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Heavy Base Glassware Design

Heavy base glasses are much smaller than a standard pint glass. Their characteristics make them suitable for Brown Ale, Porter Ale, or Dark Lager styles, dark and complex with moderate aroma. Heavy base glasses are small in size like stanges and snifters.

Other Names

Bulge Top
Sham
Small Pilsner

Typical Sizes

10 fluid oz (295 mL)

Materials

Soda Lime Glass

Mouth

Narrow diameter, concave slope
narrow diameter supports sipping, helpful for strong beer styles
concave slope concentrates aroma
concave slope contours to lips for comfort

Body

Narrow diameter, short height, sloping outward
outward slope supports a foamy head
outward slope creates a pretty color gradient - lighter at the bottom and darker at the top
outward slope is easy to hold onto
short height increases beer surface area, increasing heat transfer from surroundings, increasing aroma release over time

Base

Narrow diameter, thick glass bottom
slightly narrow diameter provides slightly less stability
thick glass reduces heat transfer from table
thick glass lowers center of gravity for stability


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