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

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65
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196 Reviews
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Reviews: 196
Hads: 491
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 22.22%
Wants: 6
Gots: 64 | FT: 1
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Thailand

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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Photo of andrenaline
2.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a pale straw colour, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Bready grass notes and hints of toasted biscuit on the finish.

T - A mild flavor dominated by bready malts, grassy notes, sugary sweet corn and a wheat finish.

M - Medium, smooth and wet.

O - A tasty brew, but nothing memorable. It paired well with my pad Thai, but I would prefer a lot of more flavorful beers to pair with my Thai dish. (431 characters)

Photo of zeff80
2.91/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - This didn't look appealing. Very clear, straw yellow with a tiny, bubbly white head that didn't last longer than the blink of an eye.

S - Not skunky despite the green bottle. Grassy with subtle notes of caramel.

T - Much like the smell. Sweet caramel with light grassy hop bitterness.

M - It was a little thin but had a smooth finish. A light bodied lager.

O - No, this wasn't great. It was an add-in on a mixed sixer. Better than a lot of other green bottle imports of this style. (489 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

you know, for the asian mass beers, i kind of like this one. especially decent with authentic thai food, as was the case last night at bangkok cafe on the corner of hampden and downing. poured into a frosted metal mug, a good head rose up. smell was off, extracty and chemical, but not offensively so, just not maybe as fresh as it could be. flavor really isnt bad, middle of the road malt profile with just a touch of pseudo-hop bitterness to crisp things up in the finish. feel isnt bad either, very light body and good carbonation. kind of stits in the belly weird, and could be filling despite its lightness. i remember running amok on these during songkran on the streets of bangkok, its a good party beer. (711 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
2.68/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall white head that reduces to a thin small patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is on the lighter side and slightly one dimensional - with that dimension being the malts. I can definitely smell some malts and lots of adjunct malts with the corn being the heaviest of the aromas. There is something lightly floral in the aroma as well.

T: Like the smell, the flavor of this beer is on the lighter side and slightly one dimensional. The beer is sweet but very malty - with much of the malty flavor being contributed from the adjunct malts and more specifically the corn.

M: Light bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. On the slightly thin/watery side but fizzy.

O: Not a bad beer, a little light on the flavor and aroma but definitely easy to drink and sessionable. Obviously this would pair well with spicy food due to the sweetness. Something I would likely order again when out for Thai food as most of the Thai restaurants in the area stock Thai beers and this one is a little bit superior to some of the others. (1,229 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.46/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served from the bottle into a 14 ounce Weizen glass at Bamboo Bernie’s in Maho, St. Maarten. It shown the color of toasted straw, and held a two finger head of creamy white bubbles. This retained decently, leaving a ring of bubbles around the glass for the remainder of the tasting. Lacing was spotty and minimal. There was a permeable haze throughout the liquid, and average carbonation. The nose was adjuncty with barley and rice grain. There was a faint toast, and some white sugar sweetness. As we sipped, the flavoring opened up with your basic adjuncty grain. This flowed with flour and powdered apples. There was fruity sweetness, and a light soury twang, but these did little to crack through the grain. The flavor both smoothed and evened out through the middle, with cleaner grain, and a lemony freshness. This vibe remained through to the finish, where more of the same washed the palate. There was a final creaminess of softer wheat and rice. The aftertaste breathed of grain, a dry grassiness, minerals, and flour. The body was medium and the carbonation was medium. The mouth was coated and wet, with nice slurp and pop to finish each sip. Ultimately there was a slight puckering dryness, but it was pleasant. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily for the style.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about the brew was how it evened out through the flavoring, and how nicely it finished. For the style it was nicely balanced, and not overly sour or biting with the adjuncts and mineral bitters. There was a creamy pop and good look to it as well, making for a decent beer to go with some cheap Chinese food or sushi. (1,653 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.61/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks OK in the glass with a nice foam on the pale lemon color. Where does this sweet cardboard flavor come from? Certainly beer-like, but that flat, sweet taste is not what I hope for. Hard to get the taste out of your mouth. Some hops in the mix, but everything is dulled and beat down. A slight nose of cereal. Metallic aftertaste.

This was the one unusual beer in a crappy liquor store in Palm Springs, Calif. (414 characters)

Photo of EmperorBevis
2.32/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well the Thai people must be amongst the most generous in the world because the bottle says a pint and my handled mug says there is at least 1 1/4 pints in that there bottle.

I'll be brutally honest here I am not a huge lager fan so with the pale yellow body and absolutely no head it looks like someone has already drank this and.. well you get the idea

very malty aroma with subtle floral notes probably the best thing about this beer.

I don't like the taste, too malty, too dry not enough hops not enough bitter tastes leaving the moth with almost a saccharin after taste.

Very watery mouthfeel and overly fizzy

I suppose it wouldn't harm too much to give it a try in a Thai restaurant but otherwise give a wide birth. (726 characters)

Photo of JohnBeerRun
3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this beer one night eating out at a Thai restaurant. The waiter insisted that I try it. The color was a dark yellow color with a thin head. The smell was kind of skunky with a normal domestic smell mixed in. As for the taste, it's what I was expecting from an Asian beer, dry and bitter. (295 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
2.58/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Out of a bottle this Thai beer was a clear, golden color with one finger of white head. The retention of the cap was average and it left scattered lacing. The aroma was of adjunct grains especially corn along with some light sweet malt. The flavors were similar dominated by the corny grain with some hints of sweet malt, bread and grassy hops behind that. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium/light and the carbonation appropriate. Passable, but little more than that. (475 characters)

Photo of t420o
2.48/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Chang beer

A- pour produces a half finger white fizzy head that recedes quick leaving no lacing. Beer is straw colored 2.5 

S- adjunct lager and a sweet almost perfume type smell. Almost smells like that rubber thing they put over your nose when they put you  sleep with gas. Interesting 2 

T- euro lager Taste without a metallic
Twang a lot of them have. Sweeter than most American adjuncts. Decent 2.5

M- pretty good mouthfeel. Good carbonation 3.5

O- I'd have it again but only if my choices were very limited 2.5

d+ (530 characters)

Photo of musicman575
2.67/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of tdm168
2.54/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of krazyboi
2.92/5  rDev +8.1%
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! (615 characters)

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.94/5  rDev +83%
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. (900 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.56/5  rDev +31.9%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.33/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of hustlesworth
2.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (1,054 characters)

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
2.03/5  rDev -24.8%
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. (919 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.68/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,066 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.06/5  rDev +13.3%
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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Photo of Kemmerlin
2.77/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.53/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours straw-colored with a rather large quickly sinking white head that leaves decent lacings.

S: Mild smell, typical of the style. Light sweet malt and corn with faint hops in the back.

T: Sweet malt, not that corny. Kind of flowery and candy-like.

M: Light body, strong carbonation and short aftertaste. Creamy smooth.

O: A rather nice Adjunct Lager, not too watery. (376 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
2.69/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Served cold in a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Very light golden body with a large white head that disappears pretty quickly and leaves a little lace.

Smell: Not much in the way of smell, but far less offensive than most lagers I have had recently. Light sweet adjuncty aroma and a touch of grassy hops.

Taste: As with the smell, very bland but not offensive in any way. Pretty sweet, light grain and some hops to finish (grassy flavour but without much bitterness).

Mouthfeel: Light body with decent carbonation - not exponentially over carbonated like most lagers.

Overall: I am surprised, one of the few lagers I have had in recent months that I didn't struggle to finish. I could drink this with a good curry and be quite happy. (762 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.17/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A light golden yellow color with a modest white ring on top and fair lacing on the chilled pilsner glass. The aroma is firm wheat and rice/corn sort of breadiness. The flavor follows suit with grainy goodness in a medium light bodied brew with plenty of light but lively carbonation for a refreshing feel. There is an interesting grape idea mixed in but basically this is just another international generic “beer” that is plenty drinkable and goes good with food. Feel free to have one but I doubt you’ll be motivated to stock up. (536 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
2.74/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale yellow with a decent foamy white head. Good clarity, no lace.

Sweet grass, some light malt in the nose. Some mineral notes, but real lean here.

Dry, thin, lightly bitter, with some bitter grassy malt. Some corn and mild grain. Dries out. Light flavored -- no depth.

Lighter bodied. Good carbonation. Not hated, but not great. The bitterness works, but there isn't much else to this one. Very light flavors. (420 characters)

Chang Beer (Export) from Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.)
65 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.