Chang Beer 6.4%

Formerly brewed at Thai Beverages
Style: Imperial Pils/Strong Pale Lager
Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya Province, Thailand


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RATINGS: 212   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.15/5   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
Bottle: Filtered.
Domestic product, retired in Summer 2015.
ThaiBev stopped production of Archa, Chang Beer, Chang Draught, and Chang Export in 2015. A new product, Chang Classic, was launched, with production shared between ThaiBev’s three breweries. The recipe of Chang Beer was changed to include rice, previously only used in the domestic 6.4% version. It is sold as 5.5% abv in some markets.
Chang was made with the vision of the top executives to expand the beer market with a Thai taste albeit with international quality, to give the consumers an alternative with the fervent belief in the brewing and production capability of the Thais. With its attractive taste and a price that appealed to consumers at all levels, the response and success of Beer Chang marked a new era and turned a new page for the Thai beer industry. In 1998 Beer Chang was awarded the “Gold Medallion” at the International Beer Competition in Australia in the category of “Lager, Unlimited Degree”. Since then, Beer Chang has become known as “the international Gold Medallion winner beer of Thailand”. Note: alcohol content may vary

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KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 22, 2005
When my fiance and I were in Amsterdam we found a neat Thai restaurant in the Red Light district. The owner of the place said that he’s lived in Amsterdam for 10 years and hasn’t bothered to learn to speak Dutch yet since everyone speaks English. Kind of funny. Anyway, he said that when he flys home to Thailand to visit friends and family, this is what he drinks. It has a yellow color and is very crisp and clean tasting. I could drink a lot of this with some great pad thai.

winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2005
Bottle Presents quite well. Star bright gold colour with a lasting medium head. Aroma is limited to hints of malt and some boiled cabbage for good measure. Flavour dominated by corn with some malt. It’d be ok with a arse burning green curry I guess.

Siivu (6) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 18, 2005 does not count
A little bit sweet and toasty taste and a gold color, slight less aroma than neutral. Content is medium with a good, but a little bit bitter, aftertaste.

ericnixon (746) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Bottle at a Thai restaurant in Amsterdam. The owner of the restaurant said this is all her drinks when he’s visiting his home country. Gold color, nice neutral aroma. Very mild. Clean taste with a hint of spice.

jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 13, 2005
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
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 (25060) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 28, 2005
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
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 (38152) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 2, 2005
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 (1162) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2005
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.

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