildly medicinal note. A blend of dough and crackers, a little bit of honey and bread, is present on the mid-palate before a surprisingly long and bitter finish. Medium-light in body and moderately carbonated, this beer is decent.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best by 05/09/17
A - very pale yellow with a persistent foamy white head
S - muted aroma with maybe some earthy grass and faint citrus
T - grassy and zesty with notes of lemon, peppery, pine, cracked wheat
M - lighter body, crisp and refreshing, pepper and zest linger a bit on the dry finish
O - unfortunately, this did not meet my expectations. It was good, but not great.

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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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Pacific Wonderland Lager from Deschutes Brewery
3.75 out of 5 based on 232 ratings.
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