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33 Export - VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)

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BA SCORE
67
poor

139 Reviews
THE BROS
79
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Reviews: 139
Hads: 253
Avg: 2.79
pDev: 27.96%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)
Viet Nam | website

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: 139 | Hads: 253
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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Photo of cvstrickland
3.28/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of PatrickJR
2.89/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Dodo2step
2.93/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of morebeergood
2.83/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
2.8/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

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Photo of Portertime
3.47/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

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Photo of jneiswender
2.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
2.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: When I poured this one from a bottle to a pilsener glass, it had a clear texture and golden yellow color. Head was almost nonexistent, as was lacing.

S: To me, the aroma was nearly undetectable. I picked up a bit of hops, but little else.

T: There was some rice and hops in the flavor, but it didn't jump out at you in any way. Had a decent bite to it, but that's it.

M: Below average carbonation and a dry finish. Doesn't have a huge amount of body to it, but it's not bad either.

D: For a mass-produced beer, this is OK. Nonetheless, this doesn't make it a good beer.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.1/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tried this at Little Saigon in Springfield; my fiance had bubble tea.

A - Golden, clear, and fizzy with a sudsy soapy head that only sticks around for a minute. Nothing special.

S - Crisp rice and a light touch of hops, sort of like a Japanese rice lager.

T - Ricey and a little bit spicy on the back end. Not very assertive or flavorful, but I can appreciate some gentle fruit an crisp frice flavors.

M - Crisp, light, highly carbonated...and I mean HIGHLY carbonated, with an extremely dry finish and absolutely no aftertaste.

D - This is pretty boring, but it serves as a perfect foil for hot Vietnamese dinners when you can't taste anything but heat anyway. Why drink a flavorful beer if your taste buds are fried? The carbonation and dryness in this one might actually make the painful spice even worse, but at least it'll cool you down a bit if downed ice cold.

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Photo of russpowell
2.89/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.02/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a clear golden color with a very fizzy, soapy bright white head. There is some decent lacing here. The smell was mostly dominated by the light hop and hay aromas. Secondly it is sweet and malty. The taste is fairly clean with a slight grassy flavor. The hop flavor is very light here.

This isn't bad but it is kinda reminiscent of drinking tinny water. I could see this being refreshing if i needed a refreshment but we are in heavy stout season and it just doesn't stand up. Overall though i am still surprised this isn't bad.

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Photo of sleazo
3.05/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer really starts to gain popularity as you start to get south of Hue in the country. Simply say the words ba ba ba (333 in viet) and you will be handed a bottle or can of this ubiquitous brew

A-Fizzy yellow and clear like most Vietnamese beer.

S_Crisp grains, almost no hops but a very clean smell.

T_Slightly sweet on the front leg of the journey with a bit of bitterness on the followthrough.

M_Not as light as most Asian lagers with a steady mild carbonation.

D_this is probably the best of the Vietnamese bottled beers but it really is nothing special. It did go down very quickly in the hot humid Saigon evenings and paired well with grilled pork, scorpions, and cobra.

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Photo of prototypic
2.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It's transparent and light gold in color. Head was about a finger and dissipated very quickly. Very light coat of lace remained.

Smell: Grainy and somewhat earthy. There is a light, malty sweet aroma. Hops are not noticeable.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. It does have a surprisingly crisp taste. Decent malt base. A little on the sweet side. Grainy taste is prevalant. No hops to speak of.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and well carbonated. More crisp and refreshing than I expected. Drinkability is pretty good. Certainly would be true on a hot day. Overall, it's pretty average. But, honestly better than I expected.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.2/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK this beer was not all the bad. A Viet Nam version of Budweiser with a little more taste. It poured a straw color with a lot of bubbles and little head. Very refreshing, clean taste with almost no hop presence. The mouthfeel was crisp and carbonated. Overall it was pretty good. Nice lawn mower beer.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.2/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a exppiration date of 5/08. Pours a straw yellow eith a two finger head OK longevity and pretty good lace. sweet honey malt aromas and rice is detected. Not a bad flavor. Decent malt flavors with a slight watery rice mixed in. Not huge in the hops department but enough to offset the sweet, although it is still on the sweet side. Its clean and a bit watery but not bad. Much better than I expected.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.07/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Nothing much good to say about this one. I ordered it as a novelty in a Vietnamese restaurant, thinking I needed to add a beer from Vietnam to my resume....only to find the damn thng is brewed in France. Light in color, grainy and faint in aroma, bland flavor and a short, stale, dry finish.

That about sums this one up.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.16/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale yellow beer, no head to speak of. Slight grassy aroma, but kinda unpleasantly funky. Taste however is a bit better. Malty, buiscuity, a nice touch of grassy hop. Not that bad really on the palate, nice dry finish. Not horrible, I have no doubt this would be quite adequate in steamy Vietnam. This one was brewed by Fosters in TienGiang.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is a little skunky with some malt and a touch of grassy hops. The taste is all malt up front with a dry and spicy hop finish.Nothing special here but it is a pretty decent lager. Overall, this is a decent brew that is very drinkable.

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Photo of acrawf6
2.93/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a straw color with a small white head that fizzles out, though the vigorous carbonation rising.

Smell. Sweet and grainy. nothing too much here.

Taste. Some more sweetness, but luckly it isnt cloying. The maltiness is at a proper level to me, as there is some presence to it. Aftertaste is leaving me undesirable as it sweetens up like some cheap candy.

Mouthfeel. Body is a medium level with lots of carbonation.

Overall, is refreshing, but just another import that falls into that catagory of the same lighter flavored beer. they intended this to be a lighter beer, and i think they did a decent job.

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Photo of zeff80
2.65/5  rDev -5%
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.

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33 Export from VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)
67 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.