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33 Export - VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)

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33 Export33 Export

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209 Ratings

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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 20.86%
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.

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Photo of Dithyramb


3.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled last evening at a pho joint in Columbia. Presented as an ice cold 12 oz brown bottle. There was no freshness date or info about the beer.

Appearance: Pale golden colored brew with an initial rush of fizzy carbonation feeding a tight bubbled, but short lasting, head. Okay lacing on the sides of the highball glass.

Smell: Had a very clean smell, with very faint echos of hay and malt.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This was extremely crisp and clean drinking brew. My wife called it "slick", though I wouldn't go so far as to call it buttery. Very nice malty brew that was quite grassy with a crisp hop finish that balanced pretty nicely. Finishes just as clean as it starts

If I was sweating my balls off near the Mekhong River, I'd definitely go for this brew before any rot gut local whiskey/rum. I really enjoyed the flavor profile, considering the crowd this beer travels with. It was actually more enjoyable than a cold Singha...

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2005 17:50:09 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of WesWes

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 02:00:40 | More by WesWes
Photo of mynie


1.95/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2005 02:24:35 | More by mynie
Photo of merlin48


1.8/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2005 00:51:56 | More by merlin48
Photo of BeerNutta


2.42/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

What can I say, this is Vietnam's budweiser. Whats even sadder is the fact that Vietnamese people would rather drink Heineken instead of this. Most tourists give it a go, because well... they're tourists.

Appearance: Straw yellow.

Smell: Didnt really smell much. Slight fruity smell. Apples?

Taste: Bland. with a fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Slight carbonization, but pretty average.

Drinkability: Guh, if you really want beer in Vietnam, drink Heineken. It might not be real Heineken, it might be if your lucky, but it will still taste better than 333.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2005 09:48:00 | More by BeerNutta
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2005 01:09:50 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, I saw this one for the 1,000 time, so I figured it was time to finally try it. I guess you could say that curiosity got the better of me. Sure, it wasn't as bad as I expected it to be, but it wasn't that good either. The taste was a little metalic and of scalded malt. The alcohol wasn't tasteable at all, which with such low numbers, shouldn't be anyways. If your going to drink this beer, it's way better to drink it cold. If it's warm, it just goes down from there.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 04:15:26 | More by JISurfer
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Tried this months ago from the tap at Flying Saucer Emporium and just despised it at the time. This time, received this as part of a Beer of the World's gift pack and said what the heck. Actually, this is much better than I remember. The head retention added some points to the low score in appreance (almost flat with no lacing). Color a bit darker than a BMC and a better option as well. No mouthfeel but easy to finish and perhaps order another.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2004 03:10:30 | More by Backer2004
Photo of hero27


2.68/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden, straw color. Head holds remarkably well for such a light beer..I was impressed, even though the overall appearance was nothing too special.

Smell: Grainy aroma...reminds me of the mass-produced American macros actually...and yes, "American Macro" are two dirty words in general, but I really don't mind them once in a while.

Taste: Tastes very much like a simple pilsner..but slightly better than most I've had. I'm not a huge fan of the style in general...always tastes to grassy too me. Taste is fairly simple..crisp, clean taste of grains with very mild hoppy finish..

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel..kinda slick as well..probably the weakest character of this brew. Carbonation is good but couldn't completely save it here.

Drinkability: Drinkability is pretty good..and to say anything different would be a lie. If i was sweating in the jungles of Vietnam, I'd kill for a refreshing brew like this.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2004 08:00:30 | More by hero27
Photo of connecticutpoet


2.08/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This one started out looking pretty good... a pale yellow color with a very large head on it. The head took a bit of time to die down to some fluffy foam.

Unfortunately the appearance was the best thing about it. The aroma portended bad things... it was extremely skunky. My hopes went down.

They stayed there. The beer had a bitter foretaste, and that was all. Beyond that, it was like drinking carbonated water. It was incredibly bland.

Mouthfeel was very thin and watery. Much like seltzer.

Drinkability - definitely one to avoid, unless you just want to say you've had a beer from Vietnam.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2004 02:39:09 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of kbub6f

New York

3.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

1" of crusty, coarse, noisy white head. Clear, clear, pale gold body. Smells of peanuts and some grass. Nutty start. Thin body, a touch sour, a little fruity. A little metallic in the finish, a little corny, but some nice bitterness. Sour alcohol. It's not bad: a nutty, pale lager with some alcohol kick.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2004 19:40:36 | More by kbub6f
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 23:40:04 | More by jdhilt
Photo of beergeek279


2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is straw golden, with a slightly foamy head. The smell is a slight malty sweetness. The taste is a very strong bitterness with just a bit of malt, which doesn't seem right in a Dortmunder, and leaves a lot of bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, I probably wouldn't really have another.

Well, this isn't a bad beer, but not a great one either. I admit, I bought this one just to add a new country, and well...when you do that, 90% of them will be boring lagers. While this one isn't one that blows the mind, it's not terrible, and if I ever go to Vietnam, I'd probably drink it.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2004 22:53:25 | More by beergeek279
Photo of oelergud


2.25/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pale golden, very clear body, rich carbonation and slightly off white head with retention and lace.
Smells sweet but still has some unpleasant sourness in the background, old socks.
Not much flavor, aftertaste is there but very subtle, kinda bland and hard to describe as not much is there to describe. A little sourness is pretty much all I can detect.
Mellow and round but with a slight sting towards the end.
Too boring to try again.


Serving type: bottle

04-18-2004 19:55:21 | More by oelergud
Photo of donnebaby

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer reveals a pretty standard medium gold color, but wields a pretty cool fluffy marshmellow head with medium ring lacing. The smell is musty basement and lemon spritz--interesting. Some floral hops as well.

The taste is mild, with suggestions of baking flour. Not sweet. The finish arrives with faint hops and a fairly unappetizing sour taste that if I concentrate I can relate with the lemon smell--then I'm happy.

This is refreshing beer, from its light lemon scent, to its ease going down. I can imagine myself sipping this one like lemonade under an umbrella somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2004 15:10:41 | More by donnebaby
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2004 23:16:51 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of beertaster13


2.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The apperance is the usuall lager yellow but this one had little head. A fizzle if anything. The smell has hints of sweetness and malts. Taste is hints of everything, I detected some malts, hops and bitterness as well. The mouthfeel is dull and bland. Not very drinkable when compared to other lagers out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2004 08:46:37 | More by beertaster13
Photo of marc77


2.13/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pale golden hue with a trace murk. A vigorous pour yields a lanky, spotty, porcelain white head that manages sparse, middling foam. Mild, grassy hops accompanied by dilute husky grain and simmered cabbage. Trace sulfur surfaces as the vapid hop nose dissipates. Not impressive aromawise. Non descript, residual, maltose like sweetness upfront in flavor is ensued by a transient combination of token hop bitterness and vegetal DMS. Mid palate a near void in flavor remains, filled only partially by trace herbal hops and soured white cracker. Lean in overall body, and very well attenuated, with a rice induced watery, virtually dextrinless mouthfeel. Finishes bland, and reminescent of a dirty Heineken. Certain beers can be light on the palate, but flavorful. This isn't. Vegetal, yet bland. Utterly yawn inducing.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 05:46:30 | More by marc77
Photo of Andreji


2.23/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Mediocre crap you say? Im on it. To continue my tour through the poorest brews acquirable in paris, I decide to buy a 25ml bottle of this. What do i get? I guess whats expected, when you sometimes feel like being critical.

Mediocre lagerness- yes, its a new term and I coined it- that pours pale golden with a medium white head that fades, and must take all the good things with it before tasting it. Nor interesting smell, not interesting taste. Pisswater-like, that Runs down your throat along the lines of the "neutral", where crappy maltyness and crappy hoppyness balance out, not perfectly, but cancelling one another and simply blending odd coloured liquids wih no grace. Gee, makes you crave for those kronenbourgs in line!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 13:58:35 | More by Andreji
Photo of gueuzeonhigh


2.35/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BGI Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City

Pour 33 Export in a Michelob bottle and I’d be fooled. Not surprising, I say, for an oriental beer. Call my proclamation a latent Sinophobia lurking within me but I stand my ground. I have yet to taste a “generally available” oriental beer that didn’t graciously bow before my palate then tiptoe behind my taste buds and in the next instant vanish without a trace. Polite, but faceless. What shall I remember it by? By what was not there.

33 Export greeted my nose with a faint wash of alcohol-- as if the beer’s alcohol content rose up and floated within reach of my nostrils certainly not within reach of my palate and ultimately evading my metabolism. .

33 Export greeted my eyes with a clear pale straw color-- and a foamy head mimicking one of the commercial domestics-- which one, I’ll leave up to you.

Flavor- strictly a one dimensional presentation-- a hint of hops at the start, possibly tempered by a touch of malt. Alas, closing the flavor curtain was a clean finish, but curt.

In summary, a thirst quencher on a summer’s day. Serve cold.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2003 06:08:25 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2003 01:27:29 | More by LiquidBreadMan
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Alberta (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 355ml gold foil-top bottle with the ingredients listed in French as “Riz, Malt, Houblon, Eau”

Pours light blonde, with little head to speak of. The aroma consists mainly of husky grains with a touch of breadyness, and some hop overtones. There is an initial European hop snap in the flavour, which is combined with mild hay / grass notes, than it quickly disappears with little trace. Mouthfeel is thin, with ample carbonation.
At first there is not much that differentiates this from standard North American-style lagers, although it does have a bitterness level that is slightly higher than most rice beers. It is rather refreshing for about the first half of the bottle. After that there is a disagreeable ‘funkiness’ in the aroma that starts to creep in, making it a bit of a chore to finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2003 19:36:21 | More by lipschitz
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2003 19:51:33 | More by freed
Photo of Mitchster


2.17/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.4 degrees Plato, 22 EBU, 4.5% ABV, 9 EBC.

Finding information on this beer was exceptionally difficult. It is imported by Heineken from France, and distributed throughout Europe. It is not to be confused with the 33 Export made in Vietnam. They are completely different beers. Heineken makes no mention of who the actual brewer is, other than it is produced in France. There is also no mention of the brewery on the label.

Brilliantly clear, pale golden, forming a thin white head atop medium sized bubbles with poor retention and sparse lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is lightly of clove with a strong, "corny" adjunct aroma & no noticeable hops. Taste is weak with pale malts, corn, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is bright and fizzy with a light body. Finish is light with distant earthy hops, more corn, and a brisk astringency with hints of malt husk. Comparable to any continental macrobrew, particularly MGD.

Serving type: can

06-21-2003 09:28:51 | More by Mitchster
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2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Here's a little trick I learned in 'Nam..."
Golden color, the short white head is gone within seconds. Lots of bubbles constantly rising to the top. I keep sticking my nose under the glass, hoping to get some smell...something....anything. Okay there's a bit of rice-y malt in there.

Pretty lacking in flavor, but I didnt have high expectations to begin with. Some mild husk and malt...little to no hops. Comparing this to other lagers of its kind though, I do have to say it has a much fuller body and smoother mouthfeel. Certainly drinkable, and much better than anything the big 3 puts out. What it lacks in flavor it makes up in uniqueness. When was the last time you had Vietnamese beer?

Thanks to NeroFiddled for this one!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2003 21:13:41 | More by IrishRedRock
33 Export from VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)
66 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.