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St. Bernardus Witbier | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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92
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657 Reviews
St. Bernardus WitbierSt. Bernardus Witbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 01-06-2003

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Photo of interzen
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle poured into a Troubadour tulip glass

Look: Typical witbier - cloudy, golden yellow with a puffy, off-white head which diminishes to a foamy cap with little lacing in evidence.

Smell: Again, pretty much a typical witbier smell - oranges, lemons and coriander with a fainty wheaty, yeastiness in the background. The lemon aromas are more pronounced on the beer has warmed up a bit.

Taste: POW! Fruit and wheat - there's a massive hit of citrus and coriander with some lingering wheat and spice notes. Quite a dry wheat and malt finish with hints of lemon. Definitely a cut above your average wit.

Feel: Manages to be full and light at the same time - difficult to explain but despite the cloudy appearance it's not at all heavy going. Carbonation isn't quite as aggressive as some suggest but it's still there and adds to the refreshing feel, IMO.

Overall: I like witbiers in general, and the products of St. Bernardus in particular so this was bound to be a winner for me, and it doesn't disappoint - if your idea of a good witbier stops at Hoegaarden or Blue Moon then you owe it to yourself and your palate to check this out; it's in a completely different league.

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Photo of becktone
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes 12-21-08

Done horizontally with Hitachino Nest White

Eye: This one pours great. Before the yeast is thrown into the mix (I swirled the bottle and poured it into the glass) the beer was a hazy golden, now it is an extremely light brown, or perhaps more correctly a hazy dark gold with some serious light brown notes. Head is a pure white and meringue creature. Excellent retention and formation. I'd like the color to be a bit lighter, but this works too. Lacing is composed of some nice thick rings connected by spotty lace inbetween, layers definitely layers.

Nose: Orange, plenty of curacao in here, and spicy coriander. There's kinda a warmth to the coriander in the aroma. Not as potent as the Hitachino but more pure. Hey, what else can you say, it smells like a wit should. Maybe some lemon aroma in there too.

Tongue: Really nice and light, perfect delicacy. Very refreshing and thirst quenching, but with lots of flavor, not only do the orange and other citrus come through but the coriander is balanced in there as well. Much better than the Hitachino where coriander seemed to take foreground. Here its a perfect soft blend of everything. Yeast character is found in this beer too, but it melds nicely with the rest of the beer. Really good wit beer.

Feel and Drinkability: Delicate and light on the palate, perfect. I don't think I've had anything that felt this delicate on the palate. Very light body, fleeting almost. This one may not be as robust or as forward as my two favorites, Southampton and Wittekerke, but the mouthfeel of this one surpasses them in all aspects. I am really quite amazed at the feel on this beer. Just a real nice soft round smoothness with a subtly dry finish. Easy to drink, I'll be picking this one up again, and I'm sure the impression it will have on me in the summer will be even greater. Really drinkable, extremely quenching and refreshing.

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Photo of adamette
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle purchased at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio for $3.79. Kind of steep but it was a single bottle purchase. They sell a four pack of these for $11.99 I think so that is fair.

A Great looking meringue white head which is like 3.5 inches tall (I had to stop pouring into my Brewery Ommegang Witte glass while the head settled down) over a cloudy yellow body which glows in front of direct light. Agitation of the bottom of the bottle (and subsequently pouring it into the glass) produced significant floaties of yeast in my glass. very cool. Oh yeah, nice lacing on the glass as well.

S A nice solid smelling witbier with a welcome touch of malty sweetness, like distant sugar or a light syrup smell. Love the smell of Belgian yeast as well in this beer. Hard for me to detect but there may be some grains able to be smelled as well.

T Wow, a very nice Witbier that I am sitting here thinking about: This may be THE Witbeir. It has such a classic grainy wheat taste, a reasonably thin mouthfeel and also reasonably low ABV at 5.5%. This may be what other brewers taste and strive for. I do not get the sweetness that I thought that I was smelling but I got a whole lot of the grains and possibly herbs and spices but mostly the wheat grains.

M Light to moderate and style defining.

D Excellent and if it were not for the price tag (about $3 each if purchased in a four pack) this would be my standard go to Witbier.

Notes: My sister enjoyed other Witbiers (Allagash White, Hoegaarden) so maybe I will spring for one of these for her to try sometime soon. This is a style defining Witbier.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Nice, light, hazy orange with a beautiful pure white head that went down slowly.

Smell – Terrific! The yeast is there, but not overpowering. The fruits lead off strongly with orange followed by melons, very light banana, light cherries, and a red apple. The spices are significant; mostly coriander and white pepper.

Taste – This is a heavy-hitting Witbier (if there’s such a thing). The orange, yeast, and spices from the nose combine for an extraordinary experience. This is my idea of an incredible Witbier flavor.

Mouthfeel – Big carbonation and medium-bodied, this one will fill your cheeks. It is the perfect example of big malt, primo carbonation, and smooth, fluffy character.

Drinkability – An amazing offering by this fabulous brewery. I think they hit the nail on the head. This is Witbier on steroids (or maybe nowadays, Viagra).

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

330 mL bottle from a 4-pack picked up at the LCBO; best before March 6 2016 and served slightly chilled.

This beer pours a cloudy straw-yellow colour, the liquid rife with streams of effervescent bubbles. It is topped with just over one finger of fluffy, eggshell white froth that very gradually seeps away, eventually resulting in a dense, creamy cap and collar. Interesting aroma, which includes some wheaty malt sweetness, orange peel, lemon zest and a nice array of yeasty, spicy notes - ranging from coriander, to clove, to peppercorn. It's a pleasant, somewhat floral bouquet, and it strongly suggests that there is a good reason for this beer's high aggregate score...

I am really digging this one - the flavours are a little subtle, but remain complex for the style. Wheat malt sweetness, red apples and banana are detectable at first, with citrusy notes of lemon and orangepeel coming through mid-sip. Mild sugary tartness toward the finish, with the spice notes from the aroma being considerably toned back on the palate - coriander, clove and peppercorn are all noticeable toward the finish, but it is a mixture of citrus, wheat malt and yeast that finishes the profile off. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with assertive carbonation that weakens noticeably over the course of the glass, offering an increasingly smooth mouthfeel. I can't find anything to complain about, as far as this beer goes, although I prefer my wits to be a little more crisp than this.

Final Grade: 4.55, an outstanding A grade. It took me a few sips to get the hang of what they were going for here, but in the end it's not hard to see why St. Bernardus Witbier is widely considered to be the best commonly-seen example of the style. This beer doesn't seek to overwhelm your senses with a variety of exotic adjuncts or spicy features - it's beautifully balanced, plain delicious and simply a pleasure to drink. A must-try, unless you just aren't a fan of the style to begin with.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a bottle on the bus to Sonoma breweries.

A - Light blonde pour, three fingered head, and dissipates slow.

S - Cloves, coriander, and orange.

T - Really good. Same as above, but with a more pronounced hoppy, citrus bitterness.

M - Very smooth and the citrusiness comes out on the end.

D - Very drinkable, would enjoy this on a hot summer day.

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Photo of keyserkeg
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 33 cl bottle into a witbier glass.

Very cloudy sepia/gold, with 1 cm head, and nice lacing. Visible flaky sediment.

Aroma of citrus, coriander, and slight yeastiness. Not a heavily spiced aroma, as some Wits can be.

My expectations of taste up to this point, is that it would be fairly average, yet respectable. To my delight, I found it to be an exceptional balance of orange/lemon restrained tartness, yeasty sweetish twang, and a nice mild peppery finish. I was impressed how these taste elements seem to layer with one another, as opposed to a quick fire succession of sweet>spice>tart as in many Wits.

Medium mouthfeel with tight carbonation, making for a refreshing, substantial smoothness.

Extremely drinkable...

Excellent

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle. Hazy almost white color.

Had the St Bernardus smell common to its brothers. Taste was awesome, kind of St Bernardus Tripel mixed with Hoegaarden. Very very nice.

Not too common around Ohio, but I'll buy it where I see it. Recommended.

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Photo of tatterdash
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow, with a creamy white head that laces very well, and exceptional looking Witbier. Aroma of coriander, honey, lemon, hint of orange zest. Taste was lots of coriander, yeasty wheat, cirtusy tang, with a lot of bitter orange in the finish. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy smooth. This is a wonderfully refreshing Witbier, and I hope to try some in the summer.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Fluffy white head with interesting, soapy, sticky, sticky lacing. Aroma is of clove, banana and Belgian yeast. Taste follows suit and is smooth as a baby's bottom with absolutely no hint of alcohol. Brilliant, has to be one of the best wits in the world. Paired well with a gaggle of deviled eggs.

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Photo of SamN
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber from Wilbur's, poured in a Blue Moon weizen glass.

A- Hazy pale yellow, tons of visible carbonation, great big bubbles streaming toward the surface. Head is a very soapy light looking head, less than 1/2 finger thick. I really like the color of this beer and just how it looks in a sexy weizen glass.

S- Very rich smell, lemon and grass, wheat malts, overripe banana, white bread, a richer malt smell than most wheats. This is absolutely mouthwatering.

T- Oh man, what wonderful tastes. Softer tones of tart lemon, mild bitter grass, dry taste but the richness is exceptional. Very full taste and a delicious creamy aftertaste, one of the best tasting wheat beers I've ever had. This is so good and balanced, I wish the bomber was endless.

M- Tiny tiny bubbles break up an otherwise full and thicker feel. So light and uplifting, this is why I drink wits; they just put me in a good mood.

D- Stunning drinkability. I could drink this any time, any place.

Without a doubt, this is the finest wheat beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Das_Reh
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass

A = very dense and cloudy; an opaque, milky yellow beer with a thick fluffy white crown

S = typical wit aromas of citrus, coriander, wheaty and yeasty, albeit a bit subdued... perhaps I'm drinking it too cold?

T = Tangy and wheaty, the coriander isn't as pronounced as I was expecting, very citrusy with a lemony tartness. This beer is subtle, and one I'll have to try again and savor as I don't think I allowed myself to -really- enjoy the nuances in this brew.

M = creamy and soft, perfect carbonation

O = One of the best beers I've ever had, but too expensive to enjoy often.

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Photo of ChimayMayDay
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Knowing that Hoegaarden was my first Belgian experience and my first Wit experience, all others that follow will end up being compared to it in my mind, but I'll try and stay away from articulating those.

The pour is completely cloudy and orange/yellow, and the head is fizzy and white and eventually settles to a thin layer that stays with it all the way. The smell is difficult to explain. I didn't catch as much citrus or sweetness as I was expecting. I was getting more of the yeast and the spices.

The taste is clean, crisp, and sweeter than the smell. Refreshes thoroughly. I enjoy the malt. After I finished each sip, I wished that sip were longer. A very drinkable version of the style. Out of the bottle, I get no watery mouthfeel, which I am thankful for, and the aftertaste is minimal. If I were to compare this to Hoegaarden in the bottle, I would say this beats it. See, I still had to mention the Hoe.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours very cloudy yellow with a white head.

Clean aroma of lemon, coriander, wheat, and clovey spice.

Very light bodied, which is a good thing for this beer, with bright lemon and clove notes.

A perfect thirst quencher, as drinkable as they come. If only it were July...

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Photo of cokes
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazed straw under a spritzy and well-retained pure white top.
Dynamic aromas of clove, rosemary, pineapple zest, zinc and orange.
Doughy up front. Mostly dry with some suggestions of sweet malt, mostly expressed in subtle tropical fruit hues. In rushes the most complete array of spices I have yet seen in a Wit. Black pepper, coriander, cloves, orange peels, herbal leaves. Even slightly farmy. Returns to doughiness for the closure with a slight lingering lemon rind tartness and fragments of herbs. Yet a certain softness is retained so as never to seem heavy-handed.
Light bodied and prickly through the mouth and throat, from the mixture of the carbonation and bountiful spicing. This is supremely refreshing and quaffable.
One of the finest Witbiers I've come across.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy unfiltered pale yellow color with a nice head that has good retention and lacing. Pleasant sweet lemon zest aroma with a touch of coriander in the nose. Taste is nice and crisp like a witbier should be. Refreshing! Add this to one of my summer favorites and another great brew from St. Bernardus.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured from a bottle into a pilsener glass. Pours a hazy golden-almost orange with a white foamy head.

S - Zesty. Citrus fruits, white pepper, yeast.

T - Incredibly yeasty, wheaty, a slight chalkiness, notes of citrus fruit and

M - Refreshing, clean, medium carbonation.

D - Exceedingly drinkable. Delicious, crisp, refreshing even.

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Photo of stephens101
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus make some consistently quality brews. I've been meaning to grab a 4-pack of these for a while, but the price tag always deterred me to an extent. Let's see if it's worth it. Pours a hazy golden with a perfect fluffy white head that peaks well above the rim of my Pilsner glass, but doesn't roll over. Smells of tangy fruits mixed with malts, cloves and a creamy sweetness. Tastes of bananas and apples with a slight tangy orange peel essence left on the palate. Highly drinkable yet tasty at the same time. Well worth the price.

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Photo of mltobin
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle purchased at McKean & Charles in Waldoro, Maine.

As is standard for St. Bernardus, there is a monk character featured on the label hoisting a chalice filled with beer, a wit in this case. This specific offering from them, I had been putting off.
Appearance is a deep golden color with a 2 finger head that sits for a bit and then with some time turns into a 1 finger head.
Smell, first word is wow ; a strong citrus zest, spices as well.
Mouthfeel consists of coriander, vanilla extract, clove.
Drinkability is very good, this is a very clean tasting wit, a great nose and taste to it and that finishes in a very pleasant manner.

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Photo of weazal
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

S: Light, but noticeable. Yummy, albeit faint, fresh wood aroma with strong wild honey and mild herbs. It's pleasant, if a bit one-noted.

T: Bubbly upfront which transitions into a thick, smooth flavor of savory honey by the middle. It's a little tangy in the finish and overall sports a long, balanced flavor.

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Photo of phattysbox
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Large 750 ml bottle with nice blurb on back. Cork popped off rather aggressively and produced a gusher, but saved the beer into a Duvel tulip glass. Thick 3-4 inch head from the pour which slowly recedes. Nice lacing and stickage.

Smells of clove and coriander. Freshly peeled citrus; a very clean and refreshing smell. Tastes of light banana and nice sweet malt base that pulls through. Dry yet full bodied brew - carbonation is quite active but not over the top. Was afriad because of the gusher but no worries.

Drinkability is excellent. One the best belgain wits... Seek it out

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Photo of MrDell
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

21.05.2016

St. Bernardus Wit
Witbier– 5.5% - 330ml bottle – Best Before 20.08.17

St. Bernardus’ Website:
St. Bernardus Wit is a traditional Belgian white beer developed and brewed in collaboration with the legendary Master Brewer Pierre Celis. This ale is very pale (whitish-yellow color) and quite hazy. The head is white and dense. In aroma, it has a wheaty, apple-like, tartness; herbal-spicy notes with coriander and orangey fruitness and honeyish sweetness. Very refreshing: perfect thirst quencher ! (5,5% ABV)

Appearance: Cloudy straw colour. Two finger, perfectly white head good head retention. Loads of very small bubbles make up the fast moving carbonation.

Aroma: Loads of bitter orange on the nose. The house yeast is also present, as are spices, apples and citrus fruits. Not dissimilar to St. Bernardus Tripel here, without the high alcohol obviously and with extra spices – mostly coriander. Very nice.

Taste: Pepper, then spices then late in the dry finish I get the fruits, with bitter orange dominating. Can really taste the clean yeast.

Mouth feel: Dry and slightly bitter finish with a thin body.

Overall: . Has to be enjoyed fairly cold, on a hot day in the sun. Wonderfully refreshing. Could definitely session this one. 9/10.

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Photo of nomad
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Soft, pale, hazy, straw-yellow. Rocky, puffy head pops up right away, though fizzes and snaps down like Rice Crispies. Nice carbonation supporting underneath while sloppy string of lace and stain are about. Unfortunately, despite this full bill of hot looks, a lack of continuing carbonation let it slide into nothing fairly fast.

Smells of a thin, fluffy tart scent mingling with sweet lemon juice. Slowly creeping over is a sweet dough scent reminiscent of Angel-food cake. Also has notes of clove and coriander, but that sweet dough scent is strong and head spinning. Still very much a witbier, but different and nicely so.

The first most noticeable flavor is coriander and orange peel pricking the tongue with character, not a screaming braggadocio. Profile is bitingly acidic fruit and cutting wheat freshness that builds in grainy flavor and touch moving toward the end. This is the most impressive, as the wheat appears so well rounded and full of character. Thin mouthfeel but with that full body thanks to the quality wheat grains. My bottle could have used a little more carbonation.

So happy to see this new-find at my local store - not so happy with the import price, especially because I sucked it down so fast. Had a soft and careful touch with just enough witbier zip to it, making for a distinct beer amongst the competition, and an artisanal step up (or four) from Hoegaarden. Find this on tap and I'll be a fish in the sea.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Thick pure white head on a cloudy white yellow body.
S- Big banana and cloves, wheat, grass, flour, and a light bubble gum all come through.
T- Follows the aroma just comes off the banana a bit and focuses more on the wheat. Nice light dry aftertaste with light banana, some pepper, grass, and wheat with just a light bitterness on pretty much all of the tongue.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- I think this is probably one of the best wits I have had. St. Bernys has yet to let me down.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Four 33 cl bottles purchased from C’est le Vin in Madison for only a buck fifty a piece. What a steal! Body is the color of a Williams Pear from Argentina, Cloudy and white with only the illusion of being tinted yellow-green. Carbonation is steady and pretty. Head is eggshell thin and eggshell white. Nose is coriander, Curacao orange, and cheddar cheese. Taste is orange pulp, cereal, wheat and pepper. Body is full for the style. Drinkable as all the good wits are. Top notch.

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St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.15 out of 5 based on 1,508 ratings.
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