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Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager BeerSamuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer

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BA SCORE
86
very good

452 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 452
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%


Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001)
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marzenfannm

New Mexico

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured a pale straw color with a tall, foamy head. The head disapated quickly and left a bit of lacing. Citrusy aroma from the mug I poured it into. Pleasant taste -- malty with a crisp, wheaty finish. Excellent palette ... creamy and smooth. I would stock up on this one if it wasn't quite expensive ($4+ for a 550 ml bottle).

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 22:33:05 | More by marzenfannm
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BeernerdJeff

South Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- pours a brilliant golden color with a great white head of three fingers. A lot of bubbles, so good carbonation. As head fades, there is a nice cling around the sides of the glass.

Smell-there is a slight bread smell with a hint of hops coming through. Not strong and not complex to the nose. Seems simple and very light.

Taste-where the beer lacks in smell, it makes up for in taste! The malty goodness hits first followed by hops. Though a hearty malt flavor, it's just right. Great balance in flavor. Seems to be made from simple, basic ingredients but Samuel Smith has been able to bring out full flavor in this beer.

Mouthfeel- light and smooth. Can really feel the carbonation on the tongue. Has a nice linger, not too much and not little. Very drinkable and very refreshing.

Overall, I am very much a fan of this lager-quickly becoming one of my favorites! Highly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 22:03:32 | More by BeernerdJeff
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Beric

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into footed pilsener glass
Enjoyed: 6 December 2013

Appearance: Pours a pale golden yellow, crystal clear, with some nice lines of carbonation coming up from the bottom. Looks exactly as you would expect an EPL to look like. Huge three finger head slowly subsides to a one-half finger head that sticks around. Incredible lacing.

Smell: Clean and spicy. Smells very clean, beery, with minor noble hop notes. No skunk or weird funkiness happening in this one.

Taste: Although EPLs are a style regularly ridiculed on BA, this one is a league above all others. This is my gold standard for EPLs- magnificently brewed with good balance between golden malts and hop bitterness. The flavors in this one are very subtle. Most importantly, unlike mass-produced EPLs like Stella Artois or Heineken, this one continues to taste magnificently pure and clean even as it warms up, rather than getting weird earthy, funky tastes like the mass produced ones.

Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly, just as you'd expect from an EPL.

Overall: The gold-standard for Euro Pale Lagers, in my book. A great beer in an underappreciated style. This one really showcases the subtleties pale lagers can have if brewed correctly and this is indeed a masterful example of such.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 15:11:50 | More by Beric
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metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of floral and grassy hops are present in the nose along with a touch of nondescript malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a bit grassy and has some flavors of pale and bready malts along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied and very clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very drinkable and well-crafted all-malt lager. There's nothing in the way of "off flavors" that are often attributable to some of the beers in this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 19:29:41 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy/foamy bright white head that reduces to thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts with a slight hint of honey sweetness. Lighter notes of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of biscuit and grainy malts with a very light hint of honey sweetness. There are light to moderate flavors of grassy hops that impart a light to moderate of bitterness that fades rather quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and clean.

O: Enjoyable and pairs well with many different types of food (in my case Chinese) - easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 00:13:19 | More by dbrauneis
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Neorebel

New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer pours a brilliant, clear gold, with about a 1/2" of fluff adorning the top. Bubbles are consistently rising, indicating a fair amount of carbonation. It's almost perfect, as the head also clings to the side of the glass nicely. The nose is that of fresh baked bread, and the smells of Spring fields. A soft, European hop aroma can be detected within as well. While the scents leads one to believe the beer will be delicate, the taste is much more vibrant. It's got a hearty, buttery malt taste in the background with the crisp, yet floral hops coming in next. The fading sensation in the finish is gradual and pleasing. The mouth feel is very light, borderline watery. The best way I can describe it is that the back of the throat is filled with the presence of the beer on the way down more than the beer actually coats the mouth during each sip. This is a great beer to get someone started on the finer lagers in life, or for any beer enthusiasts who are skeptical about European lagers or lighter ABV beers in general.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 00:48:55 | More by Neorebel
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle into a Samuel Smith nonic.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a billowy two finger head that very quickly fizzles away to a very thin cap. Abundant carbonation keeps the little foam around for awhile though.

Aroma of bready grain along with some soft noble hops. Not very strong but subtle and soft. A tiny bit of orange and lemon zest as well.

The flavor provides lots of bread with grassy/floral hops along with a hint of biscuit. Very typical for the style but this feels just a little more refined than some cheaper versions. Soft, clean mouthfeel with a nice crisp finish.

Overall, a decent, quaffable beer but not worth the steep price it commands. I would much rather drink a Baltika 3.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 22:33:52 | More by rangerred
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Premo88

Texas

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: clean pale gold, 1/2-inch white head; slight lacing

S: biscuits; sweet malt

T: sweet yeasty malt -- thorough sweetness that is there from the front to back end; very little bitter hops, but you can taste some mellowed hops

F: heavier than water, decent carbonation ... nothing exceptional

O: not your average lager; really sweet and malty; blindfolded, I could mistake this for an English pale ale ... the big giveaway is the lack of "bitter," but that isn't a bad thing. It makes this brew very distinctive. It's fantastically sweet without being overly so; no cloying banana or anything like that ... just good yeast and barley.

I must say had I rated this beer after the first bottle, it might've gotten all 5s. It just blew me away how malty a lager can taste. After working through a four-pack, the beer became less of a mind-blower and just a good solid beer. It's not cheap, and chances are you can find a local lager better for a better price, BUT if you want to show a friend the difference between the corn tortilla chip that is the American macro brew and a true lager, THIS IS IT!

And maltheads, sign up ...

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 05:01:28 | More by Premo88
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BuckIronRocket


3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Classic; bright shining gold with a half inch of foamy white head. Looks almost like a prototype movie or TV show beer. Reminds me of a Notre Dame football helmet.

S - Best part about this beer. HONEY. Strong smell of honey and buttered biscuits.

T - After the smell the taste is a slight let down. Clean, cold and complex. Has a mild hop bite, strong yeast flavor. There is something missing that I cannot quite explain.

M- Refreshing and light. Good bubbly carbonation through out.

O- One of the more intriguing beers I've ever had. The smell is OUTSTANDING and I may buy again based on smell alone. The taste is just as compelling for what it lacks in comparison to what it has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 02:39:46 | More by BuckIronRocket
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

For whatever reason, I have Aerosmith's "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" stuck in my head right now... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly-buttered biscuit, very light grass, and a hint of honey. The taste holds notes of dried honey, light toffee, even lighter biscuit, and a vague sense of funky lemon peel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, though I could possibly see this working well on cask (don't ask me why, I just get that impression here), it just didn't do it for me out of the bottle. This is quite the letdown.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 07:46:07 | More by TMoney2591
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright light yellow not faint like a light beer with a 1/2 inch of frothy head that trickles to a mild lace ring.

S - Sweet corn, mild grain, some faint hops, and a bit of skunk.

T - Best corn tasting beer I ever had. Very little skunk and has a touch of caramel malt and hops too.

M - Light and crisp easy to drink.

Overall not a huge fan of lagers but this one was well crafted. As good as everything they make.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 02:04:19 | More by DrDemento456
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear pale yellow color with a half an inch's worth of head that fades to a thin cap quickly

S: Pale malts, buttered bread, lager yeast, and light hops. Very clean and crisp

T: Follows the nose. Buttered bread and malts come through the most, with a background of the yeast and hops. Finishes with lightly spicy hops. Again, very clean and crisp

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very clean and simple lager with nice flavor and great drinkability. Good price point, as usual with SS. Definitely recommended for those who like lagers

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 07:13:03 | More by BEERMILER12
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RaulMondesi

California

2.23/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Four pack at my local Trader Joes in Tustin, CA.

Was looking forward to drinking session after session of Hottenroth all day - but apparently walking into The Bruery Provisions at 5:01 (they closed at 5:00 on Christmas Eve) was too late for them to sell Raul a few bottles. (The also sent me to a liquor store that didn't even sell any of their items, but that is besides the point.)

Anyway, so here Raul is with this swill instead. I was looking forward to pounding the entire 4-pack, but I could only get through 1. Is it me, or do all Euro Lagers/Pilsners either taste just decent, or like this nasty astringent, windex, skunk-like lager?

Raul was pumped on this, but he highly disagrees with it. Raul will use it to clean his windows instead. Peace!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 21:39:15 | More by RaulMondesi
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bambam2517

Arizona

3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass at 40F.

A - Very pale straw color, short-lived froth that dissipates to a watery ring, slight effervescence in the body.

S - Faintly floral, some light hops aroma.

T - Refreshing and mildly hoppy, but not outstanding. Pretty standard actually, falling in line with the Buds and Coors of the world. The floral aftertaste is an improvement over American macrolagers, but is not present in enough abundance to score higher.

M - Light and clean, pleasant.

O - This one is easy to enjoy, wouldn't mind a few in a row at a wedding or the like. Much better values to be had though. Look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 21:23:12 | More by bambam2517
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DarkBeer


4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good beer. It has a yellowish gold color, and nice head when poured in a pint glass. The taste of it is similar to Sam Smith's Organic Lager, but with less of an acidic aftertaste. The soft water in Pure Brewed Lager helps it go down smooth and easy. There is a good amount of carbonation that blends well with the grainy aftertaste. It's very pure tasting with well balanced flavors and texture, something I can drink regularly.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 16:57:12 | More by DarkBeer
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a Thumbler glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow color forming a small white bubbled head which dissipates quickly leaving no lacings

S: Sweet grains and honey, basically. Lager yeasts and some flowery hops

T: Follows the nose, sweet grains and honey, mainly. Lager bready yeasts and some hops. In overall, a slightly sweet beer with a very light bitter end

M: Watery light body. Medium carbonation. Grainy aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. One of the best Lagers I've ever had

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 20:02:45 | More by eduardolinhalis
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seagullbeer

California

4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

If you are looking for a nice simple lager that does everything right and has no weird syrupy things going on get this beer

A- Typical lager yellow with a nice soft head

S- Light fresh piny, mild lime zest

T- Clean bitter flavor. Not much of any malts or darker tastes. Perfect lager taste!

M- Light with small bubbles and refreshing mild bitterness left at end

O- I've been meaning to try a few of the Samuel Smith lagers but haven't because I'm accustom to paying no more than a dollar a beer. When i'm made of money I will be buying bottles of these in place of tall cans.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 03:42:31 | More by seagullbeer
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pkalix

California

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

does england have a budweiser?
yellow - definitely STRAW color, minimal head.
typical lager smell with a slight accent , , , you know, like 'those guys' over there . . . .
taste . . . WAY more drinkable than a bud or a cuurs...
mouthfeel? like a heavier bud or cuurs...
overall? dang! i like it. 5%, too. plain wrapper. plain beer. refreshing. maybe it's NOT a commercial beer in england, afterall . . . .seems EVERYTHING samuel smith is EXCELLENT. way better than that samuel ADAMS junk too....

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 01:56:03 | More by pkalix
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa recently since I never had this before and this was lighter than the other Sam Smith's beers that I've had before. I was never a fan of this style, given how similar and "skunky" the popular examples of this are but after having enjoyed this bottle, I can say that this was by far and away the best example of a Euro Pale Lager that I've ever had!

The pour to this was what I expected when I bought this beer - golden, clear, and foamy. Not a lot of lacing though but the carbonation was good for a beer that was this clear in appearance. Lots of grass and straw here with a good malt balance and a slightly sour aftertaste. This blew the green-bottled beers of this style and there was just enough body here to keep this from feeling watered-down.

The alcohol was spot-on too and had I hard another bottle, I would have downed that after finishing this. I wish more lagers were this floral and easy to drink. There's nothing flashy here but this was enjoyable and ups the ante for a style that doesn't get a whole lot of love!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 21:12:39 | More by JerzDevl2000
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light yellow with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain and some slight grass/hay aromas. Taste is much the same along with a slight fruity note. There is a very mild bitterness that quickly fades after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is very refreshing and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 04:15:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pure, translucent gold with a huge head of dense, foamy, creamy, white head that has great retention

S - grassy, faintly fruity, a hint of cereal grains

T - grassy, cereal grains, corn flakes

M - light bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent light-bodied lager that's easy to put away. It has a nice, corn flake-like flavor that is welcomed in a see of musty, watered down Euro lagers. I would try this again if I were in the mood for something highly sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 23:19:49 | More by tdm168
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Jerone

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Darker straw color than most lagers, bright head that stays for a minute, lots of bubbles, some lacing.

S - slight malt and fresh hop, mmm.

T - Great, some slightly floral hops with a malt backbone and a bit of a yeasty flavor in there too. Really delicious beer, everything in the right balance.

M - Moderate carbonation, nice and refreshing.

O - Tastes really good and hits the spot. Nothing overly complex, but doesn't need to be.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 22:46:21 | More by Jerone
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle, with an attractive hop-vine foil neck enclosure. One of the very few Sam Smith brews not repped in my home jurisdiction, so I just couldn't pass it up upon seeing it here on Oahu, in a most unlikely British beer locale.

This beer pours a mostly clear, pale golden straw hue, with three fingers of puffy, silky, foamy white head, which leaves a decently weird array of random op-art lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of grainy white cereal malt, a bit of hotel breakfast toast, and muddled grassy/leafy hops. The taste is strong grainy malt, with a Riesling-like petrol essence, very slight drupe fruitiness, and a soft dead-leaf and mildly tangy hoppiness.

The bubbles are a bit frizzy, and petulant, but easily disregarded, the body an agreeable medium weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes with more of the food-grade gasohol aura, blended into the hearty crackery graininess, and meek, but steadfast noble hops.

A solid pale lager, of the European bent - full, comprehensive, and thorough - you could be forgiven if you think I'm talking about insurance policies, but, no, it's a lager - and a damned good one at that, if stiff British upper lip-ism is your thing.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 06:11:05 | More by biboergosum
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Angel in the Fields.

A: Clear straw-gold body with lively carbonation rising to an ultra-fine inch of white head. Lots of lace. Great-looking lager.

S: Clean, lightly-toasted bready malt aroma, with some faint grassiness as well. Solid but unimpressive.

T: Again, clean, light, bready malt. Nothing off, but nothing interesting either.

M: Light-to-medium bodied with lots of lively, slightly prickly effervescence. Ok.

O: This is a nice, drinkable, crisp lager. It's better than most examples of its style, but still isn't something I'd seek out.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2012 22:22:27 | More by woosterbill
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith Pure Brewed Lager Beer has a thick, stark-white head and a hazy (after swishing the bottom 20% of the bottle), yellow-golden appearance, with some lacing and lots of streaming bubbles. The aroma is of lightly-toasted malt, grain husks, sweetness, and water. Taste is of a bit of lemon, biscuit, malt, some hop bitterness, paper, and water. The mouthfeel is medium, and Samuel Smith’s Pure Brewed Lager finishes mostly dry, crisp, and very refreshing. Overall, this is a very fine beer.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 14:59:05 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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