The Perfect Pint: Oversized Wine Glass

In an effort to expand on the “education” part of my “Beer Reviews, Education and Nonsense” motto, I am continuing myseries of posts that will focus on beer glassware.  Specifically, I will be talking about the glass’s shape and why that particular glass is an
appropriate vessel for a specific beer style.

 wine glass for beer


Wine Glass (oversized)

Chances are you have a couple of these in you cupboard right now and they can make great glasses for beers that have high ABV’s and big flavors. The tapered opening condenses the head and channels the aroma right to your nose.  The large bowl allows you to
warm the beer a bit in your hands and the warming releases more aromatics and flavors. The smaller size (still smaller than a pint glass) is an appropriate serving size for big beers.  Probably the least legitimate reason but possibly the most fun is to fill that pretty, pretentious glass with some big, bad, bastardly beer!

    • Sean
    • August 8th, 2011

    Just back from a recent trip which found me debating with a friend the “proper” way to pour a beer from a bottle into a glass. Any thoughts?

    • The important part of any pour is that it produces a thick head. Not only does it add to the beauty of the beer but the correct pour will help realease all malt and hop aromas we love in craft beer.

      But you should keep these points in mind.
      1. A beer with low/er carbonation you could probably pour down the middle of the glass with out worry of an overflow.
      2. A beer with medium carbonation I would start the pour down the sound side and then 1/2 to 2/3 the way full pour down the middle.
      3. With a highly carbonated beer you will want to pour SLOWLY down the side until it is full otherwise you will end up with a foam head that wont die.

      But then again this is only my opinion and if your friend is pouring a beer into a glass then half the battle has been won.

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