How To Get Rid of Beer Foam Fast

By Brian Lemay 27 comments

Party foul! You pour a beer but it’s more head than
body. Don’t want to get a foam mustache? Chemistry’s got your back. So say you pour a beer but it’s all foam. Do you wait? Try to drink through it? Grab a straw. Just kidding. There is a better way. Find something oily like a french fry or a
slice of pizza. Even your oily nose will work in a pinch. Get a dab of grease on your finger and swirl
it through the foam and watch those bubbles disappear. This works because the oils you just slathered
on your finger interfere with the molecules that hold the bubbles together. The proteins in beer are long, chain-like
molecules that strengthen beer bubbles by linking with the substances from bitter hops. Soda doesn’t contain the proteins or the
hops that beer does, so a head of soda foam settles down relatively quickly. In beer, swirling in that nose grease disrupts
the bonds between proteins and hop compounds, so the foam falls apart. Chemistry for the win! Though too much foam from a badly poured brew
can get in the way, you definitely want some foam on your beer. The bubbles in beer foam carry aroma compounds
and contribute to the creamy mouthfeel of good beer. So maybe just pour the beer properly next
time? Give this food chemistry trick a spin and
let us know in the comments how they work out for you. But wait! De-foaming beer isn’t the only chemistry
food trick out there! Check out these others on tasting with your
feet and amazing disappearing gum! Got any other weird food tricks? Leave them in the comments. If you haven’t already, make sure to hit
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Dec 12, 2016, 6:11 pm Reply

Its simpler to just tilt the glass at a 45 degree angle as you pour the beer to begin with. No foam. No oils required.


Dec 12, 2016, 6:15 pm Reply

Friends don't let friends pour beer like this — like @fxny12004 says below, pour beer at a 45 degree angle to get the right amount of foam. If you're stuck withn overly foamy brew though, this works in a pinch!

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Dec 12, 2016, 6:26 pm Reply

Couldn't you just add a drop of simethicone?

Ashley Feawen

Dec 12, 2016, 6:59 pm Reply

Non alcoholic beer has a serious problem with this. As well as I can tilt and take my time it still takes up loads. But they're handy to blend in sometimes as a designated driver.

Georg Plaz

Dec 12, 2016, 7:28 pm Reply

what a terrible solution 🙁

Nacho ZombieKilla

Dec 12, 2016, 8:58 pm Reply

Just funnel the beer straight from the keg you bunch of pansy city slickers.

دقر جداً

Dec 12, 2016, 11:40 pm Reply

beer is haram, I'll pass

Feminism is Cancer!

Dec 12, 2016, 8:29 am Reply

1:00 keep the damn tap OFF the glass and OUT of the beer!


Dec 12, 2016, 4:09 pm Reply

You really do not want get rid off the beer foam on our pilsner type beer… 😀 Its just important part of it.. at least for me.. #hellofromCzechBeerNation
but otherwise interesting information. Good jobs guys, pleasure to have you in subscribtion <3

Danny Vasquez

Dec 12, 2016, 5:48 pm Reply

Nose grease is amazing stuff!

It's also a really effective balm for chapped lips. It stays on your lips way longer than the stuff you buy.

Sean Tomlinson

Dec 12, 2016, 3:05 am Reply

Great tip! Next time I'm out with my wife I'll take care of her beer foam with my nose grease. I'm sure she'll appreciate it.

skim milk

Dec 12, 2016, 10:02 am Reply

Sometimes I like to pour beer by turning the bottle up-side-down and shaking it like its a salt can, it helps with the flavor.

Gary Riedel

Dec 12, 2016, 3:44 pm Reply

Why would anyone attempt to make this beautiful glass look lie a Budweiser?

Gary Riedel

Dec 12, 2016, 3:47 pm Reply

Real beer lovers pour with gusto to put the lovely head on a beer.

Gary Riedel

Dec 12, 2016, 3:51 pm Reply

So may comments on how to spoil a glass of beer? Who pours a beer to spoil the frowy head? Carnal sin!

Raul Garcia

Dec 12, 2016, 1:44 pm Reply

What happened to that guys hair @ 0:21


Aug 8, 2017, 11:51 pm Reply

I use my willy, that way no one steals my pint


Oct 10, 2017, 2:18 am Reply

The better question is, why would you want a foamless beer? Foam is actually essential to the flavor of the beer.

Hybrid Mind

Mar 3, 2018, 10:49 pm Reply

This actually worked lol THANKS! I looked it up as the foam was out of control, and had a slice of pizza coincidently so really appreciate it!

Takeuchi Omaha

Jul 7, 2018, 3:45 pm Reply

This shit actually works

Mibom Perme

Nov 11, 2018, 4:53 pm Reply

It really works

Gamer Spectrum

Feb 2, 2019, 1:34 am Reply

this is all fucking nasty but ok

Peter Tran

Apr 4, 2019, 7:16 am Reply

Next time I pour a beer with lots of foam ,
I'll make sure to swirl my oily fingers in there .

Stimulants i like

Apr 4, 2019, 8:00 am Reply

Well i just let my cat have it! She fucking loves it

Jeana Rayles

Jun 6, 2019, 3:28 am Reply

This works !

Xero Punt

Aug 8, 2019, 4:13 am Reply

As for soap foam ~ sprinkle salt!

John Vollmar

Oct 10, 2019, 6:03 pm Reply

The only time you want to get rid of foam in beer, is when you’re drinking a crappy beer. Czech and German pilsners and beers with taste, need foam to release the aroma that the Brewers intended. Sticking oil in beer? Come on, man! Getting rid of form is great for a Budweiser, but not a beer you really WANT to taste. There’s an old British saying, “A good talk should last as long as the head on your beer, that’s why Americans have such short conversations.”

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