The Ultimate Beer Glass Guide [Infographic]

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Know Your Beer. Love Your Beer.

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We love beer. We love all kinds of beer. We love the smells, the tastes, the feeling of beer as we gulp it down, the golden crisp look, from the foam head to the last drop. Everything about beer is beautiful. Beer is good at any time of the day and usually goes wonderfully with many different meals. Mix. Match. Picture Perfect. Beer.

What we don’t like is hangovers or feeling sick afterwards. That is why we produce and distribute hangover prevention tablets in Australia. My name is John Powers and I am the marketing executive of a company called Hangover Revivol. I regularly write about interesting things related to my industry and have found with the rise of craft beer there has been in influx in the amount of unusual glasses that accompany alcoholic beverages.

To explore this phenomenon, I created an infographic entitled ‘The Ultimate Beer Glass Guide’ which explores the various designs, what they do, and which beers belong in them, with this infographic, you can learn your snifter from your stein, and your seidel from your shaker!

Check out more about all the types of beer glasses in the infographic below!

The Ultimate Beer Glass Guide [Infographic]

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So what’s in a beer glass? Hopefully beer! Have you ever thought about the varying designs of different beer glasses and what they do? WIth this infographic you can learn your snifter from your stein with the Ultimate Beer Glass Guide!


Design The bottom bulges into a bowl shape, tapering into a narrow mouth, similar to traditional cognac and brandy glasses.

Why is it this way? To promote head and aroma retention. The Snifter is meant for refined beers with a strong bouquet aroma.

What beer goes in it? Barleywine, Strong Ale, Pale Ale, IPA, Eisbock, Stout, Triple, Quadrupel


Design Shaped much like its namesake flower, the tulip glass has a bulbous body, supported by a stem that narrows and then widens at the top.

Why is it this way? The stem allows drinkers to hold the beer without warming it, while the mouth design promotes a thick head, trapping flavour within the beer and holding its aroma close.

What beer goes in it? Ale, Pale Ale, Strong Ale, IPA, Lambic, Gueuze


Design The Goblet has a large, wide body that is supported by a thick stem. The bottom walls of the glass are thick, sometimes becoming thinner near the mouth.

Why is it this way? Scores in the bottom of the glass allow continual carbonation, and often support up two full inches of head.

What beer goes in it? Belgian IPA, Belgian Strong Dark Ale, Dubbel, Tripel, Quadrupel

Pilsner Glass

Design A pilsner glass is elegant and tall, resembling a champagne glass with a shorter stem.

Why is it this way? The pilsner glass is great for presentation as it allows the colours of the beer to shine through, which is particularly effective with bright lambic fruit beers. The pilsner design also aids carbonation.

What beer goes in it? Lambic, Faro, Maibock, Hellesbock, Lager, Weizenbock

Weizen Vase

Design The weizen is a tall, slender glass that tapers toward the bottom.

Why is it this way? The height of the glass allows the beer to show off its colour and carbonation. A nice head can be built at the wider top opening, which will trap the aroma of the beer.

What beer goes in it? Pilsner, Lager, Bock, Dopplebock, Hellesbock


Design A traditional stein is an iconic glass in the beer world. It is round and squat with thick sides and a handle.

Why is it this way? The handle allows one to hold the beer without warming it. The size of the stein allows a large quantity of beer, with plenty of room for head. A stein is sturdy enough for many rounds of heart clinks and cheers.

What beer goes in it? Ale, Lager, IPA, Porter, Dopplebock, Stout, Witbier

Nonic Pint

Design Basically cylindrical, wider at the mouth than the bottom, with a slight buldge just below the rim. The nonic pint glass is one of the most commonly seen beer glasses, with several European variations.

Why is it this way? The wide mouth allows a decent amount of head to form. Nonic glasses are also cheap (as opposed to more elaborate styles) and easy to store.

What beer goes in it? Lager, Ale, IPA, Stout, Porter, Beer Cocktail

Shaker Pint

Design The shaker pint glass has come to be known as the American pint glass, and was originally used to shake cocktails. The design features straight sides and a large mouth.

Why is it this way? A shaker pint glass isn’t designed with the beer in mind, but rather the bar owner. Shaker pint glasses are cheap to make, easy to store, and easy to drink out of.

What beer goes in it? Ale, Lager, IPA, Porter, Dopplebock, Stout, Witbier

Tulip Pint

Design The tulip pint glass is a more modern glass having a taller shape, usually flaring out towards the top.

Why is it this way? The tulip pint glass is commonly associated with promotional campaigns by breweries, and in particular that of the iconic Guinness Stout.

What beer goes in it? Stout, Lager, Ale, IPA, Porter, Beer Cocktail


Design A seidel is a heavy German style glass beer mug that features an extra thick handle, walls, and a base to give a solid feel.

Why is it this way? The seidel is designed in order to be easy to drink out of. The large size of the seidel means that it holds plenty of volume.

What beer goes in it? Amber / Red Ale, IPA, Baltic Porter, Black & Tan, Bock, Rauchbier, Roggenbier, Witbier Revivol Hangover Relief




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