Moonglow Weizenbock | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by taez555 on 12-01-2001

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4.04
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/19/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a murky light brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, bananas, caramel, bready malts, some citrus and some spice.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and bananas. Then bready flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character follow. There's a mild but complementary hops presence that brings a good balance. There's also a touch of an alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a long time if you're in the mood for the style.

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Photo of mactrail
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong, strange perfumey smell and flavor is the first encounter. Big German esters and a Hefeweizen taste topped off by a dollop of hops. Quite spicy, but also grainy and cereal tastes. Some of the bitterness tastes like it's from some process other than hops.

No date on this bottle. Yeasty chunks in the bottom of the glass. I wonder if it's been around a while. I'm sure I've liked this better a year or two ago.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Texas Arizona in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy dark amber in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation and some reddish brown highlights. The beer has a finger thick creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sweet toffee malts with some lighter hints of banana and clove. There is also a light amount of yeast presence.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of malts with some toffee and dark fruit sweetness. This is over the top of some spiciness - clove and banana - as well as some yeastiness. Light amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Fairly easy to drink considering the ABV - which is well hidden in this brew. There is a nice complexity and balance to the flavor making this one quite enjoyable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Descends from the top-level tap a mid-range mahogany-hued body topped with a finger of off-white foam.

Smell: Tangy, spiced bouquet of bready dark malted wheat and supporting clove and peeled banana notes, as well as sweet-scented hints of caramel and golden syrup.

Taste: Ah, the tanginess of German wheat malt with a taste of toasted bread smothered in gooey, sweet caramel sauce. Mingled amidst the malty tastes are some spicy phenols providing a mild, easy-going cracked clove flavor. Also, some fruity touches of raisins and bananas to be found in there. Hint of sourish yeast. Lightly spicy, herbal hop character with a mild, restrained level of bitterness. Finishes tangy and malty and pretty crisp, I must say.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: An agreeable Fall seasonal that isn't just another Pumpkin Ale or Oktoberfest. Although the alcohol isn't overly evident in the taste, it sure did sneak up on me later, providing me with quite a glow of my own.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Soft-focus reddish orange with copper highlights and an impressive amount of carbonation that had nearly exhausted itself when I next took a look. The pastel orange cap is large and pillowy soft with a whipped creamy texture. Unfortunately, it's too soft to stick to the glass. Moonglow looks like pumpkin pie in a glass (complete with the topping); appropriate given the fact that this is Thanksgiving day.

Although the nose is enjoyable, it isn't powerful enough or complex enough to be considered truly great. The stars of the show are fruit and spice. More precisely, overripe apples chunks dusted with ground clove. The beer smells like it'll be both sweet and sour. I had to go looking to appreciate even the slightest hint of alcohol in the nose.

This is exceptional beer. I had a sense of the flavor profile after assessing the nose, but hoped that it would be more fleshed out and vibrant. Thankfully, it is. There's a wonderfully bready, dark wheaty lushness that contains elements of cocoa and toasted pecans. Next is stickysweet baked apples, as if plucked fresh from a pie. The top layer is pungently spicy clove provided by a yeast strain that Victory would do well to hang onto.

How on earth could I forget the bananas? The monkey fruit gets up close and personal with the taste buds and is an estery, sweet, tropical delight. I'm happy to report that Moonglow scores a 4.0/5.0 on my (hefe) weizen banan-o-meter. There's a near perfect commingling of sweet, sour and bitter that makes the flavor endlessly fascinating and enduringly enjoyable.

No worries about the mouthfeel. It's in that netherworld between medium and full, edging toward the latter as it warms. It's lush and slick without being heavy, and practically oozes quality. Admittedly, the carbonation was too boisterous initially, although patience has been rewarded with a gradual softening. The final 2/3 of the bottle has been perfect.

Moonglow Weizenbock is the best weizenbock that I've ever had and is one of the best beers from one of my favorite breweries (and is the single best non-hoppy one). It did more than meet my expectations, it exceeded them by a mile. I'd like to thank BeerBeing for sending me a classic fall seasonal that I'd gladly buy by the case if I was blessed with easy access.

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Photo of russpowell
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big cheers to GnomeKing for this

Pours a slightlty hazy amber/tea coior with a 3 fingers deep sand colored head. minimal lacing & zerohead retention. Really the only weakpoint for this outstanding beer

S: Bubblegum & choclate & hints of bandaids

T: Fruittyness, chocolate & bubblegum up front. Warming alcohol pepper & hints of brown sugar follow. Finishes bready, quenching, juicy & spicy (pepper & cinamon)& warming. Taste the weizen gives way to the bock as it warms

MF: Medim/heavy bodied with low carbonation & nicely balanced

Drinks very easy for the abv, a really nice weizen bock. I could session on this no problem

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cracked this one open with dinner tonight, suprised as I had never had one before. Served chilled nad poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/29/2009.

The pour was more then decent. Rich caramel in color with a nice hazy and cloudy look to it. Really tight head of off white lacing came only to about a quarter of an inch before falling down into a thin lacing around the sides. Rich toffee and sweet malts were dominating the aroma here. Nice touches of roasted nuts and a dark fruit as it warmed up. Smooth, subtle and with the alcohol well masked I went in for my first sip. Nice well rounded, and very well balanced profile here. Easy to drink as the warming and sweet malts played over the tongue. Rich notes of caramel and toffee are all over this one as it settles down nicely into a firm and soft finish that leaves a slightly drying and light flavor across the mouth.

Overall a very satisfying beer. Solid as could be and perfect for a nice spring afternoon. Good offering here from Victory.

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Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. It poured brown with a bit of an orange hue to it. The head started off big and full, filling the top two inches of the glass. The head retreated to the sides of the glass, but left some great lacing.

The aroma is sweet with wheat malt leading the way. A moderate banana and clove like spiciness flavor comes through in it as well. Very flavorful and appealing aroma to it overall. I really like how much the wheat comes through.

The taste leans a bit more on the fruity and spicy flavors coming through from the yeast. That sweet wheat malt comes through nicely and lends a sweetness right through the finish. It mixes the flavors very nicely though and neither overpowers the beer. Very flavorful beer overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a bit below average. Drinkability is good, I really liked the wheat malt flavors to it. All the flavors worked together very nicely and make for a very nice beer overall. I really love this style when it's done well.

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Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large 2/3 of the glass head. Dissipates to a rocky foam. Surprisingly little lace. The color is a dark amber, like maple syrup. Predictably cloudy, but with lots of yeasty beasties.

Sweet, sugary caramel aroma. The wheat is present but in the background.

The flavor is much like the aroma--sweet, but not coy. Light wheat. The body appears thick with the below average level of carbonation. The power of the swallow dies quickly in the aftertaste. Warm alcohol presence as well.

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Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown long neck with an “Enjoy By” freshness date on the label, nice blurb about the beer and it also states that this is a bottle conditioned brew.

Appearance: For this sample I swirled the yeast in to the glass for the full effect, an true wheat beer drinker would agree. Reddish brown bordering on burgundy, obvious cloudiness from the yeast …even before the yeast was poured in there was an evident haze. The head lays there two fingers deep waiting of the first sip.

Smell: Ripe bananas, medicinal root of some kind and light estery and fusel alcohols hit the nose. Malty sweet as well with a touch of caramel.

Taste & Mouthfeel: So creamy smooth in the mouth … unbelievable. Solid flavourful fermented wheat twang upfront, layers of sweet and toasted malt hit next. Bitter medicinal phenols grab the palates attention and help to balance. The alcohol prickles the tongue and warms the body with its soothing esters. Very fruity with a flexed tropical base and banana in the forefront. Slight bitter herb and malt sweetness in the finish.

Notes: There are few Weizen Bocks around, none the less Victory is right on target with this one. Why I bought a single to sample … I am going back for a case.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a nice dark amber color with a finger's worth of khaki colored head.

S: The spicy yeast esters are immediately present. Sweet, hearty, wheat bread follows along with some banana bread sort of notes.

T: A good sweet bready base to this beer. Clove and gingerbread along with a subtle banana flavor. Some brown sugar and molasses, as well.

M: The body is medium with a lively carbonation that is moderately creamy. A mild warming feel, likely from a rather robust ABV.

D: One of the better US interpretations of the Weizenbock I've had. I'd probably still go for a Vitus, but this was in no way a let down.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this one before now, especially considering how many times I've had it and enjoyed it. It pours a murky rusty sunset sienna topped by a finger of dusty cream-tan foam. The nose comprises banana, clove, light nutmeg, rye bread, dark wheat, and a touch of raisins. The taste brings in more of the same, with an emphasis on the wheat, banana, clove, and raisin. A touch of cinnamon is added in for good measure. Everything just melds beautifully and tastily. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, a highly enjoyable weizenbock, one of my favorites of the style, baby!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured with a rapidly disappearing off-white/tan head. The beer itself was a very cloudy orange color. The nose was the all-too familiar banana esters. I really liked the mouthfeel, which had a pleasant thickness to it. The finish had a really good spiciness, but not one of cloves, more like black pepper. There was also a sweetness in the mouth, but not of bananas or fruit, but instead, caramel. In fact, as it warmed, I began to taste notes of honey. There really was not a sweet aftertaste, instead it seemed almost dry, if that is possible. Definitely a candidate for a session beer and one that I could drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer demands a careful pour or you will be greeted by flakes of reasonably sized brown yeast in your glass which is quite unsightly compared to the normal clear amber color. This beer is really all about the yeast. Nose is full of clove, bubblegum, banana and a bit of malt. Taste is yeasty with clove and it has a warming dry finish that is minorly bitter but mostly spicey. Slight citrus hop character in the front as it warms. Light feel and carb.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: So here I am listening to the sounds of Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" imbibing upon one of the most appealing to the eye weizen bocks in existence, well the Moonglow of the deep amber mahogany body with a ruby brown tinted massive head leaving complete webs of lacing around my glass just reminds me of that glowing amber moon that sometimes mysteriously appears in the sky. Aroma: Where do I start, banana sauteed in a light pear liqueur and the presence of the wheat malt along with the magnificent tones of the yest born bliss. The alcohol nose isn't overbearing but blended across a spectrum of fruity yet musty tones of paradise, this beer has to be one of the most enticing aromatic creations ever to come across my path. Taste: Even as it warms the sharp wheat based malt sweetness mixed perfectly with the alcoholic tone fruits such as pear, banana, and mild apple tones over a brown sugar base arise and soar over the palate oh "come a little bit closer hear what I have to say", "just like children sleeping we could dream this night away", "but there's a full moon rising, let's go dancing in the light". Wow, this is an experience whoever samples this beer must pop in some Neil Young it's awesome together. Mouthfeel: Slight sense of chiunkiness to it medium to full bodied luscious wheat ale, a must try for all German style beer lovers, props go out to Bill and Ron on this one muchas gracias guys for creating not just a sessionn of exotic ale sipping, but one that will be emblazoned in my memory as one of the most skillfully constructed good times I have shared with true art. Drinkability: Well, I don't even know what the ABV of this beer is but I can tell you that after one I am feeling on another level of relaxation and at peace with the world. We all need that push to get us through the day, and to picture an evening with my own family someday and a night cap in the form of a Moonglow each day will be more blissful than the next.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded amber brown with no head. Sediment swirling around. Oops. Should have made a more careful pour. Nose is like cherry wood. Thick and meaty. Sugars and an overall deep red fruit scent. Flavor is meaty too. Nice even sweetness. Feel is low on bubble and thicker and syrupy liquid feel hits your tongue. Very drinkable. Definitely a good brew.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a ton of dense, soft, foamy, off white head that has decent retention. The nose has a sweet, bready, malty aroma as well as a fruity, banana note. The flavor is bready and caramelly up front with a peppery, spicy, clove-like, banana smooth finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied but a bit crisp. The alcohol adds warmth, body, and a bit of spiciness to the finish.

Overall, this is a smooth and enjoyable beer. The malts and spice blend together very well. The alcohol is heavy but not overly boozy. Nonetheless this a solid take on the German style.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep classic bronze colored body. A good but not overly amount of rising carbonation from the bottom, extremely fine through a crystal clear body. Head is bleach bright white, but with a very tight and thick incredible creamy looking body. Big three finger soap retention, with a dolloped whipped cream top. A big aggressive IPA, a winner.

What a fascinating hop angle. Incredilby woody and spicy herbality notes on this brew. Spruce and Christmas tree, even smokey. Subdued malt sweetness, but the hop angle is just fascinating, dry, burnt, smoked wood, airy… wonderful.

Palate hits with all the aroma and a bigger love. Nice Juice angle hinting of some big citrus like fruit and juice. Woody notes finish with a nice controlled bitterness that feels like sandal or balsam like wood character. Crisp finish, a big coating palate but with a much lighter body than anticipated. Flavors still come creeping through nicely on the palate.

A great well rounded classic Sierra IPA brew, showcasing this hop real nicely. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Enjoy by Sept. 15, 07". Poured into an Aventinus Weizenbock glass.

Caramel-colored with a thin off-white head that becomes a swirling patch.

The smell is spicy (clove), banana and a tropical fruit blend. Peppery alohol. Some caramel.

The taste is spicy and fruity. Spices and alcohol give it a jump-start kick with banana, tropical fruits and bubblegum following. Sweet caramel in the back. Alcohol comes across loud and clear, but acts in more of a supportive, rather than masking, fashion.

Almost full-bodied, sharp. Sweetness and alcohol stick around, as does some of the spiciness.

Just a tad astringent, but good enough for slow sipping. Aromatic with a nice, spiced fruit taste.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a hazy, rich autumnal crimson color, and a nice, toasted, creamy head.
Aroma: mmmm, nice, deep and delirious, fruity, spicy, wide open and delicious, instantly reminding me of Aventinus. That's always a nice thing.
Taste: plenty of it! Tantalizing, mouthfilling, happily coating the palate, leaving behind spicy, grapey flavors. A bit light going down, but never lagging with the flavor. Medium bodied, nicely textured...they'd have to go a little further with it to make it outstanding, but this is a tasty treat and a nice stab at the style.

Thanks to the 36LbLoveChild for this!

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, enjoy by date of Aug 20 04. Pours light almond, cloudy, with almost purpleish hues. Minimal head, minimal lace left.Tiny bubble sheen thing going on. Nose of raisins and rum. mmm, yummy. Flavors of tart apples, plums ,raisins, almost vinious. Medium body, tartness prominant. also yeasty notes and flavorings. 8.7% noted and appreciated. Not an everyday beer, but well crafted and interesting. Anybody need a night cap?

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Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/09/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best by date stamped on the front label. Poured into my Aventinus glass.

Appearance- Caramel brown colored pour, nice larger inch plus head and decent lacing.

Smell- Nice and sweet caramel malt scent. Spices including clove, pepper and a bit of banana fruityness.

Taste- Nice! Very much like Aventinus, maybe a touch more sweet. Not quite as much banana flavor, but it is there. Nice work with the clove and the peppery spices.

Mouthfeel- A touch thick and creamy. Average carbonation.

Drinkability- Super easy to drink. Actually tries and comes close to giving Aventinus a run for it's money. Buy one if you see it.

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, amber color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Suspended sediment present. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, dark citrus, hops, slight alcohol, and yeast. Fits the style of a Weizenbock. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, hops, slight alcohol, and slight dark citrus. Overall, good body, aroma, and blend.

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Photo of Duff27
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Small fizzy, off-white head. TONS of floaties. Beer is a dull red color. Poor head retention, no lacing. Some effervescence. I don't mind sediment but this appearance as a whole does nothing for me.

S- Smells good. Some spices and citrus notes.

T- Follows nose. Bananas and cloves...cinnamon? Spicy yeastiness. Well hidden alcohol for 8.7%

M- Tongue fizzling. Heavy mouthfeel.

D/O- Wow, I feel if this were to be more eye-appealing I would have enjoyed this a lot more. As it stands, smells and tastes great...appearance keeps it out of the upper tier of weizenbocks. Would have again in the future and cross my fingers.

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Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured to a deep bronze color with very little head. The aroma was an interesting combo of sweetness, fruits, and some yeast. This had a big malty flavor, with fruitiness and bitterness blending well together. The malt is thick on the tongue, and then a sour sensation kicks in. Thicker bodied and little carbonation caused the head to disappear quickly. One of these is enough in a sitting, but very tasty. The high alcohol level is fairly noticeable too.

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Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.04 out of 5 based on 1,447 ratings.
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