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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.

Added by emerge077 on 05-05-2011

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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 276
Photo of hosehead83
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
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 KFBR392
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours with about two fingers of head, settles to less then one finger while drinking. Light banana yellow color that is very murky, no visibility through the beer. Active carbonation while drinking.

Smell: Lemons and Lime dominate. Comes off as a doughy bready aroma. Some bubbly yeast character and wheat accents. Leafy greens on the undertones. A little single dimensional though, could use some more complexity on the wheat tones, the lemon/lime comes on too strong.

Taste: A slight watery wheat front. The high carbonation creates a bright feeling on the palette. A little weak but picks up with a bitter body of citrus fruits. Again the lemon and lime dominate. The finish is a funky sourness which lingers on the palette for a while.

Mouthfeel: Sour. The high carbonation really comes through strong as well.

Overall: A decent brew. I got to try a sample size at work and sprung for a six pack. A good summer drinker that has very bright fruit accents which can be a nice change of pace for summer beers.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
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 JohnnyHopps
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
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 tjsdomer2
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of TheSSG
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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 dexterk1
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of dragonflygirl
2.67/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted this with co-workers, would be great on a hot summer day, not so much on a winters day.

A: Cloudy with really no head
S: Lots of passionfruit aroma, bit of lime
T: Def on fruity side not too much spice
M: Smooth
O: not my usual type of beer, interesting it seems almost like a Mimosa in beer form.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

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Photo of sendsilk
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Florida9
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of nhindian
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle provided by Billakowski as an extra, thanks!

A - Pours a pale, pale yellow, seriously close to being a clear white. It's hazy and cloudy, and I can see a ton of carbonation flooding up to build the head. Speaking of the head, it absolutely explodes the second this hits the glass and is a bit tough to tame, but finally settles at about 2.5-fingers with good retention. The composition is sticky that doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

S - The main thing I get from the nose is grassy wheat with a touch of coriander spice. Honestly, there's not a whole lot more to it, and I don't really smell any of the lime or passionfruit. Slightly funky.

T - Much of the same in the flavor. When I read the label, I was excited to try something with a little Latin flair, even if I was a little apprehensive at first. But this isn't an exotic beer. It's wheaty, and I'm getting even less coriander here than I did in the nose. However, the finish does have a decent amount of lime.

M - Mouthfeel is light-bodied with lots of carbonation. Kind of feels like a light beer and the flavors don't exactly dispel that notion.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately low. I mean, this thing could be downed quickly if I wanted, but the flavors are lifeless and a shell of their description and it's watery at times. The only thing this beer nailed was the carbonation.

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Photo of Bung
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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 emerge077
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
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 GbVDave
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Northsider
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hopleaf Chicago.

I wanted to try this beer from local brewery I just recently read about. Beer isn't bad, it's actually pretty decent. BUT, it just feels a little watered down, almost like a 'lite beer'. This is a whit lite.

Taste is pretty decent, the passion fruit comes out pretty strong...very fruity. I didn't really taste any spice.

Overall a decent beer to try, but feels very lite. I'd get it again, it's super drinkable in the hot weather.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
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...

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Photo of lstokes
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Map Room. It's a light, hazy straw yellow with a very thin head. The smell was kind of foul--maybe I just don't like the smell of passion fruit in beer?--but the taste picks up a little bit, light wheat malts, grapefruit hops, and the passionfruit/lime addition is evident and adds a unique and acidic note. Very light, somewhat fizzy mouthfeel.

Overall I'm not too excited about this one--it's kind of one-note. Definitely a summer/lawnmower beer if you were to drink it, or maybe a good companion to fish tacos.

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Photo of Kerabatsos
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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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