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

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 137
Avg: 2.83
pDev: 36.4%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.) visit their website

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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Photo of Tepsitola
4.5/5  rDev +59%
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.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.17/5  rDev +47.3%
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.

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Photo of 1844original
4.07/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer is a bottle at a Thai restaurant.

Very light color with a nice head. Smell is good with a light vanilla scent. Taste is very good. Light, but very good flavor. Good crisp taste with a light honey flavor. Finishes with a taste of vanilla. It goes great with the spicy Thai food. I can see drinking this with anything spicy or just to enjoy on a hot summer day.

Good beer. I would recommend.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.82/5  rDev +35%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BB 9/11/15 at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma grainy, disulfide
Head small (one cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to two mm ring and no layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body straw, clear
Flavor weak, slightly of disulfide, otherwise crisp, slightly bitter; no hops flavor, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, crisp, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of shigg85
3.75/5  rDev +32.5%
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!

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.69/5  rDev +30.4%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw with a nice white head that falls a bit too fast. Nose is cereal sweetness. Flavor is unusually sweet and quite smooth. I wouldn't say the flavor is out of balance in it's sweet edge though. Feel has a nice biting carbonation to it and the liquid is pretty firm as well. This is very easily drinkable. This should be widely available and widely appreciated. If this were widely available, it would probably be a go to beer for me.

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Photo of Hubris
3.52/5  rDev +24.4%
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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Photo of friendofthedevil
3.5/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

i hear rumours that there're some fun chemicals in this stuff. not bad - refreshing enough to be sure and certainly holds its own against those with whom it shares shelf space. pale, sometimes extreme carbonation, other times none at all. it's kind of like gambling in that respect. if you go to thailand you will be assaulted by it wherever you go and no matter what your initial impression, will eventually learn to love it.

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Photo of Foyle
3.5/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330ml bottle into pilsner glass.

Appearance: pours a 1" white head that drops rapidly with no lacing. Color is clear golden with mild streaming carbonation.
Aroma: wet grain, toffee, green grassy and fruity hops
Mouthfeel: light by full bodied with a quick, easy, mostly dry finish.
Flavor: lightly toasted barley sweetness, a hint of toffee, some mild fruitiness (apple and grape) and some lingering grassy hop bitterness.
Overall: well done and easy drinking. This should pair very well with spicy Asian foods

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Photo of madvoice
3.47/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden/straw colour. Had a very bubbly head that disappeared in an instant. Absolutely no lacing at all. Smells very sweet and very malty and just a little hoppy. Initial taste is very sharp and slightly sweet with a slight tart/ bitter aftertaste. Quite heavily carbonated but still relatively smooth at the end. A great BBQ beer. Price is good too!

N.B. It may be considered very unladylike of me but I found this to be a great burping beer ;)

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Photo of FrothyBeverage
3.47/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

What can i say, this was my staple in thailand. Chang has a pretty standard golden apperance. Head and lace are nonexistant but lots of rising bubbles. It had a strong alchol smell. Pungent and tingled the nostrils. The alchol is not as evident in the taste as in the smell. Semi sweet with tones of wheat and exotic spices. Upon mouth contact there is a nice tingling sensation throughout the whole mouth. I found this beer to be very drinkable mainly due to price and alchol content. 38 baht ($1.05 US) for a big bottle at 7-11. This beer pairs well with curry. And yes i did leave thailand with a chang shirt.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.38/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of jhtipton
3.3/5  rDev +16.6%
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!

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Photo of dstc
3.28/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.22/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of RangerClegg
3.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Allright, first review, here we go.
I had this beer when I was in Thailand, where it is available all over the place. Haven't seen it anywhere since, but then again I don't really live in an import friendly area.

The taste is typical of most lagers. It is great in the hot Thai sunshine, but I don't know if I would get it again in the states. Maybe for a bit of nostalgia, but other than that not that interesting. Better than other thai beers. It is quite quafffable and thirst quenching.

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Photo of stoutman
3.18/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty plain pouring beer. A light golden colour without depth or character Thee is little head retention , so it doesnt excite
The smell also is plain ,having abitter hop aroma
The taste is a surprise or at least was to me. There is a succesful combination of biscuity malt that blends to a hop bitternesss (albeit one where the hops add no particular flavour).
It refreshes and has some depth of flavour that make this an enjoyable drinking Lage well suited to a warm climate .
It doesnt seem the sort of Lager that would loose its appeal after a few of them.

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Photo of BeerSingh
3.1/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.1/5  rDev +9.5%
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

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Photo of tkarsies
3.01/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of gunnerman
2.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Sigmund
2.91/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Everydayoff
2.85/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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.

Faint malt, yeasty sour, earthy and grassy note

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

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

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

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Chang Beer (Domestic) from Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.)
69 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.