Most of us don’t pay much attention to the type of glass our beer is served in. However, believe it or not, there are several different types of glasses for beer. Each type has its own specific characteristics and is meant for a specific type of beer. Since there are so many types, we’ve broken them up into two parts: Common and Specialty. Read on to learn more about five common types of beer glasses from our Glassware Glossary!
Pint glasses are, perhaps, the most common type of glassware that beer is served in. A lot of places that serve beer (bars, restaurants, etc.) serve all of their beers in this type of glass, as it is the most generic and works with all beer types. Pint glasses are loved for their ability to be easily stacked, low cost of stocking, and versatility. They can also be used by bartenders as shakers for cocktails. This is your go-to beer glass!
Another popular type of beer glass is the trusty Mug. Although they are available in an array of sizes, they tend to hold more beer than other types of glasses. Mugs are known for their thick walls that enable maximum insulation to keep the beer cool. Additionally, the large handle keeps your own hands from warming the beer up, while making the mug easier to hold. Some beer mugs have ridges or dimples in the walls. Some say these ridges help the drinker appreciate the color and look of the beer, while others say that these are just for decoration. Either way, cheers!
Weizen Glasses are tall and slender in shape, with a curvy body (especially towards the rim). They are much taller than standard pint glasses and are known for their distinct shape. These glasses tend to be used for wheat beers as they make for good head retention (head retention is how long the foam at the top of the beer takes to dissipate), which allows the drinker to experience all of the flavors and aromas the beer has to offer.
Pilsner Glasses are sometimes confused with Weizen glasses because of the similarities in their shapes. While both types are tall and slender, Pilsner Glasses have little to no curvature. They are usually intended for lighter colored beers (especially Pilsners, of course!) and tend to hold just a little less beer than a regular pint glass. The slender build that widens towards the top also helps with head retention.
Sampling glasses come in all shapes and sizes, and are usually modeled as smaller versions of different types of existing glasses. They usually hold up to 6 ounces of liquid. The purpose of the size of sample glasses is to allow you to try different types of beer without having to consume (or waste) a full glass of each type. It also makes it easier to swirl and examine the beer for proper tasting without spilling.
Stay tuned for part 2 of our Beer Glassware Glossary!