Uff-da | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium to light brown transparent. Medium lacing with thin layer of head, vanilla in color.

S- Nice roasty malt backbone, with nutty smell to it. Not overpowering, but def present.

T- Follows the nose with malt backbone forefront, and nutty tones in the back.

M- Kinda watery, but I wouldn't want too thick of a bock, this is about right.

O- I am not too familiar with the style, but here is my two cents.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with iconic green/gold branded pry-off pressure cap and generally appealing label design acquired in a trade with the very gracious Duff27 and served into a Spaten stangenglas in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. I'm really excited for this one; New Glarus is easily in my top 10 breweries (thanks in large part to Duff27's trades over the years). Reviewed live, as a bock (because the label clearly identifies it as such). No ABV is listed on the bottle.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a pretty standard bock head - one finger in width. It's white-khaki in colour and of decent thickness. Little creaminess. Not particularly frothy or healthy looking. Complexion and consistency could be better. Head retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a rich transparent translucent auburn that has a nice glow to it when backlit, but isn't horribly vibrant. It's a clean appearance: no yeasty sediment or floating particles are visible.

Overall, it's not a great appearance for a bock (or a beer in general), but there are no egregious flaws and it's above average I suppose. Not a unique or special appearance by any means, but I'm optimistic.

Sm: Rich bock malts are abundant in the aroma. It's got a strong (and seemingly sweet) malty backbone. Brown bread crust/bready malts. A dash of caramel. Buried hints of dark fruit (plum I guess?), toffee, and chocolate. It's a plump appealing aroma of mild strength, but I do worry about the obvious sweetness - which may be too much.

There's no overt hop profile to speak of, no is there any detectable yeast character. While true to style, it doesn't have the general character of a German yeast.

The fruity notes develop as the beer comes to temperature. I haven't had many bocks with this fruity an aroma; I'm intrigued.

No alcohol or other off-notes are noticeable.

T: Has a prominent though well-rounded malty sweetness, with notes of bread crust, caramel, brown malts, and some amber malts. The hops offer no contest to the malts here, but as sweet as the beer is I don't find it too imbalanced. The fruitiness is just as powerful (for a bock) here as it was on the aroma; I pick up plum mainly, seconded by some fleeting cherry notes. There's also a light, subtle maple tone. The chocolate found in the aroma is nowhere to be had here, which may actually be a good thing.

It's got above average complexity for a bock, but isn't real subtle or intricate. The fruit lends it some nuance; it's not the same build as most other beers in the style. Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through in the taste. None of the coffee mentioned on the label is coming through for me.

Mf: Filling and medium-bodied, with an apt weight and presence on the palate given the style. It's smooth, wet, and very approachable. A bit overcarbonated, perhaps, but the texture complements the taste well - mostly by staying out of the way and sticking to simplicity. It isn't the meal-in-a-glass of many bocks.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, astringent, or rough.

Dr: Absolutely a downable drinkable bock if I've ever had one. But it's not as successful a take on a traditional style as New Glarus' many superior beers. It's an inspired take on a bock, but it just doesn't come together as well as most of New Glarus' lineup. Still, it's one of the better bocks I've tried in recent memory, and may well be amongst the best American bocks I've had. I'm glad I got to try it. If I was lucky enough to just come across it on the shelf at a bottle shop, I'd happily pick up a six pack of it to try again.

Likable but far from a stylistic paragon.


12/24/16 2nd impression:

Chocolatey and caramel-forward. Great malt backbone. Clean lager yeast. Well-balanced and built.

A competent bock.


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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge four finger off white head that slowly settles into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A deep, toasty, and earthy malt forward aroma with good hints of toasty bread and chocolate. Upfront scent of toasted malts with hints of biscuit, toasted bread, caramel, toffee, chocolate, coffee, nuts, grains, and yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Decent backing hints of earthy hops with some hints of grass. Also some subtle hints of dark fruit including cherry and dates. A pretty solid bock aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely toasty and earthy malt driven taste with good notes of toast, chocolate, and subtle fruit. Very bready upfront taste of toasted malts with notes of biscuit, toasted bread, chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, grains, nuts, cracker, and yeast. Some light sweet notes of brown sugar. Solid earthy backing presence of hops with some notes of grass. Undertones of dark fruit with some notes of dark cherry and dates. A really solid bock taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and slightly slick and chewy. Finishes dry.

Overall: A very solid take on a Bock. Good dark toasty malt notes with a decent hop backing.

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Photo of ChimRichels
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Hazy ruby body with a thick, dense head. Like really dense. About 2 fingers thick and I could probably balance a golf ball on top if I cared to. Lacing is thick all the way down.

S - Smell is sweet and very bready with some very faint piney hops.

T - A bit more fruity than the aroma, akin to sweetened dried tart cherries. Bread dough and toasted crackers provide a good backbone.

M - Really smooth and mild. Mild carbonation.

O - Solid brew, as expected from NG.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear ruby, slight carbonation and a one finger head that lingers.

S-Lots of caramel, very malty, some earthy notes, tad bit of dark fruits as well.

T-Starts off rather sweet, caramel and other malts, some dark fruit, not much bitterness, slight chocolate.

M-Lighter to medium in body, slight carbonation.

O-A run of the mill Bock. The malt could have been more complex but a decent beer.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear mahogany in color with a big 2 finger fluffy off white head that has great retention.

Smell has some good typical lager aromas to it. Note able lager yeast forward with some good cracker like grainy malt coming in bead the back and a light amount of what smells like Saaz hops.

Taste is has some roasted grainy malt forward before a clean lager yeast cuts through the midsection. The beer finishes with a very light herbal spicy hop presence. Not a whole lot of chocolate or coffee like the bottle claims but still a great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is good. Moderate carbonation and medium body leave this smooth soft and fluffy.

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Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Panther's Pub in Greendale, WI:

Pours mahogany with ruby hues - a beautiful color - with a thin, lasting white head that leaves lacing down the glass.

The smell is of lightly roasted caramel with earthy/herbal/berry-like notes.

The that is of sweet caramel/toffee, with a chocolate undertone as it progresses. It has enough hops to give it a dry finish despite malty sweetness. Slight toast and berry-like fruitiness add to the complexity and flavor. Slight alcohol warmth shows as it progresses.

It has a smooth, rich, full body.

This is a wonderful bock that I would consider closer to a doppelbock than a bock. A malty delight!

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Photo of Flounder57
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber mahogany color with some clarity when held up to a light and bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, bready malts, and grassy hops.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, wheat, pilsner malt, and mild grassy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, bit chewy, full bodied, a little bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Bocks are tasting more delicious every time I try one. I enjoyed every sip down to the bottom of the glass.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Woodman's, Kenosha, WI
Date: None on bottle, fall 2013 release
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Pours a 1cm tall mass of beige to tan colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, presenting a fairly frothy-looking head. Retention is good, the foam lasting a bit over one minute in gradual decline to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and an island atop the body of the beer. Lacing is excellent, with thick, heavy washes of complex patterns (made up of spots and lines) adorn the inner walls of the glass. Beer's body is an orange-amber color, with light bringing out bright orange-brown hues. Carbonation visible through the transparent body, low in number and activity.

Aroma is dominated by melanoidins, of dark, rich caramel and heavy brown sugar-like sweetness, toasted nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts), slight biscuit (malt), a touch of cocoa and cola in the background.

Overall flavors are of dark caramel-like sweetness, brown sugar, toasted nuts, herbal hops, slight biscuit and cocoa. Front of palate picks up dark, rich caramel and heavy brown sugar-like sweetness, with a bit of biscuit in the background. Mid-palate continues the dark melanoidin flavors, but adds in toasted nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts), slight cocoa, slightly herbal hop characters, and mild ethanol. Back of palate detects strong melanoidins: molasses, rich caramel, heavy brown sugar with slight herbal hop characters and cocoa. Aftertaste is of dark caramel and brown sugar sweetness, toasted nuts, and very faint herbal hop characters.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with medium-low levels of carbonation, resulting in a slightly foamy (1/4) and smooth (3/4) mouthfeel that feels right for the beer and the style in general. Closes dryly, with moderate to heavy stickiness clinging to the palate.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Uff-da pours a dark brownish color, with a small lacing head. There is a sweet bold caramel and doughy aroma. The taste has a nice rich maltyness, with hints of carmal, with a sour dough finish. Good full body, good flavors. Overall a rich and flaverfull bock.

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Photo of Benish
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into glass mug.

Appearance: reddish brown in color, like dark cherries. A tremendous head created rapidly when pouring. Licked some off before overfilling.

Smell: it's hard to pick up anything. Might be because of the glass I'm drinking from. What is most upfront is the sweet malt and a bit of a woodsy smell.

Taste: sweet and malty. Maybe a bit of burnt toffee and wood. There's also a tad hint of spice. Very balanced, some bock's I've tried have been overly sweet. This is sweet but it doesn't push over the top and seems to be cut down a bit with the hops with little bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: a light bodied mouthfeel. Little thin and with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: this is a really decent bock. The sweetness is not over the top like other bock's can be. This one does not disappoint!

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Photo of Jparker37
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a mug.

S - Light toasted malt and mild caramel tones. Molasses hanging out with a touch of hops. Mild bit of sweetness. Aromas sprout off in all directions but never excessive.

A - Large rocky off-white head falls to a small cap. Dark amber in color with great clarity. Leaves a bit of lacing.

T - Moderate toastiness right away, vienna malt. Syrupy sweetness is there early and hangs on tight. Later moves into some mild herbal/grassy hop flavors. Late bit of bitterness is shy of balancing.

M - Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, sweet.

O - Great look to this beer, tall head is mouthwatering. Aroma showed dimension and balance. Flavor lacked either of these. Leaned sweet and simple toasty. Hops joined while other flavors left. Feel is good, just sweet.

Recommendation - Pass

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Photo of KFBR392
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours with a medium bodied thickness. About half a finger of head on the pour which was present on the edges of the glass while drinking. Ruby red brownish color to this brew. Above average active carbonation in the glass while drinking.

Smell: the front is toffee, molasses, and caramel. There is a pleasant thick backbone with darker tones of burnt oak and coffee. Some earthy hop tones found as well.

Taste: the front is pretty faint oak and toffee. A really earthy hop and malt body opens up and warms up the palate. The back end is a return of the sweet tones and lingers for a very long time. There is also an espresso touch on the back end.

Mouthfeel: easy drinking, alcohol is well hidden but is a warming presence throughout.

Overall: a very easy drinking bock that has some great levels of complexity and depth. The sweetness is kept in balance well with the earthy tones.

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Photo of bound4er
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the first NG beer I tried back in late 1993. Reviewing 20 years later.

A. Dark amber to mahogany appearance with a nice faint tan head that laces like the dickens.

S. Caramel malt, hints of pitted fruit and a mild soapiness.

T. Very malty flavor profile with bread, caramel and a faint fruitiness. Hops barely make a presence. Easy drinking stuff that really improves as it warms.

M. Extremely creamy beer with an awesome mouthfeel. Mild but adequate carbonation.

O. This is a really good bock that I didn't appreciate and drink enough off when it was part of NG's regular line up. Glad they're bringing this back on a seasonal basis. Well made lager that is worth seeking out.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a HUGE, dense, off-white head that has great persistence and laces all over the edges of the glass. Soft, sweet toasted malt with floral hops. Deep burnt umber color. Starts with a nice, sweet malt with notes of toasted malt behind it. A flash of deep, rich biscuit then a flash of floral hops. Lingering floral hops on top of toasted malt on top of biscuit.

Holy hell...this is amazing. I'm not usually a big fan of bocks, but this is a bullseye. The blend of toasted and sweet malt, with so much biscuit delicious, and floral hops fluttering in the background....wow.

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Photo of Etan
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


A: Pours a really pleasant-looking dark ruby with a small off-white head.

S: Aroma is yeasty, maple, mild fig, caramel, raisin bread.

T: Taste brings more maple, dry brown bread, lightly raisiny, a hint of hop bitterness and cherry.

M: Between light and medium-bodied with a chewy feel to it.

O: Very nice bock. Malty but not cloying, rich but drinkable.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a clear, medium brown color with a foamy, beige head. The aroma is filled with toasted malts. The taste is filled with grains, yeast, and malts making it very well-balanced. There are hints of oak and caramel as well. This is a nice re-release of brew that I never had the chance to try and it did not disappoint.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted on many occasions from draft and bottles. First reviewed on August 15, 2013. Most recently tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 oz bottle on December 19, 2016. Look is mahogany. Smell and taste is rich, with coffee and chocolate aromas and flavors. Feel is hearty and full in body. Recommended.

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Photo of thain709
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another New Glarus beer that was trapped in Deuane's basement. Vintage unknown.

A - Poured a deeper shade of copper...the head was off white in color and stood one finger tall...it was gone rather quickly and not much lacing was left behind

S - The nose brought forth a lot of roasted qualities still...chocolate and sweet malts were the two main players...nothing else too much going on, but this is nice

T - All of the flavors are the same present in the nose...but they become rather boring after a while...there is a nice roasty flavor present throughout but it gives off the same flavors with each sip...consistency I know, but just one dimensional...there is a chocolate flavor in the finish and a brief sweet note too

M - Medium bodied...a little watered down...nice chocolate flavor

O - This one might have been better when it was fresh...just a one man show here now...the roast is still strong with minimal sweetness and some chocolate notes lingering

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Photo of chefhatt
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass. It had a a small fizzy white head that disappeared really quickly. The smell is of roasted malts and some chocolate hints. The taste is the same as the smell, roasted malt and very deep rich chocolate to the taste. The mouth feel is really good and overall is a good bock.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Didn't love this one at first, but grew on me somewhat as I worked through the six pack.

Pours chocolately dark brown with inch of white/tan foam. Slow settling. Hearty malt smell. All malt taste - mixture of chocolate, cola, vanilla, even root beer. Fades out, very smooth. Nothing bitter about it. Little cloying in the finish, but chewy to get there. Nice classic bock, loads of malt. Beer.

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

Received this beer in a trade from Taturbo

Deep, rich black with a centimeter tan head. Super sticky lacing and heavy carbonation. This is a very appealing looking bock.

Whoa, bring on the flavor! I smelling this beer and every bone in my body says this should be a flemmish red...but it's not. Lots of sweet maltiness with a faint touch of sour cherry. Not what I'm used to for a bock.

Banging follow-through, I'm really diggin this beer. Malt sweetness, some tart cherry, and a touch of tobacco. Quite tasty indeed!

I'm glad I didn't let this beer get super chilly, it's got a lot of character at the warmer serving temp. A little bit of barnyard funk like a farmhouse almost, but still pretty clean overall. Quite carbonated and medium bodied, but becomes a little cidery when it's warm.

I didn't have high hopes, but definitely glad I finally got around to trying this tasty beer. Although it may not be season appropriate beer style, I think it goes nicely with the cool weather. Good beer across the board.

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Photo of suncrust
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured to a pint glass.

A- Dark, chocolatey color with a nice foamy head. Reminiscent of dark coffee with a mocha milk froth resting nicely on top.

S- Wet grains mixed with damp cocoa. Rich malty backbone that has a hint of brightness with tones of light vanilla and grass. Definitely sweet to the nose, sugary, with dark fruit aromas like cherries, figs, and black currants. Some caramel in there as well.

T- Candy-like sugary sweetness that consumes the tongue. Notes of dark fruit, plum, and a slight tartness that lingers a bit. Initial flavors remind me of homeade chocolate cherry bread. Most notably, this beer is like drinking a cup of caramel and toffee. Really rich toffee and caramel flavors dominant the taste with no detectable hop bitterness. Not the Uff-da I remember from way backā€¦ but still damn tasty. Hints of roasted coffee on the palette as it warms.

MF- Creamy texture and rich flavor. A bit thin, with light carbonation, but very drinkable. Slightly chewy.

O- Very rich caramel and dark fruit flavors. A great staple bock, but I again feel this beer just isn't the same as the old. Maybe it's just me. Still a solid beer that will always have a special place in my heart.

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Photo of birchstick
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark brown with a nice head that settles to form a nice rim on top of the brew

S - smells chocolaty with a little bit of biscuit. Not a ton in the nose but smells good.

T - starts off with some chocolate that mixes in with coffee. A little bit of cereal malts toward the back with coffee and chocolate on the finish.

M - creamy and smooth body as it goes down

D - not uberly complex, but I could drink this all night. The abv is a bit high on it to be a session beer, but I could definitely take down a six pick on a brisk fall night.

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Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Reilly's in Madison. Way too sweet. Above average mouthfeel, drinkable as dessert at the end of a big meal, but not something I was able to finish or would seek out again. Maybe that's why the label recommends drinking cold if you don't enjoy the sweetness. A little colour, yes mahogoney, and a little head.

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Uff-da from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 617 ratings.
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