We’ve all been there, you’re at the your local craft beer store, or at the brewery. You order a nice beer and it comes in an odd glass. What? Why all the different shapes and sizes? No worries, we got you covered. Here’s a quick guide to some of the most common types of beer glasses and the styles you’d use them with.
You know this one. The Good ol’ pint glass. Holds 16 ounces of delicious beer.
You’ll see people using a pint glass for most styles of beer and sometimes even cider.
Also known as the Imperial Pint Glass. Similar to it’s american counterpart, the Nonic holds 20 ounces of ale.
British-Style Bitter, Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Double/Imperial IPA, Amber/Red Ale, Brown Ale, Altbier, Porter, Milk Stout, Oatmeal Stout, Marzen/Oktoberfest, Pumpkin Ale, Rye Beer, Saison, Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy, Smoked Beer.
This is a tall, slim and tapered glass that aides in head retention. The glass shape also accentuates colors and clarity.
Blonde Ale, Hefeweizen, Pilsner, California Common/Steam Beer, Japanese Rice Lager, Witbier.
This tulip shaped glass with a flare at the top provides optimal and flavor from your craft beer of choice. The wide bowl at the bottom and the flared top make for a natural funnel with rich aromas. It is also known as the Belgian Glass.
Belgian Strong Ale, Barleywine, Double/Imperial IPA, Belgian IPA, Belgian Pale Ale, Bière de Garde, Flanders Red Ale, Gueuze, Fruit Lambic, Saison, Scotch Ale.
AKA Da Goblet! This glass has a large round bowl, specially designed for head retention. With a wide mouth for deeeeeep sips.
Belgian IPA, Belgian Strong Dark Ale, Berliner Weissbier, Dubbel, Tripel, Quad.
A long glass with thing walls, the Weizen highlights the color of the wheat beer, locks in the aromas and allows for good head retention.
Wheat Ale, Dunkelweizen, Hefeweizen, Kristalweizen, Weizenbock.
Tall and narrow, the Stange is often called the champagne flute of beer.
Kölsch, Bocks, Lambics, Czech Pilsners, Rye Beer, Altbier, Rauchbier.
Although usually used for tasting liquors such as cognac and brandy, the Snifter great for enhancing the aromatics of beer.
High gravity beers such as Barleywines, tripels, eisbocks, and Belgian strong ales.