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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jackndan on 08-17-2002

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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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Photo of kbnooshay
3.02/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a clear golden color with a very fizzy, soapy bright white head. There is some decent lacing here. The smell was mostly dominated by the light hop and hay aromas. Secondly it is sweet and malty. The taste is fairly clean with a slight grassy flavor. The hop flavor is very light here.

This isn't bad but it is kinda reminiscent of drinking tinny water. I could see this being refreshing if i needed a refreshment but we are in heavy stout season and it just doesn't stand up. Overall though i am still surprised this isn't bad.

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Photo of tlema1
3.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

L: crystal clear, slightly carbonated, very little head
S: slinky, corn, light malt
T: sweeter than I expected
F: has a funny aftertaste
O: better than expected, would take over a Heineken

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

Picked up a single from the cooler at Abe's in Bethlehem.

Pours a clear gold body with a quickly dissipating white head. Upon my first impression, I know this isn't another offensive or at least bland macro lager. 33 Export is better than that. However, it is a fairly bland export lager. An easy description of this beer is that it tastes like I imagine barley juice would. It's sweet, like fruit juice, and the flavor resembles very lightly roasted barley.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3/5  rDev +7.1%

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 BeerAndGasMasks
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle, it pours golden with a small head, quickly dissipating. Scent of grain tickles the nose. Light malt flavor in the mouth. Drinkable. Probably outstanding on a hot muggy day!

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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 Ozzylizard
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

$ 2.03 (Including tax)/12 oz bottle ($ 0.169/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
Filled 8.4.15 Expires 8.4.16 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – very faint wet grain, lasts
Head – small (< one cm, aggressive pour), white, fizzy, rapidly gone leaving neither ring nor layer
Lacing – none
Body – gold, clear, some effervescence
Flavor – slightly bitter, very light malt flavor; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Not bad for a nearly year-old lager or for any lager, for that matter. One and done.

Appearance 2.75, Aroma 2.75, Flavor 3, Palate 3.25, Overall 3.25

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Photo of cyclonece09
2.99/5  rDev +6.8%
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 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 Andbrew
2.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Offered this at a local vietnamese restauraunt. I was told by waitstaff that this is a $10 beer at upscale restauraunts in Vietnam. Highly doubt it.

Pours a clean yellow gold with zero head retention.
Light hop and almost rice smell.
Very little taste, and no discernable thickness, yet crisp and clean finish with no aftertaste.

This one is an easy drinker as it is light on the carbonation and taste overall. Easy to drink with the spicy vietnamese dish I was having and was better than the water I was offered. Overall not too bad for a hot dish or a hot day.

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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 Dodo2step
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P-grape and gourmet in Va Beach Thanks Joe!

My buddy knowsi like to try beers from around the world so he got me this one.

A- a light clear urine yellow and doesnt look appealling right off the bat. little head and no lace whatsoever.

S- the smell of malt overwhelms the alcohol and hop flavor.also smelss like dry wheat.

T- Bland and dry and really nothing sticks out. I get the taste of the malt after a few sips. It is like drinking watered down vinegar with very little vinegar. A lil disappointing.

M- Feels cool and refreshing. Nothing else really.

D- thee are easy to put down. This is like water but there is no flavor. Not tasty just pound em back. Like a Beast or Busch.

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Photo of acrawf6
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a straw color with a small white head that fizzles out, though the vigorous carbonation rising.

Smell. Sweet and grainy. nothing too much here.

Taste. Some more sweetness, but luckly it isnt cloying. The maltiness is at a proper level to me, as there is some presence to it. Aftertaste is leaving me undesirable as it sweetens up like some cheap candy.

Mouthfeel. Body is a medium level with lots of carbonation.

Overall, is refreshing, but just another import that falls into that catagory of the same lighter flavored beer. they intended this to be a lighter beer, and i think they did a decent job.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Photo of biegaman
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Beginner2
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at a very good French Vietnamese restaurant. 33 went well with 5 of 6 dishes ordered, the hold-out was spicy. 33 is a malted, sweet accompaniment to a good kitchen; but not an beer aficionado's friend.

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Photo of hophugger
2.91/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It is what it is. Lots of aromas of malt, sugary sweetness and rice. Basically a low level AB produce. Feel is not that bad, but too many cheap additives make this beer a well below average drink..

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Photo of MichialTanner1
2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I bought this one for all of the wrong reasons: I wanted to tick a style I had never rated/reviewed (Dortmunder) from a new country (Vietnam), and the bottle was only $1.59.

Dortmunder is just a golden lager and this one had all of those typical characteristics. I was a bit surprised by the first few sips--it's actually pretty good. However, the one finger of head dissipated after a couple of minutes and it just went flat after a few minutes. After it sat for a while and warmed up, the taste worsened like a cheap malt liquor does--almost as if there was a drop of gasoline in the glass.

Still, not the worst beer I've ever had and would be okay on a hot day if you put it down while ice-cold.

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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 russpowell
2.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this with my Thai food tonight, worked alright

Poured golden with 1 finger of white head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Sweetness, a bit of grassy hops & that is it

T: Some honey malt, adjunct cereal sweetness & slight lemon hops up front. Some grainyness as this warms. Finishes sweet with a bit more graininess

MF: Light/medium with a lack of hops

Drank okay, worked with the food, a one & done unless my choices are limited

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Photo of PatrickJR
2.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear yellow, but not too pale. One finger head with moderate retention. Falls to a patchy film with a thick collar. Moderate lacing.

S - Starts off with what seems like some spicy hops in a pilsner, but quickly grows into a metallic beast. Copper, with a slightly sweet aroma is absolutely all I smell.

T - Decent enough, but uninteresting at best. Bland malt profile, not really sweet but not particularly dry either. Slight metallic bite at the end. No real bitterness.

M - Moderate carbonation with a slick body. I was actually very impressed with the mouthfeel considering the beer's similarities with other simplistic lagers.

D - I may have a few, but wouldn't. The overly metallic aspect is more than a little unpleasant.

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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 prototypic
2.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It's transparent and light gold in color. Head was about a finger and dissipated very quickly. Very light coat of lace remained.

Smell: Grainy and somewhat earthy. There is a light, malty sweet aroma. Hops are not noticeable.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. It does have a surprisingly crisp taste. Decent malt base. A little on the sweet side. Grainy taste is prevalant. No hops to speak of.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and well carbonated. More crisp and refreshing than I expected. Drinkability is pretty good. Certainly would be true on a hot day. Overall, it's pretty average. But, honestly better than I expected.

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Photo of jneiswender
2.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12oz glass into a pint glass.

A-light yellow and clear color. Faint head but it stays around.

S-metallic, grassy

T-very dry on the palate. light malt with a decent hop bitterness .

M-light, dry

D-This is not bad for an Asian beer which tend to be light and good with Asian food. Export lager? Seems way to dry to be one but if you think Asian lager and drink it with food its a good choice.

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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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