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333 Premium Export Beer | Saigon Beer Company

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Saigon Beer Company
Viet Nam | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by soulgrowl on 09-29-2006

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 54
Reviews by fizzy:
Photo of fizzy
2.83/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of albern
1.4/5  rDev -42.4%
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.

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Photo of innominat
2.91/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of dsauter
2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of intoxabroad
2.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of HoppitySam
2.05/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Run of the mill American Adjunct Lager with nothing special to write about. It's pure refreshment. And at 4.6-4.9% ABV, you can drink enough on a hot Vietnam day until you get a headache. The aftertaste was sour and unfulfilling as are all beers of this style.

Interesting that the can says "Best served between 10-15 C (50-59 F)...Are they kidding!? That would make yucky beer taste horrible. Serve as cold as you can, 35-40F. If about 50F, hold your nose.

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Photo of Foulon
2.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of lzepplin01
2/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of BodyPolitic
2.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.55/5  rDev +46.1%
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.

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Photo of Chegui
1/5  rDev -58.8%

Photo of 54V4G3
2.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Globetrotter
2.13/5  rDev -12.3%
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...).

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Photo of Tcusack
1.42/5  rDev -41.6%
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

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Photo of bostonryan
2/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Tweekers237
3/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of WHROO
3.23/5  rDev +32.9%
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.

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Photo of threedaggers
2/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +44%

Photo of Joel12
2/5  rDev -17.7%

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2.75/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of WanderingFool
2.83/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
2.03/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of sd123
2.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of kojevergas
2.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml pull-tab can from a minimart in Hanoi. Cost was below $0.50 USD. 5.30% ABV. Brief impressions below:

Has an odd adjuncty sweetness to it, bending it towards syrupy. Definitely artificial in terms of flavour. Cheap malt syrup, metallic off-flavour, pils/pale malts. No noticeable hop character.

Overcarbonated. Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, medium-bodied (where it ought to be light-bodied).

Drinkable as a budget brew when it's cold. Most Vietnamese canned beers seem to blend together with few distinctive characteristics, but this is recognizably a notch below the norm.

High D+ (2.50) / NOT RECOMMENDED

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333 Premium Export Beer from Saigon Beer Company
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