Mill Street Wit | Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street WitMill Street Wit

Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mill St Belgian style Wit is a refreshing beer made with a unique blend of ingredients. The soft texture and pale colour comes from the use of wheat. Coriander, orange peel and our special yeast produce the complexity and depth of fruity flavours contained within the glass. This beer is unfiltered. The resulting cloudiness gave rise to the term Wit, or White beer.

Added by Sammy on 07-15-2005

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Photo of seand
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow, with a small amount of white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly, leaving very little lacing.

S: Sweet with a touch of Belgian-style spices and citrus fruit.

T: Similar to the aroma, sweet with touches of citrus fruit.

M: Fairly light body, medium carbonation.

D: Drinks reasonably easily, though I can't say it really leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of ericj551
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mill Street Wit poured at first a very slightly hazy orange/yellow. It took a lot of rousing, but once I got the sediment into the beer it clouded up well, with a foamy white head that linger. The aroma is soft fruity orange/citrus with some dry powdery yeast and nice muted coriander. The flavor is crisp and sweet upfront followed by a nice tart orange taste that lingers. Bitterness is mild, and it is hard to tell if any of the citrus flavor is coming from the hops.

This one is definitely more towards the fruity orange end of the spectrum, but there is enough corriander to balance it out nicely without any of the soapy characteristics you sometimes get from too much.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz pint at the Distillery District brewpub. There was a sixer bounding about at a friends' move-in after party back in Edmonton earlier this year, yet I somehow missed out on a bottle.

This beer appears a hazy pale golden yellow colour, with barely one finger of weakly foamy, soapy, and yet eventually creamy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of random ocean upswell lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy wheat malt, gritty banana chips, pithy orange peel, coriander, mild yeast, and soft earthy, floral hops. The taste is more rather sweet, grainy, and bready wheat and pale malt, light banana and orange fruit yeast esters, a bland coriander/clove spiciness, and earthy, musty hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a lilting low-fi frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, fleshy, and a little clammy. It finishes sweet, the graininess and fruity yeast lingering well on.

A pleasant enough, if a little predictably sweet, Canadian witbier, underwhelming and simple in its bearing. Quite possibly much more of a gateway beer for the style than anything made by Molson, or even Hoegaarden.

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Photo of jbonapar
2.33/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Decided to try a bottle after liking the TankHouse Ale.

Poured a golden clear with minimal head. Not really a "wit" by the looks of it!

Smell: Ouch, strong bitter orange. Nothing else.

Taste: Wow, the smell was nothing compared to the taste. Bitter stale orange with a sour finish. No wheat smoothness to be had.

Not impressed, this kind of is a bit of an joke as far as a "Wit" is concerned. I'll stick to the tankhouse and other Wheat beers...

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Photo of NightINgale
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into a small Hoegaarden glass...

A - Slightly cloudy pale yellow colour to the body. The head is fizzy and is soon reduced to a foam ring. Not very impressive.

S - A pretty strong coriander aroma, together with a nice wheatiness and some yeast. Some light citrus notes. Smells like a witbier.

T - Some sweetness, then the wheat taste, followed by some lemon tartness and spices. The finish is not very dry, with a hint of lemon and yeast, but nothing that lingers for too long.

M - Light bodied. VERY appropriate level of carbonation, which makes the beer very pleasing, refreshing, and crisp.

D - Good. Perfect for hot/warm weather, or to compliment a meal.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Bright golden yellow and a touch more clear than most Wit's I have had. Still has a light haze. Thin white foam quickly fades to a white ring of foam. Very light lacing left behind.

S - Surprisingly tart lemon aroma with just a hint of orange. Faint aroma of sprices come through but nonthing defineable.

T - Tart lemon dominates the beer. A hint of baking spice with a touch of nutmeg and corriander coming through. A little white pepper spiciness.

M/D - Light body with excellent carbonation. Tartness lingers with a light puckering of the mouth. Very easy drinking.

Not sure just how true to style I would say this one is but I find it to be very tasty which I think is much mroe important.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I appreciate wheat beers much more after reading about how versatile they are with food. So it was on that note that I decided I would revisit them even though it's the dead of winter.

Mill Street's poured well. A nice foamy head with lots of lacing down the sides of the glass. The beer is a pale yellow, slightly hazy. The note is fairly typical if not a little too lemony and that lemon flavour comes out in the taste as well. It's just a little too tart and lacking a touch of sweetness that I expected to be there. It's not bad mind you just a bit different. I guess if you're making a summer then you have to compete with the coronas and bud light limes so some citrus tartness might be what was intended.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard and drinkability is good. No trouble getting through this one.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is pale straw yellow and slighty hazy. Not much of a head to speak of. Smell is light orange and coriander. Taste is actually rather tart upfront. Lemon and orange peel hit hard first and then give way to coriander. Slight hop presence here, just enough to offer a slightly bitter hint to the end. Nice clean finish. Mouthfeel is rather light, and not much carbonation. It works well enough for the style. Drinkability is really good for me. The flavors are strong and not overpowering. good balance and manageable ABV tell me this could be a very sessionable brew.

Overall, an above average wit that feel fresh to me thanks to the tart taste upfront and just good balance. Certainly worth a try to anyone who likes the style.

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Photo of WeedKing4
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a local pub, pours a golden yellow with a slight haze to it. Solid amount of carbination and has the typical witbier smell. Taste is very fruity and citrusy, decent overall. I'd rank it in there with all the other witbiers I have had. I find its too hard to session any beers from this style as they get too citrusy after awhile. This isn't a bad beer though, and one of only a few options I have in town here for draft.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adil for this beer.

The beer is pale yellow color and slightly veiled. There is little head and what I got is very thin. The aroma is typical for Witbier. Nothing out of the ordinary. Banana and some cloves. I can't get anything else. On the taste side, the beer is slightly spicy. I still get the same as the smell. This is a refreshing beer for summer time. Maybe not the best thing to have on a cold october night. The carbonation is there in the mouth... maybe a little too much.

Overall a decent beer but nothing out of this world.

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Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this interesting looking bottle as an extra from grub. Poured into a pilsner glass. This will contrast my dinner of spicy beef stew pretty well.

A: A very light airy head slowly dissipates and leaves little swirling patches of bubbles that reminds me of a witches brew. Its semi hazy but still pretty clear somehow. It's got a pretty bright pale yellow color with almost shades of white in the middle.

N: A nice Bavarian wheat style nose with some Belgian wit malts, some banana, and slight yeast esthers. A very nice Bavarian wheat aroma.

T: Starts with more wheat and Belgian light malts. Some lemongrass and slight banana and orange peel pretty heavy. Pretty light, somewhat sweet and fruity. Pretty frothy with lots of carbonation. It has some spice like clove, coriander, I even detect a bit of salt(?). Slightly creamy and with the yeasty esters, it gives a slight lemon yogurt taste.

M: Lots of carbonation, pretty light on the tongue, but still slightly creamy and definitely unfiltered.

F: Still semi sweet but dries off well. More of the lemon yogurt taste. The spices seem to come out even more on the finish as well. It stays creamy on the finish. It semi disappears pretty well leaving you ready for more, but still has some long lingering ugly spice and esters.

Final thoughts: A pretty light and refreshing beer, some spices and yeast. The spices are still pretty light, and there is lots of fruit with banana, lemongrass, and lots of orange peel. Not bad for a refreshing summer drink, but not something I like to drink every day.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty decent Wit though I am spoiled by Granville Island and Driftwoods versions in BC. Pale cloudy and quite carbonated with the citrus notes on the nose. Not too spicy though well balanced I found it a little thin for the style( kinda like Celis White). I prefer the Pilsner to their Wit as a patio beer

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Photo of tpd975
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Used this one to drink along a real spicey chili while watching college football. Nice little beer to put out the flames.

A: Pours a very pale yellow with a nice tall foamy head. Pretty good retention with a streak or two of lace.

S: Typical wit aromas. Lots of bread, citrus, banana and corriander.

T: Mild in flavor. Nice clove and corriander up front. Very citric with nice yeasty tones which come forward as banana.

M: Very light, fairly crisp.

D: Not bad, wanted something light to cool down the fire in my mouth. It fit the bill, though it was not the best pairing.

Thanks Grub!

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Photo of ecoastman
4.14/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinkability - Very drinkable since it is light tasting and watery - a decent beer for this style but certainly not the best. Improving the head, carbonation and mouthfeel might make this one a bigger winner.

Appearance - a cloudy banana yellow with soda-like carbonation. A good head to start but quickly recedes to a thin layer with no lacing.

Smell - nice, slightly sweet and clean with some phenolic and candy aromas similar to banana, bubblegum and cloves in weizens as well as other belgium whites.

Taste - Like it smells but a little thin and diluted tasting in the first sip. The flavour improves dramatically as you get further into the drink and it warms up. There's a mild touch of orange-lemon citrus in the aftertaste. Reminds me of Denisons - another good local wheat beer.

Mouthfeel - thin and watery which makes it refreshing for the summer. A drier finish than others and the carbonation puts it slightly on the coarser side. A little more creaminess would be beneficial.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle poured into pint glass aug 15 2009

A a cloudy pale yellow, small head falls fast and left no lace

S wheat and lemon and spices quite faint

T not bad, good spice and lots of citrus

M/D fair amount of carbonation, very easy drinking, great hot day beer

this is worth trying grab a mill street 6 pack mixer

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Photo of mintjellie
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow with two fingers of white head. Decent retention, no lace.

Coriander, tangy wheat, and hints of orange and lemon in the aroma.

Nice coriander, wheat, bread, orange flavour.

The orange gets stronger as the beer warms, both the scent and the flavour.

The yeast in suspension help give this otherwise light bodied brew a bit of substance. Fine, soft carbonation lends itself to a smooth feel. Easy drinking and sessionable.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer I was looking forward to most. I love Belgian wit beers. Any beer with wheat. Pours out of the bottle with a clouded, frosty straw colour. The head is probably a half inch thick, and fades within a minute. Plenty of coriander smell, oranges, lemons, bit of bubblegum and a few other spices. Oddly, not much of a malt smell. The coriander was a bit too strong. Tasted surprisingly bitter for a witbier. Bit of the spices come through, but the malt is weak, the orange flavour tasted more of orange peel(ever eat an orange peel? Bitter), and black pepper. Finished with a banana and slightly stronger malty presence. The mouthfeel is good and thick. Somewhat chewy, and good carbonation. I'm not sure how to rate drinkability, but it is low. The beer itself isn't offensive, but it didn't seem like a witbier to me. And, honestly, I wouldn't seek out another bottle. A bit of a depressing beer. I was hoping for a good wheat beer, and had something that reminded me more of a witbier mixed with an IPA?

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle as part of Mill St.'s mixed six. Pours a light, hazy golden color with some light head that doesn't have much staying power.

Nose is a nice mix of coriander, oranges and lemons, wheat. Coriander comes out the strongest but is not overpowering.

The grains come first on entry followed by the coriander which is balanced by a lemony backing. Touches of honey. Not bad flavor but I feel it is a little offset by the carbonation which pushes it through too quickly and leaves too much razzle dazzle; could be smoother and highlight the flavors more.

All in all, a pretty decent wit - though the carbonation also limits the drinkability (I feel full already).

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Photo of EatsTacos
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale yellow, looks like cloudy milky white tea with a soft and light head. THe lacing is pretty good, and I had this beer in a hefe-style glass..

The aroma is light coriander, cloves, even some soapy cilantro scents..the yeast contibutes a lot to the smell too

This is a little light bodied for a belgian style wit, which is to say this beer is a little watery. The carbonation though is spot on and is soft

Quite a lot of soapy cilantro taste upfront, and other spices like cloves come through as well. THe finish is bitter and the orange peel taste is in the aftertaste. The wheat is hard to taste clearly for me. There is a dryness to the finish as well.

Good belgian style wit, Mill Street didn't seem to try to interpret the style at all but rather make a good duplicate of any well known belgian witbier.

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Photo of SingleCell
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass after warming out of the fridge for 15 mins.

A: Pours a very hazy and very pale straw colour. A one inch white head is produced which dies down to a thin wisp atop the beer.

S: Sweet and spicy for this one. Lots of sweet bubblegum scents along with that sweet Belgian yeast scent. Hints of all spice and coriander. Cannot for the life of me detect the orange peel promised on the label.

T: All the flavours are quite mellow and reserved for this one. The scents I mentioned above are mirror imaged in the taste however they are subdued. Slight hint of alcohol in the finish.

M: Light and fine carbonation leads to a very soft creamy mouthfeel. Very pleasing.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. Very mellow yet there is enough flavour to keep you interested. Its almost like the beer equivalent to comfort food.

Overall a good beer, I would buy it again. I'm looking forward to trying more from Mill Street.

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Photo of TheHammer
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack of this stuff when I turned in my empties at the Beer Store on Upper James in Hamilton. I've been having a couple and have almost polished it off.

Appearance: Hazy yellow color with a bit of white although there is still a degree of clarity which keeps the beer from a higher score. Pours with a solid thumb of head that laces decently but retains exceptionally well.

Smell: If I wanted to give an example at how a Witbier should smell, this would be my choice. Definite wheat smell with undertones of citrus and coriander. I'm also catching the barest scent of barley as well as cloves. Could be a little bit more pronounced, could be a bit more innovative but all in all solid.

Taste: Quite nice all in all, as it has impressed me. Starts with a nice grain flavor, of which the citrus is apparent. It then shifts to a very well balanced citrus, clove and coriander taste with the barest touch of bananas. Ends with a last touch of bitterness though that doesn't quite transition right, although I suspect this is due to the orange peel and not the hops. All in all it needs to be just a touch stronger. Still excellent stuff.

Mouthfeel: This beer transitions exceptionally, apart from the final touch of bitter. The carbonation is solid, the aftertaste is pleasant and actually somewhat disappoints that it doesn't linger for a while. A very smooth offering, that earns nearly a perfect score.

Drinkability: I polished this stuff off fairly quick. A lot quicker then any other wit I've had. It's easy on the gut, doesn't cause gas, is very refreshing but not so refreshing you couldn't drink it as a desert beer. The only downside this one has is that it doesn't go to well with food but that is a minor beef.

Final Thoughts: I'm fairly sure most BAs have that wit experience when Hoegaarden just isn't as good as it used to be. I don't know if I'd go that far but this beer is easily on par if not better the Hoegaarden, that is for sure. Mill St continues to impress me, and I'm looking forward to the next one of their offerings.

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Photo of nokes
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have been enjoying a 6 of this over the past few days. I think this is the third or fourth I've poured so far, and thought I should review one properly before I go through the lot.

As has been the case for all of them, poured nicely into a pilsner glass...white head contrasting with the slightly cloudy pale gold. Carby bubbles rising steadily throughout. Interesting...I'd swear this one's a bit more cloudy than the first 2 or 3. Looks nice, though, and although the head dies back, it never really goes away entirely, and laces the glass as the beer goes down. Pretty.

This one smells a little more muted than those of the past couple days. Fresh, and a bit citrusy, but not as spicy. Nice, but not amazing.

And hey...that's neat. Earlier in the week, I found myself wishing for a little more citrus, but this one seems even tangier than I would have been looking for, and a little sweeter somehow as well. Less balanced, but still quite tasty. I do enjoy this beer, and am glad the weather is warmer these days so I can enjoy this beer in its element.

In the mouth, this one is pretty fizzy. Moreso than the previous ones. I like it, as it cuts the sweetness and goes with the tang.

Overall, as I've been enjoying these quite a bit. They're plenty drinkable. The variability is interesting, though. The first two or three were markedly different from this one. Try it. You'll probably like it.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a creamy white head.

Smells nicely lemony and floral. Some coriander, pale malt and wheat.

Tastes clean and mellow. A little sour lemon at first with some spice, yeast and wheat present. A little orange rind towards the end.

Mouthfeel is light. Nice and crisp.

There's not much else to say. It's a decent witbier. Very enjoyable. A really nice and refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy goldenrod with sunshine yellow trim. Once the pillowy head begins to melt, a final swirl and pour turns the beer San Francisco foggy. The alabaster colored cap begins to resemble whipped egg whites and is beginning to grace the glass with no more than a few arcing streamers of foam.

The nose is exactly what it should be. The best witbiers are those that put orange peel and coriander right up front and keep them in relative balance. This one seems more lemony than orangey, but that's pretty common in my experience.

Mill Street Belgian Wit (like the other Mill Street beers that I've had so far) is a pretty solid example of its style. That said, it's a little more tangy than I typically prefer. On the other hand, there's enough coriander spiciness to keep things from getting too far out of hand.

Flavors include untoasted pale grains (with no actual graininess), sour citrus zest and a finishing burst of coriander. A fraction less lemon juice tartness and a fraction more malt sweetness would have easily earned the next highest score. It's still an extremely close call.

Although it seems paradoxical, the mouthfeel could use more lush creaminess and less carbonation. In other words, the bubbles need to more deeply buried, to do their work behind the scenes rather than right out in the open.

Even though Belgian Wit is my least favorite Mill Street Brew Pub beer, it's still tasty and is still a worthwhile purchase if you like the style. I won't be so presumptuous as to suggest that the brewery change their recipe, since I'm sure they (and their loyal clientele) like it just the way it is.

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Photo of ludachris
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this in the loose basket at the LCBO. Anything a little out of the ordinary in there and Im more than happy to pick it up rather than buying a six pack.
Pours a cloudy peach juice orange with a finger and a half of white rocky head that slowly made itself to one side of the glass. Minimal lacing. Can still see signs of carbonation despite its murkiness.
Bouquet of spice, mineral, citrus, banana and clove. Really nice.
Yeast, spice and mineral upfront followed by a burst of citrus and spice. Zero hop presence and a slight dry malty finish.
Dry and clean. Goes down smooth and quite easy to drink.

Overall, an exceptional, well balanced witbier. Would prefer this any day over hoegaarden. After having this and the coffee porter, Mill Street is moving up in my books of craft beer.

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Mill Street Wit from Mill Street Brew Pub
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 160 ratings
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