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Lager - European / Dortmunder Export
Ranked #114
Ranked #48,927
2.81 | pDev: 19.57%
VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)
Viet Nam
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mothman from Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Clear pale yellow.

Tastes like a euro pale lager. Skunky and Heineken like. Bready and biscuity malts. Grassy hops. Not much else here. Light bodied. About it.

Mar 13, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

2.43/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bottle from Asian market. Typical pale lager, cereal aromas. Sweet malt and wet paper dominate the taste. Some kind of finish, feel a coating on my tongue, not sure what it is

Nov 09, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

3.36/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) green bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information
A: Pours a crystal clear, dark straw or light bronze color with less than a quarter inch head, Little retention and soapy lacing.
S: Aromas of grains, toast, and cocoa.
T: Taste follows the nose. Bitterness limited.
M: Very light bodied. Carbonation a little disappointing for a Dortmunder.
O: I have not had enough Dortmunders to say anything beyond an interesting take on the style. In fairness, not as bad as many of the comments would suggest.

Oct 09, 2017
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

2.47/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a skunked bottle but that's what happens when you put beer in green bottles and ship them across the globe. Beyond this, the beer was fairly malty and with a slight alcoholic bite. No hops obviously, on the nose or flavor. Medium body and without hardly any carbonation at all. 

Sep 24, 2017
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McFinniganOfTheFinnigans from Maine

3.4/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

My number choice of beer at any Vietnamese restaurant if they got it. One of the few beers you almost can't buy anywhere. There's a Vietnamese grocery store in San Diego with them on palettes.

However if you find it in most places it's $10.99 and over per 6pk. Yet that place had it at 7.99. Worth it. It's a beer. But the feeling is why I love it.

Apr 24, 2017
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.01/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

L: crystal clear, slightly carbonated, very little head
S: slinky, corn, light malt
T: sweeter than I expected
F: has a funny aftertaste
O: better than expected, would take over a Heineken

Nov 04, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

2.93/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at a very good French Vietnamese restaurant. 33 went well with 5 of 6 dishes ordered, the hold-out was spicy. 33 is a malted, sweet accompaniment to a good kitchen; but not an beer aficionado's friend.

Oct 10, 2016
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hophugger from Virginia

2.91/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It is what it is. Lots of aromas of malt, sugary sweetness and rice. Basically a low level AB produce. Feel is not that bad, but too many cheap additives make this beer a well below average drink..

Sep 22, 2016
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

$ 2.03 (Including tax)/12 oz bottle ($ 0.169/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
Filled 8.4.15 Expires 8.4.16 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – very faint wet grain, lasts
Head – small (< one cm, aggressive pour), white, fizzy, rapidly gone leaving neither ring nor layer
Lacing – none
Body – gold, clear, some effervescence
Flavor – slightly bitter, very light malt flavor; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Not bad for a nearly year-old lager or for any lager, for that matter. One and done.

Appearance 2.75, Aroma 2.75, Flavor 3, Palate 3.25, Overall 3.25

Jul 27, 2016
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teromous from Virginia

3.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't see any date listed on the bottle.

Appearance: The beer is a light-to-medium shade of gold with amber hues on the edge. The beer is very transparent. The head develops into a very short white cap that quickly fades to a ring and a small film of white bubbles. No lacing.

Aroma: I get a faint sweet cereal grain smell and a bit of sulfur.

Taste: It does have a slight bit of caramel flavor with somewhat of a cracker taste. There is a bit of hop flavor in here but it is very light.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, light body, crisp but off-dry finish.

Overall: The beer tastes alright enough that I could sit down and actually enjoy the beer. This is mainly because there is a hop presence and a touch of caramel malt sweetness. What really did start to negatively impact the drinking experience was the presence of sulfur on the nose. It just isn't the cleanest smelling lager. I doubt I would buy it again and aside from the novelty of having a beer from Viet Nam I don't think it warrants importation. If I were actually in Viet Nam I would probably buy it though. I can't say that I would recommend it unless you want to see how beers from Viet Nam taste. If that is the case then you will probably be glad to know that this beer actually has some decent flavors.

Jul 27, 2016
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Ronbo56 from New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bought a case of 25cl bottles here in France for about 6€. I think I got what I paid for. I had never heard of this beer before and I (stupidly) assumed that it was brewed *somewhere* in Europe. Ha. I do research for a living and I didn't research this, so it serves me right.

However, it isn't a disaster. It doesn't taste weird or spoiled. It looks and tastes like a cheap adjunct, and a lot of American versions are worse. It certainly tastes OK on a hot day by the pool. And every sip is a teachable moment.

Jun 27, 2016
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

2.41/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. My friend bought this stuff bragging about how cheap it was, something like 2 bucks for a six pack, which made me nervous about the quality of this beer. Pours a straw color, clear, with a fizzy soda-like head that fades fast.

Smell is adjunct grain, sweet, very mild. Taste is a big blast of sweetness, followed by some tea-like notes. Finishes slightly bitter with a bit of a chemical/plastic note. Body is light and the beer is somewhat smooth on the tongue.

The flavor in the end is pretty terrible, and the aftertaste is worrisome. Cool to try a few sips of but now I'm concerned for my health. You get what you pay for here!

Feb 29, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.16/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle served cold.
Honey colored body is clear with nice highlights but minimal head despite continuous rising carbonation.
The aroma has some caramel, butter and faint hops. More hops in the flavor.
Clean and refreshing but meek.

Feb 20, 2016
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle, it pours golden with a small head, quickly dissipating. Scent of grain tickles the nose. Light malt flavor in the mouth. Drinkable. Probably outstanding on a hot muggy day!

Feb 06, 2016
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hman43 from North Carolina

2.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Look: It pours straw and clear. The head is extremely white and disappears quickly.

Smell: It has aromas of grass and that’s about it.

Taste: It has flavors of grass, with a bready malt character.

Feel: It has a light character that is balanced with a sweet, yet dry sting to it.

Overall: It is just like many other lagers that are non descript with the exception of the malt character that actually has a slight flavor.

Jan 02, 2016
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MichialTanner1 from Texas

2.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I bought this one for all of the wrong reasons: I wanted to tick a style I had never rated/reviewed (Dortmunder) from a new country (Vietnam), and the bottle was only $1.59.

Dortmunder is just a golden lager and this one had all of those typical characteristics. I was a bit surprised by the first few sips--it's actually pretty good. However, the one finger of head dissipated after a couple of minutes and it just went flat after a few minutes. After it sat for a while and warmed up, the taste worsened like a cheap malt liquor does--almost as if there was a drop of gasoline in the glass.

Still, not the worst beer I've ever had and would be okay on a hot day if you put it down while ice-cold.

Dec 13, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

2.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear light golden yellow, not a good start. The aroma is watery with a grain smell. The taste is stale and not good at all. Incredibly poor quality beer.

Dec 04, 2015
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jmasher85 from Maryland

2.66/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

In a West African country with fewer-than-most good beer options, this was one of the middle ground beer. It's everything you expect a sub-par lager to be, and I probably liked it even more than I should have because of all the other terrible beer around me, but hey, it was drinkable and that counts for something. Probably better than some of the the local options in much of the developing world.

Nov 28, 2015
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woemad from Washington

2.5/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.79. Purchased solely because I’d never had a beer from ‘Nam before. According to the label, “Fill & Expiry Date: See On The Bottle.” It’s not there.

Poured into a Budge Bros. shaker pint glass, this was a clear, golden color, with a thin, fizzy white head that collapsed in seconds. What little Lace that was created was sparse and spotty.

Mildly grainy, with a little bit of diacetyl, which wasn’t to a point to make things unpalateable but did give off a little bit of an apple juicey aroma.

This tastes like a really mild apple cider. Again, it’s not to the point of being downright unpleasant, but it can’t be what was in mind when it was brewed. This tastes like it spent a long time coming to America and/or sitting in a warehouse once it got here, and with no freshness date to show otherwise, I’d be willing to bet that’s exactly what happened.

Mouthfeel? Oh, who cares for this one?

No great surprise. A bland macro-style beer from a country not know for brewing beer that showed some age possibly due to the long distances it would have travelled. I’ve certainly had worse beers with similar origins, but this wasn’t exactly miles ahead of them either.

Jul 26, 2015
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

Nov 23, 2014
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biegaman from Canada

2.93/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Oct 26, 2014
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

2.99/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Aug 01, 2014
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DaveBar from Canada

3.25/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for $1.35 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well. Pours and looks like a mass produced beer

S- Rice and sugar

T- Rice and sugar.

M- Dry like a rice beer should be. Tart too believe it or not

O- Pretty good beer. Like a Sapporo.

Food Pairing

How you can you not try this with... Pad Thai


Jul 27, 2014
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flagmantho from Washington

2.93/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Jul 08, 2014
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TappaKeggaBrew from Virginia

3.2/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

May 28, 2014
33 Export from VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)
Beer rating: 67 out of 100 with 285 ratings