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Old 03-15-2011, 12:21 AM   #1
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Does the shape of a glass really make a difference in taste?

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Old 03-15-2011, 12:33 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by pascott6
Does the shape of a glass really make a difference in taste?
Potentially. Taste is directly related to smell. That's why you can't taste well when congested.

A glass that concentrates aroma should have some effect on the taste.
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Old 03-15-2011, 01:57 AM   #3
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Old 03-15-2011, 01:59 AM   #4
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Yes....prove it to yourself...pour into two different shapes and find out.
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Old 03-15-2011, 01:59 AM   #5
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Old 03-15-2011, 02:06 AM   #6
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It actually does. I used to dismiss it as people being overly prissy about drinking beer but drinking a Belgian Trappist ale out of a pint glass as opposed to a chalice can really change the flavor and aroma of the beer (for the worse, imo).

My Biere du Boucaniere snifter/tulip/whatever is my favorite glass since it holds a decent amount of beer but doesn't kill the aroma. It's my go-to glass.
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Old 03-15-2011, 02:12 AM   #8
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A year or so back some freinds and I put this to the test. My friend had some of the Sam Adams Boston lager glasses, and I did not believe they really were worth the money.

So we got a nice fresh case of Boston Lager, sat down, and did some science!

We tested three diffrent glasses:
1. 16oz Shaker "Pint" Glass (I believe there was something either beer related and/or humorous written on them)
2. 14oz Libbey 3815 Footed Pilsner glass
3. The Sam's Boston Lager glass.

We poured out 3 full glasses for each person (4) and tasted repeatedly as the beer levels droped and temperature rised.

We found there was a noticeable diffrence in the flavor and overall aroma profile and intensity.

The Shaker was much less noticeably aeromatic, and that affected its overall flavor. You more noticed just body and bubbles.

The Pilsner had a nice rich noble hop character which remained througout the glass, this helped bring out both more percieved hop flavor (as you got a nice nose full as you took a sip) as well as helped heighten balance in the beers flavor.

The Sam's Boston Lager glass also enhanced the aroma and percieved flavor, but not significantly more than the pilsner.

Primarily our purpose was to debunk the sam's glass, and we kinda did, If you happen to have the libbey pilsners the sam's glasses just don't give you significantly more. But in comparison to the Shaker, the diffrence was NIGHT and DAY.

The 4 of us came to unanimous agreement that the glass did noticeably have a diffrence in the experience. And shakers don't seem to do much very well. But they are practicaly free, every beer event gives them away I don't think I have paid for one shaker glass myself!

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Old 03-15-2011, 02:20 AM   #9
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I was actually just thinking about buying some Libbey glasses as I'm looking for some good glasses but didn't want to break the bank. Anyone used these before? I figure 12 for 20 bucks can't be the best glasses, but the reviews on Amazon were good.

If you have better suggestions of where to get good affordable glasses, by all means.

Oh, and yes, in my opinion, the glass does make a difference. Never drink from a bottle.

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Old 03-15-2011, 02:33 AM   #10
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Well I do know most of the resturaunts and beer places around here use Libbey. You don't see a lot of flaws and they have some bounce so they usualy hold up good to mishandeling and dishwasher stress.

I think they are cheap just on account of the volume, I can't think of one resturaunt back room that doesn't have a STACK of libbey cases in it.

Edit: I SWEAR I don't work for Libbey.

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