33 Export - VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)

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67
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134 Reviews
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Reviews: 134
Hads: 241
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 20.36%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Viet Nam

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jackndan on 08-17-2002

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Photo of johnnnniee
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Bottle received in trade.
Clear golden color with a decent sized but short lived bubbly white head. Light sweet grain with a hint of bread and melanoid. Not bad for a pale lager. (179 characters)

Photo of bat6
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

currently traveling through SE Asia and sampling the local offerings. the beers here are almost exclusively light-bodied lagers specifically meant for fast quaffing in blazing heat and humidity. this is one of them, so all ratings are relative to my understanding of the style.

A - clear pale gold, nice head, short retention

S - virtually none, maybe light grain & grass. very crisp

T - virtually none, meant to be drank cold. i've learned to differentiate the "quality" of these beers by how they smell and taste as they get a little warmer. this one gains a little malt sweetness as it gets warmer but no slick corny sweetness or sour notes

MF - crisp, light, good carbonation

O - this beer does exactly what it's supposed to: goes down refreshingly fast and easy, whether by itself or w/ hot spicy food. it's definitely not meant for over-analysis (857 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
2.99/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Pours dark straw orange with a white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of weak grain not much else. Tastes of watery grain, but with a tad of fruitiness. Beer is heavily carbonated and light bodied. Overall an ok beer. (260 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
2.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bah bah (33) in Vietnamese. The pale yellow color gives you the light malt you expect. Some notes of grass and corn are detected. Light sharp metallic hops seem bland at first but improve with each swallow. Lightly sweet. Faint cornhusk aroma. The white head dissipates rapidly. Certainly worth a try. (301 characters)

Photo of Andbrew
2.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Offered this at a local vietnamese restauraunt. I was told by waitstaff that this is a $10 beer at upscale restauraunts in Vietnam. Highly doubt it.

Pours a clean yellow gold with zero head retention.
Light hop and almost rice smell.
Very little taste, and no discernable thickness, yet crisp and clean finish with no aftertaste.

This one is an easy drinker as it is light on the carbonation and taste overall. Easy to drink with the spicy vietnamese dish I was having and was better than the water I was offered. Overall not too bad for a hot dish or a hot day. (572 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of acrawf6
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with no haze and a very strong effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam. Not too bad.

Smell: sweetish malt with a little bit of an adjuncty and plasticy character. A bit bland; not the worst thing in the world, though.

Taste: like the aroma, there's not a lot going on in the flavor department past a little bit of sweetness and a little bit of bitterness. I would not go so far as to say there is any hop flavor, though. It's not disgusting, but it doesn't really appeal to me.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: this beer is uninspiring to me, but it's also not terrible. It's hot out today, which is contextually appropriate, but even that doesn't strongly help its drinkability. (810 characters)

Photo of biegaman
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*This version is brewed in Cameroon by Les Brasseries du Cameroun*

"33" Export looks like it may have endured a long voyage; bubbles are few and lazy, head is non-existent and its golden complexion, despite maintaining perfect clarity, has a somewhat tarnished colour. Looks conventional, but far from irresistible...

It's a lamentable thought that when it comes to beer most people in the world know only insipid, industrially-produced lagers. Many are put-off by the smell of beer and it's no wonder - I don't care for that corn syrup-laden stench neither. A good lager is not supposed to smell this way.

The use of adjuncts and cheaper fermentables equate primarily to two things: cutting down on production costs to allow more money for advertising, and a weaker, lamer beer. In place of tastes of fresh-baked bread or wholesome cereal grain, lagers like "33" Export have bland, monochrome notes of corn kernels and refined white sugar.

Now, if intensely chilled and desperately parched, these kinds of simple, uninspired lagers can be highly satisfying. Indeed, most drinkers of popular mass-produced brands won't have any issues with this one and, if anything, will find it highly agreeable. Heck, I don't find offensive. But I repeat: a properly made lager will have far more character and body than this.

Contrary to conventional beer geek opinion, pale lagers (even mass-produced ones) *can*be a source of uncomplicated scrumptious - provided they're done right. That's the caveat. "33" Export isn't so poorly made that it couldn't be enjoyed given the right conditions but, by and large, it is a beer I'd only buy again with counterfeit money. (1,669 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
2.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big white head floats atop a clear golden colored lager.

Very light aroma consisting of light sour almost bitter hops and a very light sweet malt background.

Taste is similar with la light sour almost bitter hops with a slight sweet malt background.

A light dry aftertaste with a slight hint of sourness but nothing bad.

Basic lager similar to about 35 or so American beers that are pretty much trying to copy each others basic lagers. (439 characters)

Photo of russpowell
2.89/5  rDev +3.2%
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 (437 characters)

Photo of PatrickJR
2.89/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.89/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of prototypic
2.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of jneiswender
2.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A fresh bottle from the initial distributor. Clear, golden in color with a brass cast and a bright white head that holds well. It drops to a good collar but leaves no lace. The aroma is mainly of a sweet, grainy, and husky malt but there's an odd vegetal aroma as well - it's light, but noticeable. The body is thin with a very fine, crisp carbonation. The flavor is of a semi-sweet, grainy & husky malt that's fairly well backed by hop bitterness. It finishes crisp and dry with just a residual husky maltiness in the mouth. An average beer that's not really well brewed and seems slightly unbalanced. Still, it has some bitterness to it and it does have a refreshing quality. Overall, not worth looking for. (709 characters)

Photo of Byeast
2.85/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear golen color with a fairly large , bubbly white head , left a moderate lace. The aroma is clean, with thin hints of malt and grassy hop. Taste is also on the thin side , very similar to most Macros , slight grain and hop , clean. Mouthfeel is clean and thin. A drinkable beer , nothing special in my book though. (326 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
2.85/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Here's a little trick I learned in 'Nam..."
Golden color, the short white head is gone within seconds. Lots of bubbles constantly rising to the top. I keep sticking my nose under the glass, hoping to get some smell...something....anything. Okay there's a bit of rice-y malt in there.

Pretty lacking in flavor, but I didnt have high expectations to begin with. Some mild husk and malt...little to no hops. Comparing this to other lagers of its kind though, I do have to say it has a much fuller body and smoother mouthfeel. Certainly drinkable, and much better than anything the big 3 puts out. What it lacks in flavor it makes up in uniqueness. When was the last time you had Vietnamese beer?

Thanks to NeroFiddled for this one! (737 characters)

Photo of Drew966
2.85/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33 Export pours a straw color with a thin white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle that has a foil wrapped neck/cap. Sweet adjunct aroma, nothing offensive. Very sweet tasting at first, nothing really bad about it, just not good either. Probably better than I expected, which isn't saying a real lot. (303 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
2.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Tried this months ago from the tap at Flying Saucer Emporium and just despised it at the time. This time, received this as part of a Beer of the World's gift pack and said what the heck. Actually, this is much better than I remember. The head retention added some points to the low score in appreance (almost flat with no lacing). Color a bit darker than a BMC and a better option as well. No mouthfeel but easy to finish and perhaps order another. (448 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
2.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
2.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
2.81/5  rDev +0.4%
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. (1,165 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
2.8/5  rDev 0%
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. (339 characters)

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