To rinse or not to rinse?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Hoppy_Time, Mar 29, 2016.

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  1. ManforallSaisons

    ManforallSaisons Maven (1,448) Mar 20, 2008 Belgium

    When in a group and not specifically a tasting, I'm with the swirl-a-bit-of-the-next-beer faction. If I'm having a second beer by myself, I'm probably 50-50 that versus just getting a new glass altogether. Definitely a fresh glass if I'm trying to studiously take notes (say, a new beer or something demanding some research). If I'm organizing a tasting for a small group, it'll all be new glassware, at least for the first few pours until the mood relaxes, then it's everyone's choice.

    I recall that the rinse-with-wine thing comes from knowledgeable people telling me that a bit of water will have a surprising impact on on taste and smell. A water rinse might precede a wine rinse but not on its own, or so I've been told. I'm not sure most beer is quite so sensitive.

    Interestingly (although that's often code for 'boringly,'), bartenders here (Belgium) are pretty doctrinaire about which types of beer are served in a wet glass, and which in a dry one, to improve head retention.
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  2. Squire

    Squire Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi

    My experience has been pouring a Pilsner style beer into an unwashed glass that just held a Strong Dark Belgium will affect the Pilsner. My experience has also been half way through the second glass I don't care.
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  3. bozodogbreath

    bozodogbreath Savant (1,082) Oct 19, 2006 Indiana

    I have never used soap on my beer glasses. Just rinse.
  4. riverlen

    riverlen Initiate (0) Sep 16, 2009 Illinois

    Simply use a new glass, it's one of life's little luxuries.
  5. Ryan15237

    Ryan15237 Initiate (0) Jan 5, 2015 Pennsylvania

    Agree with that, until around beer 7 or 8 when OCD tendencies start to dissipate...
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  6. Squire

    Squire Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi

    OCD, I like that perspective. That's the excuse I'll use next time someone calls me a cranky old bastard.
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  7. jwwhitney

    jwwhitney Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2015 Nebraska

    Is the second beer you are getting in the fridge? Do you keep your glasses in the freezer? If the answer to both is yes, then I change glasses each time :slight_smile:
  8. mschrei

    mschrei Grand Pooh-Bah (4,681) Jul 4, 2014 Illinois
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    At home, different glass or good wash and dry. At friend's, rinse and onto the next one.
  9. Oktoberfiesta

    Oktoberfiesta Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2013 New Mexico

    Mostly im patio session drinking. I don't want X amount of glasses dirty each day. I usually have a pitcher of water for consumption and rinsing, and usually only rinse between vastly different styles. If I am ramping up from a helles lager, to a amber, to a IPA, then a stout. I guess by that 4th beer, My mind doesnt care. No rinse on those sampling events.

    Just like with anything. Context. if It's one strict beer at 5pm, then another at 7, that is vastly different, sure, a different glass. If its a nice sampling session, I don't think the loved ones would appreciate 20 shaker pints out.. I even tell my guests. Keep it to 2 glasses please.
  10. skeeterloveshops

    skeeterloveshops Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2015 California

  11. nc41

    nc41 Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    Same beer, no. Different beer new glass. In a pinch you rinse the glass give it a shake, no drying needed.
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  12. hophugger

    hophugger Grand Pooh-Bah (3,268) Mar 5, 2014 Virginia

    Always rinse the glass between beers so as not to alter the flavor of the next beer. Ideally, all fresh glasses would be best, IMO
  13. matcris

    matcris Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2015 Arizona

    Just a tiny bit, it goes a long way.
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  14. neenerzig

    neenerzig Pooh-Bah (2,589) Feb 15, 2006 Ohio

    A rinse followed by a few good shakes when I am drinking different beers out of the same glass in one sitting is usually what I do.

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  15. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Pundit (865) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona


    If I'm going from a beer I'm very familiar with to a beer I've never had before (different style or no) I'll use a new "beer clean" glass that's as close to appropriate for the style as possible.

    If I'm going from SNPA to Anchor Steam I'll give the glass a quick rinse.

    If I'm going from my 5th SNPA to Anchor Steam....well, ya know :wink::sunglasses:
  16. marquis

    marquis Pooh-Bah (2,239) Nov 20, 2005 England

    As an occasional beer judge I would say the most difficult thing is to approach each new beer with a fresh palate. This simply can't happen , I drink water and eat crackers but even so it's not that easy.
    If you are seriously going to take notes when drinking it really should be the only beer in a session.
    Palate fatigue is a massively greater factor than having the remnants of the previous beer in the glass which has been diluted almost to extinction by the fresh beer.
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  17. ceanderson

    ceanderson Initiate (0) May 9, 2009 Minnesota

    Fill - drink - rinse - repeat.
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  18. StoutElk_92

    StoutElk_92 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,589) Oct 30, 2015 Massachusetts

    Always rinse and let dry if it's a new beer that I'm reviewing. If it's a casual drink and similar beer then if I'm lazy and don't mind I may not rinse it. I usually always rinse but there have been a few times where it didn't matter.
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  19. clayfu

    clayfu Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2010 California

    rinse but with the beer you're going to drink next.
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  20. Beer-Panda

    Beer-Panda Pooh-Bah (2,337) Mar 27, 2016 Netherlands

    For pilsner beers I allways rinse the glasses with cold water, inside and outside (the clean dry glasses as well).
    The more heavy special beers I start with a dry glass. No need to rinse when having another. Could not do any harm either I think.
  21. EMH73

    EMH73 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,579) Sep 16, 2015 New York
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    My mother didn't raise an animal, of course I rinse.
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  22. beerjerk666

    beerjerk666 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,649) Aug 22, 2010 Florida
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    Different pour requires at least, at the bare minimum a vigorous rinsing.
  23. Irishmafia

    Irishmafia Zealot (512) Mar 21, 2012 Illinois

    I rinse my glass after each beer, until I am to lazy/drunk to rinse my glass
  24. rgordon

    rgordon Pooh-Bah (2,605) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    You are an honest man. I know that IPA 2 on top of IPA 1 dregs will not be a beer sin; tastes the same. I'll rinse as beer choices change color. It surely seems that people fuss quite a bit about their beer drinking habits, but I really don't worry about others' habits as long as they remain happy and don't get all preachy. I have possibly 100 various glasses and many rare and truly beautiful ones. If my son is bringing over something special, we will have found "proper" glassware for the occasion. Sometimes it is eye opening.
    The guy that takes his Riedl case- with a glass for varied beer types- to a nice bar is fun to watch.
    I do love my glass collection, my wife not so much.
  25. WallMatt

    WallMatt Initiate (0) Feb 18, 2016 Virginia

    At someone's house I'll just rinse and pour another glass. At home I'll rinse and dry. I don't have multiple glasses for different beers. I want to get a set to start with so I have a glass for stouts, porters, IPA, etc.
  26. rgordon

    rgordon Pooh-Bah (2,605) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Good idea, works with wine as well.
  27. lightman1

    lightman1 Zealot (583) Oct 19, 2013 Arkansas

    I rinse between beers and give it a shake. I usually take this opportunity to enjoy a swig of water.
  28. Shanex

    Shanex Grand Pooh-Bah (4,244) Dec 10, 2015 France
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    Women obsessed aren't ya? :wink: Men going their own way?

    Raise a good question.. how often would you guys drink straight outta the can or bottle? Unless I'm out in a park and there are no glass around I appreciate my beer poured in a glass.
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  29. lester619

    lester619 Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2009 Wisconsin

    It depends how lazy and/or drunk I happen to be feeling at the moment. I usually don't worry about it too much unless it's something completely different like going from a DIPA to a stout which I almost never do. My mind immediately went to that scene in Jaws where Roy Sheider pours red wine in half a glass of scotch when I was reading this.
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  30. Patrickt22

    Patrickt22 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2016 Texas

    Just a rinse and a hard shake works for me even if I'm going from, say, a kolsch to a stout. I do get a new glass if I'm going to a real favorite or a new-to-me beer.
  31. Hoppy_Time

    Hoppy_Time Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2016 Maine

    If it's a beer I'm taking notes on, I am always using a fresh clean glass, and if I'm taking notes its the first beer I drink and won't take notes on any others after it.

    I drink from the can/bottle on three occasions: The brewer recommends it (I'll still try it in a glass anyway), a friend comments on a vastly different experience between can/bottle and glass (Like SN Otra Vez), or when I'm fishing.
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  32. sicilian

    sicilian Initiate (0) Sep 30, 2008 Florida

    A Rinse between every beer, regardless of style switch or not.

    It's not so much a concern with flavors mixing, its more about a bad aroma of the old beer/lacing that's left on the top of the glass smelling stale to me as it dried while I was drinking it.
  33. ClavisAurea

    ClavisAurea Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2008 New York

    Exact same beer=same glass with no rinse. Anything else gets a clean glass and I may even get a whole new glass entirely. I have lots and like to use them. Something about the fancy Brewery logos on the side.
  34. tripledbrew

    tripledbrew Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2011 Kentucky

    I always rinse the glass and drink water between each beer.
  35. deleted_user_1007501

    deleted_user_1007501 Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2015

    Depends on what I'm drinking. Absolutely I want it to be clean for something I haven't tried/a special bottle.
    Although I did just pour my second glass of zombie dust of the night and decided to give it a dash of omnipollo aniara just to see what it would taste like. It's all situational
  36. MrUse

    MrUse Pundit (789) Jun 20, 2015 Minnesota

    Sometimes I rinse the glass between beers. Sometimes I might even switch glasses depending on the style. Sometimes I get real wild and keep rolling with the same glass, no rinse. I like to live on the edge.
  37. scottbrew4u

    scottbrew4u Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Usually a quick rinse and dry before pouring a new beer. Sometimes no rinse if I am pouring a lesser quality beer into glass after a superior beer that may help it a touch.
  38. oldbassman

    oldbassman Crusader (459) Jun 20, 2010 Florida

    Always a clean glass... Why not, you get a clean glass at a bar... Assuming we are drinking beer that's worthy of a glass and not some swill better consumed from a bottle or can...Whatever... I'm still at work trying to get my head around the fact that its not Friday... Its feels like Friday. I thought it was Friday when the alarm went off. Reality set in all too quickly... its only Thursday. Man, I could really use a beer. Geez, got 96 minutes left. OMG its gonna be the longest 96 minutes. As bad as I feel right now I expect a miraculous recovery in only 95 minutes.... My favorite time of the day "Beer O'clock"... Have Fun!!!
  39. IceAce

    IceAce Pooh-Bah (2,158) Jan 8, 2004 California

    I'll politely disagree and here is why. Public Health Departments in the US mandate that all bar & restaurant dishes, glassware, and silverware be sanitized. Oftentimes there is residual sanitizer on 'new' beer glasses (ever smell an empty glass at a bar?).

    So, in reality, beer #1 removes the sanitizer and the resulting glass is (most times) more beer-ready than when it was 'new'.

    As a result, I insist on keeping the same glass going unless a change in beer styles results in a different shaped glass.

    Just my 2¢.
  40. oldbassman

    oldbassman Crusader (459) Jun 20, 2010 Florida

    Politely:: Whatever......
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