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Beer Cheese Dip Recipe

By Tessa Arias
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September 23rd, 2021
5 from 2 votes
5 from 2 votes

You only need 10 minutes to make this Beer Cheese Dip! This easy beer cheese sauce pairs perfectly with your favorite pretzel recipe. Perfect cheesy appetizer for serving a crowd on game day!

Yield: 2 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook: 5 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: The taste might be the best part! Two kinds of cheeses and some staple spices balance out the beer taste perfectly. Texture: Not too liquid-y but not too thick like a chowder either. Just the perfect texture to dip a pretzel into and enjoy! You can also easily play around with the recipe to get your preferred consistency. Ease: Incredibly easy to make and ready in less than 10 minutes. Pros: You won't find an easier appetizer. Perfect for when you have company over and need something quick. Cons: None. Would I make this again? Absolutely. You'll never get tired of this dip because you can always switch up what you serve it with.

I couldn’t share my recipe for Easy Homemade Pretzels without also sharing the best pretzel companion: homemade beer cheese dip.

This is the ultimate easy appetizer that comes together in hardly any time at all. It’s perfect for game nights with friends, taking to a potluck at work, game day – you name it. I’ve also listed ideas for what to pair your beer cheese with in the pink tip box below.

homemade baked bavarian style pretzels on a pan with a bowl of easy homemade beer cheese dip

One of the great things about this easy beer cheese dip is you can also experiment with the consistency if you prefer a thinner or thicker dip.

Add a bit less milk for a thicker dip or more milk for a thinner sauce.

No matter the final consistency or what you serve it with, I promise you’re going to love this beer cheese dip recipe.

beer cheese dip recipe

How to Make Beer Cheese Dip

Ingredients for this beer cheese recipe:

  • Unsalted butter – make sure to use unsalted, otherwise you might end up with an overly salty dip.
  • All-purpose flour
  • Whole milk – this works best for a creamy dip. Milk alternatives and lower fat milk products simply won’t work as well.
  • Beer – I typically use a wheat beer but you can use any beer you’d like. More on this below.
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Dijon mustard
  • Spices – garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and kosher salt add the perfect amount of flavor without adding much heat. If you want more spice, add a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  • Cheeses – I love using sharp cheddar cheese and gouda cheese, but gruyere, fontina, or other melting cheeses work well here too! Just make sure it’s freshly shredded so it melts down smooth (your food processor makes quick and easy work of shredding lots of cheese!).

What’s the best beer for beer cheese sauce?

Use any beer you enjoy drinking! I prefer something with a more amber color and wheat flavor, like a German Hefeweizen. You can also use non-alcoholic beer if you prefer.

Instructions for how to make beer cheese dip:

  1. In a medium saucepan, start by making a roux (mixture of melted butter and flour). A thick and clumpy paste should form.
  2. Whisk in the milk until slightly thickened. Reduce heat to low, and stir in the remaining ingredients.
  3. Remove the dip from heat and pour into a dish. Allow to cool slightly to thicken.

What to serve with beer cheese dip:

How to store beer cheese dip:

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

homemade pretzel being dunked into beer cheese dip

Serve your beer cheese with:

5 from 2 votes

How to make
Beer Cheese Dip

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
You only need 10 minutes to make this Beer Cheese Dip! This easy beer cheese sauce pairs perfectly with your favorite pretzel recipe. Perfect cheesy appetizer for serving a crowd on game day!

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons (57 grams) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup (32 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2/3 cup wheat beer
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated smoked gouda cheese

Directions

  1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour, and whisk together until a thick and clumpy paste (roux) forms and the raw flour cooks out, about 1 minute.

  2. Gradually whisk in the milk. Continue whisking until it slightly thickens, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to low and whisk in the remaining ingredients.
  3. Remove the cheese dip from heat and pour into a serving dish. Allow to cool slightly to thicken. Serve warm.
  4. Cover and store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Heat over stovetop or in the microwave before serving again.
Course : Snack
Cuisine : American
Keyword : beer cheese dip

Photos by Joanie Simon | The Bite Shot

Tessa Arias
Author: Tessa Arias

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Herb Llewellyn — August 10, 2022 at 8:46 am

    They came out great! First time using a lye bath and the results are as advertised. Dark chewy pretzels. It seemed to me that recipe needed more water so I added until dough was stiff.

    • #
      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — August 11, 2022 at 1:47 pm

      Glad the pretzels were as good as you hoped, Herb!

  2. #
    Emily — January 9, 2022 at 12:23 pm

    This is the best cheese dip I’ve EVER had. It’s super creamy and chock full of flavor. I love the addition of smoked gouda too, so delicious! My husband and I literally stood right over the stovetop and dipped our freshly baked pretzels into the cheese straight from the pan, it was just too good to spend any extra time putting it into a regular bowl and sitting down haha! I used Weihenstephaner, and it was the perfect lighter beer. I tried using Guinness in a previous batch and didn’t prefer how strong the beer flavor was, but other readers might like that! 🙂

    • #
      Emily — January 10, 2022 at 12:04 pm

      So happy you loved this recipe, it’s a favorite of mine too!

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