Widmer Hefeweizen | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Widmer HefeweizenWidmer Hefeweizen

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Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
availability: year-round
bitterness: 30 IBU
alcohol by volume: 4.9%
original gravity: 11.75° PLATO

Pale, Munich, Wheat, Caramel 40L

Bittering: Alchemy
Aroma: Willamette, Cascade

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Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange hazy unfiltered colour, fruity, but metallic like tart astringency. That was an unexpected bitterness. Citrus aroma. Some spice clove and pepper, theme from yeast, banana. OK wheat likely better in summer. Medium mouthfeel, soft and light. Fizzy carbonation.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light orange color with a 2 inch whitish-orange head that settles to a small cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, spices, and yeast aromas. Taste is of wheat/malt, spices, and a yeasty finish. An average level of carbonation makes for a smooth and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average American take on the hefeweizen. Nothing offensive, just somewhat boring.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

theyre famous for this one. pours thick and cloudy as can be. minimal head and just a really dense looking brew. literally looks like a hangover. smells very wheat prominent, with yeast and orange peel as well, slightly acidic in that regard. flavor is quite good, not so much heffe as it is just a wheat beer for me, but i do not dislike this. more malty and less yeasty than it looks, bready a bit in the finish, citrus too. mouthfeel is more heavy than most of these, which i appreciate. not a session beer in the form i had it today, but distinct and fairly solid. worked with some spicy mexican food

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a cloudy looking yellow color with a pretty good bubbly white head on top. The head leaves some light lacing on the glass with each sip. The smell of the beer has the soft aromas of banana and clove that most Hefeweizens traditionally have. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, a little watered down but could be much worse. Overall it's a pretty decent brew.

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Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours cloudy golden yellow with a minimal amount of head that quickly vanishes, leaving just a ring around the edge of the glass. There's a moderate level of carbonation.
S: There are faint aromas of wheat and citrus.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a mix of malt, wheat, and lemon citrus. A slight bitterness from the hops also comes across.
M: The flavor is light bodied, crisp, and smooth on the palate.
D: It's rather light and refreshing, but not quite as thirst quenching as some German hefeweizens.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An atypical Hefeweizen, however, I liked it. Had on tap at the local pub. Looks amazingly 'pumpkin' colored and heavily straw or golden. Pours a 1/2" creamy head that refused to fall. Laced well as the glass empties. Smells sweetly with light banannas or papayas, other sweet fruits hit like mangos and tangerines. Light bubble-gum (juicy fruit) aromas add to the sweetness. Definate hop aroma spices up the nose. Flavors of those sweet fruits are mimicked in the taste, along with honey, barley, and wheat malt. Cooriander, cloves, and all-spice are detected along with flavoring hops in the body, then taper into the finish. A medium, yet firm body remains consistent throughout. Creamy to the finish with minor diacityl coating the palate. Finishes sweeter and less crisp than traditional Weizens, but remaining hop bittering cuts the sweetness into the aftertaste. Like I said, it's not true to style, but I really like this beer. I have been drinking Oberon and Ayinger Brau-weiss. I'll add this one to my list.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.86/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I've seen this beer around forever but never really got a shot to give one a try. Pours a golden color, sort of cloudy. Not the usual hefe aroma smell.. or maybe just a faint version of it. Taste is a bit bland, again like the aroma the nice banana and clove things I was expecting are barely there. Odd mouthfeel here for this one too. Drinkable, but there's definitely better hefe's out there, I'd have one if offered but wouldn't seek this out again.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, procured somewhere in the PACNW in the last few days.

This beer pours a fairly cloudy, medium golden yellow colour, with one finger of rocky and densely soapy bone-white head, which leaves a nice hanging canopy of lace around the glass as it lazily disappears.

It smells of spicy wheat grain, some further pale maltiness, watery citrus rind, a bit of light table-top pepper mill output, faint banana esters, and some mildly testy yeastiness. The taste is musty, sweet wheat malt, a touch of caramel isolate, clove and mixed peppercorn spice, some additional pale breadiness, and a sort of grassy, leafy, and weedy green hoppiness.

The carbonation is on the low side, via its dialed-in frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and more or less smooth, with a wee airy creaminess trying dearly to get off the ground. It finishes a bit off-dry, the mixed malt contending with some indeterminate bitterness rearing up, post last call.

Overall, this comes across as a little weak and underwhelming for a so-called world beater for the style, but still tasty and drinkable enough for a sunny summer day. And the grocery store single serving prices down here don't hurt a bit, I gotta say!

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Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a modest cap, particularly for a wheat beer; a few dots of lace here and there

Smell: Bready, with vague hints of banana, coriander and lemon

Taste: Bready, up front, with a growing banana and lemon cake aspect that adds some pith and coriander by mid-palate; after the swallow, the hops continue to add a nice bittering touch to the profile

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Rather insipid for a hefe, but rather nice for an American Pale Wheat (but who seeks out beers in that style)

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Photo of kojevergas
2.57/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Hefeweizen glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: One finger head of decent cream and good thickness. Retention is good. Colour is a hazy orange. Textbook hefeweizen appearance - which is a good thing.

Sm: Orange peel citrus ester hops. Light cream. Maybe some lemon esters. A moderate strength aroma.

T: A musty barley foundation with orange peel citrus esters atop, and maybe a touch of lemon. No malt taints the balance, thankfully. It's decently built for the style, and balanced to boot. It isn't complex, but most beers in the style (at least that I've had are rather simplistic. It's a few hairs shy of refreshing.

Mf: Smooth and wet - and just as well.

Dr: Very drinkable, albeit a tad overpriced. Still has some lessons to learn from the Germans before it's truly a brill hefeweizen.

Oh, and beeradvocate: let's start letting the more respectable breweries tell us what the style is.

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Photo of zeff80
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a highly carbonated golden color with a small, fizzy, white head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, clove and wheat.

T - It had a pretty nice wheat flavor with a hint of orange or coriander. Fairly sweet tasting.

M - It was relatively crisp and sharp. A very light-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay beer. It is definitely not a hefe but a pale wheat ale.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a cloudy straw-yellow color with a fairly-significant white head that disperses fairly quickly without the staying power I would like to see. Hazy. The nose brings banana, citrus, and a bit of bubblegum. Some grainy wheat as well. The taste is not at all dominated by any German yeast notes, and it is mostly just some like wheat and grain. A bit of bubblegum and banana. Feel is like and a tad bit creamy with good carbonation. Light and refreshing, a decent APWA.

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Photo of nickfl
2.56/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours with half a finger of white foam that collapses rapidly and leaves decent lace. The body is a very hazy dark golden color.

S - Musty wheat, light, spicy hops, and lots of bready yeast with an odd, metallic note.

T - Earthy wheat and yeast up front with a coppery metallic bite. Musty hops come out in the middle with more creamy yeast flavor. The beer finishes with a light note of toasty malt and more tangy wheat along with the every present yeast flavor.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - This beer pretty much just tastes like bread yeast. The aroma is remenicent of raw bread dough and the flavor is quite similar. The wheat and hops both add earthy notes that echo the yeast and do nothing to relieve the monotony. The beer is fairly inoffensive except for a metallic note that I get mostly in the aroma, but there really isn't much to enjoy here either. If you enjoy the flavor and aroma of yeast starters, then you will love this one, if you like actual beer you may want to look elsewhere.

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Photo of mothman
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle

Pours a tan orange with a finger of white head. Leaves some decent lace. Very cloudy beer. Looks decent.

Smell is very citrusy and a lot of "lemonness" going on here. The smell isn't very appealing. It is very musky. The taste is of wheat and there is a flavor that citrus and fruit going on here. Very bland flavor.

Mouthfeel: A little smooth, medium bodied and decent carbonation. Ends a little dry.

Overall this is a decent brew, nothing to special, not up to my standards for the style. Cheap and decent I guess.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.71/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange with a copper cast. The frothy white head is short lived but holds a good collar and leaves some very minor lace. The aroma is slighty fruity (some light citrus) with some nice malt and a touch of spicy hop. The body is thin, with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and a gentle carbonation bite on the tongue. The flavor is malty up front (slightly earthy), with a spicy hop flavor appearing towards the back of the palate, and ending with a dry and spicy hoppiness that sticks around just long enough to be memorable yet refreshing. Well balanced, though possibly a bit bitter - but this is from Oregon! A decent, unfiltered, hoppy American wheat ale.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A pretty average "hefeweizen" though it's hard to call it that. I'm used to bottled hefes having clear evidence that they are unfiltered, such as a hazy pour or residue at the bottom of the bottle. On the contrary, this beer was very clear, with a nice head, and would have looked great if they weren't trying to convince me it was unfiltered.

The taste was good though, tasted like a typical wheat beer, but offered hints and aromas of citrus often typical to American hefes. I bought a six-pack, so I will say I'm ready for the next five; they're definitely worth drinking, but certainly not a go-to on hefeweizen.

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Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated 23 Aug. 2011 poured into a snifter.

A: Initial pour was clear but some cloudy liquid towards the bottom of the bottle was added as well. Golden apricot color with almost no head and little lacing.

S: Yeasty and quite fruity with a touch of light malt. No clove and only a vague hint of banana or here, and very little in the taste.

T: Slightly malty with a light hop presence, a bit of citrus, lightly nutty, and little of the yeastiness expected in a hefeweizen; but then I see BA has classified this as an American Pale Wheat Ale, which seems more fitting. Light sweetness up front turns mildly bitter by the finish.

M: near medium body; very good carbonation level; light dryness in the finish.

O: A good, easy-to-drink, unfiltered wheat beer, lacking the pronounced banana/clove yeastiness I'm not very fond of anyway. Excellent with Chinese food.

(revisited with slightly more favorable impression in July 2013).

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Copperfield’s in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma was heavy on the lemon along with a little bit of wheat, spice & yeast.

T: Much like in the smell, the lemon was pretty dominant. The standard bready wheat flavor of the style was certainly there as well with a faint taste of hops. The lemon sweetness and some wheat flavor remained in the after-taste.

M: Very smooth & crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: I picked this beer essentially by default, because the five other choices that I had for draft beer were either beers that I’ve had before or watery macros. I thought AB had their hand in this one, but I tried it anyway. I have to be honest and say that it was a pleasant surprise. It was tasty and extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

More on the dry side than the usual malty sweetness. Rather murky in the pour. Clean flavors but little of the German esters, however it is full of yeast like a Hefeweizen. Definitely in the American wheat style but has a little substance to it. As it warms a touch of malt emerges. A modest but distinct hop flavors gives it a little boost. Apparently even reputable brewers don't agree on what is the American style and what's a German Hefe. I'd rather there be truth in labelizing, though.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.36/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque, dull gold body with a small, creamy, white head. Slight lacing on the way down.

Smell: The nose is coming up a bit short here, with only light hints of lemon and banana and malted wheat.

Taste: Tangy wheat malt starts things off alongside a bit of toasted caramel and a pinch of table sugar. Mild taste of banana and dull spiciness. Minimal spicy, citrusy hops and bitterness. Sip of sweet lemon on the finish. The vague spice character, never overtly flavor, remains in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Refreshing and sessionable, but dull and uninteresting. You win some, you lose some, I guess.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a cloudy medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint honey orange highlights. The beer has a half finger fizzy foamy off-white head that reduces to a small patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat malts and citrus/lemon with a light aroma of grassy + herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of wheat and bready malts with a hint of sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of lemon citrus and a light flavor of grassy + herbal hops which imparts a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Light bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and smooth.

O: Light and refreshing, easy to drink but not quite as flavorful as some of the other beers in this style (especially the German options). Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.84/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden-orange, low foam for just a while, which is not traditional for a hefeweizen. Lots of floating bits tho.
Smell is citrusy, low banana and clove, but lots of spicy hops.
Really fruity, with tropical passion fruit, banana, red apple, lime and grapefruit. Lots of citrus peel and bubblegum. Wheaty malts. Spicy, with white pepper, clove, faint anise and some sweet dark spice, like cinnamon or nutmeg. Spicy herbal hops in the finish, packing a decent bitterness, but not covering up the lingering fruitiness.
Not as "chunky" as a German weizen, but zesty and refreshing.
Wouldn't call it a hefeweizen, but it's a nice tasty wheat ale.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foggy orange-amber; more orange in the center and more foggy amber as the eye travels to the edge of the glass. The smallish cap is rich cream in color, almost dark enough to be called ecru. It has a rough texture and look (which I like) and lays down a fair amount of sticky lace in the bargain. I like the unpolishedness of it all.

The nose doesn't keep pace with the appearance and strikes me as pretty close to average. Even though four different malts have been used (wheat, pale, Munich and caramel), the beer takes its personality from the first of those; as it should given the style. Uncharacteristically, though, at least in terms of the best hefes, there's almost no banana or clove. A hefe weizen without a good yeast strain is no kind of hefe weizen at all.

Ditto the flavor. There's no question that this beer is much, much closer to an American pale wheat ale than to a hefe weizen. Only a wee smidgen of clove spiciness keeps it from being a dead cert AmWheat. I'm not sure that a four-headed malt bill was all that necessary... and I still can't appreciate any Munich or caramel maltiness whatsoever.

There's a moderate amount of hoppiness, with lemon zest as the dominant hop-related flavor. Of the three varieties, Alchemy (used for bittering, never heard of it), Cascade and Willamette (used for aroma), the Cascade hops come through the loudest on the palate. Bitter trumps sour trumps sweet in the hierarchy of flavor sensations; an interesting take on the style.

There's nothing really wrong with the mouthfeel. It's medium in heft with a minimum of wheaty lushness. The carbonation is just a bit spritzy, but for some reason it works. Those bubbles, along with the bitterness, keep mouth interest at an acceptable level. Since the ABV clocks in at less than 5.0%, this would be a decent session beer in the summer months.

Widmer Brothers brags that Hefeweizen is 'America's original hefeweizen'. Longevity is hardly cause for celebration if the beer doesn't back it up by also being one of 'America's best' hefe weizens. It most certainly isn't that, but it is a worthwhile brew if you like your wheat beers to favor the American APA side of their personalities.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So, going to Grandma’s for dinner tonight, and had to pick up a six pack to bring. Only problem was the only store I would be near would be the Bi Lo. So, I reluctantly went into there and started to look around. So this 6 pack sitting on the shelf and it started to intrest me. I figured it’s a brewer I had not tried, and a style that I love(and so does Grandma) so what the heck, it is Bi Lo after all, so this was the best I was going to get. Lets see how it goes….

A – Poured a nice, slightly hazy pale golden amber. Very nice two inch head hung over the top of it for a good few minutes, before reluctantly fading away to leave about a quarter inch layer along the top. Decent side glass lace was present throughout. Great visible carbonation, lots of bubbles were trickling up from the bottom of the glass throughout the entire time. Look was good overall, classic for a hefe. Very nice sediment on the bottom made it very obvious this was an unfiltered beer from the start.

S – Aroma was very light and pleasant. Almost too light would be the only fault. Took a bit before you could actually pick up what was really driving it. Nice light yeast like smell was dominating, followed by hints of Banana and some other light fruits. A touch of some light grassy or grain in the back as well. Did not really have too much of a punch in aroma, but was light and pleasant.

T – First impression of the taste was very light. Decent grainy taste right up front with a touch of fruit. Light and not really to stand outish at first. Had a touch of a bready feel as I went on when a lot of the wheat started to come out. Pretty standard fair here actually, an average Hefe and not much else to say about the flavor, other then there was a tiny amount of some almost lemon like twang to it in the finish, not sure what it was or where it came from.

M – Really smooth. Lots of carbonation was evident from the very start. Had a good lively mouthfeel. Not watered or oily. Just a light feel. Nice sediment at the end went down without issue. The unfiltered nature of it added a lot of the fell and made it a good bit fuller.

D – Great, as most of the style are. I really did not know what the abv was at the time of review, but these went down like water. The aforementioned sixer was gone in no time. Could have easily been an all night drinker for everyone. Very good hot weather brew here. Lightness kept you from getting that full feeling, and the carbonation kept it intresting. Had some in glass and in the bottle, and it was easy going both ways.

Overall this was a classic hefe, the taste did not really knock me over in any way. But I was not really looking for something to overwhelm me, so that actually worked out well. If it is a classic, easy drinking, brew you are looking for this was absolutely fine. Nothing spectacular, but just a good all around brew. Worth a try

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Photo of Slatetank
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - golden peach colored hazy liquid with full frothy head that allows for nice clinging layers of lace

S - Faintly fruity and mildy spicy peppery aromas

M - Thin and sweet -feel that collapses onto the sides of my tongue: light and rather uneventful

T - A mild carbonation brings the light wheat flavors to the taste buds. A generally sweet but very mild essence of wheat and extremely light malt. A hint of lemon and a slightly salty finish give the ale a bland inoffensive flavor.

D - lighly fruity and quaffable as a thirst quencher or lawnmower ale. Not as full flavored or as effervescent as true Weizens go, but passable as an american wheat. I would probably not seek this out since the flavor seems to have declined since I first tasted this.

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