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33 Export - VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)

33 Export33 Export

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BA SCORE
66
poor

191 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 21.22%


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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NicholasCasber

Iowa

3.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 02:03:53 | More by NicholasCasber
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Rayek

Colorado

2.05/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 20:24:03 | More by Rayek
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HalfFull

California

3.48/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 02:37:49 | More by HalfFull
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thekanna

Maryland

2.15/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 05:14:01 | More by thekanna
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 01:59:57 | More by tone77
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GRG1313

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 07:09:46 | More by GRG1313
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 22:09:13 | More by WVbeergeek
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 23:44:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev +27.7%
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.

Prosit,
Nikki

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 00:46:19 | More by stockingcpl
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nick76

Florida

1.4/5  rDev -49.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 06:35:00 | More by nick76
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marlinsfan4

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 23:18:25 | More by marlinsfan4
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DrJay

Massachusetts

2.08/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 22:52:51 | More by DrJay
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.45/5  rDev -11.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 23:01:28 | More by beerthulhu
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.28/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 21:23:40 | More by wagenvolks
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 00:59:01 | More by tempest
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev +18%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 23:07:32 | More by dsa7783
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osi

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +56.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 00:59:12 | More by osi
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a pilsener glass yields a clear golden body with snappy carbonation capped with a sizzling finger of white foam that quickly reduces to a sheet and leaves webby lacing on the glass.

Smell is crisp and a touch bready with a lemony zip.

Taste is dry and crisp with a note reminiscent of the sweet flavor in tart Granny Smith apples, a dash of ginger and a grassy note of sugar cane.

The drink is light and well-carbonated and has great drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 23:50:20 | More by cvstrickland
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear yellow, but not too pale. One finger head with moderate retention. Falls to a patchy film with a thick collar. Moderate lacing.

S - Starts off with what seems like some spicy hops in a pilsner, but quickly grows into a metallic beast. Copper, with a slightly sweet aroma is absolutely all I smell.

T - Decent enough, but uninteresting at best. Bland malt profile, not really sweet but not particularly dry either. Slight metallic bite at the end. No real bitterness.

M - Moderate carbonation with a slick body. I was actually very impressed with the mouthfeel considering the beer's similarities with other simplistic lagers.

D - I may have a few, but wouldn't. The overly metallic aspect is more than a little unpleasant.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 06:00:19 | More by PatrickJR
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P-grape and gourmet in Va Beach Thanks Joe!

My buddy knowsi like to try beers from around the world so he got me this one.

A- a light clear urine yellow and doesnt look appealling right off the bat. little head and no lace whatsoever.

S- the smell of malt overwhelms the alcohol and hop flavor.also smelss like dry wheat.

T- Bland and dry and really nothing sticks out. I get the taste of the malt after a few sips. It is like drinking watered down vinegar with very little vinegar. A lil disappointing.

M- Feels cool and refreshing. Nothing else really.

D- thee are easy to put down. This is like water but there is no flavor. Not tasty just pound em back. Like a Beast or Busch.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 22:40:42 | More by Dodo2step
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

2.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had one this past weekend while eating at a Vietnamese restaurant in Allston. Poured into a tall pilsner glass. Lots of carbonation, not much head. Pale yellow color with no noticeable aroma. Tastes like an average lager. Not much to complain about or like. It's just the novelty of have a Vietnamese beer with some nice pho or noodle dish. A decent beer to accompany the cuisine.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 23:49:09 | More by morebeergood
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

2.83/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Trying to stay authentic with my Vietnamese meal.

Poured from a bottle a pale straw color with an average white head.

Faint hop aroma but somewhat grainy and similar to the BMCs.

Light maltiness and grainy with no aftertaste.

Light mouthfeel, crisp, and very carbonated.

Very average and much like the BMCs. Nothing really stands out.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 00:01:00 | More by Monkeyknife
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Portertime

Florida

3.48/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first Vietnamese beer. It was interesting. Poured a pale banana yellow with a fizzy head. Smelled faint of hops and a little malt. Taste was thin with mild bitter hops and a touch of malt sweetness. Nothing special but nice to say had a beer from Vietnam with out having to go there.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 21:34:32 | More by Portertime
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12oz glass into a pint glass.

A-light yellow and clear color. Faint head but it stays around.

S-metallic, grassy

T-very dry on the palate. light malt with a decent hop bitterness .

M-light, dry

D-This is not bad for an Asian beer which tend to be light and good with Asian food. Export lager? Seems way to dry to be one but if you think Asian lager and drink it with food its a good choice.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 23:33:59 | More by jneiswender
33 Export from VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)
66 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.