Glassware Guide

WHEAT

wheat2The wide mouth of this style of glass is perfect for accentuating the soft aromas and flavours of wheat beers. Tall and thin, it is a great design for any beer with subtle aromas or flavours. Also known as wit, white, or weissbier depending on their location of origin, these lighter tasting beers are subtle and refreshing and often include nice citrus and summery fruit notes or delicate herbal and floral bouquets. Naturally effervescent, these beers require a careful hand when pouring.

best for:

  • Wheat
  • Wit
  • White
  • Weissbier

pouring tips:

Pour slowly and gently at the beginning to prevent excessive foaming. Once the glass is about 3/4 full, switch to a more direct pour to create a thick, creamy head on top of your perfect glass of beer!

where to buy:
Bed Bath & Beyond: $16.99/4 glasses

TULIP

tulip2Beers with strong flavours and aromas are best served in a tulip shaped glass. The wide mouth brings the aroma to life while the rounded shape of the body allows the beer to warm slightly as it is consumed, intensifying the strong flavours and aromas. This style of glass is used for many different types of beers making it a great addition to your glassware collection.

best for:

  • Trappist ales
  • Bock
  • Dubbles & Tripels
  • IPAs

pouring tips:

Depending on the type of beer, you will need to pour carefully in order to prevent excessive foam buildup. Many IPAs will pour with an extremely large head if you do not start out slowly and gently. Beers with less carbonation can be poured more aggressively.

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STEIN

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Instantly recognizable, the beer stein is intended for lighter tasting beers that are best drunk cold. The handle prevents the beer from warming as you hold it and a narrow mouth to concentrate the lighter aromas and flavours at the top of the glass.

best for:

  • Lighter tasting beers
  • Lagers
  • Pilsners
  • Pale Ales

pouring tips:

Hold the glass on a roughly 45° angle and begin by gently pouring the beer down the inside surface the glass. Once it is about 3/4 full, pour more aggressively in order to create a fluffy head of bubbles.

where to buy:

Amazon: $16.94/glass

SNIFTER

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Perfect for special brews and one-of-a-kind creations featuring heady aromas and complex flavour, the snifter glass is for much more than just brandy. The short stem encourages the drinker to hold the rounded body of the glass, warming the beer as they drink. This helps to create a fuller flavour and allow the drinker proper enjoyment of these unique creations. The small mouth and sloped sides keep the head intact while focusing the nose.

best for:

  • Imperial stouts
  • Barley Wine
  • Baltic Porters
  • Imperial IPAs

pouring tips:

Pouring beer into a brandy glass requires a touch of extra finesse. While you are looking to create a reasonable amount of head, it is easy to pour many imperial styles, especially IIPAs, too aggressively. Tip the glass sideways and pour gently and slowly into the bottom. Continue to pour slowly until the glass is almost full or the bottle is almost empty then pour the rest out more quickly if it is not already forming significant head.

where to buy:

Craft Beer Ware: $8.95/glass

STEMMED LAGER

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Lighter in aroma and served at colder temperatures than most ales, lagers are best served in a tall glass with a narrow mouth like this one. The narrow mouth focuses the aroma near the top while the stem keeps the drinker’s warm hands away from the beer, keeping it frosty and cold as you drink.

best for:

  • Lagers

pouring tips:

Hold the glass at a 45° angle and pour the beer quickly and gently down the inner, bottom side. Once the glass is about 2/3 of the way full, tilt it back upright and fill to the top. This should leave a nice half inch of head on top of the beer. If the beer is foaming up too much, continue to pour on an angle for as long as possible.

where to buy:

Indigo: $24.99/glass

PUB GLASS

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Balanced between a wide mouth and a narrow base, these glasses allow the wonderful aromas of their contents to rise to the top while simultaneously allowing the drinker’s hand to slowly warm the beer from the bottom. One of the most ubiquitous beer glasses around, these glasses are a staple of every bar, and many home bars as well. Unfortunately they are not appropriate for every style and should not be the only beer glasses you stock up on.

best for:

  • Ales
  • Stouts
  • Porters
  • English Bitters
  • English Milds

pouring tips:

Before pouring your beer, rinse the glass with clean water even if its clean. This will prevent residue from affecting the pour and flavour of your beer as well as ensuring there is no dust or dirt built up inside. Tilt the glass about 45° and pour the beer down the inside until it is about 2/3 of the way full. If the beer is foaming up too quickly, pour more slowly. If not, tilt the glass upright and continue filling.

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FOOTED PILSNER

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Designed for lighter, more heavily carbonated beers such as pale ales and pilsners, these glasses focus the aroma into the bubbly, perky head. Best suited for floral and fruity ales that are refreshing and smooth, it is a great style for those who prefer bubbly, bright brews.

best for:

  • Canadian Ales
  • Pale Ales
  • Pilsners

pouring tips:

The perfect pour for a pilsner is a bit different than the perfect pour for a stout. In most cases, a pilsner will require a bit more aggression and spirit in the pour in order to develop a reasonable head. Ideally, the best pilsner pour should leave the head curling just above the edge of the glass. In many cases this means pouring the beer from a higher level and tilting the glass upright sooner than with other brews.

where to buy:

Amazon: $62.44/4

FLARED PILSNER

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Similar to the footed pilsner glass, these flared glasses are slightly different in shape with a rounded and tapered bottom half and a flared mouth. Intended for similar types of beer, they are a great alternative to the footed pilsner if you prefer a glass without a foot. The flared mouth accentuates the slightly more bitter flavours and aromas of the pilsner style.

best for:

  • Canadian Ales
  • Pale Ales
  • Pilsners

pouring tips:

Intended for pilsners and pale ales, these glasses will require a more aggressive pour than stouts or IPAs. It is still important to begin the pour along the inner surface of the glass to prevent excessive foaming. No matter what style of beer you are pouring, you should never pour it directly into the bottom of the glass. Pour more quickly than you typically would and tilt the glass upright once it is about 1/2 to 2/3 full depending on how large the head is growing.

where to buy:

Amazon: $44.21/12

HOURGLASS

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Tall and narrow with a flared mouth, this glass is great for accentuating the strong aromas and flavours of brown and amber ales in particular. The hourglass shape allows the beer to warm slowly while drinking, enhancing the malt flavours without losing its chill too quickly.

best for:

  • Honey Brown Ales
  • Amber Ales
  • Amber Lagers

pouring tips:

This style of beer glass requires a slightly slower pour to prevent the beer from splashing off the side into the bottom and creating more foam than you desire. Begin by pouring slowly and do not tilt the glass upright until you are well past the “waistline.”

where to buy:

Amazon: $40.20/glass

DIMPLED MUG

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The large handle of these standard English pub glasses makes them highly versatile: for beers best enjoyed colder, use the handle to avoid warming it up with the heat from your hand. For beers better enjoyed a bit closer to room temperature, it is easy to fit your hand under the handle to hold the body of the glass.

best for:

  • Full bodied ales
  • Flavoured ales
  • English Bitters
  • English Milds

pouring tips:

As with other glasses, this one should be tilted to a 45° angle so you can begin the pour along the inside surface of the glass. Watch the head form and tilt the glass upright sooner if you want more head or wait until its almost full for a smaller head of foam. If its too foamy, pour more slowly and wait for it to dissipate before filling the glass.

where to buy:

Amazon: $65.89/4

CHALICE

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These glasses are perfect for really showcasing the depth of aroma and flavour of your favourite strong beers. Perfect for rich flavours and thick bodies, the flared mouth releases the strong aromas of darker ales and the great bitter notes of double IPAs.

best for:

  • Dark ales
  • Amber ales
  • Brown ales
  • Stouts, particularly Imperial
  • Imperial IPAs

pouring tips:

Small, rounded glasses like these require a careful pour to prevent creating too much head and foaming over the edge. Rinse the glass with clean water and then pour slowly along the surface until the glass is almost full. Tilt it upright and finish pouring to create a lovely, fluffy head that fills the top inch of the glass.

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