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Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Bavarian Style WheatMichelob Bavarian Style Wheat

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BA SCORE
80
good

158 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 16.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A crisp, delicious wheat beer, Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat is brewed as a traditional, unfiltered hefeweizen. Natural cloudiness and a light, bright yellow color characterize this refreshing beer. You'll notice a pronounced spicy aroma and refreshing finish.

13 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 08-30-2006)
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks dad for letting me mooch off of your Michelob Mixed 20-pack.

The look is off light banana peel with some golden hay and good bubbling. I was hoping for a better head though. The aroma was like a good wheat beer should smell. Bananas and cloves with some light bitterness lingering neither here nor there. The taste was just like the aroma. Bananas, cloves and even some light red apples. Just a touch of tartness at the finish. Smooth and well carbonated palate for this particular beer. Just awesome. Blown away by this beer from such a brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 20:39:59 | More by scruffwhor
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a hazy golden orange, with medium off-white head that lingers well and then leaves good lacing. Aroma was a bit muted, but what was there was a doughy wheat smell. Flavor was some wheat and dough, with a slight hint of what tasted like bubblegum. Decent finish at first, though it turned a little stale toward the end of the glass. Not a great wheat beer by any menas, but not a bad BMC offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 03:27:25 | More by kimcgolf
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a hazy straw color with a fizzy white head that diminishes to a ring. I has a pretty steady, heavy flow of carbonation. The aroma is a grainy with a light clove and banana scent way in the back.

The flavor is yeasty with a pleasant banana and clove taste throughout. It is a bit grainy in the flavor too. Not a bad flavor to this one.

It is easy drinking and a bit dry and chalky. Not too bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 21:43:13 | More by BeerBuilder
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a murky, not quite cloudy, pale orange color. The head is large, and fluffy, and recedes slowly. The aroma is of bubblegum with a hint of cloves. The taste is like the aroma, but thinner. The mouthfeel is very light for a hefe. Overall, this is a inoffensive, but not very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 18:57:35 | More by KarlHungus
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Of the beers in the mixed 12pack I purchased, this is easily the best one of the bunch. Pours a very light golden color with crystal clear clarity. Not sure if that is really wanted in an "unfiltered beer". Certainly looks filtered to me. A huge two finger head tops the clear beer.

Aroma is very nice. Lots of corriander and spice. Sweetness from some belgian candi possibly. Bananas as well. Unlike most other macros that attempt the style, no rice or other adjuncts are noticeable in the aroma. Smells like a quality beer.

Taste is sweet and spicy. Coriander and lemon. Peppery spice. Orange peel as well. Big time banana flavors.

In a blind taste test, I would not be able to tell a difference in other micro version and this. A very nice brew. Great for summer and even on a summer like day in the middle of December here in NC. A delicious beer with unbelievable drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 20:57:32 | More by SaCkErZ9
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scoobybrew

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was poured into a weizen glass from the bottle. The beer pours out clear with a nice head. After swirling and adding the yeast it clouds up like a normal hefeweizen with a large head that is very well retained. The aroma is malty with hints of clove and subtle banana from the yeast. The flavor delivers all that's in the aroma except the banana is more pronounced. There's a very slight hop flavor as well. It has a creamy light/medium body with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall, I am very impressed with this offering of the style from AB. I was a bit skeptical because of the initial 'hype' I had been exposed to, but it really does live up to it. I would not be disappointed to find this in every bar in the US.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 17:53:05 | More by scoobybrew
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass hazy pale yellow with a nice frothy head which was just off-white and rose well, but retreated quickly.

The aroma was mostly banana with just a hint of clove spice. Wheat was definitely present and a fruity and estery sweetness which was nice.

The flavor was light wheat with banana esters and a light clove. The fruitiness worked well with the wheat and clove to make an interesting, yet not overly complex brew. The flavor was also a bit bready and slightly sweet on the palate.

The finish was dry at the end with lasting light clove spice and banana impressions into the aftertaste. The body was medium and had a nice creamy texture to the mouthfeel. A nice Bavarian Wheat, better than some that come from that area. Give this one a whirl.

12 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 00:33:05 | More by GCBrewingCo
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy (yeast) golden sunburst with a decent sized white head that quickly dwindles leaving behind light lacing that doesn't seem to cling that well to my chalice. Aroma has evident tart citrus with soft banana and mild clove tones a somewhat auththentic yeast strain I'm impressed dammit with an even noticeable mild herbal hop finish. Flavor let's see if it stands up to the nose...has some good things going on with light banana and citrus and heavy clove bitterness and something that sticks on the palate for quite awhile that doesn't do the beer any justice not off in anyway just different than the typical hefeweizen. Mouthfeel is light bodied with smooth carbonation and it does tickle the throat a bit. Drinkability is decent definitely better than the Harpoon UFO that they call a hefeweizen this is true to the Bavarian roots in the yeast department, I like an AB product.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 23:10:03 | More by WVbeergeek
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Enola

North Carolina

1.1/5  rDev -68.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer is not my idea of a joke. The style for one is not my favorite but the beer itself is a really bad version of the style. Molded grass and rotton hay dominate all aspects of this beer. Even if this style is your preference, I would still shy away from this.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 21:35:12 | More by Enola
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With a rouse of the yeast left at the base of the bottle, Michelob Bavarian Stye Wheat pours a hazy (not quite cloudy) golden-orange body beneath a creamy head of bright-white froth. The head retention is average, and the lacing is limited (particularly for the style).

The nose is quite phenolic with notes of plastic and powdered-sugar covered bubblegum (sugar, clove, a hint of vanilla). Little maltiness makes its way through.

In the mouth it's appropriately yeasty and medium-light bodied, but the crisp bristle of carbonation the style demands seems to be missing.

The flavor is not too unlike what the flavor suggests it might be, although there is more malt - and more wheatish malt at that! It's clean, disregarding the phenolic of the yeast, and a bit acidic and chalky-dry. The bitterness is limited, but it seems to me that it could be a tad sweeter.

Bright, yeasty, delicately malty... might make an interesting beer to pair with pulled pork, BBQ, or Thai foods; and I don't doubt that it's quite quaffable during the belching heat of summer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 00:31:24 | More by NeroFiddled
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Pegasus

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium golden in color with a slight cast of haze, a bit clearer than typical for the style, with a robust inch-tall finely beaded head, which retains very well. There are a few streams of small, slow-rising bubbles, and a profusion of thick, sticky lace.

Aroma: Cloves figure prominently in the aroma, with some earthy yeast notes, and a mild bread characteristic. The ripe banana note, ubiquitous for the Hefe Weizen style, is a bit subdued.

Taste: The spicy clove character of the aroma carries through strongly in the taste. The wheat malt presence is quite solid, both bready, and tart. There are notes of lemon and apple peel, and mild pepper as well. The yeast contributes a plesan earthy, nutty note. Finishes with a lingering herbal hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Decently full and soft, although seems a touch thinner than typical for the style.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant and drinkable example of the style, far better than most of Anheuser-Busch's ventures into craft brewing. Not quite as good as a German-brewed Hefe Weizen, but then, what is? Perhaps beers like this will raise awareness of craft brewing.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a twist-off crown. The "born on date" is 29 August 2006. Served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 19:52:12 | More by Pegasus
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jdoolin

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From the Michelob Specialty Ales & Lagers Sampler pack.

Presentation: 12oz bottle, poured into a weizen glass. Yes, there is actually yeast in the bottle of a Michelob branded beer.

Appearance: A hazy, pale orange tinted yellow with a big, white fluffy head that wasn't quite as spectacular or long lasting as other hefeweizens I've had.

Aroma: Ok, the moment of truth. Is it a true hefeweizen? Yes! Banana and clove aromas are there! A nice wheat malt aroma as well, and only a bare hint of hop.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a nice carbonation. Has a nice, grainy, tangy wheat malt flavor with prominent banana and clove as well. Earthy yeast flavors contribute that requisite flavor to this style. Finishes a bit dry.

Notes: Well how about that. The big boys produced a more authentic hefeweizen than Sam Adams. The flavor is quite good and authentic to the style, even down to the yeast. It's also a really drinkable beer. Maybe just a bit too light bodied. But it would be a great crossover beer. In fact, most of the beers in this pack would be.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 03:29:13 | More by jdoolin
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Lightly hazed yellow color with medium high carbonation. Smaller head of white foam. Streams of bubbles race to the top of the beer.

S: Nice estery aromas of bananas and yeast. Mild malt character and some sweet peppery notes.

T: Mild maltiness is overshadowed by banana, light clove and a yeasty sweetness. Some traces of granny smith apples and grain. Quite impressive.

M: Light carbonation, goes down smooth and easy. Appropriate for the style.

D: I'd like this again. I could easily revisit this without hesitation.

Notes: An excellent beer to introduce macro drinkers to. Why can't AB make beer like this all the time?

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 00:41:11 | More by Frozensoul327
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy dim gold with a huge sudsy head in my Weizen Glass.

Smell: Very banana. Orange cream pineapple yeast vanilla, nuts and a splash of lemon as well.

Taste: easy and smooth. Gentle yeast banana and Bavarian Malt flavors, bread cloves - makes this a simple but refreshing representation of the style. The aftertaste is sweet and fruity and quite pleasant as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body and very smooth with a little bit of malt texture and light carbonation (for the style). nice.

Drinkability: This is certainly an approachable friendly drinking beer for thirsty days.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 07:58:55 | More by Phatz
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1fastz28

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

smells hoppy, i can't smell any malt at all, citrusy hints also prevelant. pours a cloudy golden hue like all hefe's taste is very spicy, more spicy than any beer i've ever had, wish i knew what variety of hop they used so i can use it in my home brewing, all around decent beer, not something i think i could drink more than a 6 pack of

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 02:16:14 | More by 1fastz28
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up the sample 20-pack for a get-together at my house with some folks who were at least mildly interested in branching out.

Poured from a 12 oz. twisty into a tulip glass. Born on date was 03Oct06, sampled on 07Nov06. Followed the pouring instructions on the bottle, swirling the last inch or so and finishing the pour. I am beholding a cloudy yellow-gold beer with about a finger's worth of pure white head. The head leaves a fantastic lacing when swirled gently in the glass.

The aroma is of banana with hints of citrus and clove. Fairly traditional for the style in my opinion. Not much if any malts in the nose. Yeast and hops are forefront.

Taste is a repeat of the aroma. Banana upfront with hints of citrusy hops, and then a bit of a bold malty finish with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is tangy and carbonated.

All in all this is a drinkable beer that is a decent example of the style. Nothing to write home about but definitely in the ballpark. As with all the other beers in this sample pack, a great session brew for those who want to take it up a notch without getting too much out of the mainstream.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 00:58:34 | More by ZimZamZoom
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guinnessfan

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from Ales & Lagers variety pack poured into mason jar mug.

A: Cloudy with golden color with large pure white head. Big bubbles, decent retention but no lacing.

S: Nice punch of clove, definately reminds me of a hefe.

T: Mild spicy clove taste, with a hint of banana, very mild.

M: Bubbly carbonation is about it

D: Much better than expected, making it an enjoyable hefe-typ beer.

Nice little beer from AB that is surprisingly enjoyable. One of my favorites in the variety pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 14:09:17 | More by guinnessfan
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Drew966

Florida

3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat pours a golden yellow color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I'm extremely surprised by the aroma, in that it actually smells like a hefe. Cloves and maybe even some banana are evident in the aroma. Very spritzy carbonation, lots of it. The flavors are right if a bit muted, clove being most noticeable, a good amount of banana, and some citrus at the end. It doesn't taste as good as it smells, but overall better than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 00:54:59 | More by Drew966
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chilidog

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice AB wheat indeed. I was most impressed.

It poured a cloudy, hazy pale straw with a nice looking white head that maintained and laced well all glass long.
The aroma was citric, sour dough and spice.
The taste was a slight citric hop with a nice spice background that peppers the mouthfeel aftertaste. You also get hints of fruit like mango and banana. The mouth is also left with a slight citric lemon tart.

An awesome beer from an AB standpoint. Im glad we picked up the sample pack for thisone and the Porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 00:15:03 | More by chilidog
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acrawf6

Louisiana

4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice hazy orange with a white head.

Smell. Lots of bananas, natural and candy. Cloves are also nice and present. A bit strong with the banana, which though i like, can see it being a bit too much sometimes

Taste. Bananas continue to come with sweet bananas and cloves with a bit of cinnoman. Has a nice slight tartness. Finishes with the candy banana sweetness. I am pleasantly surprised with this taste.

Mouthfeel. Body is a touch thicker than many others in it's style and is nice and creamy. Carbonation is moderate. quite nice.

Overall, i am extremely impressed with their hefe, not expecting it to be so good. I love a hefe full of the banana and spice flavors, and this one delivers quite nicely. Has a nice rich and creamy mouthfeel (not so crisp), and i really enjoy that as well. If they sold this in six packs around here, it would be very hard for me not to pick it up often. One of the best wheats made in america.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2006 00:22:53 | More by acrawf6
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy medium straw hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a well defined banana yeat aroma with a mild clove spiciness.

The taste consisted of solid yeast and wheat flavors with a mild spiciness and a trace lemony flavor.

The mouthfeel was good and chewy.

Overall a very good attempt at the style. As good as most American hefes. I am very impressed with this AB offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 02:17:02 | More by plaid75
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HardTarget

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: Brown twisty 12 oz bottle give a born on date: 29Aug06 (sampled 23OCT06), pouring instructions tell you to swirl out the yeast and speak to a natural cloudiness.

Aroma: Rich banana and bubblegum, mild spiciness includes clove.

Appearance: Hazy golden glass holds a respectable thin white cover that fails to give lace and dropped off pretty early in the glass.

Flavor: Wet grain base has a fairly sharp pepper note. Some of the banana flavor comes back in but not nearly as much as in the aroma. Some mild bubblegum comes out in the finish, but there is a lingering mild medicinal and apple aspect to the finish as well that didn’t sit well with me.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation turns a bit fizzy at the swallow, medium heavy mouth feel, and a residual slickness remains after the swallow.

Overall Impression: I don’t know about swirling the bottle, but I found myself swirling the glass to bleed off some of the carbonation and cut back on the burps, but that very effectively killed the rest of the head. There seems to be something missing, some characteristic that I’m having trouble putting my finger on. I’m thinking it’s something with the yeast as swirling and adding it later in the glass helped a bit.
A fairly good beer, but I won’t be buying any more as there are plenty of better Hefes out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2006 00:04:53 | More by HardTarget
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew from the Michelob Specialty Ales & Lagers 20-pack. 12 oz., "born on" 8/15/06, and served in a weizen glass. It pours an opaque peach/apricot after a lot (a LOT) of agitation to extract every last bit of yeast. It settles to a finger of off-white head that leaves little lacing and it is so opaque it is hard to judge the amount of carbonation. It smells of tangy wheat, banana pudding, and spicy yeast - very authentic. It is light on the palate with a tingly body and tastes of bananas, spicy cloves, green/spicy, almost grassy hops, and a spicy yeast background, all of which combine to leave a medium finish. Again, quite authentic. This is another great surprise from A-B and goes to show that, if they put their mind to it, they can make high-quality brews. Beers like this and their new porter let us know that they have acknowledged the microbrew revolution and don't want to be left behind. I would like to see six-packs of both of those, without a doubt the two best beers I've had from Anheuser-Busch.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 21:06:14 | More by mmmbeer
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Billolick

New York

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew came as a box of 20 variety pack, (only $14.99 @ BJs, not a bad deal) Comes with "born on dating" (nice) and says its
"all malt", which I guess means no adjuncts, another good thing. This one pours lite, yellowy almond, cloudy, with a longlasting white head. Bubbles rising and moderate lacing left on the glass. Nose of ripe bananas and some powdered sugar. initially this was tasting a wee bit sharp and soapy, however a few minutes out of the bottle seemed to smooth and calm things down. What we are left with is a moderatly tasty hefe', sweet and fruity, with notes of more bananas, light clove, and nutty yeastyness. Not a bad effort, this is a drinkable and easily approachable little wheat.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 02:43:49 | More by Billolick
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a cloudy straw color. The smell is sweet and a bit hoppy. The taste is hoppy and spicy. The aftertaste is almost like a sweet cereal. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well balanced. I must say I was surprised at this and would consider it a drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2006 03:52:28 | More by barefootbrewer
Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
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