Beer mugs with handles are used so that the hands of the drinkers do not warm up the beer.
Light beers and lagers are usually best suited for mugs because the mug helps retain the crisp flavor and texture without the glass heating up as you drink it. I don’t think I know very many people who enjoy warm lagers, so I recommend adding a few mugs to your arsenal of glassware just to have this covered.
Another type of glass that has a big impact on the beer would be any of the tall and skinny glasses.
Generally, when you pour beer into these glasses you are going to get a thicker head on top since the beer will foam up more due to falling further into the glass. Certain beers, such as wheat beers, are a much more pleasant drink when there is a thick head on top. Certain flavors and aromas get trapped, preventing them from escaping into the air rather than your mouth. The hefty amount of foam ensures that everything stays with the beer before it gets to your tongue.
It may not be the easiest thing to keep track of which beers go with which glasses, but next time you are out drinking somewhere that offers special glasses, try it out.
Order a nice beer that comes in a snifter or a tulip, which is a skinny snifter, and ask for a second beer in a regular glass. After they deliver the beers, let them sit for a couple minutes, then taste each one. The difference will be noticeable, and it will strangely make you feel like you’ve been drinking from the wrong glass the entire time. Don’t worry though, as cool as this is, I am not suggesting that every beer is consumed from a fancy glass. Sometimes the straight forward pint glass is all you’ll really need.
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