Jubelfestbier | Mahr's Bräu

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Mahr's Bräu

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by PorterLambic on 11-23-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a .5L sing top bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is a very dark brown to black with good carbonation. The head is 2 finger dark tan fades fast leaving plenty of lace.

The smell is sweetened dark fruits on fresh dark bread & a hint of alcohol.

The taste follows follows, Dark roasted malt with coffee, chocolate and dark fruit noted. The brew is very rich and very good tasting. The complexity is wonderful and the full flavors not just hints and notes make this a must try brew.

The mouthfeel is a bit of when considering the full flavors here you just expect the beer to be of full body. The body is medium but in line with the Marzen style and the carbonation id very good, Prehaps this brew would be higher rated as a schwartz Bier.

The drinkability is great, truly a brew I could drink a lot of every day.

Prosit Und Zum Wohl. MK

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Photo of tavernjef
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The darkest brown before becoming black brown can get. Huge frothy tanned topping of smooth foam that cakes a ton of lacing across the glass with each attempt of a sip. Keeps its crown like a king with a presense of foam always siiting atop with thickness. A stout looking O-fest, if ya get my meaning.

Has a heavenly thick aroma that enthralls all sorts of baked breads and cookies wafting with appetizing elements that spark the nose with home hearty gooness. Dry cocoa takes up most of the nose, yet bits of vanilla, cinnamon, blackened toffee, and cookie dough sweetness settle in with each wiff as does poofs of dark fruitynees and burnt edges.

Taste is pretty well formed and following suit of the nose with a good portion of bakery bread and cookie goodness. Perhaps a bit more paled and dulled across the palate with its cocoa puff of dryness then what you'd expect from the smell. None the less, this is immaculately interwoven with delicate and subtle nuances that make your mouth spin with delight. All that was found in the aroma is found here in the taste. Lots of subtle layers lay about the buds, lightly drying with a fresh chocolate scone sense of fluff. Nice additions to cookie items like vanilla, cinnamon, toffee, and a slight sugary sweet play and dark fruit hints way into the back. From start to finish, this is one dandy of a beer.

Feel is medium with a thinner disposition then most other malt laden and sticky O-fest type brews. Semi fluffy, yet quite soft and smooth. More like a porter really.

A very surprising classic twist to the O-fest from the folks at Mahr's Brau, so put the style points aside, pour this out and enjoy. I did.

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Photo of putnam
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My diminishing capabilites as a German translator allow me to glean only that this beer is brewed for a joyful festivity. I assume the category oktoberfest/maerzen applies just based on the label art alone. The color however is a deep, black coffee brown, much darker than any "festbier" I've ever sampled. Perhaps it's a Bamberg thing.

The bouquet is seductive with raisin, cappuchino, blackberries and opium aromas in spite of an essentially milky, mild character. Roasted seeds and pale malt perfumes dance the floor. Dry and quenching while at the same time containing robust, tangy roast flavor. Sweetness is buried, something I approve of. Images of burnt budlets seem to squeeze out droplets of black fruit infusion. This is a wholesome beer. It moves in a cascading motion. Entertaining, pure, nutritious and quite gulpable.

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Photo of ccrida
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml flip-top bottle poured into a my large Gulden Draak tulip, Jubelfestbier is a near pitch black garnet with a khaki head that leaves pretty heavy lace.

Smell is fruity and rich, a bit of smoke, a lot like an old ale or wee heavy, but more restrained and rounded. I didn't notice this was from Bamberg until the aroma hit me on the pour, but I've been really digging smoked beers lately, and this was a very pleasant surprise!

Taste is great, this is basically a rauchbier, so dark it's porter like, rich chocolate and raisin notes, the smoke is obvious but not overwhelming, and overall it's very smooth and rich, wow! There is a little lactose like sweetness on the clean finish.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and lighter body, reminiscent of the best made oatmeal stouts.

Drinkability is high, wow, a great beer I never heard of and randomly grabbed - I'm shocked how good this is, much investigate the rest of the brewery pronto! At $4.50 a pint, it could be cheaper, but it's nevertheless world class.

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4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Fun bottle, great brewery. This should be a fun one. Into the Warsteiner stein glass.

A - Very dark, with beautiful amout of rocky head, and good lacing. Looks good.

S - Coffee, with nice cream hints, carmel malts, with a bit of alcohol. Balenced, with nice neances.

T - Starts out much like a marzen, with carmel malt and anise like sweetness. Were it differs is that when most marzens either give way to spice from the alcohol, or just die, this beer focuses on bitter coffee flavors, with some light fruits (melon?) mixed in. Interesting, a nice change of pace.

M - Creamy and full in the mouth, so good, this is just what I want in a marzen.

D - Wish this was less expensive, but it's soo good, I could drink this all night.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium brown color with moderate off-white puffy head.
Smell is significant for dark fruits (plums, figs) with some caramel anf toffee notes also present.
Taste is very enjoyable, with a strong sweet caramel taste blended with the dark fruits.
Finishes with a pleasnt taste retention.
Tastes and drinks like a dark lager. Very refreshing beer.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 1 pint, .9 fl oz, swing-top bottle just purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Deep-brown, dark-maroon hue with an immense foamy head that left a thick, frosty layer of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Mild aroma replete with figs and prunes...
Hints of dark toffee, caramel cream, dates, rich malts, figs, and dehydrated fruits were present on the tongue... Overall, an excellent, subtle, flavorful sample...
Great creamy, rich mouthfeel along with a superb level of easy drinkability to match..
Top-notch stuff...

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Photo of crossovert
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml swing-top.

It pours a super dark brown bordering on black with a smooth, foamy greyish tan head that has a nice cascade.

The smell is much like a dunkel with cocoa, raisins, sugar, and fresh baked bread.

The taste is total dunkel, and it is awesome, perhaps a bit roastier than most. It is dark, sugary with roastiness, a hint of bitter chocolate, and some earthy hops.

Somewhere between a baltic porter, a dunkel, and a schwartzbier.

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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark dunkel like with abundant lace. Fresh taste at Pizza Plant Transit. Roast in aroma, taste like a deep rich wine. Yeast is there to round out satisfying aftertaste. Full mouthfeel. Smooth, wheat characteristic and nicely malted to make it drinkable.
I had this again 1.75 years later on tap and it was great again.

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Photo of granger10
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Mahr's offering pours a really dark crimson black color. The darkest Oktoberfest I have ever seen. A huge cocoa tan head emerges. Cola like at first but then bubbly and foamy and more cappucino like. A few sheets of lace line the glass.

Smell is weak for me with notes of roasted barley, some darker fruits, and maybe some yeasty byproducts.

Taste begins with a sweet fruityness. A bittersweet roasted chocolate character follows. Some slight caramel underneath along with the faintest notes of clove and banana. The malts hold but a dryness really emerges towards the backside of this drink. Dried fruits, some smoky aftertones, and dark chocolate round out this offering.

Body is thick and roasty. Yet I could gulp with relative ease because of the balance of flavors and the yeast doesn't really lend an overbearing precense. Lingers a bit in the aftertaste. I could drink many of these during the Oktoberfest season. Quite unique for the style but also quite nice.

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Photo of malty
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a Rosewood color with ruby edges. A creamy loose 1/2" light khaki head sits steady and slowly diminishes to 1/4" within a couple minutes. Delicate but thorough rings of lace all the way down.

The nose is pure malt bliss. Toffee, chocolate, malted milk powder and vanilla nougat steadily emanate from this brew. The roasted malts smell very well rounded and soft - not at all burnt or acrid. There are some lush dark fruits in the background also.

The flavor of this is not as complex or 'deep' as the nose. But that's OK because the nose was reminiscent of what are usually to be the beginnings of a great porter (or even a stout!). The taste of shoe leather sits shotgun while gently roasted malts caress the tongue. A delicate flavor of smoke is detectable up front (in great Bamberg fashion, I might add) but slips behind the malty curtain after a couple seconds.

Mouthfeel is soft, creamy and low carbonated. The body is a bit on the lighter side of medium and the finish is ultra clean.

Drinkability is good. The beer is so cask-like that it doesn't bloat the belly whatsoever. The flavors are very unintrusive and would compliment many types of shellfish and BBQ.

Overall a very graceful and well-rounded dark lager. A stately Kostritzer if you will. I'm afraid people who don't realize how difficult it is to produce such a subtle and 'quiet' beer such as this will give it low marks. The WOW factor on this one lies in the details. Very flavorful, but doesn't steal the show. Nice malt complexity but doesn't coat the tongue. Mahr's really did a great job with this beer.

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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Impressive pop when I opened the bottle made me glad the cap was attached! I believe this is the 2005 Jubelfestbier, but there is no date coding and no way to tell how old it might be. Sampled on 1-18-06.

Appearance: Much darker than I expected after reading the style description. Very well carbonated as evidenced by the resounding POP! when I opened the bottle and the fluffy off white head that pours without effort. This beer has definite garnet color to the edges when held to the light, but otherwise is like looking at a big city during a blackout: opressively dark. Head dissipates to thin foam with islands in about three minutes.

Smell: Very malty and sweet character with a hint of maple or brown sugar that has been ever so slightly scorched. Hops are not particularly noticeable. There is a smell that strongly reminds me of oatmeal, but if this is brewed by the Rheinheitsgebot, then that wouldn't be an option. I can't wait to see what kinds of flavors lurk in this one!

Taste: For all of the above mentioned malt smell, it is really quite thin on taste overall. This would be a good beer with nearly any meal and menu. This could easily be a breakfast beer with a muffin because of its lack of strong flavor. There are some subtle roasty qualities, but overall it is a very inoffensive beer. This is what I imagine a mass market beer in Germany to be like. There is no distinct taste of alcohol or hops and the malt is really only present in a thin roastyness. The maple like aroma was a trick on my nose. I do taste a certain "mineral like" flavor that I can't really put my finger on, but I think it would be a safe bet that this is brewed with hard water. Overall very enjoyable, though not strong.

Mouthfeel: Wow! is all I can say. This is such a smooth, velvety beer without the stickyness that usually comes along with such beers that I just can't believe it! Give it a try and see what you think.

Drinkability: This beer would go well in a gallon size jug, because I want to drink that much and because of the mellow flavors and silky mouthfeel, I think I could!

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep brown color, almost black with a thick, creamy light brown head. Leaves a lot of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is malty and chocolatey. It has a huskiness, and a caramel and german malt aroma as well.

The flavor is malty, chocolatey, bready, with a toasted malt taste throughout. It is medium in body and smooth drinking. A very nice brew.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is very, very dark for a fest bier. The head is actually brown. Maybe it's an emofest beer?

Smell – There's a rich, wonderfully pungent grain aroma here along with some light sugars and that classic German lager smell.

Taste – Oh, man, this is a full-flavored drink. The grain is just beautiful in the classic German style and there's a dark malt that is almost stoutish. I can actually taste a roastiness to this one.

The sugars though are not to be outdone. They are raw and unruly but easily kept in check by the stiff grain. It sounds like all of these edgy flavors would make for a clumsy flavor profile but this bad boy is singing.

Mouthfeel – This is a little bigger than light-bodied in the mouth and actually has some bitterness to it. The traditional German smoothness gives this an on-tap feel.

Drinkability – Yes, it's way too dark for the style and no, it's not supposed to be roasty, but damn it this is one fine beer.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of marksto
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a .5 litre swing top bottle with a vaguely holiday-themed label. Pours deep brown, almost black in color. Lots of malt and roastiness in the nose. Has classic German flair. Flavor is dry and smooth with a mellow roastiness, nice.

At first I thought the Marzen/Octobefest categorization was an error coming from the "fest" reference in the name. However, confusingly, the importer's website labels it as a "specialty lager/winter/holiday" beer, but then refers to it as an Oktoberfest. Technically this would score poorly as out of style for an Octoberfest but I did not reduce my score. Consider it a schwartzbier or perhaps a dunkel.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The darkest marzen I have come across pouring deep mahogany brown with some crimson hue with a light brown fluffy two finger head that settles slowly into a creamy froth leaving bits and pieces of lace behind.A little smoke to the aroma is what I picked up right away with notes of molasses and and star anise.Very nice creamy/fluffy mouthfeel full but glides down very easily and with no effort,in my mind not overly sweet somewhat earthy with unsweetened chocolate notes with some molasses finishing with hints of wood.A damn fine O-fest/ marzen flavors are subtle but with nice complexities,this would be my go to beer for the fesitval season although it seems more of a dunkel in character.

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Photo of bditty187
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in hue with ruby highlights, in a wide ½ liter mug the liquid looks darker then I think it really is. Beige head, the pour produced two-fingers of head. Head retention was fair, it quickly faded to a thin, firm cap, and then it turned soapy. Subsequent lacing started immediately, it looked like tattered wallpaper. Damn, this beer looks great!

The nose lacks potency. I think it is too cold. I can understand some of the whispers; it smells like a direr Oktoberfest mixed with a Schwarzbier. Lightly roasty, minimal sweetness and some earthiness at the back is all I got at first. Once the beer warmed up… wow… the nose really shines. Everything is louder and smokiness emerges plus some chocolate. At first I would have called the nose average but after a few moments the nose livened up, a lot! Inviting.

The palate matches the nose, dry roasted maltiness with a kiss of tobacco, toasted bread, and caramel sweetness at the back. Earthy residue. Light bitterness. Once it warmed, smokiness developed as did some chocolate at the back. Lovely. The aftertaste is long, tasty… this beer tastes like an Oktoberfest had sex with a Schwarzbier. What a sexy kid. I really like this beer!

Thin mouthfeel, low carbonation, this is the weakest aspect of the beer. It doesn’t hold the palate well. It needs more beef.

This beer is plenty drinkable. I’ve enjoyed a few ½ liters on-tap at the Huber-Haus. What a solid beer this is… oddly, this is one of the few beers that taste better the less I think about it. In a way that is both a blessing and a curse, fun to drink but not when I have my beer geek cap on, rarely do I geek-out when I am at the Huber-Haus so that works out well. Get some.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml (1 Pint 0.9 fluid ounce) tall slim bodied brown glass bottle. Unlike the other five Mahr’s brews that I recently quaffed, this one comes with a Grölsch like white-plastic swing top with a signature red rubber seal. Listed as “Bamberger Original Mahr’s Brau” on both the main and neck label, the latter straddles the ironwork on the neck. The main label has a very colorful picture of a Fraulein with a handful of many beers, some 12 Steins by my reckoning, above the word “Jubelfest” in a lime green Germanic font. No freshness but listed at Alc. 4.9% Vol. My bottle looks just like the one in the BA Database.

Appearance: Deep black body, unlit, it has a Stout like stature with its tight 1" massed crown that settles to a ½” thick tan colored head. Held to the incandescent light a rich deep ruby gem like shines form the torso with a brilliant clarity

Nose: Rich dark fruits. So reminiscent of the deep pile carpet textured Parkin and homemade thick black toffee that was traditionally forged for Bonfire Night in England. Heavy nasal malts and carbon impregnated smells of burnt Catholics - this one is a winner!

Taste: Lightly roasted black malts entrance the experience. Burnt toast and rich toffee delve into the depths. Dry cross section, black malts and a bitterness that is more jealousy than hop infused. Light caramel and dark chocolate punctuate the fleeting back end with some Cocoa powder. Hangs like a thin Porter.

Mouthfeel: Thin body at times, like burnt sugar dissolved in water, it fails to deliver the muscle that the nose and tastes tantalizingly offer. That said this is only 4.9% ABV, so you have to bear that in mind. Not weak but far from bold.

Drinkability: The low body feel aids consumption, Drinkability is Black Lager in high proportion to the strength and body feel. Solid quaffer with a dark side that is both intriguing and beguiling.

Overall: The final installment of a week long tasting of Six Mahr’s Brau beers that each cost me $3.99 at Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. This one was probably the stand out, with the Christmas Bock very close behind. Tasty stuff, this would be quite the treat if they upped the octane rating a bit and promoted the Mouthfeel to support the tastes. Listed as a Märzen/Oktoberfest – but I truly believe this to be way more in the Black Lager camp; it should be listed as a Schwarzbier IMVHO.

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Photo of Durge
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottled import from Germany pours a dark chocolate color with a modest light brown cover and a complete coat of lacing. The aroma is chocolatey coffee with some bitter smoke detected. The taste is a somewhat aqueous smooth blend of smoke and sweet coffee bitterness. Not a lot of carbonation, just a light tingle on the tongue. This seems fairly simple and very drinkable. Not sure what it has to do with an Octoberfest, not typical from my experience, but enjoyable enough, smooth and mild with some flavor.

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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoy dark beers that are muted in flavor. It has something to do with the smoke. Smoke can really turn me off on a beer and this beer is a well balanced low-flavor beer.

Now, when I say muted I don't mean to say it in a bad way. I'm just saying that I don't notice excessive hops, cloves, bananas, prunes, citrus, deep smoke or anything else done in mass quantities. There are complex flavors going on with this beer (coffee, caramel, toffee, malts) but no single thing disrupts the whole.

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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a whim, not a bad call if I may say so myself.

Poured a dark brown with a tint of red in the light. A good 2 fingers of head to start, slowly diminishes to one.

Smells of corn, malt, milk, and plum.

Taste is very reminiscent of a Schwarzbier. Smokey up front, then very malty. Malt has a roasted flavor, and there are hints of oak and hop present but not dominant.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is middle of the road. Weight is a bit more than I prefer but it feels nice going down.

This is a good beer, and drinkability is only a bit above average for me. My beer stop doesn't usally carry this, but if I see it again I'll grab another or two.

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Photo of Shaw
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a neat swing-top bottle of this beer from my local pub, the Cock & Bull. I've had it in the back of my fridge for more than a month. Guess I should drink it now, considering the holidays are over!

It's a pretty dark beer for a Märzen. Very deep amber when held to the light. Its head is off-white and foamy.

It smells lightly of roasted malts. The taste is also malty and sweet with roasted notes. I wouldn't think of this as a Christmas/Holiday beer: it's not as "big" as American winter beers. But this beer tastes too good to penalize for that.

This is a beer good enough to drink all year. It's nothing fancy: just good German beer.

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3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pt 9 fl oz brown, swing-top bottle.
No best before date.

Pours a deep maple in color. Creamy, milkshake-like coffee colored head that slowly settles to a calm, thick sheet. A bit of condensed lacing.

Sweet toffee, caramel, and molasses; mocha cafe with a hint of vanilla. Deep, roasted hazlenut aroma. Very inviting, rich and creamy aromatics.

Subdued, semi-sweet toffee and caramel that turns watery. The malt profile is quite thin for a Marzen. A few hints of vinous fruit prior to a clean wheat and grain flavor. The finish is airy followed by a sweetened caramel and wheat-filled aftertaste.

Medium bodied; airy, and almost thin on the palate. Clean, but thin for the style.

A pleasant Marzen, particularly in the aroma, but a lacking the true robust flavor I would expect. Quite drinkable for the style as well.

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