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

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A- Pours golden pilsner color. Big off white head that finally goes away after a couple of minutes. Lacing didn't stick to the glass but kind of just slid down.

S- This smells like the corn/rice adjunct lagers for sure. Some earthly tones to it as well almost grassy and something else I can't put my finger on.

T- Once again this is a typical adjunct lager taste to it. There is a very slight hop to it at the end which I found to be enjoyable for what it was. Sweet at the start and slight bitterness at the end. Not a bad beer for what it is.

M- Very carbinated. Good light mouthfeel. It seems to run and fizz over the palate which I wasn't the biggest fan of.

D- All in all this isn't a bad beer. Not my first choice of course but to be honest not my worst. I have tasted micros that I would put below this in terms of taste. Doesn't mean I'll be buying it anytime soon though.

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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 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 BlackHaddock
2.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml brown bottle, best before 2nd Sept 09, drank out of a Corsendonk stemmed tulip glass in May 09.

Large white head at first, mid-range lager golden body, head turned into a collar and wispy covering. Some lacing tried to hang onto the glass sides but failed in the end.

Matly aroma as the bottle was opened, then a wet cardboard smell appeared, not nice smelling at all.

Thought the malt from the intitial aroma might be found in the taste, but it wasn't. A standard lager feel and taste. Pleasant enough and ideal for replenishing fluids after a day in the garden, like I did today.

Typical lager, no great depth or power and a dry aftertaste left in the mouth ruined the tasting for me.

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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 Brad007
2.06/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I don't mind trying imports so I picked up a bottle of this.

Pours a mild gold color with a two-finger head into my glass. Carbonation seems a bit brisk.

Aroma is full of sweet malt and corn in the nose. Only a dash of hop bitterness is present.

Taste is light, bland and has both sweetness and bitterness in the middle.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery with lingering sweetness and corn. More of the typical, unimpressive macro lager.

You can still drink it but it won't knock your socks off. It's what it is.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
2.76/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color with tiny head and lace.

The aroma was of corn,light malt and subtle hops.

The taste is basic corn,malts,and some mild fruit hints.

The feel was high carbonation and a very light body.

Notes: I had this with Thai food and while it was not a great or even a good beer,it was decent enough and complimented the food just fine. There are better beers for spicy food,but this did well.

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Photo of SFLpunk
2.65/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.15oz brown glass pry-top bottle. BB 11/9/09 (365 day code).

Appearance: Pale, clear straw yellow with thin white head.

Nose: Classic "skunky" lager aromas, and thin smelling too.

Palate: Crisp and somewhat sweeter and more body than I expected. Skunky sweet lager.

Notes: Reminds me of the few Chinese beers I've had in the States. Nothing going on here, except old lager.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow, large white head.
aroma of creamed corn and not much else.
Taste again is cream of corn, but it does end up relativly clean with even a touch of hop.
Its avergage for style as far as the palte goes.
Rather unimpressed with this.
If I had to have a Far East beer i would take Tiger over this any day

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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 soupyman10
2.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Macro lager. What do you think it looks like? Nose is incredibly sweet, in that insipid (can a smell be insipid?) caramel malt (with a healthy dollop of rice/corn, I'm sure) candy that this kind of beer often has. Flavor is sickly sweet as well - reminds me of Rolling Rock. Fortunately, there's a ton of carbonation in here, so it masks the flavor fairly well. Overall, this beer is bad. A buddy told me that the brewery is a hot mess so every beer tastes different. But I tried two and they both sucked, so forget this.

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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 OStrungT
3.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light yellow color with a thick white head. the head fades moderately slowly, leaving pretty much no lace.

This beer has a very strong grainy aroma. It also smells of boiled cabbage. That is about it.

This beer tastes like it smells. Grainy. It is better than I remember it though from my time in Thailand.

This beer is a bit over carbonated. It leaves a grainy aftertaste.

This beer would make a good session beer if you didnt like craft beer. It isnt something I plan to drink again until I am in Thailand.

Overall: I never thought I would see this beer again, but it was part of the Beers of the World box that was givin to me by my cousins girlfriend for christmas. I was better than I thought it would be.

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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 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 Amalak
2.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of the bottle it was a dull gold with limited bubblyness and no real head. It also had a crappy, skunked kind of smell.

Too be honest, this wasn't as bad as I was expecting after the look and smell of it. It had the feel of a US Macro brew. It has a sour aftertaste, but it will do.

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Photo of aflockofshegulls
2.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this in bottle at my favorite Thai restaurant. I like the twin white elephants on the label. I didn't like spending four dollars on a single bottle, however.

Smell a bit fruity like honey and apples, but aroma is nearly absent. Mouthfeel was satisfying, but the taste was very bland. I detected some semblance of malt and grain, but no hops whatsoever, not even skunkiness. It was a bit on the fruity sweet side, and wasn't a great thirst quencher, but it did help to alleviate some of the spiciness from my meal.

If I were in Thailand, I can imagine enjoying a few Changs for lack of other beer. Water probably would be a better choice.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.28/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a very pleasant surprise in that it was a far cry better than most other Asian beers. Although it had little nose, this was an improvement over the normally grainy-skunk nose found in many of its countrymen. Mouthfeel was much more full than most, taste was slightly malty and earthy and the finish fairly long and somewhat sweet.

Probably my favorite Asian beer to date

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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 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 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 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 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 jkdrummer
2.22/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a nice thick white foamy head that dies into a ring of lace. Very active carb. Aroma of hay and something really offensive like sour almost. Taste is like a cheap American macro, kinda sweet but not much for hops, really more of bad sourness to it. I can see that this might be good while in Thailand with 90F and 90% humidity -- but this really average beer. Not recommended.


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