Jun 11, 2022 | Samuel Albert

What Are The Best Beer Glasses?

We all know that beer is best served in a beer glass. But did you know that different types of beers served specifically in different glasses enhance your beer drinking experience? It is not just the taste that matters, but the aroma, flavor, color, and fizz of your drink. So, be proactive and choose the proper glassware designed to pour in your favorite brew.

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Some of the famous beer glass options are:

  1. Shaker pint.
  2. Beer mug/stein/seidel.
  3. Goblet/chalice.
  4. Tulip glass.
  5. Thistle glass.
  6. Flute glass.
  7. Pilsner glass.
  8. Stange glass.

Now that you know that the beer lover in you deserves nothing but the best glassware to serve your drink crafted solely for the purpose, don't settle for anything less for serving your choice beer. Hence, take your own sweet time to look around before buying the new set of beer glasses for your home bar.

  1. How much does a shaker pint hold?

16 oz (20 oz for the British variant).

Also called the American Pint glass, these glasses are commonly found in most pubs around America. Almost all types of beer (lagers, ales, pilsners, porters, stouts, etc.) can be served in these ones. In addition, it is easily stackable because of its simple plain glass design.

Made out of the thick glass, the broad mouth of the pint glass can hold a nice big beer head. The niche at the bottom serves as a carbonation point that trickles a steady flow of carbon-di-oxide bubbles.

So, if you love a wide range of beer, go buy these ones for your personal bar collection.

It is totally cheap but does have an expiry date of three years, after which you should discard them.

  1. What is the difference between a beer stein and a beer mug? 

While the traditional German beer steins were made of stoneware or clay and sported a hinged lid to keep away the flies, a beer mug in the US is made out of the thick glass with a handle. It is also interesting to note that without a lid, a beer stein is called a seidel. So, yes, the real difference is in the place of their origin.

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Both beer stein and beer mug are designed to keep the lager cool. That's right! Lagers and mugs/steins pair well with each other, whether American or German.

The beer steins are sold as collectibles or souvenirs, and these decorative mugs inaudibly voice the tradition and culture of the Germans.

So, clink away your mugs while you toast and say, "Cheers!"

  1. Are goblet and chalice the same?

The only difference between a goblet and a chalice is that the goblet's wall is delicately built with a long, thin stem, while the chalice is made with thick glass and is heavy-footed. 

Chalice/Goblet glasses are crafted for special occasions, not for a regular day. Opt for these glasses if you desire to mix pleasure with style. These stemmed glasses are seated on a flat foot, either with a wide or a tapering bowl on top.

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Strong malty beers best suit these types of stemware as it has a wide mouth that permits a mouthful of intense beer experience. It can hold 14-oz beer with a strong aroma and flavor, plus a big foamy head.

This design allows you to hold the glass at the stem, preventing you from transferring your body's heat to the drink, so your drink will remain cool longer.

Belgians, saisons, sours, and wheat beers are perfect for filling up your chalice.

  1. What beer goes in a tulip glass?

Belgian ales, barleywines, and double IPAs are best served in tulip beer glasses. First, slide the tulip glass to a slanting position and pour the beer into the glass. Once it is half full, straighten the glass and pour the rest slowly, aiming for an inch to an inch and a half of the foam head.

Tulip glass can hold 16-20 ounces. The flared lip is styled to hold up a strong head pretty well. Also, it ensures that your taste buds and olfactory senses are appeased with the best of the beer's flavor and aroma.

Grip at the tulip stem and swirl away your drink as you enjoy the heady, hoppy beer experience.

  1. Are thistle and tulip glasses the same?

Thistle glasses look like a slightly dragged-out version of the tulip glasses. However, they are crafted after the shape of the Scottish national flower, thistle, and hence the name. So, isn't it cool that they are ideal for Scottish ales?

  1. What does a flute beer glass look like?

These Belgian and Dutch-style glasses look similar to champagne beer glasses and are designed to keep the fizz in them longer. Great for pouring in the Belgian lambics, fruit beers, and other pale light beers.


  1. What do you use a Pilsner glass for?

Satisfy your lighter beer cravings by filling your beer in a pilsner glass. Designed initially for pilsner beer, they are generally suitable for pouring in any light aerated lagers. The narrow base of the long, tall, slender glass flares at the top of the lip, making it suitable to display the color and fizz of the drink.

  1. What is a Stange beer glass?

Stange in German means pole. This tall long glass has a sturdy base suitable for light beers and fizzy beer heads.

It is a pretty small size for a beer glass, with a holding capacity of about 6 oz which means you will have to reload your glass with fresh beer every time you run out. So, it is a great way to keep a check on your beer consumption, especially when you want to cut down your beer intake.

  1. Should you chill your beer glasses?

No, absolutely not. Instead, try chilling your favorite beer before serving - it will serve your purpose.

Pick Odors: The place where you are chilling your beer glass matters as your glasses can pick up the odor of the foodstuff stored in your refrigerator or freezer. You don't want that, right!

Alter Taste: Every beer is crafted uniquely, and there are certain nuances to each beer style. When the chilled beer glass drops to room temperature, it condenses the beer, diluting and changing the flavor and taste of every sip of beer.

More Foam, Less Beer: Each beer is expected to deliver a specific amount of foam. When pouring your beer into a chilled glass, it tends to make more foam than usual, thus reducing the amount of drinkable beer, which can be annoying.

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Too Cold A Beer: Indeed, beer tastes best when served cold. But, no one can enjoy a beer drink that is too cold. The dominance of the frigidity in your favorite shot of beer can smother the taste, flavor, foam, and aroma, making the whole experience overtaken by the acute coldness of the beer.

Serve stronger, darker beers warmer and weaker, light beer varieties colder. The rule of thumb for beer serving is to hold temperatures between 38-55 °F.

  1. Why do beer glasses have a bulge?

The Nonik/nonic glasses (both are acceptable spellings) are actually "no nick" glasses. However, you cannot help but notice that a nonic glass is a glass with a bulge below the rim of the pint glass. This is because the beer glass's edge has a high chance of becoming nicked easily. So, a bump is introduced about an inch below the glass's rim to add more strength to its lip.

As the moisture condenses on the surface, there is a fair chance of the glasses accidentally slipping off the hands and falling down (especially in a pub scenario!) The bulge acts as a bumper preventing the glasses from crashing into pieces. Additionally, the bulge provides improved gripping of the glass.

Successful bartending revolves around serving large crowds quickly and efficiently. Unfortunately, when pint glasses (the glasses that are widely used by almost all bars) are stacked on top of each other, they get stuck with each other as they create a vacuum kind of seal between each other.

Pint glass with a bulge (or nonik glass) solves this problem. They are easily stackable and removable, helping the bartender adeptly and efficiently serve the customers, as most of the beer styles are served in this type of glass.

  1. How full should a beer glass be?

The foamy beer head should be at least an inch to an inch and a half deep, and the rest should be the drink of beer.

Pouring beer into the beer bottle is an art in and of itself. To enjoy the beer to its fullest potential, many things should be kept in mind. While pouring a glass of beer, things like temperature, the art of pouring, and the glassware design affect and significantly influence the beverage's taste, aroma, froth head, and flavor.

  1. Why are dimpled beer glasses called so?

Dimpled beer glasses are large glass beer mugs with handles and dimples on the glasses (resembling hand grenades). They were a postwar edition of the beer glasses.

They were famously known as jug glasses because of their enormous size. The design was incorporated in the olden days to improve the grasping of the glasses while washing them.

The dimples are actually more functional than ornamental as more dimples equaled less glass usage and thus light in weight. Furthermore, they are created to appease the beer lover by enhancing the beer's color.

With the advent of the dishwashers, these mugs seemed to have disappeared but have recently made a comeback, especially in Northern Britain.

If your pint glass doesn't quench your beer thirst, you can opt for the dimpled glasses, which serve approximately 19 oz.

If you happen to stumble on these anywhere, remember that this traditional, antique glassware is a rare find. Purchase them and add them to your beer glass collection.

  1. Why does milk ruin the utility of a beer glass?

As ironic as it may seem, even a trace of fat can cause the beer bubbles to pop and kill the beer head. So, never make the mistake of using your beer glasses for drinking milk or any of its variants.


To avoid the embarrassment of a flat beer head, hand wash your beer glass impeccably well and dry it well to make sure no fat residue remains on the beer glass.

  1. What are a few tips for the maintenance of beer glasses?

  • Not just milk fat but even a trace of yesterday's dishwashing soap or some grease from a previous night's dinner meal can spoil the beer's foam head. So, clean your beer glasses really well.
  • You can easily see that your glass is dirty by looking at it. As soon as you fill in the beer, a stream of bubbles starts appearing from around the point of dirt, and this way, you can be sure that your glass is not clean after all. This applies to glassware that is damaged as well. Find out what the mistake is before replacing or recleaning your beer glasses.
  • It is not just how you clean your beer glasses but where you store them also matters. Store your beer glasses in a dry, airy, odor-free space to keep any scent or smell getting into them.
  • Avoid washing your glasses with hard water. Once the water evaporates, the glasses will show the residue of dried salts, which is a pretty nasty sight.
  • Replace old glasses with new ones periodically. When your drink fizzes less and less, it is a sign for you to discard your old glasses and get new ones.
  • Use only glass washing detergents for your glassware.
  • Properly dry your glassware between uses.
  • A good rinse with cold water just before pouring in beer removes dust and other impurities and will validate a clean glass.
  • Never use your beer glasses for any other drink.

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