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An extended use updated critical 4 down to 2 star review...Big and look "high-end"
on December 11, 2011
These glasses are certainly big and look like something you might find in a nicer bar but if you expect them to be heavy . . . these may not be for you. These look like they should be heavy but are not. My 12 oz beer glasses are heavier (the type that come 4 in a box and found in every bar across America type). I disagree with the reviews that suggest these are too big to hold comfortably- they do feel substantial in your hand but not so much that I can not hold on to it- a child may have issues holding it but these weren't meant to be serving juice to kids.
Another point to note, they have a minimalist look to them- since they are double rocks glasses they are short and look "squaty" maybe even a little out of proportion. But if you consider these are 13.5 oz glasses that are just as tall as a regular low-ball glass they will require a larger diameter and thus be a little "squaty". The pictures do not do a great job revealing this to the consumer but to those that know what they are looking at this is no surprise. To a novice like me, it's different, but I do not know how you would make a 13.5 oz glass look any better while still being true to what a "double rocks" glass is suppose to be.
Rim and wall are thin- I compared these to my older (and cheaper) rocks glass and the zwiesel glasses are thinner. However, these are cyrstal and not pressed glass so expectations should be different. I've put these in the dishwasher without issue.
The 4 star rating is specifically due to the shortcomings in the weight - however, I am happy with the purchase and recommend them to somebody that liked this look- but if they specifically want a heavy glass and were not concerned about the actual amount/size of the glass (not really caring if they were double sized)- then I would not suggest these as a first choice there maybe others out there that fit that bill better.
**Extended use Update***
I've had those glasses of over a year and lost two to the dishwasher - I suspect due to the thin glass. While I still like them I have to take off another star due to their frailty. We have the cheaper cut crystal glasses that you can get at and better department store that come from somewhere in Europe - not overly expensive probably $4 a glass and a lot smaller than these and they have held up for 13 years and counting with hundreds of washings in the dishwasher and by hand. While they are an old pattern and not as cool as these- they have certainly paid for themselves in terms of cost per use. I wouldn't buy these Schott Zweisel again and the ones I have left I'll have to hand wash to preserve their life. I would no longer recommend them and the two stars are because they say they are dishwasher safe (hard to agree with because of the thinner glass). Common sense really says wash by hand and you'll be ok but when compared to the ones if had at better bars, these fall short in weight and durability and when compared to my old cut style cheaper crystal that have taken a beating for 13+years these also fall short. Therefore, now it's only 2 stars.