Chang Beer (Export) | Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.)

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Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.)

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Gusler on 12-20-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.94/5  rDev +85.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.15oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottom of back label stamped BEST BEFORE 032812.

Appearance - Clear super pale straw body. Big loose rocky white head with decent to low stick and decent retention.

Sound - Sounds like Rice Crispies. For real. Had to add this category just this once, for this beer.

Smell - Smells strongly of honey. Also some faint corn undertones.

Taste - Smooth. Honey. Malty. Sweet. Balanced. No off characters. Very light.

Mouthfeel - Light. Extremely clean. No off characters whatsoever.

Overall Drinkability - -Possibly the best American Adjunct Lager I've ever had, and it's not even made in America! Keep in mind I'm rating in style here. Absolutely great in style. I'd almost dare to say I hate AAL's, but I actually really like this beer. The delicateness and balance of the flavors reminds me of the Westvleteren Blonde. I don't make these comments lightly.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.47/5  rDev +68%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chang Beer is no longer made with any rice or corn adjuncts. 11.15 oz. bottle. The head was slightly off-white and thin, and the appearance was golden and quite bubbly. No lacing. The aroma is of sweet, lightly-toasted barley malt, and the flavor is of sweet malt, sugar, and mild hops. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Chang finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, mostly dry, and incredibly drinkable. This is a wonderful beer, and I strongly recommend it.


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Photo of Madrigae
4.33/5  rDev +62.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Solid, pils style. Served from a bottle. I had this right after a PU and this showed much better- lighter on the hops, but with a perfect malt balance. It actually reminds a bit of the Easter European beers, maybe just a touch less body. I would love love to serve this in a blind tasting, I have a feeling it would fool plenty a beer geek.

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Photo of Treath
4.02/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 11.15oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Golden yellow color, one finger head that fizzles away quickly. Some particles floating around in the beer. No lacing.

S- Honey, bready, malty. No hops detected.

T- Honey, very malty, bread. Sweet. Lacks hops. Some tobacco taste. Has an awesome bready aftertaste.

M- Not much carbonation. Watery and light. Sort of crisp.

Drinkability- Very smooth and easy to drink.

O- Overall, this beer surprised me with how great it tastes, but needs more carbonation. I really enjoyed its honey/bready/tobacco taste.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.93/5  rDev +47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle at Thai Awesome into an oddly shaped Chang glass (wider at the bottom than the top, and perhaps 8-10oz capacity). Cheers to proper glassware, even if it's not what I'd expect.

A: Pours a predictably clear, pale straw body with 3 fingers of quite creamy white head. Great retention and some spotty lace. Not quite spectacular, but still attractive for a fizzy yellow beer.

S: Fairly subdued (but by no means unpleasant) aroma of grainy malt and very light, grassy hops. Not much to it, but I didn't expect much.

T: Wow, this is actually pretty good. Moderately sweet malt dominates, and is rounded out by a very crisp, clean hop bitterness. Only a very light amount of sulphurous lager yeast shows up on the tail end, and it just reminds me of a good German pilsner. Quite solid for what it is.

M: Nice medium body with eminently creamy carbonation. Velvety and thoroughly pleasant. The only reason it doesn't get a five is because I think the style should have a slightly thinner body.

D: This one disappeared in no time. There's absolutely nothing offensive, and the malt/hop balances is actually fairly pleasant. I could drink so many of these it's scary.

Notes: What a huge surprise! I ordered this just so I could review a beer from Thailand, and wound up actually enjoying it. Although this is listed as an AAL, the bottle gives an ingredient list that suggests the malt bill is limited to malted barley, and its taste supports the theory that adjuncts are absent. While drinking, I really felt like I was enjoying a very light, smooth German pilsner - not quite as hoppy as I'd like for that style, but many of the same characteristics: clean malt, herbal hops, and light sulphur. I probably won't ever buy this beer by itself, but it will definitely be the only thing I order in Thai restaurants from now on. Waaay better than I remember Singha being the one time I tried it. Underrated.


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Photo of J_Chavez15
3.85/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste similar to its other Thailand counterpart Singha. Very easy drinking like most Lagers. Nothing offensive or out of the ordinary with this one. This is a session type of lager.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.83/5  rDev +44%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best Before 21 JUN11
21JUN10 14:47

A= The pour is a flat looking golden color. The bottle is really heavy. Not expected and doesn't really matter much just thought I would mention it. The head is pretty much non existant and is just a few whispy white marks on the top of the beer. I would say this beer looks pretty flat by the head but looking into the translucent beer I can see bubbles rising to the top.

S= Smells like honey water sort of. No hop presence at all and the typical "beer" smell is present but the dominate nose is honey sweetness. Interesting.

T= The taste is very similar to the smell. A bit more of the classic grainy "beer" taste then the smell but still very sweet in a honey way.

D= Pretty nice carbonation actually. I'm not too sure what the deal is with the head on it. Or lack of head I guess.

O= Not a bad beer. It sort of tastes like Grain Belt Premium a bit but more expensive and not as local to me...

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Photo of Spikester
3.75/5  rDev +41%

Clear golden with two fingers of white head. Head lasts about five minutes. No lacing in evidence.
The smell is lightly skunked probably due to the age of this bottle. It says best before 05 15 14.
Taste is pure European Pilsner. Very smooth malts with an herbal hop note to balance.
Mouthfeel was slightly under carbonated and light bodied.
Overall a suprisingly tasty beer. I will try to find a fresher version to see if it improves any.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.74/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cosmos Brewery "Chang"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BEFORE: 082815"
$1.79 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Chang is interesting in that it's got a very grainy/malty and nutty character to it. In the aroma it's so strong that you'd probably think it was "off" if you'd never had it before. Most people expect it to be a thin, fizzy golden adjunct lager, but it's actually much more than that, and made from 100% malted barley (and to note, this is the standard exported product, not the one labeled as export, which is also 100% malted barley).

The grainy character then follows into the flavor with toffee and honey-like notes rising. After a few sips you get used to the idea that it's not a fizzy yellow beer, and if you're like me, find it interesting and unique. It's malty, almost like a Munich helles with a bit of nuttiness and light caramel thrown in. With that said, it does lean a bit towards sweetness, although it never quite gets there and finishes dry. If you're looking for hops, however, they're not here, nor is their bitterness. A pleasant bit of floral and leafy hops make their way through the malt but they never shine.

An interesting and unique "world lager" that I'm guessing probably has a German brewer somewhere in its history. Worth trying!

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Photo of Zorro
3.72/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear yellow colored beer with a small white head that disappears. Looks like Budweiser in the glass, maybe a shade darker.

Smells of grain and grass with a hay and lemon hop scent. Has the sweet and woody scent that many Asian lagers have.

Starts out sweet and grassy with a decent bitterness and high carbonation level. Grassy, woody, bitter aftertaste. Good balance between the sweet and hop levels giving a sweet taste upfront and a dry grassy finish.

Mouthfeel is light.

Tasty beer much to my surprise. I really expected a forgettable Budweiser clone but this isn't one. Sweet like Asian lagers tend to be this one has the hops to make it all balance out and your taste buds sing.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.66/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, pale yellow with a really nice, big, solid white head that retains startlingly well. Weighty bubbles that rise up lazily from the bottom of the glass make the beer look a bit heavier than it probably is.

Smell: Light, lemony. Mild metallic edge. There aren't any off flavors... but then there aren't really any flavors at all.

Taste: Extremely light. Clean. Lemony. Dry. Barely perceptible fruity, husky malt sweetness. Vaguely hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, airy, crisp.

Drinkability: Light enough to drink a caseful, but not flavorful enough to want to. In the wide world of beer, it's mediocre, but it's good for the style.

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Photo of bighandsjohn
3.65/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not too much flavor... almost watery.... however very drinkable. Reminds me of the Japanese beer "Asahi dry" . Goes down smooth and is the type of beer that I can drink a lot of at a barbeque on a sunny day. Nothing special. Very little aroma and after taste.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.62/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes it's Thai, 5%, and a best by 13 JUL 08 (sampled 18 APR 09; purchased recently here in Texas- new arrival).

A) Nothing fancy here, a clear yellow glass with no cap or lace.

S) A mild grain water aroma, no flaws noted

T) Well balanced, classic American Macro taste. Again, no flaws, as my wife would say "tastes like beer".

M) Low carbonation but a mild prickle

O) Surprisingly drinkable. There's nothing wrong here, even given the fact that we were dumped with out of date product (the curse of Texas it seems). While I won't be buying this again just to drink, I would certainly order some with Thai food.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.59/5  rDev +35%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear fizzy golden color. Looks like a macro beer. The carbonation creates a slight white head that dissipates immediately.
Smell is fairly ordinary like a standard lager. There is a bit of barley and wheat smell to it and also a bit of hops too.
Taste is a very solid lager. The beer is dominated by the taste of malted barley. It is very strong and fresh tasting.
The beer is slightly thick. One would think by appearance that the beer is fizzy and crisp, but there is a very nice smoothness to it.
Chang is definitely a session beer. There is nothing too strong to the taste that would stop one from putting down a case of these with ease. The 5% ABV doesn't show up in the taste, which may be dangerous.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.56/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: clear. pale yellow. very pale. head is white and bright and doesnt have a lot to work with. however does leave a rim of head and some lacing.

S: grain and a lot of sweet corn. a little buttery. has an aroma, but wayyyy too much sweetness.

T: similar to the nose, but a little less sweet. corny. some bitterness is actually in there, but not really hoppy? finish is dry and crisp.

M: average carbonation on a light body.

D: easy drinking, poundable brew. say what you want, but for an adjunct lager, this isnt that bad. any bits of flavor are a good thing.

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Photo of Bloke26
3.55/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love a cold bottle of Beer Chang! Colour is a very pale blond. Doesn't have a big taste profile but is extremely crisp and refreshing. A perfect beer for a hot day in the sun! Would like to point out an excerpt of the first review I read here on BA, "Packaging evokes Carlsberg, unfortunately the beer falls short". I decided to discount his/her rating of 1.67 at that point.

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Photo of xllfonzollx
3.52/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle serves in a "stella type" glass

A:Yellowish, straw in color. Noting too intriguing about the color. Yet a small head with a nice small consistent lacing through out the whole beer.

S:A slight sweet soft candy note but with a distinct grain backbone. a little corn.

T: A little sweet . A sweet grainy build to it. Not completely off putting, compared to most "american adjuncts"

M:Light bodied, but not watery. Medium carbonation.

D:I would put the drinkability on this medium to high.

I was invited to a Thai place and when I arrived I realized there wasn't anything for me to drink and then after being offered this. I was surprised to say the least. My perspective was that this is gonna be another crappy adjutant lager, well It wasn't. Next time I'm in a Thai place I'll get one of these. It not bad.

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Photo of Andrewziggy
3.49/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pretty mucha carbon copy of the aroma profile. Mildly sweet with orange and mandarin and a slightly sour nip at the end so it is like eating a mandarin that is just on the turn.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.48/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never heard of Chang beer. I love Thai food, and I've been to many Thai restaurants, but never before have I seen the Chang. I felt it was my duty to try this beer.

A vigorous pour yields a pale golden beer with a frothy two-finger head that dissipates all too quickly into a thin film on top. The nose is malty, if nothing else. No fruity esthers here. Just some sweetish malt and an earthy funk. Not offensive, but nothing special either. The taste basically follows suit, imparting a most unimpressive flavor. Again, not bad, but very dull. Malty sweet, with a muted grassy flavor and a yeasty bread-shop taste. Really nothing awful about this, and I could easily drink a few of these at one sitting. Just not a lot of flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry.

A totally drinkable brew. Not great, as I've already mentioned, but not all that bad either. It's not fancy, but it serves a purpose. A fine lawnmower beer for those who want to seek it out. I bet it goes just fine with a spicy curry or a sweet pad thai.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.46/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very sudsy and then flattens up. Very bubbly when shaken even the slightest.

Smell: Fresh soap and coconut.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very clean, medium-to-moderate-dry like straw. Very neutral flavor. Rather flat.

Overall Drinkability: Surprisingly enjoyable and very non-offensive.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.46/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served from the bottle into a 14 ounce Weizen glass at Bamboo Bernie’s in Maho, St. Maarten. It shown the color of toasted straw, and held a two finger head of creamy white bubbles. This retained decently, leaving a ring of bubbles around the glass for the remainder of the tasting. Lacing was spotty and minimal. There was a permeable haze throughout the liquid, and average carbonation. The nose was adjuncty with barley and rice grain. There was a faint toast, and some white sugar sweetness. As we sipped, the flavoring opened up with your basic adjuncty grain. This flowed with flour and powdered apples. There was fruity sweetness, and a light soury twang, but these did little to crack through the grain. The flavor both smoothed and evened out through the middle, with cleaner grain, and a lemony freshness. This vibe remained through to the finish, where more of the same washed the palate. There was a final creaminess of softer wheat and rice. The aftertaste breathed of grain, a dry grassiness, minerals, and flour. The body was medium and the carbonation was medium. The mouth was coated and wet, with nice slurp and pop to finish each sip. Ultimately there was a slight puckering dryness, but it was pleasant. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily for the style.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about the brew was how it evened out through the flavoring, and how nicely it finished. For the style it was nicely balanced, and not overly sour or biting with the adjuncts and mineral bitters. There was a creamy pop and good look to it as well, making for a decent beer to go with some cheap Chinese food or sushi.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.4/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.15 oz. bottle > Tulip-style glass.

This one is a clear, buttery yellow, not a pale deydrated yellow, but bright. A small and thin, lacy white head develops quick and goes away in moderate fashion.

The nose is pretty right on, smooth buttery malt, cream of corn from the can and a slight herbal, greeness way down.

The flavor is a simple, crisp and clean semi-sweet malt that is in good balance with the mildly sour yeast and rice effect along with very subtle hop spice that is a perfect pairing with spicey and hot Thai food.

The feel is crisp and light and does not relax too much so there is no flat, dead feel at the end.

It is what is, simple and effective.

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Photo of tmitch75
3.38/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle looks similar to the domestic, but it is clearly labeled as 5.0% ABV. Beer is clear golden color with white head.

Grainy smell with a noticeable rice influence. No hops on the nose.

Light malty sweetness with rice and a faint grassy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a light body. Definitely to-style.

Very drinkable and crisp. A decent summer beer and a great way to wash down some spicy pad thai or panang curry.

Tasted on 5/3/08.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
3.32/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow pour with a thin, creamy, short lived head. Smells of pale malt and some floral hops. Not too bad. Flavor profile is fairly close to a Euro pale lager (Thai-neken?). As far as beers that you can get in Thai restaurant, this is one of the better ones. Did a fair job at cooling down the food I was eating. Reading some of these reviews other people seem to have had a different experience. I dunno, maybe I was in a good mood.

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Photo of Linkbane
3.3/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: Clear gold, very light foam.

S: Strong honey smell, relatively fruity.

T: Light, mild grainy taste, easy to drink at any temperature.

M: Mild carbonation, relatively smooth.

R: Overall, this beer's strongest point is how easy it is to drink. Drinking it cold was good, even tepid it was fine. Otherwise, not special, but something I wouldn't ever mind. The taste was rather bland, I would enjoy some more fruity flavor or more carbonation.

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