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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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5,933 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,933
Reviews: 2,214
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 428
Gots: 455 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001)
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner's Hefeweissbier is truly an aesthetic beauty in the pint glass. An inch of creamy, buff-beige head retains effortlessly atop a hazy, golden-orange body. Carbonation everywhere, the head just won't go away. Decent lacing left along the drinking side of the pint. The aroma a nice blend of banana, bubblegum and clove. Sweet, wheat-heavy breaded malts, vanilla cream, and orange zest round out the delectable scent.

Yeasty banana, thick wheat, and pale malt give the flavor a quaffable, sweet body. I can see how this beer has achieved its worldwide popularity, as it's easily one of the more drinkable beers I've come across. Mouthfeel is creamy and semi-thick for a Hefeweizen, with a peppery bite and a smooth, refreshing finish. I was quite impressed with this one, and I will definately be having it again at some point (hopefully on-tap next time).

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 04:17:24 | More by wagenvolks
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jdoncbus

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#2467 on bottle

Pours a cloudy amber-gold with a two-fingerhead. Decent lacing with a lot of carbonation.

The nose is yeast, wheat, & lemon. Grainy after with a nice dose of of a peppery/clove hopiness.

Very crisp on the palate. A sour-honeycomb flavor that blends well with the yeast & wheat breadiness. You get a little pop of spicey hop that leaves the mouth a bit dry.

This one went well with the sausage, portabellas, peppers,and asparagus I was shoveling down for lunch. I am trying to sample and appreciate more hefeweizens and German brews. A vey solid beer and will bring some down for the old man who digs his Deutsch suds.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 23:10:48 | More by jdoncbus
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ClashmoreMike

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one in a pint glass.

Appearance: Beautiful cloudy orange color. More than two fingers of off-white, solid head. Plenty of carbonation bubbles. Head slowly goes down to a thin layer than remains throughout. No real lacing.

Smell: Ripe bananas and cream; clove; sweetness.

Taste: Pretty much just like the smell. Bananas and clove (with clove more prominent). Slight cigar kind of after taste. A little bit of bitterness. A nice sweetness arises as the beer warms up a bit.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation - not overwhelming at all. Light to medium body. Fairly smooth.

Drinkability: This is a very solid and very drinkable beer. Very refreshing. Can't wait to drink this beer in the Summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 02:02:18 | More by ClashmoreMike
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WJVII

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a cloudy golden yellow with a decent amount of haziness. There was a nice thick 2 inch head that lasted throughout the pour. The cloudiness was expected in this hefe weiss. There was a mild sweet smell with hints of spice and some banana and other citrus notes. My lips were met with a nice frothy head and the taste was sweet and earthy. Very evident flavor of banana and a nice wheat flavor. This is a good beer and with the years of experience this brewery has I see why they have lasted so long.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 00:56:39 | More by WJVII
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atrus138

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into my weizen glass from a 12 oz bottle that informs me that this was brewed under the Purity Law of 1516, which is reassuring. Color is a very light amber color with a massive fluffy white head. Smell is very zesty. There is a huge spice presence here of clove. Aroma is also quite lemony. Taste delivers on the spiciness and fruitiness, though I detected some banana and wheat. Nice and crisp. Mouthfeel is perfect. Medium body with peppy carbonation complements the flavor perfectly. Tasty and easily sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 06:36:17 | More by atrus138
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Mudpuppet

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Poured from a 20oz bottle into a tall Weiss glass. Pours a hazy straw yellow with a nice 1" head.

S- Nice Belgian nose. Banana, cloves, coriander and yeast. Really nice hefe nose.

T- Wheaty, yeasty, and a bit fruity. This is a really tasty and refreshing beer. This beer is also a little spicy. Really gives it a nice contrast to the wheat and yeast flavors. Man this is great tasting.

M- This is a perfect hefeweizen. Nice and creamy with a great carbonation.

D- I will be drinking a ton of this come the summer. I wish it was warm now I would be sitting on my balcony drinking this and watch the 'C' line pass by.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 00:53:13 | More by Mudpuppet
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into my hefe glass and received a nice cloudy, orange body that was very dense with a one-finger head that slowly faded and left minor lacings. Note: yeast sediments in bottle so shake bottom part, I did a tad but there were tiny particles in the bottom of my glass.
A very yeasty and citrusy smell, with a pinch of earthiness and sweetness. I can't really place any of them directly, but there in the aroma when you take a nice whiff and drinking out of a hefe glass you'll smell every time you take a sip.
This is a very acidic brew, sharp and crisp. A rather heavy body that is accentuated with orange and banana fruit flavors, among others, with some clove that creates an overall impression of softness on the backbite. The softness reminded me of bubblegum or something, because it was a tad sweet. In fact, the beer was a little slick going down.
Overall, not only is this a great hefe and a great session beer, but it is complex and not just overly fruity or overly sweet like other wheats.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 17:46:31 | More by clayrock81
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Matty1918

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy, pale honey color with a massive creamy head.

A fair amount of lacing
Aroma was of wheat and citrus.

A great tasting wheat beer where you can really taste the wheat....has a earthy taste. Alot of carbonation and a hint of citrus possible lemon.

This is one of the best wheat beers I've had. Great tasting.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 21:21:37 | More by Matty1918
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markgugs

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 500mL bottle into a tall tulip weiss glass (consumed: 2/14/08)

A: Pours a gorgeous hazy, tawny, gold, with a huge rocky white head, which in turn seems to last forever & a day. I think I could take a nap on this beer's head. Throughout the beer, it leaves behind huge chunks of lacing that remind me of the Archipelegos.

S: Yeast is right there in your face, lots of cloves, bubblegum and a slight tart lemony scent are all present too. Some nice fresh-baked bread brings it all together, this is an amazing smelling beer.

T/M: Sweetness hits the tip of the tongue immediately, but not cloyingly so. Followed by a very creamy, almost buttery body and some nice citric bite. Loads of bready malt & cereal grain flavors combine with the tanginess of the wheat and lead to a enjoyably astringent finish. A delicious beer that often winds up being gulped and not sipped.

D: One of the all-time greats, probably THE wheat beer that all others are measured against. One of the most drinkable beers around.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 17:05:49 | More by markgugs
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hwwty4

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 16.9oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Pours a hazy golden straw with a big billowing head that subsided into thin layer of white bubbles. Aroma is big on the banana with vanilla and a slightly grassy aroma. Taste is much the same with banana being the spotlighted flavor. Also there is a slight salty tinge to the finish of the beer. Mouthfeel is full with because of the lack of filtering. Wheat beers are about the most drinkable beer style in my opinion. There is absolutely nothing better on a hot day then drinking a cold Hefe. Very tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 01:55:01 | More by hwwty4
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a typical pint glass - all my tall glasses were unfortunately dirty.

Appearance was beautiful, pale, cloudy golden yellow, with a pretty head with moderate retention and thick sheets of runny lacing. Such a refreshing looking beer.

Smell is crisp and bright, wheat notes dominate, with lemon peel and yeast notes present. Very nice, though not outstanding.

Taste, on the other hand, is outstanding. Excellently balanced, with a very noticeable flavor progression. Wheat starts it off with a very earthy, spicy kick. Beer is mildly bitter and mildly tart, and alcohol is present but works well in harmony with everything else. Lemon is present in the aftertaste. Just a really earthy, tasty, and surprisingly complex beer (for a hefeweizen) - blows me away every time.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp and refreshing, carbonation works wonders in conjunction with the flavor profile. Covers the whole mouth in a creamy, glorious blanket. Delicious.

Drinkability is as good as you can get. This beer isn't too sweet, isn't too bitter, isn't too tart, isn't too fruity, and isn't too alcoholic - it's a perfect balance of every good aspect of a good beer, the shining example of the style, and a true all-around classic.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 23:21:24 | More by CrellMoset
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ABCJiugui

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 1pint.9 floz bottle into the brewery's eponymous hefe glass.

A- Beautiful. Slow pour reveals hazy golden straw with visible carbonation activity from bottom to top, voluminous 4-5 finger head, consistent and tight small foam bubbles, recedes slowly over the course of drinking to 1/2 finger head retention to the bottom of the glass. Spotty lacing at best- second bottle in a different glass resulted in better lacing. Overall, simply a beautiful beer to look at in a weizen glass.

S- Banana, damp sweet hay, vanilla, smell of sweet cream and nutty browned butter even! Mild fruits throughout the smell, a little citric as well, wonderful aroma.

T- Banana, vanilla again, hops are not strong- perhaps just enough tannin? to be slightly astringent, contributing to a drier finish than one would expect with these kinds of aromas. Sweetness (malts?) is mild but very welcome and excellently balanced. Flavor reminded me of sweet cream butter. Slight tang from citic component, but that may just be the smell coming back in.

M- SOOO smooth and SOOOO creamy. The foam of the head is soooo soft in the mouth, almost fluffy. Like a thin, foamed creme anglaise almost in the mouth, with similar classic flavors. The carbonation is perfectly complementary, not too harsh, but present enough to provide lightness and refreshing lift.

Overall, this beer is amazing. Had mine with a steamed whole tilapia, cantonese styled. Went wonderfully- brought out more of the fruity components of the beer and balanced so well with the delicate steamed fish. A classic beer on so many levels, no wonder why every other weiss is attempting to use this as the benchmark!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 13:27:02 | More by ABCJiugui
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

cloudy pale straw color, lots of fluffy head that stays around, nice lacing.

smells of banana and yeasty, fresh white bread. hint of citrus or peach.

gentle, fruity sweetness is held at bay with an equally gentle hop bitterness that flows into a nicely malty, yet semi-dry finish. and pleasant, very faint acidity. notes of clove-like spice and lemon along with traces of the nutty yeast.

pretty silky smooth, with carbonation to keep things refreshed.

i could drink these all day long!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 00:42:00 | More by tai4ji2x
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tjthresh

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured in to my Paulaner weizen glass. Hazy yellow orange with a billowing snow white head. Lots of carbonation raising through the glass. Clove, citrus, and muted banana in the aroma. Wheat, dough, banana and clove flavors. Doughy palate with some spritz. Finishes with a twang.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 11:26:17 | More by tjthresh
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ElGrecoVerde

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hefe's aren't my favorite style, but this is one damn good beer. Poured a cloudy yellow/orange with a massive off white head.

Smell is fruity, with bananas and lemon dominating the aromas. The taste starts with bananas, quickly giving way to a spicy clove flavor. One of my biggest complaints with wheat beers is a rosemary flavor that just doesn't seem to work well in beer. This one has none of that. Just the nice spicy flavors of a premium cigar. It ends crisp, with good carbonation, and some lemon peel to say goodbye.

As it warms, the bitter flavors come out more. This isn't always a bad thing, but can hurt drinkability as the alcohol becomes more noticable.

Solid, solid beer. From the oldest brewery in the world, no less.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 17:39:49 | More by ElGrecoVerde
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RobbieB5555

Maryland

4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful Hefe! I am, unfortunately, not as eloquent as my fellow hefe lovers, but I can say that I have been privilege enought to drink hefe and kristal weizen all over Germany, and this as good or better than any I have ever drank.

I would recommend this beer to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 04:21:07 | More by RobbieB5555
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LetsGoQuakers

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Far and away the best Hefeweizen I have had to date. Maintains the sweetness taste of a wheat beer but has much more of a stronger beer feel. Perfect for someone who wants a strong wheat beer but doesn't want to lose the taste.

Has the same foggy appearance of a wheat beer and mouthfeel. But goes down smoother and with much more of a beer after taste rather than the wicked sweet after taste of some other wheat beers.

I am a true beliere in Hefeweuzens and other wheat beers and I can safely say this is the best bottled one I have had short of actually Bavaria.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 07:36:15 | More by LetsGoQuakers
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SirSaranac

New York

4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oooh, a new hefe for me to try.... although this appears to be the worlds oldest brewery... since 1040!

A- WICKED cloudy... 2 BIG fingers of head... light honey in color with lemon hints... sporadic lacing

S- Delicious nose... Banana dominates along with the wheat malt. Apple says hello as well.... fig? Yeast as well

T- Wheat malt is very clean and dominant... banana sticks around for the entire ride. The flavor doesn't kick you in the face, but it's pretty freakin smooth.

M- Light light body... nice hefe bite with a crisp dry finish

D- Great example of a traditional hefe.... nuff said

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 06:55:41 | More by SirSaranac
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kwiik

Sweden

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first hefeweizen. A 500 mL bottle purchased at Systembolaget served in a Schneider Weisse weizen glass.

Appearance: Hazy gold with longlasting, extensive carbonation present.
Smell: Clean with some yeast, banana and wheat presence.
Taste: Sweetish with very little bitterness. Spices are barely noticeable. Just the way I like it.
Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation. Creamy smooth.
Drinkability: All night long. Return engagement planned.

A very nice beer. Have to try some other Hefeweizens and see if they are as good.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 18:48:16 | More by kwiik
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KingPuuChuu

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazing.

When I first started drinking Hefe's, I never knew that there were beers like this. Poured into one of my Thinkgeek "Insert Beer" pint glasses, and was a lovely caramel. Extremely hazy, with a slight head to it. The head left a nice lace on the inside of the glass, while the beer itself was very drinkable. It left a pleasant feel on the tounge, and felt very refreshing.

As for the flavor, there are heavy hints of citrus, along with some herbal hints. The after taste comes off slightly bitter, but not in a bad way, and as mentioned in prior comments, the aftertaste tends to differ between the hoppiness and a citrus ting. The initial sip does take you by surprise, but as you enjoy the beer, it does get easier to drink, I could see myself drinking these during the summer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 03:58:07 | More by KingPuuChuu
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Rudgers73

New York

4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my Witte tumbler.
Looks much like a typical hefeweizen, but the head is incredibly retentive. It domes over the top of the glass but does not spill over the side. As it slowly falls, it leaves huge dish-bubble lacing. The beer itself is a deep honey shade with consistent, small bubbles of carbonation rising throughout. The smell is great. It smells really fresh, not that kind of cardboard, bland aroma that some hefeweizens get. Yeast smells similar to Franziskaner, very round and slightly Belgian-like, but with it's own bready funk, rather than a Belgian banana funk.

Wow. I didn't know there were hefeweizens that tasted like this. It has an awesome bready malt that combines with the yeast to create an almost vanilla bean character. It is so full of flavor and rich. The citrus is way towards the end with just a quick lemon zest snap. It moves from a full, thick, chewy mouthfeel to a lighter and more crisp finish. Slight hop bitterness fights with the citrus to provide a slightly different finish from sip to sip. This is the most well balanced hefeweizen I've tried so far. There is enough going on that there isn't that dull, waxy overtone that makes you sick of drinking it. I am impressed by this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 23:47:12 | More by Rudgers73
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a hazy straw color with a frothy white head and a healthy amount of lacing.

Aroma is both sweet and spicy with plenty of clove, cinnamon, lemon, and wheat.

Tastes of bananas, bubblegum, yeast, clove, and lemon.

Lighter mouthfeel with a good zing to the carbonation.

A very drinkable and very enjoyable hefeweizen. I can't wait to have a few of these out on the patio this summer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 02:16:03 | More by Monkeyknife
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jenbys2001

Japan

4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep golden color with a gorgeous thick head that dissipated quickly but left some lacing on the sides of the glass. It has a pronounced spicy flavor with hints of grapes and cinnamon. Clove and ginger are also noticeable. Compared to other Hefeweizens it is a little heavier with a thick mouthfeel and a sharper hop flavor. Fantastic layered taste with a spicy kick that stands out above the fruit notes. Interesting, delicious example of a well made Hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 15:18:49 | More by jenbys2001
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One pint and .9 fL oz beer poured into a weizen glass. No freshness date.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow orange with a two inch creamy white and loosely packed head little bits of carbonation holding up the head. Little bit of lacing but not really expecting that much.

S: Sweet clean and creamy orange and lemon peel with sweet clove and wheat. Bit of vanilla in there, just warm and clean and fantastic. Smells so fresh and clean.

T/MF: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel backed by a good deal of prickly carbonation. Again there is a beautiful interplay between orange, clove and yeasty funk, very very fruity but balanced out by a taste of wheat and cream, pretty long finish that leaves a taste of mellow cinnamon on the tongue.

D: Really a great and clean drinking beer, no matter what time of year, be it the middle of summer of 10 below (which it is now) this a a beer that should be handily enjoyed. A real world class and mellow beer. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 01:46:42 | More by bluemoonswoon
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BeerTaster

New York

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The worlds oldest brewery! I see why they have been in business so long. This is an outstanding Hefe Weissbier the standard by witch others are to be measured. The beer was golden with plenty of cloudieness formed a nice head and left good lace. Smell was a little bit of fresh bread and banana. Taste was remenicent of banana and clove. The beer was very carbonated one of the more refreshing brews I have had. Drinkability well lets just say I could go for a hot summer day good company a barbeque and about four of these 16oz bottles. If you like Hefe then try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 00:41:30 | More by BeerTaster
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