Beer Glass: Which is the right one?
The right glass is essential to enhance the organoleptic characteristics of the beer. In fact, to drink a good beer it is important that it is served in the glass suitable for a certain style. But how to choose it? Just follow these simple guidelines to correctly choose between all types of beer glasses that exist.
First of all it is important to say that to serve a beer in the best way, the glass must be rinsed in cold water immediately before tapping the beer to avoid thermal shocks and reduce friction, allowing the beer to form a foam cap that protects it from oxidation. It is also important that the beer glass is made of transparent crystal, in this way you can appreciate the shades of color that contribute to the tasting of the product.
What are the characteristics that allow us to choose which glass to combine with beer?
Kölschglas: cylindrical beer glass that does not alter the foam, suitable for Kölsch beers
Mass: typical German beer mug, with a capacity of 1 lt, in thick glass with a handle, in order not to alter the freshness, made to enhance the perlage of the beer, and cylindrical in order not to alter the foam. It was born for Marzen and Export and today it is considered the universal glass for beer. There is a variant of the German ceramic mug, excellent for maintaining the temperature of the beer, even if more delicate. In other regions, smaller formats are common.
Nonick Imperial Pint: the classic English pint, has the shape of an inverted cone with a bulge (nonick) at the top. It contains an imperial pint, that is 0.568 lt and is suitable for typically English ales.
American Pint Shaker: smooth and wide beer glass that facilitates drinking. It has a capacity of 0.476 liters (one American pint) and is suitable for American Lagers and Ales.
Snifter: it is very similar to the Balloon, from which it differs only for the shorter stem. It is also used for alcoholic and complex beers such as Old Ale, Barley Wine and Eisbock.
Weizenbecker: it is a very slender and narrow glass with a flare in the upper part necessary to control the foam. It has a capacity of 0.5 liters and is ideal for serving wheat beers such as Weiss and Weissen.
Jelly: wide and thick beer glass, of French origin, used to taste the Blanche.