Any beer connoisseur should know that you can’t get away with pouring some beers in just any glassware. Pouring your brew in the wrong beer glass types can throw off the experience by altering head size (foam), aroma, and even the taste. There’s no sense in wasting a beer, so consider these different beer glass types before pouring up!
The Pint Glass
The most common beer glass that you’ll find at a bar is probably the pint glass. This beer glass type is perfect for most beers because the thicker glass holds the cold temperature longer than other glass types. The cone shape of the pint glass provides a wider opening that allows a thicker foam head to form and produce a stronger aroma. A slight variation is the “nonic pint,” which features a bulge near the glass opening. The nonic glass is supposed to help the drinker grasp the beer better. A pint glass is most commonly used when pouring a lager, IPA, stout, or porter.
The Pilsner Glass
One of the taller beer glass types, the pilsner glass helps the beer maintain it’s carbonation longer and also enhances the beer’s aromas. The glass is perfect for pilsners, and some lager beers. You’ll notice that most pilsner glasses taper off at the bottom forming a stem. This may make the glass easier to handle, but ultimately means less beer per serving.
The Weizen Glass
The weizen glass is quite similar to the pilsner glass, but the tapering at the bottom thins the glass a tad bit more. This beer glass type is perfect to show off the coloring of your beer, especially if it is cloudier than others. You won’t find anything else in a weizen glass aside from a weizen, hefeweizen, or witbier. Your weizen beers are wheat ales, rooting from German and Bavarian culture.
The Goblet Glass
The goblet glass type can hold a larger amount of beer per serving and resembles the shape of a bowl with a stem at the bottom. Most Belgian ales, bocks, stouts, and Imperial IPAs are best served in a goblet (or chalice). Essentially any beer that has a higher ABV should go in this beer glass type.
The Snifter Glass
Not to be confused with a goblet, the snifter is slightly unique in how it holds beers with a heavier ABV. This type of glass fits perfectly on one’s hand, which should gently warm the beer to a pleasant level. Snifters are a special beer glass type that releases the strong bouquet aroma of the heavier beers. One could also compare these to cognac glasses.
The Tulip Glass
The tulip glass obviously gets its name from the striking resemblance to the flower. The beer glass’ lip allows a thicker head to form and is perfect for hoppy beers (like IPAs). This glass also features a stem to prevent you from warming the beer glass.
The Mug/Stein Glass
This beer glass is perfect to hold higher volumes of brew. You’ll notice the durability of the glass protects temperature and the handle allows for easy holding. The mug is perfect when drinking numerous rounds.
Identical to the mug is the stein, with the only difference being an affixed lid to the glass type. In the 1400’s, the stein was designed by Germans to help prevent spread of the Bubonic Plague that killed thousands throughout Europe.
A more comical and novelty glass type, the boot also designed by the Germans, is perfect to use when drinking large quantities in time of celebration. The uniquely shaped beer glass comes from German military tradition. You can drink essentially any beer type in this glass, but lighter beer is recommended for faster drinking.