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?

A first simple distinction is between lagers, ales and wheat beers that must be paired with different beer glasses. Lagers are more delicate and with simpler aromas, so the glass is narrow and long, to retain aromas and have a smaller surface in contact with the air. Ales, on the other hand, are more complex beers with more aromas, which are more enhanced in wider and lower cup-shaped glasses. Finally, wheat beers, even if they are Ales, are as delicate as lagers and should be served in very tall glasses.

Altglass: cylindrical beer glass with a thin glass to give the right sensation of freshness to the touch, it is suitable for Alt beers.

Balloon: it is a glass with a very large surface to promote heat exchange without fear of oxidation. The mouth is closed to keep the foam and its width helps the release of aromas. It should be used for beers with high alcohol content and complex aromas, such as Barley Wine and Imperial Stout.

Tulip-shaped goblet: it has a wide base that narrows in the center and then opens again at the mouth of the glass. The final amplitude prevents the formation of too much foam and releases all the aromas favoring the olfactory perception. It is used for complex ale beers such as the Belgian Abbey.

Biconical column: medium-thick beer glass with an elongated shape that widens in the center and narrows at the mouth. It is suitable for Belgian Pils.

Conical column: it is a glass with a slender shape that highlights the perlage and color of the beer. Born to enhance the Pilsner, it maintains the foam and spreads the aromas in every sip.

Flute: elongated glass, with a tall and thin stem, it favors the preservation of the serving temperature, regulates aromatic currents and preserves the acid notes, which makes it suitable for the sparklingness of pils and the acidity of lambic.

Goblet: goblet with a tall and thick stem and a wide cup that enhances the aromas of complex beers. It is used to taste Dubbels.

Pokal: it is a glass with a short stem and a thick base. The average width allows for the right balance between the containment of the foam and the release of aromas. It is used to serve Bock.

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.

Imperial Irish Pint: similar to the English pint but with a narrowing at the base of the glass that allows less heat exchange between hand and beer. It is ideal for Stout.

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.

Teku: glass with a very tall and thin stem, wide and square belly that closes at the top and with a slight flare at the mouth. Its shape makes it suitable for all types of beer, managing to contain the foam well and regulate the aromas of each style. Born as a tasting glass for craft beers.

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.


 


 

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