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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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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.88/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The scene opens in a Thai restaurant, USA, present-day. A MAN and WOMAN are seated; the WAITRESS approaches.

WAITRESS: blah blah blah Pad Se-ew no eggs, beer?

MAN and WOMAN: Lion Stout.

WAITRESS: Sorry, we are out.

MAN: I'll fucking kill you.

WOMAN: Hey! Come on now!

MAN: Okay, I'm sorry, I'll take a Singha, wait, no, Chang...

[FADE]

Scene opens with WAITRESS serving a brew of relative similarity in appearance to BMC lager.

MAN: I guess this tastes alright, I don't know, it has a sort of honey-like sweetness in the nose. It tastes okay, just like a slightly sweet and toasty lager. [to WOMAN] You should try some, it's not bad...

WOMAN (after sip): Uggghh, this stuff is gross. Why do you always do that?

[END]

ktrillionaire, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of esv
2.73/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had it at a Thai restaurant, straight from the bottle. Obviously it was difficult to smell but slightly sweet and a hint of nondescript hops. Some hop flavor and balanced. Light mouthfeel. The food was the focus and the beer complimented it. I wouldn't get it again.

esv, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of TheDeuce
2.63/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Chang Beer....in a bottle...at Dee Thai in Queens New York.

Appearance-straw pale gold in color, a two inch foamy white head rises and sits in my long pint glass. Carbonation mild.

Smell-straw and rice, grainy burned aroma and a touch of alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light mouthfeel, a touch of grain and alcoholic burn, actually a touch of sweetness but then a complete disappearance, finishes clean. Light flavor, light consistency.

Drinkability-very light particularly for this amount of alcohol.

Overall-not too bad and actually goes well with full flavored Thai food, still, judging on its own merits it's an ok adjunct and nothing more.

TheDeuce, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had 12oz bottle at Thai restaurant. Yellowish, straw in color. Noting too intriguing about the color. Yet a small head with a nice small consistent lacing through out the whole beer. A slight sweet soft candy note but with a distinct grain backbone. a little corn. A little sweet . A sweet grainy build to it. Not completely off putting, compared to most "american adjuncts" Light bodied, but not watery. Medium carbonation

CuriousMonk, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Kromes
2.63/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear pale yellow color with a thin, soapy head. No lacing.

S: sweet honey malts and some grainy aromas.

T: More of the same. Some sweet floral honey flavors with a grainy bite to it.

M: fizzy and overcarbonated. Like a beer soda.

D: The taste isn't all that bad, but it is rather grainy like rice. Not good, but not horrible.

Kromes, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of xllfonzollx
3.53/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle serves in a "stella type" glass

A:Yellowish, straw in color. Noting too intriguing about the color. Yet a small head with a nice small consistent lacing through out the whole beer.

S:A slight sweet soft candy note but with a distinct grain backbone. a little corn.

T: A little sweet . A sweet grainy build to it. Not completely off putting, compared to most "american adjuncts"

M:Light bodied, but not watery. Medium carbonation.

D:I would put the drinkability on this medium to high.

I was invited to a Thai place and when I arrived I realized there wasn't anything for me to drink and then after being offered this. I was surprised to say the least. My perspective was that this is gonna be another crappy adjutant lager, well It wasn't. Next time I'm in a Thai place I'll get one of these. It not bad.

xllfonzollx, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of Monkeyknife
3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle a clear light straw color with a thin and quickly-fading white head.

Aroma is sweet and fruity (Juicyfruit gum) along with pilsner-like grain notes.

Sweet and fruity, Juicyfruit, grain, yada yada. The taste matches the aroma except that it is even sweeter. Finishes clean.

Lighter bodied, sticky and dry with a crisp carbonation.

This could work fairly well with a spicy thai meal but as a session brew it's too sweet.

Monkeyknife, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of Beejay
2.98/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Crystal clear, yellow, and fizzy. The was nice and white, but disappeared almost immediately.

S: Some subtle notes of malt and honey, and a good strong rice like aroma. Par for the course.

T: Light, crisp, with some honey like sweetness. It beats some other brews of the style, but is still run of the mill.

M: Light, and fizzy. Finishes clean.

D: One is good for me. It beats out a lot of other macro adjunct lagers in my opinion, but it is not amazing enough to merit anything above average.

Beejay, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of benfons
2.98/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: very pale straw colour, almost no head

S: A sweetness up front, with some grains, not much but nothing disturbing

T: Very faint flavour, grains malts and rice once again not much but nothing disturbing

M/D: a bit thin, almost no carbonation abv fine. Very drinkable though

Fine but not something you do an extra effort for

benfons, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of AgingWarrior
2.63/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was given a bottle by a co-worker. Poured into a standard pint glass, a pale gold color with a little bit of white head. The head disappeared almost immediately and did not provide any lace.

Smells like corn, grain and grass.

Tastes a lot like it smells. Pretty bland, but it was nice and cold and I was warm.

Felt pretty thin and uninspiring.

Not impressed, would not purchase.

AgingWarrior, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of leechungsr
2.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottle poured into tumbler

A: light straw gold with very little head which dissipates quickly.
S: grains on the sweet side. not bad.
T: reminded me of a japanese beer at first, but then has a tiny bit of spice to it. it's not good.
M: just carbonated enough. kinda watery.
D: closer to alcohol water. pretty awful really.

Not worth trying. I will never drink it again.

leechungsr, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of happygnome
2.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

a: pours a pale yellow color with only a trace of head that disappears very quickly
s: sweet sweet corn/rice malts no hint of bitterness to balance the sweetness
t: similar to that smell, overly sweet unenjoyable
m: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation

overall, i always like to try new beer so i enjoyed the opportunity, but i will not be buying this one again

happygnome, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
3.95/5  rDev +51.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle at Thai Awesome into an oddly shaped Chang glass (wider at the bottom than the top, and perhaps 8-10oz capacity). Cheers to proper glassware, even if it's not what I'd expect.

A: Pours a predictably clear, pale straw body with 3 fingers of quite creamy white head. Great retention and some spotty lace. Not quite spectacular, but still attractive for a fizzy yellow beer.

S: Fairly subdued (but by no means unpleasant) aroma of grainy malt and very light, grassy hops. Not much to it, but I didn't expect much.

T: Wow, this is actually pretty good. Moderately sweet malt dominates, and is rounded out by a very crisp, clean hop bitterness. Only a very light amount of sulphurous lager yeast shows up on the tail end, and it just reminds me of a good German pilsner. Quite solid for what it is.

M: Nice medium body with eminently creamy carbonation. Velvety and thoroughly pleasant. The only reason it doesn't get a five is because I think the style should have a slightly thinner body.

D: This one disappeared in no time. There's absolutely nothing offensive, and the malt/hop balances is actually fairly pleasant. I could drink so many of these it's scary.

Notes: What a huge surprise! I ordered this just so I could review a beer from Thailand, and wound up actually enjoying it. Although this is listed as an AAL, the bottle gives an ingredient list that suggests the malt bill is limited to malted barley, and its taste supports the theory that adjuncts are absent. While drinking, I really felt like I was enjoying a very light, smooth German pilsner - not quite as hoppy as I'd like for that style, but many of the same characteristics: clean malt, herbal hops, and light sulphur. I probably won't ever buy this beer by itself, but it will definitely be the only thing I order in Thai restaurants from now on. Waaay better than I remember Singha being the one time I tried it. Underrated.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of metter98
2.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer poured crystal clear light yellow in color with a small white head that quickly faded away. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of grainy malts and corn in the nose.
T: The flavors in this beer aren't very strong, but there are some notes of corn and malty sweetness along with a hint of mild bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, clean and smooth on the palate. There is a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink but nothing really stands out in the smell or taste that would make me want to have another one of these as a standalone beer. I guess it's not a bad accompaniment if you're having spicy Asian cuisine.

metter98, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
2.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 640mL bottle into a pilsner glass. Beating the heat wave with some international adjunct lagers.

Appearance: light medium-gold color with lots of effervescence. Head is a couple fingers of fizzy white foam. Not too bad.

Smell: light, sourish grain with just a hint of skunk. Could be a lot worse.

Taste: well, it's not great. Not much in the way of malt *or* adjunct flavors, this is mostly just grain. Like, this tastes the way a depleted mash grain bed smells. There's also a bit of sourness and something I can only describe as plastic-y. All of that said, the flavor is mild enough that it's not horribly offensive. I'm not saying I love it, but I don't hate it.

Mouthfeel: light, somewhat watery body but a pretty healthy dose of carbonation. For an adjunct lager, I can't ask a whole lot more, at least to reach C+ type territory.

Drinkability: really, the flavor is kind of getting to me on this one. It's very mild unpleasantness is just sort of building, and, though it's not worthy of a drain pour, I might have to suck it down quick to get it over with.

flagmantho, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of mralphabet
2.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Straw yellow in color, about a fingers worth of head that settles to nothing. No lacing at all.... no carbonation that I can see... Plain, nothing to see here.

S: Smells a little better than is looks.. Sweet malt with of touch of hops... Maybe just a little grain.

T: Just like the smell here.... sweet malt, touch of grainy hops, kind of watered down. Not much in the aftertaste, clean flat finish. (Some of this score might be coming from the fact it is 100 degrees here today)

M: Water.... no carbonation to really speak of, just kind of flat and unimpressive.

D: Low ABV so you can drink a few of these, but there really is not a lot here to hang your hat on.

Not a must have....

mralphabet, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.53/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Not that bad Adjunct Lager (if it's possible) however, the smell and taste of cereals (mainly rice) is a bit too strong and comrpomises its dinkability.

A: Clear golden color with a small head which dissipates quickly leaving few lacings
S: Strong smell of grains, mainly rice and perhaps corn, I guess. Not an usual taste for a beer (even a Adjunct Lager)
T: As the smell. Strong taste of adjunct grains. Light hoppy bitter end (a little bit more hops could help)
M: Very light body and medium to high carbonation
D: No impressive. The extreme taste of adjunct cereals does not help too much here...

eduardolinhalis, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of dpodratsky3
2.65/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Straw gold and clear with no head, it fizzes up a little and then its gone

S: Sweet grains, no unlike heineken, but that's all

T: Taste starts with some grain but actually turns kind of strangely tart, the flavor of the beer itself is pretty thin

M: Not super carbonated, but enough to make it light

D: Not bad, but there's not much to drink flavor wise

Notes: Not even a decent beer. If you're one of those people who want to drink one while you eat at a Thai restaurant, don't. It's not even worth a try. Just a foreign take on this style.

dpodratsky3, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of crossovert
1.75/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

11.2 oz gold foiled bottle. I bought this for the cool cap, not looking forward to drinking it.

It pours urine-gold with a fizzy, quick-lived, white head.

Smell is roasted corn with a pinch of hops.

The taste is very light with some offensive grain and tanginess.

The Thai have some problems with making beer from my experiences.

crossovert, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
2.9/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330 ml bottle, best before July 14, 2010. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear straw gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. Aroma is sweet malt and grain/adjuncts, not much else. Taste is the same as the aroma, it's all malt/grain/adjuncts. However, there aren't any offensive aromas/flavors at all. Mouthfeel/body is light, and also crisp. Drinkability isn't awful, it's not exactly enjoyable to drink but it's not bad to drink either. For the style, it's a decent enough brew. I've certainly had worse!

bluejacket74, May 09, 2010
Photo of TrippnFiasco
2.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Minimal head dissipated almost immediately, no lacing. Light golden color.

S: Incredibly disappointing, maybe a slight hint of corn(?), small hint of malt but very hard to smell

T: Very light flavor, mix of grainy/breadiness, finishes with a maltiness. Not much else going on.

M: Light, thin, borders on excessive carbonation that might be compensating for lack of flavor (also covers it up a bit).

D: I could have several of these fairly quickly on a hot day, but not worth it for the money.

TrippnFiasco, May 02, 2010
Photo of Rayek
2.88/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint glass. My bottle has a best by date of 7/29/10 and a bottling date of 7/29/09, so it's about eight and half months old.

A: Brilliant pale gold, with great clarity and active carbonation. A generous soapy white cap starts strong, but quickly runs away to a ring at the edge of the glass. Leaves zero lace.

S: Not much is happening in the nose. Straw, white rice and that's pretty much it. Perhaps the slightest bit of lemon, but I think my mind is starting to make things up.

T: Very light and completely inoffensive. I want there to be flavor, but I'm getting hardly anything. The carbonation is giving me a tingle and that's pretty much it. As the beer starts warming, white rice flavors begin to sneak through. Sweet/bitter balance is spot on, but empty on the palate. Gets a little metallic in the finish before going completely clean.

M: The body is soda-pop syrupy, but has a nice level of carbonation.

D: Well, this beer is certainly light and easy to down; pretty much like any passable beer of its type. It has no offensive flavors, which is a plus. But I really wish it had something going on to peak my interest. Alas, it doesn't. It's basically Thailand's Budweiser.

Rayek, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of Jayli
2.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Consumed 4/13 at Pho & Thai in Belmont, MA

A: This beer pours a clear straw color with a two finger of white sudy head. Head recedes rapidly and leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is semi sweet malts, adjuncts, and corn.

T: Taste starts with a bready/yeasty flavoring before moving quickly in to a corn and grain flavoring. Finish has a bit of a sweet malt hint.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, crisp body with a dry finish to it.

D: Not very tasty, although goes down easily - on it's own, I didn't care for this beer. Once the food started rolling, it did pair nicely with the Thai food that I was consuming.

Jayli, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of thekanna
2.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow with thin, white head that flees the beer like a startled mouse.

S: Not much aroma... generally clean, some faint malts.

T/M: Largely thin and watery, some adjunct malts and a slight hop bite. Nothing special. A bit over-carbonated to compensate.

D: Good for cooling off all the spicy thai food I was eating, but not much else.

thekanna, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The lable boasts winning the 2008 Gold Award for the Monde Selection. hmmm?

The pour brings a standard 'premium' appearance of medium straw color, fair head formation of white foam, light on lacing and retention. Looks like any other domestic beer, really.

Smells like it too. A crisp pilsner aroma seems to be part from grain husk, part from actual malt. Light floral hops help but I wanted more hop aroma.

Flavor are much the same- part malt and part grain. Crisp and bready, the beer seems fresh with no signs of oxidation or staling. Hop flavor is nice but timid. Bitterness balances the beer but does little else. Sulfur flavors and mineral taste hurt the finish as the alcohols take on an acetone flavor.

Body is light but crisp. If the balance of the beer tilted a bit more toward the malt and away from the grain, the beer might compare favorable to Bitburger and Warsteiner. The harsh elements in the finish have the last impression on the beer and keeps it from better drinkability.

This is basically the beer I expected from Thailand. Simple, light, and quite banal. It's not good beer, it's not bad beer, it's just beer. Kinda like Budweizer, Coors, or High Life.

BEERchitect, Mar 25, 2010
Chang Beer (Export) from Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.)
62 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.