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33 Export - VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)

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33 Export33 Export

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230 Ratings

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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 20.79%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of Cylinsier
2.83/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz

Pour is light gold with a medium white head that dissipates quickly.

Smells of dry barley and adjunct malts.

Taste follows, crisp dry barley and rice or corn.

Feel is thin with stinging carbonation.

Actually not bad for a food pairing. But not much different than other asian lagers like tsing tao either. Quenches thirst though.

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.

Photo of dbrauneis
2.81/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall soapy white head that quickly reduces to a very thin layer over most of the surface of the beer and a ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is just like that of an American Adjunct Lager rather than a Dortmunder/Export Lager. There is a heavy presence of adjunct malt sweetness - leading with rice and some lighter amounts of grain.

T: The taste follows the smell but underneath it all is a metallic taste. The flavor is dominated by the adjunct malts - mostly rice but also with a heavy dose of grain. The beer has a decent amount of sweetness and I get something akin to apple juice as well. There is some light bitterness in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Some very light dryness in the finish.

O: The slightly metallic taste is definitely off-putting in this beer and to me makes it less than enjoyable and not a sessionable beer. I do not want to have more than one of these, never mind more than one in a single session.

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.

Photo of HardTarget
2.78/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of lipschitz
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

Photo of kenito799
2.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at Nha Trang restaurant, Manhattan

Typical golden lager color with typical active carbonation and not much head.

Aroma fresh and clean, not skunked, malty.

Refreshing and crisp on the palate, not a bad example of the adjunct lager style, certainly a better choice than Tsingtao for you Asian food accompaniment.

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

appearance: Typical pale golden with a low white head

smell: The dominant aromas are a boozy, rice wine type aroma, and maybe some off alcohols. Slight aroma of aged hops and grain.

mouthfeel: Fizzy, thin mouthfeel

taste: Similar to the aroma, except for that the rice/corn flavor is more obvious. Reminds me of the peary aromas of some chardonnay at first, but I think it is the cereal grain. Light hop presence.

drinkability: not bad, not good

from some Thai restaurant, served in a pilsner glass

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.

Photo of bogus564
2.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl. oz, poured into a tall pilsner glass.

It wasn’t a particularly good Valentine’s Day for this author, for a couple of reasons; (1) I don’t have a valentine right now; and (2) I underwent a prostate exam. This is a good time for a beer or two.

A: Golden in color, actually more gold than yellow – that’s a pleasant surprise. It produces a 3 cm head with a careful pour, and it holds much longer than most beers of this type. The head is wheat-colored, and dissolves into lace. It’s also very, very bubbly. I’m starting to wonder about this one…

S: As I’m reviewing, I usually set the glass down about 18 inches from my nose after I pour it. In quite a number of cases, I can smell the beer from that far away. With this one, I can’t smell a thing; I don’t know if that’s good or bad. Nose in – I’m suddenly teleported to my Army days, when I was stationed in Korea. This is what beer smelled like there; very grassy and hoppy, with a citrus note in the background. Wow.

T: At this point, I’m committed, so I’m going in for a taste. Man, that’s disappointing. All the ingredients I smelled are there, but in weak proportions, and they don’t play well together. What a bummer. The balance is off, and that’s noticeable immediately. Yuck.

M: Mouthfeel is not even good. It’s light in body, the carbonation is kicked up to the point that it foams in your mouth, the palate does not like this, and the finish causes you to make the kind of face that makes people think you smelled something you didn’t like. I’d like for my mouth to forget this particular experience.

O: I wouldn’t drink this beer again on a dare, or if paid less than twenty bucks per sip. You wouldn’t believe how many potato chips I had to eat to nullify the effect on my tongue. I know this doesn’t make me popular with the maker, but that’s my true opinion; better luck next time. I’m immediately going to another beer. Until the next time.

33 Export from VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)
66 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.