Obatzda (Bavarian Cheese Spread)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

A rich and creamy cheese spread that someone was kind enough to share. This Bavarian delicacy is normally served in Beergardens together with fresh pretzels or rye bread and some nice German wheat beer. You may have let the cheese get to room temperature to mix. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix the Camembert or Brie, butter, cream cheese, 1 tablespoon chives and onion together until you get a spreadable mixture.
  2. Add salt, pepper, paprika and caraway seeds to taste.
  3. Add some beer to make the mixture even more smooth and to taste.
  4. Sprinkle with paprika and garnish with remaining chives and onion rings.


Most Helpful

This was a great dip with soft Bavarian-style pretzels! I did use dried minced onion (1 1/2 Tbs for a half batch) and might scale back just a little next time for a little less oniony aftertaste. I also used an Oktoberfest and would use that beer again. Thanks for a keeper!

Dwynnie February 28, 2016

After trying Obatzda at Zeppelin Hall in Jersey City and loving it, I decided to make my own pretzels and this dip. I was very concerned that it wouldn't turn out close (ZH's version is absolutely addictive!) I was thrilled to taste that Nif's recipe was even better. Creamy, delicious, packed with flavor, this is a winner

DeSouter January 03, 2016

I love camembert and I love beer, so what's not to like about this recipe? I made this rich, tasty cheese spread to take to a BBQ yesterday. We enjoyed it. I would say I ended up using 1 tsp of paprika and 1 tsp of caraway, which seemed about right to us. As prepared by me yesterday, I would give this about 4.5 stars. Comments included that the consistency was a little too soupy and that I used gluten-free beer because one of the guests has Celiac's. However, these issues are easily remedied. Next time, I won't whip it with my hand mixer, just a spoon, and because the beer taste is pretty pronounced, I will use a flavorful wheat beer. My friend with Celiac's actually said she would prefer to skip the appy and take comfort in the fact I used real beer than to eat something with the gluten-free beer. Who knew? Ha! Ha! Thanks for posting. Made for ZWT6.

Dr. Jenny May 31, 2010

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