German Beer Cheese Spread Recipe
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German Beer Cheese Spread Recipe

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We’re of German heritage, so we love bold flavors. Cheddar and beer make a tangy dip to serve with pretzels, crackers, pumpernickel and brats. Choose a beer that you really enjoy the flavor of, as it will come through in your finished recipe. —Angela Spengler, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2/3 cup German beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • Assorted crackers

Nutritional Facts

95 calories: 2 tablespoons (calculated without crackers), 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 187mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 6g protein .


  1. Place cheese in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped, about 1 minute. Add Worcestershire sauce, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper. Gradually add beer, while continuing to process, until mixture is smooth and spreadable, about 1-1/2 minutes.
  2. Transfer to a serving bowl or gift jars. Refrigerate, covered, up to 1 week. Serve with crackers. Yield: 2-1/2 cups.
Originally published as German Beer Cheese Spread in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2014

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Reviewed Nov. 20, 2015

"Good stuff! My German husband approved. Used Hefeweizin- just right beer for it I think. Texture is ok for us."

Reviewed Oct. 24, 2015

"This dip is very good! I used a lighter beer because I don't care for dark beer."

Reviewed Jun. 22, 2015

"Fantastic and easy dip. I made this yesterday for Father's day and it was a huge hit. I've tried it with light and dark beer and the dark beer tends to overpower it a little."

Nan Mock
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2014

"This cheese dip has great flavor. Like one other reviewer, I wasn't crazy about the texture of the dip prepared according to the recipe. I decided to heat it in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring often. This gave me a warm, melty cheese dip that we used for soft pretzels and cooked kielbasa. It was great! Also, I used a lighter, lager-style beer instead of a dark German brew."

Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"Really like this dip...have made it several times. However, the texture is very grainy. Its not the coarse mustard its the consistency of the cheese itself. I personally don't care but some others seem to have a textural issue. Anyone have any thoughts?"

Reviewed Sep. 10, 2014

"This was fun, easy and different from my usual. Yum!"

Reviewed Sep. 1, 2014

"We made this for our Oktoberfest style dinner and it was a big hit. Served it with bread pretzels and small rye bread slices. It does make a lot--next time I will probably make a half batch."

Reviewed Aug. 31, 2014

"This is a quick and easy dip. It is always a hit with the adults. My boys aren't huge fans when I use dark German beers."

Reviewed Aug. 27, 2014

"Outstanding flavor, easy to whip up. My 15 year old grandson came by with a bunch of his friends to play ping pong and pool after school yesterday, remembered seeing this recipe In the Sept. Oct. issue of ToH, and luckily had all the ingredients. I don't have a food processor so I used finely shredded cheddar, instead.. results were a bit lumpy, but that was acceptable. This volunteer field editor rates this recipe five stars."

Reviewed Aug. 17, 2014

"Made this for a party this weekend. I used Beck's beer and Boetje's mustard. It was easy to make and it went over well. It makes a lot so you may want to 1/2 the recipe for a smaller crowd. We had quite a bit left over and were at a party of 10 - 12 where there weren't a lot of other appetizers."

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