5 Rabbit | 5 Rabbit Cerveceria

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5 Rabbit Cerveceria
Illinois, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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)

Added by emerge077 on 05-05-2011

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Photo of biboergosum
1.97/5  rDev -41.5%
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?

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Photo of Treebs
2.42/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had on tap at Palmer Place. Served in a shaker pint.

A: Pours a perfect golden yellow with a very lively body. The head is thick and frothy and it leaves nice cascades of lace down the glass. Very nice looking beer.

S: There is in odd honey sweetness to this. Pale malts with grassy hops with something else as well. A little spice fo some perhaps?

T: The same odd spice is more dominant in the taste. There is some light grassy hops with the same honey sweetness. Not really my thing.

M: It is refreshing and the body is very light and lively., but the taste is really hard to push out as it lingers for a bit.

O: I can see how this pairs well with latin style dishes, but as it stands alone it really doesn't work for me at all. I appreciate the beer, but I wont be revisiting in the future.

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Photo of Efay
2.56/5  rDev -24%
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.

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Photo of Kerabatsos
2.58/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours clear, pale golden yellow with a small, fizzy white head which slowly dissipates.

S: Noble hops very obvious.

T: Kind of skunky, honestly. Almost a plastic flavor at the beginning....

M: Some malt presence, but fairly light bodied.

D: I've been very impressed by the two other beers that they've rolled out so far, but this one is not a favorite. Kind of bland. Stick with lizard and vulture.

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Photo of matjack85
2.67/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.71/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of telescifly
2.89/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of gangstafaceclay
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.99/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a shaker pint glass at Sheffield's.

The 2011 Bachelor Party Extravaganza rollicks forth! This offering pours a clear pale gold topped by a half-finger of solid white foam. The nose comprises light grass, sweet flowers, light biscuit, and a squeeze of lemon. Everything comes off as meek and is easily o'erpowered by any bit of food in the background (damn crowded beer garden...). The taste holds notes of light buttery biscuits, light lemon zest, grass, and a sprinkling of minerals. Again, everything's meek, coming off as a light lager masquerading as a blonde ale. The body is fairly light, with a moderate carbonation and a sorta watery feel. Yeah, it's light, kinda thin, and kinda fizzy, but it seems to work here... Overall, a pretty weak brew, though I guess I could see new craft converts gravitating here for something that isn't too o'erwhelming. Beyond that, though, there's plenty better out there.

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Photo of AmishLightning
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Trying a single of this again to see if my tastes or the beer has changed at all. I heard they moved production to Minhas, and it says so on the label.

Bright gold, slow ascending carb trails. Ample head of foam, thin collar of lace around the edges. Retention is pretty good, the skim breaks only after the first couple sips.

Biscuity aroma, slightly sweet and a touch grainy like macro lager.

Flavor is similar, mainly doughy biscuits and sweet honey. A light bitterness in the back end that lingers well into the aftertaste. A bigger sip gets some grape esters from the yeast, which remind me slightly of malt liquor, but there's a distinct dry grassy hop character that builds. Easy to drink, light bodied and a little bland. Overall a basic session beer that seems to have gained some slight nuance. Still would choose any of their other beers over this though.

07-01-2011 3/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Aaron for sharing. Review from written notes.

Pours a pale straw gold with a flurry of bubbles that swarm to the surface. Tight cap of white foam, some spotty lace but nothing substantial. Retains a head for a good five minutes though.

Soft grainy aroma, vaguely grassy from the noble hops, pretty nondescript but inoffensive.

Flavor is very light and fleeting like a macro lager, very mild toasted grain with a hint of honey. Body is watery and flaccid. Plain and inoffensive, seems more like something to cook with. No unique characteristics to make it stand out from the rest unfortunately. More of a transition craft beer for a regular macro drinker, very little here to hold the attention of craft drinkers.

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Photo of Callmejfunk
3.47/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of dragonflygirl
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of steveh
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Vixie
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of socon67
3.74/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 5 Rabbit pint glass at Fountainhead 8/29/11. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a pale golden color with a sticky 1 1/2 fingers of bright white foam on top. Retention was excellent with loads of foam clinging to the glass. Carbonation was relativly active.

S: Pretty grassy. Actually, we were suprised by how grassy and spicy it smelled. Hints of toasty grain and caramel but this was dominated by green grassy hops. Not IPA styled hoppiness, but impressive considering the style.

T: See above. Very nice.

M: Smooth and relatively thin. A great summer session ale that didn't step all over the inside of our mouths.

O: Impressive. We weren't expecting much but got a nice surprise. Clean and hoppy...perfect for summer.

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