German Beer Glasses:
German bees tend to get their own special type of drinking glass, and the beer glasses are configured to enhance the taste of the beer. Hefeweizen, Kristallweizen and Dunkles are served in glasses that are tall and elegant, with a narrow base broadening toward the top before tapering slowly again. There is often a spiraling effect ascending from the bottom of the glass. Kölsch is commonly served up in a simple, tall, straight, cylindrical 200ml glass ("Kölsch-Stange"). Altbier is usually served in a straight, cylindrical 200ml glass, (or "" Becher ") shorter and lighter than a Kölsch glass. Berliner Weisse tends to come in a round chalice with a stem like a champagne saucer, which is quite pertinent, as it is often known as the champagne of beer. It is also often served in a stout, straight-edged tumbler. Berliners occasionally drink it through a straw, but beer connoisseurs tend to frown upon this, as it prevails a full admiration of the fragrance of the beer. Pils is often served in a "Pokal" – akin to an elegant, extended champagne flute.
German Steins were originally brought about to battle health problems that set off the Bubonic Plague. Rigid laws imposing sanitation on the ingredients, transport, and caliber of beer rejected in a vast improvement in the taste of German beer. This successively placed a higher economic value and importance on the beer stein and made having your own unique German stein a thing of desire. In regards to the German beer mugs, a mug is essentially a stein, only without the lid and thumb lift. Many people prefer drinking out of mugs, instead of bottles and cans, because a mug helps the beer keep its fresh flavor and you can pour a good head into a mug.
German Beer Boot:
The tradition of imbibing a boot of beer from a boot-shaped glass is most common in German themed bars, colleges, beer gardens, and the like. As with pints and additional vessels, Insignias, logos, and marks of different composition are often inserted or fashioned on the German beer boot. Beer boots may be passed among drinkers as a boating challenge, generally due to the difficulties involved with drinking a greater than average amount of beer and the added challenge of the boot's anatomy. A common variant of this challenge is to have multiple players taking turns. The person who took the banquet drink loses. Thus the challenge is to either finish the contents of the German beer boot or leave a challenging quantity to the next participant to try and finish.