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33 Export - VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)

Not Rated.
33 Export33 Export

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216 Ratings

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 20.79%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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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United Kingdom (England)

1/5  rDev -64.2%

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.

08-31-2002 06:43:57 | More by rastaman
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1/5  rDev -64.2%

11-19-2011 04:04:34 | More by jmdrpi
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1.15/5  rDev -58.8%

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.

01-19-2012 03:52:51 | More by drpimento
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1.4/5  rDev -49.8%

The aroma is skunked malt and somewhat metallic. The appearance is pale gold with a medium head. The flavor is sweet and malty with watermelon and a metallic finish. The palate is thin. Overall, I don't like it because there is absolutely nothing redeemable about it.

11-09-2008 06:35:00 | More by nick76
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1.5/5  rDev -46.2%

06-10-2013 20:25:18 | More by pin
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1.5/5  rDev -46.2%

08-22-2013 02:44:15 | More by ygtbsm94
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1.5/5  rDev -46.2%

05-30-2012 06:29:15 | More by WynnO
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1.5/5  rDev -46.2%

05-23-2012 02:43:35 | More by ccozzi
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1.5/5  rDev -46.2%

08-03-2014 22:52:36 | More by Fettpopps
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1.6/5  rDev -42.7%

Completely unremarkable in every way. The only positive thing about it is that I can now say I have had a Vietnamese beer. Tastes like your standard American macro fare. Weak color, flavor and texture.

09-11-2002 09:42:09 | More by Dogbrick
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1.75/5  rDev -37.3%

07-20-2014 13:26:31 | More by RHB33
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1.75/5  rDev -37.3%

07-12-2012 23:01:43 | More by Joefisherman
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1.75/5  rDev -37.3%

12-18-2013 18:41:23 | More by HRamz3
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1.8/5  rDev -35.5%

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.

02-27-2005 00:51:56 | More by merlin48
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1.88/5  rDev -32.6%

Typical pale, fizzy lager with a pure white head and good carbonation. Smells clean and even slightly hoppy with some light graininess. Not that sweet. The taste has a strangely herbal sweet/bitter combination along with some more graininess. Almost medicinal in its bitterness, overlaid with adjunct sweetness. Not pleasant. That combo makes this a drain pour for me. Mouthfeel is acris and bitter. Not for me.

01-27-2009 18:37:10 | More by Georgiabeer
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Rhode Island

1.93/5  rDev -30.8%

Bottle from a Vietnamese restaurant in Brookline, MA. "33" does nothing to dispell the stereotype that Asian nations make lousy beers. In fact, this even makes Singha or Tsing Tao seem tasty by comparison.

Poured a pale yellow color with little carbonation and even less head. Almost no aroma. The initial taste was inoffensive, if watery, but the aftertaste had a definite off-note, almost metallic.

If not for the idiosyncratic name, "33" would have nothing going for it.

08-28-2005 21:23:17 | More by Eris48
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1.95/5  rDev -30.1%

Pours nice into a pilsner glass. Bright yellow with a huge, foamy head.

Slight smell of apples and apricots. Pretty nice, actually, but faint, and completely overpowered by an odor of metal once it begins to warm up. Smells a lot like Old Milwaukee, actually.

What a dull and lifeless taste! There's the slightest hint of grainy malts and then it goes into watery nothingness that's backed up by a very slight hop bite at the end that tastes like skunk.

It's like I'm drinking water that gives me dyspepsia. Waste of money.

03-16-2005 02:24:35 | More by mynie
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New York

2/5  rDev -28.3%

03-17-2013 15:48:11 | More by Noelito76
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2/5  rDev -28.3%

11-24-2011 14:39:46 | More by RyanBeer13
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New Jersey

2/5  rDev -28.3%

01-28-2012 00:12:07 | More by nicholas527
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New Jersey

2/5  rDev -28.3%

03-24-2013 21:32:27 | More by brheuer
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New York

2.03/5  rDev -27.2%

Poured from bottle into a regular glass.

A - Poured clear golden color with no head at all.

S - Faint smell of grains and slight metallic skunk.

T - Mostly skunky with slight bitterness but very unimpressive.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Could be easily consumed but due to bad taste would not recommend it to anyone.

11-04-2010 16:28:53 | More by taigor
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2.05/5  rDev -26.5%

The prototypical lager/pils pour, a crystal clear golden yellow, the head modest in size, bright white and frothy in its texture. Nose is all malt, clean and fresh, the start lightly sweet and malt laden with the top cadaverous. Finish is stingingly acidic, hops sparse, and the aftertaste dry. A beer that was readily available to us “Gobs” while running the Mekong Delta, but still taste like I remember “Bad”, even 35 years ago, I did not really care for “Light bodied” lagers.

01-04-2003 11:41:05 | More by Gusler
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2.05/5  rDev -26.5%

Nothing much good to say about this one. I ordered it as a novelty in a Vietnamese restaurant, thinking I needed to add a beer from Vietnam to my resume....only to find the damn thng is brewed in France. Light in color, grainy and faint in aroma, bland flavor and a short, stale, dry finish.

That about sums this one up.

12-21-2007 19:13:55 | More by kimcgolf
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2.05/5  rDev -26.5%

Poured into a mug. The date on the bottle indicates that this beer is in about the middle of its life cycle.

A: Bright gold, with mild carbonation from small bubbles. A soapy white cap comes and goes in a flash. Leaves no lace.

S: Not much here. White rice and a bit of dry malt, plus a light dose of metal.

T: Starts out safe enough. Rice, plus a little raw malt. Bitterness comes on fast with a harsh metallic bite that oddly becomes less so as the beer warms. Finishes with lingering metal and cooked cabbage flavors.

M: The overly fizzy body actually has a bit of substance to it. Slightly syrupy.

D: Judging by the disparity in reviews of this beer, I have a feeling that quality control isn't this brewery's highest priority. My sample was simply not good. Too harsh and metallic to be enjoyable to me. I don't think age was an issue, as mine was right in the middle of the printed bottled on/expiration date range. Not worth a revisit.

12-12-2009 20:24:03 | More by Rayek
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33 Export from VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)
66 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.