How To: Choose the right beer glass

Choose the right beer glass

To truly appreciate different beers, you need different kinds of glasses. Check out this guideline before you hoist your next mug.

Step 1: Start with a clean glass
Always start with a hand-washed, air-dried glass. And never put it in the freezer: Experts say chilling the glass compromises the beer's flavor.

A study found that a thin glass actually keeps beer colder than a thick one.

Step 2: Grab a beer mug
Grab a beer stein, a mug, or a German mug made of glass called a seidel, when you're pouring American and English ales, stouts, or bock beer. Mugs and steins are good for gatherings that involve lots of toasting, thanks to the handle.

Step 3: Have a pint
Have pale ales, bitter, porters, and stouts in a pint glass. It comes in two sizes: In the U.S., the 16 oz. tumbler, and in Britain, the 20 oz. nonic. Just drink them fast if you don't like you beer warm; the wide mouth can't keep them cool for long.

Step 4: Use a pilsner glass
Use the slender, tapered glass known as a pilsner when you drink its namesake. It also complements lagers.

Step 5: Belt down Belgian beer
Drink Belgian beer from a tulip-shaped glass. It helps maintain the head, which in turn helps the drinker appreciate the beer's esters, or fragrant compounds.

A brandy snifter works, too.

Step 6: Get "weiz"
Drink wheat beer, also known as Weizenbier, in the glass named for it ¬– the Bavarian weizen glass. It's shaped like an hourglass to accommodate a big head of foam.

Step 7: Try a wine glass
Try a large wine glass that leaves enough room for a decent head to form. You may feel silly, but the shape enhances the taste of beer the same way it elevates the flavor of wine – by bringing out the aroma.

Fact: Germans began using steins, stoneware or metal beer mugs with lids, in the 15th century after the Black Death as a sanitary precaution.

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