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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Photo of beergeek279
2.58/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is straw golden, with a slightly foamy head. The smell is a slight malty sweetness. The taste is a very strong bitterness with just a bit of malt, which doesn't seem right in a Dortmunder, and leaves a lot of bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, I probably wouldn't really have another.

Well, this isn't a bad beer, but not a great one either. I admit, I bought this one just to add a new country, and well...when you do that, 90% of them will be boring lagers. While this one isn't one that blows the mind, it's not terrible, and if I ever go to Vietnam, I'd probably drink it.

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Photo of oelergud
2.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pale golden, very clear body, rich carbonation and slightly off white head with retention and lace.
Smells sweet but still has some unpleasant sourness in the background, old socks.
Not much flavor, aftertaste is there but very subtle, kinda bland and hard to describe as not much is there to describe. A little sourness is pretty much all I can detect.
Mellow and round but with a slight sting towards the end.
Too boring to try again.


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Photo of donnebaby
3.35/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer reveals a pretty standard medium gold color, but wields a pretty cool fluffy marshmellow head with medium ring lacing. The smell is musty basement and lemon spritz--interesting. Some floral hops as well.

The taste is mild, with suggestions of baking flour. Not sweet. The finish arrives with faint hops and a fairly unappetizing sour taste that if I concentrate I can relate with the lemon smell--then I'm happy.

This is refreshing beer, from its light lemon scent, to its ease going down. I can imagine myself sipping this one like lemonade under an umbrella somewhere.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.48/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear pale golden straw. The head was white and dropped like a rock, but laced the glass.

The aroma was slightly sour, Saaz hops, and slight malt in the background.

The flavor was slightly sweet and fruity. Not as crisp as expected.

The finish was off dry and fairly neutral. The body was light.

12 ounce bottle. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of beertaster13
2.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The apperance is the usuall lager yellow but this one had little head. A fizzle if anything. The smell has hints of sweetness and malts. Taste is hints of everything, I detected some malts, hops and bitterness as well. The mouthfeel is dull and bland. Not very drinkable when compared to other lagers out there.

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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 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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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
2.36/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BGI Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City

Pour 33 Export in a Michelob bottle and I’d be fooled. Not surprising, I say, for an oriental beer. Call my proclamation a latent Sinophobia lurking within me but I stand my ground. I have yet to taste a “generally available” oriental beer that didn’t graciously bow before my palate then tiptoe behind my taste buds and in the next instant vanish without a trace. Polite, but faceless. What shall I remember it by? By what was not there.

33 Export greeted my nose with a faint wash of alcohol-- as if the beer’s alcohol content rose up and floated within reach of my nostrils certainly not within reach of my palate and ultimately evading my metabolism. .

33 Export greeted my eyes with a clear pale straw color-- and a foamy head mimicking one of the commercial domestics-- which one, I’ll leave up to you.

Flavor- strictly a one dimensional presentation-- a hint of hops at the start, possibly tempered by a touch of malt. Alas, closing the flavor curtain was a clean finish, but curt.

In summary, a thirst quencher on a summer’s day. Serve cold.

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Photo of LiquidBreadMan
3.58/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured deep gold with a thin short-lived head. The aroma of corn was average for this style but the taste was surpisingly hoppy with a delicious citrus-like finish.

This beer was extremely dry for a lager (which is a good thing in my book) and was easy to down. I had four of them with my meal at Edamame Vietnamese Restaurant (Dallas) and I will definitely be having this beer again.

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Photo of lipschitz
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 355ml gold foil-top bottle with the ingredients listed in French as “Riz, Malt, Houblon, Eau”

Pours light blonde, with little head to speak of. The aroma consists mainly of husky grains with a touch of breadyness, and some hop overtones. There is an initial European hop snap in the flavour, which is combined with mild hay / grass notes, than it quickly disappears with little trace. Mouthfeel is thin, with ample carbonation.
At first there is not much that differentiates this from standard North American-style lagers, although it does have a bitterness level that is slightly higher than most rice beers. It is rather refreshing for about the first half of the bottle. After that there is a disagreeable ‘funkiness’ in the aroma that starts to creep in, making it a bit of a chore to finish.

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Photo of freed
3.76/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep golden with a bright white head of foam. The beer is very clear with tiny active CO2 bubbles. The smell is very malty, and lacking the skunk of a german lager.

The taste is very full, dry, and crisp. There are big malt flavors, subtle fruit flavors, and a dry aftertaste. There's little noticeable bitterness, but the hops are effective in adding to the crisp flavor. This beer is great with meals, and compliments asian foods well.

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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 IrishRedRock
2.85/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Here's a little trick I learned in 'Nam..."
Golden color, the short white head is gone within seconds. Lots of bubbles constantly rising to the top. I keep sticking my nose under the glass, hoping to get some smell...something....anything. Okay there's a bit of rice-y malt in there.

Pretty lacking in flavor, but I didnt have high expectations to begin with. Some mild husk and malt...little to no hops. Comparing this to other lagers of its kind though, I do have to say it has a much fuller body and smoother mouthfeel. Certainly drinkable, and much better than anything the big 3 puts out. What it lacks in flavor it makes up in uniqueness. When was the last time you had Vietnamese beer?

Thanks to NeroFiddled for this one!

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Photo of BeerResearcher
2.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bah bah (33) in Vietnamese. The pale yellow color gives you the light malt you expect. Some notes of grass and corn are detected. Light sharp metallic hops seem bland at first but improve with each swallow. Lightly sweet. Faint cornhusk aroma. The white head dissipates rapidly. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of stoutman
2.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very faint malt in the aroma, perhaps some light corn as well. Pretty standard appearance, yellow with some bubbles and a slight head. There is just a bit of light, sweetish maltiness, then a mild bitterness. Fizzy palate, light body. Better than Budwieser, but pretty boring stuff.

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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 Scoats
3.35/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe it was the setting, a big Vietnamese buffet, but this beer was quite nice. It wasn't macro ricefest I was expecting. Reminded me of a true German Helles. Suble flavors with no harshness, no hoppiness either, but not all beers need to be superhopped. A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A fresh bottle from the initial distributor. Clear, golden in color with a brass cast and a bright white head that holds well. It drops to a good collar but leaves no lace. The aroma is mainly of a sweet, grainy, and husky malt but there's an odd vegetal aroma as well - it's light, but noticeable. The body is thin with a very fine, crisp carbonation. The flavor is of a semi-sweet, grainy & husky malt that's fairly well backed by hop bitterness. It finishes crisp and dry with just a residual husky maltiness in the mouth. An average beer that's not really well brewed and seems slightly unbalanced. Still, it has some bitterness to it and it does have a refreshing quality. Overall, not worth looking for.

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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 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 Jason
3.46/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz slender brown bottle with no freshness date or info about the beer.

Appearance: Surprisingly well laid out white lace after a startling fizzy carbonation when first poured. Clarity is fine in the weathered golden colour.

Smell: Faint hay like aroma from a thin malty and hoppy aroma. Not much to the aroma but it is clean.

Taste: Clean, crisp and a little slick on the palate with a level carbonation. Light bodied with a grassy grain that seems to be the only major flavour other than a quick snappy hop bitterness that is proportioned to balance. Finishes clean and dry.

Notes: Well in their kind of weather would you want any other beer that you could not quaff faster than this one? Similar to every other macro beer around the world with no surprises. So if you feel inclined to try a beer from Viet Nam, go for it.

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Photo of jackndan
2.53/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33 Export, from the Nam: Slightly dark golden lager, with a pure white head that disappears very quickly. Very light aroma, and very light body. Spicy hop bite, and very highly carbonated. With the tang of hops and the tang of the bubbles, this was as lively a beer as I’ve had in a long while. The problem was, it was like hot sauce from Taco Bell, why bother? Might be good with bad hot food, but do not go out of your way for it.

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33 Export from VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)
2.8 out of 5 based on 273 ratings.
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