Short's Nicie Spicie - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

425 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.99%
Wants: 22
Gots: 44 | 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:
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 mdaschaf
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of mcomben
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ahq514
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of SenkoSnack808
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

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

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...

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of drizzam
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DearthVader
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of minterro
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Adrianized
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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!

Photo of iadler
2.89/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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

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).

Photo of DannyDan
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of Chaney
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
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 drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer is yellow and mostly clear with a thin haloed head on it that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is like a strong herbal tea with jasmine and other spices. Kind of smell like a bouquet of flowers too.

Here we go, beer is thin and very spicy, peppery, lots of floral flavors and a dry finish. This is a very strong gruit ale. Interesting, but I couldn't drink much of it.

Photo of brew3crew
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- hazy golden yellow with very little head. Not too bad
S-vrry spicy. Little mix of corriander and lemon
T- love the spicy character to it. Tastes alot like it smells. Very drinkable
M-medium body and very smooth
O-pleasantly suprised with this beer. I would definetly buy this again

Photo of craytonic
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light golden brown cloudy pour, lightly carbonated.

Smell: Random spices that are not particularly well integrated. If you grabbed what you could find in a random kitchen pantry a mixed them together it wouldn't be too far off

Taste: Starts out with some tea and citrus, then the random spices. Just a very odd beer

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and watery

Overall: Very odd beer, random spice flavors and no integration. I wish they would make one good beer instead of 50 random bad ones.

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

A- Hazy golden in color, thin white head that dissipates into an even thinner rim.
S- The sweet/bitterness from the citrus, the lemon is very abundant. Its ended with the mellow spice of the peppercorns.
T- Smooth refreshing wheat up front but quickly followed by a very sweet bitterness from the oranges and lemons. Its finished with the mellow kick of coriander and slight spice from the peppercorns.
M- Very crisp and clean, the citrus ads a sour bitterness that is still very sweet. It has a very acidic and spicy aftertaste.
D- this beer is real crisp and refreshing but still has the amount of flavor you've come to expect from Shorts. the wheat is perfectly complemented by the citrus and spice's.

Photo of THECPJ
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes:

appearance: cloudy orangish yellow with a 2 finger head

smell: citrus, orange, spice,

taste: little spice, orange

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, smooth

overall: interesting spiced beer. I recommend you atleast give it a try.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Photo of alleykatking
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to VinnieVanGogh for picking this up for me.

A- Pours a light hazed golden yellow color. Hard pour gives a one finger white head that shows poor retention. Some light streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- The front of the aroma is mostly coriander, lemon, and orange. Wheat notes come through as the underbody. Ending of the aroma is light malts, pepper, and hints of alcohol. A very nice smelling beer with a touch of Short's to it.

T- Front of the beer is mostly citrus forward with the orange and lemon that slowly gets a spicing added to it with pepper and coriander. The middle of the beer showcases the wheat with a hint of bready malt as well. This wheat flavor goes to the ending of the beer with a last hint of citrus notes, light alcohol, and a balancing of spicey hops to end it out.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little light but not as much as other Short's beers. Citrus, pepper, and wheat are left on the palate. Aftertaste is sweet alcohol mixed with wheat, pepper, and hints of coriander. Light alcohol drying on the palate. Flavors were a little wheat forward until the hops in the backing balanced the beer out. No off flavors were present when I was drinking this beer.

D- The drinkability of this beer is good. A nice summertime beer that is a little spice forward but still not over the top. The ABV isn't too high which means a sixer can be easy to drink.

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 rings
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I cracked one of their summer seasonals, Nicie Spicie, which - like most of their brews - defies easy definition. It's basically a spiced wheat ale, with orange zest, lemon zest, coriander and peppercorn. None of these come through in any dramatic fashion, aside from a little citrus-ey coriander, but it is interesting, regardless of my aversion to spice and fruit beers.

It pours a deep yellow - kind of like extra Vitamin C in your first visit to the powder room - with virtually no head to speak of. Bright and clear, with a hint of lacy yeast at the bottom of the bottle, it has a very mild fruity nose and rolls over the palate with the aforementioned citrus spice. Thin in body and clean in finish, this does go nice with lighter dishes and drinks very easy, despite some mild astringency. The fruitiness is not extreme and it may appeal to some fruit beer drinkers without offending the sensibilities of those who are not.

Unfortunately, the "drinkability" is probably its most generous characteristic as I've certainly had better efforts among wheat ales, fruit beers, and from Shorts in particular. While this may have been due to a slightly aged bottle, this one was a bit of a disappointment.

Short's Nicie Spicie from Short's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.