Ginger In The Rye (Rye Munich Weizen) | Short's Brewing Company

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Ginger In The Rye (Rye Munich Weizen)Ginger In The Rye (Rye Munich Weizen)

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.85%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 163
Photo of madeofsteel
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - No bottling date, but I know it's fresh. Pours a dark orange color that builds minimal head, less than a finger high. Doesn't stick around too long, either. Minimal lacing.

S - Ginger is very strong, but I can certainly pick up wheat sweetness, too.

T - Ginger is very flavorful, but the sweetness from the wheat counteracts it quite nicely. It's definitely a hefe, but I like the ginger twist. Normally, I don't really enjoy spiced beers, but Short's usually does it for me.

M - A lot more fizzy than the head lets on, it's tingly on the tongue. Well structured.

O - Prolly not something I'll seek out again, but it was certainly worth the intrigue.

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Photo of malty
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a sixer at my local bottle shop. No date stamp, but I gotta believe this is less than a couple weeks old.

Looks like a straight-up German Hefe. Cloudy golden, with a slight russet hue. Creamy dense 1" settled head that's a classic bone white. I swirled the bottom inch of the bottled as to inject the yummy yeast sediment - always do with a wheat beer. Perfect smattered, blotchy lace all the way down.

Very, very accurate fresh ginger tingling the nostrils, with a perfect lemon edge. The clove & banana are also making a proper showing. Smells like a Franziskaner AFTER a plump lemon slice has been squeezed and plopped into it. The ginger is really nice and intriguing, as I cannot wait any longer...

Short's delivers what the advertise - once again! The ginger tastes very natural and really works with this beer. The lemon makes a great counterbalance to the ginger, so it's not so aggressively spicy. The hefeweissen feature is spot on. You can really tell this is a wheat beer without any confusion. Bubblegum, clove, banana and lemon make for a sturdy and traditional foundation. All the rest is Short's masterful madness - of which I LOVE!

Mouthfeel is creamy, creamy, creamy with a perfect medium body. Carbonation is fine and airy. Lemon-ginger finish that's a bit dry.

Overall a complete winner. I'm a hefe fan, so I had my reservations if this style was going to be twisted beyond recognition. What I got was a progressive, respectful and empowered rendition of a great Bavarian-style wheat beer. I'd love to pair this with some wild salmon with a ginger ancho glaze.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Picked this interesting brew up during my last visit to MI. Pours a clear copper amber color with a slight light tan head. Ginger aroma, some spice, and to me it smells like lemon meringue pie! Medium mouthfeel. Ginger, honey, sweet lemon all in the flavor. No bitterness to speak off. No booze either. An interesting brew. I half like and and half want to move on to something different but I guess that is the allure of these types of beers. Interesting and worth a try.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy in color with a nice cap of white hanging over the top of the glass. Nice rich looking head of foam on the top of the glass here now as well, nicely done I have to say. Aroma immediately is a bit boozy with hints of grass, touches of hops, and a light fruit note that seems to pick up the warmer it gets. Interesting flavor profile as well here. Not at all what I was expecting. Hints of grapefruit, a touch of herbal, floral notes and a really nice and well laid out malty background. Quite nicely done I have to admit. Warming seems to bring out touches of pear and apricot and a definite grape flavor finishes it off rather nicely.

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Photo of DannyDan
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out an amber hue with a white head that quickly disappears leaving good retention and some nice lacing.
S. A pleasant aroma of ginger and rye
T. The taste starts out with some ginger, other spices, followed by some rye and finishes off with some hops.
M. Very smooth and creamy and easy to drink.
O. A very good tasting ginger beer.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was a little surprised by the category of this beer before opening.

Bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A- It gave the lightest fizz upon popping the cap. Clean, deep golden body clouds slightly with a yeast swirl. 1-finger, khaki-tan head leaves wonderful rings on the glass. Moderate carbonation. Not quite the head retention, carbonation, or cloudy nature of most hefes.

S- Lots of banana in the bottle. After the pour, it gives off some lemon and ginger. Rye is unmistakeable, yet not overwhelming. With warmth it almost gets some trippel-like qualities.

T- Full banana and candied ginger at first. Lighter clove and black pepper in the finish. Another sip and I notice the rye along with the black pepper. It stays a touch sweet with something of honey and herbs. It's almost like a jasmine tea sweetened with honey.

M- Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Smooth. Sweetness leaves a sticky quality.

O- This is a really solid beer and very drinkable. I don't have a ton of experience with experimental hefes as most of them are pretty straight forward and within the guidelines. I like what Short's did here. It's a potential crowd pleaser to boot. From what I remember, it's a lot like Wolaver's Wild Flower Wheat, the sweet flavors are bit of an adjustment.

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

12 oz. bottle. Cool label.

Pours a viscous, cloudy, deep tangerine. Small, gauzy, dirty white head. Some lacing. Strong yeasty esters on the nose. Heady mix of cloves, banana, banana bread, menthol, and ginger.

Toasted wheat up front. Spicy, peppery hop bitterness quickly follows. Maybe mixed with spicy ginger? Malty undercurrent includes more spicy (rye bread), and some classic, yeasty, fruity hefeweizen flavors: clove, banana, and a little bubblegum. Spicy bitterness over banana bread malts in the long finish. Full bodied, creamy feel. Ends up coming across as a lightly ginger spiked weizenbock. I like it.

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Photo of 33nickadams
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber color with very little head at the sides of the glass. Slight lacing. Smell has ginger and lemon notes. I also sense a spicy, yeasty, piney smell. It has a very fresh and zesty smell. I really like it. I taste ginger and the banana and cloves. Finishes dry. Creamy, medium mouthfeel that's well carbonated. Overall, its good and I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of warnerry
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle

A - Pours a clear copper/orange with a massive three finger of-white head, even following a gentle pour. Head has amazing retention.

S - Subtle aroma of rye, a bit of ginger, some citrus and bread.

T - Taste starts with rye and citrus with a very faint tartness. Nice bready malt. Ginger only apparent on the finish. Some astringency on the finish unfortunately takes taste down a notch.

M - Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Again, the astringency on the finish knocks mouthfeel down a bit.

O - Overall, this seems to have held up pretty well, but the finish is a problem. Never had this fresh, but I would try it if they brewed it again. Another interesting one from Short's.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a luminescent orange liquid with an almost crystal ball effect. The monstrous bone white head settles down to a nice thin but creamy covering. As good as it gets.

S- Some ginger, rye, pine, and caramel. A little on the tame side, but not bad at all.

T- Same as the aroma with a little bit more ginger presence.

M- Creamy smooth with a nice carbonated presence. There is some lasting bitterness.

O- Overall, a good beer that has aged pretty well over the years. Takes it back to Short's roots.

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4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml Bottle served in a Tulip Glass (Tripel Karmeliet) Enjoyed on may´11
Pours reddish copper in color. Yellowish copious & rocky foam leaving a lot of lacing rings. Yeast, bread & ginger aromas. Mildy sour-sweet taste at first sip. Rye - dry bitterness-, black bread & butter flavors. Medium fairly well carbonated body mouthfeel. Non felt alcohol.Spices, ginger & apple hints aftertaste. Refreshing at a low temperature. Good drinkability.

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Photo of airohead2001
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What a bizarre old-ass beer from Short's. Love this place. Thanks, glazeman.

Appearance is legit - hazy orange with a nice white fluffy head with lots of retention.

Smell is ginger, funk, clove and cinnamon. Gooodness.

Taste is similar to the smell - juicy and spicy with a bitter finish. Very nice.

Overall, a good, fun beer from Short's. One of their better offerings for sure.

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Photo of glazeman
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought at the brewpub a few weekends ago.

A: hazy gold in color with a 2 finger off white head that has excellent retention and lacing. With how easy this one developed head on the poor, I was worried for infection...luckily there was none.

S: As the name implies, giner, rye, candy sweetness and a bit of wheat. Smells like a sushi restaurant and a bakery combined

T: This really hit the spot on a warm summer afternoon. The addition of ginger to a wheat beer was phenomenal. This one has a bit of yeastiness and a lot of wheat.

M: Medium-body yet crisp. Nice aftertaste.

O: The price was a bit steep (14 dollar I believe), but for a 4 year old beer, this has developed well and was very enjoyable.

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Photo of dfillius
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Remembered the review from BA mag a while back...Purchased one of the bottles while up at Short's in Bellaire, MI a couple weekends ago. They had it in the fridge behind the bar - Yes please! 2007 vintage, enjoyed on 6/5/11 Is it still good? The bartender says it has aged really well.

A: It's still carbonated, that's something at least. 2 fingers of off white head is fizzy and tight with great retention. Hazy orange amber liquid is gorgeous. A tad too much head.
S: Smells tangy - slightly stings the nostrils, in a good way. Ginger simple syrup, orange peel, graham cracker crust, peaches? Something a tad off lurks, almost like a liqueur.
T: Sweetness with a touch of ginger up front, aspirin on the finish. This one has gone a bit sour/astringent. Tastes like it was once great though. Fair tasting, but the aspirin is too dominant.
M: Full and sweet at first with some ginger spice. Astringent finish is unpleasant. Too fizzy.
D: I bomber is enough. I would love to try it fresh if they decide to make it again like most of the other 2007 bombers! Please do!

Here's the review of the fresh one - 12oz bottle from 11/11:

A: Moderate pour yields 1/3 finger of white head with fair retention. Hazy brownish orange/dark amber liquid. Head nearly disappears after one minute. More head please. (3.5)
S: Ginger, orange peel, lemon lime, faint clove. Very heady, dusty even. I like this aroma a lot. Complex (4.5)
T: Medicinal, aspirin is here even though it is fresh. Like tonic water a bit. The flavor does not match the aroma. No citrus, some ginger. Like a wild ale but with no sweetness to balance. Maltiness is better as it warms. (2.5)
M: Dry, astringent even. Not super carbonated. Mouthfeel dominates on this one. Unrelenting dryness and astringency. (2.5)
O: One is enough. Not horrible, but not rewarding! An adventure. I'm glad I tried. Won't buy 6 again and wouldn't order a second. Not psyched to drink the other 5 from this 6-er!

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Photo of capra12
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed at the gm with my buds,

Appearance: pours a 1 finger head, clear yellow and Orange with a hint of brown.

Smell: light malts with candies Belgian sugar. A hint of caramelized green grapes.

Taste: open with a Sharp hit of spice almost numbing the palate, the ginger working its magic. Subtle and welcoming malt profile peeks through to mellow out the spice. There is a mildly malty and spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation with a light body. Slightly drying which is pleasant.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again. I recommend this to those seeking a ginger ale with a pleasant drying aspect to subdue the malt profile .

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Photo of inilegna
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Amber orange, dense head and lots of yeast strands.

S - Subtle yeasty aroma on the front end. Very light caramely maltiness, with a definitive sweet, belgian scent. Also candied ginger with orange rind.

T - Sweet at the tip of the tongue, light ginger up through the nose. Subtle amaretto & cane fruit (Raspberry) undertone. Subltey bitter on the finish. Like ginger ale in a beer.

M - Fine bubbles, very light feeling -- smooth and frothy when swished around.

D. Extremely smooth, almost too smooth. Goes down with no effort, can I have some more!?

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Photo of B0bD0bbselbock
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge "Thank you!!!" going out to Brian @ Short's Brewpub for most graciously gifting my friends and i with two pints of this fine beverage on our recent visit.

Notes from a recent review. Split this with 4 friends. Poured into glass mason jar.

A- Pours a beautiful golden color with an amber, sunset orange hue. Nice pale, golden head of about 1 1/2 finger height with medium lacing.

S- Yeast aroma is very forward, bringing out bubblegum and clove notes, paired with a nice rye aroma and pleasant ginger notes, along with a bit of sweetness in the background.

T- Sweet, spicy, complex, and delicious. The mild warming ginger blends subtly in the overall flavor, popping in up front and carrying through the finish. The nice ginger notes seems to grow a bit more with each sip. I also detect bubblegum and cloves from the yeast, along with hints of fresh wintergreen berries, all of which mix and mingle beautifully on the palate.

M- Nice, mild-medium bodied.

D- Smooth, lighter medium body make this one highly drinkable, to my mind.

I enjoyed this brew tremendously. The synergistic flavors, charming aroma and color, and high drinkability truly impressed me. I'd buy this one frequently if only it was still in production. However, I am most grateful to have savored this superb, one-time treat.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

25.6 ounce bottle poured into a large snifter. This is a cloudy orange color with a foamy head. Smell is an interesting mix of cloves, ginger, pepper, and banana. It also has a milky or creamy characteristic.. reminds me a lot of some kind of creamy banana dessert. Taste has many of the same flavors, loaded with spices and sweet banana. Decent drinkability. Creamy mouthfeel. Interesting and original.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Dec 2007.

American brewers have no problem at all with making styles their own, blending styles or coming up with a new style all together. Ginger in the Rye is a Rye Ale that uses rye malt and Munich malt, flavored with rye and fermented with the Weihenstephan yeast strain. So a slight hybrid of styles that drops deep into extreme beer land.

Frothing action is not shy and rises quickly to the top of the mug. Head retention is out of this world, dense rocky formations mimic thunderheads. Semi-clear shiny-brass color. The aroma of fresh ginger, spicy rye and a mildly phenolic yeast with hints of clove and bubble gum actually work when all together. Solid yet semi-fluffy medium body dons a big smoothness. Ginger comes in modest yet with each sip it grows a little bit more. Rye drops a bag of spice as does the yeast with a long trail of medicinal phenols. A hint of bubble gum and band-aid that feign a bitterness to balance the bit of sweetness on the palate. Finishes with yeasty undertones and a linger of rye and ginger.

Complex is not enough to describe the depth this beer has, a great beer before the main course of a long dinner or an appetite arouser to get the palate ready. This one is far into the depths of extreme beer.

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Photo of tpd975
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to jdubfl for bringing all the Short's beers in for a tasting.

A: Pours a cloudy orange he with a nice tight head. Lots of small bubbles in the glass. Light retention with no lace.

S: Light yeast aroma with subtle ginger, and the aromas you would find in a good Hefe.

T: Subtle ginger in the flavor as well. Wheaty, yeasty, with a nice blend of spices.

M: On the lighter side of medium, zippy carbonation.

D: Not bad, unique and pretty tasty.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to Deuane for hauling this back from MI for me. A capped 750ml bottle # 199 of 1104. Poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The weizen appears a hazed deep yellow - amber color with at least n inch of dense off white head. Nose and flavor consist of that spicy , peppery bite associated with rye malt, fresh ginger root, hints of citrus such as lemon and orange, a good amount of caramel malt sweetness. Quite zippy and tingling on the tongue and back of the mouth and throat throughout the finish. Decent carbonation and body for the style. Another tasty and unique offering from the Shorts Imperial Series.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery. This grew on me. Drinkable enough ginger, with the rye a little edgey and coming through mid-sip, with a softening hefe mouthfeel. Different tastes came through with different parts of lunch and the bottle was completely drained. Big head.

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Photo of gford217
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Derek for another rare Shorts beer, 750mL bottle, number 7 of 1104, poured into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy bright orange with an enormous three inch head that leaves clumps of lacing on the glass and remains a cap for the duration. There is also a constant stream of bubbles streaming up to the top.

The aroma has a fairly strong ginger presence and plenty of typical hefe aroma hiding behind it - some banana sweetness and cloves. There may be a bit of rye spiciness as well but I'm not sure I can differentiate between that and the clove.

The taste is really interesting and doesn't taste exactly like the aroma. It's a got a zing of ginger up front and the hefe characteristics are certainly less evident as in the nose. Unlike the aroma, the rye really comes out in the finish with a spiciness that lingers between sips.

The mouthfeel is extremely smooth, likely due to the rye, and has a ton of carbonation. Silky.

As with many of the Shorts beers I've had, this one really pushing the limits of styles and the flavors are bold and aggressive, definitely limiting the drinkability. I'm not convinced it all comes together perfectly, but it's a creative effort (as always) from Shorts.

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Photo of hopdog
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle acquired in trade with hoppymeal (thanks Derek!). Bottle # 87 of 1104.

Poured a medum golden colol with a rather large sized off white head. Aromas of ginger, toasty, citrus, and yeasty. Tastes of ginger, citrus rinds, caramel, and had a peppery finish. If you like ginger, seek this one out.

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Photo of younger35
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this brew in a trade with sarcastro. This will be my second Shorts brew and first of the Imperial series. Can't wait to start digging into these Imperial brews. Drank from my Surly nonic pint glass.

Rye Munich Weizen aged on fresh ginger
Date Brewed: 1/10/07 & 1/15/07
Batch No: 262 & 263
Date Bottled: 2/27/07
Non Traditional Ingredients: Ginger
Imperial Beer 5 of 13
Bottle Number 191 of 1104

Appearance- Pours a super clear orange yellowish with a hugely creamy two finger bright white head. The creamy head never ever recedes, even in the least, and leaves LOADS of ring like lacing.
Smell- The Weihenstephan yeast leaves a very traditional Hef nose full of banana, clove, some spicy white pepper and of course candied ginger. The ginger isn't exactly as strong as I was expecting so hopefully there is more in the taste. This also has a strange sort of smell in the nose that was in The Curl. Stock bottling yeast?
Taste- Starts with a slightly spicy kick before a slap of ginger greats my tongue. A bit of under ripened banana and bubblegum along with some raw bready maltiness. Some light spice of clove, ginger and even maybe a touch of nutmeg. When cold there is a lingering bitterness that seems out of place but once it warms I think it's just the rawness of the ginger. This beer really covers the back of my throat in spicy, gingery goodness. Leaves a semi spicy and dry lingering candy like bite.
Mouthfeel- Deceivingly full bodied and creamy with a small amount of sharp, tingly carbonation. No idea how this brew maintains such a beautiful cap and collar with such light carbonation.
Drinkability- This brew certainty is unique but it really does share a lot of the same qualities as a Hef. Considering Joe Short wrote about how thick his mash was and how stuck it got from all the Rye, I thought it would have more of a bite. And for that matter the Munich isn't so prevalent either. I think the yeast and ginger really take this brew over and make it what it is. Really glad I got the opportunity to try this beauty. Big thanks again to sarcastro!

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Ginger In The Rye (Rye Munich Weizen) from Short's Brewing Company
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