Pacific Wonderland Lager | Deschutes Brewery

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Pacific Wonderland LagerPacific Wonderland Lager
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3.76/5
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310 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#23,117
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
310
pDev:
9.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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8
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Photo of StoutHunter
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Stevedore
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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 drews240
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Barnoloid
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of porters4life
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DallasK
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | 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 NeubTube
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 AMCPhD
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Thehills804
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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 rarigney
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
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 BKast409
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pacific Wonderland Lager from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 310 ratings