1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Chang Beer (Domestic)Chang Beer (Domestic)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

111 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 111
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 2.85
pDev: 21.4%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.) visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gusler on 12-20-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 111 | Reviews: 49 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by portia99:
Photo of portia99


2.73/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

01-05-2014 23:21:50 | More by portia99
More User Reviews:
Photo of Marty


2.73/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

11-05-2005 04:10:52 | More by Marty
Photo of Drunkenass


3/5  rDev +5.3%

07-18-2012 22:13:30 | More by Drunkenass
Photo of BeerIsland


3.4/5  rDev +19.3%

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.

02-22-2014 21:43:33 | More by BeerIsland
Photo of dankjohn


3.75/5  rDev +31.6%

08-17-2013 04:09:07 | More by dankjohn
Photo of ChaseBacon

New York

3/5  rDev +5.3%

08-10-2013 20:59:18 | More by ChaseBacon
Photo of awalsh


2/5  rDev -29.8%

01-25-2013 00:45:48 | More by awalsh
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.55/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

03-24-2010 16:30:42 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Shovelbum


2.78/5  rDev -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.

11-08-2007 10:34:53 | More by Shovelbum
Photo of dcbeers

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev +5.3%

05-11-2013 15:15:03 | More by dcbeers
Photo of BamfBacon


3/5  rDev +5.3%

03-25-2013 17:14:02 | More by BamfBacon
Photo of dertyd


3/5  rDev +5.3%

03-23-2013 23:48:50 | More by dertyd
Photo of WoodBrew


3.25/5  rDev +14%

04-05-2014 12:48:51 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of sfprint


2.48/5  rDev -13%

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.

01-20-2011 16:18:42 | More by sfprint
Photo of twillingthenoz

New York

3/5  rDev +5.3%

03-26-2013 01:12:27 | More by twillingthenoz
Photo of johnson3000


3/5  rDev +5.3%

03-15-2013 23:12:48 | More by johnson3000
Photo of BeerSingh


3.1/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

07-30-2009 04:37:05 | More by BeerSingh
Photo of Harkrank


2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

12-23-2011 22:21:34 | More by Harkrank
Photo of Tepsitola

4.5/5  rDev +57.9%

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.

08-31-2012 17:46:44 | More by Tepsitola
Photo of scottyshades


3.1/5  rDev +8.8%

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

03-06-2009 02:24:06 | More by scottyshades
Photo of jumpfromorbit


3.25/5  rDev +14%

10-07-2013 06:51:50 | More by jumpfromorbit
Photo of dstc


3.28/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

09-22-2009 17:10:23 | More by dstc
Photo of joecast


2.28/5  rDev -20%

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.

10-05-2006 09:40:24 | More by joecast
Photo of RobertJBeer

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -21.1%

05-02-2014 02:26:52 | More by RobertJBeer
Photo of Globetrotter


3.7/5  rDev +29.8%

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.

03-20-2006 18:54:04 | More by Globetrotter
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Chang Beer (Domestic) from Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.)
68 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.