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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BpaiHorngnam (14) - THAILAND - MAR 1, 2005
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 (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - FEB 16, 2005
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 (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2005
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 (6064) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2005
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.

mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2004
No head on this. Slightly acidic aroma and taste. Some dryness from high carbonation. I don’t think I’ll be disappointed if I never drink another Asian lager. Bad for number 600.

Choos (754) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2004
Aroma: bailing wire, hint of malt. Apperaance: orange gold very clear smallish head that lasts. Flavour: corn syrup smallish sweetness, some malt and a bit of bitterness. Non lasting flavour but it does make me want a green curry so it deserves around a pass!

bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
The colour is clear, golden yellow and the head is white. At first, the foam is quite large, but soon it shrinks to a very thin and smooth layer. The smell is quite discreet, but I noticed an almost musty flavour of malt and corn. The carbonation is poor and almost flat. Maybe I shouldn’t have poured it the way I did to get that head? The taste is at first relatively strong with an unpleasant chemical body with hints of wormwood. Then, the taste develops into a flat taste with notes of sweet peas, lime and… Maybe some kind of detergent? I have drunk other beers that tasted boring and uninspired, but this one was simply disgusting. The beer is marked as "The most sold beer in Thailand". Poor Thai.

OlJuntan64 (1264) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2004
Canned: Yellow gold clear with a short lasting white head. Short fruity aroma burst on opening. Fades to light stale hops and metallic and plastic. Soft low carb palate. Medium sweetness lightly hoppy start moving to a stronger harsh bitter finish. By no means the worst Asian lager around.

mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2004
This is one of the few Thai brewed beers I’ll drink while in Thailand. As I only like Singha in the US, I choose Chang to wash down my laarb or yum loaded with chilies.

Spiesy (2337) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 3, 2004
Bottled. Amber with just the slightest of fine white heads. Not overly carbonated. Challenging floral aroma. Wet, lifeless flavour with a sour finish.

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