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 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 IPA35
2.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

4th beer from an Asian beer giftbox.

Standard golden lager colour, a white head with some retention.

Smells not too bad, mainly grassy hops and some grain. Bit of wet cardboard.

Taste is grain and hops. A hint of alcohol or something, a bit wierd. Anyway, bland but not bad tasting.

Good carbonation

Overal a decent lager, and a vast improvement over the last time I had it.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
3.11/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had sushi the other night… and I thought about grabbing a bottle of this. I also wanted sake, but ended up drinking water. But this beer, every time I see it, makes me think of sushi and Asian food. The beer is actually made in Thailand, and until I started researching this beer, I had no idea they had two versions. The bottle on the list and the bottle we have is the export option, so we get the full flavor that they experience over there. I have never been to Thailand, but when I do (and I know I will eventually go) I will have to drink one over there. Beers from foreign countries always taste better in the country they were brewed and bottled.

Also, cool story about the elephant. I always wondered why there was an elephant on the label. Now I know! Let's drink.

In the Glass: Before I even looked, I told Sheryl "This is going to be a very unimpressive beer." She said, "Looks like Budweiser." She's right. It's thin, light, no head, and not much lace to discuss. But the one thing I am noticing in the glass… bubbles. There are a LOT of bubbles rushing to the top. Not quite champagne bubbles, but close. Maybe this will be a refreshing and carbonated offering.

Nose: Smells like a domestic. Actually, it is a little sweeter than a domestic. I am quite impressed with the aroma, to be honest. It reminds me of the beers I like chugging in Poland. I need to go back to Poland just to get drunk on cheap beer! Or Nicaragua. Nicaragua is closer, and they have pretty beaches. Anyway, I am impressed with the aroma here. The second whiff was just as sweet as the first. I hope that sweetness carries over to the flavor.

Flavor: There is quite a bit of carbonation going on here. Not as much as I expected, but it enough for me to mention that here as my first experience. The sweetness carries over, but it's there and gone again leaving the palate dry and begging for more. This is a beer that has ties to professional sports… and that makes sense. That is why crappy beer like Budweiser and Coors Light have ties to sporting events. They are light, crisp, and something you can chug outside. Chang is that beer.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is decent. Like I said, there are a lot of bubbles scattered across the tongue. The beer is also easy drinking and is something you could drink several before you realize you have had one. The experience is quick, as the beer slides across the tongue and you swallow. The aftertaste, well… let's talk about the aftertaste.

Aftertaste: What aftertaste? There is more flavor up front than in the aftertaste. There really isn't much going on after you swallow. What is there is dry, but it quickly fades. For $1.49, I can't say I had high expectations. But the elephants on the label are cute!

The beer is not very impressive. I didn't expect it to be. If it was hot outside, I could see myself chugging three or four of these. Maybe even on the golf course. This is not my first beer from Thailand, and I am sure it won't be my last. But this is nothing worth writing home about. If you are out, and it is the same price as whatever domestic you are offered, try it. Oh, and if you are in Thailand, try it. Of course you have to try it over there!

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Photo of Douberd
3.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle 330 ml, bought at an Asian goods supermarket in the Netherlands. .

Pale golden yellow colour. Half finger of head that disappears straight away. Seems very carbonated. Lots of activity in the glass.
Nothing special on the smell, just some malts and hay.
Taste is quite sweet, very malty. Your average lager taste.
Thin on the body and very very carbonated. Dry on the palate.
Overall nothing too special, but easily drinkable. Would be even better with less carboantion.

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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 jazzyjeff13
2.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 640ml bottle with a BB of June 2012, so it's a little out of date. Picked up some time back from Tesco.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear pale-straw colour with medium carbonation. Forms a large head of brilliant white foam that collapses rapidly and disappears. Weak aroma of ultra-light malt with faint hints of grain, stewed hops and overcooked veggies. Not much going on.

Tastes of very light malt with a dry finish. Faint notes of grain, stewed hops, overdone veg/corn and a solventy twang in the background. Dry, with virtually no bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and tingly, but thin and watery. Mildly astringent, with a faint aftertaste of stewed veg.

Meh. Just another bland, characterless, mass-produced lager. Hardly any flavour or aroma. Probably quenches your thirst in a hot climate, but no great shakes otherwise. No need to seek it out.

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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 andrenaline
2.75/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a pale straw colour, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Bready grass notes and hints of toasted biscuit on the finish.

T - A mild flavor dominated by bready malts, grassy notes, sugary sweet corn and a wheat finish.

M - Medium, smooth and wet.

O - A tasty brew, but nothing memorable. It paired well with my pad Thai, but I would prefer a lot of more flavorful beers to pair with my Thai dish.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 EmperorBevis
2.32/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well the Thai people must be amongst the most generous in the world because the bottle says a pint and my handled mug says there is at least 1 1/4 pints in that there bottle.

I'll be brutally honest here I am not a huge lager fan so with the pale yellow body and absolutely no head it looks like someone has already drank this and.. well you get the idea

very malty aroma with subtle floral notes probably the best thing about this beer.

I don't like the taste, too malty, too dry not enough hops not enough bitter tastes leaving the moth with almost a saccharin after taste.

Very watery mouthfeel and overly fizzy

I suppose it wouldn't harm too much to give it a try in a Thai restaurant but otherwise give a wide birth.

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

I tried this beer one night eating out at a Thai restaurant. The waiter insisted that I try it. The color was a dark yellow color with a thin head. The smell was kind of skunky with a normal domestic smell mixed in. As for the taste, it's what I was expecting from an Asian beer, dry and bitter.

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

Out of a bottle this Thai beer was a clear, golden color with one finger of white head. The retention of the cap was average and it left scattered lacing. The aroma was of adjunct grains especially corn along with some light sweet malt. The flavors were similar dominated by the corny grain with some hints of sweet malt, bread and grassy hops behind that. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium/light and the carbonation appropriate. Passable, but little more than that.

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Photo of t420o
2.48/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Chang beer

A- pour produces a half finger white fizzy head that recedes quick leaving no lacing. Beer is straw colored 2.5 

S- adjunct lager and a sweet almost perfume type smell. Almost smells like that rubber thing they put over your nose when they put you  sleep with gas. Interesting 2 

T- euro lager Taste without a metallic
Twang a lot of them have. Sweeter than most American adjuncts. Decent 2.5

M- pretty good mouthfeel. Good carbonation 3.5

O- I'd have it again but only if my choices were very limited 2.5


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Photo of musicman575
2.67/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I drank it at the local Thai restaurant. I had it a couple years ago when I went to Thailand and it was horrid. I'm pretty sure the few cans I bought were several years expired. Tried it again tonight and at least it was fresh.

Pale, clear straw color with hardly any head.

Hardly any smell, but it was light and flowery with a bit of malt and lager yeast.

Pretty flavorless beer, but did good to settle the spicy eggplant I devoured. Tasted like all of the above smells with a wimpy hop finish. Overall unimpressive, but not a terrible beer.

Could've used a lot more body and carbonation.

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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 krazyboi
2.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12. oz can into regular glass cup.

A: Very little head formed and recedes very quickly leaving little to no lacing. Light yellow golden color.

S: Honey, grains, very silght citrus hops, yeast.

T: Pineappley, malty, biscuity, yeasty, slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: High carbonation that stings nicely, light.

D: This is a decent beer for the price. Probably one of the better brews that's brewed in Thailand. Hard to choose between this and Chang Extra. This one is more expensive, a bit more refined in flavor, but has lower alcohol content than the Chang Extra(6.5%). Try it and see for yourself!

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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 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 BoitSansSoif
2.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pale yellow w/white head, no retention.

S-Grass and floral hops, very faint pale malt.

T-Faint malt with light corny DMS flavor that becomes more apparent w/each sip.

M-Light body and carbonation, slightly sweet corny flavor throws off balance, which is delicate due to an overall lack of much taste.

O-Best served on a hot sunny day in Thailand, otherwise better off with something else.

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Photo of hustlesworth
2.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A- clear golden with a dense creamy topped white head. much better looking than other adjunct lagers and euro pales. actually there's a slight haze to the brew. foam retention is pretty good but only leaves some minor spotty lacing.

S- i can smell the yeast in this one. mild lemon and coriander notes sneak around with a cookie sweetness and grass. a good swirl releases a bright flash of hops, but i wouldn't go so far as to call the aroma hoppy.

T- cardboardy pale malt and lemony grassy hops are the main flavor components here. there's some sweetness and a very light bitterness in the finish but overall seems watered down which of course, this style of beer usually does.

MF- totally undercarbonated, the bubbles are almost nitro-soft and that doesn't work well. without scrubbing bubbles, chang has a rubbery vinyl feel.

D- would be much better with more carbonation. by the way this beer looked initially, i expected something better and closer to a pils. as far as asian pale lagers, i'll go with a rice lager like sapporo before chang.

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