Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner HefeweissbierWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our golden-yellow wheat beer, with its fine-poured white foam, smells of cloves and impresses consumers with its refreshing banana flavour. It is full bodied and with a smooth yeast taste. To be enjoyed at any time,goes excellently with fish and seafood, with spicy cheese and especially with the traditional Bavarian veal sausage. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.

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Photo of Justin8mypants
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Hazy golden brew with a nice 2 finger head that dissipates into some nice web by lacing.

S- Lots of clove, banana, citrus especially lemon, wheat and yeast

T- Still lots of citrus, a slight sweetness, and a very slight after taste of hops

M- some nice biting carbonation that is very refreshing and compliments the beer extremely well.

O- Not a huge Hefeweizen drinker but I will definitely be buying this again. Great for warm weather or if you are on the mood for a nice lighter bodies beer. Absolutely fantastic.

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Photo of JWU
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a hefe glass.

A- clean and clear until you do the good ol' swirl and dump. Doesn't cloud up as much as some, but still nice. Big poofy white head abouds.

S - big notes of spicy banana with some bubble gum notes. Nice, and not over the top.

T- Nice, approachable, but slightly muted notes that follow the nose.

M- light-medium with a wheat oriented smoothness. Carbonation is a bit prickly.

O- A great introduction to those who haven't really had the style. Pretty much a baseline for Hefe's. I do however prefer Franzy.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weiss glass.

Pours a light honey, tangerine color, with a typical towering weiss head that leaves a moderate web. Cloud is a bit light and I'm thinking the yeast may be light in this bottle.

Aroma is dusty citrus and crystal malt. Sweetness lies in the citrus aromas and clove aromas. Predominately lemon aromas upfront with sweetbread.

Taste is citrus and dusty yeast. Crystal malts meld with weiss yeasts to give a light bubblegum flavor with a citrus punch in the mouth. Hops are there, as light as they are, to give a little character. Flavor is a bit watery, like this one got mixed in a half glass of water.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Watery though and thin, little body.

Overall, I'm a little disappointed with this beer after hearing the hype on the forum. There is a lacking in yeast flavors and the banana and band-aids I'm accustomed to. The flavors get better as the beer warms well past cellar temp. To be fair I should mention there was crud on the threads when I de-capped this one. Could be old, but with no labeled date it's hard to tell

I'll have a Paulaner or Tuchers first thanks.

(Update 02/19/2010) This beer is a lot better than the first time I had it, the flavors and aromas are on point, I am revising my review.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

People seem to think this is the best, or at least one of the very best, Hefeweizens out there. I've had a fair variety in Germany, trying every one I've come across, and while Weihenstephaner impresses me, it's not the definitive beer of its style.

Appearance is appropriate - dull yellow-gold body with a dense, smooth head and low-moderate carbonation. Lacing is very nice. As for smell, the strongest one that comes across at any temperature is an acrid lemon aroma, probably due to the yeast. Banana is also evident - bouquet is not overly complex compared to comparable Hefeweizens.

Taste: Satisfying but again, not as complex as some others - some of my favourites are Maisel's and Schneider. Banana is present but not over the top, and a slight bitterness of hop is extremely refreshing. If only it were summer!

I'm not trying to say this is a bad beer. It is of an extremely high standard, and mouthfeel and drinkability are both very pleasing. It is never cloying, and is an appropriate drink on a cold or a warm night. I'd drink more if I could, but it's so expensive here...

Overall, I think it's overrated, but it's still a nice treat once in a while.

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Photo of BierFan
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a half liter bottle into a Weihenstephan weizen glass.

Appearance: Big white head on top of a dark cloudy yellow body. Good head retention and carbonation. Few thick globs of lacing.

Smell: Light aroma of cloves and a little bit of banana. Very light and fruity overall.

Taste: More cloves and bananas. Bananas are more obvious and now the cloves are more in the background.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 500 ml tall brown Euro bottle, best before on back label says 01/06/2011. Pours out a cloudy marmalade hue, tall chunky frothy white head with great retention.

Clean fruity esters and sweet bready malt, light phenols, light vanilla, light candied banana.

Flavour starts pretty clean for a Hefe, soft light bready malt, light vanilla in the middle, mild warming phenols on the finish, while the banana esters rise up on the finish as well, but lingers on into the aftertaste.

Medium-light mouthfeel, soft carbonation, very quenching.

A pretty damn good Hefe from what claims to be the world's oldest brewery (of course I'm assuming oldest operating brewery). Still, it's one of those moments when the hype greatly over-shadows the actual experience. It's a well put together wheat beer, but I don't quite think it's the holy grail of the style. it's up there though...

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Photo of devilben02
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although not my go-to style, I can certainly appreciate a good hefeweizen from time to time, and this is a very good hefeweizen. Poured from the bottle, the color is a warm, creamy-looking yellow-orange, with a big, fluffy, foamy white head. The fragrant aroma spills out with the prototypical German yeast characteristics of banana and clove to go along with a wheaty earthiness. The flavor is primarily an airy, lightly-sweet, and mildly fruity combination of unripe banana, milled wheat, and yeast. Despite the lightness of the flavors, the body is actually quite substantial, but the the fine carbonation makes it seem fluffy and smooth. Overall, I could identify a few little things that could be a bit better, but in the end this beer is just wonderful.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle (5099 stamped on bottle, no other date) poured into a Rastel Hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a huge white head that takes awhile to settle down to pour out the rest of the bottle into the glass. Persistent lacing as I drink it down. Beer is a hazy/cloudy yellow-orange light amber color. The classic Hefe look.

Smell: Earthy yeast with hints of banana and clove.

Taste: Very refreshing. Raw grain flavors followed by yeast, some banana again, just a hint of metallic, and a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Just a hint of carbonation on the tongue, otherwise goes down nice and easy and coats the whole throat. No lingering aftertaste or feeling on the teeth and palate. Cleansing in a good way.

Drinkability: I think I've been corrupted by so many Russian Imperial Stouts over the past month (moving from my winter stash into spring) and this great beer I loved so much is, well, still very drinkable, but not the wow experience it once was. Still, I know if it was warmer today I'd be loving this beer more. Goes fantastic with a meal or by itself at the end of a long day. Despite me being a tad underwhelmed in some cases, I know I could easily have another of these.

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Photo of CMUbrew
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from Fall 2012

A: Golden straw yellow. Cloudy. Big pillowy white head. What you would want a hefe to look like.

S: Light spice, wheat, very slight citrus/peel.

T: Wheat malt, clove spice, some other spiciness, lemon citrus.

M: Not as full bodied as I was expecting.

O: A good beer (especially for the stye), but I don't see why this is such a beloved beer.

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Photo of trep
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly cloudy body with a huge creamy head that faded into a blotchy crown atop the body. A tiny bit of random carbonation making its way up from the bottom of the glass.

Spicy cloves and earthy yeast with a little citrus aroma.

Some bananas and light clove spiciness. A little citrusy as well in the finish. Not too bad for a style that I don't exactly love.

Nice amount of carbonation and the beer is really creamy and light-medium bodied. Pretty damn solid here.

A nice refreshing beer after a hard day of pizza delivery. Goes down smooth while still flavorful and it doesn't get mundane either. A solid offering from Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a murky amber/yellow colour with a massive frothy white coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the murkiness of the beer and there is some very nice lacing down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for a very long time before it began to dissipate.

Smell - banana/bubblegum, wheat, cloves

Taste & Mouth - The beer has quite a bit of carbonation and feels very light and creamy on the tongue. Most of the taste is made up of wheat, bananas, and cloves. There are also notes of a pear juice sweetness. It finishes with an all spice and banana aftertaste.

Drink - Thanks to brews like this, I am quickly becoming a big fan of wheat beers. This is a fantastic beer that I will be sure to buy again.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured, swirled, poured some more. Hazy straw colored with a great thick white head. The head is rocky and persistent. Nice!

Earthy wheat aroma. Fruit such as light pear, taste is wheat malt, some spice hop notes and light fruity accents. Maybe a little bitter hop finish, but nothing that lingers. I'm left with a clean fruity finish.

Nice and light in body, very drinkable any time if day or year.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance, probably helped by pouring it into it's own glass, is quite appealing. a glowing, hazy straw/light apricot with a big, thick white head, the ridges on the inner part of the glass surely helped in this respect. fresh baked yeasty bread dominated the nose along with some lemony notes and a faint spiciness. taste is a well-balanced interplay between the lightly sweet wheat and malts and a slightly spicy crispness. hop bitterness quite muted as expected. medium bodied with a chewy mouthfeel. these classic german hefes make me want to gnash my teeth like a 13 year old on x for some reason. not that it's a bad feeling, what would i know. a very drinkable and sessionable beer for the summer.

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Photo of mkorpal
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a globe glass. Pours a golden to slightly amber color with a solid head of about 2 fingers. The head will stick around for most of the beer, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. Beer is somewhat cloudy as one might expect.

Smell is as one might expect from a hefe as well. Banana and clove esters dominate the nose, with just the slightest hint of hop bitterness. Yeast also lend a bit of breadyness to the nose.

Taste is more forward on the clove, and a little less on the banana, although it still plays a huge part.

Mouthfeel is pretty heavy for the beer, mostly because of the wheat. These styles of beer tend to be heavy anyway.

Drinkability is a bit lower for me. By the end, the wheat just makes it a chore to drink by the end. Taste is still great though. Also, I had a few sips that had a bit of a metallic feel, but I'm not quite sure if I was just going crazy a bit. All in all, I did enjoy my beer, and for the price, it ends up a good deal.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Hazy gold, low amount of visible carbonation, with a one-finger white head.

S: Fruity yeast esters, cracker and wheat malt, and notes of apricot in the background.

T: Follows the nose very nicely. Yeast fruity esters (apricot, pear, apple, banana), nice sweet biscuit malt, all leading to a somewhat dry finish.

M: Light body, good carbonation sensation, low alcohol presence.

O: Not my favorite style but this is example is quite tasty. One of the best hefeweizens I've had.

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Photo of Radome
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 0.5 liter bottle into a large wine glass.

A -4.5 - Beer is a deep, deep golden or orange color, rather than a true brown. It is cloudy but not opaque. The head is not very thick, but is made up of tiny, creamy, off-white bubbles and it persists until the end. The lacing is thick on the glass.

S - 4.0 - Classic banana and clove aromas mixed with warm, toasted malt and alcohol.

T - 4.0 - Lots of banana in the initial taste, followed by bubblegum and wheat grain. There are some dark fruits in the background, but no roasted notes. Very clean and tasty but with complex flavor development.

M - 4.0 - Medium body, creamy and slightly fizzy carbonation. No alcohol burn. Finishes sweet but not cloying.

D - Very drinkable, despite its big, complex flavors. From the taste, I expected the alcohol to be higher because it has the complexity of a much bigger beer.

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Photo of Retsinis
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been picking up a few of these lately, as it's been getting hot, and my fridge is full of RIS, and bourbon barrel aged beers of varying degree, and a good Hefe was in order.

A: Poured from the 375ml bottle into Bruery Tulip glass. The beer pours a hazy honey color with a good two inches of frothy white head that very slowly receded, leaving nice lace behind, before finally settling at about three quarters of an inch.

S: Soft scents of sweet clove, mild spice, banana, wheat toast, and a very mild esters of yeast.

T: Well intergraded flavors. Layers of banana, lemon, some cloves, and toasted wheat bread. Mild mineral quality, but smooth and well rounded.

M: Low to medium carbonation with a mild creamy medium body.

O: Hits the mark. Refreshing, balanced, and though not overly complex, it's brilliant in its execution, and quite enjoyable. Steal at $2.25 for a 375ml bottle too.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at Bert's Bier Huis in Utrecht

From a bottle into a Weizen glass

APPEARANCE: Deep yellow golden orange with a big fluffy white head. No carbonation evident. A thin film sticks around and lots of lacing lines the glass.

SMELL: Wheat malt dominates the nose. A good amount of clove and a hint of banana and lemon in the background. The malt is the strongest component, and the rest balance it out quite nicely.

TASTE: Wheat malt and slightly sweeter than average. Mostly malt qualities with a healthy dose of clove and some banana undertones as well. A slight bit of bread at the end. Definitely enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium thin body and slightly creamy on the palate. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Carbonation is light but very appropriate for the style. No bite and feels right.

OVERALL: Feels and looks right, and has a nice malty taste profile as well. A very drinkable beer that could be drunk all night. This is actually on tap everywhere in Holland and it often turns into my session beer. I'm glad there's a top notch German weizen readily availible on tap here.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I believe that I have tried most of the widely available German hefe's at this point, and I think I would rate this as the best. Seems to achieve the best overall balance. Exhibits the typical spicy, clovey notes, and pours the usual large foamy head. At times, the clove-like flavors of wheat beers don't appeal to me, but the Weihenstephan is not excessive in that regard. I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of their beers, and would strongly recommend this to fans of the style. Clean and refreshing, all the way.

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear with a huge, pillowy white head that sticks to the glass for dear life.

Gives off notes of esters and spices like clove, banana, bread, orange, lemon, fresh cut grass as well.

Light and refreshing on the palate with clove and bready flavors with a hint of wheat twang. The typical banana is not as strong as I expected from the smell.

Very clean flavors, and as most German brews go, it is a perfectly executed beer fit to style, and since it comes from the oldest brewery that basically defined the style, it very well should be.

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Photo of KingPuuChuu
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


When I first started drinking Hefe's, I never knew that there were beers like this. Poured into one of my Thinkgeek "Insert Beer" pint glasses, and was a lovely caramel. Extremely hazy, with a slight head to it. The head left a nice lace on the inside of the glass, while the beer itself was very drinkable. It left a pleasant feel on the tounge, and felt very refreshing.

As for the flavor, there are heavy hints of citrus, along with some herbal hints. The after taste comes off slightly bitter, but not in a bad way, and as mentioned in prior comments, the aftertaste tends to differ between the hoppiness and a citrus ting. The initial sip does take you by surprise, but as you enjoy the beer, it does get easier to drink, I could see myself drinking these during the summer.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a cloudy yellow with a persistent fluffy white head. It smells good, a nice banana and a bit of clove. The taste is very good; my first impression is a sweet banana, then slight hit of vanilla with the cloves finishing it off. It is well carbonated and has a creamy mouthfeel, very refreshing. This is easily the best hefeweissen I've had so far.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Giant, white head that's foamy on the bottom and thick and creamy on the top. The color is a medium yellow, and the clarity is hazy.

Smell: Puréed banana bread, apricot and tangerine esters. Clove-like scent is more prominent upon warming, as is a smattering of peppery and floral spices.

Taste: Bready malt, with the slightest tang from citrus esters. Banana and bubblegum flavors are more present in the aftertaste. Less focused on esters and spices than other Hefeweizens. The flavor is more malty and subdued, which I enjoy because it actually adds a layer of complexity by pairing yeasty flavors with malty ones.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with fair carbonation. The wheat makes the body feel slightly heavier, but there is also a silky quality to the mouthfeel that makes things more smooth and sessionable.

Overall: A more balanced, malt-forward Hefeweizen, which creates, for me, somehow both a rounder and more complex flavor profile. An enjoyable example of a traditional German wheat beer that encompasses both creativity and tradition.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance - Pours with a beautiful white and extremely creamy/velvety head. The color is a honey/orange that is quite hazy, and extremely lively with carbonation rising from the bottom. The head retains very well, and very slowly dies down, ending up at a finger-thick cap of super creamy white head. Excellent, thick lacing all the way down.

Smell - Over-ripe cooked bananas on the nose. Some clove spice is present. Rich malt and wheat smell in the background. Some metallic alcohol smells can be picked-up on.

Taste - A smooth and balanced blend of the cooked dark bananas mixed with mellow but rich traces of wheat and malt. Again there is clove spiciness in the mix, and also some noticeable peppery character. Very little alcohol can be detected, but it's there.

Mouthfeel - A bit high on the carbonation, causing a quick bite at the first part of a taste. The body is very slick and smooth, and extremely "wet" in mouthfeel. Medium-bodied overall.

Drinkability - Very refreshing hefeweizen. It has good flavors and a nice mouthfeel. I could drink several in a night.

A very good hefeweizen we have here. Refreshing, a wonderful "wet" mouthfeel, and pronounced but balanced flavors. Recommended for sure.

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Photo of wl0307
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

BB 21/02/2007. Served chilled in a proper, 500ml weizen glass.

A: pours a cloudy, bright orangey-yellow colour; the semi-lively carbonation supports a medium-thick white pillowy head that sustains throughout the drink. Very nice~~
S: sweet grainy and wheat-ish aroma with a touch of candyish sweetness upfront; a slightly ashy hop resins contradicts with very intense aroma of dried-mangos, sweet bananas, intensely sour-sweet fruity yeastiness, while the tinge of clove is pretty restrained at the back. The nose is richly fruity overall--not bad, but not complex enough.
T: smooth, light, and effervescent textured candyish, grainy and bready malts caresses the tongue... ensued by chewy, tartly-sweet (but not thin) fruitiness of green apples, mangos and green bananas--overall the malt-sweetness is balanced by just enough sour fruity hint... the yeastiness is much softer than most hefe-weizen I've tasted, rendering a balanced profile and a soothing wheat-ish grainy sweetness lingering in the finish aided with a suitable kick of of dryish-bitter spice at the fringe.
M&D: great balance, great body and creamy-fizzy texture, yet the flavour lacks some sparkles--amazingly delicious or weird edge of something... This beer is very easy to drink, enjoyable, and could hardly inflict criticisms thanks to its safe flavour profile; but the "traditional taste" (I imagine so) shown by this bottle doesn't give me the urge or passion to go for more than a bottle at any one time. A "good honest" hefe-weizen it is--not great one, alas.

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