Beer foam polypeptides have been separated into five groups based on their relative hydrophobicity. Foam stability increases with increasing hydrophobicity of the polypeptide groups. The most hydrophobic polypeptide group contains a large proportion of Coomassie blue-binding polypeptides. Analysis by SDS-PAGE reveals that each polypeptide group is composed of several differently-sized polypeptides. Further purification by anion-exchange chromatography results in five fractions, each of which has a different polypeptide profile on SDS-polyacrylamide gels.