What you should know about Beer Glasses
So, you've pulled out an ice-cold beer mug from the freezer, but did you really grab the 'correct' glass? You may be surprised that various styles of beers have their own ideal serving glass. We know what you're thinking...Does it really matter? In some cases, yes! Find out which beers should be served in which glasses.
The American Pint Glass is probably the beer glass you're used to seeing at bars or perhaps you have a few of your own. The majority of beers in the United States are served in this glass and has become one of the classic styles. It's made from thick glass which makes them durable and helps safe-guard against the warmth of your hand to maintain your beers cold temperature. Their shape, however, is not the best. Due to it's nearly straight sides, aromas and carbonation escape quickly along with your beer's head. There are other styles of Pint glasses such as an English style Nonic Pint with straight sides and a bulging rim, German style Willibecher Pint resembling an American Pint, and an Irish style Tulip Pint with straight sides on the bottom, opening into a bulbous shape at the top.
Use for: American IPA's, Imperial IPA's, American Pilsners, American Ales and Lagers, Light Lagers, Brown Ales, Double Stouts, Irish Stouts, Irish Ales, Red Ales, Cream Ales, English Ales or Porters.
Beers Served in a Weizen Glass
A Weizen glass, or 'wheat glass', is used for - you guessed it! - a number of different wheat brews. Its slim designed not only shows off the color of your beer nicely but also keeps aromas in and retains your beer's head.
Use for: Wheat beers, Dunkelweizen, White Ales, Hefeweizen, Kristalweizen or Weizenbocks.
Beers to Serve in a Thistle Glass
A Thistle beer glass is an unusual glass that makes for a fun presentation if nothing else. The name originates from the thistle flower (Scotland's national flower) because of its shape. It has a longer steam connecting to the distinctively round base, straight sides and its outward flowing quality of the rim. This typically hand-blown glass design helps retain your beer's head and retain aromas.
Use for: Scotch Ales or other Scottish brew styles.
Beers Served in a Tulip Glass
A Tulip glass is similar to the Thistle glass but is stockier, has a larger bulbous body and flares out just at the rim. The shape helps retain large heads, aromas and is ideal for aromatic and hoppy beers.
Use for: Pale Ales, IPA's, Strong Ales, Biere de Garde, Saisons, or Belgian Ales.
Beers Served in a Snifter Glass
These little and very round glasses are a typical style for serving brandy because of its shape. However, this style of glass is perfect for aromatic brews, such as Belgian Ales, because of the great head retention and wide bowl which helps release the aromas within the beer.
Use for: Belgian Ales, Bocks, Imperial Ales and Stouts, Strong Ales, IPA's, Saisons, or beers with an ABV over 7%.
Beers to Serve in a Stein Glass / Mug
A Stein beer glass is often referred to as mug, comes in a variety of sizes and can be used for a number of different brew styles. In order to preserve your brew's cold temperature, this glass also comes sporting a nice, heavy-duty handle - sparing your beer the warmth from your hand. It is a traditionally German style glass and can be made from silver, wood, glass, or earthenware and occasionally has a hinged lid on top. Stouter Krug mugs are short, slightly curved and has a number of indents along its surface.
Use for: American Pale Ales, Scottish Ales, Oatmeal Stouts, Irish Stouts, English Bitters, most Lagers, or German Ales.
Beers Served in a Stange Glass / Stick Glass
Stange glasses have a particular shape and reason behind it. The glass is 6 inches tall, 2 inches wide and has very straight sides. This seems like a fitting name, since 'stance' means 'pole' or 'stick' in German! The glass is designed for Kölsch beers and holds less than the average beer glass so you can drink it before the beer gets too warm.
Use for: German Kölschs, Altbiers, Goses, or Gueuzes.
Beers to Serve in a Pilsner Glass
While similar in shape to the Stange glass, the Pilsner glass is tall, narrow and designed to help show off the color, carbonation, clarity and head of your beer. This glass, however, is larger than a Stange glass and has a continuing, steady tapered shape beginning at the very bottom. Be sure to note that this glass does not have any curvature!
Use for: American Lagers, Bocks, Blonde Ales, or all Pilsners.
While there are a few other shapes out there, you are most likely to come across the ones listed above. Now, you probably aren't going to run out and buy 8 different styles of glasses...if you do we applaud you! You are a real beer connoisseur. However, for those of you who have a preference for few different styles - it may be time to upgrade your beer glasses!