Short's Nicie Spicie - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.99%
Wants: 22
Gots: 44 | 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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 06-14-2004

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.
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Photo of gwendolynjk
5/5  rDev +39.3%

FAVORITE.

Photo of danreitz
4.83/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic beer. Wheat-colored, light-bodied and bubbly. The peppercorn flavor is prominent but not overly intense. Wonderful aftertaste. I usually don't like spiced wheat beers and I really dig this guy. Highly recommended. I'm on my second as I write this review and I feel number three on the way.

Photo of nortmand
4.8/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly cloudy straw yellow pour with a strong white head.

Very herbal smell, peppery and citrusy. Very balanced and intriguing.

Flavor is dominated by coriander, complex citrus and pepper. The peppery flavor is absolutely insane! It creates a borderline spiciness that lingers on the palate for a long time. Very subtle, gradually increasing as the flavor accumulates on the tongue. Truly unique and unforgettable.

Medium bodied and very refreshing, spicy and drinkable. No beer has ever matched pizza quite so well.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.79/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to wintbs379 for this brew...

A: Pours a translucent golden straw. There is very little head and only a thin white ring lingers on the glass.

S: Mmm. I get a lot of pepper, some mild citrus, but mainly it's delicious peppercorns. I'm loving the nose.

T: Wow. I'm seriously shocked. That massive pepper nose is nothing when it hits the palate. This beer starts out super wet and juicy. There is a ton of orange and a bit of lemon. The peppercorns hit the palate late and make this beer really flavorful. It's delicious.

M: Light bodied beer. It's juicy all the way from start to finish. There is a really solid pepper heat, but it's not overwhelming. This is super drinkable, and the pepper lingers on the palate for quite some time.

O: I need more of this ASAP. Damn. Massive pepper nose and massive orange taste. The brain plays tricks on you and mixes both aspects of the beer beautifully. This has to be my biggest surprise of 2012 so far. I'm seriously loving this beer.

Photo of EtOHMD
4.62/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into wine glass.

Pours golden orange with thin white head that fades quickly. Translucent.

Smells of grass, citrus, spice in general.

Awesome complex taste. Mild pepper up front and then I keep getting a taste that reminds me of chamomile tea in the middle which really balances the pepper. Then a long warm pepper burst at the end. Very unique and very very good.

Smooth dry with warming elements from the pepper.

Excellent beer all around. Reminds me of a saison but with more pepperiness. Will be requesting my local store to stock some.

Photo of truthbrew
4.52/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow.. what can I say other than thanks to Fantome for bringing me back a growler of this magnificent beer from Michigan. I was also at the mentioned Autumn Brew Review where Joe was peddling his fine beers.

Fantome describes the beer perfectly. Huge lemon citrus nose. Rocky bright white head with moderate lacing. Cloudy golden color. Citrus lemon hits right away in taste and finishes with a zesty pepper that keeps growing for a matter of minutes after you drink. I did sense a bit of fusel/higher alcohol in it and had a slight headache in the morning after, would like to try again with a fresh growler to verify.

A very unique beer that I would drink regularly if available. Watch for any of Joe Short's creations, he has brewed some of the best beers I've sampled in the past few years. His Machu Picchu IPA (sampled at the RAF 2003 and Jackson 5 IPA (ABR 2001) rivaled any other IPA's on the market.

Photo of vandemonian
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Short's Nicie Spicie is a lovely complex beer that combines lemon and pepper. It's my first beer from Short's and it was delicious.

A: Straw colour and a good 5 mm head that lasts. 4.5

S: Mild citrus aroma with some subtle spice notes. Also, some floral hop aromas. Yum. 4.5

T: Malt, apple and lemon into a spicy, tangy finish. There is a lot going on but the end result is very pleasant. Lemon and pepper. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: Lovely complex beer that combines lemon and pepper. 4.5

Photo of chugalug06
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Brew pours very slowly, head builds slow. Nicie one finger head builds as a foamy white. Brew is almost a light pink color... Lots of nicie yellow and orange dominates the brew. Brew is thin with nicie clarity. Head builds slowly when swirled, lacing does remain in small amounts.

S - Big orange and lemon scent, Very NICIE!!! Some small spicie peppercorns are quite present too. Very nicie sweetness. lots of light nicie wheat found too.

T - Refreshingly nicie!!! Very lemon and orange. Almost a salty spicie brew, it makes you want to drink more with every sip. Some nicie spicie hits the tongue HARD! There's definitely a wheat base under this brew.

M - Thin and light. In fact, my only complaint is the brew is too thin, it needs more body. Perfect carbonation, zero bitterness.

O - What a nicie surprise! Tried at GABF and randomly found locally in a 6-pack! Perfect brew for a hot spicie day! Wonderful. Awesome work Shorts!

Photo of marcobrau
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A remarkably quaffable and tasty spiced ale with peppery aroma and hot finish. What's found inbetween is mixture of hops and malt with lemon-orangey spices mixed in with a wheaty maltiness. A soft mouthfeel and light to medium body. This beer pours a slightly hazy yellow off the tap. The black pepper in this beer is perfectly done -- not too hot or spicy -- just enough heat to make things interesting and not ruin the drinkability of this wonderful ale. An excellente summertime beer which has inspired a homebrewed creation of my own in a similar vein.

On tap at Butch's Dry Dock in Holland, Mich.

Photo of Grohnke
4.37/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is smacked with cracked pepper, lemon, and orange. The spice and citrus additions almost form a spicy lime-like aroma - extremely pleasing and welcoming. Soft sweetness.

Incredibly balanced citrus and spice palate. Lots of orange up front, lots of peppercorn. Those are the two major players, supported by the coriander spice and lemon (and that damn lime again). Behind all this, is a well made American wheat that's able to withstand all these additions, while holding its own.

Lingering pepper is quite prevalent but not overbearing. Soft citrus and sweetness are there, just in the background. Refreshing, smooth. Light bodied with generous carbonation.

This beer is incredibly good - my first shorts and now I have to drink everything they brew. The flavors are so powerful and bold, and yet the beer is unbelievably smooth and easy to drink. The lingering spice is shorts way of saying "don't you ever forget what we are all about." outstanding!

Photo of Fargrow
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very good pale wheat ale with a good spiciness to accompany the fruity flavors. A refreshing summer beer.

Photo of TLJ
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy gold, very little to no head and some lacing. The aroma is highly perfumed, and quite exotic. In addition to not-quite-ripe tropical fruit, I smell honey and pine. I immediately taste rosewater, and a hint of menthol followed by the hops in the mix which are floral and pine-like. The finish is lovely and smooth as a result of mellowing hops. There is some carbonation, which allows each flavour to be pronounced uniquely but is never in the way.

A refreshing and unusual beer which employs a playful relationship between bitter and sweet tastes.

Photo of GRPunk
4.29/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A- A gentle pour left a slightly hazy, golden-yellow body. A yeast pour really clouded it up. After both a gentle and a more aggressive pour on the second bottle, I only got about a 1/2-finger, white head that drops pretty quickly to a film. Carbonation was moderate. Sticky rings were quite good. Overall, nice body but disappointed with the head retention.

S- Lots of citrus initially (mostly lemon). Lighter, black pepper accents. Citrus turns a little toward a sour orange on further review. Peppery qualities are upped with a little warmth.

T- There's a nice interplay of citrus fruits. Lemon and orange combine and come off as a sour orange or nearly grapefruit-like. Pepper comes in just behind and really steps up with a little warmth. There's a toasted bread backbone. Citrus and pepper both come through the finish to leave a slightly puckering (though pleasant), clean end.

M- It's slightly grainy, which I call good for the wheat style. Lighter carbonation. There's a little citrus bite.

D- Great. The fruit and spice kind of land this beer between an American Wheat Ale (as described on the bottle) and a Saison. It reminds me a lot of a homebrew I've done a couple times based off of a Randy Mosher recipe for a Saison where I combine orange and grapefruit with grains of paradise. A good switch-up from a traditional APWA. Pleasantly surprised (as I took from the name that it might be more of a fall/winter spiced beer).

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up in MI a few months ago, newly rediscovered in the back of my refrigerator. It pours a like a somewhat dark pilsner, clear and golden colored, orange tint, thin foam that laces in chunks.

The peppercorn and coriander come through strong in the aroma. Behind these it's tough to pick out any hops or whatnot, but that's OK, I like pepper. And the taste is the same, strong peppery spices. Like a Chouffe minus its yeast and plus pepper. This is addictive stuff, I wish I'd bought a 6-pack.

Medium body and extremely tasty, easily in the top 3 from Shorts for me.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nicie Spicie, released from it's growler, pours a lovely ginger hue, active carbonation rushing up, to greet a thinnish white head.
Aroma is warm spice, ginger, cinnamon, and coriander, a whisper of pepper, but dominated by orange zest. Very pleasing to this nose, a gentle mix of fruit and spice.
Zing, goes the tongue, on meeting this brew, a burst of tidy spices entangle the buds, sweet citric fruitiness blends in next, and all is settled well.
Flavor never wanes, and in fact, gets juicier and plumper further in, tastes of apricot and peach shining through, with the pepper laying out new levels of spiciness, without getting hot and spoiling the feeling.
Nearing the end of my first glass, I feel the peppery heat more and it dominate the palate in ways I'd never imagined when first sipping this serving.
This carries over in the finish, where previous I felt it was mildly possessed by pepper, it now almost carries a sting, and has claimed a long stake on the senses.
(We must pour a new pint to be sure..)
On this pour, the head is larger and takes longer to shift in size...I'll bring it up 1/2 a point for that...
This time, the nose takes pepper in largest, mixed well with lemon & orange...yeah, that's a hot tamale!
Soaking the brew on my tongue again, it only feels hotter, and commands control of the mouth. Tempered well by the fruit, matched with the malt, this hot, spicy quality sits at attention and barks, but doesn't bite. It slings a powerful heat, yet holds it back in abeyance, making a very palatable, tasty brew.
Long, hot finish, medium body, unique and memorable. I've yet to encounter a beer quite like this, and congrats to Short's for coming up with something so bold, yet easily drinkable! (I've had a few that go the other way, making even one pint a chore.)

Photo of claytong
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

didnt expect much from this 9 dollar six pack.

appearance - straw golden color. clear, small head with minor lacing.

smell - black pepper mostly, citrus, wheat, and some minor coriander

taste - lots of nice black pepper, citrus, sugar, wheat, coriander, very small amount of coriander

mouthfeel - very drinkable and light, good carbonation, wonderful spicing that makes me sad i dont get this year around for pairing

Photo of hosehead83
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Burnt-orange in color, with a rather short head of white foam
Aroma-Orange and lemon zest and definite pepper notes
Taste-Spicy, orange and lemon notes, and a long undercurrent of peppercorn, that imparts a spicy warmth that is pleasant, not overpowering.
Overall, peppery, spicy and certainly refreshing. Would be a nice match for a zesty Italian or Greek salad.

Photo of robbyc1
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hear is a different brew, spicy and zesty. Dark rootbeer look, minimal head no lace, ok.

Great nose with spice hitting your face, pepper, lemon, great dark malt, oddly balanced, and it just refreshes you and and keeps you wanting more. The spices make this a different but excellent beer as it warms. Dry finish. They seem to have a light bodied brown ale backing this effort and it supports the additions well.

Taste follows nicely, with the mouthfeel a bit light. Overall a great refreshing summer drinker, reminds me of one of my favorites from Furthermore, Knot Stock, but even more complex.

Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy straw yellow with a faint almost nonexistent head. A thin creamy layer of sediment lays across the bottom of the bottle. The sent is very citrus backed by hop tang. The coriander comes out in the taste, which is very palatable and clean for all the spice and citrus flavors. As all the other Short's I have tried this has such a clean feel. Cheers!

Photo of Mitchster
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer from Short's Lineup. I was very eager to try it out in bottle, as unfortunately, I've been disappointed with their early bottled offerings compared to their stellar tap brews.

Pours out to a lightly hazy, but not cloudy, medium golden with orange accents, forming a small white head despite a vigorous pour, with poor retention and minimal lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation. The aroma is quite good, but not as potent as the top offering, with orange and pepper, pale malts, malt husk, coriander, and what smells like the Oberon yeast strain (Wyeast American Ale?). The mouthfeel is very smooth, with an invigorating peppery bite, which I absolutely love. The taste opens with a smooth pale malt backbone with a well balanced sweetness riding atop orange, coriander and pepper. I don't really pick up on the lemon zest. The finish is quenching and just makes you want to drink more. This is an amazingly sessionable beer. I could easily put six of these away. Highly recommended, but even more delicious on tap.

Photo of jeremy13586
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very hazy golden straw color. Left one finger of white head that quickly disappeared in to nothing more than a very thin layer of bubbles.

Tons of cirtus. The orange and lemon zest are the main aromas I picked up, with peppercorn and other spices riding beneath. A little bit of yeast rounds it all out.

Very citric with a light orange and lemon taste. It's almost like some one mixed lemon juice and orange juice together and then diluted it. Coriander and peppercorn follow it up and make things interesting. A bit of yeast tries to keep things kind of mellow. A bit of peppery spice lingers behind while everything else quickly vanishes.

Light bodied and a little bit thin in the mouthfeel, but it is very clean. Very creamy carbonation as well.

I thought that this was an incredibly refreshing brew. The light body seems like it would make it easy to knock back a few bottles, but I could see the spice from the peppercorn making it a little hard to session. Perfect for a hot sumer day.

Photo of techfed87
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of goalie
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed the spicy taste and fresh feel.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this the other say since it was a seasonal i have yet to try from shorts and because shorts kicks ass.
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a 5 ounce sampling mug.

A- poured a hazy golden straw, with a very small amount of head that quickly dissipated.

S- This one smells pretty citrusy, wasn't expecting that. Coriander also has a big presence. Smells like a blue moon on steroids.

T- This is where the spices come through, spicy with some orange citrus flavor, followed by a salty peppercorn aftertaste blended with some hops.

M- Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

D- I find this beer to be pretty refreshing and a very good dinner beer, but i wouldn't drink more then two in a sitting.

Overall i i thought this was a very different and well done beer that i hope to get another six pack of before they are gone. keep up the good work shorts, you guys are on another level.

Photo of smalenberg
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell - Slight bubble gum ester character with a wonderful fruitiness and pleasant citrus that is at least in part from the coriander.

Mouthfeel - the carbonation is just right - too much would have hidden the best characteristics of this beer.

Overall - the peppercorn lingers on the tongue along with the lemon zest. Very well balanced and a pleasure to drink.

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Short's Nicie Spicie from Short's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.