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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burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2003
buddha and god would enjoy sitting around getting drunk on this beer. probably would solve a lot of the worlds biggest problems if everyone had a daily quota of chang. in the elephant we trust!

stamfordbus (1) - Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2011 does not count
Best beer in Thailand for price and taste, shame Beer Lao is not available freely here that is far better than any Thai beer

CALVIN99 (6) - CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2003 does not count
An excellent strong Thai beer. It tastes sharp, has a hoppy aroma and is kind to the palate. It also causes memory loss if taken to excess.

p0urmeac0ld0ne (407) - Merthyr Tydfil, WALES - AUG 28, 2017
absolutely gutted to find out that this thai-domestic beer has been discontinued, yet at the same time glad to see that the poor chang export has also gone the way of the dodo. i will have to try the "new" chang classic. anyways, chang 6.4% is/was a phenomenal, malt-heavy brewery with a slightly overpowering alcoholic kick. chilled down to ridiculous proportions and imbibed in the thai heat however, you could go through it like water. very tasty, for a.) a lager and b.) for its strength. RIP.

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.

flying_pig (1683) - SCOTLAND - SEP 11, 2013
640ml bottle in Koh Phangnan, Thailand (100 Baht):
Light grain and some faint hops on the nose with some very light skunk. There is some sweetness and corn with a faint hint of alcohol as well.
Clear, golden straw colour with a thin, 1cm head that settles as a patchy looking lacing after thirty seconds.
Lager malts with some grain, a few adjuncts and a very small taste of alcohol that was to be epected going by the abv. on the bottle. There is a hint of hops and a semi-bitterness with some grassy flavours and a bit of citrus.
Smooth for the most part bar the touches of grain. There is some alcohol but it is better hidden than I expected. Medium carbonation compliments a light body and there is a slight citrus tang together with a crisp and very clean feel.

A solid Asian beer and my go-to beer anytime I am in the region as it is so much better than the export version that makes its way to Europe and the UK. It’s not outstanding by any means but it is a good beer with a nice alcohol kick that soon catches up on you once you’ve had a few.

Nekronos (4213) - 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.

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.

coldbrewky (1731) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Bottle at the local with some new friends. Props to Andre for suggesting we have this one for the road. A light bodied grainy smelling lager that has an abundance of carbonation. A lighter yellow gold with a decent white head. Not much in the lace dept. Grains and Corn in the nose. A gentle hop mono-tone from start to finish. Refreshing.

Tero (46) - FINLAND - DEC 23, 2010
In my opinion, this Chang classic is real exception in basic Thai beers. It is rather strong and tasty, and still it is fresh. When I am very thirsty, and water is too expensive, I definitely buy one Chang Classic (if I am in Thailand).

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