Discover the true flavor of your beer by drinking it out of a good set of beer glasses. View the collection of beer glasses at Overstock.com for traditional and contemporary styles from glassmakers such as Libbey, Mikasa, and Lenox that are designed for you to appreciate the subtleties of individual ingredients. Use the classic pilsner shape with a narrow base and a wide opening that forces your nose into the glass, where the hops releases its bouquet and the nuances of the malt can be appreciated. Try the Belgian approach, which prefers a wider base and narrow opening to trap the aromas and flavors, where they are forced to your nose as you drink. Select from the familiar glass mugs that everyone loves served frosted, copper Moscow Mule tankards that offer a large 24-ounce capacity, and stainless steel, double-walled beer keg mugs that keep your beer cold longer. Check out the craft beer growlers that hold up to 64 ounces of your favorite brew. Whoever the drinker or whatever the beer, there are mugs, steins, and tankards to suit any taste.
Top 10 Types of Beer Glasses
1. Pilsner Beer Glasses
Pilsner glasses are named as such because they are best at bringing out the flavor profile of light beers like pilsners. They are taller and slenderer than most glasses and feature subtle hourglass shape. The height of these glasses helps to maintain the foamy head of the beer.
2. English Pub Glasses
English pub glasses are an ideally utilitarian choice for beer drinkers. Also known as nonic glasses, they bulge out slightly a few inches before the rim of the glass. This helps drinkers hold onto the glass as well as protect the glass from being broken when stacked.
3. Belgian Ale Glasses
Belgian ale glasses are often more commonly known as chalices (with thick decorative glass) or goblets (with long, ornate stems). These glasses feature a wide mouth that allows for deep draughts and maintain a thick, foamy head. Best with Belgian beers.
4. Craft Pub Glasses
Craft pub glasses are very similar to the American pint glass or porter-stout beer glass. The main difference is a very slight flaring out in the center which tapers back in at the rim. The bottom of the glass also features a very thick base that weighs the glass down and keep it from spilling.
5. Porter-Stout Beer Glasses
The standard glass for porter or stout is a variation of an American pint glass, but about halfway up the glass it curves outward slightly. The shape of the glass makes a lot of difference in how the beer and head settle and how the mix will affect the overall taste.
6. Wheat Beer Glasses
Designed specifically for wheat beers known in Germany as Weizenbier or Weissbier, these glasses help to trap yeast and maintain a thick, fluffy head. They are typically quite thin at the bottom, but begin to widen near the middle of the glass.
7. Beer Stein
Beer steins are part of a long tradition beginning in Germany. Beer steins are similar in shape to a beer mug, but steins feature a hinged lid on the top of the mug that can be opened and closed with a thumb lever. Often made of ceramic or pewter, steins are often more decorative than utilitarian.
8. Beer Mug
The beer mug is a classic that boasts some handy features to optimize your beer. The handle keeps you from inadvertently warming your beer with the heat of your hand, and the thick glass also helps to keep your beer frosty and cool.
9. Beer Goblet
A beer goblet is a specific type of Belgian glass, one that has thinner glass than the chalice and can include features such as etched glass at the bottom that attract carbon dioxide bubble to create a pleasing bubbling effect.
10. Beer Tulip
Beer tulips are uniquely shaped, with a stem that can be quite long. The glass flares out in the middle, back in, and then out at the rim. The flared rim helps to retain a foamy head that is pleasing to both the nose and the eye.