There are many different beer glass types.

Your Beer Glass Type Matters

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

Your typical pint glass.
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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

A pilsner glass tapers off at the bottom.
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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

A Heffeweizen beer with a heavy head.
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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

A goblet can hold a larger volume of beer.
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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

The snifter glass allows for the beer to release more aromas.
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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

Tulip glasses allow for a thicker head to form.
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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

The mug is the perfect beer glass type for a cheers!
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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.

The Boot

Das boot! The perfect beer glass type for any celebration.
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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.



(Main Image Sourced by Alexander Baxevanis | Flickr)

Other Image Sources: Flickr | Michael FajardoFlickr | Seth Woodworth, Pixabay (Weizen, Mug, Boot), WikimediaFlickr | Steven DepoloFlickr | Adam Barhan