33 Export | VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)

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68
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276 Ratings
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33 Export33 Export
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:
276
Reviews:
148
Avg:
2.8
pDev:
20%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
19
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Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Cylinsier
2.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz

Pour is light gold with a medium white head that dissipates quickly.

Smells of dry barley and adjunct malts.

Taste follows, crisp dry barley and rice or corn.

Feel is thin with stinging carbonation.

Actually not bad for a food pairing. But not much different than other asian lagers like tsing tao either. Quenches thirst though.

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Photo of metter98
2.66/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear deep yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down relatively quickly and left delicate lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of adjunct malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is filled with flavors of adjunct malts such as corn and rice. There are also some hints of apple cider and mineral flavors in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The metallic nature and strong adjunct natures don't make this a beer that I would want to try again.

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Photo of Double06
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of valkyre65
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of RyanBeer13
2/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of jmdrpi
1/5  rDev -64.3%

Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of gregb13
3.3/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a couple bottles of this tonight ice cold along with some spicy Vietnamese cuisine (a nice pairing!). Pours a typical macro lager; nice lacing and head retention for the style. Smell is faint but pleasant; lightly sweet and grassy/earthy. Taste follows the nose. Goes down very easy; extremely crisp. Not bad at all as an accompaniment to spicy food (bbq would also be excellent with this). I could also see tossing a few back on a humid day in the delta.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.6/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. FILL: 03/11/10. EXP: 03/11/11. Dates stamped on neck.

Appearance - Clear pale straw/gold body. Thin white head with good stick and low retention.

Smell - Corn and slight alcohol. Traces of dark fruit.

Taste - Bone dry throughout. Stale, metallic finish. Some corn hidden underneath it all.

Mouthfeel - Smooth except for some acidic and astringency.

Overall Drinkability - I'd definitely like to try a fresher batch of this to give it a more accurate rating. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, especially from the horror stories I've heard about vietnamese beers. Worth a shot. Not bad.

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Photo of bat6
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

currently traveling through SE Asia and sampling the local offerings. the beers here are almost exclusively light-bodied lagers specifically meant for fast quaffing in blazing heat and humidity. this is one of them, so all ratings are relative to my understanding of the style.

A - clear pale gold, nice head, short retention

S - virtually none, maybe light grain & grass. very crisp

T - virtually none, meant to be drank cold. i've learned to differentiate the "quality" of these beers by how they smell and taste as they get a little warmer. this one gains a little malt sweetness as it gets warmer but no slick corny sweetness or sour notes

MF - crisp, light, good carbonation

O - this beer does exactly what it's supposed to: goes down refreshingly fast and easy, whether by itself or w/ hot spicy food. it's definitely not meant for over-analysis

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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 notchucknorris
3.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this at a random Pho place in Vista.

A: Gold color with a pretty quickly receding fluffy white head.

S: Grain, pale malt and a little bit of honey. Slight bit of something bready as well.

T: Smooth and a little sweet. I'd rank this right around Singha as the quality is around the same and the taste is similar. Honey, cereal malts and a little hint of grassy hops. It went pretty well with my pho.

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

This one pours a thin bright, bright gold in color with a very light, white head. It smells of light pale malts and is very spritzy, as if overcarbonated. It tastes really subdued and features most faded pale malts, maybe some light honey, and it has a light bitterness. It is very, very light and finishes quickly as well. It's watery thin and essentially a lager I assume a lot of people drink a lot of. It's just ok, nothing special.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big white head floats atop a clear golden colored lager.

Very light aroma consisting of light sour almost bitter hops and a very light sweet malt background.

Taste is similar with la light sour almost bitter hops with a slight sweet malt background.

A light dry aftertaste with a slight hint of sourness but nothing bad.

Basic lager similar to about 35 or so American beers that are pretty much trying to copy each others basic lagers.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A – Perfectly clear golden yellow pour with just a slight bubbly white head that recedes in a flash.

S – Extremely light smell. Malt and touch of sweet.

T – Sweet malt is quickly evident. Touch of hop bitterness. That is about it.

M – Light and crisp. Good carbonation. Clean feel.

O – Feels like you aren’t drinking a thing. It doesn’t taste bad because it doesn’t really taste like anything. That being said its perfectly adequate and you can have a few of these and never feel it.

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Photo of biggred1
2.71/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, light golden with a shock white head that leaves scraps of lace on the glass as it falls. Untoasted grain, corn grits and faint green apple skin in the nose. Grainy, husky and slightly sweet to start with some creamed corn-like flavor that turns dry with some cracker flavor in the finish. I think this beer is imported for the sole purpose of filling a need for Vietnamese restaurants and giving Vietnamese Americans a taste of home, it doesn't do much for me.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright golden color with a slightly fizzy head of white that dissipates quickly.
Smell is maltier than expected with notes of hops and wet cardboard.
Taste is hoppy though not overly so. Malt is well presented with minor notes of apple and grape.
Medium light body with solid carbonation. A decided tang up front but it mellows well enough. A middling example but not swill.

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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 therica
2.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Found at Orchid Garden Asian Restaurant in Hagerstown MD tonight.

A= light golden, some white head when poured, minimal lacing.

S= typical Macro-style corn/rice lager with a light floral scent that I eventually identified as ginger.

T= ginger ale, pure ginger ale with a slight spice to it, somewhat akin to a ginger-beer but not as strong. Mostly just ginger ale with slight bitterness.

M= over-sweet, the slight bitterness but dominated by ginger ale on the tongue and palate.

D= I couldn't get beyond about a third of the bottle.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well son of a gun, this beer doesn't look too shabby. Pale golden pour with a very white, fluffy head. Quite a contrast of colors, and quite nice. Some lacing as it drinks.

Ok, aroma is meh...Mostly faint corn husk and some overripe apple. Not bad, but not good. Expected from a well-traveled beer, but not for style.

Weak flavors, but nothing horrid. I'm guessing the brown bottle helped a bit here. That subtle apple is there, with corn husk--green--and some very faint florals. The feel could use some carbonation or a bit of a snap to it. Easy drinking at first, but it kinda wears on ya.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.46/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours gold with a white head that dissipates quickly and left only a tiny amount of lacing.

S-I couldn't really detect anything on the nose but trace amounts of malts with a hint of hops.

T-Malty with some hop presence. I also noted some chalky notes as well. It is very crisp, clean, and refreshing.

M-Thicker than expected and nicely carbonated.

D-Very drinkable. This is the first example of this style I have tried and it exceeded my expectations.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer with my Thai food last night. It was much better than the Tiger Beer I had just before and would recommend it as an easy drinking alternative to American Macro swill.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a golden clear body with a sea of big bubbles popping at the surface. There is a snow packed white head that last for a good while.
S- This beer has a light floral perfume note that is almost like dry soap but is much more pleasant. Otherwise it is pretty clean in smell.
T- This beer has a water flavor that leads to a dry sulfur note with a faint green apple hard candy quality in the finish.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel
D- The watery flavor is strong with the supporting flavors a bit odd and the apple grows as the beer warms but no hops or malt flavors come through to cover or support it.

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Photo of NicholasCasber
3.17/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This beer seemed like any other american light lager when poured into the glass, almost piss yellow, and barely no head after a straight pour.

S: The smell wasn't overly strong, you can tell it's a rice brewed beer.

T: The taste was actually one of my favorite parts of this beer, it started nice, the sad part is, that it ended with a very metal flavor, which isn't what I'm looking for in my beer.

M: The mouthfeel was fairly watery, but for a rice beer, it felt fairly full.

D: I'd rate this higher if it wasn't for that metal after taste.

Overall, interesting pick, I wouldn't rate it at the high end in comparison to some of the Asian beers I've tried, Cheers.

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33 Export from VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)
2.8 out of 5 based on 276 ratings.
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