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roussie wrote:Proper glassware is very important based on the beer style.
Its all hype.... the only thing you need for a good pour is a glass that is clean and has a wide enough mouth that your nose can easily get into the glass as you drink it.
Head retention comes from the cleanliness of the glass, not the shape. You are going to get the same head on a clean pint glass as you would get on a clean flute. Tall slender glasses are typically used on light colored beers simply because they allow more light to penetrate. This creates a "brighter" appearing beer and showcases its color. It has nothing to do with flavor.
I am a home brewer and brew about 200 gallons of various beers a year. I do have various glasses that I use for the various types, but only when I have friends over to give them that sense of being a "beer taster".
Personally, when I'm on the couch after putting the kids to bed and relaxing after a day in the office, I almost always drink my beers out of a double walled stemless wine glass. The larger bowl of the glass allows me to get my nose in deep and pull in a larger volume or aromatic air as I drink it. The double walled glass prevents your hand from warming the beer as you hold it.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a bucket of wings and a six pack of beer!