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Short's Nicie Spicie - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

406 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.94%
Wants: 19
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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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

jmich24, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of beesy
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A - pours a cloudy, medium dark straw with a finger of white head. Head dissipates quickly.

S - at first, loaded with citrus. As the minutes pass the citrus faded significantly leaving massive amounts of peppercorns.

T - just as in the nose, lots of citrus initially that changes over to lots of pepper that leaces a drying effect on the tongue and palate.

M - light. Appears lighter because of the drying affect of the pepper.

D - this is tough, it goes down easy but the pepper keeps me from wanting to have another right after.

Overall, not a bad beer, and I love the pepper, but it might be just too much if you were looking to drink a few of these. But again, its what makes this different than the normal wit, plus its memorable. Worth a shot if you have a chanc to try it.

beesy, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Drk93TT
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Drk93TT, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of Beezee
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Beezee, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of aaronblain22
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

aaronblain22, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Pat316
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Pat316, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of JohnQVD
3/5  rDev -16.7%

JohnQVD, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Zaphog, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of atone315
4/5  rDev +11.1%

atone315, May 28, 2012
Photo of TwinLightTap
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

TwinLightTap, May 20, 2012
Photo of jz989
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

jz989, May 14, 2012
Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev +11.1%

klipper, May 13, 2012
Photo of danp14
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

danp14, May 11, 2012
Photo of Ruds
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass to a hazy gold colour with a thinnish white head.

Smells of orange peel/zest, other hints of citrus and some peppercorn, corriander and a pinch of other 'unidentifiable' herbs!

Flavour wise a sour orange and to a lesser extent lemon dominates the mouth allied to background flavours of wheat and moderate spice. Also get the peppercorns again particularly in the finish however there was also a background 'sweetness' to the beer which I don't think overly helped the balance of flavours!

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body, perhaps a little too thin and watery?

Overall not impressed. Not a particularly well balanced beer and a little thin.

Slightly 'spicie' but not so 'nicie' - they must have set themselves up for a review along those lines and I'm sure I'm not the first to quote that and I won't be the last!

Would not seek out this beer in any way shape or form in the future. I would imagine the only likelihood of me drinking again would be on a hot summers day as I guess it has 'refreshment' potential in such conditions, but someone would have to give me a bottle!

Ruds, Mar 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

szmnnl99, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle.Tulip glass.Enjoyed on may´11.Golden color.Clear appearance.Brief crown, white in color.Mildy malty,orange zest & subtle peppery aromas.Dry bitter & lemony at first sip.Orange & slightly sweet fruit flavor.Light body,low carbonation.Coriander & hoppy bitterness on the aftertaste.Well balanced beer but quite bland eventhough.

GONZALOYANNA, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Color is a bright yellow with a touch of haziness. Head is minimal I get only a sticky lace that turns to nothing.

S - Sweet lemon and grass smells. I could also pick up on the orange zest and coriander

T - Wheat and lemon with spicy peppercorn flavors first. Orange peel is nicely integrated giving it a bittering edge. A tad bit spicy making it sort of acidic.

M - Light to medium the ABV is spot on.

Overall I looked to this beer as a Voodoo "White Magic of the Sun" with a more sessionable ABV and I was right. Flavors are just as good as the Voodoo beer if not better since its not as yeasty. Good beer overall.

DrDemento456, Mar 11, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Kegatron, Mar 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 - I thought the nose was rather weak. There wasn't a lot that came out you do get some spices in there with a lot bit bit of citrus but like I said they didn't stand out and you really had to dig to get that out of this beer. I also did detect the peppercorns used in this one also but there is a lot going on in the nose of this beer it's kind of hard to pick something that stands out. IMO it just had a weak nose.

T - I thought the beer started off kind of on the citrus side which was kind of surprising because I thought it would be more spices. In the middle of the beer is where the spices and peppercorns come out and play. It was nice just wish it would have been more spiced that's all.

M - Light bodied with lots of carbonation. Smooth with a tart and spiced finish.

D - Easy to drink but don't think I would want a lot of this just because it's not my style and like I said before I thought there would be more spices. Glad I got to try but wouldn't buy a whole six pack of this would just put a bottle in a mixed six pack or something like that.

LiquidBread219, Mar 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

MIP229, Mar 05, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.4%

cynical1027, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

iparules, Feb 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

AgentZero, Feb 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

lackenhauser, Feb 18, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

donkeyrunner, Feb 08, 2012
Short's Nicie Spicie from Short's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.