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Short's Nicie Spicie - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

407 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.99%
Wants: 20
Gots: 35 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Northern Michigan spiced wheat ale. A 50% mixture of premium two-row malted barley and malted white wheat makes golden wheat ale balanced with Ahtanum and Cascade hop varieties. This ale is spiced with fresh zest of lemon and orange rind, coriander, and black peppercorns 
17.5 I.B.U.’s
2.8 deg. Plato
5.2% A.B.V.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 06-14-2004)
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Ratings: 407 | Reviews: 149 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by techfed87:
Photo of techfed87
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice sized head. Color is a fairly cloudy amber.

Smell is very..spicy? It' got an almost clove like quality to it, which I'm digging.

First sip is definitely yum. This reminds me of Oberon, one of my other favorite wheat beers, except this one has some additional ingredients added in. It really compliments the body of the beer, giving it a very rewarding mouthfeel.

I'm really amazed at the rate that Shorts is putting out more beers into bottled production. This is another of their best.

techfed87, Aug 21, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor,I saw the description of this beer and thought it interesting and gav it a try.Poured a very pale yellow with smaller white head, a wheat ale spiced with peppercorns and that is for sure aromas of lemond rind and heavy on the cracked black pepper.I found it a bit watery so it lost my attention after a few drinks,very zesty upfront with big lemon and coriander notes with that black pepper hitting quite hard thru the finish and lingering.A very interesting beer in concept just not my thing I suppose.

oberon, May 08, 2006
Photo of DanGeo
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

DanGeo, May 30, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep golden, nearly amber color with a pretty wispy, white head that recedes pretty quickly to a small outline of the glass. The aroma is... different, to say the least. At first, it's like mixing together a bunch of random spices off the rack and taking a big whiff. Upon settling down and taking repeated sniffs, some clarity begins to form - peppercorns are the heaviest spice, as expected, because that's how it's advertised. Nutmeg? Maybe. It's hard to tell. Coriander? Definitely, but it's not very strong. There are some other ashy, leafy spices lingering around, may just be a product of ingredient clashing. Intense fruity, sweetness spikes hit the nose as well, bittersweet orange rinds and a peppery lemon zest, almost in a wood-polish, Pledge kind of way. Certainly stings the nostrils.

The taste is full of many things. Oranges? They're there. Lemon zest? Big time, again, taking on an almost too-strong, cleanser profile. Coriander? Yeah, certainly in the backdrop. Hops? Sure. A present leafiness hangs around, almost on the herbal side, along with a slight pungent, citrusy-pith character. Malt? Of course. Nice malty background, slightly toasted with a nice bread character and some light caramel even (very light, however). BUT - none of these flavors are any match for the peppercorns. My GOD, the pepper is strong in this one. It's like sucking on a pepper mill. Strong and overpowering, to the point of tickling the back of the throat. I like pepper. But not this much, and it certainly doesn't belong in a beer. Medium body, medium-high carbonation.

As always, Shorts is trying something out-of-the-box, which I love. This is one of the few that miss the mark for me... Surprising, since I enjoy the peppercorn additions in Anniversary Ale. It was just a touch overdone in this brew. I'd like to give the next batch a go, and perhaps the balance will be there.

tectactoe, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of TCHopCraver
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes made on 10/24/10.

A: Pours a fairly clear gold with a slight amber hue into a medium sized snifter. An off-white half finger head burns off to leave a swirly film on top. Tiny carbonation bubbles move quickly from bottom to top of the glass. The lacing is a bit dull with long thick curves and big dots.

S: Nicie is heavy on the peppercorn with a healthy odes of the orange and lemon zest in my nose. I detect a little wheat and a bit of a bread backbone.

T: The citrus zest flavors steal the limelight with the peppercorn and coriander bleding into the citrus taste. The wheat beer base is present in the taste profile, but it definitely takes a backseat to the adjuncts. The taste is also pretty watery.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit thin. The body of the beer feels very light, and the peppercorn sparkles a little on my palate, but it really doesn't pop as much as I thought it might.

D: Is Nicie easy to drink? Yes. But it interesting enough to explore more? For my tastes, probably not.

TCHopCraver, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

OhioBobcat, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of nickadams2
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Hazy golden yellow with a thin white head. Not much lacing.

S_Citrus,peppercorns and coriander

T_Coriander and peppercorns upfront. Lemon zest and orange zest also come through.Very flavorful.

M_Thin and crisp. Refreshing.

D_Easily a good session beer. Perfect in hot weather.

nickadams2, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

danthehopslamman, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 8/11/10

Pours a cloudy golden brown with relatively little, quickly dissipating head.

Huge aroma of pepper and coriander, with faint hints of citrus zest.

The amount of pepper in the nose had me worried, but I'm loving it in the taste. As with the smell, pepper and coriander dominate, with the citrus zest more apparent than in the smell. Nice Belgian style spicing with a bit of wheat taste coming through.

Crisp light mouthfeel with the pepper tingling the tongue.

Very drinkable, even with the spiciness.

warnerry, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of WuAnquo1
1/5  rDev -72.1%

WuAnquo1, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
1.88/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle. Pours a clear yellow gold with a smallish white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film.

The aroma is wheaty malt, lemon and some perfumey soap.

The flavor is a bit odd - kind of a medicinal fruity disinfectant. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied.

Overall, I didn't care for this. It tasted more like something I should clean my house with instead of beer.

Beaver13, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Kori
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

Kori, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of SAxDRC5
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A- golden yellow color. Tiny head (that's what she said?), no lacing.

S- Citrus and coriander. Maybe a hint of peppercorn

T- Tastes alot like it smelled. The citrus, I think, is Bergamot orange, the same fruit used in Earl Grey tea. Finishes with a spicy peppercorn flavor. Kinda tastes like a wheat beer...maybe? This beer actually reminds me a lot of earl grey.

M- Thin, not as carbonated as I would expect.

D- Not my thing. I finished one, mostly because I didn't want to waste it; there are sober kids in India.

SAxDRC5, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Hop Cat in Grand Rapids, MI.

Minimal white lacing and hazy as hell with a muddled orange beige color. Aroma of orange seltzer, fresh ground pepper corn, dough biscuit and a citric hop. Good smooth and crisp medium body with a creamy slick mouth feel. Orange on top with peppercorn and pepper heat within. The heat of the peppercorn grows with each sip but never reaches a hot level ... just a lovely spicy flavor. A bit of bread wheat and nuttiness form the yeast middle to end. Finishes with a long linger of peppercorn, semi dry.

Pretty amazing stuff here, extreme all the way. I dig peppercorn and it works in the beer so it does stay drinkable for me. This beer must be amazing to cook with as well.

Jason, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of iparules
4/5  rDev +11.4%

iparules, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of mikerap100
3/5  rDev -16.4%

mikerap100, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light golden colored with a light bit of foam that only covers a quarter of the top of the beer. Lively carbonation bubbles. I get the aroma of coriander and orange peel. The coriander aroma and flavor,while dominant do not overwhelm as some beers are apt to do. Front of the palate is wheat and then you get a burst of orange peel and coriander. Interestingly I get a bit of mild heat from the peppercorns in the aftermath. The mouthfeel is refreshing,but the heat at the end beckons further sips. Not your typical wheat!

Franziskaner, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of TCJosh
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

TCJosh, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap.

Pours a hazy golden color with a one-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of muted light malts with moderate amounts of a combination of spices - white pepper, nutmeg, and coriander. Also present are mild amounts of wheat twang and floral hops that intensify as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors with mild amounts of wheat twang kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are muted spices - coriander mostly but with hints of clove and spicy hops. The spices fade out allowing the malt and wheat flavors to carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a good enough beer but all of the flavors seemed somewhat muted. Not worth seeking out but not worth avoiding either.

glid02, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This "outside-the-lines" beer from Short's is a heavy and murky orange, on the darker side, with a heavily tinted head that reaches just undera finger's height. Retention is fair, as is the quantity of spotty lacing left behind.
There's a lot going on in the aroma, and I can't deny its intrigue. Spicy for sure but not too hot and as much peppery as anything, it's also got lots of lemon but also lots of sweet citrus. Malts are biscuity but a little more raw than the typical dry biscuit.
The flavor, especially when unsure what to expect, comes together very well. The wheat base is evident and makes for a softer flavor that's easier to lay the spices down on, and works best with all the citrus. Peppery heat builds but never burns too hot, keeping up at a good level from beginning to end.
While creamy and crisp in a soft but about medium body, there is a little slickness in the back of the mouth.

Brenden, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of cynical1027
2/5  rDev -44.3%

cynical1027, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one finger white head with decent retention, reducing to bits of foam on top within a few minutes. Nice, but thin lacing.

S: Quite aromatic, the peppercorns are very strong. Underneath that, there is a bit of lemon as well, but not much else comes through over the peppercorns. Reminds me of the bloody beer in a way, but better.

T: Fortunately, the peppercorns do not come through as strongly on the flavor profile. The citrus comes through a lot more with some lemon, lemon peel, and orange.

M: Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Has a slight heat to it from the peppercorns.

O: An interesting beer, wouldn't expect anything different from Shorts. Wish the aroma was more balanced like the flavor profile was. The peppercorns were just a bit overpowering.

mdaschaf, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of GilGarp
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served chilled into a pint glass.

Nicie Spicie is a slightly hazy golden yellow color. The white head is thick at first but settles quickly to a creamy skim layer on top.

Aroma is really interesting and enjoyable. The citrus zest, coriander and pepper really come through strong here. It's well judged though so everything is in balance.

The flavor is impressive as well. This is a beer unlike any other I've had. Intense lemon and orange flavor up front, some honey-like sweetness, then a bitter punch towards the middle, and it finishes herbal, spicy, and tart.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and complex with pretty much every taste bud in your mouth experiencing something all in one sip.

This is the second one I've had from this sixer (the first was about a week ago) and I'm glad I didn't review it then. This is a beer that gets better with experience.

A wildly unusual and interesting beer to enjoy. Seek this one out if you're into the style.

GilGarp, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of king75
4/5  rDev +11.4%

king75, Jul 26, 2013
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Short's Nicie Spicie from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.