851: Chang

Name: Chang
Brewery: Cosmos Brewery (Thai Beverage Plc.)
Country of Origin: Thailand
City & State: Bangkok, Thailand
Style: American Adjunct Lager
Alcohol Content (ABV): 6.4%
First Brewed: 1995
Price: $1.49

Tasting Notes
Golden straw in color, with pleasing carbonation. The head dissipates quickly with little to no lacing. The nose offers sweet light malt with a smidgen of floral hop notes. The mouthfeel is sweet malt with a hint of bitter hops. The finish is brief.

Ricky’s Thoughts

I had sushi the other night… and I thought about grabbing a bottle of this. I also wanted sake, but ended up drinking water. But this beer, every time I see it, makes me think of sushi and Asian food. The beer is actually made in Thailand, and until I started researching this beer, I had no idea they had two versions. The bottle on the list and the bottle we have is the export option, so we get the full flavor that they experience over there. I have never been to Thailand, but when I do (and I know I will eventually go) I will have to drink one over there. Beers from foreign countries always taste better in the country they were brewed and bottled.

Also, cool story about the elephant. I always wondered why there was an elephant on the label. Now I know! Let’s drink.

In the Glass: Before I even looked, I told Sheryl “This is going to be a very unimpressive beer.” She said, “Looks like Budweiser.” She’s right. It’s thin, light, no head, and not much lace to discuss. But the one thing I am noticing in the glass… bubbles. There are a LOT of bubbles rushing to the top. Not quite champagne bubbles, but close. Maybe this will be a refreshing and carbonated offering.

Nose: Smells like a domestic. Actually, it is a little sweeter than a domestic. I am quite impressed with the aroma, to be honest. It reminds me of the beers I like chugging in Poland. I need to go back to Poland just to get drunk on cheap beer! Or Nicaragua. Nicaragua is closer, and they have pretty beaches. Anyway, I am impressed with the aroma here. The second whiff was just as sweet as the first. I hope that sweetness carries over to the flavor.

Flavor: There is quite a bit of carbonation going on here. Not as much as I expected, but it enough for me to mention that here as my first experience. The sweetness carries over, but it’s there and gone again leaving the palate dry and begging for more. This is a beer that has ties to professional sports… and that makes sense. That is why crappy beer like Budweiser and Coors Light have ties to sporting events. They are light, crisp, and something you can chug outside. Chang is that beer.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is decent. Like I said, there are a lot of bubbles scattered across the tongue. The beer is also easy drinking and is something you could drink several before you realize you have had one. The experience is quick, as the beer slides across the tongue and you swallow. The aftertaste, well… let’s talk about the aftertaste.

Aftertaste: What aftertaste? There is more flavor up front than in the aftertaste. There really isn’t much going on after you swallow. What is there is dry, but it quickly fades. For $1.49, I can’t say I had high expectations. But the elephants on the label are cute!

The beer is not very impressive. I didn’t expect it to be. If it was hot outside, I could see myself chugging three or four of these. Maybe even on the golf course. This is not my first beer from Thailand, and I am sure it won’t be my last. But this is nothing worth writing home about. If you are out, and it is the same price as whatever domestic you are offered, try it. Oh, and if you are in Thailand, try it. Of course you have to try it over there!

Chang – The bottle says: “NA”

Rating: 3/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

Today’s beer looks boring.  I am not a fan of American domestic beers – I think I’ve made that pretty well known.  And this one just looks like an American domestic.  I don’t know anything about it besides the name, Chang.  And from that, I’m going to guess that it’s an Asian beer.  (I know, I know… stereotype much?)  But whatever.

The beer has very little head in the glass, and what was there was gone pretty quickly.  I’ve probably let this beer sit too long, and it’s probably started to get warm.  Some beers are good warm, but I bet this is one that’s better ice cold.  It looks pretty carbonated, with a lot of little tiny bubbles floating to the top.  Oh, and in case you haven’t guessed from me saying it looks like a domestic – it’s a golden yellow color and very clear.  The smell – well, there’s not much there.  Not much to it other than the smell of a light beer.  Smells like your ordinary, everyday lager to me.  Well, now that I have built this beer up so much (ha ha), let’s try it and see if it lives up to expectations.

Ok, I’ve decided.  So far I’m pretty sure that every Asian beer I’ve ever tried tastes exactly the same to me.  And this one is no different.  There’s just nothing there.  This could be a Budweiser and I probably wouldn’t know the difference.  (Maybe that says something about my beer knowledge, I don’t know.  But I never have claimed to be an expert!)  This is one of those beers that you get when you go out for sushi or Chinese food because it’s the only kind of beer they serve in most restaurants like that.  It tastes just as boring as it looks.  No flavor, just a… beer.  Doesn’t get any more basic than this.

Rating: 1/5

850 bottles of beer on the wall…

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