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33 Export - VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)

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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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Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

2.42/5  rDev -13.3%

What else are you going to drink when you're waiting for your Vietnamese take-out order? This pours out very pale gold, the color of dried straw, with a frothy, noisy head of pale white froth that quickly sizzles away.

Aroma is grainey malts, grass, and a faint herbal note. Smells very much like your typical macro lager.

Flavor slightly better than the nose. Clean tasting corny malt sweetness throughout with hints of wet cardboard and a meagerly hopped finish of light bitter herbs and dry grass. Clean tasting, but certainly underwhelming.

Body is thin as expected, with active carbonation and a gritty, bubbly mouthfeel. I guess it would go well with the food, but not too great by itself.

03-06-2006 19:51:02 | More by AlexJ
Photo of HardTarget


2.8/5  rDev +0.4%

Bottle Inspection: Dortmunder?! Please, let’s not get out of hand… My bottle only shows the “33”, not the “333” in the picture.

Aroma: Some mild esters, mostly apple, but very mild aroma over all. The esters are out of place in this “lager”.

Appearance: Thick golden glass shows active carbonation streams that feed a good ring of off white that leaves a trace of lace.

Flavor: Wet paper. The apple esters come through a bit in the overall “clean” taste but there are not real “beer” flavors to hold my interest.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation but over the top. Lingering finish but reasonably dry.

Overall Impression: Not very enjoyable, but not awful. Much better than the last Vietnamese beer I had. Still, hard to recommend.

02-05-2006 07:09:58 | More by HardTarget
Photo of EPseja

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev +10.4%

Served from a foil-wrapped 12oz. bottle in a pilsener glass at just above fridge temperature.

A - Pours the palest of pale golds with lots of active carbonation. Bubbles stick like crazy to the sides of the glass and rocket upward from the bottom. Even that, however, can not keep the head -- initally foamy and about 1/2 finger in height -- from sinking to a thin film. The bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass remind me of fish gently breaking the surface of a pond to nibble some floating food.

S - Cold and grainy with notes of sweet maltiness and a distinct European hoppiness. I might say that I smell some adjuncts, but that would only be a guess. That's about it.

T - Crisp on the intake with a hint of light maltiness, developing a sweetness in the middle that lingers through the finish, eventually becoming a touch cloying in the back of the throat. Light hop bitterness is apparent only in the swallow, but doesn't hang around for the aftertaste. As you drink this beer, the taste seems to get washed out and in the end winds up tasting like any old beer.

M - A bit too animated for my tastes, but given the style, it's not bad at all. Rises to a decent volume and goes down without feeling too gassy.

D - While this beer on its own is nothing too far from average, it is best suited for drinking either as a backyard BBQ thirst quencher or as a pairing to a nice, spicy Vietnamese (or any Southeast Asian) meal.

02-02-2006 02:59:11 | More by EPseja
Photo of shirfan

New York

3.23/5  rDev +15.8%

Medium clear gold with a very thin head of large bubbles, this has an aroma of "cheap lager" -- sweet, grassy, corny, slightly alcoholic smelling.

Taste -- Surprisingly decent for the smell. Sweet (but not cloying) malt liquor upfront, dries slightly towards the finish. Little if any adjunct or off flavor, and no grain alcohol notes to be found. Very mild bittering hops, and a light, tangy, almost white wine note.

Not bad for a plain "vanilla" beer.

01-06-2006 19:47:27 | More by shirfan
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3.83/5  rDev +37.3%

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.

12-24-2005 00:04:40 | More by badturtle
Photo of GnomeKing


3.53/5  rDev +26.5%

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.

11-12-2005 16:14:18 | More by GnomeKing
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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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3.2/5  rDev +14.7%

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...

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

New York

2.65/5  rDev -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.

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


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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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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2.42/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

02-17-2005 09:48:00 | More by BeerNutta
Photo of Gueuzedude


2.53/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

02-05-2005 01:09:50 | More by Gueuzedude
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South Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

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

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

12-28-2004 03:10:30 | More by Backer2004
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2.68/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

12-01-2004 08:00:30 | More by hero27
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2.08/5  rDev -25.4%

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.

07-12-2004 02:39:09 | More by connecticutpoet
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New York

3.23/5  rDev +15.8%

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.

06-24-2004 19:40:36 | More by kbub6f
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New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

05-23-2004 23:40:04 | More by jdhilt
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2.58/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

05-07-2004 22:53:25 | More by beergeek279
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2.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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.


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

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

03-24-2004 15:10:41 | More by donnebaby
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

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.

02-22-2004 23:16:51 | More by GCBrewingCo
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2.28/5  rDev -18.3%

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.

02-22-2004 08:46:37 | More by beertaster13
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2.13/5  rDev -23.7%

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.

11-17-2003 05:46:30 | More by marc77
33 Export from VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)
66 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.