The Bavarian seidel is one of the largest glasses made for beer, and as such, is good for lower gravity beers. The handle helps the drinker hold the large glasses without dropping them or spilling.
English Dimpled Pint Glass
Near cylindrical, with a rounded outward taper, wide mouth, and handle.
English Tulip Pint Glass
Near cylindrical, with a rounded taper and wide mouth. Preferred for Irish stouts.
The world of champagne lends elegance to certain types of beer. Long and narrow bodies ensure that carbonation doesnt dissipate too quickly and showcase a lively carbonation or sparkling color. Stems will often be a bit shorter than the traditional champagne glass, but not necessarily.
Goblet (or Chalice)
Majestic pieces of work, ranging from delicate and long stemmed (Goblet) to heavy and thick walled (Chalice). The more delicate ones may also have their rims laced with silver or gold, while the heavy boast sculpture-like stems. Some are designed to maintain a 2-centimeter head. This is achieved by scoring the inside bottom of the glass, which creates a CO2 nucleation point, and a stream of eternal bubbles and perfect head retention as a result.
Nonic pint glass
Near cylindrical, with a slight taper and wide mouth. Standard size is the 20oz imperial nonic, which has a slight ridge towards the top, which aids in gripping and stacking the glasses. Preferred to accommodate more beer than the shaker pint glass, and beers with large crowning heads.
Pilsner (or Pokal)
Typically a tall, slender and tapered 12-ounce glass, shaped like a trumpet at times, that captures the sparkling effervesces and colors of a Pils while maintaining its head. A Pokal is a European Pilsner glass with a stem.
Shaker Pint Glass
Near cylindrical, with a slight taper and wide mouth. Standard size is 16oz. Glass was originally used on conjunction with cocktail shakers, thus the name. Holds a decent amount of beer, but not considered attractive or flattering for beers.
Used for brandy and cognac, these wide-bowled and stemmed glasses with their tapered mouths are perfect for capturing the aromas of strong ales. Volumes range, but they all provide room to swirl and agitate volatiles.
Stange (Slender Cylinder)
A traditional German glass, stange means "stick" and these tall, slender cylinders are used to serve more delicate beers, amplifying malt and hop nuances. Substitute with a Tom Collins glass.
These originated in Germany in the 20th century. These large glasses began as communal earthenware vessels; thus why more traditional steins are stoneware, as opposed to glass. The handle allows for an easier time picking up a large quantity of beer in the glass, while the lid protects the beer from outside elements: a necessity for outdoor drinking in Bavarian beer gardens. Used for lagers (never ales).
A stemmed glass, obviously tulip-shaped, wherein the top of the glass pushes out a bit to form a lip in order to capture the head and the body is bulbous. Scotch Ales are often served in a "thistle glass," which is a modified tulip glass that resembles Scotland's national flower.
Nothing beats serving your Weizenbier (wheat beer) in an authentic Bavarian Weizen Glass. These classy glasses, with their thin walls and length, showcase the beer's color and allows for much headspace to contain the fluffy, sexy heads associated with the style. Most are 0.5L in size, with slight variation in sizes. Forget the lemon garnish, the citric acid will kill the head.