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33 Export - VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)

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BA SCORE
66
poor

226 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 21.22%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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 Portertime
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.

Portertime, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of jerryjeff
3.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not as down on this beer as the other reviews here. Compared to american adjunct lager (which seems more appropriate to me than dortmunder) this is pretty decent. I don't know about paying much of a premium for it but I do think it's good for what it is. (Definitely better than Hue, the other beer from Vietnam I've tried).

Aroma
Light sweet malt with possible hints of caramel, maybe a bit of grassiness from hops

Mouthfeel
Higher carbonation, but still a bit watery on the palette. Only light bitterness with no real aftertaste.

Appearance
Pale straw/light golden with a stark white head which quickly dissipated.

Taste
Hints of light grassiness and a bit of a twist of light malt, maybe hints of caramel in there.

Drinkability
Rather, this is a beer for an evening although you certainly won't be overwhelmed by the flavor.

Overall
I'm not quite sure how to compare it. To american adjunct lager this is a highly drinkable beer which is non-offensive without strong adjunct flavors. Highly drinkable and good for a session.

jerryjeff, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
3.4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this at a random Pho place in Vista.

A: Gold color with a pretty quickly receding fluffy white head.

S: Grain, pale malt and a little bit of honey. Slight bit of something bready as well.

T: Smooth and a little sweet. I'd rank this right around Singha as the quality is around the same and the taste is similar. Honey, cereal malts and a little hint of grassy hops. It went pretty well with my pho.

notchucknorris, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Scoats
3.38/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe it was the setting, a big Vietnamese buffet, but this beer was quite nice. It wasn't macro ricefest I was expecting. Reminded me of a true German Helles. Suble flavors with no harshness, no hoppiness either, but not all beers need to be superhopped. A pleasant surprise.

Scoats, Nov 26, 2002
Photo of gregb13
3.33/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a couple bottles of this tonight ice cold along with some spicy Vietnamese cuisine (a nice pairing!). Pours a typical macro lager; nice lacing and head retention for the style. Smell is faint but pleasant; lightly sweet and grassy/earthy. Taste follows the nose. Goes down very easy; extremely crisp. Not bad at all as an accompaniment to spicy food (bbq would also be excellent with this). I could also see tossing a few back on a humid day in the delta.

gregb13, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of donnebaby
3.33/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

donnebaby, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of OStrungT
3.28/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer from MABZ as part of the 2006 Great Race BIF.

This beer pours a clear light straw yellow color with a white fluffy head. The head fades slowly, leaving minimal laces. Tiny bubbles of carbonation rise from the botom of the glass.

This beer has a mild spicy aroma. It has a slight grassy hop aroma. It smells of grainy malts also. It has a light citrus aroma. To tell the truith, I am a bit surprised by the aroma. It is kind of good.

This beer tastes of grainy malts. It has a citrus flavor also. Slight spice notes are present. It is ever so slightly sweet tasting. The grainy malt flavor is a little overbearing.

This beer is a little overcarbonated. Otherwise, it is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a grainy aftertaste.

This beer might be a decent session beer. It is low in alcohol, and the flavor, with the exception of a little too much grainy flavor, is not too overbearing. I doubt I will go out of my way to have this beer in the future, but I am glad to have tried it. Thank you MABZ for this opportunity to try another country.

OStrungT, May 24, 2006
Photo of dsa7783
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...

dsa7783, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
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.

cvstrickland, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
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.

wagenvolks, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of DaveBar
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for $1.35 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well. Pours and looks like a mass produced beer

S- Rice and sugar

T- Rice and sugar.

M- Dry like a rice beer should be. Tart too believe it or not

O- Pretty good beer. Like a Sapporo.

Food Pairing

How you can you not try this with... Pad Thai

Enjoy

DaveBar, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Greg_Nall
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

Greg_Nall, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of paulcdc
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

paulcdc, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of LJC3
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

LJC3, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of DogFood11
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall slender pils glass it forms an Ivory white head. Yellow body with tons of racing carbonation. Spider web lace.

Smell of corn and a sweetend grain backer. Taste is what you would expect from a macro type lager brew. The only variant in my opinion is it has a healthy malt bill for the style. Really smooth and easy drinking. Crisp and clean this is warm weather adjunct lager at its finest.

Notes: Date brewed and best by date stamped on bottle. This one is only 2 months old as it was brewed August 5th. I will consider this the next time I see it fresh.

DogFood11, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of 302BeerGuy
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

302BeerGuy, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

DrewSnyc667, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of tykechandler
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

tykechandler, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of Reidrover
3.23/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Reidrover, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of Beerbuddha
3.23/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Beerbuddha, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of shirfan
3.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

shirfan, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of kbub6f
3.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

kbub6f, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of NicholasCasber
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.

NicholasCasber, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of Dithyramb
3.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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...

Dithyramb, Aug 13, 2005
33 Export from VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)
66 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.