About Beer Glassware
A beer glass reflects the beer image and enhances its taste. There is a wide range of beer glasses available due to many reasons. As soon as you pour beer into the glass, its flavor, taste and color change, hence using the right glass will enhance the taste. On the same note, studies indicate that the shape of a beer glass can influence the form of the beer. This is because the beer foam usually produces volatile compounds which enhance the beer flavor as they evaporate. This article highlights the types of beer glasses, their history as well as how a beer glass enhances the taste of beer.
Types of beer glassware
- Flute Glass
It has a long and narrow body that slows down the dissipation of carbonation and showcases a sparkling color. Its stem is a bit shorter compared to the traditional champagne glass.
- Goblet (or Chalice) Glass
They range from light and long stemmed (Goblets) to thick walled (Chalices). They are wide-mouthed which allows deep sips.
- Mug or Stein Glass
The mug is heavy, sturdy and large beer glassware with a handle that comes in a variety of sizes and shapes.
- Pilsner Glass
This is a tall and slender trumpet-shaped 12-ounce glass that captures the amazing color and effervesces of a beer.
- Pint Glass
It is nearly cylindrical, slightly tapered and wide-mouthed. It comes in two sizes; the 20-ounce Imperial and the 16-ounce US Tumbler.
- Snifter Glass
This is a wide-bowled and stemmed glass with tapered mouths that come in a wide range of volumes.
- Stange (Slender Cylinder) Glass
This tall, slender and cylindrical German glass is used in serving delicate beers to amplify hop nuances and malt.
- Tulip Glass
The top of this tulip-shaped and stemmed glass pushes out slightly to create a lip while the body looks bulbous.
- Weizen Glass
This thin walled classy glass showcases the color of the beer and accommodates much headspace.
- Oversized Wine Glass
The size of this glass allows for much headspace, while its open bowl forms an amazing nose.
How beer glassware enhances the taste of beer
There is a common belief that people ‘drink with their eyes’. Therefore, drinking beer from glass allow you to see its color, brilliance and foam head. When it comes to flavor, the foam head plays a very integral role in enhancing it. The effect of the foam goes beyond what you always feel in the mouth when taking beer. Foam is a continuously evolving carbon dioxide gas that can bring aromas.
The shape, thickness and material of a beer glass will determine the foam’s longevity and whether the aromas in the foam are captured and presented to the nose of the drinker. Thicker glasses reduce the rate at which the beer warms thus improving the foam’s persistence. The surface to volume ratio of long cylindrical glasses is high; hence the beer will warm more quickly. Finally, glasses with narrower brims as compared to their body usually concentrate aromas within them and then present the aromas to the nose of the drinker. These glasses reduce the loss of carbon dioxide and make the foam more stable.
If you consume beer directly from its bottle, the carbon dioxide within it will end up in your stomach. Being left with no escape route, the stomach may bloat. But if you drink beer from a glass, a given percentage of carbon dioxide would be discharged into the air, thereby reducing the amount of carbon dioxide gas reaching the stomach as well as minimizing the chances of bloating.
The first beer glasses were slope-sided, thick-walled pint mugs without a handle. In 1928, flute pint glass with a handle was introduced. The ‘dimple’ pint glass replaced the fluted glass in 1948. In the early 1960s, the introduction of the “Nonik” (meaning no nick) glass put to rest the tendency of straight glasses to nick or chip. Although these glasses were durable, their aesthetic value was wanting. This inspired the invention of thin walled pint beer glasses in the 1970s. Since that time, it has become the classic Irish beer glass. This glass was also popular in England. Today, the Nonik beer glass has been replaced with a tall, narrow, tapered, thin beer glasses. On the same note, there is a wide range of beer glasses for each type of beer.