33 Export | VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)

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33 Export33 Export

Brewed by:
VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)
Viet Nam

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jackndan on 08-17-2002

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Reviews: 148 | Ratings: 275
Photo of rastaman
1/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Horribly thin and sweet. Probably close to the worst brew i've had, one of the few many that is isn't "humanly" possible to finish, i think my sink liked it though, coz it seemed to go down it pretty fast. Putrid fizzy yellow swill, very artificial.

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Photo of drpimento
1.18/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Oh man, this isn't too good. Got a cold bottle, poured a small, off white head that quickly settled down to a light scummy cover and lots of lace. Color is a pale yellow with varying size bubble trails. Aroma is super mild, a little fruit, and maybe malt. Flavor is dominated by carbonic tang with a little malt, fruit, some mineral, and adjunct flavors. Body is watery and carbonation very sharp. Finish is like flavor and too long. Can't drink anymore.

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Photo of nick76
1.44/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The aroma is skunked malt and somewhat metallic. The appearance is pale gold with a medium head. The flavor is sweet and malty with watermelon and a metallic finish. The palate is thin. Overall, I don't like it because there is absolutely nothing redeemable about it.

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Photo of Dogbrick
1.62/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Completely unremarkable in every way. The only positive thing about it is that I can now say I have had a Vietnamese beer. Tastes like your standard American macro fare. Weak color, flavor and texture.

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Photo of merlin48
1.77/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I don't make a habit of sampling and reviewing such poorly rated beers, but I've always been fascinated by Vietnam, a country that only a high draft lottery number kept me from visiting, courtesy of the US government, over three decades ago. This beer pours a clear straw yellow body, with a minimal offwhite head that quickly falls into film and a few patches of lace. Aroma is ghastly, with burnt plastic, a hint of sulfuric hops, and some corn syrup. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Tastes like a lower tier, adjunct lager. Biscuity maltiness has a corn syrupy sweetness and the hops are mildly "Euroskunk" sulfuric. This one was a chore to finish. Very little, if any, to recommend here and it seems to be an adjunct lager rather than a Dortmunder Export.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
1.95/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Typical pale, fizzy lager with a pure white head and good carbonation. Smells clean and even slightly hoppy with some light graininess. Not that sweet. The taste has a strangely herbal sweet/bitter combination along with some more graininess. Almost medicinal in its bitterness, overlaid with adjunct sweetness. Not pleasant. That combo makes this a drain pour for me. Mouthfeel is acris and bitter. Not for me.

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Photo of Eris48
1.96/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from a Vietnamese restaurant in Brookline, MA. "33" does nothing to dispell the stereotype that Asian nations make lousy beers. In fact, this even makes Singha or Tsing Tao seem tasty by comparison.

Poured a pale yellow color with little carbonation and even less head. Almost no aroma. The initial taste was inoffensive, if watery, but the aftertaste had a definite off-note, almost metallic.

If not for the idiosyncratic name, "33" would have nothing going for it.

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Photo of taigor
1.96/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into a regular glass.

A - Poured clear golden color with no head at all.

S - Faint smell of grains and slight metallic skunk.

T - Mostly skunky with slight bitterness but very unimpressive.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Could be easily consumed but due to bad taste would not recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of mynie
2.01/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours nice into a pilsner glass. Bright yellow with a huge, foamy head.

Slight smell of apples and apricots. Pretty nice, actually, but faint, and completely overpowered by an odor of metal once it begins to warm up. Smells a lot like Old Milwaukee, actually.

What a dull and lifeless taste! There's the slightest hint of grainy malts and then it goes into watery nothingness that's backed up by a very slight hop bite at the end that tastes like skunk.

It's like I'm drinking water that gives me dyspepsia. Waste of money.

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Photo of Rayek
2.05/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a mug. The date on the bottle indicates that this beer is in about the middle of its life cycle.

A: Bright gold, with mild carbonation from small bubbles. A soapy white cap comes and goes in a flash. Leaves no lace.

S: Not much here. White rice and a bit of dry malt, plus a light dose of metal.

T: Starts out safe enough. Rice, plus a little raw malt. Bitterness comes on fast with a harsh metallic bite that oddly becomes less so as the beer warms. Finishes with lingering metal and cooked cabbage flavors.

M: The overly fizzy body actually has a bit of substance to it. Slightly syrupy.

D: Judging by the disparity in reviews of this beer, I have a feeling that quality control isn't this brewery's highest priority. My sample was simply not good. Too harsh and metallic to be enjoyable to me. I don't think age was an issue, as mine was right in the middle of the printed bottled on/expiration date range. Not worth a revisit.

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Photo of Gusler
2.06/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The prototypical lager/pils pour, a crystal clear golden yellow, the head modest in size, bright white and frothy in its texture. Nose is all malt, clean and fresh, the start lightly sweet and malt laden with the top cadaverous. Finish is stingingly acidic, hops sparse, and the aftertaste dry. A beer that was readily available to us “Gobs” while running the Mekong Delta, but still taste like I remember “Bad”, even 35 years ago, I did not really care for “Light bodied” lagers.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.07/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Nothing much good to say about this one. I ordered it as a novelty in a Vietnamese restaurant, thinking I needed to add a beer from Vietnam to my resume....only to find the damn thng is brewed in France. Light in color, grainy and faint in aroma, bland flavor and a short, stale, dry finish.

That about sums this one up.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.09/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This one started out looking pretty good... a pale yellow color with a very large head on it. The head took a bit of time to die down to some fluffy foam.

Unfortunately the appearance was the best thing about it. The aroma portended bad things... it was extremely skunky. My hopes went down.

They stayed there. The beer had a bitter foretaste, and that was all. Beyond that, it was like drinking carbonated water. It was incredibly bland.

Mouthfeel was very thin and watery. Much like seltzer.

Drinkability - definitely one to avoid, unless you just want to say you've had a beer from Vietnam.

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Photo of DrJay
2.09/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Generously provided by Ding as my "Ugly" in The Good, Bad, and Ugly BIF. Thanks?
Clear straw yellow with a fast dissipating white cap. Fine bubbles settled to a thin collar with a few wisps covering the surface of the beer. There was a bit of stickage when the glass was tilted, mostly the collar just grabbing the glass and then settling on the beer again once upright. Doesn't look bad at all. Big whiff of veggies (celery) and cooked corn up front, with a bit of spicy hop aroma in the background. A little sour too. Not much going on in the flavour department. Very low bitterness, some sweetness and fruity esters, plus the vegetal note was there from the aroma and lingered in the finish. There was a bit of spiciness from hops near the end, but that just wasn't enough to make this attractive. Light bodied, average carbonation that was a bit coarse, and none of the crispness I'd like. A bit dry. Even by southeast asian industrial lager standards this wasn't very good. And the celery/veggie character didn't help. Not something I'd try again.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.1/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tried this at Little Saigon in Springfield; my fiance had bubble tea.

A - Golden, clear, and fizzy with a sudsy soapy head that only sticks around for a minute. Nothing special.

S - Crisp rice and a light touch of hops, sort of like a Japanese rice lager.

T - Ricey and a little bit spicy on the back end. Not very assertive or flavorful, but I can appreciate some gentle fruit an crisp frice flavors.

M - Crisp, light, highly carbonated...and I mean HIGHLY carbonated, with an extremely dry finish and absolutely no aftertaste.

D - This is pretty boring, but it serves as a perfect foil for hot Vietnamese dinners when you can't taste anything but heat anyway. Why drink a flavorful beer if your taste buds are fried? The carbonation and dryness in this one might actually make the painful spice even worse, but at least it'll cool you down a bit if downed ice cold.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.11/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. single - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Exp: 10.03.09.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a tall, airy, white head.

Smell: Basic, sweet-smelling cereal nose with a splash of mass-produced cider.

Taste: Mild maltiness dashed by a sweet taste of Karo corn syrup. This is followed with a particularly distinct apple cider taste that bursts onto the scene midway which dies down to allow a slight metallic hint to leech in. Finishes a bit sweetish with that lingering dirty coins flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Bleh! Not recommended, as it's both unclean and fairly unrefreshing. This is no way to spend Valentine's Day!

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Photo of marc77
2.13/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pale golden hue with a trace murk. A vigorous pour yields a lanky, spotty, porcelain white head that manages sparse, middling foam. Mild, grassy hops accompanied by dilute husky grain and simmered cabbage. Trace sulfur surfaces as the vapid hop nose dissipates. Not impressive aromawise. Non descript, residual, maltose like sweetness upfront in flavor is ensued by a transient combination of token hop bitterness and vegetal DMS. Mid palate a near void in flavor remains, filled only partially by trace herbal hops and soured white cracker. Lean in overall body, and very well attenuated, with a rice induced watery, virtually dextrinless mouthfeel. Finishes bland, and reminescent of a dirty Heineken. Certain beers can be light on the palate, but flavorful. This isn't. Vegetal, yet bland. Utterly yawn inducing.

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Photo of rwathree
2.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: golden color with some reddish-brown hues. Good clarity. Insubstantial head disappears quickly and leaves little lace.

S: lightly toasted wheat, vaguely floral hops, maybe the slightest alcohol presence. The aroma profile is like a very subdued American wheat ale.

T: holy shit, something bad happens as this beer goes down. Each sips starts out pleasantly enough, with a slightly sweet, bready flavor - there are even some citric notes - but it turns bitter at the end. The aftertaste oscillates between burnt toast and metal.

M: Good carbonation, appropriately light in body, but it leaves behind a pasty residue.

The 33 Export presents itself nicely enough for the most part, from bottle to color to aroma, but it fails badly in the taste category. Simply, this beer gets rotten pretty fast, and that's what I take home from this beer, especially when there's this lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear medium honey orange/yellow with no head even when swirled.

Sweet pear, very light malt nose. A bit floral and nice.

Light carbonation with "little bubbles" in the mouth. Thin "short" mouthfeel.

Flavors of light peaches but flavors are very quick, fragile and thin and very rapid. Finish is so short as to be non-existent. I don't know reason to drink this beer other than water not being available.

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Photo of hman43
2.15/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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Photo of thekanna
2.16/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: clear, medium yellow bordering on pale with a small, thin head.

S: Faint sweet malts, some even fainter citrus, and a generally phenolic aroma.

T: Sweet adjunct malts which drown in a sea of wateriness. Not much else going on except some mild carbonation and astringent phenols.

M: A bit too watery with not enough carbonation to provide a backbone.

D: A decent respite from the flavorful Vietnamese food it was paired with, but otherwise a very lackluster brew.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.4 degrees Plato, 22 EBU, 4.5% ABV, 9 EBC.

Finding information on this beer was exceptionally difficult. It is imported by Heineken from France, and distributed throughout Europe. It is not to be confused with the 33 Export made in Vietnam. They are completely different beers. Heineken makes no mention of who the actual brewer is, other than it is produced in France. There is also no mention of the brewery on the label.

Brilliantly clear, pale golden, forming a thin white head atop medium sized bubbles with poor retention and sparse lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is lightly of clove with a strong, "corny" adjunct aroma & no noticeable hops. Taste is weak with pale malts, corn, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is bright and fizzy with a light body. Finish is light with distant earthy hops, more corn, and a brisk astringency with hints of malt husk. Comparable to any continental macrobrew, particularly MGD.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appears Bright straw golden with thin fizzy white head thin traces of lace. Aromat Bottle states that there is water, malt, cereal, and hps as ingredients...I guess beer has a better shelf life over there filled 10/3/08 and expires 10/3/09. Smells of rough cooked veggies, with a light rice and corn notes and a muted meallic note, not much going on other than the corn sweetness. Flavor has a clean watery sweetness with more cooked veggies and metallic traces in teh finish no real hop bitterness of course and once again rice heavy with a touch of sliced green apple tartness. Mouthfeel is much like carbonated water for sure thin tiny bubbled tickles the throat doesn't offend kind of refreshing, warm weather beer...Overall the coolest part about this beer is the neck label and cap adorned with a "thunder cat" like symbol representing, beer wise it's completely forgettable.

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Photo of gosurfobx
2.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a super pale straw color with a finger width head that subsides to a film that sticks around for the duration of the beer. Smell is weak at best with no hops some malt and I think some rice. Taste is pretty weak as well, slight hint of hops, and some maltyness that taste watered down. Thin in the mouth with some decent carbination. Not much special about this beer.

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Photo of Andreji
2.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Mediocre crap you say? Im on it. To continue my tour through the poorest brews acquirable in paris, I decide to buy a 25ml bottle of this. What do i get? I guess whats expected, when you sometimes feel like being critical.

Mediocre lagerness- yes, its a new term and I coined it- that pours pale golden with a medium white head that fades, and must take all the good things with it before tasting it. Nor interesting smell, not interesting taste. Pisswater-like, that Runs down your throat along the lines of the "neutral", where crappy maltyness and crappy hoppyness balance out, not perfectly, but cancelling one another and simply blending odd coloured liquids wih no grace. Gee, makes you crave for those kronenbourgs in line!

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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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