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

Chang Beer (Domestic)Chang Beer (Domestic)

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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 2.88
pDev: 20.83%


Brewed by:
Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.) visit their website
Thailand

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)
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BeerIsland

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 21:43:33 | More by BeerIsland
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MarkoNm

Slovenia

2.4/5  rDev -16.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 13:16:14 | More by MarkoNm
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.21/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 15:04:00 | More by flyingpig
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jjamadorphd

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +45.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 03:22:31 | More by jjamadorphd
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Tepsitola


4.5/5  rDev +56.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 17:46:44 | More by Tepsitola
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stoutman

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 01:21:58 | More by stoutman
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shigg85

Japan

3.78/5  rDev +31.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 09:54:37 | More by shigg85
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jeffreymstein

Connecticut

2.58/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 16:09:21 | More by jeffreymstein
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bat6

District of Columbia

2.48/5  rDev -13.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 08:09:42 | More by bat6
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Everydayoff

Thailand

2.93/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 10:39:34 | More by Everydayoff
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sfprint

Germany

2.48/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 16:18:42 | More by sfprint
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kflorence

California

2.73/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 04:37:58 | More by kflorence
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.55/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 16:30:42 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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sprucetip

Alaska

1.15/5  rDev -60.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 15:18:54 | More by sprucetip
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dstc

Florida

3.28/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 17:10:23 | More by dstc
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gunnerman

Florida

3/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 11:19:45 | More by gunnerman
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Hubris

Australia

3.53/5  rDev +22.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 10:26:43 | More by Hubris
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FrothyBeverage

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 12:12:32 | More by FrothyBeverage
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1844original

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +41.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 18:39:16 | More by 1844original
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RangerClegg

Michigan

3.23/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 04:03:05 | More by RangerClegg
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scottyshades

Florida

3.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 02:24:06 | More by scottyshades
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madvoice

Australia

3.48/5  rDev +20.8%
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 ;)

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 05:18:49 | More by madvoice
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friendofthedevil

California

3.53/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 16:44:23 | More by friendofthedevil
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Onslow

Texas

2.65/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad lager, is smooth and refreshes the palate. Aroma of typical indian lagers with more rice rice maybe?... Taste is simple and plain, but doesn't hurt the beer.colour is a medium gold, some head ..differs... some better, alot worse! they do sponsor the Toffees you know!?!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 13:35:08 | More by Onslow
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +27.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 10:36:54 | More by RblWthACoz
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Chang Beer (Domestic) from Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.)
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