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Tucher Kristall Weizen - Brauerei Tucher Brau

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BA SCORE
85
very good

175 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Tucher Brau visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-16-2001)
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xav33

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tucher Kristall Weizen
Half Liter bottle
Unknown bottling (notched 1 and 8 in the third segment, 333 cap citing their 1672-2005 anniversary)

Poured a clear dark yellow with a huge fully lasting frothy white head with good lacing and massive carbonation.

Smelt of moderate cloves and bananas, light bread, some sweat.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet spicy bananas and grain followed by a moderate sweet cookie and bitter pungent mold finish of average length. Palate was light bodied, watery, fizzy and lightly astringent.

Overall, I never had this style before, but everything seems to be on par with what I've read. The yeasty finish is killer.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2006 08:07:04 | More by xav33
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Drew966

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tucher Kristall Weizen pours a nice golden color with a thick white head from a brown one pint, one ounce bottle. Aroma is banana and cloves as expected. Quite crisp, clove and banana are present, as are some hops toward the end. Also seems to be a somewhat metallic taste too, although its not really too distracting. Pretty good, worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 23:25:47 | More by Drew966
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ernie

Russian Federation

3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dryish wheat beer from Nurnberg that loses some points in aroma and complexity to its 'big' counterparts like Schneider or Franziskaner.

Color is pale, crown smaller than average, spritzy nose, slender body, taste crisp and refreshing, bitter-sour finish.

Yeah, it's dry, but we expect richer taste from Bavarian Weizen.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2006 17:40:12 | More by ernie
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jvdineen

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a weizen glass with the typical large head of a wheat beer. Clear straw yellow with rising champagne-esque carbonation. A standard yeast/low hops aroma. Yet this is quite fruity even though the yeasts that gave that flavor are long gone. Quite rerfeshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2006 22:56:09 | More by jvdineen
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mynie

Indiana

3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

You cannot top that for a Weizen pour. Dark gold golden with a large, rocky head that spills over the top of the glass.

Smells of light wheat spice and a bit of skunk, along with little hints of fruit.

Tastes like it smells. Slight hints of wheat mostly overpowered by a skunk taste and a pea gravel finish. Earthy, not horrible.

A big let down after the pour.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 01:31:41 | More by mynie
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blackie

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Nice, big off white head recedes slowly. The beer is pale golden in color.

smell: Grassy hops, old vegetables, wheat, white bread. Not bad but a little off.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is towards the lower end of the high range, and the body is light.

taste: Wheaty with a muddy, old vegetable taste. Some sulfurs and a light noble hop flavor and taste.

drinkability: Easy to drink but not special in any way, and a little off.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 20:51:57 | More by blackie
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eb003

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this to pour very well. It is very "clean" for a Weizen (guess that's why they call it "Kristall"). It does have a fruity...almost sweet smell. I like the overall taste, but it is not quite as flavorable as other Weiss beers... like most Hefe's. I don't know if that has to do with the clear nature? The mouthfeel is good, it's very light and crisp. It goes down smooth. I find the drinkability to be very high. This is a lighter beer, not filling. I think this would be a great beer to have on a hot summer day. Overall, I find other Weiss beers/ Weizens to have more flavor, but this is still a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 03:12:03 | More by eb003
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Ieatlambfries

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is darker shade of gold with a thick white head. The head disipated quickly and left a small foamy layer on the top.

Smell is yeasty. Reminisent of some Belgian yeast strains I've smelled.

Tatste is quite yeasty as well. Soft, bread like with notes of honey. Also a bit flowery.

Mouthfeel is crisp. Bubbles are a bit sharp.

Drinkabilty is good. Very subtle flavors but by no means flavorless.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 02:18:17 | More by Ieatlambfries
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spotless, ripe banana peel with the occasional rising bubble. The head was massive initially, thanks to my spirited pour, and is taking its sweet time deflating. The bone white crown has the slightest toasty tint, like a marshmallow held over a campfire for a moment or two. I like the look because it's simple, clean and classy.

This is one of the more hefe weizen-like kristal weizen noses that I've run across. By that I mean that banana and clove are more prominent than is typical for the style. As far as I'm concerned, the more of those particular esters, the better. The nose has a solidity and a quality about it that makes me think the flavor will be to my liking.

Good call. Kristall Weizen is one of the best beers of this style that I've ever had. The sturdy firmness of the barley malt dovetails beautifully with the softness of the wheat malt. There's a perfect amount of sweetness as well. While hops are scarce, they provide just the right amount of countering bitterness.

Yeast esters are subdued on the palate. That's to be expected since they aren't allowed in the final product. Again, though, there's more flavor than was anticipated. Banana probably supercedes clove, but neither one is rampant. My (hefe) weizen banan-o-meter score is 1.5/5.0. Even without the yeast, kristal weizens of this caliber are infinitely preferable to the vast majority of American pale wheat ales.

The mouthfeel is gorgeous. Although it struggles to reach medium, it makes use of every last... whatever the unit of measurement for mouthfeels is. It's wispily silky, is exquisitely carbonated and is the unqualified highlight of this entire experience. Drinkability must be on the high side since the pint bottle is empty and my glass is down to the last swallow or two.

I continue to be impressed by Brauerei Tucher Brau. I had despaired of ever finding a version of the krystal weizen style that appeals to me, but this one most certainly does. I'll still grab a quality hefe weizen every time, but it's nice to know that if I ever develop a yeast sensitivity, there's a wonderful beer available that is a more than worthy substitute.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 23:17:26 | More by BuckeyeNation
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DogFood11

California

3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starting this baby off with a solid 4.5 on appearance. How can it improve? Big rocky head that maintains vigorously, sticky lacing. Highly filtered and Kristall clear with an off orange hue. NICE!!!

Banana is the theme as usual but this one is very subtle and grains, some light citrus fruits have an impact as well.

Tasted Medium rare banana bread. A level of bitterness seeps its way into the drink towards the end. It just rolls around perfectly on the palate. Mild carbonation but present enough to get the job done. I was in the mood for another tall bottle of this as soon as I finished so its gotta have some drinkability. Pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2005 01:29:21 | More by DogFood11
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JohnW

United Kingdom (England)

2.35/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am a great fan of Hefe Weizen beers, and was interested in trying this as it seems to be a popular selling bottled beer in the States (being a UK visitor) But never seen it in the UK.

Sorry to have to say, that this must be - for me anyhow - the most disappointing Hefe Weizen I have ever tasted. Very pale colour, but filtered and thus clean, has the aroma of a Hefe Weizen but much less pronounced than usual. Taste is extremely bland, only a pale reflection of what a good Hefe Weizen can be, very thin and watered down. I can only discribe it as though its a 'lite' or 'diet' version of a true Hefe beer! Rather like drinking Minute Maid Lemonade in comparsion to their Lite Diet version of Lemonade....ugh....tasteless and thin!

Being light in texture it is easy to drink, but being so bland its just boring.

I was really surprised, as I find German beers are usually so very good, but sorry, this is a very disappointing. Give me Andechs, Schneider, Wiehenstephener, Weltenburger any day!!

John W (Bham UK)

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2005 09:58:53 | More by JohnW
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden body with a frothy whity head that leaves lacing all over the glass

Smell: Vague hints of banana, clove and yeast

Taste: Spicy clove touches highlight the banana flavor right from the start; the finish is crisp

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with good carbonation

Drinkability: A nice example of the style if this is the type of thing you like

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2005 22:48:55 | More by brentk56
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horndecker

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rather stylish silver label. 500 ml bottle.

The color of it is deep brassy orange, clear and bright. A sudsy, sticky head lasts and laces the glass. The nose is banana bread, or stewed bananas, an earthier impression, along with melon and a peppery hop tinge. And then earthy, but clean, malt. Yeah, it's hard to describe.

The first sip brings a mineral tang, a mild grassy hop bite, the bananas and melons, then sweet, round malt and grain, leading to a drying finish with a mildly bitter aftertaste. It's delicious. Very creamy and smooth in the mouth, lots of effervescence, everything balanced and working together.

I think I have found a favorite weizen. I usually go for the cloudy, funky ones, but filtered or not, this one has what I want. Must keep this in stock in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2005 15:51:49 | More by horndecker
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danielharper

Michigan

2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

I'm a big fan of the Hefe-Weizen style (although as I recall I didn't much care for the Tucher), and my local liquor store was carrying these in 16-oz singles, so I bought one of these and one of the Dunkel-Weiss for tasting purposes. Maybe most of my enjoyment of the Hefe style comes from the yeast, because I found this beer so bland as to be almost undrinkable.

Appearance threw me a bit (my first Kristal Weizen), because with a Weizen I expect a cloudy, dark-yellow look. I knew that a Kristal wouldn't be the same way, but I was amazed at the light yellow clarity of the brew. I could probably have read newsprint straight through it. Used a standard Weizen glass for the tasting, like any other Weiss it produced a nice thick foamy head that almost overwhelmed the glass, although I found that it dissipated much more quickly than the Hefes I've tasted.

The smell drew me in quite nicely -- a subdued but everpresent mix of citrusy aromas and creamy fruitiness. Sniffing this brew, even as the beer went on and the head started to dissipate, was my favorite experience involved with this brew.

Unfortunately, the taste threw me for a loop. Perhaps the yeast in most Hefes keeps the flavor inside, because this beer very quickly disappointed me in its lack of flavor. None of the cloves or citrus taste that I generally expect from a good Weizen; this beer really didn't taste like much of anything. Even swishing it in my mouth and letting the foam build didn't really add anything to the taste. Color me disappointed.

Mouthfeel was a bit better. The beer did have a nice foamy aftertaste, and despite the watery consistency, I found it pleasurable and easy as far as the texture was concerned. Bittnerness was low, and the beer finished nicely even if it wasn't too impressive taste-wise.

It's a pretty drinkable beer, I'd have to say, despite what I'd consider a substandard taste. I might think that this would be a "gateway" beer for people who only drink adjunct lagers, but really you'd miss out on all the flavors of a good hefe with this. My overall impression was kinda, "eh," but I think that the beer isn't really bad enough that I couldn't drink a couple if I had them readily available.

I worried at first that I might have gotten a bad bottle, as Great Spirits doesn't seem to do a lot of business in singles, but I couldn't taste any skunk to this beer and I think that it tasted the way it was supposed to taste -- I think I just didn't care for it. If I have the opportunity to try a few more Kristals in the coming weeks (my liquor store only carries this one), I will see if my opinion changes and possibly re-review. Otherwise, I must give a largely negative review to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2005 00:03:36 | More by danielharper
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought a bottle of this simply due to my experience the previous evening with the Hefe. I was stuck in something close to beer hell: Orlando. Well, this beer was barely better than nothing. The beer had a typical golden appearance, with a minimal head. The aroma was also virtually non-existent. The taste was more pils than weizen, with a slight sharpness that reminded me of sterling hops. The mouthfeel was average, and the beer was very well carbonated. The drinkability was a little less than average. I struggled to finish one, and I don't plan on buying another. I also don’t plan on returning to the home of the Giant Rat any time soon either....

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2005 03:59:11 | More by aaronh
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light yellow color with a huge billowing head that falls to about 3 fingers after a while, then to a finger hen letting it sit. The nose is slightly wheaty, slightly banana sweet, with a hint of lemony citrus. Nice. The flavor is right there, with a slight banana, slight lemon. The wheat is not quite so strong. The feel is the very light side of moderate. I find this beer to be a nice example of a kristal. Very crisp and refreshing. The banana sweetness is nice and the citrusy lemony is good as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2005 06:18:25 | More by kmpitz2
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carln26

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured into the glass a brilliant clear gold, with a thick full white head. It sure is a beautiful looking glass of beer. The clarity indicates the beer has been filtered, and this lack of yeast softens the rest of the beers character. The nose still has bits of clove, banana, and vanilla, but less than I detect in a beer mit weizen. The same is true for the taste. Cloves, banana, more vanilla, and just a hint of orange come across. But it is a much lighter flavor than the unfiltered. Light and smooth mouth feel, this is a very drinkable beer. I can’t image a better style to have on a warm summer evening.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2005 23:38:31 | More by carln26
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Dukeofearl

California

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

Got this one at the local beer store in their irregular fire sale- $1.99 marked down to $0.50. Never heard of it, but so what- time to try something different!

Pours a medium pale yellow with a nice fluffy head- very even and constantly fed by decent carbonation.

Aroma is fresh and clean, biscuity/malty, with perhaps a touch of lemon/citrus. Maybe something grassy? Nice, pleasant, not strong or wild.

Flavor is pretty decent. Follow though of malty, bready, with a more pronounced citrus notes, fairly dry (minimal sweetness).

Nice mouthfeel, not thin, I could see quaffing these on a warm day!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2005 00:57:46 | More by Dukeofearl
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filabrazilia

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-clear yellow with a big white head that diminshes after some time. A nice looking beer.

There is a muted smell of clove and banana in the nose that just isn't assertive enough for my liking. I'm not sure if it's past its prime, but it's just not as aromatic as I would like it to be.

The taste is a little better than the aroma. This is what you would expect from the style--fruity and slightly spicy in the mouth with a touch of light malt. Nicely balanced and easy to drink.

This is a nice beer to consume. The mouthfeel has a touch of bite from the carbonation and it goes down very easily. The beer lingers in the aftertaste longer than I like.

This is a decent beer that would the right thjing to serve at a summer picnic.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2005 04:21:19 | More by filabrazilia
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 Pint and 1 Fluid Ounce brown glass bottle. Labels look exactly like that in the BA Database Avatar. Has a best before date numerical system on the side of the back label, but it isn’t nicked so who knows when it was bottled or expires.

Appearance: Streamers fill the lovely clear golden body. Big white head forms easily and stays put at ½” thick after the pour. Nice thick lacing on the glass edges. Decent levels of carbonation when swirled aid the head retention.

Nose: Light hint of cloves and some mashed bananas punctuate the air above the brew. Some yeast fills the back end also.

Taste: Very much a reflection of the nose. Soft bananas and cloves, yet the yeast I get in the nose is barely detectable. Clean, crisp and very easy going. Spritzy sweet cider feel in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Delicate soft feel in the mouth. Light bodied but certainly never lacking. Conditioning is creamy at times.

Drinkability: Easily swigged, but the sweet cider feel takes the edge off of this one after a while.

Overall: The second of the Tucher brews that I have tried, both have been solid offerings. The Kristall Weizen is worth a try and is a good above average brew overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2005 07:17:13 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Boilermaker88

California

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a hefeweizen glass, Tucher's Kristall weizen had a clear golden color reminescent of ginger ale, large random clots of carbonation and a large fluffy white head that rather quickly dwindled down to a small cap.
The nose had a nice blend of fruitiness bringing to mind apples and a hint of banana with a more subtle spiciness and grainy malt notes. The taste had a lightly bready malt flavor up front that was closely followed up with a mild sweet apple taste similar to a Golden Delicious variety. Not much in the way of banana and clove flavors inherent in most German weizens and possessing minimal hop character throughout. The feel was light and had a moderate creaminess thanks to the fine carbonation.
Overall, a nice example of the style and another good effort by Tucher. Pretty sweet but not cloying. A nice thirst-quencher.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2004 18:18:26 | More by Boilermaker88
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nortmand

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours golden straw yellow, with an amber glow. Two inches of foam, which leave no lacing.
Sweet, grainy lager smell, with a nice rich background.
Balanced wheat flavors, with a sweet, caramel background. Some bitterness mid and back of the tongue, but fairly subtle.
Nice, creamy mouthfeel with a supportive carbonation.
Very good, drinkable beer, made to consumed by the liter in a German beer hall. It's the kind of beer that reminds you of why Germans are considered some of the best brewers out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2004 22:22:38 | More by nortmand
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

2.38/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was a clear yellow brew that had a good-sized head. I would have expected it to be cloudy, but it wasn't.

All I could smell in the nose was skunkiness. I thought perhaps it had gone bad, or they weren't hopping properly.

The taste was similarly skunky. Flat-out bad. Not that much bitterness, which would have slightly redeemed the aroma.
Their dunkel hefeweizen is one to try, but this one is one to be avoided.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2004 03:40:51 | More by connecticutpoet
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Zorro

California

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden brew.

Smell is mild spice and cloves, and a touch of coriander.

Taste is a bit tart and dry with a fair clove flavor to it. Nice non-sweet Hefe-Weissen flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

A great beer for food, the dry tart flavor really cleans the palette.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2004 02:44:25 | More by Zorro
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was really a great wheat beer. It poured a golden colour and not as cloudy as your typical Bavarian wheat beer.
Pouring finished up with a lovely 1 and a half, almost two finger snow white head of really tiny, tightly knit bubbles.
The taste is very similar to most other German wheat beers, but it seemed to me to have just a tiny trace amount of banana, and a moderate amount of clove-like spice. There was a light to moderate amount of carbonation as well. This lack of carbonation combined with the great taste of this brew, as well as its smoothness, made it very easy to drink. It didn't seem tremendously filling. I feel I could down quite a few of these in a sitting. If you like German wheat beer, you should really give this one a go.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2004 03:14:14 | More by SilentSabre
Tucher Kristall Weizen from Brauerei Tucher Brau
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