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33 Export - VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)

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33 Export33 Export

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134 Reviews

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Reviews: 134
Hads: 245
Avg: 2.79
pDev: 20.79%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | 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:
Beer added by: jackndan on 08-17-2002

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Reviews: 134 | Hads: 245
Photo of biggred1
2.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, light golden with a shock white head that leaves scraps of lace on the glass as it falls. Untoasted grain, corn grits and faint green apple skin in the nose. Grainy, husky and slightly sweet to start with some creamed corn-like flavor that turns dry with some cracker flavor in the finish. I think this beer is imported for the sole purpose of filling a need for Vietnamese restaurants and giving Vietnamese Americans a taste of home, it doesn't do much for me.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.41/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright golden color with a slightly fizzy head of white that dissipates quickly.
Smell is maltier than expected with notes of hops and wet cardboard.
Taste is hoppy though not overly so. Malt is well presented with minor notes of apple and grape.
Medium light body with solid carbonation. A decided tang up front but it mellows well enough. A middling example but not swill.

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Photo of taigor
1.96/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

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Photo of therica
2.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Found at Orchid Garden Asian Restaurant in Hagerstown MD tonight.

A= light golden, some white head when poured, minimal lacing.

S= typical Macro-style corn/rice lager with a light floral scent that I eventually identified as ginger.

T= ginger ale, pure ginger ale with a slight spice to it, somewhat akin to a ginger-beer but not as strong. Mostly just ginger ale with slight bitterness.

M= over-sweet, the slight bitterness but dominated by ginger ale on the tongue and palate.

D= I couldn't get beyond about a third of the bottle.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.89/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.46/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours gold with a white head that dissipates quickly and left only a tiny amount of lacing.

S-I couldn't really detect anything on the nose but trace amounts of malts with a hint of hops.

T-Malty with some hop presence. I also noted some chalky notes as well. It is very crisp, clean, and refreshing.

M-Thicker than expected and nicely carbonated.

D-Very drinkable. This is the first example of this style I have tried and it exceeded my expectations.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer with my Thai food last night. It was much better than the Tiger Beer I had just before and would recommend it as an easy drinking alternative to American Macro swill.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.93/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of NicholasCasber
3.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This beer seemed like any other american light lager when poured into the glass, almost piss yellow, and barely no head after a straight pour.

S: The smell wasn't overly strong, you can tell it's a rice brewed beer.

T: The taste was actually one of my favorite parts of this beer, it started nice, the sad part is, that it ended with a very metal flavor, which isn't what I'm looking for in my beer.

M: The mouthfeel was fairly watery, but for a rice beer, it felt fairly full.

D: I'd rate this higher if it wasn't for that metal after taste.

Overall, interesting pick, I wouldn't rate it at the high end in comparison to some of the Asian beers I've tried, Cheers.

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Photo of Rayek
2.05/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.47/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle, this beer is a clear and deep straw in color. A light carbonation looks doubtful as for my hopes and dreams here. As such, a thin white head decays into a moderate surface ring in a minute or two, leaving some light lacing.

Nose is malty with some muddled Noble hops, reminding me of a Euro Strong Lager in a sense, though surely not as rich. Bit of orange/tangerine through the foam on a fresh pour, becoming somewhat bready after some air.

Taste is rather neutral, with a good balance on the finish. Carbonation supports the beer initially but becomes a bit thin as it settles. Decent feel and finish as a quick flash of citrus returns on the finish. A decent example of a rare style for me, and well suited to many culinary styles.

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Photo of thekanna
2.16/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: clear, medium yellow bordering on pale with a small, thin head.

S: Faint sweet malts, some even fainter citrus, and a generally phenolic aroma.

T: Sweet adjunct malts which drown in a sea of wateriness. Not much else going on except some mild carbonation and astringent phenols.

M: A bit too watery with not enough carbonation to provide a backbone.

D: A decent respite from the flavorful Vietnamese food it was paired with, but otherwise a very lackluster brew.

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Photo of tone77
3.15/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz. brown bottle. Pours a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Very mild aroma, hints of malt. Taste is a bit hard to describe. Not a lot going on, but some ingrediants I can not put my finger on. Feels light in the mouth and so-so drinkability. Overall a mediocre brew.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.15/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.2/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.11/5  rDev -24.4%
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!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
1.95/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

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Photo of stockingcpl
3.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: From the bottle this pours with a thick head with very good retention. Lacings are plentiful. Beer color is deep golden. Overall this is a good start.

Smell: This brew has a light Euro Pale Lager aroma. Full with a sweet hoppiness.

Taste: The brew has a faint euro flavor. Some buttery floral bite is detected at the very front of the flavor curve. Esters detected in midrange. Flavor tapers off rather quickly. I was impressed with the totality of the flavor. Good job.

Mouthfeel: Flavor tapered kind of quick, but the strength and smoothness of the flavor during onset and midrange make up for the fast fade. Carbonation fits well. Light on the palate.

Drinkability: This was a nice light selection. Excellent for a session selection. This is "easy" to drink. Excellent.


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Photo of nick76
1.44/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
2.09/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Generously provided by Ding as my "Ugly" in The Good, Bad, and Ugly BIF. Thanks?
Clear straw yellow with a fast dissipating white cap. Fine bubbles settled to a thin collar with a few wisps covering the surface of the beer. There was a bit of stickage when the glass was tilted, mostly the collar just grabbing the glass and then settling on the beer again once upright. Doesn't look bad at all. Big whiff of veggies (celery) and cooked corn up front, with a bit of spicy hop aroma in the background. A little sour too. Not much going on in the flavour department. Very low bitterness, some sweetness and fruity esters, plus the vegetal note was there from the aroma and lingered in the finish. There was a bit of spiciness from hops near the end, but that just wasn't enough to make this attractive. Light bodied, average carbonation that was a bit coarse, and none of the crispness I'd like. A bit dry. Even by southeast asian industrial lager standards this wasn't very good. And the celery/veggie character didn't help. Not something I'd try again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a typical bright clear gold with orange highlights and a dull white, thin, fizzy head which left a broken rim lacing. Visible carbonation was extremely light.

S: dried orange peels at most, but otherwise was neutral.

T: The flavor was limited in spectrum with some sweet and spicy oranges and light grains, crisp rice notes and not much else. Overall the flavor was appreciable in moderation but still away from what I could consider average and appreciable.

M: light, oily with a soft carbonation and a orange flower hopping which faired pretty well.

D: Ok drinkability, better then anticipated

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.24/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle at Dalat Oriental Restaurant, Raleigh, NC.

Pours a wimpy, bone-white head that flees quicker than George Bush from a disaster area. The body is straw-golden and clear, with a lackluster amount of carbonation. The smell is not as bad as I had anticipated, with a large rice presence, plus wheat, pale malt, and a touch of honey.

The flavor, surprisingly, was actually quite good, with a crisp, clean mineral body that finished sweet with notes of honey and light fruits. Some rice and malts up front. Mouthfeel was thin and a tad-bit undercarbonated, but the sweetened finish paired well with my spicy Vietnamese dish. I'd recommend this over other Asian beers, but just barely. Still, a decent export from the far side of the globe.

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Photo of tempest
3/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.24/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle just copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Impressive appearance, pouring a light, golden hue with massive rising carbonation, a giant head, and a decent amount of lacing...
Faint, nondescript, pale, grain and corn aroma...
Taste was crisp, clean, and refreshing on the palate... Slightly spicy and pepperish with some bread and butter notes...
Slick mouthfeel, with a fair pepperish bite at the end along with a good level of drinkability for such a low ABV beer...
Not bad...
Worth a try...

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Photo of osi
4.32/5  rDev +54.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured darker than the normal lager. Had a caramel like hue to it. Head was dissapointing but left good trace on the glass.

S - Smelled of malts and being that this was an import, it had no real bad qualities to the smell. I usually expect this with beer from less that notable countries.

T - Very good taste. A collaboration of malts and rice made this beer extremely drinkable. Very crisp and clean.

M - Very light on the tongue and highly carbonated. Extremely crisp.

D - This lager really threw me for a loop. Very drinkable and could go well with a number of meals. for the most part I usually prefer ales over lagers but I will have to add this to my library of preferred drinks.

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