If you’ve ever been to a nice restaurant or bar that serves a large variety of beer, you may have noticed that beers will sometimes come in funky shaped glasses.
I always used to think that this was just for show, that the shape didn’t actually matter. Surprisingly, the shape of the glass does indeed make a difference!
First I’m going to mention snifters. If you aren’t familiar with snifters, check out this picture:
Whenever you get a beer served in a snifter, it will usually be a beer that will benefit from the heat of your hand coming into contact with the glass.
Most people hold a snifter with their palm because the stem is too short to make any use of. The heat from your hand will alter the beer slightly, giving it a more pronounced body with a more flavorful taste.
In addition to having a palm-friendly contour, snifters have a mouth with a constricted lip, giving a nice amount of space inside the glass to capture aromas.
Having an air volume above the head of your beer that collects the aromas will deliver them to your nose when you drink, and we all know that scent and flavor go hand in hand. Typically these types of glasses will give a noticeably stronger taste to your beer from the aroma trap on its own.
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