333 Premium Export Beer - Saigon Beer Company
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Reviews by fizzy:
2.85/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
02-09-2011 13:01:58 | More by fizzy
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United Kingdom (England)
3.6/5 rDev +48.1%
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.
05-13-2012 17:57:17 | More by BlackHaddock
2.13/5 rDev -12.3%
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...).
03-07-2009 20:00:06 | More by Globetrotter
3.28/5 rDev +35%
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.
10-14-2008 08:32:23 | More by WHROO
2.88/5 rDev +18.5%
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.
10-15-2006 22:16:37 | More by WanderingFool
2.03/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
02-09-2011 18:57:49 | More by CuriousMonk
3.64/5 rDev +49.8%
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.
01-22-2014 11:29:40 | More by BucBasil
1.35/5 rDev -44.4%
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.
01-10-2010 02:48:50 | More by albern
2.28/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
05-25-2009 00:19:58 | More by laituegonflable
2.25/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
05-24-2009 02:53:44 | More by lacqueredmouse
1.75/5 rDev -28%
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?
09-01-2007 16:52:56 | More by shivtim
1.98/5 rDev -18.5%
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.
03-09-2013 14:34:39 | More by tbeckett
1.93/5 rDev -20.6%
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.
04-08-2010 12:07:06 | More by OtherShoe2
2.7/5 rDev +11.1%
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...
07-06-2012 02:11:11 | More by shigg85
333 Premium Export Beer from Saigon Beer Company
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