5 Lizard
5 Rabbit Cerveceria

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #373
ABV:
4.3%
Score:
82
Ranked #41,757
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 16.25%
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
292
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5 Rabbit Cerveceria
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
82
Good
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Notes: 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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MaximalC from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, straw color with a modest cap of frothy, white suds. Aroma smells of coriander, passion fruit, and slightly skunky hops.

The taste follows the nose pretty well, with oodles of coriander accompanied by an appreciable dose of passion fruit, lemongrass, prickly pear, and floral, slightly earthy hops. Biscuity malt is mostly an afterthought amidst the spicy, hoppy foundation. Warming reveals aspects of wheat, grain husk, and orange peel. Medium-light body and high carbonation make for a crisp, lively mouthfeel and super-dry finish.

I've historically had positive experiences with 5 Rabbit, and this is no exception. It manages to deliver an original take on the witbier without compromising any of the hallmarks of the style. Truth be told, this is one of the tastier, more refreshing wits I've tried—and I've tried more than a few.

Oct 15, 2019
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HobbesTheYounger from Illinois

3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I really like the coriander with the citrus flavors. Refreshing, but a lot of flavors so I'm not sure you would want to drink more than one at a time.

Jul 16, 2017
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Barnoloid from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks somewhat like a radler blended beer cocktail, little chalky - needless to say, the fruit dominates. Nose is reminiscent of a popsicle or candy. Lively carbonation lends the slight tart tinge a hand in coming to the fore, whilst there is an almost yoghurt drink follow through within the texture here. A little lighter than I might like overall but an interesting brew all round.

For warmer days, or as an accompaniment to a nice heat laden Mexican meal, this is a nicely put together change of pace type beer.

Feb 21, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

100% hazy pineapple color. 3 fingers of fluffy, soapy head.

Aromas of lime, agave, citrus, wheat, and coriander.

The flavor doesn't quite come through 100%. A lot of lime juice, some straw, funky tequila soaked citrus, hay, barnyard, and wheat. It's just...odd. It's not disgusting, but it's a face-twister.

Feel is on point, it's got a nice wit sharpness with a dry character hidden in there somewhere.

Overall, it's not something I'd revisit even if I had the opportunity.

Jan 21, 2017
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8/14...pours hazy translucent yellow, light white foam layer. Lime, lime peel, wheaty nose. Fruits too. Tart lime wheat flavor. Spices blended in, but the lime citrus controls. Fast flavor. Quite tasty. Love it.

Aug 20, 2016
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dannycohen62 from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Criminally underrated, excellent summer wheat beer. Golden-orange, hazy with quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is on the lighter side, floral, fruity, grassy wheat. Super refreshing and easy-drinking, passion fruit juiciness, citrus, maybe some salt or am I imagining that?. Creamy mouthfeel, juicy with a tiny hint of tartness.

Jul 12, 2016
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a chilled pint glass.
Hazy light yellow colored body with thin and quickly disappearing head.
Aroma is grassy/earthy, is that passion fruit? I am not familiar.
Tart lemon flavors are refreshing and clean. Feel is light. Finish is salty and dry.
This goes well with lots of food.

May 25, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not distinguished looking and smells as much as fruit juice as it does beer... but still pleasant.
Taste and feel win bigger points for managing to be both tart and hoppy with a dry finish.
The dry finish somehow makes it go better with spicy food, in this case an Indian masala.

With one of its owners is the noted "second generation" beer writer and consultant Randy Mosher, they do lots of interesting things and seem to target their niche of making beer that goes with Mexican and spicy food. I intend to try more from this brewery and study it a little closer (including visit it.)

May 13, 2016
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basaywhat from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pour is very hazy lemon-flesh yellow with a small white head. Aroma is sweet rock candy-malt, faint lemon notes, and light floral notes. Flavor is faintly tart with hints of lemon, light topical fruit notes, faint floral hops, and a slightly salty finish.

Apr 17, 2016
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drpimento from Wisconsin

3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Passion fruit gives this beer an exquisite aroma, which sadly doesn't carry over so well to its flavor. Flavor is a little sweet tart. Body's a touch thin; Overall not too bad. Been waiting a long time for someone to use passion fruit in beer.

Feb 23, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Passion fruit and Wit work nicely together with that mild spice and that unique fruit component sharing certain similarities. Easy drinking and refreshing.

Dec 26, 2015
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FBGordon from Florida

4.39/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Oct 19, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Flavor: Moderately tart with lots of citrus flavor. This is very lemony.

Feel: Medium-high carbonation.

O: extra tasty if you dislike Donald Trump.

Jul 05, 2015
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tfsimpkins from Florida

4.32/5  rDev +19%
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.

Jun 14, 2015
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paco1029384756 from Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Jun 13, 2015
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Atacama_Rain from Utah

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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.....

May 31, 2015
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PorterLambic from Florida

4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Apr 09, 2015
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
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

Jan 20, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Dec 01, 2014
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RyanLis from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

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.

Oct 23, 2014
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

Aug 05, 2014
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

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.

Apr 03, 2014
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Apr 01, 2014
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Mar 15, 2014
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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).

Jan 12, 2014
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