Kochkäse or Bier Cheese

Beer cheese with Pretzels, Kochkäse

This is a cheese that can be used as a Party Dip or a Spread. There are different variations. My favorite is Bier Cheese with brie. You can add a half of bier if you like to make it thinner for dipping pretzels.  Always remember, the mixture gets thicker when cooled.


Kochkäse or Bier Cheese

Kochkäse or Bier Cheese
Category: Spread, Dip
Cuisine: German
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 LBS Small Curd Cottage Cheese
  • ½ TSP. Baking Soda
  • 4 TBLS. Butter
  • 8 OZ. Process Cheese, like Velveeta, cubed
  • 2 TBLS. Grated Parmesan Cheese (a little more is good too)
  • Caraway Seeds
  • 2 TBLS. 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.
  • Eat with Mein Bauernbrot (No knead German Crusty Bread)
  • Here are 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)
  • Pour into containers (for serving or storing) and cool. It will get harder
  • Serve with Rye Bread, Crackers, Pretzels etc.


The Beer cheese or Kochkäse will thicken when cooled

Kochkäse or Beer Cheese, Bier ingredients
Kochkäse or Beer Cheese
Melt the butter and cheese
Melt the butter and cheese
Melt the butter and cheese
Melt the butter, cheese, beer and spices
Melt the butter, cheese, beer and spices
Add salt, pepper and paprika
Beer cheese with bread
Beer cheese with bread

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

German Kochkäse
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