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Doppel-Hirsch | Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of StephenRich
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 2010 LCBO spring release had some exceptional beers in it; some old friends, and some new ones also. And because its Friday, and its also so beautiful out, I decided to treat myself to an afternoon beer, and why not try something new from Germany. The Doppel-Hirsch from Der HirschBrau is among the beers that the LCBO so kindly brought to us for their spring release just recently. So, I grabbed my favorite German Goblet, the Doppel-Hirsch, and headed for the balcony.

The brewery's website is only in German so I could not find too much detail about them, or their beer. However if my German is correct, it seems like the brewery was originally built in 1891, but the Hirschwirt family has been brewing beer since 1657. Germany has a very rich brewing history of course, but Der HirschBrau's is not one lacking of drama; in 1945 the brewery was destroyed "by bombs", as the site exclaims, and was not built back to full operation until 1957. Now though, they are operating at full boil producing thirteen beers regularly available in Germany, and many of them available throughout Europe.

Regardless of history, origins, or bombings, it's flavor that really makes the beer - so lets go! The Doppel-Hirsch is a German Doppel Bock, and isntatly looked and smelled like one. It poured very smooth and cleanly with little carbonation present lifting a short quarter inch pale head which slowly faded to nothing. The nose is very sweet; while pouring, before even getting my nose close to the beer it was glistening with toffee, roasted malt, and nuts. When I got in closer more toffee and caramel came out, as well as a very specific malt sweetness. It is very German, instantly you can taste the history in the beer; there is no mistaking the scent of rich toasted German Malts. They are sweet, lightly alcoholic, and almost honey like. The beer was a deep rich auburn getting very close to brown. Held into the sun it glowed with ruby and amber.

It really was a pleasure to drink. First came toffee, creamy caramel, a whole whack of rich malt, roast, nuts, and dark sticky fruit. Like prunes, dried plums and raisins. The malt sweetness is what really dominates here and provides the toffee and caramel. While the malt engulfs your entire mouth nuts like walnuts, chestnuts and almonds play around the sides of your tongue and across the back of your throat. There really is a lot in this beer. The roast and toasted malt is resting in the background to help balance the creamy sweetness of the malt. I really enjoyed this beer as a classic German Doppel Bock, so if you are looking to introduce yourself to this beer style, this is a great choice. However, if you are new to richer beers, or are trying to show someone something interesting this beer may be too much for you. The alcohol isn't overly dominant, but the malt richness is so distinct and precise that some people will be overwhelmed by it. It really is that exact factor that makes me enjoy the beer, but I can see some people shying away from the style.

There is very little hops to speak of, but it does finish clean and robust. There is even a slight spice hidden at the end to help clean this beer off your palate. I wouldn't serve this beer too cold or you will numb all of the malts. Try it between 8 to 12 Celcius (45-54F), on its own or with grilled red meats, dishes featuring caramelized onions , mushrooms, or rich herbs.

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Photo of BeerShirts
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown with a light copper tint, decent head on pour but dies quickly to a thin sustaining level

S- sweet roasted malt with a hint of metallic, toffee/caramel, a little bit of the alcohol comes through too

T- just like the smell it opens with the roasted malt, a bit of the caramel taste in there with some dark fruits too. A tiny bit of the alcohol in it but not noticeable unless your looking for it really. Nice solid doppelbock taste

M- Thick with a light-medium carbonation

D- If you like this style I think this is def one to try!

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the arrival of spring comes the arrival of the LCBO's spring release and the return of this fine bock.

A Thick light brown head tops the deep amber brown body. Medium carbonation supports some good retention of the head.
The nose is immediately of all things dark and baked. Ripe banana bread, dates, molasses, caramel and bran muffins all perfume nicely.

Sweetness abounds, unrefined sugar and burnt toffee fill in nicely without being cloying. Rye bread, molasses and cinnamon back up the malty tones and richness of the beer. A slightly astringent finish balances well with the high level of malt.

Prickly body coats the tongue watery slightly oily long malty finish.

Despite the heavy flavours this beer still manages to show its lager side being easily quaffable. This is definitely a nourishing brew that would see one through lent and beyond.

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Photo of pootz
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Swing top bottle:

Decants a deep chestnut brown lager with lively ruby highlights.
2 finger rocky off-white cap reduces quickly to a surface lace that scores the glass modestly.

Aroma is musty-bready-cocoa-molasses...like liquid chocolate bundt cake...some earthy-woody undertones.

Rich malt spine, big chew on Munich malts in the front and a detectable wonderful "mellowness" in the character of this beer that allows all the intense flavors to meld together but very subtly...the only sharp edge is from a nearly cloying sweetness that seems to have a molasses signature to it that suggests adjuncts.

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Photo of matjack85
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

T found this 500ml swing top brown bottle at Sal's in Addison, IL for $3.99. There was no freshness date on the bottle but I never saw this particular selection at Sal's before so I'm assuming it's pretty new and fresh.

The beer poured a clear, reddish brown color that made a 1½ finger creamy light tan head, but it didn't last very long and it didn't leave any lacing on my glass.

The smell was interesting. Caramel sweetness for sure, but also loaded with dark fruit smells, baked bread, a little alcohol, and a bit of smoke.

The taste was as interesting as the smell. It had a mix of various malts with roasted flavors with the caramel perhaps dominating. Fruit flavors are also present - some are tart and some are sweet. Bready grains add to the complexity and yet still enough hop bitterness for balance. I didnt notice the alcohol as much as some reviewers but I guess that could be a good thing.

This has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel but I found the carbonation level so low that it almost feels flat. It also surprised me how thin this was for all it has in it. It's not watery by any means, but it's not the full bodied beer that I was expecting from a doppelbock. This is medium bodied at best.

If it wasn't for the low carbonation I could enjoy a bunch of these. As it is it's still pretty good stuff.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dull marzen with a good clarity and a whipped-frothy beach sand colored head that was compact, though fairly sturdy. A strong showering of carbonation is observed within. The head levels off to a thin skim coating providing a light touch of stickage.

S: A light, semi-dry caramel malting is picked up on the nose. There is a nice flowery hopping with a sense of toasted grains as well.

T: The flavor opens up with a good deal of toasty grains that was dry and complimented by a dry flowery hopping. A bit of dried apple peels, some dried leaves, and a touch of dried citrus grind is also picked up on. The finish finds a nice dry touch of toasty grains with a moderate flowery hop appeal that provides a nice lingering fade.

M: A fairly thick and full bodied mouthful with some resistance on the tongue. Really smooth texture with not a lot of carbonation picked up despite its strong visual appeal. A soft dry and spicy alcohol fade is left behind.

D: Drinkability was fair per style. Malty with a good presence of hops on the close that suits this well. Worthy of a single purchase.

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Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle:

Pours slightly hazed medium-brown with a thin tan head. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of strong caramel, with an earthy, slightly fruity undertone.

The taste is of caramel. Sweet, yet not too...Balanced by an earthy bitterness, touch of fruit tartness and very light breadiness. Clean finish. Some alcohol shows, but is reasonably well-covered overall...(Almost gets higher of two scores I was torn between - taste is just a hair too thin to give it the higher score, especially considering that it is an authentic Bavarian Doppelbock).

The feel is smooth (despite a bit of alcohol, especially as it progresses. The body is medium-to-full. (Again, torn between two scores - but will give this the upper, as it is smooth and lends itself towards easy-drinking. It's a bit thin, but not watery, and certainly not fizzy.)

Despite some warming alcohol (that is usual for the style), this is easy to drink... It's caramelly, yet earthy - Not the richest or fullest of doppelbocks, but certainly a solid choice for one that is sweet-ish but not too sweet, has warmth, but yet easy-to-drink!

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Photo of ThirdGen
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 0.5L bottle into my snifter.

A - Pours a dark brown with a nice tan colored head. Color changes to a beautiful, deep red when held to the light. The head doesn't stay around for long. There seems to be little carbonation present.

S - A bit of alcohol right at first, not very harsh but present. Now that I'm passed that I'm smelling a lot of dark roast, or chocolate. May be some dark fruits as well.

T/M - Very smooth, little carbonation and goes down extremely easily. I can't detect any of the alcohol that I smelled at first (which is an accomplishment at 7.2% ABV). Bread, chocolate, and the fruit come through that first appear in the aroma. The aftertaste certainly leaves you wanting more, this is a very enjoyable beer. As it warms there is a much more apparent sweetness and malt character to it.

D - This is delicious, goes down easy, and was a great decision for my first beer of this style.

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Photo of SmasNadroj
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My dad brought me this beer from black mountain, NC. I got off work early and figured I'd celebrate with a bier review. I'm certain I've seen doppel hirsch before but I've never had it before

Poured out of a .5 L swingtop into my trusty Corsendonk tulip glass (shut up, real men drink from tulips). It looks good at first, a vibrant reddish brown color with a solid finger of head that dissipates to average foam. Lacing has no cling to it, runs down to nothingness in a few seconds. I was expecting a bit more out of the head when it poured so well...

The bouquet is rich, sweet malt and wheat bread crust with a hint of ruby port wine. Smells more alcoholic than the labeled 7.2%

It tastes like an abbey brown, but maltier than most. Hints of raison and blackberry are present behind the strong flavors of port and bread crust. The aftertaste seems like its going to fizzle out but it makes a strong comeback on the tongue after a few seconds. I almost wish it had around 8.5 or 9 percent alcohol, I think that would push it over.

It feels a bit biscuity and dry- in a good way. I really like this one, I'm sad I haven't picked it up before. The dryness can be a bit overwhelming for the inexperienced beer drinker, and some might call it "thick," which its not, evident by the minor lacing and magical vanishing head.

Definitely worth picking up. It would go really well with venison, elk or any other wild game for that matter- even has the bad ass deer on the label to prove it! (What is it with germans and deer?)


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Photo of mintjellie
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red-brown capped by a huge beige heage. Poor head retention and no lace. Fiery garnet highlights when held to the light. Crystal clarity. Rich, malty aroma smells of raisins, nuts, and dark bread. Richly flavoured without being overly sweet, fruit & nut flavours rest on a foundation of toasted bread. There's a hint of brown sugar and barely noticeable alcohol. There's a subtle earthiness to the finish. Medium bodied with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.

I like it a lot more than I remember liking it last year. I've gone through a few of these half-litre bottles since it started showing up on LCBO shelves this spring, and will probably go through a few more before its gone.

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

not entirely sure how this one found its way to my house... so to whoever brought it by, thanks!

500ml swingtop bottle. best before april 12/2009. sampled march 26/2010.

pours crystal clear brown that shows great garnet, ruby, and fiery orange hues when held to the light. a small very find light tan head forms and quickly drops to a thin ring around the glass. a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. caramel and toffee. bit of butterscotch. lightly toasted whole wheat bread and biscuit. touch of cracker. some nice dark fruit too - date, raisin, bit of plum. touch of alcohol. earthy and slightly herbal.

taste is good. great malt profile. lightly sweet caramel and toffee up front that quickly fades into lightly toasted whole wheat bread and a blend of dark fruit. date, raisin, plum. lightly warming alcohol comes in behind this. touch of dark chocolate. bit of cracker. low bitterness level. light earthy and slightly herbal character.

mouthfeel is good. medium-large body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. pretty well balanced. good malt profile with a fairly nice depth. a solid doppelbock.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, clear, dark brown/mahogany color. The tan head is tall, with a fairly dense and foamy texture. Retention is solid, and a few sudsy rings of lacing cover the inside of the glass.

S: Some modest caramelized malt aromas. Quite distinctly fruity - vibrant notes of sweet apple and cherry, with some darker fruit aromas as well. A faint sort of musty/tangy scent is also detectable. A mild herbal hop note is present.

T: Firmly malty up front, with caramel/honeyish sweetness. Definitely a bit toasty as well. More darkly fruity in flavor, with notes of plum and overripe cherries. A mild balancing hop bite is accompanied by a spicy, almost peppery note. A slight hint of alcohol makes itself know at times but remains mostly concealed.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is light and creamy. A bit sticky-sweet, but not cloying. Somewhat dry and modestly alcoholic into the finish.

D: While this is obviously a sweet, malty beer given the style, I'm impressed by the fruity and spicy character this doppelbock has. A surprisingly fruity, perky nose in particular scores this one some points.

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Photo of GoBrewOrGoHome
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- copper/amber color, crystal clear big foamy head that doesn't last long
S- big malt, sweet, worty, bready, hints of alcohol,
T- warm alcohol but not at all overwhelming, low hop bitterness, very malty, very sweet
M- thick body, very dextrine's, low carbonation, mouth coating
D- wonderful beer, big malty character that suits the style, great representation of a doppelbock

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brownish red, little head and no lace. G<Huge malt aroma, some caramelised candy, walnut and alcohol in the nose.

Flavor, lots of melanoïd malty goodness, a firm but non-descript (other than maybe a little spicy/earthy) hop bitterness to balance the malt, a fair bit of alcohol warming that only makes the beer even better.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this doppelbock about this time last year. A good brew to (hopefully) close off the winter...

Pours a rich, dark ruby - lovely when held to the light. Despite an aggressive pour, only about a half inch of head that quickly dissolved into a ring. A few flecks of lacing.

The nose is nutty and malts, with a touch of dark fruit and spice. Pumpernickel bread, caramel, and booze round things off.

Sweet caramel and chestnuts up front, then a fruity, spicy finish. A bit of warming alcohol creeps in here, but the taste of it isn't unpleasant. Rich, yet easy to drink. Definitely a sipper - hearty and delicious.

Thick carbonation, with a medium-thick body. Slighty creamy, chewy.

A great doppelbock, definitely one to keep in mind for cold winter/spring evenings. Might have to pick up a bottle or two for the cellar.

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Photo of ludachris
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich and deep shade of amber with one and a half fingers of sticky cream coloured head that displayed mediocre retention and left spots of patchy lace.

Big nutty profile in the nose with deep notes of caramel, hints of raisons and other dark sticky fruits, and a subtle touch of alcohol. The smell really invites you to take a sip.

Sweet notes of caramel hit the palate first but are quickly followed by a rich and dry nutty character. The dark fruits are found more towards the back of the palate but provide a great balance with the dry notes of the nuts. Alcohol was a bit more pronounced in the taste, but its presence wasn't overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is medium to full with a rich and slick texture. Dry most of the time and very well balanced. Very pleasant and easy to drink, and one that is perfectly suited for a cold night.

This marks my first dopplebock, and it was great. Full flavoured, well balanced, and a joy to drink. The only downside stemmed from its weak head, but that's a minor complaint. I'd be glad to buy this again, as well as any other dopplebock for that matter. If you see it, make sure to pick one up.

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Photo of kwjd
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This looks exceptional. Cloudy brown with a brilliant foamy white head. Lots of lacing down the glass. Head still very present until the end.

It smells fairly sweet, almost nutty with caramel. I'm worried it will taste too sweet after the smell, but it has a great almost roasted malt taste without the sweetness overpowering. A little bit too boozy, but it is incredibly smooth. Nice level of bitterness. I wish we could get this all year round in Ontario.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal brown body with tan resistant 3-finger head, some nice laces, nuts, malt, milk chocolate & caramel in aroma. Taste from sweet nutty malt to modest hop, rather dry & metallic. Light bitter & nutty palate. Easy to drink, easy to haze. Outstanding doppelbock!

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this beer has been taunting me from the back of the fridge for two months. tonight, i finally had enough.
this thing looks great on the runway and it does not matter what she is wearing. a dark amber crystal, so sexy. like chewing malted barley and letting it soak in your mouth for a couple minutes. stays sweet, a soft spiciness in the hops, alcohol peering through the bines. a bit clingy, wish it finished a little drier. not memorable, just tasty.

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Photo of beertunes
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a dark reddish-brown with a thin tan head that had no retention and minimal lacing.

A very rich, full and smooth malt aroma greets the nose, basically what you would expect for the style. The flavors were also what I expected, but with the addition of a clove taste I can't remember in other examples of the style, due to the yeast perhaps? The clove was most noticeable in the sticky finish.

I found the body and drinkability to both be fairly typical for the style. I picked this up at the local food coop and wasn't either thrilled or disappointed in this brew. I'll probably try it agin, it's worth at least a shot for you as well.

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Photo of tjd112
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation - Poured into Sam Smith's pint glass

Appearance - Dark brown with white finger head and good lacing

Smell - Nuts, nuts, and more nuts

Taste - Nuts with a bit of toffee and chocolate

Mouthfeel - Very creamy, medium carbonation

Drinkability - Meal in a glass, drink steadily!!

Overall - Excellent

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Photo of towersfall
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a very dark brown with a nice head. A Tiny bit cloudy in the glass as well.

Smell - An overwhelming aroma of nutty malts that is as sweet as it is bitter.

Taste - Sweet bitterness with a slight metallic taste. It's also moderately hoppy so it has a very nice first taste with a not-so-bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and thick with a just amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Not overtly easy to drink but it does go down smooth. Not my favorite from the brewery, but if I was in a doppelbock mood, I'd reach for it.

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Photo of sb3000
4.88/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite Dopple Bock. It is very nutty with malt overtones. A malt lover's dream, but not overly sweet. Dryer than most in this style, but balanced. Nice color and presentation. It's actually better in Germany on tap. Doesn't taste as fresh in the US, but still wonderful beer!

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Photo of olmatty
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours dark brown with little head and no retention at all.

Smell- Sweet and dark German malts

Taste- Sweet malts, honey biscuit, moderate hops

Mouthfeel- Thin and slightly crisp. Moderate to lightly carbonated.

Drinkability- Musch smoother than its 7.2% alcohol. Pretty smooth, but I think it's just too lightly carbonated.

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Photo of corby112
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark ruby/chestnut brown color with dark mahogany edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy off-white head that slowly fades into a lasting cap.

Caramel malt aroma that is slightly roasty with hints of toffee, bready yeast, chocolate and subtle hops.

Silky mouthfeel with a very pleasant caramel malt profile and hints of milk chocolate, toffee, hazelnut, dark fruit and a subtle dry hop finish. Also, there is a good bit of bready yeast giving this beer a nice feel without it being watered down. Slightly spicy with hints of clove and sweet alcohol. The sweetness overtakes the silky malt feel a bit but still pretty good.

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Doppel-Hirsch from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 367 ratings
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