Beer glasses are as different as the brews we put in them.
Even people like me who don’t crave the hops, know that beer glasses come in lots of styles. I figured there was a reason for the contours that shape a glass from the rim to bottom. But I had no idea what it all meant. I do now and I’m going to share my knowledge with you in a handy Beer Glassware Guide.
Beer glassware is a science of its own. Each style has special characteristics to enhance your brew. Some glasses can accentuate the color of your beer and keep the foam intact longer. Certain shapes can help preserve the flavor and aroma.
If you own a bar, brewery or restaurant, the look and taste of your beer is extremely important. Your servers need to know which beers perform best in which glasses. The following information will help you choose glassware that gives your customers the best beer-drinking experience:
Beer Glassware Guide
1. Pint Glasses
The American pint glass is what most bars and restaurants use today because it is relatively inexpensive and easy to clean. Its shape also makes it easy to stack for storage. The pint glass, sometimes called a Shaker, gets slightly wider from the base to the mouth. It typically holds 16 ounces and is used for most type of beers including IPAs, porters, stouts, lagers and ales.
2. Pilsner Glasses
Pilsner glasses are my favorite because they comfortably fit in smaller hands. Pilsner glasses are tall and slender; their shape reminds me of an upside-down, strapless evening gown! They typically hold slightly less beer than a pint glass, usually between 12 and 20 ounces. The wider mouth helps retain the foam head and the rich aroma of the beer. These glasses highlight the clarity, sparkle and bubbles of pilsners and other light beers they commonly hold.
3. Beer Mugs
Beer mugs are made for serious beer drinkers due to their capacity (often 15 ounces or more). The side handle makes it easy to raise from bar to mouth and safer to toast friends without smashing fingers. Beer mugs have a cylinder shape and thick glass that keeps your brew cold longer. Many beer mugs are manufactured with “dimples” that can accentuate the clarity of the beer. You’ll find beer mugs in authentic pubs filled to the brim with all types of beers including Irish varieties.
4. Beer Goblets
This shape closely resembles a wine goblet but is a unique favorite among beer aficionados. Its wide mouth allows for easy analysis of a beer’s aroma and flavor — and really big gulps! Other characteristics include a fairly short but thick, heavy stem that makes the glass feel sturdy in the hand. Beer goblets are available in quite a few sizes so the amount they hold varies. The goblet and its cousin, the chalice, are often used for dark ales and other heavy beers.
5. Tasting / Sampler Glasses
“Tasters” are a must-have for your brewery, especially if you offer tours. Most of these small glasses hold 2 to 6 ounces of beer to give customers a taste without committing to an entire pint. Tasting glasses can be used for “flights” — four or more glasses filled with beer and served on a wooden board — so customers can try a variety of flavors.
6. Beer Steins
Beer steins and beer mugs are like twins. They both hold a heck of a lot of beer and have convenient handles. You may think of beer steins as ceramic and extensively decorated German steins with hinged lids. But there are many styles made of glass and other materials. Steins vs. mugs. The choice is yours.
7. Tulip Glasses
Beer geeks love tulip glasses! The large, tulip-like bowl allows swirling without spillage to release a beer’s full-body aroma. Tulip glasses have short stems and a footer. The rim often curves outward to form a lip that helps trap the foam head. Because the mouth is narrower than the body, the aroma sticks around. It’s the perfect glass for stronger smelling beers such as Belgian ales and other hoppy beers.
Do you have a favorite beer glass?
Everyone seems to have a go-to beer glass. What’s yours? We’d love to read your comments below. You may not even realize how your favorite beer glass corrals the aroma of the beer or keeps the foam from disappearing. You just like it. And that’s OK!
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