Does the Shape of Your Beer Glass Really Matter? – The Experiment You Can Try at Home
Don`t believe that using the proper glass could actually affect the taste of your beer? Try the glass experiment yourself or with a bunch of friends and see.
By The Beer Community on Oct. 06, 2017
Does the Beer Glass Shape Actually Matter?
Read our article Serving The Perfect Beer: Temperature, Pour, and Glassware and still don’t believe in the importance of the proper beer glass for your beer. Well, we aren’t the only ones who believe in it.
The Beeroness who we adore put out a fabulous article along with an equally delicious recipe called Coq au Ale: Drunk French Chicken + A Case for Proper Glassware.
Besides the delicious recipe she also tells the story of her tasting experience at a brewery that made her realize the importance of the proper beer glass:
“I’m given a Spiegelau stout glass, filled with, well, a stout. I’m also given a shaker pint, filled also with a stout. “Taste the shaker pint,” we’re all instructed and we comply. It’s good. It’s a great stout and I like it. “Now, taste the beer in the stout glass.” It’s bigger. The flavors are more pronounced and the carbonation is more even, it has a better head that has survived the trip from the tap-room far better than the first beer. These aren’t the same beer, I can tell. The second is a much better beer with bolder flavors. Then comes the bombshell that has firmly convinced me that glassware matters as much as beer storage, “It’s the same beer. It’s a Shakespeare Stout, you can try the experiment again in the tap-room if you don’t believe me.” He’s right. It’s such a pronounced difference that it tastes like a different beer.”
Why does using proper glassware matter?
Using the proper glass not only opens up the flavours and helps hold the frothy white foam, but it also directs your nose exactly to where it should be to smell the beautiful aromas wafting from your beer which again heightens your beer drinking experience.
The Beer Glassware Experiment
Get a few friends together and have everyone bring different glasses. You can assign each person a different type of glass or keep it open. If you can try to include a classic beer mug, a shaker pint, a snifter, a tulip glass, a tumbler, a coffee mug and any other type of interesting beverage glass you and your friends can come up with.
Get a variety of beers from a variety of different styles. Again you can assign these to different friends or make sure you have them on hand yourself. You can also suggest friends bring their favourite beers that they might want to test this hypothesis on once and for all. Before you begin pouring make sure you use the correct glass in each experiment and then the wrong glass. For more details on proper beer glasses based on style also check out our Beer Styles 201 articles.
Pour half a bottle in each glass and begin. You can also make it fun and have everyone mark down their answers rather than doing it out loud. Then compare notes at the end. Get creative with these ideas for How to Have a Beer Tasting.
HAVE FUN, but be responsible and make sure everyone drinks safely and gets home safely.
We would love to hear some of the results from your tests.
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