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

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Chang Beer (Domestic)Chang Beer (Domestic)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.)
Thailand
thaibev.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gusler on 12-20-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
157
Avg:
2.8
pDev:
36.79%
 
 
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Reviews by jjamadorphd:
Photo of jjamadorphd
4.17/5  rDev +48.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice color and it had a hint of rice in its odor. The head was a bright-white which dissipated very quickly. The taste though was something other than I expected. It was surprisingly good. It felt good in the mouth, and went down extremely good. I was very impressed with this beer and would definitely try it in it's other varieties.

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Photo of portia99
2.76/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz can brought back from Thailand from a friend on his honeymoon. Poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Pours a nearly colorless but still discernible pale golden color. Endless streams of carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. A fluffy finger of head persists for several minutes and leaves rings of foamy lacing on the glass. For the style, this is a very good looking beer.

S - Pretty standard adjunct lager aroma. Very grainy/cereally, a touch of skunky hops, mild sweetness. Nothing outstanding, nothing offensive - pretty much as I would expect.

T - Overall sweet in character...corn sugary. Mild hop bitterness, a touch buttery. Again, pretty standard for the style, but I would put this even a notch below the average beer in the category. Slightly strange sweetness that doesn't give the hops a fighting chance. Tastes a bit artificial.

M - Light in body, mild carbonation for the style - just a bit lower than middle ground. Odd sweetness persists from beginning to end. Grainy and mildly hoppy but very subdued - even more than most in the style.

O - Not a shining example of the style. I've had plenty of different examples from many different countries with mixed results. This is on the lower end of the scale - there are plenty of others that are better (palatable). This stands out as a subpar example of a lower end style...not one to seek out at all.

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Photo of Newlife1984
4.18/5  rDev +49.3%
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 Marty
2.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just had one of these again for the first time in about two years. When my sis and I were in Thailand, this is all we drank, not because it's cheaper than Singha (which it is) but because it's actually better. Most Thai beers don't look like much. Pale pale pale golden hued, and better off left in the bottle. Pretty sure it's brewed with rice. Lots of rice. Doesn't have much in the way of an aroma.

This beer, however, is maltier and more complex than Singha. Overall, the best of the crap beers available in Thailand, excluding Heineken and some other imports that are sometimes available. But why drink a Dutch beer when you're in Thailand??

PS: Rumor has it that Beer Chang bottles' %ABV tends to fluctuate wildly (+/- 3%) from bottle to bottle. I can't confirm this. I can, however, suggest that most tourists to Thailand probably end up dehydrated on occasion, and a parched tourist would naturally be more prone to getting sloshed off a single beer.

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Photo of Drunkenass
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of BeerIsland
3.38/5  rDev +20.7%
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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Photo of dankjohn
3.75/5  rDev +33.9%

Photo of ChaseBacon
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of awalsh
2/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours very pale and carbonated. Aroma is metallic and vanilla.

More of that in the taste. Watery, yet a hop presence that is somewhat appealing on a hot summer day or with spicy food. Not a thai food guy, but have had this with Mexican and Italian hot stuff, not bad. No malt.

Kind of expensive for not much ingredients wise.

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Photo of Shovelbum
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear medium yellow body. Head is white with large bubbles and moderate staying power--but gone by the glass's end. Zero lace. Aroma is a mixture is a light sweet malt and citric hops with a bit of booze. Taste is clean--slightly sweet balanced by a mild bitterness--overall surprisingly smooth with little bite from the booze. Finish is smooth.

This beer has a bit of a nasty reputation among the expat community I run with-- largely due to some seriously punishing hangovers that is has dealt. Rumors circulate that domestic versions of this and many other SE Asian beers contain Formaline (a preservative mixture of Formaldehyde and Glycerine), but I think the culprit is actually the heat and dehydration. The 6.4 ABV would certainly give the light beer crowd a run for their money in this climate! All that being said, Chang is a decent beer when compared next to its SE Asian compatriots.

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Photo of dcbeers
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of JMS1512
3.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ONovoMexicano
2.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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 BamfBacon
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of sfprint
2.49/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From Dec 2010 notes

330ml bottle, labeled Chang Classic, which I believe is this domestic version.

A: Very minimal head, nearly zero rising carbonation, transparent thin dull gold.

S: Mild, toasted malt, alcohol presense is somewhat apparent. Not very strong.

T: Unpleasant sourness/bitterness. Not gross, just not nice.

M: Somewhat mouth puckering, Light medium bodied, mild carbonation.

D: It's drinkable but not enjoyable.

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Photo of Barracudas
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of twillingthenoz
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of johnson3000
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of LakerLeith
1/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Very bland, empty bodied beer. Not for me!

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Photo of BeerSingh
3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chang is a good substitute for Singha when you are in Thailand. Better ABV for lesser bahts spent. Always had straight from the can, smelt of wet grain, sourish. Tasted metallic which got bitter as the beer warmed up in your hands. An average lager with a big kick. Definitely the best choice in Thailand after Singha.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
1.47/5  rDev -47.5%
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 Harkrank
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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