33 Export - VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)

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Reviews: 134
Hads: 241
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 20.36%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Viet Nam

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jackndan on 08-17-2002

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Photo of woemad
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.79. Purchased solely because I’d never had a beer from ‘Nam before. According to the label, “Fill & Expiry Date: See On The Bottle.” It’s not there.

Poured into a Budge Bros. nonic pint glass, this was a clear, golden color, with a thin, fizzy white head that collapsed in seconds. What little Lace that was created was sparse and spotty.

Mildly grainy, with a little bit of diacetyl, which wasn’t to a point to make things unpalateable but did give off a little bit of an apple juicey aroma.

This tastes like a really mild apple cider. Again, it’s not to the point of being downright unpleasant, but it can’t be what was in mind when it was brewed. This tastes like it spent a long time coming to America and/or sitting in a warehouse once it got here, and with no freshness date to show otherwise, I’d be willing to bet that’s exactly what happened.

Mouthfeel? Oh, who cares for this one?

No great surprise. A bland macro-style beer from a country not know for brewing beer that showed some age possibly due to the long distances it would have travelled. I’ve certainly had worse beers with similar origins, but this wasn’t exactly miles ahead of them either. (1,250 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Bottle received in trade.
Clear golden color with a decent sized but short lived bubbly white head. Light sweet grain with a hint of bread and melanoid. Not bad for a pale lager. (179 characters)

Photo of biegaman
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*This version is brewed in Cameroon by Les Brasseries du Cameroun*

"33" Export looks like it may have endured a long voyage; bubbles are few and lazy, head is non-existent and its golden complexion, despite maintaining perfect clarity, has a somewhat tarnished colour. Looks conventional, but far from irresistible...

It's a lamentable thought that when it comes to beer most people in the world know only insipid, industrially-produced lagers. Many are put-off by the smell of beer and it's no wonder - I don't care for that corn syrup-laden stench neither. A good lager is not supposed to smell this way.

The use of adjuncts and cheaper fermentables equate primarily to two things: cutting down on production costs to allow more money for advertising, and a weaker, lamer beer. In place of tastes of fresh-baked bread or wholesome cereal grain, lagers like "33" Export have bland, monochrome notes of corn kernels and refined white sugar.

Now, if intensely chilled and desperately parched, these kinds of simple, uninspired lagers can be highly satisfying. Indeed, most drinkers of popular mass-produced brands won't have any issues with this one and, if anything, will find it highly agreeable. Heck, I don't find offensive. But I repeat: a properly made lager will have far more character and body than this.

Contrary to conventional beer geek opinion, pale lagers (even mass-produced ones) *can*be a source of uncomplicated scrumptious - provided they're done right. That's the caveat. "33" Export isn't so poorly made that it couldn't be enjoyed given the right conditions but, by and large, it is a beer I'd only buy again with counterfeit money. (1,669 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
2.99/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Pours dark straw orange with a white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of weak grain not much else. Tastes of watery grain, but with a tad of fruitiness. Beer is heavily carbonated and light bodied. Overall an ok beer. (260 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
3.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for $1.35 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well. Pours and looks like a mass produced beer

S- Rice and sugar

T- Rice and sugar.

M- Dry like a rice beer should be. Tart too believe it or not

O- Pretty good beer. Like a Sapporo.

Food Pairing

How you can you not try this with... Pad Thai

Enjoy (356 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with no haze and a very strong effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam. Not too bad.

Smell: sweetish malt with a little bit of an adjuncty and plasticy character. A bit bland; not the worst thing in the world, though.

Taste: like the aroma, there's not a lot going on in the flavor department past a little bit of sweetness and a little bit of bitterness. I would not go so far as to say there is any hop flavor, though. It's not disgusting, but it doesn't really appeal to me.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: this beer is uninspiring to me, but it's also not terrible. It's hot out today, which is contextually appropriate, but even that doesn't strongly help its drinkability. (810 characters)

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.2/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Clear, light gold color, with half a finger of white head; lacing is nil.

S: Grassy notes, with faint grain aromas. Hints of floral hops. Nothing powerful here.

T: There's a brief moment of sweet and bready malt, but if you blink you'll miss it. It's followed by another brief moment of tartness, then a mild but lingering bitterness from slightly spicy hops takes over through the finish.

M: Moist, but nicely carbonated. Refreshing, with a hint of dryness. By far, the mouthfeel is the best attribute of this beer.

O: Decent for what it is: A thirst-quenching lager designed to cool you down on a hot day, or pair with a salty, spicy bowl of Vietnamese phở noodle soup. (680 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.09/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - standard macro yellow/gold with a thin head. Decent beading from below but still losing the battle to keep the cap on.

Aroma - clean, grainy, a hint of...gunpowder??

Taste - a slight apple sweetness to an otherwise blase brew. A whisper (if that) of balancing hops. Even working though the beer, the apple maintains a pleasant enough enhancement. Finishes fizzy, some fruity astringency, not bad.

Mouthfeel - very upbeat and crisp, smooth lager body.

Overall - I liked this more than I thought I would, enough to have it again even. (549 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear golden brew that shows lots of bubble activities throughout and clinging to the sides of the chilled pint glass. The modest head is snow white but holds on reasonably and leaves similar traces of lace. The aroma offers a mild but balanced rice/wheat grain. Very clean, nothing unusual but fine for the style. The flavor brings fairly simple wheat and light malt with a rice-lemon theme and maybe even some sweet corn and a cardboard kiss. But it’s a light bodied beer with a fairly dominant carbonation that makes for a very bright, crisp feel. Very refreshing, perhaps overcarbonated and a little under-flavored. But adequate to wash down your Viet Namese chow. (672 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
2.81/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall soapy white head that quickly reduces to a very thin layer over most of the surface of the beer and a ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is just like that of an American Adjunct Lager rather than a Dortmunder/Export Lager. There is a heavy presence of adjunct malt sweetness - leading with rice and some lighter amounts of grain.

T: The taste follows the smell but underneath it all is a metallic taste. The flavor is dominated by the adjunct malts - mostly rice but also with a heavy dose of grain. The beer has a decent amount of sweetness and I get something akin to apple juice as well. There is some light bitterness in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Some very light dryness in the finish.

O: The slightly metallic taste is definitely off-putting in this beer and to me makes it less than enjoyable and not a sessionable beer. I do not want to have more than one of these, never mind more than one in a single session. (1,165 characters)

Photo of bogus564
2.68/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl. oz, poured into a tall pilsner glass.

It wasn’t a particularly good Valentine’s Day for this author, for a couple of reasons; (1) I don’t have a valentine right now; and (2) I underwent a prostate exam. This is a good time for a beer or two.

A: Golden in color, actually more gold than yellow – that’s a pleasant surprise. It produces a 3 cm head with a careful pour, and it holds much longer than most beers of this type. The head is wheat-colored, and dissolves into lace. It’s also very, very bubbly. I’m starting to wonder about this one…

S: As I’m reviewing, I usually set the glass down about 18 inches from my nose after I pour it. In quite a number of cases, I can smell the beer from that far away. With this one, I can’t smell a thing; I don’t know if that’s good or bad. Nose in – I’m suddenly teleported to my Army days, when I was stationed in Korea. This is what beer smelled like there; very grassy and hoppy, with a citrus note in the background. Wow.

T: At this point, I’m committed, so I’m going in for a taste. Man, that’s disappointing. All the ingredients I smelled are there, but in weak proportions, and they don’t play well together. What a bummer. The balance is off, and that’s noticeable immediately. Yuck.

M: Mouthfeel is not even good. It’s light in body, the carbonation is kicked up to the point that it foams in your mouth, the palate does not like this, and the finish causes you to make the kind of face that makes people think you smelled something you didn’t like. I’d like for my mouth to forget this particular experience.

O: I wouldn’t drink this beer again on a dare, or if paid less than twenty bucks per sip. You wouldn’t believe how many potato chips I had to eat to nullify the effect on my tongue. I know this doesn’t make me popular with the maker, but that’s my true opinion; better luck next time. I’m immediately going to another beer. Until the next time. (1,972 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.97/5  rDev +41.8%
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 (401 characters)

Photo of kenito799
2.68/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of jerryjeff
3.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not as down on this beer as the other reviews here. Compared to american adjunct lager (which seems more appropriate to me than dortmunder) this is pretty decent. I don't know about paying much of a premium for it but I do think it's good for what it is. (Definitely better than Hue, the other beer from Vietnam I've tried).

Aroma
Light sweet malt with possible hints of caramel, maybe a bit of grassiness from hops

Mouthfeel
Higher carbonation, but still a bit watery on the palette. Only light bitterness with no real aftertaste.

Appearance
Pale straw/light golden with a stark white head which quickly dissipated.

Taste
Hints of light grassiness and a bit of a twist of light malt, maybe hints of caramel in there.

Drinkability
Rather, this is a beer for an evening although you certainly won't be overwhelmed by the flavor.

Overall
I'm not quite sure how to compare it. To american adjunct lager this is a highly drinkable beer which is non-offensive without strong adjunct flavors. Highly drinkable and good for a session. (1,042 characters)

Photo of drpimento
1.18/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Oh man, this isn't too good. Got a cold bottle, poured a small, off white head that quickly settled down to a light scummy cover and lots of lace. Color is a pale yellow with varying size bubble trails. Aroma is super mild, a little fruit, and maybe malt. Flavor is dominated by carbonic tang with a little malt, fruit, some mineral, and adjunct flavors. Body is watery and carbonation very sharp. Finish is like flavor and too long. Can't drink anymore. (454 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
2.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz

Pour is light gold with a medium white head that dissipates quickly.

Smells of dry barley and adjunct malts.

Taste follows, crisp dry barley and rice or corn.

Feel is thin with stinging carbonation.

Actually not bad for a food pairing. But not much different than other asian lagers like tsing tao either. Quenches thirst though. (340 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.66/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear deep yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down relatively quickly and left delicate lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of adjunct malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is filled with flavors of adjunct malts such as corn and rice. There are also some hints of apple cider and mineral flavors in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The metallic nature and strong adjunct natures don't make this a beer that I would want to try again. (739 characters)

Photo of gregb13
3.3/5  rDev +17.9%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.6/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. FILL: 03/11/10. EXP: 03/11/11. Dates stamped on neck.

Appearance - Clear pale straw/gold body. Thin white head with good stick and low retention.

Smell - Corn and slight alcohol. Traces of dark fruit.

Taste - Bone dry throughout. Stale, metallic finish. Some corn hidden underneath it all.

Mouthfeel - Smooth except for some acidic and astringency.

Overall Drinkability - I'd definitely like to try a fresher batch of this to give it a more accurate rating. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, especially from the horror stories I've heard about vietnamese beers. Worth a shot. Not bad. (644 characters)

Photo of bat6
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

currently traveling through SE Asia and sampling the local offerings. the beers here are almost exclusively light-bodied lagers specifically meant for fast quaffing in blazing heat and humidity. this is one of them, so all ratings are relative to my understanding of the style.

A - clear pale gold, nice head, short retention

S - virtually none, maybe light grain & grass. very crisp

T - virtually none, meant to be drank cold. i've learned to differentiate the "quality" of these beers by how they smell and taste as they get a little warmer. this one gains a little malt sweetness as it gets warmer but no slick corny sweetness or sour notes

MF - crisp, light, good carbonation

O - this beer does exactly what it's supposed to: goes down refreshingly fast and easy, whether by itself or w/ hot spicy food. it's definitely not meant for over-analysis (857 characters)

Photo of rwathree
2.15/5  rDev -23.2%
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. (900 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this at a random Pho place in Vista.

A: Gold color with a pretty quickly receding fluffy white head.

S: Grain, pale malt and a little bit of honey. Slight bit of something bready as well.

T: Smooth and a little sweet. I'd rank this right around Singha as the quality is around the same and the taste is similar. Honey, cereal malts and a little hint of grassy hops. It went pretty well with my pho. (407 characters)

Photo of aasher
2.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This one pours a thin bright, bright gold in color with a very light, white head. It smells of light pale malts and is very spritzy, as if overcarbonated. It tastes really subdued and features most faded pale malts, maybe some light honey, and it has a light bitterness. It is very, very light and finishes quickly as well. It's watery thin and essentially a lager I assume a lot of people drink a lot of. It's just ok, nothing special. (436 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
2.89/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
3.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A – Perfectly clear golden yellow pour with just a slight bubbly white head that recedes in a flash.

S – Extremely light smell. Malt and touch of sweet.

T – Sweet malt is quickly evident. Touch of hop bitterness. That is about it.

M – Light and crisp. Good carbonation. Clean feel.

O – Feels like you aren’t drinking a thing. It doesn’t taste bad because it doesn’t really taste like anything. That being said its perfectly adequate and you can have a few of these and never feel it. (559 characters)

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33 Export from VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)
67 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.