Most Versatile Beer Glass?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by BeastOfTheNortheast, Mar 15, 2020.

  1. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Devotee (437) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I think the most recent one of these threads was locked, so I decided to start a new one. I love beer glasses and think it would be interesting to see other's opinions on what they think is the most versatile beer glass for the styles of beer they consume. IMO, the Belgian Tulip is the most versatile for the styles of beer I consume most (IPAs, Double IPAs, and Imperial Stouts). What is yours?

  2. TigerDriver91

    TigerDriver91 Initiate (142) Jan 17, 2017 Czech Republic

    for me it's probably the Willi Becher glass.
  3. beergoot

    beergoot Poo-Bah (5,565) Oct 11, 2010 Colorado
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    I'm a simple man and love shaker pints for their utility and robustness...
  4. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Savant (982) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    For most beers any pint is fine. For fancy brews a Red Wine glass.
  5. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (1,738) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    Most versatile? To me that means one that "will do" for a vast variety of styles from light lagers to BA stouts.

    To me, that is an Imperial Tulip Pint (aka Irish pub pint). Provides room for impressive heads, provides visual appeal for everything from the blackest stout to the clearest pilsner, and has a curved side and sloping top to focus the aroma.


    The Belgian tulip is a good choice, especially for aromatic focus, but most are too small (13 oz or less, typically - although I do have a set that are 20 oz!) to be considered versatile, IMO. You can also call them "snifters" if they have a short, thick stem, - like the OP - etc. Just don't call them "snulips" UGGG!
  6. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,419) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    All glasses are equally versatile for me. :slight_smile:
  7. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (3,967) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Speigelau tulip is what I use and consider to be one of the most versatile.


    Photo is ~1/2 pour from a 16oz can for scale. Glass capacity is listed as 15.5oz.

    I like the silhouette of the glass, which is clean for photos when coupled with the logo-less design. The shape works well with any beer with the slightly larger size holding most of a 16oz can, which is favorable compared with my older 12oz snifters. You can also buy them in packs in case you break any. I like the shape of Willibelchers for photos too and use shaker pints when "I just want a beer after work", but the Speigelau tulip is my go-to at this point.
  8. Rollmeaway2loadout

    Rollmeaway2loadout Aspirant (269) Jan 30, 2016 Illinois

    Great reply - I'd answer it the same way .
  9. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,394) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    I've been drinking straight from the can for a while now and quite enjoy it. Sue me.
  10. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (1,738) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    Just be sure to have your alcohol-based sanitary wipes handy! :wink:
  11. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,361) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Duvel tulip is the answer
  12. biermark

    biermark Initiate (76) Sep 9, 2008 South Carolina

    Large Sam Adams with the lip at the top.
  13. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,693) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I gotta go with the Willi Becher myself. If we're talking overall versatility then I'd rather have a glass that's too big than too small for a 16 oz. can, so most of my snifters and tulips don't seem to qualify in that respect.
  14. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,970) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    I !@#$ HATE the glasses with the lip on the bottom!
    Thank Gambrinus that I don't wear clothes that need dry-cleaning!

    (EDIT- What? "Upside down"? You think? Ah, damn. Neither mind.)
  15. Insomniac

    Insomniac Initiate (28) Nov 5, 2019

    What this person said.
  16. rudiecantfail

    rudiecantfail Defender (691) Aug 9, 2011 Pennsylvania

    The vast majority of beers that I am reviewing, I drink out of a Duvel tulip. I find that it gives a beer the best chance to express itself. When I'm drinking old favorites, I might have them in a Hofbrau half liter glass or an Irish (Guinness) tulip. My shit beers I usually use a 22ounce "Applebees" glass.
  17. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,370) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    For sheer versatility, a stemless red wine glass is hard to beat. It's not as pretty as a tulip or a snifter, though.
    My lawyers are on it.
  18. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Initiate (195) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia

    Agree! Love my 20 oz. Willi. I wish American bars and restaurants would use a 20 oz. glass to pour 16 oz. beer in. They would be able to put a proper head on it.
  19. defunksta

    defunksta Crusader (761) Jan 18, 2019 Illinois

    The Belgian Tulip is the classic. It is great for agitating the beer and providing aromatics. However, it's often not big enough for a full pour and you have to pour in segments. Plus, it has the additional risk of fragility.
    In all honesty, I use a pint glass for nearly every beer besides IPAs, then I use a wine/tulip glass to get the aromatics. Much more practical, yet captures the quality.
  20. DoctorZombies

    DoctorZombies Poo-Bah (3,316) Feb 1, 2015 Florida
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    While I love my snifters and tulips for stouts and Belgians, for all around utility, i.e., I can use it for any style, my go to is the large SAPP. I carry 2 in the RV just in case Mrs. Z breaks one :rolling_eyes::sunglasses:, and I buy on sight in the thrift stores. Cheers, and enjoy your glassware!
  21. Dudeitscoldoutside

    Dudeitscoldoutside Initiate (70) Dec 8, 2019 California

    Anything that is not chipped, cracked or leak and gets the beer to my pie hole. Cheers!
  22. Pinz412

    Pinz412 Initiate (111) Nov 20, 2019 Pennsylvania

    I would have to agree with most that in regards to versatility the tulip is hard to beat. My personal favorite is the craftmaster though. I've never attempted imperial stouts from it, as it just doesn't feel right for some reason. Maybe I'll have to do some experimenting sometime.
  23. Giantspace

    Giantspace Crusader (780) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I use a 19oz nonic style most times. When splitting large bottles I have a few English 1/2 pints.

    I really like my old Ommegang slender tulip style glass too.

    For AAL the can/bottle works great.

  24. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,394) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    Due to my promise to not have a beer on a day that I swear, I have not purchased a beer since covid hit the states, not have I had one since early February. :rolling_eyes:
  25. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,359) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    There can’t possibly be only one, there’s many.

    HF Balloon Glass
    SA Perfect Pint
    Old fashioned Pils glass
    Tulips of varying design.

    I’m a glass whore, but restrained. I’ve got maybe 20 pieces of glass, some are a bit redundant though. But I love them all, and branding isn’t really necessary.
  26. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,321) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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  27. BruChef

    BruChef Aspirant (214) Nov 8, 2009 New York

    Sounds like a common issue is size. I don’t mind, and In some cases (esp with IPAs, pales, pils, etc.), enjoy not being able to pour a whole beer into a glass. Aromatics and flavors change and fade over the course of drinking a beer. Pouring the rest of a beer is an opportunity to “refresh” it and establish new head and bring back those (hop) aromatics that were starting to fade.
  28. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,394) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    That is indeed a nifty glass:


    What you need is a BIG Gulden Draak tulip glass:



  29. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,435) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    Huh...I have a couple of those and didn't know they had a real name. Bought because I liked the shape, but I use them a lot for most beers. My Duvel large tulip is my second go to, especially for aroma heavy beers. But I will grab that pint glass pictured more often than not regardless of what it's called.
  30. eppCOS

    eppCOS Meyvn (1,177) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado

    This one.
    Big enough to put in a fairly assertive pour, allow the head to rise with a full pint can. Great for any freaking beer...
    Plus, I love the Squidowl. Sue me....wait, er... no don't.
  31. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,371) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania

    I think I still have that glass Jack. I always like it because of the black bottom and the smokey kind of look it had. I have so many goat races glasses including a bunch of the mug styles, but the older Willie Becher styles are still my favorites. Nice pic too!
  32. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,122) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey

    willi becher all the way! I have a miniature .25l willi becher glass that I got at Suarez Family Brewing which I use all too frequently. It's a miracle I haven't smashed it yet. (I probably just jinxed myself)


    I like the bigger ~16oz version I have too but for whatever reason I like the smaller one.
    #32 tzieser, Mar 16, 2020
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  33. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Devotee (437) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I like that bottom glass @JackHorzempa
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  34. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Devotee (437) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Seems like size of the glass may be more important than style/look of glass. Maybe I'm reading this wrong? Regardless, many cool opinions and pics so far.
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  35. joerooster

    joerooster Initiate (60) May 15, 2018 Virginia

    Pretty much always use a Russian River branded nonic pint, believe it will hold 16oz of liquid so perfect for 12oz cans/bottles.
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  36. OldBrewer

    OldBrewer Aspirant (293) Jan 13, 2016 Ontario (Canada)

    For me, it really depends on the type of beer (e.g. mostly Pilsner glass for Pilsners and, lagers; tulip glass for Belgian beers and sours; Imperial pint glass for ales).
    #36 OldBrewer, Mar 16, 2020
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2020
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  37. JimKal

    JimKal Devotee (495) Jul 31, 2011 North Carolina

    But I always love your reviews when you use your Polish Pilsner glass.
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  38. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,394) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    And I will continue to use that glass for my Pilsners but not too much for other beer styles.

    I did drink a homebrewed Czech Dark Lager last evening using my Polish Pilsner glass and that beer tasted great in that glass.



    P.S. I also last night drank a can of Sterling Shoats Pilsner in my Polish Pilsner glass as I grilled hamburgers and needless to say this beer was very tasty in that glass.

    A picture from a prior NBS post:

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  39. cmiller4642

    cmiller4642 Disciple (304) Aug 17, 2013 West Virginia

    Big Duvel tulips are great, but I'm more of a fan of my teku as of late. Especially for hoppy beers and sours.
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  40. tinoynk

    tinoynk Initiate (105) Sep 25, 2010 New York

    I have about a dozen tekus, but almost always use a stemless wine glass or a tulip.