8 Different Beer Glasses and How To Choose the Right One for Your Brew
If you enjoy a craft beer or any beer for that matter, you might know that Oktoberfest is right around the corner. One of our best-selling prints is our Hops print and in lieu of Oktoberfest, we wanted to learn something new about beer. There are so many breweries popping up around our area, Jacob and I try to visit a new one when we get a chance. While having a beer, we were discussing the difference in all the glasses.
If you enjoy a glass of beer, then chances are you probably notice all the different glasses it's served in. Most of the time it's a regular pint glass, and other times it's a fancier, wine-shaped glass. Have you ever wondered what the difference is? Most bars and restaurants typically serve all their beer in a pint glass. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with using a pint glass, although, this isn't the preferred method if you were to ask a beer enthusiast. So we set out to figure out what the real difference is in all the glasses. And we quickly realized that there is an endless number of glasses, all with slight variations. So to keep this straight to the point, we are only talking about the nine most common glasses used.
A pilsner glass is used for a variety of light beers, but it's known for being the best glass for pilsners. Go figure, right? the long shape showcases the color and clarity of the beer, as well as the carbonation. The shape closely resembles a champagne glass and this is because the shape helps the carbonation last longer. Since light beers usually have a lot of carbonation, this glass is the perfect fit.
Use For: Lager, Pilsner, Witbiers, Bocks, Lambic
The weizen glass originated in Germany and is also referred to as a wheat beer glass. It has slightly thinner walls than the pilsner and has a larger mouth to accommodate beer with a large head. And, like the name states, it's a great glass for all wheat beers and hefeweizens.
Use For: Hefeweizens and other types of wheat beer
GOBLET OR CHALICE
The goblet has a large and wide body while its base is thick and long and can be found in different sizes. The wide opening helps to drinker point out specific aromas and the overall flavor profile. A goblet and chalice look quite similar, but there is one main distinguishing factor to tell them apart. A chalice is usually a made with a much thicker glass.
Use For: Belgian style ales
A tulip glass can also be called bruges or a Belgian beer glass. The tulip glass, in particular, got its name from the tulip flower because it closely resembles the shape. It also looks like a wine glass, and that is no accident. The shape helps to amplify the aromas and helps maintain a large head, making it the perfect glass to pair with hoppy beers like IPAs.
Use For: Belgian and French ales, sour beers
Snifters are usually used for drinking cognac, whiskey, and brandy, but it also makes a great glass for enriching the aromatics of a dark beer. The large bowl shape fits perfectly in your hand, allowing the heat of your palm to transfer to the beer, and warm it slowly for optimal temperature.
Use For: Imperial Stout, Scotch Ales, Double IPA, Barleywines, Tripel
One of the most common types of beer glasses is mugs. Their design makes it comfortable to hold while being able to fit a lot of beer without warming it up with the heat of your hand. These mugs are usually made from a thick glass which aids in keeping the beer cold and the wide mouth is perfect for smelling the aromatics of the beer and drinking it quickly. Other types of mugs are a siedel, which is a German mug and a stein, which is a mug with a lid.
Use For: Ales and lagers
Basically a champagne glass. The flute is the perfect shape to enhance and showcase the bubbles. The shape of the flute allows for the bubbles to last longer.
Use For: wild and sour ales, fruit beers, bocks, lambic
The libbey glass is perfect for hard cider. The large bowl is perfect for collecting and amplifying the aromas of the hard cider.
Use for: Hard ciders
There you have it, eight different beer glasses. I know I have just scratched the surface on the types of beer glasses, but hopefully these eight point you in the right direction for serving your beer in the correct glass. So, know that you know which type of glass you should be using, are you already using it? Or will you switch? Let me know in the comments section below!