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

Chang Beer (Export)Chang Beer (Export)

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326 Ratings

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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 2.61
pDev: 24.14%

Brewed by:
Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.) visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DoubleJ on 12-01-2007)
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Photo of devilben02

North Carolina

2.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I would say that this beer is just like any other asian pale lager, and in many ways it is. It pours from the bottle with a pale, straw-yellow color topped by a fizzy white head, and there is almost no discernible aroma other than a mild mustiness and a faint graininess. The flavor does have a bit more character than most, though, with a bit of grassy hops and a nicely sweet cereal malt character. Overall, this beer isn't going to be something I search out, but it went just fine with a nice green curry.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 13:23:25 | More by devilben02
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

2.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Had a bottle poured into a pint glass as an accompaniment to a really good green curry. I am fairly familiar with this beer from years of eating in Thai restaurants but usually choose Singha. Here Chang gets the formal review treatment. A pale straw yellow beer, maybe just veering towards lemon, with minimal white foam even when poured aggressively. Aroma is primarily cooked vegetable DMS, old malt, and a nondescript spice note ... I might be getting a hint of lemon or some other dried out citrus fruit. Palate is also dominated by DMS, doughy pale malt that evokes cheap white bread, and low key grassy hops coupled with the odd apple juice or artificial banana fruity note that pokes out here and there. Diacetyl? Thin, super fizzy, and finishes crisp and clean despite the sweet start, although I did notice a propensity to get sweeter and a bit rank as the beer warmed up. Its a standard American adjunct lager from Asia. Cooked, sweet, bland. I choose Singha for a reason.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 02:27:59 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of FLima


1.35/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Yellow golden color with a thin fluffy head with very short retention.
Aroma of booze, cereals and oxidized lemon.
Flavor of sweet cereals, cooked vegetables, lots of diacetyl and booze, oxidation and a spicy sensation. Dry aftertaste with a light bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation.
This is much worse than its local competitor Singha and also behind our local mass adjunct lagers. Awkward flavor with lots of off-flavors with a low drinkability. To toss it, a sin I at any cost.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 02:02:34 | More by FLima
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3.45/5  rDev +32.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 01:05:34 | More by tjsdomer2
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Rhode Island

2.05/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, adjuncts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with an adjunct and light malt sweetness. Then some grain and malt breadiness follows. The hops presence is very mild, but at least there is some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not very flavorful, goes down easily and not too filling since there isn’t much to the beer, mild kick, typical representation of style, it’s not completely bad but there are many other beers even in the style that I would choose first.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 23:12:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Treath


4.04/5  rDev +54.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 11.15oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Golden yellow color, one finger head that fizzles away quickly. Some particles floating around in the beer. No lacing.

S- Honey, bready, malty. No hops detected.

T- Honey, very malty, bread. Sweet. Lacks hops. Some tobacco taste. Has an awesome bready aftertaste.

M- Not much carbonation. Watery and light. Sort of crisp.

Drinkability- Very smooth and easy to drink.

O- Overall, this beer surprised me with how great it tastes, but needs more carbonation. I really enjoyed its honey/bready/tobacco taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 23:15:40 | More by Treath
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2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sad to think that the only redeeming quality of this beer is to "put out the fire" if you eat spicy food. A very plain Adjunct Lager that should be sold at PBR prices. I am disappointed by all aspects of this beer. Going out on a limb to try a new beer is not always rewarding.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 14:44:45 | More by NoHipTee
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2.68/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one beer I've had a few times as it a) goes down ok on a hot summer day, and b) it's cheap and beats most macro lagers Australian brewers have to offer. So at the height of winter receiving a free Chang I thought I would finally pen my thoughts on this classic Thai brew.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pokal.

A: Typical Asian brew with a clear pale straw body and a fluffy white half centimetre head.

S: More pungent than most Asian lagers, very adjuncty aromas of sweet corn, wheat, vegetal matter and cut grass abound. Other than that there's not much else going on. Fairly standard Asian lager.

T: Flavour has the above adjunct tastes; sweet corn, wheat, vegetal matter and cut grass. There is also a hint of honey. Ends dry with a cheap lager after-taste, which is best described as a semi-rotting vegetables mixed with Fusel alcohol.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D: Well its not a challenging drink at all, but in a hot country like Thailand a beer is simply used to wash down whatever curry one is eating, so in that respect it gets the job done. As good as other adjunct lagers? Perhaps a better question would be: as crap as other adjunct lagers? The answer is "Yes", and yet another reason why I generally avoid lagers altogether.

Food match: Thai, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Indonesian cuisines all work with beers like Chang, again it's all about washing down that curry, nothing more, nothing less.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 08:48:16 | More by doktorhops
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2.93/5  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

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 03:48:11 | More by frankiepop
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1.33/5  rDev -49%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A thin head on a clear, medium straw colored body. No head left within 20 seconds of the pour.
The aroma is mowed yard grass and honey.
Wow, the taste has a bold metallic flavor upfront... and that continues to the end.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Well, it's one of the worst adjunct lagers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 02:22:58 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of IPA35


2.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

4th beer from an Asian beer giftbox.

Standard golden lager colour, a white head with some retention.

Smells not too bad, mainly grassy hops and some grain. Bit of wet cardboard.

Taste is grain and hops. A hint of alcohol or something, a bit wierd. Anyway, bland but not bad tasting.

Good carbonation

Overal a decent lager, and a vast improvement over the last time I had it.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 19:56:37 | More by IPA35
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3.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had sushi the other night… and I thought about grabbing a bottle of this. I also wanted sake, but ended up drinking water. But this beer, every time I see it, makes me think of sushi and Asian food. The beer is actually made in Thailand, and until I started researching this beer, I had no idea they had two versions. The bottle on the list and the bottle we have is the export option, so we get the full flavor that they experience over there. I have never been to Thailand, but when I do (and I know I will eventually go) I will have to drink one over there. Beers from foreign countries always taste better in the country they were brewed and bottled.

Also, cool story about the elephant. I always wondered why there was an elephant on the label. Now I know! Let's drink.

In the Glass: Before I even looked, I told Sheryl "This is going to be a very unimpressive beer." She said, "Looks like Budweiser." She's right. It's thin, light, no head, and not much lace to discuss. But the one thing I am noticing in the glass… bubbles. There are a LOT of bubbles rushing to the top. Not quite champagne bubbles, but close. Maybe this will be a refreshing and carbonated offering.

Nose: Smells like a domestic. Actually, it is a little sweeter than a domestic. I am quite impressed with the aroma, to be honest. It reminds me of the beers I like chugging in Poland. I need to go back to Poland just to get drunk on cheap beer! Or Nicaragua. Nicaragua is closer, and they have pretty beaches. Anyway, I am impressed with the aroma here. The second whiff was just as sweet as the first. I hope that sweetness carries over to the flavor.

Flavor: There is quite a bit of carbonation going on here. Not as much as I expected, but it enough for me to mention that here as my first experience. The sweetness carries over, but it's there and gone again leaving the palate dry and begging for more. This is a beer that has ties to professional sports… and that makes sense. That is why crappy beer like Budweiser and Coors Light have ties to sporting events. They are light, crisp, and something you can chug outside. Chang is that beer.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is decent. Like I said, there are a lot of bubbles scattered across the tongue. The beer is also easy drinking and is something you could drink several before you realize you have had one. The experience is quick, as the beer slides across the tongue and you swallow. The aftertaste, well… let's talk about the aftertaste.

Aftertaste: What aftertaste? There is more flavor up front than in the aftertaste. There really isn't much going on after you swallow. What is there is dry, but it quickly fades. For $1.49, I can't say I had high expectations. But the elephants on the label are cute!

The beer is not very impressive. I didn't expect it to be. If it was hot outside, I could see myself chugging three or four of these. Maybe even on the golf course. This is not my first beer from Thailand, and I am sure it won't be my last. But this is nothing worth writing home about. If you are out, and it is the same price as whatever domestic you are offered, try it. Oh, and if you are in Thailand, try it. Of course you have to try it over there!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 20:10:51 | More by rickyleepotts
Photo of Douberd


3.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle 330 ml, bought at an Asian goods supermarket in the Netherlands. .

Pale golden yellow colour. Half finger of head that disappears straight away. Seems very carbonated. Lots of activity in the glass.
Nothing special on the smell, just some malts and hay.
Taste is quite sweet, very malty. Your average lager taste.
Thin on the body and very very carbonated. Dry on the palate.
Overall nothing too special, but easily drinkable. Would be even better with less carboantion.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 15:40:09 | More by Douberd
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1/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance: Translucent pale yellow with a pale white head which did not last very long. Laced fairly well while it was there.

Sent: Stale hay

Taste: Stale rice

Mouth feel: Light body with low carbonation

Overall Impression: Did not enjoy at all!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 07:11:37 | More by DragonsSlippers
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United Kingdom (England)

2.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 20:48:05 | More by jazzyjeff13
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4.48/5  rDev +71.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chang Beer is no longer made with any rice or corn adjuncts. 11.15 oz. bottle. The head was slightly off-white and thin, and the appearance was golden and quite bubbly. No lacing. The aroma is of sweet, lightly-toasted barley malt, and the flavor is of sweet malt, sugar, and mild hops. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Chang finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, mostly dry, and incredibly drinkable. This is a wonderful beer, and I strongly recommend it.


Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 15:17:51 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a pale straw colour, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Bready grass notes and hints of toasted biscuit on the finish.

T - A mild flavor dominated by bready malts, grassy notes, sugary sweet corn and a wheat finish.

M - Medium, smooth and wet.

O - A tasty brew, but nothing memorable. It paired well with my pad Thai, but I would prefer a lot of more flavorful beers to pair with my Thai dish.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 02:27:34 | More by andrenaline
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2.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - This didn't look appealing. Very clear, straw yellow with a tiny, bubbly white head that didn't last longer than the blink of an eye.

S - Not skunky despite the green bottle. Grassy with subtle notes of caramel.

T - Much like the smell. Sweet caramel with light grassy hop bitterness.

M - It was a little thin but had a smooth finish. A light bodied lager.

O - No, this wasn't great. It was an add-in on a mixed sixer. Better than a lot of other green bottle imports of this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 20:03:14 | More by zeff80
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2.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

you know, for the asian mass beers, i kind of like this one. especially decent with authentic thai food, as was the case last night at bangkok cafe on the corner of hampden and downing. poured into a frosted metal mug, a good head rose up. smell was off, extracty and chemical, but not offensively so, just not maybe as fresh as it could be. flavor really isnt bad, middle of the road malt profile with just a touch of pseudo-hop bitterness to crisp things up in the finish. feel isnt bad either, very light body and good carbonation. kind of stits in the belly weird, and could be filling despite its lightness. i remember running amok on these during songkran on the streets of bangkok, its a good party beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 16:30:29 | More by StonedTrippin
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North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall white head that reduces to a thin small patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is on the lighter side and slightly one dimensional - with that dimension being the malts. I can definitely smell some malts and lots of adjunct malts with the corn being the heaviest of the aromas. There is something lightly floral in the aroma as well.

T: Like the smell, the flavor of this beer is on the lighter side and slightly one dimensional. The beer is sweet but very malty - with much of the malty flavor being contributed from the adjunct malts and more specifically the corn.

M: Light bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. On the slightly thin/watery side but fizzy.

O: Not a bad beer, a little light on the flavor and aroma but definitely easy to drink and sessionable. Obviously this would pair well with spicy food due to the sweetness. Something I would likely order again when out for Thai food as most of the Thai restaurants in the area stock Thai beers and this one is a little bit superior to some of the others.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 20:53:07 | More by dbrauneis
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3.48/5  rDev +33.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 05:18:46 | More by TheBrewo
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2.6/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks OK in the glass with a nice foam on the pale lemon color. Where does this sweet cardboard flavor come from? Certainly beer-like, but that flat, sweet taste is not what I hope for. Hard to get the taste out of your mouth. Some hops in the mix, but everything is dulled and beat down. A slight nose of cereal. Metallic aftertaste.

This was the one unusual beer in a crappy liquor store in Palm Springs, Calif.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 06:52:36 | More by mactrail
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United Kingdom (England)

2.28/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well the Thai people must be amongst the most generous in the world because the bottle says a pint and my handled mug says there is at least 1 1/4 pints in that there bottle.

I'll be brutally honest here I am not a huge lager fan so with the pale yellow body and absolutely no head it looks like someone has already drank this and.. well you get the idea

very malty aroma with subtle floral notes probably the best thing about this beer.

I don't like the taste, too malty, too dry not enough hops not enough bitter tastes leaving the moth with almost a saccharin after taste.

Very watery mouthfeel and overly fizzy

I suppose it wouldn't harm too much to give it a try in a Thai restaurant but otherwise give a wide birth.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 21:25:39 | More by EmperorBevis
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3/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this beer one night eating out at a Thai restaurant. The waiter insisted that I try it. The color was a dark yellow color with a thin head. The smell was kind of skunky with a normal domestic smell mixed in. As for the taste, it's what I was expecting from an Asian beer, dry and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 14:56:49 | More by JohnBeerRun
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2.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Out of a bottle this Thai beer was a clear, golden color with one finger of white head. The retention of the cap was average and it left scattered lacing. The aroma was of adjunct grains especially corn along with some light sweet malt. The flavors were similar dominated by the corny grain with some hints of sweet malt, bread and grassy hops behind that. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium/light and the carbonation appropriate. Passable, but little more than that.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 02:32:00 | More by thekevlarkid
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Chang Beer (Export) from Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.)
62 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.