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Nicie | Short's Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
shortsbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Mitchster on 06-14-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
162
Ratings:
484
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
27.87%
 
 
Wants:
23
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64
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Photo of WoodBrew
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of PDGreenB
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of stortore
3.66/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Todd
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
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).

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Photo of BB1313
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Ri0
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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

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Photo of Big_Neezy
3.88/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Strix
2.59/5  rDev -29.2%
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!

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Photo of Billolick
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of mchegash
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of ferndave
2.2/5  rDev -39.9%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

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Photo of krustster
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This "outside-the-lines" beer from Short's is a heavy and murky orange, on the darker side, with a heavily tinted head that reaches just undera finger's height. Retention is fair, as is the quantity of spotty lacing left behind.
There's a lot going on in the aroma, and I can't deny its intrigue. Spicy for sure but not too hot and as much peppery as anything, it's also got lots of lemon but also lots of sweet citrus. Malts are biscuity but a little more raw than the typical dry biscuit.
The flavor, especially when unsure what to expect, comes together very well. The wheat base is evident and makes for a softer flavor that's easier to lay the spices down on, and works best with all the citrus. Peppery heat builds but never burns too hot, keeping up at a good level from beginning to end.
While creamy and crisp in a soft but about medium body, there is a little slickness in the back of the mouth.

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Photo of Roman5150
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle into tulip

appearance: pale slightly cloudy golden yellow, half finger white head, not much lacing

smell: lemon, highly citric, lot's of peppercorn, grapefruit juice, coriander

taste: grapefruit juice, peppercorn, coriander comes through mid palate, basically everything from the nose but to a slightly lesser extent, wheat backbone is spicy and smooth, a lot of spices and fruitiness, but I must admit it is very refreshing when had cold

mouthfeel: medium to high carbonation, thin bodied

overall: Not a huge fan of the style, but a huge fan of Short's, and for what it is, this is a damn good beer. Very refreshing on a hot day,

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Photo of scotorum
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

a: Shared with threee others. My three ounces poured into an amber juiice glass which may have distorted the color. Appeared a deep orange with a half finger head.

s: Mildly citrus.

t: Citrus at first, but then the pepper registers and overwhelms, leaving a burning sensation in the back of the throat.

m: Medium with notable carbonation, but that pepper blast keeps any enjoyment from sipping at a minimum.

o: Interesting concept: a beer that is so spicy hot it makes you want to drink more beer, but it does not help. After that, the Curious Traveler Shandy I tried, a style I usually do not like, was a welcome relief.

Give Shorts credit for something unusual and creative. Might appeal to those who like spicy spicy and more spicy. But for me it was not nicie.

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Photo of danreitz
4.83/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic beer. Wheat-colored, light-bodied and bubbly. The peppercorn flavor is prominent but not overly intense. Wonderful aftertaste. I usually don't like spiced wheat beers and I really dig this guy. Highly recommended. I'm on my second as I write this review and I feel number three on the way.

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Nicie from Short's Brewing Company
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