Beer Glasses for Each Style

This article describes the shape of the various glasses for the best experience when drinking beer. If you just want to know the proper shape of the glass you should use for a particular beer you can find that information here.

 

American Pint

 

Pub Glass

The American pint glass is the most common beer glass in the USA. It is cone-shaped and typically holds 16oz to 20oz of beer. The simple design, the ease of stacking and durability are the features that made this style of pint glass so popular in post-prohibition American bars and restaurants. These glasses are made from thick glass and built to last. This helps with maintaining cold temperatures. The cone shape is simple but the wide rim does allow for good aroma release.

Use to Serve:
American Ales
American Lagers
American IPAs
American Pilsners
Light Lagers
Beer Mugs or Krugs

Stein or Mug
Stein or Mug

Beer mugs are the most common style of beer glasses. This classic glassware type evolved from the German beer stein. When commercial glassware production began in Europe, the stone mug was replaced by glassware. The design of a beer mugs serves two purposes; durability and insulation. Beer mugs typically are made with thick glass with a study handle. The thickness of the glass helps keeps the beer cold and the handle allows for a firm grip and to prevent heat transfer from your hand to the beer. The wide mouth of the mug allows for plenty of aroma to be released.
Use to Serve:

American Ales
American Lagers
English Ales
German Lagers
Pilsners (substitution for pilsner glass or pokal glass)

 

 

Chalice and Goblet Beer Glasses

gobletGoblets and chalices are large, stemmed bowl shaped glasses adequate for serving Belgian ales, German doppelbocks and eisbocks and other big sipping beers (high ABV). The distinction between goblet and a chalice beer glass is typically in the glass thickness but the term is somewhat interchangeable. Goblet beer glasses tend to be more delicate and thin, while the chalice is heavy and thick walled. Some chalices are even etched on the bottom of the bowl of the glass to attract carbon dioxide and provide a stream of bubbles for maintaining a nice head.
Use to Serve:

Belgian Ales
Belgian IPAs
Belgian Dubbels
Belgian Tripels
Belgian Quadrupels
Belgian Trappist Ales
Imperial IPAs
Imperial Stouts
German Bocks
German Maibocks
Most other Big beers (high ABV)

 

Flute Beer Glasses

fluteA flute glass is the preferred serving vessel for Belgian lambics and fruit beers. The narrow shape helps maintain carbonation, while providing a strong aromatic front. Flute glasses display the lively carbonation, sparkling color and soft lacing of this distinct style.
Use to Serve:

Biere de Champagne
Biere Brut
Eisbock
Fruit Beers
Gueuze
Krieks
Lambics
Pilsners
Red Ales
Schwarzbier

 

Nonic Glasses

nonicA nonic glass is an English style pint glass that has a curved lip about two inches from the top of the glass. A nonic typically holds an imperial pint or 20 oz. This glass is typically used to serve English ales and English Lagers.

Use to Serve:

American Lagers
Black Ales
Blonde Ales
Brown Ales
California Common or Steam Beer
Cream Ales
English Bitter
Extra Special Bitters (ESB)
India Pale Ales (IPA)
Milk and Chocolate Stouts
Oatmeal Stouts
Old Ales
Pale Ales (APA)
Porters
Pumpkin Ales
Red Ales
Rye Beers
Saisonse
Stout
Winter Warmers

 

Over-sized Wine Glasses

oversized-wine-glassThe over-sized wine glass is just that, an big wine glass but it’s used for serving strong or high gravity beer styles. Use this glass when a chalice or goblet isn’t readily available.
Use to Serve:

Double IPA
Barleywine
Belgian Doubles
Triples and Quads
Strong Ales
Most high gravity (ABV) or big beers

 

Pilsner Glass

Tall Beer Glass
Tall Beer Glass

A pilsner glass is a glass is used to serve many types of light beers, but is intended for its namesake, the pilsner. Pilsner glasses can be smaller than a pint glass, usually in 10oz or 16oz sizes. They are tall and slender and tapered. Weizen glasses are often mistakenly referred to as Pilsner glasses, but a true Pilsner glass has an even taper without curvature. Pilsner glasses are made to showcase the color, effervescence and clarity of the Pilsner style, as well as maintain a nice head. This is a classic beer glass style that was widely used in both the USA and Europe prior to Prohibition.
Use to Serve:

American Pilsners
Baltic Pilsners
German Pilsners
Czech Pilsners
Light Lagers

 

Snifter Beer Glasses

snifterThe snifter beer glass is typically used for serving brandy and cognac, a snifter is perfect for capturing the volatiles of aromatic beers, such as Belgian ales, India pale ales, barleywines and wheat wines. The shape helps trap the volatiles, while allowing swirling to agitate them and produce an intense aroma. The short stem and wide bowl fit nicely in your hand and allow the warmth from your hand to gently warm the beer to the optimal serving temperature.
Use to Serve:

Barleywine
Belgian Triples
Belgian Quads
Bocks
Double Bocks
Imperial Ales
Imperial Stouts
Strong Ales
Scotch Ales (substitute for thistle glass)
Most beers with over 7% abv.

 

Stange Beer Glasses

stangeThe stange beer glass or pole glass is a simple cylinder shaped glass typically used for German Kolsch and Alt beers. Stange glasses tend to be smaller in size because the beer is meant to be consumed quickly while still cold.
Use to Serve:

Alts
German Kolsch
Gose
Gueuze

 

Beer Steins

steinA beer stein is a traditionally German beer tankard or mug, made of pewter, silver, wood, porcelain, earthenware or glassware, and usually with a hinged lid and levered thumb lift. The lid was implemented during the age of the Black Plague, to prevent flies from getting into the beer.
Use to Serve:

American Ales
American Lagers
German Lagers
German Ales
English Ales
English Lagers

 

Thistle Beer Glasses

thistleA thistle beer glass is used for Scottish ales. The glass is shaped like a thistle blossom, hence the name. The bowl of the glass is large and fit well in your hand while the flared top allows for the release of aroma.
Use to Serve:

Scotch Ale AKA Wee Heavy
Barleywine

 

Tulip Beer Glasses

920284A tulip beer glass not only helps trap the aroma, but also aids in maintaining large heads, creating a visual and olfactory sensation. The body is bulbous, but the top flares out to form a lip which helps head retention. Good for serving hoppy beer styles such as India Pale Ales (IPAs) and other aromatic beers.
Use to Serve:

Belgian Ales
Biere de Garde
India Pale Ales (IPAs)
Pale Ales
Scotch Ale AKA Wee Heavy (substitute for thistle glass)
Strong Ales

Pint Sized Tulip Glasses are also available:
The tulip pint glass is commonly used in Ireland and England to serve ales. The glass is flared from the middle to the rim of the beer glass. They are also called Tulip Pint Glasses.
Use to Serve:

Irish Stouts
Irish Ales
Porters
Red Ales
Cream Ales
English Ales

 

Wheat Beer Glasses

weizenA wheat beer glass is a glass used to serve wheat beer, known also as Weizenbier or Weissbier. This German-style glass generally holds 0.5 liters (16 oz) with room for foam or “head”. It is much taller than a pint glass, and starts out very skinny before widening out slightly at the top. It is said that the glass is tapered to trap yeast at the bottom of the glass. In other countries such as Belgium, the glass may be 0.25 liters or 0.33 liters. This tall glass provides room for the often thick, fluffy heads produced by the style, which traps aromas and is visually pleasing.
Use to Serve:

All Wheat Beers
Dunkelweizen
Hefeweizen
Kristalweizen
Weizenbock
White Ales
Belgian Wit (substitution for tumbler)
Gose
Pilsner (substitution for pilsner glass or pokal glass)

 

Willybecher Glasses

willybecherThe willybecher (or willibecher) is the standard beer glass in Germany. They typically hold 500 milliliters or 16.9 ounces of beer. A willybecher has a thick glass bottom and is tapered in the middle. The glass is used to serve German lagers.
Use to Serve:

German black beer or Schwarzbier
Helles
Helles Bock
Maibock
Marzen
Oktoberfestbier
Rauchbier
Pils or Pilsener