Serving your beer in a certain type glass isn't all about appearance, it helps enhance your beer drinking experience. While you may serve your home brews in whatever glasses you have around your house, serving beer in the glassware intended for the style can make a huge difference in head retention, aromas and carbonation.
The shaker pint is perhaps the most commonly used glass in bars, yet it does absolutely nothing to enhance your beer drinking experience. So, why is the shaker pint so popular? It's cheap to produce, thicker and more durable than other glasses, and is stackable for easy storage.
Suited for: Water
A traditional English-style pint glass that adds no apparent benefits to the drinker other than holding an "Imperial Pint" (20 oz). Like the shaker pint, the nonic is easily stackable for storage. We recommend always using a nonic over a shaker if those are your only options. Why? It makes you look more sophisticated.
Suited for: English Ales and English Lagers
Also known as an Irish Pint glass, this glass leaves lots of space for a big frothy head. Like the nonic, the tulip pint holds 20 oz.
Suited for: Irish Stouts
The Weissbier (Wheat beer) glass is taller than most glasses but holds the same volume (20 oz.). These glasses are designed to showcase the light pale colour of wheat beers.
Suited for: Wheat Beers
The Pilsner glass is used to serve lighter coloured beers. The slender design of this glass allows the drinker to appreciate the the beers color and carbonation, while the wider lip of the glass allows for a nice frothy head and increased aromas.
Suited for: Pilsners, Lagers
The Snifter glass is designed to trap volatile compounds giving greater effervescence to the beer.
Suited for: Belgian Ales, India Pale Ales, Barley Wines and Wheat Wines
Much like the snifter, the tulip glass is more commonly used to serve beers with higher ABV. The glass is designed to allow vigorous swirling to release aromas. Slightly smaller than a snifter, a tulip holds 10 - 17 oz.
Suited for: Double IPA’s, Barley Wines, Belgian Ales
The chalice (or goblet), is one of the rarer types of beer glasses, especially in North America. They come in a variety of sizes and have a thick stem with a wide rim for optimum aromatics and sipping. These glasses are generally reserved for heavy, matly beers.
Suited for: Belgian Tappist Ales, German Bocks
The stange glass is used to serve delicate beers to pronounce hop character and aromas. Stange is a German word, which translates to rod in English, which makes sense because of its pole shaped design.
Suited for: Kölsch