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

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BA SCORE
63
poor

416 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 2.6
pDev: 23.85%
Wants: 3
Gots: 29 | 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 Mora2000
2.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours a basic light, clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of corn and grain with nothing else going on. The flavor is more of the same. Other than the grain, I get a little bit of grass but that is it. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Outside of the fact the beer was not skunked - as I expected it to be - I don't have anything else nice to say.

Mora2000, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Fizzy yellow beer. Almost nothing in the aroma. Cooked vegetal aroma.

Taste is clean, refreshing in hot weather, but lacks a substantive flavor component. Rice and corn. Could see this being worthy with some spicy food. A minor degree of hops and bitterness is ascertainable, but far from making a legitimate impact, and only noticeable because of the extreme lack of malt content. Carbonated for sure.

More expensive than BMC, but the quality is in line with them.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
2.25/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A clear golden colored beer is covered by a medium sized white head that dies into a very small lacing.

A very light bready malt and sour hops mixed aroma

There's a thin watery feel to this beer as you drink which made me think that it tastes like watered down Budweiser, and after a few more drinks I do believe that is what this beer is.

A very light dryish aftertaste, a very forgettable beer.

LXIXME, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of Cylinsier
2.85/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz.

Pours a medium clear gold color, sudsy white head is minimal.

Smells of rice/corn adjuncts and malted barley.

Tastes light and sweet, almost tart. No bitterness, mostly fresh sweet malt.

Feels medium to thin with bubbly carbonation.

Not really good but not really bad either, just a middle of the road straightforward lager, a half step above the average American macro probably for not other reason than novelty. But with some spicy thai food, it really hits the spot. Nothing to drink just for drinking it, but it complements food well enough to be passable.

Cylinsier, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of Justin23060
2.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not much of a head that was gone before I even sat down. Slighty cloudy straw color. Smells mostly of cereal/corn w/ some grass. Taste is typical island lager style. Refreshing in a lawn mowing beer kinda way. At least its not crossing that sickning sweet threshold and does taste pretty fresh. Watery and lacking in the carbination department. Thinking this would probably be great at taming a spicy plate of pad kee mao (Thai Drunken Noodle). I will probably seek it out next time I go to a Thai restaurant, but probably won't have it again at home.

Justin23060, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
2.65/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle, solid Thai elephant imagery themed label, a pleasant enough find on my brief stopover at Bottlescrew Bill's in downtown Cowtown.

This beer pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of foamy, and weakly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some sparse remote islet lace around the glass upon its relatively slow demise.

It smells of heady bready cereal grain, a bit of stale lemon, over-cooked veggies, and a slight nail-polish ready booziness. The taste is more overly sweet breakfast cereal graininess, further doughy, buttery, er 'malt' essences, a reduced acrid vegetal character, a weird underripe banana fruitiness, and earthy, somewhat tangy (in a less than optimal way) grassy hops.

The carbonation is a bit on the high side at first, but settles to an agreeable enough frothiness for the most part, the body medium-light in weight, and kind of cloying, in its wan attempt at generic smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with a zingy leafy, and slightly off-putting warming grainy character.

Like its fellow compatriot's offering around here, this comes off better than expected. Even though I wasn't having Thai food when I had it, and thus I can't do the usual ethnic "x food with x beverage" comparison, it still went down easily, I suppose, and was agreeable enough for this typically all-too underwhelming style.

biboergosum, May 07, 2011
Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Single bottle from a Thai restaurant in Gold Coast, Qld. Paired with some excellent green curry.

Poured into a schooner glass. Pale golden, a mild white head, decent lacing. Not bad.

Nose is mild, but nevertheless is quite pleasant - mild floral hops, honey, pale lager malt, perhaps a bit of rice or other extract.

Smooth, with a pleasant if uninspired flavor. Tastes like a better-than-average Asian lager (compare with Tiger, Zhujiang, etc.), and provided some quality palette-cleansing with dinner.

Watery, decent carbonation.

An innofensive, decent-tasting macro lager that did its job well. As far as being a 'country-ticker' brew, this one is certainly better than most. Sometimes, all you need is a pale lager.

JohnnyBarman, May 07, 2011
Photo of jjanega08
3.85/5  rDev +48.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best Before 21 JUN11
21JUN10 14:47

A= The pour is a flat looking golden color. The bottle is really heavy. Not expected and doesn't really matter much just thought I would mention it. The head is pretty much non existant and is just a few whispy white marks on the top of the beer. I would say this beer looks pretty flat by the head but looking into the translucent beer I can see bubbles rising to the top.

S= Smells like honey water sort of. No hop presence at all and the typical "beer" smell is present but the dominate nose is honey sweetness. Interesting.

T= The taste is very similar to the smell. A bit more of the classic grainy "beer" taste then the smell but still very sweet in a honey way.

D= Pretty nice carbonation actually. I'm not too sure what the deal is with the head on it. Or lack of head I guess.

O= Not a bad beer. It sort of tastes like Grain Belt Premium a bit but more expensive and not as local to me...

jjanega08, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of Floyd12
2.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A- Pours a golden grainy color wih a one finger head that quickly dissipates to a ring, as does any temporary lacing left on the glass. Fairly clear.

S- A sweet malty and grassy beer. Crisp with some light floral/fruity undertones.

T- Very much the same. The beer is non offensive but it is far from special. Apparently it uses rice similar to Budweiswer, which gives it a taste akin to the "king" of beers.

M- A light bodied beer with medium carbonation and a slight watery feel to it. Its crisp. It has a bite that makes you think it will finnish dry but it turns wattery.

D- Its a beer. Very much akin to a US macro brew. There is nothing special . It isn't bad, but its far from good.

Floyd12, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
2.8/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a typical clear amber with not much head, but this may have been a result of the way it was poured. Scanty aroma is crisp and malty, not impressive. Flavor is malty and a little fruity, average but still palatable. Texture is smooth and fairly fizzy. Overall, an average beer, but still drinkable. This one is better for a party or as an accompaniment to dinner rather than by itself.

Cyberkedi, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of WhistlingBird
2.25/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up at a local store that was selling single bottles. The bottle caught my attention with the green label and my girlfriends favorite animal the elephant. So I figured why not.

I poured it into a pint glass.. with very little head. The head that is present disapates very quickly. It's very similar in color to a Miller Lite. Didn't get much of an aroma, I found it similar to Iron City or Lone Star. And the taste left something to be desired as well. It felt like I was drinking a domestic light beer, easy to drink, little flavor, little aroma, little mouth feel, little aftertaste.

WhistlingBird, Feb 25, 2011
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
Chang Beer (Export) from Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.)
63 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.