Despite the fact that beer consumption among the Spanish population fell by two liters during 2020, remaining at 50 per year, this continues to be the most popular drink among Spanish adults (83.4% claim to consume it), according to the Socio-economic report of the beer sector in Spain 2020. Especially during the summer months.
Types of beer: short refreshing guide to clarify
And if we are consumers of this drink, we will know that not everything goes when it comes to serving it. A good beer, craft or not, is even better in the right glass. There are different types of beer glasses: not all are the same, each of them is designed to improve this particular drink.
The three reasons why the glass is important
Through the glass we can appreciate the different qualities of beer:
- Appearance: factors such as color, turbidity, carbonation and foam can be perceived through the glass.
- The foam: for some it is one of the most important aspects in which the glass participates because it must guarantee the correct generation and conservation (in it the olfactory qualities are retained and it prevents the alcohol from evaporating).
- The fragance: the opening allows the aroma of hops or malt to be maintained or evaporated.
Different types of glass for different beers
The different glasses available to taste a good beer do not only respond to an aesthetic question but also have a specific purpose. From releasing carbonation at the right rate and delivering the right flavor, to capturing the aroma and escaping the foam. The glass can make a difference.
In general, lighter beers are usually served in narrower glasses, which preserve the aromas better; those with more body or roast require containers with a wider mouth. Among the many types of glasses that there are, we highlight some of the most used:
It is a stemmed glass with a glass with a very wide mouth that helps to enjoy beer aromas with a certain complexity, such as abbey beers. This type of glass makes it easy to create a thick foam layer that covers the beer and retains the flavors.
This wide and thick glass is ideal for thick beers such as Belgian ales. They are usually served with this type of glass the Dubble and Tripple.
It has a narrow and elongated calyx, it is very narrow at its base and opens towards the top. This type of glass does not let carbonation escape and retains the foam. It is ideal for Pilsner, Lagers, Bier and Kölsch beersLight, light-colored beers that are taken cold and have a certain effervescence.
It is the quintessential German beer glass, just like the straight glass for the Irish. There are many styles of jugs, but they all coincide in having thick walls and a handle, which help to maintain a constant temperature and prevent the beer from heating up.
It is used mainly for fresh and light beers, although the foam tends to disperse easily. Hence it has to be used for not very aromatic beers. Some of the styles of beer that are usually served in jugs are Märzen, Dunkel and some German Larger.
It is a stemmed cup that stands out for a more or less flared neck. This cup shape increases the aromatic load of the beer and lets the flavor-laden bubbles rise up the neck, in addition to ensuring the persistence of the foam. The set creates a balanced visual and olfactory aspect.
This type of glass is used above all to serve lager beers, especially Belgian beers, Lagers and flavored beers, with intense flavors and for fruity beers. It is also indicated for those with high fermentation and high alcohol content, such as Scottish ales and IPAs.
This flute-like glass has an elongated shape with an enlarged top that makes it ideal for appreciating the visual nuances of beer and has adequate head retention for wheat beers.
This peculiar shape allows the bubbles to remain and the foam lasts longer. By being able to hold it by the stem, it also prevents it from getting hot when in contact with your hand.
Combines very well with fruity and carbonated beers like blondes.
It is a bit reminiscent of shaman or cava glasses, with thin walls and a narrow chalice. These walls ensure that the carbonation does not dissipate too quickly. By having a long stem, it allows that the beer does not heat up when you pick up the glass. Some beers that are served in this glass are the Lambic, and some Pilsner.
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