To maximize the enjoyment of beer, many glasses are designed to capture and concentrate aroma, help retain a fluffy head or showcase color and bubbles. These diverse shapes are also perfect vessels to showcase a range of exotic cocktails.
American Pint Glass
This workhorse holds a standard 16 ounces and has thick walls to guard against breakage.
The narrow top of this tapering curvy glass is designed to trap the head and aroma.
A thinner base keeps aromas locked inside to further enhance the hoppy taste.
This classic style, made of glass or pewter, has handles to help keep beer away from hands and thus stay cold longer.
This glass is ideal for serving pilsner but also many other types of light beers and other exotic beverages. Tall, slender and evenly tapered without curvature, they usually hold between 12 and 20 ounces.
Imperial Pint/English Pub Glass
Big enough to hold a British pint (19.2 ounces), this glass bulges out a couple of inches from the top, improving the grip and preventing the rim from getting nicked, which is why it’s also known as a “no-nick.”
This short, chunky quarter-pint glass holds about 5 ounces.
The narrow base and slightly rounded bulb of this modern design ensure a smooth, creamy delivery.
Weizen (Wheat beer)
This German-style glass is much taller than a pint glass in order to trap aromas and accommodate the thick, fluffy foam head produce by wheat beers.