Tips for how to pour the perfect beer. Picture: Pexels
Tips for how to pour the perfect beer. Picture: Pexels

4 tips on how to pour the perfect beer

By Nathan Adams Time of article published Aug 20, 2019

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From craft beer to the long time commercial favourites, beer is serous business in South Africa.

And as a consequence, pouring the perfect pint is part science and part art. 

Components such as foam and the type of glassware used, both impact the final taste of the beer in your glass.

There are two factors at play


  • Beer is naturally carbonated which means that there are minuscule bubbles of carbon dioxide that form during the fermentation process. 
  • Once the beer is formed, this gas is released and forms bubbles, which in turn help form the foam, or the head of your beer.
  • If poured correctly, this foam plays a vital role in the taste of your beer. It is made up of millions of tiny bubbles filled with the scent of your beer which are delivered straight to your nose the second your lips touch the glass. This makes your beer taste even better.


  • You might believe there is no such thing as the perfect beer glass, but according to Anton Erasmus, Trade Brewer at SAB, there is. “A slightly roughened surface at the base of a glass allows for the carbon dioxide-filled bubbles to form at a faster rate, which makes more foam and helps the head last longer.”

And if you really want to perfect the art then start with this step-by-step guide to pouring your perfect beer

  1. Hold the glass at a 45º angle, about 2.5cm below the bottle or can.
  2. Let the beer flow down the side of the glass until it is half full.
  3. Gently tilt the glass upright and pour down the centre to create about a 2.5cm head of foam on the top. If you have more foam than expected, let the beer rest until the head calms down and then resume pouring.
  4. Once the foam is in place, stop pouring, sit back and enjoy.
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