Short's Brewing Company

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Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #264
Ranked #41,997
3.64 | pDev: 15.93%
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Notes: Nicie is an American Wheat Ale brewed with orange zest, lemon zest, coriander, and a hint of peppercorn. Orange-gold in color and light in body, Nicie is infused with the scents and flavors of fresh citrus. The subtle taste of coriander and spice of peppercorn makes this ale both refreshing and complex. Nicie is the perfect accompaniment to a summer day.
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 5/13/16; drank 7/6/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through yellow/orange appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A rough pour yielded a small white head which quickly dissipated; minimal lace.

Lemon, lime & peppercorn notes in the nose.

Thin mouthfeel. lemon, lime & mild perfume flavors up front; black pepper bite on the finish, which also settled on my lips.

An odd, interesting amalgam that is more interesting than it is enjoyable.

Feb 15, 2018
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Ode_to_Silence from Michigan

3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Guys they aren't joking about the peppercorn in this beer. It leaves a nice heat in your throat after every mouthful. I think its a rather enjoyable beer, but it certainly isn't showy in the glass! But its nice after a hot day enjoying a cooler evening.

Dec 11, 2017
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pale orange body, minimal white head and lacing.

S - Primarily light sour grain notes. A hint of spices.

T - Flavor is a mild sour open, apple flesh and a bit of citrus. Quiet close.

M - Brisk clean throughout.

O - A slight brew. Taste is pleasant, but the nose is less so. Decent, but not inspiring.

Sep 24, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

When it was announced that Short's Brewing was going to be getting distro into PA, my heart went pitty-pat! I have known these guys since the early part of the century when they were coming to the BeerAdvocate fests at the Cyclorama. I have embroidered cloth patches from them & sport them proudly on my vests & jackets. We did not get everything from them, initially, but as time has passed, so has the depth and breadth of what they are sending us increased. Accordingly, I am trying to keep up with their releases.

From the bottle: "American Wheat Ale with orange zest, lemon zest, coriander and peppercorns"; "a gentle mixture of elegance and redolence for any occasion".

Just "Nicie" now, eh? I believe that when it was originally released, it was called "Nicie Spicie". The inclusion of peppercorns is especially interesting, since I believe that it all originated with The Brewer's Art, a story for another time.

I Pop!ped the cap, but having read of others' mention of a slight haze, I went with a gentle pour. Once I had a sufficient amount in the glass, a vigorous swirl raised nearly three fingers of foamy, soapy, bone-white head that quickly reduced to wisps. I registered the color as Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4), although it could have been as high as Gold (5), but there was no interest from The Gelt Gang who were watching the NHL Network's All-Star coverage from the couch in my living room. I produced 24-carat clarity from my pour, so I am sticking with my perception. Nose had a spicy citrusiness, but I am sure that I could not have parsed all of the individual components on my own. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not much beyond it, either. I think that after my foray into yesterday's peppercorn Tripel, I am much more sensitive to the flavor that it impart. That said, I also registered a definite citrusiness, although I got orange more strongly than lemon. Finish was spicy and dry, which is to be expected when adding spices to beer. Its refreshing nature makes it a real summer beer and I just wish that they would follow others' lead and begin CANning. This would be great on a hot, humid summer's day doing something outdoors.

Jan 28, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked the Nicie up off the Binnys single shelf. It poured a clear golden with white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had lemon hints with touch of spice. The taste had a floral combination of citrus and coriander then finished with a nice warmth. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

Sep 16, 2016
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PDGreenB from Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Starts off tasting like a coriander tea, almost Earl Gray on the nose. Mouth feel is pleasant, but not the best. Color is bright and golden, to be expected from a bright wheat ale. The aftertaste is bright with the lemon zest and orange rind.

Sep 01, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw with a rather modest head that fades to a ringlet; a few dots of lace

Smell: Wheat bread, a hint of citrus zest and coriander; the peppercorn is rather pronounced

Taste: Vaguely bready, in the front, with touches of zest and coriander; the overwhelming flavor is of cracked pepper verging on chili

Mouthfeel: Light body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Quite an odd little beer that I would have pegged for a chili beer - it is that peppery

Aug 16, 2016
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jp32 from Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours straw yellow in color and is quite transparent for a wheat ale. Fizzy, white head sits on top of the beer. It smells bready and of lemon zest and yeast. It's flavor is light, crackery, and earthy, with a considerable kick from the peppercorns. A crisp, dry mouthfeel really compliments the peppercorn spiciness. I don't notice much from the wheat or the coriander, but it's still a crisp, refreshing, very drinkable beer.

Aug 03, 2016
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stortore from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 5/13/16.

Pours a mostly clear bright yellow, with a one and a half finger head, some soapy lacing. Smells of yeast, wheat, lemon, peppercorn, light malt, a general spiciness. The taste is yeast. wheat, lots of peppercorn, some coriander, lemon, light malt. Earthy on the finish. Smooth, appropriate level of carbonation, a little thin feeling.

The peppercorn, especially, and the coriander star, but the orange was a no show for me. This is nice up front, kind of dull on the finish, but pleasant and an easy drinker.

Jul 20, 2016
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Todd from California

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light, Coriander, Peppery, Astringent

Straw colored with thin lace and a touch of haze, this beer introduces itself with coriander, pepper, lots of citrusy zest in the nose and some dankness. Light, crisp and creamy with a seltzer water edge. Dry, crackery malt with a hint of nuttiness arrives next. The coriander is soft and herbal, but eventually it's overtaken by a growing spiciness and some perceived heat from the peppercorns. This American Pale Wheat finishes astringent and husky. Flavor-wise, the coriander in Nicie struggles. I'd drop it, add some body and up the zest.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #114 (July 2016).

Jul 16, 2016
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 6/3/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a light pale golden with a subtle haze; small white head that fizzes away leaving okay retention and little lacing. The aromas are full of lime. The lime notes seem to dominate. The peppercorns really shine too. Spices do their thing as well. The flavors are very clean. More lime and and citrus notes. The peppercorns are definitely noticeably and gives this one a subtle spiciness that lingers. The coriander and spices do their thing without being overwhelming. The wheat notes are subtle. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light with very active carbonation. Easy to drink.

This is a nice brew. It gets extra credit for being so unique due to the peppercorns, coriander and citrus. There's alot going on. It's also very crisp and refreshing. Well done.

Jul 06, 2016
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz bottle into Weizen glass. Straw yellow with a one finger white head. The nose has an odor of a skunked witbeir with grass, lemon zest and pepper. Not all that appealing. Flavor is odd. Not much of a wheat beer and is messy with too much coriander, lemon zest, and pepper. The finish is oddly spicey as when you put on too much black pepper to your dish spicey. Pass on this one.

Jul 03, 2016
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, bottled 05/13/16 printed on the bottleneck. A new one to me from Short's Brewing, an "American Wheat Ale with orange zest, lemon zest, coriander, and peppercorns". No abv listed on the bottle.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a semi-translucent / semi-clouded golden yellow body, some sediment flecks visible, one finger of frothy white head that dies down to a ring quickly. Doesn't leave any real lacing to speak of. Appears adequately carbonated. Looks good per the style.

S - A pleasant and intriguing aroma: peppercorns are noticeable right away, invoking notes of black pepper, and fresh raw peppercorns. Notes of earthy citrus pith behind that from the orange & lemon zest. Flowery notes of coriander. Good balance.

T - Taste follows the nose: crisp dry bready wheat, notes of grass, citrus, lemon, black pepper, & flowers. There is a lot going on, but each ingredient carries itself well. Good balance.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, clean, fluid. Light-bodied and easy drinking, with good carb.

Overall, a nice drinkable summer wheat beer from Short's. Probably not something i would have many of, but a nice summer refresher nonetheless.

Short's Brew Nicie -----3.5/5

Jul 01, 2016
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Big_Neezy from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dynamic golden color with a bright, white head that fades. Carbonation clings to the glass.

S: You really smell a refreshing orange and lemon scent from the zest. Coriander is ever so distant though and I enjoy the smell of coriander. I think the only reason I was actually able to smell it is that it was poured into a mason jar and I can get my beak right in there. You might not get that from a pint glass. Clean grain smell as well.

T: You get the light wheat bread taste and the flavors of the citrus but I didn't get the peppercorn hints at all which I was looking forward to. Didn't get the coriander flavor either just the faint hint of it in the nose.

M: All of the ease of a light beer. Doesn't have soda like carbonation but what is has keeps it airy. Mild and not sour.

O: My taste receptors must be dull because I really wanted the coriander and pepper to make this stand out from their Gose. I got the citrus but that's it. It is an easy drinker, relatively low ABV which makes it a candidate to pair with Indian food like Tika Masala, tandoori anything or Vindaloo. I think this would also go well at a picnic table with homemade pickles.

Jun 22, 2016
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Strix from Wisconsin

2.59/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear staw, good initial head that eventually vanishes without a trace.

Smell of lemon, wheat, and (this is foreshadowing) black pepper

Initially some pleasant enough lemon and wheat notes. Black pepper aftertaste. As you drink this it basically becomes like a mouthful of black pepper.

Mouthfeel medium smooth, slightly carbonated. Probably more pleasant than actually chewing on a mouthfull of black pepper.

Too much black pepper for my taste!

Sep 09, 2015
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Billolick from New York

3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap and in bottles in Ann Arbor, MI.

Pours lightly clouded near golden. Delicate and departing off white head, leaving moderate bits of lace.

Lemon and pepper on the nose.

Coriander, more lemons and bright pepper on the palate. The spice is pronounced and biting on the back end. Crisp and flavorful, tastes like a peppery saison. Like likely would go great with the right cheese, crackers and spicy salad. I like this style brew and this one was quite enjoyable and surly worth a try.

Jul 28, 2015
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear gold with a thin white head.

S - The nose is pepper, corriander, wheat, and lemon zest.

T - The taste starts with orange peel, lemon zest, corriander, and biscuity malts. The initial flavors fade into a big blast of peppercorns. Peppercorns linger throughut the finish.

M - Ligt bodied with medium carbnation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp finish.

O - The peppercorns dominate the flavor a little bit too much. I wish the lemon peel was more prominent in the flavor.

Jul 05, 2015
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michiganmatt from California

3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.5/5
Slightly clear golden orange, with a little bit of off-white head which quickly dissipates. A small amount of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer.

Smell - 4/5
Lemon, corriander, pepper. There's a lot going in the the aroma here and it's hard to describe it all.

Taste - 3.5/5
Tastes pretty similar to the smell. Lemon, corriander, some pepper which was actually quite more intense than I was expecting. It actually burns on the tongue a little. I think the peppercorn could be toned down a bit. Not that it's overpowering, but just that it's kind of too spicy.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Medium body. Quite crisp. The carbonation is light near the beginning of the sip, then picks up in intensity. But overall only moderately carbonation. There's more kick from the peppercorn that the carbonation.

Overall - 3.5/5
This was an okay beer. It was a little too peppery for my taste, but still, it was interesting to try and expanded my perceptions about what beer can do. In this case, I learned it can be extremely peppery, yet still balanced. I guess if you really like peppery beers (or chile beers?), give it a try, but otherwise, you're not missing out.

Jul 04, 2015
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to pilsner. Translucent straw in color, produces two fingers of bubbly head that dissolves to little islands of foam and no lacing. Curious to see how this session ends, I've had Nicie many times before and some years the pepper is overwhelming, and sometimes barely there. This year is somewhere in between. The aroma is sweet witbier, candi sugar and citrus fruit. The taste is clean, with a peppery warmth on the backend. The heat builds as it warms. Pleasant, but not necessarily refreshing. Itd be hard to have more than one or two with the pepper heat.

Jun 15, 2015
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ferndave from Michigan

2.2/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Label sounded like a delicious summer brew. Could only taste peppercorns with the slightest hint of lemon and other spice. So much peppercorn. Tried pairing with grilled meat to tone down the pepper, no luck.

Nov 22, 2014
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kevanb from Illinois

3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Jester King Zwanze Day Tumbler.

The beer pours an extremely clear and crisp golden color, light straw hues with many bubbles dancing in the glass. A thin, fizzy, unsubstantial white head appears, about a half finger high with a vigorous pour that vanishes quickly and leaves no film or lace. The aroma is zippy, plenty of coriander and pepper, light pale wheat with some citrus zest, probably the best attribute of the beer, comes off and interesting and engaging, makes me think of both an American pale wheat ale and also a Belgian witbier, but with some pizzazz. The flavors though, are a bit too abrasive, sharp peppercorn, tangy and acidic citrus zest, light coriander, pale grain and some unwanted saltiness. It's a bit all over the place, could use some toning down and some better integration. The mouthfeel is sharp, crisp and prickly, plenty of carbonation in this beer but it's also a bit thin and finishes very sharply with light dryness.

Verdict: Not my favorite beer from Short's at all, almost a Gose blended with a Witbier blended with a pale wheat ale at times, too much going on and perhaps too many adjuncts for such a simple base beer. The base can't stand up for itself amidst the scrum for attention with all the adjuncts and in the end, it's just too wacky and bizarre to work.

Sep 30, 2014
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biegaman from Canada

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nicie Spicie could easily be mistaken for honey; it has a naturally clouded, sticky-looking complexion and shimmering, deep golden hue. It's so completely flat that even a microscope couldn't turn up a visible sign of carbonation (though admittedly I haven't actually tried this).

Ahtanum and Cascade are two of the most logical hop varieties for a brew like this; they each are characteristically floral and leafy with candied orange notes, a great compliment to the beer's already zestful and citrusy aromatics. There's also a pinch of heat. Smells as anticipated.

The taste, however, doesn't exactly brim with orange and lemon zest, coriander, or peppercorns. It's more malt driven than I expected, which is not necessarily a good or bad thing - on the one hand it lends substantial body to a style that typically sorrowfully lacks it, but on the other, it tones down the spice and seasoning supposed to characterized the recipe.

While it has weight, it lacks bubbles. Pale wheat ales are often designed with hot weather quaffing in mind - and given the additional ingredients that went into this it must have been conceived for such drinking - and the lack of carbonation really hinders its quenching powers.

Nicie Spicie is a nice little beer, but it has the potential to be better. While it's likely an ideal choice for those summer long weekends on the lakes of northern Michigan, I can't think of another scenario where I'd reach for this beer (especially not if there's other Short's offerings on the shelf). To reiterate: not bad, but certainly not this brewery's best.

Dec 30, 2013
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light golden colored with a light bit of foam that only covers a quarter of the top of the beer. Lively carbonation bubbles. I get the aroma of coriander and orange peel. The coriander aroma and flavor,while dominant do not overwhelm as some beers are apt to do. Front of the palate is wheat and then you get a burst of orange peel and coriander. Interestingly I get a bit of mild heat from the peppercorns in the aftermath. The mouthfeel is refreshing,but the heat at the end beckons further sips. Not your typical wheat!

Dec 24, 2013
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krustster from Maine

3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks really weird. Bright yellow/gold color, almost no head at all, pleasing but disturbing to look at somehow. Swirling it doesn't make any more foam appear, just causes a strange coating on the glass that looks almost lumpy. Cloudy. The color is appealing though.

Smell isn't very special, a little lemony, crisp, vaguely like a Tripel but more tart. ????

Taste: once again, WEIRD... but not necessarily in a bad way. Lots of citrus fruits, some wheat, and BIG peppercorns and spice. The reviews I looked at mentioned the pepper and said it was too much, but I didn't believe them. I was wrong. This is basically a black pepper beer. Then again, I've never had anything like it, and the fruit/wheat taste balanced the pepper nicely. On the fade there's some salt too but it's not strong.

On the mouth feel it's thin, crisp, a little under-carbonated but that may have just been my bottle, and feels like a "session" type beer. I can tell they were going for a light and zesty feel with this one.

Overall this is one you really have to try to see if you like it. I'm still torn. The beer itself is light but the flavor is so bizarre that I'm having trouble doing more than sip it. And yet, at the same time I can't say that I don't like it. I think this is the type of thing that requires the right kind of food pairing to fully enjoy. Once again Short's has done something totally strange.

Dec 06, 2013
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superspak from Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/13/2013. Pours very hazy bright golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, peppercorn, coriander, wheat, bread, herbal, floral, and earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and spice notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, wheat, peppercorn, coriander, bread, floral, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus zest, wheat, peppercorn, coriander, bread, and herbal earthiness on the finish; with some peppercorn heat building up as well. Nice and pleasant balance of malt and spice flavors; with solid robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a solid spiced wheat ale. Solid robustness and good balance of malt and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. An enjoyable offering.

Nov 21, 2013
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Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 494 ratings