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11 Types of Beer Glasses for Every Style of Beer

If you really love doing something, there shouldn’t be any half-assing when it comes to how you do it. If you love to grill, you don’t settle for throwing a sub-par piece of meat on a cheap electric grill. If your passion is lawn care and landscaping, you don’t use a reel mower (unless you’re a glutton for punishment). So, if you’re one of those guys that claim to love beer, why are you drinking that $4 a bottle craft IPA straight out of the bottle?

Any self-respecting, self-proclaimed beer connoisseur knows to pour their beer into a glass to get the full bouquet of aromas that complement the beer’s flavor. But, not just any glass! There are glasses out there for every style of brew that provides that optimal drinking experience. Don’t be ashamed if your knowledge of bar glassware isn’t the equal of your local hipster bartender; no one expects it to be. That’s why we’ve created this quick guide on the best beer glasses for every style of beer.

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Pint Glasses

So, there are actually quite a few types of pint glasses. The most common pint is the shaker pint, and while it holds 16 ounces, it’s not the greatest for beer. Of course, it gets the job done, but it was originally used to help shake cocktails) — hence the name — and at some point, somebody started serving beer in them.

The nonic pint is a touch better for a large array of ales served up in 16-ounce portions and helps encourage a nice head, while the imperial pint will give 20 ounces.

A tulip pint is great for dry stouts — you’ve probably seen one with a frothy Guinness.


brandy snifter beer glass stout

Snifters are ideal for big boozy beers like barrel-aged stouts and barleywines as the globular shape helps to concentrate the delicious aromas, while the smaller size helps moderate the amount per serving.

Tulip Glasses

tulip pint beer glass

Like snifters, tulip glasses have a tighter opening to help concentrate the head and with a taller lip helps support a decent head. Tulips are an ideal match for double IPAs, saisons, wild and sour ales, and plenty of Belgian ales.

Pilsner Glass

pilsner beer glass

Before the pint glass, there was the pilsner glass. They can be found in pretty much any mid-20th-century beer ad serving up the light macro lagers. There’s a reason, as they are perfect for lighter beers to show off the color and help hold a thick head.

Weissbier Glass

Weissbier Glass wheat beer nuts

Another one of those specifically made glasses, the weizenvase is great for the aromatic German beers as the tall shape with a thin midsection and round top help the sniffer grab a good amount of the beer’s banana and clove aromatics.

Spiegelau Craft Glasses

Spiegelau Craft IPA Beer Glass

Spiegelau is a glass manufacturer that’s taken to creating glassware that enhances the many emerging types of American craft beers. For example, the maker has partnered with Bell’s Brewery, makers of Oberon, to produce a special wheat beer glass. The company then collaborated with Left Hand Brewing and Rogue Ales and Spirits to conjure up a special stout glass. Then for the mighty IPA, Spiegelau summoned Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada to draw up a glass to best accentuate the IPA’s aromas.

Beer Mug

beer glass german

Beer mugs (and steins) are a quintessential beer vessel, even if they might not be ideal for the product. They’re a familiar sight for non-beer drinkers based on their once-common presence in bars and ubiquity with Oktoberfest. Now many breweries offer a mug club for regulars at the bar.Beer mugs come in a great range of sizes, but many mug clubs come in around 20 ounces and sometimes carry a discount!

Teku Glass

beer teku glass draft pour

Beer drinkers have fallen in love with this gorgeous stemmed glass. The angular, modern design is also crafted to best serve aromatic and flavorful beers, and while that includes most craft beers, certainly some beers do better than others in a Teku. With a shape resembling a wine glass, aromas are contained and funneled toward the nose, while the stem keeps warm hands off the liquid.

Can-Shaped Glass

can shaped glass libbey

Libbey is a glassware manufacturer with a giant line of beer glasses coming in all shapes and sizes, including many of the ones already mentioned in the list today. The company also has a specialty “craft beer glass,” a pint-sized glass with shapes similar to other specially-designed glasses to help capture the nuances of beers, especially aroma.

Taster Glass

beer taster glass flight

With thousands upon thousands of beers coming out of taps across the globe, it’s impossible to taste them all. With a taster glass, however, that task becomes a tad easier. These little glasses come in a variety of shapes and sizes, often approximately 4 ounces. Depending on the brewery, they can come in a flight of maybe four or five glasses, to allow for a greater sampling of beers. Of course, sometimes it’s a pint you want. These are also likely the vessel of choice for beer festivals. They can also double as whiskey glasses if you’re bold enough.

Sam Adams Lager Glass

Samuel Adams Boston Lager

There’s a good chance this specially-designed lager glass is a familiar sight if you’ve spent time in an airport bar or chain restaurant. Sam Adams founder Jim Koch wanted a special glass for his Boston Lager and helped design one to best accentuate his beer. The bottom of the glass is etched to keep the aroma bubbling, while a thin wall maintains temperatures better. Finally, the tapered body and rounded top help contain and release flavors at the right times.

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