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 UCLABrewN84
3/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a Beers of the World pack from Cost Plus World Market.

Pours a crystal clear light yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that fades to a thin cap. Thin rings of lace drip back down into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grains and corn flakes with a slight honey aroma as the beer warms. Taste is of sweet grains and corn flakes too. This beer has an average level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average lager in every sense. Nothing too bad but nothing too great either.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.78/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

you know, for the asian mass beers, i kind of like this one. especially decent with authentic thai food, as was the case last night at bangkok cafe on the corner of hampden and downing. poured into a frosted metal mug, a good head rose up. smell was off, extracty and chemical, but not offensively so, just not maybe as fresh as it could be. flavor really isnt bad, middle of the road malt profile with just a touch of pseudo-hop bitterness to crisp things up in the finish. feel isnt bad either, very light body and good carbonation. kind of stits in the belly weird, and could be filling despite its lightness. i remember running amok on these during songkran on the streets of bangkok, its a good party beer.

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Photo of metter98
2.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer poured crystal clear light yellow in color with a small white head that quickly faded away. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of grainy malts and corn in the nose.
T: The flavors in this beer aren't very strong, but there are some notes of corn and malty sweetness along with a hint of mild bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, clean and smooth on the palate. There is a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink but nothing really stands out in the smell or taste that would make me want to have another one of these as a standalone beer. I guess it's not a bad accompaniment if you're having spicy Asian cuisine.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The lable boasts winning the 2008 Gold Award for the Monde Selection. hmmm?

The pour brings a standard 'premium' appearance of medium straw color, fair head formation of white foam, light on lacing and retention. Looks like any other domestic beer, really.

Smells like it too. A crisp pilsner aroma seems to be part from grain husk, part from actual malt. Light floral hops help but I wanted more hop aroma.

Flavor are much the same- part malt and part grain. Crisp and bready, the beer seems fresh with no signs of oxidation or staling. Hop flavor is nice but timid. Bitterness balances the beer but does little else. Sulfur flavors and mineral taste hurt the finish as the alcohols take on an acetone flavor.

Body is light but crisp. If the balance of the beer tilted a bit more toward the malt and away from the grain, the beer might compare favorable to Bitburger and Warsteiner. The harsh elements in the finish have the last impression on the beer and keeps it from better drinkability.

This is basically the beer I expected from Thailand. Simple, light, and quite banal. It's not good beer, it's not bad beer, it's just beer. Kinda like Budweizer, Coors, or High Life.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle, solid Thai elephant imagery themed label, a pleasant enough find on my brief stopover at Bottlescrew Bill's in downtown Cowtown.

This beer pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of foamy, and weakly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some sparse remote islet lace around the glass upon its relatively slow demise.

It smells of heady bready cereal grain, a bit of stale lemon, over-cooked veggies, and a slight nail-polish ready booziness. The taste is more overly sweet breakfast cereal graininess, further doughy, buttery, er 'malt' essences, a reduced acrid vegetal character, a weird underripe banana fruitiness, and earthy, somewhat tangy (in a less than optimal way) grassy hops.

The carbonation is a bit on the high side at first, but settles to an agreeable enough frothiness for the most part, the body medium-light in weight, and kind of cloying, in its wan attempt at generic smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with a zingy leafy, and slightly off-putting warming grainy character.

Like its fellow compatriot's offering around here, this comes off better than expected. Even though I wasn't having Thai food when I had it, and thus I can't do the usual ethnic "x food with x beverage" comparison, it still went down easily, I suppose, and was agreeable enough for this typically all-too underwhelming style.

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Photo of emerge077
2.43/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale, clear gold. Lifeless, no head at all really. Carbonation visible in streams in the center of the glass.

Cooked vegetable aroma. Stale papery malt. Musty wet dog...blechh. I swear i'm not making this up. Who in their right mind would enjoy drinking this?

Dull and chalky feel, dry paper, grape. Aftertaste is more like pear once the cardboard goes away. Prickly carbonation, gassy feel. Not really doin' it for me. Seems like something you should be able to drink in quantity, but it was hard to get down half a pint.

Hey, it has a cool bottlecap!

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Photo of LXIXME
2.28/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A clear golden colored beer is covered by a medium sized white head that dies into a very small lacing.

A very light bready malt and sour hops mixed aroma

There's a thin watery feel to this beer as you drink which made me think that it tastes like watered down Budweiser, and after a few more drinks I do believe that is what this beer is.

A very light dryish aftertaste, a very forgettable beer.

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Photo of zeff80
2.91/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - This didn't look appealing. Very clear, straw yellow with a tiny, bubbly white head that didn't last longer than the blink of an eye.

S - Not skunky despite the green bottle. Grassy with subtle notes of caramel.

T - Much like the smell. Sweet caramel with light grassy hop bitterness.

M - It was a little thin but had a smooth finish. A light bodied lager.

O - No, this wasn't great. It was an add-in on a mixed sixer. Better than a lot of other green bottle imports of this style.

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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 chinchill
2.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Heavy 330ml brown bottle served in a pint glass. Best by date of July 2011, so it is a little past the 'best" date but the bottle has been in my refrigerator for some months and showed no sign of being over the hill.

Pours a light yellow straw color; clear with a 1+ finger sudsy head that quickly reduces to a ring and a small thin island. After a couple of minutes almost no visible carbonation.

Aroma: smells like corn or rice were used rather than, or in addition to, malt. A trace of hops. Not bad; but not promising.

Taste: A light beer. I haven't had an American light beer in a long time, so I can't really compare, but I think this would be a good one. ... rather faint praise, you'll note. Actually, there's a bit of flavor in mid-taste but it appears and disappears quickly, leaving a mild and short-lived hop-tinged lager finish and aftertaste.

Very light body with good, medium carbonation. Some dryness in the finish.

Not much to recommend this one, although it doesn't have any obvious flaws and works as a good beverage to accompany a meal.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.06/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, adjuncts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with an adjunct and light malt sweetness. Then some grain and malt breadiness follows. The hops presence is very mild, but at least there is some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not very flavorful, goes down easily and not too filling since there isn’t much to the beer, mild kick, typical representation of style, it’s not completely bad but there are many other beers even in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of mactrail
2.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks OK in the glass with a nice foam on the pale lemon color. Where does this sweet cardboard flavor come from? Certainly beer-like, but that flat, sweet taste is not what I hope for. Hard to get the taste out of your mouth. Some hops in the mix, but everything is dulled and beat down. A slight nose of cereal. Metallic aftertaste.

This was the one unusual beer in a crappy liquor store in Palm Springs, Calif.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall white head that reduces to a thin small patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is on the lighter side and slightly one dimensional - with that dimension being the malts. I can definitely smell some malts and lots of adjunct malts with the corn being the heaviest of the aromas. There is something lightly floral in the aroma as well.

T: Like the smell, the flavor of this beer is on the lighter side and slightly one dimensional. The beer is sweet but very malty - with much of the malty flavor being contributed from the adjunct malts and more specifically the corn.

M: Light bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. On the slightly thin/watery side but fizzy.

O: Not a bad beer, a little light on the flavor and aroma but definitely easy to drink and sessionable. Obviously this would pair well with spicy food due to the sweetness. Something I would likely order again when out for Thai food as most of the Thai restaurants in the area stock Thai beers and this one is a little bit superior to some of the others.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before: June 08, 2010.

Appearance: Pours a clear, standard yellow body with a large, suds-tacular, white head.

Smell: A lightly sweetish malt character reaches the nose alongside a herbal, vegetal note with some grainy aspects quickly replacing the sweet hints.

Taste: Lightly sweet-tasting, simple grainy malts in the fore. There's a slight vegetal tone that courses through the brew, but, while not particularly welcome, it is mercifully faint. Incredibly light hop character and bitterness. Crisp, drying finish with that damned vegetal hint sticking around into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Glad to have met it, though this is definitely a one-and-done deal for me. While it is by no means great, Thailand could certainly do much worse for their "Number 1 Beer".

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.28/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pastel gold with several tiny particulates that might be yeast... or might not be. Given such sparse carbonation, the bone white cap is a respectable size. It's also at least as attractive as the foam on your average American lager. A little lace was laid down, but not much.

This Asian macro lager smells more like a Euro pale lager than the style seen above. It's time for 'World Lager' to be a recognized style. The beer uses rice, just like Budweiser, which is undetectable, and it has a grassy hoppiness similar to just about any Saaz-hopped EPL you'd care to name. A lack of offensiveness definitely helps.

Chang is (barely) okay beer, though I'd prefer to drink it with a huge plate of spicy Thai food rather than drinking it solo, like right now. Style nitpicking aside, it's nothing more and nothing less than another flavor-challenged pale lager that is probably the most consumed style of beer in the world. No personality. None at all.

What we have here is watery grain with a modest bitter bite on the finish. Although the hops provide a slight grassy spiciness, it certainly isn't enough to carry the day. That's pretty much the extent of things. My taste buds are bored and so am I, so it's time to move on.

The mouthfeel isn't horrible. Then again, it doesn't deserve even one iota of praise. Unless you're a fan of beer that is light-to-watery and has too few bubbles that are brittle rather than soft.

As noted above, Chang Beer is kinda, sorta acceptable as a food washer-downer. There's nothing here that you can't find at your local Quickie Mart, except perhaps a fraction more bitterness. That alone will turn off most aficionados of *real* American macro lagers.

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Photo of smcolw
2.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Modest head that leaves some spotty lace; Gold color and crystal clear.

The smell is that of spent grains from a homebrew. I cannot detect any real hop.

Not as thin as a typical American macro, but the rest is pure mass-produced grainy wanna-be pilsner. Again, no real hop to be found in the taste. And the aftertaste dies immediately after the swallow. Still, I'd say this is better than most factory beers.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.7/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Keeping the "Beers of the World" pack tasting going...

A: The pour is a clear, light golden color without much foam.

S: The smell is very, very light. Almost nothing really tickles the senses, in fact. Just a bit sweet and grainy, to be honest.

T: Just like everything else about this beer, the taste is light as well. A mild sweetness from the grain and corn, and little to no hop character.

M: Very flight and crisp on the tongue.

D: This is probably the lightest, most water-like beer I've had. It would make for a good ball-game or lawn-mowing beer, but that's about it.

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Photo of tdm168
2.54/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden copper with 1" of loose, foamy, white head that fades quickly. The nose is grainy and grassy. It tastes sweet and grainy with hints of apples and euro pale lager-esque yeastiness. The mouthfeel is very light, a little heavily carbonated, but smooth.

There is very little of interest here. This lands somewhere between an american adjunct and a euro pale. It's weak, subdued, but in the end very drinkable.

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Photo of stevoj
2.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Normal golden lager color, a white head with some retention. Smell is mainly grassy hops and some grain. Taste is grain and hops.Bland but not awful. Decent carbonation. Overall a decent lager, goes well with Thai food. Go figure....

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I almost shunned this beer b/c of my Indian beer experience. I'm not a lager guy, and especially not a S. Asian lager guy. But this one wasn't so bad. A clean, very light golden pour with a billowy head. Not bad, but the retention is. Very thin lacing if any at all.
A slightly skunked smell along with some faint, stale malt. Not pleasant, but I've smelled worse. Taste is suprisingly less skunked and matly. Very light. Some hops comes into play with some faint spice and crispness. As it warms, it becomes a bit stale. Still not bad enough for me to pour out. Not bad...drink cold!

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Photo of tone77
3/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. This is the first time I saw this beer here in the states and it reminded me of some crazy times in Thailand. Pours a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, some malts. Taste is very light, some malts and grains, not a lot going on. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall not as good as I remembered it, Very mediocre.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.17/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the top of the bottle is a paper-wrap in gold color which boosts a gold medal from the Australian International Beer Awards of 1998. This is brewed with "quality malt, rice, and hop, with natural water, and selected yeast" according to one source, but on the label it only lists "contains malted barley" under ingredients. I guess I'll try to spread the fame of this Thai macro lager here on BA. On to the beer:

Clear, pale light-straw color, crowned by your typical macro head. The smell contains DMS (cooked veggies), a little skunk, and sulfur. Moving on the taste of this beer, it's actually a little heavier than what I was expecting. A little sulfur running through, but that's the worst of it. Cooked rice creates a little taste and a good crispness. Malts are lights, but add a bit of sweetness to the beer. Hops are floral-like.

A solid macro lager. Easy-drinking for the warm Thai climate as well as (I presume) spicy Thai cuisine. You don't need to go out of your way for this, but if you can get a single, "Thai" it (try it).

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Photo of Mora2000
2.06/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours a basic light, clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of corn and grain with nothing else going on. The flavor is more of the same. Other than the grain, I get a little bit of grass but that is it. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Outside of the fact the beer was not skunked - as I expected it to be - I don't have anything else nice to say.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 640mL bottle into a pilsner glass. Beating the heat wave with some international adjunct lagers.

Appearance: light medium-gold color with lots of effervescence. Head is a couple fingers of fizzy white foam. Not too bad.

Smell: light, sourish grain with just a hint of skunk. Could be a lot worse.

Taste: well, it's not great. Not much in the way of malt *or* adjunct flavors, this is mostly just grain. Like, this tastes the way a depleted mash grain bed smells. There's also a bit of sourness and something I can only describe as plastic-y. All of that said, the flavor is mild enough that it's not horribly offensive. I'm not saying I love it, but I don't hate it.

Mouthfeel: light, somewhat watery body but a pretty healthy dose of carbonation. For an adjunct lager, I can't ask a whole lot more, at least to reach C+ type territory.

Drinkability: really, the flavor is kind of getting to me on this one. It's very mild unpleasantness is just sort of building, and, though it's not worthy of a drain pour, I might have to suck it down quick to get it over with.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yes it is bland and boring, but nothing unpleasant like some of these AALs. A touch of sweet malts in the finish. Easy drinker that pretty much goes down like water. I could easily polish off a few of these in a warm climate, and isn't that kind of the point of these export AALs?

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