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

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Chang Beer (Export)Chang Beer (Export)

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Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.)

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Gusler on 12-20-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DragonsSlippers
1/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance: Translucent pale yellow with a pale white head which did not last very long. Laced fairly well while it was there.

Sent: Stale hay

Taste: Stale rice

Mouth feel: Light body with low carbonation

Overall Impression: Did not enjoy at all!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
1.33/5  rDev -50%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Hazy straw color. The white head recedes before I can blink, no film, no lacing.

Aroma: Stewed meats, cabbage. Sour.

Taste: Slightly sweet malt or adjunct beginning, then sour cabbage.

Mouthfeel: Metallic and carbonated.

Overall: Really uninspiring even for a cheap import.

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Photo of Fatehunter
1.35/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A thin head on a clear, medium straw colored body. No head left within 20 seconds of the pour.
The aroma is mowed yard grass and honey.
Wow, the taste has a bold metallic flavor upfront... and that continues to the end.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Well, it's one of the worst adjunct lagers I've had.

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Photo of FLima
1.4/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Yellow golden color with a thin fluffy head with very short retention.
Aroma of booze, cereals and oxidized lemon.
Flavor of sweet cereals, cooked vegetables, lots of diacetyl and booze, oxidation and a spicy sensation. Dry aftertaste with a light bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation.
This is much worse than its local competitor Singha and also behind our local mass adjunct lagers. Awkward flavor with lots of off-flavors with a low drinkability. To toss it, a sin I at any cost.

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Photo of johnnymoto
1.5/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I had this beer in a local Thai restaurant down the street. I am a man who loves flavorful food and flavorful beer. I poured this beer in a pilsner glass that was given to me and the head immediately disappeared. The pale yellow hue reminded me of the same color as bud light. The beer was refreshing only because it was cold but lacked flavor in every way possible. I suggest to everyone to pass on this one because it was definitely a big waste of time. Try Singha if you're in a Thai restaurant and don't waste your money or time on Chang like I did.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
1.6/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Picked this one out at a Thai Restaurant. This was the only beer available besides the other BMC suspects...

A- Pale, translucent, watery, golden yellow color. Abolutely nothing going on here. Looked like yellow water with some foam.

S- Straw, hay, grass, apple juice.

T- I honestly cannot tell what I am tasting here. Tasted like stale barley and fresh cut grass.

M- Light bodied. Nothing to this beer.

D- I would not recommend this one to anybody. This is just not good at all. Didn't even taste good with my Thai dinner.

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Photo of muldersha
1.67/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Had from a 640mL brown glass bottle purchased in Portland, OR

Pours a light golden straw color with a decent bone white head. Solid retention at first, but then dissipates into a very fine and sparse lacing.

Aromas of lightly toasted grain, skunky bran flakes, banana, and caramel malts.

Subtly fruity on the mid-palate with significant sweetness and ripe melon flavors.

Packaging evokes Carlsberg, unfortunately the beer falls short.

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Photo of shivtim
1.67/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A pretty poor Thai beer. Clear yellow with no head, and nose is metallic grain. Taste is grains with slight hops on the end, but an odd alcoholic taste like turpentine (maybe it's the rumored formaldehyde?). Mouthfeel is thin, and drinkability is lacking. The best part of this beer is the logo.

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Photo of Padron4KM
1.68/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

640 ml bottle. Best before 19 may 08.

Clear pale yellow with an equally pale white head.

Light malt aroma, cereal, mild hops.

Flavor is rice with a slight metallic taste and mildly spicy hops.

Finish is dry and slightly tannic.

Maybe it would be better served with some spicy Thai chicken, but on it's own, not good.

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Photo of Bigfatbino
1.72/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A = 1.5 I was almost startled by the size of the bubbles in this beer. They looked like literal dishwashing soap suds. The head faded quickly to a sustained bubbling consistant with any other mass produced carbonated beverage. No lacing whatsoever was left in the glass
S = 2.0 Corn overtones. Some smell of sweet-like hops. Slightly skunky

T = 2.0 Another brew that tastes like it smells. Corn and grains, alcohol undertones, no hops whatsoever. Not even a hint of bitterness. The sweetness and skunkiness is a bit overpowering for my taste

M = 1.5 I hate to make the comparison, but Dr. Pepper soda has a higher quality mouthfeel than this. Barely any bubbles make it to my tongue. By the time my swallow is half finished, there is not a hint of carbonation.

D = 2.0 I'd stay away from this. I would only accept one if it was purchased for me AND if I were in company where refusing to drink it would be an insult. Beyond that, I wouldn't even get intentionally drunk off this beer.

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Photo of crossovert
1.77/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

11.2 oz gold foiled bottle. I bought this for the cool cap, not looking forward to drinking it.

It pours urine-gold with a fizzy, quick-lived, white head.

Smell is roasted corn with a pinch of hops.

The taste is very light with some offensive grain and tanginess.

The Thai have some problems with making beer from my experiences.

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Photo of JobiWanKenob
1.77/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Brutal, tastes like formaldahyde mixed with buffalo piss with a hint of cereal grains. Terrible headache in tne morning, however i did drink 10 bottles. Not recommended.

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Photo of chrisms86
1.8/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The OE of Thai beers, Beer Chang has that artificial sourness of a beer that has been made for one purpose--to get you drunk. Appearence is what you'd expect from a cheap lager, and the smell is similar to that of an American malt liquor. I usually give some leniency to third world beers but in this case there is no reason to choose Beer Chang over its drinkable counterparts.

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Photo of Daredevil
1.81/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

There are some good examples of quality asian lagers ... however this one is definitely not working ... smells and tastes like a grapefruit-flavored-juice mixed with formaldehyde, sweetish and sticky ... this one might work in a Patpong bar, but certainly not in comparison with well crafted brews ...

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Photo of JBogan
1.82/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This one pours a very pale clear yellow with a small white head which disappears quickly and leaves almost no lacing. Not an attractive brew.

Smelled almost unbearably sweet, with a hint of butter. So far all signs tell me not to put this one to my lips.

I do anyways, and things don't get any better. The same sweetness is there, along with the butter, although everything seems very watered down.

Mouthfeel was also very watery and thin, certainly one of the thinnest brews I can recall in a while.

Nothing about this beer made me want to have another, or for that matter even finish the one I started. I poured one glass, which left about half the bottle full. It was a chore to finish the glass, and the rest of the bottle never made it that far. Avoid this one unless you enjoy drinking lousy beer.

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Photo of DrJay
1.88/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Straw yellow with faint haze and a white cap that quickly disappeared, other than a thin collar and a few spotty specks clinging to the glass. Mild aroma, dry malt extract and cooked corn, sweet with cereal graininess, a little grassy. The flavour is poorly balanced. Too much sweetness up front, not just malty but nearly sugary, grainy character, with bitterness that was quite low yet still sort of harsh and sharp. A bit fruity with lingering astringency and a hint of spiciness. The texture wasn't terrible, but wasn't appealing either -- low to medium bodied with rough carbonation. I'd pass on this in the future even if it was free.

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Photo of aerozeppl
1.89/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Typical macro appearance. Clear golden color. Almost no head.

S: Stale hay. Very weak nose on this beer.

T: Damn. Too sweet. There must be more adjunct in this than malt.

M: Thin body with low carbonation.

D: Unless you find yourself in Thailand getting a special massage. Avoid.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
1.92/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed 8/14/2008 (bottle BB 29Jan09):

Pours a pale yellow colored body, with a whitish colored head, and is somewhat lasting. Has a malty, somewhat English-like aroma, similar to other English beers I've had, might be the hops. Has a pretty grainy taste, with some maltiness. Somewhat flattish.

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Photo of washburnkid
1.95/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Had a pint of this beer at a Thai restaurant in town.

A: Light golden yellow; small white head dissipates quickly.
S: Little that my nose could detect, aside from basic grainy/straw aroma, which I kind of expected considering I've already had some experiences with Thai lagers (and none of them were very good...).
T: Hoppy and dry. The words "watery fizz" come to mind. No exceptional flavors on the palate.
M: Light, thin and watery but very crisp from carbonation.
D: The dryness in my mouth after this beer and lack of flavor gave me very little to enjoy here.

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Photo of illidurit
1.97/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Light yellow gold with a snow white head that fizzes out with medium rapidity and leaves no lacing. Aroma is strong adjunct, mealy corn syrup. Flavor is literally almost nonexistent. The slightest ricey sweetness and the ample carbonation make this just distinguishable from water. I've had quite a few absurd pale lagers from random countries and this one is still astonishing with each sip in how thin and watery it is. At least it's inoffensive.

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Photo of popery
1.97/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bleh. This is just another crappy macro lager. It's sweet and vegetal. There's a sickly sourness in the aroma that is off-putting. The head fades almost immediately and a pale golden glass, perfectly calm, is not terribly appetizing. The flavor lacks for hops and the malt tastes cheap and adjuncty. This beer must sell solely on the strength of its country of origin. This was a disappointment even as a curiosity.

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Photo of Umbra
2/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Lived in Thailand for a few years, and I didn't make much money at the time. Due to the circumstances, I stuck mostly to Mekong and Tsang Thip "whiskey" for normal drinkin'. On payday, we would splurge and actually drink beer. Sometimes, we would go downtown, and pay $8 for Guinness. But mostly, we would drink Singha, Carlsberg, or whatever else would be at the bar.

Only on rare occassions were we forced to drink Chang. This would usually be at the touristy areas. It is even considered poor by Thai standards, as was mentioned earlier. Having it travel overseas makes it even more horrible. You will experience a watered down look, no head, skunky smell, bad mouthfeel, and weak flavor.

Overall: Keep very far away from this beer. Use only to wash out your mouth after drinking flaming shots of Mekong...

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Photo of CuriousMonk
2/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had 12oz bottle at Thai restaurant. 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. A slight sweet soft candy note but with a distinct grain backbone. a little corn. A little sweet . A sweet grainy build to it. Not completely off putting, compared to most "american adjuncts" Light bodied, but not watery. Medium carbonation

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Photo of NoHipTee
2/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sad to think that the only redeeming quality of this beer is to "put out the fire" if you eat spicy food. A very plain Adjunct Lager that should be sold at PBR prices. I am disappointed by all aspects of this beer. Going out on a limb to try a new beer is not always rewarding.

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Photo of mulder1010
2.01/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a tulip. Found 2 from a party me and my girlfriend hosted over the weekend.

A-- Poured a yellowish gold. Big fluffy white head that went to 1 finger. A bit of sticky lacing to the glass.

S-- Really watery. A little bit of malt, little bit of hops, little bit of sweetness to this and not much else.

T-- Some carmel malt in this and fairly watery taste.

M-- Want to say like carbonated water but it does have some sweetness and a bit of a bitter aftertaste. Nothing that makes you get up and say give me another there bartender. Bit of a skunky finish in this as well.

D-- If you are in Thailand and it is 95 degrees and 90 percent humidity I can see where this would be worth drinking. I am not and nor would I drink this. ICK. Really bland and fairly flavorless until the skunky bitter taste in the end. No Thanks.

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