Weihenstephaner Vitus | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
brauerei-weihenstephan.de

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,183
Ratings:
3,408
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.15%
 
 
Wants:
243
Gots:
585
For Trade:
5
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Photo of Reegze79
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

A superb wheat beer. Pours a hazy straw color with creamy head and the nose is the classic lemon and banana. The taste is unique and surprising; starts creamy sweet and finishes even sweeter. Not over the top but enough to let you know that has a bock influence and separates itself from the classic wheat beer they brew. Body is on the light side. Reminds me of the rock-candy like taste you get in a Belgian dubbel.

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Photo of shambeano
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a tall weihenstephan wheat beer glass.

A- Pours a cloudy gold, with about 2 fingers of fluffy head that subsides very slowly leaving nice lacing. looks very good.

S- wow. a whole bunch of fruit and spice. straight up theres the typical weizen banana, apricot and touch of citrus. followed by a whole bunch of spice, a touch of cinnamon but mainly clove. very nice and very aromatic.

T- similar flavours to the nose. fruit, predominantly banana, a touch of yeastiness than a whole bunch of spice, again reminding my mainly of clove. the 7.7 per cent alcohol blends in perfectly. again very nice.

M- very nice and quite spritzy. light to mid bodied. remains a highly drinkable beer for the ABV. excellent on a warmer day. leaves the mouth dry, and that lasts for a while. very good again.

O- very very very nice beer. could while away a very happy summer afternoon sipping on these. terrific aroma, with a taste to match. looks and feels good. just an allround good beer.

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Photo of alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle.

Beautiful hazy lemon yellow to golden straw body. Tall, two fingers of thick, pillowy, soft, off-white head. Good lacing. Big fruity esters on the nose. Banana quartet: bananas, bananas soaked in rum, banana bread, Gerber banana baby food. Also some tropical fruit. Yeasty. Wheat bready. Nice.

Yeasty wheat bread twang up front. A hint of noble hop spiciness as well. Tropical fruits and banana sweetness emerge. Rummy alcohol adds some depth. Some bubble gum and clove chime in. Candied banana sweetness peaks near the finish. Lingering yeast and clove. Full-bodied with a thick, proteiny feel. A very good weizenbock that is more in the spirit of an amped up hefeweizen (think Dancing Man Wheat by New Glarus) than a darker, roastier, vinous Aventinus.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light yellow/golden tan, monster 3+ inch head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Wheat, yeast, banana, lemon, some sweet fruits like orange, peach and grapefruit. Added spices and sugars are present along with a slight bready/saision aroma.

Taste - Nice sweet yeasty kick with lots of fruits, banana and lemon. A nice sugar/spice mix adds some sweetness. Plenty of wheat mixed in with the fruits. There is a underlying warmth from the alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Nice and refreshing and easy on mouth. Tounge gets the yeast, wheat and fruits, were the tounge gets more sugars and spices. Finish is light, fruity and smooth.

Overall - As usual with this brewery, fantastic, a pleasure to drink and easy to enjoy. One of the best weizenbocks out there. Try this one, world class beer.

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Photo of TimZebGir
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Passionfruit the color
Forces spice and pleasant banana
The bubbles that are laced
Never to dissipate
The finish never ends

A: Light gold with a little bit of haze. Holy crap that’s a lot of carbonation, a super well-retained head, almost frustratingly so cuz I want to pour more than 4 oz of beer into my pint glass. (3/3)
S: Heaven, I believe, would smell a bit like this. The wheaty spice is omnipresent: a little bit of clove and pepper, with some subtle fruity notes too, like red grape or banana. (10/12)
T: Starts crisp and finishes sweet, but the aftertaste comes in waves: banana, pepper, white bread. (18/20)
M: The bubbles were already mentioned, and they are quite powerful. A medium dryness across the whole tongue on finish. (5/5)
O: More. More. Give me more of this beer. The strength of alcohol is not very perceptible in contrast to the Hefeweissbier by the same brewery, but the strength of spice certainly is. I could really drink this every day. It’s so satisfying. (9/10)
45/50

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Photo of Kartoffeln
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange with visible carbonation and a huge, pillowy head of creamy and dense white foam. Loads of retention, slowly settling to a heavy cap and leaving plenty of lacing.

S: Wheat malt with notable but attenuated sweetness mixed with loads of fruity and spicy esters. Plenty of banana with hints of citrus and apple, notes of clove and bubblegum, loads of bready (and very slightly musty) yeast, and mild grassy hops.

T: Rich wheat and barley malts lead off into a hell of a melange. Notes of banana, cloves, honey, citrus (mainly lemon), pears, bubblegum, nutmeg, and slightly tangy, bready yeast throughout. Toasted grain, floral hops, and a nutty note from the yeast come through in the finish. The alcohol is undetectable.

M: Medium-bodied with typical Weizen carbonation, lively and a bit gassy but smooth with a slightly chewy feel. Despite the rich palate, the finish is dry and clean. This, along with the perfectly hidden ABV, makes it surprisingly drinkable (if no less potent).

T: Archetypal Weizenbock that showcases complex flavours without sacrificing much of the eminently refreshing, easy-drinking character of a plain Weizen. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - yellow thick body with thumb size white head that doesn't last long
S - banana, buscuit, yeast citrusy
T - same as the smell.
F - light coat of the mouth. Very low carbonation, really smooth
O - this is a really good beer. Defiantly one of my favorites. Super smooth beer with a lot of flavor. The more I drink of this the more I like it. I have to keep increasing my ratings on this beer.

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Photo of gtermi
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer has a very nice cloudy yellow with a very thick white head.

S: I get a lot of sweet fruity scents, almost like candy.

T: The beer sort of reminds me of bubble gum at firsts and has a very tripel style taste. Just a very sweet beer, has some peach, apple and melon type tastes.

M: The beer is beyond smooth. It almost drinks like water and I cant think of a beer that has a better feel that this.

O: One of the greatest beers I have ever had. It is easy to drink and tastes amazing.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2/17/08 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is exactly like a Hefeweizen, light malts, bananas, wheat and spices with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very spicy with strong flavors of bananas and wheat in the background. The hops presence is mild but quite complimentary. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, to me this is simply an amped up version of the best Hefeweizen I've ever had. The brewery calls it a Weizenbock, but regardless of how it's classified, this is an excellent beer overall.

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Photo of jwc215
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clouded golden - much lighter than expected for style - huge, foamy white head that becomes rocky. Uneven lacing stick - unfortunately, though, it is quickly vanishing.

The smell is of bubblegum, floral, with peppery spicing and banana (with apple/pear) fruitiness. Grainy notes add to complexity. Different than I expected for the style, but it fits if taken from a different perspective that "fits the style".

The taste is sweet - in a bubblegum way. Malty and grainy with grassy notes. A bit of warming alcohol comes through, but in a very mild for actual abv way. It has a sweet and spicy, crisp finish.

Medium-bodied and very smooth. On spot feel - effervescent carbonation coates the palate, but not nearly in a prickly way. Smooth is an understatement, here.

Gimme more...
A unique brew that is like a HW on steroids, with a smoothness that is incredible, while still keeping the pleasant taste lingering well into the aftertaste. A work of art.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you take Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier and turn it up to eleven, you get Vitus. It pours to the requisite large, creamy white head on a hazy, straw-colored body; lacing is fair, mostly bands with some blotches. The aroma is big for a wheat beer: ripe bananas, cloves, wheat and alcohol, with hints of caramel and citrus rind for good measure. The palate follows the nose, plus a nice yeast presence; the alcohol is very well-hidden. The yeast, esters, and wheat are in perfect balance, just like they are in the Hefe Weissbier. The finish is pretty clean, showing just a hint of caramel and wheat; the linger is a subtle wheaty/estery flavor that stays around for a couple of minutes. The mouthfeel is quite big for the light body, and the texture is medium-creamy and moderately peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. Great wheat beer from a top-notch brewery! (11.2 oz bottle, 350 days after pkg)

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Photo of zoso493
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The legendary hefe's big brother! Let's see how this one stacks up. Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a very bright yellow-gold color with a massive, foamy four-finger head, which dissipates slowly, but still has above average retention.

Smell: Very nice. Lots of bananas, clove, yeast and wheat. This one has the more pronounced banana scent that you may not find quite as obvious in other weizenbocks.

Taste: Where the hell is the alcohol?! This drinks just like the regular hefeweizen. The first taste you get is some bananas with some sugar on tap, like the Bananas Foster my mom always makes. Other than that, it pretty much just follows the scent with some clove, yeast and other typical weisse flavors.

Mouthfeel: Nothing extraordinary, but has a nice amount of carbonation and is light-bodied like a weisse should be.

Drinkability: The drinkability of this beer is otherwordly. I think they actually just bottled the hefeweizen in a Vitus bottle. Despite the 7.7% ABV (which is not too high for the style) this would be a kickass brew to enjoy during the summer months. The alcohol is not even present.

Overall, this is an excellent example of the style. Such a nice drinking beer with a great banana taste, if that's what you're into in your weissens. I'm seeing now why this brew is so revered on this site. Definitely worth picking up a bottle (or six) next time you see it.

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Photo of stephens101
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my all-time favorite brews.

A king-sized, off-white head tops out above the rim of a Weizen glass. Color is light brown with yellow hues at the light.

A fusion of spices (clove, nutmeg), banana, lemon peel, and vanilla cake to the nose.

Taste is powerful with bold spicy and fruity notes that mix to form a completely unique flavor profile.

A complex beer of the old guard that doesn't have to punch you in the mouth to get its point across.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Vitus
Brauerei Weihenstephan
Style: Weizenbock
ABV: 7.70 %, 500ml bottle to wheat glass

Appearance is a golden honey color, semi cloudy, excellent fluffy head & retention.
Smell is bold banana/fruity aromas on a light wheat malt base, with a dash of the booze from the abv.
Tastes as it smells. A nice description would be an "Imperial Hefeweizen" with a dash of abv/booze from the same brewer. A lighter style Weizenbock, more banana/fruit, no noticeable dark wheat/caramel/toffee.
Mouthfeel is medium thin body, medium++ carbonation, less "creamy" mouthfeel than most wheat beers & hefeweizens.
Drinkability is high for a lighter Weizenbock example, more of an Imperial Hefeweizen than a true Weizenbock, but still very nice.

Nice to drink on a weizenbock starter brew day :) for inspiration...less sediment than expected, may not be the best candidate for a yeast harvest, I would use Sierra Kellerweis before Vituss...

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Photo of popery
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the wheat beer of the gods. With an incredibly solid lineup of beers, Weinhenstephan is one of my favorite breweries, and Vitus just hammers the point home. I only have four different Weizenbocks under my belt thus far, so I speak more from enthusiasm for a particular beer than appreciation of a well-executed style. I guess that's my disclaimer. At any rate, Vitus is a thick hazy light to medium golden liquid with a silky head of tiny bubbles. The nose is sweet with the spiced wheat banana flavor of good German wheat beer. The flavor is all wonderful wheat. There are notes of banana, clove, bubblegum and some other hard to place fruits and spices. It's quite sweet. The relatively high abv is well-hidden from both tongue and nose. The mouthfeel is luxuriously velvety. The finish is a bit tart and sweet, like a candied lemon rind. Vitus goes down exceptionally smoothly, particularly for the strength. I'm going through this half liter much too quickly. Vitus is a rich, luxurious and complex Doppelbock.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour 16.9 oz bottle with code 8413 into New Belguim globe

A-Pours a hazy orange golden. Pillowy white two finger head. Great retention. Ok lacing.

S-Wonderful aromas of banana, yeast, coriander, & clove.

T-Awesome taste of biscuit malty base, citrus, & yeasty funk.

M-Great mouthfeel that has a medium bodied. Slightly slick. Soft carbonation. Citrus finish.

O-A boozy complex wheat beer. Very enjoyable, I could drink this all day long in the summer.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another very good beer from Weihenstephan. Smell is mostly banana, but also malty. Taste is more spicy than their hefe weizen, with a malty component to it. Feel is very good, not over carbonated but a little sticky. Finish is smooth. Overall a very enjoyable weizenbock that I purchase from time to time.

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Photo of BobZ
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another great Weissbeer from Weihenstephaner.

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow, with a rich foamy head. Poured into a .5L Weissbeer glass.

Smell: Amped up version of the classic Hefe Weissbeer. All the banana and the clove you would expect.

Taste: Again, everything I like about the Hefe taken up a level. Full rich flavors that make the Hefe the class of the sytle, some warmth during the finish. The 7.7% ABV is very well masked.

Mouth: Smooth, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good, the ABV might catch up with you quickly; however, I find this more drinkable than the Aventinus (which I love).

This is now become my favorite Weissbeer overall, great flavors, very smooth beer.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honey golden in color, with thick, long lasting bright white foam. Hazy, light does come through. Aroma is classic to the style. Bready, banana, clove. Some light spicy notes as well. The taste follows, with slightly more prominent banana and clove character. A nice wheat breadiness, slightly sweet. Medium body, creamy, and high carbonation. Dry finish. A really superb beer.

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Photo of cokes
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Milky, foggy, golden-orange-tan, with a tall stack of everlasting, whipped egg, lacy, white mousse.
It noses of nutty banana bread, drizzled with caramel and vanilla sauces, and sprinkled with cloves and allspice.
A wet blanket of lightly sweet, doughy wheatiness is laid across the mouth. Touches of wheat graininess pop up intermittently throughout the remainder of the sip. The focus shifts towards fruit, and denying the omnipotent banana bread flavors for a sec, muskmelon and golden raisins peek out. Ok, now it time to discuss the banana bread. And its a fucking monolith. Gigantic, spot-on, exact. It is what it is. And it is banana bread. Its a pretty general description of a wheat beer, but here it is in true liquid form. Through the wall of banana bread, some fragments of cashews appears, along with more definite colorings of vanilla, allspice, and clove. These three things gather gumptions as it warms, and help close it with a warm, spicy, sweetened sense of dessert. A tiny grassy hop note completes it, with a dash of cinnamon in the afterglow.
Full bodied with enough CO2 to nearly pass it off as a quaffer given its familar hefeweizen cues. It's not so much a hefe on steroids as one that's simply bred bigger and better.

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Photo of Stocean1
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a three finger pillowy white head upon a honey hued cloudy body, huge retention with fine sticky lacing - I can not think of a way to improve it, hence the 5

Sweet banana, cloves, bubblegum floral hops, rising bread in the oven.

Taste follows the nose, it is a hefe fed clenbuterol

Medium bodied with some carbonation, smooth and sumptuoush and oh so drinkable - dangerous given there is no hint of booze in this one

World class.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Got to hand it to them poured a two inch solid head in my glass with a hazy yellow in color beer. Expected darker for the ABV.

S - Wow I got solid banana and lemon with a wheat base. Mild bready malt too, this beer smells great!

T - Smooth and less boozy than most Weizenbock's I ever had. Tastes of solid banana a bit of lemon rind and a balanced wheat base that brings it together.

M - Light to medium surprisingly. Especially for such a big body drinks very well.

D - I would consider getting it again. At a 4 dollar price tag I felt I paid too much but drinking it, fully worth the price. If you can find it cheaper I would say pick it up!

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazed golden color with a tight foamy head that takes it's time to settle down. Nice lacing as you drink it down.
S: Bready, tart apricot, ripe banana, wheat and toasted malt add layers of aromas down. Some meaty aroma come up from the depths and then the yeast takes over with it's robust character and classic doughy, estery profile.
T: Bread dough, fresh toasted grains, husky almost meaty wheat flavors are prevalent. Then the yeast chimes in with some banana and apricot esters and the hops give a nice floral and spicy balance. Alcohol is hidden well and all flavors keep in good clean balance.
M: Medium body with light, crisp carbonation and a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is where it should be, mellow.
O: Awesome example of the style with such a smooth balance but noticeable strength. You get transported to old world Germany with this beer. Must try this beer if you like a flavorful wheat beer!

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice unfiltered cloudy golden yellow with a big white head.

Aroma is wonderfully wheaty with all the correct esters. There was banana, clove, cinnamon, oranges and breads. Just wonderful. My nose didn't want to give my mouth a chance.

Taste was just as nice. Waves of estery flavors until a slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is refreshing and medium to light bodied. Easy drinking.

Fantastic Weizenbock and now one of my favorites of all time.

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Photo of STEG
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a nice looking beer this is, pours a cloudy orange yellow apricot hue into a duvel tulip. Massive fine pillowy head  with resilient retention.

Smell is nutty yeasty and wheaty. banana and peanut butter are also here, as is a notable clove presence.

Banana, phenols, light spicy hops, clove with a peanut buttery finish.

Mouthfeel has a lot of carbonation throughout. Slightly silky as well.

Drinkability what do you mean this is 7.7% no alcohol is present whatsoever it's a bit too carbonated for me but I could easily down many of these. Well worth the 3$ price tag, hell I'd pay 7$ for one and it'd still be worth it

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Weihenstephaner Vitus from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.26 out of 5 based on 3,408 ratings.
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