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5 Lizard - 5 Rabbit Cerveceria

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38 Reviews
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Reviews: 38
Hads: 251
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 43.56%
Wants: 5
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 05-05-2011

5 Lizard is a creamy and refreshing wheat beer with some spicy complexity and light touch of passion fruit for a delicious and slightly exotic flavor.
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Photo of RyanLis
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

A beer that is seasonal, yet not only lasts to memory.. but to memories. Its complexity covers your tongue as you swish it around your mouth. The flavors come at you like a Swiss army knife, because there is variety from every angle of the flavor spectrum. Its like thanksgiving dinner in the Tortugas while your beaching it with your cornucopia of flavors. The lime peel and coriander assist the passion fruit to sneak into this cerveza inspired bottle of tangy funk I would like to call wildy infused beer science. Its like a tweeked up version of a sour beer with a mexican beachy beer cocktail get-up with some fruity wheat smells of art. It's a twerked up beer on steroids, that brings me back to that first memory... of my first sip.

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Photo of FBGordon
4.39/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft into a room temperature tulip pint glass.

A: Pours a hazey straw with a foamy white head which settles somewhat but maintains decently with nice lacing. A good-looking beer.

S: Smells of tart citrus, lime zest, coriander, spices and what I thought was pineapple but ended up being passion fruit.

T: Notes of lime and herbs with a little spice. Very alive on the palate with zesty, refreshing flavor. A little fruit sweetness on the back end.

M: Smooth, medium body with good carbonation which lends a crispness to it despite the presence of fruit puree.

O: 5 Rabbit strikes again. I've never had a wit like this and would gladly drink more. The citrus is refreshing, the carbonation comes through nicely and the passionfruit comes through without being cloying or artificial. I honestly don't understand the tepid reviews for this beer; it's a fantastic twist on the style and is a great outdoor beer.

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Photo of tfsimpkins
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 5

Very tasty but seems far from a witbier. no flavors associated with the witbier style here but a seriously delicious offering nonetheless. Passionfruit forward.

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Photo of Atacama_Rain
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great on a hot summer day, definitely has a lot going on, strong lime and citrus taste up front, with wheaty beer lingering on the tongue afterwards. Almost a bit funky like a brett/sour at times. Grab these guys if you want an easy-drinking fruity beer while still keeping your dignity and not reaching for a bud light lime.....

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5 Lizard brewed by 5 Rabbit Cerveceria, with an ABV 4.30% This brew pours a cloudy amber color with a nice white head. The smell is rich with flavor, sweetness. You pick up on citrus and hops. Also in the smell you pick up on malts and some grains. The taste of 5 Lizard is bold with flavor. You pick up on lime and fruit. There is a lot going on in this brew. There is nothing bad about this brew. This brew has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering in this brew. The mouthfeel is nice clean and refreshing. Overall I'm giving 5 Lizard a 4.25 out of 5

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Is this what Corona would taste like if it were good? Poured into a glass from the bottle, the beer was a golden color with a slight white head. The aroma is immediately noted with a big hit of lime. Unlike some beers made with lime by the Big Boys, the lime does not seem synthetic or candy-like in the aroma. This was a good initial impression. In the initial taste, one detects lime, wheat, and an occasional note of more bitter lime like rind. There is a definite sweetness, yet the beer finishes dry. One may even catch a note of more exotic yeast dancing across the center of the tongue. The carbonation would seem to be incline to erase the lime note, but the citrus is strong enough to linger for a few moments. Overall, this would be a great warm weather beer or an excellent partner to Mexican food.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrives cloudy and the color of grapefruit juice, just missing the pulp. Very little head but some scattered lacing.
Smell is a mix of citrus, evergreen and funk.
Taste is grapefruit, Earl Grey tea, malt and a touch of funk.
Body is light, effervescence is mildly tart but overall this is very drinkable, much like a shandy with the fruit up front and the beer behind it. I like it.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden, with thick fizzy head of white carbonation. Sudsy, insubstantial lacing.

Nose is sweet wheat and a rush of floral, citrus, and tropical fruit. Very nice and unusual.

Taste is very malt-forward, with accents of mango, passionfruit, and plenty of lime. This is a tropical fruit-oriented wheat beer that would go down perfectly in a warm weather situation. Easily sessionable, and an enjoyable, unique brew.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 5 Rabbit pint glass at Fountainhead 6/30/11. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served hazy pale gold with a healthy amount of carbonation. There was about 1 1/2 fingers of bright white foam on top that left a little bit of lace behind.

S: Weird aroma! The first few whiffs reminded us of our baby sons' stinky feet after he's been wearing socks all day. Funky, lemony, and cheesy. Pretty gross at first. Then a funny thing happened. It warmed up and the smell changed. It began to take on notes of fleshy tropical fruit, pineappe, grapefruit, toasted wheat, and spices.

T: Same as above but the skanky passion fruit of the smell just wasn't as apparent in the taste. Actually, this was very pleasant and pretty well multi layered. Healthy spicing but not like the spice rack fell into the brew kettle.

M: Witbier fullness with a distinct dry and spicy edge. Peppery/prickliness kept my palate interested.

O: I think this may be a work in progress but I like what they've done so far. I'd definitely seek this out again to check its' progress.

***Heath, Roman, and I were at Fountainhead on 8/29/11 and had the opportunity to try this again. Having Roman there was valuable for being able to compare his stinky/cheesy foot smell to how this beer smelled to us before. The beer came to the table in a nice 5 Rabbit pint glass and I immediately brought it up to my nose for a big drag. Hmmmm, sweet tropical passion fruit and other fruity aromas...not even a trace of rank smelly feet (Roman had been wearing socks all day and his feet stunk like this beer the first time we had it!). We really liked the direction this beer is going and we changed the smell score to reflect that.***

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Photo of sendsilk
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had no idea what I would think of this beer. Received as an extra in a recent trade. I am NOT a fan of Witbier at all so I was a little apprehensive....

Which led way to my pleasant surprise by how easily drinkable and fairly flavorful this beer is. Light and bubbly with just a bit of tart showing through. I am used to clubbing my tastebuds with Russian Imp Stouts or big IPA's. I was really looking for something light and refreshing and this did the trick. Light, cloudy straw colored with a good amount of carbonation. Nice coriander and tart lemon/lime taste. Straight 4's across the board.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i love this, not sure why others didnt, but its almost like a berliner, in that its so light but also puckery from the addition of passion fruit. a very light bodied and light colored witbier, with very little belgian yeast character, just a light drying yeast with a mild pear aromatic and green apple taste, but its all real subtle on the yeast front. i also dont get orange and coriander like usual in the style, instead i get the passion fruit, so tart and tropical and summery and authentic and refreshing and delicious. its all the way through the beer, adding no sweetness but a mild acidity along with the flavor. carbonation is way up, and this is a beer you could conceivably drink ten or twelve of on a hot afternoon without working too hard at it. really refreshing and i love the change up in the style, loosely following conventions but moving in a bold new direction with it. this my be my favorite of all the beers ive had from these guys so far, really something different here.

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Photo of Bung
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Lighter gold pour, fair amount of carbonation. Just a very thin layer of white head.

Aroma, large amount of grass, hay, some caramelly malt. Some light citrus.

Taste has some sweeter fruit and citrus up front. Finishes with some grassy hay and bread, much more to the German style.

Light bodied and real easy to drink. A great warm weather brew. Thoroughly impressed. Maybe could have been just a tad less carbonated.

Was expecting this to be borderline Miller Chelada the way the lady described it. The fruit really mixes well and the clove and banana are really kept in check, unlike many American versions of this.

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Photo of Kerabatsos
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, pale golden yellow with a small, fizzy white head which quickly dissipates to a ring of foam. No lacing to speak of.

S: A rich mix of citrus and spice with underlying yeast and wheat malt.

T: Wheat malts, grapefruit and lime.

M: Very light.

D: True to style with interesting notes from the passionfruit that is added. Definite grapefruit, acidic undertones.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A bit light on carbonation just a 1/4 inch of head that fizzes out very quickly. The beer is standard hazy bright yellow.
S - Smells of mild coriander spice and some fruity yeasts but it has a bit of sour fruit funk which is interesting.
T - Its actually quite good the sour note isn't fierce as expected like a squirt of fresh lemon. The spices are a bit timid and the actual yeast is fruity and inviting. I like it.
M - Light to medium bodied easy to drink.

Overall I am impressed with this beer it is quite good. I would drink it again.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a HUGE, white head that has impressive retention for a wheat bier. Wheat aroma with a slight tartness behind it; Lime hits near the front, notes of the passionfruit are in the distance. Flavor is sour/tart with the lime being dominant. Mostly a piss-yellow/straw color with nice turbidity. As the lime peaks in tartness, the malt smooths out and then the passionfruit comes into play near the middle to end. The finish is fruity and malty, with only the malt lingering for any length.

As I pour the bottom bits in, the aroma becomes more subdued and yeasty, but the flavor seems even more tart than before!

You know, I kind of love this one. In summertime, it's FANTASTIC. In the summer heat, the watery mouthfeel is more of an advantage, too (so I won't knock it down in score).
It is DEFINITELY not for everyone, though. The lime and wheat could come across as especially off-putting to anyone who doesn't regularly eat Mexican food (lime makes EVERYTHING better!)

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Photo of Chibeerguy1
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I was pleasantly shocked by this beer. A friend picked up a random six pack sampler not knowing what I was into, and I ended up trying this a few nights later.

A - Cloudy yellow with a single finger head, effervescent bubbles

S - Lime and citrus, pretty much masks any other flavors

T - Tastes like a berliner weisse, very carbonated, tart acidity (probably from the lime), and a very nice faint hint of passion fruit that just takes your mind off of the lime-yness for a second

M - Total berliner weisse mouthfeel, champagne like bubbles and a nice acidity that make pucker a little

i picked up more of this after trying, it stands out to me because it is not something I would have tried otherwise, but thought it was great.

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Photo of emerge077
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint arrives a light pastel canary yellow with a soft skim of white foam, a little arc of spindly lacing on the opposite side of the glass.

Aroma is light and fresh, seemingly lemony at first, later becoming pungent with tropical passionfruit as it warms and is swirled around a bit. Light wheaty notes in the background, with subtle spice notes of earthy coriander.

Flavors of citrus, champagne, white grapes, it has mimosa-like qualities, though not sweet. Lightly tart, and it seems to fit the natural fruity profile well. Spices seem pretty subdued in the taste. Medium to light bodied, the lighter carbonation lends a soft feel. Pleasant and quenching, mellow overall, ideal for a summer session.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well this beer pours a very clouded yellow with a thin white head. Nose is strong passion fruit. I mean, really strong. Flavor seems very passion fruit heavy as well. But this doesn't really taste like a witbier to me so much as it does a Berliner Weisse, to be clear. I get a lot of tartness, but not really wit character in any form. I am not really sure if that is deliberate or not, really. But with the type of description on the label, I'd have to guess not. Judged by style, a miss. But as far as just being a beer, I like it!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unmarked bottle at 42 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of coriander (weak) and some unidentified tropical fruit (strong)
Head small (2 c m), off white, fizzy, quickly diminishing to 2 mm ring
No lacing
Body light yellow, hazy: bright yellow sediment in bottle
Flavor surprisingly tart with a fruity flavor which unfortunately ends quickly.
Palate light to medium, watery, carbonation lively

Being part reptile, the name alone made me try this beer. I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor, not knowing what passionfruit tasted like, and always enjoying a little lime in my beer. The tartness of the brew surprised me as well; I was expecting the sweetness of a weisse, not the tartness of a Berliner Weisse. This is a brew I’ll try again, despite the lack of head and lacing.

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Photo of Brenden
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As a witbier, this one plays the part well; its color is a clouded light yellow, like white gold but a shade darker and still quite pale. The white head, while very foamy, is quite substantial, resting at over one finger tall for some time, and at least one finger for most of the session. Lacing is left in firm, thick rings and webby patching.

The nose has a fruity note and green apple skin, but mostly herb. Herb is very strong, a very particular note almost like basil, and some grass and lime finish out an aroma that's both unusual and intriguing, and one some would find strange.
With the herb, the fruits come out in the flavor, particularly something tropical, while the lime peel adds obvious zest and tartness. Combined with the light body, it is very juicy and refreshing.
Speaking of, it's got the right heft for a wit, light in body with with depth. Crispness goes all the way and remains alongside a firm creaminess.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is definitely an interesting beer. When I saw "cerveza" on the label I thought perhaps it had some kind of Latin American origin, but it doesn't. If it did, I might have given it higher ratings as it would be one of the better beers from the region.

It opens with a mild aroma - almost too weak for the style - that is interestingly pungent of fruit and yeast. The appearance is on the slightly green side of yellow - odd and interesting as well. The taste is all over the place - yeast, fruit, sour, sweet. More nuanced than most of this style. The aftertaste is also mildly fruity and sour.

I like this beer. Had it not been from Illinois I would have been more impressed (but there are loads of great US beer makers).

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Photo of jayhass
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a pale cloudy lemon juice yellow with a big white head that fades quickly leaving no lace.
Smell is of strong citrus rind with a light bready crackery malt coming through behind the big dose of lemon and passion fruit. Coriander is subdued but there is a pepper scent.
Taste is sweet upfront but then a big tartness of lemon peel and grapefruit. Coriander is very slight on the tongue but tartness is the overall king of this beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appears a cloudy yellow golden hue with bright effervescent fine bubbled white head. Fine speckled lacing left behind as it dwindles.

I don't know much about this beer it's a wit with lime instead of traditional orange citrus peel. But other than that it smells, like bready wheat, lime citrus notes are bright and lively, mild fruitiness with spice kicking out some character...again it's aromatic like a light summer citrus perfume.

Flavor zings the palate with lime juice sour character, penetrates to a numbing level of tart and spices on the palate. Extreme tartness with each sip, almost a salty sour like those found in a German gose, it dries the palate out completely with coriander and lime zest...the bottle mentions passionfruit and I'm looking for it but I can't find that traditional tropical fruity citra like character. It blossoms some floral quality definite acidity with the lime zest, and more fruit juice and spice combo in the finish.

Mouthfeel is dry finish, a slightly salted rim glass may help this beer it's margarita like in nature with the witbier/lime hybrid creation going on add the spice character drying things out and this finishes like the desert. Light to medium bodied carbonation carries it all well.

Overall, this beer was drinkable however, I feel it was a challenge for my senses and the palate to contain everything that was going on. A bit of a cluster but at least I enjoyed it, and I plan to do some food pairings with it.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, straw-colored brew, with a moderate head of white foam
Aroma-Lime, wheat
Taste-Lime peel, subtle coriander,salt. Tangy and very refreshing. Nicely sessionable at 4.3ABV. A great match for fish tacos or a Greek salad.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Scent of dry wheat, citrus, grapefruit, earth, dirt and grass. Taste of grapefruit, wheat, and dry, leafy hops. This is a really solid Wit; it is something I could drink on a regular basis.

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