Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Brauerei Heller-Trum / SchlenkerlaBrauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Brauerei Heller-Trum / SchlenkerlaBrauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

Dominikanerstraße 6
Bamberg, 96049

+49 951 56060 | map

Notes: Schlenkerla is the name of the brewery tap pub (Gaststätte).
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of my favorite places to eat and drink that I have ever beer to. I love the brewery so I was super excited to eat here. It lived up to my high expectations and then some. We made reservations for 5:15 on a Friday night. The place was busy but we were seated promptly. The building is ornate and has a great historical feel to it. I loved just sitting with my rauchbier and soaking up the atmosphere. I had the haxe for dinner. Super tasty meat on the bone with delightful sauerkraut. They had just three Schlenkerla beers on tap and I had the marzen and the krausen. Both were among the best beers I have ever had. If you remotely like rauchbier and have the opportunity to visit here, do it. Bamberg is a cute town and this place is amazing.

Sep 28, 2018
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RobertFL from Germany

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My “go to” place in Bamberg for original smoke beer. They have mini kegs for sale to take home. Restaurant has a great smoked meat which complements beer (Or other way around). Can’t go wrong at 3 Euro a pint. Gets busy on weekend and unfortunately closes at 11 pm all nights due to local laws. They have a beer window to order and drink outside the place as long as you don’t stand in the middle of the street. Well worth a visit and their draft is too good to have one. I usually have Marzwn, their regular and also a hefe. All on tap. Having a bottle of Dobblebock now smoked in oak. Can’t wait until it’s on draft in the winter. Cheers!

Sep 16, 2018
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

This was our fifth stop of the day, but we had to pay a visit here to see what the fuss was all about with ,smoky, beers. We needed a meal too, so why not? Once inside, the charm of the place was overwhelming. How can you not give a high rating for this? Not a perfect rating, but a great one.

Being late in the day may have created a problem because the only beer that they had left was, fortunately, the Rauchbier. I have never been a fan of this style, so I ended up feeling neutral about the rating that I gave it.

My goal was to try native dishes too, so this was my opportunity to have the Saxe which came with a potato dumpling and sauerkraut. What an experience!

While looking at the menu I noticed that this place opens early enough for us to come back for breakfast, so we did. They had a rauchweissen on then, so that was my breakfast beverage. It was not quite as smoky as the rauchbier and we liked it better. I would have liked coffee to go with breakfast too but nope, no coffee. The breakfast consisted of sausages, sauerkraut and bread, and that was an experience just as much as the saxe was the previous evening.

Additional notes: As with most of the places that we visited we saw no bar. Credit cards are not accepted.

Jun 13, 2017
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

This was the Holy Grail of any and all beer places I visited in Germany. They serve the mighty Schlenkerla Rauchbier and that is reason enough to love this place.

The building is incredibly old, ornate and beautiful both inside and out. Very quiet on a Monday at 10:30pm (they close at 11pm). The Gothic vaulted arches and the candelabra are a sight to behold.

No menu given, just a waitress coming by and asking: “Smoked beer”? “JA!!”. The wife wanted a weisse and the server said, “smoked wheat”. Sure! They are served on the traditional pump that dispenses them at the perfect temperature and mouthfeel (if slightly oxidated around the edges).

Didn’t try any food. I was there for the RAUCH!

Jan 22, 2017
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OompaMentor from Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

This is one of the oldest brauerei in Bamberg; home of the Franconian biers. Selection is dependent on season however I went here to experience the Rauchbier (smoked beer). My German colleague explained they tap one cask of this bier each day and I watched as the gravity fed pour drained into the stein. Since this was my first experience, the smokey smell of oak wood was evident and the taste resting on my palate was delicious! Food selection was modest and the pork went well with my bier. Aecht Schlenkerla is the real deal! Sadly the Franconian biers are falling to the wayside and I encourage you to do a web-search of these brews. Those who hold on still apply the old ways of doing it right!

Dec 20, 2015
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azorie from Florida

3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Simple to anyone that want to visit a unique place and sample the beer and food, Its a must visit.
Its really depends on your mood and what you expect. Its old and wood every where, every review tell you that.

I go for the company and the history. Not really the beer as smoked beer is not my thing. and lucky you are not forced to drink it if you do no want to. also there lots of better places for the "onion"

Aug 27, 2015
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Love the beer... Honestly, I love the hallway here, but it is quite cramped. I have spent many an hour enjoying my beer and watching tourists come zooming in and then running out - totally different atmosphere here than the Faessla (which gets fewer tourists). The beer garden is pleasant when it is open. Enjoyed the restaurant, generally good service, but once we came on a shift change and waited a long time for service (almost left). I ordered the (famous) Bamberger Zwiebel (onion) as I had never had one before, while my wife ordered something meaty encased in a dough wrapping (with gravy)(the name of which escapes me). The onion was good, but hers was great (just about the best meal of our trip)! Great bathrooms, as well, freshly refurbished and well kept. Highly recommended! If you visit, come in a small group or alone, order in German, keep quiet and watch the tourists.

Jun 04, 2014
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Domingo from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

No clue why I didn't review Schlenkerla on my last trip, but here I am. Heller-Trum is in the heart of old-town Bamberg and is honestly pretty close to almost any area of town thanks to its central location.
While most people associate Bamberg with smoked beers (thanks to this brewery in most cases), Shlenkerla is one of only two places that feature the style as their hear of their portfolio. Or for that matter, at all these days.
Like most places in Bamberg, Shlenkerla is laden with wood throughout, although it's much larger than almost all of the other halls in town. There are 3-4 different indoor areas and a biergarten in the back that opens up to an alleyway as well.
In terms of beers, Schlenkerla always has at least their normal maerzen rauchbier and weizen rauchbier on tap. In addition to those, they also offer an ungespundetes (not smoked), bottled versions of their helles, bock, oak doppelbock, and potentially some seasonal beers as well. On my visit in 8/13 they were serving their Krausen, which is a milder gravity-keg based rauchbier that was absolutely wonderful. Their pre-Easter Lentbier is also particularly sought-after.
For food, they have a full Franconian menu, featuring dishes like sourbraten, schnitzel, and their specialty "Bamberg Onion." In addition to that, I can vouch that their obadzda might be the best I've ever had and is spiked with a little bit of relish.
No Bamberg trip is complete without a trip to Schlenkerla, and there's nothing wrong with that at all. The beers and food are good, the atmosphere is nice, and seating is readily available as well. Plus, the staff is also nice and helpful.

EDIT: Looks like the Krausen continues to be available throughout the warmer months. On my most recent visit (August of 2017) it came across a little more smoky, but it's still every bit as good.

Aug 11, 2013
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Bung from Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

As others have said in the old town. I did think there were some tourists because of that, Special and Fassla had much less being across the river. Didn't take anything away from the place, just made it much busier. We were going to eat here but it was too crowded even on a Sunday afternoon. Obviously people like the food.
Cool wood timbered old building, hallways and separated rooms everywhere. If you snake through the garten is out back. Also reachable through the side alley.
Only the Marzen and Weizen on tap, was hoping a least for the Urbock, but I was still satisfied.

A great town you can easily spend a couple days sight seeing in, with some brewery visiting in between. This is definetely a cool must stop.

If I lived here I would have the minikeg available for purchase in my house at all times. Definetely cheaper at the source.

Jul 23, 2013
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Culture from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 5

Went to the brewery while I was in Bamberg. Great atmosphere! I have a family friend that lives in Bamberg! I had a great time with great friends! Not so much a tourist place. Alot of locals are present. They have a great history and a great staff! Must see if in Germany!

Jul 10, 2013
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IchLiebeBier from Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

This was the best place I ever ate in Germany. The atmosphere was outstanding. The food was nearly perfect, and the beer was a classic complement. I had the Schweinehaxe with Knoedel and Red cabbage, and paired it with the Rauchbier straight from the tap. Pure heaven on earth. Try it, you won't be disappointed.

Jul 09, 2013
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

Perceived as the crown jewel of Bamberg regarding beer culture and for good reason; their smoked beers are delicious. Judging by the crowds on the street with and without glasses of Aecht-Schlenkerla in their hands, I would think that this area also has a lot of sightseeing. There are a few rooms to Schlenkerla, which I was lucky to find a rare empty seat for myself. The cool part being I was at the place which makes a style of beer which I love. The downside being that there were only two beer options; the smoked marzen, or the smoked weizen. I stayed classic and got the marzen, which was very well balanced between the smoke and malt, better balanced and fresher than anything I could get in California. Both styles are served in their own glass and in half-liter quantities, and at €2.50 and €2.70 respectively, is actually cheaper here than at any bottleshop where I live! Go for the experience, have a rauchbier, and get back to taking pictures of the town.

May 09, 2013
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Visited on 4/8/2013 with Thirstybird - Day 2 in Bamberg. Walking into Schlenkerla is like walking into the past. As you enter the establishment (the interior was cobbled stone I believe), the left-hand rooms resembled more of a public-house with communal seating occupied by many of the regulars. We opted to sit in a room to the right -the "Klause." According to their website, the Klause "used to be the house chapel of the dominican monastery and was used for daily prayer." This room is spectacular - low, vaulted ceilings, and a great deal of wood definitely gives it a chapel-like feel. I enjoyed the Marzen off the oak barrel, as well as the Weizen from the bottle. The weisswurst with mustard and a german pretzel were quite delicious and incredibly inexpensive. After we finished our lunch, and before our trek to Brauerei Griefenklau, we did a quick walkthrough. As you proceed into further into the exterior, there is a courtyard which must be quite pleasant in the spring and summer, as well as a small window where you can buy a limited amount of souvenirs as well as beers to go. Not to be passed up if you are visiting Bamberg, which in and of itself is a simply beautiful city.

Apr 28, 2013
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

The most famous rauchbier producer is located right in the heart of old town Bamberg. It's a beautiful appearance in front and feels old world on the inside as well. Beautiful woodwork throughout, with extremely detailed metal work on even minor details such as door hinges. Dark wooden beams provide the support for vaulted arches in the ceiling, with tasteful designs in paint on the remaining plaster. Gorgeous, this place truly earns a score of "5" on atmosphere.

The beauty is one reason to come, the second reason is the very reasonably priced food. Not only is it cheaper than that found in breweries at other (larger) cities, it's equally or possibly even more delicious. Roasted pork knuckle with potato dumpling for under 10 euros, absolutely satisfying and very cheap.

The third and probably most important attribute, at least for BA, is the beer selection. They only serve their house beers, but you wouldn't be here if you didn't want them. I had the Rauch-Marzen and the Fastenbier (roughly Easter timing for this visit) and was very happy. I've had both in the States, with the Fastenbier being much preferred due to its softer mouthfeel and more balanced flavor.

Service is excellent, same as it is everywhere in this region. Bamberg is a must-visit for any beer geek, and Schlenkerla is high on the list of stops while here.

Mar 16, 2013
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Hopfenpeter from Maryland

4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

The "Schlenkerla" Brewery is situated in the heart of the old city of Bamberg. Cobblestone streets and Mideavel buildings is the surrounding atmosphere. Entering the building there are four main areas. Two eating rooms where fine German cuisine is served, a stone hall,which is mainly for drinking a quick beer, and a beer garden. The service is very good, typical for the area called Franken. The food is outstanding and the beer freshly poured from wooden barrels. A dream forcthe beeradvokat.

Feb 22, 2012
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18alpha from Montana

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Schenkerla Rauchbier Märzen is the defining beer in the Rauchbier style. You really have to try it if you are interested in smoked beers. The first taste is extraordinary--like nothing I've ever tried. I've heard terms like "drinking a glass of bacon", "liquid smoke" and "ham in a glass". All pretty accurate. What is truly amazing about this beer is the finish. You wouldn't think a beer like this could have a clean finish but it does. After your taste buds get over the first shock, this is a great session beer. Which brings me to the location...

Drinking beer in a basement in Germany with bier flowing from wooden casks and coats of arms from the local knights hanging by the window is beer lover heaven. The whole vibe is "old style German beer drinking". Long wooden benches, wooden casks with traditional taps pounded in with a mallet.

Forgive me if the details are a little fuzzy, I haven't been to this pub in about 12 years but since it hadn't changed much in the previous 100 years, I doubt it has changed too much since 1999. The afternoon I spent in Brauerie Heller-Trum is one of the best beer memories of my lifetime.

Nov 05, 2011
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TeamUgly from California

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Bamberg, Germany is a must if you planning on being within 250km of this town.U.N. heritage site plus Rauchbier served from a wooden cask Pick up a free map of this area from the tourist office within walking distance from this gastohaus.

Upon our arrival we were directed to sit at a long table with two locals sitting at each end. The staffs english skills were same as my very limited german. The order of pork leg was served no less than five minutes after the Rauchbier's arrival. This Rauchbier is worth the train ride. I didn't try the other two offererings on the menu. We didn't snoop around the property due my poor german skills, but this area is a great side trip. Across the street is a gift shop that sells other brews, at room temperature, from this area.

Oct 08, 2011
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bark from Sweden

3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

This is the archetype of the Bamberg bierstube: The interior made of dark wood, the green tile stove, the beer window, the wooden cask with Rauchbier, the regular’s table, the guests drinking on the stairs or on the street outside the house, the friendly yet a bit sulky staff, the beer garden at the narrow inner court, the hunters trophies on the wall and the decorations made of dried flowers.

Yes. It is all there. And then the rauchbier, served from a large wooden cask. There might be other beers in this style and some of them even better than this one, yet it is the Schenkerla Rauchbier Märzen that the others are measured by.

The beer list is short: Schenkerla Rauchbier Märzen on cask and Schenkerla RauchbierWeizen on bottle. In late autumn, a Rauchbock is also served.

An institution in the world of beer.

Sep 17, 2011
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skypup from Germany

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 5

Stop number 5 on my Beer Trail of Bamberg, Germany. An exceptionally beautiful city with amazing atmosphere despite being very busy and a tad touristy.

Made this stop on after Das Ambräusianum. Very busy atmosphere and we sat at a shared table that was due to be reserved and only free for about 45 minutes to fit in a quick beer.

Had the rauch-marzen and a rauch weizen, with a Bamberger Zweibel (stuffed onion with dark beer sauce).

The famous Marzen rauchbier is available at tourist stands around the altstadt (old city) for about 1.50 Euro per bottle, but it is cheaper to buy at the local grocery stores where a flat that I mixed and matched with other Bamberger Rauch brews only costed me about 17 Euro for 20 beers.

Great place to visit again.

Sep 11, 2011
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CampusCrew from Florida

4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Ummm... I can't beleive tha oppourtunity to have a beer in one of the most famous brew pubs in the world. The capital of smoked beers. I actually did a brewery tour which is about a few miles away. That was amazing and a must do. It's near the Spezial beer garden and a good idea to do them at the same trip.

The brewpub is expceptional and atomopehere an A plus. great service, way above avg German pub fare which suprised me. It was some of the best German good I had on the trip, well done! Only beef is that all the beers were not present for sampling. But still, and amzing visit and Bamberg is worth going out of your way to visit.

Jun 23, 2011
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atis from Finland

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

We went there in the morning and the room to the left was not even remotely packed, there were some locals, but enough space for many more. Seeing that everyone just ordered beer and were eating the food they had brought with them (I suppose it was too early and no food was served yet), we too unpacked our sandwiches.

It was wonderful, just sitting there in one of the most important historic sites in Bamberg, sipping beer and enjoying the atmosphere with a few chatty locals around.

And, of course, beer from the barrel was excellent, as expected.

Jun 04, 2011
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crossovert from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5

My last stop in this travel to Bamberg (i am going back). It is right next to Das Ambräusianum. We sat at a table jsut inside near the stairs, right next to the ordering window. The bartender guy immediately started speaking to me in perfect English, but I replied bakc to him in German and he was pretty friendly. The beer is straight form the wooden cask and is an almost life-changing experince.

The charm of this place is immense, it is dark and woody, but supremely cozy.

Another note is the bathrooms are pretty tight.

Overall this might have been my favorite stop, it is hard to beat the idyllic biergartens but this one had a ton of charm.

May 02, 2011
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rocktopus from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This was the first stop on our journey to Bamberg and Munich. It was the stop we most looked forward to in Bamberg and we were certainly not dissapointed.
Walking in the door around 5pm on a Friday night you are definately smacked with atmosphere. Smells of roasted meat and old wood fill the air. The room to the left, or Stammtisch; completely full of the locals. 3 tables in the hallway for us auslanders. We ordered the Festbier from the barrel (only available during Starkbierfest between Ash Wednesday and Easter)easily one of the best beers of the trip. Also had Marzen from the barrel and Wiezen from the bottle. I ordered Schweinhaxe (crispy pork knuckle) which was quite good but the sauerkraut it rested on was like manna from heaven. I got to talking with our table in my hack German and was surprised that it consisted of locals who simply wanted to hang out with people visiting. The service was typical in Germany - quick and efficient with no small talk. Overall, this visit will stand in my memory forever and I feel lucky to have had the chance to experience it.

Mar 27, 2009
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LauraAndrew from New York

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

What, this place is called Heller-Trum? All of the locals called it Schlenkerla, and rightly so. It's Rauchbier Heaven in here! We were lucky to be staying right down the street, so we wound up here 3 days in a row. On our first night, we ate in the larger room to the right. I had the Bamberger Zwiebel (highly suggested - meat stuffed in a carmelized onion with rauchbier sauce) and my wife had the bratwursts. This was our first evening in Germany, and we learned quickly that portion sizes are no joke here. After dinner the waitress teased my skinny wife with a friendly scowl, showing disapproval that she had not finished all 3 of her sausages AND the huge bagger. Next visit we drank out back in the biergarten. It's a nice relaxing area, just off the main tourist drag. We were there in the afternoon and there were lots of families with children running about, but relaxing none the less. On our last night in Bamberg we sat in the small room to the left of the entrance. This is the place to be - great vibe, and you can watch them pour your bier right out of the barrel. This is the reason you come to Bamberg - yes, you can get Schlenkerla practically everywhere in town, but make sure you take the pilgrimage here at least once!

Oct 07, 2008
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FirstMan from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

During our three-day tour of all the breweries in Bamberg, this was one of two places Knuckles and I went to twice and is the place for which I have the warmest memories.

About as Deutsche as it gets in terms of atmosphere. Low-ceiling rooms with dark, exposed beams. Large wooden tables, etc. The food is pretty standard Bavarian cuisine, as I remember, although I didn't have anything but some bread, as I remember.

I was there for the rauchbier - in particular the Weizen, which was just great. Of course the Marzen was wonderful as well. I had a number of both.

My favorite spot in the place is actually not in the dining rooms. Instead, go straight once you enter the door from the street into the little open-air courtyard in the center of the building. When I was there it was fairly cool (late September), but the beautiful old architecture and the bronze stag's head on the wall really gave a great atmosphere. Adding to that were all the smells coming from the kitchen as we drank our beer.

In my opinion, one of the must-go beer locations on earth and in the top two for Bamberg (w/ Mahr's Brau).

Sep 13, 2008
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla in Bamberg, Germany
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