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

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324 Ratings

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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 2.61
pDev: 24.14%

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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 soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, pale yellow with a really nice, big, solid white head that retains startlingly well. Weighty bubbles that rise up lazily from the bottom of the glass make the beer look a bit heavier than it probably is.

Smell: Light, lemony. Mild metallic edge. There aren't any off flavors... but then there aren't really any flavors at all.

Taste: Extremely light. Clean. Lemony. Dry. Barely perceptible fruity, husky malt sweetness. Vaguely hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, airy, crisp.

Drinkability: Light enough to drink a caseful, but not flavorful enough to want to. In the wide world of beer, it's mediocre, but it's good for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 04:37:15 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

another traveler from the 'beers of the world' suitcase christmas present.

Decent lager..not too fizzy. Average head and a hint of lacing.

Aroma is more akin to a euro lager than an american macro. Faint malt and floral in nature. Tasted mostly sweet with a faint hop bite and just a smidge of spiciness. Medium light in body, this beer would certainly pair well with Thai cusine and i wish the local restaurant would stock it.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 03:44:07 | More by Shadman
Photo of DoubleJ


3.18/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the top of the bottle is a paper-wrap in gold color which boosts a gold medal from the Australian International Beer Awards of 1998. This is brewed with "quality malt, rice, and hop, with natural water, and selected yeast" according to one source, but on the label it only lists "contains malted barley" under ingredients. I guess I'll try to spread the fame of this Thai macro lager here on BA. On to the beer:

Clear, pale light-straw color, crowned by your typical macro head. The smell contains DMS (cooked veggies), a little skunk, and sulfur. Moving on the taste of this beer, it's actually a little heavier than what I was expecting. A little sulfur running through, but that's the worst of it. Cooked rice creates a little taste and a good crispness. Malts are lights, but add a bit of sweetness to the beer. Hops are floral-like.

A solid macro lager. Easy-drinking for the warm Thai climate as well as (I presume) spicy Thai cuisine. You don't need to go out of your way for this, but if you can get a single, "Thai" it (try it).

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 05:00:06 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of shivtim


1.65/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A pretty poor Thai beer. Clear yellow with no head, and nose is metallic grain. Taste is grains with slight hops on the end, but an odd alcoholic taste like turpentine (maybe it's the rumored formaldehyde?). Mouthfeel is thin, and drinkability is lacking. The best part of this beer is the logo.

Serving type: can

08-24-2007 00:40:40 | More by shivtim
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1.68/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

640 ml bottle. Best before 19 may 08.

Clear pale yellow with an equally pale white head.

Light malt aroma, cereal, mild hops.

Flavor is rice with a slight metallic taste and mildly spicy hops.

Finish is dry and slightly tannic.

Maybe it would be better served with some spicy Thai chicken, but on it's own, not good.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 06:14:08 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of johnnymoto


1.5/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I had this beer in a local Thai restaurant down the street. I am a man who loves flavorful food and flavorful beer. I poured this beer in a pilsner glass that was given to me and the head immediately disappeared. The pale yellow hue reminded me of the same color as bud light. The beer was refreshing only because it was cold but lacked flavor in every way possible. I suggest to everyone to pass on this one because it was definitely a big waste of time. Try Singha if you're in a Thai restaurant and don't waste your money or time on Chang like I did.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 17:29:28 | More by johnnymoto
Photo of chrisms86


1.78/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 12:32:40 | More by chrisms86
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 20:13:05 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of Umbra


2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Lived in Thailand for a few years, and I didn't make much money at the time. Due to the circumstances, I stuck mostly to Mekong and Tsang Thip "whiskey" for normal drinkin'. On payday, we would splurge and actually drink beer. Sometimes, we would go downtown, and pay $8 for Guinness. But mostly, we would drink Singha, Carlsberg, or whatever else would be at the bar.

Only on rare occassions were we forced to drink Chang. This would usually be at the touristy areas. It is even considered poor by Thai standards, as was mentioned earlier. Having it travel overseas makes it even more horrible. You will experience a watered down look, no head, skunky smell, bad mouthfeel, and weak flavor.

Overall: Keep very far away from this beer. Use only to wash out your mouth after drinking flaming shots of Mekong...

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 17:22:42 | More by Umbra
Photo of blurredphoto


3.33/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the most popular beer in Thailand, not for its merits as a beer, bot for its price and high alcohol content (6.4). For the cost of 70 cents, once gets a 640ml (~22 ounces) from 7-11. That'll be enough to get you feeling pretty good. It's potent stuff.

One of the side benefits of the beer is a very cool label featuring two elephants on an oval label. Chang means Elephant in Thai.

The beer does not have a particularly interesting taste, but is not bad at all. Pretty damned good when ice cold on a hot day. It is quite drinkable in any situation, though.

As previously stated, the main benefits of this beer are price and alcohol content. Deffinitely give it a try when in Thailand, but don't be bothered to pay the export import price unless you're looking for an exotic change from your regular Mickey's.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 02:17:07 | More by blurredphoto
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United Kingdom (England)

2.03/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Used to be 6.4%, but it seems dumbed down now to 5.0%, and I hope it wouldn't taste so thick and sugary as before?
The BB date is 13 Jul. 06.

Very pale straw hued, with a short-lived white beer head and a moderately carbonated body. The nose is pretty modest, if anything, with some malts and corn-like grainy smell, very faint trace of lemony hops. The palate is the same, sharply gassy upfront, then thin-bodied flavour of some sweet grains and sugars, but turning more and more watery as it goes... almost like a lemonade without the lemony edge!!! Finished with less sugary touch than its previous version (6.4%) but still a bit sticky on the palate. Overall, it has all the cheap and overly light texture I haven't confronted for a long long time, and even its predecessor tastes better than this one. One of the worst beers I've had, and not as a result of mis-handling or any "excusable" factors I believe. Not recommended at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2005 18:00:57 | More by wl0307
Photo of Gusler


2.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The pour clear light golden amber color, the head adequate as is the lace, both bright white in color, malt nose, somewhat crisp and fresh. Start malt, the top cadaverous, finish bitingly acidic, the hops pertinent to the style, dry lingering aftertaste, beats "Water", but just barely.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2002 11:29:23 | More by Gusler
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Chang Beer (Export) from Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.)
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