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What’s in the Glass?

Most people  think that any glass is a beer glass, as long as you put beer into it. Although it is true you may be surprised that you can get the most out of your beer with the correct glass. For every type of beer, there is a glass that will give you the right way it was meant to be experienced. From the height to shape, angle and volume. If you don’t have the right glass you haven’t experienced it right.

The American pint glass is the most common beer glass in the USA. It is cone shaped and typically holds 16 or 20 oz. Perfect for American lagers. Also referred to as as shaker glass.

A classic in North America,England and German, the dimpled mug is a large mug, with dimples, and a handle. It is convex, with the mouth larger than the base. The glass is thick and these glasses typically hold .4, .5 for 1 liters of beer. While the dimples make appreciating the appearance of the beer more difficult, the wide mouth releases the aroma just nicely. These mugs are most commonly used for American, English and German lagers.

pint glass is a beer glass holding either an American Pint (16 oz) or a British pint (568 ml) of liquid and is usually used for beer. Some pint glasses hold over a pint to allow for head room.  We recommend 20 ounce pint glasses for this reason. Three common shapes of pint glass are found, though others are available

beer stein is a traditionally German beer tankard or mug, made of pewter, silver, wood, porcelain, earthenware or glassware, and usually with a hinged lid and levered thumb lift. The lid was implemented during the age of the Black Plague, to prevent diseased flies from getting into the beer.

A flute glass is the preferred serving vessel for Belgian lambics and fruit beers. The narrow shape helps maintain carbonation, while providing a strong aromatic front. Flute glasses display the lively carbonation, sparkling color and soft lacing of this distinct style.

Goblets and chalices are large, stemmed bowl shaped glasses adequate for serving heavy Belgian ales, German doppelbocks and eisbocks and other big sipping beers. The distinction between goblet and a chalice beer glass is typically in the glass thickness but the term is somewhat interchangeable. Goblet beer glasses tend to be more delicate and thin, while the chalice is heavy and thick walled. Some chalices are even etched on the bottom to attract carbon dioxide and provide a stream of bubbles for maintaining a nice head.

The imperial pint glass is commonly used in Ireland and England to serve ales. The glass is flared from the middle to the rim of the beer glass. They are also called Tulip Pint Glasses. They are commonly used to serve Irish Stouts, Irish Ales, Porters, Red Ales, Cream Ale, and English Ales.

nonic glass is an English style pint glass that has a curved lip about two inches from the top of the glass. A nonic typically holds an imperial pint or 20 oz. This glass is typically used with English ales and English Lagers.

The over-sized wine glass is just that, an big wine glass but it’s used for serving strong or high gravity beer styles. This glass is best used to serve the following styles of beer:  Double IPA, Barleywine, Belgian Doubles, Triples and Quads, Strong Ales and other high gravity or big beers.

pilsner glass is a glass is used to serve many types of light beers, but is intended for its namesake, the pilsner. Pilsner glasses can be smaller then a pint glass, usually in 25cl or 33cl sizes. They are tall and slender and tapered. Weizen glasses are often mistakenly referred to as Pilsner glasses, but a true Pilsner glass has an even taper without curvature. Pilsner glasses are made to showcase the color, effervescence and clarity of the Pilsner style, as well as maintain a nice head. This is a classic beer glass style that was widely used in both the USA and Europe prior to Prohibition.

The snifter beer glass is typically used for serving brandy and cognac, a snifter is perfect for capturing the volatiles of aromatic beers, such as Belgian ales, India pale ales, barleywines and wheat wines. The shape helps trap the volatiles, while allowing swirling to agitate them and produce an intense aroma.

The stange beer glass or pole glass is a simple cylinder shaped glass typically used for German Kolsch and Alt beers.

A thistle beer glass is used fro Scottish ales. The glass is shaped like a thistle blossom, hence the name.

The snifter beer glass is typically used for serving brandy and cognac, a snifter is perfect for capturing the volatiles of aromatic beers, such as Belgian ales, India pale ales, barley wines and wheat wines. The shape helps trap the volatiles, while allowing swirling to agitate them and produce an intense aroma.

A tumbler or tub beer glass that looks like a wide rocks glass. This glass is used to serve Berliner Weisse beer.

A wheat beer glass is a glass is used to serve wheat beer, known also as Weizenbier or Weissbier. The German glass generally holds 0.5 liters with room for foam or “head”. It is much taller than a pint glass, and starts out very skinny before growing slightly at the top. It is said that the glass is tapered to trap yeast at the bottom of the glass. In other countries such as Belgium, the glass may be 0.25 liters or 0.33 liters. This tall glass provides room for the often thick, fluffy heads produced by the style, which traps aromas and is visually pleasing.

The willybecker (or willibecher) is the standard beer glass in Germany. They typically hold 500 millilters or 16.9 ounces of beer. A willybecher has a think glass bottom and is tapered in the middle. The glass is used to serve German lagers, German black beer,  Schwarzbier, Marzen, Oktoberfestbier, Rauchbier, Pils or Pilsner, Maibock, Helles and Helles Bock.