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

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Gusler on 12-20-2002

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Photo of dikebrewery
2.99/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pour a light straw yellow, smells of grain, biscuit and white dread with some sulfer in the background. Very carbonated. Taste of cracker and grainy with a touch of honey/honey like flavor. Medium to light mouthfeel.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.26/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Gold color, a little hazy. Foam sparse, white.
The aroma of malt, to reach the notes of honey and sweet aroma of lime flowers.
Taste: here but light water with honey nothing, maybe light metallicity.

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Photo of Newlife1984
4.18/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

To be honest I find it difficult to describe this beer. Had a few glasses in our holidays in Thailand and enjoyed them very much. The domestic version is much different than the export version - more alcohol in it (6.4 vs 5.0), different taste (the domestic tastes "fuller" and "more interesting"), also the bottle is quite big (660ml). Definitly one of my favourites, even if it is quite impossible to get the domestic version outside of Asia.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Got a 620ml bottle from a local 7/11 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Sweet malty taste, some straw smell. Little hop taste, almost none at all.
Overall a good brew compared to the local Leo, which tastes like water. Chang has a lot more characters.

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Photo of stevoj
2.49/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Normal pale lager ordered with some Thai food. Nothing special or exceptional. Plain cereal lager, a bit heavier than the export in body and in malt flavor.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
1.47/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

This is a great example of an average SE Asia beer. It's very light, crisp, and is a good cold drink when it's boil-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk-hot in Thailand. However, that's about the only time it's good. There's not a lot of flavor and it's like drinking flavored water, in my opinion. When in Thailand and I only have Chang or Leo beer in a small restaurant, I'll typically pick Leo.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
2.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Ozzylizard
3.82/5  rDev +36.4%
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 Foyle
3.5/5  rDev +25%
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 tkarsies
3.01/5  rDev +7.5%
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 BeerIsland
3.38/5  rDev +20.7%
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 portia99
2.76/5  rDev -1.4%
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 MarkoNm
2.45/5  rDev -12.5%
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

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Photo of flyingpig
3.22/5  rDev +15%
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 tbeckett
2.61/5  rDev -6.8%
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 jjamadorphd
4.17/5  rDev +48.9%
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 Tepsitola
4.5/5  rDev +60.7%
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 stoutman
3.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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 shigg85
3.75/5  rDev +33.9%
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 jeffreymstein
2.57/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of bat6
2.46/5  rDev -12.1%
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...

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Photo of OneBrewru
2.18/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of Everydayoff
2.85/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of sfprint
2.49/5  rDev -11.1%
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 kflorence
2.73/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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