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

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 144
Avg: 2.81
pDev: 37.01%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.)
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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 jhtipton
3.3/5  rDev +17.4%
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 +16.7%
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 chickencoop
2.23/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerSingh
3.1/5  rDev +10.3%
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 gunnerman
2.98/5  rDev +6%
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 Hubris
3.52/5  rDev +25.3%
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 FrothyBeverage
3.47/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of 1844original
4.07/5  rDev +44.8%
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 RangerClegg
3.18/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.1/5  rDev +10.3%
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 madvoice
3.47/5  rDev +23.5%
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 friendofthedevil
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

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Photo of Onslow
2.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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!?!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev +31%
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 alysmith4
2.36/5  rDev -16%
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 Shovelbum
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of vancurly
2.61/5  rDev -7.1%
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 brendan13
2.66/5  rDev -5.3%
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 lacqueredmouse
2.15/5  rDev -23.5%
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 JohnfromDublin
2.82/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had a bottle of this accompanying a Thai meal in Bird restaurant, Amsterdam. The label looks the same as the one shown here on BA. It does have the word "export" in small red letters at the bottom of the front label in between "net contents 33cl and (11.15 fl.oz) Alc. 5%v/v."

Overall an okay brew to wash down a Thai meal with. It is a macro brew with all the characteristics. Pours a clear straw brew with a thin head. Slight hops to smell, taste just a shade above blandness. Not the worst.

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Photo of joecast
2.31/5  rDev -17.8%
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 Globetrotter
3.69/5  rDev +31.3%
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 Sigmund
2.91/5  rDev +3.6%
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 jarmby1711
3.15/5  rDev +12.1%
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 Marty
2.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just had one of these again for the first time in about two years. When my sis and I were in Thailand, this is all we drank, not because it's cheaper than Singha (which it is) but because it's actually better. Most Thai beers don't look like much. Pale pale pale golden hued, and better off left in the bottle. Pretty sure it's brewed with rice. Lots of rice. Doesn't have much in the way of an aroma.

This beer, however, is maltier and more complex than Singha. Overall, the best of the crap beers available in Thailand, excluding Heineken and some other imports that are sometimes available. But why drink a Dutch beer when you're in Thailand??

PS: Rumor has it that Beer Chang bottles' %ABV tends to fluctuate wildly (+/- 3%) from bottle to bottle. I can't confirm this. I can, however, suggest that most tourists to Thailand probably end up dehydrated on occasion, and a parched tourist would naturally be more prone to getting sloshed off a single beer.

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Chang Beer (Domestic) from Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.)
69 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.