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33 Export - VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)

Not Rated.
33 Export33 Export

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BA SCORE
66
poor

221 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 21.58%
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 metter98
2.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

metter98, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.33/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bright yellowish gold with a few large bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass and a few miniscule ones zipping up to an attractive cap. Brilliant white in color, the head has a great deal of character brought about by an impressive amount of stickiness. No crappy macro lager lid here. As expected, there's a fair amount of lace as well.

The nose isn't half bad. I'm thankful that no truly nasty odors are evident; never a certainty in beer from the Far East (or from the Near West for that matter). The beer smells of sweetish cereal grain and reminds me of a malt liquor minus the ethanol.

Things aren't so good on the palate. The somewhat sweet, semi-freshness of the nose has been replaced by an industrial, chemical-tinged graininess that isn't off-putting exactly, but neither is it enjoyable in any sense of the word. It tastes like a decent beer that was lagered in stainless steel drums that had previously held some variety of bug spray and that hadn't been scrubbed entirely clean.

That off-flavor isn't prominent enough to dominate the grainy maltiness of the beer, but neither can it be ignored in any given mouthful. The nose led me astray in another way as well. There's a slight corn syrupy sweetness, but bitter and ultimately dry rule the day. I wouldn't go so far as to call it crisp, but there is a certain brittleness about the finish.

The body is medium for the style (at best) and neither adds anything of value, nor annoys in any appreciable way. Carbonation impressions didn't approach me, I had to go looking for them; which tells me that there's nothing overly off-base about that characteristic either. What all of this blather means is that I consider the body/mouthfeel to be average for the style and less than average in a general sense.

I haven't been impressed with Vietnamese beer and 33 Export does nothing to alter my impressions. A colleague who eats a lot of Vietnamese food at a local restaurant swears by this beer so I had to give it a try. Thanks to the '33', when I order my reviews by beer name, this one will appear near the top of the list. When I order them by rating, however, it will be nearly as close to the bottom.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 13, 2006
Photo of GRG1313
2.13/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear medium honey orange/yellow with no head even when swirled.

Sweet pear, very light malt nose. A bit floral and nice.

Light carbonation with "little bubbles" in the mouth. Thin "short" mouthfeel.

Flavors of light peaches but flavors are very quick, fragile and thin and very rapid. Finish is so short as to be non-existent. I don't know reason to drink this beer other than water not being available.

GRG1313, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
1.5/5  rDev -46%

ygtbsm94, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.05/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. single - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Exp: 10.03.09.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a tall, airy, white head.

Smell: Basic, sweet-smelling cereal nose with a splash of mass-produced cider.

Taste: Mild maltiness dashed by a sweet taste of Karo corn syrup. This is followed with a particularly distinct apple cider taste that bursts onto the scene midway which dies down to allow a slight metallic hint to leech in. Finishes a bit sweetish with that lingering dirty coins flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Bleh! Not recommended, as it's both unclean and fairly unrefreshing. This is no way to spend Valentine's Day!

ChainGangGuy, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of zeff80
2.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a pale gold color with a foamy, white, one-finger. Highly carbonated.

S - Smelled of corn and grains.

T - Tasted fairly sweet and a little smoky. Also, a noticeable rice flavor.

M - It was smooth and dry. A light-bodied brew.

D - Not a bad beer. It certainly had an interesting taste. However, I don't feel an overwhelming desire to grab another.

zeff80, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

NeroFiddled, Oct 05, 2002
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 WVbeergeek
2.2/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of russpowell
2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this with my Thai food tonight, worked alright

Poured golden with 1 finger of white head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Sweetness, a bit of grassy hops & that is it

T: Some honey malt, adjunct cereal sweetness & slight lemon hops up front. Some grainyness as this warms. Finishes sweet with a bit more graininess

MF: Light/medium with a lack of hops

Drank okay, worked with the food, a one & done unless my choices are limited

russpowell, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of WesWes
2.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a pale yellow color with a thin white lace head and some yeast floaties. The aroma is average. It has a dry pale malt scent with some adjuncts and a slightly spicey lager yeast aroma. The taste is horrible. It has a light pale malt flavor that is watered down and slightly metallic. It goes down easy, but it has a dry and spicey finish; not very good. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer is horrible. It's the first beer I ever tried from Vietnam. I hope for their sake that there are others available. It has less than average taste and drinkability. I'm on my way to the sink to dump this one.

WesWes, Mar 18, 2005
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 Gueuzedude
2.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear straw gold beer, with a medium carbonation and a pale thin head. The aroma is lightly grassy and smells of cider, it is not offensive but the apple notes are a bit out of place. This beer is light with a sweet grain character and a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. I don’t get any real flaws in this beer, which is good, because there is nothing worse than a poorly made pale lager.

This is definitely not something I will willingly drink again, but it is not so offensive. It is best drunk cold.

Gueuzedude, Feb 05, 2005
Photo of oriolesfan4
2.98/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Figured I would try a Vietnamese beer as I haven't tried any before. Pours a light golden color with tons of bubbles shooting to the top and a nice little head. There's even a good amount of lacing, better than the average macro so far. The taste is light bodied and a bit odd. A sort of German taste to it but the finish is just weird and kind of has a funky aftertaste. Decently drinkable and something different but wouldn't seek it out again.

oriolesfan4, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of dbrauneis
2.83/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

dbrauneis, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of tempest
3/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

tempest, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
1.88/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

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.

Georgiabeer, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a one-finger bubbly white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Very pale yellow color. Nose is skunky. Light bodied and carbonation. Not as bad as I expected really a good lawn mower drink, but nothing to go out of your way for. Malts and hops are not strong. I needed it for a new country (#54). $1.90 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, May 24, 2004
Photo of LXIXME
2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

LXIXME, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well son of a gun, this beer doesn't look too shabby. Pale golden pour with a very white, fluffy head. Quite a contrast of colors, and quite nice. Some lacing as it drinks.

Ok, aroma is meh...Mostly faint corn husk and some overripe apple. Not bad, but not good. Expected from a well-traveled beer, but not for style.

Weak flavors, but nothing horrid. I'm guessing the brown bottle helped a bit here. That subtle apple is there, with corn husk--green--and some very faint florals. The feel could use some carbonation or a bit of a snap to it. Easy drinking at first, but it kinda wears on ya.

Mebuzzard, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of BillRoth
3/5  rDev +7.9%

BillRoth, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev +7.9%

rab53, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev +7.9%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev +7.9%

tdm168, Jun 07, 2014
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33 Export from VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)
66 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.