The perfect serve requires the perfect glass.

Have you ever wondered why you get different beer in different glasses?

Surely it’s the beer that matters, well whilst the beer is the star of the show the glass you use has an effect on both your perception and how you experience the beer. The right glass allows you to experience a beer at its best.

Below is a list of different glasses and when they are best used.


The Pint

Pint – Comes in Conical, Nonik, Jug or Tulip varieties. Traditionally used for low ABV session-style beers. The workhorse of the glass world, its broad opening allows the aroma of a beer to flourish. If in doubt a Pint glass will always do a decent job.

Traditionally used to serve:

  • Blonde Ales
  • Brown Ales
  • California Common or Steam Beer
  • Cream Ales
  • English Bitter
  • Extra Special Bitters (ESB)
  • India Pale Ales (IPA)
  • Lagers
  • Pale Ales (APA)
  • Porters
  • Red Ales
  • Rye Beers
  • Stouts

Weissbier Vase

Weissbier Vase – As the name suggests these glasses are designed for Hefeweizens, the vase shape accentuates the hazy body and gives ample room for the fragrant foam head.

Traditionally used to serve:

  • All Wheat Beers
  • Dunkelweizen
  • Hefeweizen
  • Kristalweizen
  • Gose
  • Weizenbock


Tulip – Shaped to allow you to sniff and swirl whilst also giving you the ability to appreciate the colours and carbonation. The lipped top also helps to maintain the head of a beer. Initially used for Belgian beers these glasses have spread to other types of beer and are a staple of many craft beer pubs.

Traditionally used to serve:

  • Belgian Ales
  • India Pale Ales (IPAs)
  • Pale Ales
  • Strong Ales


Goblet – Large bowl shaped glasses used for strong beers, associated with Dubbels and Quads. The

shape softens the high carbonation giving the beers a smoother feel. Some glasses have etching on

the bottom to encourage a steady stream of bubbles and maintain a nice head.

Traditionally used to serve:

  • Belgian Ales
  • Belgian IPAs
  • Belgian Dubbels
  • Belgian Tripels
  • Belgian Quadrupels
  • Belgian Trappist Ales
  • Bocks
  • Imperial IPAs
  • Imperial Stouts


Pilsner – Shaped to stream the bubbles into a tight head, as the name suggests used for Pilsners and light lagers.

Designed to showcase the colour, clarity and carbonation.

Traditionally used to serve:

  • Czech Pilsners
  • German Pilsners
  • Light Lagers


Bowl – Designed for where the drink is treated more like a spirit. Broad bodied so that the drink can be rolled around the glass to intensify the aroma.

Provides theatre for drinks that demand attention.

Traditionally used to serve:

  • Barley Wines
  • Imperial Stouts