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

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Chang Beer (Domestic)Chang Beer (Domestic)

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 22.42%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Thailand

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Gusler on 12-20-2002

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Ratings: 130 | Reviews: 50
Photo of LakerLeith
1/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Very bland, empty bodied beer. Not for me!

Photo of tkarsies
3.01/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this beer maybe 10 times this past month while on holiday in Thailand. I imagine that getting this in the US would be a much different experience due to transport. However, I imagine that locally in Thailand, bottles are fairly fresh.

Most of the time, this was drunk straight from the bottle. However, a couple times poured in glass, had clear golden appearance with a thin white head. Minimal lacing. Appearance is what I would expect from an adjunct or Euro lager.

Smell minimal and non-offensive. Not much here.

Taste was some malt, slight hop bit. Basic lager taste. Nothing outstanding but no major off tastes either. Despite being much higher ABV than the usual adjunct lager, the alcohol isn't particularly noticeable. Will have to try in the US to compare to the export version.

Mouthfeel thin with a bit of carbonation on the tongue.

Overall, this beer is adequate and widely available throughout Thailand. Also it is very inexpensive (something like $1 US at a restaurant). It pairs nicely with the spicy Thai food that we had. A reasonable choice in Thailand that works well with the heat...weather and food.

Photo of BeerIsland
3.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Chang Classic is a pretty beer in the pilsner glass; clear gold with a frothy head that is sinking. Malty, grassy nose. Decent body and there is a lingering finish, toward the bitter. Very nice first sip. Light in flavor but not cheap tasting. Since there seems to be a relationship between the ruling family and the Boon Rawd Brewery (Singha), Chang is becoming more popular among opposition beer drinkers. This 630 ml bottle was personally imported by my nephew.

Photo of portia99
2.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz can brought back from Thailand from a friend on his honeymoon. Poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Pours a nearly colorless but still discernible pale golden color. Endless streams of carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. A fluffy finger of head persists for several minutes and leaves rings of foamy lacing on the glass. For the style, this is a very good looking beer.

S - Pretty standard adjunct lager aroma. Very grainy/cereally, a touch of skunky hops, mild sweetness. Nothing outstanding, nothing offensive - pretty much as I would expect.

T - Overall sweet in character...corn sugary. Mild hop bitterness, a touch buttery. Again, pretty standard for the style, but I would put this even a notch below the average beer in the category. Slightly strange sweetness that doesn't give the hops a fighting chance. Tastes a bit artificial.

M - Light in body, mild carbonation for the style - just a bit lower than middle ground. Odd sweetness persists from beginning to end. Grainy and mildly hoppy but very subdued - even more than most in the style.

O - Not a shining example of the style. I've had plenty of different examples from many different countries with mixed results. This is on the lower end of the scale - there are plenty of others that are better (palatable). This stands out as a subpar example of a lower end style...not one to seek out at all.

Photo of MarkoNm
2.45/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A pleasant, refreshing and easy to drink beer, although it doesn't offer much taste. Lacks a bit of carbonation to really have that refreshing feeling.

A - pale straw color, clear with a very weak and quickly disappearing head
S - very gentle, mainly grassy hops, but not much of that either
T - sweet and grainy, not much to talk about here

Photo of flyingpig
3.22/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

640ml bottle in Koh Phangnan, Thailand (100 Baht):
Clear, golden straw colour with a thin, 1cm head that settles as a patchy looking lacing after thirty seconds.

Light grain and some faint hops on the nose with some very light skunk. There is some sweetness and corn with a faint hint of alcohol as well.

Lager malts with some grain, a few adjuncts and a very small taste of alcohol that was to be epected going by the abv. on the bottle. There is a hint of hops and a semi-bitterness with some grassy flavours and a bit of citrus.

Smooth for the most part bar the touches of grain. There is some alcohol but it is better hidden than I expected. Medium carbonation compliments a light body and there is a slight citrus tang together with a crisp and very clean feel.

A solid Asian beer and my go-to beer anytime I am in the region as it is so much better than the export version that makes its way to Europe and the UK. It's not outstanding by any means but it is a good beer with a nice alcohol kick that soon catches up on you once you've had a few.

Photo of tbeckett
2.61/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Can from 7-11 in Krabi. From notes.

A - Poured golden and bright. Good carbonation. Minimal head. Little lace and a retention.

S - Sweet grain.

T - Honey, corn. Not strong. Sweet. Moderate depth of flavour.

M - Mild carbonation, medium body, sweet sorta finish.

O/D - Pretty run of the mill, like most Asian lagers. Not exactly refreshing.

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.17/5  rDev +48.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice color and it had a hint of rice in its odor. The head was a bright-white which dissipated very quickly. The taste though was something other than I expected. It was surprisingly good. It felt good in the mouth, and went down extremely good. I was very impressed with this beer and would definitely try it in it's other varieties.

Photo of Tepsitola
4.5/5  rDev +60.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ive heard that the abv can change from bottle to bottle... So be carful drinking this beer! Wait 20 min.to determin if you are ok to have another one. I dont drink it right now so I dont have the taste in my mouth but I remember it as a really good beer. Chang in thai means elephant as shown on the bottle.

Photo of stoutman
3.18/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden with small white head. Light sweet malty aroma with hint of rice flavor. More body and flavour than a classic South-East Asian lager. Higher alcohol content too, but still very drinkable in the heat of the Bangkok sun. Some hop bitterness in the finish. Not a great beer, but a quite drinkable and pleasant pale lager.

Photo of shigg85
3.75/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a few bottles of this on a recent trip to Bangkok and Ayutthaya. I was unaware that the domestic was so much stronger than the export! And man, can you tell the difference! This Chang domestic had such a smooth finish accompanied by a more powerful punch than i'm used to from restaurant-common brews. By the end of the 750ml bottle I bought (for a ridiculously low price), I was enjoying a nice bubbly feeling. The brew pours a golden-clear amber with a bit of a head that completely fades. The smell has hints of hops and wheat. This beer goes down without any extra gas or negative aftertaste. Overall, if you are in Thailand, get this and taste the difference for yourself! I agree with other posts that Leo is a far superior beer (which it is), and if you're in Thailand, go for that at all opportunities. However, just to see the difference between the domestic Chang and the export, I would try this out for a pleasant experience!

Photo of jeffreymstein
2.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Mostly harmless.

As far as Thai mass-market brews go, which is really all the options in Thailand, Chang rates fairly highly. The beer has a non-descript, almost sweet, flavor and a light aftertaste.

Nothing exciting, but on a hot (Thai) night, it goes down well.

Photo of bat6
2.46/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Can't remember the big bottle size in Thailand but have enjoyed many during visits over the last 6 years.

A - yellow/gold. average

S - never loved the smell, perhaps a hint of corn sweetness attributed to the 6.4 ABV

T - as long as it's cold enough to numb the palate a bit it's fine for tossing back. it has a sticky sweetness that hangs unpleasantly as it warms

M/F - pretty well carbonated, average for the style

O - I enjoy this particular beer when relaxing w/ Thai friends, but if you're reaching for this make sure it's real cold and don't over-analyze it. otherwise it might start tasting a lot like american malt liquor...

Photo of OneBrewru
2.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Chang pours slightly hazy and with a pale. Head persisted for a little longer than average.

There's barely any aroma present. What is there is not so great. Light sugary smells with a slightly off-putting funky malts (almost a little bit of rancid butter).

Very much like the smell would indicate, this beer has very little taste. And what is there doesn’t much appeal to me- a little sugary but with that rancid butter malt taste just flirting on the edge of my palate. Blech.

At least the mouthfeel is about right. Light carbonation, light consistency. Maybe a little much malt follow through actually.

I wouldn’t drink a lot of these, even with the lightness. If you’re in Thailand and looking for a beer, I think Leo is your best bet.

Photo of Everydayoff
2.85/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured 330ml bottle into a pint glass with no best before date.

A:
Transparent golden amber color with very small white head that quickly fade down and no lacing left. Carbonation is rather high and produce plenteous fizzy bubbles soar to the head.

S:
Faint malt, yeasty sour, earthy and grassy note

T:
Subdued adjunct sweet, grainy astringent, slight medicinal bitterness blend with moderate earthy and grassy flavor.

M:
Medium body, rather smooth, well carbonated, palate touches with proper crispness.
Finish is a bit astringent.

D:
Not quite drinkable. Just for someone who prefers a beer with touch of earthy / grassy profile and somewhat astringent trait.

Photo of sfprint
2.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From Dec 2010 notes

330ml bottle, labeled Chang Classic, which I believe is this domestic version.

A: Very minimal head, nearly zero rising carbonation, transparent thin dull gold.

S: Mild, toasted malt, alcohol presense is somewhat apparent. Not very strong.

T: Unpleasant sourness/bitterness. Not gross, just not nice.

M: Somewhat mouth puckering, Light medium bodied, mild carbonation.

D: It's drinkable but not enjoyable.

Photo of kflorence
2.73/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the "8 Best beers around the world" pack from BevMo.

A: Pours a very pale, translucent golden-yellow color with a good amount of head that dissipates and doesn't leave any lacing around the glass.

S: Aroma is pretty faint. Pale hops and grass mostly, though there is some hidden creaminess in there.

T: Taste pretty much follows the aroma. Pretty simple, but nothing off-putting. Mostly pale hops, no malts to speak of. Finishes dry and a bit on the bitter side.

M: A bit on the watery side, but there is some body in there. Carbonation levels are nice, and it's nice and smooth.

D: Overall, I found this to be a very simple, but refreshing. I wouldn't seek this one out again, but I wouldn't turn it down if it were offered, and I may enjoy one at a Thai restaurant.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.5/5  rDev -11%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours very pale and carbonated. Aroma is metallic and vanilla.

More of that in the taste. Watery, yet a hop presence that is somewhat appealing on a hot summer day or with spicy food. Not a thai food guy, but have had this with Mexican and Italian hot stuff, not bad. No malt.

Kind of expensive for not much ingredients wise.

Photo of sprucetip
1.16/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

From notes. Active, clear golden yellow, fizzy white head fades, no lacing. Looks like the adjunct lager it is. And it only goes down hill from here.

Smells slightly medicinal and alcoholic. Rubbing alcohol type alcoholic. Not pleasant. Fortunately, you have to try hard to find anything.

Faint malty sweetness, and something vaguely resembling hops. A little bit metalic. Tastes like it has ingredients other than malt, water, hops and yeast. And not in a good way. Unpleasant and kind of offensive.

Quick fizzy bite, some alc warming, unpleasant aftertaste.

I wouldn't review this at home, as I know I don't like the style or the particular beer. But as it is ubiquitous and almost unavoidable for beer drinkers, I figured I'd chime in. There is absolutely no reason to drink this unless you are really curious or in Thailand, and there are increasingly more imported options available in many places (even other lagers, such as Japanese Asahi, at similar price). In Bangkok and some other places with lots of foreigners, German, Australian, and Belgian beers are becoming easier to find, though it does it take some effort.

Photo of jhtipton
3.3/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If you are going to drink one of these you might as well go to Phuket to do it. I actually enjoyed this beer despite the mediocre reviews. It is nothing special but it is a decent Asian lager. It is happily about 6.4% ABV which adds to its value and only about 25 baat at the 7 eleven! Thats abt 80 cents! It's a golden color and provides some head in the glass. Head does not last long time, so enjoy it quickly, but it was about 85 degrees where I drank mine. A decent session beer in the hot Thai sun. Beats the heck out of a bud or miller. Enjoy!

Photo of dstc
3.28/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, clear, golden color with a white head that falls to practically nothing leaving no lace behind.

Aroma is rather typical for this style, clean grains.

Somewhat of a sweet grain taste to it. Dry finish and rather refreshing.

Thin and carbonated in the mouth.

This beer served it purpose which was to wash down hot curry. Refreshing.

Photo of chickencoop
2.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Had it in a can but seemed quite light. It's not much but the cans are nice looking.

Smell - nasty, I had it on some junk boat in Thailand and I think a fish spit in it. It was dirt cheap so I can't complain.

Taste - tasted cheap and boozy. A tinge of formaldehyde flavor, not pleasant..

Mouthfeel - not much there, just a light euro-lager, can't say it really leaves you with anything to talk about.

Drinkability - For being a +6% abv it's pretty drinkable and perfect for sitting around at the beach. It's definitely an ambiance beer, works for a party or outdoors, can't see myself ordering this up at a restaurant, not even a Thai place.

Photo of BeerSingh
3.1/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chang is a good substitute for Singha when you are in Thailand. Better ABV for lesser bahts spent. Always had straight from the can, smelt of wet grain, sourish. Tasted metallic which got bitter as the beer warmed up in your hands. An average lager with a big kick. Definitely the best choice in Thailand after Singha.

Photo of gunnerman
2.98/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I usually order this when I go to Thai resturants, poured into a Chang glass. Pours a yellow with a foamy white head that leaves no lace on glass. Smell is pretty non exsistent maybe a bit of malted water. Taste is average at best heavy carbonation, no hops, tons of rice malt as it warms. Overall usually the only good selection when at the Thai resturants that I go to. I would never stock this at home.

Photo of Hubris
3.52/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

For a South East Asian Lager, this isn't bad. I prefer it to it's much bigger competitor Singha and it's at least locally owned compared to Thai Carlsberg.

Maybe I'm being a Beeradvocate rebel, but I don't see the need to overanalyse this beer. It's a golden lager, sweeter and higher alcohol than most, ideally served ice cold at the end of a hot tropical day. Just watch out that you're not too dehydrated or you'll be p*ssed in no time!

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Chang Beer (Domestic) from Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.)
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