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Moonglow Weizenbock | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Moonglow WeizenbockMoonglow Weizenbock

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

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of woemad
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Jim’s Homebrew for $2.75. Freshness date of April 04 05. Oops. Makes me wish Victory's beers were more commonly available around here - that way they'd be fresher.

Poured a copper color, with a big off-white head that dropped after a couple of minutes. Moderate amount of lace.

Earthy wheat aroma, along with a Belgian-like yeasty smell. Also mildly spicy. The only other “wheat bock” I’ve ever had is Aventinus, and this does not really remind me of that. It doesn’t smell bad, just different, and a little weak.

Taste is very similar to the smell. This is a wheat beer with something very funky going on in the yeast department. Mildly spicy, with hints of cloves. A very mild banana flavor, but not so much as most wheat beers. There’s also a mild tartness at the swallow. Again, it seems more Belgian than Bavarian, though there’s no complaints, as it tastes rather good. It’s just different from what I expected.

This is a medium bodied beer, with a moderate amount of carbonation, more than the head lets on.

This isn’t bad tasting, but it doesn’t scream “Buy me again” either. If I could get this a little bit fresher, I might be tempted to alter this. Unfortunately, there is no direct distribution to Spokane of Victory’s wares. The staff at Jim’s Homebrew has to bring their beers here by buying them in bulk in Seattle and shipping them across the pass. Hopefully their undeniable Northwest popularity will encourage them to make their beers more available in my neck of the woods!

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with best by date of sep 10 2009

murky brown with orange tint. lots of light tan head, fades slowly to a stable thin layer. decent lacing.

aroma of raisin, apple and dates. hint of molasses. grassy hop note. yeast whiff and... diacetyl?

flavors are a weaker version of the above, with slight overpowering by the hops and hop bitterness. mote buttery character again, especially to the end, with malt and molassses, plus some alcohol in the finish.

smooth and almost syrupy but not viscous. moderate carbonation can be creamy at times.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with a thin white head. Smells of firstly banana, and then clove and spice. Malts have caramel aromas. Flavor is very yeast forwarded with banana and spice. There is a "flat" yeast character that I don' care for. I expected a stronger malt quality (caramel and bread), but it has a rather thin malt profile. Sweet. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, more like a dunkelweizen, yet it leaves s sugary stickiness on the tongue. Overall this is decent, but it has nothing on Aventinus or Live Oak Primus.

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Photo of BobZ
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz. Bottle poured into my Aventinus glass.

Appearance: Light reddish brown almost dark amber. Built a 2” head that hangs around and left nice lacing. Yeast floaties are prevalent and very noticeable, this might be “off-putting” to some; however, it’s not something I mind terribly.

Smell: Nice malty sweetness with hints of phenols and maybe even some banana.

Taste: Caramel maltiness with a combination of hops and spice, this hoppy spice flavor remains throughout the beer and makes it a pleasant and somewhat unique example of the style. The alcohol adds subtle warmth and the wheat beer banana flavor is also detectable.

Mouthfeel: Very pleasant and smooth on the palate, again (like Golden Monkey) the warmth from the alcohol is pleasant and not overwhelming.

Overall: Unique take on a Bavarian Weizenbock, very flavorful. Not in the same league as Aventinus but still another nice beer at a reasonable price point from Victory.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

32 oz. growler filled several days ago, poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours rich copper brown. A slight, loose head dissipates almost immediately, leaving streaks of very fine lace across the top. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is an apricot orange/red and a bit opaque. Nice legs from the sugars slip quickly on the sides of the glass.

S - Someone's making caramel apples. Rich toasted malts, caramel sugars, and a bit of toffee. Juicy, ripe fruit comes along. Bananas ready for pie. A spritz of Granny Smith apple juice. Ripe, soft pear. Lots of esters riding in. The ABV wafts into the nose, but discreetly. As it warms, the fruits get darker, suggesting dates and figs, and the malts step forward with a touch a orange rind.

T - The taste profile is noticeably darker than the nose. Big toasted malts support dark fruit, like raisins, with a bit of a spice bite along the lines of cracked white pepper and clove. Relegated to the background now, the caramel tastes darker and the toffee's a bit overdone; there's also hints of dark brown sugar. The ABV is a player, too, demanding attention. A sipping beer. Could be mistaken for a Belgium dark if it weren't for all the caramel malt in the nose, and even then it's close.

M - Leaning toward the smooth side, there's not much carbonation left, but with this style, that's quite alright. Medium body, with integrated components. Structure is soft and on the plush side, and lets the ABV push its way onto the tongue. Finish lingers, but in the background, and is surprisingly on the dry side, with the spice characteristics defining it rather than sugars. 3.5

O - A souped-up Dunkel, this beer begs to be aged in bourbon barrels. Some big Dunkels leave quite a bit of sugar around, but not this one. Over time, the spice from the yeast takes over the finish and prevents the cloying that makes many a one-glass option. Towards the end of the growler, a sense of cinnamon emerged. Barrel aging would sand this down a bit and make the sugars more complex. A late fall beer, I can see this pairing well with pumpkin pie, paired against its spice and real whipped cream. Or with a rubbed-and-grilled pork roast and sauerkraut. In any case, this is a beer constructed to be drunk slowly and matched with food and/or a cigar with body. 3.75

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Photo of BeerBrose
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from almost a year old bottle into a miniature snifter.

Look: Copper colored with a thick bubbly off white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell : Light fruity yeast and malt.

Taste: Wheat sweet, caramel, melon, and a slight funk (which may be from its age) that is quite pleasant.

Feel: Lighter than you expect and not nearly as creamy as a wheat beer tends to be.

Overall: Ive had this when its fresh and I loved it then and like it now, with that in mind my overall score is significantly higher than the individual parts of this tasting.

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Photo of nickd717
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from K&L Redwood City.

Pours a cloudy amber-brown color with a large off-white head that lasts a long time. I know this is unfiltered, but there were a lot of chunks o' crap floating in the beer, which I found a bit disconcerting.

Aroma is yeasty banana and clove, sweet malt, and dark fruits.

Flavor is nice but not as great as I expected. Cherry, plum, banana, and fig, along with caramel malt and some spiced notes.

Medium bodied and just a tad boozy, with fairly lively carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. Overall this is a solid weizenbock, but didn't really impress me.

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Photo of bamadog
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank on New Years Day because I was recently told that it's supposed to be good luck to drink a Weizenbock on New Years. I'll be sure you keep you all posted... Poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Standard coppery color with some slight hints of amber and "plum flesh"; starts with a big 2 finger off-white/light tan head with solid retention; body is moderately cloudy and shows strong carbonation; head becomes pock-marked as it slowly dwindles and leaves a fair amount of lacing behind it.

Smell: Nice sweet fruity esthers of tart/sour apple and banana; spice notes are detected as well and come across as cloves.

Taste: Interesting array of flavors: definite grassy/grainy presencey (wheat/straw) that is also a little toasty; definite fruit presence, most dominant is a very citric and tart/sour apple flavor that is moderately balanced by the smoother, yet faint, banana aspect; the spicey cloves are most present in the back of the drink; aftertaste is a little sour, acidic and coppery.

Mouthfeel: Very strong carbonation, yet it's not harsh and gives the body a slightly creamy feel, but I would call it "creamy," per se; the tart flavors in the taste make me pucker just a bit as I feel the dry stickiness left on the roof of the mouth build.

Drinkability: Not too bad, but doesn't really compete with the better balanced Glockenspiel from GLBC in my opinion; definitely worth a shot and I'll like drink this again at some point.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a deep copper color with a tan head. The aroma is sweet, fruity, and yeasty. The flavor is malty, sweet and fruity. It is a medium-full bodied brew with a sweet finish. It is a warming, spicy beer. It was not at all what I expected, but good none the less.

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Photo of Weli
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Dark coppery orange color with poor clarity (which is great for a weizen) and a thick off white to tan head

S-Slightly bready, fruity, a bit of bananas and dates in the nose, not overwhelming though

T- Real hit of malt sweetness up front, more or less balanced by a smooth bitterness. Kinda fruity in a fashion similar to a Trappist ale.

M-Effervescent carbonation, thick and slightly cloying

O-First Weizenbock I've had, tastes very Belgian in its character, lots of raisins, and stone fruit flavor. Balance definitely favors the malt

Edit after having some more examples of this style I decided this beer is definitely too sweet for the style and a bit cloying when compared to its German brethren that tend to be much more drinkable.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky brown color. The head is very tall at three fingers high (and thanks to an idiotically aggressive pour) and off-white in shade. It has an impressively dense, foamy texture, along with some impressively annoying retention. A thick ring of lacing is left on the glass, which is nice considering that weizens tend to have minimal lace. (4.25)

Smell: Typical of the style, there is a massive amount of palpable wheat on the nose. And typical of many Victory offerings, it smells well-hopped for the style (but not so over-hopped as to ruin it). Its ester profile seems to have more clove than banana, as well. The latter two notes blend together very well. Letting it open up will reveal some sweeter, sugar-laden notes. I'm missing some of the delicate fruitness featured in the style benchmarks, but I enjoy the nose regardless. (3.5)

Taste: It opens up with a nice wheat flavor, slowly building into some clove flavor near the midtaste. In addition, it shows some caramel-laden notes on the back end reminding me of a dunkel somewhat. The hoppiness also on the back end is extremely subtle - there, and surprisingly noticeable, but balanced beautifully within the malt background.

Mouthfeel: While it's evidently a powerful beer, it's crisp and dry enough to go down as easily as the typical 4.5% weizen. On the other hand, it doesn't feel particularly rich, either. Still, it features a slight warming sensation going down the throat. Combined with its low carbonation, it manages to simultaneously be a winter warmer and an easy drinker at the same time. (3.5)

Overall: Vitus, this is not. What it is, however, is a tasty and dangerous weizenbock. You could genuinely crush it - and end up looking like a fool in the process. Naturally, I killed this one pretty quickly. Hey, it's not my fault this is such a good beer! (3.75)

3.7/5: Yet another rock-solid Victory beer

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy red-orange color. The moderately tall head has a light orange tint and a thin, foamy texture. Retention is extremely brief, and lacing is weak.

S: A funky, somewhat fruity aroma. A bit phenolic and clovelike, with hints of banana and white grape skin. Some spicy notes of alcohol.

T: A solid breadlike wheaty backbone gives way to significant fruity flavors of banana, spiced applesauce, and tangy white grapes. A tangy yeast character provides an interesting balance, and there is also a firm spiciness of clove into the finish.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation is extremely soft, contributing a viscous feel. A bit astringent into the finish. There is also a significant alcoholic warmth to this beer.

D: This is a tasty, occasionally great weizenbock from Victory. I have an issue with the carbonation (or lack thereof), and both the nose and appearance fall short of greatness. I continue to find that Victory brews interesting, unique beers, but this one (as with Yakima Twilight and Storm King, in my opinion) could use a bit more polish before it really shines.

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Photo of rdickey
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish gold into a Unibroue tulip. The narrow neck contributes to a massive three-finger head that lingers.

Smell: Sweet dried fruits, with a little peppery spiciness sneaking in at the end.

Taste: The fruits dominate the taste as well. The spiciness is a little more pronounced, and coriander comes in to join the black pepper. The odd thing to me, though, is that the wheat seems completely overpowered by the rest of the flavors; if I wasn't looking for it, I wouldn't have noticed it. I suppose I was expecting a little more balance, although I freely admit that I don't have much experience with this style.

Mouthfeel: Notwithstanding the foregoing, I like the mouthfeel. It's a little heavy, but it works for this.

Drinkability: Definitely a late evening sipper.

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Photo of 57md
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%

Muddy copper. Nose is bready and that old familiar funk is also present. Nutty but not really getting the traditional banana notes. The finish is slightly cidery.

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Photo of chaz410
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle at the Common Market in Charlotte NC.
Pours a deep brown body with an off-white, thick head.
Smells heavily of wheat, caramel notes, toasty biscuits, and typical sweet tiny bock character. Ther's a very nice rounded bready note from the lager yeast.
Taste of some heavy wheat, slight chocolate, raison notes and some caramel sweetness. All of this is layered under a typical bock character or rounded, slightly smokey, phenol heavy fruit-like flavor. The bock yeast allows for a very even finish of all the flavors.
Very smooth and not abrassive.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper with some floaties and unreal head that billows over the top of the glass. Rich fruitiness in the nose is raisins, cherries and raspberries. Taste is hefty. Dark sugary molasses, rich berry fruit, assertive hop bitterness fight for dominance. Fairly sweet and heavy body isn't quite smooth though despite the low-ish carbonation. Doesn't feel nor taste quite right - there's a lot of flavour here, but this needs some refinement IMO. seems too heavy and sweet.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pulled from the fridge poured into a SA perfect pint glass. best before Sept 1 2011.

pours out a brownish orange color with quite a bit of sediment. very small head that faded almost instantly leaving absolutly nothing.

lots of spicy phenolic yeast in the aroma. lots of fruitiness, such as ripe apples and dark dried fruits. sweet malts. bits of caramel and solvent alcohol.

lots of sweet dark fruity malts and phenolic spicy yeast. clove, ripe apple, caramel estery alcohol. pretty spot on for the style.

heavy body, a tad astringent. sparkly, bitey carbonation, tingles the tongue.

a one and done beer for me, sits a little heavy in the stomach. i prolly wouldnt seek this out again, not my favorite style, but its pretty good for what it is. worth a try if your into german dark beers, but if your not, not worth your time.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My sample poured a hazy amber color with a decent amount of head that left little to no lacing. The aroma was a mixture of deep caramels of phenols, but mostly fruity esters with a little bit of bananas and clove.

This is not my favorite style of beer, but that being said, I think it was a nice representation of the style. As usual, a pretty good beer from Victory.

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Photo of mactrail
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
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 Citadel82
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma is banana, caramel, clove, apple, and other spices.

Taste starts sweet and fruity, banana and caramel, then turns to clove spices, tart apples, and a barely noticeable hint of alcohol.

Body is light yet remarkably smooth and creamy.

I felt that this wheat beer was like many of the high point offerings. Taste waa sspot on yet the head was lacking and the body was thin.

Nevertheless a drinkable brew.

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Photo of trygelski1
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass:

Look: Pours an amber color with a head that quickly dissipates. Very little to no lacing present.

Smell: Heavy notes of banana, maybe some dark fruit, clove, malty.

Taste: Lots of banana present along with clove, malts, wheat. This beer might be more fitting in the fall on a cool autumn day.

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: This type of beer is not my style but wanted to try due to high rating. I haven't had many weizenbocks so not sure how this rating stacks up against others of this style out there. I would give this beer other shot maybe after trying some others of this style to see how it stacks up.

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Photo of beagle75
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Hazy, light amber color with two fingers of diminishing off-white foam head. Pebble-sized yeast solids are seen slowly settling to the bottom of the glass.

S: Intensely bready, with yeast prominent in the smell. A bright citrusy quality adds interest while an occasional whiff of caramel adds fullness and depth.

T: Begins off-dry, demonstrating immediate clove spice and even more pronounced banana fruit, alongside caramel malt and a pleasant--but fleeting--nuttiness. Flavors are similar (minus the nuts), but less intense in the middle. The finish sees this beer at its weakest, mildly boozy and papery, although bitterness remains appropriately restrained.

M: Medium viscosity, yet remains fluid on the palate, with low carbonation.

D: It may have been enough to say that this beer is malty, interesting, and pairs well with savory food--if the yeast were not so conspicuously clumpy. Despite the half-full bottle being given an energetic swirl to homogenize the yeast of this weiss beer, it still poured as described. Its saving grace is that the yeast is never felt on the surface of the mouth. Wheat qualities, while not jumping out as isolated elements, add to the overall appeal, enhancing smoothness somewhat.

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Photo of boelker62
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - virtually no head atop a deep copper body with a slight haze.

S - moderate malt nose and a lightly toasted bread hint. Hops were there in a simple floral basis. The yeasty notes on this one are basic, but definately presnt. Quite on style for all these scents. Considerably noticeable hints of nutmeg, and a bit of ginger.

T - initial tasting is mildly sweet and malty, with all the aromas mentioned above, poking through.

M - quite an oily texture in the light to medium body, an intersting feeling and accomplishment, IMO.

D - oh sure, yes it's nice. It will sneak up on you, about 8+%

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Photo of MikefromDormont
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a reddish brown and was cloudy with a good deal of suspended yeast particles floating about my glass. A creamy tan head was present following the pour. I detected an aroma that was a mix of sour apples, banana and spices. This beer's flavor was tart and there were traces of sour apple and banana flavors.

When I first started sampling this seasonal beer, I ran into some bottles that had gone sour even they weren't that old and had been well cared for after they'd been purchased. Victory seems to have improved their quality control with respect to this beer since I've not had a bad sample in the last couple of years. This beer has a unique taste and is not for every beer drinker.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best by Sep 24, 2010.

Pours copper/amber chunky, lots of sediment in perpetual suspension, with a small, quickly receding head that leaves a ring. Can see floaties at the top of the glass. Eventually goes flat.

Aroma is some dark fruit, prunes, pears, currants, raisins, caramel, some yeast, moderate strength.

Flavor is strong on prunes, figs, dark fruit, particularly the pits, caramel, toffee. Interesting.

Sticky mouthfeel, low to medium carbonation.

My first Weizen Bock, definitely like this better than a Hefe, need to try Aventinus...

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Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,436 ratings.
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