The Weizen Glass (or Wheat Beer Glass or Weizenbier Glass) is a tall glass with a narrow base and walls that flare out slightly. Some versions of these glasses appear to be larger versions of the pilsner while others bulb outward and then taper back in. This is the kind of “tulip bulb” look that’s almost similar to a Guinness Pint.
Another common feature presents as a type of twisting pattern along the outside of the body. This makes it look almost like the glass was “wrung out” as it cooled.
These glasses usually hold about a half liter which accommodates the larger volume of most wheat beer bottles. Smaller versions often turn up for use in bars and breweries to offer a kind of “half-glass” option when pouring from a tap.
Benefits of The Weizenbier Glass
While they can be a bit top heavy and tippy, the weizen glass’ shape is easy to hold and carry. Usually the narrower portion of the glass is large enough to be held comfortably while the flaring at the glasses foot and upper body allow for more volume. The texture that many of these glasses have, also aid in holding the the glass similar to how the dimples on a seidel work.
This shape isn’t just about grip, though. It’s narrow middle helps showcase a wheat beer’s familiar color and (usually) unfiltered goodness while the wide mouth helps support the beers thick white fluffy head.
The bulb, and wide mouth, also help to collect and concentrate the beer’s familiar banana-like esters and spicier notes.
What Beer Goes with Weizen Glass?
This really doesn’t pose much of a challenge, this glass is made specifically for wheat beers. This includes both dark and pale wheat ales and gose beers.
Where can I buy a Weizen Glass / Wheat Beer Glass?
These glasses are often included in most craft beer glass sets like the Libbey set we’ve already reviewed. Because of the style’s popularity you’ll also frequently find them in the glassware section of places like Target and Home Goods.