Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our light-coloured, spicy single-bock, “Vitus” is saturated with fine yeast and a creamy foam. It is a specialty with a round character based on the extra long storage time. The fruity smell of dried apricots joins aromas of citrus, cloves and hints of banana. Full-bodied and sparkling with an effervescent mouthfeel. Thus, the Vitus does not taste like a typical Bock beer but more like a noble, fruity wheat beer. Perfect with red meat, strong cheese and also able to guide desserts. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.

Added by Bierman9 on 03-02-2007

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4.26
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Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, maize color on top and a hazy, pale yellow on bottom. One and one half inch head of a white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, hops, citrus, clove, and sweet malt. Fits the style of a Weizenbock. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, citrus, and slight tart malt. Overall, good aroma, blend, body, but too much effervescence.

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Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a hazy golden yellow color with a nice 2" head. Some moderate lacing appears.

Smell: banana, clove, wheat, and a general spiciness is easy to detect.

Taste: big bold flavors here. Nice grainy malt base with some wheat, pepper, cloves, banana, and a nice bitterness to balance out the sweetness. Alcohol is definitely noticeable here.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, and a little smoother towards the finish. Aftertaste is long.

Drinkability: this may be my newest favorite beer with this brewery. Alcohol will catch up to you, but a few of these can easily be slowly consumed. Must try this one.

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Photo of liamt07
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Whole Foods Union Square NYC. 500ml into my Schneider Weisse weizen glass. Bottled January 12, 2011.

Pours a golden yellow with some paler straw and darker goldenrod hues throughout. Super high carbonation (as I've found these hefes to typically be) required about a half dozen attempts to get this to settle nicely into the glass; ultimately producing a strong 3 finger fluffy white head, that settles to a chunky head and leaves little lace. Nose is predominantely hefeweizen-like in nature, lots of wheat, banana and spice with a good hint of the alcohol content as well. Taste has a nice deal of wheat coat the tongue interwoven with a soothing alcohol note, some banana notes are in hot pursuit. Some sweet malts and mild spicing work their way into the picture, as well as an interesting pineapple flavour. Sweet and wheaty throughout, with a reasonable alcohol to boot. Lively carbonation. Great drinker and a nice warmer, although I enjoyed this on a warm summer afternoon.

An interesting contrast to another weizenbock like Aventinus, which sits on the other side of the flavour spectrum for the style; demonstrates the great degree of variety to be had within this style.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy straw color with a large white head. The aroma is full of cloves and bananas with a little bit of toffee thrown in. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of strong banana and clove notes, as well as a little bit of pepper. There is a very creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice weizenbock, one of the best I have tried.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second beer of the night from this brewery, and I have a half-liter to make me happy. On to the beer:

Big, dense, whipped, frothy, great looking is the head. The color is great, straw blonde, cloudy. Is this going to be their original weissbier on crack? the aroma is downright addicting as well. Very flavorful, banana, clove, lemon, ginger, cake. Oh science, I want to drink this now!

The taste does not let down. A slight kick of booze is felt. Lots of good stuff...am I baking cookies at grandma's? Clove, banana, some bubblegum flavor, sweet. This tastes like a spice cabinet. Yum! And not too much.

Is there a wheat ale they can't produce well? This is a great way to get summer flavor, but with more meat on its bones for the winter.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a moderately hazy golden amber with a two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of doughy wheat, banana and yeast, classic Weihenstephaner; these wheat beers small really good. Flavor of semisweet wheat, clove, apple and pear juice, turns drier with a slight tartness and grassy hops before finishing with light wheat and estery fruit juice. Medium bodied with peppery active carbonation. One of the last of the wheat beers from this brewery I've had the pleasure to drink and certainly one of the best ones. Interesting flavor progression with a pleasant play of lightly sweet versus dry elements. The flavors are well balanced and spicing is deftly done. One of the world's great beers. Sometimes I wish there wouldn't be so many interesting beers to sample so I could drink Weihenstephaner wheat beers all the time.

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Photo of stevoj
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smooth despite the high ABV. Poured with a thick, towering fluffy head, color is hazy golden orange. Body is slightly chewy with a little tanginess. Aroma is very grainy, like a loaf of bread. Taste the same with subdued banana and sweetness. This is very easy to drink, but beware the ABV. It will knock you out!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Revisit: 22 Jan 15
330ml Bottle

Been A Long Time Coming!

Pours a very nice slightly cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some nice banana/coriander notes, nice spicy notes. The taste is very nice malty, yeasty, very nice sweetness, nice touch of banana/coriander, nice spice note. Medium body, ABV hidden very well. Overall, this is an outstanding brew, again, never a disappointment with Weihenstephaner.

Poured into a true pint glass, a very nice cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, huge two-finger plus creamy white head, lots of creamy sticy white lacing through out the drink. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some bananna and coriander notes, also a nice touch of caramel. The taste is awesome, sweet, malty, yeasty, fruity, with some spiceyness. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well. Very drinkable, this is a true classic, never been disappointed in this brewery's brew's, highly recommended.

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Photo of aasher
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one into my Founders snifter. The appearance is a golden, cloudy, murky, dulled orange with a one finger bright white head. It looks near identical to their Hefe. It smells of wheat, yeast, coriander, light spices and some orange. I didn't expect that. It's definitely interesting. It tastes of yeast and oranges with a hint of cloves and banana. It's actually pretty similar to the Hefe. It drinks exceptionally smooth and medium in body. The only knock is that it can be a little sweet at times. Overall it's another good beer from Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is pretty well carbonated as a soft pour still yields a full three-finger thick, frothy, pale tan colored head. The beer is a light gold color and shows a very lightly hazed, straw gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is distinctly full of clove phenolics, even seeming a bit fruity in its clove character. Wheat like grain notes provide a touch of bread aromatics, some light tartness and some cracker-malt notes. Banana esters mix in with the clove notes, but are definitely noticed as well. There are also some plum like notes as well as a touch of apple aromatics.

Well carbonated, yet still creamy like many a good Hefeweizen; this does have a touch more body than your standard Hefe, but so far if I was presented this blind I would be hard pressed to guess that this is something other than a normal Hefeweizen. The strength of this brew shows up in the esters that are noticeable; this is a bit more fruity than your typical strength Hefe with flavors of plum, Macintosh apples and green raisins. This fruitiness is backed by a spicy, phenolic finish reminiscent of the turpenes particular to cloves. As the beer loses some of its zippy carbonation and warms up just a touch it begins to pick up a lightly concentrated banana note in the middle. This has a light tartness to it than helps to accentuate the various fruit components a bit.

The last pour that has some yeast sediment to it, adds a bit more yeasted tartness to this brew, which is a nice added dimension. I really like this take on the Weizenbock; it really is just a slightly amped up version of a well made Hefeweizen with the increased gravity producing more interesting esters and phenolics.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of tone77
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of spices and fruits. Taste is great, banana, other fruit, spices, very complex, alcohol is well hidden. Feels full bodied and delicious in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a very high quality beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

picked up last weekend at Belmont Station... I've been wanting to try this for a while since ColoradoBob began pimping it a while back... here we go... poured into my smaller weizen glass.

Nice 3 finger head... pillowy.. not alot of lace.. but I'm not complaining.. the brew is glowing straw... pretty.

aroma is like a banana smoothy... clove is fairly present ... but the esters outweigh the phenols significantly.. maybe some bubblegum as it warms... smells fairly thick.

this is thick... again... like a banana milkshake.. very smooth and soft palate.. pale malt sweetness without a caramel in sight... very nice... finish is long and grainy.. with a trailing banana essence... yummy.

Drinkability is my only complaint.. and that really isn't a complaint.. I would just have problem with more than one bottle... I would be too full to think about another.

I wish we still had access to Weihenstephaner in Boise.. the source dried up probably about 4 years ago... I have forgotten how much I appreciate their beers... this is a classic.

3.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/3.5

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weizen glass. A cloudy dark hay like color. Aroma is of soft banana. Banana and clove flavors with a light spicy hop character. Just a hint of citrus. Some bready malt pulls through and over all there is little bitterness. Alcohol is tame but there. A hell of a beer, almost like a Hefeweizen on steroids.

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Photo of biegaman
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smoggy lemon peel yellow with a dizzying flurry of acrobatic bubbles. Vitus' head looked so enduring that its quick departure has left me pondering the disappearance. Even with the filmy haze smeared over its complexion the beer remains clear. Most Weizenbocks are quite dark but not this example; it is glamorously resplendent (especially against the light).

The aroma lets on that this is more than your average weisse beer - and bock for that matter. The phenols are intensely strong, disclosing a hint of clove but mostly just an array of intensely potent alcohol-based aromatics. The base scent is very bready with a heaping spread of banana puree. It's sort of like booze-soaked banana bread... only far more appealing than that sounds.

As far as flavour, the Vitus isn't too overwhelming. It sure is pleasant though. Once again, this trio of banana-like esters, heating phenols and fresh-baked bread disperse unto the palate. Other fruits, pear and apple, start to show. The generous inclusion of wheat keeps it medium bodied and as result, the drink is curiously refreshing for a beer of its strength.

There's a surprising amount of sweetness that survives the onslaught of grainy wheat, fruity esters and alcoholic phenols. The beer certainly rounds the bases in regards to mouthfeel, any given sip generates some combination of the above tastes and textures. Surprisingly, at no point does the alcohol ever become scathing or even distracting.

There's a saying around the parts where this beer is brewed: "perfect, sound, sweet - pure barley and wheat". If that isn't a dead-ringer for the Weihenstephaner Vitus I don't know what is. I've loved every one of this brewery's beers - even trying them all on this side of the pond. If Weihenstephaner is really the world's oldest brewery, then we've kept the right one around!

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Kodiak's, Farmingdale, NY.

Poured a bright deep straw hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an estery yeast, spicy wheat and round sweet malts.

The taste was a smooth blend of yeast esters (banana, clove) and full sweet malt. There was a touch of booziness at the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style with a nice chew.

Overall an excellent full flavored weizenbock.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, looks a lot like a regular hefeweizen, the lightest weissebock I've ever seen. Good white head with good retention.

S: Smell is great. Strong scent of banana bread mixed with a hint of bitter orange and spice.

T: Great bready malt flavour with a strong yeast presence. Mainly banana and orange peel, finishes strong with clove and cinnamon. Definite bubblegum esters in the aftertaste.

M: Full body, a lot of carbonation, spritzy, but has a good heft, medium viscosity.

D: Fantastic beer, only $2.99, but difficult to find in my area. I will definitely pick up another bottle when I see it.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the worlds great beers and I meet up for the first time, we have somehow missed each other over the years. We come together in Cork, Ireland of all places, I saw and bought this bottle in 'The Abbot's Ale House', and reviewed it in my hotel lounge. Sadly the glass used was a half-pint tumbler, I would have loved the correct glass.

The beer poured a lovely lemony yellow, slightly cloudy, almost murky. A pure white head sat on top for both pours, the beer a darker lemon colour on the second pour.

The smells were a fantastic mix, yeast, vanilla, sweet banana and semi-sour cooking apples all rolled into one.

The taste held all the aroma ingrediants along with some grapefruit citrus hints added. Unusually for this style, a maltiness could also be found in the wonderful amalgamation of flavours.

I was at one with the world while drinking this beauty. The 7.7%ABV just sits within the flavours without being noticed, a truely amazing and one-off beer (as ColoradoBobs has been telling me for years).

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Photo of Zorro
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange yellow colored beer with a very tall and resilient white head. Very light colored for the style.

The smell is sweet and spicy with mainly clove Weissbier aroma. Wheat malt aroma but could be more complex.

The taste starts off sweet and spicy in the mouth. Strong clove flavor with a cake like malt taste. Little bit of tartness in the finish that tastes to me like a little carbonic acid from the carbonation level. Not real complex like the smell but this is also good and quite fault free.

Talk about mouthfeel this is like cake batter in the mouth.

Not the most complex beer of this type but there is certainly no way that I would fail to finish a bottle of this stuff. Most Weizenbocks have a lot extra flavor levels that this one lacks but they also have some funky aspects too as a trade off, this one doesn't. What this does well is just taste good and please the tongue. Good and a little sweet but I will for sure buy this beer again.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Nice to taste the tap version versus the bottle. The tap version just screams banana while the bottle is a bit more subtle and complex. I like both, but this is definitely a bit less integrated than the bottled version. Pours a hazy pale golden with a big head. Smells a bit grainy with a touch of vanilla and lots of banana. Tastes of lots of sweet banana, some more vanilla and soft wheat, all followed by some refreshing lemon notes that cut through the rest og the flavors. Thre is a slight bitterness followed by a sweeter finish near the end. Pretty nice overall.

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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a hazy honey yellow color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, one gets a lovely aroma of honey, bubblegum, clove and spice. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose in a very nice way. There is plenty of flavor in this excellent beer, and it has almost a creamy, buttery mouthfeel. It's slightly sweet, but is not at all cloying or heavy on the palate. The alcohol is very well disguised, and this beer is so drinkable it's ridiculous. I think I drank my glass in about 5 minutes and was still trying to figure out where it went so quickly.

Delicious stuff.

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Photo of Kelp
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice bright yellow color almost golden.Wow lots of white foamy head that dissipated slowly. Very slight lacing left behind.

Bananas, citrus, and spice the usual smells of a good hefe.

This thing was good bananas, bananas, and more bananas. Yeasty and wheaty follow with a hint of citrus left behind on the tongue. Actually one of the nicest aftertastes I have ever had.

Smooth, creamy a medium body to it a bit too much carbonation for the type for my tastes.

This is ridiculously drinkable. I could have multiple more. The alcohol is well hidden, hard to believe it is 7+%. This is just a great beer.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a classic. I have returned to this one again and again over the years. Quite clear, light gold/yellow body, fluffy off-white, yeast-speckled head, good lacing. Malty aroma with clove and other spices, banana, orange and lemon; faint alcohol. Flavor follows suit, typical weizen notes of spice, yeast esters, banana. Sweet, rich malt character, some citrus notes, and again, light booziness and warming. The carbonation is fairly crisp, body is medium, finish is very clean and quenching. Very high drinkability. Just a delicious and complex beer overall.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich yellow hue edging toward straw with a touch of haze. Plenty of apparent effervescence and a thick, pillowy ivory head. Looks good.

Smell: rich, sweet wheaty aroma; quite strong, like a hefeweizen on steroids.

Taste: big malt bomb with the refreshing character of wheat. Nice clove/banana hefeweizen flavors here, but they are really taken to the next level. This manages to be a relatively big beer but refreshing as well. Brauerei Weihenstephan rarely disappoints me. I'm really quite enjoying this.

Mouthfeel: body is slightly heavy; there's a nice carbonation and a thick, rich, almost syrupy consistency. It's almost like carbonated malt-flavored cough syrup; this is right up my alley.

Drinkability: it's tasty and feels good, but it also is really hitting my gut like a bomb. Usually heavy beers don't disable me like this, but this one does. Otherwise, a very nice beer indeed.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah, man this is great; I bought myself a whole case of this Weizenbock (reading the label (in German) makes me wonder if the style Weizen-Doppelbock wouldn't be more appropriate - or perhaps that style would need it's description on BA)...

A: Pours murky pale orange with a really tall white compact lovely head that slowly sets into nice lacings.

S: The smell is overpowering; there's ripe bananas and dark bread (Pumpernickel) - and this is just the smell in the room after pouring; I still havn't smelled the glass... Now, after smelling the glass; sweetness and roasted malts. Citirc notes. Yeast and spices. Fruit-cocktail! Nice sourness.

T: Well, no dissapointment after the apperance and smell - the taste follows... The ripe (almost "over-ripe") bananas from the wheat are very sweet. Then the citric notes is balanced with apples. Bitter hops.

M: Even the aftertaste is remarkable; longer than most Weizens - way longer; sweet and bitter at the same time. Body is so very smooth and refreshing; medium. Rich carbonation, but never offensive or aggresive.

O: I'm back where I started; is this a Weizenbock? If it is; this is probably the best one ever... If the style Weizen-Doppelbock if possible, this would still be a pretty darn fantastic beer. Oh, I almost forgot; I still got 19 50 cl bottles...
If I can keep character and store a couple in my cellar - this beer (most certainly) will evolve into something out of this world...

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy yellowish-orange, with a really big 3 inch head, with minimal lacing. Nice visible carbonation, as is standard for the style.

Strong smells of wheat, with weaker smells of banana, cloves and other spices.

The banana is much stronger in the taste- just an incredible explosion of it, along with bubblegum and cloves. Lots of sugary tastes as well. Tastes exactly like a souped-up imperial version of their classic hefe.

Medium to full bodied, sticky sweet mouthfeel, great carbonation.

Like the original hefe better for its understated subtle complexity, but this one is great too.

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,342 ratings.
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