Half-E-Weizen | Rogue Ales

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Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also know as 'Mom Hefeweizen'

8 Ingredients:
Malts: Great Western Harrington, Klages and Wheat.
Hops: Saaz.
Specialty: Coriander and Ginger.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

34 IBU
77 AA
3º Lovibond

Added by MrNuggets on 09-25-2001

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Photo of TheDinger
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Amber/golden color with nice off white 2 finger head. Unfiltered with some residue. Smell is not too big, some fruit and a touch of honey. A little disappointing. Taste is a little bit more complex with cloves, grains, wheat, apricots and ginger. Some good citrus hit on the front which were nice Feel is a bit heavy on the carbonation. A tad dry and crispy. Overall- An intersting take on the style. Says Hefe on the bottle, but is classified as a witbier. Liked the apricot touch and the fruit blend. A little on the sweet side and would like to see more hop balance. Difficult to compare to others as this is a hybrid IMO. Would drink another one, but not fantastic. Interesting though-

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy light golden, solid white head retained very well with some lacing left behind
S - raw grains, a grassy saaz hop type aroma, but not much else
T - crisp leafy hop flavour up front, toasty grains, fresh greens, and a light floral note
M - light and well carbonated, a pleasant dryness with a cracker type finish
O - its not a bad beer by any stretch, in fact its rather tasty, but tends more towards pale ale characteristic rather than witbier in my opinion

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Photo of InsolublePancake
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Light gold with a rather small, wispy head, perhaps the result of an overly cautious pour. Looks pretty clear, not particularly hazy or cloudy.

S- Definitely a distinct floral aroma, although I wouldn't be able to pick out roses. There's also an orange cream-like character that's pretty nice, although not particularly hefeweizen-like, which I guess is ok because this isn't listed as a hefeweizen on this site or Rogue's website, even though it says "hefeweizen" on the bottle. So, yeah.

T- There's some lightly tart wheat and honey sweetness upfront which provide a nice refreshing character. Floral notes come through on the finish and a light, herbal bitterness balances everything out. That creamy orange character returns on the aftertaste.

M- Medium-bodied, which I would consider perhaps a little too heavy for a beer like this, but with a nice level of carbonation.

Really not a bad wheat beer. The flavor is nice and it could be a decent quaffer on a hot day. I'd prefer it to be a little lighter in body and it's not overly complex, but it's a decent beer overall. Just don't go into it expecting a hefeweizen, even if the label tells you that's what you're about to get. Worth a try at least.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a snifter style glass

Pours a hazy golden color with a monster white head. Theres also a bunch of little particles swimming around in this one. The taste and smell match. It is quite spicy and has a nice fruitiness to it. There is a bit of lemon zest as well as a tiny bit of dark fruits. A lot of wheat in here obviously, it really dominates the nose and palate as well as the overall feel of the beer. It is rather smooth, has a full body and really high carbonation. Not Rogues best offering in my opinion but not quite a disappointment.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.52/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"Mom Hefeweizen" Ale Brewed with Rose Petals. Purchased at a local Ralph's market. Served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Expectations are average given the brewery.

Not paired with food.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige colour, poor thickness, awful cream, and laughably bad retention (unmitigated by its rather low ABV). It retains less than twenty seconds. Colour is a cloudy semitransparent yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Rather bland for the style.

Sm: Weak orange peel, clove, underwhelming barley, and water. The orange feel seems a bit artificial and syrupy. A mild to moderate strength aroma. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

T: Clove and light orange peel. There's an awkward competition between wheat and barley for control of the foundation, which results in an empty off-kilter body. Hints of lemon. The best note is the light ginger, which may be the only good choice in the whole flavour profile. Rather understated and boring all around. Bland. Lacks presence. No complexity or subtlety. Even the malts are restrained. A simple boring beer. No alcohol or yeast comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet - too much so on both counts. Adequate carbonation. A bit too light on the palate. Not thick enough.

Dr: A failed attempt to combine two distinct styles. It ends up not working in either of them. I applaud experimentation, but this was a poor effort. I certainly wouldn't get it again. It's drinkability but low quality. Wouldn't even make a good session beer. A letdown from Rogue. Even the name is stupid.


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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle of Mom because it sounded interesting. Poured in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazy, goldenrod coloring with a tall, fluffy, light, white head that settles quickly into only a trace of film. Aromas of toasted grains, with a hint of rose. The beer's flavors are toasted cereal initially, with a sharpness to it that makes it a bit hard to drink. Subtle buttery and floral highlights come through at the end of the palate, but just barely. The aftertaste is roasted, and a touch on the astringent side. The finish is quick, roasted, and slightly dry.

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Photo of KajII
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

The pour was a hazy dark yellow with some light brown undertones and a large (2-3 finger) white rocky head that reduced down to a small cap of foam, which produced some excellent streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a light bread malt, a mild citrus hop and a sweaty yeast with notes of honey, citrus (lemon), wheat, a hint of spice and a mild floral scent.

The taste had a lightly sweet wheat flavor with notes of honey and coriander early on and then flavor progressed into a much larger yeast taste with a hint of citrus, a touch of spiciness and a slight floral presence at the end. The flavor lasted and average duration after the swallow with a citrusy, yeasty, mildly spicy taste left to linger.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a good strong lively carbonation.

Overall a very tasty and refreshing yeasty brew that had a touch of spiciness and a nice floral twist, in fact this is what makes this beer different than other Hefeweizens...

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Photo of ChrisPratz
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very nice amber color with a slight haze on the first glass, but the second of the 22 oz bomber was a bit cloudier but the same nice golden amber. Less then a fingers worth of head dissipates down to a very minimal amount of lacing.

S: Nice aromas of yeast and wheat with a mild hint of coriander. Very sweet smelling and the yeast and wheat become more distinct as the brew warms. Very enoyable.

T: Sweetness from the get go with some citrus and wheat flavors. Floral hoppyness as well but in all honesty, it seems like its watered down. All of the flavors are very weak with exception to the hoppy bitterness. It doesn't really seem like a hefe at all. Kinda bummed.

M: Moderate carbonation, crisp and clean after taste but this isn't what you'd expect from a hefe.

O: Very disappointed. Everything was bland and tasted weak and watered down. Dunno if I just got a lemon with this bottle; i'll prob try another one and would def love to try it on tap to compare.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.92/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just had to try this one on Mother's Day. Wheaty aroma has a strong yeasty overtone - it smells very much like a packet of brewer's yeast. (No surprise there, eh?) Pours a clear solar yellow with a typical white head. Flavor is wheaty with just a whisper of lemon and a whisper of grass. Smooth texture has average body and just a little fizz. I've had better, but this is palatable. Happy Mother's Day!

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Photo of thecheapies
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Rogue MoM Hefeweizen, Ale Brewed with Rose Petals. Almost completely emptied into a weizen glass. By the way, I was discouraged to find out that this classifies as a witbier.

Orange body with haze from swirled yeast. Poured it pretty full, so the head couldn’t boast much. But, it’s laying out in a quarter-inch layer, pretty much white in color. 4.0

Okay, I get that it’s not a hefeweizen from the nose. Light wheaty malts with a floral hop quality, or so I wanted to say until I remember the rose petals. A smidge of light spice, but this is all about the clean wheat malts and their quality in the nose. Other than that, not much else going on. 3.5

Definitely not a hefeweizen. No fruity yeast. No estery qualities. Just a clean wheat beer with that interesting hint of rosewater. I must say, however un-intriguing this beer style is for me, that there is not much of anything going on. The finish is bland, just leftover wheat tang. Somebody, plop anything in this beer. Anything! A lemon wedge, an orange slice, cinnamon stick, a plum, a handful of berries, shot of Jager?? Oh man, I’m sorry. A labor to convince my taste buds that there is enough going on to continue consuming twenty-two ounces of an alcoholic beverage when I have so much good stuff in the fridge and in the cellar. Even my girlfriend won’t bite on this one. She’s too consumed on Blue Moon with an orange. 2.5

Body is light-medium; carb is… oh c’mon! It’s a witbier! It’d be easier to drink if it tasted more peppery or fruity or strange. I’d rate this better if it was bitterly floral, with heavy doses of the rose petal character. I’m being harsh because I expected this to be a hefeweizen, first of all, and because I’d rather have a Hoegaarden. Okay, seriously, this is a tough bomber to finish. 2.0

Rogue MoM Hefeweizen with rose petals. Wish I would have left this 22-ouncer on the shelf. Could have saved $7.99, or spent $5.25 of that on the Hitachino Nest Weizen beer (which I thought was flagrantly overpriced, especially for an 11.2oz bottle that’s not even from the same continent as Germany). As a witbier, it’s unmemorable. If it was hoppier? A plus. If it was fruitier? A plus. If it was spicier? A plus. It’s none of these things. Oh well. I’ll choose WISELY next time. 3.0

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Photo of avalon07
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a golden yellow color and a hazy texture. There was an inch of foamy head that last a fair amount of time. No lacing at all.

S: Some malt and wheat evident, but not much else in the aroma.

T: Tasted of malt, wheat, a slight floral quality (the rose petals I assume), and mild hops. Mainly this was a very thin flavor, with the malt dominating everything else.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a crisp, smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a very average beer that's easily forgotten.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 750ml poured into a hefe glass.

A: Hazy and dark gold with a half-a-finger white head. The head settles to a ring within thirty seconds.

S: Orange, slight rose, and bread.

T: Lots of dry citrus upfront along with a very floral flavor. There is some clove and a touch of sweetness which is quickly taken over by a bitter, green flavor. The finish lingers.

M: Medium and dry.

O: Though Mom Hefeweizen is considered an alias to this beer, I am not sure they are exactly the same. Mom is brewed with rose petals. I have a bad habit of wanting to try any beers that are brewed with unusual ingredients ("Rose petals? Sure."). Some of those odd ingredients work surprisingly well; some do not succeed in creating a good beer.

The rose petals leave a faint trace of roses in the aroma of this beer. They add a floral element to the hefe. They do not, however, add anything exceptional to the flavor profile. The finish becomes too bitter, and it is not a clean finish. For the cost, there are simply too many other good hefeweizens to try.

This beer DOES CHANGE. I was given one by a friend that is brewed with GINGER instead of ROSE PETALS. They need to open the category since this beer is not always the same. Here is my review of Mom with ginger:
ST: 22oz bomber poured into a weizen glass.

A: Orange to light gold with quick carbonation and a thin, white head. There is a slight haze, but the beer is surprisingly clear.

S: Wheat, citrus, orange, coriander, and a hint of ginger.

T: Typical wheat, citrus, and hint of banana are helped out by a refreshing zip of spicy ginger that shows in the opening and the end.

M: Medium

O: Carbonation keeps this beer from cloying, and the ginger is a nice addition. The finish has a slight bitter edge that keeps the beer from sweetness. It is enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Kromes
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy yellow with a thick, fluffy white head that laces the glass.

S: A floral coriander aroma. Not too much more than that.

T: A very nice light ginger and coriander flavor. Very soft,flavors in the beer. A nice noble hop flavor and bitterness shows up in the finish.

M: Light and a peppery carbonation. Nice, smooth feel to it.

O: A pretty good beer....like the flavors and the aroma. I noticed that the flavors and the aroma were very good but tame. Wish they could have been a tiny bit stronger.

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Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Different batch than what's posted here on the site, this one is with rose petals instead of the ginger and coriander. Seems different.

Semi hazy gold color with massive fluffy white head. Good lacing. Weak nose of pale malt and a faint floral aroma. Head does not want to die.

Extremely light and crisp. Kind of bland though. Touch of wheat, faint yeast bite but mostly very very clean. Faint floral flavor. Short concise and below par unfortunately. Refreshing at least.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If a label could sell a bottle of beer, then this one did it. My wife had to get a Mom Heff bomber that she split with me.

A: opaque, orange/yellow with an off-white 2 finger head. Good retention, decent lacing.

S: citrus, honey, rose petals, floral, wheat, a touch of ginger.

T: Follows nose with a citrus/rose petal/wheat mix that really didn't have much substance. Didn't catch any hops. Light coriander and malt presense.

M: medium with low carbonation. Light bodied.

O: really didn't impress me. Mom should beef up her carbonation and forget about the rose petals. Too light for my taste (and my wife's).

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Slight cloudy yellow honey color, the pour yields medium white head with average retention. It falls to long lasting foamy layer cover on top and leaves some lacing patches, medium carbonation.

Spiciness is derived from the use of Saaz also with the addition of coriander and ginger. Hint of citrus, honey, floral and clove also poke to the nose as well as grain, wheat and dough.

The taste starts with coriander and clove thereafter ginger wrapping up with spicy touch and distinctive flavor covering throughout. Crackery malt comes following with wheat while pleasant hop bitterness yet with lemony hint draws down the final curtain.

The body is medium, smooth with some chewy mouthfeel, crisp and refreshing within its good carbonation, dry finish.

Less on fruity but big on spicy, the coriander and ginger do their job well in tempting the palate, so drinkable.

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Photo of barczar
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a small white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is light citrus and wheat with a fair amount of bready malt and some belgian yeast ester.

Flavor is initially dominated by citrus and wheat, with dry bready malt leading to a hint of ginger at the slightly bitter finish.

Body is moderate to light with a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall, an easy drinking beer that definitely straddles the belgian hefe line.

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Photo of Jerone
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy light golden in color with an off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

S - Some malt and wheat with lots of ginger and coriander.

T - Starts out like a hefe with some malt and wheat and then goes towards the ginger and coriander and leaves a slight bitterness in the mouth.

M - Light bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O - Didn't quite come together for me, not a bad beer by any means but needs some tweaking.

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Photo of peacehammer
2/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

ginger aroma right away. Also nice smell of orange peel. Pours a clear dark orange. Light body for the style,but the coriander, orange and ginger come through nicely.

However, as the drinking of this beer progressed, I became more and more disappointed with it. Very little wheat character to it, so little in fact I don't know that I'd consider it a true Hefeweizen, or even a Witbier.

Overall, a rare dissapointment from Rogue

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Photo of erosier
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice somewhat clear yellow color with a medium sized and bodied head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts, hints of wheat, some ginger and coriander aromas (just like the bottle says).
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malts, nice wheat malts, a nice mix of ginger and coriander which kind of makes it feel like a hybrid hefeweizen-witbier which is a pretty cool concept and it actually works.
M: Smooth, light bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable. Overall it was a pretty cool idea that yielded a good beer. It took my favorite parts from each beer type (hefeweizens and witbiers) and tied them together.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells a bit like a Corona with a twist of lime. I can pick out the coriander scent, but only because I know it's one of the ingredients; otherwise it would have been lost on me.

On the tongue, there's an immediate burst of what seems like orange citrus and coriander, which slowly fades into a coriander-ginger mix. The overall result is fruity and spicy, but not overpoweringly so--perhaps a seven or eight on a ten-point scale. There are also strong Grape Nuts cereal flavors from the malts. Hops are surprisingly strong for a Hefeweizen, and bring a decent grapefruity bitterness that melds neatly with the fruity spices.

As other reviewers have already noted, this is a brew pretending to be a Hefeweizen, so many of the traditional flavors of that style are missing or distorted. But that doesn't mean that the brew isn't worth trying. Just be aware that you're getting more of a fruit-and-spice ale with a decent hops kick.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nicely done, albeit very light and a touch overcarbonated for me, I still think it fit rather well. Light yellow in color with tons of carbonation and a huge fizzy white head that let down quickly. Aroma is light banana, clove and citrus, nice and light and airy with touches of lemon zest and fresh spice as it warms. Very clean taste, perfect hints of citrus and spice layered on the banana based malts. Quick, clean, light and very drinkable.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip

My bottle says: MoM Hefeweizen Ale Brewed with Coriander and Ginger

A - A semi cloudy watered down orange, one finger white head and no lacing

S - yeast, citrus, some grass, orange, lemon, some hops, spices and seasonings

T - Lots of wheat, orange, slight cilantro, don't really taste the ginger, maybe it's the spice? Nice bitter, sweet yeast, earth and some wood

M - Fluffy, carbonated, medium acidity, well balanced and long finish

D - Drinks very light, lots of flavor but still very light. So easy to drink

Final thought - $5 a 22oz and under 5% abv, it is worth it if you like wheat beers. Otherwise, move on. Funny bottle though

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.58/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured into a weizen glass, just because I can. The color is a hazy straw that is leaning toward cloudy; however, it still has a long way to go. Two fingers of fluffy, thick, white head dissipated to leave trails along the glass and a foamy ring around the edge.

Smell: It smells a lot like Blue Moon, only a little lighter. Coriander, lemon citrus, yeast, and ginger.

Taste: Lemon citrus, ginger, coriander, and metallic hops. There is also a little kick of pepper and pine spice. I guess you can’t have an Oregon brew without a little pine spice.

Drinkability: This is what I get for buying a $7 bottle of “hefeweizen” brewed by hop heads. It is drinkable, but it is no hefeweizen. It is more of a witbier-pale ale hybrid.

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Photo of dgilks
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'll start by saying that this is an American Wheat Beer if I ever tasted one. The yeast character is next to nil and there is some hoppiness.

It's crystal clear pale gold colour with a tiny head. No lacing.

Very light wheat aroma. No frutiiness. No yeast.

Mild soft, wheat and barley malt. Moderate bitterness. Crisp and clean.

Medium body with mild carbonation.

This is almost the antithesis of the hefeweizen. Light fruitiness with an emphasis and malt and bitterness rather than wheat and yeast. Interesting.

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Half-E-Weizen from Rogue Ales
3.57 out of 5 based on 486 ratings.
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