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LongShot Boysenberry Wheat | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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LongShot Boysenberry WheatLongShot Boysenberry Wheat
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LongShot Boysenberry WheatLongShot Boysenberry Wheat

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.35%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by NeroFiddled on 01-20-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The first Sam Adam's I've ever had. I'm very happy with this. Cloudy orange appearance with a nice, dense white heady that is quite billowy.

Rich, pleasant Boysenberry smell. Faint dry wheat traces in the background. The hops keep the sweetness from running away.

Slightly more sour taste. Even though the boysenberries dominate, I can taste the wheat profile and the hop sourness. Slightly sour aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a bit odd...it seems slippery but at the same time the carbonation is a bit too tweaked.

In spite of this, this is a very drinkable, sessionable beer. Great in this summer weather.

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Photo of Glazed144
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very good beer. Delicious fruity aroma. One of the best fruit beers I’ve ever had, it is drinkable, normally fruit beers make me nauseas after the first one, the fruit isn’t overwhelming. Nice subtle fruity aftertaste. My biggest problem is that the beer tastes a bit watered down. All in all I like it though.

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Photo of Enola
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a cloudy yellow and there is ample head with light lacing. The smell is more like grape bubble gum than anything. The taste is fruity and sweet with the wheat taking a back seat. The mouthfeel is smooth with this being a light and refreshing brew. Certainly could session this beer as the drinkability is good. One of the better wheat style beers I have had, although a tad on the sweet side.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy orange color. The head is massive, rocky and white in color. The aroma is of boysenberry with a nice tanginess. The taste is of boysenberry, but also of wheat beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, I am usually not a huge fan of fruit beers, but this one is one I can appreciate. I think boysenberry really compliments the flavors associated with wheat beer, and I really like how the fruit doesn’t completely overpower the beer.

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Photo of cubedbee
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle best by June '07. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin white head that quickly subsides to a slight ring of lace. Nose is all boysenberries, very fruity and nice smelling, nothing else coming through though. Taste is slightly grainy wheat followed by a nice burst of berries, just the slightest bit tart, and then finishing with a slight lemony bite of hops. Solid tasting fruit beer, not overwhelming or artificial tasting, but nice refreshing fruit over a solid wheat body. Definitely a summer beer and need to be in the mood for something fruity, but I would have this again, if they ever bring these beers back.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second try of the three 2006 LongShot Homebrew Contest Winners. 12 oz bottle poured to a pint glass. Best by: June 2007. Cheers to Ken Smith of CO (a BBC employee) for crafting this one.

A: Pale yellow-orange and slightly hazy. A 2-finger fizzy white head initially, that faded within a minute to a thin cap of soap bubbles and gauzy film. No rising carbonation, but some splotchy lacing clings on the glass.

S: Delicious wheat is overwhelmed by a wallop of fresh berries; outstanding fruit aroma. I could sniffing be a bowlful of fresh, crushed boysenberries, but instead it's a beer. Remarkable...

T: Fruity at first (boysenberry flavor, definitely), but evolving in the mouth, with more malt and citrusy hops. A little sweet beer that's balanced by slightly sour berries and a moderate dose of hops. Very well balanced.

M: Light, smooth mouthfeel - almost velvety. Has a tangy but clean finish and a lingering sweet/sour fruit flavor.

D: This is a beer I could drink often, nice flavor and superb balance. Love the aroma, too - the perfect summer 'session' beer. One of the nicest fruit-infused beers I've had the pleasure of trying.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by June '07. Just-so-happened that my local brewpub created a blackberry wheat right around the time this came out. I tried it at the bar, but I took no growler home for a proper review, and it ran out before I made my way back. I guess I'll add it to the site next time it comes around. Anyway, on to Longshot... it pours into the weizen glass a transluscent amber/topaz, with a quarter-inch of off-white head that leaves little lacing. It smells of fresh, crisp boysenberries, along with black, blue, and strawberries, backed by some wheat and hops. Tangy wheat on the palate with a pleasant berry background, along with those signature SA Mittelfruh hops that taste green and lightly citric (orange) and impart a mild bitterness on top of a medium, drying body. Overall a very nice take on an American wheat, with a fruitiness that tastes authentic and makes you crave another. Well done.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Best by Jun 2007.

I normally don't like fruit beers, but let's give this one a shot.

Pours a clear straw color with a one finger white head that dies down to almost nothing soon after poor. Lacing is non-existant. Smell is of sweet fresh boysenberries, who woulda thunk it? Not much else, maybe a hint of wheat. Taste is pretty good. Berry flavor is there, but not overbearing. Pale wheat malt with a bit of citrus hop bite. Decent mouthfeel, light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is high especially during those hot summer days. Hopefully Sam Adams makes this a seasonal in their lineup.

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Photo of
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle

Slightly hazy, golden color. Medium + sized creamy, white colored head. Minimal lacing and no legs.

Strong aroma - berries. I guess it is boysenberry, but struck me as a mix of raspberry and blueberry. Touch of sour apple.

Taste not as strong as aroma, but berry clearly there. Again, to me, closer to blueberry. Herbal and clove notes. Not very sweet at all. I don't care for the flavor very much, but it is nicely done in that the fruit aspect is not overpowering.

Light in body. Carbonation is medium. Overall, refreshing and smooth.

An interesting beer. Very thirst quenching. Technically well done, but fruit flavor has an artificial taste to me, and I just don't like it very much.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw color with a low white ringed head and nice carbonation. Prominent boysenberry fruit aroma and flavor without being overly extract-like. Nice wheat malt balance in the mouth with a light citric character. Medium bodied and smooth for a fruit beer.

Solid (for a Fruit Beer) !

Per Label: "2006 American Homebrew Contest Winner" & "Ken Smith, CO" & "Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble Hops"

Enjoy Before: June '07 (notched)
Tasted: 04/22/07

($7.99 / mixed 6-pack of 3 diff beers "Longshot Pack")

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Photo of WesWes
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a 1" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wonderful boysenberry scent along with a crisp pale and wheat malt aroma; very refreshing. The taste is decent. It has a light pale and wheat malt flavor with a nice boysenberry finish. It has a solid fruit content, but nothing over the top. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking brew and a nice take on the fruit wheat style.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slighty cloudy yellowy gold. Small head of white foam, minor lacing in the glass. A tame, medium level of carbonation.

S: Fresh aroma of blueberries and raspberries; Quite appropriate considering the history lesson I learned when I did some research about "boysenberries". A touch of malt and strawberry muskiness. Very nice. Very fruity, yet not cloying or unnaturally sweet.

T: Mild wheat flavors bloom into a field of berry flavor; light blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, whatever-berry, it's all here. Reserved malty backbone gives props to the fruity flavors in the beer. Nice.

M: Light, slightly crisp, totally refreshing. A good call for a hot summer afternoon.

D: Good. After having all 3 brews from SA's LongShot series, this is the one they should make a staple. All 3 are very good, and have there strengths, but this is the winner, hands down. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Number two from my LongShot six pack, after the Dortmunder/Export lager. Let's see how it goes...

Pours a clear pale straw amber color with a fairly thick head of foam on top which recedes fairly quickly but leaves some lace. The aroma is... BOYSENBERRY! Wow, that's a heavy fruit nose. Smells great, as long as you like boysenberries. And if you didn't know what a boysenberry smelled like, you could almost subsitute a blueberry aroma for this and it would be close. Almost. Still, I really like this aroma. I'm assuming it's real fruit in here, and not a phony fruit syrup, but I would still like this particular smell either way. The taste is really bready. Dense and almost chewy and lives up to the billing of having a "cereal crispness." I'm not sure this is the most refreshing beer I've ever had, and I tend to stay away from most fruit beers in general, but this is a nice berry wheat that I find quite tasty. Not exactly refreshing, but tasty still. Smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel. A good beer, and I'm glad Sam Adams included this in the LongShot series this year, but not the most drinkable beer around. Then again, how many fruit beers out there are?

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently, with the other beers in the Longshot box. I wasn't sure what to expect with this, but after downing half the bottle, it's not anything like the other American Pale Wheat Ales that I've enjoyed. The wheat is hardly noticeable here, and the Boysenberry/Blueberry taste is pretty overpowering; even if it's not that strong. This was enjoyable to drink, but if I was given this blindly, I wouldn't know what style it is...

The pour was a bit above average - the head was thick, but faded fast, the lacing was pretty watery, and the hue was that of goldenrod with a bit of cloudiness to it. I'm not sure if there was supposed to be settling or sediment in the bottle, but the bottom had a bit of a darker tone to it. Anyways, the taste is very light and enjoyable, but aside from the berry notes, there's not much else here. It starts clean, finishes clean, and aside from a bit of vanilla underneath everything, there's not a range of flavors to be found here. If it's a typical wheat beer that you're looking for, this is not your cup of tea!

The 5.35% ABV can hardly be detected here, and I don't think that there's that many beer drinkers that wouldn't enjoy, on at least a mellow, laid-back level. I'd love to try it after dinner or with a nice bowl of vanilla ice cream or berry cobbler, and out of the 3 Longshots, this was my favorite. It certainly fits in with this time of the year better than the other two, and I give Kudos to Boston Beer for featuring this and showcasing the work of a homebrewer!

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Photo of Damian
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle which was part of the Sam Adams 2006 LongShot American Homebrew Contest Winner collection

Poured a cloudy amber with a bubbly, bright white, one-finger head that faded to a bubbly film of lace. Small patches of lacing cascaded down the sides of the glass.

The aroma was potently fruity and sweet. Boysenberry was so strong and sugary that it almost seemed artificial. Some blueberry was noticeable as well.

The taste however was flat, weak and somewhat bitter. Not much happening up front. Astringent citrus notes dominated mid-palate along with crisp, bitter, cereal grains. A harsh wheat smack appeared on the back end and carried into the lemony, bitter, semi-dry finish. As the beer warmed, a slight berry flavor came out but it left a dank aftertaste in my mouth.

Mouthfeel was quite thin with a moderate effervescence.

This beer was somewhat refreshing yet rather rough around the edges and overall quite disappointing.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Into a pint glass, pours a light, fuzzy gold with a pretty good white fluff of head, but not so much for lacing. The aroma is a whole lotta berry, not a lot of wheat... good, but lacking in breadth and depth. The taste get more complex, the wheat making a presence, but ultimately drown out by berries, quite tart, particularly at the finish where it could have been smoothed out. The mouth is a bit rough around the edges. For a wheat beer, which I usually find extremely good to the mouth, the tart bite makes this one a bit tough. Overall, a novel concept, a beer the fiance likes, but not one I'll be having again.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007, 12 oz brown bottle.

Yellow-amber in color and clear, with a nice head and very good retention. Not sticky and lacy, though.

Aroma is very sweet, with berries, melon and a kool-aid like, candy smell. Not very beer-like, but interesting.

Flavor is light and sweet, with berries and a tangy finish that combines berry tartness and a bit of hop spiciness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and very smooth. Nice amount of carbonation.

Overall, very drinkable and actually went pretty well with the homemade tostadas I was eating at the time. The candy aroma might limit its long-term appeal, though.

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Photo of oelergud
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear straw golden body with a huge white head. Multi bubbled and fluffy, good retention and great lace.
Sweet, light and fruity scent. Fresh and inviting.
Fruit, sweet light malts and sugar cane but not overwhelmingly sweet. Well balanced. Aftertaste of dark earthy malts and mild hops.
Medium body and good drinkability. A summer session brew.


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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.84/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours an attractive cloudy golden straw color, changing hue as it goes from the thin to the thick part of the glass. Loads of miniscule little bubbles dance about, swirling their way to the surface. Head is small but creamy, almost completely white.

S: Boysenberry, perfume and wheat. No likey perfumy beers.

T: First taste is boysenberry…but its not tart. Really almost muted, or basic if you will. Next flavors are mineralistic, primarily limestone or calcium. Little bit of buttery popcorn flavors pop up with a strong grainy aftertaste following suit, cutting out the mineral flavor but leaving some of the boysenberry to linger longer.

M: Quite nice actually. Medium body but creamy.

D: I actually liked this beer less than most fruit/wheat beers on the market. I thought I was going to like it more. The fruit was too perfumy and not “real” enough. Maybe because I had a New Glarus Cherry Stout last night and know what really good fruit beers can taste like, the bench mark had been set too high. It all comes down to the fake boysenberry taste.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle. Not sure if it was needed to be swished, so I did it anyway with the last 1/4.

Hazy gold in color. Thin, but retentive head. Very little carbonation. Now, wheat beers with berries in them really aren't my thing, but it came in the 6 pack, so there was nothing I could do. Lets see...

Mild, but full aroma of berries. Not sure what a Boysenberry is, so I'll trust that it is indeed that berry. Mellow chapstick with a hint of wheat in the back. Creamy mouthfeel with a burst of berry in the front and a typical wheaty aftertaste. Overall it is drinkable. But I'd rather have a beer with some guts.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - hazy straw color, a thin cover of off-white bubbles. Eh...

Aroma - a sharp, citric fruitiness, like a raspberry-grape mix. Not much there representing the style but it is a nice nose nonetheless.

Taste - wheat base with an immediate boysenberry flavor. Not sweet like I thought it might be - it leans more to the tart side. A brief show of hops to even things out nicely. The swallow lets the hops and fruit tartness come together in tasty fashion. The 'beeriness' is a little outdone by the berries, but I like it!

Mouthfeel - moderate to moderately light body, crisply carbonated.

Drinkability - distinctive but not so sessionable. Still, a cool one for a beer tasting or just to try something made with boysenberries.

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Photo of demcorhip
2.51/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A slightly hazy golden straw coloured ale, unfortunately this means the fruit flavours are provided by a colourless concentrated extract (STRIKE ONE!), unless boysenberryies are a golden straw colour. Decent one finger white head supported by a relatively vigorous level of carbonation.

Fruit dominates, im assuming its the boysenberry, as ive never had the pleasure before of eating them all by themself. Their may be a whiff of lemony hops in there, but may be my imagination. Very faint smell of wheat grain also present (STRIKE TWO).

Wheat and pale malts give a mild bread crust character. Unfortunately this breadiness is buried under the bosenberry extract (STRIKE THREE!). There are hints of floral notes and perhaps some lemon as well as bubblegum that almost manage to emerge from underneath the wallop of bosenberry extract.

This is an absolute mess. Fruit extract overwhelms everything, and a solvent character is present as well. Id much rather enjoy a purple beer made with real fruit please and thankyou. Avoiding the use of concentrates may also allow for a more balanced brew with more evidence that this was made with fermented wort.

Slight solvent character reduces the drinkability of this fruit cooler type beer. Real fruit or at least real fruit juice as opposed to flavour extract might make this a drinkable beer and recognizable as such. Im not fond of slamming beer, but this is barely recognizable as such. It could have been so much better... Dammit now im getting a headache. Stupid fruit flavour extract.

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Photo of BBM
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy goldenrod in the glass, with one finger of white sudsy head. Aroma was very sweet, with the boysenberry and wheat coming through, creating a pleasant, fruit-filled smell.

This is a tough beer to judge, since I don't really know what boysenberries taste like. But in fairness to the brew, I'd have to say it didn't taste like a syrup, but rather it used real fruits. And having said that, it was a bit too sweet. I likened it a bit to a Fruit Roll-up in terms of flavor. The wheat made itself present as well, which balanced it out a bit, but also added the illusion of a fruity cereal (think Fruit Loops or something). If this sounds like your kind of beer, then by all means. Personally I enjoyed it enough that I would have it again, but I can see where some people would find it a bit too sweet on the palate. It would make a good dessert beer.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the three Longshot beers in the sixer case. Nice packaging.
Cloudy, deep gold. Big puff of white head, sticking around for the full duraion of the beer, giving off a powerful aroma of berry-ness. I'm none too familiar with the elusive boysenberry, but it comes across as something like a berry smoothie. Blackberry-like, kinda cherry-ish, with a little banana, but that could be the yeast. Some cookie-like, doughy yeast character, ths one smells much like Sam's Cherry Wheat. It kinda tastes like it too, with a full feeling on the tongue. Lighter carbonation seems to barely move the brew across the palate, probably allowing it a thicker feel than it actually has. Cherry Wheat is somewhat of a guilty pleasure of mine, so I actually enjoy this. (Sam's cream stout and cherry wheat black and tans are delicious) The fruit is very prominent, but the beery aspects seem to carry through well enough. Like a support system for boysenberries with a drinking problem. Just when you feel like you might be drinking a chick beer, the finish comes along and provides you with some wheaty sourness and light floral hoppage. A nice little charge of carbonation right in the end, lightening things up and priming you for another sip. Pretty good, though I don't think I'd want more than one in a sitting..

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another one out of the Longshot six pack. Pours into my glass a slightly hazy golden yellow with a half inch of fizzy white head. Aromas start off with crisp wheat grain along with a big berry syrup scent that has candy like qualities to it. Berry juice dominates and not much else gets through.

First sip brings a crisp, dry wheat grain maltiness that is immediately hit with a blast of boysenberry flavor. To mixed it tastes like mixed berries and has a candy flavor to it. Flows down with just a hint of hops on the finish that's also slightly chalky with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy from the carbonation. Goes down easily and I can't say it is not refreshing. Still, this one doesn't make me want to come back for more. A pretty good wheat based fruit brew but nothing about it is particularly memorable.

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LongShot Boysenberry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 229 ratings
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