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Brettanomyces Lambicus Berliner Style Weisse - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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Brettanomyces Lambicus Berliner Style WeisseBrettanomyces Lambicus Berliner Style Weisse

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Reviews: 109
Hads: 234
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 160
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: nickfl on 01-30-2011

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Photo of harrymel
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yessss. totally stoked for this beer.
Bottle date: unk

A: Pours a light, light opal ale with haze and soooo much foam. The egg white foam overtakes the globe after about five ounces of pour, and the beer takes about five minutes before this dies down and leaves a thick sheet of the same. No lace.

S: Smells a bit tart with some earthiness and makes me think of warm nights and refreshing beer gardens.

T: Light grain ale with a slight tartness, but this is overwhelmed by the brett. A bit of a mineral finish and some bland grains.

M: Light and nearly flat at this point with the thick soapy finish I associate with heavy Brett.

O: I dig it, but not more than the classic.

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Photo of teromous
3.46/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It is a very pale yellow color, lighter than the color of straw. It looks like pear or light apple juice. There is a white fizzy head that disappears as quick as a soda would. The beer is opaque, and eventually leaves no head or lacing at all. It looks like fruit juice in the glass.

S: It smells extremely sour. It has a grapefruit smell, with a musky scent in the background.

T: It has an expectantly sour flavor, like sour grapes and lemon juice combined. It's very puckery. The flavor is somewhat watered down.

M: The mouthfeel is very bright and vibrant. Despite the visible lack of carbonation, the sourness gives an apparent liveliness to the beer. It is light bodied, bordering on medium, and is very dry.

O: Overall it's a good beer and I would drink it again.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.52/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1555th Review on BA
Draft to Tulip

@Beer Revolution, Oakland, CA

App- This was highly pale yellow. Looked a lot like a AAL and was very clear. The head...oh wait. Wasnt one. Small ring of bubbles. Just kinda awkward looking.

Smell- It had some nice aromatics but was just kinda meh to me. Was a bit earthy, grassy and lactic. Didnt wow me. Was lacking depth, interesting notes of lemon, wheats.

Taste- Well its a very tasty beer. Not really sure how the aromatics drop off and then this tastes vibrant, lemony and a bit floral with a bit of tea. Just quite tasty. Not quite Fritz 1809 level but still above average.

Mouth- A bit of a thin body with a high carbonation level. Residual grape juice flavors with a bit of grassy lemon.

Drink- This was all over the place with its individual parts. All that mattered is that it tastes good. Probably would want a bottle but wont actively seek it out.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy pale yellow ale with a large pure white bubbly head with strong carbonation but not much retention or lacing. Aroma of funky barnyard notes and sour notes are more dominant then expected. Taste is a complex mix between loads of Brett with some tart and sour notes with a dry finish. Body is about average with strong carbonation. Interesting though maybe a tad too sour to be an everyday type of beer.

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Photo of jtingue
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY

Appearance. Hazy very light straw in color. Served with 2 fingers of head. Light enough to be almost luminescent.

Smell. Very clean sour, with lemon juice and heavy brett influence. Some very light bready malts in the background, white bread.

Taste. Starts off hugely sour, to a point where it cuts any other flavors out for a while. The sourness is beyond anything else that I have ever had before, except maybe those warheads that were popular amongst my friends as a child. The only thing to be said is that the this is a super clean, dry and refreshing sourness. After this initial wave there is a very nice, simple, clean shortbread-like malt presence that balances out the sourness. Brett presence throughout. Dry and crisp finish... refreshing.

Mouthfeel. Very thin in body with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. Overall the mouthfeel aids in the refreshment aspect of the beer.

I wouldn't want to bash this one for being overly sour, as it is a berliner weisse. I just wish is held on to the hint of malt that you get just before the finish.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Matt at Mike's last week,

Light yellow with a a dense, off-white head with great retention, this looks good. The nose is super stinky and farty, mildly shitty. With time, this is fruity, tart and mildly vinous and very lactic. Still, this is extremely sulfury. The palate opens with a clean, lactic sourness, tart and low level of funk. Sulfur is moderate on the palate, lingering on the finish. Drying on the finish with a high level of carbonation, this is decent.

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Photo of aasher
3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy, bright straw yellow in color with a massive three finger, self destructing very fluffy white head. It took about three minutes to diminish to a root beer float like poof. It essentially looks like pale pear juice. It has the nice, dry, crisp sour notes with granny smith apple like aromas mixed with some strange funk. The funk is just strange. It's as if the brett hasn't found its place. The flavors aren't as numerous as the aromas. The flavor is pretty light and instantly a watery tart apple. It kind of "refoams" in your mouth and goes down like you're drinking foam. It's just a little strange. This beer was ok but I didn't like it as much as the Porticus. The brett took away from what I really appreciate in a Berliner Weiss.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Incredibly pale yellow color with a huge white head. The nose is very light and lactic. Lemon peel, straw, and a light funkiness. Very minimal malt or wheat aromas. The flavor is, somehow, even lighter. Very spritzy. Light lemon peel, a touch of grass, and the lightest flavors of wheat. Just a hint of tartness on the finish.

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Photo of Preismj
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: light yellow in hue with plenty of clouds swirling around in the glass along with the brew. thick, tight head with larger bubbles...strong carbonation to this.

s: funky sour notes. Smells acidic to a degree. like flare went off in front of your nose. earthy notes...leather, wet hay. hints of citrus and banana at the end help remind you this is a wheat beer.

t: not nearly as hard to adjust to as the nose. nice sour notes make you pucker. sour milk/cheese up front really help to make the sweet earthy malts pop along with the nice crisp wheat filled finish. Mild fruit flavors in here (grape, apple, banana). Most wheats I've had at such low abv really just come in tasting like water, but the brett in here really has a hold on the flavors of the beer and make the pop out in the finish.

m: tons of carb makes this crisp. finished dry. very light body...and I can't emphasize the level of carbonation in this, especially once it hits your mouth.

o: the aroma was a bit hard to get past and made me not want to drink this, but I'm glad I did. Nice use of brett and it works very well in this wheat beer. Flavors really pop in this one and the crispness of this drink from all of the carbonation help make it one of the more unique beers I've had in a while.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Redlight Redlight; January 2011
This arrives from the tap with a pale blonde color that is quite hazy and it is topped by a big, frothy, white head. This has a very dirty-foot type of nose to it that is musky and musty. The finish of the aroma sees a hay and musty grain like note to it. After a bit of time I get a solid lemon-like tartness to the aroma.

The beer tastes quite dry, which is accentuated by a lactic acid tartness, the fact that it is so light bodied and that it has a spritzy carbonation; all in all this makes for a very refreshing brew. Somehow this seems milky, I am not sure why but it seems to have something to do with the lactic acidity. This really doesn't seem any different than the regular version of this beer to me.

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Photo of corby112
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, pale golden yellow color with a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind. Visible carbonation bubbling up.

Earthy aroma with a very strong funky bret presence along with bready yeast, spice, banana and lemon peel. The funky bug character is a bit overwhelming with a sulfuric barnyard presence that is slightly off-putting. Hints of bandaid, feet and horse. You can still pick up the wheat beer elements but the funk is a bit strong in the nose.

Medium bodied with lots of tight carbonation up front and a tart funky bret presence that lingers throughout into a lingering dry finish. Although it's dry and funky, it's still light, crisp and refreshing. Very tart and dry without being too acidic. Underneath the dry, funky bret there are hints of earthy grass and straw as well as some spicy clove, banana and lemon juice. It's pretty tart but not as unpleasantly funky as the aroma suggests. Decently balanced and once you get over the initial palate shock it's pretty refreshing and quaffable.

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Photo of WorldWideStout
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy dull yellow body, which after some thought, reminded me of pineapple juice. Bone-white head was several fingers' high on initial pour, but fizzled down to nothing after a minute or so, with no lacing to speak of.

S: Some barnyard and that funky sweetness, along with lemons and a bit of lactic notes.

T: Don't get as much brett in the taste, as the sourness is pretty strong. Very bright and tart.

M: Fairly strong carbonation all the way through, but it doesn't ever feel like it's in the way.

O: It was refreshing and easy to get down, but I felt that it was a bit one-noted, as the tartness dominated all other flavors in the taste. I think with a bit more age there will be a better balance.

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Photo of Damian
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from an 11.2 fl.oz. bottle purchased at Bauer Wines & Spirits, Boston, MA
Served in a chalice

With a very careful pour, so as not to disturb the massive amounts of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, the beer poured an absolutely crystal clear, pale straw yellow. The liquid was topped by a bubbly, effervescent, bright white head that disappeared within seconds.

The nose was quite underwhelming. Powdery and dry. Slightly wheaty and tart. Touch of lemon. Overall, rather tame.

The flavor profile had a lot more punch than the nose. Crisp, snappy, wheaty and tart right off the bat. Super sour, even for the style. Good amount of bitter lemon peel. Some powdery yeastiness. Slightly funky with noticeable brett influence. The finish was ultra dry and tart. Somewhat wheaty. This beer really got my salivary glands going.

The body was quite light with an aggressive, large-bubbled, Champagne-like effervescence. It really stood out as being unique.

Berliner weisses are one of my favorite styles of beer to drink in the summer. Although this example was quaffable and refreshing, it could have benefitted from more complexity.

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Photo of Gladius270
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours very foamy. Is pastel yellow, and looks a lot like pineapple juice.

S- very yeasty smell. I get a faint pineapple smell on this as well. I detect a grain-like smell.

T- Sharp, acidic taste. Like a mouthful of lemon with a yeasty aftertaste.

M- this was a surprise to me. Despite the very foamy pour, the carbonation doesn't come through on the tongue. Feels flat, though luscious in the mouth.

This is my first sampling of this style, so I may be way off the mark on this review. It was pretty good, but not very complex to me. Probably won't go out of my way for it. Almost like an American unfiltered wheat with tons of lem juice in it.

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Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Lee - much obliged!

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of funky brett - not the nice wet hay/funk that is crisp and usually welcomed, but rather a combination of that with dried corn and "baby boot". It wasn't as atrocious as the last descriptor implies but it wasn't as welcoming as I'd hoped.

Tastes better than it smells, closer to a berlinerweiss than anything with brett. Light malt with hints of wheat kick things off and are joined quickly by tart citrus. Midway through the sip the brett comes into play, clean funk with parts of wet hay. The brett fades out into a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I was hoping for more from this beer after enjoying the non-brett version however the brett didn't meld as much as I'd hoped. An interesting beer but one I wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Monk. A good tartness, akin to an unsweetened lemonade, with a little brett and I believe malt to make it drinkable. Very good drinkability, suitable carbonation. Yellow body with a small white head. A good representation of what is often a yummy style.

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Photo of claspada
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled courtesy and shared with mrand01.

Pours a cloudy, pale straw yellow color. There is a touch of a white head and a slight bit of lacing on the way down.

Aromas begin with fresh cut grass, lemon juice and rind, fresh straw and hay. As it warms I can detect a raw, rustic, and lightly breadiness combined with the tradional slightly spicy Belgian yeast.

The tastes begin with tartness of lemons combined with the earthy flavor of hay, straw, and grasses before turning lightly musty-dusty. After the palate acclimates to the tartness, the beer reveals a very crisp, clean, and refreshing lemony sweetness.

The mouthfeel has a surprising thickness (for such a low ABV beer) with a solid amount of active carbonation.

Overall this was a really solid example of the style, and quite flavorful for such a low ABV offering. Really nothing amazing about it though, maybe it is just the style for me. I appreciated tasting it, but have no need to again anytime soon.

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Photo of emerge077
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled two bottles, the first one smelled very different than the second. The only difference was that the first one was chilled for a couple hours, and the second one overnight. Not sure if this had any effect at all. May try a 3rd bottle at room temp to see if the Brett funk is more pronounced.

Poured into a tulip glass, it has an attractive pale pastel yellow color, topped with copious white foam that laces a bit. Sparkling soapy foam, long lasting. Charged with streams of rapid champagne carbonation, streaming upwards through the hazy murk.

First bottle had a downright unpleasant aroma of sharp white vinegar and sulfur (rotten egg). Second bottle was a bit more muted, but still funky, signature Brett notes of musty wet hay and light traces of white vinegar. The 3.0 aroma score is an average of the two (2.0/3.5) rounded up. 3rd bottle: at 50º still very sulfuric.

Flavor was identical in both bottles, crisp tart lemon, dry grainy wheat, wet stone minerality. Slight odd aftertaste of corn tortilla chips, likely attributed to the Brett yeast. Body was very light and crisp, effervescent and quenching. It was nicely refreshing, it was hard to slow down and sip it after the initial shock from the aroma wore off. Trying again a 3rd time at 50º cellar temp, the sulfur was still very present in the nose. Chill overnight and let sit after pouring for best results.

2012: Draft version... less Brett character, tart and crisp, nearly watery, seemingly less complex than the bottled version. Would put it behind 1809 in overall scores, but leaving bottle scores unchanged here.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle received in trade with Phyl21ca - thanks!

Appearance - Hazy yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is not much lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, lemons, yeast/brett

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste bread/grains mixed with some tart lemon/citric notes. It ends with a tart lemony/citric brett aftertaste

Overall - Lots of mouth puckering sour flavour going on. But it still remains quite drinkable and refreshing even. It's a little one dimensional taste wise, but still a solid beer.

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Photo of John_M
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a pale gold color with light lacing and modest head retention. The beer seems very well carbonated, with good action. Mouthfeel is quite wheaty, with a sour overlay. There's a hint of honey as well. The flavor profile is a real jolt and is incredibly tart. I get considerable lemon and lime, but also something of a yeasty, french champagne flavor. The amount of flavor this 3% abv. beer delivers... it's nothing short of astonishing. Mouthfeel is light and tittilating, with a fairly long, tart finish. Drinkability is exceptional of course.

Yummm... this is an absolute treat. Great stuff!

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Photo of wschmit
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a Schlenkerla glass--the .25L kind.

A: This is easily the most foamy beer I've ever cracked--filled this little glass entirely with foam at first, as this gushed like no other. Loud, big white head crackling away, fortunately settling quickly, on top of a somewhat hazy lemonade body--the most pale yellow body, just like the usual non-Brett version of this beer. Scads of carbonation bubbling up through the body.

S: Overwhelming nose reeks of sweat, salt, tang, rounded out with a nice hit of cheese. Lemony and funky, and not for the faint of heart. I adore funk, and this might be a bit much for me.

T: Still seltzer-like and thin like the regular, but the brett helps out. Very much like an Italian soda, which would depress me, if it weren't backed up by a cheesy horseblanket wallop.

M: As said earlier, seltzer-like and thin, very much like pop. A fair amount of suspended yeast might even be thickening the sensation a bit, but it's an easily quaffed beer, if not for the piss-covered horse blanket stuffed in your nose.

O: An improvement over the original, but maybe a bit too intense. I'm not sure I'm terribly qualified to judge perfectly to the style as I've had only a few examples, but this is good, and will teach you all about brett's various characteristics, because there isn't too much else distracting from it.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with a big foamy white head at first. I dumped in the sediment and it went cloudy and looked like grapefruit juice. No lace, no head retention.

The brett sour funk is there, but there was something else too that I didn't like. Tart notes are fine, but something outside of that and grain.

Big brett sour notes up front. Citric acid, maybe a touch of pineapple juice, but really for the acidity. Light bitterness. Brew is light and carbonated and the flavors come and go. Some bitter husk and maybe some light malt. Sour, and a touch bitter in finish.

A good one overall. Not my favorite for the style, but a very nice find.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 09/21/12 notes. Had this on tap at Max's in Baltimore at their German Beerfest.

a - Pours a hazy straw yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of lemon, citrus, floral hops, grains, earthy notes, and light lactic notes. Pretty nice; not as sour or funky as I was hoping though.

t - Tastes of citrus, lemon, funk, lactic notes, sour lemons and fruit, grains, and floral hops. Much better than the nose with some nice funk and sourness to it. Certainly not too sour, but enough to make it enjoyable.

m - Light body and low carbonation. Light acidic notes, but overall pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty nice berliner. Not super sour or anything, but the taste has some light sourness and funk to it which I liked a lot. Worth checking out and I would have it again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Schneider weizen glass at Local Option.

I remember having this back-to-back with the un-brett-ed version, but I never got around to getting my thoughts together. Here we go a-rectifyin'. This stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon rind, wheat, light brett, and grass. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a light but distinct cut of tart lemon. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a very nice B-Weiss, one that seems helped a touch by the brett addition.

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Photo of DIM
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a lightly hazy, extremely pale golden corn color. It poured with a fast living fizzy head.

s: Green apples and earthy, wet grains.

t: This was very tart, but not obnoxiously so. Lots of green apples like the smell, but there was a lot more here. Some vinegar with mineral elements and something that tasted faintly of decayed funk. That last bit was vaguely cheesy. There was a long, lingering flavor of sour lemon candies.

m: Crisp and refreshing.

o: Unique, I'm very glad I got to try this. Not something I'd crave often but I definitely enjoyed it.

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Brettanomyces Lambicus Berliner Style Weisse from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
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