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Short's Nicie Spicie - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

152 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 152
Hads: 432
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.82%
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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Reviews: 152 | Hads: 432
Photo of Chaney
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (1,050 characters)

Photo of beerdilly
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE - poured a hazy golden straw color with a thin fluffy white head. little lacing and head dissipated quickly. excessive haziness was likely due to the yeast that had settled in the bottle. i had a couple pints of this beer while visiting Shorts last month and i would say the added yeast is a nice little addition.

AROMA - one of my favorite things about this beer was its smell. after the pour, there are strong notes of citrusy orange and peppercorns. a spice beer shouldnt be overpowering and wafts of yeast and mild lemon zest round out this beers bouquet nicely. hints of coriander may be present further into the beer. no hop aroma is present which is appropriate for the base style.

FLAVOR - nice wheat flavor with notes of orange citrus, lemon twang and peppercorns. little to no hop character is present, which is appropriate for the base style. notable spice character as a result of peppercorns in the throat.

MOUTHFEEL - light bodied with medium carbonation. appropriate for the style.

OVERALL - i thought this beer was great. im not really a fan of american style wheat beers. not even in these summer months do i find them all that refreshing. that said, the spicy additions with this beer really round out what can already be considered an interesting and refreshing style. also, the resulting burps are phenomenal. (1,346 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

so i decided last night to break out 10+, thats right 10+ new shorts beers for a nice sampling with the family. turns out my and my brother in law were the only ones willing to go down this road, so long afternoon for sure. serve cold and consumed on 10/02/2010.

loving this one i had a soft spot for nice spiced beers and this one hit the spot for me. nice light brown pour fills the glass and leaves a nice and very sustainable top of light fizze head that gives it some nice depth.

the aroma is a very big blend, a kitchen since, or spice rack if you will as i am picking up copious notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, ample apple notes, brown sugar and touches of light citrus. at first you would not think this would work, but hell yeah it does. as i take the first sip I am struck by how well this is working for me. really nicely put together with light body that is crisp, clean and does wonders for keeping the large amount of flavor in check. starts with a healthy dose of citrus like flavors that roll into a spiced brown sugar and ends with a nutmeg and cinnamon led charge of nice spiced, holiday like flavor. smooth and dry finish with crisp cutoff only serves to perpetuate this.

overall this was beyond solid and something i was thrilled to be able to drink last night. hogged this whole bottle to myself. (1,315 characters)

Photo of johnd513
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a small head and minimal lacing. The smell is dominated by the pepercorns, followed by citrusy flavors. The taste begins with the spicy pepercorns and is followed by ginger and a nice spicy burn. The mouthfeel has a medium body. This beer is easy to quaff and the pepercorn is done just right. Short's also uses pepercorns in their anniversary ale which makes for a interesting and spicy brew in both cases. (438 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (966 characters)

Photo of stouty1
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a Growler into my new Sam's Adams glass. White frothy head and apple juice color. Smells of orange and lemon.
Orange, coriander, and a peppery finish all blend together with a zesty refreshing drink. Very complex how they fit all that fruity refreshing drink into one spicey, bite the tongue finish. (312 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (1,434 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Light orange rind notes up front, a little bit of spicy Belgian yeast "funk", and light pepper notes all play off the nose in wonderful fashion. At least with the aroma, the beer is as advertised.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy light amber pour with a very low, thin white head. Head retention is poor.

Flavor: Wow! Mouth-filling flavors that continue to play on the orange and pepper theme. Just a hint of both and they interplay in a lovely fashion off the back of the palate. A bit of earthy bitterness and some grainy sweetness that is quickly over-powered by all the spicy and fruity overtones. Balance is nearly even. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with lively, high carbonation. No alcohol heat or astringency.

Overall impression: A lovely spiced beer. I'm not a fan of spiced beer but this is light and refreshing with hints of spice that provide lovely accents while not killing your palate. A winner from Short's! (950 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a wine glass

A: Pours clear, very light golden color with 3 fingers of white head - lots of lively carbonation. Amazing head retention.

S: Tons of spices (as expected) - peppercorn, ginger, lemon zest, coriander. A very light breadiness.

T: Again, peppercorn, but with a stronger citrus note than in the aroma. A fairly strong ginger flavor as well, reminiscent of a nice ginger ale. There is little to no malt or hop flavor.

M: Very light with lots of carbonation.

O: I wish it had a bit more to back up the spices, but this is a very nice summer beer (drank in the middle of winter). (608 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First of all, a huge thanks to erikkoppin for sending this great beer out to me. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours a ruddy straw/golden color into my Bell's Tulip. About a finger of stark white head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates relatively fast leaving slight lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Wow. Short's, how do you get a beer to smell so damn good. As the description states, and as it clearly smells as such, there is a huge hit of lemon zest and orange rind. The coriander and black peppercorns are definitely more subdued and only noticeable once the initial citrus aromas dissipate. I am sniffing this beer over and over again. Extremely good smelling.

Taste - Similar to the nose, however, the peppercorns and coriander are the first flavor my mouth distinguishes. However, the lemon zest takes over next but ends on a sweet yet bitter (oxymoron?) note from the orange rind. The flavors are very pronounced and easy to pick apart.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, slight dry finish from the citrus.

Drinkability - From the name of the beer I was expecting something a bit crazier. After reading the description I realized this might be an enjoyable beer. After now drinking the beer, I can definitely say this IS an enjoyable beer. Granted I don't think I'd put a six pack down of these, but I'll be damned this is a tasty beer that is extremely quaffable. Short's has done it again. Great beer. (1,444 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mexican food meets lemon pledge meets wheat beer.

Or something.

Alternating in strength, lemon and pepper dominate the nose. Almost painfully lively, there's true black pepper kick to this, aromatically speaking. Exceedingly peppery, to be sure. The more I drank this, the more it reminded me of the crust I apply to a tuna dish I make -- bits of chili powder with pepper, cumin, and coriander. And then the citrus sauce gets laid down on the tuna -- here, in this beer, it's lemon. I couldn't put my finger on it originally, but I had some sort of strange lemon drink once that was excessively carbonated. The peppery pricks, carbonation, and lemon are leading me back to that foggy memory. Intense beer. (711 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (1,066 characters)

Photo of TwoHeartedMale
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 (284 characters)

Photo of TheStove
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (1,212 characters)

Photo of proc
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A refreshing beer. Pours out to a dark yellow in the glass with a slight head. Aroma is that of Lemon Pledge (no kidding) and citrus in general. There is a slight spice to this one that combines with the citrus to bring forth a really easy-to-drink beer. Well done. (265 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Hop Cat in Grand Rapids, MI.

Minimal white lacing and hazy as hell with a muddled orange beige color. Aroma of orange seltzer, fresh ground pepper corn, dough biscuit and a citric hop. Good smooth and crisp medium body with a creamy slick mouth feel. Orange on top with peppercorn and pepper heat within. The heat of the peppercorn grows with each sip but never reaches a hot level ... just a lovely spicy flavor. A bit of bread wheat and nuttiness form the yeast middle to end. Finishes with a long linger of peppercorn, semi dry.

Pretty amazing stuff here, extreme all the way. I dig peppercorn and it works in the beer so it does stay drinkable for me. This beer must be amazing to cook with as well. (719 characters)

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: color is nice, golden with amber hues. not much head or lacing to speak of. what was, dissipates very quickly.
S: heavy heavy on the lemon and peppercorns. they actually truly dominate, and i like the variation of the style by adding the peppercorn. i guess if you really dig, you can find the orange zest hidden, and the spices also do the same, at least on the nose. the more i sniff the more i just feel overwhelmed by pepper. im rating high because its refreshing to find something a little different that actually works.
T: all of the above, but the pepper backs up ever so slightly, and the orange actually pulls through a little more. im not sure if i actually like the way it tastes, but again i have to admit its interesting and will score well again. i like the fact that the citrus is more up front on the palate.
M: its zestiness is refreshing and potent at the same time. the part i like is the little bit of heat the peppercorns give it in the back of my throat, but overall its a little on the flat side.
D: it gets a little easier to drink after a while, when my palate gets used to the peppercorns. pretty enjoyable. (1,136 characters)

Photo of nickadams2
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Hazy golden yellow with a thin white head. Not much lacing.

S_Citrus,peppercorns and coriander

T_Coriander and peppercorns upfront. Lemon zest and orange zest also come through.Very flavorful.

M_Thin and crisp. Refreshing.

D_Easily a good session beer. Perfect in hot weather. (283 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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 - (1,433 characters)

Photo of fvernon
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another nice gift from Corbet - thanks! First time trying anything from Short's, poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip. It pours a muted and hazy coriander yellow with tinges of red and the off-white head keeps building from below. This is a very well-carbonated beer - not an explosion, but a constant re-creation.

The aroma is of lemon zest, honey, sour cherry, and a slight medicinal finish. My first sip was surprisingly up-front with the coriander, which, on second thought, was the medicinal aspect of the aroma. It takes digging in to get through the coriander, but the lemon zest and a rather bitter hop bite are definitely there, along with a hint of sour cherry funk.

The mouthfeel is smooth and dry except for the lingering sourness in the back of the throat, and because of the nice carbonation it's always a pull through the foam. As I go on and the beer warms up, the sour cherry comes more to the front and the coriander begins to take its place as a finisher.

All in all, it's a very interested and unique take on a wheat; I'm glad I got to try it and can definitely see enjoying this quite a bit with a caprese salad on a hot summer day (we're having a freak warm day, which is one of the reasons I opened this up). (1,234 characters)

Photo of Adrianized
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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! (706 characters)

Photo of beesy
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (835 characters)

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