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A gentle mixture of elegance and redolence for any occasion.
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 grated lemon and orange rind, coriander, and black peppercorns. It’s truly a fermented wonder of the Short’s Brew formula family.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2009
Growler, courtesy northernbrews via GodOfThunder. Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a small, foamy, off-white head. Sudsy spots of lacing slowly drip back into the body. The nose is really nicely spiced, fragrant peppercorns and sharp citrus rind working with orange blossom honey to provide some spark to the underlying fresh wheat grain. Hints of banana work their way in as well. The flavor follows suit, slightly browned bananas and ultra-fresh wheat laying a light malt base, with the citrus peels, multi-colored peppercorns, and bright floral hops zesting things up nicely. Medium bodied and smooth, the mouthfeel is apropriately easy going for a hefe. Really nice summertime brew. I could drink this all day long by the poolside.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2008
On tap at HopCat, Grand Rapids. Pulpy orange-brown body, thin creamy buff head. Potent potpourri-like nose with coriander and pepper notes. The coriander and especially peppercorns dominate the body, giving the beer a slight burn, strange and interesting. Bready wheat notes lurk beneath the sharp spices. Probably best enjoyed as a half-pint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2008
On tap at Short’s. It was nice to see one of Short’s beers on draft that were a little more daring like their Imperial series. Pours a hazed pale yellow with a fading white head. The hops first remind me of the Hvedegoop. Sweet caramels, pine, lemons, oranges, and spice in the nose. Sweet malts with lemons in the flavor. Strong spice of cardamon and pepper. Finishes peppery and spicy. Interesting and pretty drinkable still.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (5425) - Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Sample at MBGF summer ’08. Pours a hazy dirty golden color with a small white head. The aroma is citrus, peppercorn, yeast, and grass. The flavor is orange citrus, yeast, more peppercorn, and corriander. Light/med bodied and crisp. I think there is almost too much going on for me. I will always give Short’s stuff a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Like a spicy pale ale. Pours hazy dark yellow. Hints of some of the spices used in a winter/christmas ale like ginger and nutmeg maybe and definetely the pepper. Very unique, not sure if it’s good or bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Multiple samples @ WBE: This beer was badass. Pours like a dirty banana. Smells of citrus, and black spice. A very unique flavor, this tastes of citrus fruit, yeast, and fresh black peppercorns, with black pepper finishing on palate. I can see this beer being a perfect compliment to summer fare. Best wheat ale I have ever had, but be warned that you must be a black pepper lover to attempt to enjoy this. I literally was burping up straight pepper all afternoon. Unique and fantastic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Aroma has weak orange, yeast, wheat, citrus and pepper spice. Hazy medium orange hue with a mostly diminishing head that left ok lace. Flavor is spicy orange, yeast, wheaty malt. Watery soft and light bodied. Leaves a nice crispy spicy bite on the finish. Nice and refreshing and leaves a spicy kick. I really enjoyed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
pepsican (1445) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Pours orange with a medium white head. Overpowering black pepper aroma. Flavor is fresh black pepper, lemon, and a bit of coriander. Finishes slightly hot, about as expected for the amount of pepper in the aroma. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Growler imported from Michigan by weepster. Thanks Mike. Poured a hazy light orange color. The soapy white head reduced quickly to a thin lasting foam. The aroma was of distinct black pepper, light citrus (lemon/orange), and pleasant honey touched cereal grain. Very nice. Dry, spicy, and citrusy on the tongue with less black pepper in the flavor than in the nose. The black pepper spiciness warmed the tongue well after finishing the glass. The citrus and pepper combination made for a vinaigrette-like flavor. This might do well as a marinade for ceviche.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2008
On tap at the brewpub and also form a growler at a tasting. I am not sure why this is not listed as a wit as the only additional ingredient seemed to be the pepper. The body was hazy meidum gold with a white head. The aroma was spicy corriander with the classic oranges. However, it then went downhill. There was a strange off putting scent of carpet spot cleaner. The taste was strong concentrate orange juice with some light peach pits. Not much spice and pretty bland over all.

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