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

Chang Beer (Domestic)Chang Beer (Domestic)
BA SCORE
2.79/5
174 Ratings
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): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gusler on 12-20-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,837
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
174
pDev:
22.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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6
Gots:
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Ratings: 174 |  Reviews: 62
Photo of Tepsitola
4.5/5  rDev +61.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ive heard that the abv can change from bottle to bottle... So be carful drinking this beer! Wait 20 min.to determin if you are ok to have another one. I dont drink it right now so I dont have the taste in my mouth but I remember it as a really good beer. Chang in thai means elephant as shown on the bottle.

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Photo of Newlife1984
4.18/5  rDev +49.8%
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 jjamadorphd
4.17/5  rDev +49.5%
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 1844original
4.07/5  rDev +45.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer is a bottle at a Thai restaurant.

Very light color with a nice head. Smell is good with a light vanilla scent. Taste is very good. Light, but very good flavor. Good crisp taste with a light honey flavor. Finishes with a taste of vanilla. It goes great with the spicy Thai food. I can see drinking this with anything spicy or just to enjoy on a hot summer day.

Good beer. I would recommend.

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Photo of NickyG213
4/5  rDev +43.4%

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SeanInDC
4/5  rDev +43.4%

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.82/5  rDev +36.9%
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 dankjohn
3.75/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of shigg85
3.75/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a few bottles of this on a recent trip to Bangkok and Ayutthaya. I was unaware that the domestic was so much stronger than the export! And man, can you tell the difference! This Chang domestic had such a smooth finish accompanied by a more powerful punch than i'm used to from restaurant-common brews. By the end of the 750ml bottle I bought (for a ridiculously low price), I was enjoying a nice bubbly feeling. The brew pours a golden-clear amber with a bit of a head that completely fades. The smell has hints of hops and wheat. This beer goes down without any extra gas or negative aftertaste. Overall, if you are in Thailand, get this and taste the difference for yourself! I agree with other posts that Leo is a far superior beer (which it is), and if you're in Thailand, go for that at all opportunities. However, just to see the difference between the domestic Chang and the export, I would try this out for a pleasant experience!

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.69/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hand-carried from Bangkok to Moscow (thanks, Meroe!), my can is gold and blue, with the same two elephants under some kind of tree as depicted on the bottle. Pretty much everything on the can is written in Thai, but I can confirm the 6.4% ABV for this product. 12/26/05 is stamped on the bottom, but I'll hope that is the canning date. I opened it on 3/19/06.

Starting from low expectations here, the first impression is a confirmation. Clear pale gold liquid under a 1.5 finger white head that fades quickly to film and collar. No lace. On the pour, the nose is strong of skunked malt, but it settles into a nice grainy impression with a distinct undertone of floral (carnation, really) spice. The mouth is very - almost painfully - prickly and quite light. The taste, though, is a very pleasant surprise. The requisite sweet bready malt opens, followed by a smooth flowery bitterness that lingers as it tickles the back of the mouth. Peppermint notes emerge later, leaving a sweetish, but quite pleasant impression. This was worth having.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw with a nice white head that falls a bit too fast. Nose is cereal sweetness. Flavor is unusually sweet and quite smooth. I wouldn't say the flavor is out of balance in it's sweet edge though. Feel has a nice biting carbonation to it and the liquid is pretty firm as well. This is very easily drinkable. This should be widely available and widely appreciated. If this were widely available, it would probably be a go to beer for me.

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Photo of Hubris
3.52/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

For a South East Asian Lager, this isn't bad. I prefer it to it's much bigger competitor Singha and it's at least locally owned compared to Thai Carlsberg.

Maybe I'm being a Beeradvocate rebel, but I don't see the need to overanalyse this beer. It's a golden lager, sweeter and higher alcohol than most, ideally served ice cold at the end of a hot tropical day. Just watch out that you're not too dehydrated or you'll be p*ssed in no time!

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Photo of belawrence
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of Sergioelijah
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of Beerman1977
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of gos42
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of newbeeraday
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of psm90
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of friendofthedevil
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

i hear rumours that there're some fun chemicals in this stuff. not bad - refreshing enough to be sure and certainly holds its own against those with whom it shares shelf space. pale, sometimes extreme carbonation, other times none at all. it's kind of like gambling in that respect. if you go to thailand you will be assaulted by it wherever you go and no matter what your initial impression, will eventually learn to love it.

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Photo of Oidmoe
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of Foyle
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%
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 madvoice
3.47/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden/straw colour. Had a very bubbly head that disappeared in an instant. Absolutely no lacing at all. Smells very sweet and very malty and just a little hoppy. Initial taste is very sharp and slightly sweet with a slight tart/ bitter aftertaste. Quite heavily carbonated but still relatively smooth at the end. A great BBQ beer. Price is good too!

N.B. It may be considered very unladylike of me but I found this to be a great burping beer ;)

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Photo of FrothyBeverage
3.47/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

What can i say, this was my staple in thailand. Chang has a pretty standard golden apperance. Head and lace are nonexistant but lots of rising bubbles. It had a strong alchol smell. Pungent and tingled the nostrils. The alchol is not as evident in the taste as in the smell. Semi sweet with tones of wheat and exotic spices. Upon mouth contact there is a nice tingling sensation throughout the whole mouth. I found this beer to be very drinkable mainly due to price and alchol content. 38 baht ($1.05 US) for a big bottle at 7-11. This beer pairs well with curry. And yes i did leave thailand with a chang shirt.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.38/5  rDev +21.1%
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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