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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Ratings: 278 |  Reviews: 151
Photo of zander4dawin
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

A light, sweet, grassy, cereal, honey and green tasting lager with a surprising medium sized body.

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3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of johnnnniee
3/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

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Photo of dsshuck
3/5  rDev +7.5%

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3/5  rDev +7.5%

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3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of BrunoPettipas
2.52/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of biegaman
2.93/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of simplejj81
3.75/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of hopley
1/5  rDev -64.2%

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2/5  rDev -28.3%

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2.96/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev +7.5%

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3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of MichaelProcton
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of BuddyZ
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of paulcdc
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of Fettpopps
1.5/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of cyclonece09
2.99/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%
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


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Photo of RHB33
1.75/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of RiverCityBeerGuy
2.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of KAF
2.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of flagmantho
2.93/5  rDev +5%
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.

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33 Export from VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)
Beer rating: 2.79 out of 5 with 278 ratings