Satisfying

your thirst for beer

Knowledge

Education

Glassware Guide for Beer

Beer-Glasses-2THE CORRECT GLASSWARE FOR YOUR HOMEBREW – We all know that different beers are usually served in different glasses. This is due to the fact that drinkers of alcoholic beverages have always had discerning tastes. All of these different takes on the drinking vessel have been developed and honed over hundreds of years to incite maximum enjoyment. From steins to goblets, pint glasses to mason jars, there is a vast array of beer glasses to choose from when you are serving homebrew.

Let’s take a look at the different factors that make the difference in drinking vessels. These factors all come into play when attempting to bring the most flavor our of a beer: the slope, the surface area, breathing area, volume, aesthetic design and the material the vessel is made of.

The ratios of how all of these factors interlace are tailored to the liquid viscosity and temperament of the beverage the particular vessel was designed to contain. Most drinking vessels are made of clear glass, which gives the imbiber an opportunity to parade the color of the beer.

Many a beer drinker loves to appreciate the vagarious tones of amber, dark brown, or black that infuse their frosty beverages. There are times when you would prefer not to see what you are drinking, in the case of a cloudy batch of home brew – and that is the time to break out solo cups!



Here’s a list of the most common glasses used for serving beer and some specs to help you choose the right glassware when serving your beer at home.

Snifter

Capacity: 6–27 oz.
Benefits: Traps aroma with large surface area and narrow top
Beer Styles: Imperials, Barleywines, Belgians

Pilsner

Capacity: 12-22 oz.
Benefits: Slender glass reveals color and tapered top maintains beer head
Beer Styles: Lagers, Pilsners, Bocks, Steam, Wits

Wheat

Capacity: 16-24 oz.
Benefits: Large headspace to hold the fluffy head associated with wheat styles
Beer Styles: Wheats, Weizens, Gose

Stange

Capacity: 6-12 oz.
Benefits: amplifies malt and hop character
Beer Styles: Kölsch, Rye, Lambic

Tulip

Capacity: 12-16.5 oz.
Benefits: Captures head and enhances volatiles
Beer Styles: Imperials, Belgians, Bière de garde, Sours, Saisons

Nonic

Capacity: 16-20 oz.
Benefits: Easy to store and holds large volume for crowning heads
Beer Styles: Ambers, Porters, Stouts, Browns, Pales, Reds, IPAs

Mug

Capacity: 12-24 oz.
Benefits: Heavy duty, great for clinking, holds large volume
Beer Styles: Blondes, Browns, Bocks, Bitters, Marzons, Pilsners

Pokal

Capacity: 12 oz.
Benefits: Features color, clarity, carbonation and promotes head retention
Beer Styles: Lagers, Pilsners, Doppelbocks, Helles, Schwarzbiers, Witbiers

Thistle

Capacity: 15-21 oz.
Benefits: Captures head and enhances volatiles
Beer Styles: Scotch Ales, Wee Heavies, Belgians, Wilds and Sours

Flute

Capacity: 4-14 oz.
Benefits: Enhances aroma quickly and showcases carbonation
Beer Styles: Dortmunders, Eisbocks, Lagers, Lambics, Wilds

Pint

Capacity: 12-20 oz.
Benefits: Easy to drink out of
Beer Styles: Reds, Blacks, Blondes, Browns, Wheats, IPAs, Porters, Stouts, Milds

Chalice

Capacity: 8-20 oz.
Benefits: Maintains head and showcases beer color and carbonation
Beer Styles: Belgians, Weiss, Dubbels, Triples, Quads

Tulip Pint

Capacity: 16-20 oz.
Benefits: Brandable, Captures Aroma
Beer Styles: Imperials, Pales, IPAs, Lagers