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Dancing Man Wheat | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Dancing Man WheatDancing Man Wheat

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Atron67 on 07-07-2007

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Photo of akorsak
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to eyncognito for this 12 oz bottle. My love of NG wheat beers is officially on record, so I am anxious to try this.

A: I poured the ale vigourously into my Widmer Bros. hefe glass, stirring up the head and sediment. A full seven fingers of lace arose before settling down and depositing lace around the sides of the glass. The ale is hazy, heavy with yeast sediment. The color approximates an earthy yellow-brown hue that appears on many trees in mid-October.

S: Even in a fresh-from-the-fridge state, the weizen aromas are strong. Wheat starts off with light tartness before the spices coming flying in. Clove and bubblegum are strong but not cloyingly sweet. Faint banana wafts out as well. A lot of nose packed into one glass.

T: Wheat is a great set-up for the ale, softly lulling the palate into a haze before, BAM!, the yeast hits like a hammer. Clove and bubblegum are upfront with a spicy sweetness. Grain flavors return sporadically throughout each sip, acting almost like a 'reset' for the ale. Banana is prominent on the back end, a welcome addition to the party. Orange peel and mango mix into the sweetness in the finish. The alcohol isn't evident but does sneak up on you.

M: The mouthfeel is intense, careening from one flavor to the next at breakneck speed. I like that the ale shows off more than clove, banana and bubblegum. The citrus that emerges is a very welcome addition.

D: Even at 7.2%, this one goes down wicked easy. An authentic weizen with a twist that further cements NG's stature as best wheat brewer in the U.S.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A full flavored well balanced hefeweizen with spicy citrus aromas and flavors. Big banana and clove on the palate with a balancing hop bitterness. Medium body, above average carbonation.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2 3/4" beige head above the cloudy golden amber brew. Ample frothy lace, and aroma is the expected sweet wheat coupled with clove and banana. Taste follows the nose, just what you expect from the style. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Wouldn't mind revisiting this one.

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Photo of barczar
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy golden with a frothy head that lingers.Nice aroma, with wheat and banana, touch of clove, but the peach undertones are absolutely incredible in the flavor. Wheat, light banana, and clove balance well. There's enough carbonation to keep the relatively high abv light.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Double Barley can-shaped glass. Bottleneck says 0556.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Invigorating aroma of rich Hefe yeast brings to mind fresh banana, bubble gum and clove.

T- Tons more banana, so intense that it's like banana taffy. Then there's more bubble gum and spice. So easy to drink for the ABV.

M- Creamy and slick with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A total banana bomb and in a great way. Tons of fruity esters from the yeast while still maintaining a decent balance with the alcohol. Super tasty.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a heavily hazed amber with a great two finger head, but quickly recedes to a thin film in the pint glass. This beer could use a litle more head retention. Just the perfect banana ad clove aroma with some light breads mingling throughout the nose. Sweet bread grains hit the palate first, mking way for a nice developmentof banana flavors. Finishing with soft fruits and bready malts with just a touch of herbal hops. This beer is so well balanced ad deadly with a 7.2% abv. I would have never guessed the alcohol was that high. Just outstanding!!!

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Photo of DrJay
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to northyorksammy for the trade.
Hazy straw yellow with a bit of an orange hue and a fluffy white cap that settled quickly. Thick, sticky lacing. Aromas of clove, wheat, banana, lemon, a bit of bubblegum, marshmallow. Crackery malt flavour with lemon and banana, spicy clove throughout, honey, light alcohol and tropical fruit towards the end. Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, good texture. Quite a tasty hefe.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber color with full plume of dense, bone white bubbles, good retention. Scent and taste are made up of similar traits to other Hefes, most true to style - tangy wheat, banana, clove and spice, white bread, hints of bubblegum and a splash of citrus. What makes this beer special is the way they all blend and balance, not one component is more aggressive than the other. I've had Hefe's that are too bready, too banana-y and too lemony - this one is just right on all fronts. Suprisingly dense body, still smooth and lightly bubbly. Overall, quite the drinkable Hefe with nice layered flavor and scent.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, probably about a month old, poured into a German hefeweizen glass (obtained visiting Burg Eltz on the Rhine years ago) and quaffed today, 5/4/2013.

Aroma: It smells like a hefeweizen, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Banana, spicy clove and bubble gum- the esters and characterstic WY3068 yeast that basically define hefeweizen taste and smell. Some sweet malt up front and in the back. Smells fantastic, reminds me of the Bavarian hefeweizens and transports me back to the Hirschgarten. (4.5)

Colour: Hazy straw coloured body that pours with a massive >4cm head, typical of hefeweizens, with the thick haziness that occurs in spades once I swirl the yeast sediment and pour it in. Beautiful looking hefeweizen, great in a hefeweizen glass. (4)

Flavour: Love it. Following the nose- there is a good bit of sweet malt, like straight up spicy sugar cane, that persists throughout a nice cavalcade of the esters- banana, spicy clove, pears, bubble gum. It's like an assembly line of malt with the esters being dumped on it every few seconds. Very tasty and reminds me of my time in Munich. Absolutely fantastic although the malt is a little stronger than some of the other German imports. (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Light bodied yet full of flavour. Drinks smoothly, crisp and refreshing with a clean yeasty finish. No heat at all- I think this is a higher ABV hefeweizen which I really don't notice here even when it gets rather warm. The aftertaste is basically all WY3068, which is why I'm drinking hefeweizens in the first place! (4)

Overall: The malt sweetness is a bit strong in this one, which would probably explain the higher ABV. Typically Hefeweizens are all yeast, and everything else is there as a supporting cast. This is a pretty good take on the German style, though I would prefer even more spices, banana, cloves in my Hefeweizens. That being said, this is easier for me to get fresh than the 6-9 month old imported Weihenstephaners or Paulaners- so I'm definitely appreciative of Dan's work with the German styles I used to imbibe in the good ol' Deutschland. (4.5)

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Photo of tigg924
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a hefe glass

Appearance: moderate carbonation, bright yellow-gold in color, 2 inch head with a rocky top, hazy

Smell: wheat, bananas, cardamom, and coriander

Taste: follows the nose wheat, bananas, cardamom, and coriander with bready, earthy malt

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate-highcarbonation, slightly sweet

Overall: One of the best domestics hefes I have had. This one compares very favorably to the German classics I have had. Best small bottle offering I have had from New Glarus. Would be a fridge staple if I could obtain it easily.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured into glass stien due to not having a true wiezen glass.

Appearance: cloudy and pale straw yellow bodied beer with massive white head thats easily over 3 finger tall from a moderately aggressive pour. The head lasts forever and drops down to a small cap on top of the beer.

Smell: Its a clove bomb. I can smell cloves before I even put my nose to the glass. Soft wheat and straw notes. A touch of spiciness. It smell sweet and fruity with a touch of lemon.

Taste: The beer starts off fairly sweet with notes of wheat, honey, ripe fruit, and bananas. Mid palate the cloves start to show up, but they are not very heavy in the taste as you would expect them to be. In the finish the beer continues with the ripe bananas flavors with a touch of lemon, pepper, and wheat. The cloves to get much stronger as the beer warms up and i am not a fan of this at all, but it does take away the greatness of this beers' flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderately high carbonation. This beer is rediculous its big flavors are formidable, but is still easy drinking and has this gentle and delicate carbonation to it thats taking this beer to a whole nother level. ABV is completely non-existant. Impressive. Dan Carey is a master when it comes to bottle conditioned beers and this shows off his brewing skills / experience.

Overall: I am not a huge fan of clove notes in any beer. Its probably by least favorite smell and taste in beer. I am not huge on the hefewiezen style either, but I thought that I would revisit this New Glarus beer because I enjoyed the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier as much as I did recently. I am really glad that I did give this beer another shot; it has given me a new appreciation for another great beer style. Pick this beer up, especially if you are a fan of the hefewiezen beer style. You will not regret it! I love the fact that this is a local beer for me that I have easy access to!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a clear golden orange color that produced a beautiful fluffy white head with awesome retention and is clinging to the sides of the glass.

(S)- Evident clove with bananna and lemon biscuits. Has a slight hint of flowery/vanilla bouquet with a dash of honey sweetness. Beautiful creamy banana in this.

(T)- Lush ripe banannas and bubblegum. light clove with a light biscuit-like lemon.

(M)- Plenty of carbonation with a great smooth flavor. Balanced well for the style with a creamy banana front and a lightly dry wheat end.

(D)- A fantastic Hefe beer that fits perfectly with this time of the year. Wonderfully balanced and easy drinking. New Glarus keeps surprising me again and again.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a 12oz bottle as an extra from nflmvp. Thanks, Steve! Into my weizen glass

A: Hazy orange with a massive fist-sized almost-white head that slowly recedes, leaving patchy foam. Quite stellar.

S: Smells wheaty upfront with some banana, bubblegum, clove and cinnamon sugar. I am very impressed here.

T: Prominent amounts of wheat up front with lemon, banana, clove, a hint of cinnamon and some phenolic funk. There's a hint of bubblegum sweetness in the back

M: This beer plays the balancing act beautifully. Light enough to be refreshing with enough wheat to prevent it from being watery, crisp with great carbonation and a wonderful, mild, dry finish with some fruit and spice.

D: This is remarkably drinkable, I do wish it wasn't 7.2% ABV, though

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to grub for opening this 12 oz.

Pours a hazy golden/orange, thin bone white head forms, settles to a thick ring, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is buttery, honey, some brown sugar, banana, clove, almost cinnamon like spiciness, alcohol is slightly detectable, interesting. Taste is caramel sweetness, wheat, honey, some light grass, banana and tropical fruit, cloves, spice, alcohol is well hidden, quite nice. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, spritzy, alcohol warmth, quite nice. Solid wheat beer, thanks Russ!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy, murky mess. I love the looks. Vanilla white tinged dull yellow body. Creamy off white head. Lace is small, but leaves enough lace. Great aroma. Love the subtle spicing accents of pepper, clove and allspice. Great vanilla tones, with suggestions of nougat. And lemon attributes as well. On the buds, this brings more of the same. Great complexity for a hefe. Spicy pepper accents on top of a yeasty what malt base. Lemon pepper and clove ride on top of the vanilla waves. The creaminess makes this one drinkable beer. But the carbonation is high enough to wash away any and all inadequacies that may have been left in your mouth from other intakes. This is a top notch Hefe Weizen. And it rivals their old Solstice (RIP), which was one of my faves as well. Only the Town Hall Double Hefeweizen surpasses this on my "Favorite Hefes" list.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 8.21.12.

A - Pours a very light, cloudy yellow with a huge fizzy off-white head that fades fast.

S - Lemons, wheat, and more wheat.

T - Light wheat, lemons. Summer wheat and yeast.

D - Light body and tons of carbonation.

O - Light and refreshing, very lemony and crisp, a touch on the sweet side.

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Photo of drpimento
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bavarians look out! These guys are on your case. Poured with a huge, fine, foamy, frothy, fluffy white head and lots of lace. Color is a slightly cloudy amber. Aroma is classic Bavarian hefe weiss: yeast, spice, bananas, caramel, malt, lemon, fresh cut grass. Flavor is the same with great balance between bitter and sweet with some tang. Perfect body and carbonation. Ditto finish which is like flavor, of medium length and clean. Session.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

The beer pours a medium gold with a hint of honey with a a finger head high that fades quickly. The lacing is light but small drops do cling to the glass for a while.

The aroma is light and just everything that you would expect to get from a hefe.

The taste is nice, but light. Its lots of wheatness with a little sweetness to it, that separates and differentiates from most hefes. Its got a nice mouthfeel that is heavy and lasting and its a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of Soonami. Served in my Weihenstephaner weizen glass. Pours 90% head - voluminous, dense and cream-colored. As the head gradually settles into a one inch solid cap, thick, bands of textured lacing are revealed in its wake. Body is golden-orange with just a slight haze. Nose expresses banana esters and yeast. Taste follows nose; however, banana character is less intense and there is also a pleasant lemony character. Mouthfeel is light in body with a delicate, even carbonation and a slight acidity. A really excellent domestic Hefeweizen with an incredibly well-hidden abv. I would drink the hell out of this beer if it were an accessible seasonal. It's very good and definitely in my top 5 for the style; however, Weihenstephaner is still my hand's down favorite.

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Photo of cbutova
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A- Bad idea to pour it in the middle, nothing but... head. I guess that's why people use wheat to give homebrew head retention. So insanely creamy, it looks like melting ice cream, retains infinitely. Hazy golden yellow color. Insane coat of thick lace.

S- Extremely estery, smells like Wyeast Witbier yeast. Tons of banana, clove and buuubbble gum. The grainy malt/wheat stands strong behind this. So strong, over the top I would say.

T- A lot like the aroma but with a ton of citrus/fruit (apple, canteloupe, orange, lemon) and bread. Just a lot of everything, except hops. Lots of grainy malt. Tons of clove and yeast spice. Esters. Cinnamon.

MF- Very nice. Feels as creamy as the head looks, well almost. The carbonation is amazingly smooth. Slightly bitter.

DB- An interesting Hefeweizen. It has a lot of nice aspects and flavors but they are all so strong, the yeast went nuts here. I like it but I don't love it. I would have to say that this is one of the better American Hefeweizens but still nothing to die for. The apperance and mouthfeel carry the score here.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hannydawg for this bottle.

A: Pours a beautiful hazy straw. There is a massive amount of head that slowly dissipates. The Lacing is quite good, large and tiny bubbles hug the glass from top to bottom

S: Smells earthy, spicy, and packed with citrus. I'm also picking up some banana. The Belgian yeast comes through nicely. There are also notes of flowers, fruit, and clove.

T: The taste starts off light and sweet. It reminds me of unripe bananas. That sweetness melds well with the spice (clove notes) that comes on quickly. The carbonation is perfect in this beer. The spices last until the finish, where I get a bit of citrus bite.

M: This is a light bodied beer, but the flavors last beautifully on the palate.

O: This is easily the best wheat beer I’ve ever had. Hands down, this one is a pure winner.

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Photo of maximum12
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been eyeing this bottle ever since I picked up a few for a trade in May, & now having heard & read some rave reviews, I'm ready to go. Is this another super-hefe? Lessee...

Pours a frigid, amazingly pale yellow with only a touch of cloud. I didn't know real beer could be that color. Smells marvelous.

Taste is just like the smell, & the great thing is that most hefe reviews - of a good hefe, anyways - are about the same. Yellow organic banana, check. Sprig of cloves, check. Touch of funk in the yeast, check. What sets this a notch above other good hefes is everything is in beautiful harmony & not only that, but the mouth on this one kicks its game up a notch. It has a creaminess to it that I associate with a good RIS & a nice, wet, chewy afterburst. Plus it has a serious amount of gravity, attracting my hand again & again with the equivalient mass of a small black hole. At 7.2% this is one hell of a dangerous brew.

Excellent, excellent hefe - & when I say that I mean that most hefes suck, & those that stand above the pack are few & far between. This is one of them. If you're any kind of wheat fan, grab this one & give it a whirl. Well worth it.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: hazy golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: bananas, clove, citrus, yeast,

taste: bananas, clove, citrus,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very nice representation of a hefeweizen. glad I finally got to try it and enjoyed it very much.


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Photo of dirtylou
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: poured into a large hefe glass...nice orange-apricot body with a foamy beige cap that retains itself well throughout the beer. nice clean and fresh looking hefe

smell: strong wheat and hay aromas, powerful clove, moderate banana levels, bready, clean and soapy...pretty much on point

taste: this is a very good hefe...the banana is delicious but not too strong as many are - comes through in nutty banana bread way...strong clove, if the abv is accurate then theres no way you can tell by tasting. it does feel a little bigger and heavier than the norm but nothing that doesnt work. cant ask for much more, and to think i bought this figuring it would just be average

mouthfeel: as noted, this feels a little bigger/heavier...still fresh, clean and crisp with a nice spice

drinkability: good

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.
7.2% ABV

A - A massive and dense egg shell-colored head rises up from a timid pour and sticks around infinitely, fueled by insane amounts of carbonation. Hazy deep golden yellow in color, large sporadic clumps of sticky white lacing cling to the glass as the delicious beer empties.

S - Soft earthy clay and bananas trump clove spice and bubblegum in this yeast-ester-rich, aromatic hefeweizen that's backed perfectly by soft wheat and crisp pale malt.

T - A lemony citrus tingle dances on the tongue before the beer's earthy clay and banana yeast notes take over and, as with the aroma, clove spice and bubblegum trail timidly.

M - This smooth and creamy hefeweizen is a soft front to back with a medium-full body and lingering spiciness followed by notes of alcohol though retronasal olfaction.

O - Though robust for the style at just over 7% ABV, New Glarus' Dancing Man Wheat can get down with the best of the German hefeweizens, making it a world-class classic in every sense of the word. Its aromatic explosion and rich flavor are only compounded by the intensely creamy body and smooth finish leaving this beer one of my all-time favorites of the style, without a close challenger.

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Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 1,356 ratings.
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