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RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 14   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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. Itís truly a fermented wonder of the Shortís Brew formula family.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jrsenkbe (23) - USA - SEP 24, 2010
Great Beer. The peppercorns add a nice spice to the beer. This is one of my favorite beers, the lemon adds a nice refreshing taste and off sets the coriander after taste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Iíll start with the aroma this time. As soon as I twisted the cap, I could smell the black pepper. And some lemon. Inhaling deeply, the pepper tickled the nose. Some slight breadiness and yeastiness to go along with the pepper and lemon. Very unique, very pleasant. Pours a hazy yellow-gold, with an inch of acid-white head. The foam dissipates completely very quickly and leaves minimal lace. The beer itself remains perfectly carbonated. Tons of pepper and lemon in the initial sip. And in all the subsequent sips. I know thereís coriander and orange in there too, but really, the lemon pepper predominates. The lemon grows stronger midway through each sip, and then it backs down again only to finish dry with some fire from the pepper. Light body with a strong pepper aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckiní 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgatesy (23) - Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2010
My favorite wheat beer of all time. I love the strong lemon flavor and spicy peppercorn aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2011
If you donít like MORE FLAVOR, donít drink Shorts. This is one of the best spiced wheat beers Iíve ever encountered. Pale yellow and fizzy, just a little cloudiness, very deceptive. First aroma is the coriander, then the citrus, my mind turns to - winter holiday. Flavors start with lemon drops, then lemon grass, then lemon sour. Refeshing for a hot summer day. Rich candied malt on the tongue. And itís NOT overcarbonated like other wheat beers, so you can actually taste it. Iíd pay big money for a double version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RyanMM (416) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Pours slightly hazy, orange-tinged gold with a moderate white head. Nose is wheat, citrus, and a hint of pepper. Mouthfeel is medium on the thin side, creamy, low carbonation, lots of orange on the palate. A little sweetness, a little bitter balancing out the finish with just a speck of pepper. Really easy drinking and smooth, this could be a great front-porch sipper if served a bit colder than cellar temp. This is probably the first thing Iíve had from Shortís that really does anything for me. Really solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Nicie Spicie, released from itís growler, pours a lovely ginger hue, active carbonation rushing up, to greet a thinnish white head. Aroma is warm spice, ginger, cinnamon, and coriander, a whisper of pepper, but dominated by orange zest. Very pleasing to this nose, a gentle mix of fruit and spice. Zing, goes the tongue, on meeting this brew, a burst of tidy spices entangle the buds, sweet citric fruitiness blends in next, and all is settled well. Flavor never wanes, and in fact, gets juicier and plumper further in, tastes of apricot and peach shining through, with the pepper laying out new levels of spiciness, without getting hot and spoiling the feeling. Nearing the end of my first glass, I feel the peppery heat more and it dominate the palate in ways Iíd never imagined when first sipping this serving. This carries over in the finish, where previous I felt it was mildly possessed by pepper, it now almost carries a sting, and has claimed a long stake on the senses. (We must pour a new pint to be sure..) On this pour, the head is larger and takes longer to shift in size...Iíll bring it up 1/2 a point for that... This time, the nose takes pepper in largest, mixed well with lemon & orange...yeah, thatís a hot tamale! Soaking the brew on my tongue again, it only feels hotter, and commands control of the mouth. Tempered well by the fruit, matched with the malt, this hot, spicy quality sits at attention and barks, but doesnít bite. It slings a powerful heat, yet holds it back in abeyance, making a very palatable, tasty brew. Long, hot finish, medium body, unique and memorable. Iíve yet to encounter a beer quite like this, and congrats to Shortís for coming up with something so bold, yet easily drinkable! (Iíve had a few that go the other way, making even one pint a chore.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Sampled on tap at the MiBGF (Ypsilanti, MI). Lots of peppercorn and I like it. Lemony. Soapy nuts, whatever that hop is. Pretty hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (6010) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 3, 2011
In my experience, beers that have the word "spice" (or same variation thereof) in the title tend to be heavy, cloying affairs that tend to overwhelm everything. Thatís why this was such a nice surprise - spicy without being too heavy, and all of the flavors stood out. Sure, its a bit of a mess, but I liked it. Plus, Iím a sucker for peppercorns in beer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3137) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2015
On tap at Shorts, Pours lighter unclear almost like urine on your second pee after a night of drinking. Aroma brings the citrus zest subtle in the nose and the peppercorns for sure. Again, the balance is so nice, just gentle nudges of the zest in such a clean body with the coriander and peppercorns all over the palate gently and beautifully dancing, but like the palate is a sleeping giant and wouldnít even know they were there!

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