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33 Export - VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)

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33 Export33 Export

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BA SCORE
66
poor

220 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 21.22%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of osi
4.35/5  rDev +56.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured darker than the normal lager. Had a caramel like hue to it. Head was dissapointing but left good trace on the glass.

S - Smelled of malts and being that this was an import, it had no real bad qualities to the smell. I usually expect this with beer from less that notable countries.

T - Very good taste. A collaboration of malts and rice made this beer extremely drinkable. Very crisp and clean.

M - Very light on the tongue and highly carbonated. Extremely crisp.

D - This lager really threw me for a loop. Very drinkable and could go well with a number of meals. for the most part I usually prefer ales over lagers but I will have to add this to my library of preferred drinks.

osi, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.1/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at H.K. Golden Phoenix in Philly.

This beer poured a healthy gold with slight brown highlights and a thin film of head.

Smells of honey, wheat and bread dough. (Not so) surprisingly it smells decidedly lager-like.

Tastes of peach and lemons with a slight flour and bread dough that thickens this up. I’m really surprised at how clean and refreshing this one is.

The mouth feel is light with a very effervescent carbonation that works well with the flavor.

This is super refreshing, simple and tasty. I’ll say this a fantastic beer saved best for a hot summer day.

DarkerTheBetter, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of axxe
4/5  rDev +43.9%

axxe, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.98/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"33" Export has a medium, stark-white head and a clear, golden appearance, with lots of lacing and little fine particles floating about. The aroma is of toasted barley and subtle spice. Taste is of toasted barley malt, grain, sweetness, and a light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is watery and relatively thin, and "33" Export finishes crisp, refreshing, and easy drinking. This is a very good lager.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Domingo
3.9/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

For a "standard" asian lager, this is actually quite good. It's not the typical macro/euro-pils take on things, but is instead more along the lines of a Dortmunder or helles.
Pours a standard yellow color. Nothing special there, but nothing off either. Carbonation appears heavy at first, but it settles down.
Smells like a helles. Definitely more zing than a normal macro here.
Taste is a definite step up over comparable beers. As tired as the term might be, this is a crisp brew with a grain backbone. Not a lot of hops there in the front, but you get a little in the aftertaste.
This brew seems overcarbonated after the pour, but give a minute and it settles down.
Drinkability on this beer is HUGE. On a warm day or with some spicy food I find it tough not to drink more than one.
This is definitely my go-to asian beer. One other thing I've noticed is that the importer for this brew seems to be VERY much on the ball. I've seen brewed on dates that are only 2-3 weeks old. Imports don't get any better than that.

Domingo, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.85/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice beer. It wasn't very complex. It was a bit one dimensional, but i really enjoyed it. The smell was heavenly, the head was good initially but finished fast. A crisp mouthfeel and an excellent drinkability make this one definetley worth a try!!

jasonjlewis, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of badturtle
3.83/5  rDev +37.8%
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.

badturtle, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of freed
3.8/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep golden with a bright white head of foam. The beer is very clear with tiny active CO2 bubbles. The smell is very malty, and lacking the skunk of a german lager.

The taste is very full, dry, and crisp. There are big malt flavors, subtle fruit flavors, and a dry aftertaste. There's little noticeable bitterness, but the hops are effective in adding to the crisp flavor. This beer is great with meals, and compliments asian foods well.

freed, Jul 01, 2003
Photo of AdamArvizo
3.75/5  rDev +34.9%

AdamArvizo, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of ejmvet
3.75/5  rDev +34.9%

ejmvet, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of gleeky99
3.75/5  rDev +34.9%

gleeky99, May 27, 2012
Photo of creez
3.75/5  rDev +34.9%

creez, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date on bottle, but the store hadn't even put it in the computer, as the arrival was so new.

Pours golden yellow with a thin head that immediately becomes a disappearing patch.

The smell is light - not much of an aroma - maybe some hints of grassiness -- but inoffensive.

The taste is of mildly sweet malt. Grassy notes with an apple-like fruitiness. Light and refreshing. Finishes with a touch of sweetness.

Clean, refreshing feel. A touch of watery thinness.

An easy-drinker with a nice, light flavor. It was better than expected. I recommend if you are looking for a lighter, inoffensive "session" brew.

jwc215, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of LiquidBreadMan
3.63/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured deep gold with a thin short-lived head. The aroma of corn was average for this style but the taste was surpisingly hoppy with a delicious citrus-like finish.

This beer was extremely dry for a lager (which is a good thing in my book) and was easy to down. I had four of them with my meal at Edamame Vietnamese Restaurant (Dallas) and I will definitely be having this beer again.

LiquidBreadMan, Aug 17, 2003
Photo of stockingcpl
3.55/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: From the bottle this pours with a thick head with very good retention. Lacings are plentiful. Beer color is deep golden. Overall this is a good start.

Smell: This brew has a light Euro Pale Lager aroma. Full with a sweet hoppiness.

Taste: The brew has a faint euro flavor. Some buttery floral bite is detected at the very front of the flavor curve. Esters detected in midrange. Flavor tapers off rather quickly. I was impressed with the totality of the flavor. Good job.

Mouthfeel: Flavor tapered kind of quick, but the strength and smoothness of the flavor during onset and midrange make up for the fast fade. Carbonation fits well. Light on the palate.

Drinkability: This was a nice light selection. Excellent for a session selection. This is "easy" to drink. Excellent.

Prosit,
Nikki

stockingcpl, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of thegodfather2701
3.55/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours gold with a white head that dissipates quickly and left only a tiny amount of lacing.

S-I couldn't really detect anything on the nose but trace amounts of malts with a hint of hops.

T-Malty with some hop presence. I also noted some chalky notes as well. It is very crisp, clean, and refreshing.

M-Thicker than expected and nicely carbonated.

D-Very drinkable. This is the first example of this style I have tried and it exceeded my expectations.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer with my Thai food last night. It was much better than the Tiger Beer I had just before and would recommend it as an easy drinking alternative to American Macro swill.

thegodfather2701, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of GnomeKing
3.53/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When in Rome...or in this case, a the Vietnam Palace restaurant in Philly, so I gave 33 a shot, and I'm glad I did.

The bottle was ice cold and the glass was frosted, which probably helped with this beer. The head was fluffy and creamy. When I just tasted the head, it had not just a creamy mouthfeel, but even a dairy cream kind of taste. (I suppose this provides a lesson in the effect mouthfeel has on sensory perception.)

The taste had the clean, crisp taste you'd expect from a well-made yet conventional lager, but it also had some nice, sweet grains, like a mildly sweet cake.

This would go well with spicy food. I think it had a strong enough taste to hold its own. I wouldn't seek this one out, but if you're in an asian restaurant and choices are scant, this one will do the trick.

GnomeKing, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of TheBMan
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

TheBMan, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of KingFarm
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

KingFarm, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of DasBoot2112
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

DasBoot2112, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear pale golden straw. The head was white and dropped like a rock, but laced the glass.

The aroma was slightly sour, Saaz hops, and slight malt in the background.

The flavor was slightly sweet and fruity. Not as crisp as expected.

The finish was off dry and fairly neutral. The body was light.

12 ounce bottle. Very easy to drink.

GCBrewingCo, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of Dapperticus
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

Dapperticus, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.48/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

Jason, Aug 29, 2002
Photo of HalfFull
3.48/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

HalfFull, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of Portertime
3.48/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first Vietnamese beer. It was interesting. Poured a pale banana yellow with a fizzy head. Smelled faint of hops and a little malt. Taste was thin with mild bitter hops and a touch of malt sweetness. Nothing special but nice to say had a beer from Vietnam with out having to go there.

Portertime, Apr 28, 2008
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33 Export from VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)
66 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.