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Beach Wheat | Short's Brewing Company

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Beach WheatBeach Wheat

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 142
Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap, thin layer of head, straw color. Smell is pure bananas and clove, and taste follows right down the line with a nice wheat backbone. Fell was a little thinner than I would have liked, somewhat watery, but otherwise a great little hefe. One to pick up if it's ever bottled.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with a short stack of white head. Zero retention to speak of.

S - Banana peels, spices, lemon grass.

T - Yeast, wheat, bread, some spices. Light bodied mouthfeel - somewhat flat.

O - This brew is a decent Hefe that is worth a drink.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color that produced some white froth that dissipated quickly. Some lacing left behind.

(S)- A big nose of yeasty wheat and biscuit with bits of lemon and orange fruits.

(T)- Very similar to the smell with a vibrant combination of yeasty bread and biscuit meeting lemon and orange citrus. Ever so slight hint of spice on the finish.

(M)- Wonderfully crisp and refreshing with a good balance of dry yet juicy citrus to it with almost no bitterness to speak of.

(O)- Its a solid take on the hefeweiss style. It is definitely better than some other versions I have had from the states for sure. A great beer for those hot summer days.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orangish gold color. Very hazy, almost opaque. A finger plus of a white head that leaves a bit of a lacing

Smell: banana, wheat, lots of yeast.

Taste: wheat mixing with yeasty offering of banana and a little citrus in the mix. A tad on the Belgian side of yeastiness

Mouthfeel: pretty light and drinkable. Not very stand out

Overall. A well crafted but lacking in vision hefe. Follows shorts quality of brews but misses the aspect that makes the brewery. A good drinkable beer. Just not as good as others and not special.

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Photo of scotorum
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Yet another selection from my recent Michigan trip buys.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

a: Hazy bright yellow-orange. Little head but what there is stays in place for awhile.

s: Estery mix that is hard to pin down.

t: Mild banana with other fruit.

m: Medium heft, carbonation is the most evident feature.

o: Not a fan of beer that tastes like the smell in the air when I drive past Monsanto's. Not particularly appealing to me, but I may have left this out on the kitchen counter a bit too long before opening. It's not as cold as it might be. It reminds me why Hefeweizen is not my favorite style. However there is something winsome about the appearance and mouthfeel, like a peculiarly rich fruit cocktail drink.

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Photo of srv33
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice summer afternoon finds me pouring this into a pint glass. A fine slightly cloudy gold color, with a half inch head that quickly fades and just a touch of lacing around the collar remaining. I'm greeted by your typical Hefe-scents here - banana, clove, bread, maybe a touch of plum. The first sip reveals a flavor much the same, but as soon as it hits the palate it quickly leaves, leaving nothing but a touch of lingering bread-like flavor. Mouthfeel is easy and well balanced, quite light. Overall it is a fine and very drinkable brew that is well put together but lacking in flavor depth, which makes it pale in comparison to many traditional Hefeweizens. A solid brew, but basically lacking.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this one many times on tap at places around time, picked up a six-pack for the first time this year. It pours a bright and shining gold color with a yeast-driven haze that obscures any amount of clarity in the brew, just like any hefeweizen should. The head is pretty thin and fades quickly, much quicker than many other beers of this style.

The aroma reminds me of a thin and slightly watered down hefeweizen; the mild, yeasty esters are there with some lightly rotten banana and hints of clove and mint. Faint apple skins and a light kiss of musky hops finishes things off. Not as full, thick, or robust as you'd expect, sadly. The aromas are there, they're just a little underplayed.

Wheat is revealed a little more as the beer hits the palate; soft wheat background with a light graininess and heaps of pale malt. Yeast abound, with lots of banana and clove-like esters. Mild, tart-apple twinge hits somewhere around half-way, something that was unexpected but not necessarily unwanted. Finish contains a touch of musky hop bitterness, but mostly wheat and fading yeast flavors.

Just like the aroma and flavor profiles, the mouth feel is a bit lacking in girth and just seems like a thinner version of the style. Thin bodied, tight carbonation, and a crispy, wet finish. Far from the top-tier hefeweizens out there, but far from the worst, too. It's simply an easy drinker and nothing else. Don't expect greatness and you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, bottled on 7/23/2012. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a small 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings to the glass, with a small amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big banana, clove, lemon zest, pepper, wheat, bubblegum, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of banana, clove, pepper, lemon zest, floral, wheat, bready grain, light bubblegum, and yeast spices. Light yeasty tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of banana, clove, lemon zest, wheat, bread, pepper, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Very nice amount of flavor for 5% without feeling watery at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Hefeweizen. Great balance of flavors without feeling watery; and extremely easy to drink. I really have no complaints, very well done.

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Photo of jmunsters
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler take home from Hopcat in Grand Rapids, MI. I am going to try and be brief here. The Beach Wheat pours and looks like a kölsch with lacing, smells like a hefe light on banana, tastes like a saison/hefe hybrid. Wonderfully odd. Had on bottle last year, very nice from the tap as well.

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Photo of BeRanger
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Short's pint glass.

A: Poured gold, with about a finger of white head that disappeared rather quickly. No real rentetion of lacing.

S: Smells like a typical wheat beer however has a little bit more tart in the smell. Wheat, Yeast, Oranges, Lemon.

T: Starts off very tart and acidic - a good amount of carbonation. The orange and wheat flavor come through and leave a little bit of a bitter after-taste.

M: Light body, medium carbonation - tart taste.

O: It wasn't one of my favorite Short's beers but I suppose I could drink it on a warm summer day. However due to the tartness, I certainly couldnt have more than one at a time.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.34/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a touch of haze and a thin finger of light white head. The head fades fairly quickly with little lace and lots of visible carbonation.

S - Aroma is a mix of lemon peel, clove, banana, and wheat. More pungent than expected.

T - Starts off with some slightly acidic lemon with some wheat in the background. Through the middle, the sharpness of the lemon starts to fade with some clove and banana flavors form the yeast coming through. The finish is a mix of yeast flavors with the lemon peel flavor lingering.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and very refreshing.

D - Extremely drinkable. The balance of flavors is really nice throughout. I especially like the bit of kick that starts off the beer. Light in body, but full of flavor.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of RocPorterFanatic. Into an Odell pint.

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold color with about half an inch worth of white head that doesn't feel like sticking around very long. No spots of lacing left behind as the head recedes. Very little carbonation evident in the glass.

S: Peppery and somewhat spicy, a bit of a lemony wheat tangyness. Pretty light in the nose, smells like a wheat beer with a bit of spice to it.

T: Definite infection going on here, but I kind of like it in this beer. Nice wheat malt, a touch of pepper and a nice slightly sour finish. Definitely grainy and a ton of wheat malt, almost bready, and the finish lingers long on the mouth. I'm not sure if this was intended to have a little lacto in it or not, but it definitely works. Just a bit of banana in here as well.

M: Slick in the mouth, lower carbonation, slightly puckering, and fairly dry. Not too shabby.

O: Fairly enjoyable for what it is. This wouldn't be a bad summer beer at all.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bright golden in color and very cloud. Small head of white fades quickly and is replaced by a broken crown of white lace that barely hangs on the sides of the glass. Aroma is very light at first but as it warms builds with hints of light grass, loads of wheat and light spicy notes. As I take the first sip there is a pronounced spice, clove maybe that really takes over on the palate. Peppery almost with light grain and a hint of lemon zest that punctuates the clove perfectly

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Photo of warnerry
2.81/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy straw color with one finger of white head. Head fades pretty quickly and doesn't really any lacing.

S - Relatively strong lemon scent. There is some wheat and faint banana. Not sure what to make of this.

T - Intense lemon dominates the taste. Eventually the lemon receptors are saturated, some banana, clove and wheat finally come through. Like an odd Berliner Weiss/Hefe hybrids. Not really enjoying this one.

M - Light crisp mouthfeel.

O - Not really what I look for in a hefeweizen, and not really that enjoyable. Won't be getting this again.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.27/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Extra courtesy of erikkoppin. Hmm... By the label art somehow I was expecting an American Pale Wheat ale. Oh well..

Apperance -- Pours a lightly hazed golden hue with faint whisps for head. Leaves some to be desired.

Smell -- Banana and cracked wheat, some bubblegum, pale husky grain, Not too thrilling, but it hits the right marks.

Taste -- Lemony tartness is prominent (huh?) along with banana, double bubble, cream of wheat, and bready malt. This one definitely blurs the line between not good and possibly infected. Really can't tell.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied, perhaps a hair fuller, with low prickly carbonation. Dry, astringent finish.

Overall -- Not a huge fan of this one. Aside from the wheat and banana-like weizen yeast fermentation character, not much about this screams hefeweizen. Or good. Besides, who drinks hefe's at the beach? Germans who wear dress socks with sandals, that's who.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.13/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

$1.69 for a 12oz bottle @ Bevco. Brewed with 50% malted wheat and fermented with german Weizen yeast strain. 4.5% ABV per the website. Pours out to a slightly hazy, but not cloudy pale golden, forming a nice white head with average retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is as it should be with the green bananas and cloves, but also a touch of grassiness. The mouthfeel is crisp with a weird acidity due to some kind of infection going on. Light bodied. The taste opens with the green bananas and cloves, but then leads into a sour green kiwi and metallic funk. Very mild bitterness. Almost a drain pour.

Unfortunately, another infected bottle from Shorts. Reading the other reviews here, it's clear I'm not the only one getting problem bottles. I haven't had good luck with their bottles so I only buy singles to make sure they are OK before I get a 6'er. Glad I didn't get a sixer of this.

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

big thanks to erikkoppin for this one !

poured cold from the bottle a murky straw gold with orange highlight to a foothills pilsner with no head whatsoever.

aroma of citrus and yeasty bread.

yeast and tangy citrus, tart lemon rind. interesting take on a hefeweizen.

medium bodied, low carbonation, tart, near sour.

interesting, though I'm not jumping up and down. drinkable.

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Photo of prototypic
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beach Wheat is a very hazy straw color. Looks a bit yellow or gold when held to light. It’s topped with a soft, white head that stands just about a finger tall. Retention was definitely on the shorter side. Lacing was a little sticky and lighter in volume.

The nose is pretty good. It’s maybe a little weak. It kicks off with a very earthy, grainy scent that lingers throughout. There’s a spicy element to it. Smells like clove and perhaps a bit of pepper. It has a yeasty scent that’s relatively prominent. Smells like there’s a light banana scent. It’s definitely light though. Tough to tell. Perhaps my nose is playing tricks on me. Alcohol is buried.

The flavor is pretty consistent with the nose. It’s spicy up front. Tastes like a yeasty spiciness. I’m definitely getting clove and pepper. It has a strong earthy and grainy flavor that lingers throughout. I’m not getting much in the banana department. I was hoping for more. There’s a faint hint of it, but that’s about it. It is yeast (and spicy) throughout. Alcohol isn’t a factor at all. I’m not getting any. It finishes earthy, grainy, and spicy.

Beach Wheat has a lighter body. Carbonation seems active, but the bubbles feel soft. This stuff goes down super easy. It really is a nice, drinkable summer beer. I could handle quite a few of these on a hot day.

Beach Wheat is a pretty good release from Short’s Brewing Company. It’s a relatively straight forward Hefeweizen. It won’t compete with the world’s best, but it’s still a pretty good beer. A little (or a lot) more banana would definitely bump it up a notch or two. Having said that, it is a pretty satisfying, refreshing beer on a hot day. It’s probably even a little more satisfying than the score here reflects.

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Photo of beenitty
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra from splax23, thanks Jason!

A - Pours pale golden hazy yellow. Agressive pour creates good size foamy head with nice lacing but goes rather quickly.

S - Good stuff. Bit of banana, clove, wheat. Very nice.

T - Getting some pinapple i think here, same as taste, slightly sour but its different, I like that.

M - Nice smooth.

O- I think this beer is pretty damn good. Somewhat similar to one of my all time favorite wheat beers (Mana Wheat), not as good but definitely worth a few pints.

Alot of the reviews seem a bit harsh on this one, Im pretty tough critic, or at least try to be and I thought this one is definitely worth several pints.

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Photo of wschmit
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a Perfect Pint.

A: A nice, pillowy white head fizzles into a somewhat clingy ring about the top of a bubbly, very hazy golden body. Would like better head retention.

S: Smell is good: lots more clove and bubblegum than banana, but it's all there. Good, spicy hops, a bit of alcohol, some sweet wheat. Definitely a good, characteristic nose.

T: This is kinda sour--not expecting that. Don't think it's supposed to be that way--and it tastes a bit barnyard-y at the end, too. Some of the elements of a good hefeweizen are here--nice, not sticky wheat and bubblegum, but this is probably infected. Not bad at all, but I don't think this is by design.

M: Pretty good body--nice balance of full body and alcohol, but this needs more carbonation.

O: Gotta ding this for being prominently sour and a bit off-tasting in the finish. Coulda been a good beer, have to try another sixer sometime. This one came in an in-person trade, so I can't complain, and it's not bad, just not right.

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Photo of warbird07
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an Ommegang tulip...about 55 degrees..

Pours a hazy orange..thin fast dissapearing head..some lacing..looks ok..

Smell is lemon,grass,clove. really citrus nose..not bad

Taste is a bit one dementional...lemon..wheat..there really is not much else that stands out to my mediocre pallet..but I have tried many examples of this style...lacking, but not unpleasant

This beer seems to be a bit low on carbonation and the lemon character adds at touch of acidity..it is crisp, though, which is nice..

Overall for this style it is good, but I could not take more than one or two these in a sitting..but I would drink it again...

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Photo of Beejay
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to RocPorterFanatic for this one.

A: A hazy light yellow in color. Almost like a pineapple color. A small bit of white head on top, which fades almost immediately.

S: Some spice notes, and a touch of fruit. There is a good bit of clove as well as maybe a touch of sulphur.

T: There is a certain tartness to this, as well as a bit of metallic flavor and a touch sour. Fairly light in flavor and a little bit of clove.

M: Thin and quite a bit of carbonation.

O: Overall I'm not very impressed. Very light in flavor, even for the style, and it has that slightly acidic sour twang that all of Short's beers seem to have. Not horrible, but not great.

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Photo of jahilgen
2.08/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Just not impressed maybe my six pack wasn't up to par

A-hazy golden honey, a thin head that disappeared in a few minutes

S-odd woody smell with mild citrus tone

T-flat, could pick up the orange

M-nothing, just an empty flat taste

O-just not impressed, but my brother (who does not like beer) thought it was great, it's just not anything spectacular

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.84/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Beach Wheat last week for $1.50 at The Lager Mill. I'm interested to see what Short's take on a Hefeweizen will be like, will it be traditional or different, time to take a drink an see how it goes. As usual no visible bottling date. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a weizen glass.

A- I am not really digging the label on this beer, it just doesn't do it for me. It poured a slightly hazy pale golden color with a finger and a half of fast dieing head that quickly dissipated to nothing, this beer isn't much to look at.

S- It has a really typical smell for a witbier, It starts with a slightly sweet wheat backbone. The yeast blends nicely with the wheat base and it makes for some nice ripe banana, citrus zest, clove, nutmeg, and a couple other spices.

T- The taste of this beer is pretty much a mirror of the aroma. The wheat base of this beer tastes good and is not overly sweet. Most of the things I picked up in the aroma show up in the taste but the banana and clove aspect seem to be toned down and it tastes like it was watered down. After that I am quickly hit with a big dose of tart lemons, which makes this beer turn in a different direction that I am not so sure I like. Hardly any bitterness on the finish just a dose of some tart lemons.

M- Tart, pretty light bodied, and it had a light amount of carbonation. I would have liked the body and the carbonation to be stepped up a notch, it felt watery to me.

Overall I have to say this was a pretty average Witbier, and not really that close to a Hefeweizen, at first it seemed like it was on the right path when I smelled this beer but when it got to the taste things started to get watery and the Hefeweizen flavors got lighter and were over powered by a large amount of tart lemons. It felt like half of this beer was trying to be a Hefeweizen and the other half was trying to be a Berlinerwiess, the result just didn't seem to flow together. I like the aroma the best about this beer, nothing fancy, just all the aroma you would want and expect. I liked the mouth feel the least, it felt watery and under carbonated. Maybe if I was on a beach on a really hot day, I might be inclined to have a couple of these but as it stands now it just didn't do it for me and I don't think I will be seeking it out anytime soon, but if you are a big fan of wheat beers and like Berlinerwiess's you should give it a try. This is a very rare miss from shorts, I see what they were going for, but it just didn't come together as one cohesive beer, I can't blame them for trying new things with this style since I find most brewery's don't get too creative when it comes to wheat beers. As of now this is my least favorite beer from Shorts.

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Photo of Vonerichs
2.62/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Flat and hazy yellow. This had barely any carbonation or head to speak of. It almost looked like juice.

The smell supports this is in fact a wheat beer, with hints of banana, clove, and wheat. However, it also has a sharp and pungent sourness to it.

Sometimes I like Short's interesting approach on a style, and sometimes I just don't get it. Tick this one on the side of not getting it. The banana flavor is over ripe, almost spoiled. It has a rotten sour flavor to it like decomposed fruit. There are light spices in the finish.

Mouthfeel has low carbonation and medium bodied.

This just furthers my confusion about Short's. I've had some beers I thought were spectacular, and some that are just flat out gross. There's a part of me wondering if this was an infected or just inconsistent bottle, but I also know they tend to digress from styles and I'm pretty sure what I got is what they intended.

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Beach Wheat from Short's Brewing Company
3.53 out of 5 based on 142 ratings.
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