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Schell's Hopfenmalz - August Schell Brewing Company

Schell's HopfenmalzSchell's Hopfenmalz

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BA SCORE
85
very good

138 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%


Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KarlHungus on 02-08-2009)
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden with two fingers of white foam.

Smell: A nice mix of bready, grainy malt and herbal, lemony, citrus hop.

Taste: Strong biscuity, bready backbone supports a nice, almost spicy, lemony citrus hop. It's quite hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: Tasty, easy to drink. Nicely balanced. A little bit different than your standard hoppy brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 02:00:38 | More by JackieTH
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at Old Chicago - Roseville for about $5. I liked that at first this seemed like just a sessionable amber lager, maybe touch like Yuengling, but as soon as I had a couple sips, it became apparent this was a beer to be reckoned with.

The malts are a mix of cookie and caramel with sourdough bread taste (though it's not actually sour) and a hint of fruit punch. The hops kick in with that fruit, providing spicy citrus that's not very biting, but still provides a good balance for the malt. At only 4.9% ABV, you have a full-flavored yet sessionable beer. The world needs more beers like this.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2010 18:35:40 | More by tempest
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a one finger head that gives way to a little lacing. The aroma is of caramel malt with some toffee malt. There is also a slight presence of orange peel. The taste has a caramel and toffee malt backbone, the end of the flavor has a small earthy hop taste to it, kinda piney. The mouthfeel is crisp with moderate carbonation. Overall for a red lager it is a solid beer, nice flavor and aroma to it. You could easily have a couple of these.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2010 14:31:52 | More by goblue3509
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served ontap into a 20 oz glass.

A rich amber colored brew with a nice frothy foam. Some lacing does occur.

Flavor is lightly hoppy bordering on grapefruit and pine. Highlighted is the caramel malt lending toffee notes. Finish is decidedly bitter.

The mouthfeel is the highlight of this beer, notably smooth and almost creamy.

Drinkability rates very well for this beer. Its a nicely hopped beer that goes down all too fast. Pretty good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2010 19:22:05 | More by Stinkypuss
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mwagner1018

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Deep amber with a dark crimson hue, soft light chocolate tinted pillow head, moderate lacing down glass.

S- Light molasses, caramel, frothy vanilla cream. Definite malt at the forefront of this one.

T- Mild smoked tobacco, oak, malt up front with a roasted/toasted vanilla flavor. Fruity white grape, and slight banana. Very light bitterness to finish, not much at all (would have expected more of a balance with an anniversary beer that seems to be paying tribute to both hops and malt).

M- Moderate carbonation, slight creamy texture, smooth, pretty good depth, not much bitterness to speak of, definitely on the malt side of the spectrum.

D- A nice drinkable beer, not sure if it fits into the general category of an American Amber/Red Lager. An interesting beer, too malt forward in my opinion, probably wouldn't have more than one. It is the beer of the month at Memory Lanes, so maybe I'll have another on league night (but probably will not)...a pretty average beer, average flavor profile, but still a nice tribute to Schell's Anniversary.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2010 05:06:05 | More by mwagner1018
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LordofTime25

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours to a copper color with a thin white head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smells of spicy hops and bready malts. Nice.

Tastes of spicy hops hits you upfront with a citrus mixed in, but a bready malt that is not overshadowed by the hops.

Crisp mouth feel with good carbonation.

I could drink this all night. One of my favorite in the Anniversary Series.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2009 20:03:39 | More by LordofTime25
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"...the elegant drinkability of a pilsner, the bready maltiness of a Vienna lager, and the hopping of a pale ale." Vienna, Caramunich, & Caravienne malts, Cascade and Tettnang hops, dry-hopped, fermented with lager yeast at ale temps, and aged 6 weeks for smooth lager crispness. 12.7 Plato, 36 IBU, 5.8% abv.

Clear, amber appearance, slim, whitish head.

Lightly spicy, citric hoppy aromatics, with a classic lager aroma right behind it. Interesting.

Reappears in the flavor, the zest, the pepper, the tangy citric feel, then all is smooth, the hop attack riding softly on the palate, then fading back. Each sip returns the pleasant hoppy character, followed by soft, biscuity malt.

Good flavor, great drinkability. I like this unique lager/ale hybrid. Another tasty easy-drinker in the Anniversary series.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2009 06:12:10 | More by feloniousmonk
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the August Schell website, "Hopfenmalz is a amalgam of our favorite beer styles: the elegant drinkability of a Pilsner, the bready maltiness of a Vienna lager, and the hopping of a Pale Ale...fermented with our lager yeast at high temperatures" While drinking this beer without Schell's definition of what it was stylistically I described it to friends as a German IPA, but I think that doesn't do homage to its solid malt character. After checking out Schell's description I think they are right on. Unfortunately, BA does not have a style listing for Pilsner/Vienna Lager/Pale Ale/California Common so I figured a utility style like Amber Lager was the best fit even though Hopfenmalz isn't actually amber.

On tap at Whistle Binkies on the Lake in Rochester, MN. The beer arrived a shimmering golder color with a small head. Lacing was thorough leaving many rings until the beer was gone. The aroma was of bready malt with hints of chlorine. It reminded me perfectly of the smell that hits you the second you step foot into The Herkimer. The taste has the bready, chlorine notes from the aroma, but with a firm spicy bitterness. The finish is dry with a lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a very interesting beer. Schells really seems to be expoling new territory with a lot of the beers in their 150th Anniversary Series. I really hope they throw caution to the wind, and choose to keep these beers around even if they are keg only.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2009 02:37:06 | More by KarlHungus
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sommersb

Tennessee

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

Tasted On: 12-04-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: Received in a trade

Clear, amber-colored beer topped by a healthy white head. Lacing is excellent and head retention holds up very good.

Clean aromas are first of pilsner malts and sweet grains, followed then by earthy and lightly citrus hops.

Tastes fairly hoppy -- much more then I've experienced in other Schell's brews. The hops are both citrusy and earthy, as noted in the nose. The malt component is light and takes a backseat in this one. I also get a bit of unpleasant vegetable flavors.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a moderate amount of carbonation and a medium body. The finish is dry and primarily of bittering hops.

Overall a good beer; it reminds me of a hop-forward Oktoberfest lager. My preference would be for this to have more balance towards the malt end, but I understand that's not what the brewer intended.

Thanks to fLax for this one!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 18:47:02 | More by sommersb
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one grew on me a bit. At first it seemed a bit too earthy and soil toned. But that changed into a bit of an inky thing with a mature fruit tone with an interesting sweetness. Nicely drinkable, though a bit too musty and heavy for a regular rotation beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 08:42:41 | More by RblWthACoz
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MattyG85

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Bready malts with some good hints of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Grains are slightly roasted. Hints of citrus orange and earthy noble hops. Bready malts are more prominent here. Still has a decent earthy hop balance. Laid back but good.

Taste: Big bready taste up front. Malts with notes of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Very noticeable toasted and slightly burnt taste. Some light hints of citrus orange and lemon. Solid presence of spicy earthy hops. Fairly malt forward overall.Tastes like a solid Vienna Lager.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Toasty, smooth, and fairly drying.

Overall: A pretty solid American lager. Nice toasty malts and subtle spice.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 05:46:02 | More by MattyG85
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JamesMN

Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Semi-translucent copper color. Very thin off-white head. Some lacing.

Aroma: Almost no smell. Just a bit of pale malt.

Taste: Some hop presence. A little bit of toasty malt. Just a hint of a strange metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good at first. Good level of carbonation but then the metallic taste interrupts what would otherwise be a smooth finish.

Final Thoughts: It's possible this bottle was old (couldn't find a date on it). However, there really weren't any unusual 'off' tastes to it. Given it's lack of aroma I wasn't expecting much and it basically lived up to my expectation. If someone hands this beer to you at a BBQ or party, go ahead and accept it. But this is not one to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 04:12:26 | More by JamesMN
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with an indecipherable code.

Look is a soft golden orange with a weak sudsy head. Smell is candy corn and pumpkin pie. Taste is spicy earth notes, sweet roasted malts, and a semi-sweet bitter finish. Tastes like a bigger beer than it is.

Surprisingly tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 07:25:00 | More by jimmah120
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beagle75

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with over one finger of white foam head that collapses to a lofty and persistent pad. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Toasted bread and caramel, with a trace sulfurous edge.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with crisp pale malt and grassy herbaceous hop aromatics. Breadiness gains depth in the middle after moderate carbonic acidity fades. Moderate herbaceous bitterness develops in the finish, showing some endearing floral notes as well.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and smooth on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This amber lager is not only well executed, but also boldly executed for the style. Hop qualities are nuanced but very much in appropriate balance to the clean, Munich-centered malt component. It is interesting and versatile, predictably able to complement other flavors but bringing enough of interest with it to stand by itself as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 04:08:34 | More by beagle75
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mentor

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger sticky off-white head over a brilliant golden liquid. Smells dusty hay from hops, noble pils hoppy with some accompanying zip, gentle orange citrus.

Tastes like a cross between a bavarian and czech pils. Has a bit of the zippy hop tang in the finish of a czech pils, but is wet malty more similar to a bavarian pils. Gentle toasted malt with noble hoppy earthiness that turns grassy and tettnanger dirty toward the end. Minerally and a bit more acidic than I prefer. Light finish with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Simple, yet yummy. A bit overcarbonated, but easy drinking.

No idea why this is listed as an american amber/red here on BA, this strikes me as much closer to a czech pils.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 04:32:33 | More by mentor
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Hyvee, Council Bluffs, IA.
Bottle stamped with "012911"...guess that makes this slightly old.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a 2cm head of off-white bubbles, which gradually collapses to a very thin ring around the glass. No lacing to speak of. Outside of the light, body is a dark copper-orange color. In the light, it's hazy, light copper colored. Lazy carbonation still visible.

Aroma of malt and pleasant citrus, particularly grapefruit, hops. Nothing overpowering, both fairly balanced and clean.

Taste of clean malt sweetness, some caramel malt distinctness, and a bit of hop expressiveness, mostly citrus flavors. Nothing amazing, but certainly not bad.

Body is medium-light, with a bit of wateriness around the edges. Carbonation level is relatively low, leading this to sit a bit too long on the palate. Not bad, but nothing amazing.

Overall, an enjoyable beer for a day where you'd like a brew, but don't want to put in the time or commitment to a bigger, more complex variety.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 06:16:45 | More by falloutsnow
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MNJR

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber color. Tan head with moderately sticky lacing. Smells of malt, dry grass, lemony hops, a bit of caramel. Tastes very good. Full bodied. An excellently balanced beer. Bright refreshing flavors: hint of lemon citrus, clean and flavorful grain, hops reside throughout with a full malt foundation pulling it all together. Finishes with a dry hops twang. Near perfect carbonation for an excellent mouthfeel. Extremely enjoyable and extremely drinkable. I only wish I could get more of this, but sadly it is not sold where I live. If you can get it, you won't regret it!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 21:35:19 | More by MNJR
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

honey colored amber with amazing clarity and lots of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. A good sized two finger head of white froth jumped up right after the pour, however it settled down rather quickly and I did not see much of it after that. Really did not leave behind much of anything.

The aroma was non existent, almost a touch ginger if you really looked for it, but mostly just dull grain and wheat and a touch of rice. Nothing really much going on here, the flavor was more of the same. Unfortunately it was just dull and boring, and that was quite a shame. Hints of rice and cereal grains

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 03:49:30 | More by mikesgroove
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OleJohnnieAle

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an amber copper with a decent head and minimal retention. Nice lacing left through.

S - Nothing overpowering, Malts and buttery biscuits.

T -Malts the star up front almost get a coppery aftertaste to the beer which overpowers the noce malt taste at the start.

M - Smoother beer good carbonation, just a weird aftertaste... maybe had a bad bottle?

O - Overally a decent beer, I really like the taste at the beginning but personally am not a fan of the coppery taste on the back side.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 03:08:01 | More by OleJohnnieAle
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transcribed from my notebook.

Amber with orangish tints around the edges and a nice two finger head that leaves some medium lacing, lighter bodied and very thirst-quenchingly sessionable, smells lightly of a nice mixture of floral and herbal hop tones on top of a medium-light strength bread-tinged malt scent. Taste is clean as a lager ought to be, with absolutely no trace of metallic off-flavors, a standard lagered caramel malt flavor persists nicely finished off with some hopping.

Since I seem to have to nitpick *something* in just about every review I do as of lately: I would say that for a brew named Hopfenmalz, I was expecting it to be further into the hoppier end of the balance spectrum than it delivered. Still, the hopping that exists in this brew has been done thoughtfully accents the malt bill well...so when judged as an Amber Lager, it still works really quite well. For the low ABV, it manages to hold together a relatively nice amount of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 21:38:55 | More by WastingFreetime
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Phocion

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Bubbly, medium copper body with a finger of a white frothy head that takes a good couple of minutes to mostly disappear. Thick but slippery lacing.

Aroma is very malty; roasted grains and caramel throughout. Very, very roasted with a touch of cookie dough and even sourdough bread. Green apple. Slightly spicy and floral tones provide a touch of balance.

Very floral and a hint of citrus. Not quite as malt-forward as the nose would lead me to believe; very well-balanced instead. Definitely a bit of caramel/roasted malts as well.

Medium body and good levels of carbonation. Dry but smooth mouthfeel.

Going into this I wasn't expecting much...am amber lager from Schell's? Surprisingly good and with a hops zing I was totally not expecting.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 19:52:48 | More by Phocion
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Acquired via trade from cpolking so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short but dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, caramelized malts, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of caramel & citrus followed by bready flavors from lager yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is decent for the style and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 04:15:10 | More by TheManiacalOne
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an orange amber, head is one finger-off white. One fat ring of lacing.
S- Smell is a pleasant balance of slightly caramelly malts and a peach/apricot type aroma. There is also a light doughy character to it.
T- Slightly sweet but not too much so. It is more toasty and bready in the flavor and less caramel. That light peach note is there too, particularly in the finish. The hops open up well, with a light citric bite.
M- Light body, slightly sharp carbonation balances out midsip.
O- A very pleasant lager. Would make a very good all-night beer. Easily drinkable, well balanced, low alcohol. All around, quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 04:15:29 | More by jsprain1
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is light orange colored and fairly hazy. The white head is a finger thick, displays decent retention, and leaves some sparse lacing on the pint glass. The aroma offers fruit, wheat, malt, light hops. The flavor is decent. The beer is slightly sweet, with malt and fruit flavors. The body is pretty thin, with solid carbonation. Overall, a decent brew. I would try it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 18:21:00 | More by Huhzubendah
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drabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by the other Matt last night, thanks! A totally under the radar beer for me. Love it. At the time of this review, this is the #2 American Amber / Red Lager on the beeradvocate best of styles list. Very awesome.

Beer is amber with a slight haze, white bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation, overall plain looking but good.

Beer smells sweet with hint of candy hops with mild fruitiness, the lager aroma comes through nicely.

The beer is sweeter than it probably should be and the bitterness is pretty mild. That being said it is a pretty good little lager here. Nice yeast component in the middle, I just find myself wanting something more in the hops department. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 19:56:38 | More by drabmuh
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Schell's Hopfenmalz from August Schell Brewing Company
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