Kochkäse, Schmelzkäse or Beer Cheese

Beer cheese, Kochkaese, Schmelzkaese

This is spreadable cheese can be used as a party dip or spread, and when I bring it it’s always a big hit. I remember Schmelz or Kochkäse from my childhood. I tried different variations, my favorite is Beer Cheese with Brie.

1. Beer cheese: Prepare the basic recipe without the parmesan. Turn off stove on low, add a cubed half brie, 1 tsp granulated garlic, 1 tbsp. Mustard, juice of a half Lemon and 1/2 cup beer to your liking at the end. Season with salt and pepper
2. With Riesling: Use basic recipe, then add Riesling or Champagne and juice of 1/2 lemon (no garlic or caraway seeds)

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Eat with crusty French Baguette or Bauernbrot

Kochkäse or Bier Cheese

Kochkäse or Bier Cheese
Category: Appetizer, spread, dip
Cuisine: German
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Follow the recipe below and use any of these different variations: 1. Turn off stove, then add Beer, 1 Tbsp. Mustard, juice of a half Lemon, granulated Garlic at the end. 2. You could also use a half Brie, cubed, instead of Parmesan, and Paprika, but not Garlic. 3. Riesling, or Champagne, maybe with with some lemon (no garlic or caraway seeds)


  • 1 lb Small Curd Cottage Cheese
  • ½ tbsp. Baking Soda
  • 4 tbsp. Butter
  • 8 oz. Processed Cheese, like Velveeta, cubed
  • 2 -3 Tbsp. Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Caraway Seeds (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. Milk (optional)


  • In a small bowl, mix cottage cheese and baking soda.
  • Let stand at room temperature for one hour.
  • This allows the curds to break down, and melt smooth.
  • Don’t add more baking soda, it will taste funny, and don’t worry if it’s not perfectly smooth after an hour.
  • In a large saucepan, melt Butter and Process Cheese at medium/low heat.
  • Stir occasionally until completely melted.
  • Add the broken down Cottage Cheese and Parmesan Cheese, then stir until smooth.
  • Add in the Caraway seeds (maybe a teaspoon or more) Stir.
  • If mixture is very thick, add some milk.
  • See different variations like Beer cheese in description


This is a cheese that can be used as a Party Dip or a Spread. Eat with Mein Bauernbrot (No knead German Crusty Bread) or Pretzel, Crackers. Pour into containers (for serving or storing) and cool. It will get firmer when cooled.

Nutrition information

Serves: 8 people
Serving Size: 3 tbsp

Add some Caraway seeds and it will taste like the German Kochkäse.

German Kochkäse
Photo by Wikimedia

I have been living half of my life in Germany, then US, and traveling since then. My passion is cooking, painting and glass mosaic art. I try to re-create recipes I grew up with, or I tasted while traveling in Europe.

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