After teaming up with Dogfish Head Brewery and Sierra Nevada for an IPA glass, as well as Rogue Ales and Left Hand Brewing for a stout glass, Riedel/Spiegelau has chosen Bell’s Brewery Inc. to collaborate on a vessel designed specifically for wheat beer.
It follows a similar shape to the Spiegelau IPA (19-ounce) and Stout glasses (21 1/6-ounces), but the Spiegelau American Wheat Beer Glass actually has the largest capacity, 26.5-ounce in order to accommodate head from a 16-ounce pour.
According to a press release, the glass was developed after a series of tasting panels and design workshops led by Riedel’s owner, Georg Riedel, and Spiegelau’s vice-president, Matthew Rutkowski. Spiegelau sent Bell’s 50 different glasses for testing with wheat beer. Laura Bell, Bell’s vice-president and John Mallet, director of operations, narrowed the options down to 12 glasses before selecting a final choice.
“John and I met with Georg and Matt in Portland to taste wheat beers from a variety of different glasses, discussing pros and cons of each,” said Bell. “To be involved in a project that enhances our three core wheat beers – Oberon, Winter White and Oarsman – was a tremendous experience. This glass will allow craft beer enthusiasts to enjoy well crafted, very drinkable, but also complex beers on another level.”
The final glass is said to improve the taste, mouth feel and finish by “delivering the beer evenly across the palate” from the tapered mouth opening, while the lip at the bottom of the glass forces “a slight slosh after every tip of the glass,” which reactivates carbonation and releases more aromatics. Previously, Spiegelau has offered a 17-ounce traditional-style wheat beer glass as part of its Beer Classics series.
The Bell’s-branded glasses are avilavlbe now on the brewery’s website for $9 each, as well as at the Bell’s General Store in downtown Kalamazoo, Mich. Riedel’s website lists unmarked glasses shipping in January with a box of four priced at $39.90.
Riedel purchased Spiegelau in 2004. Beer is not the only carbonated product the glass manufacturers, known for their work in wine, have gone after. Earlier this year, a Riedel-branded Coca-Cola glass was released.