Chang Beer (Domestic)
Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.)

Chang Beer (Domestic)Chang Beer (Domestic)
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Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #198
ABV:
5%
Score:
67
Ranked #47,647
Avg:
2.84 | pDev: 21.83%
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
208
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Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.)
 
Thailand
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
67
Poor
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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 208
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.97/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yet another in the long running series of "how have I not reviewed this yet?" Chang is one of those beers I don't think I've ever drank when not eating Asian food.

Pours the industry standard yellow with ample clarity and a quickly dissolving head that goes up no higher than 1/3" but really settles into a 1/16" film soon thereafter the pour. The aroma is mostly just grain, but barley does seem to lead the way. Hoped for a bit of skunky lager to it, but I think the green bottle just made me optimistic because it wasn't there.

Taste is mild, mostly that watery barley sense, sometimes if you get the real hot shit (food wise) you can pull out a little noble like hop bite and bitterness out of it. Mouth feel is a very carbonated light beer like quality. Seems slightly heavier and less cut with rice or sweetness than Budweiser. Pretty similar stuff at the end of the day.

Ultimately, there is not a lot of substance to this beer, but parse it through the style, its kind of meant to go that way. I didn't find any off flavors, so temper your ratings, this isn't a beer you rage about, its a beer you have with food.

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Photo of chitoryu12
2.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Look: Clear gold with lots of visible carbonation. Two fingers of foamy white head with decent retention.

Smell: Skunked, as expected from the green bottle. Mild sweet malt behind it.

Taste: Corn malt with some skunk. Nothing else.

Mouthfeel: Watery and extremely carbonated.

Overall: As you could probably guess, yet another cheap macro lager.

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Photo of elnachooo
2/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cerveza de color amarillo pálido, ligera, con una cabeza blanca que se disipa en segundos. Del aroma se rescata la malta y un toque frutal que luego vuelven a destacarse en boca. Cerveza regular, para tomar sin pretensiones.

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Photo of illpass78
3.18/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. into a chilled glass.

Appearance: Soapy white head on top of a clear straw beer with heavy carbonation.

Aroma: Clean, with some grain. Hint of rice.

Taste: Cold and crisp. Not too adjunct heavy.

Mouthfeel: Quaffable for sure.

Overall: Perfectly fine beer to pair with Thai food. Unremarkable but decent.

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Photo of Schlitz74
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a decent beer for the style, pours about a finger of white head and leaves little to no lacing on the glass. This just like what a Euro lager should taste like. There is nothing great or bad about this beer. It is worth a try as a single.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Gold in color with excellent clarity and a minimal to moderate amount of carbonation bubbles erupting from within. There's a fingernail of off white covering about a quarter of the top. I smell plenty of well water lager yeast/hydrogen dioxide along with a hint of grassy German hops. I'm tasting plenty of hydrogen dioxide and just a suggestion of grassy German hops. The mouth is very dry and refreshing.

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Photo of dimwit_flathead
3.43/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I don't understand why the Chang Beer (Imported) listing was designated as "Retired." The beer I'm drinking says "imported." Clearly it was not retired as I just bought the beer today at Jons in Southern California.

Anyway, this beer is pretty good for an American lager knock-off. It has more flavor than a Miller or Bud and seems more amber in color. It has a flavor reminiscent of Carlsberg, probably due to its green glass. To say that this beer is Poor, as its current ratings stand, is just plain wrong.

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Photo of bibo_ergo_sum
4.39/5  rDev +54.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

Given its style, price point and market, I'm very surprised this beer isn't rated higher. This international take on the macro-brewed American Adjunct Lager surpasses its prototypes in every single way. Chang has a wonderful meadlike quality. It is sweet, refreshing, crisp, smooth finishing. Everything AB Inbev promises in its commercials but fails to deliver in its products Chang has in spades.

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Photo of Spike
2.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On draught in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
This is a pale lager with low carbonation. Smell and taste are both light. Slightly sweet, rice is noticeable and hoppy bitterness is low. Mouthfeel has some chew but is otherwise light. The lack of carbonation is unusual.
This beer is adequate sat next to the river on a balmy December evening. It suits the locale but it would be average to poor in any other circumstance.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.5/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a 6-pack $8.96 Sam's Club
Clear light golden color
Medium-high carbonation
Light mouthfeel
Taste really light, watery, easy drinking for hot days, sweet light malt favor
Overall just ok. Not worth the premium price, but if you're eating spicy food at a Thai restaurant I can see this going well with that. On its own nothing great. Would not buy again.

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a bottle of Chang Beer for $1.99 USD in San Gabriel, California/USA.
Look: Chang Beer had a medium amount of foam.
Smell: Chang Beer had an aromatic aroma of alcohol, beer, and grains.
Taste: Chang Beer had a taste which contained flavors of fermented grains, hops, and rice.
Feel: Chang Beer had the feeling which reminded me of average amounts of carbonation.
Overall: Chang Beer is a beer that you can find in some stores. Chang Beer is a beer for people who are thirsty.

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Photo of cyberholz
1.5/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A terribly low-quality beer with zero aftertaste. You drink it, it's gone.

Unfortunately Chang had an exceptionally nice beer, Chang Export. They did a lot of marketing, was a smooth dry balanced taste, not too sweet as Thai beers normally tend to.

Chang today is an industrial brew with close to no barley and hops in it, am told by a local expert brewer it's all rice.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

It lacks a strong flavor but what is there is pleasant, I liked it better than some other asian beers that I've had. There was almost no smell at all. A little watery but smooth. My bottle says it's 5% ABV not the 6.4% listed on here.

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Photo of MFMB
2.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pour a light straw yellow, smells of grain, biscuit and white dread with some sulfer in the background. Very carbonated. Taste of cracker and grainy with a touch of honey/honey like flavor. Medium to light mouthfeel.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.26/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Gold color, a little hazy. Foam sparse, white.
The aroma of malt, to reach the notes of honey and sweet aroma of lime flowers.
Taste: here but light water with honey nothing, maybe light metallicity.

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Photo of Newlife1984
4.18/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

To be honest I find it difficult to describe this beer. Had a few glasses in our holidays in Thailand and enjoyed them very much. The domestic version is much different than the export version - more alcohol in it (6.4 vs 5.0), different taste (the domestic tastes "fuller" and "more interesting"), also the bottle is quite big (660ml). Definitly one of my favourites, even if it is quite impossible to get the domestic version outside of Asia.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.15/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Got a 620ml bottle from a local 7/11 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Sweet malty taste, some straw smell. Little hop taste, almost none at all.
Overall a good brew compared to the local Leo, which tastes like water. Chang has a lot more characters.

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Photo of stevoj
2.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Normal pale lager ordered with some Thai food. Nothing special or exceptional. Plain cereal lager, a bit heavier than the export in body and in malt flavor.

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Photo of _drummer_
1.47/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

This is a great example of an average SE Asia beer. It's very light, crisp, and is a good cold drink when it's boil-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk-hot in Thailand. However, that's about the only time it's good. There's not a lot of flavor and it's like drinking flavored water, in my opinion. When in Thailand and I only have Chang or Leo beer in a small restaurant, I'll typically pick Leo.

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Photo of VABA
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a straw color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has slight malt hints
The taste follows the nose with a slight nalt flavor
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A decent beer

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
2.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks great with pristine clarity and intense carbonation.

Mineral and sweet grain qualities, suggests honey and bread. Definitely tastes and smells sweet with little hop presence. I'm looking for some good hop flavor but getting nothing.

It feels sweet and grainy but pretty light and refreshing. Certainly nothing bad about the beer, but it's one-noted and doesn't excite in any way. But it's a definite complement to some spicy Thai food as the sweetness will alleviate some spice.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.82/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BB 9/11/15 at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma grainy, disulfide
Head small (one cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to two mm ring and no layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body straw, clear
Flavor weak, slightly of disulfide, otherwise crisp, slightly bitter; no hops flavor, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, crisp, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of Foyle
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330ml bottle into pilsner glass.

Appearance: pours a 1" white head that drops rapidly with no lacing. Color is clear golden with mild streaming carbonation.
Aroma: wet grain, toffee, green grassy and fruity hops
Mouthfeel: light by full bodied with a quick, easy, mostly dry finish.
Flavor: lightly toasted barley sweetness, a hint of toffee, some mild fruitiness (apple and grape) and some lingering grassy hop bitterness.
Overall: well done and easy drinking. This should pair very well with spicy Asian foods

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Photo of tkarsies
3.01/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this beer maybe 10 times this past month while on holiday in Thailand. I imagine that getting this in the US would be a much different experience due to transport. However, I imagine that locally in Thailand, bottles are fairly fresh.

Most of the time, this was drunk straight from the bottle. However, a couple times poured in glass, had clear golden appearance with a thin white head. Minimal lacing. Appearance is what I would expect from an adjunct or Euro lager.

Smell minimal and non-offensive. Not much here.

Taste was some malt, slight hop bit. Basic lager taste. Nothing outstanding but no major off tastes either. Despite being much higher ABV than the usual adjunct lager, the alcohol isn't particularly noticeable. Will have to try in the US to compare to the export version.

Mouthfeel thin with a bit of carbonation on the tongue.

Overall, this beer is adequate and widely available throughout Thailand. Also it is very inexpensive (something like $1 US at a restaurant). It pairs nicely with the spicy Thai food that we had. A reasonable choice in Thailand that works well with the heat...weather and food.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Chang Classic is a pretty beer in the pilsner glass; clear gold with a frothy head that is sinking. Malty, grassy nose. Decent body and there is a lingering finish, toward the bitter. Very nice first sip. Light in flavor but not cheap tasting. Since there seems to be a relationship between the ruling family and the Boon Rawd Brewery (Singha), Chang is becoming more popular among opposition beer drinkers. This 630 ml bottle was personally imported by my nephew.

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Chang Beer (Domestic) from Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.)
Beer rating: 67 out of 100 with 208 ratings