I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wondered the who, what, where, when, and why of beer glass styles. The right beer glassware is a fun history to read about! You can find more beer glass history here on the All About Beer Magazine. Not that I am going to run out and buy sets of new beer glassware…I’m perfectly happy with my pint glasses or even sipping a good beer out of a wine glass…but this can serve as a guide to understanding the “who, what. where. when, and why’s” of beer glassware and just maybe add a little pizzazz to your next beer party!
- Thistle Glass: A thistle beer glass is used for Scottish ales. The glass is shaped like a thistle blossom, thus the name. The bowl of the glass is large the flared top allows for the release of aroma.
- Snifter Beer Glass: A snifter is perfect for capturing the volatiles (Chemicals that have a high vapor pressure at ordinary room temperature which causes large numbers of molecules to evaporate and enter the surrounding air.) of aromatic beers, such as Belgian ales, India pale ales, barleywines and wheat wines.
- Stange Glass: A stange beer glass or pole glass is a basic cylinder shaped glass typically used for German Kolsch and Alt beers.
- Spiegelau IPA Glass: The Spiegelau IPA glass has a unique design, created to support the complex and volatile aromas in IPA style beers.
- Weizen Bier Glass: A wheat beer glass is used to serve wheat beer, known also as Weizenbier or Weissbier. This German-style glass generally holds 0.5 liters (16 oz) with room for “head”. It is much taller than a pint glass, and starts out very skinny before widening out slightly at the top. It is said that the glass is tapered to trap yeast at the bottom of the glass.
- American Pint Glass: The American pint glass is the most common beer glass in the USA. It is cone-shaped and holds 16oz to 20oz of beer. These glasses are made from thick glass and built to last. This helps with maintaining cold temperatures. The cone shape is simple but the wide rim does allow for good aroma release making the glass perfect for serving a wide-variety of beer styles.
- Tulip Beer Glass: A tulip beer glass helps trap the aroma and aids in maintaining large heads, creating a nice visual and olfactory sensation. This glass is good for serving hoppy beer styles such as India Pale Ales (IPAs) and other aromatic beers.