Asahi Super Dry | Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Brewed by:
Asahi Breweries Ltd
Japan
asahibeer.co.jp

Style: Japanese Rice Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002

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Photo of doktorhops
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I’ve decided that even though I’ve tried the 3 biggest Japanese macro Lagers before I’ve yet to actually review them (not entirely true as I’ve reviewed Sapporo in the bottle, but not in the 650ml can - which is what I have today). Don’t expect any massive scores: Asahi, Kirin & Sapporo are the very definition of macro brewers which will mean - taste, body, quality [thumbs down] and blandness, cheapness, quantity [thumbs up]. Interestingly Asahi Super Dry was the beer that kicked off the Dry Senso (ドライ戦争) otherwise known as the “Dry Wars” in Japan over which macro could brew the driest Lager… obviously this was the Japanese version of the US Cola Wars, less family-friendly but just as preposterous.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Sapporo stein [no brand bias there].

A: Well I’m expecting it to be a 3-way tie here because let’s face it: All macro Lagers have basically the same colour/clarity/head retention. Asahi has a clear golden body with a thin white head that sticks around for about 20 secs before departing. 6/10.

S: Adjuncts give off a fairly grainy nose, hints of honey and a very light floral note in the background which adds a lovely overtone that makes you forget for a moment that this is a macro Lager… compared to Aussie macro fare this is rather pleasant hey. 6/10.

T: Cracker dryness hits from the off and comes back in the finish. Grainy malt base, a touch of sake rice, the lightest smidgen of honey and a cut grass mild hop hint towards the end. Crisp and dry, dry and crisp, yep, aha, great. 5/10.

M: Mid to light bodied, carbonation almost non-existent (probably because I was drinking too slow) but nope - it’s the beers fault, not mine. 5/10.

D: Overall though the story of Asahi Super Dry is that of a beer trying its best to be crisp and dry [DRY AND CRISP!!!]. This all works well with delicate sushi flavours, which is the reason why Japanese macro brewers fought so fastidiously over creating the driest beer. As far Asahi goes - it’s not terrible at what it does, it’s just a bit meh… and dry (I drank a pint of water between each of these reviews - stay hydrated people!). Am I looking forward to reviewing Kirin Ichiban next? Not a hell of a lot but I’ll take one for the team regardless. Chin chin!* 6/10.

Food match: Nigiri sushi it up yo!

*Ask a Japanese person why this is funny.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.27/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2017-01-22
12oz screw top served in a can shaped glass. H31625 19:59 is printed on the shoulder of the bottle. I don't know what it means. This bottle was a gift from a Japanese friend. I've had this beer many times, and I'm well aware that it's not my favorite even amongst a style I don't like much.

Pours very clear golden with a medium head that fades fast and a medium amount of carbonation. Smell is malt liquor, a little honey and funk.

Taste is a weird combination of too sweet and too dry.

Mouthfeel is very dry. Overall...it's not a bad beer, but it's never a beer that I look forward to drinking. It does seem to go well with sushi, and it is a good "starter beer" for a big dinner with a bunch of alcohol.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.57/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz draft into a plastic cup at EPCOT japan.

i must say, this looks really good, even in a plastic cup. pale golden yellow, big white fluffy head which retains all the way down. excellent lacing and much carbonation.

aroma is slightly malty, grassy, and "beery'.

taste similar to the nose. but not unpleasant at all, just, mild i guess is the best word for it.

between medium and full on the mouth, which surprised me a little. short lasting tang on the finish.

overall, and this was my first rice lager, this wasnt bad at all. much better than american adjunct lagers with corn. wish more japanese restaurants carried the rice lagers rathe than the japanese brewed aamerican adjuncts,

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Photo of FreshYeti
3.44/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

You know what this beer looks like. Notably, however, there is a thin head of tiny bubbles that is actually persisting, unlike what you’d expect from a macro lager.

I’m not getting anything on the nose to be honest, but admittedly it’s an extremely cold day. I would expect a slightly metallic wet grain smell, having had this beer several times in the past.

The taste, however, does provide flavor - more than its American cousins, anyway. Dry grass, rice, clay, and wet pavement, dandelion. The bitterness is more reminiscent of green leaves or arugula than hops.

The mouthfeel is this beer’s strongest asset. Crisp, an incredibly dry and clean finish, and the perfect amount of carbonation for the style.

Remember, folks - adjunct lagers are a legitimate style of beer - the most popular in the world, in fact. As reviewers we have a responsibility to judge beers like this according to the standards of the style, not to our preferences. I find nothing offensive here.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.07/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From bottle. Very clear pale straw-gold with white soda pop head that has very little retention or spotting lace. Nose is very grainy, which isn't unpleasant or unexpected of course. No hops detected by my nose. Taste is light grains and some pale malts. Not much of a hop bitterness, but there's not much to balance out. Crisp and on the watery side, but unfortunately has some off flavors as well...sort of a green pepper metal flavor. I remember this being better actually. Not so good.

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Photo of drtth
3.71/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear bright golden amber color with a 1/2” white head that recedes slowly but visibly to a reasonable ring around the glass and an island of foam and thin layer of foam on the liquid. Sipping creates sheets of foam that mostly slide back down to the liquid but leave some scattered patches of foam and small speckles of lacing. The thin layer of foam on the surface persists quite well for much of the beer.

The aroma is dominated by the grains (barley and rice) with very little in the way of hops showing. What hops that do show have a lightly grassy character.

The flavor begins with a bit of grainy sweetness that quickly turns dry while allowing some light notes of hop flavors and a slight touch of dry bitterness to show.

The mouth feel is on the light side, clean and crisp and having a moderate level of carbonation. The finish begins early on as the light sweetness quickly begins to fade allowing a touch of light grassy hop flavors and a hint of bitterness to show. Then everything turns quite dry and then quickly disappears in the short dry ending of the finish.

Overall this is a fairly nice, lightly favored beer that at one level is not particularly challenging and so could be quite refreshing when it's hot outside. I'll be having more, but mostly because I bought a six pack so I could sample it more than once in order to give it a fair review since it has to compete with such intensely flavored beers as IPAs and Imperial Stouts. On the whole, for some folks, this beer would fall comfortably into the category of what might be called "a lawnmower beer.” It does provide a simple refreshing way to vanquish thirst. But on the other hand, thinking of it only that way could lead us to ignore it’s subtle complexity. Not surprisingly this beer seems perfectly suited to pairing with Sushi.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
2.98/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I had super low expectations reading some of the reviews here going into this, but I was happily surprised that this wasn't utter trash.

Actually a really pretty looking beer.
Pours a crystal clear, bright yellow color with a billowing three finger, rocky white head. It even has decent retention and lacing, especially considering it's brewed with rice.

Tame aroma. Nothing special. Dry and slightly hoppy. Notes of grass and apples.

Taste is pretty damn good for an adjunct.
Bitter and floral, creamy, mildy sweet... Finishes with a dry, bready, red apple flavor. No offputting metalic flavors or notes of DMS.

Feel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Refreshing and moderately flavorful for an adjunct.

Overall Comments: For a beer called "super dry" it was actually pretty balanced. Not nearly as bad as some reviewers claim. Nothing special either. This is really just another adjunct lager (Although a pretty damn good one). I'd take this over most other rice beers like kirin, sapporo and even some American adjuncts.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
2.1/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Review: Bottle of Asahi Super Dry: ABV: 5%

Asahi Super Dry, dry as in crisp with no sweetness in the taste, light and not much aftertaste. Super dry as in more of all that. I guess. The labeling on the bottle is very stylish I must say, shiny silver background with a black printed "Asahi" catching the eye

On pour got a lovely clear light golden looking beer, with a nice big white foamy head, which unfortunately did die quite quickly.

Lots of carbonation which was very crispy looking, can hear it bubbling away, was lively

Slight lacing all over, but not much

Overall, looks very good and refreshing, and nice carbo...

Has a lovely beery smell, very, very sweet and some lemon and grass found. The lager yeast, and the rice coming to the fore. I liked the smell, faint aroma but not bad.....

On tasting didn't pick up anything of note, no flavours, nothing, didn't taste anything at all! Also very light, is there really 5% in this!
Ok there was some sweet rice, as you'd expect from an Asian beer, some grains and malts, and a bit of an aftertaste, but nothing to shout home about.
Was a very slight taste in the back end, minimal hops

Generally tasteless, not great at all. actually feel cheated. It says on the label beer, but this tastes like bottled water. And the fact it looked good and smelt ok, was very disappointing that the end product was so bad. A shite feel to the beer, very flat. One to avoid in the future!

Looking at reviews online there seems to be some who say that in Japan it tastes so much better. Perhaps that is so, but I bought mine in a Chinese supermarket and can only go on that. Big beer companies should expect some flack when they put their name to bad exports and poor imitations........

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Photo of rocketcat
2.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Taste gets stronger by end. Medium brewed. Good food-beer, because it has a calm taste feeling.
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Photo of bala747
3.14/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I wouldn't call this beer awful. I am probably in the minority in this but to me, you cannot judge a macro beer the same way you judge a craft beer, just like you do not judge a good sandwich shop the same way you judge a Michelin star restaurant.

I live in Singapore, where temperatures are always in the 30-35C range, and in this heat, a good macro really hits the spot.

As far as macros go, Asahi is really one of the better ones. Every can/bottle of Asahi is almost identical, which is a testament to the Japanese adherence to quality standards. I have drunk numerous Asahis from the tap, a one litre can, a 350ml can, a 330ml bottle.
What is surprising is the identical look, taste and mouthfeel of all of them. To me, Asahi is a template macro, and ideal for Singapore's hot weather.

It pours a nice golden yellow (more than say Budweiser or Miller), with a nice head that dissipates quickly to leave a soapy lace.

You can taste a lot of rice (obviously), some malted barley, grass and a nice citrusy finish. The hoppiness is light, but prominent enough, and not as overpowering as say a Tiger. It also taste less "adjunct" than most American macros (surprising considering how much rice is used).

The mouthfeel is quite crisp, but somewhat unsatisfying, but again, given the heat, it's not too much a factor. Considering it's called "Super Dry" it lives up to that name, again with a spot of lemon tastes much better than a Corona. The Japanese really know how to make a good middle of the road, crisp lager.

Overall, a very good, middle of the road macro that is a safe bet anywhere in the world, as long as the can/bottle is brewed in Japan, and not "made under supervision".

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Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, M21525 bottle code. Pours crystal clear golden straw color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, cracker, corn, rice, white bread, grain, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Okay aromas with good balance of pale malt, adjunct, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. A bit too fruity in the nose. Flavors of cracker, corn, rice, white bread, grain, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, corn, rice, white bread, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt, adjunct, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Moderate dryness, but not too dry. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and grainy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very solid rice lager. Good robustness and balance of pale malt, adjunct, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Jon_G
2.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

If you're planning on drinking this beer, make sure that you get the stuff that's brewed in Japan. The difference between the Japanese brew and the junk brewed in our neck of the woods is vastly different. I'm reviewing Japanese brewed, from a 1L can.

A: 3.5/5 -- I mean, it is what it is! Pale yellow mass produced beer. Pearl white head that is huuuuge if you pour just a touch too hard. Dissipates quickly, soap lacing. It's a good looking beer if you're comparing it to beers of the same style.

S: 2/5 -- Smells malty. A little skunky. A little stinky. Also right up the alley of what you would expect out of a mass produced beer.

T: 3/5 -- The taste is actually pretty nice, imo. Sharp initial flavor, very bright. Has a bit of musk to it, comparable to something like a Special Export or possibly Stella. Aftertaste lingers for quite a while and transforms into something almost champagne like. Maybe more like tonic water than champagne. Interesting, not bad.

M: 3/5 -- Light, easy drinking. Real "wet" and refreshing initially, dry and lingering at the end. Pretty pleasant, actually.

O: 2.75/5 -- It's a standard beer. Having said that, it's actually one of the better "workin' beers" (as I call them) that I have had. This is a beer that tastes damn good while you're out working in the garage, or mowing the lawn, or cleaning the gutters, etc. The hotter out it is, the better this stuff seems to taste. Refreshing and light, and goes down a little too easy. Whenever I see the 1L brewed in Japan stuff, I make sure to buy at least 2 cans.

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Photo of Guppy314
2.7/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From a well chilled can, pours a clear straw color with a thin, white, and long lasting head. My bottle was brewed by Molsen of Canada for Asahi. Decent aromas: hops and malt. Tastes followed with hops a bit more pronounced than the malt, lots of carbonation. Overall pretty crisp, but the finish was grassy and oddly metallic.

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Photo of hardy008
2.09/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Light straw color with a large foamy white head. The aroma has rice, grassy hops, and grain. Tastes just like it smells. Somewhat bitter.
Light bodied with above average carbonation. Not recommended to try again.

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Photo of woomThomas
1.84/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

When pouring the beer, you get a clear bright yellow color. The foam is white and very thin. The foam has small bubbles and disappear rather quickly, leaving no trace. The aroma is malty element that wicks be a little toasted. A little lemon, bread, and so far found little honey. Thin scent general and some sweet corn. The taste is even a bit malty, but now the corn produced more. Is a small roasted tons of malt and sweetness from the corn. After going a little lemon, toast. The flavors are quite thin and very little bitterness. Light body. Carbonation is high. Slightly bitter with a lightly toasted tonnes.

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Photo of Beginner2
2.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

This beer looks better than it smells.
It smells better than it tastes.
It tastes better than it feels (a really not-good metallic taste gets left in the mouth.)
You get the picture. The more you drink of it, the less you want of it.
I rarely break my principles in beer-drinking. One principle is never waste good beer.
This one I poured down the drain.

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Photo of beer-fan-1
4.28/5  rDev +57.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is best had in Japan served at 2 degrees C. The stuff made for North America by Molson is a poor imitation. Had it on a business trip to Japan and looked for it when I returned. Found it and was shocked at both the look and taste. Weak head, typical Molson Coors taste. This should not be the "banquet beer" but it tasted like it. The price we pay for having to settle for an imitation of the original. Not even an export version.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ashahi Super Dry pours a golden color with a long lasting head. Aroma is fake and chemically and a bit skunk. Taste is chemically and skunk with an grainy aftertaste, but a dry finish. Not the best flavors, but okay feel. Overall, its better crappy beer.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.18/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Pure gold with medium to heavy bubbles on the body. Head is straight white rising close to one finger's length.

Smell: Wet hop scent might come off a bit sour.

Taste: Light bitter malts. Has a slight sour body feel

Mouth: Heavy carbonation, light light stickiness but very refreshing.

Overall: Not bad when you're pairing it with Sushi or just a really warm day. Not a mainstay in my fridge but under the right circumstances I'll have it again. Salud.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.57/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bright pale straw color with moderate activity. Foamy white 3 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with faint legs. Flavors of rice and grains, a bit corny and skunky, with faint herbal hops. Sugary with a bitter feel. Oily medium body with prickly carbonation. Light finish but feels more than 5% ABV, very dry and bold, with lingering sweet rice, grains, and faint skunky herbs. Flavorful lager, lots of character, yet not pleasant on the palate. Lacking some freshness, and thick on the tongue. Overall below average quality.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.09/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle purchased at Pho Viet in Rochester, NY.

It's light straw gold, lots of bubbles, like most import lagers.

Smells like overly sweet corny malt, and just a hint of old hay.

This is bad stuff, for sure. It's barely refreshing, and has a more metallic and grainy flavor than I tend to enjoy. As it warms, because I can't drink it all that rapidly, a odd sweetness develops. The name implies that this is going to be dry (actually, super dry) but it really isn't.

This is light bodied, insipid and boring. It's got a high level of carbonation.

Not recommended in really any situation.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.67/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured mine into a lager mug. Pours a light golden color with minor foam head that dissipates quickly.

Smells sweet, almost like corn.

Tastes of light sweetness with minor hints of rice.

Feels smooth, light carbonation that settles fast and drinks easy. Very crisp and refreshing, good cold, would be perfect on a hot summers day.

Overall, I could easily drink a 6 pack of this in one sitting or enjoy it any time as a go-to beer, unfortunately I can't do that with the price. Out of the two Japanese beers I've had, the other being Sapporo, this one is less flavorful but not unpleasant.

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Photo of AMcoffeePMbeer
3.5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crisp and dry which gives it a spicy finish. The malt is not strong. I see a lot of low ratings here, I think it's important to note that I live in East Asia and although I don't know what the North American breweries' Asahi tastes like, the Japan one is pretty good and the China brewery Asahi is absolutely horrific. Even if Asahi intends to keep the quality the same everywhere it is not. Get an ice cold Asahi draft from an izakaya (pub) in Japan and it will be just fine.

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Photo of Nin10dude64
3.82/5  rDev +41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a pilsner glass

A: golden straw, clear at the bottom half of the drink and hazier under the head, which was foamy and dissipated slowly. Left some foam. Had some carbonation

S: sweet malts, with some floral notes

T: at the first tip I was instantly hit with honey. Honey was present throughout the whole drink. Light malt flavor

M: dry, smooth, when left to linger and warm it gained a syrupy texture which brought out the honey flavor even more

O: I was not expecting this at all, I was worried it would be bad because of the reviews but personally I love honey, and I loved all the honey from my experience with Asahi. However, it felt much more like I was drinking mead instead of beer so I tried checking for a freshness date and the only thing I could find was a lone 14. Assuming it was bottled in 2014, I bought it Dec 2015, consumed Feb 2016. If anything this beer is a lot of fun aged, I would recommend that but I have to get a fresh one

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Photo of Seanem44
2.6/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not good at all. I had it with Hibachi, as I decided to go "cultural" I suppose. Still, despite it being not that great, I would drink this over the U.S. Big three...

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