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Here is a photo from "the Kazbek batch," taken 10 April 2017:



It probably isn't the best picture, because I split the bottle between two glasses. The first glass poured quite a bit clearer; but then again, this is a hefeweizen, so it is expected to be hazy.

Appearance aside, it tasted great! I liked it a lot, and the DanStar Munich yeast brought out some nice character. The Kazbek hops were a good fit, and I wouldn't hesitate to use them again, especially for a "traditional" style hefeweizen. Having said that, for this particular recipe of this particular beer, I think that the original Centennial/Amarillo combination might be the way to go, as it really gives it that "Alpine" ambience that I remember enjoying so much.

This is only a first impression of this batch, based on a quick sample of half a beer that was at the absolute minimum age for drinking, judged against my memory from about a year ago - so it is not 100% set in stone. I'll see if my feelings evolve a bit after a few samples of this, and after comparison against the latest batch that is brewed with the original hops.

On all fronts, though - this is still among my top favourite brews - very much worth a try ~
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Here's a photo from the batch with the DanStar Munich yeast and Kazbek hops, taken 22 April 2017.



I'd like to point out that this beer was good - very good. It tasted like a true hefeweizen and the characteristics were exactly as described in the book. The Kazbek hops were nice as well, and if history is any indication, I expect them to come out just a bit more over the next few weeks. Having said that, I do slightly prefer this particular the original recipe at this time, but only by a little. The reason is that the original Centennial/Amarillo combination pack a serious :alpine" quality to this beer that can't be explained and must be experienced.

If anyone else gives this a try, let me know what you think of it!

Ron
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