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

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Chang Beer (Domestic)Chang Beer (Domestic)

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 137
Avg: 2.83
pDev: 36.4%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | 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 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 feloniousmonk
2.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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...

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.15/5  rDev -24%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pale yellow, lots of heavy carbonation. No head, no lacing.

Almost nothing on the nose. Maybe a little bit of spiciness, probably some sweetness, but very bland.

Taste is again flat and dull, but there is a faint greenness there; something a little fragrant or vegetative. Maybe just a ghose of something interesting, but it's a pale, pale ghost...

The mouthfeel is quite effervescent, and well suited to the style, even though the style is nothing great.

It's interesting, but it may just be that it's more interesting because of the harshness of the extra alcohol. Singha is better, this one feels like a rougher, tougher version that's more difficult to drink.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of bark
1.39/5  rDev -50.9%
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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Photo of tbeckett
2.61/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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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 portia99
2.76/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
2.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks great with pristine clarity and intense carbonation.

Mineral and sweet grain qualities, suggests honey and bread. Definitely tastes and smells sweet with little hop presence. I'm looking for some good hop flavor but getting nothing.

It feels sweet and grainy but pretty light and refreshing. Certainly nothing bad about the beer, but it's one-noted and doesn't excite in any way. But it's a definite complement to some spicy Thai food as the sweetness will alleviate some spice.

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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 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 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 brendan13
2.66/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pale golden straw colour with a few centimetres of white head thats disipates fairly quickly leaving a this whisp sitting atop.
S - Slight herbal and sweet grainy aromas.
T - Taste is a sweet grainy flavour with some herbal hop notes.
M - Medium mouthfeel with a fairly high amount of carbonation.
D - I was sort of suprised. I wasn't expecting much from this beer but it is drinkable. Sure, I wouldn't buy it in lots of 6 but next time I'm having some Thai I'll match it up.

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Photo of sprucetip
1.16/5  rDev -59%
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.

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Photo of Naerhu
2.32/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

malt, hops, rice
pale yellow, with pure white head that soon disappeared.

nice malty sweet aroma.

Slightly fruity and overly sweet. Taste of apples. Caught next to no hops.

This was the sweetest asian lager I have had to date. Might go with spicy food, but not with my delicious hamburger.

Why is this beer labeled Chang Lager. In Japan, it is only referred to as Chang Beer.

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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 joecast
2.31/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of alysmith4
2.36/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tried this beer in Thailand.. tasted very much like a Singha, I could hardlt tell the difference. The main difference is that it's usually cheaper than Singha, and the alcohol content can be higher. I heard that this beer is not regulated, so it's possible to get one with a very high alcohol content and then one with a very low alcohol content.

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Photo of vancurly
2.61/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a) pale yellow / dark straw, white frothy head, no haze
s) grainy, nondescript, macro
f) fairly delicate, or perhaps light-on. Not too bad, no sulfurous notes or skunky attributes.... but not much else to discuss
m) fairly crisp, clean, mild to medium bitterness
d) quite drinkable in a tropical setting, or with a curry

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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 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 sfprint
2.49/5  rDev -12%
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.

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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 tjd25
2.16/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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