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Short's Nicie Spicie - Short's Brewing Company

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152 Reviews
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Reviews: 152
Hads: 438
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 28.14%
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 claytong
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

didnt expect much from this 9 dollar six pack.

appearance - straw golden color. clear, small head with minor lacing.

smell - black pepper mostly, citrus, wheat, and some minor coriander

taste - lots of nice black pepper, citrus, sugar, wheat, coriander, very small amount of coriander

mouthfeel - very drinkable and light, good carbonation, wonderful spicing that makes me sad i dont get this year around for pairing

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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 Domingo
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My last bottle of Nicie Spicie from our short (no pun intended) distribution run from Short’s for GABF.
Pours an effervescent champagne color. There’s definitely some suspended yeast, but it’s bubbly and looks almost like sparkling wine.
The nose is all over the place. Lots of sweet/sour tropical fruity flavors ranging from pineapple and bananas to citric fruits like lemons and oranges. Like a witbier or American wheat gone mad.
The taste is also a bit zany, but different. Slightly sour up-front, with the traditional zest, huskiness, and slight banana from a wheat beer. The finish showcases that black pepper flavor, which seems right at home. A lingering sourness inter-playing with that bitter and slightly “hot” black pepper leaves me wanting another sip.
The only knock on it is that it seems to be a little flat after that initial carbonation rush.
I really like this, and I’d say it’s genre-bending like few other brews are.
The guys over at Short’s really are a special bunch of creative minds.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.74/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks again to Thorpe for this one.

A: The beer pours a light golden color with a thin white head.

S: A wonderful cleaning fluid aroma. Intense lemon and orange peel, maybe a bit of perfume. The pepper corn aroma is quite intense, too. Not very much coriander aroma.

T: As with the aroma, intense lemon peel aroma with the orange more in the background. As with the aroma, there is quite a bit of peppercorn character and very little coriander. Sort of watery.

M: Light bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: Just too much cleaning solution.

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Photo of Dope
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Brew pours very slowly, head builds slow. Nicie one finger head builds as a foamy white. Brew is almost a light pink color... Lots of nicie yellow and orange dominates the brew. Brew is thin with nicie clarity. Head builds slowly when swirled, lacing does remain in small amounts.

S - Big orange and lemon scent, Very NICIE!!! Some small spicie peppercorns are quite present too. Very nicie sweetness. lots of light nicie wheat found too.

T - Refreshingly nicie!!! Very lemon and orange. Almost a salty spicie brew, it makes you want to drink more with every sip. Some nicie spicie hits the tongue HARD! There's definitely a wheat base under this brew.

M - Thin and light. In fact, my only complaint is the brew is too thin, it needs more body. Perfect carbonation, zero bitterness.

O - What a nicie surprise! Tried at GABF and randomly found locally in a 6-pack! Perfect brew for a hot spicie day! Wonderful. Awesome work Shorts!

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Photo of GilGarp
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served chilled into a pint glass.

Nicie Spicie is a slightly hazy golden yellow color. The white head is thick at first but settles quickly to a creamy skim layer on top.

Aroma is really interesting and enjoyable. The citrus zest, coriander and pepper really come through strong here. It's well judged though so everything is in balance.

The flavor is impressive as well. This is a beer unlike any other I've had. Intense lemon and orange flavor up front, some honey-like sweetness, then a bitter punch towards the middle, and it finishes herbal, spicy, and tart.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and complex with pretty much every taste bud in your mouth experiencing something all in one sip.

This is the second one I've had from this sixer (the first was about a week ago) and I'm glad I didn't review it then. This is a beer that gets better with experience.

A wildly unusual and interesting beer to enjoy. Seek this one out if you're into the style.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Glad to see this one in Denver, I have always wanted to try it.

Pours a dull, slightly hazy orange/yellow/gold color. Head is about 1 finger, white with medium size bubbles. Slick, almost no lacing.

Spiced aroma, but more so from the zests of orange and lemon. The peppercorn is well hidden. Floral. Soft bread is underneath.

Orange zest is prominent here. Lemon is next. There's a bit of rind in there, like they cut too deep in the orange skin and got the white part. Kind of like tannin without the pucker. Peppercorn is absent, too bad. I would like to see more carbonation to lift up the zests, because they seem syrupy to me on the end. I think that would have helped big time imho.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.32/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Picked this up in a mixed sixer from Mondo Vino along with other Short's brews. Golden yellow color, looks just fine. Smell is really heavy spices to the point where I don't want to drink it. Perfume-like almost, just obnoxious. The flavor is like drinking potpurri and shampoo, just way too heavy on the spices. If I had bought a sixer of this I would have returned it.

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Photo of portia99
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of a couple of Shorts brews to show up in MA recently. 12oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a hazy pale straw golden color. A single finger of white rocky foam sits atop briefly, falling to the surface leaving behind loose webs of lacing.

S - Herbal, fresh grassy hops, peppery and citrusy - especially oranges, but lemons come on strong as the beer warms just a bit. Wheaty, think I'm also picking up a bit of barnyardy funk I wasn't expecting, but is quite appreciated.

T - A short lived tartness as the beer first touches the tongue that disappears to the herbal and wheaty character and a sharp mid-level hop bitterness. Turns quite dry and earthy thru mid sip and all the way to the swallow. Past the swallow, I'm left with a distinct black pepper "warmth".

M - Thinnish body with medium carbonation level. Whole range of stuff going on here...starts tart, turns grainy, earthy and dry in the middle and lingers with a peppery warmth at the end. Quite intriguing...sorta like three different beers in one. Technically speaking, this is a bit messed up and odd...the experience however is somewhat unique and thought provoking - I think I like it.

O - Another interesting and unique Shorts beer. Part hit, part miss, but overall its not bad as an occasional beer. One of those beers that is good to share, if for nothing else to experience the conversation and differences of opinion that this creates.

M -

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Photo of cbutova
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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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 vandemonian
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Short's Nicie Spicie is a lovely complex beer that combines lemon and pepper. It's my first beer from Short's and it was delicious.

A: Straw colour and a good 5 mm head that lasts. 4.5

S: Mild citrus aroma with some subtle spice notes. Also, some floral hop aromas. Yum. 4.5

T: Malt, apple and lemon into a spicy, tangy finish. There is a lot going on but the end result is very pleasant. Lemon and pepper. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: Lovely complex beer that combines lemon and pepper. 4.5

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Photo of afdempse
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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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 silentjay
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of TLJ
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of TheStove
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of thedeezy
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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 ahq514
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of SenkoSnack808
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!

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Short's Nicie Spicie from Short's Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.