Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier DunkelWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our dark wheat beer is impressive with its creamy white foam. A fruity-fresh sweetness and hints of mature bananas harmonise with delicious flavours of roasted malt, sparkling and full-bodied with a light caramel taste on the first sip. An excellent accompaniment from hearty meals and game to chocolate and nut desserts. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very hazy light brown color. See-thru and slightly murky (to style though) with a thick foam head that leaves decent lacing.

S- Lots of banana and clove with some slight caramel scents and sweetness.

T- The flavor is quite possibly the best part of this beer, as it should be. Strong caramel flavors integrate well with ripe banana, pear, brown sugar, and clove. A tiny presence of alcohol in the finish.

M- Light/medium bodied with nice carbonation.

O- A very solid brew that I can see myself purchasing regularly.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure on the date of this. Poured into an Erdinger Weissbier glass.

A - Pours a deep hazy golden brown with a great big lively head and bubbles rushing to the top of the glass. Beautiful beer in this glass.

S - Crisp citrus, roasted malts, spicy yeastyness. Smells great.

T - A bit bland, not quite what I would have expected from the nose. It's all there, just quite subdued. Tastes pretty good, dark roasted malts, a citrusy bite, some yeast. Just not as lively as the nose.

M - Medium body, very smooth and crisp. Pretty nice mouthfeel.

O (D) - I don't particularly like or know this style, but it's a pretty good beer. I would seek it out in Germany, but not in the States.

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Photo of greybeardloon
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on February 2, 2011. I guess that's why I paid the Bierkraft premium ($4.25 for half a liter).

A: Muddy-looking brown with a huge, white head that lasts longer than the rest of the beer. Quite a good looking beer.

S: Lots of spice and banana and some bubble gum.

T: Spiced banana bread (I guess the smells came together and got sweeter and baked?), yet quite crisp. Just a touch of some herbaliness at the end. I'm not getting much to correspond with the color, though. The flavors work together harmoniously--nothing overwhelms or even competes too much with anything else.

M: Medium to thin and quite carbonated. (I remember it being a bit thicker and not so heavily carbonated on tap.)

O: This is an incredibly drinkable beer. It's not particularly complex, but it's still quite satisfying to drink. I want another.

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Photo of Swedes21
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a nice dark amber colour, somewhat cloudy with a very good volume of carbonation present. the head is white, fluffy and about 3 fingers. some good retention, very nice lacing.

Smell - spices come fwd right away along with an apple present. I can pick up faint smells of banana as well. very well balanced and deep smelling beer.

Taste - very refreshing beer with a lot of taste. the apple comes fwd along with a hint of banana. there isn't as much spice to this beer as in the smell, but the smoothness is mind blowing.

Mouthfeel - some great levels of carbonation added to the mouthfeel, real good volume in the mouth. tends to be more bitterness to this beer and a longer aftertaste.

Overall - dominant! this is a classic beer that has so much to offer, one i will stock forever!

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Photo of weizenbob
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This 500mL brown bottle was purchased at Pere Marquette Expeditions in Ludington, MI. The code on the label indicates that this was bottled on September 1, 2010. I'm hoping this has held up well in the seven months since bottling. I popped the cap and poured into a weizen glass.

A careful pour still manages to produce four glorious fingers of foamy head. Retention is fantastic, and there is still a half finger of head by time I get down to the bottom of the glass. Patches of lace stick to the glass for a nice aesthetic. The beer itself is a dark amber, closing in on brown, with ample haze to give this a nice soft look. A lot of carbonation can be seen rising behind the glass. This is a beauty of a beer.

As expected, the aroma reeks of weizen esters. Clove is strong. There is a hefty (or should I say hefe) amount of bubble gum. Wheat smells nice. Despite the age it still smells crisp.

The taste is really nice. Caramel maltiness is huge and takes on a bit of toffee note as it rolls across the palate. It has a whole-grain wheat bread kind of thing going on in taste as well as body. Banana esters come on strong on the back end. Hints of bubble gum emerge. The finish is sweet, and per style, there is very little hop bitterness to be detected. You don't see the dunkelweiss in the states nearly as much as the standard hefeweizen, but dunkels are a great variation on the same basic style. I'm loving the bready backbone of this particular beer.

In the mouth this is a wholly inoffensive brew. The beer is medium bodied but the high amount of tingly carbonation makes it feel a little lighter. The malt is grainy and a little chewy and leaves a sharp sugary feeling in the mouth.

All in all you can't really go wrong with this dunkel. It scores highly in all of the sensory tests. It rests at a reasonable 5.3% ABV. It's sensibly priced for an import of its caliber; and comes in the perfect serving size. Weihenstephaner has been brewing great beers for a long long time and one can only hope that they never stop. Every beer in their lineup is a winner. You don't stay the world's longest continually running brewery by accident.


The Two-Schlitz Scale: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give two Schlitz for Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel/Dark. Prosit!

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Photo of imbibehour
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale style glass.

A murky brown body with lots of carbonation for classic Hefeweizen look. Head is not as tight kind of small and doesn't stick around much. Color body is dark yellow and moves to brown amber to the top.

A nice hot clove smell on the nose, nutmeg spice as well, toasted brown spiced goodness. That's about it kind of nice.

Taste brings the spice. Nicely clove and nutmeg spiced, kind of spicy hot in a way. A little bit fizzy feeling though for mouthfeel, small banana taste as well with a bit more brown spice, even some brown sugar sweetness. Brown seems to be the theme here and the taste seems to reflect it.

Overall, alright I could have this beer in a pinch. It's probably not a fav style of mine, but if there was nothing else left I'd take it.

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

Picked this up at my local supermarket in a 500ml bottle because $2.99 for a large bottle of quality German beer was too hard to pass up.

Poured half the bottle out into a Miller Lite "flavor activator" pils glass. The beer appears thick and foggy and is copper/amber colored with a light, fluffy off-white head that rises up rapidly and lingered on top for quite some time.

The nose is comprised of sweet and toasty malts, some yeasty scents linger as well, also I can pick up on the added spices in the smell.

Good body, perfect amount of carbonation, complex flavor profile with an array of characteristics. The taste of this beer is clean and refreshing, the added spices complement the flavor and do nothing but enhance the flavor profile. A wheat-beer smooth, banana like flavor similar to the taste of Hoegaarden is present throughout.

Smooth and easily drinkable, in part due to a delectable flavor and just right carbonation.

Overall this is an outstanding beer, I would consider a as great example of its style.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours cloudy brown with a lasting frothy tan to light brown head. Head does leave some lacing on the glass.
S: a darker malty banana, yeast, not much clove but a little bubble gum
T: smooth flavors, a very light nuttiness to add along with the yeast is rather nice. Some banana and just a touch of clove. There is just a touch of hop grassiness in the aftertaste
M: very smooth, almost creamy. Carbonation seems light but is enough to maintain the head very well
Overall its a good example of a dunkel weissen. Smooth flavors, nothing too odd.

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Photo of Chaney
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Currently the #1 rated Dunkelweizen on BA. I've had it many times before, but my tastes have changed now and have a renewed love for this style.

A: Looks like a big vat of dark, toasted wheat. Dark brown, with carmel-like translucence. Massive foamy white head. TIP: Don't be a bonehead and pour this one too hard. I forgot the style of the beer I was pouring... doah!

S: Banana upfront, with a strong, wheaty presence. Nothing too strong.... just right down the middle.

T: Despite the formidable dark color, the ultra-soft taste is simple sublime! I mean, really... I couldn't imagine a better balanced brew. The thing I liked about it most is that there was no particular ingredient that stuck out or created a lingering aftertaste to shake off. Crisp, wheaty, malty, and delicious!

M: Bubbly and not in the least bit robust. The malt, wheat, and spices basically cut any potential cloying overly sweet elements down to size.

O: I see this brew sitting in the holster of a pool float, with me on it in my future...

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

A - Pours a hazy brown mahogany colour with a two fingered head that stays around.

S - Classic banana and sweet clove aromas, and a touch of malt.

T - Malty sweet banana's up front and maybe a little roast too.

M - Medium body and carbonation that makes for a smooth drop.

O - Very sessionable beer with heaps on offer

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Photo of dbossman
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Slightly cloudy, golden brown beer with a huge frothy, tan head; lacing is good

S: Typical weiss beer aromas: coriander, banana, grains; also a subtle honey and tea leaf quality; some grainy malty underneath the yeastiness; a bit subdued in all, but at the end there is a touch of sour mash aromas that are interesting

T: Banana, cloves, lemon up front but a pleasant roasted (a tad burnt) malt undertone; this is a grainy and somewhat simple yet delicious beer

F: Seemingly thin and watery but the beer does sit nicely on the tongue long after it is down the throat

D: Such a refreshing beer; I could drink this all day--especially on a hot summer's day; another stellar beer from the world's oldest brewery

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Photo of argock
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a slender branded weizen glass at Hotel California in Berlin, Germany.

A: Soft leather brown with frothy 1/2-to-1 finger off-white head with good retention and solid lacing mostly at the top of the glass.

S: Banana and bread crust are the most prominent aromas with some herbal hoppiness and caramel notes too.

T: Very bready and slightly yeasty with the classic banana bread flavor with plenty of crusty qualities. Very little other esters aside from banana/

M: Very creamy and smooth with low carbonation.

O: A classic rendition of the style with all of the nutty, banana bread notes and smooth, easy-to-drink feel.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker: Musty, murky amber body under dense, creamy head that dips & sweeps. Attractive beer. Head drops to a finger & retains well, leaves sheets of lacing within an inch of the head.

Sweet smell of banana bread or pudding, some grapey soda character not too far from Belgian territory. Even some very subtle toasty notes show up.

Sweet, bready malt, banana esters, some more grapey sweetness. Smell translates very well, with some honey, even. Nicely lasting finish. Good good good!

Medium-bodied, creamy & smooth with a mild, flinty crispness at the finish.

Man, Weihenstephaner nails wheats. Flavorful without being too strong, well balanced, very drinkable. I'd go for it again without question.

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Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 4 This dunkelweizen pours a very thick and fluffy off-white head over a hazy caramel colored body. It is bubbly and there is moderately sticky lacing. Not as dark as I envisioned it would be as it has the slightest transparency. The head remains about 1/2 finger throughout.

S- 4 I get a blend of sweet banana and clove. It is reminiscent of banana bread, actually. Very pleasant aroma that isn't all that strong, at least not as strong as I'd expected.

T- 4.5 More banana with just the right level of sweetness followed by a spiciness and then slightly wheaty finish. Very well-balanced taste.

M- 4.5 This is medium in body and it is silky smooth. Active level of carbonation with a clean finish.

D- 4.5 Given the right time and place, I could drink this all night long. It has a great balance of tasty flavors and goes down easily. It really isn't heavy, either. Granted I wasn't as blown away by this as I was by the brewery's regular hefeweizen, but that's probably because the bar had been set so high! I'll definitely buy again and recommend.

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Photo of Jinholic
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this today after having their hefeweizen last week.

Appearance - Dark amber, very cloudy 3 finger cream colored head thin lacing, can still see the carbonation throughout the glass.

Smell - Dark fruit, banana, spice and yeast, very strong scent.

Taste - Dark fruits and the ever nice banana bread notes with a slight spice at the finish, not as powerful as the smell and I feel that maybe the only down side here.

Mouthfeel - Medium body clean finish thats not rough that all even with the carbonation no real bitterness here, a little dry but I could still drink this all day.

Overall - First dunkelweizen I've had and I must say I like it, go find it if you can and give it a go with the hot weather coming.

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Photo of CanonJohn
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into flared pilsner.

A: Poured a dark murky amber brown with a huge creamy 3-4 finger head. Good Lacing throughout.

S: Dark fruits and wheat. Some banana and malts.

T: The start is all sugary malts followed by light hoppy bitter and bready yeast. The end is sweet and lingers nicely. There is a nice banana bread throughout.

M: Nice medium/heavy body. Coats the mouth well with an almost syrupy feel. Good carbonation to balance it out.

D: Very drinkable in smaller quantities. I could kill 2 pints, but 3 would be pushing it.

Notes: very good beer. If you can get it then please don't hesitate!

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Photo of Kinsman
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark hazy copper colored body with thick and froathy looking off-white head.

Clove spice has a strong aroma up front with a bit of the fruity banana like typical of the Weihenstephaner yeast with a bit more of the bready wheat aroma than the hefe.

Taste is not as yeasty upfront. Malty and bready initially mixed in with some sweeter caramel notes. Unlike the aroma, it takes a while for the yeast flavor to show up. Finishes with a nice clove spice flavor but not as fruity as expected.

Crisp and refreshing with a lively carbonation.

Highly drinkable and plenty refreshing. Overall, one of the best dunkleweizens available.

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Photo of boss302
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Brown, cloudy, think head, but not as big a head as the regular hefe.

S Smells a little like cola. Estery, yeast aroma, malt, no hops.

T Some roast, but faint. Gone is the banana/clove flavor of the hefe, replaced with a light to faint chocolate.

M Med-high body, carbonation seems high, but the head didn't last.

D Good beer, good dunkel weiss, worthy of another round.

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Photo of SacredBeverage
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not going to go super in depth on this one, but just to say wow, it is just as good if not better than the original Hefeweiss
bier. This is my favorite so far from Weihenstephaner and in my top 3 Beers overall. I have only tried 3 of they're beers so far, [Hefe-Weizen, Hefe-Weizen Dunkel, and they're Original Premium.] This Beer is simply amazing, it renders me speechless. If you are a true Hefe-Weizen fan, you CANNOT go through life without trying this. Awesome Beer.

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Photo of keeper006
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite dark wheat by a nose over Franziskaner. The finish here is better with none of the characteristic metallic aftertaste of some other smooth dunkels.

As the other Weihenstephaner styles are also exceptionally tasty (kristal and wheat), I recommend having one of each if you're having this for the 1st time. Having more than 3 of the dunkels starts to put you into that morphine-like stupor though, so I would recommend switching to another style at that point as far as drinkability goes.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, BBD: 29/11/2011.

This beer pours a dark, murky, over-saturated iced-tea brown colour, with a tower of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy pale beige head, which leaves but a few broad swaths of streaky lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet roasted wheat grain, spice cake, mild banana chips, earthy clove, and perky, almost acrid yeast. The taste is even more sweet, the toasted graininess taking a backseat to the banana bread and mild baba cake spiciness, with the bittering duad of clove and yeast damned near falling off the edge of the earth, or something.

The carbonation is moderate, and a bit zingy in its high-palate frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, perhaps a bit airy, but smooth overall. It finishes clean, drier than heretofore experienced, with some reinvigorated spice and yeast tackling all that lingering fruit and dark malt.

A nicely balanced dark wheat beer, in the end - there's something to be said for Old World subtlety, when it deems to come along. However, that banana/yeast thing does grow a bit stale sooner, rather than later, so I can't really imagine having more than one serving of this at a time.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a murky brown swamp water with a nice hazy character, two fingers of fine bubbly beige head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - The spices dominate with cloves and nutmeg off the top, sweet fruity bananas and a musty red wine on the finish.

T - Surprisingly light with the spices again dominating followed by the banana flavours. The flavours are a bit more complex on the finish with some darker cocoa malts lingering alongside a bready wheat.

M - Lighter bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes nice and wet.

O - Overall a very tasty dunkelweizen and a top notch sample of the style. The flavours are complex but not overwhelming, making it easily sessionable. Would be quite refreshing on a hot summer day and I will certainly be picking this one up again!

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Photo of BDTyre
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark wheat beer. Cloudy, brown-orange colour with a very thick head. Citrus, cloves and hins of banana and bubble gum in the head. Light hops, cloves and oranges dominate the taste. Rich, caramel malt taste follows. Faint bubblegum and banana.

A slight bit heavy on the carbonation, but a nice wheat beer and drinkable if a bit heavy.

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Photo of Dawkfan
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Big 3" slight off white head into my weizen glass. Mountainous looking foam as this one descends. Murky apricot brown body, plentitude of visible carbonation. Retention is very good, lacing not so much, but it did improve as I drank.

S- This is very similar to the Hefe in that the clove, yeast and bready malt aromas are abundant in the nose. I'm not getting as much banana in this as I did in the Hefe, it's more of a fruity aroma. I was expecting a darker roastiness to this, but it's not here. Fantastic nontheless.

T- More dunkel characteristics in the taste, roasted malts & cocoa join the party. Really distinctive yeast strain from this brewer. Just a touch of spice and bubblegum in the finish that remains on the palate which I'm enjoying.

M- Everything feels great, creamy & smooth with every chug.

D- I wish I could try everything these guys had to offer, just a fantastic Dunkelweizen.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner again? Yeah there was a deal going at one of my locals, nonetheless I'm looking forward to a good Dunkel, as they say.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 500ml Stein glass.

A: The Dunkel looks Dunkel, cloudy and brown.. it's a Dunkel alright. The head fizzed a little at 2cm before it subsided to a thin lacing.

S: Like the Hefewiessebier (banana, cloves, hint of bubblegum) but with a slight caramel overtone... also delicious but I wouldn't make a cologne out of it (take note Calvin Klein).

T: More of the same; Banana, toasty biscuit malts and a clove spicy back note. The malts are more prominent (and toasty) in this than the straight Hefeweissbier but in a blind taste test this would be most negligible. It's really a case of pick your poison between the two and I've got to say the Hefeweissbier edges it for me... to each their own.

M: Yet again 'creamy' springs to mind quickly. Precision German brewing has created a mouthfeel identical to the Hefeweissbier.

D: Yep - on par with the Hefeweissbier, upon which I heaped much praise. To me it is merely a style choice in which case I prefer the Hefe, it's got the almost the same aroma, flavour and mouthfeel but I think the banana comes through just a little bit more with the Hefe and this to me makes it the winner.

Food match: Same as the Hefeweissbier... nuff said.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 3,041 ratings
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