Short’s Brewing Company
Bellaire, MI

Style: Wheat
ABV: 5.2%
With the end winter in sight, I’ll get back to business and start catching up on some overdue inventory. Were these my library books, they’d already be looking to take my card away.
I touched a bit on Joe Shorts Brewery in my review of their Pilsner a few months ago, and we’ve had some requests via Dork Mail for more from them—so trust me, they’re on the way.
Some time ago, 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 citrusy 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.