33 Export | VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)

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68
poor
275 Ratings
THE BROS
79
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)
Viet Nam
fosters.com.au

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jackndan on 08-17-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
275
Reviews:
148
Avg:
2.8
pDev:
20%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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Photo of McFinniganOfTheFinnigans
3.4/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

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Photo of bigred89
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jrfehon33
3.58/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ryan_DelMastro
2.96/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really enjoyed this! Think of a better Heineken that you can just sorta slug.

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Photo of tlema1
3.01/5  rDev +7.5%
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

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Photo of Beginner2
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of hophugger
2.91/5  rDev +3.9%
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..

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3/5  rDev +7.1%
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

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Photo of teromous
3.23/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Ronbo56
2.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of FBGordon
2.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.07/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Lobina
3.09/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ChipChaight
2.77/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of 54V4G3
2.55/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of aprabhu
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dcotom
3.56/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TrilliumFan
2.99/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BranfordBound
2.41/5  rDev -13.9%
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!

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Photo of chinchill
3.16/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.56/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

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Photo of jaydoc
2.94/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of jtw21
3.51/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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33 Export from VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)
2.8 out of 5 based on 275 ratings.
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