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

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BA SCORE
62
poor

384 Ratings
THE BROS
55
awful

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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 2.61
pDev: 24.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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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Rayek

Colorado

2.88/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

04-18-2010 00:33:25 | More by Rayek
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Jayli

Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

04-15-2010 14:27:42 | More by Jayli
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thekanna

Maryland

2.6/5  rDev -0.4%

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.

04-13-2010 07:02:16 | More by thekanna
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

2.95/5  rDev +13%

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.

03-25-2010 01:53:03 | More by BEERchitect
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tubacharlie

Michigan

2.05/5  rDev -21.5%

No discernible aroma. Clean and clear as the Cosmos, a light straw yellow color with a white head that is thin and quickly dissipates.

Well carbonated in the mouth though, with a slight hop bitterness and very watery, pale malt flavor.

If this is truly "Thailand's number 1 beer", and "premium quality" as it says on the label, I can only hope there is a lot of good rice wine and sake to drink in Thailand.

Not something I would offer to anyone else without a disclaimer.

03-19-2010 03:59:59 | More by tubacharlie
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beertunes

Washington

2.78/5  rDev +6.5%

Well, except for the fact that this brew is from Thailand, it's an average example of this style. Appearance wise, this is your typical Fizzy Yellow Beer (to steal a phrase from some Arrogant SoCal brewers), a clear yellow with a thin white head that had no retention or lacing.

A very neutral aroma, does have a slightly sweet corn/rice scent. The flavor would have been called average except for it's lack of flavor.

Mouthfeel is typical for this style, thin, smooth and whispery. Drinkability is, well, um drinkable? It certainly goes down smooth and you could drink them all day long, but why? Overall, this is no worse than the major American examples of the style, so if that's what you're in the mood for, why not give this brew a shot?

02-14-2010 20:15:26 | More by beertunes
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popery

California

1.98/5  rDev -24.1%

Bleh. This is just another crappy macro lager. It's sweet and vegetal. There's a sickly sourness in the aroma that is off-putting. The head fades almost immediately and a pale golden glass, perfectly calm, is not terribly appetizing. The flavor lacks for hops and the malt tastes cheap and adjuncty. This beer must sell solely on the strength of its country of origin. This was a disappointment even as a curiosity.

02-04-2010 05:58:45 | More by popery
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Drew966

Florida

2.6/5  rDev -0.4%

Chang Beer pours a light yellow with a white head from a green 11.15 ounce bottle. The aroma is grainy, maybe a little grassy. I might taste a little bit of malt in the flavor, but otherwise it's just grainy. Light, easy to drink, but has a bit of an off flavor I can't put my finger on.

01-30-2010 03:00:54 | More by Drew966
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becktone

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev +18.8%

From notes 12-16-09

Eye: Fizzy yellow beer, looks lively but can't hold a head, formation of head is poor too. Definitely would be better with a head on it. Extremely clear and straw gold in color.

Nose: Very little here. Some sweet malt. Can't get any hops here. Still not bad, nothing repulsive. Good, but not great. Average, but better than most.

Tongue: Pretty much the same as the nose, some sweetness, nothing special. Maybe some noble type hops to balance it out. Nothing special, and nothing damning either.

Feel and Drinkability: Finish is semi-dry. Feel is light and spritzy. This is one that I'll drink but not necessarily enjoy but I'll not hate it either. Its not bad but its not great either. Is it worth the money, no. Glad to have tried it though. Beers like this shouldn't be as expensive as they are.

01-24-2010 21:39:18 | More by becktone
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ggoldman

Texas

2.45/5  rDev -6.1%

A: Golden, thin head, carbonation lasted, dull
S: grassy
T: grassy almost a rice like taste, seemed to be a good balance, it was good with the meal; pad-thai
M: Light, thin, watery, maybe a little over-carbonated
D: east to drink, fair impression, not bad; but, would not drink another

01-23-2010 19:10:26 | More by ggoldman
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tone77

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev +14.2%

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. This is the first time I saw this beer here in the states and it reminded me of some crazy times in Thailand. Pours a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, some malts. Taste is very light, some malts and grains, not a lot going on. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall not as good as I remembered it, Very mediocre.

01-17-2010 17:41:48 | More by tone77
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whtguitarguy

Virginia

2.73/5  rDev +4.6%

Yellow lager with a decent head retention that sort of smells like fermented apples. It actually has the taste to match with a bit of bittersweet undertone. I was surprised at the taste because it was rather pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium, will coat the inside of your mouth, but no unpleasant aftertaste while drinking.

12-26-2009 01:47:49 | More by whtguitarguy
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womencantsail

California

2.73/5  rDev +4.6%

Keeping the "Beers of the World" pack tasting going...

A: The pour is a clear, light golden color without much foam.

S: The smell is very, very light. Almost nothing really tickles the senses, in fact. Just a bit sweet and grainy, to be honest.

T: Just like everything else about this beer, the taste is light as well. A mild sweetness from the grain and corn, and little to no hop character.

M: Very flight and crisp on the tongue.

D: This is probably the lightest, most water-like beer I've had. It would make for a good ball-game or lawn-mowing beer, but that's about it.

12-23-2009 07:36:05 | More by womencantsail
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.7/5  rDev +3.4%

330ml bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before: June 08, 2010.

Appearance: Pours a clear, standard yellow body with a large, suds-tacular, white head.

Smell: A lightly sweetish malt character reaches the nose alongside a herbal, vegetal note with some grainy aspects quickly replacing the sweet hints.

Taste: Lightly sweet-tasting, simple grainy malts in the fore. There's a slight vegetal tone that courses through the brew, but, while not particularly welcome, it is mercifully faint. Incredibly light hop character and bitterness. Crisp, drying finish with that damned vegetal hint sticking around into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Glad to have met it, though this is definitely a one-and-done deal for me. While it is by no means great, Thailand could certainly do much worse for their "Number 1 Beer".

12-15-2009 21:46:59 | More by ChainGangGuy
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

2.83/5  rDev +8.4%

From the 11.15 fl. oz. bottle dated 09SEP09. Sampled on December 4, 2009. It pours yellow-orange with a thin white head and lively carbonation that remains active the entire time. The aroma tends to be a sweet maltiness and bready. The mouthfeel does have a bit of creaminess to it but overall it is rather thin.
Sugary-sweet malts are the chief aroma with a little grassy chaser and almost nothing in the way of hops. But because it is so thin it is easy to chug down. That may not necessarily be a great quality but there you have it.

12-04-2009 23:38:40 | More by puboflyons
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

2.88/5  rDev +10.3%

I almost shunned this beer b/c of my Indian beer experience. I'm not a lager guy, and especially not a S. Asian lager guy. But this one wasn't so bad. A clean, very light golden pour with a billowy head. Not bad, but the retention is. Very thin lacing if any at all.
A slightly skunked smell along with some faint, stale malt. Not pleasant, but I've smelled worse. Taste is suprisingly less skunked and matly. Very light. Some hops comes into play with some faint spice and crispness. As it warms, it becomes a bit stale. Still not bad enough for me to pour out. Not bad...drink cold!

12-04-2009 07:06:26 | More by Mebuzzard
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

2.1/5  rDev -19.5%

Was out last night at a Thai & Vietnamese restaurant and ordered a Chang with my bowl of pho. Poured into a pint glass. No head at all. Orange color. Looked a lot like apple juice. Smell and taste were barely passable as beer. Just bland and no flavor. Had to add a few drops of siracha to my noodle soup to get some kind of flavor to this meal as this beer added nothing. This beer is too much like water; just something to drink along with dinner. Not worth trying.

12-03-2009 17:09:19 | More by morebeergood
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mulder1010

Australia

2/5  rDev -23.4%

Poured into a tulip. Found 2 from a party me and my girlfriend hosted over the weekend.

A-- Poured a yellowish gold. Big fluffy white head that went to 1 finger. A bit of sticky lacing to the glass.

S-- Really watery. A little bit of malt, little bit of hops, little bit of sweetness to this and not much else.

T-- Some carmel malt in this and fairly watery taste.

M-- Want to say like carbonated water but it does have some sweetness and a bit of a bitter aftertaste. Nothing that makes you get up and say give me another there bartender. Bit of a skunky finish in this as well.

D-- If you are in Thailand and it is 95 degrees and 90 percent humidity I can see where this would be worth drinking. I am not and nor would I drink this. ICK. Really bland and fairly flavorless until the skunky bitter taste in the end. No Thanks.

11-30-2009 08:30:12 | More by mulder1010
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armock

New York

2.88/5  rDev +10.3%

I used to drink this each year in Thailand during Cobra Gold when I was in the Marines. While visiting CA I found this and just had to get a bottle.

A - Poured a clear golden color with a white head that fades very quickly

S - Is of sweet grainy malt average to the style

T - Follows the nose for the most part sweet malt taste

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - As far as adjunct lagers go its not a that bad but its not good enough for me to want to drink more than one

11-30-2009 02:44:50 | More by armock
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sophisticated

Michigan

2.15/5  rDev -17.6%

Randomly picked up a 22 oz. bottle of this at Luke's Liquor for $2.99. I believe this is my first beer from Thailand I've tried.

It poured, smelled, and tasted a lot like Bud/Miller/Coors. My friend who does not drink beer said it "smelled like urine." Unfortunately, I could not really disagree. Watery dark yellow, the smell and taste of watery corn/starch was not very pleasant.

Its saving grace (in my opinion) was the sweetness. There was a distinct apple flavor, almost cider-like in nature (but more mild). This helped its flavor and drinkability.

However, I could not recommend this.

11-18-2009 05:32:17 | More by sophisticated
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

2.28/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

11-13-2009 16:50:09 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

2.03/5  rDev -22.2%

I tried a bottle of Chang at a Thai restaurant in DC. The restaurant was top notch, but this beer was so sad I couldn't even finish it.

It poured a very generic looking pilsner style lager. Lightly golden but no head or lacing to speak of. The smell was poor as well.. wet vegetables mixed with a sweetness. And there was more of that sweetness in the taste.. much more. It was overly sweet but did have a slight hop presence towards the end.

Mouthfeel was watery, thin and it did not help the beers drinkability.

10-17-2009 00:02:35 | More by Ralphus
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TheMadJack

California

2.53/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from 640 ml. Bottle into Pilsner glass. Got 2 pours (need smaller bottle or bigger glass ...hmmm ...)

Beer pours a clear, bright golden yellow with one inch of white head that eventually fizzes down to a millimeter film. Lacing is lace-like and quick moving. Active and visible carbonation. Looks crisp and refreshing. Nice presentation overall.

Light maltiness and faint piney hops in the nose. Corn in the background.

Flavor is extremely light. I get a little bit of sweetness and corn, and I think someone walked by the vat with some hops at one point, or perhaps the bottle was shipped next to a hoppier beer. Underwhelming, even for adjunct lager, as it lacks even that "beery" sense that I remember from sipping Dad's beer growing up. There's a corny sourness that lingers at the back of the throat at the finish, not overpowering, but a little distracting.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with surprising weight for a beer so otherwise unnoteworthy. Carbonation is thin and fizzy and fades out, leaving a light, but noticable, silkiness as it's drunk. Definitely the beer's strong suit (next to presentation).

As hinted at in the beginning of this review, I had enough in the bottle for a second serving. Head was non-existant at second pour. Sweetness came through a little more, but the corniness and lingering aftertaste remained, though by this point the aftertaste was less distracting. The beer goes down easy enough, but I'm just not impressed by the flavor. I've had adjunct lagers as session beers before, but I wouldn't count this among them.

10-10-2009 18:52:47 | More by TheMadJack
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malmquna

France

2.55/5  rDev -2.3%

Yellow-gold in color, pours with some head that remains as a thin lace over the liquid for a little while. Smells of processed rice solids, in my estimation. No hops, no yeast to speak of in the aroma.

Fairly full-bodied mouthfeel for such an otherwise light beer. It's almost syrupy. However, the taste is reminiscent of Asain tea containing roasted rice. I would swear there is rice in this, though the label clearly states: water, barley malt, hops. With that, there's just enough hops to move this out of malted barley soup territory.

I have had quite a few of these Chang's before, most often with some sort of Chinese food. I will continue in that vein and otherwise avoid this as an afternoon thirst quencher.

10-03-2009 12:46:45 | More by malmquna
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HalfFull

California

2.58/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured from a 640 ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a medium straw in color with a bit of haze and an inch of soapy white head. Head settles quickly to a surface ring then keeps it there given an abundant level of carbonation. Lacing appears briefly before falling back into the void.

Smell is light with cereal grains and a bit of sweetness that seems a bit syrupy. As the beer opens up the nose gets a bit sour even as it displays some earthy hops mingling with the malt base. Some corn is present but has a creamy richness to it, rather unlike many island lagers in that sense, yet neither positive or negative.

Taste is relatively full and thick yet offers little complexity. The syrupy sense on the nose does materialize as a lingering oily sense on the finish. Feel is decent but the finish becomes cloying as the sweetness lingers and overwhelms, particularly as the carbonation settles down.

Overall an oddly sweet beer that is very one dimensional.

09-21-2009 23:07:00 | More by HalfFull
Chang Beer (Export) from Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.)
62 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.