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O'Doul's Amber - Anheuser-Busch

O'Doul's AmberO'Doul's Amber

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BA SCORE
56
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165 Ratings
THE BROS
34
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 2.22
pDev: 30.63%


Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Low Alcohol Beer |  0.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
O'Doul's and O'Doul's Amber are non-alcohol malt beverages.

O’Doul’s has a mild, sweet taste with a slightly dry finish. O’Doul’s Amber has a rich, slightly sweet taste with flavorful hop finish.

O’Doul’s and O’Doul’s Amber are brewed as traditional premium beers – fermented and aged to full maturity. The alcohol is then removed through the use of low temperature, low-pressure distillation. This extremely gentle process allows the alcohol to be removed without heating or cooking the beer, which retains the full, rich and delicate flavor and balance of our non-alcohol brews.

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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The time has come for NA Shootout (With Blanks) II, the second in my periodically recurring head-to-head comparison of Low Alcohol Beer, the choice of the designated driver set. This bottle of St. Louis's finest, O'Doul's Amber, will be facing off against the NA challenger from Germany, Paulaner's ThomasBrau. May the best beer-like beverage win.

O'Doul's Amber is actually rustic orange with tangerine edges. It's much darker and richer looking than its competitor, but then that was by design. Although there are many more visible bubbles in this beer, the head doesn't look nearly as good. It's beige in color and is soft and frothy rather than bubbly and sticky. Soap sudsy lace makes a brief appearance on the glass.

The aroma is remarkably low on power. A hint of minimally toasted grain greets my nose... and not much else. While there's nothing much here to like, it's vastly superior to the olfactory mess coming from the German NA. Definite edge to the American.

It's obvious that Anheuser-Busch has decided that the best way to get people to drink NA beer, a historically bad tasting style, is to eliminate virtually all traces of flavor. Michelob Ultra has more flavor than this stuff. Interestingly, a faint burst of sweet, faintly caramel-like malt becomes apparent on the finish. I say 'interestingly' because the finish is preceded by absolutely no flavor whatsoever.

No surprise that the mouthfeel is on the light side. It earns some measure of respect though by failing to descend into wateriness and by having a 'just right' amount of carbonation. Another winning category for the stateside beer.

O'Doul's Amber wins NA Shootout (With Blanks) II by a mile and wins it, essentially, by default. Like a politician who refuses to state his positions prior to an election so as to not offend potential voters, Amber doesn't provide much of any flavor so as to be palatable to those brave souls who are forced to drink it. No one gladly drinks this stuff, do they?

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 13:26:33 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

1.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a dull straw yellow with a big white fizzy head. Lots of visible carbonation, but the fizzy yellow water type, no lace. The smell was very faint, if there at all. What I could pick up was maybe a hay, or wheat smell. Again very very faint, and hardly there at all. The taste was very light and non descript, but that is about what one would expect from a light lager. A light grain, just enough of a taste to know I was not drinking water would be the best way to describe it. Decent feel, again just the cold well carbonated. Crisp, and a clean finish, no aftertaste. Overall this was totally forgettable, as I imagined it would be.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 18:58:51 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

2.42/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I felt it the responsible thing to do, bringing this to a tasting. You don't everyone to get drunk, now do you?!

A: The pour is a clear light amber color with plenty of carbonation and a short lived head.

S: The nose is very mild, not giving off too much of an aroma. What is there is a light grainy sweetness and a touch of skunk.

T: Like the nose before it, there really isn't much going on in the flavor department. The only real flavor is a slight bready quality and some sweetness.

M: The body is thin and watery with a fairly plentiful carbonation.

D: I suppose there is a point for some to drink non-alcoholic beer, but I just don't see it. I'd rather drink a soda if I wanted some empty calories, because at least that tastes good.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 16:29:55 | More by womencantsail
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a medium amber color without head or lacing. Nose brings forth some light grain. Somewhat of a grain husk nose. Taste confirms this with some general bread flavors. Feel is light with too much carbonation. Drinks much like the overall experience--in an unimpressive manner.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 00:50:23 | More by Thorpe429
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Meh, who needs alcohol? This stuff pours a clear copper topped by a finger of short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises warm, lightly-buttered bread. Yup, that's it. I know, I'm kinda surprised, too. The taste is grainier, like less polished bread, with a touch of vague fruitiness tossed in for apparently good measure. Then everything is watered down. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, I'm not sure why they bothered to take out the alcohol here, except to save the company from being derided for releasing a really crappy beer that may actually be able to eventually get you drunk. This stuff, on the other hand, is purposeless.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 23:40:18 | More by TMoney2591
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.1/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A leftover from a previous tenant at a time-share ski chalet - why the hell not - got to be on my game tonight...

This erm, beer, pours a clear medium golden amber, with a surprising amount of foamy, puffy off-white head, which leaves some fragmented lace around the glass as it duly settles. It smells of sweet barley and corn cereal malt, and some very mild off-putting florals. The taste is very thin, slightly astringent caramelized grain. That's it - the 'flavour' comes and goes so quickly, it's hard to get a bead on it. The carbonation is average, the body light, watery, and bereft of character. It finishes off-dry, I suppose, the echo of the neutered malt whimpering to the end.

I get the close-to-nil-alcohol idea for beer, but why the taste and body has to suffer so much, I have to wonder, and another thing - this thing still has 90 calories? Cripes. I can't believe that I'm suggesting that one should opt for a Coors Light or Michelob Ultra in its place.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 01:05:52 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Rich and Flavorful" it says. We will see about that.

Clear, faint amber color, big, creamy off-white head. Nice.

Wisps of grain and cereal...hardly any hops. But not bad. Just the barest of anything, I guess.

Taste: Hmmm. Smooth. Light tickle of hops, agreeable cereal mash flavor...good and moist...light bodied, to be sure.
I pull to my lips again, and am left not unsatisfied. If I couldn't have alcohol, and wanted to fit into a social situation where others where drinking, this wouldn't be bad.
I'm not sure why this gets such low marks, if anyone's reviewing to style. You really can't compare it to real beer. Heck, it's probably better than a lot of beer with alcohol.

It has flavor, not necessarily rich, better more than you expect. Long finish, malty, dry. It's missing something, but ... isn't that the reason it exists?

So, not a bad fill-in for those who need it.
(A little ashamed I'm praising an A-B product, but, hey, it is what it is. And it ain't bad, for that.)

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 08:21:50 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.88/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, some fruit and a faint touch of hops

T: The taste starts out with a mild sweetness from flavors of caramel, fruit & honey. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in along with a very light hops presence to create a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a fairly decent beer for the style.

Serving type: can

06-02-2012 22:04:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

1.7/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This one I think is better than the Lager version they make. Just just a little bit more to it. I suppose it's just the difference in using the roasted malts over a lighter kind. What else can be said about this brew. It's at least got a nice color to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 02:50:02 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

"Born on" 25 July 2006.

Pours light amber with a decent head at the start, for a NA, that eventually fizzles to barely a ring.

The smell is a hint of caramel. Do I smell grain in background? Hard to tell...

The taste is malty, but not really in a good way. Sweet caramel, which itself is weak, is backed up by only a hint of roasted grain that does not hold up.

The feel is watery, with residual sweetness. Leaves a pretty bad aftertaste, like a caramel malt drink that has gone flat and lifeless.

Not an easy drink to have. It's only overly sweet because of nothing backing it up. Weak, but somewhat sticky, despite high water, malt runs the show.

If you're the designated driver, or you find yourself in a situation in which you want a NA, I suggest picking the regular O'Doul's. It's not really good, but better than this. They tried something different that just doesn't work. Scores based on NA standards (and still low, even for style.)

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 14:29:15 | More by jwc215
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Halcyondays

California

2.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours an amber brown, with a quickly dissipating off-white head.

S: Smells of light caramel malts, though the overall smell is very faint.

T: Tastes of some malts, some caramel, a touch of hops, but really not that much more different than your average macro.

M: Bad, it feels just like water in the mouth, the carbonation is very low, though the initial head would say otherwise.

D: Since it is so low in alcohol, it can be drunk just like water, I had no problems drinking it, I'm glad I tried it, but I won't be revisiting this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 02:34:30 | More by Halcyondays
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bottle poured into a plastic cup. It was around, so I grabbed it.

A: The beer is very amber, a caramel brown color with a finger of white head. The color is just dark enough to leave it opaque.

S: The aroma is loaded with bready malts and a semi-sweet caramel flavor. Not the most exciting but very unusual.

T: The maltiness is upfront, caramel and bread throw all they've got at you. Following them are, well, very little. Hops are an afterthought and any boozy warmth has been neutered. The result is a bready soda water with few redeeming qualities. I'd rather stick with Budweiser.

M: Malty, loaded with semi-sweet caramel. This beer isn't afraid to show off that side. The hoppiness is more muted with a 'nothing to see here' mentality.

D: One was enough. Yeah, I ticked the style, waddya want me to say? I'd prefer my beer with booze in it.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 22:31:42 | More by akorsak
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Jason

Massachusetts

1.2/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Bright amber colour though not much upstairs. Smells artificially sweet with some hop oil and malt sugar. The taste is even worse, sickly sweet with little hop to balance. Tastes like artificial caramel … perhaps the worst near beer I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2003 17:27:29 | More by Jason
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Zorro

California

2.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear amber brew, as the name would suggest.

Smell is Kellogg’s Cornflakes and a bit of malt scent.

Taste is sweet and corny with seltzer water after taste as if there was some baking soda in this.

Mouthfeel is thin.

Drinkable if I had to drink this, but I think I would drink a Budweiser first.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2004 00:51:35 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

1.63/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clean/clear amber color, some carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is sweet, malty, and grainy. The taste is sweet, malty, not much going on here. Light Body. Not Drinkable, a drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 00:34:13 | More by Wasatch
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +104.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Yippee, skippy, do or die! This CAN, courtesy of Chaz, will mark its 100th review, notch another Glug on The CANQuest (TM), and give me another LAB, of which I have reviewed a dozen or so.

From the CAN: "Rich & Flavorful"

Wow, the Crack was literally explosive on this gem! Man, I had liquid foaming everywhere and fortunately a decanting glass was ready-to-hand. The overly-fast Glug produced a finger-and-a-half of tawny head with not only decent retention, but the lacing was both quick to appear and very pretty. The color was a coppery, reddish-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose had a unique quality, like roasting peanuts or chestnuts. It had a roasted malt quality not generally found in an Amber, but usually in a darker beer. Mouthfeel was actually ending to full and the taste was very malty, which is not my bag, but on the other hand, it was more tasty than other LABs in my memory. Finish was biscuity and frankly reminiscent of Fat Tire. I know that I will be dunned for saying so, but this was a fairly worthwhile beer for the style. I would definitely use some cooler space for my N.A./LAB friends and maybe even for me to take the edge off.

Serving type: can

10-16-2011 12:08:59 | More by woodychandler
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

1.86/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Its all downhill from here.

Looks and smells like a standard beer. No problems, standard amber ale no? But then the taste, I don't like too much alcohol, but if there's almost none, maybe its psychosomatic or whatnot, but I just can't get into it.

Mouthfeel indicates that the beer is much thinner than its appearance. Becomes watery, loses any wood and malt feel it had. No hops at any point. Can't stand to finish even one, and can't believe the price of this.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 17:22:11 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.42/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dull rustic orange with a pristine clarity reveals a light, spacious rise of effervesce. The head was a bit of surprise, frothy at a finger high with a sea-shell white color displaying a short rate of retention. Slight whispy lashes line the glass for lace.

S: Light metallic notes, with a very light dry toasted graininess. Really hard to get much out of this even after several minutes of constant agitation. Neutral.

T: The flavor was sweet caramel, toffee with some honey toasted cereal grains. A touch of fruitiness comes late in the game with a mixture of pear and oranges.

M: Light bodied with a creaminess and a quiet carbonation factor. A smudge of malt support.

O: An adequate example for the non-alcohol drinker though is a touch to sweet to indulge in multiples. A clean brew, a bit light and watery at times but is to be expected per non-alcohol styles. Better then anticipated but certainly not a substitute.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 23:06:16 | More by beerthulhu
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +46.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a vigorous pour into a tumbler from a 12oz brown bottle yields a thick 2 inch rocky cream cap. The color is a brilliant mix of amber and gold with visible carbonation rising rapidly within. The lace clings well and the retention is of at least 1/2 inch. The smell is very bready with some grainy notes that are mildly sweet with slight metallic tinge and light caramel odor. The feel is decent with semi-full feel with slight sweetness and gentle creamy texture with slight hint of spice in the background. There is a light toasted accent which leads to a semi-dry finish.

The taste is better than I expected based on previous reviews and having sampled the Premium O'doul's recently. I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor of the malt with some toasted and bready malt flavors which have a slight accent of caramel malt which gives a mild nuttiness as it finishes. I am not a fan of NA beers but if I had to choose this is the one that best emulates a regular beer so I consider it pretty good based on the style. It has a malt flavor which is more than most have to offer.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 10:30:48 | More by Slatetank
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Brad007

Vermont

2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a mild amber color with a one-finger head into my glass. Seems normal.

Aroma is pretty sweet with a hint of brown sugar in the nose. Hmm, more than I can say for the other version of this beer.

Taste is full of caramel, sweet malt and an odd flavor overall in the middle. Hard to stomach.

Mouthfeel is thin and full of caramel and an otherwise undesirable aftertaste. Certainly not impressive.

Avoid unless you absolutely must drink a n/a beer. It has a bit more flavor than some n/a beers but not enough.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 03:50:58 | More by Brad007
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.06/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

A: Pours a clear copper-ish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some light brown + amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of grainy and toasted grain malts.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of grainy and toasted grain malts with light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Watery.

O: Not much going on here with this beer - very light aromas and flavors along with a somewhat watery body.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 22:50:20 | More by dbrauneis
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden-amber, white head, hints of retention & initially a touch of lace. Good for what it is.

S: It smells like a regular beer, but the aroma isn't very strong. Floral, slightly spicy hops with a little sweet caramel & grain.

T: It's not overly sweet, but it's seriously lacking bitterness. Some spicy, floral and somewhat earthy hop flavour. Caramel & cardboard?

M: Light body, fairly dry, moderate carbonation.

D: It's light & has some beer flavour, but I don't find it's not interesting. I did actually finish it though!

Thanks for the bottle Len... it's probably not something I'd ever buy!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 02:23:29 | More by Derek
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle poured into tulip 9/6/13

A clear golden liquid with a few bubbles but a large well sustained three finger foam that has great retention slowly falling to an island leaving a couple partial rings of lace, looks the part

S Styrofoam, and cardboard, reminds me of opening a stryo-shipper from a trading buddy, some pennies and dry malt

T what I smell but with some soggy cornflakes, I might finish it if there was a little booze but this "brews" just wrecking perfectly good water

M feels about right, light bodied with lots of bubbles but I could live without the aftertaste of soggy cereal

O no need to finish this one, if I ever had to quit drinking I doubt I'd tease myself with this

Really? I've gotten to this level of ticking? I'm ashamed of myself, I'm about to drink a big BB aged stout I swear

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 05:35:39 | More by wordemupg
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Brenden

Ohio

2.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I thought I should try this just because it was around. I probably shouldn't have.

Color is hazy amber with, to its credit, at least a little head but no lacing.

Smell is...artificial. Very fake. Malt and sugar and...maybe some grainy hops hidden.

The taste is the same. Possibly some graininess, at least there's that, but no balance.

It's quite thin. Poor finish and lingering garbage aftertaste.

Not quite the worst thing, but generally quite unpleasant.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 17:26:17 | More by Brenden
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tdm168

North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - see-through amber with a soft, thin layer of pure white head that has decent retention

S - sweet, doughy, faintly metallic

T - bready, grainy, metallic, sweet

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

The odd metallic notes ruined any chance for this one. There's a nice attempt at a malt presence, but its sweet and there are no hops for balance. This was only $.89 for a single. I bought it for this review. I won't be buying another one.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 08:21:37 | More by tdm168
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O'Doul's Amber from Anheuser-Busch
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