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Chang Beer (Export) - Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.)

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BA SCORE
62
poor

405 Ratings
THE BROS
55
awful

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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 2.6
pDev: 24.23%
Wants: 4
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.) visit their website
Thailand

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DoubleJ on 12-01-2007)
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Reviews by HalfFull:
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2.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 640 ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a medium straw in color with a bit of haze and an inch of soapy white head. Head settles quickly to a surface ring then keeps it there given an abundant level of carbonation. Lacing appears briefly before falling back into the void.

Smell is light with cereal grains and a bit of sweetness that seems a bit syrupy. As the beer opens up the nose gets a bit sour even as it displays some earthy hops mingling with the malt base. Some corn is present but has a creamy richness to it, rather unlike many island lagers in that sense, yet neither positive or negative.

Taste is relatively full and thick yet offers little complexity. The syrupy sense on the nose does materialize as a lingering oily sense on the finish. Feel is decent but the finish becomes cloying as the sweetness lingers and overwhelms, particularly as the carbonation settles down.

Overall an oddly sweet beer that is very one dimensional.

HalfFull, Sep 22, 2009
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2.25/5  rDev -13.5%

mojohawk21, Wednesday at 01:50 AM
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2/5  rDev -23.1%

tbryan5, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue I:

Thai beer is one of a few brands to make it to the US. Crisp and crackling white lace drops quickly to a thin ring. Pale yellow color. Clarity is good, fine-filtered for sure. Cooked veggies bring a little bit of DMS to the aroma and the grassiness from the hops only intensifies that smell, not much malt in the nose. Big time cooked hops and husky grains in tow yield a rough grassy flavor throughout that borders astringent in character. Quick kiss of malt sweetness is pushed aside by a modest, yet still biting, hop bitterness. With each sip the flavor turns faster and faster in a downward astringent spiral. Dry finish with a bothersome aftertaste that just won't shake the astringency.

Not a clean lager by any means. You have to feel pity for the people of Thailand if this is their top-selling beer. We'd certainly prefer a solid pilsner or IPA over this beer when we want a plate of pad thai. All in all, pass on this one ... not even worth a try.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 13, 2009
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2.25/5  rDev -13.5%

SuomiHobbit, Aug 25, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -42.3%

ddodger41, Feb 26, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -3.8%

DWolf, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of Jason
2.25/5  rDev -13.5%

Jason, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
2.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours a basic light, clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of corn and grain with nothing else going on. The flavor is more of the same. Other than the grain, I get a little bit of grass but that is it. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Outside of the fact the beer was not skunked - as I expected it to be - I don't have anything else nice to say.

Mora2000, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Single bottle from a Thai restaurant in Gold Coast, Qld. Paired with some excellent green curry.

Poured into a schooner glass. Pale golden, a mild white head, decent lacing. Not bad.

Nose is mild, but nevertheless is quite pleasant - mild floral hops, honey, pale lager malt, perhaps a bit of rice or other extract.

Smooth, with a pleasant if uninspired flavor. Tastes like a better-than-average Asian lager (compare with Tiger, Zhujiang, etc.), and provided some quality palette-cleansing with dinner.

Watery, decent carbonation.

An innofensive, decent-tasting macro lager that did its job well. As far as being a 'country-ticker' brew, this one is certainly better than most. Sometimes, all you need is a pale lager.

JohnnyBarman, May 07, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev +5.8%

ant1, Mar 22, 2014
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2/5  rDev -23.1%

Marius, Sep 08, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -3.8%

innominat, Jul 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +34.6%

dankjohn, Jul 04, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -3.8%

standardcherry, May 21, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 640ml bottle with a BB of June 2012, so it's a little out of date. Picked up some time back from Tesco.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear pale-straw colour with medium carbonation. Forms a large head of brilliant white foam that collapses rapidly and disappears. Weak aroma of ultra-light malt with faint hints of grain, stewed hops and overcooked veggies. Not much going on.

Tastes of very light malt with a dry finish. Faint notes of grain, stewed hops, overdone veg/corn and a solventy twang in the background. Dry, with virtually no bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and tingly, but thin and watery. Mildly astringent, with a faint aftertaste of stewed veg.

Meh. Just another bland, characterless, mass-produced lager. Hardly any flavour or aroma. Probably quenches your thirst in a hot climate, but no great shakes otherwise. No need to seek it out.

jazzyjeff13, Aug 20, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Seattle_Suds, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Fizzy yellow beer. Almost nothing in the aroma. Cooked vegetal aroma.

Taste is clean, refreshing in hot weather, but lacks a substantive flavor component. Rice and corn. Could see this being worthy with some spicy food. A minor degree of hops and bitterness is ascertainable, but far from making a legitimate impact, and only noticeable because of the extreme lack of malt content. Carbonated for sure.

More expensive than BMC, but the quality is in line with them.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of chinchill
2.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Heavy 330ml brown bottle served in a pint glass. Best by date of July 2011, so it is a little past the 'best" date but the bottle has been in my refrigerator for some months and showed no sign of being over the hill.

Pours a light yellow straw color; clear with a 1+ finger sudsy head that quickly reduces to a ring and a small thin island. After a couple of minutes almost no visible carbonation.

Aroma: smells like corn or rice were used rather than, or in addition to, malt. A trace of hops. Not bad; but not promising.

Taste: A light beer. I haven't had an American light beer in a long time, so I can't really compare, but I think this would be a good one. ... rather faint praise, you'll note. Actually, there's a bit of flavor in mid-taste but it appears and disappears quickly, leaving a mild and short-lived hop-tinged lager finish and aftertaste.

Very light body with good, medium carbonation. Some dryness in the finish.

Not much to recommend this one, although it doesn't have any obvious flaws and works as a good beverage to accompany a meal.

chinchill, Sep 19, 2011
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2/5  rDev -23.1%

valkyre65, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of OStrungT
3.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light yellow color with a thick white head. the head fades moderately slowly, leaving pretty much no lace.

This beer has a very strong grainy aroma. It also smells of boiled cabbage. That is about it.

This beer tastes like it smells. Grainy. It is better than I remember it though from my time in Thailand.

This beer is a bit over carbonated. It leaves a grainy aftertaste.

This beer would make a good session beer if you didnt like craft beer. It isnt something I plan to drink again until I am in Thailand.

Overall: I never thought I would see this beer again, but it was part of the Beers of the World box that was givin to me by my cousins girlfriend for christmas. I was better than I thought it would be.

OStrungT, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of chrisms86
1.78/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The OE of Thai beers, Beer Chang has that artificial sourness of a beer that has been made for one purpose--to get you drunk. Appearence is what you'd expect from a cheap lager, and the smell is similar to that of an American malt liquor. I usually give some leniency to third world beers but in this case there is no reason to choose Beer Chang over its drinkable counterparts.

chrisms86, May 19, 2007
Photo of frankiepop
2.93/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Chang ain't so bad. It's the beer that's very classic to the Far East. So if you are an American beer craftsman then Hell ship it to the over there an open up a new market. But this is one of my favorites from the Orient. As Vonnegut said, "And so it goes."

Pairs well with An Anthology of Chinese Experimental Music 1992-2008

frankiepop, Feb 09, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -42.3%

JIMTRK16, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
2.25/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A clear golden colored beer is covered by a medium sized white head that dies into a very small lacing.

A very light bready malt and sour hops mixed aroma

There's a thin watery feel to this beer as you drink which made me think that it tastes like watered down Budweiser, and after a few more drinks I do believe that is what this beer is.

A very light dryish aftertaste, a very forgettable beer.

LXIXME, Jul 11, 2011
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Chang Beer (Export) from Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.)
62 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.