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

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 52
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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Reviews by gunnerman:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Marty
2.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just had one of these again for the first time in about two years. When my sis and I were in Thailand, this is all we drank, not because it's cheaper than Singha (which it is) but because it's actually better. Most Thai beers don't look like much. Pale pale pale golden hued, and better off left in the bottle. Pretty sure it's brewed with rice. Lots of rice. Doesn't have much in the way of an aroma.

This beer, however, is maltier and more complex than Singha. Overall, the best of the crap beers available in Thailand, excluding Heineken and some other imports that are sometimes available. But why drink a Dutch beer when you're in Thailand??

PS: Rumor has it that Beer Chang bottles' %ABV tends to fluctuate wildly (+/- 3%) from bottle to bottle. I can't confirm this. I can, however, suggest that most tourists to Thailand probably end up dehydrated on occasion, and a parched tourist would naturally be more prone to getting sloshed off a single beer.

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 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 Shovelbum
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear medium yellow body. Head is white with large bubbles and moderate staying power--but gone by the glass's end. Zero lace. Aroma is a mixture is a light sweet malt and citric hops with a bit of booze. Taste is clean--slightly sweet balanced by a mild bitterness--overall surprisingly smooth with little bite from the booze. Finish is smooth.

This beer has a bit of a nasty reputation among the expat community I run with-- largely due to some seriously punishing hangovers that is has dealt. Rumors circulate that domestic versions of this and many other SE Asian beers contain Formaline (a preservative mixture of Formaldehyde and Glycerine), but I think the culprit is actually the heat and dehydration. The 6.4 ABV would certainly give the light beer crowd a run for their money in this climate! All that being said, Chang is a decent beer when compared next to its SE Asian compatriots.

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

Eh, not a terrible brew at all, but not much to it. I tried one of these over some sushi in Boca Raton, FL, and it complemented the food well. Not too much body to this, and I remember that it had a distinct taste to it that I found common in other Japanese and Chinese brews

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 joecast
2.31/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

unassuming bottle. bworn glass with gold label. states gold medal at the '98 australian int. beer awards. 5%abv. best before 8/06. better hurry.

holds a heard fairly well. typical golden color. medium carbonation. thin white foamy head. little lacing.

malty heavy aroma. slightly flowery, but mostly sweet. maybe a bit of stewed apple?

just a step above bland for taste. some maltiness, but little bitterness or hop flavor. again some sort of apple. probably suffering a bit from age, but at only 2 months past bb date, this couldnt have been much better fresh.

decent carbonation gives it an ok mouthfeel but fails to cover up for the rest of the beer.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.69/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hand-carried from Bangkok to Moscow (thanks, Meroe!), my can is gold and blue, with the same two elephants under some kind of tree as depicted on the bottle. Pretty much everything on the can is written in Thai, but I can confirm the 6.4% ABV for this product. 12/26/05 is stamped on the bottom, but I'll hope that is the canning date. I opened it on 3/19/06.

Starting from low expectations here, the first impression is a confirmation. Clear pale gold liquid under a 1.5 finger white head that fades quickly to film and collar. No lace. On the pour, the nose is strong of skunked malt, but it settles into a nice grainy impression with a distinct undertone of floral (carnation, really) spice. The mouth is very - almost painfully - prickly and quite light. The taste, though, is a very pleasant surprise. The requisite sweet bready malt opens, followed by a smooth flowery bitterness that lingers as it tickles the back of the mouth. Peppermint notes emerge later, leaving a sweetish, but quite pleasant impression. This was worth having.

Photo of Tcusack
1.82/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Another beer which doesn't offend. Not something I would go out of my way to drink but when in a hot sweaty Thailand it's 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 Sigmund
2.91/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer seems to need a split in the BA database - my 330 ml bottle (in France), simply named Chang Beer, was a typical standard pale lager at 5.0% ABV, and can’t possibly be "the same beer" as the 6.4% beer? Anyhow, my beer pours with a golden colour and a large head. "Neutral" lager flavour, not offensive, moderate sweetness. Okay with a spicy Thai meal.

Photo of Wintermute
2.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330 ml bottle, Beach Tango Café, Ko Chang, Thailand

White head of large bubbles. OK head retention, or at least better than the others of its type.
Pale golden colour, very clear.
Clean smelling, no DMS. Mildly lagery with mild hops smell.
Light bodied.
Very clean tasting. Sweet with little bitterness throughout and very little bitterness left on the tongue. I found it very clean tasting with very little to offend the palate. I found this made it much more drinkable than the other products of its type.

Photo of moulefrite
2/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What in the flying hell is this? The pour is so light in color that I can see my entire hand and all its features through the glass. There is no head. Aromas are of rotted sweet corn that has been re-warmed. The flavors are no better with adjunct written all them. This beer is simply a slap in the face to beer lovers, and perhaps only a catalyst to a cheap buzz for the average joe. Stinky frickin nasty can o suds.

Photo of tjd25
2.16/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Watery pale golden color. I couldn't get head with this one... Nasty smell. What's the deal with thai beers? I just had a singha who smelled exactly the same...

The taste is a bit more complex than singha's. You can almost feel that they used malt to brew this beer...The refreshing aspect of pilsners is clearly missing. You can feel the alcohol, more present than in Singha. Hops are predominant. Leave a thick mouthfeel.

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 JohnfromDublin
2.82/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had a bottle of this accompanying a Thai meal in Bird restaurant, Amsterdam. The label looks the same as the one shown here on BA. It does have the word "export" in small red letters at the bottom of the front label in between "net contents 33cl and (11.15 fl.oz) Alc. 5%v/v."

Overall an okay brew to wash down a Thai meal with. It is a macro brew with all the characteristics. Pours a clear straw brew with a thin head. Slight hops to smell, taste just a shade above blandness. Not the worst.

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 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 bark
1.39/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The colour is clear, golden yellow and the head is white. At first, the foam is quite large, but soon it shrinks to a very thin and smooth layer.

The smell is quite discreet, but I noticed an almost musty flavour of malt and corn.

The carbonation is poor and almost flat. Maybe I shouldn’t have poured it the way I did to get that head?

The taste is at first relatively strong with an unpleasant chemical body with hints of wormwood. Then, the taste develops into a flat taste with notes of sweet peas, lime and… Maybe some kind of detergent?

I have drunk other beers that tasted boring and uninspired, but this one was simply disgusting.

The beer is marked as "The most sold beer in Thailand". Poor Thai.

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