Obatzda – Bavarian Beer Cheese

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A Flavorful Bavarian Beer Cheese Recipe for the Perfect Spread

Welcome to my food blog, where I explore and share culinary delights from my home country Germany. Today, I’m showcasing a traditional German recipe that’s perfect for gatherings with friends or family: Obatzda. This delectable Bavarian beer cheese spread is sure to be a hit at your next get-together. Keep reading to learn about the history of Obatzda, the ingredients needed, and step-by-step instructions to make this delicious spread.

Historical Background

Obatzda, a classic Bavarian beer garden staple, originated in the 1920s in the southern region of Germany. It has since become a popular appetizer served with pretzels or rustic bread. With its rich, creamy texture and blend of flavors, Obatzda offers an authentic taste of German tradition that’s perfect for sharing with friends and family.

Tips and Tricks on how to make Obatzda - Bavarian Beer Cheese

  1. Choose quality ingredients: Select a ripe Camembert or Brie, and use fresh spices and onions for the best flavor.
  2. Bring cheese to room temperature: Allow the Camembert or Brie to sit at room temperature for at least an hour before mixing, so it softens and is easier to blend.
  3. Mix cheeses: Combine Camembert with a soft cheese like cream cheese or quark. The blend creates a creamy texture and balances the strong Camembert flavor.
  4. Spice it up: Customize your Obatzda with spices like paprika, cumin, or caraway seeds. Experiment to find your preferred taste.
  5. Use a fork or potato masher: When mixing, use a fork or potato masher for a more authentic, rustic texture.
  6. Add finely chopped onions: Dice red or white onions finely and mix them in for a burst of flavor. You can also use chives or green onions for a milder taste.
  7. Let flavors meld: Cover and refrigerate the Obatzda for at least an hour, allowing the flavors to blend and intensify.
  8. Serve with accompaniments: Obatzda is traditionally served with Bavarian pretzels, crusty bread, or radishes. Pair it with a cold beer for an authentic experience.
  9. Garnish: Before serving, garnish with chopped chives, parsley, or even a sprinkle of paprika for added color and flavor.
  10. Store properly: Keep any leftover Obatzda in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Variations of Obatzda

Obatzda can be customized to suit individual tastes and preferences. Here are some variations to try:

  1. Blue Cheese Obatzda: Replace part of the Camembert with a blue cheese, such as Gorgonzola or Roquefort, for a tangy twist.
  2. Herbed Obatzda: Mix in your favorite herbs, such as dill, parsley, basil, or cilantro, for a fresh and aromatic version.
  3. Spicy Obatzda: For a kick of heat, add a dash of cayenne pepper or hot sauce to the mix.
  4. Horseradish Obatzda: Add a teaspoon of prepared horseradish to the mixture for a pungent, spicy twist.
  5. Smoky Obatzda: Incorporate a teaspoon of smoked paprika for a smoky, earthy flavor.
  6. Sweet Obatzda: Add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup to balance the savory flavors with a touch of sweetness.
  7. Nutty Obatzda: Mix in some finely chopped walnuts, pecans, or almonds for added crunch and depth of flavor.
  8. Vegan Obatzda: Replace Camembert and cream cheese with vegan alternatives, such as cashew cheese or a store-bought vegan cheese spread, for a plant-based version.

Feel free to mix and match these ideas to create your own unique Obatzda recipe. Enjoy experimenting with different flavor combinations!


This Obatzda Bavarian beer cheese recipe is an authentic and tasty appetizer that’s perfect for any gathering. The blend of cheeses, spices, and German wheat beer creates a delicious and flavorful spread that will be a hit with your guests. We hope you enjoy making and sharing this traditional German recipe with your friends and family. Prost!

Obatzda - Bavarian Beer Cheese
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Obatzda - Bavarian Beer Cheese

Bavarian cheese spread, Camembert, spices & onions.
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Bavarian, German
Keyword: Beer Cheese, Cheese Spread, German Cuisine, Obatzda
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 328kcal


  • 8 oz. Camembert or Brie cheese, rind removed
  • 4 oz. Cream Cheese softened
  • 4 oz. Butter softened
  • 1 small Onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic minced
  • 2 tsp. Caraway Seeds
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • ¼ German Wheat Beer more or less to taste
  • Fresh Chives chopped for garnish


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine Camembert or Brie cheese, cream cheese, and butter. Mash the mixture with a fork until well-blended.
    8 oz. Camembert, 4 oz. Cream Cheese, 4 oz. Butter
  • Add the finely chopped onion, minced garlic, caraway seeds, and paprika to the cheese mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix thoroughly.
    1 small Onion, 1 clove Garlic, 2 tsp. Caraway Seeds, 1 tsp. Paprika, Salt & Pepper
  • Gradually add the German wheat beer to the mixture, a little at a time, until the desired consistency is achieved. The spread should be smooth and creamy but not too runny.
    ¼ German Wheat Beer
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  • When you're ready to serve, transfer the Obatzda to a serving dish and garnish with chopped chives. Enjoy with pretzels, crusty bread, or your favorite crackers.
    Fresh Chives


Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 501mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1447IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 186mg | Iron: 1mg

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