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5 Lizard | 5 Rabbit Cerveceria

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5 Rabbit Cerveceria
Illinois, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 KTCamm
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of dannycohen62
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
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.)

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Photo of basaywhat
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of FBGordon
4.39/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of tfsimpkins
4.32/5  rDev +18%
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 paco1029384756
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of Atacama_Rain
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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.....

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
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 nicholas2121
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
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

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of RyanLis
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

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 RblWthACoz
3.77/5  rDev +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 WVbeergeek
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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 DrDemento456
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
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 schoolboy
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
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 barnzy78
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
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

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Photo of jayhass
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
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 ONUMello
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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

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Photo of Chibeerguy1
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Brenden
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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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