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Short's Nicie Spicie - Short's Brewing Company

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153 Reviews
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Reviews: 153
Hads: 436
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 27.87%
Wants: 22
Gots: 50 | FT: 3
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 superspak
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/13/2013. Pours very hazy bright golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, peppercorn, coriander, wheat, bread, herbal, floral, and earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and spice notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, wheat, peppercorn, coriander, bread, floral, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus zest, wheat, peppercorn, coriander, bread, and herbal earthiness on the finish; with some peppercorn heat building up as well. Nice and pleasant balance of malt and spice flavors; with solid robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a solid spiced wheat ale. Solid robustness and good balance of malt and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. An enjoyable offering.

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3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Bruges tulip.
A: Pours a big and bold hazy yellow body, with very low head formation and retention. Low level of carbonation for the style.

S: Up front, bold aroma of dank weed. Medium intensity and a very smooth and mellow character.

TM: Very nice blend of lemon and citrus. Hop bitterness is low but flavor is high. The mouthfeel is very low on carbonation level and that of lingering character is very low. Slight spice on the finish.

O: A nice spiced wheat, would like to see a bit more spice, but very well balanced. The aroma is the showcase of the beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, golden color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of black pepper, slight yeast, slight sweet malt, and a hint of hop. The pepper dominates. Fits the style of a Herbed / Spiced beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of pepper, slight yeast, slight sweet malt, and hint of hops. Overall, the pepper dominates all other flavors, but I've never had a pepper flavored beer before. Interesting, but I don't know if I could drink very many.

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Photo of cetherid
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip


looks like a standard American lager. Straw colored beer. not much head. nothing really fancy.


I'm getting the citrus zest and pepper smells. nothing really strong, but decent smelling. Maybe some other spice in there.


Same as nose. The pepper, coriander, and some lemon zest. Some subtle grainy malt in there. Spicy taste lingers a little bit in the mouth.


light bodied and low carbonation.


decent. A decent tasting beer, not really great. Alcohol is low but Short's brews are hard to come by in Indiana. Light bodied makes it easy to drink.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to pilsner. Translucent straw in color, produces two fingers of bubbly head that dissolves to little islands of foam and no lacing. Curious to see how this session ends, I've had Nicie many times before and some years the pepper is overwhelming, and sometimes barely there. This year is somewhere in between. The aroma is sweet witbier, candi sugar and citrus fruit. The taste is clean, with a peppery warmth on the backend. The heat builds as it warms. Pleasant, but not necessarily refreshing. Itd be hard to have more than one or two with the pepper heat.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A fast and fizzy head is quick to settle at a thin pad that floats in the middle of a honey yellow beer. Swirling sticks some slippery foam to the glass.

Quite pungent with coriander. The coriander is accompanied by light, sweet citrus and juicy, floral hops. Wheat is on the peripheries.

Again, coriander is strong but handled nicely. The citrus zest is a really nice accompaniment. The black pepper comes out on the finish in a big way. The finish is dry with a mellow peppercorn heat and spicy flavor.

Carbonation is quick to be swirled away. The finish is dry. I love the pepper heat that builds on the palate, but this beer becomes nearly flat before too long.

Quite a good spin on the classic witbier. This is worthy of summertime drinking.

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Photo of mchegash
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.5/5
Slightly clear golden orange, with a little bit of off-white head which quickly dissipates. A small amount of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer.

Smell - 4/5
Lemon, corriander, pepper. There's a lot going in the the aroma here and it's hard to describe it all.

Taste - 3.5/5
Tastes pretty similar to the smell. Lemon, corriander, some pepper which was actually quite more intense than I was expecting. It actually burns on the tongue a little. I think the peppercorn could be toned down a bit. Not that it's overpowering, but just that it's kind of too spicy.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Medium body. Quite crisp. The carbonation is light near the beginning of the sip, then picks up in intensity. But overall only moderately carbonation. There's more kick from the peppercorn that the carbonation.

Overall - 3.5/5
This was an okay beer. It was a little too peppery for my taste, but still, it was interesting to try and expanded my perceptions about what beer can do. In this case, I learned it can be extremely peppery, yet still balanced. I guess if you really like peppery beers (or chile beers?), give it a try, but otherwise, you're not missing out.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light clear golden color. Light head.
Light peppery smell... cloves, coriander, oranges, and lemon.

Taste is a mix of spices dominated by peppercorns. Some coriander and citrus are also prevalent. Slightly bitter, but very clean and refreshing. Finish is all pepper.

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Photo of billab914
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. It poured a hazy, pale golden color with a thin white head to it. he head was scattered and thin, but remained well into drinking it.

The aroma shows a lot of zesty citrus to it. The lemon and orange zest give it a fresh but rindy like quality to it. The coriander adds to the citrus while the peppercorn is more reserved and only offers a hint of spice.

The taste shows more of the peppercorns through the flavor. They give it some spice up front but it turns more peppery in the finish. The zesty citrus is present throughout the beer as well. It has a bit of a bitter rind like quality to it, but it's on the sweeter side overall. The finish mixes the fresh citrus and pepper which seems a bit odd but yet good.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it was an interesting beer for sure. The peppercorns went together with the citrus better then I thought they would. It was pretty refreshing as well, the citrus especially tasted fresh and bright. Pretty good beer overall.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to makdeco for picking this one up for me. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a translucent golden yellow with absolutely no head at all. Some light carbonation of sporadic carbonation bubbles of varying sizes.

S- Lots of spices, pepper, lemon, some grass, leafy herbs, mint, kind of a lot going on and definitely well above average aroma strength.

T- Lemon, spices, pepper, mint leaves, a tiny bit of medicinal herbs. Finishes with lemony mint and pepper bitterness, the lemony mint lingers for awhile.

M- Light to a little bit medium bodied, not much carbonation but fits well with the beer, goes down easily.

O- This was definitely an interesting beer. It was definitely very different then anything I'm used to. Lots of interesting flavors that makes for a fairly complex beer. While it was interesting to try, I didn't particularly like a lot of the flavors going on. It was a little bit too spicey and I didn't really care for the pepper or leafy mint flavors going on. I would maybe recommend trying this beer if you like interesting beers, otherwise I probably wouldn't.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with a ½ finger of creamy bright-white head. This retains with a thin frothiness that hangs sudsy foam down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of spice, lemon, and wheat. The fruit in particular really gives this a refreshing feel in the nose.

The taste has crisp tartness to it from those wheat and lemon flavors, with various spices that are sprinkled throughout. That tartness really picks up as this warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp feeling on the tongue with a prickly carbonation that blows up a bit along the back of the palate.

While I didn’t find this super complex or anything, I did really appreciate the super refreshing and easy drinking feel here from that combination of wheat, fruit, and complimentary spices. I’d go for another bottle of this.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good starting head that leaves spotty lace. Quite clear given the wheat content. Gold color

More wheat to the nose than spice. Clean smell with a touch of sourness.

Strong home-brew flavors of yeast and malted grain. Strangely dry, almost astringent. Strong coriander and lemon zest flavors in the swallow. The aftertaste is brief. The body is what one would expect.

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Photo of bierenutz
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a murky golden color with smallish head and no lacing.
S-Citrus mostly lemon, and coriander with just a hint of sourness. It's hard to get much more as the coriander is a bit overpowering.
T-Tastes alot like it smelled with alot of lemon and some orange flavors and coriander. The finish is where, I guess, the "spicie" comes in with some peppery zip to it which lingers a bit in the aftertaste.
M-A little thin but not with a flat feeling and mild to moderate carbonation.
D-It is drinkable but I think you have to be a fan of these paired up flavors. I would classify this as a fairly good change of pace type of beer.

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Photo of LoblawBeer
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer by Short's pours a pumpkin-like orange with a quick, fizzing head. Overall, it looks like a standard wheat beer.

S - The smell of coriander is slightly overpowering.

T - The initial taste is a strong combination of orange citrus and coriander. As you begin to swallow, the pepper starts to wake up. The pepper taste lingers and gently fizzes on the tongue.

M/F - The pepper does it for me

D - Great flavor. Easy to drink.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - pours a bright golden amber color, pretty hazy, smallish white head with retention around the edges only, very light lacing, lots of tiny bubbles rising to the top throughout the session

s - coriander and lemon zest dominate the nose, lighter notes of bready malt, orange and strawberry, the black peppercorns are hardly noticeable in the aroma

t - like the aroma, coriander and sweet lemon are the dominant flavors, up front the lemon and orange zest are evident, coriander hits in the midpalate and rides right through to the finish, lingering on the palate well after swallowing, nice citrus on the finish with lighter notes of black pepper, yeasty and bready flavors present throughout as well, alcohol is well hidden

m - light-bodied with moderate to slightly high carbonation, fairly sweet finish, no alcohol warming

d - while the coriander isn't quite as dominant when you get into the glass a bit, but it does get a bit tiring towards the end, otherwise, a very refreshing beer that has enough complexity to make it interesting, alcohol isn't an issue

I liked this more as it warmed up slightly, but it's still not one of my favorite Short's offerings. I think it would suit my palate better if the coriander was dialed back a bit. Nice beer, however, and one I wouldn't mind revisiting again in the future.

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Photo of oline73
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden/yellow color with a half finger of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Hit hard with citrus and spices. Can definitely smell the lemon and orange zest as well as the coriander. Beyond that is a hint of malt sweetness.

Taste: Quite spicy, just like the smell. A lot of coriander and some
black pepper as well. There is a strong citrus flavor, lemon, lime, orange. The only danger with this beer is it reminds me a bit of the smell of a cleaning product. The finish is bitter and full of spices.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side with smooth and tingly carbonation. The finish is mildly dry.

Overall: A ton of flavor in this beer. Like I said before, the combination of flavors comes dangerously close to a cleaning solvent, but I think it works as is. I would have another.

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Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle from Flick's. Served in a tumbler. Nice to see you again, old friend.

A: The pale wheat ale is, well, pale. A light straw color, transparently clear. A wispy head can't generate any lace.

S: Cracked peppercorns, lemons, and orange drive the nose. The black pepper stands out, a hot scent that, for a spell, pushes everything else out of the way.

T: Each sip starts with peppercorn and oranges, a striking pair -- hot and sweet at once. Lemon follows, filling the citrus void. Peppercorn lingers throughout, bringing more heat near the finish. Wheat brings a strong flavor, something beyond the usual tartness, that leaves a substantial finish alongside the peppercorn.

M: The pepper is strong, freshly ground rather than the cayenne blast of, say, Pepper Spite. Because the peppercorns take a break, disappearing briefly midsip, they never get too strong.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 06/27/12 poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Slightly hazy pale yellow colour with a golden glow around the edges. A small layer of white head formed and quickly receded to a ring around the glass.

S - Big lemon zest aroma up front, followed by black pepper. Belgian yeast is also present along with lighter orange zest and clove aromas.

T - Lemon zest and peppercorns are dominant at first with lighter Belgian yeast notes present. The orange zest is detectable as well, but is somewhat overpowered by the lemon. Not specifically detecting the coriander, but there is a big spice presence from the peppercorns that it likely plays in to. Very good balance of citrus and spice.

M - Light to medium body with a slight chew. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This pours a hazy golden color, and has a small 1-finger white head. The head left decent lacing as it fell.

S - Smells of light malts, coriander, nutmeg, peppercorns, and citrus form the lemon and orange zest.

T - The taste is similar to the nose. You get wheat and light malts first. Then, you get the spices. You can taste the coriander, nutmeg, hops, and peppercorns, which also add a little heat. The citrus notes come in at the finish, which is also slightly bitter.

M - The mouthfeel is good. It has a medium body and medium carbonation. It goes down smooth.

D - The drinkability is pretty good. It goes down real easy, and it is pretty refreshing. This isn't usually the style of beer that I drink, but I think overall it's a pretty good beer. I probably wouldn't seek it out, but I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of mcomben
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass on 8/16/2011.

A - I could bust out the thesaurus here, but the beer pours into the glass and just looks orange. But in that unfiltered, raw wheat beer, delcious sort of way. Not much head to speak of.

S - Citrus-y, grain smell upfront with the slightest hint of spice in the back. But peppery instead of cloves.

T - Great tasting wheat beer. I honestly expected there to be more spice at the end.

M - Average

O - Sat down and had two wheat beers this evening, and I favored this one over the other. Great wheat beer overall.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes:

appearance: cloudy orangish yellow with a 2 finger head

smell: citrus, orange, spice,

taste: little spice, orange

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, smooth

overall: interesting spiced beer. I recommend you atleast give it a try.


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Photo of SerialTicker
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear yellow color with a short-lived head, and no lacing. Really a pretty sad looking brew. It looks like stagnant urine.

Smell: Faint on the aroma after the head bubbles away. Some spice is certainly there, as is some hops and malt. Nothing overpowering though.

Taste/Feel: Very, very interesting. There's a whole lot of everything going on. My first thought was that it tasted a lot like tea... like an Earl Grey or something. Then the zest comes in so you get some citrus in the background, but on the finish you get a slight burn on your tongue from the peppercorns. Very bizarre but also enjoyable. The carbonation is medium, despite seeing very little bubbling in the glass. The feel is pretty light.

This is one strange yet tasty beer by Short's. I should also note this is the first Short's I've ever had. It essentially tastes like a tea with pepper in it to me, which isn't a bad thing. It's just very unusual. I'm not sure I'd drink this too often... I see it as more of a novelty. I'd still get it again in the future just because it's so strangely compelling.

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Short's Nicie Spicie from Short's Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.