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33 Export - VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)

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33 Export33 Export

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BA SCORE
67
poor

229 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 21.15%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters) visit their website
Viet Nam

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jackndan on 08-17-2002)
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Reviews by HalfFull:
Photo of HalfFull
3.48/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle, this beer is a clear and deep straw in color. A light carbonation looks doubtful as for my hopes and dreams here. As such, a thin white head decays into a moderate surface ring in a minute or two, leaving some light lacing.

Nose is malty with some muddled Noble hops, reminding me of a Euro Strong Lager in a sense, though surely not as rich. Bit of orange/tangerine through the foam on a fresh pour, becoming somewhat bready after some air.

Taste is rather neutral, with a good balance on the finish. Carbonation supports the beer initially but becomes a bit thin as it settles. Decent feel and finish as a quick flash of citrus returns on the finish. A decent example of a rare style for me, and well suited to many culinary styles.

More User Reviews:
Photo of badturtle
3.83/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a terrible sampler pack from World Market. I've been afraid to drink it because of the other beers it was bundled with. I was pleasantly surprised with it. The smell is fairly week, but dominated by sweet malts. It poured with little head, as it is lightly carbonated. There is little hops taste. It is mostly malts. It reminds me of sweeter version of Heineken Dark. It has a clean finish. The color is very similar to apple juice. I was planning on finishing it off with spicy food, but it was good enough that it outlasted the food and made me wish I had another. This would be a good session beer if it weren't so hard to find at a reasonable price.

Photo of Jason
3.48/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz slender brown bottle with no freshness date or info about the beer.

Appearance: Surprisingly well laid out white lace after a startling fizzy carbonation when first poured. Clarity is fine in the weathered golden colour.

Smell: Faint hay like aroma from a thin malty and hoppy aroma. Not much to the aroma but it is clean.

Taste: Clean, crisp and a little slick on the palate with a level carbonation. Light bodied with a grassy grain that seems to be the only major flavour other than a quick snappy hop bitterness that is proportioned to balance. Finishes clean and dry.

Notes: Well in their kind of weather would you want any other beer that you could not quaff faster than this one? Similar to every other macro beer around the world with no surprises. So if you feel inclined to try a beer from Viet Nam, go for it.

Photo of merlin48
1.8/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I don't make a habit of sampling and reviewing such poorly rated beers, but I've always been fascinated by Vietnam, a country that only a high draft lottery number kept me from visiting, courtesy of the US government, over three decades ago. This beer pours a clear straw yellow body, with a minimal offwhite head that quickly falls into film and a few patches of lace. Aroma is ghastly, with burnt plastic, a hint of sulfuric hops, and some corn syrup. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Tastes like a lower tier, adjunct lager. Biscuity maltiness has a corn syrupy sweetness and the hops are mildly "Euroskunk" sulfuric. This one was a chore to finish. Very little, if any, to recommend here and it seems to be an adjunct lager rather than a Dortmunder Export.

Photo of Byeast
2.85/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear golen color with a fairly large , bubbly white head , left a moderate lace. The aroma is clean, with thin hints of malt and grassy hop. Taste is also on the thin side , very similar to most Macros , slight grain and hop , clean. Mouthfeel is clean and thin. A drinkable beer , nothing special in my book though.

Photo of NicholasCasber
3.2/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This beer seemed like any other american light lager when poured into the glass, almost piss yellow, and barely no head after a straight pour.

S: The smell wasn't overly strong, you can tell it's a rice brewed beer.

T: The taste was actually one of my favorite parts of this beer, it started nice, the sad part is, that it ended with a very metal flavor, which isn't what I'm looking for in my beer.

M: The mouthfeel was fairly watery, but for a rice beer, it felt fairly full.

D: I'd rate this higher if it wasn't for that metal after taste.

Overall, interesting pick, I wouldn't rate it at the high end in comparison to some of the Asian beers I've tried, Cheers.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.2/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appears Bright straw golden with thin fizzy white head thin traces of lace. Aromat Bottle states that there is water, malt, cereal, and hps as ingredients...I guess beer has a better shelf life over there filled 10/3/08 and expires 10/3/09. Smells of rough cooked veggies, with a light rice and corn notes and a muted meallic note, not much going on other than the corn sweetness. Flavor has a clean watery sweetness with more cooked veggies and metallic traces in teh finish no real hop bitterness of course and once again rice heavy with a touch of sliced green apple tartness. Mouthfeel is much like carbonated water for sure thin tiny bubbled tickles the throat doesn't offend kind of refreshing, warm weather beer...Overall the coolest part about this beer is the neck label and cap adorned with a "thunder cat" like symbol representing, beer wise it's completely forgettable.

Photo of valkyre65
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of OStrungT
3.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer from MABZ as part of the 2006 Great Race BIF.

This beer pours a clear light straw yellow color with a white fluffy head. The head fades slowly, leaving minimal laces. Tiny bubbles of carbonation rise from the botom of the glass.

This beer has a mild spicy aroma. It has a slight grassy hop aroma. It smells of grainy malts also. It has a light citrus aroma. To tell the truith, I am a bit surprised by the aroma. It is kind of good.

This beer tastes of grainy malts. It has a citrus flavor also. Slight spice notes are present. It is ever so slightly sweet tasting. The grainy malt flavor is a little overbearing.

This beer is a little overcarbonated. Otherwise, it is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a grainy aftertaste.

This beer might be a decent session beer. It is low in alcohol, and the flavor, with the exception of a little too much grainy flavor, is not too overbearing. I doubt I will go out of my way to have this beer in the future, but I am glad to have tried it. Thank you MABZ for this opportunity to try another country.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of rwathree
2.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: golden color with some reddish-brown hues. Good clarity. Insubstantial head disappears quickly and leaves little lace.

S: lightly toasted wheat, vaguely floral hops, maybe the slightest alcohol presence. The aroma profile is like a very subdued American wheat ale.

T: holy shit, something bad happens as this beer goes down. Each sips starts out pleasantly enough, with a slightly sweet, bready flavor - there are even some citric notes - but it turns bitter at the end. The aftertaste oscillates between burnt toast and metal.

M: Good carbonation, appropriately light in body, but it leaves behind a pasty residue.

The 33 Export presents itself nicely enough for the most part, from bottle to color to aroma, but it fails badly in the taste category. Simply, this beer gets rotten pretty fast, and that's what I take home from this beer, especially when there's this lingering aftertaste.

Photo of rastaman
1/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Horribly thin and sweet. Probably close to the worst brew i've had, one of the few many that is isn't "humanly" possible to finish, i think my sink liked it though, coz it seemed to go down it pretty fast. Putrid fizzy yellow swill, very artificial.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.93/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a golden clear body with a sea of big bubbles popping at the surface. There is a snow packed white head that last for a good while.
S- This beer has a light floral perfume note that is almost like dry soap but is much more pleasant. Otherwise it is pretty clean in smell.
T- This beer has a water flavor that leads to a dry sulfur note with a faint green apple hard candy quality in the finish.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel
D- The watery flavor is strong with the supporting flavors a bit odd and the apple grows as the beer warms but no hops or malt flavors come through to cover or support it.

Photo of LXIXME
2.9/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big white head floats atop a clear golden colored lager.

Very light aroma consisting of light sour almost bitter hops and a very light sweet malt background.

Taste is similar with la light sour almost bitter hops with a slight sweet malt background.

A light dry aftertaste with a slight hint of sourness but nothing bad.

Basic lager similar to about 35 or so American beers that are pretty much trying to copy each others basic lagers.

Photo of dcbeers
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of gregb13
3.33/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a couple bottles of this tonight ice cold along with some spicy Vietnamese cuisine (a nice pairing!). Pours a typical macro lager; nice lacing and head retention for the style. Smell is faint but pleasant; lightly sweet and grassy/earthy. Taste follows the nose. Goes down very easy; extremely crisp. Not bad at all as an accompaniment to spicy food (bbq would also be excellent with this). I could also see tossing a few back on a humid day in the delta.

Photo of BamfBacon
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of pmcadamis
2.1/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tried this at Little Saigon in Springfield; my fiance had bubble tea.

A - Golden, clear, and fizzy with a sudsy soapy head that only sticks around for a minute. Nothing special.

S - Crisp rice and a light touch of hops, sort of like a Japanese rice lager.

T - Ricey and a little bit spicy on the back end. Not very assertive or flavorful, but I can appreciate some gentle fruit an crisp frice flavors.

M - Crisp, light, highly carbonated...and I mean HIGHLY carbonated, with an extremely dry finish and absolutely no aftertaste.

D - This is pretty boring, but it serves as a perfect foil for hot Vietnamese dinners when you can't taste anything but heat anyway. Why drink a flavorful beer if your taste buds are fried? The carbonation and dryness in this one might actually make the painful spice even worse, but at least it'll cool you down a bit if downed ice cold.

Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A fresh bottle from the initial distributor. Clear, golden in color with a brass cast and a bright white head that holds well. It drops to a good collar but leaves no lace. The aroma is mainly of a sweet, grainy, and husky malt but there's an odd vegetal aroma as well - it's light, but noticeable. The body is thin with a very fine, crisp carbonation. The flavor is of a semi-sweet, grainy & husky malt that's fairly well backed by hop bitterness. It finishes crisp and dry with just a residual husky maltiness in the mouth. An average beer that's not really well brewed and seems slightly unbalanced. Still, it has some bitterness to it and it does have a refreshing quality. Overall, not worth looking for.

Photo of cjgator3
3.15/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is a little skunky with some malt and a touch of grassy hops. The taste is all malt up front with a dry and spicy hop finish.Nothing special here but it is a pretty decent lager. Overall, this is a decent brew that is very drinkable.

Photo of prototypic
2.9/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It's transparent and light gold in color. Head was about a finger and dissipated very quickly. Very light coat of lace remained.

Smell: Grainy and somewhat earthy. There is a light, malty sweet aroma. Hops are not noticeable.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. It does have a surprisingly crisp taste. Decent malt base. A little on the sweet side. Grainy taste is prevalant. No hops to speak of.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and well carbonated. More crisp and refreshing than I expected. Drinkability is pretty good. Certainly would be true on a hot day. Overall, it's pretty average. But, honestly better than I expected.

Photo of tempest
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single from the cooler at Abe's in Bethlehem.

Pours a clear gold body with a quickly dissipating white head. Upon my first impression, I know this isn't another offensive or at least bland macro lager. 33 Export is better than that. However, it is a fairly bland export lager. An easy description of this beer is that it tastes like I imagine barley juice would. It's sweet, like fruit juice, and the flavor resembles very lightly roasted barley.

Photo of jheberle
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of kenito799
2.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at Nha Trang restaurant, Manhattan

Typical golden lager color with typical active carbonation and not much head.

Aroma fresh and clean, not skunked, malty.

Refreshing and crisp on the palate, not a bad example of the adjunct lager style, certainly a better choice than Tsingtao for you Asian food accompaniment.

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33 Export from VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)
67 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.