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(Popular Science)   Scientists stop working on wasteful projects like searching for a cure for cancer or creating a clean, renewable energy source to focus on real groundbreaking research: figuring out which shape of glass makes beer taste best   (popsci.com) divider line 24
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2014-07-03 10:03:30 AM
I believe bars that serve draft beer like glasses that are widest on top. This way the same vertical thickness of foam takes up more volume, so there is actually less beer needed to fill up the glass.
 
2014-07-03 10:05:09 AM
12 oz. longneck bottle. It's science.
 
2014-07-03 10:45:28 AM

mr_a: I believe bars that serve draft beer like glasses that are widest on top. This way the same vertical thickness of foam takes up more volume, so there is actually less beer needed to fill up the glass.


"head" is a desireable trait in beer.  it is not only effective at enhancing aromas but is also a quality indicator of the overall brewing process (too little or too much are bad, depending on style).  all beer glassware is designed to accommodate an appropriate amount of head without reducing the overall volume of beer.
 
2014-07-03 12:23:44 PM
I'm pretty sure that the scientists who developed this glass were never going to be the ones to cure cancer or create clean energy generation anyway.
 
2014-07-03 12:39:12 PM
My favorite
thoughtsonbeer.com
 
2014-07-03 12:45:23 PM
That ribbed one looks like a pain in the ass to make.
 
2014-07-03 12:46:53 PM

nyseattitude: My favorite
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agreed, but I also will use a wine goblet for a first good beer. The second onward, a dixie cup will do just fine.
 
2014-07-03 12:52:47 PM
Yeah subby, glassware scientists aren't the people who work on cancer research. I've been doing some internet sleuthing, and I discovered that they(Are you ready for this? It's gonna be bigger then Benghazi, I swear!) MAKE GLASSWARE!!!!

I know, I was shocked, too.

And the glass needed is entirely dependent on the beer, even to go so far as to say that beers with lighter aromas and finishes usually work best in a thinner glass, or even straight out of the bottle.
 
2014-07-03 12:54:15 PM

r1niceboy: nyseattitude: My favorite
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agreed, but I also will use a wine goblet for a first good beer. The second onward, a dixie cup will do just fine.


That's a big damn Dixie cup.  What do you have in the way of Twinkies?
 
2014-07-03 01:04:16 PM
The problem with crap research like this is starting with the assumption that the glass has any noticeable effect on taste.
 
2014-07-03 01:20:36 PM

nyseattitude: My favorite
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Last time I was in Boston I did their brewery tour. They handed out labels as their "tour group ticket" and if you took it to one of the local bars they had a deal with you got a free glass if you ordered a pint. The burgers were decent and I was going to have a beer anyway so, yay, free Perfect Pint glass.
 
2014-07-03 01:24:15 PM

Russ1642: The problem with crap research like this is starting with the assumption that the glass has any noticeable effect on taste.


I use these.  It does improve the taste.  As with the Sam Adams glass pictured above, there is a nucleation point etched into the bottom (a Duvel "D" in the glass below) with the tulip shape concentrating the resulting aroma under your nose as you drink:

www.beersofeurope.co.uk
 
2014-07-03 01:39:32 PM
I go through phases with beer. Lately I have been enjoying canned IPAs. I was on a bottle kick before that. And before that every beer had to be poured into a glass.

My palate isn't that sensitive, the glass doesn't seem to affect the taste to me. But I can tell when the draught lines are dirty. That sucks.
 
2014-07-03 02:18:16 PM
Make a glass that somehow gives a little when I smash it into my tooth trying to polish off my eighth beer.
 
2014-07-03 02:25:39 PM

mattador: Make a glass that somehow gives a little when I smash it into my tooth trying to polish off my eighth beer.


I chipped a front tooth on a bud light bottle way back in the day.
 
2014-07-03 02:31:17 PM

[RESEARCH INTENSIFIES]

 
2014-07-03 04:23:05 PM
Came for the Kwak glass, leaving disappointed, and maybe also thirsty.
 
2014-07-03 07:50:29 PM

Russ1642: The problem with crap research like this is starting with the assumption that the glass has any noticeable effect on taste.


If nothing else, glass makes beer not taste like aluminum.

/bottles > cans
 
2014-07-03 08:38:39 PM
The best glass of beer is the free one in your hand.
 
2014-07-03 10:46:19 PM
the one in my hand

/whatever it may be...
 
Skr
2014-07-04 02:59:32 AM
A old acquaintance  of mine had a strange beaker glass that was a glass inside a glass which was pretty cool to drink out of. It had the ability to keep two separate liquids in it, sort of an inverted tube through a normal beaker thingy.  The glass type had a specific name but it escapes me at the moment. While I wouldn't say it was the best for drinking experience, it was quite interesting.
 
2014-07-04 04:54:53 AM
I'm sure German glasmakers take their craft very seriously, but they don't claim to be scientists, and their input on curing cancer is unlikely to be particularly helpful.
 
2014-07-04 05:00:04 AM

Russ1642: The problem with crap research like this is starting with the assumption that the glass has any noticeable effect on taste.


It's not research, it's just marketing.
 
2014-07-04 12:44:51 PM
Spiegelau claims that the straight walls of a pint let beer flood into the mouth, triggering an antidrowning instinct that causes the tongue to press against the teeth. If this occurs, beer may not hit every type of taste bud; it could miss sweet ones and taste bitter.

Um, from this and the Samuel Adams glass posted above, these are using the outdated taste-mapping theory. Types of taste buds are spread all across the tongue, not located in one position, and all sections of the tongue are able to discern taste as well as any other.

Otherwise, yes the glassware matters for proper pouring, directing aromas, and maintaining desired temperature. Love my new IPA glasses and Glencairns for scotch.
 
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