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Short's Nicie Spicie - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

389 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 19
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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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afdempse

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%

12 oz. bottle

Pours a vigorously carbonated liquid. Looks like sparkling wine.
White foam quickly fades, leaving the crystal-clear and very light
blond liquid behind.

Aroma of fresh cracked peppercorns, with a touch of coriander and fruitiness.

Flavor: spices are very prevalent, but not heavy-handed, with fresh crushed coriander, black pepper, and a slight touch of malty sweetness that balances things out nicely. Hop bitterness is refreshing and makes for a nice finish. Spices linger in the breath, with a slight warming sensation from the pepper in the throat.

Mouthfeel is good, with a nice balance between malt and hops/spices. Carbonation medium-high which helps the spice make its way across the tongue in a light manner. The finish is dry and refreshing, and the base beer is crisp and pleasantly neutral.

Short's definitely hit the mark with this one. Well balanced and
"nicely spicy". The spices used are obviously of high quality and
freshness, and overall this is a pleasant and refreshing beer to
drink.

09-06-2011 03:03:10 | More by afdempse
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oline73

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

09-06-2011 01:10:55 | More by oline73
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silentjay

Massachusetts

2.73/5  rDev -24.4%

looks like a decent saison. slightly hazy straw color with a decent sized almost white head that recedes quickly, but leaves epic lacing.

hmmm. definitely spicy. peppercorns (white, and black) are quite apparent, with some herbal qualities.

lemon rind with peppercorns and dried herbs with some slightly toasted wheat bread and some sour and bitter citrus.

light/medium bodied with a prickly carbonation and a peppery finish, and an odd herb quality that does not leave the palate.

my least favorite Shorts beer so far. just not for me. Not sure Ill be getting this one again.

09-05-2011 05:37:21 | More by silentjay
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jsisko01

Michigan

3.43/5  rDev -5%

Appearance - Pours a slightly cloudy yellow color with a decent head.

Smell - Has a strong lemony citrus smell. Can't really smell any of the other ingredients.

Taste - Has a VERY tangy, lemony flavor to it, and the aftertaste is even tangier. I can also taste the peppercorns. It's not bad but I'll probably end up getting heartburn..

Mouthfeel - It instantly foams up in the mouth. It's kinda thick and leaves a tingling sensation on the tongue.

Overall - It's not a bad beer. You have to like lemony, spicy type flavors to enjoy this.

09-05-2011 02:59:13 | More by jsisko01
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

08-31-2011 12:44:12 | More by Daniellobo
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TLJ

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +19.9%

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.

08-29-2011 00:46:49 | More by TLJ
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TheStove

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a wheat beer glass.

Brilliant color, a nice bright yellow that fades when taken away form the light. Looks like a Belgian golden ale. A nice bit of head lingers from a good pour.

This one smells exceptionally bright. It smells like a cross between a great hefeweizen and a witbier. Getting a ton of citrus from the respective zests and a slight bit of coriander. It almost comes through like a lemon jolly rancher.

Awesome flavor as the peppercorns and coriander take the lead and float down my taste buds on a raft of lemon zest and the wheat character. The orange flavor pops up momentarily at the end and is again subdued by the spices and lemon which tends towards slight bitterness than outright sourness. The citrus and slight tart almost snap on your tongue as the sip finishes. Subtle remnants of the peppercorn flavor sit on your tongue between sips.

Great carbonation and the wheat give this an excellent body and mouthfeel. It tastes as bright as it smells. Reading the bottle led me to believe this would be more a winter warmer type but this reminds me more of a nice refreshing day drink in the sun. While a great beer, can the Hoegaarden, I'll take one of these.

08-27-2011 05:17:03 | More by TheStove
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thedeezy

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%

My first review on BA!

Pours golden with little to no head, few bubbles rising to the top

Aroma is full of pepper, lemon, and coriander. The aroma is like nothing I can compare to for a beer. From previous bottles, this one definitely had more of a pepper smell.

Like many other posters have noted, the mouthful is relatively thin and dry due to the pepper.

Overall: I really enjoy this beer along with most of the other beers Short's has put out. It quickly became one of my go to beers for just relaxing outside this summer.

08-25-2011 01:49:30 | More by thedeezy
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

08-18-2011 02:20:44 | More by mdaschaf
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mcomben

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

08-17-2011 13:40:11 | More by mcomben
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ahq514

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -13.3%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker.

Pours a crisp golden color with almost no head. Many bubbles rising to the surface, indicates a decent amount of carbonation.

Aroma is mainly of citrus, lots of oranges with a dash of lemons thrown in. Wheat, coriander are in the mix as well. Smells similar to a wit, but without that belgian yeast addition and more lemon aroma.

Interesting beer. Citrus I feel is a little more subdued in the taste than from the aroma. Wheat and coriander seem to hit first, quickly followed up by a slightly tart citrus taste. What makes it interesting is the finish. Spicy peppercorns come through and really dry out the finish. Not really a huge fan of that part. Too much pepper for me.

Mouthfeel is alright. A decent amount of carbonation. A little thinner than I would have hoped for. Not a fan of the dryness factor from the peppercorns.

Overall this beer is just ok for me. Love the start, but really don't like that peppercorn finish. I really appreciate Shorts though because they try a lot of different stuff than other brewers do. Not sure how much of this beer I could have though. Definitely worth trying once though.

08-15-2011 02:05:36 | More by ahq514
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SenkoSnack808

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%

Picked up a bottle yesterday, overall this is a summer beer all the way, very much like Oberon. Smells of lemon, orange, a bit of floral note, and yes the pepper is there as well. Taste the orange and lemon right off the first sip, finished by zest and spice, mostly peppercorn and more lemon. Feels similar to Oberon in the mouth and tastes much like it, more lemon kick in this beer though. This is a bomb beer, most of the Shorts I have had to date (5 or so) have been decent, this is one of my favorites thus far! Pick some up if you see it, if you dig Oberon in the high sun by the lake, this beer will work for you!

08-12-2011 20:42:11 | More by SenkoSnack808
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%

330ml bottle bought from MyBreweryTap.com

Poured a light golden straw colour. Creamy head poured tight, thick and foamy then faded slowly to good thickish coating. Barely any carbonation... fair amount of thick sticky lacing...

Aroma - Pretty strong dried coriander spiciness, ginger, some quite sweet nuttiness, wheaty notes, spicy fruits (apples, lemons, limes), the faintest hint of tobacco, light floral honey, some yeasty notes, hard to make out any malts or hops...

Taste - Light wheatiness mixed with dried coriander and ginger, faint toastiness, spicy fruits (apples, pears, lemons), grassy, some saltiness, some sweetness - but not as sweet as the aromas indicated, peppery bitterness coming through the spices...

Feel - Sharp initially then smooths out.. light body... pretty refreshing and drinkable although i don't think i would want more than one bottle as the spices might become too much..

Overall - A pretty good example of a spiced brew... not something you would want too much of but well worth a try...

08-11-2011 08:02:16 | More by mdagnew
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%

Appearance
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.

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

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
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.

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

08-10-2011 04:05:10 | More by MbpBugeye
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.08/5  rDev -14.7%

12oz. bottle poured into a Lawson's pint glass.

Standard pour yields a quickly dissipating coarse, 1 finger white head. Beer is a clear pale orange. Lacing is non existant. Not a very good looking beer.

Nose is big citrus, lemon, and sweet peach notes. Very fruity upfront and quite enticing. Like an imitation orange juice drink with some pepper mixed in. Nice but a bit awkward.

Opens citrus and lemon. Like tang (the orange drink). Sweet with some odd spiciness coming in at the middle from the peppercorns. Spicy and yeasty at the end. Finish is pepper and fruit juice. Sweet and a touch coarse aftertaste. If the peppercorns weren't in this beer, it'd score much better.

Light bodied and well carbonated. Lively and bubbly in the mouth and abrasive and spicy going down. Finish is messy with a clean aftertaste. Standard.

I'm giving this an above average overall although all my other scores are just at average because this one has a lot of potential. A very easy drinking beer if only the peppercorns would fade out a bit. An offering that just had one too many ingredients in my opinion.

08-08-2011 01:45:19 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%

The color is a murky and drab orangish brown. It has tall but thinly packed white head.

The scent is quite extreme and can be summed up by reading the bottle. The orange and lemon zest are in your face with a heavy punch of peppercorn spice.

The taste is full of yeast, orange, and light lemon. The aftertaste is loaded with peppery spice.

Mouthfeel is slick like soap.

This was a pretty fun beer and the flavor is interesting.

08-01-2011 18:59:28 | More by Vonerichs
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drizzam

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%

A - The body is a cloudy yellow/gold in color, topped by a half finger white head. Some small particulate hanging in suspension. Head retention wasn't that phenomenal but some slight spotty lacing was left down the inside of the glass.

S - Wheat with some slight apple aroma. Just a bit of pepper as well as some ginger presents itself as it warms a bit.

T & M - The wheat body carries nice accenting flavors of orange rind, lemon zest and pepper. The pepper comes across a bit stronger at the end right before the swallow, then follows after the swallow. A nice complexity here. Medium bodied with that same peppery aftertaste.

D - A very well done beer by Shorts. I'm usually not a fan of so much pepper as a spice in my brew, but the sweetness of the citrus seems to tame that a bit. Very nice...glad my friends thought of me and brought this to me. A certain recommendation to my other friends.

07-28-2011 19:46:20 | More by drizzam
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DearthVader

California

3.3/5  rDev -8.6%

Big thanks to amphion1065 for this insanely interesting brew.

Pours a clear gold with a billowing 3 finger white head that fills my Great Divide tulip perfectly. Head fades rather quickly and leaves some fair lacing on the glass.

This beer has by far the strangest (but inviting) smell I've ever experienced. Smells like chunks of peppercorn being mashed up in some orange juice and flower pedals. It's hard to get passed the peppercorns at first, but so much is hidden behind it.

Ok, maybe this style isn't for me. I had a really hard time getting passed the peppercorn in the taste. A very earthy taste with some slight citrus, but it's overwhelmed with the peppercorn punch.

Mouthfeel is oddly creamy. I think this would be way better if served extremely cold. It would make it much more drinkable and somewhat refreshing. Maybe mellow out the peppercorn spice. I poured this at about 55 degrees.

Overall, it's not my thing. I still love Short's for trying it. Such an interesting brew and one of those things you just have to try.

07-28-2011 06:24:11 | More by DearthVader
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minterro

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

A: hazy yellow colored, very weak off-white head (literally almost nothing). Carbonation bubbles covering the glass.

S: cinnamon candies (like the kind you put in Christmas cookies), grassy, pepper.

T: wow very “peppercorney” from pretty much right off the bat to the finish. Hints of citrus (orange) and maybe some mint. I has a nice spicy taste… idk why this beer wasn’t introduced during winter… Not super well balanced or complex but its…interesting.

M: fairly light beer, medium-low carbonation. Mildly dry finish.

O: I had a really hard time with the beer, it’s really not bad, it’s just different. If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary it’s worth a try, but don’t look for something amazing because to me… this just isn’t it. However I must say this is a beer that is unforgettable.

07-16-2011 02:12:41 | More by minterro
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Adrianized

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%

Poured into a snifter.

Golden, slightly pale in color.  Bright white half finger head which settles to a foamy film.  Decent lacing.

Lots of oranges and orange zest, tangerines, and a light lemon note.  Peppercorn spice.  Strong grassy, hay, wheat background.  Smells refreshing.

Taste is bigger than expected.  Huge on the orange zest and lemongrass.  Well balanced with the peppercorns.  Hay and wheat.  Other spices (coriander? I'm not sure what coriander tastes like).  It finishes with a lingering prickly heat from the peppercorn.  

Mouthfeel is very light, almost watery.  Very easy drinking.

Overall this was a surprisingly light, yet refreshing, beer.  I'd love a 6 pack of this!

07-14-2011 21:20:43 | More by Adrianized
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iadler

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -21.6%

Roommate brought back a growler from the brewery. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Clear gold with a small white head. Leaves tiny lacing.

S- One of the most pungent beers I've smelled. Peppercorns, lemon zest, orange zest, bready malt, coriander, and other spices. I could smell this quite a few feet away from the glass.

T- Some spiciness upfront from the peppercorns followed by some citrus notes including lemon and orange zest, coriander and sweet bready malt follow after.

M- Light carbonation and light body with a slightly sweet finish. A tad crisp but the high spice profile prevents it from being too drinkable for my taste.

O- One of the most interesting beers I've tried in recent memory. The smell was pretty complex, but the spice level prevented me from being able to drink more than a small pour of this. Glad I tried it, but not really my kind of brew.

07-05-2011 22:15:26 | More by iadler
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%

12oz bottle poured into dfh signature glass - thanks to lgandrew

Pours a hazed straw color with gold and orange hues. A crop of white head slowly fades into some cloudy film, with a few spots and patches of lacing on the glass.

A boatload of citrus zest in the nose, riddled with lemon, orange, and grapefruit. Sweet malts with wheat and grain, lightly toasted notes.

Floral and herbal hop character right up front with slight peppery spice. Pithy and zesty citrus fruit burst onto the palate with lemon and orange, slight bitterness with coriander. Some sweetness with wheat malts and some slight cracker/cereal notes. Finishes dry with another smack of peppered spice.

Lighter medium body, smooth on the tongue, refreshing and slick. Super drinkable, nice citrus flavor, and they managed to not go completely crazy with the peppercorns (even though this is Short's).

06-25-2011 02:24:55 | More by xnicknj
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DannyDan

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%

A. Pours a yellow body with a very thin white head that leaves sparse lacing and hardly any retention and moderate carbonation.
S. The aroma consists of lemony orange and floral hops.
T. The first flavor I taste is lemon, followed by some coriander, orange and finishes off with some spices and a strong hit of peppercorn. The peppercorn taste stays in the aftertaste.
M./O. The mouthfeel is a light to medium body beer that is easy drinking, but leaves a dryness in the mouth. A nice summer beer when in the mood for something spicy.

06-21-2011 04:15:27 | More by DannyDan
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -3%

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is yellowish with a thin head that leaves sparse lacing.

The aroma brings a bouquet of spices and floral hops.

The flavor is quite complex, with notes of herbs, tea, flowers, citrus, and more, though these attributes are dominated by peppercorns. There is a decent amount of sweetness, and I can see that a small serving will be more than enough.

The finish is dry, with lingering floral and citrus notes.

This beer is an oddity for sure, but I kinda like it (in small doses). I'd try it again.

06-16-2011 20:52:00 | More by Huhzubendah
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

06-10-2011 06:24:44 | More by Chaney
Short's Nicie Spicie from Short's Brewing Company
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