By far the most ornate beer vessels are the Bavarian steins. These are usually ceramic, earthenware or stoneware, and are intricately decorated with scenes of nature, castles, and villages. They come in a variety of sizes, usually 1/2L, 1L, or 2L - the preferred portions of Bavarian drinkers. While steins do nothing for the appearance of the beer, there is little question that these beautiful pieces of folk art (even if they are made in a factory, they’re still pretty nice) are visually appealing unto themselves. The aromatic aspect is admittedly not as strong from these materials as from glass, but the taste is unencumbered. Thankfully, some steins have lids, which you can use to trap aromas in so that when you open the lid you get a big shot of malt (or smoke, if you are drinking rauchbier). The added bonus of the lid is that you keep blackflies and mosquitoes out of your beer if you’re camping and the cigarette smoke out if you’re in a low-ceilinged cellar bar in Germany. Use for any traditional lager.
Appropriate for these styles:
Bock - Doppelbock
Bock - Eisbock
Bock - Heller / Maibock
Bock - Weizenbock
Dunkel / Tmavy
Imperial Pils/Strong Pale Lager
Oktoberfest / Märzen
Traditional Ale
Weissbier - Dunkelweizen
Zwickel / Keller / Landbier