Introducing Pacific Wonderland Lager

Posted on: December 22nd 2016

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Before Pacific Wonderland was a beer, it was a place. Brewmaster Veronica Vega explains how we wanted to capture the spirit of this wonderland in a single beer that we could share with everyone, everywhere.

8 Responses to “Introducing Pacific Wonderland Lager”

  1. Noel Hernandez
    April 24, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    How much would a half-barrel keg of your Pacific Wonderland Lager be?

    Cheers!

    • Gina Schauland
      May 14, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      Hey Noel,
      Pricing and sizes vary.. please reach out to our pubs to ask – Bend 541-382-9242 or Portland 503-296-4906. Cheers! – Gina from Deschutes (sorry for the delay in getting back to you)

  2. Naveen Palle
    October 23, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Hello,

    Which beers from Deschutes are unfiltered (all of them or only some?). Or are they filtered, but the yeast is added to the bottle?

    BR
    Naveen

    • Gina Schauland
      October 23, 2017 at 2:10 pm

      Hello Naveen,
      Our beer runs through a centrifuge which helps remove excess proteins, but we only pasteurize the barrel-aged portion of beers which are of course, aged in barrels that we get from all over the world. We then bottle condition all of our beers, so we are adding a small amount of fermenting wort into the bottle, to keep your beer tasting fresher, longer. Cheers – Gina from Deschutes

  3. JK
    January 10, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Hello there!

    First and foremost I’d like to let you guys know that I rarely provide feedback unless I’ve had a EXTREMELY bad or EXTREMELY good experience. I only drink socially with a preference for Lagers as I’m in a relatively warm climate zone; but sometimes I will indulge in Ales that are light in color, taste, hops and bitterness. However, most Craft Lagers (of the few that are out there) out there are too light and crisp, plus they lack character, body and strength; while most Ales are too complex or overwhelming with flavors and almost always have something that is over-the-top with respect to the balance of ABV, IBU, flavors and/or drink-ability.

    So, when I had my first sip of PWL (Pacific Wonderland Lager) last summer in 2017, I was literally blown away by the fragrance, flavor and medium body of this Lager perfectly balanced with the lightly grassy hops always there without being too little or too much! This was the closest thing to what I had been looking for in a Lager ever since I developed my Beer palette. The near perfect balance of malt, hops, alcohol, body, fragrance and drink-ability is something I have not found in ANY Lager I’ve had before this. What I like about the PWL is that it can be enjoyed regardless of season or weather and one can drink a few yet the next one still feels just as refreshing and wonderful as the 1st; can’t say that about other Lagers, each for its own different reasons.

    While it is possible that there are similar Lagers out there from other Craft Breweries, if I can’t get them they don’t exist in my world. I’m going to list the Lagers from the main stream brewers which I used to prefer to drink before I found PWL, so you can understand what I was working with here:
    Heineken Premium Lager
    Czechvar Premium Czech Lager
    Kingfisher Premium Lager
    Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager
    Guinness Blonde American Lager
    These are all very well made beers in my opinion but none are perfect and the Deschutes PWL beats them all by a healthy margin in every single way… Vow!

    Therefore, I’d like to give a HUGE shout out and a BEER hug to the Brewmaster(s) that came up with the PWL. If my hand had 5 thumbs, I’d give you a 10 Thumbs Up! At this moment in time, hands down this IS ‘thee’ PERFECT Wonderland Lager!

    Hint Hint… Drawing inspiration from PWL, if I may, I’d like to suggest you to brew another stronger version of this Lager (6% – 6.5% ABV) which could be classified as a modern German style pale Oktoberfest/Marzen or a Dortmunder Export or perhaps a pale Maibock. Just make sure it does not loose it’s character or heritage from the PWL and strikes that perfect balance of Malt, Hops, IBU, ABV, flavors and drink-ability. If you do decide to brew this and would like me to sample your evolving recipie and give you feedback before is final, feel free to reach out to me, I’ll be delighted to be your unofficial and free taster to help develop it to perfection.

    Ziggy Zaggy, Ziggy Zaggy, Oye Oye Oye!
    Cheers!

    JK.
    Austin, TX.

    • Gina Schauland
      February 5, 2018 at 8:32 am

      Hey JK,
      Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. You took the time to let us know how much you are enjoying our Pacific Wonderland, and we really do appreciate that! I was waiting for the right time when I had a moment to get back to you and this morning was it!! This beer started as an experimental beer at our Bend Pub as we were looking to have a tasty play on a lager. We have bottled a pilsner before that had that German style to it, but were wanting something more of a Golden meets a lighter lager. We ended up with PWL and are very happy with it! It will remain in bottles and also come out in CANS starting next month so our fans are able to take this refreshing beer out with them on all kinds of adventures! The list of lagers you gave are all stand up beverages and we are so honored that you think our beer beats them out. I will pass your comments along to our brewers (my husband is one of the brewers and I read this to him). And really love the “thumbs up” comment! I will take a look at the beers we have coming out to see if any of them are a bit stronger but don’t see anything thus far. We do have a new one out called American Wheat which is made with our in-house ale yeast and has lots of peach and apricot flavors just from the hops we use. Very citrus forward and crisp. We also have Twilight Summer Ale coming out again this May. It’s a great one if you are looking for something refreshing when the weather warms up. Cheers and I hope you have a great NEW YEAR! Cheers – Gina from Deschutes

  4. Gina Schauland
    January 15, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Thanks for the post! – Gina from Deschutes

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