Beer Glasses

May 10, 2019 - Comment

Beer Glassware About the glass Not all glassware shares the same purpose when it comes to serving beer. You could effectively serve your beer in plastic red cups or even leave it in the bottle. So why are so many variations of glassware on hand at your favorite craft brewery or pub? Glassware in addition to

Beer Glassware

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About the glass

Not all glassware shares the same purpose when it comes to serving beer. You could effectively serve your beer in plastic red cups or even leave it in the bottle.

So why are so many variations of glassware on hand at your favorite craft brewery or pub?

Glassware in addition to national traditions is designed to show off the color of a beer, maintain the head of a bear, and provide a pleasing aroma from the contents.

Differing glass designs highlight specific aromas for corresponding beer profiles. They also capture the head of a beer differently and even change the rate carbon dioxide is released.

Imagine aromatic steaks are served to the table next to yours. The food smells so amazing your appetite is immediately aroused. You may even become a little impatient looking for someone to take your order!

How a beer looks and smells is paramount when knocking back your cold one. To get the most refreshing experience from your brew, the serving vessel is an important factor.

Beers and Glassware

The American pint glass is the defacto standard at most restaurants and pubs. Serving 16 oz. beers universally.

If your cabinet only has room for a few glasses, this might be your best choice.

While it serves as an all-purpose glass it does allow heat to transfer from your hands while drinking. If you tend to sip your beer slowly, there are other options.

Dimpled Mugs

Dimpled Beer Mug

Constructed with heavy glass and a firm handle. Like the American pint universally serves all sorts of beers without the disadvantage of direct heat exchange.

Designed to be easier to hold on to when wet. Noteably better suited for chilling in your fridge or freezer prior to pouring your beer of choice. The heaviness of the glass keeps the beer cold longer. 

Belgian Glass

The narrow of Belgian glasses capture the head of Belgian Ales, Saisons and India Pale Ales. Similar to a wine glass when swirled you will readily enjoy aromatic highlights of the beverage.

This glass is flared near the bottom. The intention is to allow the carbonation to continually rise, presenting a lively head for the drinker.

Goblets and Chalice glassware may also be used when drinking heavier Belgian Ales and Bocks.

Belgian Ales and Bocks are considered sipping beers, thus use a glass that keeps the beer fresh for a longer period.

The English Imperial pint holds an ample 20oz.

Commonly used to service Ales, Lagers, and Brown Ales. A bubbled area near the top does allow for nice aromas to escape. The bubble also helps hold the head once half consumed.

Like the American Pint, it’s used to serve all types of beers including Stouts, Porters, and Ambers.

Pilsner Glass

Pilsner and lager beers are known for bright color and lots of carbonation. The Pilsner glass captures the head and keeps the bright aromas contained until your ready for another snort.

The glass is designed with a linear flare, not to be confused with glasses with a curved shape.

The glass highlights the appealing bubbles in addition to showing off a lagers color. This style of glassware usually holds less volume than a traditional pint glass.

Commonly seen in traditional pizzerias.

A Weizen glass is taller than a pint glass and is flared near the top. This allows aromas specific to Wheats and Weizens to escape while presenting a nice head. Think Hoegarten with banana highlights.

Wheat beers and Weizens have a thick fluffy head that needs more room for expansion.

In addition to American style wheat beers, the Weizen glass is commonly used when serving Hefeweizens and Dunkles. These are typically a little taller in Europe.

Dunkles
Dunkles are wheat beers where the wheat germ from the brewing process is purposely left unfiltered. These beers are more cloudy in appearance but offer a heavier body.

Stangens are tall and narrow glasses designed to preserve carbonation. Beers commonly served in this unique glass are Rye beers, Altbiers and Bocks.

Wheats, Weizens and Dunkel beers are sometimes served in Stangens but are not very commonly done so in the US.

IPA Beer Glass

An IPA glass like Chalices is nucleated to allow long streaming bubbles to continually rise.

Keeps those hoppy aromas right under your nose. The slender base is designed to let carbonation escape, keeping each sip crisp and bright.

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