333 Premium Export Beer - Saigon Beer Company

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 2.4
pDev: 24.17%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Viet Nam

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: soulgrowl on 09-29-2006

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Reviews by fizzy:
Photo of fizzy
2.83/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank a "ton" of this along with Saigon Red and Green a couple of weeks ago on a trip to Ho Chi Minh City. I mean, really, what would somebody expect of a beer made in Vietnam, in a brewery designed by some European, made of imported ingredients, no history dating back centuries? On the other hand, in a town of dust, noise, excitement, color, great food, great people, great adventure, the "333" went down like heaven and I refuse to give this beer the dank review so many of my friendly "craft" quaffers gave it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of albern
1.4/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Yikes, this beer is bad. One smell and you can tell that this is pretty rancid stuff. For starters, the bottle is listed as "33" so I'm not sure what happened to the final digit. The beer is a clear pale straw color, with no real head, with kind of a flat syrupy look to it. The nose is just adjunct cereal grain and the smell of poor quality processing.

This is pretty awful and undrinkable stuff. It has a zingy little tang to it but there is nothing at all salvagable here. Vietnam is not a country with a beer making tradition, so I'm not sure what happened or the history of this brewery. This import will not last long. This is just poor quality, cereal grained beer, that seems to be made on the cheap. Perhaps the novelty of Vietnamese beer will bring out the curious, but there will be many one and dones with this awful beer.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.55/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml can brought home by my parents (from a world cruise) along with a few other goodies.

Poured into a Konig-Pilsner glass on 13th May 2012.

Looked like any other lager/pilsner style beer: golden bright, clean and clear with a white head of tight bubbles.

No smell and semi-sweet in taste; different to what I expected: easy to drink and just what I needed after cutting the grass and doing some ironing.

Photo of Globetrotter
2.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hand-delivered from Vietnam to Austria (thanks, Shannon!), the can features a black and gold oval filled with red behind the white numbers 333. Ingredients include both rice and "houbion," (a substance neither I nor google is familiar with). Best before 10/16/09, I opened it on 3/7/09.

Pours a predictable pale yellow straw under a misty white 1/2 finger head that fades completely quite quickly. The nose has a sickly sweet, raspberry like tone. The mouth is light and very well-carbonated. The taste lacks malt, while the hops a very acidic and rusty bitter. The raspberry is still there, but in the taste it seems as if there is too much stem, not enough berry. The aftertaste is earwax bitter. Not a very good experience (although I've had much worse beers...).

Photo of Tcusack
1.42/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Nothing to write home about. Very average lager, though on a hot muggy day that's all You need in S.E.A

Photo of WHROO
3.23/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured straw yellow, clear 2 fingerhead, quickly died tho. Big beaded carbonation
S: Straw, grassy, hay notes. Little of that eggy lager aroma too.
T: Ricey, touch malty, only a hint of tropical fruity sweetness. Zero bitterness
M: Crisp & clean. Be quite nice over a meal.
D: Just enough sweet malts to keep interested, any bitterness would have been good, classic Asian Rice beer. Don't expect much flavour.

Photo of WanderingFool
2.83/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A friend of mine received a few bottles of 333 from a guy he knows who traveled to asia. The beer is a typical macro lager. It pours a clear pale yellow color with a fizzy white head on top. The fizz dissolves quickly leaving a couple spots of lace on the glass. A mild aroma of rice and honey greets you before your first sip.

The beer was thin bodied and very easy to drink. Its flavor had some notes of honey, corn and rice. Nothing offensive. For a faint tasting, macro lager it wasn't too bad. It tasted all natural to me and didn't leave behind any strange after tastes.

Photo of CuriousMonk
2.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From notes at Old Chicago (2001): Poured from can into pint glass. bottle is the best thing about this beer. I was expecting something a little more exoctic, but alas, another one-dimensional pale lager sits in my glass. Pale yellow pour with a wispy white head that vanishes upon first sip. Subtle nose of hay and corn syrup. The body starts with a healthy dose of diacytel, backed by some grassy hops. Umm, not much to say. Drinks watery and offers little in the way of enjoyable attributes.

Photo of BucBasil
3.62/5  rDev +50.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 330mL can into a standard pint glass at a Vietnamese restaurant in Shanghai China.

A: The beer is a pure golden color with lots of carbonation within. 2 fingers of fluffy offwhite head. Classic looking beer.

S: Very faint. Some bready malt deep inside. Clean grassy character with light lemon on top. Good pils-ish character.

T: Beery with lots of sweet lemony zest in there. Grass and some sort of light crackery malt. Very refreshing.

F: Light body to match light character.

Overall, I could see drinking a lot of this in steamy Vietnam, or even in the oven that is Shanghai's summer. A good pale-like beer with lots of refreshing character for this corner of the world.

Photo of Piano88s
1.58/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Tastes and smells like 1 step above a bud light. Very Bad!

Photo of laituegonflable
2.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a pale straw colour with frenetic bubbling and a sinking head. Reasonably good lacing can't save an otherwise poor affair.

Very grassy, soil-esque hop with too much thick, sticky malt. Plain and simple, but fairly aromatic. Shame about the excessive sticky malt aroma.

Taste has fair amounts of malt with twiggy hops. Aftertaste is slightly sticky, with a fairly viscous mouthfeel and no tingling. A slightly carbonated edge to the flavour makes me think it should be tingly, but it isn't. Mostly simple flavour, but unpleasant sticky finish renders this not all that drinkable.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold with a thin film around the edge. Some lacing. Looks very flat and insipid. No carbonation. I don't hold out much hope.

Very unpleasant sticky-rice nose, lots of nothingness as well. Sweet, with a very light sickly note. But don't get me wrong, it's incredibly bland. Blech.

Thin, but fortunately not overly sweet on the palate. Quite clean and dry, with a light lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is quite crisp, which is a blessing. No, it's not great, but I was expecting a lot, lot worse.

It's really not that bad when you get down to it. It's not amazing, but it's pretty clean and light. I guess I'm just pleased it doesn't have the sweet sickly character promised on the nose.

Photo of AgentMunky
2.14/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 33cL can into a glass in Hanoi.
Two fingers of head churn and settle. Clear effervescent yellow. It smells like sweet adjuncts and a whiff of isoamyl acetate.
It tastes..not good. Weird and sweet and sticky-fresh cheap grain. More like Bud Light than most rice lagers. Even the aftertaste is sort of acrid and unpleasant. Not recommended.

Photo of shivtim
1.75/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

An unremarkable lager. It's called "ba ba ba" locally... but be careful not to say it too fast, because if you do it means something entirely different (something thats insulting to elderly women, I think). Anyway, it's yet another boring Southeast Asian macro lager, except this one is particularly sub-par. Clear yellow, no head, smells like water, metal and grain. Taste is mostly a lot of nothing.

For some reason this beer is exported, and is somewhat popular in areas of Japan. Who knew?

Photo of tbeckett
1.97/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Can from a shop in Can Tho.

A - Golden, good carbonation, bright. One finger white head gone fast. No lace, no retention.

S - Honey, sweet grain. Some alcohol seems present.

T - Sorta chemically with a note of alochol. Honey and sweet grain.

M - Good carbonation, light-ish body, lingering chemical/booze note.

O/D - Not exactly a great lager. Odd off note holds this back a lot. Not worth an in depth look.

Photo of nelsonsaigon
2.75/5  rDev +14.6%

Experienced in : Saigon
Appealing to me : - - -
Less appealing to me : - - -

I am neutral on this beer.

Photo of OtherShoe2
1.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours pale yellow with a foamy/fizzy white head. A slight skim retention, mostly due to higher carbonation. No lacing.

Very light malt aroma, some sweet grain. Not much going on.

Really thin beer here. Light malt with some grain sweetness. Watery. Some light bitterness, but you have to find it. Some sour notes. Nothing really crisp or clean about this at all.

Carbonation helps this one, and lighter body is what was expected.

This was with some Vietnamese food, and I should have went with the Thai beer option instead. This was nothing you'd want on it's own. As bad as some of the American macros out there.

Photo of shigg85
2.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a bottle of this from the Isetan department store in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Poured into a Baird pint glass. Grassy golden hue with a clear complexion and a foamy white head. The taste of this beer is a simple green apple, grass, and watery hops. However, the smell is a huuuge turn-off... especially in the way of a second-breath sniff. If you breathe this in first, it doesn't do much... but if you let your air out into the glass, heat the beer up, then take the smell back in (as I have begun doing with higher-quality beers), you get an intense odor that can only be compared to vomit. It made me do a double-take with the glass. The flavors of this are not bad at all, and it is a perfectly fine session-style beer. However, that smell is a killer...

Photo of bat6
3/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

currently traveling through SE Asia and sampling the local offerings. this is fairly popular in Vietnam. beers in this region are almost entirely light-bodied lagers meant for fast quaffing in the blazing heat and humidity. all ratings are based on my understanding of the style here.

A - pale gold. nice head, decent retention, unremarkable

S - virtually no smell, per the style

T - very clean, unremarkable. does not gain any slick corny sweetness as it warms, no sour notes either

MF - very crisp, very clean

O - this is meant for refreshing drinking after a long hot day, though we did see a bunch of Vietnamese knocking them back between 9 and 10 AM at an art opening. point is that it isn't meant for over-analysis, they're just meant to be knocked back fast and easy

Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml can poured in a ordinary glass.

This "beer" is so terrible that I feel really lazy to write a decent review about it...
Looks like an Adjunct Lager, a clear pale white color and a fluffy white head. Medium retention and not many lacings left. Smells like some sort of artificial cereal. Crispy rice or corn. The taste is pretty much the same, sweet malts and mild grassy hops. Watery body and an artificial fizzy carbonation. Well, I'll stop here. A beer to be avoided.

Photo of soulgrowl
2.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Paradigmatic fizzy yellow beer. Adequate white head. Big bubbles. Poor retention.

Smell: Honey-sweet, grainy malts. Mild resinous, estery hops.

Taste: Malt flavor, surprisingly fresh-tasting and sweet, balanced out by lemony, slightly spicy hops. Think of a nice German pilsener with a shot or two of San Pellegrino added. Bone-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light as air. Crisp, clean, and perfect for the style.

Drinkability: Very refreshing in its light body and utter lack of off flavors. A fine beer, and most likely an adequate - if somewhat insubstantial - pair for spicy Vietnamese food.

Photo of brendan13
2.18/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pale golden straw colour with initially a big fluffy white head that falls away to a thin whisp quite quickly.
S - Smell is grainy, honey like sweetness.
T - Taste is along the same lines as the smell.
M - Low bodied, medium to high carbonation.
D - Wouldn't bother getting again. No worse than most other Asian macro lagers & is probably well suited to the climate.

Photo of W_Des
2.43/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Perfect for Vietnam. On a hot muggy day which is most days drink this ice cold and pound multiple cans or bottles. You'll want to stay cool and also try to forget how damn hot it is. It's a typical lager similar to Heineken, Tsingtao, TIger etc. Bonus: in some of the villages in Vietnam you can get this delivered by the case to your home. But seriously just don't let this get warm.

333 Premium Export Beer from Saigon Beer Company
62 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.