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33 Export - VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)

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33 Export33 Export

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220 Ratings

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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 21.22%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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 TappaKeggaBrew
3.19/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Clear, light gold color, with half a finger of white head; lacing is nil.

S: Grassy notes, with faint grain aromas. Hints of floral hops. Nothing powerful here.

T: There's a brief moment of sweet and bready malt, but if you blink you'll miss it. It's followed by another brief moment of tartness, then a mild but lingering bitterness from slightly spicy hops takes over through the finish.

M: Moist, but nicely carbonated. Refreshing, with a hint of dryness. By far, the mouthfeel is the best attribute of this beer.

O: Decent for what it is: A thirst-quenching lager designed to cool you down on a hot day, or pair with a salty, spicy bowl of Vietnamese phở noodle soup.

TappaKeggaBrew, May 28, 2014
Photo of cjgator3
3.15/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

cjgator3, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of daliandragon
3.15/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden and very bubbly into my pilsner glass and looks and acts the part of a decent German lager but the nose is rank, adjuncts and rice if my smeller is any indication.

Mellow, tasty clean flavor with some minimal hoppy biite and a reasonable finish. The mouthfeel is a bit unbalanced, with too much carbonation up front in the sip and too little in the back end, where the afteraste is too weak and watery for the style.

Still, for a random Asian lager, this has character and is fairly drinkable. Not a superstar by any means, but worth a try and not bad for the style.

daliandragon, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of medic25
3.15/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at the local Vietnamese restaurant. Pours a clean, golden color, with a short-lived white head, and very little aroma. Taste is inoffensive, if not exciting. Typical bland lager flavor; faint hint of hops, with a dry finish. Not something I'd seek out, but better choice than a Bud or a Miller.

medic25, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of tone77
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.

tone77, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of Neehan
3.13/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pale, bubbly pour with a bit more head than would be expected into a pilsner glass. So this isn't the greatest beer ever brewed, but it went very well with a Viatnamese meal. The sweet and sour taste are a decent compliment to the spcies of the meal, and it has an interesting mouthfeel, like a very mild champagne. Good points and bad, but a decent choice for something different.

Neehan, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of Durge
3.13/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear golden brew that shows lots of bubble activities throughout and clinging to the sides of the chilled pint glass. The modest head is snow white but holds on reasonably and leaves similar traces of lace. The aroma offers a mild but balanced rice/wheat grain. Very clean, nothing unusual but fine for the style. The flavor brings fairly simple wheat and light malt with a rice-lemon theme and maybe even some sweet corn and a cardboard kiss. But it’s a light bodied beer with a fairly dominant carbonation that makes for a very bright, crisp feel. Very refreshing, perhaps overcarbonated and a little under-flavored. But adequate to wash down your Viet Namese chow.

Durge, May 19, 2012
Photo of Hollenbeck2
3.13/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

good beer, good lager, very tasty, the bottle is very heavy in weight for some reason not sure why the glass seems thicker, not that that has anything to do with the taste but interesting none the less.

we drank this in a glass from the bottle, very crisp taste, good outdoor hot weather beer.

the taste and mouthfeel were better than the average appearance and drinkability, maybe can have two at a time not a big session beer.

I would buy again.

Hollenbeck2, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of Enola
3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Panther Piss. This is what a veteran I work with calls this beer so I felt inclined to include that in my reveiw. He stated that this was a widely consumed beverage during his tour.

A light beer in color with virtually no head. Very bright straw color. The smell is a little bit of vanilla and cinnamon. Fair. The taste is similar to a cream ale and is actually better than most macro's. Cereal grains are also evident. This beer has a smooth mouthfeel and drinkability is good. I could see where this beer would be refreshing after a day in the jungle. Drinkable, albeit a little bland. I could go for this beer again sometime though.

Enola, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of GallowsThief
3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A – Perfectly clear golden yellow pour with just a slight bubbly white head that recedes in a flash.

S – Extremely light smell. Malt and touch of sweet.

T – Sweet malt is quickly evident. Touch of hop bitterness. That is about it.

M – Light and crisp. Good carbonation. Clean feel.

O – Feels like you aren’t drinking a thing. It doesn’t taste bad because it doesn’t really taste like anything. That being said its perfectly adequate and you can have a few of these and never feel it.

GallowsThief, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.09/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - standard macro yellow/gold with a thin head. Decent beading from below but still losing the battle to keep the cap on.

Aroma - clean, grainy, a hint of...gunpowder??

Taste - a slight apple sweetness to an otherwise blase brew. A whisper (if that) of balancing hops. Even working though the beer, the apple maintains a pleasant enough enhancement. Finishes fizzy, some fruity astringency, not bad.

Mouthfeel - very upbeat and crisp, smooth lager body.

Overall - I liked this more than I thought I would, enough to have it again even.

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of EPseja
3.08/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a foil-wrapped 12oz. bottle in a pilsener glass at just above fridge temperature.

A - Pours the palest of pale golds with lots of active carbonation. Bubbles stick like crazy to the sides of the glass and rocket upward from the bottom. Even that, however, can not keep the head -- initally foamy and about 1/2 finger in height -- from sinking to a thin film. The bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass remind me of fish gently breaking the surface of a pond to nibble some floating food.

S - Cold and grainy with notes of sweet maltiness and a distinct European hoppiness. I might say that I smell some adjuncts, but that would only be a guess. That's about it.

T - Crisp on the intake with a hint of light maltiness, developing a sweetness in the middle that lingers through the finish, eventually becoming a touch cloying in the back of the throat. Light hop bitterness is apparent only in the swallow, but doesn't hang around for the aftertaste. As you drink this beer, the taste seems to get washed out and in the end winds up tasting like any old beer.

M - A bit too animated for my tastes, but given the style, it's not bad at all. Rises to a decent volume and goes down without feeling too gassy.

D - While this beer on its own is nothing too far from average, it is best suited for drinking either as a backyard BBQ thirst quencher or as a pairing to a nice, spicy Vietnamese (or any Southeast Asian) meal.

EPseja, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of sleazo
3.05/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

sleazo, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of kbnooshay
3.03/5  rDev +9%
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.

kbnooshay, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of valkyre65
3/5  rDev +7.9%

valkyre65, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of BamfBacon
3/5  rDev +7.9%

BamfBacon, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev +7.9%

tdm168, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of tempest
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.

tempest, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of yinkanut
3/5  rDev +7.9%

yinkanut, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev +7.9%

bonbini26, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of jsh420
3/5  rDev +7.9%

jsh420, May 31, 2014
Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev +7.9%

LJWalker, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of matjack85
3/5  rDev +7.9%

matjack85, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of ThomasKoren
3/5  rDev +7.9%

ThomasKoren, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of silverking
3/5  rDev +7.9%

silverking, Aug 18, 2013
33 Export from VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)
66 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.