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Short's Nicie Spicie - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

152 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 152
Hads: 432
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 22
Gots: 49 | 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 Billolick
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap and in bottles in Ann Arbor, MI.

Pours lightly clouded near golden. Delicate and departing off white head, leaving moderate bits of lace.

Lemon and pepper on the nose.

Coriander, more lemons and bright pepper on the palate. The spice is pronounced and biting on the back end. Crisp and flavorful, tastes like a peppery saison. Like likely would go great with the right cheese, crackers and spicy salad. I like this style brew and this one was quite enjoyable and surly worth a try. (505 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear gold with a thin white head.

S - The nose is pepper, corriander, wheat, and lemon zest.

T - The taste starts with orange peel, lemon zest, corriander, and biscuity malts. The initial flavors fade into a big blast of peppercorns. Peppercorns linger throughut the finish.

M - Ligt bodied with medium carbnation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp finish.

O - The peppercorns dominate the flavor a little bit too much. I wish the lemon peel was more prominent in the flavor. (486 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,176 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of ferndave
2.2/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Label sounded like a delicious summer brew. Could only taste peppercorns with the slightest hint of lemon and other spice. So much peppercorn. Tried pairing with grilled meat to tone down the pepper, no luck. (208 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Jester King Zwanze Day Tumbler.


The beer pours an extremely clear and crisp golden color, light straw hues with many bubbles dancing in the glass. A thin, fizzy, unsubstantial white head appears, about a half finger high with a vigorous pour that vanishes quickly and leaves no film or lace. The aroma is zippy, plenty of coriander and pepper, light pale wheat with some citrus zest, probably the best attribute of the beer, comes off and interesting and engaging, makes me think of both an American pale wheat ale and also a Belgian witbier, but with some pizzazz. The flavors though, are a bit too abrasive, sharp peppercorn, tangy and acidic citrus zest, light coriander, pale grain and some unwanted saltiness. It's a bit all over the place, could use some toning down and some better integration. The mouthfeel is sharp, crisp and prickly, plenty of carbonation in this beer but it's also a bit thin and finishes very sharply with light dryness.


Verdict: Not my favorite beer from Short's at all, almost a Gose blended with a Witbier blended with a pale wheat ale at times, too much going on and perhaps too many adjuncts for such a simple base beer. The base can't stand up for itself amidst the scrum for attention with all the adjuncts and in the end, it's just too wacky and bizarre to work. (1,330 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nicie Spicie could easily be mistaken for honey; it has a naturally clouded, sticky-looking complexion and shimmering, deep golden hue. It's so completely flat that even a microscope couldn't turn up a visible sign of carbonation (though admittedly I haven't actually tried this).

Ahtanum and Cascade are two of the most logical hop varieties for a brew like this; they each are characteristically floral and leafy with candied orange notes, a great compliment to the beer's already zestful and citrusy aromatics. There's also a pinch of heat. Smells as anticipated.

The taste, however, doesn't exactly brim with orange and lemon zest, coriander, or peppercorns. It's more malt driven than I expected, which is not necessarily a good or bad thing - on the one hand it lends substantial body to a style that typically sorrowfully lacks it, but on the other, it tones down the spice and seasoning supposed to characterized the recipe.

While it has weight, it lacks bubbles. Pale wheat ales are often designed with hot weather quaffing in mind - and given the additional ingredients that went into this it must have been conceived for such drinking - and the lack of carbonation really hinders its quenching powers.

Nicie Spicie is a nice little beer, but it has the potential to be better. While it's likely an ideal choice for those summer long weekends on the lakes of northern Michigan, I can't think of another scenario where I'd reach for this beer (especially not if there's other Short's offerings on the shelf). To reiterate: not bad, but certainly not this brewery's best. (1,587 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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! (522 characters)

Photo of krustster
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks really weird. Bright yellow/gold color, almost no head at all, pleasing but disturbing to look at somehow. Swirling it doesn't make any more foam appear, just causes a strange coating on the glass that looks almost lumpy. Cloudy. The color is appealing though.

Smell isn't very special, a little lemony, crisp, vaguely like a Tripel but more tart. ????

Taste: once again, WEIRD... but not necessarily in a bad way. Lots of citrus fruits, some wheat, and BIG peppercorns and spice. The reviews I looked at mentioned the pepper and said it was too much, but I didn't believe them. I was wrong. This is basically a black pepper beer. Then again, I've never had anything like it, and the fruit/wheat taste balanced the pepper nicely. On the fade there's some salt too but it's not strong.

On the mouth feel it's thin, crisp, a little under-carbonated but that may have just been my bottle, and feels like a "session" type beer. I can tell they were going for a light and zesty feel with this one.

Overall this is one you really have to try to see if you like it. I'm still torn. The beer itself is light but the flavor is so bizarre that I'm having trouble doing more than sip it. And yet, at the same time I can't say that I don't like it. I think this is the type of thing that requires the right kind of food pairing to fully enjoy. Once again Short's has done something totally strange. (1,397 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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. (1,155 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (905 characters)

Photo of Roman5150
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle into tulip

appearance: pale slightly cloudy golden yellow, half finger white head, not much lacing

smell: lemon, highly citric, lot's of peppercorn, grapefruit juice, coriander

taste: grapefruit juice, peppercorn, coriander comes through mid palate, basically everything from the nose but to a slightly lesser extent, wheat backbone is spicy and smooth, a lot of spices and fruitiness, but I must admit it is very refreshing when had cold

mouthfeel: medium to high carbonation, thin bodied

overall: Not a huge fan of the style, but a huge fan of Short's, and for what it is, this is a damn good beer. Very refreshing on a hot day, (642 characters)

Photo of scotorum
2.85/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

a: Shared with threee others. My three ounces poured into an amber juiice glass which may have distorted the color. Appeared a deep orange with a half finger head.

s: Mildly citrus.

t: Citrus at first, but then the pepper registers and overwhelms, leaving a burning sensation in the back of the throat.

m: Medium with notable carbonation, but that pepper blast keeps any enjoyment from sipping at a minimum.

o: Interesting concept: a beer that is so spicy hot it makes you want to drink more beer, but it does not help. After that, the Curious Traveler Shandy I tried, a style I usually do not like, was a welcome relief.

Give Shorts credit for something unusual and creative. Might appeal to those who like spicy spicy and more spicy. But for me it was not nicie. (770 characters)

Photo of danreitz
4.83/5  rDev +30.9%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
2.67/5  rDev -27.6%
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. (1,892 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Little to no head on a hazy golden with slight orange tinge body. Aroma is a little pungent with grains, honey and light lemon custard. Flavor is a little spicy with quite a bit of honey, lemongrass and maybe some ginger on a grainy base. Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. I was hoping this to be spicier. The sweetness isnt very well balanced and it feels too syrupy. (381 characters)

Photo of welldigger888
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

nise pale gold hue with a fluffy white head that recedes leaving minamal lacing

Tart wheat and peppercorn with a hint of hops. Almost sour note on the nose that leaves a nice spice from the peppercorns.

Well, again a nice tart wheat like brew with a lacto type sour that leads way to a BIG peppercorn taste thaty does not overwhelm the wheat. well done.

Medium bodied brew that satisfies.

Well, We have a nice peppercorn wheat that I enjoyed. (446 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (1,102 characters)

Photo of smalenberg
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The nose had me very worried on this one as it was so much orange zest. Thankfully, it did settle down a bit. Unfortunately, it settled down to an orange tang thing, The flavor is a wad of crap and spices. At least that was my first impression. Then it seems like it starts to work. Then it seems like an obnoxious contrast. I'm ready to move on here. (351 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (760 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (1,106 characters)

Photo of Grohnke
4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
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! (959 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Light orange rind notes up front, a little bit of spicy Belgian yeast "funk", and light pepper notes all play off the nose in wonderful fashion. At least with the aroma, the beer is as advertised.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy light amber pour with a very low, thin white head. Head retention is poor.

Flavor: Wow! Mouth-filling flavors that continue to play on the orange and pepper theme. Just a hint of both and they interplay in a lovely fashion off the back of the palate. A bit of earthy bitterness and some grainy sweetness that is quickly over-powered by all the spicy and fruity overtones. Balance is nearly even. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with lively, high carbonation. No alcohol heat or astringency.

Overall impression: A lovely spiced beer. I'm not a fan of spiced beer but this is light and refreshing with hints of spice that provide lovely accents while not killing your palate. A winner from Short's! (950 characters)

Photo of EtOHMD
4.62/5  rDev +25.2%
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. (574 characters)

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Short's Nicie Spicie from Short's Brewing Company
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