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Pacific Wonderland Lager | Deschutes Brewery

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Pacific Wonderland LagerPacific Wonderland Lager

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

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

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Ratings: 276 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of Texasfan549
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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 kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

With a blend of new and old Germanic hops, the northwestern beer pioneers modernize the German lager for a new crop of pacific craft beer drinkers.

Pacific Wonderland is your typical pale straw lager. Brilliant in clarity and crowned with a foamy white cap, the scent is floral, spicy and soft with baking bread. Malty on the front of the tongue, the lager's flavors are mildly sweet with grain, bread and a pinch of powdered sugar.

As the ale develops dryness and spiciness, its sweetness lifts and the light husken character of barley trends nutty, crusty and raw. Floral hops turn to a citrusy middle palate with hints of orange peel and lemongrass. Peppery in its finish, the bitterness shines with herbal parsely, a hint of mint and the fresh grassiness of a freshly mowed lawn.

Medium light for pilsner, the beer's brisk carbonation and light mineral taste facilitates a crisp and clean finish with mild drift of soap. Spicy and bitter, the beer's final frame leaves an aftertaste of herbal hops, sun kissed grain and mild sulphur.

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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 Taphouse_Traveler
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zeff80
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a clear, fizzy, golden yellow color with a small head of white foam. It smelled of grains, caramel and a citrusy hop presence. Pretty nice flavor for the style. Very spicy and grassy with a sweet caramel backbone.
It was crisp, sharp and smooth.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Boone757
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a relatively clear pale to medium golden yellow in color with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint pale yellow colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of medium tick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Just shy of moderate aromas of lightly toasted cereal grain malts with a light amount of sweetness, moderate aromas of fruity yeast (white grape + pear), and light grassy + citrus/orange zest hops.

T: Upfront there is a just shy of moderate flavor of lightly toasted cereal grain malts with a light hint of grainy sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of fruity yeast (white grape + pear). Finally there are light flavors of grassy + citrus/orange zest hops towards the finish which contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades away pretty quickly leaving a clean finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially slightly crisp with a light amount of dryness and a clean finish.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable with well hidden alcohol. I could easily have a couple of these.

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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 Gagnonsux
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of ZEB89
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
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 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 WoodBrew
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle at Spears on March 3, 2017. Best by 05/09/17.

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

Photo of 22Blue
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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