Beer Mug vs Tankard

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  1. perfection

    perfection Initiate (14) Apr 6, 2018 India

    Is there a serious classic difference between a beer mug and a beer tankard?
    Is it something to do with capacity or shape or both?
     
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  2. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (3,039) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    From
    https://hcooperglassengravers.co.uk/blog/is-there-a-difference-between-a-stein-and-a-tankard/

    Google "difference tankard mug" for more articles on this.
     
  3. perfection

    perfection Initiate (14) Apr 6, 2018 India

    thanks dcotom
    I have read the info at that link before....
    My question was mug vs tankard not stein vs tankard
     
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  4. thewrongtone

    thewrongtone Initiate (122) Oct 15, 2006 Arkansas

    A lid seems like the obvious difference.
     
  5. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (9,994) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Mugs are glass and tankards are pewter?
     
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  6. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (3,039) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    If you Google "difference tankard mug" like I suggested and read the linked articles, you're going to find a bunch of varying definitions of each (e.g. lid vs no lid, glass vs pewter). There aren't any strictly-defined parameters for either one that I can see. I'd recommend that you have a few cold ones out of your favorite mug/tankard/stein/seidel/whatever and forget about it because it doesn't really matter. (Personally, I wouldn't drink beer out of a pewter vessel, but that's just me.)

    Then come back and ask about the difference between "stout" and "porter." :wink:
     
  7. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,811) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Just wait until you discover that a "stein" is usually a "krug" and that 1L and 1/2L versions have different names...
     
  8. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,685) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    "Then come back and ask about the difference between "stout" and "porter."

    "...and that 1L and 1/2L versions have different names..."

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    Cheers!
     
  9. beer_beer

    beer_beer Defender (673) Feb 13, 2018 Finland
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    #9 beer_beer, Oct 3, 2022
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2022
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  10. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,685) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    From the above link:

    “A large drinking vessel, sometimes of pewter, sometimes with a glass base, with one handle…”

    FWIW, when I think of the word “tankard” I think of a pewter drinking vessel (i.e., I personally would nix “sometimes” above).

    You may already know this but the expression “Here’s looking at you” is a toast whereby you hoist your tankard and upon finishing the beer, with the glass bottom you can then see your friend sitting across from you at the pub’s table. Well, I read that explanation once and it seems to make sense as the origin for that expression. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Cheers to “looking at you”!
     
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