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

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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 2.61
pDev: 23.75%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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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2.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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".

Serving type: bottle

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

New Hampshire

2.83/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.88/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 07:06:26 | More by Mebuzzard
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2.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 17:09:19 | More by morebeergood
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2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 08:30:12 | More by mulder1010
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New York

2.88/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 02:44:50 | More by armock
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2.15/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 05:32:17 | More by sophisticated
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2.28/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 16:50:09 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 00:02:35 | More by Ralphus
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2.53/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 18:52:47 | More by TheMadJack
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2.55/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2009 12:46:45 | More by malmquna
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2.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 23:07:00 | More by HalfFull
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3.23/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz (well, 21.64oz actually) bottle into a pilsner glass. Rated for style.

Liquid is a pale chartreuse with a thin fizzy shock white head of foam with modest, albeit half-hearted retention. Window pane clarity, with a small swarm of bubbles.

Fairly clean grainy aroma, with a gossamer note of hops. Bulk dry white rice. Unsurprisingly, not much else going on.

Palate is suitably bland, with the slightest hint of bitterness. Faint green apple. A little malt intermingling with other grains leads to a slightly dry finish with an aftertaste of grain syrup. Crisp, not terrible when served with spicy food.

A decent example of this ubiquitous, lifeless style.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 03:49:30 | More by augustgarage
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3/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Straw yellow, a couple shades darker than many adjunct lagers, which makes for a little more pleasant appearance. Head forms up into about a half finger of white, but soon recedes to absolutely nothing.

S + T: Corn is definitely a dominant scent, especially husks. On the bright side, it has a fairly 'fresh corn scent' rather than having unpleasant off-notes take from that for what it is. Any presence of barley malts or hops are a bit of an oversight, though. The flavour is similar, mostly corn, with a bit of a smooth maltiness noted. It's somewhat sweet and, like the nose, doesn't have other unpleasant flavours impeding it.

M + D: Sparkling carbonation, and finishes pretty smooth and clean. A great beer, it may not be, but it's not what I would consider a bad beer, either. I could stand sucking back a couple of these on a sunny afternoon without complaint.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 00:54:31 | More by Proteus93
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3.2/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an 8oz. flute glass and served with very spicy thai food.

A-rich pilsner color with thick white head which dissipates quickly. No lacing on the glass

S-Corn and rice presence with a bit of spice and grassy flavor tone but not very prominent.

T- Sweet start and a hint of hops on the finish. Pretty decent beer for spicy foods. Cuts the heat nicely.

M- Thin beer with moderate to heavy carbonation

D- Good pairing for eating spicy thai food. This complimented my extra spicy cashew chicken. I would drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 15:40:04 | More by racer2k
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3/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Had it in a bottle and poured half in a glass. Very light, not much there, little head.

Smell - ok smell, a tinge of sweet, but also smelled a little cardboardy.

Taste - pretty plain. full bodied with a typical euro-lager taste. Tasted better than it's brother from the holeland, maybe dropping the abz to 5% helped the flavor.

Mouthfeel - by itself it's pretty bland, with Thai food it is about the same.

Drinkability - refreshing but nothing special. The packaging is what drew me to this, just an average beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 23:24:42 | More by chickencoop
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2.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Modest head that leaves some spotty lace; Gold color and crystal clear.

The smell is that of spent grains from a homebrew. I cannot detect any real hop.

Not as thin as a typical American macro, but the rest is pure mass-produced grainy wanna-be pilsner. Again, no real hop to be found in the taste. And the aftertaste dies immediately after the swallow. Still, I'd say this is better than most factory beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 19:06:05 | More by smcolw
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3.35/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow pour with a thin, creamy, short lived head. Smells of pale malt and some floral hops. Not too bad. Flavor profile is fairly close to a Euro pale lager (Thai-neken?). As far as beers that you can get in Thai restaurant, this is one of the better ones. Did a fair job at cooling down the food I was eating. Reading some of these reviews other people seem to have had a different experience. I dunno, maybe I was in a good mood.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 21:53:53 | More by drunkboxer1
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2.95/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A- Pours golden pilsner color. Big off white head that finally goes away after a couple of minutes. Lacing didn't stick to the glass but kind of just slid down.

S- This smells like the corn/rice adjunct lagers for sure. Some earthly tones to it as well almost grassy and something else I can't put my finger on.

T- Once again this is a typical adjunct lager taste to it. There is a very slight hop to it at the end which I found to be enjoyable for what it was. Sweet at the start and slight bitterness at the end. Not a bad beer for what it is.

M- Very carbinated. Good light mouthfeel. It seems to run and fizz over the palate which I wasn't the biggest fan of.

D- All in all this isn't a bad beer. Not my first choice of course but to be honest not my worst. I have tasted micros that I would put below this in terms of taste. Doesn't mean I'll be buying it anytime soon though.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 03:47:06 | More by alleykatking
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1.73/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A = 1.5 I was almost startled by the size of the bubbles in this beer. They looked like literal dishwashing soap suds. The head faded quickly to a sustained bubbling consistant with any other mass produced carbonated beverage. No lacing whatsoever was left in the glass
S = 2.0 Corn overtones. Some smell of sweet-like hops. Slightly skunky

T = 2.0 Another brew that tastes like it smells. Corn and grains, alcohol undertones, no hops whatsoever. Not even a hint of bitterness. The sweetness and skunkiness is a bit overpowering for my taste

M = 1.5 I hate to make the comparison, but Dr. Pepper soda has a higher quality mouthfeel than this. Barely any bubbles make it to my tongue. By the time my swallow is half finished, there is not a hint of carbonation.

D = 2.0 I'd stay away from this. I would only accept one if it was purchased for me AND if I were in company where refusing to drink it would be an insult. Beyond that, I wouldn't even get intentionally drunk off this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 03:12:43 | More by Bigfatbino
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4.38/5  rDev +67.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Solid, pils style. Served from a bottle. I had this right after a PU and this showed much better- lighter on the hops, but with a perfect malt balance. It actually reminds a bit of the Easter European beers, maybe just a touch less body. I would love love to serve this in a blind tasting, I have a feeling it would fool plenty a beer geek.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 01:03:31 | More by Madrigae
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United Kingdom (England)

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

330ml brown bottle, best before 2nd Sept 09, drank out of a Corsendonk stemmed tulip glass in May 09.

Large white head at first, mid-range lager golden body, head turned into a collar and wispy covering. Some lacing tried to hang onto the glass sides but failed in the end.

Matly aroma as the bottle was opened, then a wet cardboard smell appeared, not nice smelling at all.

Thought the malt from the intitial aroma might be found in the taste, but it wasn't. A standard lager feel and taste. Pleasant enough and ideal for replenishing fluids after a day in the garden, like I did today.

Typical lager, no great depth or power and a dry aftertaste left in the mouth ruined the tasting for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 19:51:34 | More by BlackHaddock
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3.75/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear yellow colored beer with a small white head that disappears. Looks like Budweiser in the glass, maybe a shade darker.

Smells of grain and grass with a hay and lemon hop scent. Has the sweet and woody scent that many Asian lagers have.

Starts out sweet and grassy with a decent bitterness and high carbonation level. Grassy, woody, bitter aftertaste. Good balance between the sweet and hop levels giving a sweet taste upfront and a dry grassy finish.

Mouthfeel is light.

Tasty beer much to my surprise. I really expected a forgettable Budweiser clone but this isn't one. Sweet like Asian lagers tend to be this one has the hops to make it all balance out and your taste buds sing.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 23:52:25 | More by Zorro
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2.05/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I don't mind trying imports so I picked up a bottle of this.

Pours a mild gold color with a two-finger head into my glass. Carbonation seems a bit brisk.

Aroma is full of sweet malt and corn in the nose. Only a dash of hop bitterness is present.

Taste is light, bland and has both sweetness and bitterness in the middle.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery with lingering sweetness and corn. More of the typical, unimpressive macro lager.

You can still drink it but it won't knock your socks off. It's what it is.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 22:32:25 | More by Brad007
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New York

2.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color with tiny head and lace.

The aroma was of corn,light malt and subtle hops.

The taste is basic corn,malts,and some mild fruit hints.

The feel was high carbonation and a very light body.

Notes: I had this with Thai food and while it was not a great or even a good beer,it was decent enough and complimented the food just fine. There are better beers for spicy food,but this did well.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 03:32:23 | More by Lexluthor33
Chang Beer (Export) from Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.)
62 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.