jde123 (766) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 13, 2005
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Not the best beer in the world, although when paired with spicy thai catfish with lime, it complements very well. I especially enjoyed the way it lessened the pain in my stomach and made the gentle numbness in my lips dissapate.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - MAY 9, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
6.4% bottle: Suspiciously bright yellow. Aroma has a little lemon, corn, and some malt sweetness. Taste is not as refreshing as I was hoping for. A little too much flavor for how bad it is. Kind of sweet with a slightly offensive dirt-like aftertaste.
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 28, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 (Bottle 33 cl) Market-leading beer in Thailand and used to be brewed in a joint venture with Carlsberg before the two companys got into a fierce series of mutual lawsuits. "Chang" means elephant (or "big") and don’t the two elephants on the label look suspiciously like Carlsberg’s elephants? Pale, strong lager with a pronounced hop-bite and an underlying sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden. A bit tough to call this a "malt liquour", I believe it’s better and more refined than that. 101103
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2005
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Dark golden in color with a relatively thin, white head. The aroma is mostly malty with emphasis on light grains and a touch of caramel. The body is smooth but quite thin. The flavor isn’t as clean as the nose--weird vegetal flavors seem to compete with the extremely mild (read: almost non-existent) hops and thin, watery malt. Not the most pleasing flavor, but quite thirst quenching in the suffering heat.
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 2, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
An orange beer with a nice white head. The aroma is slightly sour - is it brewing cereal? but also caramel. The flavor is sweet malty with some sour notes, it must be brewing cereal. The flavor also has notes of metal and a little caramel. The end is dry flat metal. Thanks to Alex (fiulijn) for bringing this to Denmark before it was available here.
madquacker (1063) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2005
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Truely dire. Like spooning salt into your mouth. Piss look with a flat head. Malt, salt and then dishwater taste. I should have known better. Give me Singha (or anything) over this anyday.
BpaiHorngnam (14) - THAILAND - MAR 1, 2005
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Perhaps I’ve been too harsh on the taste. The fact is, the experience of Chang has little to do with the taste, but rather with the aftermath. I read once that Chang is a famous catalyst for "massive hangovers." I don’t think "hangover" is accurate. Rather, I think the correct term would be a "temporary but crippling depression." Consider yourself warned.
Nekronos (3738) - Xalapa, MEXICO - FEB 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2006 Well, this had a bitter taste, but not enough to caught my attention while I had another Thai. beer at sight.
highlandlad (1432) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This is Thailand’s best-selling beer but visitors should look for the more flavoursome Singha. Gold coloured. Pours with a creamy 1cm head that quickly disappears. Light buttery nose. Malty notes. Hint of straw. Light to medium-bodied, sweetish with a dry finish. Decent thirst-quencher for a hot climate but little to recommend it in any other environment. Another forgettable hot-climate lager. (Bottle)
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2005
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Golden color and a small white head. Weak malt, corn aroma and light sweet light hoppy taste. Light body and a light dry finish.