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Craft beer greenhorns (i.e. people who are new to craft beer) may be surprised when a bartender reaches for a different glass with each new beer requested. To be honest, I was not aware what glass style goes with each beer style until I did research for this post. In an effort to help others, and myself, I have provided the following information about beer glasses (fear not, nothing bad can happen if you choose to read on).
Below, I list the nine major beer glass types and a few beer styles that are often associated with it:
- Weizen/wheat beer glass - wheat beers such as hefeweizen and dunkelweizen
- Pilsner glass - pilsners, lagers (helles, dunkel, etc), and bocks.
- Beer stein - American porter, stout, and brown ale
- Flute glass - Gueuze, lambic, & vienna lager
- Goblet/chalice - Quads, trippels, and dubbels
- Snifter - Barleywine, Imperial Stout, Imperial IPA
- Tulip glass - Belgian dark ale, Belgian Pale ale, American Imperial IPA
- Stange/becher - Kolsch, pilsner, altbier
- Pint glass - this seems to be the default beer glass for all styles
There are a few other glass types that are said to be helpful, but may be a gimmick. Three that come to mind are as follows:
For a great reference, and more information on glass - beer combos, consider reading this essay at Beer Advocate. Ratebeer.com has their own glassware article which can be found here, but I did not find it as helpful as the Beer Advocate article.
Also, if any of you create your own glassware, and even if you do not, send us pictures of your favorite drinking vessel. We'd love to see what other beer fans fancy drinking beer from.