5 Lizard - 5 Rabbit Cerveceria

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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 17.46%
Wants: 5
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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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 StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 5 Rabbit tulip pint glass at Bad Apple.

My prep beer before standing in line for Small Animal Big Machine. Nice. It pours a cloudy light orange juice topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light orange zest and even lighter coriander. I was surprised to find hardly any nose on this thing. The taste holds notes of tart-ish orange juice, grass, flowers, watermelon, light greens, light black pepper, and light lemon peel. The body is a hefty-feeling light, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice wit, one that straddles the line between kinda tart and kinda hoppy, with a dash of spice for good measure. I just wish it had more of a smell to it...

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle
Moderately tart with lots of citrus flavor.
Very lemony.
Medium-high carbonation.

Photo of scruffwhor
2.65/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow, what a cloudy beer! Makes me thik of cloudy lemonade thaks to the addition of merengue! Very quick head and no foam. This beer is opaque!

Lots of lime and tangy passion fruit. I get a hint of salt in there too. I think there's a few more traditional smelling Wit spices I pick up, and just a touch of water cracker malts. Pretty powerful spice aroma overall.

The lime and passion fruit overpower this beer from the start and middle of teh palate. The finish lets a more salty cracker malt flavor inch its way in to the fruity, tart bombardment.

The palate is chalky, dry and tart. Interesting beer overall, in many ways, but not one I will buy again.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of barnzy78
2.81/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A - very cloudy yellow-greyish color with an exceptionally thin white head that dissipates to nothing very quickly
S - exotic fruits: lime peel, passion fruit as indicated, wheat, coriander, lemon; different but intriguing
T - whoa lime juice! Passion fruit, coriander, lemon, very tart, tangy, and puckering, nutty wheat, yeast; quite different and refreshing
M - thinner body, lower carbonation, finishes tart and clean, while being semi-dry
O - not terrible but has some issues with carbonation and balance

Photo of Brenden
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Bung
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of Florida9
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very light pastel yellow in color; almost clear. Forms a small white head that quickly reduces to only the faintest of surface coatings. No lacing.

S: Aroma is rather tropical. Notes of sweet passion fruit and lime with a bit of wheat and even a little vanilla.

T: The taste is almost pungent at first with a light lemon-lime tartness to it. The passion fruit comes on strong, with a light sweetness to it. Then a little of the wheat and some spice. And again there is a little vanilla.

M: Lighter bodied with appropriate carbonation. Light tartness and virtually non-existent bitterness.

O: I had this one on tap over the summer and I remember it being a totally different beer. The passionfruit and lime are much stronger and more pronounced in the bottled version. Sort of an odd take on the witbeer style, but the combination does seem to work. Not the greatest beer, but a very refreshing one that would be welcome during the warmer summer months.

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.***

Photo of PorterLambic
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of hosehead83
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of schoolboy
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
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).

Photo of dexterk1
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another craft beer week try. Color of this beer is light amber to yellow. Cloudy is look with small head.
Odor is tropical and sweet. You can smell the passion fruit as well as a hint of wheat.
Taste is pretty tart and fruity. Passion fruit is strong and there is some lime as well. The wheatness also there, but it is under the fruity.
Mouth feel is light and carbonated.
Overall a decent fruity beer. Lots of tartness that is a bit much for me.

Photo of tfsimpkins
4.32/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of ONUMello
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy yellow color with next to no head
S: Wheat, cloves and what I'm assuming is the coriander/passion fruit but it just doesn't work quite right
T: Better than the nose. The passion fruit & spices come through nicely along with the wheat but the lime/acidity from it trumps everything. I normally like acidic beers but not this much in a witbeir
M: Acidic, fairly light/crisp
O: Far from a drain-pour but definitely not a re-buy

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of sendsilk
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of KevChiTown
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Love the color/smell/ingredients yet the flavor is just kind of off in some way. However, the brewery is just down the road, still have my support.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Bright yellow-green with lots of foam. Kind of a Flubber color.

Smell: Lots of limey, but theres a thick yeasty smell too.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sour lime. A bit gritty in the mouthfeel. Passionfruit is there as well. Also tastes like a flat energy drink. Quite tangy.

Overall Drinkability: Nice components to this. Very strange overall, but it's not bad. Not for everyone.

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