5 Rabbit
5 Rabbit Cerveceria

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Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #754
Ranked #48,816
3.31 | pDev: 15.11%
5 Rabbit Cerveceria
Illinois, United States
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Notes: 5 Rabbit is an elegant beer that shows hints of light caramel and honeyed malt notes, carefully balanced with a sophisticated European noble hop aroma, with fruity and spicy flavors.

2014 GABF Silver Medal (Golden or Blonde Ale)
Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 185 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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ordybill from Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at Beer Head Pub in Schaumburg, IL. The appearance is a clear golden yellow color with a giant white head. The aroma is mostly malt with some hops. The taste follows the nose.

Aug 19, 2018
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telescifly from Colorado

2.89/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I read some of the reviews before I had this beer. I was skeptical of the bad ones - was it really THAT bad? In short, yes, yes it is. Or rather, this bottle was. I have a suspicion that this beer goes south quick in the bottle, and with no date or any indication of freshness - that might explain such a mixture of reviews.

Look: Clear, medium golden with thick head that disappears quickly but leaves some nice lacing. At this point, I was hopeful for a good beer.

Smell: Sweet, stuffed full of malt and taffy, with a hint of pungent skunk on the end. Underwhelming, but not off-putting.

Taste: This is the big problem for this beer. The skunkiness cuts through everything, from the initial taste through to the end. Under it, there is subtle caramel, herby hops, and underripe vegetables. To be clear, there is a place for skunkiness - even a lot of skunkiness - but this beer absolutely bombs it. I am loathe to finish the rest of this six pack.

Feel: Odd amount of carbonation. Just enough to add bitterness but otherwise extremely flat. A very watery beer as well.

Overall: I would have a hard time placing this more than a slight notch above most of your typical domestic beers. In fact, there is at least a certain charm about sitting down with a bud/coors/PBR or whatnot. But this beer comes with all the pretension and over the top marketing that we have sadly come to associate with good craft beer. This is C-grade brew masquerading as cultured and expertly-made beer. Highly dissapointed.

Oct 15, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a pretty bland beer and I'm having a hard time distinguishing it from some of the bigger DOMESTIC beers I hate right now. Would like to do a side by side.

Dec 26, 2015
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Kurmaraja from California

3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Really nice for style IMHO, though a bit deviant. More malt presence and a bit more sweetness than expected, but this really nice pineapple fruitiness and floral hop presence.

Sep 06, 2015
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.51/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Light, pale faintly hazy yellow-orange, white fizzly head. Weak loose carbonation.

S: Sweet wheat, a bit of hay.

T: Bready, a bit of lemon. Something warming. Quick exit.

M: Actually, nicely creamy, but still refreshing.

O: Tasty, but too much in limbo between refreshment and a hearty brew to really nail a category. Happy to have tried it.

Apr 17, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

on tap at acorn over there in the source, it looks like these guys distribute to colorado now, or at least they are all over that building. itd be cool, because they make some really good beers, this one included, and while its real simple as far as style and flavor profile, its awfully well done. bright golden in color, crystal clear and with a nice head. this is definitely underrated here for sure. a nose of grassy bittering hops, maybe saaz, i like that a lot. its quite hoppy really for a golden ale, and in the absence of any real yeast character, the hops really shine in the finish. really bright beer, massive carbonation and a really clean finish despite the hoppiness. medium bodied and very dry. its a perfect example of the style, and deserving of its decoration. interesting that the five vulture is so far out and this one is so simple, both ends of the spectrum covered in my experience with these guys. i dug this a lot, great with my lamb sandwich. i hope they stick around.

Nov 15, 2014
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3.47/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Lots of notes of passionfruit and citrus. Slightly sour but very refreshing. As an IPA guy I can appreciate it for what it is. I'm having some of my sister's after coming in from the beach and it's really refreshing. I don't love it but she really does and she likes the wheat beers. She says I'm low-balling the rating. Meh, she'll have to rate it herself.

Jul 09, 2014
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Vixie from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with about a half inch of white head that quickly reduces down to some nice lacing on the top and sides.

Malt, yeast, grass, and lemon. Has a bit of an outdoors character to it.

Starts out a bit fruity, more on the citrus side, orange and lemon notes. Also maybe a hint of pine and grass from the hops, leaving a bit of a floral aftertaste.

Not too bad on the feel, a little watery, carbonation gives it some tingle.

I'd rate this a better than average example of the style. So many pale ales I have tried just are lacking in flavor, this one has flavor, and a bit of a unique character. It is a bit on the sweet side, which is fine by me. If you're looking for an easy to drink beer that doesn't taste like beer flavored water, give this one a try, would be nice on a hot day.

May 20, 2014
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gangstafaceclay from Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance is a light golden color with white head.

Smell is light malts

Taste was pretty disappointing...wasn't a terrible tasting brew but there's not much to it. Light roasted watery malts and a bit of caramel. It was ok.

Mouthfeel was watery and pretty thin.

Overall, disappointing but not terrible I guess. If offered to me I would probably drink it but I wouldn't personally buy this again.

Feb 23, 2014
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MusicaleMike from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra.

Poured into a pint glass, the body is a clear golden color with crystal clarity. The head is off-white, peachy colored, and clings to the sides of the glass leaving a consistent lacing pattern. The soapy subs die in a slow fashion and hang around for most of the pint. Decent amount of carbonation present.

The aroma is immediately reminiscent of German/Czech lagers to me. The Saaz hops are the most prominent and up front. Then as the beer warms slightly, the fruitiness of the malts shine through very easily. There is a sweetness to the aroma, mostly from this honeyish malty scent, but also there might be some trace diacetyl, which isn't totally uncalled for in this style. Pleasant, but nothing special.

Very flavorful! Rich, honey malts take over from here. There is a respectable hop bite up front, and maybe a slight lingering bitterness in the finish, but it really does just act in a balancing role. Those sweet malts take center stage and carry with them hints of yellow apples, golden raisins, and honey. Grassy hops linger...

Excellent texture on the beer, with a good amount of carbonation that is neither too effervescent nor is it too creamy. It has a softer texture though, and the body is very full for the style.

This is a great, standout example of a Blonde Ale. Very enjoyable, full of character, and stands head and shoulders above some other weak examples out there. Really liked this. It could use more hops in my opinion, but then again, why mess with a good thing?

Aug 13, 2013
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a clear golden yellow body with a thick head that mushrooms above the glass and last. There is a sea of microbubbles.

S- The slightly musty pale malt and lightly toasted malt have a cream note to them with some Noble hop notes in the finish.

T- The dry fresh malt has a honey and cracker malt flavor to it with a dry crisp snap of Noble hops in the finish. There is a mellow herbal bitterness that lingers after each sip.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight little fizz that cleans the finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- Nice fresh malt and hops flavors with the hops being just a bit stronger but very easy to drink with lot of nice straight forward flavors with some depth of flavor tucked in for interest.

Jul 23, 2013
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AmishLightning from Illinois

3.26/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A nice foamy head greeted me as the beer was served to me. Not overly large but an average size that devolved into a nice lacing after five to seven minutes. The color was fantastic. A moderate golden hue that appeared to hold strong flavors and aroma.

S- Not anything special. I can't tell if my nose wasn't picking anything up or there was nothing there. It didn't smell bad, but it didn't differentiate itself from any average lighter ale.

T-I was pretty disappointed at first. While cool the beer was almost flavorless. I had to wait for it to reach closer to room temperature before I started to get a pleasant bitterness when it first hit the tongue. It ended with a mild bittersweet taste but nothing memorable.

M-Light body. However, the beer had the perfect amount of carbonation. Sad to say but the carbonation was the most standout characteristic of the beverage.

O-Nothing to write home about. For some reason unbeknownst to me it went incredibly well with my calzone I had it with. I would recommend this with Italian food in a warmer season. Also it wouldn't be a bad beer to mindlessly sip on during a get together with friends. This is a beer that will compliment an event other than make an event.

Jul 01, 2013
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secondtooth from Indiana

2.99/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden, with average head. Loopy but unremarkable lace.

Nose is toasty grains -- very malty. Average.

Flavor is sweet honey malts -- not at all complex nor unique. I echo my previous comments, as this one drinks very average -- drinkable, yes, but memorable, no.

May 08, 2013
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tjsdomer2 from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden with decent lacing. No foam.

Smell: Cinnamon, raisins, and tons of sweet caramel. Delicious.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lots of honey and some pine. Rather fruity in the background. Raspberries? Mouthfeel starts thin but builds body as it warms.

Overall: One of the better light ales I've had recently.

Apr 30, 2013
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Efay from Illinois

2.56/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

There's been decent amount of hype from this Latin brewery out of Chicago. Even with all the hype, I haven't heard much about the beer. I was at my local bar and they had a few bottles, so I decided to give it a shot.

A- A goldenrod color with a white thick head of about a finger worth of foam. There was decent head retention and lacing.

S- Very subtle amounts of light malt and honey. I had to give my glass a few swirls to get the smells out. Seems like there may be some wheat also.

T- Extremely light. Honestly tastes like water and honey. Barely taste the malt.

M- Very light bodied and moderate carbonation.

O- This was just a terrible beer. I thought I was just drinking some bad water. I know that this type of style is supposed to be light, but there was no flavor at all.

Jan 28, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

1.97/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle, another contract brew for a brewery that may very well not know what hell they have wrought, even in their marketing-tinged pursuit of the same.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw colour, with one finger of puffy, foamy, off-white head, which leaves some decent hopcone-esque webbed lace around the glass as it quick dissolves to nil.

It smells of grainy, bready pale malt, a bit of generic orchard fruitiness, a little nudge of musty honey, some more or less pleasant leafy, earthy hops, and an admittedly weak (like that's a plus) diacetyl-laced Minhas skank factor. The taste is a lot more of the unfortunate but quite honestly forecasted plastic and rancid-butter laden malt - the purported caramel and honey there, sure, but well obfuscated, with a subtle herbal, and leafy OK Liquor liqueur afterthought.

The carbonation is more or less average, the body medium in weight, and quite cloying in its rendering of any actual smoothness. It finishes well off-dry, the adjunct-sullied malt doing no one any favours, and the other players, in the form of cooked veggies and twisted herbal hops, just making things worse in their rather underwhelming ways.

Sigh, another beer re-marketing plan ruined by a single (or more, I don't really fucking know) meeting with the Minhas clan of lovely Calgary, AB, Canada, through the auspices of their Cheesehead country operation. How many styles have so far been co-opted by the skank that is the SOP of this bunch of accountants masquerading as a brewery?

Jan 13, 2013
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socon67 from New York

3.74/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden with a slight foam head. Settles quickly, minimal to no lacing on the glass.

S - Scents of honey, cinnamon, and german noble hops are noted.

T - Has almost a taste similar to a german hefeweisen, but this is sweeter with fresh honey flavor.

M - Smooth drinking ale that is very sessionable.

O - Wasn't expecting much out of this and was surprised that it was a pretty decent beer. Beats the ton of mass produced garbage out there, and tasted nice on a hot Chicago afternoon.

Aug 01, 2012
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schoolboy from Ohio

4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey, I like blondes, but the beers, not as much. Yet this blonde has a bit more character - it's not as dumb. She has a darkness underneath (roots showing).

It's golden and clear with little head. The aroma is faint but nice. The taste is right about where it should be. Overall, a well made brew. A little pricey for the style, but I would buy it again.

Jun 21, 2012
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matjack85 from Illinois

2.67/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99. No freshness date and no other information about the beer other than that they use Saaz hops in brewing it.

The beer poured a hazy golden/yellow color and only produced a half finger of white head that dissipated in less than a minute. Lacing was OK.

The beer had a very grassy and floral smell along with a touch of citrus and a touch of butter.

More hop flavor than malt flavor to this one. Grassy and spicy hops impart a bit of bitterness to the beer while the mild caramel malt stays in the background. There is also an unpleasant medicinal "band-aid" flavor in here mixed with a touch of lemon citrus. Not all that good of a taste to me.

This is a light bodied beer with medium carbonation, but I can't call it refreshing with that medicine taste in there.

This is my first offering from this brewery and I am not impressed.

May 30, 2012
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sweemzander from Illinois

2.71/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a taster glass.

(A)- Pours an orange hue. Some white froth.

(S)- Smells like a bitter grainy grassy hop profile.

(T)- A bright and zesty grain and yeast profile with an equally bitter hoppiness.

(M)- A good carbonation level and a fine balance of a strong bitterness with a subtle grainy maltiness.

(D)- Overall, easy enough to enjoy. Not bad on a nice early summer evening. A tad harsh I thought though for the style.

May 24, 2012
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck poured into a pint. The beer is gold with a thick off-white head. It has very sticky lacing.

The beer has an aroma of grains and some spice notes from the saz hops.

The taste is slightly sweet with caramel and slight spiciness from the hops. There is a little plum and earthiness mid-glass.

The mouth is spot on for the style (slightly thick and a bit slick).

This is an easy beer to pair with food. It is mild mannered and well behaved.

May 19, 2012
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hosehead83 from Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Pale copper in color, with a nice big head of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Faint sweet malt
Taste-Toasted malt, subtle caramel,some Saaz hop bite. Has an overall English pale ale flavor going on. A bit unbalanced on its own but a good food beer. Went very well with a mild-mannered blue cheese.

Apr 23, 2012
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

2.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When I first opened the beer up, it gushed out, then I poured into my pint without it billowing over so I figured maybe it's not infected. Appearance is a light hazed super golden color with a nice cloudy white head with fine lacing patterns. Aroma has spicy saaz hops with some wetcardboard and band aid notes, very diacetyl in nature with hints of tart apples and a spicy yeast variety. I can't not drink this bomb and think it's not a butter bomb. Flavor hits every part of the palate a strong bitterness with the diacetyl buttery quality amongst a fruity light malt bill and spicy yeast with healthy Saaz additions. I know nothing about Minhas which is the brewer they are contracting with, this brewery seems to be a Latino brainchild celebrating some of the Aztec roots with modern brewing technques, however they may need to re-invest in a new contract brewer consider the levels of off flavors I'm getting. Some brewers go for this and others are scared of it, one brewer who knows how to use it is in So Cal Alpine brewing. However this reminds me more of the New England brewer on an Allen Pugsley system that I just can't handle the diacetyl levels on. Mouthfeel is a bit cloying, because of the off flavors band aid/wet cardboard I'm getting sensitive to this off flavor. Carbonation level is moderate to high but it doesn't offend anywhere near as much as the diacetyl butter bomb qualities. Overall I think I've voiced my opinion I also have their dark ale 5 Vulture to try, I will pray for it to not have this level of diacetyl.

Apr 22, 2012
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steveh from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Since I'd heard about this new "local" brewery I've wanted to try their brews. Found some at a new spot and thought I'd give it a go... didn't know they were contracting through Minhas. Sure hope it doesn't have that same Minhas character as their other beers...

12 ounce brown long-neck with a twist-off cap.

A -- Hazy, pale gold with a very dense, white head.

S -- Label says "brewed with Saaz hops" and the soapy, spicy nose confirms it. Light hit of citrus as well, even a touch or diacetyl (Minhas...)

T -- Spicy hoppiness up front, mild biscuit malt follows. Some mild citrus character and a touch of good bitterness at the end and through the aftertaste. There's a little of that Minhas diacetyl character coming through, but it's cleaner than their usual fare.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth to a bit syrupy. The body is light to light-medium with a dry finish.

O -- Overall I'm happy this doesn't carry the Minhas character through the beer, it's pretty easy drinking and goes down smooth, I only wish it had a little more unique character.

Apr 11, 2012
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dragonflygirl from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer, pretty color, we likey!
a: nice color, good lacing
s: aroma is nice almost a bit o honey
t: taste also a bit o honey, fresh clean
m: smooth
o: A well rounded beer that is worth a try, yest it does pair quite nicely with Mexican flair food.

Jan 29, 2012
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