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

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64
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202 Reviews
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55
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
202
Ratings:
526
Avg:
2.66
pDev:
23.31%
 
 
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Chang Beer (Export)Chang Beer (Export)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.)
Thailand | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gusler on 12-20-2002

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Reviews: 202 | Ratings: 526
Reviews by TheBrewo:
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3.46/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served from the bottle into a 14 ounce Weizen glass at Bamboo Bernie’s in Maho, St. Maarten. It shown the color of toasted straw, and held a two finger head of creamy white bubbles. This retained decently, leaving a ring of bubbles around the glass for the remainder of the tasting. Lacing was spotty and minimal. There was a permeable haze throughout the liquid, and average carbonation. The nose was adjuncty with barley and rice grain. There was a faint toast, and some white sugar sweetness. As we sipped, the flavoring opened up with your basic adjuncty grain. This flowed with flour and powdered apples. There was fruity sweetness, and a light soury twang, but these did little to crack through the grain. The flavor both smoothed and evened out through the middle, with cleaner grain, and a lemony freshness. This vibe remained through to the finish, where more of the same washed the palate. There was a final creaminess of softer wheat and rice. The aftertaste breathed of grain, a dry grassiness, minerals, and flour. The body was medium and the carbonation was medium. The mouth was coated and wet, with nice slurp and pop to finish each sip. Ultimately there was a slight puckering dryness, but it was pleasant. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily for the style.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about the brew was how it evened out through the flavoring, and how nicely it finished. For the style it was nicely balanced, and not overly sour or biting with the adjuncts and mineral bitters. There was a creamy pop and good look to it as well, making for a decent beer to go with some cheap Chinese food or sushi.

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Photo of Dirrrty_Kurty
2.72/5  rDev +2.3%
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"

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Photo of SuperMario
3.16/5  rDev +18.8%
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!

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2.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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2/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.25/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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2.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -43.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -6%

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2.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of tigg924
2.57/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear, pale yellow in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is honey, grass, and light skunkiness. Not horrible, but I have had better. Probably would get other lagers before this one.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.06/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.95/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev +3.4%

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2/5  rDev -24.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev +31.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -6%

Photo of pat61
3/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.25/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
2.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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2/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of OStrungT
3.13/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Chang Beer (Export) from Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.)
64 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.