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Beer Cheese Soup served with croutons an garnished with green onions.
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5 from 6 votes

Beer Cheese Soup

Chef tried and true Wisconsin beer cheese soup recipe. Rich, flavorful and nutrient packed. One pot.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Soup
Cuisine: American, German
Servings: 4
Calories: 630kcal
Author: CraftBeering


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 yellow onion large, diced
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 2 carrots medium, diced
  • 1/2 red or orange bell pepper diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup cream
  • 12 oz beer well-balanced or malty
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dry mustard (ready powdered or grind whole mustard seed)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne or red pepper flakes optional
  • 3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (white cheddar works too)
  • 3 stalks green onion green part only, chopped, for garnish
  • bread croutons optional, for garnish


  • Heat a heavy bottom pot/large saucepan over medium heat. Add the butter and let it melt.
  • Add the diced onion, celery, carrots, pepper and garlic and sauté until softened, stirring occasionally. About 5-6 minutes. 
  • Sprinkle the flour and mix well. Cook for about a minute, stirring frequently.
  • While stirring add the chicken broth, the cream and the beer. Mix well and add the seasonings - salt and pepper, mustard, Worcestershire and cayenne/red pepper flakes.
  • Let simmer for about 5 minutes and then remove from the stove. Take out the bay leaf.
    Use an immersion blender to puree the soup. Alternatively, transfer to a food processor or blender to puree but work in small batches to avoid the hot liquid blowing up. 
  • Add the cheese to the pureed soup base working in batches and stirring. Place the pot back on the stove. Heat up over low heat to blend all the flavors, about 3-5 mins. 
  • Serve right away, garnished with green onions and croutons (optional). 



For best results choose a beer that is not aggressively hoppy such as English or American amber ale or lager, brown ale, German helles, Vienna lager, dunkel, bock, doppelbock. 
This is a very rich, very flavorful soup - serve in combination with lighter fare or as main course, especially if accompanied by soft pretzels.
The beer cheese soup can be reheated - for best results warm up leftover quantity in a small saucepan over medium low heat.