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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%


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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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portia99

Massachusetts

2.73/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: can

01-05-2014 23:21:50 | More by portia99
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: can

01-20-2013 04:34:57 | More by tbeckett
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jhtipton

Spain

3.33/5  rDev +15.6%
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!

Serving type: can

12-31-2009 12:05:15 | More by jhtipton
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chickencoop

California

2.28/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Serving type: can

08-18-2009 23:17:28 | More by chickencoop
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BeerSingh

India

3.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: can

07-30-2009 04:37:05 | More by BeerSingh
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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

2.78/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: can

11-08-2007 10:34:53 | More by Shovelbum
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Globetrotter

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +28.5%
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.

Serving type: can

03-20-2006 18:54:04 | More by Globetrotter
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

BeerChang, in a can, flown in fresh for me from Thailand. Ain't I a lucky duck?

Crystal clear, pure golden yellow, with a good, fuzzy white cap, though swift to diminish. Looks the part.

Aroma: grainy and sweet, traces of honey and herbs. A hint of alcoholic harshness peeks through.

Grainy and a bit rough on first taste, as well, missing that sweetness found in the nose. Seems rawer once in the mouth. Light in body, with a somewhat gritty texture. Sweetness butts in halfway through, and messes around with the malt. Finish is dry, empty.

The taste and mouthfeel leave much to be desired, it's not terrible for a malt liquor-style brew (6.4% for a beer this thin? malt likka, baby!). The strength does start to insinuate itself at the rear. This is one to get next to when you're really tying one or two or three on...or so I hear...

Serving type: can

10-11-2005 04:45:09 | More by feloniousmonk
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

Serving type: can

08-09-2004 00:01:10 | More by moulefrite
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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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OneBrewru

Japan

2.17/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2011 10:13:15 | More by OneBrewru
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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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Chang Beer (Domestic) from Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.)
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