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 wagenvolks
3.24/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle at Dalat Oriental Restaurant, Raleigh, NC.

Pours a wimpy, bone-white head that flees quicker than George Bush from a disaster area. The body is straw-golden and clear, with a lackluster amount of carbonation. The smell is not as bad as I had anticipated, with a large rice presence, plus wheat, pale malt, and a touch of honey.

The flavor, surprisingly, was actually quite good, with a crisp, clean mineral body that finished sweet with notes of honey and light fruits. Some rice and malts up front. Mouthfeel was thin and a tad-bit undercarbonated, but the sweetened finish paired well with my spicy Vietnamese dish. I'd recommend this over other Asian beers, but just barely. Still, a decent export from the far side of the globe.

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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 DogFood11
3.23/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall slender pils glass it forms an Ivory white head. Yellow body with tons of racing carbonation. Spider web lace.

Smell of corn and a sweetend grain backer. Taste is what you would expect from a macro type lager brew. The only variant in my opinion is it has a healthy malt bill for the style. Really smooth and easy drinking. Crisp and clean this is warm weather adjunct lager at its finest.

Notes: Date brewed and best by date stamped on bottle. This one is only 2 months old as it was brewed August 5th. I will consider this the next time I see it fresh.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.23/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

1" of crusty, coarse, noisy white head. Clear, clear, pale gold body. Smells of peanuts and some grass. Nutty start. Thin body, a touch sour, a little fruity. A little metallic in the finish, a little corny, but some nice bitterness. Sour alcohol. It's not bad: a nutty, pale lager with some alcohol kick.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.2/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK this beer was not all the bad. A Viet Nam version of Budweiser with a little more taste. It poured a straw color with a lot of bubbles and little head. Very refreshing, clean taste with almost no hop presence. The mouthfeel was crisp and carbonated. Overall it was pretty good. Nice lawn mower beer.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.2/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Clear, light gold color, with half a finger of white head; lacing is nil.

S: Grassy notes, with faint grain aromas. Hints of floral hops. Nothing powerful here.

T: There's a brief moment of sweet and bready malt, but if you blink you'll miss it. It's followed by another brief moment of tartness, then a mild but lingering bitterness from slightly spicy hops takes over through the finish.

M: Moist, but nicely carbonated. Refreshing, with a hint of dryness. By far, the mouthfeel is the best attribute of this beer.

O: Decent for what it is: A thirst-quenching lager designed to cool you down on a hot day, or pair with a salty, spicy bowl of Vietnamese phở noodle soup.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.2/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a exppiration date of 5/08. Pours a straw yellow eith a two finger head OK longevity and pretty good lace. sweet honey malt aromas and rice is detected. Not a bad flavor. Decent malt flavors with a slight watery rice mixed in. Not huge in the hops department but enough to offset the sweet, although it is still on the sweet side. Its clean and a bit watery but not bad. Much better than I expected.

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Photo of shirfan
3.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium clear gold with a very thin head of large bubbles, this has an aroma of "cheap lager" -- sweet, grassy, corny, slightly alcoholic smelling.

Taste -- Surprisingly decent for the smell. Sweet (but not cloying) malt liquor upfront, dries slightly towards the finish. Little if any adjunct or off flavor, and no grain alcohol notes to be found. Very mild bittering hops, and a light, tangy, almost white wine note.

Not bad for a plain "vanilla" beer.

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

Sampled last evening at a pho joint in Columbia. Presented as an ice cold 12 oz brown bottle. There was no freshness date or info about the beer.

Appearance: Pale golden colored brew with an initial rush of fizzy carbonation feeding a tight bubbled, but short lasting, head. Okay lacing on the sides of the highball glass.

Smell: Had a very clean smell, with very faint echos of hay and malt.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This was extremely crisp and clean drinking brew. My wife called it "slick", though I wouldn't go so far as to call it buttery. Very nice malty brew that was quite grassy with a crisp hop finish that balanced pretty nicely. Finishes just as clean as it starts

If I was sweating my balls off near the Mekhong River, I'd definitely go for this brew before any rot gut local whiskey/rum. I really enjoyed the flavor profile, considering the crowd this beer travels with. It was actually more enjoyable than a cold Singha...

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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 Reidrover
3.16/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale yellow beer, no head to speak of. Slight grassy aroma, but kinda unpleasantly funky. Taste however is a bit better. Malty, buiscuity, a nice touch of grassy hop. Not that bad really on the palate, nice dry finish. Not horrible, I have no doubt this would be quite adequate in steamy Vietnam. This one was brewed by Fosters in TienGiang.

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Photo of tone77
3.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz. brown bottle. Pours a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Very mild aroma, hints of malt. Taste is a bit hard to describe. Not a lot going on, but some ingrediants I can not put my finger on. Feels light in the mouth and so-so drinkability. Overall a mediocre brew.

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Photo of medic25
3.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at the local Vietnamese restaurant. Pours a clean, golden color, with a short-lived white head, and very little aroma. Taste is inoffensive, if not exciting. Typical bland lager flavor; faint hint of hops, with a dry finish. Not something I'd seek out, but better choice than a Bud or a Miller.

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Photo of Durge
3.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear golden brew that shows lots of bubble activities throughout and clinging to the sides of the chilled pint glass. The modest head is snow white but holds on reasonably and leaves similar traces of lace. The aroma offers a mild but balanced rice/wheat grain. Very clean, nothing unusual but fine for the style. The flavor brings fairly simple wheat and light malt with a rice-lemon theme and maybe even some sweet corn and a cardboard kiss. But it’s a light bodied beer with a fairly dominant carbonation that makes for a very bright, crisp feel. Very refreshing, perhaps overcarbonated and a little under-flavored. But adequate to wash down your Viet Namese chow.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.13/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is a little skunky with some malt and a touch of grassy hops. The taste is all malt up front with a dry and spicy hop finish.Nothing special here but it is a pretty decent lager. Overall, this is a decent brew that is very drinkable.

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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 Neehan
3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pale, bubbly pour with a bit more head than would be expected into a pilsner glass. So this isn't the greatest beer ever brewed, but it went very well with a Viatnamese meal. The sweet and sour taste are a decent compliment to the spcies of the meal, and it has an interesting mouthfeel, like a very mild champagne. Good points and bad, but a decent choice for something different.

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Photo of Enola
3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Panther Piss. This is what a veteran I work with calls this beer so I felt inclined to include that in my reveiw. He stated that this was a widely consumed beverage during his tour.

A light beer in color with virtually no head. Very bright straw color. The smell is a little bit of vanilla and cinnamon. Fair. The taste is similar to a cream ale and is actually better than most macro's. Cereal grains are also evident. This beer has a smooth mouthfeel and drinkability is good. I could see where this beer would be refreshing after a day in the jungle. Drinkable, albeit a little bland. I could go for this beer again sometime though.

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Photo of Hollenbeck2
3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

good beer, good lager, very tasty, the bottle is very heavy in weight for some reason not sure why the glass seems thicker, not that that has anything to do with the taste but interesting none the less.

we drank this in a glass from the bottle, very crisp taste, good outdoor hot weather beer.

the taste and mouthfeel were better than the average appearance and drinkability, maybe can have two at a time not a big session beer.

I would buy again.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.09/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden and very bubbly into my pilsner glass and looks and acts the part of a decent German lager but the nose is rank, adjuncts and rice if my smeller is any indication.

Mellow, tasty clean flavor with some minimal hoppy biite and a reasonable finish. The mouthfeel is a bit unbalanced, with too much carbonation up front in the sip and too little in the back end, where the afteraste is too weak and watery for the style.

Still, for a random Asian lager, this has character and is fairly drinkable. Not a superstar by any means, but worth a try and not bad for the style.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.09/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - standard macro yellow/gold with a thin head. Decent beading from below but still losing the battle to keep the cap on.

Aroma - clean, grainy, a hint of...gunpowder??

Taste - a slight apple sweetness to an otherwise blase brew. A whisper (if that) of balancing hops. Even working though the beer, the apple maintains a pleasant enough enhancement. Finishes fizzy, some fruity astringency, not bad.

Mouthfeel - very upbeat and crisp, smooth lager body.

Overall - I liked this more than I thought I would, enough to have it again even.

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Photo of EPseja
3.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a foil-wrapped 12oz. bottle in a pilsener glass at just above fridge temperature.

A - Pours the palest of pale golds with lots of active carbonation. Bubbles stick like crazy to the sides of the glass and rocket upward from the bottom. Even that, however, can not keep the head -- initally foamy and about 1/2 finger in height -- from sinking to a thin film. The bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass remind me of fish gently breaking the surface of a pond to nibble some floating food.

S - Cold and grainy with notes of sweet maltiness and a distinct European hoppiness. I might say that I smell some adjuncts, but that would only be a guess. That's about it.

T - Crisp on the intake with a hint of light maltiness, developing a sweetness in the middle that lingers through the finish, eventually becoming a touch cloying in the back of the throat. Light hop bitterness is apparent only in the swallow, but doesn't hang around for the aftertaste. As you drink this beer, the taste seems to get washed out and in the end winds up tasting like any old beer.

M - A bit too animated for my tastes, but given the style, it's not bad at all. Rises to a decent volume and goes down without feeling too gassy.

D - While this beer on its own is nothing too far from average, it is best suited for drinking either as a backyard BBQ thirst quencher or as a pairing to a nice, spicy Vietnamese (or any Southeast Asian) meal.

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Photo of sleazo
3.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer really starts to gain popularity as you start to get south of Hue in the country. Simply say the words ba ba ba (333 in viet) and you will be handed a bottle or can of this ubiquitous brew

A-Fizzy yellow and clear like most Vietnamese beer.

S_Crisp grains, almost no hops but a very clean smell.

T_Slightly sweet on the front leg of the journey with a bit of bitterness on the followthrough.

M_Not as light as most Asian lagers with a steady mild carbonation.

D_this is probably the best of the Vietnamese bottled beers but it really is nothing special. It did go down very quickly in the hot humid Saigon evenings and paired well with grilled pork, scorpions, and cobra.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.03/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Figured I would try a Vietnamese beer as I haven't tried any before. Pours a light golden color with tons of bubbles shooting to the top and a nice little head. There's even a good amount of lacing, better than the average macro so far. The taste is light bodied and a bit odd. A sort of German taste to it but the finish is just weird and kind of has a funky aftertaste. Decently drinkable and something different but wouldn't seek it out again.

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33 Export from VBL Tien Giang Limited (Fosters)
2.8 out of 5 based on 274 ratings.
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