If you don’t use the correct beer glass for your chosen beverage, you’ll miss out on the overall experience.
The beer glass you choose for your pour will determine the density and creaminess of the head, the temperature of the beer, the visual and aromatic appeal, and the taste.
The size and shape matter greatly. Presentation is everything!
Do you know which beer glass to use for which beer? Keep reading and you will.
Following is a quick over view of 7 beer glasses. Here you will find the most common and the best all around beer glasses.
The most common beer glass out there isn’t really a beer glass at all. It’s the other half of a cocktail shaker! Matter of fact, unlike its name, the shaker pint isn’t even a pint. It only holds 12 to 14 oz.
This glass does nothing for aroma or presentation. It is the most common glassware found in large chain bars and restaurants because it is easy to store, clean and stamp with a logo.
To truly get the most from your pour, don’t settle for a shaker pint. Demand better.
The English Tulip is a true pint glass with a uniform bottom that flares out slightly towards the rim. The flared-out rim allows the liquid to be delivered widely across the mouth making sure your taste buds receive the full experience.
This glassware is most common for Irish Stouts.
This is a standard pint glass with a bulbous flare an inch or two from the top. The narrower top helps capture the aroma and the slight outward taper gives head extra support.
This style glassware is best for drinking English ales and low-gravity session beers.
Not long after WWII the English Dimpled Pint made its appearance.
This glass resembles a coffee mug. The dimpled design in the glass accentuates the beer’s color and the handle helps the beer maintain its chill.
The English Dimpled Pint is used for the amber toned English Bitters and mild ales.
The Tapered Pilsner has been around since the middle ages. It is typically a very angled glass with a slight stem base for support.
The narrow taper is meant to show off the beer’s color while the outward tapered opening supports a foamy head.
The Tapered Pilsner, like the name suggests, is best used for a pilsner.
This beer glass’s large size and inward tapered base is meant to accentuate a thick foamy head.
Before pouring your Weissbier a rinse of cool clean water will break the surface tension in the glass allowing for a more satisfying pour.
The Bavarian Seidel is the most common glassware for October Fest. Some versions have the same dimpled design that is found on the English Dimpled Pint.
It is typically used for a long-draw of Pilsner or Helles.
The Snifter is most commonly used for brandy but lends itself to high ABV beverages such as barley wines and imperial stouts. Its small size and inward curving rim help trap in the aroma and flavor of the brew.
The Stemmed Tulip glass is similar in appearance to the Snifter. This style of beer glass has some of the best features for enjoying a wide variety of beers. The stem and flared base fit the hand so that it does not warm the beer.
While an inward taper holds aroma mid glass, the outward flare of the rim gives the head extra support and fits your mouth for a perfect sip.
This uncommon beer glass works well for higher end beers such as Belgian tripels, bocks, maibocks, and imperial IPAs. Their small size supports the stronger styles while the outward taper give the foamy head extra support.
IPA’s fit well in a number of the above choices. The Nonick Pint, English or Stemmed Tulip, and Pokal work well with IPAs as they capture the aroma from the hops.
Proper serving is an important part of enjoying the full taste of your beer. Just as there is an art to brewing there is an art to the perfect pour, pairing and appreciation of beer.
To learn more about how to properly serve beer grab a copy of Tasting Beer. This book discusses the ingredients and brewing methods that make each brew unique and explains how to identify the scents, colors, flavors, and mouthfeel of all the major beer styles.
Now that you know which glass to use with which beer it’s time to invite your friends over for a cold pour! It’s time to toss out the Shaker Pints and truly enjoy the uniqueness of each beer.
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