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

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Ratings: 479
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 2.6
pDev: 23.46%
Wants: 5
Gots: 59 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Gusler on 12-20-2002

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Photo of SFLpunk
2.65/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.15oz brown glass pry-top bottle. BB 11/9/09 (365 day code).

Appearance: Pale, clear straw yellow with thin white head.

Nose: Classic "skunky" lager aromas, and thin smelling too.

Palate: Crisp and somewhat sweeter and more body than I expected. Skunky sweet lager.

Notes: Reminds me of the few Chinese beers I've had in the States. Nothing going on here, except old lager.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Dirrrty_Kurty
2.72/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Was our go to while in Thailand as there was not much else. Was a good value but did come with a vicious "Changover"

Photo of SuperMario
3.16/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Really Beeradvocate? You are forcing me to write a review of this beer just to rate it? Here goes:

I am at my hotel in Bangkok. This is crappy Thai beer. It's 6%, so it's doing the job a little better than the 5% piss available. Don't expect anything spectacular. Tastes like singha, tiger, San miguel, asahi, or any other asian piss!

Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.25/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
2.06/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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.

Photo of pat61
3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Pours brilliant gold under a thin, quickly dissipating white foam collar that produces splotchy lace.
S: Has a moderately light nose with light grains, clean malts and some faint hop spice.
T: Clean light malts on the palate with a light hop accent. No fruit but a little mineral especially on the finish.
F: Light, crisp, clean, effervescent.
O: A thin somewhat bland beer with little to recommend it.

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.25/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of chrisms86
1.8/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

Photo of frankiepop
2.92/5  rDev +12.3%
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

Photo of J_Chavez15
3.85/5  rDev +48.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste similar to its other Thailand counterpart Singha. Very easy drinking like most Lagers. Nothing offensive or out of the ordinary with this one. This is a session type of lager.

Photo of LXIXME
2.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of FleeVT
2.93/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml brown bottle with "best by" date.

A: The typical light yellow of American Macros but with a bit more punch (almost fluorescent). The initial pour produces a fluffy white head that dissipates almost as quickly as it formed.

S: Light grains and vague malty sweetness with even fainter piney hops.

T/M: Extremely carbonated, so it's crisp and tough to detect the palate. Light bodied. The palate delivers the same as the nose, light grains dominating.

D: Nothing special here, but the higher ABV may bump it over Singha.

Photo of bighandsjohn
3.65/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not too much flavor... almost watery.... however very drinkable. Reminds me of the Japanese beer "Asahi dry" . Goes down smooth and is the type of beer that I can drink a lot of at a barbeque on a sunny day. Nothing special. Very little aroma and after taste.

Photo of racer2k
3.2/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an 8oz. flute glass and served with very spicy thai food.

A-rich pilsner color with thick white head which dissipates quickly. No lacing on the glass

S-Corn and rice presence with a bit of spice and grassy flavor tone but not very prominent.

T- Sweet start and a hint of hops on the finish. Pretty decent beer for spicy foods. Cuts the heat nicely.

M- Thin beer with moderate to heavy carbonation

D- Good pairing for eating spicy thai food. This complimented my extra spicy cashew chicken. I would drink this beer again.

Photo of IntriqKen
2.8/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale straw colored yellow liquid with a small white head that doesn't stick around even long enough to sniff at. Crystal clear with tiny bubbles constantly rising from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is very lightly pale malt and corn.

Taste is very, very weak. Also very non-offensive. Only lightly adjunct flavored...only lightly hopped...not enough to taste so much as just enough to dry the mouth and leave it almost clean. Slight sugary aftertaste, however.

There must be lots of lawns to mow in Thailand because as a summer lawnmower beer, this one fits the bill.

Photo of biboergosum
2.66/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle, solid Thai elephant imagery themed label, a pleasant enough find on my brief stopover at Bottlescrew Bill's in downtown Cowtown.

This beer pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of foamy, and weakly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some sparse remote islet lace around the glass upon its relatively slow demise.

It smells of heady bready cereal grain, a bit of stale lemon, over-cooked veggies, and a slight nail-polish ready booziness. The taste is more overly sweet breakfast cereal graininess, further doughy, buttery, er 'malt' essences, a reduced acrid vegetal character, a weird underripe banana fruitiness, and earthy, somewhat tangy (in a less than optimal way) grassy hops.

The carbonation is a bit on the high side at first, but settles to an agreeable enough frothiness for the most part, the body medium-light in weight, and kind of cloying, in its wan attempt at generic smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with a zingy leafy, and slightly off-putting warming grainy character.

Like its fellow compatriot's offering around here, this comes off better than expected. Even though I wasn't having Thai food when I had it, and thus I can't do the usual ethnic "x food with x beverage" comparison, it still went down easily, I suppose, and was agreeable enough for this typically all-too underwhelming style.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.4/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.15 oz. bottle > Tulip-style glass.

This one is a clear, buttery yellow, not a pale deydrated yellow, but bright. A small and thin, lacy white head develops quick and goes away in moderate fashion.

The nose is pretty right on, smooth buttery malt, cream of corn from the can and a slight herbal, greeness way down.

The flavor is a simple, crisp and clean semi-sweet malt that is in good balance with the mildly sour yeast and rice effect along with very subtle hop spice that is a perfect pairing with spicey and hot Thai food.

The feel is crisp and light and does not relax too much so there is no flat, dead feel at the end.

It is what is, simple and effective.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.23/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought back from Thailand by my lovely wife, who doesn't bother asking "what do you want me to bring back for you?" anymore when she travels. Good girl.

Pours a pale straw yellow, good clarity, big soapy head that lasts as long as can be expected, and nice lace leavings. Typical lager look, basically.

Aroma is hay, sweet corn, very light hops, slight metallic leanings.

Clean flavors, sweet and sugary but now overbearingly so. Gets almost fruity (lemon?), with some caramel corn aspects. Some good hoppiness in the finish. No real off flavors, but the lemony sweetness starts to wear thin after awhile. Still, this delivers a more satisfying session than expected.

Nice mouthfeel: buttery, good springiness from the carbonation, fairly thin but not watery.

Best Thai beer I've had, but the competition ain't intense. Still leans toward the ordinary, but it's enjoyable...reminds me more of Carolina Blonde than anything else. Go figure.

Photo of augustgarage
3.2/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz (well, 21.64oz actually) bottle into a pilsner glass. Rated for style.

Liquid is a pale chartreuse with a thin fizzy shock white head of foam with modest, albeit half-hearted retention. Window pane clarity, with a small swarm of bubbles.

Fairly clean grainy aroma, with a gossamer note of hops. Bulk dry white rice. Unsurprisingly, not much else going on.

Palate is suitably bland, with the slightest hint of bitterness. Faint green apple. A little malt intermingling with other grains leads to a slightly dry finish with an aftertaste of grain syrup. Crisp, not terrible when served with spicy food.

A decent example of this ubiquitous, lifeless style.

Photo of tdm168
2.54/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden copper with 1" of loose, foamy, white head that fades quickly. The nose is grainy and grassy. It tastes sweet and grainy with hints of apples and euro pale lager-esque yeastiness. The mouthfeel is very light, a little heavily carbonated, but smooth.

There is very little of interest here. This lands somewhere between an american adjunct and a euro pale. It's weak, subdued, but in the end very drinkable.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.46/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very sudsy and then flattens up. Very bubbly when shaken even the slightest.

Smell: Fresh soap and coconut.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very clean, medium-to-moderate-dry like straw. Very neutral flavor. Rather flat.

Overall Drinkability: Surprisingly enjoyable and very non-offensive.

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