Flute Glass

The world of champagne lends elegance to certain types of beer. Long and narrow bodies ensure that carbonation doesnt dissipate too quickly and showcase a lively carbonation or sparkling color. Stems will often be a bit shorter than the traditional champagne glass, but not necessarily.

Benefits:
Enhances and showcases carbonation. Releases volatiles quickly for a more intense upfront aroma.

Goblet (or Chalice)

Majestic pieces of work, ranging from delicate and long stemmed (Goblet) to heavy and thick walled (Chalice). The more delicate ones may also have their rims laced with silver or gold, while the heavy boast sculpture-like stems. Some are designed to maintain a 2-centimeter head. This is achieved by scoring the inside bottom of the glass, which creates a CO2 nucleation point, and a stream of eternal bubbles and perfect head retention as a result.

Benefits:
Eye candy. Designed to maintain head. Wide-mouthed for deep sips.

Pilsner (or Pokal)

Typically a tall, slender and tapered 12-ounce glass, shaped like a trumpet at times, that captures the sparkling effervesces and colors of a Pils while maintaining its head. A Pokal is a European Pilsner glass with a stem.

Benefits:
Showcases color, clarity and carbonation. Promored head tetention. Enhances volatiles.

Snifter

Used for brandy and cognac, these wide-bowled and stemmed glasses with their tapered mouths are perfect for capturing the aromas of strong ales. Volumes range, but they all provide room to swirl and agitate volatiles.

Benefits:
Captures and enhances volatiles.

Stange (Slender Cylinder)

A traditional German glass, stange means "stick" and these tall, slender cylinders are used to serve more delicate beers, amplifying malt and hop nuances. Substitute with a Tom Collins glass.

Benefits:
Tighter concentration of volatiles.

Stein

These originated in Germany in the 20th century. These large glasses began as communal earthenware vessels; thus why more traditional steins are stoneware, as opposed to glass. The handle allows for an easier time picking up a large quantity of beer in the glass, while the lid protects the beer from outside elements: a necessity for outdoor drinking in Bavarian beer gardens. Used for lagers (never ales).

Benefits:
Beautiful to look at, holds large quantities of beer (over a liter).

Tulip

A stemmed glass, obviously tulip-shaped, wherein the top of the glass pushes out a bit to form a lip in order to capture the head and the body is bulbous. Scotch Ales are often served in a "thistle glass," which is a modified tulip glass that resembles Scotland's national flower.

Benefits:
Captures and enhances volatiles, while it induces and supports large foamy heads.

Weizen Glass

Nothing beats serving your Weizenbier (wheat beer) in an authentic Bavarian Weizen Glass. These classy glasses, with their thin walls and length, showcase the beer's color and allows for much headspace to contain the fluffy, sexy heads associated with the style. Most are 0.5L in size, with slight variation in sizes. Forget the lemon garnish, the citric acid will kill the head.

Benefits:
Specifically produced to take on volume and head, while locking in the banana-like and phenol aromas associated with the style.