From craft beers to good old fashioned real ale, there’s never been a better time for beer so take the opportunity to ponder over that question you’ve often asked yourself when standing in a beer garden on a hot summer’s day: why do pubs use different glasses for different brews?
You may well think it’s all some ploy dreamed up by some brewery’s marketing team. And to some degree, it is. But beer glasses are designed to enhance the colour, aroma and taste as well as help develop a good head. Yes, that’s right, glasses are crafted to make the most of your favourite brews.
So what if you want to make the most of your latest microbrewed cold one at home? What glass should you choose? What even are the different beer glasses called? Well, we asked our pals at Beers of Europe to give us a brief guide to glasswear to help answer some of those important questions. Here goes:
Best suited to: American wheat beers, Weizenbock, Kristalweizen, Dunkelweizen.
Silhouette: Usually a tall glass which is narrow at the bottom and wider at the top.
How it improves your brew: The shape allows aroma to escape and leaves room for a thick head.
SnifterDe Koninck Cuvee Snifter Glass (c) Beers of Europe
Best suited to: American Barleywine, American strong ales, Fruit Lambics, Belgian dark ales
Silhouette: Similar to the balloon shape of a brandy glass.
Why drink out of a Snifter? Use a snifter to enhance the aroma and retain a good head on your ale. To get an extra kick of aroma, swirl your beer around the glass.
Best suited to: Dubbels, Tripels, Belgian IPAs.
Silhouette: Thick stemmed with a wider body.
Why drink out of a Goblet? The Goblet is designed to maintain head and keep your beer fizzy.
Best suited to: Pilsner, Porter, Bitter, Lager, Stout.
Silhouette: Round, squat and thick in shape.
Why drink out of a Stein? You hold this traditional and iconic (think Oktoberfest and beer festivals) glass by its handle so your hands don’t warm up your brew. Crafted from either glass or stonewear, the Stein can hold up to a litre of beer which means fewer trips to the bar.
Best suited to: Gueze, Lager, Pilsner.
Silhouette: Resembles a champagne glass with a shorter stem.
Why drink out of a Flute? The elegant shape of the Flute showcases the colour and enhances carbonation.
Best suited to: Pilsner (pretty obvious huh?)
Silhouette: A tall, thin glass which tapers at the bottom.
Why drink out of a Pilsner? The shape means you can see the colour and light carbonation of the lager as it fizzes to the top. You can also retain a good head on your lager, trapping in the hoppy aromas.
Best suited to: Stout, Bitter, Mild ale, Porter.
Silhouette: One of the most common shapes around, the pint glass is wider at the top.
Why drink out of a Pint glass? The Pint glass is versatile and allows a good head to form.
Best suited to: Imperial IPAs, American Dubbel, Barleywines
Silhouette: The clue is in the name – a bulbous body with top that flares out.
Why drink out of a Tulip glass? The shape helps to trap aroma and maintain head retention.