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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 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: 279 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of Boone757
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of breadwinner
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not an unappetizing spin on a lager, awful pretty looking thing with a big, pillowy head that lasts, crystal clear sunny yellow body. Some lager yeast in the nose, grainy malt, nice. Bit of hop oil sneaking in on the palate, herbal and maybe very lightly citric, not very bready, the malt not super characterful, but, again, nothing untoward and totally enjoyable. A fine beer for summer evenings on the porch.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pacific Wonderland Lager brewed by Deschutes Brewery, with an ABV of 5.50% This American Pale Ale pours out a a nice golden amber color with a nice white head. There is also a decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell of Pacific Wonderland Lager is rich with earthy grains and malts. There is also a nice mild sweetness, possibly fruits, and the hops are really mild in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste it is Bold but smooth with flavors. You first pick up on a mild sweetness with a nice amount of grains and malts. The hops are really mild in the taste of Pacific Wonderland Lager. The body of Pacific Wonderland Lager is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. This American Pale Ale would go nice on a warm summer day. The mouth feel is Some, Bold, Clean , Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Pacific Wonderland Lager a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Deschutes Brewery, did a nice job with American Pale Ale.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy egg shell white head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Grassy, zesty citrus, a little spice, backed with light crackery malt.

T: Bright, mild herbal tones, grassy, floral, citrus zest, lemon, grapefruit, a hint of tangerine, a little spice, and crackery malt.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I gotta say, I'm not a big straight forward lager guy, but I'm digging these craft takes on the style. This one is a day brightener for sure.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Try-em-all
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Porsche to a cloudy light yellow slightly oranges not very much had and very little leasing on the glass definitely a lager for sure for some reason I seem to sense some Pine notes in there plenty of hops but not too much for those that don't like a real hoppy beer and just enough Citrus to let you know that it's a little different than your typical lager

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Photo of Ri0
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into pint glass. Cloudy pale yellow with a 3 finger foamy white head. Aroma of mild citrus hops first, then mild malt, grain and some grass. Flavor has some lemon zest along with citrus, but the malt is predominant along with some grain and a touch of spicy hops. Clean and refreshing for a pleasant lager.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jimmah120
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle best before 10/15/17

Great look, fine sediment and a sticky cap of white foam. Smell is cooked wheat and grassy hops. Taste is great but has a sweet and off-tasting finish, almost skunky. Otherwise the dank, juicy hops pair well with the gritty wheat flavor

I don't know if it's supposed to taste like this or I got an off bottle

EDIT: got an off bottle, had it again and no skunk

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Photo of monk2021
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ajmkendrick
2.82/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Just really disappointed in this beer. When I buy a lager I want something that tastes at least similar to a lager. This beer tastes like any other pale ale. If I want a pale ale I'll buy one.

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Photo of Nosquatch
2.79/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This is pretty meh for me. I've definitely had worse beers and I'm rating based on "good" beers. It's just ok. You wouldn't deny it, but if someone had this or Deschutes Juicy...Juicy is pretty awesome. This is just ok. Ok isn't bad...just alright.

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of imbibehour
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass. Best by November 2nd 2017.

Wonderfully brass gold, and mostly clear body appearance, with a touch of cloud. Bright sensing, with easy to see streams of fine roaring linear carbonation going like a firehose. Bright white cap, foamy and a good topped two finger puck, even a bit of island top retention. Very excellent looking lager.

Good to great solid nose. Spicy herbal hop bent, with touches of grass and spicy like clove. Clean scented, a touch of bakery lightness on the malt as well. A bit of sticky lager yeast quality but not unpleasant in the slightest.

Wonderful full rich lager brew on the palate. Crisp with lightly accented hop herbal quality, but a full dense supportive if lighter flavored malt base. Flirts with tangy spice, but brings back down to some malt sweetness. Faint doughy and almost helles like but with a richer presence, even touches of light orange and excellent bitterness of grass and herbs on the finish.

This is a beer I can see myself just pounding through. Fantastic stuff, wish I had more right now.

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Photo of Big_Thirsty
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Has an unfiltered appearance, not characteristic of the style.

Nose is pure citrus. Taste is lemony, a bit of yeast.

A little oily/sweet, not the crisp dry finish I generally expect.

Not a bad beer...but not what you would expect from the style. Has more in common from a flavor perspective with blue moon. Or a leinenkugel shandy....tastes like someone dropped a lemon in it.

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Photo of jak
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Kazmodaeus
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: A bit more pale than I would have expected. Not much lasting head or lacing.

S: A little citrusy hops first, then mild malt

T: A bit of ornage / lemon in the hop hits tongue first. Relatively mild overall

F: A bit watery and thin, but good for session

O: Pretty good, would drink again

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Photo of garymuchow
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a really nice lager. Pale yellow and slightly Cloudy with a nice white billowy head. Clean lager aromo that is fairly compact with an nice clean quality mixed with yEast. At least initially hops are not that strong of a presence in the aroma.
Prominent hop bitterness that is very smooth and blends very well with the grainy flavors. Folding of body to give a moderate mouthfeel in carbonated and Polly to assist this process. Still maintains clean lager quality. There is a small green grassy hop flavor, and hints of sweet fruitless at times. A nice easy drinking lager.

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Photo of gandres
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
Sight: Light amber, hazy, medium light tan foam
Smell: malty aroma, not hoppy
Taste: Slightly bitter
Feel: good follow through/finish and long bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good, ok too repeat, but not to look for

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Photo of mamaraza
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tastes clean and Cascade-y. So, there is truth in advertising.
Pacific Wonderland also is why I rarely return to a repeat in this style: too dry, too much lingering hops.

Looks totally clear in my stange. Smells give me mostly malts and the hops come through prominently in the Taste. Feel is dry, but otherwise uneventful. One and done here, too.

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Photo of baklo
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pacific Wonderland Lager from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 279 ratings
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