Suggestions for all-purpose beer glass

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Voyaging, Jun 7, 2015.

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  1. Voyaging

    Voyaging Initiate (0) Jun 7, 2015 Ohio

    I tend to drink my beers out of bottles, but I wanted to switch to start using a glass.

    I just mainly want to buy one good glass that I can use for every beer I drink (though if it's absolutely necessary I can buy more). Suggestions? Thanks.
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  2. jamesgaither

    jamesgaither Initiate (173) Jun 7, 2009 Kansas

  3. deadsincebirth

    deadsincebirth Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2014 Illinois

    Snifter or tulip should be sufficient.
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  4. Nickcal

    Nickcal Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2014 Rhode Island

    I have three suggestions. Supposedly the Nonic glass is the generic glass that is used for most beers. But I'd recommend going another step further and getting either a snifter glass or the famous "Barrelworks Rastal Teku". Though I have not used the Teku, I hear good things. I have about 10 different glasses though and use whichever calls for the specific beer.
  5. Kuaff

    Kuaff Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2013 Alaska

    I agree. Though this site lists some specific styles that each type of glass are great for, I find that pretty much any beer style smells and tastes fantastic in my tulip or snifter.
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  6. Tripel_Threat

    Tripel_Threat Poo-Bah (2,943) Jun 29, 2014 Michigan
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    Tulip. Makes drinking even milk enjoyable.
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  7. reverseapachemaster

    reverseapachemaster Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Texas

    There's not much in the way of beer that I think is poorly consumed out of a tulip or snifter although unless you are drinking something particularly aromatic you won't lose much of the experience with a shaker pint glass.
  8. pagriley

    pagriley Meyvn (1,023) Oct 27, 2014 Illinois

  9. besch64

    besch64 Initiate (62) Mar 16, 2013 New York

    As others have said, a tulip is the way to go. If you can't find any, a Yahtzee cup will work fine too.
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  10. HattedClassic

    HattedClassic Poo-Bah (2,885) Nov 23, 2009 Virginia

    Heresy. At the very least, you need three glasses: a mug, a nonic, and a snifter. With those three you have most of the different beer types covered except for Pilsners, which you should definitely buy a separate glass for because they're pretty cool looking. Oh, and a Teku glass because why not? Now repeat a hundred times with a different brewery logo on each glass.
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  11. Voyaging

    Voyaging Initiate (0) Jun 7, 2015 Ohio

    Thanks for the advice. Looks like I start shopping around for a tulip glass.

    I found what appears to be a large wine glass from among old dishware. I noticed in the BA glassware guide that an oversized wine glass is fine for some beers. This one is a tad too small (just barely too small for a full 12-oz beer+head), but otherwise is nice. Thoughts?

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  12. CheapHysterics

    CheapHysterics Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Red wine glasses with large bowls work well too.

    Edit: Which I see you just figured out for yourself while I was typing.
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  13. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,776) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin

    The glass should be 14-16 oz so your foamy head doesn't spill over.
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  14. JrGtr

    JrGtr Devotee (442) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    in my ever so humble opinion, if you're going for a set from BB&B, go for the set of 6
    You get all the basic glasses "needed" for most styles of beer. I understand it's not quite the point of the OP looking for 1 glass fits all, but it'st still a heck of a deal.
    For 1 and only 1 glass, though, I would either go with a tulip or a rounded pint, similar to the Sam Adams Perfect Pint / Dogfish Speiglau but not as exaggerated.
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  15. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Zealot (577) Aug 13, 2009 Indiana

    Sam Adams perfect pint. Love the glass, but I just wish I could get it without a label. If I could get a blank I wouldn't use another glass.
  16. Uniobrew31

    Uniobrew31 Zealot (520) Jan 16, 2012 Pennsylvania

    My favorite all purpose (for everything except wheat beer, stout and belgians) is a strait sided .2 liter fruh glass.
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  17. zachpaschal

    zachpaschal Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2014 Indiana

    Agree with the 2nd or 3rd response: can't go wrong with a tulip or snifter imho
  18. Sponan

    Sponan Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2008 Tennessee

    Although something large enough to hold a 12 oz serving is probably preferable, the shape is just fine and topping off should not hamper your enjoyment. As others have stated, a tulip is probably your best option for an all purpose glass. An oversized wine glass is a perfectly acceptable option, and they can usually be found in dollar stores and such. Certainly would be the most cost effective and easiest to find option.
  19. DoctorZombies

    DoctorZombies Poo-Bah (3,842) Feb 1, 2015 Florida
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    I'm in agreement with SAPP...brought one with me on current cross count trip.
  20. silverking

    silverking Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2012 Florida

    What ever happened to the conical pint glass?
  21. J-Rye

    J-Rye Initiate (0) Aug 12, 2014 New Jersey

    Make sure you have a hefeweisen glass to go with the snifter you'll need.
  22. PJ_

    PJ_ Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2014 North Carolina

  23. nbrio85

    nbrio85 Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2015 Missouri

    I use my IPA or Stout glass made by Spiegelau for most of my poured drinking and I must say that I love that glassware. A large bowled wine glass or goblet could do as well.
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  24. LaneMeyer

    LaneMeyer Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2011 California

    Surprisingly, this vessel does not get much appreciation around here.

  25. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Poo-Bah (1,805) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa

    I came to say tulip, but this looks very versitile. Where's this being sold.
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  26. Zaktcc

    Zaktcc Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2014 Maryland

    I personally think my 3 go-to glasses that can accommodate any style of beer are: snifter, pint glass and mug. I would say I prefer using my pint glass the most.
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  27. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    This right here. I use this style for ... most styles more often than not.
  28. lysergicdream

    lysergicdream Aspirant (232) May 13, 2010 Colorado

    so, this isn't the most practical advice but what about beer drinking is truly practical? I would go to your favorite brewery, buy one of their branded glasses that has a stem (i.e. not a shaker pint because those are terri-bad) and enjoy drinking a vast multitude of beers out of it because it is your glass that you chose. yes, there are differences in the variable head retention and aroma gathering in the different form factors of glasses but honestly, find one that you like and enjoy drinking out of.
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  29. PJ_

    PJ_ Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2014 North Carolina

    It's the Libbey #3807. Did a quick search and only could find it by the case. Most breweries use it as their go-to Tulip so it should not be hard to get a branded one.
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  30. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,918) Sep 18, 2010 Washington

    I picked a couple like this at Bevmo, I think they were $5 each. Very sturdy, dishwasher safe, all-purpose go-to tulips. Bought these after breaking both of my fancy Riedel (or Spiegelau) tulips while hand-washing them. Those were nice but fragile as shit.

    You can also often find good bargains at the thrift store.
  31. TurkeyFeathers

    TurkeyFeathers Initiate (0) Jun 22, 2014 New York

    A funnel and don't look back
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  32. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Poo-Bah (1,805) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa

    Thanks I shouldn't have too much trouble finding branded ones was just hoping to get a few shipped all in one shippment.
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  33. ChuckHardslab

    ChuckHardslab Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2012 Texas

    Like everybody else recommends get a snifter or a tulip and you can use it for most beers. Let your friends and family buy you other types of glassware as presents. You get something you truly like and it doesn't cost them a lot of money... win/win. I have about 2 complete sets of every kind of beer related glassware you can find and I got most of them as gifts. It's nice to have extras to cover the inevitable breakage.
  34. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Poo-Bah (1,805) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa

    I'll have to check Bevmo out $5 is a steal if they're sturdy.
  35. Hrodebert

    Hrodebert Aspirant (265) Sep 2, 2013 Michigan

    Thanks a lot you guys, now I gotta go buy more glassware.:sunglasses:
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  36. mjc255

    mjc255 Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2012 Pennsylvania

    This is the correct answer for basically every IPA or DIPA.

    Might get a little wonky here, but is this considered a "tulip" glass? I think of a tulip of something that flares out a little more at the top. So what is this called exactly?
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  37. PJ_

    PJ_ Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2014 North Carolina

    I've heard tulip, and I've heard snifter. I like to think of it as a hybrid of those two.
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  38. LaneMeyer

    LaneMeyer Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2011 California

    This is one glass I could never quite wrap my head around

  39. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (5,117) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    The problem with the Duvel tulip (a piece of glassware that I love) is that all your beers are gonna say, "Duvel," on them - and even if you don't look at it, you know it's there.

    I'd say you need three items if you're really looking to get into beer. A generic pint, tulip, and snifter. The pint is gonna be your most solid choice, as it covers a wide range of styles and has a manliness to it. If you're only going to go for one, go for a pint glass (I'm partial to the nonic style). When you have a Belgian ale, or something a little, "dressier," the tulip is a better choice. And when you're drinking a high-abv, heavy sipper - 'specially if it's been barrel-aged, you're gonna want a snifter.
  40. Hrodebert

    Hrodebert Aspirant (265) Sep 2, 2013 Michigan

    That's funny because I have a Gulden Draak Tulip with the same problem, but I can usually drink my way through it.
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