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Big Eddy Über-Oktoberfest | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
leinie.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
“O'zapft is!” It is tapped, indeed. Oktoberfest, arguably the greatest festival in the world and the beer that bears its name, was born from a Bavarian royal wedding celebration. We’re paying homage to that celebration with a bolder, toastier take on an Oktoberfestbier that can only be described as “Über.” With a tawny orange hue, toasted malts and spicy hops, our Big Eddy Über-Oktoberfest is then dry-hopped for added hop complexity.

Added by BeerFMAndy on 07-28-2013

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. "Big Eddy Über-Oktoberfest"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, inkjet coding is illegible
$1.99 @ Wegmans, King of Prussia, PA

As I took my first sip I was so surprised that I had to quickly look at the bottle and ask myself "Who makes this?" - Leinenkugel! The malt is just so rich and full of Munich and Vienna malt character that I was surprised. It's also nicely backed by spicy and grassy hops, and I was just blown away. In my mind this is how an Oktoberfest should be, and probably was years ago. Of course this is an "Über-Oktoberfest" now, packing a solid 8.5% ABV, but the alcohol never shows. It's clean, superbly balanced, and richly malty.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a relatively clear medium copper-ish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and moderate brown + ruby red highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy tan head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of mottled medium thick film covering a little more than half of the surface of the beer surrounded by a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted + caramel malts with a lighter aroma of spicy + herbal hops. Light notes of booze.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted and caramel malts with a moderate amount of brown sugar sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of spicy, herbal, and grassy hops which impart a light amount of bitterness in the finish which fades away pretty quickly. Hints of booziness in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky with a light amount of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Not sure I feel like there is much need for an imperial Oktoberfest - I like the style in general because it is approachable and easy to drink while making the imperial version reduces the ease of drinking.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin patch.

Smell: A toasty and sweet malt forward aroma with a scent of caramel, biscuit, and grains. Toasted barley malt with a scent of caramel, toffee, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. Sweet hints of sugar. Fruit hints of apple and slight dark fruit. Very light on the hops. A solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a sweet and toasty malt driven taste with notes of caramel, biscuit, and grains. Toasted malt with sweet and bready notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains and yeast. Sweet taste of sugar. Fruit notes of apple along with some subtle dark fruit. Light notes of earthy hops in the background. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and pretty smooth. Alcohol heat is minimal.

Overall: A solid imperial take on a Marzen. On the sweeter side but avoids becoming boozy.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 9/27/2015 at Natty Greene’s Tavern, in North Attleboro, MA served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and fruit come in. The hops presence is mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are better choices within the style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Yard House in Northridge, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, citrus fruit, and peppery hop aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, earth, and peppery hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a unique peppery hop presence all around.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of Ri0
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured 12oz bottle into int glass. Amber and dark copper color with 1 finger tan head. No lacing or head retention. Aroma is quite sweet with heavy malts, bread, some grain and caramel. Flavor is sugary and full of heafty bread and caramel. Not much for toasty or noble hops to help balance the sweetness. The feel is medium with lighter carbonation and finishes syrupy. This beer is okay, but not what I would want for an oktoberfest.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle as part of a build-your-own-sixer at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Rhinelander. The bottling date says this one is good for another five months. Poured right from the fridge into my Lakefront pint glass.

L: Pours a bright copper with a half-inch khaki head that's very soda-like in its appearance and sound as the glass is poured. The head dissipates to nothing almost immediately and leaves no lacing on the glass. A crystal-clear brew, this one has lazy, intermittent visible carbonation.

S: A very nondescript nose on this one: There's a bit of an apple cider quality, some faint bread-like and sweeter malts, and just a bit of a grassy quality that might be from the hops. Perhaps a touch of raisin in the mix, as well.

T: The initial taste is slightly astringent/tart, with just a suggestion of a dry white wine or cider. There's some bread-like malt flavor, along with a bit of a grassy and herbal hop flavor. The middle moves into some sweeter malt flavors, along with a bit of raisin and clear alcohol. Just a bit of a cracked pepper quality emerges here, as well. The back end has a bit more of an overt hop bitterness to it, although the sweeter malts still have a significant presence and the clear alcohol continues to poke through. There is a bit of an off-putting boozy/astringent flavor that lingers with the aftertaste.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied, this one brings the aforementioned astringency, a bit of creaminess in the middle, and a good shot of bitter at the close. Apart from the middle's creamy quality, this one drinks a little too flat for my liking. While there's a bit of stickiness to the close, this one is far from syrupy.

O: I don't believe that this style is for me: Leine's has attempted to mix some of the qualities of an IPA with those of a Märzen, and it really isn't a very pleasant drinking experience for me. I find that the hops bring unwanted tartness and bitterness--as well as a general muddying of flavors--to a style that should be marked by the cleanness of its flavors and its drinkability. I won't be returning to this one.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dated FEB0116 at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma of malt
Head – virtually none – frothy white three mm ring and no layer
Lacing poor – tiny islands and very narrow partial rings of tiny bubbles
Body medium amber, slight chill haze
Flavor very caramel malty, ends with slightly sour bite; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.25, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5

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Photo of Jadjunk
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

"A bolder, toastier take on an Oktoberfestbier dry-hopped for added complexity." Brewed in the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest lager. Available in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and on limited draft as part of the Big Eddy Series, released fall 2013.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 59 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy, crisp head of a light caramel tan complexion over a copper and burgundy body of high clarity, light to no visible carbonation. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 3

(Smell) Caramel and bread grains with a strong astringency, fairly clean and simple otherwise. Little to no hop characteristics. Potency is mild. 2.5

(Taste) A hair smoother and more pleasant than the aroma suggests, although this beer is still overly harsh and grainy. Sweet caramel grain syrups forward with a fairly smooth texture, soft lager acidity and stunted grainy back end. No hop character, notable solvent and ethanol impact, just not all that great. 2.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, moderately syrupy, lightly chewy, mildly dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a light frothiness and a softly crisp finish. Body is medium/heavy for the style and medium+ overall. Balance is slightly grainy and sweet over acidity and hop bitterness. Alcohol presence is medium and this beer suffers from the alcohol impact without much body to account for the balance. 3

(Overall) In general, this beer suffers from a harsh exposed graininess and a limited malt and hop range profile otherwise. Drinkable, but not very pleasant. The Oktoberfest beer is not a very common candidate to "imperialize", and the simplicity of the lager style in itself suggests that there isn't much that can be done with the ingredients aside from increasing the body and turning up the alcohol, a practice which nullifies the drinkability of the Oktoberfest entirely. I hope this was a one-off project, as it was one of the lesser impressive Big Eddy outings as of late. 2.75

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company's
Big Eddy Uber-Oktoberfest
2.73/5.00

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a growler, this interesting take on an Oktoberfest pours a BRIGHT, clear, luminous orange with a tight beaded dissipating head of fine bubbles and spotty lacing. Nose of rich bready malts, light herbal hops, and moderate alcohol. Flavors are a malt bomb up front and to the sides...rich caramel notes collide with heavy sweet bread. A light cherry like quality comes through on the back and on the aftertaste with some herbal hop bitterness rounding out the flavor profile. Wet and chewy mouth feel. Very unique, although it could easily be mistaken for a wee heavy or a scotch ale.

NICE

Cheers

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle served in a tall Schneider-Weisse glass at fridge temps. Bottle was dated 02/2014 for freshness but I think that's a best before date, the neck of the bottle had a label that said 2013.

Appearance: orange honey colored with a nice thick head to start that faded to a thin layer of froth at the top of the beer. Moderate visible carbonation, seems low for the style.

Nose: hops up front with some sweet malty notes in the middle, heavy on the malty, I can smell some residual alcohol notes as well.

Taste: spicy and complex malt profile, really wonderful rounded flavor and no alcohol discernible, lemony and herbal like a cough drop, the cough drop is really weird and tends to overpower the other notes. I like the initial spiciness of the hops but it is overpowered by the maltiness and chewy quality of this beer.

Overall: this is a weird one. I don't know of any other dry hopped German style ales. I like experimentation but the Oktoberfest Marzen style is already perfected and probably should not be messed around with. I still can't get over the cough drop taste! This was a four pack. I'll review it again in a few month.

Second review:
Appearance: Orange, nice head, nice head and carbonation. No change really.

Nose: malt bomb, overpowering Orange marmalade smell

Taste: one sided malt character, low hops aroma and flavor

Overall: go figure that a dry hopped beer doesn't age well. Green light it for fast consumption.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L - Medium amber. Clear. Short off-white head. Persistent.
S - Rich malt. Raisin, dark fruit mainly.
T - Potent. Sweet and very rich medium roasted malt. Prune, raisin, a little caramel.

This seems to go beyond the oktoberfest category. More like an scotch ale or something imperial. Pretty good for Leine's though.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer looks good, but not great. The smell is awesome but not really indicative of this style so I couldn't give it a 5. The taste is something different for a Marzen; it is sweet and citrusy, almost like a holiday lager or ale in my opinion, the extra umph of the hops change the character. The feel is excellent at first, but then left a weird filmy taste in the back of my mouth. Overall the beer is good but there are others that I will seek out this time of the year.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange amber, with about a half inch tan head that disappeared rapidly to a an eighth inch. Little to no lacing. Aroma is heavy sweet malt, with a touch of grassy notes. Taste is very sweet malt with just a touch of some citrus and alcohol on the back end. Mouthfeel is medium to light, with little carbonation. Overall, this is not too bad, but not outstanding either, something I've come to expect from the Big Eddy series.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date January 26, 2015 printed on the bottleneck. My second of the Big Eddy beers from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., acquired a single bottle from the local beer store.

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter glass.

A - It pours a coppery burnt sienna orange body, almost similar to an IPA in appearance. About a finger of khaki head that recedes to a ring. Leaves behind some good sticky lacing. Looks pretty nice for what it is.

S - The aroma is pleasant also - notes of cream, vanilla, oak, wood, alcohol fumes, and some toasty caramel maltiness.

T - Taste follows the nose - notes of cream, vanilla, wood, oak, and alcohol fumes. A sweet caramel / toffee flavor, with some slight medicinal notes.

M - The feel is smooth and creamy. Sticky & viscous. Medium-full bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a decent expression of the style, especially given the brewery. I am once again surprised and I look forward to trying more beers in this series.

Jacob Leinekugel Brewing Co. Big Eddy Über-Oktoberfest -----3.5/5

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Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apparently this is a 2013 Bottle?? Tastes great, so I'm reviewing it any how..

Pours an effervescent amber/copper color with 2+ fingers of tan head. No llacing or head retention

S: Faint breadyness & grassiness, metallic notes as well

T: Breadyness, a little bit of caramel & dryness up front, pear notes & jammyness, some leafy hop notes as well. Rich marmalade notes, leafy hops & toffee as this warms. Finishes bready with pears, & caramel plus leafy dryness

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, I'm really enjoying this for what this is, a o'fest beer on steroids, this will serve as my place marker until I can get fresher. Will certainly buy this again!

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Photo of wasso67
4/5  rDev +12%

Seem to be on an Oktoberfest quest this year so I picked up a four-pack.

Pours a lovely orange/brown color with a decent one finger head.

Aroma is of toasted malt with a hint of citrus hoppiness-quite pleasant.

Taste is quite pleasant with a nice caramel/marshmallow toasted nature and moderate sweetness quickly balanced by a little up front hops. Just enough hops to distract from the malty sweetness and finishes clean. A little light on mouthfeel, but overall a very good representation of the genre.

Definitely a standout Oktoberfest. Well above average.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.04/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

my least favorite beer i think from my little fall beer smattering last night. its overly alcoholic, this kind of strength doesnt belong in the style, and the addition of all the extra sugar to get it there is even more inappropriate in this style. this beer is orange and clear and largely flat, with a nose of sweet malt and dextrose. there is a caramel element, even butterscotch candy, and there is a fair degree of hop bitterness here too. the whole thing seems overly exposed on the alcohol front though, and with the leftover sugar its like a girly drink of some kind, not a beer. i gave this the benefit of the doubt when i bought it, but that was maybe a mistake. this is pretty bad overall, a poor attempt to be clever and different. these beers are traditional for a reason. skip this one for sure unless you want a booze bomb dipped in corn sugar.

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Photo of mothman
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a solid offering from leinies. It looks fantastic with a vibrant autumn hued copper color. Flavor profile is typical oktoberfest, but hoppier. Caramel and biscuit with a nice spicy and earthy hop profile. Has an orange citrus flavor as well. A touch of toasted malts.

Clean and crisp. Larger bodied. Very easy to drink for the abv.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Pours into a chalice with a deep copper color, and a big thicket of beige khaki head which forms fine even lacing…so far a pretty great looking uber O fest here. Typically in the past with Big Eddy releases from Leinenkugel they seem to be overcarbonated or too thin for the style with a lot of booze.

Aroma has sugar layered toasted malts, creamy vegetal texture something very fruity and pleasant right off the bat a hint of mild citrus the label does say “A bolder tastier take on an Oktoberfestbier dry hopped for added complexity”.

Flavor is upfront sweet, honey malts toasted malts, slight nutty character…but really too much of an all-encompassing sweetness feels like it coats the palate completely.

Mouthfeel harder to enjoy as the sweetness just seems to build, usually a crisp easy drinking style…the uber O fest beats your palate up a bit booze isn’t as ridden as I’ve seen in their other big beer releases, but it’s the unrelenting sweetness.

Overall I’m not disappointed that I tried this one, but it shows that a nice Vienna style lager/Oktoberfest style lager is so much more drinkable than something like this.

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Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Deep tawny russet color, backlit with smoldering sunset orange hues. Plenty of foam that eventually fades to a skim with minimal sparse lacing. Bright clarity. 4

Smells a little boozy, more like a blond doppelbock or something. Caramelized sugars, sugar cookies, stewed fruit. 3.5

Tastes boozy as well, cotton candy, apple, bitter aftertaste. Fairly smooth considering, but the taste is a little jarring. Slight astringency present, fairly full bodied. Overall it's sort of the antithesis of a drinkable, subtle style. Still it's not bad, but nothing really unique about it either. 3.25/3.5/3.5

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Photo of LANDRY
3.5/5  rDev -2%

A great beer in the already great Big Eddy collection, a big beer with out and overwhelming big beer sting. Crisp and refreshing even, fresh pumpkin pie in a glass, sweeter than you'd expect. Pours a beautiful burnt orange color like fall leaves with no head even on a heavy pour, lightly carbed. Very floral nose a warning shot from brewers as Oktoberfest begins Winter Is Coming, stock up on some of these and you may survive.

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Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -16%

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

appearance
Amber with a 1/2 finger of of-white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Toasted bread, caramel, and molasses. Subtle sour apple notes.

Taste
Toasted bread, caramelized table sugar, and pear. Hints of cidery apple with earthly, floral hop notes.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, crisp, oily, and sticky.

Overall
The maltiness isn't as deep or complex as anticipated. The strange sour apple notes really throw this off.

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Photo of TooGood
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber orange with about 1/2 inch head, moderate lacing on glass. Smell is slightly sweet with a hint of pumpkin vegetalness. The taste is delightful and hard to describe, I just know I like it. I get some sweetness, a little spice, and slightly dry finish. It is as smooth as silk going down with just the right amount of presence on the palate. Overall this is one of my favorite Oktoberfests and I will seek it out every fall from here on out.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Shared with Small Paul, the liquor store connection. Side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance - Pours a nice, transparent copper color with about a one and a half finger head that leaves mediocre lacing. Head retention is about a quarter of the way into the brew.

Smell - Malts, fruitiness, a little spices, and a bit of alcohol. Nothing too impressive.

Taste - High on sweetness. Caramel, sweet malts, and a certain bready sensation are ever present on the palate. There is a little bit of alcohol present as well. Many of flavors are more subdued, nothing is particularly overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Finishes clean and rich, quite smooth. One of the better aspects of the beer. Medium carbonation

Overall - This is a decent beer overall. I would not buy it again, probably won't drink it again. But it is worth a try if offered to you. Decent example of the style, just not super impressed, nothing here will blow your hair back.

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