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

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Chang Beer (Export)Chang Beer (Export)

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450 Ratings

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Ratings: 450
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 2.59
pDev: 23.55%
Wants: 4
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gusler on 12-20-2002

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3.5/5  rDev +35.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -3.5%

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2/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of musicman575
2.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I drank it at the local Thai restaurant. I had it a couple years ago when I went to Thailand and it was horrid. I'm pretty sure the few cans I bought were several years expired. Tried it again tonight and at least it was fresh.

Pale, clear straw color with hardly any head.

Hardly any smell, but it was light and flowery with a bit of malt and lager yeast.

Pretty flavorless beer, but did good to settle the spicy eggplant I devoured. Tasted like all of the above smells with a wimpy hop finish. Overall unimpressive, but not a terrible beer.

Could've used a lot more body and carbonation.

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2.5/5  rDev -3.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -3.5%

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2/5  rDev -22.8%

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2/5  rDev -22.8%

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2/5  rDev -22.8%

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2.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden copper with 1" of loose, foamy, white head that fades quickly. The nose is grainy and grassy. It tastes sweet and grainy with hints of apples and euro pale lager-esque yeastiness. The mouthfeel is very light, a little heavily carbonated, but smooth.

There is very little of interest here. This lands somewhere between an american adjunct and a euro pale. It's weak, subdued, but in the end very drinkable.

Photo of krazyboi
2.92/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12. oz can into regular glass cup.

A: Very little head formed and recedes very quickly leaving little to no lacing. Light yellow golden color.

S: Honey, grains, very silght citrus hops, yeast.

T: Pineappley, malty, biscuity, yeasty, slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: High carbonation that stings nicely, light.

D: This is a decent beer for the price. Probably one of the better brews that's brewed in Thailand. Hard to choose between this and Chang Extra. This one is more expensive, a bit more refined in flavor, but has lower alcohol content than the Chang Extra(6.5%). Try it and see for yourself!

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3/5  rDev +15.8%

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4/5  rDev +54.4%

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2/5  rDev -22.8%

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2/5  rDev -22.8%

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2/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.94/5  rDev +90.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.15oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottom of back label stamped BEST BEFORE 032812.

Appearance - Clear super pale straw body. Big loose rocky white head with decent to low stick and decent retention.

Sound - Sounds like Rice Crispies. For real. Had to add this category just this once, for this beer.

Smell - Smells strongly of honey. Also some faint corn undertones.

Taste - Smooth. Honey. Malty. Sweet. Balanced. No off characters. Very light.

Mouthfeel - Light. Extremely clean. No off characters whatsoever.

Overall Drinkability - -Possibly the best American Adjunct Lager I've ever had, and it's not even made in America! Keep in mind I'm rating in style here. Absolutely great in style. I'd almost dare to say I hate AAL's, but I actually really like this beer. The delicateness and balance of the flavors reminds me of the Westvleteren Blonde. I don't make these comments lightly.

Photo of Jimmys
3.56/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: clear. pale yellow. very pale. head is white and bright and doesnt have a lot to work with. however does leave a rim of head and some lacing.

S: grain and a lot of sweet corn. a little buttery. has an aroma, but wayyyy too much sweetness.

T: similar to the nose, but a little less sweet. corny. some bitterness is actually in there, but not really hoppy? finish is dry and crisp.

M: average carbonation on a light body.

D: easy drinking, poundable brew. say what you want, but for an adjunct lager, this isnt that bad. any bits of flavor are a good thing.

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2.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pale yellow w/white head, no retention.

S-Grass and floral hops, very faint pale malt.

T-Faint malt with light corny DMS flavor that becomes more apparent w/each sip.

M-Light body and carbonation, slightly sweet corny flavor throws off balance, which is delicate due to an overall lack of much taste.

O-Best served on a hot sunny day in Thailand, otherwise better off with something else.

Photo of hustlesworth
2.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A- clear golden with a dense creamy topped white head. much better looking than other adjunct lagers and euro pales. actually there's a slight haze to the brew. foam retention is pretty good but only leaves some minor spotty lacing.

S- i can smell the yeast in this one. mild lemon and coriander notes sneak around with a cookie sweetness and grass. a good swirl releases a bright flash of hops, but i wouldn't go so far as to call the aroma hoppy.

T- cardboardy pale malt and lemony grassy hops are the main flavor components here. there's some sweetness and a very light bitterness in the finish but overall seems watered down which of course, this style of beer usually does.

MF- totally undercarbonated, the bubbles are almost nitro-soft and that doesn't work well. without scrubbing bubbles, chang has a rubbery vinyl feel.

D- would be much better with more carbonation. by the way this beer looked initially, i expected something better and closer to a pils. as far as asian pale lagers, i'll go with a rice lager like sapporo before chang.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
2.03/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this on a whim. I've wanted to try Thai beer for a long time, but have never gotten around to it.

Vigorous pour out of an enormous brown bottle while watching BBC America on a wednesday night and eating some quesadillas yields a uriney-straw color with a white head made up of large white bubbles that recedes to nothing and leaves zero lacing.

Bits of wet grass and a hint of grains on the nose. That's it.

Really truly hardly any taste. Does it taste bad? No, but there's just zero taste there AT ALL. I started eating some string cheese (yea, I'm a high roller) with the beer, and that didn't really get me any where.

I still don't care for the mouthfeel category. What did it feel like in my mouth? Bubbly water? It was carbonated appropriately for the style. What else can I say?

Overall this is an incredibly accurate representation of the AAL category--bland and uninspiring. Will not be drinking again.

Photo of chinchill
2.68/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of flyingpig
3.06/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear straw with large foamy head that sinks to a finger sized white one.

Yeasty & skunky with some grain & citrus hops. Averager, not much of note in the aroma.

Sweet with the flavour being made up of mostly corn & other adjuncts. A grassy hops taste & a bit of honey.

Really thin bodied & very smooth, almost watery. The carbonation is quite high as well but overall it's not bad on the palate & it is easy enough to drink.

An excellent session beer. Not as good as the domestic version but a solid beer none the less.

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2.77/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: gold straw color with absolutely no head poured on a hard pour.
S: light lager yeast and slight biscuit but really lacks depth.
T: has the typical American macro lager taste much like a Budweiser. Overall average for the style.
M/D: light and watery just like a macrolager. Of course it's drinkable but really good for parties.

Chang Beer (Export) from Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.)
62 out of 100 based on 450 ratings.