Welcome to CellarMonks beer glassware information page.
What's so important about beer glassware? Well, to some, nothing. Where for others, the right glassware will make the difference between just drinking the beer and experiencing the beer. As beer has evolved over the ages, so has the vessels that it is served in. Where once it was drank from earthen pots, now individuals are designing new age glassware they hope will express every flavor and aroma brewed into their beer.Though there are no laws dictating the correct glassware to use with a specific beer or beer style, if you want to experience the beer in the way in which its brewer intended it, then some thought must go into you choice of glassware. We hope this information page will help you decide what type of glass would suit the beer you have in front of you.
A pilsner glass is a generally used to serve many types of light colored beers, but is intended for its namesake, the pilsner. Pilsner glasses tend to be smaller than pint glasses, usually 250ml or 330ml (12 oz.). Pilsner glasses should be tall, slender and tapered. Pilsner glasses (although similar to a wheat beer glass due to its size) are different in that the pilsner glass should have an even taper without curvature.Highlights: Pilsner glasses are made to showcase the color, effervescence, and clarity of the pilsner, as well as to maintain a nice head.
There are generally two standard sizes. The 20oz (Imperial) pint glass and the 16oz (American) pint glass. Some commercial establishments tried implementing a 14oz versions but met with resistance and dropped the effort. The glass is typically cone shaped and somewhat sturdy. Some versions have a bulging ring near the top (for better grip). Most European pint glasses have visible level markings to verify beer level before foam.Highlights: Easily stackable behind a bar. Inexpensive. Common brewery silkscreened item.
Typically ceramic or porcelain, though they can be made from silver, pewter, earthenware and even wood, these glasses are the art pieces of the beer world. Coming in multiple sizes (.5L (halb) or 1L (mass) are the most common), steins can reach multilitre proportions. Steins differentiate themselves from mugs or seidels due to thier unique closure and of course their sometimes ornate designs.The closure on a stein dates back to the 14th century. It was around this time that many swarms of insects plagued Europe. So as to keep their beverages safe from these flying masses, glassware designers added (as required by some German laws), a lid with a hinge and a thumblift. This closure was easy to operate and did not inhibit the drinking of the beer, but at the same time kept the beer safe from insects, trees leaves and anything else carried on the wind.Highlights: Collectable. Can be large volume. Beer protection. Sturdy.
As the name implies, this glass is used for the consumption of wheat beers. A rather tall glass, the weizen glass has a mouth that is considerably wider than its base. This reflects the beer\'s allowance for space for the thick creamy white head associate with the wheat beer style.The typical German wiezen glass holds 1/2 litre of beer. Other styles (Belgian wit) can be found in glasses measuring .25 litres or .33 litres.When toasting with a weizen glass, it is customary to touch the bases of the glasses instead of the body of the glasses (due to the risk of breaking the relatively thin upper portion). It is also a good idea to not let a beer linger in these glasses due to the large surface area (beer warms faster).Highlights: Large glass suited perfectly to it beer. Allows for large head and the sometimes unique phenols (yeast aromas) to be showcased.
A tulip shaped stemmed glass. This glass helps create a visually interesting pour while at the same time trapping the head in the glass (typically a large amount of head relative to the size of the glass).There are pint glasses that taper outwards towards as they move higher that are called tulip glasses (resembling the flower shape). These glasses do not have the curves of the traditional tulip glass though.Highlights: Aid in head retention. Visually nice. Help trap aroma.
The Trappist glass. Whether a goblet (tending to be on the more delicate and thin side) or the chalice (thicker walled with a sturdy stem),
the primary aim of these glasses is to show off the aroma of its contents and the skill of the beers maker. Beers (Trappist Ales, Berliner Weiss) get to showcase their multitude of aromas, as well as, being able to show off the lacy head associated with these beers. The wide mouth of these glasses allows for the nose to be enveloped in aroma.Highlights: Close to art in some cases. Wide mouth to allow maximum aroma. Showcase for lace and head rentention of trappist ales.
As with wine, this glass allows the complex aromas of primaly Belgian ales to shine. The large head space (the glass should be 20 to 25 ounces), coupled with is round shape directs the distinct aromas in these ales directly towards the nose.Barleywines, Wheat wines, Saison, Stout. These all can find a comforting home in this glass. Any big, aromatic beer would be welcome.Highlights: Aroma helper. Large size = large beer. Can drink wine from it when beer isnt in it
Made of glass, pewter, silver, ceramic or earthenware, these glasses are mainstays pretty much whereever beer is on tap.They vary is size from .5 litres to multilitre versions. Some are dimpled, others may be etched glass. These are usually very sturdy and take well to toasts. Many many styles can find a home in a mug or a krug.Highlights: Large and sturdy. Inexpensive. Ceramic and Earthen versions retain cooling.
Yard of Ale - in the traditional sense refers to both the length of this glass and the quantity of beer held inside. These glasses have their origins in the 17th century and where often times associated with coachmen that wanted to have their beer handed to them without having to leave the coach (good for refills too as the glass could be handed down and the coachman didn\'t have to let go of the reins).The Kwak glass is similar in appearance, but not in size. This is a taletop glass that has a stand (due to the round bottom). It is said that the glass was designed by the innkeeper and brewer Pauwel Kwak, yet the glass itself has its origins in the 1980\'s.Highlights: Novelty. Large amount of beer (YOA)
German for "Stick". These glasses tend to be taller than more traditional glasses, but slimmer than most. This allows for the beers character to become more pronounced. Especially the beers hops character
Highlight: Slender shape helps the beers best aspects shine.
The Flute glass (when not holding sparking wine or champaigne) likes to hold Belgian Lambics and Fruit beers. The narrow shape of the glass allows for good carbonation retention while focusing the unique aromas of these beers.Highlights: Beer color showcase. Carbonation display. Aroma focus.
Very much like a traditional tulip glass, but with a rounder bottom.This beer is primarily used for Scotch ales, but a Belgian ale would feel at home in it. Highlights: Helps accentuate the beer's malty character.
Origins of this type of glassware are somewhat sketchy. The long and short of it though is that you had a group of Germans, beer and no glasses. You can imagine the rest.These boots are now popular as novelties at parties and festivals. Any beer can go in the boot, but traditional lager is probably a good starting point.Highlights: Novelty. Can be large.