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20th Anniversary Wit20th Anniversary Wit

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
(Retired) Available: June to September 2008
Alc. by Vol.: 5.5%
IBUs: 26

Added by msubulldog25 on 06-26-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a basically clear yellow with a thin white head. Nose is lemon citrus with a funky backbone. Flavor is good. Not really screaming in my mouth, but it gives some good dough, yeast, lemon tones. Feel is smooth on liquid and carbonation is mellow. Overall a pretty good wit. Most American breweries embarass themselves with their half-assed attempts at this style. But this really isn't too bad. Male the flavor profile a bit beefier, and you're golden. Either way, it's still nice.

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Photo of Floydster
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle purchased at a liquor store I cannot remember the name of in Northen California right off the 5 freeway for seven dollars, poured into an old mug, split with a few friends tonight

A-Light to medium yellow color, quite cloudy, 3/4 inch bubbly white head that did not last long, some retention, practically no lacing
S-Wheat, lemons, orange peel, coriander, hint of caramel, grains, other soft spices, sweetness, cream, and bananas
T-Tasted like a hefeweizen at first contact with a good amount of wheat and yeasty notes and then there was not much following that, maybe some weak citrus flavors but nothing that stood out, once it warmed a lot the coriander and orange became dominate, needed some stronger flavor to make things more interesting, taste was pleasant just not too exciting
M-Mouthfeel was very weak overall, carbonation was pretty much on target but it was bland otherwise, somewhat sweet and chewy mouthfeel but again too mild, taste went away fast, thin body
D-Would make a nice session beer, light on the stomach and quite refreshing, not much weight to it and ABV is also low, smooth and crisp especially served cold on a hot day like today

I had not seen this anywhere in Southern California before I left for my trip, so I bought a bunch of bottles for almost double of what they are here now, they seem to be everywhere, that is what I get for being impatient, anyways not a bad beer but nothing fantastic that is worthy of being such a commemorative beer, Black Butte XX blows this away as far the anniversary beers from Deschutes goes, still worth trying to say you have, now I do not what I am going to do with my other three bottles

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3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer out of a 22oz bottle into my Erdinger Weisse glass. Literally only a wisp of head here despite my best efforts to produce one. The color is pale straw with minimal haze. A thin ring of lacing makes itself known with each sip.

This brew smells tart and sweet...ah a classic wit. Slight wheat esters sneak through but this beer's bouquet promises a crisp and refreshing beverage.

The taste is well indicated by the smell. Tart and citrusy, very smooth with a crisp finish. Orange and lemon rinds, coriander, sweet wheat, and a hint of sour lemon pulp pull this brew together very nicely.

Mouthfeel is pretty typical of what I expect from a witbier- light and spritzy, with a thin remnant of the beer left on the palate.

This witbier is pretty good and I will definitely drink it again. On my personal wit rankings, I'd put it slightly above a Hoegaarden but below an Allagash White. Good job Deschutes!

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Photo of younger35
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of these delights from the Boise Coop on my trip there a couple weeks ago. Not sure how much I paid but I guarantee it was less than other places. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a super clear bright yellow with a nice big two finger heavenly white head. Lots of aggressive bubbly carbonation gives this a very Champaign look. Beautiful cap and collar that remains the entire brew leaving some lacing.
Smell- Quite fruity with some honeydew melon and slightly zesty lemon. I don't get much of the orange peel but might be from the dominating coriander. Really spicy as well with somewhat of a white peppery kick. Very little yeast is noticeable but there is a tad bit of a somewhat familiar candy maltiness.
Taste- A bit more subdued than I was expecting but tasty none-the-less. A bit of sweetness to start that is grainy and thin with some underlining fruitiness. Not at all any sort of a tart fruit, just some mellow cantaloupe and those grains of paradise. Some coriander and banana are discernable towards the end but they're rather subtle.
Mouthfeel- Fairly thin with a nice crisp bite from the moderately aggressive carbonation.
Drinkability- Overall this isn't too shabby. I'm a huge fan of Deschutes and they usually put out terribly drinkable beers. If I was to change something though I think I'd tone down the spices just a hair. At least the coriander and grains of paradise (just not a huge fan). Definitely worth a shot though if you run into one.

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Photo of OlieIPA
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy with golden color. Good head retention.

S: Orange peel with some pineyness.

T: Citrus characteristics. When you first try this beer, you would think its a lager of somesort. Refreshing.

M: Light to medium body with perfect carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink. A perfect summer seasonal beer that you can have after a long day.

O: Not what I was expecting, but a descent beer to say the least.

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Photo of moose3285
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I won this from largadeer's LIF. Thanks Chris.

A - Pours a hazy, pale, yellow lemon color. Small white head with light lacing.

S - Very citrusy. Lemon zest and orange peel with a strong wheat aroma.

T - Similar to the smell. Very wheaty and citrusy. The coriandor and grains of paradise are also evident.

M - Mouthfeel is a little thin but it's good for the style. Carbonation is just right.

D - Light and refreshing. This would make a perfect summer session beer.

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Photo of mnapier
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 40 degrees farenheit. Service Glassware, 12 ounce tulip.

Appearance, straw pale & clear with some strong foamy white head and a medium lace.
Aroma, is lemon zest with some floral dryness, along with a dash of coriander.
Taste, mild lemon citrus hops that ends with a wheat backend.
Mouthfeel, is dry and mild

An ok Summer beer


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Photo of chileman13
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bomber into pint glass.
A-pale straw yellow with white head that falls and leaves 1/8" ring. Lacing is good.
A- fruity yeasty spicy light smell.
T- classic wheat yeast beer flavor with good spicy tones.
M-Light good carbonation for style.
D- this is a easy to drink beer. Would I buy it again, yes. It is a top wit. Thanks guys @ D. brewery.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - This beer was a light orangish-yellow in color with a head that started out nice but fell off quickly. The body especially looked weak; more like a light lager than a Wit.

Smell - The nose again is light with a lot of classic spicing but very little of the traditional yeast and malt. There's actually a good bit of light fruits in here like melon.

Taste - The fruity character from the nose takes over at the taste. I can get a faint bit of yeast at the finish but in general this Deschutes offering lacks the traditional Wit flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - This light-bodied ale has cheap, fizzy carbonation that totally disappointed.

Sinkability - I hate to sink a whole bomber of beer, but this is an insult.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - High carbonation is visible in this lemon-straw yellow with a sizable head that fades quickly to a tattered halo of lacing.

S - Citrus - lemons and oranges, wild grasses, currants, and faint honeysuckle.

T - Initial zap of a mild lemon flavor that is quickly joined by more rounded flavors oranges, wheat, coriander and hay. Then faint honey and blackberry notes join. The aftertaste is a lingering honey, oranges and wheat.

M - Thin, harsh and very refreshing.

D - Excellent. This is a fantastic 20th anniversary brew. Deschutes is one of the best breweries out there - I look forward to enjoying their product throughout the next decade and beyond.

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Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bitterbill for including in a trade.

22 oz. bottle:

Pours hazed (more than clouded) golden with a thin head that soon vanishes to barely a thin, floating patch. After the last is poured (in my opinion, the bottle is too big, if you want to decant it properly for the style - with the swirling to loosen and pour in the yeast), it does get a bit cloudier - and improve a bit overall.

The smell is of coriander - a bit heavy - with sweet grain and a hint of orange peel.

The taste is lemon, orange, coriander and some breadiness (the last especially in the second half). Sweet with a touch of green apple tartness. Finishes semi-dry and peppery.

Light-to-medium-bodied with soft carbonation, it is silky smooth.

More like an American Pale Wheat with witbier spicing (esp. coriander), to my mind. Something about it, that's all, though it does improve in the last part, so the yeast sediment does help. And it's nice enough for that. Certainly a refreshing, "hot day" beer. Nice, but this didn't come across as this brewery's special "20th Anniversary"-type brew.

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Photo of Gavage
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: slightly cloudy pale yellow in color with a short head that broke apart quickly. Some spotty lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: this has a very spicy nose as big pepper tones dominate with softer cloves are in the background. Some wheat tones come through too.

Taste: wheat, clove, pepper, and lemon zest are up front. Some hints of banana and a mild bitterness linger in the background.

Mouthfeel: lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Spicy aftertaste lingers on the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: the spiciness cuts on the refreshing qualities of the beer, but this still hits the spots. Worth trying this one.

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Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snagged the last bottle off the shelf at my local West Linn Market of Choice a couple weeks back. I think they had mispriced it (and not in my favor), but nevertheless I was happy to find it.

The beer pours a hazy honey gold color with impressive pure white head retention and adequate lacing. The nose is impressive on this beer, with some very nice clove, banana and white pepper. The flavors on the palate for the most part replicate the nose. There is also some light honey flavor in this beer, which blends well with the clove and white pepper. There is also a hint of tartness that interplays nicely with the light, sweet, spicey flavors. Mouthfeel is quite light and easy going, and this beer is remarkably easy to drink (especially considering the peppery spice).

It's a shame Deschutes made so little of this, as this is one of the better Belgian style wits I've had in some time. It seems as if everything Deschutes puts their hand to these days, they do quite well.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An initially unimpressive looking soapy white head turns into a fairly even foamy cap, topping a clear yellow body with the slightest of orange tints. The lacing is immediately lush with small bubbles and recedes quickly, living little to no stick

Good aromatics here, lots of orange peel and coriander notes that give off a pleasant, earthiness. Deeper down are some ginger, clove, and lighter fruits like apple and pear.

Light, even body is pleasantly drinkable and smooth-sipping. The flavor is assertive initially and wiped smooth by the carbonation on the finish. The thinness is acceptable for style, and actually shows a little more gumption than most wits.

The alcohol is virtually unnoticeable, as the pale grain sweetness shields it on the palate while the spiciness protects on the back. Predictable flavor with a tiny watery taste, just a bit of tartness and fermentation before the coriander-heavy finish.

Not bad, a pretty decent sipper. Not hefty enough to really impress me, but a damn site better than most.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is very spicy with some citrus and pepper. It also has a bread-yeast aroma. After it sits for a while, the malt aroma including some tart wheat comes through a bit stronger.

Golden (kind of dark for a wit) with a nice thick pure white head that lasts throughout drinking and leaves quite nice lacing. Very clear.

Flavor starts off very wheaty and spict. Nice tart wheat malt flavors and more citrus, almost lemony. That's followed up by pretty good malt sweetness that I pick up almost like honey. The aftertaste is a nice lingering honey flavor. Hop bitterness is pretty high but not overwhelming. There's good yeasty flavor too kind of like white bread.

Seems a little heavy for a wit but the high carbonation level makes it more lively and light in the mouth.

Easy drinking refreshing beer.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle received from my man largadeer. Thanks Chris! Into my weizen glass

A: The first pour is a clear straw yellow with a solid 3-finger head with great retention. Plenty of carbonation and this looks awesome

S: Classic. Hints of lemon zest, coriander, wheat and citrus. Elegant and beautifully balanced, the best wit i've smelled this year. Mildly fruity as well with some peach.

T: Starts off with a mild lemon bite with wheat and coriander, very subtle. Well balanced with a fleeting hint of bubblegum before a drying finish that's refreshing takes over

M: Crisp and clean on the palate with great dryness on the finish. I just wish it had a little bit more citrus come through on the finish

D: Insanely drinkable. Very tasty and is a welcome relief after a 11 hour day and before i hit the books again

Notes: Very good stuff, easily the best wit i've had this year, after my last bottle of the 2007 Southampton Double White.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ommegang Witte glass.

A- fairly hazy straw golden, white head that builds up pretty big but is thin and bubbly in density, dies down fast. Liquid clears up as it warms a bit.

S- Easily wheat, no problem is getting that smell to come through. I get a sort or really faint candy aspect to it all too... maybe it's just a subtle layer of fruity esters there...clove-like phenolics are there otherwise in a higher amount.

T- It's wheat and clove predominantly. A slight sweetness comes in at the end... very faint.

M- a pretty prickly carbonation, very light body.

D- really good. No problem taking down a whole bomber.

It might be easy to knock this down because it's an anniversary beer and people think it may need to be big and maybe barrel aged to be a good "anniversary" beer but this is actually just a really well done witbier

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Photo of vurt
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22 oz. bottle purchased at BevMo in Canoga Park. Enjoyed in a 250 mL pilsner glass (with etched lines at the bottom for serious head retention).

A pale gold colored beer with very little haze. It is clearer and somewhat more strongly colored than I expect from a witbier. The head is snowy white and as creamy and fluffy as egg whites.

A refreshing mix of cloves, pepper, ripe fruit (banana, apple, a hint of peach), wheat bread, coriander, and orange peel, with an underlying funk of cooked oatmeal.

Starts grainy with a very light sweetness, which enhances the spiciness. The banana notes in the nose come across as a banana pudding flavor (not too sweet) in the middle. Citrus and spice take over at the end, with juicy oranges and a drop of lemon harmonizing with cloves and pepper and a gingery zing.

Very lively carbonation. Body is appropriately light, with a creamy softness. Nicely done.

Overall, the flavors are mild but well balanced. But even if you take away the fact that the bottle proudly says "20th Anniversary," it leaves me thinking it is missing something. I think it could really use more personality: a little more tartness, or a bit more funk. As it stands, this is a decent, enjoyable wit that ends up a little too clean and polite to be memorable.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, with a good-looking white head, good head retention.

S: Lemon zest, coriander, bit of funky Grains of Paradise - definitely evident in the smell.

T: Light wheat, pasta, tasty Grains of Paradise easily recognizable before I knew they were in there. Overall, good not great.

M: Found it a tad too carbonated and thin. Light-bodied, creamy, crisp.

D: A good wit from Deschutes, middle of the road for me in this style, don't know why this is so hard to find compared to the Black Butte XX.

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Photo of bbothen
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden straw color with a 1+ finger head. Lots of sticky lace.

Smells spicy & fruity. Some orange & earthyness. Honey sweetness?

Mild peppery taste with some also mild fruity flavors coming through.

Light bodied. Clean. Has a nice smoothness to it. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is high. Sessionable for sure.

Very easy drinking Wit. I'm not very familiar with the style. This is a good hot day summer beer. Very user friendly.

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Photo of bkilpatr
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 07/27/08.

Pours a bright golden-straw yellow color with about two fingers of off-white head. The head dissipated a bit quickly and didn't leave much lacing. Aromas of banana, wheat, and clove, with a bit of citrus mixed in.

Taste follows the smell and then some. Lots of citrus (lemon, coriander, orange), clove, peppery spices, apples. There is a grassy quality to the taste, as well as plenty of wheat character. A very nice mix of flavors that all work well together, especially the curacao orange peel.

The body is very light, with ample carbonation. It's a bit thinner than a typical Belgian witbier, but it's still pretty good. Great for a hot summer day. The drinkability is also great. The ABV is low enough to make it sessionable.

Another very solid brew from Deschutes. Also very affordable ($4.50 for 22 oz). Definitely worth a try, since it'll probably be around for only a short time.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this at Poplar Wine & Spirits for $4.50 a bomber.

A hazy straw colour with a 1 finger head of foam. I don't see many bubbles so this could be lightly carbonated. It has some good lacing and the foam doesn't appear to be shrinking fast.

The smell is nice and wheaty and peppery and yeasty. I also get a touch of clove. I hope it tastes like it smells..

The taste is yeah. Like the smell. Good yeasty and peppery flavours along with the wheat, some orange, some spiciness, just a touch of clove and even less of some banana. Nice flavours overall and a reallly easy brew to drink. Perfect for this hot summer day!

This borders on a medium mouthfeel, the carbonation is also light, and it finishes with a slightly lemon and orange tartness and some more pepper. Good stuff and highly quaffable!!

I've always been impressed with what Deschutes has put out and this one doesn't disappoint. The 22oz bottle will be *very* easy to polish off and I'll take this over a Hoegaarden any day of the week.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beers performs best in a chalice or large wine glass as the peppery notes show up as the beer opens up. The colour is a slightly hazy yellow with a big head. The nose is citrus with a Saison like spiciness. In fact this beer reminds me very much of Saison Dupont which is a good thing as the complexity puts this Wit above the Blue Moon type patio fodder.

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Photo of Slats
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale straw color with a nice white head. Head stuck around for some time with some lacing. Hazy and lots of carbonation activity.

Smell: Citrus, cloves and a touch fruity.

Taste: Crisp lemon flavors. Estery sweetness whith a hint of pepper. Nice earthy hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body...too light. Effervescent carbonation. Alcohol warmth is almost non-existent.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, I would run out of money long before I got tired of drinking these.

Good beer that does a great job of scrubbing your palette when paired well. I did, however, expect more from Deschutes.

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Photo of julian
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: strawy yellow color with brilliant clarity, leading me to believe this has been filtered (probably multiple times). not much head, but when poured a little more aggressively the frothy bubble laden white stuff made a more noticeable appearance (1 fingers worth) although it didn't stick around long. nicely carbonated with lots of rising bubbles and decent curtainous (yes, I just made that up) lacing. Unfortunately a traditional Wit should be yeasty and cloudy with good head retention but due to the filtering this is not the case here which is the reason for the "average" rating for appearance.

S: classic Belgian yeast on the nose, with fruity esters (lemon and orange mostly), and a pleasant array of spices. very wheaty.

T&M: as expected the carbonation is moderate and very complimentary for the style. There's a citrus tartness up front (from the Curacao orange peel) which doesn't dominate the flavors but is definitely the star of the show. This is followed by a spicy peppering (clove, coriander, grains of paradise, other) and a Saison like grassy quality. The wheat flavor and depth is there, but not as much as you'd expect from a traditional Belgian Wit. Taste is very good nonetheless. I love it.

D: medium low ABV, moderate carbonation and great taste, this is definitely a thirst quencher and a tasty one at that. Great summer beer and great Wit that I will gladly drink again and again! This is definitely sessionable and comes with a decent price too ($4.50 for 22oz).

Congrats on a great 20yrs Deschutes and here's hoping to another phenomenal 20 + years :)

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20th Anniversary Wit from Deschutes Brewery
3.77 out of 5 based on 109 ratings.
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