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Beer Glassware

Beer glasses come in a variety of shapes and sizes with various glassware features intended to highlight particular characteristics of the beer. Some are long and thin to display effervescence and clarity, while others are bowl-shaped to highlight aroma and the beer's foam head. Some others are more decorative and have dimpled sides, or like beer steins, are elaborate pieces of stoneware with graphic images hand painted around the sides.

While most people (and brewers!) will tell you to use a glass approriate to the style, here at RateBeer we instead advise you to befriend your favorite tasting glass and stick to it. Usually a bowl-shaped glass will offer the best beer aroma-holding abilities. Tulips and snifters are especially good for containing aroma. The American shaker pint glass offers little aroma containment and therefore is a bad beer tasting glass choice no matter what logo is sprayed on the side. Avoid them.

Below are the types of glasses in our glassware directory. Click the beer glassware type to get more information. Also included are recommendations for serving sake.

Bowl
Dimpled mug
English pint
Flute
Footed Pilsner
Guinomi
Kölsch/Altbier
Lager glass
Masu
Ochoko
Paper Bag
Shaker
Snifter
Stein
Stem glass
Thistle
Trappist glass
Tulip
Tumbler
Weizen
Yard
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