Short's Nicie Spicie - Short's Brewing Company

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81
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411 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 17.27%
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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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.

Photo of tommyguz
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last of the Shorts in MA from what I can tell...

A- Hazy light yellow beer pours into my pint glass. A creamy white head builds up to a finger or so but falls fairly quickly. Small ring and cloud stay but not much lace.

S- WOWZA. From several feet away I get huge notes of peppercorns and lemons, very intense. Upon further inspection it is like some sort of peppercorn lemon custard. Just a bit of coriander.

T- Skeptical after the huge aroma but I gotta do it. Heavy on the fresh cracked pepper throughout with a very nice lemon/citrus flavor. Also the coriander comes through nicely. Didn't make my face change or cringe.

MF- Light body with moderate silky carbonation. Leaves some bitterness, spice and tartness on the palate.

It sounds weird but it is like peppered citrus "ade", and it somehow works nicely. Good fruit and spice use, skeptical after a sniff but satisfied after a sip.

Photo of Florida9
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale light yellow in color. Slightly hazy. Forms a very thin, very white head that really isn't much more than a surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Typical wheat smell in the background. Then a heavy aroma of black pepper and coriander. Some lemon as well, but it is less pronounced.

T: Starts off with a strong lemon quality that blends well with the wheat base. Then coriander and some pepper, but to a lesser extent. Tart on the finish.

M: Lighter bodied. Tart. Spicy. Heavier carbonation.

O: A decent spin on a wheat beer. Spices and lemon complement the beer nicely, much more so than I expected they would.

Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of prototypic
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nicie Spicie pours a lighter gold color. It’s a tad hazy. Looks to have an orange tint when held to light. It’s topped with a rather modest, white head. It only rises to about a finger before falling quickly. Lacing was definitely on the lighter side.

The nose is alright. It’s definitely weak and would benefit from more strength. It starts out with a grainy, earthy scent. It’s a little fruity and spicy. I’m definitely getting light lemon and orange. Coriander and pepper are easily noted. There’s an herbal quality to it that I can’t quite put my finger on. Hops are noted and definitely smell grassy. Noble hops? Perhaps. Alcohol is buried.

The flavor is consistent with the nose. It’s very earthy and grainy throughout. Pretty typical for an American wheat. Fruit flavors of lemon and orange are subtle, but effective. It’s definitely spicy, featuring pretty strong pepper and coriander flavors. Frankly, they taste a tad too strong. Hops are grassy and earthy. Tastes like noble hops to me. They add a slight bitter kick. It is a bit herbal. Honestly, it tastes like tea. Alcohol isn’t a factor at all. Finishes earthy and herbal.

Nicie Spicie has a light body that’s consistent with the style. Carbonation is mid-range, but has a slight crisp bite to it. It’s nice and refreshing. It definitely is easy drinking. I could definitely take down two or three of these, especially in warmer weather.

I’m a big fan of Short’s Brewing Company. Nicie Spicie is far from their best beer, but it isn’t bad at all. If it has any faults, it’s a bit too spicy and herbal. This is definitely a case where less would be more. It’s still a refreshing, enjoyable beer. Definitely worth checking out.

Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly clouded golden pour with a stark white bubbly head. Fades fairly quickly but good lacing.

S: A lot like a witbier. Coriander, lemon and orange for sure. Not sure I can smell the peppercorns but there is a tingling in my nose to let me know that it's there.

T: Wheaty up front. Can definitely taste the pepper here. Nice! As mentioned, the coriander lemon and orange are noticeable as well. Pepper grows even more noticeable in the aftertaste. Very unique flavor. Not really sure how to describe it but surprisingly tasty. Almost a little...salty? in the aftertaste too. Herbal quality shows up in the aftertaste as the beer warms as well.

M: A bit tingly from all the nice spices but otherwise smooth and refreshing.

O: Underrated beer, in my opinion. It's not some amazing RIS or anything but it is very unique and I like all aspects of it.

Photo of flexabull
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of mikesgroove, thanks again!

Pours a bright gold color, a little haze, and a very faint head that quickly vanished. Not the prettiest looking beer.

Aromas are of citrus, lemon, oranges, limes, and mixed spices.

Taste is pretty mellow. Light creamy malts, some spices, lemon zest, and some tartness. Finish is dry with light grapefruit hops.

Mouthfeel is ok, but thin on the finish.

Drinkability is pretty good. This is a refreshing beer, and would be pretty nice in the summer. I've enjoyed the Shorts beers I've tried so far except this one. I expected more flavor, this turned out to be kind of blah, with quite a few flaws. Not a bad beer, but not all that great either.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear golden color with a thin finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly to a ring around the glass leaving behind a touch of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of some fairly potent peppercorns alongside some orange and lemon zest, wheat, and some coriander.

T - Starts off with a mix of citrus zest and sweet malt with some light coriander. Through the middle the peppercorn comes through with a bit more tart lemon flavor. The finish is a mix of tart and slightly sour lemon, peppercorn, and wheat that linger.

M - Medium-light bodied with mild carbonation. Smooth with a tart and spiced finish.

D - Very drinkable. Interesting mix of flavors but they seem to work together very nicely. I like the tartness of the lemon flavor.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Provocatively spiced beer, very peppery, and perfumed.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle . Burgundy label with a naive illustration of a window inside a radial glow… ? Offers a one line description of the brew. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear golden pour amber pour with a fair 1" frothy head, moderate to low retention, fair surface memory, and some lacing.

S - Floral nose, peppery, spiced… Hint of zesty peels… and that floral almost medicinal hint…

T - Nose was a fair warning, it is there and more…. Very floral, intensively so, strongly peppery with hefty coriander and a subdued citric peel buried alongside the wheaty backbone. Funny how I can´t help to associate the peppery and spicy edge from the mix used in some Spanish blood sausages… Sure this is something else but the memory lingers there.

M - Medium body with medium-soft carbonation, a bit hefty a flow given the intensity of almost medicinal touches.

O - While one eases into the flow as the brew progresses it sure has a daring profile, and unless one is a big fan of the final result it does hinder somewhat its final drinkability.

Notes: Not sure what to make of it. Flavors are OK, and I can ride them, not sure if one is not into the peppery-coriander edge to such an extreme one would really enjoy or love this one.

Photo of Mitchster
4.2/5  rDev +17%
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 trxxpaxxs
4.8/5  rDev +33.7%
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 Chaney
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap over at Churchkey.

A: Mild burnt yellow color, mildly cloudy (some of it may have just been fog from the coldness of the brew), and with a frothy finger or so solid white head that retained itself throughout the session.

S: Was that white or black pepper? Never mind. That totally was the spice featured in this brew... whole peppercorn and all. This was paired with a nice citrus and floral component as well.

T: I wasn't sure how I felt after the first sip, but it grew on me quickly. It was almost as if someone steeped whole peppercorns and gourmet tea leaves in Bell's Two-Hearted. Seriously. However, to be honest, this taste really worked for me.

M: Bubbly, well-carbonated, and downright comfortable on the palate. There was mild lacing left on the glass, and the pepper killed the potential syrupy, sugary sweetness (if there even was any to begin with).

O: I totally understand why someone wouldn't like this brew. To me though, I dug the pepper, the hop profile, the bubbles,... just about everything about it. Nice.

Photo of hilgart1
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of beergorrilla
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of mrebeka
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was going to join two of my favorite culinary delights, pepper and beer.

Poureds a chill-hazed yellow-with bright white and gold highlights, standard thick bubbled one-finger developed and left some sticky spots.
Aroma was lightly citrusy, some grass and hay notes and huge waft of cracked black pepper.
Flavor was very lemony and as then as you finish it a large wave of black pepper taste washes over the palate leaving a little sting.
Some other light spices also noted but pepper overwhelms them.
Light body with a strong pepper aftertaste.
Mouthfeel starts light and airy with citrus twang but then palate and tastebuds are blow away by a heavily spiced pepper finish that lingers well into a severe aftertaste.
Drinkability was good, only issues I have is that pepper is a little too strong and overwhelms the other flavors of a pretty good beer.
The 2nd issue I have is that after you drink this beer its hard to taste other beers and give them your undivided palate. Pepperiness is so strong it lingers for a significant length of time.

Photo of atone315
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of StoutHunter
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
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 donkeyrunner
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow with a big, bubbly white head. A few dripping lace trickles stuck to the glass by a thin skim or retention.

Smells like dish soap (in a good way). Dry, farmy light grain, zesty kitchen soap citrus (lemon and orange) and an almost Gueze-like corn chip wheat sweetness.

Bright citrus with a sour wheaty twang. I don't notice the peppercorn until it fades away in the swallow. Light but plush body.

My girlfriend brought this home ecstatic that she found some Shorts. I wasn't at all excited because I was expecting another stupid nutmeg/cinnamon/clove winter warmer type beer. This is summary, fresh and the antithesis of what I was expecting. Good stuff.

Sorry babe.

Photo of Crosling
2.45/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on draught @ Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire, Michigan. Lightly cloudy yellow color. Heavily spiced aroma, overly so, with the lemon peel and curacao standing out most, along with a light citrusy hop fragrance. Flavor is again, overly spice, with the curacao and lemon peel standing out the most in the flavor. No malt complexity with little hop and nothing but spice.

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of seeswo
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

Short's Nicie Spicie from Short's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.